Karen Akers News

Date of Birth: October 13, 1945 (71)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Female
Lynn University Launches 'The Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret at Lincoln Center' Series in JanuaryLynn University Launches 'The Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret at Lincoln Center' Series in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Lynn University and Jan McArt, producer and director of theatre arts program development, today announced that it will be launching in January the popular Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret at Lincoln Center comes to Live at Lynn series. (more...)

WINTER RHYTHMS 2016 Launches This Week at Urban Stages with KT SullivanWINTER RHYTHMS 2016 Launches This Week at Urban Stages with KT Sullivan
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Urban Stages has confirmed the line-up for this year's award-winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2016, which will begin tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue). (more...)

Justin Sayre Celebrates New Comedy CD THE GAY AGENDA at UnCabaret in L.A.Justin Sayre Celebrates New Comedy CD THE GAY AGENDA at UnCabaret in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will celebrate Sayre's debut comed album "The Gay Agenda" with a  special night at UNCABARET at Au Lac (710 West First Street, LA 90012) on Sunday, December 4 at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF THE AIRLiliane Montevecchi in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF THE AIR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Liliane Montevecchi headlines an all-star cast in The Ziegfeld Society of New York City's gala benefit performance of Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air: The New 1934 Live from Broadway Broadcast Revue. (more...)

THE MEETING* to Honor Angela Lansbury with Nathan Lee Graham & MoreTHE MEETING* to Honor Angela Lansbury with Nathan Lee Graham & More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will continue its eighth and final season on Sunday, November 20 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown Master Class and Concert Presented by Theatre Under The StarsJason Robert Brown Master Class and Concert Presented by Theatre Under The Stars
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars welcomes Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown to Houston for an exclusive Master Class and Concert Performance benefiting the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT). (more...)

Matthew Martin and Intensive Claire to Join THE MEETING for San Francisco Return 11/5Matthew Martin and Intensive Claire to Join THE MEETING for San Francisco Return 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will return to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) for a fifth appearance on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 PM. The performance will celebrate the release of Sayre's debut comedy album  The Gay Agenda, which is available on iTunes, the show's website and at upcoming appearances. The New York run of The Meeting*, which just opened its eights and final season at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, has been sold out since the New York Times "Arts & Leisure" piece ran September 2014. Special musical guests for the Oasis performance will be Matthew Martin and Intensive Claire. Tickets are $20 and are available at SFOasis.com. (more...)

THE MEETING* to Celebrate New Comedy Album THE GAY AGENDA at OASISTHE MEETING* to Celebrate New Comedy Album THE GAY AGENDA at OASIS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will return to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) for a fifth appearance today, November 5 at 7:00 PM.  (more...)

Starry Marni Nixon Tribute, KT Sullivan, Klea Blackhurst and More Set for WINTER RHYTHMS at Urban StagesStarry Marni Nixon Tribute, KT Sullivan, Klea Blackhurst and More Set for WINTER RHYTHMS at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Urban Stages has announced the line-up for this year's Award Winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2016, which will begin Thursday, December 1 and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue). (more...)

HELLO, WEST 46TH STREET Extended at Don't Tell MamaHELLO, WEST 46TH STREET Extended at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Off-Broadway singer-songwriters Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki have added two additional performances of their highly acclaimed show at Don't Tell Mama: 'Hello, West 46th Street', an evening of new cabaret songs. The dates for this special holiday edition are Sunday November 20 at 7:30pm and Friday December 16 at 7pm.  The show has been hailed as 'Astonishing…Gorgeous…a Triumph' (Robert Windeler, Bistro Awards) and 'Smart, stylish…Highly recommended' (Bart Greenberg, Nitelife Exchange). (more...)

BWW Review: Cabaret Celebrates Stephen Sondheim in Night Two of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention (10/19)BWW Review: Cabaret Celebrates Stephen Sondheim in Night Two of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention (10/19)
by Ashley Steves - Oct 21, 2016

Hold your hats and hallelujah. After an electrifying opening night, the Mabel Mercer Foundation's 27th Annual Cabaret Convention continued Wednesday night in a packed Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci, the cabaret community gathered to salute the music of Stephen Sondheim, the EGOT-winning composer/lyricist whose oeuvre has been simultaneously catapulting and tripping up artists for decades. Despite 30 performances on the evening, you'd be hard-pressed to find a weak spot in Wednesday night's lineup, hosting what is arguably the best rotation of the four nights, featuring cabaret giants, up-and-comers, expert arrangers (plus the talents of Jered Egan on bass and Dan Gross on drums), and Sondheim role originators. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jeff Harnar & Andrea Marcovicci Host Day Two Of The 27th New York Cabaret ConventionPhoto Coverage: Jeff Harnar & Andrea Marcovicci Host Day Two Of The 27th New York Cabaret Convention
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 20, 2016

The second night of the 27th New York Cabaret Convention at Rose Hall was hosted by long time cabaret artist favorites, Jeff Harnar & Andrea Marcovicci. The evening including performances by: Sally Mayes, Aaron Morishito, Julie Reyburn, Maureen Taylor, Raissa Katona Bennett, Will Nunziata, Anthony Nunziata, Jennifer Sheehan, Kevin Dozier, Sarah Rice, Donna McKechnie, Jon Weber, Marissa Mulder, Eric Michael Gillett, Celia Berk, Josephine Sanges, Steve Ross, Karen Akers, Sidney Meyer, Iris Williams, and Marta Sanders. Tonights evening will be hosted by Rex Reed and the Conventions closing night honoring Charles Strouse will be hosted by Klea Blackhurst (more...)

Beth Malone and More to Honor Bette Midler at THE MEETING* at Joe's PubBeth Malone and More to Honor Bette Midler at THE MEETING* at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will continue its eighth and final season on Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. The October 2016 edition will both celebrate 'The Gay Agenda' - the debut comedy album from Justin Sayre - and pay homage to Bette Midler. Special guests include Beth Malone, Nathan Lee Graham, Katie Thompson and Amber Martin. (more...)

Photo Flash: Fuller, Feldshuh, Gillette, Budd and More at DOUBLE TAKEPhoto Flash: Fuller, Feldshuh, Gillette, Budd and More at DOUBLE TAKE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2016

SALLY MAYES  (Tony Nominee 'She Loves Me,' 'Closer Than Ever,' 'Urban Cowboy' and JEFF HARNAR finished their September run at The Laurie Beechman Theatre with an audience that included TOVAH FELDSHUH (Tony Nominee 'Golda's Balcony'), PENNY FULLER (Tony Nominee 'Applause'), Anita Gillette (Tony Nominee 'Chapter Two'), KAREN AKERS (Tony Nominee 'Grand Hotel' and 'Nine'), BILL HUTTON (the original Joseph 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat'), Mark Waldrop (Director 'When Pigs Fly'), songwriter Tom Toce and award-winning singer JULIE BUDD. (more...)

THE MEETING* to Celebrate New Comedy Album THE GAY AGENDA at OASISTHE MEETING* to Celebrate New Comedy Album THE GAY AGENDA at OASIS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will return to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) for a fifth appearance on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 PM.  (more...)

Karen Akers, Karen Ziemba and More Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society TonightKaren Akers, Karen Ziemba and More Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its Eighth Season tonight, September 17, 2016 with Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his new bestselling biography of the same name. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins and More Set for THE MEETING* Benefit for Black Lives MatterTonya Pinkins and More Set for THE MEETING* Benefit for Black Lives Matter
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will open its eighth and final season on Sunday, September 18 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. (more...)

THE MEETING* to Benefit Black Lives Matter at Joe's Pub This WeekendTHE MEETING* to Benefit Black Lives Matter at Joe's Pub This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will open its eighth and final season on Sunday, September 18 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. (more...)

Karen Akers, Karen Ziemba and More to Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld SocietyKaren Akers, Karen Ziemba and More to Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its Eighth Season on September 17, 2016 with Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his new bestselling biography of the same name. (more...)

BWW Review: Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye Give a Master Class in 'Summertime Swing' at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye Give a Master Class in 'Summertime Swing' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Amy Oestreicher - Sep 6, 2016

Summertime brings to mind nighttime fireflies, lemonade that makes your lips pucker, rocking chairs creaking on the front porch, and, like the famous Porgy and Bess tune of the same name, melodies that trickle into the night. Summertime Swing is the latest masterpiece and collaboration at its finest by the legendary Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye, evoking a sultry, steamy love letter to the fleeting season and a prime example of craft, art, and passion. The moment I walked into the dining room at Feinstein's/54 Below, where Summertime Swing played through September 1 a fashionably dressed gentleman greeted me with, 'It's a fantastic show.' The packed house was already alive with thrilling enthusiasm as they eagerly waited for the show to start. When you attend a show headlined by a golden age cabaret great and a prolific 'music revivalist' who happens to have the venue named for him, you come expecting to be no less than entertained. Summertime Swing elevated the art of summer entertainment tenfold--- a tribute to anything we could hope for in the last days of summer. (more...)

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