Russ Lorenson returns to Austin with his acclaimed show, Benedetto/Blessed: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Tony Bennett, for two performances only, at Austin Cabaret Theatre, located at The Mansion at Judges' Hill, 1900 Rio Grande (MLK & Rio Grande), Austin, Texas 78705. Shows are March 27th and 28th at 8:30pm. The shows are being presented as part of the 2007-2008 season of the Austin Cabaret Theatre.
The best is yet to come as singer and recording artist Russ Lorenson honors an American music icon in his show, Benedetto/Blessed: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Tony Bennett. Lorenson's tribute to the man whom Frank Sinatra called "the best singer in the business" premiered at Austin Cabaret Theatre's July 2006 gala as the opening act for the legendary Eartha Kitt. Since then, the show has enjoyed sold-out runs across the country, including San Francisco's Empire Plush Room, Sterling's Upstairs in Los Angeles, Milwaukee's Wilson Center for the Arts, and New York's famed Iridium Jazz Club. The show is musically directed by renowned jazz pianist Kelly Park.
In honor - not impersonation - of Mr. Bennett (whose birth name translates to "blessed" in Italian), and his successful career spanning over six decades, Lorenson performs an array of the crooner's biggest hits, including "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Because of You" and "The Shadow of Your Smile," abd tells the story of this amazing artist's life.
"I find great inspiration in Mr. Bennett's music and artistic vision," says Lorenson. "The Great American Songbook has had no greater champion, and I am honored to be singing Mr. Bennett's greatest hits."
About Russ Lorenson
Russ Lorenson has established a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's leading interpreters of jazz standards, with a sound and approach that place him at the intersection of Broadway, jazz, and pop - the very essence of the Great American Songbook. Jazz Review says that "Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick; he is his own man."
Nominated for a 2007 MAC Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Russ Lorenson's passion for the stage started as a youngster, with a performing career that began at age seven in his home town of Philadelphia. As an actor he has appeared in award-winning musical productions with theatre companies throughout California, and has toured with the National Theatre for Children. As a vocalist he has toured the US, UK and Europe, appearing in concert with such luminaries as Broadway stars Karen Mason and Dale Kristien, "Queen of Cabaret" Andrea Marcovicci, jazz diva Wesla Whitfield, and as the opening act for the legendary Eartha Kitt.
Lorenson's previous show, A Little Travelin' Music, played to sold-out audiences on both coasts. His debut CD, of the same name, was released in May 2006 on the LML Music label and features songs from the show and includes duets with special guests Shawn Ryan and Klea Blackhurst. His second CD, What I Want For Christmas, was also released on LML Music in 2006, and has received extensive radio airplay in major markets across the US. Both CD's were included in the initial Nominating Ballot for the 2006 Grammy Awards.
In recognition of his solid and sophisticated musical vocabulary, Jazz Review says that ""Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick, he is his own man." The Napa Valley Register said that "...Lorenson's tribute is solid gold." The San Diego Union-Tribune said that his "relaxed, easy deliveries...seem natural and heartfelt..." The Los Angeles Times said that he brings "a supple voice and strong sense of characterization to all his songs." Talkin'Broadway.com said that "Russ Lorenson has brought the crooner style back to the cabaret scene...reminiscent of those singers that I used to hear when the 52nd Street cabarets were the cat's meow." BeyondChron.com said, "Not only does Lorenson have the soul of the greats - Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and other dream crooners of the 50's, 60's and 70's - he has the band with him to really bring those decades to life." The Juice Weekly called Russ "...a performer that is reminiscent of the old greats..." The Coronado Journal simply called him "...irresistible..."
For more information about Russ Lorenson, please visit www.russlorenson.com.
About Austin Cabaret Theatre
Founded in 2001, Austin Cabaret Theatre is Austin's only resident professional producing cabaret company. ACT's roster has included such cabaret luminaries as Ann Hampton Callaway, Steve Ross, Jason Graae, Sam Harris, Karen Mason, Amanda McBroom, Klea Blackhurst, Faith Prince, and Tony DeSare. Guest Artists often present student workshops in cabaret performance, question and answer sessions, and special appearances on local programs.
ATTENTION CALENDAR EDITORS:
WHAT: Benedetto/Blessed: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Tony Bennett. Russ Lorenson celebrates the legendary crooner's 60+ year career.
WHEN: Thursday & Friday, March 27th & 28th at 8:30pm.
WHERE: Austin Cabaret Theatre at The Mansion at Judges' Hill, 1900 Rio Grande (MLK & Rio Grande), Austin, Texas 78705
TICKETS: $39, available by calling (512) 453-2287 or online at www.austincabaret.org.
ATTENTION PHOTO EDITORS:
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