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BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND SETS JULY & AUGUST CONCERTS
Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com announce the performers appearing in the BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND series in July and August at the legendary BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com/ ). Performers will include Broadway's top Blonde Laura Bell Bundy; two-time Drama Desk nominee Nancy Anderson; Billy Stritch and some of 'his girls'; Ron Abel (with his girls including Lucie Arnaz); MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas, The Broadway Boys, and The Fabulous Pink Flamingos. The series of Sunday and Monday night concerts are at 7:00 pm.

MONDAY, July 2nd - Nancy Anderson returns with musical director Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band to celebrate her recording, 'Ten Cents a Dance,' which features standards and lost treasures from the 1920s and 30s. Produced by Bill Daugherty with Ross Patterson and Danny Whitby as musical directors, the CD includes "The Trouble with Me is You," "My Romance," "But Not for Me," and the title track "Ten Cents a Dance." Anderson is a two-time Drama Desk nominee for her work as the title character in the Off-Broadway production of Fanny Hill and as all of the women in Jolson & Co. In 2002, she was honored with an Olivier Award nomination and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her work as Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me, Kate, seen on PBS and available on DVD. She has appeared on Broadway as Helen in Wonderful Town and Mona in A Class Act.

MONDAY, July 9th - The Broadway Boys were assembled by Jesse Nager to create a new sound for theater and non-theater audiences alike. By mixing pop, jazz, gospel, and funk elements to Broadway standards, The Broadway Boys have created what has been called, "A Symphony of Sound." The Broadway Boys include Maurice Murphy (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Two Gentlemen of Verona), Daniel Torres (Woman in White, Pirate Queen) Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz, White Noise), Michael Scott (All Shook Up, Mamma Mia), Jesse Nager (Mary Poppins, Good Vibrations), and Peter Matthew Smith (Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof).

SUNDAY, July 15th & MONDAY, July 16th - Ron Abel is a multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director. He has worked with Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Lily Tomlin, Bea Arthur, Carol Burnett, pop star Taylor Dane and many others. He recently produced and arranged albums for Deborah Gibson (Colored Lights: The Broadway Album) and Valarie Pettiford (Hear My Soul) and his arrangements and songs can be heard on Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Lucie Arnaz, and Dorian Harewood's albums. Ron is the co-creator and arranger of the Broadway musical, Blame it on the Movies. His score for the musical, Twist of Fate, was awarded both the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle and L.A Weekly Theatre Awards, for "Best Musical of the Year". Other Ron Abel musicals produced in Los Angeles include, Is This Your Life?...a musical comedy expose'; Rockwell: Life On A Pallette; and To Sir, With Love. His latest project, undressed, the unflinching musicalization of the Dumas classic Camille, was a finalist in the O'Neill Musical Theatre 2007 Conference. His guests will be Lucie Arnaz & Valarie Pettiford.

SUNDAY, July 22 - The Fabulous Pink Flamingos are a vocal trio who blend nostalgia and humor with their electrifying three-part harmony. In 2006, they were awarded the Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocal Group, as well as being nominated for a Night Life Award. Following another SRO tour of South America (Orlando mostly), the Pink Boys come home to New York, with an evening of Hawaiian-inspired Hularity. The Fabulous Pink Flamingos' show is called Live From The Lu'au Lounge.

MONDAYS, July 23rd & 30th & August 20th - Laura Bell Bundy is 2007 TONY and Drama Desk nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical on Broadway. She also received a 2007 Drama League Honor for that performance. Also on Broadway, she originated the role of Amber Von Tussle in the TONY Award-winning musical Hairspray, and played Glinda in the smash hit, Wicked. Prior to that, she originated the role of Tina Denmark in Ruthless, The Musical! for which she received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and a Drama Desk nomination. She can also be seen in the hit movie "Dreamgirls" as 'Sweetheart', a backup singer for the song, "Cadillac Car." She has also appeared on "Veronica Mars," an episode of "Cold Case" as well as other highly rated television programs. Her Birdland debut celebrates the release of her debut country album entitled "Longing for a Place Already Gone."

SUNDAY, July 29 - An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist, Billy Stritch breathes new life into the Great American Songbook, all the while bringing an easy sense of humor and showmanship to his performances. He has arranged for, produced and performed onstage with Liza Minnelli, Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye and Charles Aznavour, and was guest conductor for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." As a composer, Stritch co-penned the 1994 Grammy Award-winning country song, "Does He Love You?" recorded by Reba McIntire and Linda Davis, which has sold over four million copies nationwide. The song was named one of the Top Ten Country Songs of 1994. Stritch has headlined in every famed nightspot in Manhattan, including Rainbow and Stars, The Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room, The Russian Tea Room, The Blue Note and, of course, Birdland. In Los Angeles, he's played The Cinegrill, The Gardenia and Jazz Bakery; in London, The Ritz Hotel and Pizza On The Park. He is the winner of the Nashville Music City News Award, a BMI Song of the Year Award and five awards from the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets. In this Birdland outing, Mr. Stritch will be joined by some of the fabulous females in his life.

SUNDAY, August 5th & MONDAY, August 6th - Six time MAC Award-winner, Natalie Douglas brings her show, "I Sing Because I'm Happy," back to the Birdland stage for the sixth time! Douglas and her band of Broadway All-Stars, led by Avenue Q's Mark Hartman, bring a show featuring the gospel music they grew up with. A gospel choir will aid Natalie and the band as they perform traditional gospel tunes like "Children Go Where I Send Thee," Precious Lord," and secular songs given a gospel treatment.

Cover charges vary - please call the club for information. There is a $10 food/drink minimum.




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