DOong It 'Just So"
It’s Easy: Daryl Glenn transforms Altman classic into hit cabaret show
by Kevin Scott Hall
Thursday Oct 1, 2009
La Dolce Musto
By Kenneth Jones
07 Jun 2009
|Daryl Glenn and Jo Lynn Burks |
Daryl Glenn and Broadway singer/conductor/pianist Jo Lynn Burks will perform their critically acclaimed Bistro, MAC and Nightlife Award-winning tribute to Robert Altman's classic 1975 film, "Nashville," at 7 PM on the first Sunday of every month starting June 7.
"Every fabulous song from the beloved soundtrack album will be lovingly recreated," according to Glenn, including Keith Carradine's Academy Award-winning "I'm Easy." The film's songwriters were the picture's stars, including Karen Black, Oscar nominee Ronee Blakley and Carradine (he won an Academy Award for Best Music – Original Song).
"Nashville" was nominated for Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Altman), Best Supporting Actress (Blakley and Lily Tomlin). The Tennessee-set movie follows disparate personalities (including country-music performers) and plots surrounding a U.S. presidential campaign.
Musical direction and arrangements for the MAC Award-nominated show are by Burks. Direction is by Vince DeGeorge.
A new special guest star will appear at every show. Expect a six-piece all-star country band, plus The Metropolitan Room's Tanya Holt, Broadway's Brad Wills and award-winning cabaret favorite Jay Rogers. Lorinda Lisitza wil be the June 7 guest. Future guests will be Lisa Asher (July 5) and Lennie Watts (Aug. 2).
Creator-performer Glenn was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He's an Equity actor who has toured in musicals and youth theatre productions. "Nashville" in concert has been a dream project many years in the making, he said. It marked his New York City cabaret debut in 2008. He's the resident reservation agent and celebrity wrangler at the Metropolitan Room.
Burks is no stranger to Broadway. The former Miss Alabama and Miss Miami was a frequent keyboardist at both The Color Purple and Hairspray. She toured as music director with the Temptations and did keyboards/vocals for Gladys Knight and more. On Broadway she originated a principal role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and appeared in The Wedding Singer, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Full Monty and All Shook Up. She musical-directed such national tours as Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Her Off-Broadway work includes A Portrait of Dusty Springfield, From My Hometown, Cowgirls and When Pigs Fly.
The show has a $25 cover plus two-drink minimum. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 206-0440.
Don’t miss this year’s winner of the cabaret triple crown (the 2009 Bistro Award, the MAC Award and the Nightlife Award), Daryl Glenn and Jo Lynn Burks Play and Sing Robert Altman’s Nashville. The show returns to the Metropolitan Room (34 W 22nd St, 212-206-0440) this Sunday, July 5 and again on Sunday, August 2, both at 7 pm. The irrepressible Glenn & Burks will bring to life every song from the beloved soundtrack album, along with Tanya Holt, Brad Wills and special guest star Jay Rogers.
Speaking of Rogers, he’s directing the new musical comedy revue, As Gay As It Gets, at the Duplex (61 Christopher St, 212-255-5438) on July 10 and 17 and August 8 and 15. Celebrating the joys of gay life and starring Lennie Joel, Patrick Kuzara and Elias John Ruperto, the original songs in As Gay As It Gets are written by Eduardo Toledo (composer/arranger) and Maury Johnson (writer/lyricist).
And the Town Hall (123 W 43rd St, 212-840-2824) continues to present acclaimed Broadway concerts this July with its Third Annual Summer Broadway Festival, created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel for the Town Hall. Presented on three Monday nights at 8pm are: Broadway Winners: The Award-Winning Music of Broadway! on July 13, Broadway’s Rising Stars on July 20 and All Singin’ All Dancin’ on July 27. N
Daryl Glenn & Jo Lynn Burks
*Larry Gatlin, Keith Carradine, Daryl Glenn and Jo Lynn Burks brought some country to cabaret, performing "Done Enough Dyin' Today," "I'm Easy" and "It Don't Worry Me," respectively. The latter duo were named Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group for their tribute to Robert Altman's movie Nashville, which featured the latter two songs by Mr. Carradine. These three songs offering a different sound than previous Nightlife Award ceremonies have enjoyed in the past. Especially considering the ceremony's themes of variety and inclusivity, Messers. Gatlin and Carradine's contributions were quite welcome.
Jena Tesse Fox-broadwayworld.com-reviewing the 2009 Nightlife Awards
Jamie deRoy & friends - Celebrates The Academy AwardsUser Rating: / 0
|Written by Scott Barbarino|
Jamie deRoy & friends
Celebrates The Academy Awards
An Evening of Special Guests
Monday, February 16th Metropolitan Room
Rex Reed * Gay Marshall * Leenya Rideout *
Steven Scott * Daryl Glenn *
and special guest, three-time Academy Award winner
Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she celebrates Oscar with an evening featuring Academy Award-winning songs and winners as the theme of her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Monday, February 16th (7:00PM) at the New York hotspot The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street – between 5th & 6th Avenues).
The evening will feature the following artists: film critic and columnist Rex Reed; 2009 star of the 2006 critically acclaimed off-Broadway revival, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, singer and actress Gay Marshall; from the Tony Award-winning casts of the Broadway revivals of "Company" and "Cabaret", actor, singer, and musician Leenya Rideout; rising actor and gifted comedian Steven Scott, Nightlife Award winner Daryl Glenn; and special guest, Academy Award, Grammy Award, Drama Desk and Golden Globe Award winning composer and lyricist, Stephen Schwartz. Barry Kleinbort is the director of Jamie deRoy & friends and Lanny Meyers will serve as musical director.
The colorful cabaret series, which has been thrilling New York City audiences for the past 16 years and serves as the basis for deRoy's award-winning cable television show, spotlights a wide variety of well-known entertainers and newcomers lighting up the cabaret, theater, and comedy worlds.
DARYL GLENN is a happy man, with the selection of the group show that is his pride and joy, Nashville, having been given the Nightlife nod. Cheers to Daryl and company, too, and they’ll be toasting their acknowledgment. Of course, Daryl won’t drink right before going onstage! That’s a reasonable resolution. (Apparently, he learned that the hard way with hard liquor once.) Among his resolutions to to build on the momentum of the group show and begin work on his solo show called Momentum. -rob lester, cabaret exchange
By Andrew Gans
27 Jan 2009
|Gay Marshall |
A special Academy Awards edition of Jamie deRoy & Friends, the MAC Award-winning variety show, will be presented Feb. 16 at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.
Entitled Jamie deRoy & Friends Celebrate the Academy Awards, the evening will feature Oscar-winning songs. Among those scheduled to lend their talents to the 7 PM performance are film critic and columnist Rex Reed, Jacques Brel star Gay Marshall, Company and Cabaret actress Leenya Rideout, comedian Steven Scott and Nightlife Award winner Daryl Glenn. Oscar-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz will be the evening's special guest.
Barry Kleinbort will direct the concert with Lanny Meyers as musical director.
Jamie deRoy, a stand-up comic, singer and hostess, has been a longtime fixture on the New York cabaret scene. She is the winner of eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards, nine Telly Awards and is an Emmy-nominated producer of Channel 13's "CityArts."
The Metropolitan Room is located in Manhattan at 34 West 22nd Street. There is a $25 cover charge and a two-drink minimum; call (212) 206-0440 for reservations.
By Adam Hetrick
05 Jan 2009
|Christine Ebersole |
|photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, Billy Stritch, Baby Jane Dexter, Marilyn Maye and Hank Jones are among the winners of the 2009 Nightlife Awards, which will be presented Jan. 26 at Town Hall in Manhattan.
The winners of the 7 PM awards show, honoring the best of New York cabaret, comedy and jazz, will offer performances rather than acceptance speeches. The Nightlife awards concert will be directed Noah Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance).
Nightlife Awards creator and producer Scott Siegel said in a statement, "Announcing these exceptional winners, just three weeks before the awards show, itself, makes me giddy with anticipation. I can't wait for Jan. 26 when anyone who buys our sponsored-supported, reasonably priced tickets will get to enjoy what has gained a reputation as one of the year's most exciting, talent-packed concerts."
Nightlife Award winners set to perform include Marilyn Maye (Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement); Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch (Outstanding Cabaret Duo in a Major Engagement); Baby Jane Dexter (Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist); Helen Baldassare (Outstanding Cabaret Comedy or Characterization); Hank Jones (Outstanding Jazz Soloist); Freddie Cole (Outstanding Jazz Vocalist in a Major Engagement); Allan Harris (Outstanding Jazz Vocalist); comedians Mike Birbiglia (Outstanding Comedian in a Major Engagement) and John Mulaney (Outstanding Comedian); After Party open-mike host Brandon Cutrell (Outstanding Piano Bar Entertainer); as well as selections from "Nashville," featuring Daryl Glenn and Jo Lynn Burks (Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group); comedy from Improvised Shakespeare and duo Kurt Braunhohler and Kristen Schall, who tied for Outstanding Comic Duo or Group.
Broadway showman Tommy Tune will appear alongside previously revealed talents including country star Larry Gatlin, 9 to 5's Stephanie J. Block and Taboo's Euan Morton. Additional presenters and performers will be announced shortly.Tickets, priced $75, $50 and $25, are available by calling (212) 307-4100, online at ticketmaster.com, or by visiting the Town Hall box office (123 West 43rd Street).