Actor-lyricist Scott Burkell’s club act was such a hit in two January shows at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City that he and pianist collaborator Paul Loesel are back, Feb. 1 at 9 PM and Feb. 22 at 6:30 PM.
Burkell, a Broadway Titanic ensemble member and regional performer, will sing his songs with composer Loesel in a cabaret show called "Love Songs and Other Crap.”
The collaborators have collected a number of songs over the years, some heard at the professional Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI, where Burkell was a favorite summer-season actor and Loesel was music director for several years.
Their musical, Six of One, had a reading in New York in fall 1998 with Ragtime's Marin Mazzie and others. It is still in development, according to Loesel, who said a demo was recorded in late 1998.
"Love Songs and Other Crap" includes some material from the musical but mostly offers stand-alone pieces suitable for cabaret. The show is from Burkell’s point of view. Original songs in the show include “Obligatory Opening Number,” “(I’m a) Stalker” and “Ordinary Day” (from Six of One).
Loesel will play piano, Burkell will sing. Their previous Jan. 11 and 18 dates at Don't Tell Mama were sold out.
Tickets are $10 with a two drink minimum. Don't Tell Mama, one of the city's cabaret institutions, is at 343 W. 46th St. Call (212) 757-0788 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones