Three Friends Sing About Love, Life and Ties That Bind in Prime Womanhood Cabaret in NYC

News   Three Friends Sing About Love, Life and Ties That Bind in Prime Womanhood Cabaret in NYC
 
Prime Womanhood, a cabaret celebration of the lives of three friends whose voices blend and whose journeys have intersected over 25 years, plays midtown Manhattan on Tuesdays Oct. 18 and 25.

Cheryl Crabtree, Kryste Andrews and Victoria Castle three showbiz pals who "are singers, musicians, actresses and mothers of sons," and they tell their stories in solos and trios with "humor, poignancy and optimism as they recall the past, salute the present and toast the future," according to production notes.

Performances, directed by Michael Marotta, play Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret at 9:15 PM.

Two of the show's numbers (including a title song) are original tunes by Kryste Andrews, with others drawn from the classic American songbook. Expect songs by Richard Maltby and David Shire, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown, among others.

Kryste Andrews has sung opera, Broadway and cabaret in addition to operating a private voice studio and teaching at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City. Her music writing includes both music and lyrics for two original musicals as well as the theme song for Prime Womanhood.

Victoria Castle is active as a singer, actress, pianist and musical director. This season she was seen as The Countess in Smokeweaver's Daughter with Stageplays Theater Company, Marie in Most Happy Fella and Peggy in The Fourth Wall for companies in New Jersey. Past seasons include leading roles with Virginia Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Northeast and Light Opera of Manhattan. She has been a soloist in pops concerts with Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and Portland Symphony orchestras, as well as The National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. Cheryl Crabtree's recent credits include Wilma in Lovers and Other Strangers, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd and roles in The World Goes 'Round and Closer Than Ever, for regional theaters in New Jersey. She toured nationally in Fiddler on the Roof with Herschel Bernardi.

Director Michael Marotta is artistic director at The Theater Barn in the Berkshires. A sometime cabaret artist himself, he has twice been the recipient of both the Back Stage Bistro Award and the MAC Award.

David Maiullo is the show's pianist.

Performances play Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 at 9:15 PM. Danny's is at 346 W. 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For reservations call (212) 265-8133.

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