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Urban Stages Theater
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
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DECEMBER 11 to 21, 2019

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WINTER RHYTHMS 2019 marks the 11th year that this award-winning (Bistro Award for Outstanding Series and the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award) festival welcomes noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period. The mission of WINTER RHYTHMS is to bring the talents of well-known and up-and-coming singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York theater community.

18 shows. Over 100 artists. All tickets are $30 (except Patrons Night). All proceeds benefit art, education and theater (via Urban Stages Outreach Program). Check Out Our Two-Show Deal. $50 for 2 shows on the same night. Details Below!

 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 

7PM AN EVENING WITH RICHARD SKIPPER: THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING
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Starring: Richard Skipper
Music Director: Bryon Sommers
Directed by: Jay Rogers

Opening the Winter Rhythm Festival this year, Richard Skipper was born in Conway, SC in 1961. In 1974, he made his debut with a walk-on in Mame with The Theatre of The Republic, his hometown theatre and within a few years he was playing larger roles. “Ricky” made up his mind on August 5th of 1974 that he was going to go to New York in five years to be in show business! 2019 marks Mr. Skipper's 40th year in New York. This show explores what setting your mind on a goal can accomplish!

Richard Skipper is an entertainer, raconteur, arts advocate and theater historian. Under the umbrella of Richard Skipper Celebrates!, produced by Russ Woolley in a residency at The Laurie Beechman Theater, Mr. Skipper has introduced hundreds of singers in his shows and has conducted over 700 interviews celebrating people in the arts such as: Linda Purl, Melissa Manchester, Lesley Ann Warren, Loretta Swit, Tippi Hedren and Rich Little to name just a few. - www.RichardSkipper.com

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

7PM ILLEGIT: THE CABARET COUNTERTENOR CONUNDRUM 
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Starring: David Sabella
The Band: John Cook (Music Director/Piano), Matt Scharfglass(Bass) & Steve Singer (Drums)
Featuring: Dawn Derow (Guest Artist/Vocals), Caitlin McBride (Vocals) & Aria Shannon (Vocals)
Directed by: Lina Koutrakos

What is a Countertenor, and what do they sing? Opera? Broadway? American Songbook? Pop? When the countertenor is David Sabella, the answer is “all of the above.”

David Sabella, internationally acclaimed singer, has sung on stages big and small throughout the United States, Europe and South America. A Broadway veteran (Chicago, the Musical) and classical countertenor deemed “Excellent, not good, excellent!” by Luciano Pavarotti, Sabella has crafted a show encompassing four styles of music, in four octaves. Mr. Sabella is the author (along with Sue Matsuki) of So You Want to Sing Cabaret (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) - www.davidsabella.com .

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Friday, December 13, 2019

7PM SINGNASIUM PRESENTS: THE ARRANGEMENT BOOT CAMP:
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC
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Starring: Pam Antrobus - Staci Beth Block – Natasha Castillo – Jeff Flaster
Phyllis Mollen – Marcia Roney – Heather Villaescusa - Deborah Zecher
Musical Directors: Michael Holland & Ted Stafford
Directed by: Lennie Watts

Back by popular demand, The Arrangement Experience is what happens when you take some very well-known hits, give them a new point of view and then create a fresh new arrangement. Each of the singers in this show have collaborated on and personalized the treatment of these great songs with Director Lennie Watts and Music Directors, Michael Holland and Ted Stafford. - www.Singnasium.org

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9:00PM МУЗЫКА: Russia at the Piano with Sergei Dreznin
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Sergei will not just perform Russian masterpieces from Glinka to Schnittke by way of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Skryabin and other greats. In his incomparable fashion — which charmed Berlin, Moscow, Vienna and Paris — Sergei will communicate with the audience in pursuit of a thread running through 200 years of Russian music, the epiphany of beauty and nostalgia.

One of today's most versatile musicians, Sergei Dreznin is a Moscow-born New York-based award winning concert pianist and composer. His 17 shows were produced in Paris, New York, Madrid, Moscow and Vienna and range from musicals on original Shakespeare texts to revival of Cabaret from Ghetto Terezin. His musical epic Catherine the Great is in its 11 sold-out year in Russia, and currently is being adapted for the US. Sergei appears regularly at prestigious music festivals including Bard Music, the Sviatoslav Richter Festival in Tarusa, Russia and Annecy Classic in France. The New York Times praised Mr. Dreznin’s “virtuosity… grace, pliancy and confidence” and “seemingly limitless reserves of volume.” www.SergeiDreznin.net

 

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

2PM Alpher & Litt’s Songs For Sapiosexuals CD Release Show
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With Jennie Litt & David Alpher
and special guests:
Kim Grogg
Ann Kittredge
Drew Minter
Matthew Walker
Suzanne Gilchrest, flute
Kurt Henry, guitar
Boots Maleson, bass
Scott Neumann, drums

What is a sapiosexual? It's a person who is turned on by intelligence. And Alpher & Litt’s original stand-alone cabaret songs are aimed at the intelligent listener — in other words, you! Love ballads, math tangos, whiskey-soaked torch songs, death marches, a brand-new holiday classic, and more. “Urbane wit and heartfelt, life-affirming essence” —Cabaret Scenes

In 2019, David Alpher (composer/pianist) and Jennie Litt (lyricist/singer) celebrate 20 years of musical collaboration and life partnership. Their songs, collected on two CDs (Two Apples [2014] and Songs For Sapiosexuals [2019]) have been performed on three continents, and in every major New York City club. They’ are currently at work on a musical about the notorious Mitford sisters. “Masterful on many levels.”—Cabaret Scenes “Brilliant.”—Theater Pizzazz “Enchanting.”—BroadwayWorld.com

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6:30PM BETH & RITT’S HOLIDAY SURVIVAL KIT
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Starring: Beth Falcone & Ritt Henn
Featuring: Penny Fuller - The Snow Angels (Christine de Frece, Shan Y Chuang & LaDonna Burns) - Jay Alan Zimmerman - Bindu & Ambi Subramanium - Heiða Ólafs & Íris Hólm Jónsdóttir

Award-winning songwriters Beth Falcone and Ritt Henn perform original and originally arranged songs of seasonal celebration from around the globe. What do Diwali, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwaanza, and Winter Solstice have in common? To find out, come and walk a mile in someone else’s music. With holiday favorites from India to Catalonia to Trinidad to Iceland, and more! It’s high quality duct tape and organic beef jerky for the soul!

Beth Falcone is a composer/lyricist who has been noted for her “catchy melodies and smart lyrics” (Variety) and “fiery piano playing” (Chicago Sun Times). Her Off-Broadway musical, Wanda’s World, has been performed across the country, and the studio cast recording is being released this November on Broadway Records. - www.facebook.com/bethfalcone

Ritt Henn is a bassist/songwriter/ukulelist/auteur, a “cool cat” (Time Out NY) and “a funkier Cole Porter” (LA Weekly). He's released 4 albums of original music and film shorts, produced over 200 episodes of ManBassBoxTV, and accompanied Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves, Tom Jones, and Kathleen Turner. - www.RittHenn.com Or visit: www.ManBassBoxTV.com

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9:30PM Back to Hell: 1st Anniversary of "Christmas in Hell" CD Release
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Written by: Gary Apple The Band: TBA Featuring: TBA Directed by: TBA

Perfectly timed for the holiday season and those who like their eggnog extra spiked, playwright and comedy writer Garry Apple (The Simpsons) delivers an ode to an off- kilter Christmas that gets wicked before it goes right. But really, with the dreaded and reviled dessert in the mix, how can things not go terribly wrong?

Gary Apple is a comedy writer who has written for a long list of prime-time sitcoms…all flops. If you're wondering why Reality TV is so popular, look no further than Gary's resume. Gary did write one episode of The Simpsons, which he manages to mention five or six times a day. Gary also writes plays, children's television, and produces useless and funny websites. He even wrote this bio you're reading, pretending someone else did it. It's pathetic. - www.GaryApple.com

 

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

1PM Matsuki Productions Presents: "LEGENDS: EYDIE GORMÉ, ARETHA FRANKLIN & MARGARET WHITING”
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Starring: Patti Bottino-Bravo - Amorika Amoroso - Kathy Kaefer Music Directors: Paul Greenwood & Tracy Stark

Sue Matsuki is proud to present three of New York’s best singers performing an eclectic program of legendary singers: Eydie Gormé (Patti Bottino-Bravo), Aretha Franklin (Amorika Amoroso) and Margaret Whiting (Kathy Kaefer). All three ladies are individual Cabaret and Theater stars in their own right so, to have all three of them on one stage is going to be an extraordinary afternoon of music.

Patti Bottino-Bravo returned to the cabaret stage in 2016, after a 27 year hiatus, with her show Dream, Come True!, a story of persistence, insistence, and testimony that it truly is never too late to make your dreams a reality. Her next show, Going Gormé , a tribute to the legendary American and Latin pop star Eydie Gormé, is slated to open in August 2020. - www.PattiBottinoBravo.com

Amorika Amoroso graduated from Temple University with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance and a minor in Theater. She has been a rock band singer, an improv writer and performer and has appeared in national commercials for Macy’s and State Farm, as well as in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions. Ms. Amoroso won Mama's Next Big Act and is a MAC Award winner for her one-woman/cabaret show "The Whore Next Door." - www.facebook.com/Amorika

Kathy Kaefer has appeared at The Rainbow Room, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Birdland (as a cast member of the show Our Sinatra) and at the Metropolitan Room in her own show, Kiss Me Once: Stories from the Home Front. – www.facebook.com/Kathy.Kaefer.5

 

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4PM MEG FLATHER IN "OUTBOUND PLANE"
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Starring: Meg Flather
Music Director: Tracy Stark
Directed by: Lennie Watts

Outbound Plane explores necessary losses that take us where we need to go next. It features an eclectic mix from Musical Theater to Pop, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Richard Maltby & David Shire, Alan Menken & Tim Rice, Paul Simon, Nanci Griffith, Joan Armatrading, Natalie Merchant and a new Meg Flather original.

Meg Flather is a two-time Backstage Bistro Award winner, three-time MAC Award Winner, and five-time BroadwayWorld nominee. As a singer/songwriter, Meg has released seven CD’s of her original music. She has been a featured performer for GMHC, at New York’s historic Webster Hall, the Vermont & Tribeca Film Festivals and at the 2018 Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Meg is a proud Brand Ambassador for StriVectin skincare on the Home Shopping Network and The Shopping Channel of Canada. - www.MegFlather.com

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7PM AND KURT WEILL BEGAT KANDER AND EBB
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Starring: Sally Darling
Music Director: Matthew Martin Ward

Did Kurt Weill inspire John Kander and Fred Ebb? How, and to what extent? Sally Darling and her Musical Director, Matthew Martin Ward, explore Weill’s influence on the two award winning songwriters.

Sally Darling came into cabaret in 2005 with Noël and Cole. Since that Initial show, she has created and performed twelve new shows, and counting. She has a Hanson Award, a Bistro Award and is a 2017, 2018 and 2019 MAC Award nominee. - www.SallyDarling.net

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 

7PM CARLY SINGS CASS: DON’T CALL US MAMA ANYMORE
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Starring: Carly Ozard
The Band: Brian Fitzsousa (Music Director/Piano), TBA (Bass) & TBA(Drums)
Directed by: Deborah Kym

With her powerhouse vocals, Carly Ozard celebrates Cass Elliot's voice with an adaptation of Elliot's Solo Show Don't Call Me Mama Anymore. Ozard features classics such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me"; "I Think A Lot About You" and many more.

Carly Ozard is an electronic music cultivator with one foot still in the musical theater and nightclub world. She is signed to Sobel Nation Records distributed by Warner Brothers, working with various DJ's and Producers worldwide. Carly has also performed at Feinstein's 54 Below, Lincoln Center, Feinstein's at the Nikko, and is a Busker with MTA's Music Under New York. Solo Album "Universal Child" available on CDBaby. Club Tracks available on Beatport, Itunes, Amazon and Spotify. - www.CarlyOzard.com

 

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9PM CLEARLY NOW – SEASON II
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Starring: Marcus Simeone - Lina Koutrakos - Sean Harkness

With Harkness as their Music Director (Guitar), all three of these extraordinary talents trade off on vocals, sing several solos and do back-ups for each other in a program that includes songs by: Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding and covering genres of music from soul to pop or R&B. These three multi-award winning performers have come together simply because they love making music together. The also recently opened for legendary rock band, Air Supply! All of these artists may be found on www.mirandamusic.com

Marcus Simeone is renowned for his achingly beautiful and emotionally charged interpretations of soulful songs from the American popular songbook, red-hot jazz sensibility and a fierce R&B flair. It is immediately obvious to anyone who hears his unique 5-octace, pitch perfect tenor why he has become such a popular artist. - www.MarcusSimeone.com

Lina Koutrakos is a force of nature and a powerhouse singer! Her persistent Pied Piper presence with both heart and skill subtly drives home messages teeming with universal empowerment. As a Singer, Songwriter, Director or Performance Coach, Koutrakos' authenticity inspires nothing short of the same in others. As a singer, her passion and authenticity is unmatched! - www.LinaSings.com

Sean Harkness is a musical artist and guitarist living in New York City’s unofficial borough of Jersey City Heights. He composes and arranges music for solo guitar and for small ensembles, and accompanies many singers, musicians, and theatrical productions. – www.SeanHarkness.com

 

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

7PM HOW'S THAT FOR OPENERS?"
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Starring: Sue Matsuki
The Band: Gregory Toroian (Music Director/Piano), Tom Hubbard (Bass) & Ron Tierno (Drums)
Directed by: Lina Koutrakos

Sidney Myer and Sue were recently talking about how long people have worked at Don’t Tell Mama, so she went home to look up her first performance. It was on a Tuesday, September 16, 1986 in the original room...33 years. She created this show to celebrate that landmark and was “awarded” with her poster making it to Don’t Tell Mama’s Wall of Fame! Since both shows on the 16th were sold out, this final encore show is being offered here at Urban Stages. The show is composed of many of her Opening Numbers but it’s not a show about opening numbers!

Sue Matsuki co-produced and assisted Tom Toce, the Director of this year’s Winter Rhythm. Matsuki is a 10-time MAC Award Nominee and a 3-time Winner (in 6 different categories); the first recipient of the Julie Wilson Award and a 35-year Cabaret/Jazz singing veteran who has played every NYC club. Sue is the Managing Partner, Co-Editor, Reviewer, Teacher and a Columnist (Sue’s Views) for an on-line entertainment magazine called Cabaret Hotspot! and is the author (along with David Sabella) of So You Want to Sing Cabaret (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) – www.SueMatsuki.com

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Friday, December 20, 2019

7PM THE SONGS OF NANCI GRIFFITH
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Starring: Meg Flather - Julie Gold - Peter & Maura Kennedy - Madelyn Monaghan - Tom Toce - and other guests to be announced!
Music Director: Peter & Maura Kennedy
Producer: Tom Toce

Whether you call her songs “folkabilly,” as she has been known to, or just brilliant, as many others have, Nanci Grifffith is one of our best contemporary songwriters. She was the first to record “From a Distance,” and its songwriter Julie Gold will help celebrate Nanci Griffith, the songwriter. She will be joined by Pete and Maura Kennedy, members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, who have toured and recorded extensively with her. Joining them and performing some of Nanci Griffith’s best songs will be Madelyn Monaghan, Meg Flather, Tom Toce, and others. If you know her songs, you won’t want to miss this concert. And if you don’t know her songs, all the more reason to attend! - www.TomToceMusic.com

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9PM GENTLEMEN OF JAZZ
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Starring: Aaron Lee Battle
The Band:John Thomas Fischer (Music Director/Piano), TBA(Bass) & Simon Fishburn (Drums).

A tribute to Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams and Al Jarreau. Five of Mr. Battle’s favorite male singers!

Aaron Lee Battle is the recipient of the Backstage Bistro Award. Aaron has performed at the Apollo Theater and was the resident guest artist at Gunay Supper Club in Istanbul Turkey. - www.facebook.com/Aaron.L.Battle

 

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

2PM “LIKE A PERFUMED WOMAN” & “RISE UP SINGING”
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Starring: Joanne Halev in Like a Perfumed Woman
The Band: Alex Rybeck (Musical Director), Ray Kilday (Bass) & Ari Axelrod (Conga)
Directed by: Lina Koutrakos

Blending stories of scent memory and the passionate world of fragrance creation with songs of Porter, Loesser, Mercer, Bucchino, McBroom and more, Ms. Halev takes the audience on a journey from Mumbai to Madagascar, Sao Paulo to Haiti, Bangkok to Brooklyn.

Joanne Halev makes her solo cabaret debut with Like a Perfumed Woman. She has appeared in group shows at Don’t Tell Mama, Davenport’s, and The Duplex. Mentors include Lina Koutrakos, Sara Lazarus, K.T. Sullivan, Andrea Marcovicci, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway and Beckie Menzie. Ms. Halev continues to play a role in the world of global fragrance creation, home to her third career. - www.facebook.com/ joannemeltzer.halev

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Starring: Susan Winter in Rise Up Singing
The Band: Alex Rybeck (Music Director), TBA (Bass),TBA(Violin), & TBA (Guitar) Directed by:TBA More Show Info Coming Soon
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6PM MORE SONGS OF HOPE (Closing Night)
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Starring: Corinna Sowers-Adler, Emily Ellet, Meg Flather, Sue Matsuki, Tom Toce and more!
Musical Director: Jon Delfin

Can you ever have too much hope? Last year’s Songs of Hope program was a highlight of the 2018 festival, and it’s only natural to do it again. At this time of year, and at this point in history, we especially need these songs. Tom Toce will produce the closing nights’ program, featuring some of the best cabaret singers in New York, each performing a hopeful song. If this concert doesn’t provide uplift, nothing will! There will be performances by Emily Ellet, Meg Flather, Sue Matsuki, Corinna Sowers-Adler, and more! Jon Delfin will once be the musical director. - www.TomToceMusic.com

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Producer: Tom Toce | Lighting and Sound Designer: Kim T. Sharp | Stage Manager: TBA
Production Assistant: Sue Matsuki | Press Representative: Joe Trentacosta, JT Public Relations
Graphic Design: Sylvia Haber, Perpetuart | Social Media: Myan Disnie Sebastien