The season kicks off Nov. 14 with Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw. Shaw will be joined by composers Gary Burr and Bob DiPiero to celebrate Country Week in Manhattan. On Nov. 28 long-time friends Charles Busch and Julie Halston will reteam for an evening of songs, sketches and reminiscences about their 20-year friendship. The duo will be accompanied by musical director Billy Stritch.
Musical theatre favorite Susan Egan — star of Triumph of Love, Cabaret and Thoroughly Modern Millie — will take to the Birdland stage Dec. 5. Backed by musical director Christopher McGovern on piano, Egan will offer tunes from her musical career as well as songs from her newest recording, "Coffee House."
Six-time MAC Award-winning jazz vocalist Natalie Douglas is set to play Birdland Dec. 12, and Dec. 20 will see the return of Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch. In Christmas with Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch, the celebrated twosome will offer Broadway tunes, standards, holiday songs and Ebersole's "wry take on life."
Mylinda Hull, who recently assumed the role of Nickie in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, will be joined by Her Lucky Seven for an evening of jazz arrangements of theatre songs on Jan. 2, 2006. And, three Broadway belters — Avenue Q's Ann Harada, All Shook Up's Leah Hocking and Mamma Mia!'s Michele Pawk — will offer Louder-Faster Funnier on Jan. 9.
The "Winter Season" will conclude with Broadway singer-actor Darius de Haas. De Haas will perform the songs of Stevie Wonder and Billy Strayhorn on Jan. 30; concertgoers can expect to hear new original tunes as well.
Jim Caruso's Cast Party will follow each Monday night concert.
Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. Cover charges range from $25-$35. For reservations call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.instantseats.com/birdland.