"Every fabulous song from the beloved soundtrack album will be lovingly recreated," according to Glenn, including Keith Carradine's Academy Award-winning "I'm Easy." The film's songwriters were the picture's stars, including Karen Black, Oscar nominee Ronee Blakley and Carradine (he won an Academy Award for Best Music – Original Song).
"Nashville" was nominated for Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Altman), Best Supporting Actress (Blakley and Lily Tomlin). The Tennessee-set movie follows disparate personalities (including country-music performers) and plots surrounding a U.S. presidential campaign.
Musical direction and arrangements for the MAC Award-nominated show are by Jo Lynn Burks. Direction is by Vince DeGeorge.
A new special guest star will appear at every show. Expect a six-piece all-star country band, plus The Metropolitan Room's Tanya Holt, Broadway's Brad Wills and award-winning cabaret favorite Jay Rogers. Lorinda Lisitza wil be the June 7 guest.
Burks is no stranger to Broadway. The former Miss Alabama and Miss Miami was a frequent keyboardist at both The Color Purple and Hairspray. She toured as music director with the Temptations and did keyboards/vocals for Gladys Knight and more. On Broadway she originated a principal role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and appeared in The Wedding Singer, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Full Monty and All Shook Up. She musical-directed such national tours as Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Her Off-Broadway work includes A Portrait of Dusty Springfield, From My Hometown, Cowgirls and When Pigs Fly.
The show has a $25 cover plus two-drink minimum. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 206-0440.