The acclaimed singing actress will play a two-week stint at Feinstein's at the Regency, offering The Life and Times of Diahann Carroll through April 29. Carroll will be backed by eight musicians under the baton of conductor Lee Norris. Dean Schnieder will be featured on piano with Joe Coccuzzo on drums. Carroll will offer a mix of theatre tunes and pop classics. Cabaretgoers can expect to hear such songs as "A Sleepin' Bee," "The Sweetest Sounds," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "The Best Is Yet to Come," "Where Do You Start?" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now." Show times are Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8:30 PM with late shows Fridays and Saturdays at 11 PM.
About her Feinstein's stint, Carroll recently told Playbill.com, "It's very much so a new challenge for me. I don't think I have any familiarity in my history with the physicality of Feinstein's. So, we'll experience something new, and that's always a double-edged sword — it's fearful, yet you're excited."
Diahann Carroll, who made her Broadway debut in House of Flowers, won a Tony Award for her work in No Strings. Carroll has a long string of "firsts" associated with her career: She was the first African-American actress to have her own TV series ("Julia"), the first black cast member of "Dynasty" and the first black actress to play Norma Desmond (she starred in the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard). The actress/singer has also starred in several feature films, including "Claudine," for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Feinstein's at the Regency is located in Manhattan at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street. There is a $60 cover charge and a $40 minimum for all shows; call (212) 339-4095 for reservations.