Sunday, February 24, 2013

One Night Only - Alison Fraser in "A Tennessee Williams Songbook"

Tony-nominee Alison Fraser will be performing a one-night only benefit concert of "A Tennessee Williams Songbook," in which Fraser will reprise her sensational performance that brought down the sold-out house at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival last year.

In a jewel box of pop songs, this seasoned actor-singer reveals a voice that ranges from  mellow ballads to grinding, gritty blues.  Accompanied by piano powerhouse Allison Leyton Brown who can rattle the rafters in a dazzling array of musical styles,  Fraser takes us on an emotional journey of romantic longing as she interprets hits from the '30s and '40s including Mississippi blues, Latin love songs, and silky jazz classics. 
Among popular pleasures in the lineup: “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (from A Streetcar Named Desire), “The Party’s Over Now,” “If I Didn’t Care,” and a sultry “St. Louis Woman."  The collection of songs from Williams’ plays was compiled by Festival curator David Kaplan, who directed the concert.

"A Tennessee Williams Songbook" is coming to New York for a one-night only performance tomorrow, February 25th at 8 pm at Five Angels Theater, located at 789 Tenth Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets).  Tickets are available online and all proceeds benefit the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.

If you are unable to make tomorrow night's performance, you'll have another chance to see "A Tennessee Williams Songbook" at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival beginning March 20th, where it will run for three performances.

Photo by Josh Andrus

Alison Fraser was nominated for Tony Awards for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, The White House, The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, The Tisch Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Joe's Pub and Symphony Space.

Allison Leyton Brown performs live at the upscale Feinstein's, the legendary Birdland, and many other venues. She plays keyboards and organs regularly with the New Orleans-inspired band Smith & 9th Ward, The Outer Borough Brass Band, New York’s Finest Jazz Band, and fronts the trio House of Stride.

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is the country’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to America’s great playwright. It  takes place in various venues throughout the seaside village of Provincetown.  This year’s theme of Tennessee Williams and Women: 50% Illusion takes place Sept 26 – 29.   Theater artists from around the globe come together to perform classic and innovative productions celebrating the enduring influence of  Tennessee Williams in the 21st Century.   Visit for more information.

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