Sally Mayes and George Dvorsky will bring back their Vegas-style lounge singer alter egos for a single performance of The Return of Pete ‘n Keely in Concert 7 PM May 1 at Birdland in New York.
In the show, which ran Off-Broadway in 2000, Dvorsky plays Pete Bartel and Mayes is Keely Stevens, a divorced Steve-and-Eydie-like “singing-sweethearts” couple who reunite for a live TV special in 1968. Complicating things is the fact that the title characters have not spoken since their breakup at Caesars Palace five years earlier.
In the original production they sparred about their romance and musical careers as they performed musical numbers including “Besame Mucho,” “But Beautiful,” “Fever,” “Lover,” “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” plus original tunes by Mark Waldrop and Patrick Brady, including “Kid Stuff,” “Tony & Cleo” (a trimmed version of a fake Broadway musical Pete and Keely starred in, based on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra), “Too Fat to Fit,” “Wasn’t It Fine,” “Have You Got a Lot to Learn,” “Hello, Egypt!,” and others. James Hindman wrote the book.
Mayes was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Ilona in the 1996 Broadway revival of She Loves Me, and introduced the song "Miss Byrd" in the Maltby and Shire revue Closer Than Ever. Dvorsky was featured as Percy in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Tickets for The Return of Pete ‘n Keely in Concert cost $30 (plus a $10 food or beverage minimum) and can be ordered by clicking here. Doors open at 5 PM for the 7 PM show.