New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Broadway and cabaret performer KT Sullivan in “Rhyme, Women & Song”

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Rex Reed in "The New York Observer" states KT Sullivan is in "a league of her own," and Stephen Holden in "The New York Times" claims that watching her is "a thrill ride."  For two nights only, Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m., this incredibly gifted performer will be at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. in Cape May. 

     Through a collaboration between East Lynne Theater Company, The First Presbyterian Church, and Arthur Shafman Artists International, KT Sullivan will be trying out her new show  "Rhyme, Women & Song," in Cape May before opening at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.  A regular headliner at the Oak Room since 1992, KT recently was a guest star on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion." 

     The spark for "Rhyme, Women & Song" began with KT's acclaimed salute to one of Broadway's greatest lyricists, Dorothy Fields.  Now, KT expands her vision to display the work of Dorothy's peers and heirs who have continued to enrich the Great American Songbook. To the inimitable Dorothy's "Sunny Side of the Street" and "The Way You Look Tonight," she adds

Carole King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You."  Also included are Edna Pinkard's "Kitchen Man," a spicy song from the 1920's made famous by Bessie Smith, and Carolyn Leigh's "The Best is Yet to Come," with music by Cy Coleman, that became Frank Sinatra's signature piece.  From Mary Rodgers comes "The Boy From…..," a clever parody of "The Girl from Ipanema," with music by Stephen Sondheim, written for "The Mad Show." Jon Weber is musical arranger and accompanist.  John Webber assists on bass.

     KT Sullivan's Broadway shows include George Abbott's "Broadway," "Threepenny Opera" with Sting and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." She appeared in the national company of "Annie Get Your Gun," in the workshop of "Easter Parade" with Tommy Tune, and received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations.  She received a MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for "American  Rhapsody: George Gershwin to the World" and most recently the prestigious Mabel Mercer Award.  Regionally, she has appeared at the Old Globe Theatre, the Hartford Stage Company, Municipal Opera in St. Louis and Goodspeed Opera House. Recent local appearances include Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein and Neue Gallerie in two bi-lingual shows: a salute to Greta Keller (who opened the Oak Room in 1939) and the tour de force "Vienna to Weimar." Among her many CDs is "Swell Party…R.s.v.p. Cole Porter."

     Tickets are only $30 to this exciting event and may be purchased through East Lynne Theater Company's website www.eastlynnetheater.org or by calling 609-884-5898. Those who wish to see KT at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th St., New York City from May 3-28, may call (212) 419-9331 or go online to www.algonquinhotel.com.