The Players, the private Manhattan social club for actors and artists, kicks off a new music series October 28 with a performance by Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) and music director John Fischer.
Select Fridays from 9 PM-midnight, Live From 16 Gramercy Park will showcase in two 90-minute sets the leading lights of New York City theatre, cabaret, and beyond. Two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole, who returns to Broadway later this season opposite two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone in the new musical War Paint, will perform at the Players in January.
Exclusive to members of The Players, the series takes place in the dining room of the club's Gramercy Park mansion, in a theatre-in-the-round setting where desserts and drinks will be served.
Live From 16 Gramercy Park is the latest in a series of initiatives that have sparked a renaissance for the 126-year-old club, spearheaded by a new leadership team led by Players president Michael Barra. Under the current leadership, The Players, according to a press release, “has expanded its cultural programming, made award-winning improvements to its landmark home, and added new membership levels, including the Young Players Society for members 40 years old and under. The club has also enhanced its culinary services, tapping Waldorf Astoria veteran Jonathan Masel as its new general manager earlier this fall.”
"This latest expansion of our cultural and culinary offerings means that members can now enjoy an exquisite dinner and an excellent show without ever leaving the comfort of our beautiful building," said Barra in a recent statement. "Live From 16 Gramercy Park also presents a unique opportunity to catch some of the city's best musicians in an intimate setting surrounded by show business peers, where they can let their hair down and show a side of themselves that the general public may not get to see."
Ripley won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical as well as a Helen Hayes Award for her role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal. She recently completed filming on the new Netflix comedy series Girlboss, which premieres next April.
Fischer served as music director for Attached, a cabaret show by Ripley and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner that recently played to sell-out audiences at Feinstein’s/54 Below. For the past eight years, he has been music director for the Broadway’s Rising Stars and Broadway Originals concerts at Town Hall.
Founded in 1888 by actor Edwin Booth with 15 other incorporators including Mark Twain, The Players is New York City’s “premier social club for theatre, television, film, music, and publishing professionals, patrons of the arts, and business and civic leaders.” It is housed in the Booth mansion, a landmark Greek Revival townhouse on Gramercy Park.
The cover charge for Live From Gramercy Park is $45, with no drink minimum. Click here for more information about The Players.
(Updated October 28, 2016)