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James, Fuller, Maye, Etc. to Play Metropolitan Room, Sept.

The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22 St. between 5th & 6th) announces its upcoming September concert schedule. Guests include Suzanne Carrico, Jimmy James, Penny Fuller, Cary Hoffman and Marilyn Maye. For tickets call 212-206-0440 or visit www.metropolitanroom.com. There is a 2 beverage minimum per person for each show in addition to the cover charge.  Schedule subject to change:

September 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 7PM
Annie Ross

Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of Twisted, one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as Farmers Market, Jackie and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. Twisted has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler$25

September 4 & 11 at 9:30PM
Cary
Hoffman "My Sinatra: The Songs and Stories"
Cary Hoffman, an extraordinary crooner, sings the great songs of Frank Sinatra and relates how an obsession with his idol helped shaped Cary's life and probably also negated any chance of developing an original voice.  $25

September 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 at 7:30PM
Penny Fuller "Friends In Deed"

"Friends In Deed" is a tuneful celebration of songwriters that she has had the good pleasure of working with during her long and colorful career in the musical theater, both on Broadway and off. From Richard Rodgers, who wrote the music for Rex (which had Fuller doing double duty as both Ann Boleyn and Elizabeth the Queen) to Charles Strouse and Lee Adams who wrote the Tony award winning Applause (where she originated the role of Eve Harrington opposite Lauren Bacall) to John Kander and Fred Ebb (Fuller was one of the original Sally Bowles in the initial Broadway production) to William Finn (where she was part of the original cast of A New Brain at Lincoln Center.)  Other songwriters who figure prominently into the evening include Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz, Sam Coslow, Stephen Sondheim, and Billy Goldenberg.  Fuller also includes some cut songs from Cabaret and Applause as well as a handful of charming anecdotes about these extraordinary individuals.  $25

September 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 10PM
Jimmy James "Other Voice…One Room"

The Metropolitan Room welcomes the "Master of all Divas" for this 12 week run of a brand new show! Jimmy James channels the voices of Cher, Madonna, Liza, Billie, and the list goes on! $20

September 6 at 10PM
Kiku Collins

Trumpet/flugelhorn artist Kiku Collins performs from her new album, Here With Me with her band.  She has recently been hailed the "Princess of Smooth Jazz" by Jazz Colours in Italy, and has had successful tours headlining in Italy and the UK.  $15

September 7, 14 & 29 at 10:15PM
Metrojam

Hosted by Joe Bachana The Metropolitan Room's "open mic" night moves to Friday. Come join some of New York's finest musicians and singers. Just listen, or join in! $10

September 8 at 5PM
James Hammel "One Step Forward"

"One Step Forward" unfurls as an anthology of James' life experiences from boyhood to life as corporate CEO to his transition to performing artist. It's all woven into an evening of song featuring tunes from Cole Porter, Bobby Troup, Jimmy McHugh, Sammy Fain, Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, Don Raye, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Barry Manilow and even Freddie Mercury. And there's more, as the singer songwriter in James weaves in a few of his original songs, including a debut of the title song, "One Step Forward" at the show. All this makes for a night of uniquely memorable moments.  $20

September 8 & 10 at 10PM
Anne Steele

This is the first solo show for Anne Steele since her debut in 2001 when she was nominated for a MAC Award.  Much different from her first, this is a pop/rock show backed by a 4-piece band featuring the songs Anne has always wanted to sing but never did until now! $20

September 9 at 4PM
Bill McKinley "Don't Tell Walt: An Animated Evening of Adult Music

Bill McKinley's "Don't Tell Walt" is a delightful evening of cherished songs from Disney's animated films. Revisited from an adult perspective, Disney classics take on whimsical, often-moving and sometime irreverent new life.  $20

September 9 at 9:30PM
Heidi Tokheim "Stella By Starlight"

"Stella by Starlight," a solo performance by acclaimed actress and musician Heidi Tokheim, follows the journey of Stella, an aspiring jazz piano player, who's female, white and can't swing – what chance does she have?  One fateful night, she meets Herbie Hancock who teaches her how "to groove" which changes everything.  $20

September 10, 17 & 24 at 7PM
Jodi Stevens "A Broad's Way"

Jodi Stevens takes us on a trip through the ups and downs of show biz, relationships and life in this self revelatory show directed by Sally Mayes and featuring the many facets of a woman's life. With music ranging from Gershwin and Cole Porter to modern writers like Andrew Lippa and Frank Wildhorn.  $20

September 12 – 15 & 19 – 22 at 7:30PM;
September 16 & 23 at 7PM & 9:30PM;
September 17 at 9:30PM
Marilyn Maye "Maye Sings Ray…AND MORE!"

The Metropolitan Room welcomes back the legendary Miss Maye, with a brand new show! Maye sang 75 times on Johnny Carson's late-night show – more than any other performer. Carson called her a "super singer," and Doc Severinsen said she was his "favorite girl singer." A must see!  $30

September 15 at 10PM
Opie Bellas "Since You Stayed Here"

The passion of Opie Bellas, a jazz singer and so much more, has grabbed the attention of producers, bookers, and fans around the world. The packed concert halls in Capetown, South Africa, where Opie performed in 2004 and 2006 are evidence of this. She proved to be such a success with her appearances at Jazz at the Nassau in 2004 that they insisted she return the following year. She returned again in 2007. Her jazz travels have also taken her to Vals, Switzerland, and to Osaka, Fukai, and Kanzawa, Japan, and now…the Metropolitan Room! $25

September 18 at 9:30PM
Marcus Goldhaber

Marcus will take the stage with the Jon Davis Trio, marking the 1-year anniversary of his debut solo release.  This set will preview songs from his upcoming album and a few exciting original songs as well.   Marcus' live performance brings old-world jazz back to the mainstream with his story-telling approach and his infinite knowledge of where jazz was born.  $15

September 20 at 10PM,
September 27 at 7:30PM
Susan Winter "Million Dollar Matinee"

A long time fan and aficionado of movie classics, Susan Winter is paying homage to the composers, singers, actors and dancers of yesterday. She is teaming up her passion for the Late Show with her glorious voice in:  "Million Dollar Matinee". If you love the movie music of great songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, Cole Porter and George M. Cohan, don't miss "Million Dollar Matinee."  $20

September 21 & 28 at 10PM
Micaela Leon "Trance Atlantic"

The 2007 Nightlife Award finalist and MAC Award Nominee (for Best Female Debut) interprets songs associated with Josephine Baker, Jane Birkin and Marlene Dietrich – three distinct sexual icons of the 20th century who found their greatest success and deepest fulfillment in foreign lands, across significant bodies of water.  $20

September 22 at 10PM
Postmark Twain

Postmark Twain is comprised of vocalists Dave Sanchez and Jim Gaven, lead guitarist Matt Leibowitz, bassist Joe Robinson, and drummer Paul Marmo. Much like a breath of fresh air, Postmark Twain's music and mindset is invigorating.  Melting indie rock with the pizzazz of mainstream pop, Postmark Twain is New Jersey's most talked about best kept secret.  Their brand of feel good, positive songwriting has struck a chord with audiences nationwide, and yet the acoustic duo turned full band is merely getting started. Whether it's a polished refrain or a truthful lyric, these musicians have the power to bring a tear, or a smile, to your face.  $10

September 23 & 30 at 4PM
Leslie Orofino "Manhattan Madness"

Leslie Orofino who recently received the 2007 Hanson Award by Manhattan Association of Cabaret will be thrilling audiences with her new show, "Manhattan Madness." Orofino will be accompanied by the legendary Keith Ingham on piano, Boots Maleson on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums.  "Manhattan Madness" will be a tour through the greatest city in the world stopping by Central Park, Tiffany's, the Plaza, Broadway and many other hot spots of NYC and you'll see them all through the eyes and music of Leslie Orofino.  $20

September 24 at 7PM
D.C.

Anderson Award winning singer/songwriter, D.C. Anderson sings originals from his 8 CDs (including his newest, due in October of this year!)  $15

September 25 at 9:30PM
Craig Pomranz

Pomranz, along with musical director Steve Bocchino, will offer entertainment with cabaret/saloon singing at its best, including classic standards and brand-new material as well as selections from his CD, My Heart Don't Skip A Beat. $20

September 26 at 7PM
Lynn
Loosier "Blue-Eyed Soul"
Wanting to hear a good singer is one thing, wanting to hear a good singer who moves you to the core of your soul is another.  Lynn Loosier is that kind of singer. She has the gift that allows her to move you in ways those legendary singers like Nina Simone, Shirley Horn and Peggy Lee did. Loosier always reveals her soul so that all who listen are touched in ways that are unforgettable.  $15

September 27 at 10PM
Barbara Brussell "Out Of The Mouths Of Babes"

Barbara Brussell debuts her new show, combining works of women: they wrote it, they sang it, they said it. Powerful and empowering, wildly witty and wise women who made hits and history, including works by classic and contemporary writers: Dorothy Fields, Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Parker, Dory Previn, Carol Hall, Lynn Ahrens, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and more.  $20

September 28 & 29 at 7:30PM
Eric Comstock Trio

Featuring: Randy Napolean, Sean Smith and Eric Comstock. The Metropolitan Room welcomes back this MAC and Bistro Award winning performer for 2 shows only!  $25

September 29 at 4PM
"Among Friends…Autumn in New York"

A blend of music and comedy with friends; featuring all musical styles from standards, torch songs, pop and ballads, jazz and golden oldies! Featuring the talents of: Clare Cooper, Rob Anderson, Jeff Ferolie, Franca Vercelloni, and Robert Rauschenbach. With special musical guests Mitchell Kessler and Bernice Brooks.  $20

September 30 at 7PM
Ricky Ritzel and Leslie Anderson "Johnny Mercer A to Z…A REAL show!"

"Johnny Mercer A to Z" celebrates one of America's most prolific songwriters, in alphabetical order! Every month Ricky Ritzel and Leslie Anderson will present a different program of Johnny Mercer songs ranging from the standard to the obscure to Broadway and Hollywood. Ritzel has been a fixture on the nightclub and cabaret scene in NYC for over 25 years and has received most Cabaret awards including 13  Manhattan Association of Clubs Awards in 8 different categories. Anderson has been a piano bar/cabaret performer for several years and her work has favored her with various awards and opportunities. She has been asked to perform several times at the Iridium Jazz Club and always enjoys the opportunity to work with jazz aficionados. She recently received the 2007 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for Outstanding Piano Bar Performer.  $20

September 30 at 9:30PM
Suzanne Carrico "The Art of the Cahn: Music from the Sammy Cahn Songbook"

Up and coming New York City singer Suzanne Carrico with Tedd Firth, piano & Steve Doyle, bass put their own mark on the much loved songs of Sammy Cahn with their show "The Art of the Cahn: Music from the Sammy Cahn Songbook." Cahn's lyrics are an important part of the Great American Songbook, including work with composers like Saul Chaplin, Jule Styne, Nicholas Brodsky, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Vernon Duke and James Van Huesen among many others. These songs have graced the silver screen, stage and concert halls sung by our greatest voices.  $20

For tickets call 212-206-0440 or visit www.metropolitanroom.com. There is a 2 beverage minimum per person for each show in addition to the cover charge.


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