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Photo Flash: John Kander Catches Karen Akers' Oak Room Show

April 12
10:48 AM 2006
Tony-nominated theatre star and cabaret chanteuse Karen Akers (Nine, Grand Hotel) is celebrating the music of Kander and Ebb through May 13th at the Algonquin Hotel's posh Oak Room (59 W. 44th Street). Kander himself recently caught the show and thanked Akers for the tribute.

First You Dream: The Songs of Kander & Ebb will feature an array of favorite songs by the legendary writers of Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and many other shows--including "Maybe This Time," "Married," "The Happy Time," "I Don't Remember You," "Yes," "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," "There When I Need Him," "My Own Space," "Arthur in the Afternoon," "City Lights," "We Can Make It," "Not Enough Magic," "Familiar Things," "Colored Lights" and "First You Dream." The cabaret features musical direction and piano accompaniment by Don Rebic and direction by Richard Niles; Brian Glassman is on bass.
The performance schedule is Tuesdays-Thursdays at 9 PM with two shows Fridays and Saturdays at 9 and 11:30 PM. There is a $60 cover charge plus a food/drink minimum. Call (212) 419-9931 for reservations, or visit for more information.

John Kander and Karen Akers

John Kander and Karen Akers

Karen Akers, John Kander and musical director/accompanist Don Rebic

Karen Akers, John Kander, Don Rebic and bassist Brian Glassman

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.