I was honoured to be invited to perform at Michael Colby's book launch for his autobiography THE ALGONQUIN KID. Michael's grandparents ran the New York landmark hotel and as a child he became a favorite of many celebrity guests. Michael went on to become a prolific writer for the theatre and the entertainment at the launch was made up of songs from his shows and performers who graced the stage of the Algonquin's famed Oak Room.
One of whom was our darling friend Tovah Feldshuh, currently starring in the tv series THE WALKING DEAD and fresh from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!
I sang a song called "Vegetable Reggie" from Michael Colby's musical CHARLOTTE SWEET so I brought my own prop (the better to hide the many verses of intricate lyrics!)
I also joined in the finale, next to WICKED's Ali Mauzey.
Tony Sheldon, Donna Vivino and More to Sing Matthew Lee Robinson Tunes at the Met Room, 4/29
G'DAY Broadway! The Music of Matthew Lee Robinson will be presented at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) on Wednesday April 29th at 7pm. Tony Nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla; Queen of the dessert, Ever After), Donna Vivino (Wicked, Les Miserables), Tracy McDowell (Rent, Motown) and Tim Young (Next To Normal) will be joined by Brad Greer (Altar Boyz), Anne Fraser Thomas (How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Alison Cusano (A Night With Janis Joplin), Dave Thomas Brown (Heathers) and Crystal Mosser for an evening of new music. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Australian composer/lyricist Matthew Lee Robinson has won the UTAS Stephen Schwartz Songwriting Award, and written for the Emmy nominated TV series Dance Academy. His work has also been featured at Ars Nova as well as Seattle's New Voices concert series. His latest musicals, Happy People and Atlantis, have been developed with mentorship from Stephen Schwartz. Recently Mr. Robinson was the recipient of the $100,000 Australia Council Music Fellowship to develop works throughout the U.S. and Australia. Visit www.matthewleerobinson.com for additional information. The concert is directed by David Alpert (If/Then, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man) with musical direction by Matthew Lee Robinson. The evening is produced by Rich Martino. Tickets for the concert are $20 and may be purchased at www.metropolitanroom.com