Todd Murray "CROON"

Todd Murray "CROON"

Performers:
Todd Murray
$20.00 - $40.00
All Ages
PLEASE NOTE, $20 MINIMUM ON FOOD OR BEVERAGES
Doors: 6:30pm // Show: 8:00pm

TODD MURRAY

Declared “The Real Deal,” and “Impeccable,” by Stephen Holden of the New York Times, and hailed “the best male vocalist living today” by Paul Richards of WHLI, NEW YORK Radio’s “The Morning Show,” Todd Murray’s smooth bass baritone has been heard from Japan to Switzerland and in clubs and artist series all over the USA. His latest show “CROON” garnered much praise (“I felt privileged to listen, Rex Reed of the NY Observer”) including “Best Male Cabaret Show CROON 2015” and “Best Male Vocalist 2015” by BroadwayWorld.com, and most recently awarded “The Margaret Whiting Award” right here at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in 2016. Mr. Murray has recorded three critically acclaimed CD’s “When I Sing Low,” “Stardust and Swing,” and “Croon,” all of which are available on iTunes and his website www.ToddMurray.com. His musical theater career has taken him from Off-Broadway to a Broadway Tour of “The Secret Garden,” regional houses as well as Universitys, and concert series. Todd’s “trembling sensitivity” (NY Times) is why he is often called “the songwriter’s dream” (Cabaret Scenes). He has been nominated three times by the MAC organization including “Best New Song” for “And I’m Leaving Today” which he penned along with well-known accompanist and writer Alex Rybeck. He has two new Christmas songs that he wrote and performed released in 2018! Watch for “I’m Gettin’ Into The Swing of Christmas” and “Let’s Hear It For Santa Claus.” on all streaming platforms and music videos on Youtube. Mr. Murray can also be seen on the symphony stage singing The American Songbook, or with a big band in Los Angeles.

CROON….when a whisper became a song. Join Todd Murray and his acclaimed trio in his award winning show CROON. Pairing the rise of the microphone with the works of our musical masters, Todd Murray's CROON shares the story of when vocals transitioned from belting and operatic to intimate and emotional. The new pop style was once declared “unfit for young ears and women” and “distorted singing” by voice professionals of the time With the rise of radio and the recording industry, crooning was born. Featuring favorites from Rogers & Hart, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley, CROON presents well-known standards from the 30’s to present.

“Winner! BEST CABARET SHOW”

“Winner! BEST MALE VOCALIST”

Broadway World.com

ALEX RYBECK (Musical Director) is a pianist, arranger and composer, well-known for his work in theater, cabaret, and on recordings. Broadway credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (dir. by Hal Prince) and GRAND HOTEL (dir. by Tommy Tune). He also conducted the world premiere of WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW, earning accolades from Burt Bacharach. Recipient of the 2005 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award for Best Musical Direction, he has worked with such stars as Michael Feinstein, Tommy Tune, Faith Prince, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Donna McKechnie, Rita Gardner, Jane Oliver, Jason Graae, Metropolitan Opera diva Roberta Peters, "Voice of Hollywood" Marni Nixon, and showbiz legends Kitty Carlisle Hart, Patricia Neal, The McGuire Sisters, and Eartha Kitt, among many others. His numerous CD's for such acclaimed vocalists as Liz Callaway and Jeff Harnar have earned praise from critics and listeners alike. Original songs include "What a Funny Boy He Is", recorded by Nancy LaMott. He serves on the faculty of the annual International Cabaret Conference at Yale, in addition to being a highly sought singers' coach in Manhattan. Originally from the DC area, he later attended Oberlin College. At NYU, he was taught by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Arthur Laurents, and Comden & Green. He is a member of ASCAP and he Dramatists Guild.

Steve Doyle (bassist)

New York by-way-of-Nebraska bassist, Steve Doyle, has been an active part of the New York jazz and cabaret scene performing with many internationally renowned artists including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dave Stryker, Kate McGarry, Billy Stritch,Tony Desare, Klea Blackhurst, Hilary Kole, Christine Ebersole, Stephanie Block, K.T. Sullivan and Lari White to name a few. Currently on Mondays, he performs at Birdland in New York with Jim Caruso’s Cast Party along with Tedd Firth on piano.

Steve has toured throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and South America as a side-man and with his own groups. Notable venues that Steve has performed at include Carnegie Hall, the Algonquin, Birdland, the Carlyle, Kennedy Center and Feinstein’s at the Regency. For the past year and a half he has performed weekly at the 3 West 51st St. Club where he is the featured pianist/vocalist.

Mr. Doyle has received several scholarships and awards including the 1990 Milt Hinton Scholarship Fund Competition and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.

Steve’s CD entitled ‘Presence’ has received positive reviews from both Jazz Times and Bass Player Magazine.

Sean Harkness (guitarist) was born in North Attleboro, Mass. and got his first guitar exactly 11 years later. Within 6 months, Harkness’s trio had a weekly engagement at The Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport. HS bands, Berklee College of Music, ‘busking’ the streets of Europe, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the vast music scene in NYC have all contributed to forming the seasoned professional he is today. Windham Hill Records [BMG/Sony/RCA] signed Harkness as a solo Artist shortly after his move to NYC in 1994. After touring Japan with the Broadway production of “Swing!” Sean returned many times, including a trip to record “Urakaji”, a solo guitar CD in Okinawa for Rinken Records. Harkness has three other independent releases: the self-multitracked ‘Trio Of One’, the fully produced ‘Harkness Knight’ with saxman Eric Knight, and 2010 CD: "H2 Flights: Volume One", a collaboration with Canadian trumpeter Mike Herriott. Sean is a first-call sideman who compliments an exhaustive client list of singers and musicians nationally & internationally. Harkness also provides a House Concert Series for personalized, private, in-home, concert-like performances. The up-close intimacy brings a unique impact to each event.

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A minimum of $20.00 is required per person while inside the showroom. Dining in the restaurant or any of our bars does not apply to the showroom minimum. Service fees apply to all tickets purchased via Eventbrite, at the door, and/or at the Box Office. Valet parking available with validation for $6.

Guests requiring accessible seating should book directly by calling 818-769-0905

Parties of 7 or more must be booked directly with the venue by calling 818-769-0905. Big group seating is not guaranteed.

Venue Information:
Feinstein's at Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA, 91604