She's sung classical, jazz, pop and Broadway show tunes — to say nothing of starring in Broadway, West End and touring musicals — and Cleo Laine is expected to spice her new act at Feinstein's at the Regency in Manhattan with all kinds of sounds from her career, Sept. 11-29.
Performing with husband and musical director John Dankworth, Dame Cleo Laine sings a show titled The Dame Takes Manhattan, drawing from tunes heard on her 2001 album, "Live in Manhattan" which documented her most recent Carnegie Hall appearance. She and Dankworth appeared at Feinstein's in 2000.
Performances at Feinstein's at the Regency, 540 Park Avenue, are 8:30 PM Tuesday-Saturday ($60 cover and $50 minimum) with additional shows at 11 PM Friday-Saturday ($60 cover and $25 minimum).
With her multi-octave range that charts a musical course from the soulful to the crystalline, Laine has played boites, concert halls and theatres around the world. On Broadway, she was Tony Award-nominated for the Rupert Holmes musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In London, she played a memorable Julie in Show Boat and was the Witch in the first national tour of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods. She further tackled Sondheim with a disc called "Cleo Sings Sondheim."
Her latest album, "Live in Manhattan," includes such songs as "St. Louis Blues," "Bidin' My Time," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Just Once More," "T'Ain't What You Do," "How High the Moon," "Oh, Lady Be Good," "When the World Was You," "Love Me or Leave Me" and "New York, New York." Jackets are suggested but not mandatory at Feinstein's. For reservations or information, call (212) 339-4095.
— By Kenneth Jones