Photo Credit: Takako Harkness
BISTRO & BROADWAY WORLD AWARD WINNER LISA VIGGIANO OPENS A NEW SHOW FROM LADY DAY TO THE BOSS: 50 YEARS OF TALENT DISCOVERED BY LEGENDARY COLUMBIA RECORD PRODUCER JOHN HENRY HAMMOND
SEPTEMBER 27th @ 7:00 pm
During Lisa Viggiano’s critically-praised 2018 Bruce Springsteen Tribute Shows (which helped earn her a 2019 Bistro Award for “Best Vocalist”), she included a section of songs by iconic musicians and singers discovered over five decades by talent scout/record producer John Henry Hammond, who also championed Springsteen and recorded “The Boss’s” first demo. Now, like a spinoff from a hit TV sitcom, Viggiano has created an entire cabaret show featuring songs and performers produced by Hammond during his long career at Columbia Records. In FROM LADY DAY TO THE BOSS: 50 YEARS OF TALENT DISCOVERED BY LEGENDARY COLUMBIA RECORD PRODUCER JOHN HENRY HAMMOND, Viggiano will deliver her unique renditions of classic tunes recorded by Bessie Smith, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Harry James, Count Basie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, George Benson, and Springsteen.
Directed by MAC and Bistro Award Winner Tanya Moberly, with multiple MAC Award Winner Tracy Stark on Piano and Tom Hubbard on Bass, FROM LADY DAY TO THE BOSS: 50 YEARS OF
TALENT DISCOVERED BY LEGENDARY COLUMBIA RECORD PRODUCER JOHN HENRY HAMMOND
Pangea – 178 Second Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets
Friday, September 27 at 7 pm.
Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 cash at door, with a $20 food/beverage minimum.
For reservations: www.pangeanyc.com.
Viggiano will continue the four-show run (with Matt
Scharfglass on Bass) at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues on
November 13, 15, and 21, all at 7:00 pm.
For reservations: www.donttellmama.com.
“While researching my Bruce Springsteen show, I became fascinated with John Henry Hammond and his ability to recognize talent,” Lisa says. “His musical discoveries were cutting edge, revolutionary, and the artists he championed seemed to be just what America wanted to hear.
Hammond was also a writer and civil rights activist, and as far back as the 1930s he was obsessed with ending segregation, especially in the music industry. During his time, he clearly helped to fuel
progress in civil rights movement, and that only added to my passion about doing this show.”