Jeff Macauley Brings Cabaret Show to Pangea
During the 1940s and '50s, composer and jazz pianist Bobby Troup was getting his kicks writing songs like the classic "Route 66." Over that same period, Scotty Bowers was getting his kicks as "Hollywood's Gentleman Hustler" and Los Angeles' legendary "Pimp to the Stars." Now, New York-based cabaret star JEFF MACAULEY, who for three consecutive years (2016-2018) has been nominated for the MAC Award as "Best Male Vocalist," is connecting the stories of these two men and performing the best of the Bobby Troup Songbook in his new show: WHERE DID THE GENTLEMAN GO? THE SONGS OF BOBBY TROUP & THE LIFE OF SCOTTY BOWERS.
Named a BistroAwards.com "Pick" in October, Macauley presents the last of his four-show run on Friday, December 7 at 7 pm at PANGEA, Downtown's Alternative Supper-Club (178 Second Avenue, between 11th & 12th Streets). Jeff's Music Director is Tex Arnold. The cover charge is $20 online, $25 at the door, and there is a $25 food/drink minimum. For opening night show reservations, go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3594715
"Troup and Bowers were two ex-marines who made new lives for themselves in Los Angeles just after World War II," Macauley explains. "They each took divergent but intersecting paths to fulfillment after helping rid the world of fascism. One became an esteemed jazz composer, pianist, singer, and actor. The other worked in a gas station and had sex with just about every star in Hollywood-male and female. Originally from the Midwest, their paths crossed when Scotty worked as a bartender at the 881 Club on La Cienega Boulevard in LA where Bobby was playing piano for his future wife, the great jazz singer Julie London."
Jeff Macauley has been singing in clubs from Los Angeles to New York since 1990, but during the past six years he has been one of the most prolific performers on the New York Cabaret scene, garnering rave reviews and award nominations for shows such as: It Was Me: The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel; Mr. Lucky: The Songs of Henry Mancini; Le Grand Tour: The Music of Michel Legrand; a 2016 reprise of his 1998 Bistro Award winning MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show; and Hollywood Party: Movie Songs 1928-1936.