The inimitable artist, most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Nine, will fill the void left by the recent death of cabaret legend Bobby Short.
Short had been scheduled to play the Carlyle May 3-July 2. Barbara Cook, who is currently offering an evening of Tributes at the posh cabaret, recently extended her original three-week engagement through May 27. And, Kitt, according to the New York Times, will now play the Carlyle May 31-July 2.
A world-renowned concert artist and actress, Eartha Kitt has appeared on Broadway in Bal Negre, Leonard Silliman's New Faces of 1952, Mrs. Patterson, Shinbone Alley, Jolly's Progress, Timbuktu!, The Wild Party and Nine. She received her first Tony nomination for her performance in Timbuktu! and her second for her work in The Wild Party. Kitt's screen credits are numerous, including the 1965 drama "I Spy," for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Her autobiography is entitled "I'm Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten."
The Café Carlyle is located within The Carlyle Hotel at Madison Avenue and 76th Street. Call (212) 744-1600 for reservations; visit www.thecarlyle.com for more information.
* Screenwriter and playwright Woody Allen — along with his New Orleans Jazz Band, led by Eddie Davis — will also play the Carlyle, May 7 and 28 at 8:45 PM.