Klea Blackhurst, Tony Sheldon & More Set for Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS 2015
Urban Stages announces the line-up for this year's Award Winning Musical event WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, which will begin Wednesday, December 2and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through December 13, 2015 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30thStreet, just East of 8th Avenue). Tickets are $25 per show and may be purchased by visiting urbanstages.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. For complete schedule information, visit urbanstages.org.
WINTER RHYTHMS 2015 marks the seventh year that Urban Stages has brought noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period. The mission of Winter Rhythms is to bring the talents of known and unknown singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York Theater community while performing at Urban Stages Theater. Winner of the 2015 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award, WINTER RHYTHMS benefits Urban Stages' acclaimed Outreach Program, which brings over 200 free "arts in education" presentations to libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs.
Highlights of the twenty show schedule include KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar, Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock, Daryl Sherman and more plus surprise guests in Any Wednesday Sings Again, an opening night reunion of stellar performers from Bart Greenberg's popular CD release concert series held at the former Lincoln Center locations of Tower Records and Barnes & Noble (December 2); Tony Award nomineeRobert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Tony Babino, Alexis Cole, Eric Yves Garcia and more in Happy Birthday, O'Blue Eyes: The Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration, produced & hosted by Broadwayworld.com's Stephen Hanks (December 12); Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon(Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Nancy Anderson (A Class Act, Yank!) andRyan Silverman (Passion) in A Charles Dicken Christmas, a musical written by Douglas J. Cohen, Tom Toce and Robert Owens Scott(December 10 & 12), Raissa Katona Bennett (Phantom, Cats, Parade),KLea Blackhurst (Oil City Symphony, Gypsy, Hazel) and Andrea Frierson(Once on This Island, Lion King, Marie Christine) will be performing inUNTIL NOW...The Songs of Ron Abel & Chuck Steffan including highlights from their Broadway-bound musical, Hazel (December 4);New and Noteworthy Today and New and Noteworthy Tonight, excerpts from new American Musicals by exciting, emerging writers including a one woman portrait of famed singer Mabel Mercer, written & performed by Tony Award winner Trezana Beverley (For Colored Girls...) (December 6); The Algonquin Kid, based on Michael Colby's memoir about growing up at the famed hotel, with Robert Creighton (Cagney, Edwin Drood), Natalie Douglas, Leah Hocking (The Last Ship, Billy Elliot) and Martin Vidnovic (Baby, Guys and Dolls) (December 13); Marissa Mulder and Bill Zeffiro in Unconventional(December 3); Tim Connell in Here's The Thing (December 3); ZaZa Peaks and her Holiday Balls...um Bells or A Holiday Drag Spectacular! (December 4); Sue Matsuki's Two Are Better Than One: An Evening of Famous, Historical Duets! (December 5); Lennie Watts' ROCKARRANGE: Paying Tribute to the Top 20 Groups of All Time (December 5); That Way in Concert by Peter Napolitano and Barry Levitt (December 7); The Best of Ricky Ritzel's Broadway (December 8); Dawn Derow in Songs for a Winter's Night (December 8);Minda Larsen in Johnny Mercer: Trav'lin' Light (December 10); The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Jim, a celebration of the life and works of Jim Henson with Adam B. Shapiro (HBO's The Normal Heart), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera) and more (December 11) and Somewhere in This Song: The Music and Lyrics of Nicholas Levin (December 11).
Winter Rhythms will close on December 13th at 7pm with From All of Us To All of You: Seasonal Songs and Disney, Too! This has become the traditional holiday closing concert and a favorite of audiences, mixing holiday standards with songs from Disney movies. Hosted by Adam B. Shapiro with Savannah & Chase, Nina Hennessy, Deb Berman, Daryl Glenn, Janice Hall, Kathleen France, Kleban Award winner Beth Falcone, Ritt Henn, Helena Grenot, Charlotte Patton, Jamie Hartman, Elli King of Broadway, Warren Schein and more to be announced!
There will be Champagne Receptions with the Artists following the opening and closing night shows and a 60th Birthday Celebration for Mr. Napolitano after the December 7th show.
Participating artists from Broadway, film, television, cabaret, classical music and jazz to include Tony Sheldon, KLea Blackhurst, Nancy Anderson, Robert Cuccioli, KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar, Brian Charles Rooney, Trezana Beverley, Robert Creighton, Leah Hocking, Martin Vidnovic, Russell Fischer, Andrea Frierson, Rebecca Larkin, Tim Connell, Natalie Douglas, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Marissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin, Daryl Sherman, Alexis Cole, Raissa Katona Bennett, Sidney Myer, Minda Larsen, Kristoffer Lowe, Sue Matsuki, Julie Reyburn, Dana Lorge, Warren Schein, Eric Yves Garcia, Adam B. Shapiro, Lennie Watts, Janice Hall, Mick Bleyer, Dawn Derow, Kristin Maloney, Nina Hennessey, Bill Zeffiro, Barry Levitt, Beth Falcone, Daryl Glenn, Edd Clark, Helena Grenot, Matthew Martin Ward, Nicholas Levin, Susan Winter, Joseph Macchia, Tom Gamblin, ZaZa Peaks, Rev. Yolanda, Louvel, Strawberry Fields, Witty Repartee, Ruby Powers, Nomi SAS, Douglas J. Cohen, Tom Toce, Robert Owens Scott, Don Stephenson, Lawrence Yurman, Julian Yeo, Bart Greenberg, Steven Petrillo, James Followell, Ron Abel, Chuck Steffan, Danny Bacher, Rich Flanders, Ann Tarpey Flanders, Ted Stafford, Steven Ray Watkins, Tracy Stark, Cynthia Crane, Gary Crawford, Natasha Castillo, Tommy J. Dose, Karen Mack, Wendy Russell, Jim Speake, Eve Eaton, Rachel Hauser, Lynne Hildebrand, Maria Moncada, Christy Trapp, Alison Nusbaum, Aaron Morishita, Barb Malley, Christina Aranda, Michelle Dowdy, Bob Diamond, Jon Satrom, Ricky Ritzel, Lina Koutrakos, Mark Janas, Neal Kirkwood, Tony Babino, Marcus Goldhaber, Jon Weber, Savannah & Chase, Deb Berman, Elli King of Broadway, Kathleen France, Ritt Henn, Charlotte Patton, Jamie Hartman and more to be announced.