Johnny Mercer News

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    Johnny Mercer News

    Date Of Birth:
    November 18, 1909
    Date Of Death:
    June 25, 1976 (66)
    Birth Place:
    Savannah, GA, USA
    Gender:
    Male
    BWW Reviews: JEFF MACAULEY's Charming, Sophisticated Tribute to the Music of Henry Mancini Hits All the Right Notes at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: JEFF MACAULEY's Charming, Sophisticated Tribute to the Music of Henry Mancini Hits All the Right Notes at the Metropolitan Room
    by Remy Block - Jul 2, 2015

    In Mr. Lucky, Jeff Macauley's urbane cabaret show featuring the songs of Henry Mancini, (which recently finished a three-show run at the Metropolitan Room) you learn that the famed composer came by his luck and success the old-fashioned way: single-minded purpose fueled by hard work and determination. Yet, Macauley, a former Bistro Award winner, makes telling Mancini's story look so easy. Debonair in his impeccable suit and fashionable specs, the singer uses a light touch to deliver songs he was determined to bring out of the background and into the spotlight. (more...)

    Ken Greves to Play Cafe Noctambulo on July 2Ken Greves to Play Cafe Noctambulo on July 2
    by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

    Ken Greves, performing music from his new CD, will appear at Cafe Noctambulo on Thursday, July 2nd at 8pm with Frank Ponzio (piano), Saadi Zain (bass) and Jacob Melchior (drums).  (more...)

    BWW Reviews: EVAN STERN & STEVE ROSS Are Utterly Charming at The Player's Club In Examining Southern Influence On the Songs of Johnny MercerBWW Reviews: EVAN STERN & STEVE ROSS Are Utterly Charming at The Player's Club In Examining Southern Influence On the Songs of Johnny Mercer
    by Alix Cohen - Jul 1, 2015

    Monday night at the upstairs library at The Player's Club, young actor/vocalist Evan Stern collaborated with one of cabaret's treasures, the veteran pianist/arranger/vocalist Steve Ross on a show illuminating the influence of a southern upbringing on the work of iconic songwriter and Savannah, Georgia native Johnny Mercer. The piece was beautifully put together with Stern's intermittent repartee (never dropping a musical stitch), reflecting his skills as an actor as well as a writer. (more...)

    The Kennedy Center to Host 10th Annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop This SummerThe Kennedy Center to Host 10th Annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop This Summer
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

    The Kennedy Center, in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the National New Play Network (NNPN)-the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays-and with Stanford University's National Center for New Plays, will host more than 50 playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs from July 25 to August 2, 2015 as part of the 10th annual weeklong MFA Playwrights' Workshop featuring new works by MFA students from Columbia University, Northwestern University, Fordham University, Yale School of Drama, the Juilliard School, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts, University of California-San Diego, and the Juilliard School. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Displaying Vintage Performing Savoir Faire, DANNY BACHER Swings The Louis'--Armstrong, Prima, Jordan--at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: Displaying Vintage Performing Savoir Faire, DANNY BACHER Swings The Louis'--Armstrong, Prima, Jordan--at the Metropolitan Room
    by Alix Cohen - Jun 28, 2015

    Danny Bacher has the performance ease of an artist who's spent twice his years on the circuit. His preternatural feel for swing delivers scrupulous control, hip, unfussy phrasing, nuanced inflection, and the kind of fluent, savory scat “wordless vocables” I haven't heard from a man in some time, certainly not one so young. His soprano saxophone and singing are so like one another in attitude and energy, Bacher epitomizes the musician whose instrument acts as solid manifestation of voice. His new CD release celebration show at the Metropolitan Room, Swing That Music (last performance of a four-show run today at 4 pm) is a jazz tribute to the three Louis: Louis Armstrong--Satchmo (1901-1971), Louis Prima--The King of Swing before Benny Goodman came along (1910-1978), and Louis Jordan--King of the Jukebox (1908-1975.) Musical numbers get along like the old friends they are, brushing shoulders, poking one another in the ribs, slapping backs. The show is well paced with next to no patter. Danny Bacher is the real deal; a musician to watch. (more...)

    Gabrielle Stravelli to Debut New Songs at Cornelia Street Cafe, 7/13Gabrielle Stravelli to Debut New Songs at Cornelia Street Cafe, 7/13
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

    ?GABRIELLE STRAVELLI - the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist called an "outstanding singer" by The Wall Street Journal and "hotter than the equator" by The Village Voice, will debut at The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street in New York) on Monday, July 13 at 8:30 PM. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Enchants at Wolf TrapBWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Enchants at Wolf Trap
    by Emma Kouguell - Jun 24, 2015

    An evening with - the only - six-time Tony Award recipient Audra McDonald is more than listening to her rich, versatile voice sing both older and more recent treasures. Ms. McDonald chooses songs that have strong stories both for her and within the song itself. Her ability to capture these narratives through her voice is one of the many reasons Ms. McDonald is such a brilliant actress and singer. The opportunity to see Ms. McDonald work her magic live is enchanting, to say the least. (more...)

    Riley Thomas to Return to NYMF with WEARING BLACK This JulyRiley Thomas to Return to NYMF with WEARING BLACK This July
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

    THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL and DARK PROPHETS PRODUCTION LLC are pleased to announce the world premiere production of Wearing Black, winner Best Original Score at FRIGID New York, with book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas (writer/composer of the sold out award-winning NYMF show STUCK, now a feature film starring Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan and Ashanti.), music direction by Ben Caplan and directed by J. Scott Lapp (Broadway's Bonnie & Clyde; National Tours Murder for Two, Xanadu; Old Globe; La Jolla Playhouse; The Barn Stage  Company). (more...)

    Janet Seidel to Celebrate Johnny Mercer at Glen Street TheatreJanet Seidel to Celebrate Johnny Mercer at Glen Street Theatre
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

    Following sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Canberra and Glasgow, Janet Seidel returns to Glen Street Theatre to celebrate Johnny Mercer, the famous songwriter and founder of Capitol Records. His rich selection of songs never fails to impress, such as Moon River, Dream, Tangerine, The Summer Wind, Skylark, Lazybones, Blues in the Night and more. (more...)

    Photo Flash: Broadway Under the Stars Shines with Roz Ryan & MorePhoto Flash: Broadway Under the Stars Shines with Roz Ryan & More
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

    The Development Wing presented its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  (more...)

    Gabrielle Stravelli to Preview New Album at Cafe Noctambulo, 6/20Gabrielle Stravelli to Preview New Album at Cafe Noctambulo, 6/20
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

    GABRIELLE STRAVELLI - the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist called an 'outstanding singer' by The Wall Street Journal and 'hotter than the equator' by The Village Voice, will preview songs from upcoming album at Cafe Noctaubulo at Pangea Restaurant (178 Second Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets) on Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. For reservations please call (212) 995-0900. Stravelli will be joined by Art Hirahara on piano and Pat O'Leary on bass. (more...)

    Tony Bennett Among Performers Set for 46th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame InductionTony Bennett Among Performers Set for 46th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction
    by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

    Tony Bennett, Benny Blanco, Zac Brown, Michael Buble, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dr. John, Ledisi, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Nettles, Mike O'Neill, Richie Sambora, Bernie Taupin and Paul Williams will either present and/or perform at the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 18th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. (more...)

    Alex Gaumond and Laura Pitt-Pulford Lead UK's SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS - Full Cast Announced!Alex Gaumond and Laura Pitt-Pulford Lead UK's SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS - Full Cast Announced!
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced full casting for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which begins rehearsals today, Monday 8 June. The production will run at the theatre from 16 July - 29 August with performance for press on 23 July. (more...)

    BWW Interviews: New Philharmonia to Feature World Renowned Jazz Guitarist JOHN PIZZARELLI in Gala PerformanceBWW Interviews: New Philharmonia to Feature World Renowned Jazz Guitarist JOHN PIZZARELLI in Gala Performance
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

    On June 12 at 8PM, the New Philharmonia Orchestra will conclude its 20th Anniversary Season with a gala performance featuring the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli in a program showcasing his signature style that sets the standard for stylish modern jazz.   (more...)

    Roz Ryan & More to Perform at Development Wing's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Benefit ConcertRoz Ryan & More to Perform at Development Wing's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Benefit Concert
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

    The Development Wing, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the creation of new American musicals, will present its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. (more...)

    MURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the GeffenMURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the Geffen
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

    The Off-Broadway hit Murder for Two opens tonight (June 3) in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.  The production has now been extended through Sunday, August 2. (more...)

    'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 3rd, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 3rd, 2015
    by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 3, 2015

    The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Our Tony Awards Viewing Party is Sunday night, and the non-Equity Jeffs are on Monday! Theo Ubique prepares its Marvin Hamlisch revue and announces next season, a whole bunch of new musicals get a hearing, and AMTP teaches songwriting. 'Murder Ballad' gets a reprise, 'Ring Of Fire' gets an extension, and bikinis and witches heat up June! (more...)

    10th Anniversary Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for Northwestern10th Anniversary Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for Northwestern
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

    The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University and The Johnny Mercer Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project with 15 emerging professional songwriters from across the country, three award-winning master teachers and Mercer Songwriters Project alumni guests. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: MY WAY Brings Back Sinatra in a Tuneful Revue at Riverside CenterBWW Reviews: MY WAY Brings Back Sinatra in a Tuneful Revue at Riverside Center
    by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 3, 2015

    Old Blue Eyes might not be back but if you are a fan of his catalog of songs, MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA may give you high hopes and fly you to the moon with nearly 60 signature tunes. An attractive cast covers all phases of Sinatra's musical legacy with style backed up by a killer trio. Ring-a Ding Ding! (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Betty Buckley's DARK BLUE-EYED BLUES is a Beautifully Rich ExperienceBWW Reviews: Betty Buckley's DARK BLUE-EYED BLUES is a Beautifully Rich Experience
    by David Clarke - Jun 2, 2015

    Last week, Betty Buckley returned to Joe's Pub to debut her newest cabaret concert DARK BLUE-EYED BLUES. Thrilled to have been recognized as a chanteuse in recent reviews, Buckley programmed the evening to be the "musings of a chanteuse," packing the set with standards and contemporary hits. The Broadway legend performed with tangible vivacity and charm, making this intimate evening a joy to experience. (more...)

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