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Karen Akers to Present WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE at Birdland Jazz Club

In her Birdland solo concert debut, Akers will take a look back at some of the songs that first brought her acclaim in cabaret as well as on Broadway and more.

Karen Akers to Present WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE at Birdland Jazz Club

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present acclaimed vocalist Karen Akers in the new show "Water Under the Bridge" on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM. In her Birdland solo concert debut, Akers will take a look back at some of the songs that first brought her acclaim in cabaret as well as on Broadway, television, and recordings: works by Craig Carnelia, Maury Yeston, Edith Piaf, and Stephen Sondheim, among other treasures. The show features musical director Alex Rybeck. There is a $40 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.

Karen Akers, one of America's more arresting and successful concert and cabaret stars, is the recipient of the 2005 New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Female Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement, as well as the 2009 Nightlife Legend Award. Ms. Akers has appeared in venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, as well as New York's premiere nightspots, the Cafe Carlyle and The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel. She has taken her music to the south of France, Russia, Barcelona's Liceu Opera House and more recently, to The Crazy Coqs in London.

Concert performances are only a part of Ms. Akers multifaceted career, which encompasses theatre, television, film, and recordings. She appeared at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel, directed by Tommy Tune. She made her Broadway debut in the original production of Nine, also directed by Tommy Tune, receiving a Tony nomination. Ms. Akers television appearances include "Cheers," "The Tonight Show," "Hart to Hart," "The Merv Griffin Show" and the PBS Specials: "Ellington: The Music Lives On" and "Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall." In addition, her own PBS specials are "Presenting Karen Akers" and "On Stage at Wolf Trap." Her film roles include the femme fatale in Mike Nichols' Heartburn, opposite Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep; Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo; and Vibes.

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Karen Akers on Monday, April 25 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 www.BirdlandJazz.com. 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.


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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 + $20 food/drink minimum

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

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

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

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to benefit The Mabel Mercer Foundation

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$500


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