Winter Rhythms 2014 at Urban Stages

| November 26, 2014

Winter Rhythms 2014

December 2-14

Urban Stages
259 West 30th Street, NYC
(Between 7th & 8th Avenues)


Winter-Rhythms-2014-Urban-Stages-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Winter Rhythms 2014 boasts 20 Shows! 100+ Artists! Night after night—plus weekend matinees— award-winning performers take the stage in cabaret, musical theatre, jazz and more. And it is all to benefit arts & education.


Tuesday, December 2 at 7PM               

Tribute to Bing Crosby

An evening of songs made famous by the legendary giant of popular song, film, TV and radio. With Steve Ross, Jeff Harnar, Marissa Mulder, Mary Foster Conklin, Julie Reyburn, Anna Marie Sell, Marissa Miller, Susan Winter, Miles Phillips. Renowned musical director Bill Zeffiro curates and co-hosts.  Special appearance by Crosby biographer Gary Giddins with rare Crosby footage. ($40, Champagne Reception with Artists)

Wednesday, December 3 at 7PM               

Cole Mining: The Lyrics of Stephen Cole

One of musical theatre’s most accomplished lyricists hosts an evening of his songs performed by Marni Nixon, Klea Blackhurst, Lynne Halliday, George Dvorsky, Sara Zahn, Barbara Minkus, Scott Thompson, Jim Stanek, Colleen Zenk, Maureen Taylor, Erin Cronican, Lindsay Roberts, Liz Rubino, Stephen Cole and his composing collaborators Todd Ellison, David Evans, David Krane, Jeffrey Saver and Matthew Martin Ward.

Thursday, December 4 at 7PM                

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: The Songs of Hugh Martin           

A centennial celebration of the Hollywood and Broadway songwriter best known for Meet Me in St. Louis and Best Foot Forward. With Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Minda Larsen, Marissa Mulder, Melissa Ritz, Sigali, Molly Ryan & Dan Levinson, Deborah Silver, Gabrielle Stravelli, the vocal group Duchess and two very special surprise guests. Conceived and hosted by Wall Street Journal columnist Will Friedwald.  Musical Director: Tedd Firth.

Friday, December 5 at 7PM               

Marissa Mulder in Living Standards

One of nightlife’s bright new stars brings back her celebrated tribute to contemporary songwriters. Conceived and directed by Tom Toce with musical direction by Nate Buccieri.

Open Mic at 9PM

Bring your sheet music, poems, original songs and stories and perform on our stage! Hosted by Peter Napolitano. Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward. ($10)

Saturday, December 6 at 3PM               

Sailing Through the Sixties by Those Who Missed the Boat

Teen and twenty-something cabaret artists put their own spin to standards from the decade that gave us The Beatles, Jerry Herman, Henry Mancini, etc.  Special guests TBA. Conceived and hosted by Rob Lester for All Ages/All Stages Productions.

Saturday, December 6 at 7PM

New World Waking by Steve Schalchlin

The multi-award winning composer/lyricist of The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman has written a dramatic, victorious and often witty song cycle proposing a non-violent response to school bullying and violence in the world, framed by two real life stories of PFLAG moms. With Jeremy Abram, Maria Fernanda Brea, Jim Brochu, Natalie Dixon, Brian Dorais, Stephen Elkins, David Fuller, Bill Goffi, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Cindy Marchionda, Steve Schalchlin, Lucia Spina, Jake Wesley Stewart, Eileen Tepper, Clayton G. Williams. Directed by Andy Gale. Musical Director: Mark Janas and Steve Schalchlin. Creative Consultant: Jim Brochu.

Saturday, December 6 at 9PM

Late Night Spotlight

An informal mix of contemporary jazz, rock, pop and musical theatre.

Sunday, December 7 at 3PM               

Furthermore: Excerpts from New Musicals

Five of NY’s finest musical theatre songwriters present excerpts from their exciting shows.  Featuring work by Beth Falcone (Wanda’s World), Kathy Lombardi (The Yellow Wallpaper), Mary Liz McNamara (The Good Girl), Tracy Sallows (Curious and Rare), Sara Wordsworth (In Transit) and their collaborators, performed by a cast to be announced.

Sunday, December 7 at 7PM               

Daryl Sings Steve: Songs by Sondheim

Multiple award-winning cabaret artist Daryl Glenn brings back his successful tribute to the genius composer/lyricist of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Follies, etc. Musical Director: Karen Dryer

Monday, December 8 at 7PM               

A Solo Trio: Excerpts from One-Person Plays & Musicals

Selections from three outstanding solo theatre shows performed by Len Cariou, Rita Gardner and Phil Geoffrey Bond.

Wednesday, December 10 at 7PM               

Adam B. Shapiro in Nothing Normal

Direct from HBO’s The Normal Heart, MAC Award winner Adam B. Shapiro shares his new show that explores the hilarious and precarious sides of life. Directed by Peter Napolitano. Musical Director: Barry Levitt.

Wednesday, December 10 at 9PM 

Barry’s Jazz Jam

Celebrated jazz composer/pianist Barry Levitt and his trio perform with special guests Hilary Kole, Sunny Leigh, and Michele Bautier

Thursday, December 11 at 7PM

Sean Harkness in Broadway by Guitar

One of NY’s most talented jazz guitarists turns his arranging and performing talents to classic and contemporary show tunes.  With special guests Karen Akers, Janice Hall, Stearns Matthews, Scott Morgan, Nina Hennessey and Karen Oberlin.

Friday, December 12 at 7PM

MAC Award Winning Songs

Lyricist/Director/Producer Tom Toce continues his commitment to the “Living Songbook” with this selection of songs that have won cabaret’s highest honor. With Julie Gold, Barry Kleinbort, Sidney Myer, Mary Liz McNamara, Tom Gamblin, Kristoffer Lowe, Devon Yates, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Minda Larsen, Sue Matsuki, Andrew Sotomayor, Jason Wynne, Tom Toce, and more.  Musical Director: Tracy Stark.

Friday, December 12 at 9:30PM

Open Mic (See Dec. 5th for details; tickets only $10)

Saturday, December 13 at 3PM               

The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Jim

A celebration of the life and works of Jim Henson in honor of the 45th birthday of “Sesame Street.” Featuring Rob Langeder, Stacie Perlman, Sierra Rein, Samantha Northart, Andrea Prestinario, Russell Fischer, Becca Green, Zach Wobensmith, and special guest Stephanie D’Abruzzo.  Conceived and hosted by Adam B. Shapiro.  Musical Director: Matthew Russell.

Saturday, December 13 at 7PM               

Salute to Singer/Songwriters of the Seventies

The songs of Elton John, Carole King, James Taylor and others, performed by Carole J. Bufford, Natalie Douglas, Meg Flather, Lauren Fox, Laurie Krauz and Barbara Porteus.  Conceived and directed by Stephen Hanks. Musical Director: Jon Weber.

Saturday, December 13 at 9:30PM               

Late Night Spotlight (See Dec. 6)

Sunday, December 14 at 7PM

From All of Us to All of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney, Too!

Our traditional holiday closing concert, mixing holiday standards with songs from Disney movies.  Hosted by Jim Brochu with Clint Holmes, Stacy Sullivan, Janice Hall, David Vernon, Sue Matsuki, Edd Clark, Mary Lahti, Helena Grenot, Joanna Morton Gary, Nick Levin, Gretchen Reinhagen, Lennie Watts, Dana Lorge, Adam B. Shapiro, Doreen Montalvo and more. Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward. ($40, includes Champagne Reception with the artists)

*Artists, programming and schedule subject to change


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