Live, Laugh, Love: Karen Akers Will Sing Sondheim in San Francisco

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11 Sep 2012

Karen Akers
Karen Akers

Karen Akers, who appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Nine and Grand Hotel, will bring her acclaimed Stephen Sondheim program to San Francisco.

Akers will offer Live, Laugh, Love: Akers Sings Sondheim Sept. 14-15 at 7:30 PM and Sept. 16 at 4 PM at The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko. Audiences can expect to hear the singing actress' renditions of such Sondheim tunes as "More" (Dick Tracy), "Live, Laugh, Love" (Follies), "Send in the Clowns" (A Little Night Music), "Broadway Baby" (Follies), "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" (Company), "The Story of Lucy & Jessie" (Follies) and "Moments in the Woods" (Into the Woods), among others.

Eric Michael Gillett directs the show, which features musical direction by Don Rebic.

Karen Akers received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as Luisa Contini in the original Tommy Tune-directed production of Nine and returned to Broadway in another Tune musical, Grand Hotel. Her feature film credits include "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Heartburn" and "Vibes," and she was seen in an episode of the hit TV series "Cheers." It's been the concert/cabaret stage where Akers has been most praised. Her solo recordings — including "Like It Was," "Presenting Karen Akers," "In a Very Unusual Way" and "If We Only Have Love" — are available on CD.

DRG Records has also released Akers' newest recording, "Simply Styne."

The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $45; call (800) 380-3095 or visit www.therrazzroom.com.