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2019 URBAN STAGES WINTER RHYTHM

Wednesday, December 10th – Saturday, December 21st

TICKETING NOW OPEN!
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259 West 30th Street (btwn. 7th & 8th Ave.)
Tickets $30.00 – www.Ovationtix.com or 866-811-4111

Wed., Dec. 11 – 7:00 

“An Evening with Richard Skipper: The Magic of Believing”

Starring:  Richard Skipper

Music Director:  Bryon Sommers

Directed by:  Jay Rogers

Opening the Winter Rhythm Festival this year, Richard Skipper was born in Conway, SC in 1961. In 1974, he made his debut with a walk-on in Mame with The Theatre of The Republic, his hometown theatre and within a few years he was playing larger roles. “Ricky” made up his mind on August 5th of 1974 that he was going to go to New York in five years to be in show business! 2019 marks Mr. Skipper’s 40th year in New York. This show explores what setting your mind on a goal can accomplish!

Thr., Dec. 12 – 7:00   

“Illegit: The Cabaret Countertenor Conundrum”

Starring:  David Sabella

The Band:  John Cook (Music Director/Piano)

Featuring:  Dawn Derow

Directed by:  Lina Koutrakos

What is a Countertenor, and what do they sing? Opera? Broadway? American Songbook? Pop? When the countertenor is David Sabella, the answer is “all of the above.”

Fri., Dec. 13 – 7:00

Singnasium Presents: The Arrangement Boot Camp: Make Your Own Kind of Music”

Starring:  Staci Beth Block – Natasha Castillo – Jeff Flaster – Phyllis Mollen – Marcia Roney – Heather Villaescusa – Deborah Zecher

The Band:  Michael Holland (Music Director/Piano) & Ted Stafford (Guitar)

Directed by:  Lennie Watts

Back by popular demand, The Arrangement Experience is what happens when you take some very well-known hits, give them a new point of view and then create a fresh new arrangement. Each of the singers in this show have collaborated on and personalized the treatment of these great songs with Director Lennie Watts and Music Directors, Michael Holland and Ted Stafford.

Fri., Dec. 13 – 9:00

“МУЗЫКА: Russia at the Piano”

Starring: Sergei Dreznin

Sergei will not just perform Russian masterpieces from Glinka to Schnittke by way of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Skryabin and other greats. In his incomparable fashion — which charmed Berlin, Moscow, Vienna and Paris — Sergei will communicate with the audience in pursuit of a thread running through 200 years of Russian music, the epiphany of beauty and nostalgia.

Sat., Dec. 14 – 2:00    

CD Release: “Songs for Sapiosexuals”

Starring:   Jennie Litt (lyricist/singer) and David Alpher (composer pianist)

The Band:  David Alpher (Music Director/Piano), Boots Maleson (Bass), Scott  Neumann (Drums), Suzanne Gilchrest (Flute) & Kurt Henry (Guitar)

Featuring:  Kim Grogg, Ann Kittredge, Drew Minter & Matthew Walker

What is a sapiosexual? It’s a person who is turned on by intelligence. And Alpher & Litt’s original stand-alone cabaret songs are aimed at the intelligent listener — in other words, you!  Love ballads, math tangos, whiskey-soaked torch songs, death marches, a brand-new holiday classic, and more.  “Urbane wit and heartfelt, life-affirming essence”—Cabaret Scenes

Sat., Dec. 14 – 6:30

“Beth & Ritt’s Holiday Survival Kit”

Starring:  Beth Falcone & Ritt Henn

Featuring:  Penny Fuller – The Snow Angels (Christine de Frece, Shan Y Chuang & LaDonna Burns) – Jay Alan Zimmerman – Bindu & Ambi  Subramanium – Heiða Ólafs & Íris Hólm Jónsdóttir

Award-winning songwriters Beth Falcone and Ritt Henn perform original and originally arranged songs of seasonal celebration from around the globe. What do Diwali, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwaanza, and Winter Solstice have in common? To find out, come and walk a mile in someone else’s music. With holiday favorites from India to Catalonia to Trinidad to Iceland, and more! It’s high quality duct tape and organic beef jerky for the soul!

Sat., Dec. 14 – 9:30

CD Release: “Christmas in Hell”

Written by:  Gary Apple

Perfectly timed for the holiday season and those who like their eggnog extra spiked, playwright and comedy writer Garry Apple (The Simpsons) delivers an ode to an off- kilter Christmas that gets wicked before it goes right. But really, with the dreaded and reviled dessert in the mix, how can things not go terribly wrong?

Sun., Dec. 15 – 1:00

Matsuki Productions Presents: “Legends: Eydie Gormé, Aretha Franklin & Margaret Whiting”

Starring:  Patti Bottino-Bravo – Amorika Amorosa – Kathy Kaefer

Music Directors:  Paul Greenwood & Tracy Stark

Sue Matsuki is proud to present three of New York’s best singers performing an eclectic program of legendary singers: Eydie Gormé (Patti Bottino-Bravo), Aretha Franklin (Amorika Amorosa) and Margaret Whiting (Kathy Kaefer). All three ladies are individual Cabaret and Theater stars in their own right so, to have all three of them on one stage is going to be an extraordinary afternoon of music.

Sun., Dec. 15 – 4:00

Meg Flather in “Outbound Plane”

Starring:  Meg Flather

Music Director:  Tracy Stark

Directed by:  Lennie Watts

Outbound Plane explores necessary losses that take us where we need to go next. It features an eclectic mix from Musical Theater to Pop, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Richard Maltby & David Shire, Alan Menken & Tim Rice, Paul Simon, Nanci Griffith, Joan Armatrading, Natalie Merchant and a new Meg Flather original.

Sun., Dec. 15 – 7:00

“And Kurt Weill Begat Kander and Ebb”

Starring:  Sally Darling

Music Director:  Matthew Martin Ward

Did Kurt Weill inspire John Kander and Fred Ebb? How, and to what extent? Sally Darling and her Musical Director, Matthew Martin Ward, explore Weill’s influence on the two award winning songwriters.

Wed., Dec. 18 – 7:00

“Carly Sings Cass: Don’t Call Us Mama Anymore”

Starring:  Carly Ozard

The Band:  Brian Fitzsousa (Music Director/Piano)

Directed by:  Deborah Kym

With her powerhouse vocals, Carly Ozard celebrates Cass Elliot’s voice with an adaptation of Elliot’s Solo Show Don’t Call Me Mama Anymore. Ozard features classics such as “Dream a Little Dream of Me”; “I Think A Lot About You” and many more.

Wed., Dec. 18 – 9:00

“Clearly Now – Season II”

Starring:  Marcus Simeone – Lina Koutrakos – Sean Harkness

With Harkness as their Music Director (Guitar), all three of these extraordinary talents trade off on vocals, sing several solos and do back-ups for each other in a program that includes songs by: Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding and covering genres of music from soul to pop or R&B. These three multi-award winning performers have come together simply because they love making music together. The also recently opened for legendary rock band, Air Supply!

Thr., Dec. 19 – 7:00

“How’s that for Openers?” (Final Show!)

Starring: Sue Matsuki

The Band:  Gregory Toroian (Music Director/Piano), Tom Hubbard (Bass) & Ron Tierno (Drums)

Directed by:  Lina Koutrakos

Sidney Myer and Sue were recently talking about how long people have worked at Don’t Tell Mama, so she went home to look up her first performance. It was on a Tuesday, September 16, 1986 in the original room…33 years. She created this show to celebrate that landmark and was “awarded” with her poster making it to Don’t Tell Mama’s Wall of Fame! Since both shows on the 16th were sold out, this final encore show is being offered here at Urban Stages. The show is composed of many of her Opening Numbers but it’s not a show about opening numbers!

Fri., Dec. 20 – 7:00

Tom Toce Presents: “The Songs of Nanci Griffith”

Starring:  Meg Flather – Julie Gold – Peter & Maura Kennedy – Madelyn  Monaghan – Tom Toce – and other guests to be announced!

Music Director: Peter & Maura Kennedy

Whether you call her songs “folkabilly,” as she has been known to, or just brilliant, as many others have, Nanci Grifffith is one of our best contemporary songwriters. She was the first to record “From a Distance,” and its songwriter Julie Gold will help celebrate Nanci Griffith, the songwriter. She will be joined by Pete and Maura Kennedy, members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, who have toured and recorded extensively with her. Joining them and performing some of Nanci Griffith’s best songs will be Madelyn Monaghan, Meg Flather, Tom Toce, and others. If you know her songs, you won’t want to miss this concert. And if you don’t know her songs, all the more reason to attend!

Fri., Dec. 20 – 9:00

“Gentlemen of Jazz”

Starring:  Aaron Lee Battle

The Band:  John Thomas Fischer (Music Director/Piano), & Simon Fishburn (Drums).

A tribute to Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams and Al Jarreau. Five of Mr. Battle’s favorite male singers!

Sat., Dec. 21 – 2:00

“Like a Perfumed Woman” & “Rise Up Singing”

Starring:  Joanne Halev in Like a Perfumed Woman

The Band:  Alex Rybeck (Musical Director), Ray Kilday (Bass) & Ari Axelrod (Conga)

Directed by:  Lina Koutrakos

Blending stories of scent memory and the passionate world of fragrance creation with songs of Porter, Loesser, Mercer, Bucchino, McBroom and more, Ms. Halev takes the audience on a journey from Mumbai to Madagascar, Sao Paulo to Haiti, Bangkok to Brooklyn.

Starring:  Susan Winter in Rise Up Singing

The Band:  Alex Rybeck (Music Director)

Sat., Dec. 21 – 6:00

Tom Toce Presents: “More Songs of Hope” (Closing Night)

Starring:  Corinna Sowers-Adler, Emily Ellet, Meg Flather, Sue Matsuki, Tom Toce and more!

Musical Director:  Jon Delfin

Can you ever have too much hope? Last year’s Songs of Hope program was a highlight of the 2018 festival, and it’s only natural to do it again. At this time of year, and at this point in history, we especially need these songs. Tom Toce will produce the closing nights’ program, featuring some of the best cabaret singers in New York, each performing a hopeful song. If this concert doesn’t provide uplift, nothing will! There will be performances by Emily Ellet, Meg Flather, Sue Matsuki, Corinna Sowers-Adler, and more! Jon Delfin will once be the musical director.

More information to follow!