Christian Holder to Present DREAMS AND INSPIRATION With Special Guest Donna McKechnie at Birdland Theater

The evening will celebrate composers including Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hart, Annie Lennox, Al Green, Duke Ellington, and more.

By: Oct. 07, 2022
Christian Holder to Present DREAMS AND INSPIRATION With Special Guest Donna McKechnie at Birdland Theater

BIRDLAND THEATER will present vocalist Christian Holder in his new show "Dreams and Inspiration" - featuring a special appearance by Donna McKechnie - on Monday, November 7 at 8:30 PM. The London-based performer, with trio accompaniment, will focus on some of the situations and artists that have influenced him by igniting creative sparks in his theatrical journey. The evening will celebrate composers including Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hart, Annie Lennox, Al Green, Duke Ellington, and more. The evening will also include a tribute to Josephine Baker, a friend of both Christian's father, artist/dancer Boscoe Holder and uncle, actor/dancer Geoffrey Holder. There is a $30 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.

Christian Holder enjoyed a successful 13-year career as a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and has worked with most of the major choreographers of the 20th century, including Jerome Robbins and Agnes De Mille. Christian has also designed costumes for ballet companies in America and Europe, and for celebrities Ann Reinking, Phylicia Rashad, and Tina Turner. Christian's solo singing career took centerstage seven years ago in London and has consistently gained accolades and momentum.

BIRDLAND THEATER will present Christian Holder in "Dreams and Inspiration" on Monday, November 7 at 8:30 PM. There is a $30 music charge and a $20 food and beverage minimum. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit Click Here. In compliance with New York City rules for indoor activities, Birdland requires proof of vaccination or a verified medical exemption from all customers, staff, and performers.



Every Monday at 9:30 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

Jim Caruso's Cast Party

"Jim Caruso's Cast Party," a New York institution for almost two decades, is a wildly popular weekly open mic night/variety show that has brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to Birdland since 2004. Called "show-business heaven" by The New York Times and "the gold-standard of open mic nights" by The Wall Street Journal, "Cast Party" will take advantage of the city's post-pandemic nightlife renaissance to keep presenting a potent mix of Broadway stars, jazz swingers and cabaret legends, in addition to new faces and rising talent from every genre. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair, while musical genius Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett) holds court at the ivories and leads the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums).

$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater

The Lineup with Susie Mosher

"The Lineup with Susie Mosher" is a wild, anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes, ranging from today's hottest headliners to the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Mosher - the noted actress and singer from Broadway and beyond, called "one of those talents you need to see to believe" by Time Out New York - hosts the spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday, and each Lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential New York City entertainment.

$20 + $20 food/drink minimum

Every Saturday at 5:30 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

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$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

October 10 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

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$40 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

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$40 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

October 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

Steve Ross - "Autumn Serenades"

Vocalist and pianist Steve Ross - widely heralded as "The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret" - in a special new show "Autumn Serenades." Ross will sing a few mellow seasonal ballads, including "September in the Rain," "Autumn Leaves," "September Song," and "When October Goes." He will also perform his usual assortment of sparkling up-tempo numbers from the international songbook by Irving Berlin ("Let Yourself Go"), the Gershwins ("How Long Has This Been Going On?") and a selection by his favorite composer, Cole Porter ("From This Moment On," Kiss Me, Kate Medley). Also heard will be Noël Coward ("That Is the End of the News"), Flanders & Swann ("Have Some Madeira, M'Dear") and Michel Legrand (Umbrellas of Cherbourg medley). Ross has been a fixture of the cabaret community in Manhattan for over forty years. In 1981 he re-opened the legendary Oak Room at Manhattan's famed Hotel Algonquin where he held forth for over 15 years. He has appeared on Broadway in Noël Coward's Present Laughter and off-Broadway in his Fred Astaire tribute I Won't Dance. Internationally, he has performed in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Sydney as well as cabarets and theatres across America and on the high seas.

$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

October 31 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

Carole J. Bufford - "Bad Moon Rising Halloween Special"

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$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

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Stacy Sullivan and Todd Murray

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$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

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Wendy Moten - "Sings Richard Whiting (And Other Classics That Should Never Be Forgotten)"

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$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 28 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

Maddie Baillio

Maddie Baillio's musical story is scored by an eclectic array of songs, all re-imagined and orchestrated by Broadway music director, Brian Nash. From the original classic orchestration of "Over the Rainbow" to Billie Eilish's "My Future," Maddie strives to surprise the listener at every turn, all in the service of lyric-driven storytelling. Maddie Baillio most recently starred in the Amazon film Cinderella opposite Camila Cabello, Billy Porter and Idina Menzel. Maddie burst onto the scene as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's "Hairspray LIVE!" after beating out over 1,000 aspirants for the role. She also starred in the Netflix film Dumplin' opposite Jennifer Aniston. As a vocalist, Maddie has performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

$40 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

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