Carolyn Montgomery, winner of the 2000 MAC Award for female debut for In the Temple of the Honk Tonk: Songs of Michael Ogborn, reprises the act for one night only May 30 at New York City's Don't Tell Mama.
Ogborn will accompany Montgomery, with John Loehrke on bass. The pair performed composer-lyricist Ogborn's songs at the Firebird in November 1999 and Danny's Skylight Room in December. The show debuted in September 1999 at Odette's in New Hope, CT.
Ogborn is the composer-lyricist of the regional hit, Box Office of the Damned, which was nominated in October 1999 for seven Barrymore Awards in Philadelphia. A workshop of his new musical, Babycase, about the hoopla surrounding the infamous Lindbergh baby kidnapping, will be presented by the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia in spring 2000.
Montgomery is an actress and cabaret singer whose comic quality has been embraced by critics. She has performed in regional theatre, opera, improv and cabarets in New York City.
In Honky Tonk, Montgomery recalls her past as a singing bartender, punctuating her experiences with Ogborn's songs, drawn from a number of his shows (Box Office, Regalia, Earbeds, Fishwives and more). Jay Rogers (the actor known for Off-Broadway's When Pigs Fly) directs.
Don't Tell Mama is at 343 W. 46th St. Admission for the 9 PM performance is $10 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 757-0788.
-- By Kenneth Jones