'Romantic Notions' comes to the Darien Arts Center just in time for Valentine's Day
Published 11:08 pm, Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Just in time for Valentine's Day, "Romantic Notions," starring Miles Phillips and Friends, in an evening of music and romance, comes to the Darien Arts Center's Cabaret Theatre at the Weatherstone Studio for one night only, Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m.
Multiple award-winning New York Cabaret star Phillips returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with an evening created to celebrate "Date Night," the Saturday before Valentine's Day. Miles' long-time musical collaborator, multiple award-winning composer, Jason Wynn, will serve as music director. Joining Miles for some beautiful duets will be three of New York's most acclaimed and award-winning leading ladies, fellow Feinstein's headliners: Raissa Katona Bennett, Sue Matsuki and Julie Reyburn.
Phillips' latest solo show --¦Reappearing In My Mind" recently played a triumphant engagement at Feinstein's.
"No one has sung better than Miles Phillips in this gorgeous room ... a tour de force ... Phillips' performance was drenched with romantic longing and feeling," Cabaret Scenes magazine said. "In fact, the entire show was extraordinarily romantic in nature and Phillips projected charm and warmth that cast a spell over his audience."
As a nightclub vocalist, Miles has received MAC Awards for his performances in four of his shows "Specific Overtures," "The Unrest Inside Me," "Quiet Stars" and "The Pleasure of Your Company," and has been twice honored by the New York Nightlife Awards in the category of Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist for "The Unrest Inside Me" and "Specific Overtures."
He's also been nominated for multiple MAC Awards for his work as a Director. This season, he's made multiple appearances in the smash hit year-long celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, "Sondheim Unplugged" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and joined Reyburn for an acclaimed concert of Sondheim's music, "So Many People" at Urban Stages.
Katona Bennett -- a native and weekend resident of Connecticut -- appeared on Broadway in the lead role of Christine in "Phantom Of The Opera," and in "Chess," and in the first national tours of "CATS" as Jelly/Jenny, "I" as Lizzie Phagan, and "A Child's Christmas In Wales" as Mother. She is a 2010 Bistro Award Winner, for hosting/producing The Concerts At Tudor City Greens, and a 2009 MAC Award nominee, for Outstanding Female Vocalist. Katona Bennett has just completed a critically acclaimed run of her new solo show "Can't Help Singing: The Songs of Jerome Kern at Feinstein's," and will be releasing a CD of these live performances next year.Visit www.raissakatonabennett.com .
Matsuki is an eight-time MAC award nominee/three-time winner, in six different categories, (Female Jazz; Female Recording for her first Jazz CD, A New Take; Duo/Group; Special Productions; Female Vocalist; Specialty Song ("One Stop Shopping" by Page/Matsuki/Toroian). Her most cherished award comes from being selected by Julie Wilson herself as the very first Julie Wilson Award recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Reyburn is a 2010 Bistro and MAC Award recipient who has appeared in many of the top clubs in Manhattan including Feinstein's at the Loews Regency to acclaimed repeat performances. Her ability to connect to a lyric with unique interpretations has established her as one of New York's celebrated female vocalist. She is the first ever Nightlife Award recipient for Outstanding Female Vocalist in 2003 and again in 2005 and 2009 as a finalist. In 2007, Reyburn was presented with the coveted Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation "in joyful gratitude for the vocal majesty and lyrical interpretation she continually manifests in her classic presentations of the Great Popular Songbook."
On the theatre stage, Reyburn has been featured in the "Broadway by the Year" series at the famed New York Town Hall. Highlighted in the Broadway Musicals of 1940 and 1965, Reyburn costarred with some of Broadway's best.
Make your reservations now for the perfect Valentine's Date gift. All seats are reserved. Food is not allowed in the theatre. Complimentary snacks will be provided as well as a contributions bar. Tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for full-time students. Purchase tickets online at arts.darien.org, or call the box office at 203-655-5414.