Johnny Mercer News

Date of Birth: November 18, 1909
Date of Death: June 25, 1976 (66)
Birth Place: Savannah, GA, USA
Gender: Male
Washington National Opera Announces Full Schedule for American Opera InitiativeWashington National Opera Announces Full Schedule for American Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced details for the fourth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. Three pairings of new opera composers and librettists—Christopher Weiss and John de los Santos, David Clay Mettens and Joshua McGuire, and Sarah Hutchings and Mark Sonnenblick—will premiere new one-act operas, each based on a contemporary American story, in a semi-staged concert performance on December 2, 2015 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Composer Luna Pearl Woolf and librettist Caitlin Vincent, an alumnus of the program's second season, will present their new hour-long work Better Gods—based on the life of Queen Lili'uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii—on January 8 and 9, 2016 in the Terrace Theater. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Nick Blaemire & Ben Fankhauser Sing Alexander Sage Oyen's 'Brothers'BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Nick Blaemire & Ben Fankhauser Sing Alexander Sage Oyen's 'Brothers'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 24, 2015

Here is Ben Fankhauser (Newsies) and Nick Blaemire (Found) singing 'Brothers,' a new song by Alexander Sage Oyen from his original musical A Night Like This.   (more...)

Music Legend Tony Bennett and Jazz Pianist Bill Charlap Record The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome KernMusic Legend Tony Bennett and Jazz Pianist Bill Charlap Record The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

Columbia Records is proud to announce the release ofThe Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, a new album from American musical legend Tony Bennett and acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap, arriving Friday, September 25, 2015. (more...)

Ann Hampton Callaway to Release New Christmas Album This FallAnn Hampton Callaway to Release New Christmas Album This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS is a new collection of Christmas songs interpreted by multiplatinum-selling singer, Tony nominated actress, pianist and leading champion of the American songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway, with lyrics by two-time Emmy® Award winner William Schermerhorn, and featuring twenty-nine of the world's best jazz musicians, including Five Play, New York Voices, Hubert Laws, Claudio Roditi, Gerald Albright, The Ted Rosenthal Trio and more. The recording will be released on Friday, October 9 by the MCG Jazz record label (Marty Ashby, producer). (more...)

The RRazz Room at the Prince Opens 9/18The RRazz Room at the Prince Opens 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

The RRazz Room at The Prince is an intimate venue programmed by the entrepreneurs who created the infamous and iconic RRazz Room in San Francisco. The RRazz Room brand has become synonymous with quality entertainment presented at its purest and most intimate form. The unique space allows patrons to experience all their favorite entertainers up close and personal. The RRazz Room venues (also located in Coral Springs, FL, South Miami-Dade, FL, and New Hope, PA) present performances by local and national artists from a wide variety of musical and theatrical genres including Broadway, pop, opera, gospel, drag, comedy, rhythm & blues, and jazz. The RRazz Room at the Prince is located within the historic Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 (near the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets on the Avenue of the Arts). (more...)

Gabrielle Stravelli Launches New Podcast 'Big Modern Music'Gabrielle Stravelli Launches New Podcast 'Big Modern Music'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

GABRIELLE STRAVELLI - the celebrated pop/jazz singer hailed for her "natural effervesce, undiluted joy and remarkable voice" by The New York Times - presents the second episode of her podcast "Big Modern Music with Gabrielle Stravelli," which features monthly interviews with stars of jazz, pop and beyond. (more...)

Tommy Tune Helps Chicago Human Rhythm Project Celebrate 25th AnniversaryTommy Tune Helps Chicago Human Rhythm Project Celebrate 25th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

 The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), celebrating 25 years of creating community through American tap and contemporary percussive arts in world-class, innovative performance, education and outreach programs, welcomed 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th Anniversary Jubalee Gala. This special evening, hosted by WGN's Dean Richards, took place July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. Attended by 270 people, the event raised $212,000 from a combination of ticket sales, silent and live auction proceeds, table sponsorships and individual and corporate contributions. (more...)

Music, Dance, Silent Films and More Slated for Schimmel Center's 2015-16 SeasonMusic, Dance, Silent Films and More Slated for Schimmel Center's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Schimmel Center at Pace University is proud to announce the 2015 | 2016 season at The Schimmel Center at Pace University, located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan, adjacent to City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Schimmel Center is a world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on showcasing the globe's greatest talents in the areas of theatre, music, cabaret, dance, film and family entertainment.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: With Rhythmic Enthusiasm, NINA HENNESSEY & RAY MARCHICA Host Jazzy Set at BirdlandBWW Reviews: With Rhythmic Enthusiasm, NINA HENNESSEY & RAY MARCHICA Host Jazzy Set at Birdland
by Alix Cohen - Aug 3, 2015

With new Sunday evening Jazz Party host Carole J. Bufford performing elsewhere last night, the Birdland Jazz Club recruited drummer Ray Marchica and his vocalist wife Nina Hennessy (right), who rounded up some of their talented friends for an evening of vocal and instrumental jazz, new compositions, and golden standards. Marchica's band featured Sean Harkness on guitar, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Bob Quaranta on piano. Special guests included vocalist Marissa Mulder and composer/pianist Ian Herman. (more...)

Marc Shaiman Talks Iconic TONIGHT SHOW Moments, Bette Midler, Theatre Roots & MoreMarc Shaiman Talks Iconic TONIGHT SHOW Moments, Bette Midler, Theatre Roots & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 30, 2015

A music master reflects on some career highlights! (more...)

Broadway's Saunders Siblings to Play 54 Below, 8/3Broadway's Saunders Siblings to Play 54 Below, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway's Saunders Siblings on August 3 @ 9:30pm. Family never sounded so good! Alanna Saunders (NBC's Peter Pan Live!), Heath Saunders (Lennon: Through A Glass Onion), Claire Saunders (Nancy Meyers' The Intern) and Trent Saunders (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway) will rock you with a mix of pop and contemporary Broadway. You won't stop smiling as these four take you on a comic journey into their surprising, mixed-up, close-knit family. Go on, challenge yourself to pick your favorite between identical twins Alanna and Claire. You've never heard songs from Adele, Anastasia (the movie), Sam Smith and Jason Robert Brown sung quite this way before. (more...)

Jeffrey Brian Adams and More to Lead DOGFIGHT at San Francisco Playhouse This FallJeffrey Brian Adams and More to Lead DOGFIGHT at San Francisco Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

San Francisco Playhouse opens its thirteenth Mainstage season with the San Francisco premiere of the musical Dogfight, directed by Bill English. The show will feature Jeffrey Brian Adams* (Promises, Promises), Jordan Bridges, Caitlin Brooke, Nikita Burshteyn, Brandon Dahlquist*, Sally Dana*, Kathryn Hart, Andrew Humann, Amy Lizardo*, AeJay Mitchell, and Michael Gene Sullivan*. (more...)

YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME: THE SONGS OF ANDRE PREVIN Set for Sterling's Upstairs, 8/2YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME: THE SONGS OF ANDRE PREVIN Set for Sterling's Upstairs, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME: THE SONGS OF ANDRE PREVIN on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: With His Intimate Frank Sinatra Tribute Show at the Metropolitan Room, RICHARD MALAVET Raises His Vocal GameBWW Reviews: With His Intimate Frank Sinatra Tribute Show at the Metropolitan Room, RICHARD MALAVET Raises His Vocal Game
by John Hoglund - Jul 19, 2015

Near the end of his exceptional new show, Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra at the Metropolitan Room, Richard Malavet recalls famed radio personality William B. Williams who once said: "Frank Sinatra is the most imitated, most listened to, most recognized voice of the 20th century." Williams did not exaggerate. Consequently, in this centennial year of Sinatra's birth, there will be many observations of the man known as "The Voice." For his tribute to Sinatra, Malavet did his homework. In this meticulously researched, respectful homage, he turns his talents to the more personalized aspects of the pop star's recording years, from 1939-1968, when musically, Sinatra became synonymous with songs of heartache and loneliness. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Revue Celebrating the Austin Cabaret Theatre at 54 Below is a Crazy Quilt of Performers in Mixed Bag of a ShowBWW Reviews: Revue Celebrating the Austin Cabaret Theatre at 54 Below is a Crazy Quilt of Performers in Mixed Bag of a Show
by Alix Cohen - Jul 17, 2015

Stuart Moulton's Austin (Texas) Cabaret Theatre (may it thrive and prosper) turned 15 in tandem with his own 50th birthday. In celebration on Wednesday night, the Theatre's Artistic Director (also a performer himself) invited alumni and hopefuls to strut their stuff on the stage of 54 Below. The result was a wildly mixed bag of a show--featuring a few great vocalists and infectiously enthusiastic wannabes--which ran so exhaustively long that Moultan was able to change his clothes twice. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Gregory Nalbone Charms with Uneven THE SOUNDS OF MY HEARTBWW Reviews: Gregory Nalbone Charms with Uneven THE SOUNDS OF MY HEART
by David Clarke - Jul 17, 2015

Having appeared on many of New York City's cabaret stages, Gregory Nalbone returns to the Metropolitan Room with The Sounds of My Heart. Directed by Lennie Watts and music direction by Kenneth Gartman, this show showcases Nalbone's baritone register and Pop-Broadway instrument and allows him to bare his soul as he sings some of his and our favorite tunes. (more...)

Connecticut Cabaret Theatre to Present Tony Bennett Salute 'I LEFT MY HEART'Connecticut Cabaret Theatre to Present Tony Bennett Salute 'I LEFT MY HEART'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called 'the greatest singer in the world,' Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Texas Treasure Holland Vavra Flys Audiences to the MoonBWW Reviews: Texas Treasure Holland Vavra Flys Audiences to the Moon
by David Clarke - Jul 15, 2015

Last December, Texas treasure Holland Vavra made her 54 Below debut in Cuz We're F#cking Talented, a concert where a handful of artists showed off their skills. Last night, she made a special trip from Houston to premiere her tribute to Frank Sinatra, Holland at the Sands: My Blue Eyed Sinatra. With her own brand of lovable, quirky humor and her golden instrument, Vavra made her solo cabaret debut a delightful spectacle. (more...)

BWW TV: Jonathan Brielle, Roz Ryan & More Perform at Annual Broadway Under the StarsBWW TV: Jonathan Brielle, Roz Ryan & More Perform at Annual Broadway Under the Stars
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2015

The Development Wing presented its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The exclusive, one-night-only event was hosted by acclaimed writer/lyricist Jonathan Brielle, Artistic Director of The Development Wing and Vice President of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, and featured musical performances by Broadway's best, including Roz Ryan (Chicago, Ain't Misbehavin'), Cole Burden (Murder Ballad), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera), Ken Prymus (Cats, The Wiz), Patricia Noonan (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice), along with young artists,Jenna Downs, Jake Swain, and more. With Musical Direction by Jeffrey Klitz, Broadway Under the Stars took place on the grounds of the historic Vala Maison, an exquisite country-style estate located in Tewksbury, New Jersey. (more...)

BWW Reviews: REBEKAH LOWIN Displays Her Talented New Voice In Uneven Eva Cassidy Tribute at Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: REBEKAH LOWIN Displays Her Talented New Voice In Uneven Eva Cassidy Tribute at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Jul 10, 2015

Rebekah Lowin is a pretty, personable young woman with a voice that, at its best, can be ethereal. A recent Columbia University grad, Lowin first made an impression on cabaret audiences in October 2013 with an appearance at the Cabaret Convention and a show at 54 Below. Her new offering at the Metropolitan Room, I Know You By Heart, is built around the songs of Eva Cassidy, who inspired Lowin's devotion when she was in the sixth grade and held steadfast for five years of repeated listening. Virtually unknown outside Washington, DC during her lifetime, Cassidy's posthumous compilation Songbird topped the charts in 1998. (Ms. Cassidy died of cancer in 1996.) Lowin looks rather like her subject and appears to have similar range, if a less mature voice. (more...)

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