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Deborah Grace Winer Presents 'New York: Big City Songbook'

May 12 | Sun | Doors: 6PM - Show: 7:30 pm | $30 Bar Seating; $40 Table seating; $75 VIP Backstage Meet and Greet
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Deborah Grace Winer Presents 'New York: Big City Songbook' at Birdland Jazz Club

Deborah Grace Winer presents "New York: Big City Songbook" with Klea Blackhurst, Nicolas King, & Laurie Wells. The New York Times raves this show is "a triumph." This must-see is a guide to NYC told through music and explores important questions like: Why have so many songwriters been compelled to write about New York? What is it about this city that fuels an endless supply of stories? This show offers a kaleidoscopic vision of life in the city, from the inspiring and romantic to the aggravating and the quirky. New York is a fabulous character, and there's a great cast of real New Yorkers (meaning they come from everywhere) to take audiences on an entertaining and exhilarating musical ride in search of what it really means to be a New Yorker.

Deborah Grace Winer (Creator, Writer, Host) is a leading expert on the classic American Songbook. Her current collaborations include Feinstein’s/54 Below, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Schimmel Center/Pace University, and she recently completed a nine season run as Artistic Director of the 92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists™ concert series, presiding over 50 original shows and steering the venerable series back to audience and critical acclaim. Author and dramatist, her four books include On the Sunny Side of the Street: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields, recently reissued on Amazon, and The Night and the Music: Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook and Julie Wilson Inside the World of Cabaret. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, and her plays, off-Broadway and regionally.

Klea Blackhurst (Vocalist) is known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. She starred in the world premiere production of Hazel at Drury Lane Oakbrook in Chicago and The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea starred in Goodspeed Opera’s 50th Anniversary production of Hello, Dolly! She’s appeared in legendary halls from The London Palladium to Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall to Jazz at Lincoln Center and with symphony orchestras from Atlanta to Philly.

Nicolas King (Vocalist) has been performing professionally since he was 4 years old. He appeared in three Broadway productions (Beauty & The Beast, A Thousand Clowns with Tom Selleck, and Carol Burnett’s Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince) before the age of 12. He released his latest album “On Another Note”, with jazz icon Mike Renzi. He is recipient of the Talent America Award (1995, 1996), 2010 Julie Wilson Award, 2015 AMG Award for Artist of the Year, and New York’s coveted Bistro Award in 2012 for ‘Outstanding Performer of the Year’. He has also performed alongside the legendary Liza Minnelli since he was 11 years old, and as her opening act from 2002-2012, touring all over the country.

Laurie Wells (Vocalist) is a singer and actress who has performed on Broadway in Mamma Mia! as Donna Sheridan, as well as in the National Tour, and also toured the country with the Broadway hit Swing! Laurie was among of the original company of the hit revue Our Sinatra in New York and around the country. She has had the pleasure of singing at the Grand Ole Opry, Orchard Hall in Tokyo, and on the high seas with her one-woman show on Princess Cruises. She was also seen starring in Trip of Love in NYC at Stage 42: a journey through the 60’s with song and dance. Visit

John Oddo (Co-creator & Arrangements) was music director, pianist and arranger for Rosemary Clooney for almost 20 years, including for 20 of her recordings and countless televised performances. He was pianist for NBC Tony Bennett 90th Birthday special, and as an arranger collaborated frequently with the Boston Pops. He was music director/arranger/pianist for such artists as Tony Danza, Christine Ebersole, James Naughton, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Barbara Cook and a longtime collaborator of Michael Feinstein’s. Various PBS specials as music director/arranger/conductor include Feinstein’s recent shows from the Rainbow Room.

Mark Waldrop (Co-creator & Stage Director) is director, book writer and lyricist of the legendary Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly. He directed and provided special material for Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends, which earned a Tony award nomination. He directed and wrote material for Bette Midler on her Divine Miss Millennium tour, and has directed cabaret and concert performances for Faith Prince, Sutton Foster and Brooke Shields, among many others. His numerous New York and regional credits include Radio City Music Hall and NEWSical the Musical.

$10 food/drink minimum

Venue: Birdland Jazz Club

315 W. 44th St. Map