Rita Wilson to Make Cafe Carlyle Debut this Month
The actress/producer/singer Rita Wilson makes her Café Carlyle debut in a two-week engagement, September 24 - October 4. She and a band including musical director Andrew Doolittle (guitar, background vocals), Alex Navarro (piano, keyboards, background vocals), Lee Nadel (bass) and Rich Mercurio (drums) will perform songs from Wilson's forthcoming second album with original material due out in early 2015, as well as selections from her collection of classics, AM/FM.
Rita's comments on her new music and the upcoming Café Carlyle residency: "I have truly loved writing songs. It's opened up a new way to discover what you feel about something or a way to create something that is deeply personal or, perhaps, isn't necessarily based on personal experience, but on an emotion or idea you want to explore. I'm excited to share these new original songs with the audience."
Performances will begin on Wednesday, September 24 and follow this schedule inclusive of the opening performance: Tuesday - Friday at 8:45pm; and Saturday at 8:45pm & 10:45pm. Reservations made by phone at 212.744.1600 are $80 ($130 for premium seating, $50 for bar seating) Tuesday - Thursday & the Saturday late show; and $105 ($155 for premium seating, $65 for bar seating) on Friday and Saturday. Reservations made online at www.ticketweb.com are $75 ($125 for premium seating) Tuesday - Thursday & the Saturday late show; and $100 ($150 for premium seating) on Friday and Saturday. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).
Rita Wilson is perhaps best known as an actress (It's Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, and recurring roles on CBS' The Good Wife and HBO's Girls) and a film producer (discovered My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), few may be aware that her early show business ambitions were actually musical. Beginning with her 2012 debut album AM/FM (Decca Records) which Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised as "a charming, nostalgic throwback to the soft rock of Los Angeles in the 1970s and early '80s," Rita Wilson has gone on to hone her career as a songwriter, working with celebrated songwriting partners including GRAMMY Award-winner Richard Marx as well as acclaimed songwriters Kara Dioguardi, Jason Reeves, Kristian Bush of Sugarland and more.