59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) glitters during the month of December with the festive Holiday celebration The Park Avenue Whirl. The Park Avenue Whirl begins previews on Friday, December 16 for a limited engagement through Saturday, December 31.
Opening Night is Tuesday, December 20 at 8:00 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 7:00 PM. Single tickets are $50 ($35 for 59E59 members) and are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. For more information visit www.59E59.org.
The Park Avenue Whirl Holiday Performance Schedule: There are no performances on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25. The New Year's Eve performance on Saturday, December 31 begins at 7:00 PM.
59E59 Theaters infuses the Holiday season with Old New York glamour when they present The Park Avenue Whirl. Starring acclaimed singer Daryl Sherman and Vince Giordano, along with New York's most sought after jazz ensemble The Nighthawks Orchestra and special guest star Marion Cowings with his son, tap dancing prodigy Alexander Cowings, The Park Avenue Whirl evokes the elegant, cosmopolitan caf society with sparkling standards and enchanting holiday melodies from the 1920s and 30s. A festive evening of high style joie de vivre not to be missed!
Audiences embark on an Art Deco club hopping adventure when the Whirl kicks off with Irving Berlin's Slumming On Park Avenue." They revisit Bill Bojangles Robinson with Doing the New Lowdown," the Cotton Club for Raising The Rent" as well as Swingtime in Honolulu," a rarely played Duke Ellington obscurity. The Whirl also tips the hat to Bobby Short with Sand In My Shoes" and features cherished songs from Great Britain, like Red Sails In The Sunset," Isle Of Capri," and These Foolish Things." Plus many, many more.
And no holiday Whirl would be complete without a little Bing Crosby!
Like a classic navy blazer, a martini or champagne cocktail, this music never goes out of style," explains Daryl Sherman. Vince, Marion, Alexander and I all share a passion for the music from this period. It is what inspires us. And while the songwriters, musicians and bands all had different approaches, they were all fused with elements of jazz. And they were all graceful and witty and sophisticated and fun!"
A sparkling mainstay of Manhattan nightlife, Daryl Sherman regularly performs on Cole Porter's Steinway at the Waldorf Astoria and has been lauded for appearances at the Algonquin's Oak Room, Iridium Jazz Club and most recently, Jazz At Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. European tours included a dazzling fourth return engagement at London's Pizza On The Park, and concerts in Wales, Leeds and Scotland. She also made a stunning debut in Berlin hailed by Jazz Radio 101.9 a magical night." Equally at home in the worlds of jazz and cabaret, Daryl Sherman's many recordings have received high critical praise and airplay internationally. She has performed and recorded with Bob Dorough, Dick Hyman, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Tommy Flanagan, Ken Peplowski, Joe Cohn, Jay Leonhart, Kenny Davern, James Chirillo, and Boots Maleson.
Vince Giordano is the leading authority on recreating the sounds of 1920s and 30s jazz and popular music. With his band, New York's most sought after jazz ensemble the Nighthawks Orchestra, he masterfully recreates both the ample sound and good-time ambiance of a red-hot, swing-era band. Led by Giordano on aluminum bass, tuba, and bass saxophone, the Nighthawks' rousing, buoyant, and eminently danceable music has been featured in the Academy Award-winning film The Aviator, as well as at black-tie galas at the Waldorf Astoria, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York City Ballet and gigs at the Rainbow Room, Times Square Grill, Carlyle Hotel, and Copacabana.