Musical theatre comedienne Klea Blackhurst, whose Ethel Merman tribute "Everything the Traffic Will Allow" sold out performances at Danny's Skylight Room in March, returns to New York City with her much-lauded show May 28. The show will run open ended at Upstairs at Jack Rose in midtown Manhattan.
"Everything the Traffic Will Allow" pays homage to theatre legend Merman through showtunes she left her mark on. Among the songs that will be featured are "I Got Rhythm" from Girl Crazy, "You're the Top/ Blow, Gabriel, Blow" from Anything Goes and Annie Get Your Gun's "There's No Business Like Show Business" from which the show gets its title.
Actress-singer-musician Blackhurst made her NY debut in 1987 in Off-Broadway's Oil City Symphony replacing Debra Monk at the Circle in the Square Downtown. She also originated the role of Rennabelle in Radio Gals, which made its way to OB's John Houseman.
The show also features Michael Rice and the Pocket Change Trio. Rice on piano, Steve Bartosik on drums and Ray Kilday on bass comprise the group.