Anita Gillette, Len Cariou, KT Sullivan & More Set for Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS 2014
Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director), in association with producer/director/lyricist and Director of Musical Programming Peter Napolitano, today announced the line-up for their sixth series of musical evenings entitled WINTER RHYTHMS 2014, beginning Tuesday, December 2nd and continuing through Sunday, December 14th at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue).
Tickets are $25 per show (unless otherwise noted). A special $60 package enables you to see any three shows (except opening, closing, and open mic nights; subject to availability, call 212-421-1380). Tickets may be purchased on www.smarttix.com or 212/868-4444. For complete schedule information, visit urbanstages.org.
WINTER RHYTHMS 2014 marks the sixth year that Urban Stages has brought noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period. This award-winning series benefits Urban Stages' acclaimed Outreach Program, which brings over 300 free "arts in education" presentations to libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs.
This year's festivities will kick-off with an all-star tribute to Bing Crosby on December 2nd, hosted by renowned musical director Bill Zeffiro, who curates and co-hosts with Crosby biographer Gary Giddins (longtime music critic for The Village Voice). This evening of songs made famous by the legendary giant of popular song, film, TV and radio will feature Steve Ross, Jeff Harnar, Marissa Mulder, Mary Foster Conklin, Julie Reyburn, Anna Marie Sell, Marissa Miller, and Susan Winter. ($40 ticket includes Opening Gala Champagne Reception with the Artists).
Highlights of the twenty show schedule include Tony Award winner Len Cariou, Rita Gardner (The Fantasticks) and Phil Geoffrey Bond in an evening of excerpts from one-person plays and musicals (December 8); Cole Mining with Marni Nixon, Klea Blackhurst, Anita Gillette, George Dvorsky, and more performing the songs of award-winning lyricist/librettist Stephen Cole (December 3); a centennial celebration of the songs of Hugh Martin (Meet Me in St. Louis) conceived and hosted by Wall Street Journal columnist Will Friedwald (December 4); New World Waking a song cycle by multi-award-winning composer/lyricist Steve Schalchlin (The Last Session) (December 6); Furthermore: Excerpts from New Musicals by award-winning songwriters including Beth Falcone (Wanda's World) and Sara Wordsworth (In Transit) (December 7); Barry's Jazz Jam featuring the acclaimed Barry Levitt Trio with guest vocalists including Hilary Kole, Michele Bautier and Teri Ralston (December 10); Broadway by Guitar featuring arrangements of classic and contemporary show tunes by celebrated jazz guitarist/recording artist Sean Harkness with special guests including Karen Akers, Karen Oberlin and Janice Hall (December 11); an evening of MAC Award-winning songs hosted by lyricist Tom Toce with Julie Gold (December 12); The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Jim, a celebration of the life and works of Jim Henson in honor of the 45th birthday of "Sesame Street" with Adam B. Shapiro (HBO's The Normal Heart), T. Oliver Reid (After Midnight) and more (December 13).
Winter Rhythms will close on December 14th with From All of Us To All of You: Seasonal Songs and Disney, Too! This has become the traditional holiday closing concert and a favorite of audiences, mixing holiday standards with songs from Disney movies. Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu will host this year's version, featuring Clint Holmes, KT Sullivan, Janice Hall, David Vernon, Sue Matsuki, Edd Clark, Mary Lahti, Helena Grenot, Joanna Morton Gary, Nick Levin, Gretchen Reinhagen, Lennie Watts, Doreen Montalvo and more, with Matthew Martin Ward as Musical Director: ($40, includes Gala Closing Champagne Reception with the Artists).
Participating artists from Broadway, film, television, cabaret, classical music and jazz to include Adam B. Shapiro, Andrea Prestinario, Anita Gillette, Anna Marie Sell, Barbara Fasano, Barbara Minkus, Barry Kleinbort, Barry Levitt, Beth Falcone, Bill Goffi, Bill Zeffiro, Brian Dorais, Carole J. Bufford, Cindy Marchionda, Clayton G. Williams, Clint Holmes, Colleen Zenk, Daryl Glenn, David Evans, David Fuller, David Krane, David Vernon, Devon Yates, Doreen Montalvo, Edd Clark, Eileen Tepper, Eric Comstock, Erin Cronican, Gabrielle Stravelli, George Dvorsky, Gretchen Reinhagen, Helena Grenot, Hilary Kole, Jake Wesley Stewart, Janice Hall, Jeff Harnar, Jeffrey Saver, Jeremy Abram, Jim Brochu, Joanna Morton Gary, Julie Gold, Julie Reyburn, Karen Akers, Karen Oberlin, Kathy Lombardi, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Klea Blackhurst, Kristoffer Lowe, KT Sullivan, Lauren Fox, Laurie Krauz, Barbara Porteus. Mary Liz McNamara, Len Cariou, Lennie Watts, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Liz Rubino, Lynne Halliday, Maria Fernanda Brea, Marissa Miller, Marissa Mulder, Marni Nixon, Mary Foster Conklin, Mary Lahti, Mary Liz McNamara, Matthew Martin Ward, Meg Flather, Michele Bautier, Minda Larsen, Natalie Dixon, Natalie Douglas, Nick Levin, Phil Geoffrey Bond, Rita Gardner, Rob Langeder, Rob Lester, Samantha Northart, Sara Wordsworth, Sara Zahn, Scott Morgan, Scott Thompson, Sean Harkness, Sidney Myer, Sierra Rein, Sigali, Stacie Perlman, Stearns Matthews, Stephen Cole, Stephen Elkins, Steve Ross, Steve Schalchlin, Sue Matsuki, Sunny Leigh, Susan Winter, T. Oliver Reid, Teri Ralston, Todd Ellison, Tom Gamblin, Tom Toce, Tracy Sallows, Tracy Stark, as well as the vocal group Duchess, Wall Street Journal columnist Will Friedwald, former Village Voice critic Gary Giddins, and more to be announced.