Sondheim in the City Makes New York Premiere
Maryann Kyle stars in the new cabaret act "Sondheim in the City," directed by Mike Lopinto, choreographed by Brett Barnes, with music direction by Daniel Lincoln.
In demand on the pop, legit and classical scenes, Kyle has performed with Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, and bass-baritone William Warfield. Kyle continues to sing leading operatic roles throughout the United States and will sing her first Tosca, with Mississippi Opera in November, 2012. She also tours nationally presenting "Command Performance Workshops," which focuses on the integration of the voice into the total actor. Kyle is currently the vocal coach for "Twist," a new musical by composers Tena Clark and Gary Prim, directed by Debbie Allen, which opened in Atlanta in 2010 at the ALLIANCE THEATRE, and at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2011. Allen says, "What a gift, that Maryann Kyle trained our young actors as well as some of our veteran professionals. Within hours, performances were greatly expanded."
Mike Lopinto (director), has directed high-profile events featuring classical celebrities from Plåcido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and Sir James Galway to pop icons Dionne Warwick, the Pointer Sisters, and Patti LaBelle.Brett Barnes (choreographer) has made a name for himself as an award-winning choreographer. A Boston native, his specialties include jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance with an extensive performance repertoire and choreography credits across the Southeastern United States. An educator at heart, he has dedicated himself to bringing dance to under-served and rural populations.
Music direction for "Sondheim in the City" is by New York composer/lyricist Daniel Lincoln, whose original musicals, operas, and symphonic pieces have been produced in Los Angeles, London, and New York City, including the New York production of "Queen Bea: A Soapsical," which starred the cast of ABC's "One Life to Live." Lincoln tours the country music directing for "The Midtown Men," a 60s rock review starring the 4 leads of Broadway's "Jersey Boys." Other credits include: "Follies" (NY City Center Theater), "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (New World Stages).
Times Square Theatrical, Wendy Taucher, "Sondheim in the City" producer, will present "Mostly Marni Nixon" at Feinstein's at Lowes Regency in April 2012. Known as the "voice of Hollywood," Nixon's new cabaret act is a musical romp based on her astonishingly varied career. Known as the "ghostest with the mostest" for her film dubbing work for Deborah Kerr in The King & I, Audrey Hepburn in West Side Story and Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Nixon also sang for Stravinsky and toured with Liberace.
"Sondheim in the City" takes place on Saturday October 1, 2011, 7 p.m. at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, downstairs at the West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd Street. Tickets are $25 cover, with a $15 minimum. Doors open 6 p.m. Reservations strongly recommended: (212) 695-6909.