KAREN AKERS RETURNS FOR HER NINTH ANNIVERSARY
AT THE ALGONQUIN’S OAK ROOM MAY 13-JUNE 14
IN AN ALL-NEW SHOW “MOVE ON”
Karen Akers, internationally acclaimed chanteuse, actress and cabaret star, returns for her ninth consecutive spring engagement to New York’s legendary Algonquin Oak Room. Beginning Tuesday May 13th through Saturday June 14th, Ms. Akers will present an all-new show entitled Move On. She will be accompanied on piano by her longtime musical director Don Rebic. The evening is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, who also directed last year’s show, the hugely successful Simply Styne (which has just been released on DRG Records).
Move On is a wry and sophisticated, rueful yet hopeful observation of the universal challenge of starting over–using the poetry of Algonquin icon Dorothy Parker and the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim (“The Glamorous Life”), Cole Porter (“Down in the Depths”) and Rodgers & Hart (“This Funny World”). Along with new songs by contemporary composers Amanda McBroom and Michele Brourman, Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens, Karen explores what happens when life’s unexpected twists and turns force us to make peace with the past, pick ourselves up, and face the future. From Lieber & Stoller’s “Ready to Begin Again” to Maury Yeston’s “Only With You,” Move On reveals many sides of Karen Akers in a way that allows the audience to rediscover both the artist and the woman.
Performances are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 9 pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 9 and 11:30 pm, with a $65 music charge plus $30 food and beverage minimum or a $70 prix fixe dinner (dinner is required at early shows Friday and Saturday). Reservations: 212 419 9331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply Styne is Karen’s ninth CD. She appeared on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel, having made her debut in the original production of Nine for which she won a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination. Tommy Tune directed both shows. Her film roles include Mike Nichols’ Heartburn and Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo and Vibes. She has appeared in concert worldwide in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl to the south of France, London, Russia and Barcelona, among others. Her PBS television specials include “Presenting Karen Akers” and “Karen Akers: On Stage at Wolf Trap.”