Singer Wesla Whitfield, With American Songbook in Hand, Returns to NYC May 31-June 12

News   Singer Wesla Whitfield, With American Songbook in Hand, Returns to NYC May 31-June 12
 
Wesla Whitfield, the San Francisco vocalist whose albums and concert and cabaret gigs with her music-director husband Mike Greensill celebrate the heritage of theatre music and the American Popular Songbook, returns to Manhattan May 31-June 12 for a new show, The Best Things in Life.

Wesla Whitfield
Wesla Whitfield

The 12-show engagement plays the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street.

It's been a year since her last Manhattan appearance at the Metropolitan Room. Greensill told Playbill.com the new show is all new. Expect songs ranging from from "Walkin' After Midnight" to "Mad About the Boy" to "Bein' Green" to the title song, "The Best Things in Life Are Free."

The performing partners don't like repeating themselves. Greensill said, "It's amazing — we usually put together two new shows a year and we've been doing it for 27 years, so that's around 432 new songs."

The band includes pianist-arranger Mike Greensill, John Viitala on bass and Vince Lateano on drums.

Whitfield has performed at such respected boites as the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill; Blues Alley in Washington DC; Jazz Alley in Seattle; London's Pizza On The Park; the Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel; and the RRazz Room at the Hotel Niko in San Francisco, as well as numerous concert venues in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Whitfield and Greensill made their Carnegie Hall debut in 1995 at the Tribute to Frank Sinatra and in successive years in the Hall's tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland. In 1996 they appeared at the White House in concert. In 1998, Whitfield debuted her one-woman biographical show at New York's Kaufman Theater.

The Metropolitan Room is at 34 W. 22nd Street. Performances play Tuesdays through Sundays at 7 PM.

There is a $20 music charge per person plus a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 212 206-0440, or to preorder online visit www.metropolitanroom.com.

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