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Karen Oberlin Bewitched: The Life and Lyrics of Lorenz Hart
October 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Lorenz “Larry” Hart transformed the world of lyric writing, and we’ve never looked back. Where many songwriters had been rehashing love-story tropes, Hart delivered substance and sophistication to create songs that were fresh, substantial, and utterly contemporary. His legendary ability to create intricate yet conversational rhymes remains unparalleled. Sprinkling her show with iconic hits such as “A Lady is A Tramp,” “Manhattan,” “My Romance,” and “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” Karen Oberlin, in this brand-new show with dazzling arrangements by Tedd Firth, fleshes out the complexities and genius of Hart’s songbook while delving into the details of this complicated, troubled and fascinating figure.
KAREN OBERLIN has been hailed as one of premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook by both the New York Times and London’s Classical Source. Among many reviews, The Times has said of Oberlin; “Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight, she is a thorough researcher,” along with saying she has “musical intelligence,” and “beautifully shaped readings.” Rex Reed, in The New York Observer, said “Thrilling, elegant and musically spot on, Karen Oberlin is a welcome addition to the often noisy and pointless cabaret scene… She’s a keeper.” She received the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Donald F. Smith Award for Excellence in Cabaret, the New York Nightlife Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year, along with multiple MAC Awards, a Bistro Award, a Broadway World Award and an Honorary Doctorate in Music for her performance work, among others. In New York she has had major engagements at the Algonquin’s Oak Room, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Café Carlyle and Birdland, along with performances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Town Hall, Merkin Hall and Caramoor. Ms. Oberlin performs at concert halls and clubs across the country and in annual European engagements, and has four recordings on the Miranda Music label, the last of which has been a favorite of Jonathan Schwartz on his legendary radio show. She has many theater credits, as well, including being the very first Maureen in the primary staged workshop of RENT. www.karenoberlin.com