DECEMBER 12 to 22, 2018
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WINTER RHYTHMS 2018 marks the 10th year that this award-winning (Bistro Award for Outstanding Series and the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award) festival welcomes noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period. The mission of WINTER RHYTHMS is to bring the talents of well-known and up-and-coming singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York theater community.

20 shows. Over 100 artists. All tickets are $30 (except Patrons Night). All proceeds benefit art, education and theater (via Urban Stages Outreach Program). Check Out Our Two-Show Deal. $50 for 2 shows on the same night. Details Below!



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Producer/Director/Lyricist and former Urban Stages Director of Musical Theatre, Peter Napolitano will host a retrospective of ten years of Winter Rhythms, featuring some of his favorite moments from the award-winning series he has produced and programmed from 2011-17. More than a dozen past performers will come back to recreate their performances or in some cases, sing something entirely new, including Mark Nadler, Adam B. Shapiro, Janice Hall and many more.  Matthew Martin Ward on piano. 
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Thursday, December 13, 2018


William V. Madison will direct and host a program celebrating his recent book, Jarmila Novotná: My Life in Song, the memoir of the great Czechoslovak soprano (1907–94). Though she worked continuously at the principal opera houses in New York, Berlin, Vienna, and Prague, she was also one of the original crossover stars, excelling in film (The Search, with Montgomery Clift) and on Broadway (Helen Goes to Troy; Sherlock Holmes, with Basil Rathbone). On radio, she sang with Bing Crosby; on TV, she clowned with Abbott and Costello, and played Tab Hunter’s mother. Her extraordinary range embraced everything from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Bill Haley and the Comets. Performers will include opera star and MAC Award-winner Janice Hall, MAC nominee Hanna Burke, and newcomers Brendan Eprile and Greg Driscoll. Novotná’s granddaughter, violinist Tatiana Daubek of the acclaimed chamber ensemble House of Time, will perform as a Special Guest Star.
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The Harvard-Yale Cantata is the brainchild of new Winter Rhythms producer Tom Toce. It’s a competition of Harvard songs (written and performed by alumni) against Yale songs. The fourth annual competition was recently held at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Yale team captain (and WR Production Manager) Victoria Ordin has selected the best songs, and the best performers, from the past four shows. She will host and present a cast of singers including Sam Bolen (star of the recent off-Bway hit Midnight at the Never Get), along with Cantata veterans Megan Loughran, Nathaniel Dolquist and Jac Huberman, as well Cantata newcomers who just joined their respective teams this past fall, including Derek Speedy, Michael Wingate, and Elisabeth Ness. Songwriters include graduates from four decades of both schools: John Forster, Julian Fleisher, Alan Chapman, Benji Goldsmith, Richard Maltby and David Shire, Drew Fornarola, and many more—including Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein!
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Sergei Dreznin is a Moscow-born, New York –based Austro–Russian award winning concert pianist and composer. He has had 17 shows produced on stages in Paris, Vienna, Moscow, Madrid and New York. This two-part evening will feature songs from his musical epic Catherine the Great, which has been running in Russia over ten years to sold-out houses, winning the Golden Mask – Russia’s Tony Award.  He will also be premiering several songs from his new musical in progress, Bar None, with book and lyrics by Peter Napolitano. Performers will include Brie Cassil and Adam B. Shapiro
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This international evening of artists continues with Abou Diarrassouba (Abou Lion Diarra) from West Africa.  Abou brought his talents and drums on our stage last spring to add the sounds of Africa in the play Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Lewis. He is internationally known for his musical artistry.   He returns with his band that frequently plays at the noted Jazz club in Harlem, Paris Blues.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The New York Songwriters Alliance was founded by Tom Toce in 2016. The Alliance is a group of professional songwriters who meet twice a month to share songs, success stories, industry opportunities, and creative energy. This show, hosted by MAC board member Jennie Litt, will include songs by Alliance members Michael Colby, John Forster, Bobbie Horowitz, Judy Kass, Randy Klein, Jennie Litt, Peter Napolitano, Hillary Rollins, Paul Rolnick, Alex Rybeck, Steve Sieck, Tracy Stark, and Tom Toce.Their songs will be showcased by some of the best vocal talent in NY cabaret.
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An evening about the life and art of Johnny Mercer as told by Alberta Hunter.  The show is written byCalvin Alexander Ramsey, who has had plays read at Urban Stages.  Several of his plays are touring the USA.   C. Kelly Wright, a powerful singer and actress, is playing Alberta Hunter.  Miss Wright has  performed in Off Broadway musicals, plays, televisions, films in the US and Internationally.  Miss Kelly is a regular at Urban Stages, starring in Langston in Harlem and just completing six roles in our Retrospective Reading Series at Urban Stages. Joining her will be Terry Burrus, who is known for performing as a leader in various groups around the world including “Golden Opera Voices”, “Jazz Commissioners,” “Terry Burrus Dance Floor”  and many more. He is also a music director, conductor, composer, producer and an artist with a string of solo albums and a new one coming out soon. In addition, Vincent Scott, performer, director, educator and Urban Stages’ school coordinator, will complete the evening.
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sally Darling is a 2016 MAC Hanson Award winner, a 2017 Bistro Award winner and a multiple MAC Award nominee. Along with Music Director Matthew Martin Ward at the piano, she brings her latest cabaret show, Sally Darling Sings Beatrice Lillie, to Winter Rhythms. According to Darling, “The show is about the songs she’s done, with one she WOULD have done––brilliantly. She was called ‘the funniest woman in the world,’ and Noël Coward said she was ‘one of the greatest stars of light entertainment the world has ever known.’ Lillie entertained on radio and in television as well as theaters, movie houses, vaudeville palaces and supper clubs in her 50-year career. 
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Bistro Award winner & multiple MAC Award nominee, Deb Berman, brings her highly acclaimed new show to Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages. A sassy, swingin’ celebration of life’s high and blows. “When I was growing up, there was always music in the house. That’s when I first heard, Ella, Sarah, Peggy and Carmen. I couldn’t help but sing along . . . and I’ve never stopped . . .” (Deb Berman – Still Swingin’). Join Deb with her Musical Director/Accompanist, Gregory Toroian, Bassist, Tom Hubbard and Drummer, Vito Lesczak. Direction by Geoff Stoner.Deb’s appealing approach is filled with her own grounded, warm, humorous character. This well put together show feels absolutely bespoke… (Alix Cohen – Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz). Deb Berman transforms every song she sings into something unique – – and uniquely delicious. . . (Jennie Litt – Cabaret Hotspot)
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Urban Stages Benefit evening of Noel Cowards songs, verse and stories devised and narrated by Barry Day and Friends.  Eric Comstock on piano with Jim Dale, Jeff Harnar, Edward Hibbert, Simon Jones, Sidney Myer, Marissa Mulder, KT Sullivan.  Songs include:  Something Very Strange, I’ll Follow My Secret Heart, Something to Do with Spring, If Love Were All, Bronxville Darby and Joan.  The show includes Coward voice in verse of “Mad Dogs and Englishman.”  Other verse selections will be read by Mr. Dale, Mr. Naughton, Mr. Jones, and other members of the Cast.  A video will be shown of Christopher Plummer, Winston Churchill, Christine Ebersole, Margaret Leighton and others performing Coward.

There are special tickets for this Noel Coward Night!

General Admission Tickets $160
This ticket includes pre-show cocktails, after-the-show dinner and a General Admission seat.

Theater Angel Tickets for $200
Everything above except Reserved Prime Seats instead of General Admission seats

Co-Sponsor Tickets for $300
Includes perks of Theater Angel + you will receive a special work of Mr. Noel Coward on the Night.

Sponsor Tickets for $500
Includes perks of Co-Sponsor + you will be recognized as a special sponsor in the program.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Matsuki Productions & Urban Stages presents Winter Rhythms’ The People You Should Know. As a producer, reviewer and writer, Sue Matsuki is presenting some of the most impressive people she has met over the past few years. Some are recent contest winners (MetroStar and Mama’s Next BIG Act) and some are people she has met at Open Mics or in class. All of them are people she wants you all to know! This amazing cast includes: Emily Ellet, Carlos Knauth, Mary Lahti, Katie McGrath, Lynda Rodolitzand Zac Wobensmith with the wonderful Tracy Stark as our Musical Director.
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Matsuki Productions & Urban Stages presents Winter Rhythms’ The Art of Cabaret. This very interesting concept is a show where the singer chooses a work of art which inspired the song that they will be performing. It is an ALL-STAR cast of some of the most recognizable names in Broadway and some of the most award-winning Cabaret singers working today! The cast includes: Ari Axelrod, Erin Cronican, Tom Gamblin, Karen Mack, Stearns Matthews, Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights/On Your Feet), Carly Olivia, Phyllis Pastore, Gretchen Reinhagen, Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd/The Fantasticks), David Sabella (Chicago), Marcus Simeone and Deborah Stone with the wonderful Tracy Stark as our Musical Director.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Known for her humor and her generosity, Christine Lavin is a favorite among fans and other performers in the contemporary folk music world. Christine comes to Winter Rhythms with her guitar, her beautiful voice, her witty and tender songs, some artful videos to accompany her songs, and quite possibly her baton-twirling and her knitting! All Christine Lavin concerts are Christine Lavin and Friends, because even when she has no musical guests, she makes her audience feel like friends. One friend joining for sure is Christine’s new friend, the gifted singer/songwriter Katherine Rondeau. Two others are the multi-talented Australian singer and voice-over artist (Australia’s Siri!) Karen Jacobsen and the Grammy-winning songwriter Julie Gold. Produced by Tom Toce.
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Two young and gifted performers will grace the stage with their contrasting styles in a playful and entertaining cabaret show. Brendan comes from the Dear Evan Hansen style of contemporary musical theater, while Greg fuses Broadway stylings with jazz and gospel. Somehow they make it work, on stage and in life. The show includes Broadway and pop numbers, as well as original material. Directed by William Madison and produced by Elise Goyette.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

After hit engagements at the Met Room, the Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, and the Friars Club earned her a MAC Award nomination, Hanna Burke reprises — for the first time in more than a year — her tribute to the Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn. Cabaret Scenes praised Hanna’s use of songs and stories “to illuminate the short—but brilliant—life and career of this extravagantly funny lady who never truly, deeply understood ‘Why is everyone laughing?’” At Winter Rhythms, Hanna will be joined by music director Jeff Cubeta and guest performers Rachael Joyce, Adrian Rifat, and Will Anderson. Produced by Kahn’s biographer, William V. Madison, in association with Elise Goyette.
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There are so many exciting voices in musical theater beyond those you can hear on Broadway. The hard part is selecting only five. But we did it, and you’ll love these wonderful theater songwriters whose work has not (yet) hit Broadway: Cynthia Meng, Ned Paul Ginsburg, Kim Oler, Zak Sandler, and Michael Wysong. Tom Toce will host this tuneful and ear-opening evening.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Cabaret War Horse, Ricky Ritzel presents the Best Of edition of the Award Winning Ricky Ritzel’s BROADWAY, which won a MAC Award in 2016 as Best Recurring Series.   Fashioned after Sylvia Fine Kaye’s Musical Comedy Tonight PBS programs from the 70’s, each show highlights songs and stories from 2 or 3 Broadway musicals with a star-studded revolving cast. Ricky, last seen on Broadway hailing a cab, will give wry commentary as well as accompanying on the piano. The cast is likely to include Sally Darling, Bob Diamond, Barbara Malley, Aaron Morishita, Sidney Myer, Jay Rogers, Lauren Turner,and Kristine Zbornick.
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Composer-lyricist Matt Corriel and librettist Erica Lipez revitalize an old favorite, bringing Scrooge and his world to life with fun songs and good cheer!  Matt will lead a concert version of the musical, with a cast that includes Jennifer Brown, Jojo Karlin, Sam Perwin, and Isabel Santiago.  A Christmas Carol is available for licensing through Dramatic Publishing Company.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Award-winning songwriters Beth Falcone and Ritt Henn come back as newlyweds to celebrate their third appearance in Winter Rhythms with their annual holiday show. Beth and Ritt perform original and originally-arranged tunes to see you safely through the season. Beth’s “catchy melodies and smart lyrics” (Variety) and Ritt’s “funkier Cole Porter” songs (LA Weekly) soar with her “fiery piano playing” (Chicago Sun Times) and his “cool cat” bass (Time Out NY). Featuring The Snow Angels (Christine de Frece, Shan Y Chung and Lori Minor), Roosevelt Andre Credit, Jay Alan Zimmerman and more, it’s high quality duct tape and organic beef jerky for the soul!
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5PM SONGS OF HOPE  (Closing Night)
Do we ever not need songs of hope? At this time of year, and at this point in history, we especially need them. 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 Deb A. Berman, Trazana Beverly, Douglas J. Cohen, Cynthia Crane, Natalie Douglas, Cynthia Farrell, Eric Michael Gillett, Julie Gold, Renee Katz, Ann Kittredge, Minda Larsen, Mardie Millit, Sidney Myer, Steve Ross, Mark William and more being added nearly every day!
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*Artists, programming and schedule subject to change.