Lea Salonga Returns to Cafe Carlyle in May; Box Office Opens
New York, March 13, 2013 -- For those who missed Tony winner Lea Salonga's sold out opening act for this year's Lincoln Center presents "American Songbook" and her highly praised performance as "Mother" in the recent concert presentation of the Broadway musical "Ragtime," here is another chance to watch the accomplished performer on the New York stage: Salonga is returning the third time to the intimate cabaret space at Café Carlyle at Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th St.) from Tuesday, May 21 to Sunday, June 8.
"Ms. Salonga's bright, metallically edged voice is a shiny all-purpose instrument that confidently establishes its dominion over whatever musical setting surrounds it," wrote Stephen Holden, music critic of The New York Times, who attended one of Salonga's performances, directed by Daniel Kutner, at the famed venue two years ago.
This year, Victor Lirio, who co-conceived and directed Salonga's warmly received "American Songbook" concert two months ago, reunites with the singer as her show director at Café Carlyle.
"We're still in the creative process of building the programme for the concert; but it will be a very personal one for Lea," Lirio told BroadwayWorld.com.
"Concertgoers may expect original arrangements, too," he added.
Lawrence Yurman, musical director for the short-lived Broadway revival of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," was Salonga's musical director at her previous cabaret stints at Café Carlyle and for "American Songbook."
Yurman's mashup of "Blackbird," music and lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and "A Quiet Thing," from the musical "Flora the Red Menace," music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, has been one of our personal favorites.
However, as of press time, we have not confirmed Yurman's involvement in Salonga's upcoming cabaret series.
In the meantime, you can make reservation at Café Carlyle by calling 212-744-1600 or visiting www.opentable.com.
Tuesday to Thursday, 8:45 p.m.
General Seating: $75 per person/ Bar Seating: $45 / Premium Seating: $125
Friday, 8:45 p.m. to Saturday, 8:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m.
General Seating: $85 per person/ Bar Seating: $50 / Premium Seating: $135
Photo by Oliver Oliveros