Tony winner Jane Krakowski, who recently won an Olivier Award for her performance in the London production of Guys and Dolls, will kick off the cabaret series, playing Nov. 9-12. Krakowski, according to the OCPAC's official magazine Revue, will offer her Better When It's Banned concert, which she premiered for Lincoln Center's "American Songbook" series. The concert features a mix of songs that were once banned, including "When I'm Low I Get High," "A Guy What Takes His Time" and "Wacky Dust" as well as more well-known works as "Ten Cents a Dance" and "But in the Morning No."
The Life Tony winner Lillias White will bring her powerhouse vocals to Orange County audiences Dec. 28-31. Her cabaret evenings will offer a mix of pop, rock, soul, blues, jazz and Broadway. White is expected to wrap her rich tones around "Mustang Sally," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "Big Fat Daddy," "At Seventeen" and "I Wanna Be Loved."
Tony winner Barbara Cook and four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will join forces for a concert in the Segerstrom Concert Hall Jan. 5, 2007. Cook and McDonald will offer tunes from their respective repertoires as well as a few duets.
Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone, who is currently enjoying rave reviews for her performance of Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle's production of Stephen Sondheim's Company, will take to the Founders Hall stage Jan. 18-21, 2007. LuPone will offer her much-heralded concert act, The Lady with the Torch, which has just been released on the Ghostlight Records label. LuPone's investigation of "Torch" includes her riveting renditions of "So in Love," "The Man I Love," "I Wanna Be Around" and "I'm Through with Love."
Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom, seen Off-Broadway earlier this season in A Woman of Will, will return to The Center March 22-25, 2007. McBroom's own compositions include "Errol Flynn," "Ship in a Bottle," "Dreamin'" and, her biggest hit, "The Rose." The cabaret season will conclude May 10-13, 2007, with husband-and-wife team Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. The duo will offer their cabaret program, Opposite You, which was released earlier this year on CD by PS Classics. Their act features a mix of songs by such composers as Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin and Stephen Flaherty.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is located in Costa Mesa, CA, at 600 Town Center Drive. For tickets, call (714) 556-2787. Visit www.ocpac.org for more information.