PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: The Pop Show's Tonya Pinkins, Kyle Dean Massey and Jarrod Spector Pick Their Favorite Elton John Tunes

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08 May 2013

Kyle Dean Massey
Kyle Dean Massey

Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Kyle Dean Massey and Jarrod Spector are among the performers set for The Pop Show, which will launch with a tribute to Elton John, at Birdland. In anticipation of the May 27 cabaret, the trio pick their favorite Elton John tunes as part of's Playbill Playlist series.

For the first Pop Show, Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Play On!), Massey (Next to Normal) and Spector (Jersey Boys) will be joined by Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), Christopher Jackson (In the Heights), Leslie McDonel (American Idiot), Natalie Douglas, Van Hughes (American Idiot) and Daniel Quadrino (Bye Bye Birdie).

Created and produced by John Capo, The Pop Show is part of the Broadway at Birdland series at Birdland Jazz Club. Musical direction is by Brandon Sturiale.

Proceeds from the Elton John evening will benefit The Trevor Project. In anticipation of the concert, asked Pinkins, Massey and Spector to pick their favorite tunes by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John and tell us why they made the list.

Upcoming concerts will celebrate musical styles from "Motown to hip hop, 70s soul to 90s grunge and everything in between."

Each concert will feature The Pop Show Band and Singers, comprising Mike Rosengarten, Cody Owen Stine, Brandon Sturiale, Adam Wolfe, Melanie Brook, Melanie Burg, Clint Carter and Eric Day.

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