“The Voice” performer Wendy Moten, will perform a very special concert on Monday, May 16 at 7pm at Birdland. Wendy Moten’s voice has been called “one of the natural wonders of our age.” This one-night-only concert will include songwriter Richard Whiting hits including “He’s Funny That Way,” “My Ideal,” “Miss Brown,” and “Too Marvelous For Words.” Ms. Moten will also perform the Janis Ian classic “At Seventeen,” Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and one of her most popular songs from “The Voice,” “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” www.birdlandjazz.com
FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, (254 W. 54 St.) presents MEGAN LOUGHRAN AND THE LATE NIGHT SNACKS on Wednesday, May 25 at 9:30pm. Megan Loughran, cast member of the recent national tour of Falsettos and champion of NYC’s Cabaret Showdown, makes her solo Feinstein’s/54 Below debut in Megan Loughran and The Late Night Snacks. Joining Megan are Tony Award® winner Victoria Clark (Kimberly Akimbo, The Light in the Piazza, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Teddy Yudain (Little Shop Of Horrors). Music direction by Dan Pardo. Directed by Ethan Heard. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.54Below.com.
Coming up at Cafe Carlyle: Erich Bergen May 20 & 21; Peter Cincotti May 25; David Foster & Katharine McPhee May 29 – June 2; Mario Cantone June 3 & 4; Karen Elson June 7 – 11; Tony Danza June 14 – 25.
Crooner, Arranger, Bandleader and Trumpeter Brian Newman debuts at Café Carlyle on Tuesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 26. Through classic songs from the Great American songbook as well as from the modern era, Brian frees the art form from its constraints, allowing powerful influences of Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Charlie Parker to merge seamlessly with Gershwin, Porter, Hammerstein and Berlin. His incorporation of modern songwriters such as Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and The Police pepper his repertoire creating an exciting expansion of today’s modern songbook. Information/TIckets HERE
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and YELLOW SOUND LABEL have announced that the original Broadway Cast Recording of A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning musical will be released in digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 10. On Friday, May 13, the album will be available for pre-order and five tracks (“A Strange Loop,” “Periodically,” “Intermission Song,” “We Wanna Know,” and “Inner White Girl”) will be available to stream or download. The Broadway premiere of the show – directed by Tony Award nominee Stephen Brackett, choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, and produced by Barbara Whitman along with Page 73 Productions, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons – is currently running at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). A Strange Loop is currently nominated for 11 Tony Awards®, including “Best Musical,” making it the most-nominated show of the Broadway season. The cast album is available to pre-save now at ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/AStrangeLoopPR
The album was produced by Michael Croiter and Michael R. Jackson, with Kurt Deutsch and Barbara Whitman as executive producers. It was co-produced by Charlie Rosen, who provides orchestrations; and Rona Siddiqui, who serves as music director and music supervisor.
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, Long Island will launch its Signature Theater Series this summer with top artists from the worlds of Broadway, music & TV on fully staged productions of In The Heights, Xanadu and All Shook Up, plus the NY premiere of Ella, First Lady of Song starring Grammy-nominated singer & actress Freda Payne, and the world premiere of the play Squirrel Screams and Other Dating Sounds. The inaugural series kick-off will be a special concert production with the South Shore Symphony of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical CarouselMay 21 at 2pm & 8pm and May 22 at 3pm. Tickets for all productions can be purchased at this link
The first full production will be Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In The HeightsJune 2–12directed & choreographed by original Broadway cast member & dance captain Stephanie Klemons (also Associate Choreographer on Miranda’s Tony-winning musical Hamilton, in addition to being in the original cast). Shows are Thursday June 2 @ 7pm, Fridays @ 8pm, Saturdays @ 2pm & 8pm, Sundays @ 3pm (with additional Friday matinee June 10 @ 11am). The costume designer for both In The Heights and Xanadu is Antonio Consuegara (currently Assistant Costume Designer on the Broadway revival of Funny Girl).
Lead Photo Wendy Moten