Naughton will be a special guest in the politically-themed Thalia cabaret series now in its fifth year. Curated by artistic director Isaiah Sheffer, America Reborn? will play through Feb. 21.
The latest installment promises to "look back at the first month of the Obama administration and try to figure out how things look and just what exactly has happened," according to press notes.
Original songs include "The Motown Bailout Blues" and "I'm Biden My Time," along with the world premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Miserias Económicas" and the sketches "The Osama/Obama e-Mail Correspondence" and "The Ponzi Scheme Tarentella."
Naughton joins a cast featuring Ivy Austin, Kathryn Markey and Leenya Rideout, as well as jazz stylist Marion Cowings, singer-songwriter David Buskin and faux country music ensemble The Chalks. Lanny Meyers serves as musical director.
James Naughton earned Tony Awards for his performances in City of Angels and the revival of Chicago. He directed the Broadway revivals of Our Town (which transferred from Westport) and The Price, and his screen credits include "Brooklyn Bridge," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Ally McBeal," "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Good Mother," "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Paper Chase." For tickets phone (212) 864-5400 or visit SymphonySpace. Peter Norton Symphony Space is located in Manhattan at 2527 Broadway at 95th Street.