Liz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This Month
The RRazz Room New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road New Hope PA, presents Happily Ever Laughter featuring LIZ CALLAWAY and JASON GRAAE and Alex Rybeck, Musical Director, Saturday, August 15. The duo returns to New Hope with a romantic but platonic evening of love songs, high belting, and hilarity! Doors Open: 6 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. For tickets ($40.00 General Admission) or info, call 888-596-1027 or visit online at www.TheRRazzRoom.com.
Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.
Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, andGodspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (Encores!), and Hair in Concert. Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of One Touch of Venus, in Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Fascinating Rhythm at Hartford Stage. She also played Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at Pittsburgh CLO.
Ms. Callaway has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 60's and 70's, also created with her sister was recorded live at Birdland, and is currently touring performing arts centers around the country. Recently she had the pleasure of singing "Chances Are" with singing legend Johnny Mathis in Vancouver. She also co-starred with Jimmy Webb & Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement in New York and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David's 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her extensive US symphony work includes appearances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and The Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), New Zealand, Iceland, Estonia, France (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Slovenia, South Korea, and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu where she premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.
Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song "Journey to the Past" in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, Beauty and the Beast, Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.
She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children's program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor's Studio: Stephen Sondheim, Christmas with the Boston Pops, The David Letterman Show, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week).
Liz has released five solo recordings: Passage of Time, The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway, Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser and Merry and Bright, her new Christmas CD. Her numerous other recordings include Sibling Revelry, Boom! Live at Birdland, The Maury Yeston Songbook, Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Hair in Concert, the original cast album of A Christmas Story and the complete recording of Allegro produced by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.
Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in "A Grand Night For Singing", "Falsettos", "Stardust", "Snoopy!", "Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?". Off- Broadway shows include "Forever Plaid", "Olympus on My Mind", "All in the Timing", "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)" and many more.
Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp's "Everlast" with American Ballet Theatre. Jason has performed his one man show all over the country from Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in NYC to The Empire Plush Room and The RRazz room in San Francisco, winning 4 Bistro Awards and a N.Y Nightlife Award, also making Time Out NY's Top Cabaret shows of the year. His current critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, "The Prince and the Showboy" was recently seen at 54 Below and the pair won a 2nd Nightlife Award for Best Duo.
In Los Angeles, he recently won his second L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award - the 2008 Joel Hirschorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. He won an Ovation Award for "Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!", an Artistic Director's Achievement Award for "Fully Committed" and a Santa Barbara Indie Award for "High Button Shoes". Jason originated the role of "Houdini" in the L.A. production of "Ragtime" at the Shubert Theatre. At the Hollywood Bowl, he was Benny Southstreet in "Guys and Dolls'" and Marcellus in "The Music Man". He was seen in "See What I Wanna See" at the Blank and "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"at La Mirada. Recently, he played the 7 Sid Caesar roles in "Little Me" with the 42nd Street Moon Theatre Co.in San Francisco, and Jerry/Daphne in "Sugar" with Sacramento Music Circus. He was told he was not an attractive lady.
On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including "Six Feet Under", "Rude Awakening", "Friends", "Frasier", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "Living Single", "Caroline in the City", "Providence", etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops and once with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony on "Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center" and in "Words and Music by Jerry Herman".
Movie appearances include the title role in "Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms" (2008 Toronto and London Film Festivals), Disney's "Home on the Range", "On Edge", "Gepetto", "The Dukes of Hazzard in Hollywood", and "Awakening of Spring" . He has been heard on many cartoons and for 5 and 1/2 years he was the voice of "Lucky, the Leprechaun" for Lucky Charms Cereal, a balanced part of your complete breakfast.
He made his Los Angeles Opera debut as "Njegus" in "The Merry Widow", repeating the role with Dallas , New Orleans, and Houston Grand Opera . Also with L.A. Opera he was featured as "Offenbach" in "The Grand Duchess" , directed by Garry Marshall. He has played "Frosch" in "Die Fledermaus" with the Washington National and San Francisco Operas, the Manhattan School of Music, and most recently with Houston Grand Opera.
Jason has recorded over 45 CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and his two solo CDs, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse", and "Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill" (Fynsworth Alley), and "Perfect Hermany-the songs of Jerry Herman." Upcoming recordings- "And The World Goes Round" (Kritzerland) and "Roberta" (New World Records)
After ten record breaking and artistically thrilling years in San Francisco, the RRazz Room has arrived in Bucks County at an intimate and warm performance space located in the heart of New Hope. The RRazz Room Legacy will continue, and promises to present to Bucks County the finest headliner performances from all genres of entertainment: Great American Songbook, Big Band, R&B, Funk, Blues, Traditional, Latin & Smooth Jazz, Rock & Pop, Doo-Wop, Comedy. Theatrical Drag, Performance Art, Las Vegas, Spectacles and more. Our intimate world-class setting invites all to experience affordable top tier live talent the way it was meant to be - Up Close and Personal. Patrons will be able to arrive two hours prior to show time to enjoy our exciting new menu.