59E59 Theaters Launches Cabaret with THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes Jeff Harnar with critically acclaimed cabaret show THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK. THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK begins performances on Wednesday, December 3 for a limited engagement through Friday, December 12. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Please note, the performance times for Friday, December 12 are at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.ticketcentral.com. For more information, visit www.59e59.org.
Jeff Harnar's THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK is a musical revue celebrating the 21 musicals running in New York during the Golden Age of Broadway. From Gypsy, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing, The Music Man and more, a cast of four, featuring Mr. Harnar, Klea Blackhurst, Anna Bergman and David Gaines, toasts this pinnacle of The Golden Age of Broadway.
Rex Reed called THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK, "Big Voices, Big Talents and One Great Song After Another!" The New York Times called it "Superb!" and the Chicago Tribune
declared the show
Jeff Harnar is an award-winning New York cabaret, concert and recording artist. Jeff's New York cabaret engagements include The Oak Room at the historic Algonquin Hotel, Feinstein's at The Regency and, most recently, The Metropolitan Room. His numerous Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward centennial galas, a solo concert at Weill Recital Hall and as Michael Feinstein's special guest in his July Styne tribute at Zankel Hall. Jeff's two seasons of "The American Songbook in London" at The Jermyn Street Theatre were Critic's Choice in The Times, London for eight weeks. This spring Jeff will launch the return of The Cabaret at Pizza on the Park London. Since 1991 Jeff has appeared in eleven of the popular "Lyrics and Lyricists" concerts at The 92nd Street Y and made his debut as Artistic Director and Host in 2008 with an expanded concert version of "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" featuring Special Guest Donna McKechnie. Television appearances include "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" (PBS) and as the singing host of "Gershwin on Ice" starring Dorothy Hamill (A&E). Jeff tours nationally with Shauna Hicks in their symphony "Pops" concert "I Got Rhythm: Mickey & Judy's Hollywood," appearing most recently at New York's Town Hall. Jeff's solo recordings include "Dancing in the Dark" (PS Classics), "Sammy Cahn All the Way," "Because of You: Fifties Gold" and "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" Jeff has won 3 MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) and 4 Back Stage Bistro Awards.
Klea Blackhurst is best known for her award-winning solo shows: Everything The Traffic Will Allow, her acclaimed tribute to Ethel Merman; and, Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway. Her most recent show teaming with Billy Stritch, Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, received a 2007 Backstage Bistro Award. Klea's concert appearances include the London Palladium, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, eight Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions, Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein, Oklahoma! at London's Royal Albert Hall, and New York's 92nd Street Y (Leo Robin & Cole Porter). Klea's theatre credits include: In New York - Bingo, By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony; Regional - Chicago, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Red Hot and Blue, Anything Goes. TV and radio: "Law and Order: SVU," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Sesame Street," "A Prairie Home Companion." CD recordings: "Everything The Traffic Will Allow" and "Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway" and the recently released "Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael" (Ghostlight Records).