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Gavin Lee to Present STEPPIN' OUT WITH FRED ASTAIRE at Birdland

Gavin Lee just returned from the UK where he was playing Lumière in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the London Palladium.

By: Apr. 10, 2023
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BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present two-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk winner Gavin Lee - making his Birdland debut with his solo show "Steppin' Out with Fred Astaire" - on Monday, May 29 at 7:00 PM. Gavin played two Fred Astaire roles during his award-winning West End and Broadway career, so with a little help from Gershwin, Berlin, Porter and a pair of tap shoes, he will fill this evening with songs and stories that made Fred a true star of the Golden Age of Hollywood. There is a $40 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.

Gavin Lee just returned from the UK where he was playing Lumière in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the London Palladium. He previously originated the role of Squidward in The SpongeBob Musical on Broadway (Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination). Two of his favourite roles have been Thénadier in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables and the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at Madison Square Garden. He originated the role of Bert in the West End and Broadway productions of Mary Poppins (Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards, Olivier and Tony Award nominations). Gavin has appeared at Carnegie Hall in Show Boat and in the world premiere of musical Holiday Inn. TV credits include "Law and Order: SUV," "The Good Wife," "Little America," and "White Collar." Select London and UK theatre credits include Top Hat, Crazy for You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me and My Girl, Over My Shoulder, Oklahoma!, Contact, and Singin' in the Rain. Gavin has performed his solo cabaret in New York, Chicago, London and on Disney Cruise Line.

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Gavin Lee on Monday, May 29 at 7:00 PM. There is a $40 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




Every Monday at 9:30 PM - Birdland Jazz Club

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$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

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$20 + $20 food/drink minimum

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$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

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

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$40 tables + $20 food/drink minimum

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

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Anita Gillette & Penny Fuller - "Sin Twisters: The Next Frontier"

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$40 tables / $40 bar seating + $10 food/drink minimum

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$40 tables + $20 food/drink minimum

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$40 tables + $20 food/drink minimum

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$40 + $20 food/drink minimum


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