The Green Room 42 Presents MAC and Bistro Award Winner,
Raissa Katona Bennett
CAN’T HELP SINGING – THE MUSIC OF JEROME KERN – November 13th and 27th
“A tart tongued commentator on modern life…her theatrical soprano…is an effective vehicle for witty story telling.” ~ The New York Times
The Green Room 42 presents Broadway actress-singer, MAC and Bistro Award winner, Raissa Katona Bennett, in a CD release celebration for CAN’T HELP SINGING – THE MUSIC OF JEROME KERN. Raissa will appear Nov. 13th and Nov. 27th at 7pm at the posh and funky nightclub on the fourth floor of YOTEL in NYC in a romantic celebration of Kern’s greatest hits, including “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “All the Things You Are” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Jon Weber, Music Director, and Bassist Tom Hubbard join Raissa for this engagement. The Green Room 42 at YOTEL is at 570 Tenth Avenue between 42nd and 41st Streets, NYC 10036. For information call 646-449-7792. The Green Room 42 has a range of cover charges and there is no minimum. Food and a full bar are available. Tickets may be purchased at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34878/1541044800000
CAN’T HELP SINGING – THE MUSIC OF JEROME KERN (LML) was recorded live at Feinstein’s at the Regency in 2011, with Musical Director-Arranger Don Rebic on Piano, and Tom Hubbard on Bass. The CD was released in spring of 2018 on LMLMusic and is available at LMLMusic.com, Amazon, iTunes and other digital retailers.
“Raissa Katona Bennett, breathing life into Kern, shows how ‘actable’ the music of Jerome Kern is in her delightful new show. Each song is a little play, and she’s ready to feel every emotion as they occur, bringing us right up to the emotional edge with her.” ~ Broadwayworld.com
“What a joy it is to hear a confident and lovely vocalist sing some of the greatest songs written for the American musical theatre.” ~ Cabaret Scenes
“Amazingly looking and sounding even better…” ~ Broadway World
Raissa appeared on Broadway as Christine in Phantom of the Opera, and in the First National Tours of Parade and CATS. She has numerous off-Broadway credits, and is appearing through October in Spoolie Girl, an original Fractured Rock Fairytale by Rosemary Loar, at Actors Temple Theatre. Last Spring, she made her Music Theatre of Connecticut debut as Helen in Fun Home.
“As Helen, Alison’s mother, Raissa Katona Bennett is heartbreaking and she delivers a devastating “Days and Days” near the end of the show, summing up the story of her life and marriage.” ~ Talking Broadway
Raissa is known as a creative and multi-disciplinary presence in the cultural life of New York City. Her New York nightclub engagements as a headliner include Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room, Iridium and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She has been a Guest Star in events at The Supper Club, Rainbow Room, 88’s, Don’t Tell Mama, Chita’s, The Algonquin, and Radio City Music Hall, as well as Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and the Town Hall as a guest artist of the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions. Nationally, she has appeared with many symphony orchestras.
Raissa received the 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC Award for Outstanding Achievement as the creator, producer and host of Concerts for City Greens, a series she founded to expose culturally and socio-economically diverse audiences of all ages to art events in city settings. For nine years through 2016, talent from the theater, jazz and cabaret worlds donated their time and talents to the critically lauded series. In one memorable season, she produced a songwriting contest with a particularly noteworthy panel of judges: Michael John Lachiusa, Amanda McBroom, David Friedman, Ann Hampton Callaway and Neil Sedaka. In 2014, Katona Bennett was awarded a special Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award.
On a personal note, Raissa is passionately involved in training rescue dogs with behavioral issues to make them more adoptable. She has volunteered extensively, in this capacity and as a dog foster, with the ASPCA, the Humane Society and Shih Tzu Fur Baby Rescue.
The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest urban entertainment cabaret club, that since its opening on Valentine’s day has featured Broadway names like Alice Ripley, Telly Leung, Josh Groban, Eva Noblezada, Lillias White, James Snyder, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Matt Doyle, Constantine Maroulis, and many more. Located on the fourth floor of YOTEL NYC, The Green Room 42 boasts a funky new vibe, and no food or beverage minimum– opening up the cabaret industry to an affordable, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for theatre people and theatre fans alike.
Visit Raissa Katona Bennett online at: http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/