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BJ Ward to Sing the Music of Marshall Barer at The Crazy Coqs, March 21

Vocalist BJ Ward and pianist Simon Wallace return to London's The Crazy Coqs on March 21st 2016 at 8pm to perform the music of the late Marshall Barer.

Ward, one of the most prolific voice talents in the U.S., recorded an album of Barer's material in 2005 - BJ Ward Sings Marshall Barer - produced by Michael Feinstein and released on Concord Records.

Although Barer's name might not ring a bell, he wrote over two thousand songs with composers Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Dean Fuller, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burton Lane, Michael Leonard, Michel Legrand, Hugh Martin, Anita Nye, Monte Oliver, Mary Rodgers, David Raksin, Kurt Weill, David Shire and Alec Wilder, among others. Ward's repertoire will be chosen from among that treasure trove of music.

An eccentric once described as "the world's best living lyricist and the world's worst living house guest," Barer is best known as the lyricist/librettist for Once Upon A Mattress - the show that introduced Broadway to Carol Burnett - and for the Mighty Mouse theme ("Here We Come to Save the Day"). His songs are beloved among nightclub singers, and have been performed and recorded by many other artists including Liza Minnnelli, Andrea Marcovicci, Maude Maggart, Harry Belafonte, the late Nat King Cole and Michael Feinstein among them.

The Crazy Coqs is located at 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED. The music charge is £20.00. The closest tube stop is Picadilly Circus, Exit 1. Phone: 020 7734 4888. To reserve online, contact:

BJ Ward, an original member of the Groundlings with Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Reubens and the late Phil Hartman, is known for her unique and very popular one-woman show, Stand-Up Opera, which she has performed at The Kennedy Center and as a guest artist with symphonies and Performing Arts Centers across the U.S. As a voiceover talent, she has voiced hundreds of film animation and narration projects from G.I. Joe and Wonder Woman to many video games, since her first job with Hanna-Barbera (the animation house that produced The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs) in 1978. BJ's voice is the welcoming sound that greets all visitors to Disney's Magic Kingdom: Disneyland, Disney World, and Epcot Center.

Ward made her professional stage debut as Luisa/the Girl in the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks. On the road to fame, fortune and film roles she made her first record with then husband, bebop pioneer Donn Trenner, worked as a Playboy Bunny, sang backup for Ann-Margret in Las Vegas, and became a licensed aviator. Ward and Trenner recorded an album, Vocal-Ease, together in the groovy 1970's in the Netherlands. In 2015, Ward and her ex-husband Trenner released the CD, Double Feature on LML Music. In addition to the Barer CD Vocal-Ease and Double Feature, Ward has recorded The Queen Of The Night?, Stand-Up Opera, and SYRINX Voice of the Songbird. She is also a children's book author, published by Simon and Schuster, and is married to the Film and Television director (and producer of Double Feature) Gordon Hunt.

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