Will Reynolds Makes Birdland Debut March 11th
Actor/writer and 2018 Fred Ebb Award winner Will Reynolds makes his Birdland debut premiering all new songs, including selections from his musicals RADIOACTIVE and THE VIOLET HOUR (recently developed by MTC), written with collaborator Eric Price. Special guests include trumpeter and Birdland favorite Benny Benack III, Broadway stars Kirsten Anderson (MY FAIR LADY), Aisha Jackson (FROZEN), Adam Kaplan (A BRONX TALE), and soul singer-songwriter Chris Ams (FAVORITE STATES band).
Will was most recently seen in THE DAY BEFORE SPRING at the York Theater. He can also be found on your favorite streaming device as Frank Churchill in EMMA (www.streamingmusicals.com). Additional acting credits include: DADDY LONG LEGS (Off Broadway, directed by John Caird), PASSION at Classic Stage Company (directed by John Doyle, cast album on PS Classics), Tony Kushner's THE ILLUSION (Signature Theater, directed by Michael Mayer), EMMA at The Old Globe, LOVE STORY at the Walnut Street Theatre, BIG RIVER at Goodspeed, A ROOM WITH A VIEW at Seattle's Fifth Avenue, and the North American Tour of MAMMA MIA! Film: THE GOOD SHEPHERD (directed by Robert De Nero).
Will is the composer/creator of THE GREENWOOD TREE (based on the Sonnets by Shakespeare), recently developed by the Stratford Festival in Canada. His song cycle POEMS & MOON SONGS has been produced as part of the Lincoln Center Songbook Series, and the song "Tavern" (text by Edna St. Vincent Millay) was featured on 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald's album GO BACK HOME. Will is the arranger and music supervisor for STU FOR SILVERTON (music by Breedlove), first seen at the Intiman Theater in Seattle (with an exciting update soon to be announced.) Will was a Dramatists Guild Fellow and is a Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alum.
The show will be presented at the Birdland Theater. The venue is located at 315 West 44th Street (b/w 8th & 9th Ave), in New York City. For tickets - which cost $20 - $30 - call (212) 581-3080 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM or visit birdlandjazz.com, or visit in person at the Birdland Box Office at 315 W 44th Street from 2:00 PM daily. There is a $10 food/drink minimum per person per show.
Will Reynolds - Piano/VocalsBenny Bench III - TrumpetRob Mitzner - DrumsMark Vanderpoel - Bass