Having triumphed these past two years in her Oak Room celebrations of Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart, beautiful and beguiling Karen Akers now sets her sights on the leading musical theater composer-lyricist of the last half century.

Among her selections from the Stephen Sondheim Songbook are some less familiar offerings such as “More” (Dick Tracy) with its multiplicity of George Gershwin references and “Live, Laugh, Love” (Follies). More to the point,“Send in the Clowns” (A Little Night Music), “Broadway Baby” (Follies), “You Could Drive a Person Crazy (Company), “The Story of Lucy & Jessie” (Follies) and “Moments in the Woods” (Into the Woods) are not just old friends, but warmly welcomed ones. . The show is subtly directed by Eric Michael Gillett with the admirable Don Rebic as Musical Director.

From September 27th through October 29th, “Live, Laugh, Love—Akers Sings Sondheim” plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 and 11 pm. There is a $60 cover charge for all shows except the dinner shows Friday and Saturday, when the cover is $65, plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner.

Karen Akers, Stephen Sondheim, the incredible Don Rebic all embraced by the magical Oak Room at the world fabled Algonquin Hotel: Need we say more? (Other than to book now).This is a hot ticket.

Reservations: 212-419-9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

Copyright 2011 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved


Karen Akers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Café Carlyle, Rainbow & Stars, Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap and abroad in France, Russia, London and Barcelona. On Broadway she was one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical, Grand Hotel, and made her Broadway debut in the original production of Nine for which she won a Theatre World Award and Tony nomination. Her current CD, “If We Only Have Love,” is a collection of theater songs. Other recordings include “Feels Like Home,” “Under Paris Skies” and “Simply Styne.” Her film roles include Mike Nichols’ Heartburn, Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo and Vibes.


Stephen Sondheim first impressed Broadway audiences in 1957 as lyricist for West Side Story (music by Leonard Bernstein) and two years later for Gypsy (music by Jule Styne).. In 1962 he launched his 50-year career as the theater’s pre-eminent composer-lyricist with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, for which he won the first of his eight Tony Awards. Other honors include six Olivier Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park With George and an Oscar for Best Song (“Sooner or Later”) from Dick Tracy. He was a 1993 Kennedy Center Honors recipient.what is an expansion external drive


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