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Klea Blackhurst: “One of the Girls” The Words and Music of Jerry Herman

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Klea Blackhurst turns her long association with Broadway’s Jerry Herman into a brand new show, ONE OF THE GIRLS at the Birdland Theater!

Considered one of Herman’s premier interpreters, Klea officially became one of “Jerry’s Girls” when she starred in the 50th Anniversary Production of Hello, Dolly! at Goodspeed Opera House. But they were introduced years before, when Jerry heard Klea sing one of the cut Hello, Dolly! songs written for Ethel Merman (the original choice to star in the show.) He immediately invited Klea to sing with the London Philharmonic at the Palladium and she’s been singing his songs with symphony orchestras across the country ever since. ONE OF THE GIRLS will focus attention on the powerful, loving and memorable women in Jerry’s life. Both real, like his dear mother Ruth, who taught him that you could throw a party simply because “It’s Today” and characters like Mame, who encouraged us to “Open A New Window”, Dolly Levi, who decided to rejoin the human race “Before The Parade Passes By” and Zaza, who bravely declared, “I Am What I Am.” Jerry has lifted wonderful women off the page and into our hearts for almost six decades. This will be the debut of Klea’s first new show in almost eight years! Produced by Denise Cooper. Directed by Mark Waldrop. With Musical Direction by Michael Rice, who will be leading the Pocket Change Trio.

“When Klea Blackhurst sings one of my songs, you know exactly what I wanted my music and lyrics to say. I’m one of her biggest fans.” Jerry Herman

Klea Blackhurst has received accolades for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow. Her other acclaimed shows are Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke’s Broadway and Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, with Billy Stritch, and A Swinging Birdland Christmas (10 years) with Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso.

Klea starred in The Goodspeed Opera House’s 50th anniversary production of Hello, Dolly! Previously she starred in the premiere of the Marvin Hamlisch/Rupert Holmes musical, The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis, in Nashville. Her other regional credits include Rose in Gypsy at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Call Me Madam at 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco, and Annie Get Your Gun at Glimmerglass Opera. Klea’s radio and television credits include “Onion News Network,” “Sesame Street” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” Her other New York theater credits include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Bingo, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony and Happy Hunting for “Musicals in Mufti.” She has performed at 14 Mabel Mercer Foundation cabaret conventions, and she has also appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium, Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

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Date:
February 21
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Organizer

Birdland Jazz Club
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Venue

Birdland Jazz Club
315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
New York, NY 10036 US
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