Al Tulane to Perform at Don't Tell Mama in December

By day, he's known as Mr. Tulin in the hallowed halls of the renowned Trinity School on the Upper West Side, where he teaches performing arts and directs musicals. But by night, he's Al Tulane, "The Man of a Million Names," who wows audiences with his performances in places such as Manhattan's Le Cirque, Daniel and The Four Seasons, as well as Palm Beach and Bel-Air all the way to Athens and Cap d'Antibes.

Both sides of this versatile performer can be seen onstage in his upcoming Act of a Lifetime - Cheaper Than Therapy at Manhattan's premier cabaret club, Don't Tell Mama. Accompanied by music director Christopher Howatt, Al will regale audiences with stories and anecdotes from his career as an actor and performer, drawing on standards from the stage and screen to tell his story.

Act of a Lifetime - Cheaper Than Therapy has two performances at the fabled nightspot: Friday, December 18 at 9:30pm, and Sunday, December 27 at 5:30pm. Cover for this split-personality musical memoir is $10 with a 2-drink minimum ($5 for Cabaret Hotline, MAC, AEA, AGMA or SAG members). Reservations may be made online at any time by visiting www.donttellmamanyc.com or by phone at 212-757-0788 any day after 4pm. Don't Tell Mama is located at 343 West 46th Street, part of Manhattan's Restaurant Row.

Alan Tulin and his alter ego Al Tulane: The Man of a Million Names were bitten by the Broadway Bug in the early 60's and have been bugging Broadway ever since! Fueled by a desire to perform, Al sang and danced his way through Emerson College, Summer Stock, Regional Theatre and Atlantic City until he landed in the window of the Landmark stationary store on the corner of 44th and Madison as emcee host of a mid-day variety show! In 1980 Al took a detour to Cairo where he headlined for six months at the Holiday Inn Pyramids Hotel in Giza while perfecting his camel riding skills. Numerous television appearances on the PBS series "In the Life" and off Broadway runs in the Drama Desk Award-winning musical Howard Crabtree's Whoop-Dee-Doo and Tony 'n Tina's Wedding followed. For more than twenty years Al has also been directing musicals as a member of the Performing Arts Department at Manhattan's Trinity School. www.altulane.com

Christopher Howatt is known both as a musical director and vocalist; for two seasons, he was a member of the Associate Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. He currently serves as chorister at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan; previous positions included the historic Trinity Church Wall Street and the famed Riverside Church. He was music director and performer with the vocal trio Boulevard East, with whom he has appeared in public and private events throughout the Eastern seaboard. In addition, his voice can be heard on recordings as diverse as Boulevard East's release Timeless, Jessye Norman's Christmas CD In the Spirit, to singing backup for The Pet Shop Boys on their cover of the Village People song, "Go West." He has served as coach and accompanist for such talents as David Hyde Pierce, Howard McGillin, Tyne Daly, Rita Moreno, Brad Oscar and Cady Huffman (from The Producers) and others for George Street Playhouse, as well as serving as musical supervisor for their productions of Sylvia, Lend Me a Tenor and Inspecting Carol and musical director for the world premiere production of Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, written and directed by the late theatrical legend Arthur Laurents. He is putting the finishing touches on his first solo recorded effort, Songs My Mother Taught Me.

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