Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole, the 2001 Best Actress in a Musical for 42nd Street, sings a new cabaret act, Christine Ebersole: Live in New York, Mondays beginning Nov. 5 at Arci's Place in Manhattan.
The limited engagement marks Ebersole's first cabaret appearance in New York in more than 20 years. Performances continue to Dec. 17 at the Park Avenue nightspot. The show, a variation of her popular act at Los Angeles Cinegrill in 1998, represents Ebersole's journey as a performer, wife and mom, and as a bicoastal actress, with musical styles ranging from pop to torch song to jazz and country. Scott Wittman directs (as he did in L.A.) and pianist Lon Hoyt musical directs a trio. In L.A., Ebersole sang "The Man That Got Away," "Bill," "Shanghai" and "My Ship," among other standards.
Ebersole appeared on Broadway in I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, the 1979 revival of Oklahoma!, in which she played Ado Annie, and the Camelot revival opposite Richard Burton. Among her TV work is a stint as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live." The blonde character actress is known for her comic performances on TV sitcoms and playing Tessie Tura in the TV remake of "Gypsy," starring Better Midler. Her New York appearances just prior to 42nd Street were in the Encores! revival of A Connecticut Yankee and the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.
Christine Ebersole: Live in New York plays 8 PM Mondays Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $30 with a $15 minimum. Arci's Place is at 450 Park Avenue between 30th and 31st streets. For reservations, call (212) 532-4370 or visit arcisplace.com.
— By Kenneth Jones