Ervin Drake News

Long Island's Landmark On Main Street Celebrates Musical Legend ERVIN DRAKE's 95th Birthday, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

This April, legendary songwriter Ervin Drake will turn 95. A Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mr. Drake has written some of the American Songbook's most beloved classics, including: 'It Was a Very Good Year,' 'I Believe,' 'Tico Tico,' 'Quando Quando Quando,' 'Perdito' and 'Good Morning, Heartache.' 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production of Drake's 'What Makes Sammy Run' (starring Steve Lawrence), which featured songs 'A Room Without Windows' and 'The Friendliest Thing.' On Friday, April 25 at 8 pm, Producer Sandi Durell, Musical Director Jon Weber, and Host Charles Grodin will lead a tribute to Ervin's illustrious career that will feature a star-studded cast of musical theater and cabaret stars (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland with Lillias White, Ethan Pakchar, Douglas Lyons & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

On Monday, January 27, Broadway, jazz and pop performers jammed Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, as they have every Monday for the past ten years! The evening was made especially meaningful with the 5th 'Mentor Monday,' a monthly musical segment that pairs up and coming composers with established artists. Presenter Trevor McQueen combined Broadway's Lillias White with writers Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons, a young songwriting team who began collaborating while touring with The Book of Mormon. The resulting performance was the song, 'Not Meant To Be in Love,' accompanied by Matt Aument, which gave Lillias ample opportunity to be vampy and campy and otherwise leave the audience helpless with laughter. It was a perfect way to introduce the community to Lyons & Pakchar's clever wordplay and catchy melodies! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Frank Wildhorn, Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes Bring AT THE PIANO IN SONG AND STORY to Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 29, 2014

Frank Wildhorn with Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes continues 'At the Piano in Song and Story', featuring Wildhorn's pop, jazz, and theatre songbook at Cafe Carlyle, through February 1st, 2014. Check out phtos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at The Nightlife Awards with Bill Irwin, KT Sullivan & More
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 28, 2014

Winners of the 12th Annual Nightlife Awards and Special Guest Stars joined together to celebrate New York Nightlife on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM at The Town Hall. Special Guest Stars included Stephanie J. Block. Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin, Tony Nominee Jason Robert Brown, Recording and Concert Artist Nellie McKay, and the show's Three-Time Emmy Award-winning host, Bruce Vilanch. Check out a look behind the scenes below! (more...)

New York Festival of Song Continues AFTER HOURS Series with A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU! Today
by Rosie Hertzman - Dec 16, 2013

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG continues its new series NYFOS AFTER HOURS with A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU! Yuletide Classics by Jewish Songwriters. (more...)

Voting Now Open in 18 Categories for 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards, Thru 1/5
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 03, 2013

If you're wondering whether or not 2013 was a fantastic year for the cabaret art form in New York, all you have to do is scan the amazing list of nominees for this year's BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards and you'll know it was one of the best ever. So now it's time for all you cabaret performers and fans to vote for the best singers, musicians, songs, and shows of the year. Voting will continue until Sunday night January 5 and the winners will be announced later that week. We hope that all the winners will be able to perform in the Award show on Sunday night February 23 at Joe's Pub. (more...)

New York Festival of Song Continues AFTER HOURS Series with A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU!, 12/16
by Rosie Hertzman - Nov 18, 2013

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG continues its new series NYFOS AFTER HOURS with A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU! Yuletide Classics by Jewish Songwriters. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tribute to Ervin Drake Plays Iridium
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 18, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment and Iridium NYC last night presented a one-night-only Tribute to Ervin Drake. The evening celebrated the life and music of legendary 94-year-old American songwriter whose works include Great American Songbook standards such as 'It Was A Very Good Year,' which was popularized by Frank Sinatra. Drake, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 also wrote the songs 'I Believe,' 'Good Morning Heartache,' 'Tico-Tico,' 'Perdido,' 'Now I Have Everything,' 'A Room without Windows,' 'AL DI LA,' & 'Quando Quando.' He is also the composer and lyricist of the 1964 Broadway show, What Makes Sammy Run. (more...)

Musical Theater and Cabaret Stars Honors Songwriter ERVIN DRAKE at Iridium Tonight
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 17, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment and Iridium NYC have announced that they will present a one-night-only Tribute to Ervin Drake tonight, September 17th at 8pm. The evening will celebrate the life and music of legendary 94-year-old American songwriter whose works include Great American Songbook standards such as 'It Was A Very Good Year,' which was popularized by Frank Sinatra. (more...)

Musical Theater and Cabaret Stars to Honor Songwriter ERVIN DRAKE at Iridium, 9/17
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 12, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment and Iridium NYC have announced that they will present a one-night-only Tribute to Ervin Drake on Tuesday, September 17th at 8pm. The evening will celebrate the life and music of legendary 94-year-old American songwriter whose works include Great American Songbook standards such as "It Was A Very Good Year," which was popularized by Frank Sinatra. (more...)

ScoBar Entertainment Presents A Tribute to Ervin Drake, 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment will present A TRIBUTE TO Ervin Drake, one night only, Tuesday, September 17th at 8pm. The evening will celebrate the music & life of legendary American songwriter Ervin Drake, whose works include "I Believe," "Good Morning Heartache," "It Was A Very Good Year," "Tico-Tico," "Perdido," "Now I Have Everything," "A Room without Windows," "AL DI LA," & "Quando Quando," to name a few. (more...)

Photo Flash: Five Towns College's Naming Dedication and TOMORROW, THE SUN WILL COME OUT Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2013

Five Towns College is honoring entertainment luminaries for their Contributions to the World of Entertainment by naming four schools, three centers, a theater and a new graduate library after them. The naming dedications are: John Lennon Music & Technology Center, Charles Strouse School of Music, Jule Styne School of Theatre, Maury Yeston School of Education, Stewart F. Lane School of Business, Frank Loesser College Theater, Ervin Drake Popular Music Center, Stanley Cohen College Library, Barbara Siman Dance Center, Richard Hayman Graduate Library and the Nederlander Worldwide Production Center. Scroll down for photos from last month's dedication ceremony! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Maryln Maye's Closing Night at Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 10, 2013

In addition to her New Year's Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye kept the party going with five unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year. 'Marilyn By Request,' in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground. Check out photos from the closing night show below! (more...)

SANDY JORDAN'S WORLD OF JAZZ AND CABARET Film Makes World Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas Today
by Movies News Desk - Nov 18, 2012

'Sandy Jordan's World of Jazz and Cabaret' is a kind of companion film to 'The Zen of Bennett,' a documentary about Tony Bennett by Unjoo Moon. Sandy Jordan -- a star of New York night clubs and cabaret for over three decades -- has focused her incredible experience and energy on a star-studded hour-long documentary film called 'Sandy Jordan's World of Jazz and Cabaret.' The world premiere is today, November 18 at 8 PM at Tribeca Cinemas. It is directed by David Capurso. (more...)

SANDY JORDAN'S WORLD OF JAZZ AND CABARET Film Makes World Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas, 11/18
by Movies News Desk - Nov 10, 2012

'Sandy Jordan's World of Jazz and Cabaret' is a kind of companion film to 'The Zen of Bennett,' a documentary about Tony Bennett by Unjoo Moon. Sandy Jordan -- a star of New York night clubs and cabaret for over three decades -- has focused her incredible experience and energy on a star-studded hour-long documentary film called 'Sandy Jordan's World of Jazz and Cabaret.' The world premiere is November 18 at 8 PM at Tribeca Cinemas. It is directed by David Capurso. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Anita Gillette Plays BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 25, 2012

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presents Tony Award Nominated actress and singer Anita Gillette is presenting two evenings of music and memories while taking what's being described as 'an intimate, touching and hilarious look behind the scenes from Broadway to Hollywood' in her new autobiographical one-woman show "After All." The first event took place last night, September 24 & and the second will happen on Monday, October 1 at 7pm at Birdland (315 West 44 Street, NYC). Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: The 2,000-Year-Old Man Kvells Over Alison Nusbaum's Homage to Mel Brooks' Ladies, Films and Songs at Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Hanks - May 03, 2012

Recent MAC Award-winner Alison Nusbaum had audiences laughing in the narrow aisles of Don't Tell Mama with her hilarious show that paid tribute to everything Mel Brooks. Here's a review from the 2,000-Year-Old Man. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Randie Levine-Miller's SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS Plays Feinstein's
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 30, 2012

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY continued its Spring 2012 season with Randie Levine-Miller's "SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS - A SWELL PARTY" on April 29 starring Tony Award nominated actor Stephen Bogardus, Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu, Bistro Award winner Nicolas King, star lead singer from The Platters Myles Savage, and acclaimed vocalist/actor Kevin Spiritas. (more...)

SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS Features Stephen Bogardus, Jim Brochu and More Tonight, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2012

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will continue its Spring 2012 season with Randie Levine-Miller's "SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS - A SWELL PARTY" tonight, April 29 starring Tony Award nominated actor Stephen Bogardus, Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu, Bistro Award winner Nicolas King, star lead singer from The Platters Myles Savage, and acclaimed vocalist/actor Kevin Spiritas. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Brings HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN TO Feinstein's
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 25, 2012

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY continues its Spring 2012 season with the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer MARILYN MAYE. Her new show - "The Happiest Sound In Town" - is her annual birthday celebration and features some of her most-requested numbers including "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Rain" and "Golden Rainbow." Another highlight of the show, "Come In From The Rain," was a personal favorite of Johnny Carson; Maye performed it many times on "The Tonight Show" at his personal invitation. Maye's recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. The show runs through Saturday, May 5 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

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