Ebersole and Stritch Return to Birdland for Dec. 20 Concert

Broadway and TV leading lady Christine Ebersole will return to Birdland (315 W. 44th St.) on Tuesday, December 20 with a 7pm holiday concert. She will be joined by cabaret star Billy Stritch at the piano and on vocals. This evening is part of The Winter Season, presented by Jim Caruso and TheaterMania.com, which features top Broadway performers and composers at the legendary nightclub.

"Ebersole, the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway's 42nd Street and the WB's "Related," returns to Birdland for her fourth engagement, armed with a dazzling concoction of Broadway tunes, standards, holiday songs and wry take on life," state press notes. She won the 2001 Tony for her star-turn in 42nd Street, then teamed with cast-mate Billy Stritch for a cabaret run at Feinstein's in NYC and The Cinegrill in Los Angeles before making Birdland her musical home. The show will also include performances from the duo's new cd "In Your Dreams," (Ghostlight Label) which is a studio re-creation of the show they have been performing across the country.

Ebersole, whose other Broadway credits include Steel Magnolias, Dinner at Eight and Oklahoma!, will debut songs from Grey Gardens: A New Musical. The piece, by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, will premiere in the 2005-06 season of Playwrights Horizons. Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson will star in the musical, inspired by the creepy cult film documentary about relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy living in a squalid Long Island mansion.

"Birdland has been a world-class music room on the Manhattan nightclub scene since 1949. Jazz superstars Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, and more recently Ann Hampton Callaway, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli and Tito Puente have all performed on the Birdland stage. The room offers top-flight music in a world class setting, good sight lines and acoustics, and a menu featuring award-winning Southern cuisine, available until 1am. Most recently, it's become the home of Cast Party, the weekly Monday late night showbiz gathering featuring impromptu performances by the Broadway, jazz and nightclub crème de la crème."

Tickets are $40 plus a $10 food/drink minimum; call 212-581-3080 or visit www.instantseats.com/birdland.

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