JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

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The New York Musical Theatre Festival and J&B Productions
present Donna Lynne Champlin (“Billy Elliot,” “Sweeney Todd”) in

JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical

JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
A story of "First Impressions" and second chances…
Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs
Directed by Igor Goldin (“YANK!”)
Presented as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival
September 29 – October 11
Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd St)

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and J&B Productions present the musical JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical – a story of “First Impressions” and second chances – with music, lyrics and book by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, directed by Igor Goldin (“YANK!”), and starring, in the title role of Jane Austen, Donna Lynne Champlin (“Sweeney Todd,” “Billy Elliot”). JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical is presented as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival and will play at Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan beginning September 29 – with only 6 performances available.

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CLAIRE MARTIN & RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT CLOSE OAK ROOM’S SPRING SEASON MAY 31-JUNE 18 IN “A COUPLE OF SWELLS”

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British musical stars Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett love American music, and among their favorites are the songs of Irving Berlin, subject of Claire and Richard’s sparkling new salute, “A Couple of Swells,” from May 31st through June 18th, the final show of the Oak Room’s Spring season.

The very pretty Ms. Martin’s head voice may recall June Christy while her rich chest voice is somewhat reminiscent of Cleo Laine, but make no mistake: Martin is a seasoned vocalist/performer and the end result is uniquely original. Mercifully, the act is straight forward, without distracting patter and historical references. Sir Rodney gives subtle support on piano and offers a solid left hand, which is a good rhythmic stand-in for the non-existent rhythm section. 

Berlin gems with arrangements by Richard and vocals by Claire include a catchy opening syncopation of Puttin’ on the Ritz, a terrific rendition of Change Partners, a strikingly insightful What’ll I Do?, and the best versions of Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Cheek to Cheek we’ve heard in years. There are a smattering of lesser known tunes as well, contrasted by such tried and true standards as How Deep is the Ocean and Midnight Choo Choo.

Confirming the old adage , , , less is more, Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett offer a fitting conclusion to a memorable season of the fabled Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and deserve you patronage. A class act. Don’t miss it.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a cover charge of $50 weeknights and late weekends, and $60 early weekend shows, plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

Renowned for her unmistakably unique “cool, burnished tone” (NY Times) and the flawless technique of “England’s most impressive female jazz artist” (LA Times), Claire Martin has performed with such artists as James Brown, Curtis Stigers, Jamie Cullum and Tony Bennett, who lists her among his favorite singers. She made a smash debut at the Algonquin in 2007 and followed up with Richard Rodney Bannett in 2009 in an acclaimed show celebrating the music of Cy Coleman. She has released 12 recordings for Linn Records and has a jazz interview show on BBC 3.

Knighted in 1998 for his services to music, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett is one of the UK’s most renowned musical figures, having achieved phenomenal success across a wide range of genres. In 2006 he premiered “Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song” commissioned by HRH Prince Charles in memory of the Queen Mother. He is an Oscar-nominated film composer…for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Far From the Madding Crowd and Murder on the Orient Express.

He has enjoyed great success as a jazz pianist, arranger and vocalist, having appeared with Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine, Mary Cleere Haran and Annie Ross.

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WITH “RHYME, WOMEN & SONG” KT SULLIVAN SALUTES MUSIC-MAKING LADIES IN THE OAK ROOM MAY 3-28

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                                                                         The Dean of Divas Raises The Bar at The  Legendary Oak Room

Being the capital of cabaret, New York City has no shortage of world class cabaret performers. In a medium where the dolls outnumber the guys, KT SULLIVAN has established herself as the ultimate doll and dean of the divas of “The Great American Song Book.”

Her new act at the Oak Room proves to be her best ever. The material and carefully crafted patter flow in a stream on steroids from the lesser and (better known) songs of Kay Swift, including an especially poignant “Can’t We Be Friends,” through a rollicking version of Carolyn Leigh’s “The Best is Yet To Come, the ultimate camp rendition of” Mary Rodgers “The Boy From …,” and surprising interpretations of Edna Pinkard’s “Kitchen Man,” Peggy Lee’s “He’ll Make Me Believe He’s Mine,” Carole King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,”

It all began with her acclaimed salute to Dorothy Fields, who set the standard for female songwriters. In “Rhyme, Women & Song,” KT Sullivan expands her vision to display the work of Dorothy’s peers and heirs who have enriched the Great American Songbook. Sullivan contrasts the inimitable Dorothy’s “Sunny Side of the Street,”with an amazing take on “Good Morning Heartache,” that rivals the gold standard set by Billie Holiday, who introduced it in 1946.

An hilarious closing medley of 29 cleverly linked songs (“my age” Sullivan says as a throwaway), concludes with a subtle and sensitive rendition of Jerome Kern’s and Dorothy Fields eternally lovely “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Ms. Sullivan has never been in better voice and her dramatic range, comedic timing and versatility  shine.

The amazing Jon Weber is musical arranger and accompanist., while John Webber(with an “h” and 2 “bs”) admirably assists on bass, giving Sullivan outstanding backup.

Not only is The Oak Room New York’s most consistent cabaret experience, it is also a genuine bargain. The show, including a three course dinner (food has improved markedly over the years) is about the price of a ticket to the anemic offerings on Broadway. And besides a venue steeped in history, you may be one of the fortunates who get a glimpse of Matilda, the latest in a chain of indomitable felines.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11. There is a $50 cover charge for weeknight and late shows and $60 for early shows Friday and Saturday, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

 

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ACCLAIMED ACTRESS-SINGER LONETTE MC KEE MAKES OAK ROOM DEBUT APRIL 5TH IN “CAN’T HELP LOVIN’”

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 Lonette McKee, Another Oak Room Triumph

 

Not just another pretty face or cookie cutter jazz singer, Lonette McKee has style and versatility. Ms. McKee’s songlist includes a touching version of “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “Them There Eyes,” “Ill Wind,” “When A Woman Loves a Man,” the ultimate rendering of “Bill.” Her interpretation will bring tears to your eyes.  Musical Director Bette Sussman, who has also worked with Whitney Houston, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin offers fine support and is a virtuoso in her own right. Drums & Percussion: Kahlil Kwame Bell. Bass: Lee Nadel add to the musical mesh. As an aside, McKee, was just recovering from the flu, but her lush contralto remained unaffected.

McKee exploded onto the screen in the Motown-inspired cult musical Sparkle. She starred as a 30s torch singer opposite Gregory Hines in Cotton Club and a 50s Paris-based jazz singer in ‘Round Midnight. On Broadway she starred as Julie in two major productions of Show Boat and off-Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Cover charge per person is $50 weeknights and late shows and $60 for early weekend shows plus either a $30 minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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Cafe Carlyle Cabaret Schedule

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Jan. 10-June 7
WOODY ALLEN & THE EDDY DAVIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND
Every Monday at 8:45 p.m. except Mar. 21 & 28
Special Engagement: Fri., Apr. 8 & Sat., Apr. 9 at 8:45 p.m.
Through March 14: General seating, $110 per person; VIP seating, $165 per person; Bar seating, $85 + $25 drink minimum per person. Dinner required.
Apr. 4-June 7: General seating, $115 per person; VIP seating, $170 per person; Bar seating, $90 + $25 drink minimum per person. Dinner required.
Mar. 15-26
DOUGLAS HODGE
Tues.-Fri. at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs.: General seating, $75 per person; VIP seating, $125 per person; Bar seating, $40 per person
Fri. & Sat.: General seating, $85 per person; VIP seating, $135 per person, Bar seating, $50 per person

Mar. 29-Apr. 16 (No Shows on Apr. 7-9)
NATHAN GUNN WITH JULIE GUNN, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Tues.-Fri. at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs.: General seating, $75 per person; VIP seating, $125 per person; Bar seating, $40 per person
Fri. & Sat.: General seating, $85 per person; VIP seating, $135 per person; Bar seating, $50 per person

Sunday, Apr. 24
EASTER AT CAFE CARLYLE
Celebrate the holiday with families and loved ones alike at our Easter Brunch Buffet. while listening to the musical stylings of Chris Gillespie in the legendary Cafe Carlyle. Seatings available at 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Pricing: $100 per person;$50 per child 12 years and under. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

Apr. 26-May 7
MELBA MOORE
Tues.-Fri. at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs.: General seating, $55 per person; VIP seating, $105 per person; Bar seating, $40 per person
Fri. & Sat.: General seating, $65 per person; VIP seating, $115 per person, Bar seating, $40 per person
Saturday Late Show: General seating, $55 per person; VIP seating, $105 per person; Bar seating, $40 per person
May 10-21
MARIN MAZZIE & JASON DANIELEY
Tues.-Fri. at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs.: General seating, $75 per person; VIP seating, $125 per person; Bar seating, $40 per person
Fri. & Sat.: General seating, $85 per person; VIP seating, $135 per person, Bar seating, $50 per person

May 24-June 3
BETTYE LAVETTE
Tues.-Sat. at 8:45 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs.: General seating, $65 per person; VIP seating, $115 per person; Bar seating, $40 per person
Fri. & Sat.: General seating, $75 per person; VIP seating, $125 per person, Bar seating, $50 per person

June 7-25
LEA SALONGA WITH LARRY YURMAN, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Tues.-Fri. at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs.: General seating, $75 per person; VIP seating, $125 per person; Bar seating, $45 per person
Fri. & Sat.: General seating, $85 per person; VIP seating, $125 per person, Bar seating, $45 per person

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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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IN HER OAK ROOM RETURN FEBRUARY 15-MARCH 12 MAUDE MAGGART DECLARES “EVERYBODY’S DOIN’ IT”

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Beautiful and beguiling, sultry with a touch of coyish kink, young vocalist Maude Maggart, who first captivated Oak Room audiences six years ago with her “transformative interpretations” of the Great American Songbook, returns with a new show exploring varieties of romantic experience.

Proving once again that when it comes to voice, size doesn’t matter. Maggart’s vocal instrument makes up for low decibels with a unique vocal quality, filled with unexpected emotional nuances an an uncanny rapport with her audience.
Sporting a new hairdo and an eye-catching red gown, cut low in the back, the evening begins with a playful riff on Irving Berlin’s “Everybody’s Doin It.” Ms.Maggart continues with such Sinatra classics as “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “The Best is Yet To Come” and “I Wished On The Moon” (recorded by Sinatra with lyrics by Algonquin Round Table doyenne Dorothy Parker). Two by Stephen Sondheim, “More” and “Everybody Says Don’t,”come off with a contrast of humor and humility. But neither can match the poignancy of an exquisite rendition of Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle” which is withheld till much later in the program.

The mood shifts to the 20s, an iconic era for Maude, “A New Kind of Man with a New Kind of Love for Me” and shuttles to the most subtle rendition of Cole Porter’s “Down In The Depths” we’ve encounted in many years.

Maude is beautifully accompanied on piano by John Boswell. The Oak Room does it again. Great value, ever improving food and service, and an array of acts that never disappoint. Maude Maggart is a delight. Don’t miss her.

Shows—from February 15th to March 12th–are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with dinner seating at 7 and drinks seating at 8. There is a $50 cover charge per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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