Outstanding Cabaret: Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano at The Oak Room



Just named winners of the prestigious 2010 Nightlife Award as “outstanding cabaret duo,” Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano will make their first joint appearance at the legendary Oak Room Supper Club in a special Valentine show, “This Thing Called Love,” from February 9th through March 6th. Modern romance–expressed through such classic standards as “Last Night When We Were Young,” “Old Devil Moon,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” “In the Still of the Night” and “But Beautiful”—will be explored with humor, tenderness and insight. They will be joined by Sean Smith on bass. Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00, with a $50 cover charge per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger and Lunt and Fontanne, Comstock and Fasano’s unique combination of wit and sensuality is all their own. Eric Comstock, one of the most admired performers and preservers of the American songbook, created and starred in the hit revues “Singing Astaire,” “Made for the Movies” and “Our Sinatra” (over 1300 performances off-Broadway). The acclaimed singer and pianist headlined Lincoln Center’s American Songbook salutes to Jule Styne and Charles Strouse. His recent CD, “No One Knows,” received unanimous praise for his jazz interpretations of the songs of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn to Johnny Mercer and E. Y. Harburg.

Barbara Fasano, hailed as one of the most stunning and soulful performers of the American Songbook, balances dramatic intensity with solid musicianship. She has appeared in musical theatre productions ranging from “Wonderful Town” and “Grease” to “Side by Side by Sondheim.” In addition to her two MAC Awards, Barbara has received three Back Stage Bistro Awards including Record of the Year for her 2007 Harold Arlen Songbook, “Written in the Stars,” the same award she won for her debut CD, “The Girls of Summer, based on her one-woman show.

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