PHOTO CALL: Karen Akers at the Oak Room

News   PHOTO CALL: Karen Akers at the Oak Room Cabaret favorite Karen Akers returned to the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room April 17 with her latest program, Simply Styne.
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Akers, whose newest act pays tribute to the late composer Jule Styne, will play the posh venue through May 12. The singing actress, whose Broadway credits include Nine and Grand Hotel, is backed by musical director Don Rebic on piano and Dick Sarpola on bass. Eric Michael Gillett directs Simply Styne, which utilizes Styne's songs to "reveal intimate truths about life lived as a performer against the brash glare of show business itself," according to press notes.

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At left (from top): Tommy Tune and Karen Akers; Tammy Grimes and Karen Akers; Sarah Saltzberg and Karen Akers.

Below: Tovah Feldshuh, Margaret Styne, Karen Akers and Karen Mason at the opening night of Akers' cabaret show Simply Styne.

photos by Aubrey Reuben

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