Jim Caruso's Cast Party presented orchestrator, musical director and composer Jonathan Tunick in concert, as part of the Nightlife Award-winning series Broadway at Birdland on Monday, November 24th.
Winner of the Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Awards, Jonathan Tunick brought back the sound of the big bands with the debut performance of The Broadway Moonlighters, featuring New York's finest musicians. Broadway legend Barbara Cook joined the evening as Tunick's very special guest.
Tunick is also celebrating his induction into the 2009 Theatre Hall of Fame!
Jonathan Tunick won the Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Song Score and Best Adaption for the film "A Little Night Music." He won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Titanic, a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "No One Is Alone," performed by Cleo Lane, and an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction for "Night of 100 Stars."
Barbara Cook will be released her new DRG Records release, Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder, on November 11th, 2008.
Accompanying Ms. Cook on this, her 14th album for DRG, is new musical director/arranger Lee Musiker, along with bassist Pete Johnson, percussionist/drummer, Jim Saporito, and on woodwinds, Lawrence Feldman. Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder features classics such as " Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder," the standard "Old Devil Moon" and pop hits "For All We Know" and "Lucky To Be Me." The album was produced by DRG President and Grammy-award winner Hugh Fordin.
This beloved singer, one of the glories of Broadway in so many fondly remembered shows, is still dazzling audiences today, with a voice remarkably unchanged after a career of more than five decades. Considered "Broadway's favorite ingénue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Miss Cook then launched a second career as a concert and cabaret artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Throughout her career her singing has attracted generations of fans, and the admiration of her peers and colleagues, from the world of both popular and classical music.
Whether on the stages of major international venues throughout the world or in the intimate setting of New York's Café Carlyle, Barbara Cook's popularity continues to thrive - as evidenced by having her own evening at the Metropolitan Opera House on January 21, 2006. The first female non-classical singer to be presented by the Met during their long history. In addition to countless Carnegie Hall solo engagements,, and an ever-growing mantle of honors including the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, her citation as a Living New York Landmark and her induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Created by acclaimed performer, writer, producer & presenter Jim Caruso, BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND is a weekly concert series on Sunday and Monday evenings, showcasing legendary Broadway performers and composers, as well as up-and-coming musical theater talents. Started as a companion piece to the hugely popular and hilarious weekly impromptu variety show Jim Caruso's Cast Party (which follows Mondays at 9:30pm). BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND has recently hosted such diverse performers as Chita Rivera, Jeff Daniels and Lucie Arnaz. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves), New York City .