Barbara Cook (11/14) and Leslie Uggams, Marilyn Maye, and Christine Andreas (12/19) To Perform One-Night-Only Concerts at Town Hall
Legendary concert artist and Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook returns to New York City's Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue & Broadway,) on Thursday, November 14th at 8 PM with a new evening of song (and stories) as she continues to explore her newly-developed repertoire of jazz and swing, while also reprising her now-classic renditions of songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.
Five weeks later, on December 19, 2013, Town Hall will overflow with the musical joys of the season when three extraordinary talents, Leslie Uggams, Marilyn Maye and Christine Andreas take the stage for Holiday Belles. These award-winning singers will bring their unique and diverse talents to the celebration, performing songs from the musical theater and the American Songbook, as well as holiday favorites. The concert, conceived and directed by Michael Bush, will feature each singer performing her own individual set, and then bring them together for a very merry finale of holiday melodies.
Joanne and Bernie Furshpan of Furshpan Productions will be presenting these special Town Hall shows. "We are honored to present the legendary Barbara Cook at Town Hall. The intimate setting brings her even closer to her adoring audience," says Furshpan, who is Managing Partner of Metropolitan Room, and has produced and promoted historic concert events with his company Big Fish Productions at Avery Fisher Hall and Hammerstein Ballroom. "And Holiday Belles will be a truly memorable evening. It's rare that three such spectacular singers and much-loved ladies such as Leslie Uggams, Marilyn Maye, and Christine Andreas get a chance to share a stage. It's only fitting that this event take place during the holidays because it's a real gift to the cabaret and concert lovers of New York."
Considered "Broadway's favorite ingénue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Ms. Cook launched a second career as a concert and recording artist. She has been honored with the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, has been designated a Living New York Landmark, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. A 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, Miss Cook recently returned to the Broadway stage after a 23-year absence, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Sondheim on Sondheim. Ms. Cook's latest solo recording, Loverman, was released by DRG Records.
A Tony and Emmy-Award winning performer, Leslie Uggams started her career at the age of nine, opening at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for such legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. At 15, she appeared as a contestant on the quiz show "Name That Tune" and was seen by Mitch Miller, who signed her to a recording contract with Columbia Records and made her a regular on his TV program "Sing Along with Mitch." Ms. Uggams alternated nightclub appearances and television roles (including her award-winning role in "Roots") with stage work and won a Tony Award in 1968 for her Broadway debut as the lead in Hallelujah Baby. Ms. Uggams tours around the country, performing her acclaimed concerts and received rave reviews for her newest CD "On My Way to You--The Songs of Marilyn and Alan Bergman."
Marilyn Maye spent years perfecting her craft in amateur contests, nightclubs, and on radio (she starred in her first radio show at age 11), until Steve Allen discovered her and invited her to The Tonight Show when he was host. This led to a recording contract with RCA that produced seven albums and 34 singles, including her hits "Cabaret" and "Step to the Rear." After Ed McMahon caught her act in New York, she appeared on The Tonight Show for the first of an astounding 76 appearances. Ms. Maye also made the transition to theatre, starring in productions of Can Can, Follies, Mame and Hello Dolly. Today, as a mainstay on cabaret stages coast to coast, her glowing reviews once again confirm the kudos she received early in her career when Johnny Carson dubbed her "Super Singer," Ella Fitzgerald called her "The greatest white female singer in the world," and The Houston Chronicle named her "A National Treasure." (Please click on Page 2 below to continue.)