Tonya Pinkins Headlines Jazz Jam During Winter Rhythms

On Wednesday, December 7 at 7PM, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins will headline Barry Levitt's Jazz Jam along with as Mary Foster Conklin, Cleve Douglass, and Kat Gang. This performance is part of Urban Stages' two week musical celebration entitled WINTER RHYTHMS. WINTER RHYTHMS is presented by Urban Stages, (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director), and director/lyricist Peter Napolitano. Tickets are $25 ($40 for two shows, one night) with a complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased by visiting www.SmartTix.com or calling 212 868-4444.

Musical Director, Barry Levitt has been an active, forceful, award-winning presence within the New York musical community for over three decades. He was the music director and arranger for Catskills On Broadway and Swinging On A Star on Broadway as well as Langston in Harlem, Little Shop Of Horrors and Taking My Turn Off-Broadway. He has been Music Director, Pianist and Arranger for numerous nightclubs and cabaret artists. Barry Levitt's Jazz Jam is an evening of jazz, swing and more

Tonya Pinkins is a Tony award winning actress. Who has been nominated for her roles in Caroline or Change, Play On and Jelly's Last Jam. She won for Jelly. In addition to the Tony award, Tonya has received the Obie, Drama Critic's Circle, Clarence Derwent, Lortel, Garland, Black theater Alliance and Audelco awards, She has been nominated for the Olivier, Joseph Jefferson, NAACP Theater Award, Soap opera Digest, La drama critics and Ovation nominations. She has appeared on Television in "24," "Law and Order," "The Closer," "Criminal Minds," "Cold Case," "All My Children," "As the World Turns" and many others. Her film credits include Disney's ENCHANTED and Noah's Arc: Jumping The Broom. She is the author of Hyperion's GET OVER YOURSELF: How to drop the Drama and Claim the life you Deserve.

WINTER RHYTHMS, marks the third year that Urban Stages has brought noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period. Proceeds from the musical series helps to fund Urban Stages' Outreach Program that brings over 300 free "arts in education" presentations to libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs.

WINTER RHYTHMS will close with the celebrated cabaret entertainer Steve Ross on Sunday, December 11, followed by a with a champagne reception and supper. Tickets for the closing night celebration are $75.

Other amazing upcoming WINTER RHYTHMS performances include Bistro Award winner Janice Hall in I'd Rather Be Doing This (Directed by Peter Napolitano. Musical director: Mathew Martin Ward), Multiple Award winners Daryl Glenn & Ricky Ritzel in A Ritzmas Daryl with Alison Nusbaum (Directed by Jim Luzar), Very Special Material: A Songwriter's Showcase (featuring the work of award-winning songwriters Richard Eisenberg, Bill Zeffiro and others with Terese Genecco, Marissa Mulder, Erin Cronican, Fran Leonardis), Maureen Taylor in Too Marvelous! A Tribute to Lauren Bacall (Directed by Jay Rogers. Musical Director: John DiPinto), All in Good Time: The Songs of Barry Levitt and Peter Napolitano (featuring Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde) and cabaret artists Julie Reyburn, Susan Winter, Barbara Porteus, Helena Grenot, Deb Berman, Rob Langeder, Stacie Perlman, Janice Hall, Joshua Dixon, Fran Leonardis and Gary Crawford), Multiple Award Winner Gretchen Reinhagen in Both Sides Now (Directed by Barry Kleinbort. Musical Director: Tracy Stark), to name a few… (please check www.urbanstages.org for a full list of shows and schedule)

Also included in the series will be seminars in the afternoons on Saturdays at 5PM and Sundays at 3PM at Urban Stages Theatre, 259 West 30th Street. These seminars are co sponsored by Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC; Lennie Watts, President) and Urban Stages. They are free to MAC members and WINTER RHYTHMS ticket holders.

WINTER RHYTHMS
December 1- 11, 2011
Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30 Street
Performance schedule: Monday through Saturday at 7PM & 9PM
Sunday 5PM, 7PM & 9PM

FREE SEMINARS
Saturdays at 5PM and Sundays at 3PM
Urban Stages and Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) will host seminars
Free for MAC Members and WINTER RHYTHMS ticket holders

Tickets are $25 ($40 for two shows, one night) with a complimentary glass of wine

Closing night show and reception, featuring Steve Ross is $75 and may be purchased
through the Urban Stages office, 212 421-1380

Tickets for all other shows can be purchased by visiting www.SmartTix.com or calling 212 868-4444

For more information please visit www.urbanstages.org
For more information: 212 421-1380.


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