The 8 PM concert will be held at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. "Joining me," Gravitte recently told Playbill.com "will be my former pianist/arranger/conductor Michael Orland, who has been having a lot of fun and success with 'American Idol.' So it should be a great night."
Gravitte will sing highlights from her career as well as selections from her latest CD, "Defying Gravity," including "Mr. Monotony," "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Sing for Your Supper."
Gravitte, who still hopes to bring her Big Band Broadway program to Broadway, said that "the biggest part of my life these last years has really been my children, all three of them. . . .But all of a sudden, my oldest is getting ready to start college next fall, and my other two are in high school now. . . . I continue to tour the States, and sometimes Europe, singing with great symphony orchestras. That seems to be my gig these days, and I feel very lucky to have it. I get to be home most of the week . . . and I get to sing just about everything I've always wanted to with fantastic orchestras!"
Debbie Gravitte was most recently on Broadway playing Matron "Mama" Morton in the hit revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. The singer/actress received a Tony Award for her performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and her other Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, Perfectly Frank, Blues in the Night, Zorba, Les Misérables and Ain't Broadway Grand. Gravitte's solo recordings include "Defying Gravity," "The MGM Album" and "The Alan Menken Album."
Proceeds from the concert go directly to the assistance of professionals in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition. The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.
Feinstein's is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, call (212) 339-4095 or visit feinsteinsatloewsregency.com or TicketWeb.com.