In 1998 James Naughton performed his first solo evening of song at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Entitled James Naughton Live, the actor/singer then revamped the show for an extended engagement at the Promenade Theatre in 1999, which was dubbed Street of Dreams. Now, the two-time Tony-winning star of City of Angels and Chicago will make his official New York cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle in a totally new act, which is simply titled James Naughton at the Café Carlyle. Naughton's run will begin April 16 at the plush boîte — which has presented such cabaret icons as Bobby Short, Barbara Cook and Eartha Kitt — and will continue through May 4. Accompanied by a quartet led by musical director John Oddo, the star of stage and screen will perform an eclectic mix of tunes by such composers as Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Dave Frishberg, Rodgers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter.
Naughton's Broadway credits include Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, I Love My Wife and Whose Life Is It Anyway?, and he has been seen Off Broadway in E.L. Doctorow's Drinks Before Dinner and Losing Time. Also a director, his production of Arthur Miller's The Price, which premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival, moved to Broadway and garnered a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play. This summer, Naughton will direct Paul Newman and Jane Curtin in a production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at Connecticut's Westport County Playhouse.
The Café Carlyle is located in the Carlyle Hotel, Madison Avenue at 76th Street. Naughton will perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:45 PM with late shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:45 PM. Cover charges range from $50-$60 with no minimum. Call (212) 570-7189 for reservations.