THE BRAT PACK Featuring Kathryn Allison, Sam Gravitte, Luke Hawkins & Jelani Remy to Return to Birdland

. Four of Broadway’s brightest lights bring back the timeless style and energy of the original Rat Pack for an encore performance.

By: May. 11, 2023
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THE BRAT PACK Featuring Kathryn Allison, Sam Gravitte, Luke Hawkins & Jelani Remy to Return to Birdland

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the return of "The Brat Pack" - featuring Broadway stars Kathryn Allison, Sam Gravitte, Luke Hawkins, and Jelani Remy - on Monday, June 12 at 7:00 PM. Four of Broadway's brightest lights bring back the timeless style and energy of the original Rat Pack for an encore performance of this raucous, roaring, ring-a-ding evening of show tunes and standards. The show will feature musical direction by Isaac Hayward. There is a $40 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.

Kathryn Allison is a dynamic and sultry singer whose broad vocal range continues to surprise and entertain audiences throughout the US. In 2014 she was the winner of NYMF's "Next Broadway Sensation" and three months later made her Broadway debut in Aladdin. Since then, Ms. Allison has graced the stage in two more Broadway musicals: Wicked and the Tony-winning revival of Company. In 2019, she released her debut album, Something Real - produced by Grammy winner Dominic Fallacaro - to audience acclaim. Her voice has also appeared on Showtime's "Our Cartoon President" and John Cameron Mitchell's "Anthem: Homomunculus." Ms. Allison has premiered her solo shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe's Pub. IG: @Kathryndallison

Sam Gravitte is an actor, writer, and guitarist. He starred as Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway, reopening the show in September 2021 after the theatre industry's hiatus. Other major professional credits include Almost Famous at The Old Globe Theatre, Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and his solo show "Songs That Raised Me," which he debuted at Birdland and has performed on both coasts. Sam is a graduate of Princeton University and currently lives in New York City.

Luke Hawkins

is a NYC based tap dancer and choreographer. Luke has choreographed for Harry Connick, Jr. and performed alongside him in 43 concerts including The Hollywood Bowl, Wolftrap, La Seine Musicale in Paris and the Palladium in London. Luke also performed in and choreographed Harry Connick, Jr.'s A Tribute to Cole Porter on Broadway in 2019. Luke's theatre credits include the Broadway production of Xanadu, Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel (NYC) and Joya (Cancun, Mexico) as well as New York City Center Encores! productions of No, No, Nanette; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and On Your Toes. His TV and film credits include dancing alongside Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!, the 2015 Tony Awards, "Gossip Girl," "One Life to Live," "America's Got Talent," "The Colbert Report," "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," and "Annie Live!" Luke has performed as a soloist with the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and American Pops Orchestra. His solo shows at Birdland have been electrifying audiences for several years.

Jelani Remy

is a Montclair State alumnus and New Jersey Native. He was last seen on Broadway playing the role of Eddie Kendricks in Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. He made his Broadway debut playing the role of Simba in Disney's The Lion King. Past shows include High School Musical (National Tour), High School Musical 2 (Fox Theater), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Off Broadway), The Apple Boys (Off Broadway), Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale, The Oscar Michaeux Suite, Love Around the Block at Hermes, and was The Emcee in Cabaret (Goodspeed Opera House). Jelani is a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star and Chita Rivera Award recipient. IG: @itsjelaniremy

Isaac Hayward

is an Australian award-winning music director, multi-instrumentalist and arranger who has worked on a wide range of projects internationally. His Australian music direction credits include Ladies in Black (QTC), The Rabbits (Opera Australia), West Side Story (Opera Australia), Come Rain or Come Shine (MTC) and Muriel's Wedding (Global Creatures), for which he won a Helpmann Award. His international work includes Bad Cinderella (Broadway), King Kong (Broadway), Phantom of the Opera (Broadway), Into the Woods (Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera), The Mikado (New Zealand Opera), and The Secret River (STC / National Theatre London). Isaac's arranging work includes Muriel's Wedding, Ladies in Black, Come Rain or Come Shine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and arrangements with Alex Lacamoire for Sadler's Wells, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. He is recipient of a 2022 Mike Walsh Major Fellowship.

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the return of "The Brat Pack" on Monday, June 12 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




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

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

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