Most people know Lorna Luft as a singer, actress, author, and of course, the daughter of Judy Garland, but after interviewing her this past weekend, what I found was a courageous woman whose determination, love, humor, and strength got her through the most difficult time of her life. Now, through the American songbook, Lorna is taking this experience and bringing it to Feinstein's/54 Belowin her new show Triumph which will play January 6th at 7pm and January 8th at 7pm and 9:30pm!
I have known about Klea Blackhurst for quite some time now, but it wasn't until I saw her last June in Stephen Cole and David Evans' new show Merman's Apprentice that I really got to see and hear what she can do. Klea is a powerhouse vocalist, similar to Ethel Merman, which is why it's so fitting that she stars in Merman's Apprentice, which is coming back for a one-night only return engagement at Birdland on Monday, January 18 at 7pm, where it will also celebrate the release of the original cast album (available for purchase at the show)!
Time sure does fly by! It's been 5 years since I first interviewed comedian Justin Sayre and so much has happened to him! He's now a writer on the CBS hit comedy 2 Broke Girls, just published his debut book Husky and comedy CD The Gay Agenda as well as his iTunes podcast Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre and he continues presenting his monthly comedy series The Meeting* at Joe's Pub, which is having it's annual holiday show, The Seventh Annual Holiday Spectacular on Sunday, December 20 at 9:30pm and Monday December 21at 7pm!
I first met Jeremy Kushnier a few years ago when I got to interview the cast of Bucks County's production of Rocky Horror. Prior to Rocky Horror, I saw Jeremy go on in the most recent Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was then that I was like, wow what a voice! I'm so excited to catch up with Jeremy as he is keeping audiences guessing as to whodunit in America's longest running comedy, Shear Madness, which has descended on New York City, playing at New World Stages!
Last month I had the pleasure of going to see Melissa Errico's concert Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub which focused Melissa's journey of getting to sing again after she suddenly lost her voice during the run of Classic Stage Company's production of Passion. Melissa had to withdraw from that production and be on complete vocal rest for 100 days, meaning no singing and no talking whatsoever! Well, the days of Melissa Errico being silent are very over! She is back and better than ever!