Kelli O'Hara, Ben Vereen, Linda Eder, Dee Dee Bridgewater to Offer Solo Concerts at Town Hall in 2011
By Andrew Gans
A host of Broadway and cabaret favorites will take to the stage of Manhattan's Town Hall in 2011.
An Evening with Ben Vereen will be presented Feb. 18, 2011, An Evening with Linda Eder will be offered May 20, 2011, An Evening with Kelli O'Hara is scheduled for June 3, 2011, and Dee Dee Bridgewater will star in To Billie with Love: A Celebration of 'Lady Day' June 24, 2011, at the famed Manhattan venue.
Cabaret veterans Andrea Marcovicci and Jeff Harnar will team up for Easy to Love: Andrea Marcovicci and Jeff Harnar Sing Cole Porter June 9, 2011.
Kelli O'Hara was Tony-nominated for her performances in South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza. O'Hara's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Follies, Sweet Smell of Success and Dracula, the Musical. She was also seen in the Reprise! staging of Sunday in the Park with George. O'Hara's debut solo recording, "Wonder in the World," is available on the Ghostlight Records label.
A star of stage and screen, Ben Vereen made his Broadway debut in Jesus Christ Superstar, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He nabbed the Tony for his work in Bob Fosse's production of Pippin and has also starred on Broadway in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grind, Jelly's Last Jam and Fosse. The recent revival of I'm Not Rappaport marked Vereen's non-musical Broadway debut. Vereen was nominated for Emmy Awards for his performances in "Roots," "Intruders" and 1976's "The Bell Telephone Jubilee." He also received Golden Globe nominations for his work in "Funny Lady" and "Ellis Island." Vereen was most recently back on Broadway as the Wizard in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked.
Linda Eder made her Broadway debut as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde, garnering a Theatre World Award as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her work. Also a concert and recording artist, her solo CDs include "Linda Eder," "And So Much More," "It's Time," "Gold" and "Broadway My Way." Eder also starred in Frank Wildhorn's Camille Claudel at Goodspeed. Her most recent recordings include "Soundtracks" (Verve Records), "By Myself: The Songs of Judy Garland" (Angel Records) and "The Other Side of Me" (Verve Records).
Famed jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater won a 1975 Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in The Wiz.
Andrea Marcovicci starred on Broadway in the short-lived musical Ambassador and in Frank D. Gilroy's Any Given Day. Her screen credits include roles in "The Front," "Someone to Love," "Jack the Bear," "Who Is Henry Jaglom?," "The Water Engine" and "Trapper John, M.D." It has been the cabaret stage, however, where she has received the most acclaim. The singer-actress has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and in concert halls throughout the world. Her solo albums are numerous and include "Marcovicci Loves Movies," "What Is Love?," "Just Kern," "December Songs," "New Words," "Live from London" and "Some Other Time."
Twice honored by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award (MAC) as Best Male Vocalist and three-time winner of the Back Stage Bistro Award, Jeff Harnar has appeared at Carnegie Hall in the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas, in his one-man show at Weill Recital Hall, and in solo engagements at the Algonquin, Rainbow & Stars, and the Russian Tea Room. TV audiences know him for his PBS specials "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" and "Remember: Songs of the Holidays."
Tickets are available by visiting the Town Hall box office (123 West 43rd Street), by calling (212) 307-4100 or by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com.
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