Schmidt and Ellis Are Eclectic at Judy's in NYC, March 24-April 16

News   Schmidt and Ellis Are Eclectic at Judy's in NYC, March 24-April 16 Amy Schmidt and Mitch Ellis will sing an eclectic program of pop standards, jazz and obscure pieces in a new cabaret show, Together Again?, at Judy's Chelsea, March 24-April 16.

Amy Schmidt and Mitch Ellis will sing an eclectic program of pop standards, jazz and obscure pieces in a new cabaret show, Together Again?, at Judy's Chelsea, March 24-April 16.

Schmidt, whose Something Else at Judy's in fall 1999 gave premieres to works by emerging musical theatre writers, teams with smooth-and-swingy Ellis, son of jazz guitar legend Herb Ellis, to offer an evening that stresses the start and finish of relationships, from a variety of songwriters.

"It's about variety," said Schmidt. "I think it's interesting that we have songs ranging from Blitzstein to Vernon Duke to Sondheim to Joni Mitchell to John Adams to Rodgers and Hammerstein."

The work of Dorothy Fields, Fred Barton, Frank Loesser, Arthur Schwartz, Oscar Levant and others are also expected to be heard.

"[The title] has a question mark because it's about relationships beginning and ending and beginning again," Schmidt said. Ricky Ritzel is musical director, with Ratzo Harris on bass.

Cover is $15, with a $10 minimum. Judy's is at 169 Eighth Avenue in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Call (212) 929 5410 for reservations.

-- By Kenneth Jones