KT Sullivan celebrates Dietz & Schwartz

KT SULLIVAN REMEMBERS DIETZ & SCHWARTZ IN “DANCING IN THE DARK” MARCH 24-APRIL 11

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KT Sullivan celebrates the great musical partnership of Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz in her new Oak Room show, DANCING IN THE DARK, March 24th through April 11th. From their first hit, “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” in 1929 to their final collaborative efforts in the 60s, KT traverses the Dietz-Schwartz terrain with such gems as “A Shine on Your Shoes,” “You and the Night and the Music,” “Rhode Island Is Famous for You,” “Alone Together” and “By Myself,” as well as songs on which they worked with others. Joining KT will be musical director/pianist Tedd Firth and bassist Steve Doyle. Eric Michael Gillett directs. Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00, with a $60 cover charge plus either a $30 minimum or $70 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

KT Sullivan’s Broadway shows include George Abbott’s Broadway, Threepenny Opera with Sting and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Winner of numerous awards, she recently appeared with Michael Feinstein at Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center Opera House in the ASCAP-sponsored “Broadway Today” series. Following her Oak Room engagement, she will appear for two weeks at London’s Pizza on the Park.

New York City natives Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz attended Columbia University, but took different career paths… Dietz to advertising and publicity and Schwartz to the law. Dietz used his alma mater’s famed lion mascot to create Leo the Lion for MGM, where he labored for 30 years as a vice president of advertising and publicity. Schwartz abandoned the law in 1929 to team up with Dietz in The Little Show, followed by a series of Broadway hits including The Band Wagon in 1931, Fred Astaire’s final Broadway show. They went their separate ways in 1938 but reunited in 1948 for the show, Inside U.S.A., and in 1953 for the film version of The Band Wagon, for which they wrote “That’s Entertainment,” honored by ASCAP in 1990 as “Most Performed Feature Film Standard.” Their last two Broadway shows were The Gay Life in 1961, starring Barbara Cook, and Jenny in 1963, starring Mary Martin.

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