Euan Morton to Launch LIVE FROM GRAMERCY PARK Cabaret Series at The Players Club on 1/27
Stageworks Media proudly announces the launch of the LIVE FROM GRAMERCY PARK cabaret series at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South). The series will kick-off on Monday January 27th, 2014 with Tony nominee Euan Morton, backed by Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators. Mr. Morton and the six-piece jazz ensemble will perform a repertoire of turn of the century ragtime, 1920′s jazz and depression-era swing by composers such as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington. Show times are at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM (doors open 45 minutes prior to show time). Tickets are priced at $25-$35 (cocktails and light fare will be available, but there is NO food or drink minimum). Tickets are available now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537761.
Euan Morton, a native of Scotland, received an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo. He moved to New York in 2003 to reprise the role on Broadway, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations, as well as the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. His other New York stage appearances include Sondheim on Sondheim and the 2007 revival of Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway; as well as the Off-Broadway productions of Measure For Pleasure at The Public Theater (2006 Obie Award), Tony Kushner's adaptation of Brundibár at the New Victory Theatre, Howard Katz (opposite Alfred Molina) at the Roundabout Theatre, the 2009 American premiere of Leaves of Glass, and the Keen Company's 2013 revival of The Film Society. Regionally he has appeared inthe historic Ford's Theatre's production of Parade (Helen Hayes Award, best actor), as well as in productions at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA; the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Berkeley Rep; Kansas City Rep; Theatreworks in Mountain View; the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Bay Street Theatre. Euan can be heard on various cast recordings and released his debut solo CD NewClear in 2006, followed by Caledonia-the Homecoming in 2011. He has appeared in concert in New York City at the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Town Hall, Joe's Pub, 54 Below, the Metropolitan Room, The Zipper Factory Theater, and Birdland, as well as at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA and The Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., and many other venues all over the country.
Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators is a New York City musical group performing masterpieces from the first generation of jazz. Founded in 2006 by trombonist Matt Musselman, the ensemble consists of Manhattan School of Music graduates assembled in a classic New Orleans configuration (trumpet, trombone, soprano saxophone, piano, tuba and drums) exploring vintage repertoire spanning 1900s ragtime to 1950s swing. In 2007 they were selected for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy where they rehearsed and performed extensively under the mentorship of Christian McBride and Loren Schoenberg.
They have since established themselves as a professional working band through performances at the MoMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montauk Club, 54 Below, The Zipper Factory Theater, the South Street Seaport Museum, the Verdi Square Festival of the Arts, the Slipper Room, the Gershwin Hotel, Bryant Park, and Bargemusic. As a result of their various gigs around the city they have developed several uniquely themed concerts programs which include Hotter Than That: The Music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, Rockin' In Rhythm: Early Ellington Classics, and In A Mist: Bix Beiderbecke and "Symphonic Jazz." Working as a show band, they have collaborated with burlesque and cabaret artists in productions such as Visions of Weimar with Daniel Isengart, Shanghai Nights with Shien Lee, and Big Banana Burlesque with Kristen Tabutt. Through all their efforts, Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators seek to re-establish jazz as a popular American music that can enrich the lives of all people. The line-up is: Matt Musselman, trombone; Bryan Reeder, piano; Will Clark, drums; Russell Moore, trumpet; Vince Nero, saxophones; and Dan Peck, tuba. Visit http://www.grandpamusselman.com/.
Stageworks Media was founded by Michael Barra in 2013 and is focused on developing new plays and musicals for the stage, as well as packaging stage properties for extended lives in film, television, publishing, digital, etc. In addition to the LIVE FROM GRAMERCY PARK series, the company also produces Cynthia Von Buhler's immersive hit Speakeasy Dollhouse, both the long-running Lower East Side production as well as the latest episode, Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth, opening in March 2014 at The Players Club. Stageworks Media is also known for its Stageworks Collection of musicals, which are created to be licensed to High Schools and Community Theatres around the globe. Their first musical,Cyrano de Burger Shack by Jeremy Desmon is slated for an industry presentation in February at 54 Below and will be produced by several notable programs around the country in Spring and Summer 2014.
The Players Club was founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, America's pre-eminent Shakespearean actor, and 15 other incorporators (including Mark Twain and General William Tecumseh Sherman). Located in a Greek Revival townhouse facing historic Gramercy Park, modeled after London's famed Garrick Club, The Players was the first American club of its kind. Its purpose: "The promotion of social intercourse between members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, architecture, sculpture and music, law and medicine, and the patrons of the arts . . ." Today, leaders from a variety of professions in the arts, business, and commerce enjoy The Players' unique spirit of conviviality and discourse. Edwin Booth's bedroom remains on a top floor of the club, undisturbed since his passing in 1893. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of The Players Club.
The concert will be recorded for future VOD and streaming. **Audience members are invited to dress in 1920s/30s attire for the taping.
Euan Morton, backed by Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators will kick-off the LIVE FROM GRAMERCY PARK cabaret series, presented by Stageworks Media, on Monday, January 27th at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $25-$35 (no minimum) and are available athttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537761 .