Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Chicago) will preview tunes from her upcoming album Big Band Broadway when she appears as featured guest on the October 1 edition of Russ Kaplan’s Broadway Jazz Session at Green Room 42 in New York City.
Gravitte won the 1989 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Her other Broadway appearances include Perfectly Frank, Blues in the Night, Les Misérables (in 1994 as a Fantine replacement), and Chicago as a Matron Mama Morton replacement in 2003.
She now performs mainly with orchestras around the U.S. Her previous solo albums include Defying Gravity, The MGM Album, and Part of Your World: The Music of Alan Menken.
Russ Kaplan and his eight-piece band host the monthly showtune concerts showcasing In Transit co-composer Kaplan’s jazz interpretations of current Broadway songs. Kaplan also composed Dear Albert Einstein (Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee) and play-with-music High School Confidential, among other works.
The concert begins at 8 PM at The Green Room 42 (inside Yotel at 570 10th Avenue in Manhattan). Tickets cost $20 (no minimum) and can be ordered at by clicking here. More information is available at Greenfignyc.com. The club is located at 570 Tenth Avenue in Manhattan.
Gravitte is also scheduled to celebrate release of her Big Band Broadway album in a November 6 concert at Birdland in New York City.