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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EMILY BERGL OPENS OAK ROOM SEASON WITH A BANG IN “KIDDING ON THE SQUARE”

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In her Oak Room debut August 30,  brilliant young actress singer Emily Bergl, star of Broadway (Nora Ephron’s "Love, Loss and What I Wore,"), film (“The Rage: Carrie 2”) and TV’s Royal Pains and Desperate Housewives, roars into the Oak Room with more gusto than Hurricane Irene in the her exhilarating act: ”Kidding on the Square.”

A theatrical cabaret-act that transports the audience on a fast-paced ride through love, heartbreak and everything in between, ”Kidding on the Square” is told from the perspective of a modern girl and the eccentric characters she inhabits,

Something old (the Boswell Sisters “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”; something new (Peter Brown & Robert Rans “Material Girl" by way of Madonna); something borrowed ( "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" as an evolving Judy Garland); and something blue (as in Bergl’s deliciously compelling version of “Billy Barnes jazz classic Something Cool,”); the show features a rich array of songs that include Roy Orbison’s “Cryin’,” Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a poignant characterization of Rodgers & Hart’s “Ten Cents a Dance as a down-and-out hostess,” Dietz & Schwartz’ Confession” and an unexpected opening number, interpreting Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy”  with a serious bent: the lady gets truly angry.

In ”Kidding on the Square,” Bergl does what she does best, which in the case of this hour and fifteen minutes appears to be everything. It comes as no surprise that her acting, where, comedic, dramatic or character is a paragon of perfection, but she looks terrific is a slinky gray “pull apart” gown, that becomes a sexy dress and finally morphs into leotards and tights. Her movement is as controlled as possible in these small quarters. But the big kicker is the voice: A luscious lyric soprano that can go into a metallic chest, when the material demands, as in an hilarious rendition of the vintage Andrews Sisters“Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” that is worth the price of admission.

High points test Ms. Bergl’s. comedic, dramatic and vocal abilities, which she passes with grade “A” marks. Memorable Moments: Pink Martini’s song "Sympathique" from the 1997 album Sympathique,  and you needn’t speak French to get the nuanced meaning.”

Kidding on the Square”  is beautifully directed by Sarna Lapine with G. Scott Lacy as musical director and receives outstanding backup from pianist Jonathan Mastro (Musical director of the hit revival of "Our Town,)" with the talented Ritt Henn on bass and ukulele.

After a fun closing (“Dream a Little Dream of Me,”) Ms. Bergl encores with a heart-wrenching version of the Peggy Lee hit “Is That All There Is.“ And indeed, this is one of the few times in recent memory, we felt that way too about a cabaret act: Absolutely electrifying and not to be missed. Reserve now! The show will run through Saturday September 10th.

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

 

Note: The new menu features an amazingly tender and moist Berkshire pork chop that is in step with making the Algonquin kitchen on a par with the atmosphere, entertainment and service one encounters in this truly great New York institution.

Click Here To Visit Emily Bergl’s Official Website

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JESSICA MOLASKEY AND DAVE FRISHBERG ASK “DO YOU MISS NEW YORK?” MARCH 15-APRIL 2 IN THE OAK ROOM

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Jessica%20Molaskey%20-%20Photo%202 An evening of scintillating wit and melodies will be on tap beginning March 15th when Jessica Molaskey and Dave Frishberg join forces in their new show, “Do You Miss New York?” The Broadway and award-winning cabaret and concert vocalist and the multiple Grammy-nominated jazz songwriter, pianist and vocalist will regale Oak Room audiences with “My Attorney Bernie,” “Can’t Take You No Where,” “Long Daddy Green,” “I Want to Be a Side Man,” as well as selections from The New Yorkers, a musical about the legendary Algonquin Round Table.

Shows during the March 15-April 2 engagement are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $50 cover charge per person weeknights and late shows and $60 for early shows Friday and Saturday, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

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PAULA WEST: FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY

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PRESENTS THE DEBUT OF

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED JAZZ VOCALIST

PAULA WEST

OCTOBER 12 – 16 AND NOVEMBER 22 – 27

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, continues its Fall 2010 season with the debut engagement of critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist PAULA WEST from October 12 – 16 and from November 22 – 27. He will perform selections by Bob Dylan (“Shelter From The Storm”), Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman”), Duke Ellington (“Everything But You”) and Irving Berlin (“Suppertime”). She will be joined by the George Mesterhazy Quartet, which features Mr. Mesterhazy (Shirley Horn) on piano, Barak Mori (Madeline Peyroux) on bass, Jerome Jennings (Christian McBride, Sonny Rollins) on drums and Ed Cherry (Dizzy Gillespie) on guitar. According to The New York Times, “with each engagement Ms. West displays more courage, maturity, interpretive insight and vocal confidence. She and her quartet are a match made in pop-jazz heaven.” All performances take place at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

PAULA WEST has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known and respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses for the moment, creating whole new frameworks of meaning for American favorites. West has performed to sell-out houses annually at in San Francisco and New York, increasing her exposure via films, radio broadcasts and performances in France, Italy and Switzerland. West has also sung at major jazz festivals and has shared the bill with numerous jazz luminaries including Rosemary Clooney, Stacey Kent, Mose Allison, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown Jr., Rita Rudner, Mavis Staples and Dave Frishberg. Other recent appearances include the Spoleto Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, clubs like Jazz Standard and the Blue Note in New York and Sculler’s in Boston, Jazz Aspen, and a performance at The White House in a salute to American writers.

Ms. West was honored as the year’s “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist” by the New York Nightlife Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Her critically acclaimed CDs include Temptation, Restless and Come What May, which received the California Music Award for “Outstanding Jazz Album,” as well as guest appearances on Eric Reed’s Max Jazz Christmas CD, Merry Magic, and Frank Mantooth’s final project, Ladies Sing for Lovers, featuring Karrin Allyson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sheila Jordan and Oleta Adams. West has been featured on numerous television programs including A&E’s “Breakfast with The Arts” the Oxygen Network and BBC Television. Her film appearances include Chris Columbus’ Bicentennial Man starring Robin Williams and the Lynn Hershman film Teknolust starring Tilda Swinton.

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present PAULA WEST from October 12 to 16 with the following schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 PM; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM; and from November 22 to 27 with the following schedule:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30PM; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no show on Thursday, November 25.  Performances have a $40.00 cover with $60.00 premium seats available, in addition to a $40.00 food and beverage minimum.  Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

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MITZI GAYNOR HER NEW YORK CITY DEBUT

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AWARD-WINNING HOLLYWOOD LEGEND

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HER NEW YORK CITY DEBUT

RAZZLE DAZZLE! MY LIFE BEHIND THE SEQUINS

NOW EXTENDED MAY 18 – 29,  SECOND WEEK ADDED

WINNER OF THE 2010 NEW YORK EMMY AWARD FOR “BEST SPECIAL”

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 Winter/Spring 2010 season with the New York City debut of Hollywood legend MITZI GAYNOR in a limited engagement from May 18 – 20.  After decades of television, film and touring, she is excited to make her New York performance debut in an intimate setting like Feinstein’s to get up close and personal with her fans. In her show, Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins, Ms. Gaynor will bring her incomparable brand of showmanship to the stage in a glittering multimedia one woman tour-de-force of music and memories from her show-stopping life and career. The evening will feature classic elements of her fabled concert performances interspersed with video footage culled from her television, concert and film work and rare personal photos embraced in an all new, up-to-date setting. This multimedia theatrical extravaganza is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the electrifying magic and incredible spirit of a true entertainment icon. The show runs at the Regency Hotel Ballroom (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
Gaynor says “over the years I’d been asked to play New York on numerous occasions but the stars never quite aligned. That’s why I was thrilled when Michael Feinstein asked me to bring my show to his club and said I could have the Regency’s Ballroom so I’d have more room to play. I really can’t wait to be there. There’s no city in the world like New York.”

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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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