Deborah Grace Winer Celebrates Barbara Cook At 54 Below Featuring Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, and More
Deborah Grace Winer continues her 3-part Feinstein's/54 Below series of jewel box revues celebrating the Classic American Songbook with its season finale on Sunday, June 17th, TILL THERE WAS YOU: A CELEBRATION OF Barbara Cook with Musical Direction by Mark Hummel and direction by Mark Waldrop. Ms. Winer will host a glittering parade of Broadway divas including Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba; Tony nominees Christine Andreas, Rebecca Luker and Christiane Noll; Linda Purl, Aisha de Haas, Natalie Douglas and K.T. Sullivan, who will raise their voices in celebration of Barbara Cook, one of the greatest interpreters of the American Songbook.
Ms. Winer said "Barbara was maybe the greatest theatre singer of all time-and not just because that voice was the eighth wonder of the world. She was fearless in how she got inside a lyric and reflected back at us what it feels like to be human. But that was just part of who she was. I was lucky to know Barbara most of my life and to have a wonderful friendship. Whether she was putting together a new show or cooking her giblet gravy, Barbara was savvy and irreverent and hilarious to hang out with. We're so excited to gather this stellar all-woman cast to celebrate all different sides of Barbara, with stories and the fantastic range of songs she loved to sing."
TILL THERE WAS YOU: A CELEBRATION OF Barbara Cook follows Ms. Winer's first two evenings of Classic American Songbook at Feinstein's/54 Below:
YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME: RODGERS AND HART ON LOVE written, hosted and created by Deborah Grace Winer, with director Mark Waldrop and musical director John Oddo on March 27, 2018 featuring Debby Boone, Darius de Haas and Christiane Noll.
Performances of TILL THERE WAS YOU: A CELEBRATION OF Barbara Cook on June 17th are at 7 and 9:30 pm at Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NYC. There is a $45-60 cover charge for each show, and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Premium seating is available for $85-$90. For reservations and information, visit https://54below.com/series/the-classic-american-songbook-series/
Two-time Tony award nominee Christine Andreas's Broadway performances include My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, On Your Toes, The Scarlet Pimpernel, La Cage Aux Folles and national tour of The Light in the Piazza. She has appeared in clubs and concerts from New York to Australia, including the Cafe Carlyle, Carnegie Hall and the White House, most recently, touring her critically acclaimed Edith Piaf show.
Aisha de Haas has performed in jazz clubs and festivals around the country. Broadway appearances include Caroline or Change, Rent, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk and the first national tour of Disney's Newsies.
A ten time MAC Award winner, Natalie Douglas has appeared to critical acclaim in clubs and in concert around the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Cafe Carlyle and Birdland. With three solo CDS, her shows have paid homage to artists including Nina Simone and Lena Horne, and to civil rights movements.
Three-time Tony award nominee Rebecca Luker's Broadway appearances include Fun Home, Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Nine, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Show Boat and The Secret Garden. Among acclaimed 0ff-Broadway performances are Death Takes a Holiday and A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood.
Tony nominee Christiane Noll recently appeared in Snow Child at Arena Stage. Broadway/Tour: Elf, Chaplin, Ragtime, Urinetown, Mambo Kings, Nothin But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde, Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels. Recent favorites include Next to Normal.
Linda Purl's Broadway appearances include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and Off-Broadway and regionally, The Baby Dance and The Road to Mecca with Julie Harris. With two solo albums, she has appeared at Birdland, Feinstein's, and clubs and concerts from London to Japan.
K.T. Sullivan has headlined at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room, at Birdland, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and The Pheasantry in London. She starred on Broadway in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, and her award-winning Sondheim show with Jeff Harnar was filmed for PBS. She is artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Tony award winner Karen Ziemba's Broadway appearances include her recent critically acclaimed turn in MTC's Prince of Broadway, as well as Contact, Curtains, Bullets Over Broadway, Steel Pier and Crazy for You. Last season she starred off-Broadway in Kid Victory and Horton Foote's The Traveling Lady and this fall will star in George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House.
Author, dramatist and artistic director Deborah Grace Winer is a leading expert on the American Songbook and Musical Theatre. She recently completed a nine-season run as Artistic Director of the 92Y's venerable Lyrics & Lyricists American Songbook concert series, presiding over 50 original shows there and steering the nearly 50-year-old N.Y. tradition to rejuvenated success, while collaborating with the top creative and performing talent from Broadway, jazz and cabaret. Earning audience and critical acclaim, the New York Times recently dubbed one of her personally led and written shows, "A home run...propelled by Ms. Winer's best script ever."
Mark Hummel (Music Director) was music director/conductor/dance music arranger for Disney's Newsies on Broadway. Other Broadway includes Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Sister Act, and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. He was longtime music director and arranger for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and has had musical collaborations with Barbara Cook, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters and Julie Wilson, among others.
Mark Waldrop (Director) recently worked with Sutton Foster on her PBS Live From Lincoln Center concert, and has directed her in three previous Lincoln Center evenings. He directed and wrote special material for the Tony award nominated Bea Arthur on Broadway...Just Between Friends and Bette Midler's Divine Miss Millennium Tour. He is director, book writer and lyricist for the legendary Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly.