|BIRDLAND THEATER presents T. OLIVER REID in a VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW to benefit BLACK THEATRE COALITION, 2/13|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:43 pm EST 01/22/22|
ACCLAIMED BROADWAY AND CONCERT ARTIST
T. OLIVER REID
IN THE NEW VALENTINE'S DAY SHOW "A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE"
TO BENEFIT THE BLACK THEATRE COALITION
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 7:00 PM
REID IS CURRENTLY APPEARING IN THE TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL "HADESTOWN"
BIRDLAND THEATER will present T. Oliver Reid - the multiple award-winning Broadway and concert artist - in his new show "A Sunday Kind of Love" on Sunday, February 13 at 7:00 PM. Reid is currently appearing on Broadway in Hadestown, the critically-acclaimed, eight-time Tony Award-winning "Best Musical." For lovers leaning into Valentine's Day, Reid's Birdland show will features his favorite romantic songs by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Mike Reid and more. Lawrence Yurman serves as music director. All proceeds will go to Black Theatre Coalition (www.BlackTheatreCoalition.org). There is a $30 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.
T. Oliver Reid is the winner of the 2013 Bistro Award for Outstanding Theme Show, the 2013 MAC Award for Male Vocalist, the 2012 MAC Award for Male-Debut Artist, and the 2011 Julie Wilson Award winner from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. His other Broadway credits include Once On This Island, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, After Midnight, Follies, Sister Act, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Never Gonna Dance, La Cage Aux Folles, The Wedding Singer, Sunset Boulevard, Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees and the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls. He has created several critically lauded nightclub acts, including "Drop Me Off In Harlem" and "Distingué…The Saloon Singer and His Songs: A Tribute to Bobby Short."
BIRDLAND THEATER will present T. Oliver Reid on Sunday, February 13 at 7:00 PM. The show has a $30 cover 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
January 22 and 29 at 5:30 PM (Saturdays) - 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
January 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Twelve-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs winner Natalie Douglas has been called "a true force of nature" by Clive Davis of The Times (UK). She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Cafe Carlyle, The Town Hall, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Pheasantry in London, and at her NYC home club, Birdland where her award-winning "Tributes" monthly residency (Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Nat "King" Cole, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Barbra Streisand and more) ran from Summer 2017 thru January 2020. Natalie has released three albums, including the MAC Award-winning Human Heart. Having also made her mark as a much sought-after educator and actor, she is a Master Teacher for the Mabel Mercer Foundation, the St. Louis Cabaret Conference, and the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference.
$35 tables / $25 bar seating + $20 food/drink minimum
January 31 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman
Harnar salutes Emmy, Grammy, Tony winning songwriter Cy Coleman in his award-winning, critically acclaimed show "A Collective Cy." Expect to hear familiar standards like "The Best is Yet To Come," "Witchcraft," "Hey Look Me Over," "When in Rome," as well as surprises from Coleman's six decade career that included Broadway hits like Sweet Charity. Alex Rybeck conducts The Rhythm of Life Quartet and the show is directed by Sara Louise Lazarus. Jeff Harnar is an award-winning cabaret, concert and recording artist. His Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas. Jeff's televised PBS concerts include "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" and "American Songbook: Stephen Sondheim" co-starring KT Sullivan. Most recently Jeff debuted his own Sondheim show "I Know Things Now." Jeff toured with Broadway's Shauna Hicks in their Symphony Pops Concert "I Got Rhythm: Mickey & Judy's Hollywood." He has won multiple MAC, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards and The Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award. Together with Music Director Alex Rybeck he has released four solo albums. Their musical partnership has taken them across the country, across the high seas and to London, Paris, Oslo. Most recently they won the 2020 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for Best Show for the 30th Anniversary encore engagement at Birdland Theater of "Carried Away," their tribute to Betty Comden & Adolph Green.
$40 cover / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum
February 10-12 (Thursday-Saturday) 8:30 PM (2/10); 7:00 & 9:30 PM (2/11-12) - Birdland Theater
Billy Stritch - "Big Birdland Birthday Bash"
Renowned singer/pianist and Birdland favorite Billy Stritch celebrates a big birthday with his stellar sidemen Tom Hubbard on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums for five shows featuring Billy's unique mix of songs from the jazz canon and the Great American Songbook. In this new set, expect Billy to include personal favorites from his award-winning livestream series "Billy's Place" with special guests. Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in 1991 resulted in her asking him to create vocal arrangements for her record-breaking Stepping Out at Radio Cityl. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Liza, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony's pianist and musical director. As a solo entertainer, he has performed shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls across the country. Billy also serves as music director for such vocalists as Linda Lavin, Marilyn Maye, Linda Eder, Christine Ebersole, and Paulo Szot. He co-wrote the #1 Grammy-winning song "Does He Love You," recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. A new version was released in 2021 by Reba and the legendary Dolly Parton. Stritch is the pianist for "Jim Caruso's Cast Party" open mic night every Monday at Birdland. He has recorded five solo CDs and his latest is "Billy's Place" from Club44 Records.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum
February 21 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Klea Blackhurst: "One of the Girls: the Words and Music of Jerry Herman"
Blackhurst turns her long association with Broadway's Jerry Herman into a new show, "One of the Girls." One of Herman's premier interpreters, Klea became one of "Jerry's Girls" when she starred in the 50th Anniversary Production of Hello, Dolly! When Jerry heard Klea sing one of the cut Hello, Dolly! songs, he invited her to sing with the London Philharmonic and she's been singing his songs ever since. "One of the Girls" focuses on the memorable women in Jerry's life. Both real, like his 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. The show is directed by Mark Waldrop, with musical direction by Michael Rice, who leads the Pocket Change Trio.
$40 + $20 food/drink minimum
February 27 (Sunday) 7:00 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
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