Drood Tony Nominee Performs Shakespeare and All That Jazz Feb. 18

News   Drood Tony Nominee Performs Shakespeare and All That Jazz Feb. 18 Cleo Laine, who received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, performs in concert Feb. 18 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Concert Hall.
Cleo Laine
Cleo Laine Photo by Caroline Greyshock

The evening is entitled Shakespeare and All That Jazz and will feature the singing actress and her husband, musical director John Dankworth. Laine will perform songs from her recording "Shakespeare and All That Jazz" as well as Bard-inspired works that were commissioned for the Kennedy Center's new millennium festivities. Song titles on "Shakespeare and All That Jazz" (Universal/Phillips) include "If Music Be the Food of Love," "O Mistress Mine," "Duet of Sonnets," "Winter (Love's Labour's Lost)," "My Love Is As a Fever," "It Was a Lover and His Lass," "Dunsinane Blues," "Take All My Loves," "Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind," "Shall I Compare Thee," "Witches, Fair and Foul," "Fear No More," "Sigh No More, Ladies" and "Compleat Works."

Cleo Laine has been nominated for Grammy nominations in three categories: Female Jazz, Popular and Classical. In addition to her Broadway Drood outing, Laine starred as the Witch in the national tour of Into the Woods, and she appeared in Show Boat and Colette in London's West End. Her numerous solo recordings include "Blue and Sentimental," "Cleo Sings Sondheim" and the Grammy-winning "Cleo at Carnegie: 10th Anniversary."

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2700 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. Tickets, priced $20-$65, are available by calling (800) 444-1324 or by visiting www.kennedy-center.org.