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The Lyrics of Nan Knighton

Listen to me, I have beautiful dreams I can spin you, Dreams to linger within you. Close your eyes and we'll ride my carousel.

Featuring the music of Frank Wildhorn, Howard Marren, Martyn Axe, Tim DiPasqua, Jonathan Larson, Robert Lindsey Nassif, Fred Werner.

"I never made a decision. It just was always there. There was no choice about it whatsoever," says Nan Knighton when asked in an interview, when did you decide to write? Ms. Knighton has written for television, cabaret and film and as a lyricist, she has also worked with composers Jonathan Larson (Rent), Robert Lindsey Nassif (Eliot Cleveland) and Howard Marren (Paramour). In 1998 Ms. Knighton received a 1998 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical for The Scarlet Pimpernel (presently on tour) and she is still represented on Broadway and in England with her stage adaptation of Robert Stigwood's Saturday Night Fever (presently on tour).

A showcase saluting Nan Knighton is being presented at Dream Street Cabaret on four consecutive Thursday evenings beginning April 27th. Along with never before heard songs, the evenings will also include songs from Ms. Knighton's The Scarlet Pimpernel. Twenty of Broadway's brightest & newest stars give of their voices with coast-to-coast seasoned favorite, Ken Lundie serving as Musical Director. Stephen Kaplan and Dale Badway are Production Supervisors; Mr. Badway is also the host for the evenings.

The artists scheduled to appear are:

  • Thursday, April 27th; Tom Andersen (Multiple MAC Award Winner), Marc Kudisch (Wild Party, Scarlet Pimpernel), Bryan Batt (Saturday Night Fever, Scarlet Pimpernel), Paige Price (Saturday Night Fever), Chris Sieber (Triumph of Love), Brad Oscar (Jekyll & Hyde), Anne Runolfsson (The Dead, Victor/Victoria), Robert Evan (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miz), Kate Shindle (Jekyll & Hyde, Miss America 1998).

  • Thursday, May 4th; Carolee Carmello (Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade), Dee Hoty (Footloose, Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels), Marc Kudisch, Bryan Batt, Paige Price, Gilles Chiasson (Civil War, Scarlet Pimpernel, Rent), Brad Oscar, Kevyn Morrow (Scarlet Pimpernel), Kate Shindle.

  • Thursday, May 11th; James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever), Alix Korey (Wild Party), Dee Hoty, Brad Oscar, Paige Price, Nancy Opel (Triumph of Love), Frank Mastrone (Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde), Kate Shindle, Anne Runolfsson, Kevyn Morrow.

  • Thursday, May 18th; Tovah Feldshuh (Lend Me A Tenor, Yentl), Orfeh (Saturday Night Fever), Tom Andersen, Brad Oscar, Paige Price, James Carpinello, Nancy Opel, Robert Evan, Dee Hoty, Frank Mastrone.

Dream Street Cabaret's entertainment schedule for Storybook: The Lyrics of Nan Knighton is April 27, May 4, May 11, & May 18, all at 11:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended for these shows; there is a $12.00 cover charge and a $10 minimum (food or drinks). Portions of the proceeds from each show will be donated to BC/EFA. Reservations: (212) 719-5416.

Dream Street Cabaret is brought to you by Sam's Restaurant; New York's Oldest Theatre Bar & Restaurant, 263 West 45th Street. Sam's is open from 11:30 am - 1:00 a.m., Mon. & Tues.; 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 a.m., Wed. - Sat.; and 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sun. Dream Street Cabaret is featured 10:30 p.m. - 4 a.m., Wed. - Sat. Reservations: (212) 719-5416.

Tidbits: In a related note, Tom Andersen got a pleasant surprise when he sat ringside to see Michael Feinstein the other night at his swanky new nightclub, Feinstein's at the Regency. In the middle of the show, Michael pointed out the singer-songwriter to the crowd as "the most tremendously talented vocalist" and wisecracked that "Tom has the kind of voice that makes every other singer want to murder him!" Michael also raved about Tom's "incredible CD 'The Journey' and his incredible songs." After the show, another ringside guest came up to Tom, and it was Judy Collins. She gave Tom her card and said, "I'd love to hear your songs!"

If you haven't seen the five-time MAC Award winner sing, head on over to Dream Street at Sam's on April 27th or May 18th where Tom will sing his signature tune, Storybook, from The Scarlet Pimpernel. "Tom is responsible for the success of that song," says lyricist Nan Knighton, "He's extraordinary. Just listen to his CD!"

See you Sunday!

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