By Mark Shenton
02 Jan 2014
The season, which will be produced by Barry Mishon, who produced regularly at Pizza on the Park, will also include appearances by Katie Neiman, Janie Dee, Jason Carr and Ray Shell. In a press statement, Ross Dines, music manager at The Pizza Express, commented, "We are thrilled to announce this cabaret season for 2014 – as both a salute to the Pizza On The Park, and also to get the message out there that The Pheasantry is Pizza On The Park reincarnated on Kings Road!"
Maria Friedman will play Jan. 7-19, accompanied by two-time Tony nominee musical director Jason Carr, reprising her show Maria Friedman Sings ‘Lenny & Steve', The Music of Bernstein and Sondheim.The show compares and contrasts songs from their separate catalogues, as well as their joint masterpiece West Side Story.
Katie Neiman follows Jan. 20-22 in a show that pays homage to the most beguiling voices of stage and screen, including Gladys Knight, Carole King and Janis Joplin. She appears with composer, producer and pianist Mike Moran and band.
Janie Dee returns to the Pheasantry Jan. 28-Feb. 1, appearing nightly at 9:45 PM.
Jason Carr, orchestrator and accompanist who earlier in the month is playing for Maria Friedman, will make his solo cabaret debut Jan. 28-Feb. 1, appearing nightly in his show entitled Do As You Like. He will be joined by guests including Anna Francolini to present a selection of his own work alongside songs by Irving Berlin and Harry Warren.
Debbie Gravitte, who has previously appeared in London at Pizza on the Park, will return to London, appearing Feb. 11-16 in her show Direct from Broadway. A 1989 Tony winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, her other Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, Perfectly Frank, Blues in the Night, Zorba, Ain't Braodway Grand, Les Miserables and Chicago. According to press materials, she will perform "the latest and greatest songs of Broadway."
Ray Shell will appear Feb. 18-22. Shell, who originated the roles of Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe and Rusty in Starlight Express, will make his London cabaret debut with a show called Words and Music. Music will include songs from Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera and Kinky Boots, and words will include extracts from his own novels "Iced" and "Feeding Miranda." His musical director will be Ian Vince-Gatt.
Kerry Ellis will appear Feb. 28-March 2. Ellis, who has appeared both in the West End and on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, said in a press statement, "I am delighted to be returning to the Pheasantry in February after a successful run in 2013. It's been a busy year touring with Brian May, performing my one woman show at the London Palladium, headlining Rent in concert and becoming a mother."
Christine Andreas will appear April 1-6. A two-time Tony nominee (for her appearances in Oklahoma! in 1980 and On Your Toes in 1983,, she was last seen on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles in 2010.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 08456 027017 or visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com.