Tony winner Lillias White, who can be heard on the new live concert recording of Dreamgirls, is currently playing an extended run at Feinstein's at the Regency through April 20. White, who is best known to Broadway audiences for her award-winning work in The Life, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the eighties revival of Dreamgirls, performs an evening of jazz standards and Broadway tunes with a jazz twist. At her opening night at the plush cabaret room, White told her enthusiastic audience that she will soon record a new solo CD, which, like her new act, would be in the jazz vein. White's first-night attendees included composer Cy Coleman, who penned The Life, the vehicle that brought White her Tony; Side Show's Norm Lewis, White's co star in the recent Dreamgirls concert; and musical director comedian Seth Rudetsky, who assembled the aforementioned Dreamgirls evening.
White's current act at Feinstein's, From Shubert Alley to Jazz Alley, features acclaimed jazz musicians James Williams on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on drums and Phil Hamilton on guitar. Among the songs she delivers are "Gentlemen Friend," "Honeysuckle Rose," "That's All," "Love for Sale," "Skylark," "Well, You Needn't," "Mood Indigo," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Besame Mucho," "I'm Just a Lucky So and So," "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Bread and Gravy."
White plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:30 PM with late shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 11 PM. Early shows have a $60 cover and a $39.50 minimum and late shows have a $60 cover and a $25 minimum. Feinstein's at the Regency is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City; call (212) 339-4095 for reservations or log on to Ticketmaster.com.