Singer-songwriter and pianist Johnny Rodgers will offer What A Wonderful World May 11-29. This tour of American music, directed by Mark Waldrop with Brian Glassman on bass, Danny Mallon on drums and Joe Ravo on guitar, will feature Rodgers' renditions of Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World," Hoagy Carmichael's "Huggin' and Chalkin," Johnny Mercer's "Too Marvelous For Words" as well as Rodgers' own songs "Home To Mendocino," "One More Moment" and "The Best Of You In Me."
Karen Oberlin will celebrate the centenary of composer-lyricist Frank Loesser June 1-19. Expect to hear the vocalist's renditions of "Heart & Soul," "If I Were A Bell," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "I Believe in You" and "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year."
Karen Akers, who has appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Nine and Grand Hotel, will turn her attention to the songs of Rodgers and Hart this fall. Akers will present A Lady Must Live Sept. 14-Oct. 23.
Veteran crooner Jack Jones will play the Algonquin Oct. 26-Nov. 13, and the year will conclude with cabaret favorite Andrea Marcovicci, who will offer Blue Champagne Nov. 16-Dec. 30. This history of the torch song will include stories about such famed torch singers as Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, Libby Holman and Fanny Brice, among others.
The Algonquin Hotel is located in Manhattan at 59 West 44th Street. Call (212) 419-9331 for reservations; visit www.algonquinhotel.com for more information.