Rogelstad Sings a Country-Flavored This Is Me at NYC's Beechman Jan. 8

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Singer-actress Julie Rogelstad debuts her new country-rock cabaret concert This Is Me at the Laurie Beechman Theater 8 PM Jan. 8, followed by bookings there at 7 PM Jan. 21 and 27.

Rogelstad, together with director Kelly McGee and musical director-arranger Gerald Stockstill, explored current country, rock and blues for the show. McGee and Stockstil helped create the 2009 Petula Clark tribute, Who Am I?, featuring Maxine Linehan, at the Beechman.

"I wanted this show to be closer to a concert than to an intimate cabaret feel," Rogelstad told Playbill.com. "This is a show I've wanted to do for a long time. This music really speaks to my heart and is a real departure from previous shows I've done. I've been itching to spread my wings and just sing the songs I love to sing around the house."

Backing Rogelstad is a five-piece band with Stockstill on piano, Andrew Koss (guitar), Pat Shaw (bass), Mike Wuerth (guitar) and Dave DeRiso (drums). Back-up singers Mike Harrison, Jillian Kelleher and Casey Hutchison sweeten the experience.

Expect songs from the contemporary country scene ("Girls Lie Too," "Here for the Party," "It's My Time"), some blues ("Love Me Like a Man"), jazz ("I Caught a Touch of Your Love") and '70s story rock ("The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia").

The show includes an original song written for Rogelstad by Stockstill and McGee: "Hot Mess." Rogelstad is originally from San Diego, and has performed in musical theatre as well as cabaret, at such venues as Eighty-Eights and the Metropolitan Room.

This Is Me plays the Laurie Beechman Theater at the Westbank Café, 407 West 42nd Street, Jan. 8 at 8 PM, Jan. 21 at 7 PM and Jan. 27 at 7 PM. There is a $20 cover plus $15 food or drink minimum (MAC members enjoy a $10 discount). For reservations call (212) 695-6909.

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