Met Room Announces Schedule Updates

The METROPOLITAN ROOM announces show and performer changes for the month of May. 

5/10 7PM David Gurwitz The CBS Morning Show called David Gurwitz's artistic work "Music with aMission! David Gurwitz, a JD, MBA, CPA and athlete, who is also aself-taught pianist and composer, has dedicated his music career to helpingothers. His music, described as soothing and healing, has been a source ofcomfort for a growing number of fans worldwide. Recently, David played abenefit concert for Special Olympics Connecticut, and is planning a Mid-Westbenefit tour this fall for various charitable organizations. David willperform selections from his first album "Hear the Children", as well as newcompositions not yet released. This time, in his first NYC concert, he willbring up to the podium John Thomas, author of the widely followed sitewww.MadHedgeFundTrader.com/, who is speaking at the NY based Hard Assetconference, and who will regale the audience, among other things, withstories of traders who trade the stormy markets more calmly under theinfluence of David's music! $20

5/12 7PM P.S. 9 Benefit In this evening of music, the talented parents of P.S. 9 will perform to raise money for school programs for the 2010/2011 school year. $20
5/13 7:30PM Greg Edelman Gregg Edelman: Back in Town is a jaunty new show that just enjoyed a highlysuccessful premiere at Feinstein's in New York City. The title harkens back to those"long ago" nights when people regularly went to see top singers each time they returned to their favorite supper clubs, places like The Empire Room in Chicago, The Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, and The Persian Room in New York City. Gregg approaches his blue chip repertoire, which includes both classics from the Great American Songbook and a few selections of more recent vintage, with genuine affection and a natural, effortless swing. He caresses evergreen ballads such as"When I Fall In Love" and "In The Still Of The Night" and finds the impassioned ardor smoldering beneath two Michel Legrand masterpieces, "I Will Wait For You" and"The Windmills Of Your Mind." He also pays tribute to his mentor, the late Cy Coleman, with a sly and sexy rendition of "You Fascinate Me So" and later on, finds time to revel in the sophisticated word play of Cole Porter's "At Long Last Love."Gregg Edelman: Back in Town is a show filled with romance, humor and Gregg's love of the music that made nightclubs a special place to be during the 1950's and 60's.

With fourteen Broadway shows and four TONY nominations to his credit, Chicago native Gregg Edelman has starred on Broadway, television and in film for over twenty years. His roles on Broadway in City of Angels, Wonderful Town, 1776 and Les Mis, to mention just a few, have also earned him the Drama Desk Award as well as numerous Outer Critics nominations. His movie credits include Kate Winslet's husband in Little Children and Peter Parker's doctor in Spiderman 2. On television, he was a regular on CBS' Hack, appeared numerous times as a guest star on shows such as The Good Wife, Mercy and Law and Order, and no list of Gregg's television work would be complete without mentioning the time he spent as the voice of the peanut M&M. His concert and recording work have given him the opportunity to travel all over the world, appearing with groups like the Boston Pops, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, as well as the Philadelphia and Chicago Pops, among others. His many appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops have given him the chance to honor friends such as Kander and Ebb and Charles Strouse. His 17 recordings of Broadway shows include the cast albums of City of Angels, Wonderful Town, 1776, and Into The Woods, among others. His latest project, a new nightclub act entitled Gregg Edelman: Back in Town just enjoyed a highly successful New York City premiere at Feinstein's. Additional dates are planned for 2010 and beyond. $30

5/14 7:30PM Greg Edelman Gregg Edelman: Back in Town is a jaunty new show that just enjoyed a highlysuccessful premiere at Feinstein's in New York City. The title harkens back to those"long ago" nights when people regularly went to see top singers each time they returned to their favorite supper clubs, places like The Empire Room in Chicago, The Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, and The Persian Room in New York City. Gregg approaches his blue chip repertoire, which includes both classics from the Great American Songbook and a few selections of more recent vintage, with genuine affection and a natural, effortless swing. He caresses evergreen ballads such as"When I Fall In Love" and "In The Still Of The Night" and finds the impassioned ardor smoldering beneath two Michel Legrand masterpieces, "I Will Wait For You" and"The Windmills Of Your Mind." He also pays tribute to his mentor, the late Cy Coleman, with a sly and sexy rendition of "You Fascinate Me So" and later on, finds time to revel in the sophisticated word play of Cole Porter's "At Long Last Love."Gregg Edelman: Back in Town is a show filled with romance, humor and Gregg's love of the music that made nightclubs a special place to be during the 1950's and 60's.

With fourteen Broadway shows and four TONY nominations to his credit, Chicago native Gregg Edelman has starred on Broadway, television and in film for over twenty years. His roles on Broadway in City of Angels, Wonderful Town, 1776 and Les Mis, to mention just a few, have also earned him the Drama Desk Award as well as numerous Outer Critics nominations. His movie credits include Kate Winslet's husband in Little Children and Peter Parker's doctor in Spiderman 2. On television, he was a regular on CBS' Hack, appeared numerous times as a guest star on shows such as The Good Wife, Mercy and Law and Order, and no list of Gregg's television work would be complete without mentioning the time he spent as the voice of the peanut M&M. His concert and recording work have given him the opportunity to travel all over the world, appearing with groups like the Boston Pops, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, as well as the Philadelphia and Chicago Pops, among others. His many appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops have given him the chance to honor friends such as Kander and Ebb and Charles Strouse. His 17 recordings of Broadway shows include the cast albums of City of Angels, Wonderful Town, 1776, and Into The Woods, among others. His latest project, a new nightclub act entitled Gregg Edelman: Back in Town just enjoyed a highly successful New York City premiere at Feinstein's. Additional dates are planned for 2010 and beyond. $30

9:45PM Nicole Henry Her latest CD "The Very Thought of You," just reached #7 on U.S. Billboard's Top Jazz Chart. With three international TOP 10-selling CDs in the last five years, and a list of international performances, young Nicole Henry's pure and soulful voice continues to inspire and touch hearts worldwide. Her live concerts are captivating, combining elegance and conversational, intelligent wit that not only leaves you truly entertained, but connected to something of greater beauty. Performing the Great American Songbook, love songs, and originals, Henry's voice adds new life and richer meaning to the lyrics she sings. Nicole Henry is simply one of the finest vocalists to emerge this decade! $30

5/15 7:30PM Karen Mason Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, and recording: and "has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!" (TheatreScene.net) Karen is an nine time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and three Bistro Awards.

Ms. Mason originated the role of Tanya on Broadway in Abba's MAMMA MIA!, and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Mazeppa in Jerome Robbins' BROADWAY; Rosalie in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway's TORCH SONG TRILOGY; and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG.

Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show Karen Mason SINGS BROADWAY, BEATLES AND BRIAN.

Her television appearances include the hit dramas ED and LAW & ORDER: SVU. Film credits include SLEEPING DOGS LIE and A CHORUS LINE.

In regional theatre, Karen starred in the world premiere of the stage production of WHITE CHRISTMAS, (playing the Rosemary Clooney role at St. Louis Muni Opera), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida), GYPSY (Sundance Theatre in California), the world premiere of ONE TOUGH COOKIE (Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago), HEARTBEATS (Goodspeed Opera House in NY) and COMPANY (Huntington Theatre in Boston). Most recently in New York, Karen starred in the one-woman musical about Dorothy Parker YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE.

Karen has headlined Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein's at The Regency, Rainbow & Stars, the Algonquin, Arci' Place, The Supper Club and The Ballroom in NYC; The Cinegrill and the UCLA/ASCAP Concert Series in Los Angeles; The Plush Room in San Francisco; and Davenport's in Chicago.

She has shared concert stages with Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, among others. Karen has given concerts in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Brazil, Scotland, Tokyo and Osaka. Her starring symphonic performances include The New York Pops with Skitch Henderson, The Oklahoma Philharmonic with Joel Levine, the premier performance of The Chicagoland Pops, The Indianapolis Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony with John McDaniel.

In addition to her live performances, her voice graces the soundtrack of JEFFREY (Varese Sarabande), the studio cast recording of WONDERFUL TOWN (Jay Records), the original cast album of AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND(RCA Victor), THE CHILD IN ME Vol.1 (Harbinger Records) and LOST IN BOSTON II (Varese Sarabande).

In 2005, Karen released her fifth universally acclaimed CD, SWEETEST OF NIGHTS, after winning the 2002 MAC Award for Major Female Recording of the Year for WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT. Her other CD's are BETTER DAYS (featuring the 1998 Emmy winning song, "Hold Me", by Brian Lasser); NOT SO SIMPLY BROADWAY; and her live recording CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS!(all on Zevely Records). $30

9:45PM Q-Talk Q-Talk the hit Gay Talk Show Returns for its monthly stint at the
Metropolitan Room. Hosted by Frantz Hall,Stacey Todd Holt,Joseph John and Angie McKnight. Q-talk has been compared to a gayer version of the View. With Table Talk, Hot Monthly Topics ranging from everything to Aging In The Gay Community,Open Relationships,Gay Marriage,Prop 8,and "DOES SIZE MATTER". As well as fabulous performers from cabaret,and Broadway.

5/20 9:45PM Sarah Mather Come see American Idol Finalist Sarah Mather perform songs from various albums along with some original material too! Born in Montreal to a musical family, Sarah began singing at a young age. At 5 years old she sang in different choral groups and musical productions. Moving to Charlotte at 10, she began to take on her love for music and joined the Charlotte Children's Choir, and immersed herself in other ensembles and musical theater. Her influences range from Led Zeppelin to Allison Krauss. She listened to everything being the baby girl to two brothers.
At the age of 14, Sarah started singing in bands. She continued performing with a local band called "Moe Black" for 5 years and was able to tour and play with great musicians. Wanting to further her career, she joined American Idol in August 2004 and made it to the top 12 girls. She found it to be a life changing experience.
A day after her departure from American Idol, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream in music. She has just release her EP "Another Day" on iTunes and is currently finishing her debut album which she is co writing with Grammy winning producer, Ernie Lake. $10

5/24 9:30PM Nancy Danino Born in Israel and raised in France, the sultry voice of singer/songwriter Nancy Danino has been the highlight of everything from film soundtracks to Scandinavian pop hits. Her very first collaboration was with the YELLOW PRODUCTION team of techno/acid jazz sound designers, appearing on their 1999 Psychodelico album (Bob Sinclar). Techno artist SNOOZE heard the album, fell in love with Nancy's voice, and selected her to record vocals for his first album on Belgian label Crammed. With Nancy as lead vocalist, she and Snooze recorded two albums and toured all over Europe together. Snooze introduced Nancy to one of his composer friends, resulting in her providing the vocals to the main theme of Tokyo Eyes, a very "Nouvelle Vague" French movie which went to the Cannes Film Festival. She also collaborated with two very talented songwriters in Miami, Corrado Bailone and Simone Giuliani a.k.a Formula (SFP Records and Emunity Records, their New York City-based label). In 2002, a new opportunity came knocking. Jay-Jay Johansson, a Swedish singer whose first album was very successful in France and in the U.S., by chance heard Nancy's voice on the Snooze album. He passed her name to his friends, Sweden's leading pop act KENT (BMG Music Publishing Scandinavia), who were looking for a French singer to collaborate with. Nancy and Kent wrote and recorded a duet together and the song became a huge hit in Scandinavia. While she was in Stockholm for the recording, she met with the Eclectic team, Anders Hansson and Johan Åberg (the BMG Music Publishing Scandinavia writer/producers are responsible for hits for Christina Aguilera, Cher and many other artists). The meeting began a long partnership in songwriting, both for Nancy's own album and for songs to plug to other artists. In 2004, Nancy recorded a French/English duet with Irish artist Perry Blake, which was released by the label Naïve in France. The song stayed at number three on the Irish singles chart for an amazing eight weeks. She kept busy with other projects, collaborating with French DJ and Saint Germain's former partner SHAZZ on his last album in 2005. Nancy has also collaborated with LLORCA (F.COM), and most recently with Marc Collin, producer of the fantastic Nouvelle Vague albums. They already recorded a song for his new project coming out soon, "Hollywood, mon Amour". Since bursting on the scene with Snooze, Nancy has worked with the most eminent electronic minds in France and Europe. Nancy's album is now almost ready. The album features acoustic and jazzy songs written by Nancy (most are co-writes with Anders Hansson). Based in New York since 2006, she built her band and as a dream come true, she started to perform her own original songs in the city. She already met and wrote some beautiful songs with the amazing NYC based songwriters Jeff Cohen, Jeff Franzel and Cliff Goldmacher, as well as Tom Kimmel in Nashville. She is always ready for new challenges, and contemplates her future as a solo artist with great excitement. $10

5/27 7:30PM Sharon Lamotte & Bill Gerhardt The show is a tribute to the music and memory of the beloved Blossom Dearie, one of a kind singer and jazz pianist. In what promises to be an intimate, touching evening of music, this concert will reach audiences of all musical tastes. LaMotte will be performing memorable tunes from Blossom's songbook as well as her own material that showcases her humor and unique delivery of song. She will be joined by the Bill Gerhardt Trio featuring the one of a kind rhythm section of bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Jeff Brillinger. They put their own twist on Gerhardt's portraits of Blossom's best known tunes and his original arrangements of LaMotte's music. Life long fans of Blossom's as well as those who simply appreciate high quality, sophisticated music from the Great American Song Book will be sure to enjoy a performance filled with both memories and surprises.

Sharon LaMotte LaMotte's love affair with music and art has been a feature of her life from the beginning. Her total emersion in the world of jazz happened relatively late in life. She began to sing several years before meeting Bill Gerhardt and at his urging, started working professionally. She has continued to study with the great Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton in New York City. Her knack for choosing material that is perfectly suited to her is uncanny. Her set list includes unfamiliar, modern compositions, as well as standards ranging back to the 1920's. Sharon's delivery is highly personal and direct. Her trademark is a pure, unembellished interpretation that relies on tone and phrasing to communicate the lyric and melody. Another aspect of her style that sets her apart is the unique arrangements which are conceived with Gerhardt. Often compared to Blossom Deary and Astrud Gilberto, LaMotte performs with sincere, sexy honesty.

Bill Gerhardt Performing professionally from the age of fifteen, Gerhardt was always passionate about playing and composing jazz. He won the 1988 Down Beat Musicfest in Orlando and was recognized for his arranging talent. In 1989, he moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and used that as a base for the next ten years. During that time, he traveled throughout Europe and had engagements in Africa and the Middle East. In 1999, Bill returned to the United States and began living and working in New York. He reconnected with old musical partners in the Carolinas as well and upon meeting Sharon, began working with young players in Asheville, NC to form a non-profit organization called the Jazz Composers Forum. Gerhardt is a SteepleChase Recording Artist and has four releases in the last two years with the label.

Together, this duo creates beautiful music. Sometimes sweet and sentimental, sometimes adventurous and edgy, sometimes dark and moody but always swinging! $15

9:45PM Elisabeth Cernadas and Les Bandits Harp. Cello. Glockenspiel. Saxophone. Violin. Drums. Melodica. Brassens. Boyer. Mina. Conte. Lennon. McCartney. Gainsbourg. Singin'. Stories. "Using mostly material from the 1960s, sung in French and English, Les Bandits' show is fascinating and unusual-to say the least-in its musical accompaniment: all on the small cabaret stage, we have a glockenspiel, melodica, sax (these three all by Chris Shade) cello, bass, ukulele, drums, percussion. And a harp! Versatile, glowing and girlish, with lovely high tones, Elisabeth Cernades does all the singing and spoken intros. Certainly this is an ensemble triumph. They appreciatively listen to each other and have a striking serenity. Intelligent, and a valentine to the music and era, joy radiates and the musicianship is as marvelous to drink in as to watch being played: struck, strummed, bowed, etc. Whatever they play and sing-Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Forbidden Fruit," a couple from The Beatles' White album ("Rocky Raccoon," "Blackbird") and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (in French!!), their original "East and the West," French poetry, sweet innocence or knowing sophistication-it's all smartly done, fresh, winsome, and unaffected. Fantastique." Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes $15

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(212) 206-0440

Each show has a 2 beverage minimum

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