BIRDLAND presents the return of TELLY LEUNG - Broadway star of "ALADDIN," "ALLEGIANCE," and more - in his new show "BACK TO BIRDLAND," 7/22
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:57 pm EDT 06/18/24

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB

PRESENTS THE RETURN OF


TELLY LEUNG

BROADWAY STAR OF "ALADDIN," "ALLEGIANCE," "GODSPELL," "RENT" AND MORE


IN HIS NEW SHOW

"BACK TO BIRDLAND"


MONDAY, JULY 22

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Telly Leung – Broadway star of the musicals Aladdin, Allegiance, Godspell, Rent, and more – in the new show "Back to Birdland" on Monday, July 22 at 7:00 PM. Leung returns to the Birdland stage after a six-year hiatus that has taken him all over the world as a performer and director. Expect to hear Broadway classics, as well as songs from his solo recordings, featuring a trio of New York's finest musicians with Gary Adler on piano, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass, and Joe Choroszewski on drums. There is a $35 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.



Telly Leung is a Chinese-American, New York City native, Broadway and television performer, recording artist, producer, director, theater arts teacher, and coach. His Broadway and national touring performing credits include Aladdin in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei and Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Television audiences will remember him as Marcel in Season three of "Warrior" (HBO Max), Wes the Warbler on "Glee," as well as his guest star appearances on "Instinct," "Odd Mom Out," "Deadbeat," and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Telly is featured as a performance coach for the Jimmy Awards in the PBS documentary, Broadway or Bust.

He can be heard on many original Broadway cast recordings and has released two solo albums – I'll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) – on the Yellow Sound Label. His EP You Matter is a collection of five songs made during the 2020 pandemic with composer and arranger Gary Adler, with profits benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He co-directed the 2022 Ford's Theatre Gala in Washington, D.C. with Michael McElroy, a ceremony honoring legendary music mogul Clive Davis and South Carolina Congressman James E. Cylburn with the Lincoln Medal of honor, hosted by Phylicia Rashad. Other directing credits include David Henry Hwang's Yellowface (Theatre Raleigh), Rent (UC Irvine), and Godspell (University of Michigan). Telly just returned from Taiwan, where he starred in the musical version of Ang Lee's film, The Wedding Banquet. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. Telly currently lives in Harlem in New York City with his husband, James. @tellyleung. www.tellyleung.com

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Telly Leung in "Back to Birdland" on Monday, July 22 at 7:00 PM. There is a $35 music charge and a $20 food and beverage minimum. Birdland 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 .



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 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 2003. Called "show-business heaven" by The New York Times and "the gold-standard of open mic nights" by The Wall Street Journal, "Cast Party" presents 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). Eric Adams, the Mayor of the City of New York, recently proclaimed, "Whereas, I am enormously proud to lead a city renowned as a global capital of the arts, ‘Jim Caruso's Cast Party' has enriched our dynamic cultural landscape since 2003, and on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, I am pleased to recognize the weekly show's tremendous contributions to our performing arts and nightlife sectors."

$30 + $20 food/drink minimum


Tuesdays 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 on Tuesday nights, and each Lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential New York City entertainment.

$20 + $20 food/drink minimum



June 18 and 25 (Tuesdays) 5:30 PM - Birdland Theater

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


June 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club

Clint Holmes - "Icons: Celebrating 100 Years of Greatness Through Music"

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Clint Holmes and music director Christian Tamburr will celebrate the great music icons of the past century. The show will feature songs and stories about Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Roberta Flack, Bill Withers, Peter Allen, and Stevie Wonder. Although his career spans four decades, Holmes is in the midst of a significant breakthrough. Having spent the last twenty years as one of Vegas's most successful entertainers, he has, over the last several years, achieved tremendous acclaim with solo shows at Café Carlyle and Birdland in New York City. Holmes burst onto the pop landscape nearly 45 years ago with the million-selling smash "Playground in My Mind." His enduring career as a recording artist, showman and entertainer includes tenure as Joan Rivers' sidekick on her late-night television program, a stint as musical feature and event correspondent on "Entertainment Tonight," and his own Emmy-winning talk/variety show. Along with appearing in marquee musicals across the country, he has written the book, music and lyrics to original shows and cabaret acts.

$40 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum


June 25 and July 30 (Tuesdays) 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater

Cashino

The LA and NYC cult hit returns to its roots at Birdland – don't miss the chance to see all four Cashino shows in their original form. Susie Mosher (Hairspray and host of Birdland's "The Lineup") and recording artist John Boswell star as Johnny Niagra and Pepper Cole in a special run of the critically acclaimed multimedia musical show. Each Cashino starts with a different short film about the lives of the two legendary singers as they embark on a quest to become internet entrepreneurs in the early 2000s, followed by a high energy and emotionally charged live set. Known for seamlessly blending ‘80s pop/rock with classic show tunes, Cashino medleys include: "The Queen & I," "Midler on the Roof," "Chicago" and "The Prince & The Poppins." Film cameos include: Kaye Ballard, Dan Bucatinsky, Mo Gaffney, Kathy Najimy, Peter Facinelli, Will Ferrell, Dan Finnerty, Jenny McCarthy, Michael Orland, Tiffani Thiessen, and more. Whether you're a longtime fan or first-timer, get ready for a multimedia musical experience that will rock your world.

$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum


July 15 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club

Nicole Henry

Singer Nicole Henry and her band will return to Birdland after a sold-out debut. The New York Times, Miami Herald, and Jazz Times Magazine have compared the powerhouse jazz vocalist to Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston for her dynamic range, impeccable phrasing, and ability to connect to a lyric. Whether burning through a swing tune or gently caressing a ballad, Nicole truly makes each song uniquely her own and "aims right for the emotional center" (Billboard). Celebrating a 20-year recording career with 8 critically acclaimed chart-topping CDs, Henry is the recipient of a Soul Train Award for "Best Traditional Jazz Performance," and she has garnered four top-ten jazz albums on the U.S. Billboard, JazzWeek, HMV Japan, and U.K. Sweet Rhythms charts. Hot House Jazz said, "few voices can set a listening room on fire, then let it burn into a cinder like Nicole Henry's."
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