Tony Nominee Valarie Pettiford Sings Abel/Steffan, Mondays in May at Metropolitan Room

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Tony Nominee Valarie Pettiford will present a series of shows entitled "Valarie Pettiford - The Concert" with songwriting duo Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan beginning May 4 at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.

Best known for her work on the Broadway stage in Fosse for which she was honored with a Tony Nomination and in the Television series such as UPN's Half and Half. Mrs Pettiford's new concert, "not a cabaert" as the press release describes, will be reminiscent of the special evenings that Sinatra, Garland and Streisand are well known for.

This collaboration marks the beginning of a collaboratation between Ms. Pettiford and Abe/Steffan as many of the songs were written specifically for Ms. Pettiford to be performed in-concert.

Valarie Pettiford was thrilled to start 2009, guest starring on the hit CBS series "CRIMINAL MINDS" as Sandra Harris. She continues her recurring role on the hit comedy series "HOUSE OF PAYNE" as Sandra Lucas. In 2007 Valarie opened Summer Concert Series with The Pasadena Pops conducted by Rachel Worby and she was also thrilled to shoot the pilot "ANATOMY OF HOPE" for HBO as Deanna Rivers directed by JJ Abrams. In February 2006, Valarie completed her fourth season of the hit TV series HALF & HALF (now in Syndication) that earned her three NAACP Image Award nominations for her portrayal as Big Dee Dee Thorne. She guest starred as Dr. Lana Whitford in CSI MIAMI (Spring 2006), Ellen Laskow in BONES (Spring 2007), Susan Latham in CSI (Spring 2007), and as Aunt Jackie in the #1 film for 3 weeks and now the # 1 DVD, STOMP THE YARD. A Sony Screen Gems production (2007). Her widely successful one-woman shows was performed to sold out audiences at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theartre, The Gardenia Room, the  El Portal Theater and at Mark's presented by Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles. The Metropolitan Room in New York City where she received The 2007 Backstage Bistro Award and most recently at New York's Famous BIRDLAND supper club! Broadway/Tour credits; "FOSSE", for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle, Dora Mavor Moore award and recognizes by the Drama League, CHICAGO (opposite Chita Rivera) London West End debut, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, original cast and understudy for Judith Jamison. GRIND, 'DANCIN', BIG DEAL, SHOW BOAT(NAACP, LA's Robby, and the Vancouver Sun Reader's Choice Awards. And nominations for Ovation and Jessie Richardson Theater Awards. Des Mc Anuff's production of The Wiz, and THE WILD PARTY(NAACP Theatre and The Garland Awards for Best actress in a play) Ovation nomination. Highlights in TV/FILM; THE DISTRICT, FRASIER, THE WEST WING, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, THE WIZ, THE COTTON CLUB and GLITTER.

Valarie continues to lend her support and talents to many charities annually and is thrilled to have fulfilled a lifelong dream of recording an album titled HEAR MY SOUL, being sold at

Tickets $30, available at the door. Monday, May 4, 18 & 25 at 9:30pm, May 11 at 7:00pm. Table minimums apply.

The Metropolitan Room is located at

34 West 22nd St Betw. 5th & 6th Ave., New York, NY, Tel: 212 206 0440


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