Two of cabaret's finest performers, Andrea Marcovicci and Karen Akers, will return to the Oak Room at New York's Algonquin Hotel during the 2002-2003 season.
Marcovicci, who recently starred in an all-star concert of I Am Anne Frank, will return to her New York home at the Algonquin on Nov. 19. Performing a tribute to Cole Porter entitled "At Long Last, Cole," Marcovicci is scheduled to offer her latest cabaret act through Jan. 11, 2003. Chanteuse Akers, who received a 2002 Board of Directors Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, will play the famed Oak Room from April 15 to May 24, 2003.
Andrea Marcovicci starred on Broadway in the short-lived musical Ambassador and in Frank D. Gilroy's Any Given Day. Her screen credits include roles in "The Front," "Someone to Love," "Jack the Bear," "Who Is Henry Jaglom?," "The Water Engine" and "Trapper John, M.D." It has been the cabaret stage, however, where she has received the most acclaim. The singer-actress has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and in concert halls throughout the world. Her solo albums are numerous and include "Marcovicci Loves Movies," "What Is Love?," "Just Kern," "December Songs," "New Words," "Live from London" and "Some Other Time."
Akers received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as Luisa Contini in the Tommy Tune production of Nine and returned to Broadway in another Tune musical, Grand Hotel. Her feature film credits include "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Heartburn" and "Vibes," and she was seen in an episode of the hit TV series "Cheers." Like Marcovicci, it's been the concert/cabaret stage where Akers has been most praised. Her seven solo recordings — including her most recent, "Feels Like Home" — are available on CD.
The Algonquin Hotel is located in New York City at 59 West 44th Street. For more information, call (212) 419-9331. —By Andrew Gans