Category Archives: Entertainment

The Grill

The Grill New York


Rating: A MAJOR

This historically based American chophouse set in midcentury New York. It takes great inspiration from history. Both the time the Seagram Building was built and the restaurants that existed at that time. It is the precursor to the NY Steakhouse, when things were still intricate and elegant.

Always a favorite, The Grill-Room (previous name) had lost some of its luster before this stunning renovation. Now with a world class management team and chef, its is again a Manhattan MUST. Brilliantly created by Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi.

Celebrating  the land, sea, extensive table side preparation and an extensive devotion to grilling. here is a restaurant that pays homage to one’s fantasy of the New York of bygone days and the here and now. Not to be missed.

For the menu and official website, click here.

99 EAST 52ND ST, NEW YORK, NY 10022
212 375 9001
Monday – Friday
11:45AM – 2PM
Monday – Saturday
5PM – 11PM
Dinner Served from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M. Try our Classic Cocktails
Make a Reservation
Reservations office is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 pm, Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am – 8pm. Open books 1 month to the numerical date via email only. Reservations NOT accepted over the phone.
Available On Open Tabel:
To make, change or cancel a reservation please email:



Philip Seymour Hoffman, currently in rehearsal for the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, was nominated today for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Supporting Actor for The Ides of March.    The winners in 24 categories will be announced at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London on February 12. 

Arthur Miller’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece DEATH OF A SALESMAN, in a new production directed by eight-time Tony Award® winner Mike Nichols, stars Academy Award® winnerPhilip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Obie Award winner Linda Emond as Linda Loman and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man), making his Broadway debut as Biff Loman. The strictly limited 16-week engagement opens Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).  Previews begin Monday, February 13. For tickets, visit or call 212-239-6200.

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.


DEATH OF A SALESMAN originally opened on February 10, 1949 at the Morosco Theatre.   Hailed as a masterwork of modern American drama, it won six Tony Awards, including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the first play to ever win all three awards.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN will also feature Finn Wittrock as Happy, Fran Kranz as Bernard, Bill Camp as Charley, John Glover as Ben, Remy Auberjonois as Howard Wagner, Glenn Fleshler as Stanley,Stephanie Janssen as Miss Forsythe, Kathleen McNenny as Jenny, Elizabeth Morton as Letta and Molly Price as The Woman.

Philip Seymour Hoffman returns to Broadway for the first time since his critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night in 2003.  He also received a Tony Award nomination in 2000 for his performance in Sam Shepard’s True West.  His Off-Broadway credits include The Seagull at the NYSF/Delacorte Theatre (dir: Mike Nichols), Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shopping and Fucking, Defying Gravity and The Author’s Voice.  As co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, he has directed productions of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange, and also starred in and directed Jack Goes Boating.   He won the 2005 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, among other honors for Capote.   His film credits also include Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, State and Main, Almost Famous, Cold Mountain, Charlie Wilson’s War (dir: Mike Nichols), Doubt (Academy Award nomination), Jack Goes Boating, Moneyball, The Ides of March and the upcoming The Master, among others. 

Linda Emond’s Broadway credits include Life x 3 (Tony nomination) and 1776.  Off-Broadway, she has appeared in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures and Homebody/Kabul, along with premieres of works by Craig Lucas, Yazmina Reza, Kander & Ebb, A.R. Gurney and Peter Hedges.  Her film work includes Julie & Julia, The Loop, The Missing Person, Stop-Loss, Trade, Across the Universe, North Country, Dark Water, The Dying Gaul and City by the Sea.  TV credits include “Georgia O’Keefe,” “A Dog Named Christmas,” “American Experience: John & Abigail Adams,” and episodes of “The Good Wife,” “The Sopranos,” “Wonderland,” “Gossip Girl” and all four “Law & Order” series.

Andrew Garfield received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his breakout performance as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network and stars as Peter Parker in the summer 2012 release, The Amazing Spider-Man.  His other film credits include Lions for Lambs, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Never Let Me Go.  TV credits include “Doctor Who,” “Freezing,” “Bash,” “Red Riding”.   Garfield has appeared on stage in England with the Royal National Theatre, Soho Theatre Company and Manchester Royal Exchange and will make his Broadway debut in DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

Mike Nichols has been one of the leading directors of stage and screen for more than 40 years.  His Broadway directing credits include Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Real Thing and Spamalot, for all of which he was awarded the Tony for Best Direction. Film credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; The Graduate (Academy Award for Best Direction); Catch 22; Carnal Knowledge; Silkwood; Working Girl; Postcards From the Edge; Regarding Henry; The Birdcage; Primary Colors; Closer and Charlie Wilson’s War and for HBO “Wit” and “Angels in America.”

The production will feature a recreation of the original ground-breaking and Tony Award-winning scenic design by Jo Mielziner, with costume design by Academy Award winner and five-time Tony Award nomineeAnn Roth, lighting by five-time Tony Award-winner Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Tony Award-winner Scott Lehrer.  Music is by Alex North.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN will be produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Columbia Pictures, Jean Doumanian, Merritt Forrest Baer, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger and Eli Bush.

Tickets are available at or by calling 212-239-6200

Filed under: Broadway, New York Tagged: Broadway, Entertainment, New York


Porgy and Bess New York

All photos by Michael J. Lutch

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS, which began previews on Saturday, December 17th, opens tonight, Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Tickets are on sale at or by calling 877-250-2929 or by clicking the link below

Or The Following  Events Site. Click Here

View A Video At This Excellent Site Click HerePorgy and Bess New York

The cast includes Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy, David Alan Grier as Sporting Life, Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS comes to Broadway in a stunning and stirring new staging, featuring such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, “Private Practice”), Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, “In Living Color”). The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love storiesPorgy and Bess New York

Our Review Will Be Available Soon.

Porgy and Bess New York

Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus(Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), now brings George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.

The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Rebecca Gold.

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.


Filed under: Broadway, Entertainment Tagged: Broadway, Entertainment, New York, theater


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to Offer Guests Established Talent and Young Stars During the Ocean Sun and Stella Maris Classical Music Festivals at Sea 

The highest ranked cruise ship in the world, according to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships[1] Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS EUROPA is offering guests two world-class music festivals in 2012. The “Ocean Sun Festival,” the only classical music festival on the High Seas, will feature internationally acclaimed classical music stars performing on board, as well as exclusive concerts at historical sites ashore. Additionally, the “Stella Maris“ International Vocal Competition will bring together up-and-coming young singers from the most renowned opera houses in the world to perform and compete on board a Middle East and Africa itinerary. These two music cruises are the highlights of a total of nine music cruises aboard the EUROPA in 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the “Ocean Sun Festival” has been compared to the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, California and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy. For an added dimension to this musical experience, international music critics will offer lectures along the route. On board, “Ocean Sun Festival” guests will experience the breathtaking violinist Janine Jansen, the aspiring pianist Igor Levit and renowned soprano vocalist Marlis Petersen. This musical voyage continues ashore with the soloists joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Bergen, Norway. While the classical music concerts are the highlights of this itinerary, the EUROPA will glide through the picturesque Norway fjords, with stops in the charming and multifaceted cities of Bergen and Oslo. This 12-day itinerary from August 12-24, 2012, starts at $6,670 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

In cooperation with the prestigious international opera houses, the EUROPA will also be hosting their fourth annual classical music competition at sea, “Stella Maris.”
Under the direction of Canadian tenor Michael Schade, a jury of famous personalities in the classical music field will judge the top talent represented by international opera houses. The distinguishing feature of “Stella Maris” is that the audience determines the winner of the cash prize worth €15,000. This prize, generous compared to others in the world of classical music, is provided by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The jury will decide on the recipients of the additional prizes, which include: a guest engagement at an international opera house, a concert, and a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The competition will occur on board an 18-day Middle Eastern and Africa cruise through the Indian Ocean from November 7-25, 2012, making stops in Dubai, Oman, the Seychelles and Madagascar this November. The itinerary starts at $9,150 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

For information on these itineraries visit or call one of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ sales agencies below.


In the USA and Canada:
Air Travel Marketing Services, Inc. 1-800-888-0200
Euro Lloyd Travel Group, Inc. 1-800-782-3924
Kartagener Associates, Inc. 1-877-445-7447

About the EUROPA:
The EUROPA is the first “all-suites” cruise ship, with staterooms that are never less than 290 square feet, 80% of them having their own veranda, assuring privacy and relaxation. The EUROPA offers guests the largest space per passenger, as well as one of the highest staff passenger ratios, with 280 staff members for max. 408 guests. New to the EUROPA, Dieter Mueller became the first award-winning chef to open his own gourmet restaurant onboard. He’s personally on board 70 days a year. Also recently launched, the EUROPA’s “Baby Welcome Package” offering baby care products and baby food for passengers traveling with infants. The EUROPA will be visiting over 20 countries in 2012, as part of her international (German/English) itineraries.
[1] According to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.

Filed under: cruise, Entertainment, Music, Restaurants, Travel Tagged: cruise, Entertainment, Music, Restaurants, Travel

Experience Time Travel with Abercrombie & Kent in Morocco from $2,380

Africa; Morocco; Rabat; Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Travel back to a time of aromatic mint tea served in cool courtyards and sun-drenched bazaars overflowing with handmade jewelry and colorful tagines on Abercrombie & Kent’s Morocco: Imperial Cities, a nine-day small group escorted journey from just $2,380. With a history stretching back almost 10,000 years, Morocco was crisscrossed by Roman legions, Berber caravans and Muslim scholars.  The country’s imperial cities: Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakech, each served as the capital under different ruling dynasties. Together they present a vibrant mix of centuries-old traditions with 21st-century comforts always within reach.

Morocco: Imperial Cities is a new Abercrombie & Kent itinerary for 2012 which explores the country’s diverse cultures and historic influences with the same standard of service, but fewer inclusions, than other A&K journeys.  In Rabat, visit Oudaya Kasbah, built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; the design of the gate is considered one of the most beautiful in the Moorish world. Once inside, explore a delightful Andalusia-style garden, complete with a fountain and sweet-scented orange trees. Step back into the Middle Ages in Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”), one of the most ancient and untouched city neighborhoods in the world.  The city of Meknes was built in the seventeenth century by powerful sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of French contemporary Louis XIV. Immerse yourself in the diversity of Morocco’s present-day culture as you stroll through the souks of Marrakech’s famous medina and renowned Djemaa el-Fna Square, home to travelling musicians and hypnotic snake charmers. Visit the 12th-century Menara Garden and Jardin Majorelle, designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle and restored by designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Guaranteed departures of Morocco: Imperial Cities ($2,380 per person, double occupancy) are led by an experienced Abercrombie & Kent Tour Director with expert local guides. Choice of departure dates:Jun 20-28, Jul 4-12, Aug 22-30, 2012.

- 1 night in Casablanca at Le Royal Mansour Méridien

- 2 nights in Fez at Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai

- 3 nights in Marrakech at Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa

- Low single supplement: $890

Local Connections, Global Reach

Abercrombie & Kent relies on deep roots and long-established relationships in Morocco to offer a degree of access and insight that no other company can match. An office in Marrakech provides travellers with seamless service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the convenience, service and security of a U.S.-based company for a worry-free travel experience.

Call 800.554.7094 to speak with a destination specialist or go to for more details.

Experience Morocco on World of A&K  ON ThisYoutube Video


Africa; Morocco; Fez; Medina



Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.


Download photos at:

Filed under: Africa, Morocco, Travel Tagged: Entertainment, Morocco, Restaurants, Travel, Wine



Sandy Stewart, celebrated for her sensual voice and impeccable phrasing, and acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap, join forces at he Oak Room for two weeks only in a new show, “The Best Thing for You.”  

The pair—who happen also to be mother and son— provide seasoned New Yorkers, as well as savvy out-of-town guests, with the definitive cabaret experience. While nothing old fashioned need apply, here is one of the few chances to enjoy the golden age of cabaret with two world class performers. Stewart is poised and elegant in  stunning black, embellished with a single  piece of jewelry. Opening with an immaculately phrased version of Rodgers and Hart’s “Where or When,” the audience is under her magnetic spell from that moment on. No need for patter, histrionics and (thankfully)  lessons in history. Her mellow voice travels the road from sultry throatiness to muted chest and gentle head tones with an admirable ease .

Charlap is better than ever, a bit more subtle than usual, and takes command of the room in his expected solo stint, which on our visit included an outstanding rendition of Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love.”

Other Stewart standouts offered  a haunting “I Don’t Stand A Ghost of a Chance,” a heart-wrenching rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Solitude” and the unlikely choice of closing with “When You Wish Upon a Star”, so exquisitely performed that a standing ovation would not have been out of order.” (Bill Charlap’s piano interludes feature different songs each show. )

For those who crave the real thing and will settle for nothing less that a sophisticated evening of “classic cab”, shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00.   There is a $60 cover charge per person plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner. Make Reservations ASAP: 212 419 9331 or

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.



Sandy Stewart is best known for the Grammy-nominated song, ”My Coloring Book” (losing to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife”).  She began performing at 15 in her native Philadelphia and soon moved to New York for TV gigs with Dick Van Dyke and Merv Griffin, and as a regular on the Perry Como show while also touring with Benny Goodman.    She resumed her career after the loss of her husband, Broadway composer Moose Charlap (Peter Pan, Whoop-Up, Kelly, etc.).  Sandy’s most recent CD

with Bill is “Love Is Here To Stay” for Blue Note. 

Bill Charlap began playing piano at three, displayed an early interest in jazz and later worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter and Tony Bennett, among others.  
With Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums), he has recorded six albums as a leader for Blue Note, including two Grammy-nominated CDs: “Somewhere,” featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, and “The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard.”  He is Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s “Jazz in July” series, and recently toured worldwide on behalf of Blue Note’s 70th anniversary.  





January 5-16, 2010

SONGLIST  (Subject To Change)


Lyics: B. G. DeSylva & Ballard Macdonald

Music: George Gershwin


Lyrics: Johnny Mercer – Music: Jerome Kern


Lyrics/Music: Vernon Duke


“Lyrics: Ralph Freed – Music: Burton Lane


Lyrics: Ira Gershwin – Music: George Gershwin


Lyrics: Ira Gershwin – Music: George Gershwin


Lyrics/Music: Irving Berlin



Lyrics: Leo Robin – Music: Jerome Kern


Lyrics: Lew Brown – Music: Sammy Fain


Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II – Music: Jerome Kern

Lyrics: Mack Gordon – Music: Harry Warren


Lyrics: Ira Gershwin – Music: George Gershwin


Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse – Music: Henry Mancini

Filed under: Cabaret, Entertainment, New York, Restaurants Tagged: Cabaret, Entertainment, hotel, New York, Restaurant



The Queen of Cabaret holds the record for the longest continuous run at the famed Algonquin Oak Room.  Our most sophisticated performer is the only female entertainer ever to reach such a milestone in the history of cabaret.  The New York Times dubbed her “the high priestess of the American Songbook,” falling “under her spell,” while the Wall Street Journal called an evening with Andrea “the most immersive experience you will ever have.”

Everyone looks forward to getting away from it all.  To celebrate Andrea’s unprecedented achievement, her latest show, “No Strings,” does just that!  Andrea takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world.  It’s a journey about life on the road—a warm, funny, heartfelt and candid tale of Andrea’s travels from city to city and what that bittersweet journey has meant for her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother.

Marcovicci looks especially dazzling and her voice is more in control than usual. The big this, as always is her sensational acting ability and impeccable timing.  Highlights include “Sunday in New York,” “Two For the Road,” “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?,” “Under Paris Skies” and “A Foggy Day.”  In addition, Andrea recreates her celebrated rendition of “These Foolish Things.”  It’s an odyssey that flows from the romance of Andrea’s favorite places to unexpected bumps in the road producing some pretty wacky and wonderful stories…a fun, sweet and romantic saga as only Andrea can tell it!  A nostalgic look at a quarter century of a singer’s life.   Andrea is skillfully accompanied on piano by Shelly Markham with Jered Egan on bass.

“No Strings” will run November 15 through December 30, with shows Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00.  Holiday shows are Thanksgiving at 7:30, Christmas Eve at 7:30 and Monday December 26 (Boxing Day) at 7:30.  There is a $60 cover charge per person Tuesday-Thursday and late Friday-Saturday, and $65 for the 8:30 shows Friday and Saturday, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner.

Note: The Algonquin  will close Jan. 1 for a four-month, $15 million renovation.

Let us hope the The Oak Room will remain virtually unscathed and that the powers that be will have come to their senses and allowed the fabled hotel to  re-install the latest feline (Matilda lll),  in a beloved chain of ten mascots, dating back to 1933. New York has survived street fairs, bicycles monopolizing our sidewalks and a demoralized Times Square. Let the pussy cats work in peace.

Andrea Marcovicci has created more than thirty nightclub acts, has sold out Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, and appeared in concert with numerous orchestras and at the

White House. She has acted in film, television and theatre, on Broadway and regionally. Co-stars include Danny DeVito, Woody Allen, Sir Michael Caine, Sir John Gielgud and Sam Waterston, among others. Most recently she starred in the off-Broadway revival of “Coco” and on TV in “General Hospital.”

Personal PR: Miller Wright 212 977 7800

Nov. 15 – Dec. 30
Musical Director: Shelly Markham
Bass: Jered Egan
Regular Schedule:
Tues. – Sat. at 8:30 PM, plus late shows Fri. & Sat. at 11:00 PM
Holiday schedule:
Thanksgiving, Nov. 24; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 PM

The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel
59 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
Reservations: (212) 419-9331 or (212) 840-6800 and ask for Oak Room Reservations
Click here for Oak Room Website


Song List

Miller Wright & Associates, Inc.

Media Relations

Music Director / Piano – Shelly Markham

Bass – Jered Egan

1) Sail Away;

Let’s Get Away From It All

Noel Coward

Tom Adair; Matt Dennis

2) Back at the Algonquin

Enid Futterman; Michael Cohen

3) Sunday In New York

Portia Nelson

4) Two For The Road

Leslie Bricusse ; Henry Mancini

5) How are Things in Glocca Morra? ;
It Never Was You;

My Love Is A Wanderer

Burton Lane / Yip Harburg
Kurt Weill; Maxwell Anderson
Bart Howard

6) As Time Goes By /

When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba

Herman Hupfeld
Herman Hupfeld

7) Rainy Night In Rio

Leo Robin

8) Under Paris Skies

Kim Gannon / Jean Drejac

9) The Night I Fell in Love With Paris

Tom Toce

10) No Strings;
By Myself;
A Foggy Day

Irving Berlin

Arthur Schwartz / Howard Dietz
George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin

11) I Don’t Know

Ronald Jeans / Philip Braham

12) These Foolish Things

Holt Marvell / Jack Strachey

13) You Belong To Me ;

The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days

Chilton Price / Pee Wee King; Redd Stewart
Shelly Markham / Judith Viorst

14) Here’s To Us

Cy Coleman / Carolyn Leigh

1650 Broadway, Suite 1210 New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 977-7800 Fax: (212) 977-7963

Filed under: bar, Cabaret, Entertainment, New York, Restaurants Tagged: bar, Cabaret, Entertainment, hotel, New York, Restaurants



Having triumphed these past two years in her Oak Room celebrations of Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart, beautiful and beguiling Karen Akers now sets her sights on the leading musical theater composer-lyricist of the last half century.

Among her selections from the Stephen Sondheim Songbook are some less familiar offerings such as “More” (Dick Tracy) with its multiplicity of George Gershwin references and “Live, Laugh, Love” (Follies). More to the point,“Send in the Clowns” (A Little Night Music), “Broadway Baby” (Follies), “You Could Drive a Person Crazy (Company), “The Story of Lucy & Jessie” (Follies) and “Moments in the Woods” (Into the Woods) are not just old friends, but warmly welcomed ones. . The show is subtly directed by Eric Michael Gillett with the admirable Don Rebic as Musical Director.

From September 27th through October 29th, “Live, Laugh, Love—Akers Sings Sondheim” plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 and 11 pm. There is a $60 cover charge for all shows except the dinner shows Friday and Saturday, when the cover is $65, plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner.

Karen Akers, Stephen Sondheim, the incredible Don Rebic all embraced by the magical Oak Room at the world fabled Algonquin Hotel: Need we say more? (Other than to book now).This is a hot ticket.

Reservations: 212-419-9331 or

Copyright 2011 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved


Karen Akers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Café Carlyle, Rainbow & Stars, Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap and abroad in France, Russia, London and Barcelona. On Broadway she was one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical, Grand Hotel, and made her Broadway debut in the original production of Nine for which she won a Theatre World Award and Tony nomination. Her current CD, “If We Only Have Love,” is a collection of theater songs. Other recordings include “Feels Like Home,” “Under Paris Skies” and “Simply Styne.” Her film roles include Mike Nichols’ Heartburn, Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo and Vibes.


Stephen Sondheim first impressed Broadway audiences in 1957 as lyricist for West Side Story (music by Leonard Bernstein) and two years later for Gypsy (music by Jule Styne).. In 1962 he launched his 50-year career as the theater’s pre-eminent composer-lyricist with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, for which he won the first of his eight Tony Awards. Other honors include six Olivier Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park With George and an Oscar for Best Song (“Sooner or Later”) from Dick Tracy. He was a 1993 Kennedy Center Honors recipient.what is an expansion external drive

Filed under: bar, Cabaret, Entertainment, New York, Restaurants Tagged: bar, Cabaret, Entertainment, Music, New York, Restaurants



Best known for his record-setting performances as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Howard McGillin has enjoyed a varied career on both Broadway and London stages. Mr. McGillin, has a winning way with his audience and a lovely and cultured tenor voice that has made him the quintessential leading man in theatre.

At his eagerly awaited Oak Room debut, (From September 13-24),  McGillin presented an evening of love songs that aptly answered the question, “Isn’t It Romantic?” Howard offers a program, with appealing patter, that explores a variety of romantic experiences, highlighted by a rendition of “All The Things You Are,” (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) that was simple and without embellishments, proving that a great song needs nothing more than to be sung with sensitivity to make its point.

A combined arrangement of “A Foggy Day IN LONDON TOWN” (George and Ira Gershwin) and the lovely “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” (Eric Maschwitz; Manning Sherwin; Jack Strachey)  gives Howard the opportunity to fill us in on his adventures, when living in London, and a neat duo pairing, a rollicking “SHE LOVES ME” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) with a subtle version of “Dear Friend” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) from the same show, allows Mr. McGillin to demonstrate his dramatic range and vocal finesse.

The high point of the evening was a stunning rendering of “Putting It Together” (Stephen Sondheim) that was eclipsed by the beyond-beautiful “Good Thing Going” (Stephen Sondheim), demonstrating that some of the best theater songs come from shows that are less than memorable.

“Time” (Barry Kleinbort; Joseph Thalken), offered an appealing contemporary touch, while “Two For The Road” (Henry Mancini; Leslie Bricusse) was the perfect encore.

Beautifully accompanied by Joseph Thalken at the piano and Richard Sarpola on bass, Howard McGillin is easy to like, easy to listen to and brings a thoroughly pleasant evening of entertainment to the Algonquin’s legendary Oak Room.  

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm. There is a $50 cover charge plus either a $60 dinner at 7 or $30 food and beverage minimum. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or

Copyright 2011 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved



He appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Bounce, in its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later in the Kennedy Center run in Washington, D. C. (Helen Hayes Award nomination.) Other leading roles on Broadway have included She Loves Me, The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Anything Goes (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Theatre World Award) and Sunday in the Park with George. On London’s West End, Howard starred in Mack and Mabel and Anything Goes.

He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his New York theatrical debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of LaBoheme. He has sung on concert stages around the world from Carnegie Hall to Kennedy Center to the Israel Philharmonic Hall in Tel Aviv. In addition to having recorded many books on tape and narrated numerous episodes of Nature for PBS, Howard has also provided voices for the animated feature films South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and The Swan Princess. His solo CD, :”Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still,” is available online at


Howard McGillin

Oak Room Song List

September 13, 2011

I Love To Sing-A (Harold Arlen/ Yip Harburg)

All The Things You Are/ Isn’t It Romantic

Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II * Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart)

The Big Time! (Jerry Herman)

The Not-So Big Time

Che gelida manina (Giacomo Puccini)

Putting It Together (Stephen Sondheim)

Good Thing Going (Stephen Sondheim)

A Foggy Day IN LONDON TOWN (George and Ira Gershwin)

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (Eric Maschwitz; Manning Sherwin; Jack Strachey)

Laura, Laura (Amanda Green;Tom Kitt)


Time (Barry Kleinbort; Joseph Thalken)

SHE LOVES ME (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock)

Dear Friend (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock)


(Michael Bublé; Alan Chang; Amy Foster-Gillies)

How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm?

(Walter Donaldson; Sam Lewis; Joe Young)

Two For The Road (Henry Mancini; Leslie Bricusse)


Secret O’ Life (James Taylor)

Filed under: bar, Cabaret, Entertainment, Music, New York, Restaurants Tagged: bar, Cabaret, Entertainment, New York, Restaurant


The New York Musical Theatre Festival and J&B Productions
present Donna Lynne Champlin (“Billy Elliot,” “Sweeney Todd”) in


A story of "First Impressions" and second chances…
Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs
Directed by Igor Goldin (“YANK!”)
Presented as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival
September 29 – October 11
Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd St)

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and J&B Productions present the musical JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical – a story of “First Impressions” and second chances – with music, lyrics and book by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, directed by Igor Goldin (“YANK!”), and starring, in the title role of Jane Austen, Donna Lynne Champlin (“Sweeney Todd,” “Billy Elliot”). JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical is presented as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival and will play at Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan beginning September 29 – with only 6 performances available.

Copyright 2011 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved


Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s romance comes to life with fresh eyes as Jane Austen revisits her unpublished manuscript, First Impressions. As Austen transforms their story into what will ultimately become her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, both the author and her characters struggle to learn the joy of second chances.
Directed by Drama Desk Award nominee Igor Goldin (“YANK!,” “Unlock’d”) JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will star Donna Lynne Champlin in the title role of Jane Austen, with additional casting TBA.
JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE has book, music and lyrics by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, choreography by Lucille Lortel Award nominee Jeffry Denman (“Yank!”), musical direction by Timothy Splain (“Adding Machine”), set design by Josh Zangen, lighting design by Zach Blane, costume design by Colleen Kesterson, and general management La Vie Productions.
Donna Lynne Champlin most recently was seen on Broadway in “Billy Elliot,” her other Broadway credits include “Sweeney Todd,” “By Jeeves,” “James Joyce’s The Dead” and most notably for her portrayal of Older Helen (based on a young Carol Burnett) in “Hollywood Arms” written by Carol Burnett and directed by Harold Prince. Other NYC/Off-Broadway credits include “Master Class” at the MET, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” (OBIE Award), “Bury The Dead,” “Flight of the Lawnchair Man” (NYMF award, "Outstanding Performance"), “Love Jerry” (NYMF award, "Outstanding Performance"), “First Lady Suite,” “My Life with Albertine,” City Center Encores! “Bloomer Girl,” and Carnegie Hall’s “Very Warm for May.” A Princess Grace Grant winner and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Donna Lynne graduated with high honors from CMU and studied at Oxford on scholarship with an emphasis on Shakespeare and Chekhov.
Lindsay Warren Baker began collaborating with Amanda Jacobs in 1997 when they co-authored “Daniel: The Musical.” Additional works by Baker and Jacobs include “Lily, a Musical Portrait,” “All the Buzz” (Winner: Youth Education on Stage 2010 Summer Shorts 5, Williston, ND); “Personal Foul” (Winner: St. John Fisher College & Spotlight Theater Arts 2010 Celebration of One Acts, Rochester, NY); “The Rendez-Vous;” “Blocked” and are currently working on a play for children, “In the Garden.” Baker received her BA in theater and music from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), and trained at the O’Neill National Theater Institute (Waterford, CT), Moscow Art Theater (Russia), Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY) and spent two months during the summer of 2010 in Ghana, Africa studying West African music and dance. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at SUNY Empire State College concentrating on performing arts and cultural studies. Member: Dramatists Guild of America
Amanda Jacobs earned her BMus degree in Piano Performance from Wesleyan College (Macon, GA) and completed graduate studies in piano pedagogy, voice, jazz theory and organ. After moving to Rochester, NY in 1996, she discovered her talent for composition when inspired to compose “Daniel: The Musical” and began working with Lindsay Warren Baker. While working on “Daniel,” she learned orchestral composition and arranging. In 2005, within a two-week period, she composed original orchestrations for a revival of Sigmund Romberg’s “Maytime” for the Ohio Light Opera (Wooster, OH) and now arranges and scores all of her collaborative work with Baker. In June 2010, Jacobs’ “Mass for the Living” won an Honorable Mention from the Foundation for the Sacred Arts and received its world premiere with the NIH Philharmonic Orchestra (Washington D.C.) in December 2010. Other accomplishments include the 2009 First Prize Winner of the 6th Annual Long Island Arts Council Composition Competition for her “Garden Verses,” the 2010 Honorable Mention in the “Celebrating Grace” Composition Competition for an SA Choral Arrangement, and First Prize for the Marin Lutheran Church composition competition for her original SATB anthem "Peace, Be Still.” Member: Dramatists Guild of America
Igor Goldin’s credits include: Off-Broadway: “With Glee” (Prospect Theater Company at Theatre Row), YANK! (York Theatre Company – Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical). Previous productions of “YANK!;” Diversionary Theatre, San Diego (Outstanding Achievement in Direction of a Musical, StageScene L.A.) The Gallery Players (2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award) and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (2005 Talkin’ Broadway Outstanding New Summer Musical). Other productions for NYMF: “The Tenth Floor” (2010 Talkin’ Broadway Outstanding New Summer Musical); “Sing, But Don’t Tell;” “Liberty;” “Main-Travelled Roads” (2008 Richard Rodgers Award staged reading); “Unlock’d” (2007 Best in Fest Award); “Common Grounds” (NYMF 2006 Award for Excellence in Direction). Other credits: “Liberty” (Workshop), “Like You Like It,” (2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award). Tours: Associate Director, “Seussical” directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Theatreworks USA). Regional: “…And Then I Wrote A Song About It” (Luna Stage, NJ and Diversionary, San Diego), “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” “The New Century,” “A Little Night Music,” “I Love You Because” (NH Theatre Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical), “Romance Romance,” “The Complete History of America (abridged),” “Blithe Spirit,” “Dracula,” “Violet,” “The Spitfire Grill” and “The Full Monty.” Igor was nominated by his peers as a top 5 finalist for the 2010 SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
Now in its eighth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and ensuring their creators the continued vitality of one of America’s greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.
NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2011 is presented in association with, Production Resource Group and Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Ariel Phinney, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or Single tickets for Festival events will go on sale September 1.
Performances of JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will run Thursday, September 29 at 8:00pm; Saturday, October 1 at 9:00pm; Sunday, October 2 at 1:00pm; Sunday, October 2 at 5:00pm; Friday, October 7 at 1:00pm; and Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00pm at Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan.
For additional information on JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, please or

Filed under: Broadway, Entertainment, Music, New York, theater