Mary Cleere Haran at Feinstein's
Saturday, Nov 07, 2009: 8:00PM 10:30PM
MARY CLEERE HARAN CELEBRATING THE JOHNNY MERCER CENTENNIAL
OCTOBER 29 31, NOVEMBER 5 7
FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, will continue its star-studded Fall 2009 season with the return engagement of MARY CLEERE HARAN from October 29 31 and November 5 7. The world premiere of her new show celebrating the Johnny Mercer centennial will feature famous standards such as Day In Day Out, Out Of This World, and The Days of Wine and Roses, in addition to lesser known gems such as Its A Great Big World from The Harvey Girls and That Old Music Master, with music by Hoagy Carmichael. She will be joined by Ted Rosenthal (Oct. 29 31) and her Music Director Don Rebic (Nov. 5-7) on piano and Chip Jackson on bass. All shows are at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
MARY CLEERE HARAN, one of the most renowned singers of The Great American Songbook, has garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike for her witty, sophisticated performances. The San Francisco native, who has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney, evokes the charm, style and wit of 1930s movie stars like Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne, Jean Arthur and Carole Lombard. She has performed at some of the most prominent venues in the country, including Lincoln Center, Rainbow & Stars, The Russian Tea Room, The Cinegrill in Los Angeles, The Plush Room in San Francisco and the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. Her previous critically-acclaimed shows at Feinsteins include Mary Cleere Haran Sings Doris Day (2007) recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning and Lullaby of Broadway: The Harry Warren Songbook (2005).
It was Harans love affair with classic movies of the 1930s and 1940s most notably the black and white Warner Bros. films bursting with brassy, sassy Gold Diggers and Jazz Age Gershwin music that sparked her love affair with American popular song. She cites Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Doris Day as primary sources of inspiration, but Hollywoods Golden Age has made an indelible impression on Ms. Harans singing. She also boasts an impressive list of theater credits, making her Broadway debut in The 1940s Radio Hour and appearing Off Broadway in Manhattan Music, Swingtime Canteen and Heebie Jeebies. On TV, she had a recurring role on Sidney Lumets drama 100 Centre Street on A&E.
In addition to her illustrious performing career, Ms. Haran is a respected writer and researcher who has brought her talents to numerous PBS specials, including Michael Feinsteins The Great American Songbook, Remembering Bing, Irving Berlins America, When We Were Young: The Lives of Child Movie Stars, Satchmo, a documentary about Louis Armstrong, and Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey. She was one of a select group asked to write on Frank Sinatras death in The New York Times. Her CDs have been praised by Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and The New York Times. Her most recent release is Crazy Rhythm: Manhattan in the 20s.