Long Wharf Theatre Presents TWO FOR THE ROAD, A New Cabaret By Mimi Lines And Frank Mitchell

Long Wharf Theatre will present Two for the Road, a delightful new cabaret exploring the music of the American songbook and beyond. Starring New Haven locals, Mimi Lines and Frank Mitchell. Mimi and Frank will take their audience through an evening of standards, surprises, and stories to soothe the ear and warm the heart.

"We've been thinking a lot about our favorite music, friendship, and travel especially on the road. This is our mix tape or greatest hits collection from several journeys-- to weddings, festivals, performances- joyful and affirming and then some trips we hope lead to change--another way of affirming community." said the musical duo. "With Two for The Road we hope people will remember their own great road trips and the music that made them special."

Long Wharf Theater Managing Director Joshua Borenstein says "We are thrilled to continue our cabaret series and bring to the stage the talent from our own community for two fun evenings of musical entertainment."

Music direction will be by Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano will direct.

The special presentation will have two performances, on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019. Both performances will be at 8:00 PM in Long Wharf Theatre's Stage II. Tickets range from $30-$50.

MIMI LINES is a commercial real estate lawyer by day and cabaret singer by night. A New Haven county native, Mimi Lines is excited to make her Long Wharf Theatre debut alongside her good friend Frank Mitchell. A member of The Sunday Cabaret Workshop at Neighborhood Music School, she has performed her one woman cabaret shows at Don't Tell Mama, Yale Cabaret and Lyric Hall. Mimi made her New York cabaret debut in 2016 with her show Crossing Lines.

Frank Mitchell is Executive Director of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. His curatorial projects include the exhibitions 40 Acres: The Promise of a Black Pastoral; Lincoln: Man, Myth and Memory; High Water Marks: Art & ReNEWal after Katrina; and Soulfood: African American Cooking and Creativity. He specializes in African American historical and visual culture and has completed projects with The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, and the Schomburg Center. Mitchell is a co-author and photo editor for the 2013 Wesleyan University Press anthology African American Connecticut Explored. A committed Connecticut arts partisan, Mitchell is a member of the Sunday Workshop Class at Neighborhood Music School.

Barbara Fasano (Director), hailed as a "lyrically sensitive interpreter" (The New York Times) and "a stunning, gorgeous singer who brings an actor's intensity to whatever she sings" (New York Post), recently headlined at the new Birdland Theater and Saratoga Jazz Festival. Her latest critically acclaimed CD, BUSY BEING FREE, (Harbinger) received the MAC Award for Recording of the Year. www.barbarafasano.com

Eric Comstock (Musical Director) is an acknowledged expert on the American Songbook, has been called "the heir to the cabaret throne" and "cabaret caviar" by The New York Times. He has appeared as a performer and commentator on PBS, CBS, CNN, NPR, BBC and Radio France. He appears regularly at Birdland Jazz Club in New York and his most recent CD is Bitter/Sweet (Harbinger). Together, these married musical partners are the most celebrated team in New York nightclubs, having won 8 MAC Awards, 5 Bistro Awards and the New York Nightlife Award. Eric & Barbara's Master Class SING THE TRUTH, which they've presented in New York, New Haven, Ann Arbor and Baltimore, has enriched the lives of hundreds of singers and actors. www.ericcomstock.net

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