MAC Winner Blackhurst Salutes Vernon Duke in Autumn in New York, Oct. 22-Nov. 20

News   MAC Winner Blackhurst Salutes Vernon Duke in Autumn in New York, Oct. 22-Nov. 20 Klea Blackhurst, who triumphed with her salute to Ethel Merman, will turn her attention to the works of Vernon Duke in her new show, Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway.
Klea Blackhurst
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Blackhurst will present her tribute to the composer of "April in Paris" and "Autumn in New York" Oct. 22-Nov. 20 at the Manhattan nightclub Opia. The singer-actress will be backed by the Pocket Change Trio, which features Michael Rice on piano, Ray Kilday on bass and David Strauss on guitar. Show times are Fridays, Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at 7 PM; Saturday, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 9 PM; and Sundays, Nov. 7 and 14 at 7 PM. Klea Blackhurst received the 2002 Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs Award (MAC) for Best Female Vocalist for her Merman tribute, "Everything the Traffic Will Allow." Off-Broadway the singer-actress was seen in By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony and Winnie the Pooh. She made her London stage debut at Royal Albert Hall, performing the role of Ado Annie in a concert version of Oklahoma!. Blackhurst's TV appearances include "The Caroline Rhea Show," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," and "Sesame Street."

Vernon Duke wrote music for several Broadway productions, including Two's Company, Sadie Thompson, Jackpot, The Lady Comes Across, Banjo Eyes, It Happens on Ice, Cabin in the Sky, The Show Is On, Walk a Little Faster, The Garrick Gaieties and The Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 and 1936.

Opia is located in Manhattan at 130 East 57th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues. There is a $30 cover and a $15 minimum for all shows. For reservations, call (212) 688-3939. Visit www.liveatopia.com for more information.