The 7 PM Monday-night series kicks off June 5 with a Piazza Party. Members of the cast of the award-winning Light in the Piazza will be on hand to show their "lighter side" one last time before the Adam Guettel musical concludes its Broadway run. David Bonanno will host the Piazza evening.
Tony Award winner Jason Brown — composer of Broadway's Parade and Off-Broadway's The Last Five Years — will return to Birdland June 12. Backed by the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, Brown will offer tunes from his Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals as well as songs from his debut solo recording "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes." Attendees can also expect a few special guest performers.
The Light in the Piazza theme will continue when David Burnham — who is in the ensemble of that Lincoln Center musical — offers a concert June 19. Burnham will perform an evening that mixes Broadway tunes with contemporary songs. Recent Wicked tour star Stephanie J. Block will be a guest performer during Burnham's concert, which features musical direction by Christopher Denny.
Block will go it solo at Birdland June 26 and 27. The singing actress, who will soon be seen in the out-of-town tryout of Boublil and Schönberg's Pirate Queen, will offer an eclectic array of songs that includes a cut Wicked song, a medley of sixties tunes as well as duets with musical director/performer Billy Stritch.
Songs and Confessions of a Former Waitress is the title of Tony Award winner Linda Lavin's July 3 concert. Lavin will recall her roots in theatre and will perform songs by Gershwin, Maltby and Shire, Dave Frishberg and Trisha Yearwood. Billy Stritch accompanies on piano. Lucie Arnaz, who recently joined the Broadway cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will celebrate her birthday with a July 17 concert at the West Side jazz club. Pop singer Patrick DeGennaro is set for a July 24 concert, and the five vocalist group Toxic Audio will take to the Birdland stage Aug 7.
Singer-actress Nancy Anderson, recently seen in the Off-Broadway musical Fanny Hill, will celebrate the release of her debut CD "Ten Cents a Dance" with a solo concert Aug. 14. Backed by Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band, Anderson will offer tunes from the twenties and thirties.
The summer season will conclude Aug. 21 with six-time MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas. Douglas' show, which is entitled "Black, White & Blues," features standards and contemporary material. Avenue Q conductor Mark Hartman will accompany Douglas on piano.
Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. For tickets call (212) 581-3030 or visit www.instantseats.com/birdland.