Jeff Harnar is familiar to television audiences for his acclaimed PBS specials, “The 1959 Broadway Songbook” and “Remember: Songs of the Holidays” (co-starring KT Sullivan). On A&E he was the Singing Narrator of “Gershwin on Ice” starring Dorothy Hamill. Other television appearances include CBS This Morning and The Charles Grodin Show. Jeff appeared at Carnegie Hall in both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas, as well as in his own one-man show at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. His solo recordings include “The 1959 Broadway Songbook,” “Because of You: Fifties Gold” and “Sammy Cahn All The Way.” He is a two-time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award (MAC) as Best Male Vocalist and three-time winner of the Back Stage Bistro Award (Vocalist, Newcomer & Outstanding Show). Jeff has performed across the country in every major city, in Paris, Oslo, and on the High Seas (Crystal Cruises, the QE2 and Seabourn, among others) A personal career highlight was opening for the McGuire Sisters during their reunion tour. Please visit www.Jeffharnar.com.
Shauna Hicks starred on Broadway in the role of Linda in “Blood Brothers” opposite David and Shaun Cassidy with Petula Clarke, Carole King and Helen Reddy. She won the Florida Carbonell award and a Chicago Jeff Award nomination for her performance as Rosemary in the first national tour of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” opposite Ralph Macchio. Other credits include “Meet Me in St. Louis” on Broadway, (understudy Garland role) and the American premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Country Club” with Cynthia Nixon. Shauna’s voice has been heard on “The Rosie O’Donnell” Show. She’s appeared with Marisa Tomei in the Drama Department’s staged reading of “Free to Be You and Me” and was featured in the Children’s Television Workshop production “Sesame English.” A writer as well as a singer/actress, Shauna has written two critically acclaimed one-woman shows: “Shauna Hicks and Her 60’s Chicks” (MAC, CAB, Bistro Awards) and “Shauna Hicks and Her 70’s Mix.” Recordings include “Unsung Berlin,” “Broadway Sings Bacharach” (Varese Sarabande label) and “The Mickey & Judy Show.” Please visit www.shaunahicks.com.
James Followell (Musical Director) has worked as musical director and vocal arranger with many Broadway and Cabaret luminaries including KT Sullivan, Karen Mason, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, Sharon McNight, Kristen Chenowith, Ann Hampton Callaway and the incomparable Hildegarde in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room, Spoleto Festival and The Prince Edward Theater in London.
James was also in the world premiere of the new musical review, Jerry Herman’s “Best of Times” in London’s West End. Theater credits include: “Forever Plaid” (New York and 1st national Tour) and “Little Shop of Horrors” (European Tour). Most recently, he was musical director for Shauna Hicks’ one-woman 70’s show and appeared in St. Louis at the Grandelle Cabaret Series with KT Sullivan.
Barry Kleinbort (Director) has worked with many top cabaret performing talents in this country, including Marcia Lewis, Karen Mason, Mary Cleere Haran, Kaye Ballard, Heather MacRae, Eric Michael Gillett, and Sara Zahn. Most recently, he worked with Jeff Harnar on his well-received tribute to lyricist Sammy Cahn at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York. Off-Broadway, he staged two musical revues at the Kaufman Theatre, Kaye Ballard’s one-woman show “Kaye Ballard – Working 42nd Street At Last!” and Jo Sullivan and Emily Loesser in “Together Again… For the First Time.”
Mr. Kleinbort is also a noted composer-lyricist and has written special material for many performers as well as full-length theatre pieces. A revue of his songs, collectively titled “Big City Rhythm,” played the Triad Theatre, garnering rave notices from the New York press. For his various directing and/or writing assignments, Barry has received two Back Stage Bistro Awards, eight Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards, the prestigious Edward Kleban Foundation Award for Lyric Writing, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Southern Illinois University.
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