The Ziegfeld Society to Present Karen Oberlin's Doris Day Tribute 'SECRET LOVE'
Written by Ms. Oberlin, with musical direction by Tex Arnold, SECRET LOVE: A Tribute to Doris Day delves deeply into the life and music of this fascinating and important cultural phenomenon, from Doris Day's early beginnings touring with a big band to her twenty-year career in films, becoming one of the most acclaimed actresses and singers of the 20th Century and the highest paid woman in Hollywood history. The musical biography, which also deals with Day's personal life, her teenage pregnancy and her tumultuous marriages, features such Doris Day standards as "Que Sera, Sera," "Sentimental Journey," and the Academy Award winning title song, as well as many rarely performed songs, that show the many sides of this intriguing icon.
Karen Oberlin costarred in the hit Off-Broadway musical OUR SINATRA, as Maureen in the first staged incarnation of Jonathan Larsen's RENT, had a recurring role on "All My Children", and has costarred in films including The Pig Farm. She received the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Donald F. Smith Award, the Nightlife Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year, a Bistro Award for Outstanding Achievement and multiple MAC Awards. Miss Oberlin has headlined at such prestigious venues as the Cafe Carlyle, Feinstein's/54 Below, Birdland, the Metropolitan Room, the Oak Room at the Algonquin and Carnegie Hall, the Royal Room at the Colony in Palm Beach, the Crazy Coqs in London's West End, and later this year she will return to Paris to play the Club RaYé. She had the honor of being part of the first-ever Cabaret Conventions in both Philadelphia and the Hamptons, and has performed annually in the New York shows at both Jazz at Lincoln Center and at Town Hall, where she was also featured in the Broadway By The Year series. Her critically-acclaimed recordings include "Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day," a live recording at the Algonquin's Oak Room, a duo CD with virtuosic guitarist Sean Harkness, and compilations including the newly discovered musical by Duke Ellington and Herb Martin, "Renaissance Man," and "Secret Ellington", which featured Joe Lovano, Grover Washington, Jr., and Freddy Cole, among others.
All proceeds from admission to SECRET LOVE: A Tribute to Doris Day will benefit The Ziegfeld Society of New York City, a not-for-profit organization that aspires to enlighten, entertain and educate current and future generations of theatergoers and young artists about the legendary performers, songwriters and creators of our vast musical theater heritage. Monthly performances featuring Broadway stalwarts performing alongside young up-and-coming artists, as well as presentations by authors and screenings of lost film and television musicals, are presented for seniors, students and the general public at modest, affordable prices.
The Ziegfeld Society's 2016-2017 season concludes with Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner Walter Willison's WE'LL TAKE A GLASS TOGETHER: The Songs of Robert Wright & George Forrest from MGM to Grand Hotel, with special guest stars including Tony Award winner Liliane Montevecchi and Lee Horwin and others, featuring special arrangements and musical direction by TZS Executive producer Mark York (JUST Jim Dale) on June 24th.
Tickets for Karen Oberlin in SECRET LOVE: A Tribute to Doris Day are $23 for General Admission, $15 for Seniors, and $12 for Students. All contributions are tax deductible. For reservations call 917-371-5509 or visit www.theziegfeldsociety.com.
Photo by Bill Westmoreland