By Philippe Bowgen
19 Jun 2014
Check out these next three awesome, Broadway star-studded, throwback-classy and affordable events happening this month and next, as part of Playbill.com 's ongoing night life round up. These three shows will take you all over New York's theatrical landscape and leave you singing standards the whole subway ride home.
Frank & Friends: Girls Night Out! (part of Broadway at Birdland)
Birdland Jazz Club (315 W. 44th Street)
"Broadway at Birdland is proud to present multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn in his regular series called Frank & Friends. This particular show, Girls Night Out! will find Frank onstage with Broadway leading ladies Jackie Burns (If/Then), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On) and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. These very special one-night-only concerts celebrate the songs and favorite performers from the composer’s wide range of work in popular, jazz, theatrical and classical music. All profits will go to The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment."
Jason Howland will act as musical director.
Tickets are $35. There is a $10 food and drink minimum. Visit BirdlandJazz.com.
Echoes of Etta
Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street)
Starring New York soul singer William Blake (winner of the 2014 Bistro and NY Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist) with music director Michael Thomas Murray (50 Shades! the Musical, Forever Dusty), his band, and a trio of gorgeous back-up girls - The Peaches, this is an energetic and no-holds-barred review. The show has played to multiple sold-out houses at Birdland, Joe's Pub, The Café Carlyle, and for the Commissioner's Tailgate at this year's Superbowl. Co-creators Murray and Blake deliver palpable life to these long-loved classic songs in this musical testimonial to the legend who bridged the gap between Rock 'n' Roll and Rhythm and Blues, Miss Etta James.
Fans can expect to hear many of their favorite Etta James tunes - "A Sunday Kind of Love", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "You Can Leave Your Hat On", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Something's Got A Hold On Me" and "Purple Rain", just to name a few.
LUDO's Broken Bride
The Cutting Room (44 E. 32nd Street)
"LUDO's Broken Bride is a rock opera expanded from the concept album of the same name by alternative rock band LUDO. Thanks to the addition of songs from across LUDO's entire discography, the storyline has been enhanced from the original EP but its heart remains the same, telling one man's time-traveling journey from the "Age of Dinosaurs" to the "Zombie Apocalypse," all to save his true love's life (and perhaps the whole world!). In a shorter form the piece was presented to a sold-out audience at Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2013. This musical has it all -- pterodactyls, zombies, puppets, and true love!"
Featuring Drew Gasparini, Alysha Umphress (American Idiot), and Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County), Randy Blair (Fat Camp), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Nate Begle (John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean), Aymee Garcia (Shrek, Avenue Q), Maddy Jarmon, Dan Kohler (Flashdance), Brendan Malafronte (John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean), Althea Neri, Azudi Onyejekwe (Violet) and Kate Steinberg.
Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door. Visit ludosbrokenbride.com.