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KLEA BLACKHURST returns to BIRDLAND to reprise her acclaimed JERRY HERMAN tribute, 2/21
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:13 am EST 01/28/22

BIRDLAND

PRESENTS THE RETURN OF
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

ENCORE PERFORMANCE - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

"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 will present the return of Klea Blackhurst: "One of the Girls: the Words and Music of Jerry Herman" on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. After a hit engagement at the venue last fall, Blackhurst will bring back her salute to the beloved songwriter for one night only. "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.

Blackhurst has turned her long association with Broadway's Jerry Herman into a brand new concert, her first new show in almost eight years. 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. A Birdland regular, Klea just completed her 12th Annual engagement of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" with Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso. Their album Christmas at Birdland is available on Club44 Records.

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 will present Klea Blackhurst in "One of the Girls: the Words and Music of Jerry Herman" on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. There is a $40 music charge and a $20 food and beverage minimum. Birdland Jazz Club is located at 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.

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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 29, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 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 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 City. 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 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

February 28 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Matt Baker - "The All New A Rhapsody of Gershwin"
Presenting a new spin on one of America's most celebrated composers, this is Gershwin interpreted like never before, with an all-star line-up from New York's jazz scene including Grammy nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III, Mike Bono on guitar, Kevin Hailey on bass, and Curtis Nowosad on drums. The project brings Rhapsody in Blue to the jazz stage, featuring excerpts of the original piano score arranged and accompanied by the trio, with voice singing the orchestral themes. The show comprises music from Crazy for You, Porgy and Bess, Shall We Dance, An American in Paris, and Concerto in F, plus other gems from the classical and popular worlds of Gershwin, together in an exciting and entertaining program. Baker's credits include touring and performing with vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LaBelle, Veronica Swift, Tierney Sutton, and Judy Collins, as well as guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm. Matt Baker won Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition. In 2017, he released his latest DVD "Live at Birdland."
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

March 21 (Monday) at 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Coco Peru - "Bitter, Bothered & Beyond"
Miss Coco Peru is ready to unleash her thoughts about the past, present and future! Yes, this exhausted dinosaur of drag is not holding back anything in her new show Bitter Bothered & Beyond! Peru has been a household name in the LGBT community for nearly 30 years. She got her start in the early 90's as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of New York, and has since enjoyed an expansive career, ranging from intimate cabaret stages, to television sets in millions of living rooms. She's toured around the world, has over ten million views on YouTube, and has been in multiple cherished films. A veteran of numerous feature films including Trick, To Wong Foo…, and the cult classic Girls Will Be Girls and television shows "Will & Grace" (in a recurring role), "How I Met Your Mother," and "Arrested Development," Coco's voice will soon be heard in the animated Netflix Series "DeadEndia." Coco has also become a viral sensation on social media platforms: Instagram and YouTube. Her series of tributes to great performers, "Conversations with Coco," features live career-retrospective interviews with such luminaries as Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Liza Minnelli, Allison Janney, and the late Bea Arthur.
$40 + $20 food/drink minimum

March 28 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Karen Mason - "Kander & Ebb & All That Jazz!"
Mason returns to Birdland for one night only to share her love of songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb in her new show, "Kander & Ebb…And All That Jazz." As one of the original stars of the off-Broadway production of And the World Goes 'Round, Mason has a personal connection to these legends and their music. A night of unforgettable stories, laughter, and music, including "Ring Them Bells," "My Coloring Book," and "Go Back Home," this show highlights Mason's vocal prowess, charisma, and overall versatility. Mason is the star of Broadway's Mamma Mia, Wonderland , Hairspray, and Sunset Boulevard, as well as the first US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Love Never Dies. She is the also the recipient of the 2019 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Drury Lane Oakbrook, as well as Royal Albert Hall in London. She has eight albums, including her latest release Let the Music Play, featuring the title song from Paul Rolnick and David Friedman.
$40 + $20 food/drink minimum
Link http://www.BirdlandJazz.com
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