2019-2020 Series

CO-PRESENTED WITH JAZZ ST. LOUIS

Jackson Advocates, LLC, Series Sponsor

Cyrille Aimee

Move on - A SONDHEIM adventure

Wednesday September 18 & Thursday September 19, 2019   7:30 pm both nights

“Ms. Aimee’s other UNMISTAKABLE trademark is a penchant for sonic PLAYFULNESS. A good point of comparison might be Ella Fitzgerald.” - Wall Street Journal

Aimee brings her eclectic style to the music and lyrics of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. Jazz Times says of her 2019 CD of Sondheim classics “Aimée offers an object lesson in how to make difficult material one’s own with Move On: A Sondheim Adventure.” The acclaimed vocalist ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, acting on Broadway and braving the audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to be called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” (New York Times).  St. Louis audiences have the opportunity to hear this dynamic artist tackle some of the greatest songs from the musical theater genius of Stephen Sondheim.

 

Rachel Bay Jones

SOMETHING beautiful

Wednesday October 16 & Thursday October 17, 2019  7:30 pm both nights

"Jones brings every piece of herself to her performance." - Playbill

In her new solo show, Rachel Bay Jones, 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in the Broadway smash hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, explores the music and stories that have shaped her life and career. Sharing adventures that have taken her from multiple Broadway successes to motherhood, Jones’ intimate yet soaring voice creates an incredibly compelling evening featuring music from Richard Rodgers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joni MItchell and more. A great singer, storyteller and actress, Rachel was recently featured opposite Julia Roberts in the film Ben is Back.

 

Ken Page

All NEW SHOW!

Wednesday November 13 & Thursday November 14, 2019  - 7:30 p.m. both nights

Winner Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a musical (Ain’t Misbehavin”)

Broadway veteran (original cast of CATS, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN), St. Louis native and Muny favorite Ken Page brings an all new show to the cabaret series! Page is best known for his robust baritone and dynamic presence in Broadway hits such as Guys and Dolls, Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues and The Wiz. He is the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and was featured in the hit film adaptation of Dreamgirls.

Page brings his charm and warmth to this dramatic and delightful musical evening!

 

Lindsay Mendez

Tony winner’s first solo St. Louis appearance

Friday January 29 & Thursday January 30, 2020 - 7:30 pm both nights

"…a revelation!" - The Hollywood Reporter

Lindsay Mendez received a Tony Award for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in the 2018 hit Broadway revival of Carousel. In addition to her stage work (Elphaba in Wicked, Godspell, Grease) Mendez is an eclectic, powerhouse singer whose versatility encompasses pop, jazz and the American Songbook. Her concert work includes appearances with Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City and the American Pops Orchestra. The New York Times praises her work as “expertly crafted and beautifully sung.”

 

Billy Stritch

Sings Mel torme

Wednesday March 25 and Thursday March 26, 2020 7:30 p.m. both nights

Sponsorship: Steward Family Foundation

Stritch is not afraid to dazzle!” – London Times

After wowing audiences with his rich vocals and virtuosity on the keys during last season’s sold out holiday shows with Christine Ebersole, Stritch returns to St. Louis in a solo evening to salute one of the greatest American singers of all time – the legendary Mel Torme. Torme was a virtuoso whose talents ranged from swing to scat to lush ballads and Stritch embodies all of those gifts along with his own brilliance at the piano. Featuring a trio of great musicians, Billy singing Mel is not to be missed!

 

Paulo Szot

SIngs Sinatra and jobim

Wednesday May 6 & Thursday May 7, 2020   7:30 pm both nights

 "...a mighty baritone that insists on its romantic authority." - New York Times

For two nights as part of his international tour, award winning musical theater star, consummate concert performer, opera singer and actor Paulo Szot lends his extraordinary voice to a luxurious program featuring songs from the musical encounter between composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and Frank Sinatra over 50 years ago.

Paulo is the winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his star turn as Emile Debec in the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific and will sprinkle in romantic Broadway classics into the show. It promises to be some enchanted evening!