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Urban Stages, Winter Rhythms series:
my show December 17th at 3pm details below
259 West 30th Avenue
New York NY 

DECEMBER 12 to 23, 2017
22 shows! | Over 100 Artists! 
All Tickets Just $30(Except Patrons' Night)
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All proceeds benefit Arts & Education (via Urban Stages Outreach Program)
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

7PM A Celebration of Barry Levitt: His Life and Music
Winter Rhythms 2017 opens with a salute to the late Barry Levitt (1947-2017), celebrated Broadway, Off Broadway, jazz and cabaret musician, musical director, composer, and a longtime member of the Urban Stages family. With Tony Award winner Trezana Beverley, Deb Berman, Dawn Derow, Helena Grenot, Janice Hall, Sunny Leigh, Brian Charles Rooney, Andrea Bell Wolff, The Barry Levitt Workshop Ensemble and more to be announced. On bass: Boots Maleson. On percussion: Howie Gordon. Musical Directors: John DiPinto and Mark Janas. Produced and Hosted by Stephen Hanks.(Champagne reception with the artists following the show.)
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

All-Star Evening at the Bistros: Celebrating Liberace, Peggy Lee and Helen Morgan For 33 years, the Bistro Awards have recognized excellence in cabaret, jazz and comedy. Join us for a double-header of two 2017 award-winning shows featuring portrayal tributes of musical legends. Produced by Sherry Eaker. 

7PM David Maiocco as Liberace & Chuck Sweeney as Peggy Lee in Lee Squared 
What if two music legends who defined four decades of music and pop culture had a chance to perform together? In Lee Squared, it happens, as Maiocco portrays Liberace, the flamboyant pianist, as he tickles the ivories with his favorite songs, while Sweeney does a fevered impersonation of Peggy Lee that includes a heavy dose of camp hilarity. 
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9PM Lauren Stanford as Helen Morgan in More Than You Know
Late nights in prohibition-era NYC you could find Helen Morgan iconically perched on the piano, relying too much on brandy and "torching" until even the most hardened gangster wept into his beer. More Than You Know is a dramatic recreation of Morgan's final night in residency at The Simplon Club in 1932. Director: Eric Michael Gillett. Music Director: Mike Pettry. Click Here to buy tickets.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

7PM Mama's Next Big Act Reunion Tour! Home for the Holidays
Featuring 3 seasons of TOP 5 Contestants and winners! With Amorika Amoroso, Cheo Bourne, Gracie Lee Brown, Savannah Brown, Joshua Lance Dixon, JD Killikelley, Julissa Miranda, Lena Moy Borgen, Justin Nastro, Jerry Phelps, Toddy Phillips, Wendy Russell, Lauren Stanford, Heather Villaescusa, Lisa Yeager. With Special Appearances by Frank Dain, Sylvia Feldman, Tanya Moberly. Musical Direction by Steven Ray Watkins. Hosted by Lennie Watts. Click Here to buy tickets.

9:00PM TBA
Tickets Available Soon. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

7PM Together: The 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists
When award shows hand out their awards, most nominees head home empty-handed, with only one holding the coveted prize. But the five nominees for The Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award (MAC) Best Female Vocalist category decided to all walk away together ... with a show celebrating their talents, diversity, mutual respect and admiration! With Celia Berk, Sally Darling, Meg Flather, Josephine Sanges, Lisa Viggiano. Musical Director: John M. Cook. Director: Jeff Harnar. Click Here to buy tickets. 

9:30PM Tom Toce and the Winter Rhythms Songwriters Circle
MAC Award-winning songwriter Tom Toce leads a group of writers from Dar Williams's workshop "Writing a Song That Matters" in an evening of singer-songwriter songs. With Bob Crelin, John Jaggers, Christine Kelly, Karen Landy, Eric Sanders, Deb Todd Wheeler. Produced by Mr. Toce. Click Here to buy tickets.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

3PM Janice Hall in The Opera Show with No Opera
Multi-award wining NYCO soprano and cabaret artist Janice Hall tells stories of the opera, set to music of Billy Joel, Ahrens & Flaherty, Alicia Keys, Georges Guetary, Jimmy McHugh, The Smashing Pumpkins, Leonard Cohen and others. “You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. Just like at the opera.” Percussion: Kyle Scudder. Directed by Peter Napolitano. Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward. Click Here to buy tickets.

7PM Joyce Castle in LENNY! A Toast to Bernstein on the Eve of His Centennial 
Mezzo-Soprano Joyce Castle’s repertoire has ranged from Bernstein, Sondheim, and Weill, to Britten, Strauss, and Wagner — from Off-Broadway to opera companies all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A longtime champion of Leonard Bernstein’s work who won the hearts of City Opera audiences (and a Grammy Award) for her Old Lady in Candide, she returns to New York for the first time in six years to share her personal memories of the composer, whose Arias and Barcarolles she sang at its first performance. Pianist Ted Taylor joins Castle for a potpourri of songs from every phase of Bernstein’s multifaceted career. Produced by William V. Madison. Click Here to buy tickets.

9:30PM Andrea Bell Wolff in Prisoner of Love
The theme is love and all its guises, played straight and for laughs. This show, directed by Peter Napolitano, is filled with wonderful songs that span the American Song Book, contemporary pop and Broadway. Arrangements by the late Barry Levitt. Original song by Levitt and Napolitano. Mathew Martin Ward on piano leads a quartet of Violinist Rob Thomas, Percussionist Howie Gordon and bassist Saadi Zain.Click Here to buy tickets.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

3PM The Vintage Advantage 
A special gathering of acclaimed veteran cabaret artists and talented newcomers, all with the “vintage advantage” Cast includes Carole Demas (original “Sandy”, Grease), Ira Lee Collings, Donna Elliott, Tom Knudsen, Bill Krakauer, Marcia Roney, Jim Speake, Cathy Taylor and more to be announced. Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward. Click Here to buy tickets. 

7PM Daryl Glenn Sings Obscure Movie Musicals with Molly Pope, Mardie Millit and Nellie McKay
The multi award winning cabaret performer and his very special guests sing songs from Charlotte's Web, Lost Horizon and Popeye. Musical Director: Ben McNaboe. Click Here to buy tickets.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

7PM The Musicals of Michael Stewart: Dolly!, Birdie, Barnum, 42nd Street and More!
One of the most successful writers in the history of the American Musical Theatre, Michael Stewart wrote the books for the smash hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Bye, Bye, Birdie, 42nd Street (co-author), Carnival!, George M! (co-author), etc., book and lyrics for I Love My Wife and the lyrics for Barnum. This star-studded celebration of his life and career will include performances by legendary two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, Tony winner Jim Dale, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, Olivier Award nominee Caroline O’Connor, composer Charles Strouse, John Miller, Sal Viviano, composer Doug Katsouros and more to be announced. Hosted and Narrated by Stewart’s frequent collaborator, Tony nominee Mark Bramble. Director: Peter Napolitano. Musical Director: Todd Ellison. Ticket price ($150-$500) includes cocktails at 6:30pm, the show at 7pm and dinner afterwards. Proceeds benefit the Michael Stewart Foundation and the Urban Stages Outreach Program. Click Here to buy tickets. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

7PM Famous Duets II  
Sue Matsuki and Matsuki Productions are proud to present “Famous Duets II”, featuring outstanding duets from pop, theater, jazz, rock, movies and the American Songbook! This show was one of the big hits of Winter Rhythms 2015, so we’re bringing it back with brand new songs performed by an eclectic, multi-award winning cast: Bruce Clough, Frank Dain, Peggy Eason, Layla Fields, Barbara Gursky, Tanya Holt, Laurie Krauz, Rob Langeder, Fran Leonardis, Sonny Leonardis, Tanya Moberly, Aaron Morishita, Julie Reyburn and Jay Rogers. Musical Director: Daryl Kojak.Click Here to buy tickets. 

9PM A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack The Knife/ Ella in Berlin” (the legendary concert and album, 1960)
With Marissa Mulder, Aaron Weinstein, Stephanie Nakasian, Margi Gianquinto, Joie Bianco, and others. Musical Director/Pianist: Jon Weber, Bass/Violin: Brandi Disterheft. Produced and hosted by Will Friedwald (writer for The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair). 
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

7PM Beth and Ritt’s Second Annual Holiday Survival Kit
Award-winning songwriters Beth Falcone and Ritt Henn return to Winter Rhythms with a second edition of 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). It’s high quality duct tape and organic beef jerky for the soul!
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9PM Stearns Matthews: December Songs and Other Works of Maury Yeston 
MAC and Bistro Award winner Stearns Matthews celebrates the release of his brand-new recording of Maury Yeston’s haunting song cycle December Songs, originally written for Andrea Marcovicci in 1991. This marks the first-ever recording of the cycle with a male singer. Special guest Elizabeth Southard (Christine in the original national tour of Yeston’s Phantom) will join Stearns for an evening saluting the lush, heartrending music of Maury Yeston. Other guests to be announced.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

7PM The 20th Anniversary Concert of After the Fair
Stephen Cole and Matthew Martin Ward's award winning Off Broadway and London musical is back for one-night, with School of Rock's Jenn Gambatese, Phantom's Tim Jerome and Joshua Hinck. With the composer at the keyboard, the author directing and the original Off- Broadway costumes designed by Bottari and Case, this romantic musical, based on a Thomas Hardy story, will sweep you away to 19th century England, where a letter can change four lives and "nothing will ever be the same."
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9PM Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness in Heart Strings
The award-winning cabaret artist and the master of guitar will share songs from Billy Strayhorn, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Paul Simon, and of course the Great American Songbook. However you celebrate the Holiday season, this kismet collaboration will fill your heart.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

7PM Gary Apple’s Christmas in Hell, a new musical
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9:30PM ZaZa Peaks and her Holiday Balls...um Bells or A Holiday Drag Spectacular!
MAC award winner Tom Gamblin produces an all live - singing holiday drag extravaganza with the some of NYC’s top drag performers! Hosted by ZaZa Peaks. Click Here to buy tickets.

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Friday, December 23, 2017

5PM From All of Us to All of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney, Too!
In keeping with tradition, Winter Rhythms 2017 will close with its annual crowd favorite, From All of Us to All of You: Seasonal Songs and Disney, Too! Inspired by the 1958 Walt Disney TV Special, audience members will be in a festive mood hearing songs for the holidays and songs from Disney movies. Hosted by producer/writer Stephen Hanks, the show will feature an exciting lineup of some of the most talented stars of theatre and cabaret including Gabrielle Stravelli, Marieann Meringolo, Rosemary Loar, Jeff Macauley, Sandra Bargman, Sierra Rein, Joshua Lance Dixon, Julie Reyburn, Billie Roe, Karen Gross, Carly Ozard, Charlotte Patton, Blake Zolfo, Hechter Ubarry, Liz Lark Brown, Rob Davis, Renn Woods, Matthew Martin Ward, Michael Raye and more to be announced. Musical Director: Daryl Kojack. Holiday magic will meet the mouse and bring Winter Rhythms 2017 to a truly joyful conclusion. (Champagne reception with the artists following the show.)
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*Artists, programming and schedule subject to change.


From All of Us to All of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney, Too! Hosted by Stephen Hanks 

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