HOWARD MC GILLIN MAKES OAK ROOM DEBUT IN “ISN’T IT ROMANTIC” WITH CHARM AND CONGENIALITY

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Best known for his record-setting performances as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Howard McGillin has enjoyed a varied career on both Broadway and London stages. Mr. McGillin, has a winning way with his audience and a lovely and cultured tenor voice that has made him the quintessential leading man in theatre.

At his eagerly awaited Oak Room debut, (From September 13-24),  McGillin presented an evening of love songs that aptly answered the question, “Isn’t It Romantic?” Howard offers a program, with appealing patter, that explores a variety of romantic experiences, highlighted by a rendition of “All The Things You Are,” (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) that was simple and without embellishments, proving that a great song needs nothing more than to be sung with sensitivity to make its point.

A combined arrangement of “A Foggy Day IN LONDON TOWN” (George and Ira Gershwin) and the lovely “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” (Eric Maschwitz; Manning Sherwin; Jack Strachey)  gives Howard the opportunity to fill us in on his adventures, when living in London, and a neat duo pairing, a rollicking “SHE LOVES ME” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) with a subtle version of “Dear Friend” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) from the same show, allows Mr. McGillin to demonstrate his dramatic range and vocal finesse.

The high point of the evening was a stunning rendering of “Putting It Together” (Stephen Sondheim) that was eclipsed by the beyond-beautiful “Good Thing Going” (Stephen Sondheim), demonstrating that some of the best theater songs come from shows that are less than memorable.

“Time” (Barry Kleinbort; Joseph Thalken), offered an appealing contemporary touch, while “Two For The Road” (Henry Mancini; Leslie Bricusse) was the perfect encore.

Beautifully accompanied by Joseph Thalken at the piano and Richard Sarpola on bass, Howard McGillin is easy to like, easy to listen to and brings a thoroughly pleasant evening of entertainment to the Algonquin’s legendary Oak Room.  

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm. There is a $50 cover charge plus either a $60 dinner at 7 or $30 food and beverage minimum. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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SONY MASTERWORKS RELEASES George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

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Available September 21

In celebration of his 80th birthday, acclaimed conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt decided to make a recording of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess as a gift to himself. He fulfilled a life-long dream of conducting the famous opera at the Graz Festival in Austria in early 2009. It was a sensation with both the public and press, with one of Germany’s leading critics writing, "Harnoncourt’s…concentrated interpretation…achieved a density and intensity that took the audience’s breath away.“ On Tuesday, September 21, Sony Masterworks releases the live recording of Porgy and Bess conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Porgy and Bess on Broadway (October 10, 1935).

Harnoncourt considers Porgy and Bess to be the American opera, noting with enthusiasm that it is, for him: "important music for society at large… Whenever I hear anything about this work, I am always moved.“

Harnoncourt’s preparation for this production of Porgy and Bess was meticulous.

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MAUDE MAGGART’S “THREE LITTLE WORDS”

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Cabaret’s “it” girl, the beautiful and bewitching Maude Maggart, returns to the Oak Room with a new show celebrating love as interpreted by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Warren, Rodgers & Hart and Marshall Barer…and as youthfully reinterpreted by Maude with a voice, according to The New York Post, that “radiates beauty.” John Boswell is musical director and accompanist.

The engagement runs from Tuesday April 13th through Saturday May 8th. Shows are Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 and Friday-Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm. Cover charge is $50 per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Reservations: 221 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

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ANDREA MARCOVICCI CELEBRATES THE JOHNNY MERCER CENTENNIAL WITH “SKYLARK: MARCOVICCI SINGS MERCER”

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THE QUEEN OF CABARET BRINGS HER NEW SHOW

TO THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL’s OAK ROOM

ANDREA KICKS OFF OAK ROOM’S HOLIDAY SEASON NOVEMBER 17TH TO DECEMBER 26TH IN

“SKYLARK: MARCOVICCI SINGS MERCER”

Andrea Marcovicci, the celebrated singer and actress lauded as “the greatest cabaret star of her generation” by The International Herald Tribune, will celebrate the Johnny Mercer Centennial with the New York premiere of her new show “Skylark: Marcovicci Sings Mercer” at the Oak Room of the Algonquin (59 West 44th Street) November 17th through December 26th .

Shows are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $60 cover charge weeknights and late shows and $65 for the early shows Friday and Saturday, plus a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner (dinner is required for early weekend shows). Reservations (212) 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

The only Mercer show to be commissioned for the Savannah Music Festival in the legendary lyricist’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia, Andrea’s personal homage celebrates the four-time Oscar winner through rarely-heard anecdotes and Andrea’s trademark interpretations of Mercer’s pensive, often impish lyrics. “Skylark” includes familiar hits like “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “That Old Black Magic,” “One for My Baby,” “Goody, Goody” and “Moon River.”

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PAULA WEST SWINGS FROM PORTER TO DYLAN IN HER NEW OAK ROOM SHOW OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 14

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The incomparable Paula West’s annual fall sojourn in the Algonquin’s Oak Room is always an occasion of happy anticipation. From October 27th through November 14th–. accompanied by the superb George Mesterhazy Quartet, with Barak Mori on bass, Ed Cherry on guitar and Jerome Jennings on drums–Paula will help celebrate the landmark Oak Room’s 30th anniversary as the city’s “best cabaret.” Her brilliant and varied set includes “the good old ones” Louis Armstrong) with the best of the new. Among her offerings are Bob Dylan’s “All I Really Want to Do” and “Maggie’s Farm,” Cole Porter’s “Nobody’s Chasing Me” and “You’ve Got That Thing,” “The 59th Street Bridge Song” [“Feelin’ Groovy”] by Paul Simon; “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes,” by Ben Jonson from a Greek original; “Where Flamingos Fly” (Harold Courlander/El Thea/John B. Brooks) and “Romance In the Dark” (Lil Green), among others. Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00, with a $50 cover charge plus a $60 prix fixe dinner or $30 food and beverage minimum, all per person. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

In Paula West’s hands the Great American Songbook has never sounded so captivating. Her affinity for Dylan and McCartney and other contemporary balladeers demonstrates her “refusal to be bound by categories,” according to The New York Times. In 2005 and 2006 Paula won the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist,” having shared the award with Dianne Reeves in 2004. She has performed abroad in France, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. Recent appearances include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Aspen and the White House in a salute to American writers. Paula’ critically acclaimed CDs include Temptation, Restless and Come What May, which won the California Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

KAREN AKERS DECLARES “ANYTHING GOES” IN HER NEW COLE PORTER SHOW SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 24TH

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Karen Akers, one of America’s most arresting and successful concert and cabaret

stars, will transform the Oak Room Supper Club into a sophisticated party scene reminiscent of Cole Porter’s legendary soirées in Paris and New York. From September 22nd thru October 24th, Karen, with her ravishing looks and beguiling voice, will bring to vivid life such Porter classics as “I’m Throwing a Ball Tonight,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Too Darn Hot,” “I Concentrate on You,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Night and Day,” “It’s All Right With Me” and “Let’s Do It,” among others. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Don Rebic as musical director and Dick Sanpola on bass.

“Anything Goes” will play Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11. There is a $60 cover charge per person weeknights and late shows and $65 for the early weekend shows, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum per person or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: (212) 419-9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY

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PRESENTS THE RETURN OF

MARY WILSON

OF THE SUPREMES

CELEBRATING HER CLASSIC MOTOWN HITS AND FAVORITE STANDARDS

SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 3

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, will continue its star-studded Fall 2009 season with the return engagement of one of the original “Dreamgirls” MARY WILSON in an exclusive two week engagement from Wednesday, September 23 to Saturday, October 3. Her new show will mix classic Supremes hits like “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “My World Is Empty Without You” and “Reflections,” with favorites from the Great American Songbook. All shows will take place at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

MARY WILSON, a founding member of the iconic group The Supremes, is a legendary figure of the rock and roll era. As a Detroit teen, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, she helped to create one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history. Since then, Wilson has gone on to be a part of dozens of hit records, has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world.

As an original Supreme, Wilson is a much sought-after interview regarding the award-winning film Dreamgirls, currently on DVD. After covering the red carpet premiere for “Extra,” she endeared herself to a whole new generation of Hollywood stars and fans alike, including Golden Globe winners Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, as well as Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg. In addition to her tireless performing and trips to the studio to record her new album, she is lobbying state governments to pass a bill prohibiting bogus musical groups from cashing in on the names of such famous acts as The Supremes, The Platters and The Four Tops.

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