The Pop Show, Celebrating Elton John, With Len Cariou, Kyle Dean Massey and Tonya Pinkins, Plays Birdland May 27
By Adam Hetrick
Len Cariou, Christopher Jackson, Kyle Dean Massey and Tonya Pinkins are among the performers launching The Pop Show, a new monthly concert series that celebrates the work of various pop songwriters. It opens May 27 with a tribute to Elton John.
Created and produced by John Capo, The Pop Show is part of the Broadway at Birdland series at Birdland Jazz Club. Brandon Sturiale musical directs.
The 7 PM concert promises appearances by Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), Jackson (In the Heights), Massey (Next to Normal) and Pinkins (Caroline, or Change), as well as Lesli McDonel (American Idiot), Natalie Douglas, Van Hughes (American Idiot), Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys), Daniel Quadrino (Bye Bye Birdie) and Jason Wooten (Hair).
Each concert features The Pop Show Band and Singers, comprising Mike Rosengarten, Cody Owen Stine, Brandon Sturiale, Adam Wolfe, Melanie Brook, Melanie Burg, Clint Carter and Eric Day.
Proceeds from the Elton John evening benefit The Trevor Project.
Here's how it's billed: "Pop decadence done right: Each month we pick a different pop music theme. Irresistible performers collide with the pulsating Pop Show Band and Singers to bring you rare, unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime singer/song pairings, creating a unique and intense auditory experience. Depending on the show, it could be pop. It could be country. It could be 70s soul or 80s glam. It could be an entire concert of Amy Winehouse songs. Or The Doors. Or One Direction. (But probably not One Direction.) It's unpredictable."
Tickets are $25, with a $10 food/beverage minimum. Birdland is located at 315 W. 44th St. Visit PopShowNYC.com.
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