Heather MacRae, the actress-singer whose voice is considered pure honey by her fans, celebrates the release of her debut CD, "Songs For My Father," with a return engagement at the Firebird Café in Manhattan's theatre district, Oct. 5-13.
Her popular show, Songs For My Father, pays tribute to the musicals and tunes associated with her late father, Gordon MacRae, remembered for the films "Carousel" and "Oklahoma!" Daughter MacRae performs 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays, honoring her father and his legacy by conjuring the melodies and lyrics of Rodgers and Hammerstein and others, and telling tales of growing up in Hollywood. Mark Nadler is musical director and Barry Kleinbort directs.
She puts a new twist on her dad's more famous numbers, including "Surrey With a Fringe on Top," "If I Loved You" and "Tea for Two." The CD, "Songs for My Father," is available through Harbinger Records. Jamie deRoy is executive producer. The Firebird gig marks the wide release of the disc.
MacRae made her Broadway debut as Abra in Here's Where I Belong (the musical version of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden"). She then joined the Broadway cast of Hair, as Sheila. Also on Broadway, she played Faith in Tina Howe's Coastal Disturbances and Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos, the role she created Off-Broadway in Falsettoland. One of her first acting jobs was appearing with the entire MacRae family — parents Gordon and Sheila, sister Meredith and brothers Gar and Bruce — in the Starlight Theatre production of Annie Get Your Gun in Kansas City.
For Songs, there is a $25 cover and a $15 minimum. The Firebird Café is at 365 W. 46th Street. Dinner is available before the show. For reservations call (212) 586-0244. — By Kenneth Jones