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KLEA BLACKHURST sings JERRY HERMAN in new show at BIRDLAND THEATER for three concerts 10/20-22
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:08 pm EDT 10/04/21

BIRDLAND THEATER

PRESENTS
KLEA BLACKHURST

"ONE OF THE GIRLS: THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF JERRY HERMAN"

DIRECTED BY MARK WALDROP - FEATURING MICHAEL RICE AND THE POCKET CHANGE TRIO

THREE SHOWS, OCTOBER 20-22

"When Klea Blackhurst sings one of my songs, you know exactly what I wanted
my music and lyrics to say. I'm one of her biggest fans." - Jerry Herman

BIRDLAND THEATER will present Klea Blackhurst: "One of the Girls: the Words and Music of Jerry Herman" for three shows from Wednesday, October 20 through Friday, October 22 at 8:30 PM. Blackhurst turns her long association with Broadway's Jerry Herman into a brand new concert, her first new show in almost eight years. "One of the Girls" is produced by Denise Cooper, directed by Mark Waldrop, and features musical direction by Michael Rice, who leads the Pocket Change Trio. There is a $40 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.

Considered one of Herman's premier interpreters, Klea officially became one of "Jerry's Girls" when she starred in the 50th Anniversary Production of Hello, Dolly! at Goodspeed Opera House. But they were introduced years before, when Jerry heard Klea sing one of the cut Dolly songs written for Ethel Merman (the original choice to star in the show.) He immediately invited Klea to sing with the London Philharmonic at the Palladium and she's been singing his songs with symphony orchestras across the country ever since.

"One of the Girls" will focus attention on the powerful, loving and memorable women in Jerry's life. Both real, like his dear mother Ruth, who taught him that you could throw a party simply because "It's Today" and characters like Mame, who encouraged us to "Open A New Window", Dolly Levi, who decided to rejoin the human race "Before The Parade Passes By" and Zaza, who bravely declared, "I Am What I Am." Jerry has lifted wonderful women off the page and into our hearts for almost six decades.

KLEA BLACKHURST is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow. Most recently she appeared Off-Broadway with Hayley Mills in the comedy Party Face, at City Center Stage 2. She starred as Miss Lemon in the Nashville premiere of The Nutty Professor, directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea also played Rose in Drury Lane Chicago's production of Gypsy .

She's performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of Jerry Herman's Broadway with Angela Lansbury, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, 15 Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions, New York's Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Chicago Humanities Festival and as Ado Annie in the BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! Her nightclub engagements include tributes to composer Vernon Duke at Joe's Pub and "Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael," a collaboration with Billy Stritch. On television Klea has appeared in Ryan Murphy's "Pose" and "The Knick" on Showtime. She spent two seasons on the IFC Channel comedy series "Onion News Network." She's done the requisite "Law and Order: SVU," spent a week on "Sesame Street" and was a musical guest on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

BIRDLAND THEATER will present Klea Blackhurst in "One of the Girls: the Words and Music of Jerry Herman" for three shows from Wednesday, October 20 through Friday, October 22 at 8:30 PM. There is a $40 music charge and a $20 food and beverage minimum. Birdland Theater is located downstairs at Birdland Jazz Club, 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com. In compliance with New York City rules for indoor activities, Birdland requires proof of vaccination or a verified medical exemption from all customers, staff, and performers.


UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS AT
BIRDLAND THEATER AND BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB

Every Monday at 9:30 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
"Jim Caruso's Cast Party," a New York institution for almost two decades, is a wildly popular weekly open mic night/variety show that has brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to Birdland since 2004. Called "show-business heaven" by The New York Times and "the gold-standard of open mic nights" by The Wall Street Journal, "Cast Party" will take advantage of the city's post-pandemic nightlife renaissance to keep presenting a potent mix of Broadway stars, jazz swingers and cabaret legends, in addition to new faces and rising talent from every genre. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair, while musical genius Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett) holds court at the ivories and leads the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums).
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
The Lineup with Susie Mosher
"The Lineup with Susie Mosher" is a wild, anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes, ranging from today's hottest headliners to the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Mosher - the noted actress and singer from Broadway and beyond, called "one of those talents you need to see to believe" by Time Out New York - hosts the spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday, and each Lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential New York City entertainment.
$20 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 9, 16, 23, 30 (Saturdays) 5:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano
Hailed as "the truest heir to Bobby Short" in The New York Times, pianist/singer Eric Comstock returns to Birdland with star bassist/composer Sean Smith with songs by everyone from George Gershwin to George Harrison. These two masters met on the Off-Broadway hit Our Sinatra (which Eric co-wrote) and have since worked separately and together around the world. Vocalist Barbara Fasano joins them at Birdland for a swinging Saturday supper where the music and stories are equally great. Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for over 25 years, and has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Art Farmer, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry and many others. Barbara Fasano has been praised as "a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor's intensity in whatever she sings" by The New York Post and "a lyrically sensitive interpreter" by The New York Times. Her latest album Busy Being Free is the recipient of the MAC Award for "Major Recording of the Year."
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 7 (Thursday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw and special guest Erin Kinsey
Hosted by award-winning songwriter Victoria Shaw, "Under the Covers" has become a favorite recurring highlight at Birdland, featuring a wide variety of top-selling songwriters and musical acts from across the pop, rock and country worlds, and offering intimate acoustic performances of huge hit songs, along with the little-known stories behind them. A pop/country songwriter responsible for over 65 million CD sales, she opened for Garth Brooks in Central Park and wrote one of his biggest hits, "The River." Shaw is a two-time Emmy Award-winning composer who also wrote songs for Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Olivia Newton-John, Boyzone, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Tricia Yearwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Michael McDonald. She co-produced the double-platinum debut album of Lady Antebellum.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 10 (Sunday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Ann Kittredge - "Movie Night"
Kittredge, who has worked on Broadway and off and at major venues across the country, presents the show "Movie Nite," which highlights her favorite songs from the movies and draws on the breadth of movie music beginning in 1927 to today. The show includes a stunning folk-opera rendition of the classic "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" as well as a vivid reimagining of the opening number from the 2016 movie, La La Land. From the greatest composers of the golden age of movies to today, Ann brings passion, energy, and her unique storytelling to songs introduced by such luminous talents as Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Doris Day. Alex Rybeck serves as music director with Sean Harkness on guitar. Kittredge is a recipient of the MAC award for her show "One Night Only" at Feinstein's/54 Below, and her evening of Ahrens & Flaherty has garnered rave reviews.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 15-16 (Friday-Saturday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Christina Bianco - "A Lot to Unpack"
Christina's bags are packed for London but before she leaves her hometown this globetrotting, genre-crossing, multi-voiced, multi-wig-wearing funny girl has some serious unpacking to do…from her stint playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in Paris, to her upcoming turn in Little Voice, and how "RuPaul's Drag Race," pirates and glitter curtains saved her life. With the help of her fabulous band and some very special guests, Christina will use music, comedy, and impressions to get to the bottom of her baggage and give New York the farewell performance it deserves! From stage to screen, Bianco's singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. She captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her 'diva' impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. Dubbed "the girl of a thousand voices," Christina has performed on major television programs such as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and NBC's "Today." Her debut live album, Life of the Party , is available on all major music platforms.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 17 (Sunday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Myriam Phiro - "A Tribute to Edith Piaf"
Phiro, a French-Canadian chanteuse who has garnered accolades both as a jazz singer and as a cabaret performer, returns to Birdland with her critically acclaimed Tribute to Edith Piaf, her greatest inspiration. Phiro escorts audiences on a journey through the fascinating and decadent world of Piaf. For this occasion, the vocalist will be accompanied by Hyuna Park on piano and accordion, and Elias Bailey on upright bass. Following sold-out performances at Birdland and Joe's Pub, as well as acclaim for her most recent album Phiro chante Piaf, the evening will feature select songs from the album, captivating untold stories about the icon and special guests including Grammy Award winner Linus Wyrsch on clarinet. By using Piaf's timeless songs to retell the life of the icon, as well as a selection of other well-known French numbers, Phiro is sure to dazzle and entice audiences by recreating the atmosphere of the Parisian nightclubs and cabarets of yesteryear.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 18 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Broadway Booker Revue
Broadway Booker, a mobile-friendly website that allows you to book your favorite Broadway stars for both virtual and in-person events, is bringing their roster of bookable Broadway stars to Birdland for a one-night-only concert! The stars performing include Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), Teal Wicks (The Cher Show), Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls), Tally Sessions (Big Fish), Jackie Burns (Wicked), Kirstin Scott (Rock of Ages), Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls), Justin Sargent (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Ryann Redmond (Frozen).
$40 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 23 (Saturday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Steve Ross - "Back on the Town"
Steve Ross delves into the Great American and International Songbooks for some old favorites, and a couple of songs from contemporary writers, including himself, from America (Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael), England (Noel Coward), France (Charles Trenet) and Germany (Friedrih Hollaender). Ross has been a fixture of the cabaret community in Manhattan for over forty years. In 1981 he re-opened the legendary Oak Room at Manhattan's famed Hotel Algonquin where he held forth for over 15 years. He has appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward's Present Laughter and off-Broadway in his Fred Astaire tribute I Won't Dance. Internationally, he has performed in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Sydney as well as cabarets and theatres across America and on the high seas.
$40 + $20 food/drink minimum

??October 25 (Monday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Karen Oberlin - "Bewitched: The Life and Lyrics of Lorenz Hart"
Oberlin - hailed as one of premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook by both The New York Times and London's Classical Source - will present this brand-new show with dazzling arrangements by Tedd Firth, fleshing out the complexities and genius of Lorenz Hart's songbook while delving into the details of this complicated, troubled and fascinating figure. Lorenz "Larry" Hart transformed the world of lyric writing, and we've never looked back. Where many songwriters had been rehashing love-story tropes, Hart delivered substance and sophistication to create songs that were fresh, substantial, and utterly contemporary. His legendary ability to create intricate yet conversational rhymes remains unparalleled. The show iconic hits such as "A Lady is A Tramp," "Manhattan," "My Romance," and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." Oberlin has received the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Award for Excellence in Cabaret, the New York Nightlife Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year. She has had major engagements at the Algonquin's Oak Room, Feinstein's/54 Below, the Café Carlyle and Birdland, along with performances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Caramoor.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 31 (Sunday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
The Moipei Triplets Embrace New York
The Moipei Triplets (Mary, Maggy and Marta), a vocal trio hailing from Nairobi, Kenya, interpret well-known selections from the American Songbook and dazzle with their illuminating take on Broadway, new and old. They throw in a dash of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to swing, a flash of pop to provoke, and add a traditional Swahili children's song to bring it back home. The talents of these three sisters blend music genres to create an amazing, fulfilling, and entertaining evening. Their musical journey began at the Kenya Music Festival, which awarded them 1st place honors for four consecutive years. They have taken part in cultural festivals in Tanzania, Uganda, Canada, Venezuela, China, and the US. They represented Kenya in the Young People's Festival, at age 12 the sisters were appointed Kenya's first ever UNICEF Child Ambassadors. They were awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC) by the President of Kenya for their outstanding contribution. The show features music direction by Phil Reno and is directed by Matthew Inge.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

November 7 (Sunday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Linda Purl with Billy Stritch Trio - "Songs for Jumping Back Into Life!"
Purl is known for her roles on multiple iconic television series. Besides being Fonzie's fiancée on "Happy Days," Matlock's daughter Charlene Matlock, Pam's Mom/Steve Carell's girlfriend on "The Office," she has starred in over 47 made-for-TV movies. A recurring role on "Homeland" has been among her favorites and she is currently recurring on the new HBO Max series, "Hacks." Past concert venues include Feinstein's / 54 Below, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Catalina Jazz Club, Colorado Springs Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Club Raye in Paris, and Satin Doll in Tokyo. She has performed with the Glenn Miller, Diva Jazz and Orlando Jazz Orchestras. On Broadway, she appeared in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and Off-Broadway in Mr. Toole and The Baby Dance. Her solo albums include Alone Together, Midnight Caravan, Up Jumped Spring and the new release Taking a Chance on Love.
$30 Cover, $10 food/drink minimum

November 21 and 28 (Sundays) 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Gabrielle Stravelli and The Tim Armacost Quintet
Award winning-vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost make a formidable front line for their hard-hitting quintet featuring pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O'Leary and drummer Eric Halvorson. Gabrielle's voice and Tim's sax blend seamlessly whether playing their own original compositions or the group's adventurous arrangements of songs from pop, jazz, the American Songbook and more. Gabrielle has headlined international jazz festivals including the WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival, the Providencia Jazz Festival in Chile, the All That Jazz Festival in Bahamas and the 2014 Maree Sonore Festival in Venice. Dream Ago, her 2017 release primarily of original material, received a 5-star review from Downbeat and her 2019 release celebrating Willie Nelson was featured in the Wall Street Journal. After a life of travel and discovery on three continents, Armacost is one of the most important improvisers on the New York scene, with a big tenor sound and an impeccable rhythmic sense. Tim has worked with jazz greats including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, and Randy Brecker. He has recorded 12 critically acclaimed records as a leader, performed on more than 50 as a sideman, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As an educator, Tim has lead clinics at universities throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe, in addition to teaching and performing abroad with the U.S. State Department's Rhythm Road program.
$30 Cover, $10 food/drink minimum

November 22 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Freda Payne - "Let There Be Love" CD Release Concert
Grammy-nominated Freda Payne, celebrated R&B and jazz chanteuse, shot to fame with her #1 hits "Band of Gold," and "Bring the Boys Home." The singer has graced the stage in such Broadway shows as Jelly's Last Jam, Sophisticated Ladies, and Blues in the Night. She's recently toured the country with her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Payne's latest recording, "Let There Be Love," is an EP of duets with Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Lattimore, and Johnny Mathis, with arrangements by Gordon Goodwin. The recording demonstrates her ability to sell a lyric vocally and her facility with jazz, swing, and improvisation. Payne got her start singing with big bands and then sang with Duke Ellington in New York where she landed her first record deal, a jazz album on Impulse!. Freda went on to perform with Quincy Jones's big band and recorded with the legendary producing team of Holland, Dozier & Holland on Invictus. She was a Grammy nominee for Best R&B Vocal Performance for "Band of Gold" and for the album Contact.
$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum

November 22 (Monday) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
Christine Lavin
Lavin is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, author, and videographer based in New York City. Her show at the Birdland Theater will be a combination of her most requested songs with a unique modern twist. Because her passion over the years has always been promoting the work of other songwriters, she will have one of them do a cameo performance as part of her concert. Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond, including Australia, Germany and Israel). Her songs of hers have been performed by Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, Karen Ziemba, Andrea Marcovicci, and more. In June 2021 Christine's new song "The Best Summer" hit #12 on the International Folk DJ Music Chart.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum
Link http://www.BirdlandJazz.com
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