Akers has titled her show First You Dream: The Songs of Kander & Ebb, and cabaretgoers can expect to hear such Kander and Ebb tunes as "Maybe This Time," "Married," "The Happy Time," "I Don't Remember You," "Yes," "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," "There When I Need Him," "My Own Space," "Arthur in the Afternoon," "City Lights," "We Can Make It," "Not Enough Magic," "Familiar Things," "Colored Lights" and "First You Dream." Akers will play the famed Oak Room April 4-May 13. She will be accompanied by musical director Don Rebic on piano and Brian Glassman on bass. Richard Niles directs.
Karen Akers received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as Luisa Contini in the original Tommy Tune-directed production of Nine and returned to Broadway in another Tune musical, Grand Hotel. Her feature film credits include "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Heartburn" and "Vibes," and she was seen in an episode of the hit TV series "Cheers." It's been the concert/cabaret stage where Akers has been most praised. Her eight solo recordings — including "Presenting Karen Akers," "In a Very Unusual Way" and "If We Only Have Love" — are available on CD.
Performances are Tuesdays-Thursdays at 9 PM with two shows Fridays and Saturdays at 9 and 11:30 PM. There is a $60 cover charge plus a food/drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 419-9931.
The Algonquin Hotel is located in New York City at 59 West 44th Street. Visit www.thealgonquin.net for more information.