Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf
With Guests Katie Thompson & Bob Stillman
Broadway at Birdland
Monday, January 27 at 7pm
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Broadway cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (Bridges of Madison County, A Little Night Music) will host an evening that explores beautiful melodies from Broadway and beyond. Broadway cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (Bridges of Madison County, A Little Night Music) will host an evening that explores beautiful melodies from Broadway and beyond. With fellow Scots-born guitarist Steve Gibb, Mairi will also celebrate Robert Burns Night by weaving in some of Scotland’s beloved melodies, and inviting her guests to perform their own versions of Burns’ timeless poetry.
Featured stars will be singer/composers Katie Thompson (Oklahoma, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Giant, R.R.R.E.D) and Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Grand Hotel).
Additional special guests will include Ben Rauhala, Maddy Kearns, Margaret Kelly, Andrew Weir and the vocal/fiddle stylings of Joel Waggoner.
All guests over 21 will be offered a dram of Aberlour Single Malt Scotch courtesy of the distillery.
Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, a cellist originally from Scotland, has established a busy career as a solo, chamber, Broadway and recording artist. She has held chairs in sixteen Broadway productions, including The Bridges of Madison County, A Little Night Music, Sunday In The Park With George and My Fair Lady. Off-Broadway credits include Floyd Collins, Passion and the premier productions of The Last Five Years (Chicago 2001, NYC 2002), Her love of the Broadway genre has led to creating cello arrangements celebrating the music of Jason Robert Brown, Sara Bareilles, Adam Guettel, Jerry Bock, Stephen Schwartz. She has been a featured performer in concert with Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Maria Friedman and Ariana DeBose. Following her sold-out debut at Birdland Jazz Club, she continues to headline concerts featuring Broadway’s finest artists.
Katie Thompson has been seen as Aunt Eller in Broadway's Oklahoma!!, Rhetta Cup in New York City Center’s Pump Boys & Dinettes, The Witch in the Oriental Theatre’s Big Fish in Chicago, and Vashti Hake in Giant at The Public Theatre in NYC. In addition to her work as an actress, Katie’s original music has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” America, Canada, and the U.K. Her first musical R.R.R.E.D. a Secret Musical was nominated for 3 LA Weekly Ovation Awards, before debuting in New York at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Katie has been featured in Playbill’s “The Contemporary Musical Theater Songwriter’s You Should Know”, and “It’s Revving Up –The Next Generation of Female Songwriters…” columns, and in Lincoln Center’s “New Contemporary Songbook” series featuring her work from R.R.R.E.D…, her new work in progress Haunted, as well as her original pop music. In addition to her solo albums: “Private Page”, “KT LIVE”, and “What I’ve Done Right”, she is featured on several contemporary composer’s albums including: “Dreaming Wide Awake” by Scott Alan, “Here for You” by Jonathan Reid Gealt, and “Our First Mistake” by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk.
Bob Stillman has had a 30-year career as a singer, actor, songwriter, music director and teacher. He’s been nominated twice for Tony awards—as an actor in Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, and as one of the songwriters for Urban Cowboy: The Musical—and for a Drama Desk award for Hello Again at Transport Group. On Broadway, he has played Molina in Kiss of theSpider Woman, Gould in Grey Gardens, Erik in Grand Hotel, Sam Harris in Act One, and stood by for Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and F. Murray Abraham in the hit comedy It's Only A Play. OffBroadway, he played both Dukes in John Doyle’s As You Like It at CSC, Abe Lincoln in Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas, Lord Amiens in As You Like It at the Delacorte In Central Park, and was an original cast member of Adam Guettel’s groundbreaking Saturn Returns (recorded as Myths and Hymns) at the Public. He is currently on the voice faculty of the new Musical Theater Program at the Manhattan School of Music.
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
Monday, January 27 at 7pm
$30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum per person