Peggy King to Play Metropolitan Room, 2/23

Vocalist Peggy King, one of the best-loved stars of TV's Golden Age, as well as stage, screen and nightclubs, continues her resurgence after nearly a 30-year absence, with a series of performances at the Metropolitan Room, starting Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 PM, just a few days after celebrating her 84th birthday. She will be accompanied by musical director Andy Kahn on piano. She was re-discovered last year in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," in which Michael Douglas and Matt Damon watch a lengthy 1955 video clip of Peggy King singing "When Liberace Winks at Me," accompanied by the real Liberace on piano. It also became a popular YouTube video and is included on the Elektra soundtrack album. "Pretty, perky Peggy King" has worked in films and television with nearly every star imaginable, from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme (with whom she co-starred on a 50's TV series) to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Andre Previn, and her dozens of recordings through the years show just why she remains a favorite of America's finest composers and lyricists.

Her major credits include film roles in the Vincente Minnelli classic "The Bad and the Beautiful" with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, "Zero Hour" with Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell, three years as a television regular on "The George Gobel Show," and guest-starring stints with Steve Allen, Pat Boone, James Garner, Bob Hope, Nat "King" Cole, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas, among many others. And yes, that's Peggy King with Abbott and Costello in the cult favorite, "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy." She also co-starred with Tab Hunter in the original Hugh Martin musical "Hans Brinker" and with Joel Grey, Celeste Holm and Cyril Ritchard in a TV musical version of "Jack and the Beanstalk." King had a string of hits on Columbia Records, including "Make Yourself Comfortable," "You Better Go Now" and "Learning to Love" and her albums include "Wish Upon a Star," "Girl Meets Boy," "Lazy Afternoon," "Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight" and "Peggy King Sings Jerome Kern."

In addition to Feb. 23, King is scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Room on March 2, April 29 and June 10, all at 7 PM. The club is located at 34 W. 22 St. Info at 212-206-044.

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