Karen Akers Sings Sondheim in Acclaimed Cabaret Show
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Jackie Payne was already a Grammy-nominated veteran blues singer when he began performing with acclaimed blues guitarist Steve Edmonson. The two share a love for the blues and for the lost art of performance that makes each concert exciting and full of energy. Payne's live shows often match the fervor and intensity of a fire and brimstone gospel revival, while Edmonson's melodic guitar playing channels legends such as B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan and T-Bone Walker. Learn More
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- “Ms. Akers is a pure romantic and her program of songs expresses the emotional credo of a true believer." --<em>The New York Times</em>
- "Looking like Garbo while singing at one moment with the nonchalance of Dietrich and the next with the passion of Piaf, Karen Akers comes near the top as a cabaret singer." --<em>Variety </em>
Karen Akers, one of America's most arresting and successful concert and cabaret stars, has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has appeared in many prestigious venues worldwide from Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, New York's Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, and London's Pizza on the Park. Her career also includes three performances at the White House.
As audiences cheer, critics are overwhelmed; the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner says of her sound: "It's a great voice, an instrument with the power of Streisand's, the dark passion of Piaf's and the lean irony of Dietrich's, but a voice uniquely her own, because it's coupled with an intelligence that creates moments of riveting theatricality."
She appeared at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel directed by Tommy Tune. She made her debut on the Great White Way in 1982 in Nine (also directed by Mr. Tune) for which she won a Theatre World Award as well as a Tony Award nomination.
Ms. Akers has had two of her own PBS television specials: Presenting Karen Akers and Karen Akers Live at Wolftrap.The latter is available on home video. In addition to her own PBS specials, she has performed in PBS musical tributes to Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
Karen's film roles include the femme fatale in Mike Nichols's Heartburn opposite Jack Nicholson and and Meryl Streep, Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo and Vibes.