KT Sullivan and More to Appear at REMEMBERING MABEL & BOBBY Concert at Town Hall, 5/16
Town Hall was the setting in 1968 of the legendary dual concert of America's leading cabaret performers, the great international club and recording artist Mabel Mercer and the reigning prince of cabaret Bobby Short. In a tribute to these great artists, The Mabel Mercer Foundation will present a lineup of today's leading practitioners of the intimate and enduring art of cabaret. KT Sullivan, Artistic Director of the Foundation, will host the evening.
Scheduled to appear: Joyce Breach, Eric Comstock, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Fasano, Lauren Fox, Eric Yves Garcia, Clint Holmes, Tanya Holt, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Marissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin, Rex Reed, T.Oliver Reid, Ricky Ritzel, Steve Ross, Catherine Russell, Spider Saloff, Lumiri Tubo, Tamara Tunie, Iris Williams, Larry Woodard and surprise guests. The artists will interpret songs from the Mabel/Bobby songbook including Here's To Us, Looking At You, Remind Me, Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor, The Folks Who Live On The Hill, I'm Throwing A Ball Tonight, These Foolish Things, Both Sides Now, Bojangles Of Harlem, and Time Heals Everything.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street. Advance tickets are priced at $100, $50, and $25 and are now available through The Mabel Mercer Foundation at (212) 980-3026 and firstname.lastname@example.org. $500 ($350 tax-deductible) premium patron tickets include a post-performance cocktail reception with the artists in the Round Table Room of the Algonquin Hotel. All listed artists appear subject to their availability. On April 25th any remaining tickets will go on sale at the same prices at The Town Hall box office and Ticketmaster.com (800) 982-2787.
Mabel Mercer graduated from a convent school at 14, and left her native Britain a few years later where she soon became the toast of Paris, gaining the attention and affection of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Cole Porter, whose songs she helped popularized During WWII. Mabel came to New York, where she soon became a favorite of discriminating clubgoers and thrilled a wider audience through her iconic recordings. At the conclusion of a brilliant career, she was honored at the White House in 1983 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Reagan hailed her as a 'singer's singer and "a living testament to the artfulness of American song." Frank Sinatra once said, "Everything I know I learned from Mabel Mercer."
At age 11, Bobby Short left Danville, Illinois to begin a career as a nightclub performer. After a long apprenticeship in big and small cities Bobby was offered a fill-in job at the Cafe Carlyle, where he remained for an illustrious 35 years, frequently as a right of passage for debutantes and their Ivy League escorts, a habit these young fans continued for the rest of their lives. Fortunately for non- New Yorkers, Bobby also pursued a successful recording career, promoting and preserving the songs of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Vernon Duke, Harold Arlen and the Gershwins, while also championing the works of African-American composers Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.