Lorna Luft in Broadway at Birdland Concert Debut February 11 and 18
By Ellis Nassour
Lorna Luft makes her Broadway at Birdland debut in Lorna’s Living Room, two different shows February 11 and February 18, both at 7 P.M. "It’s like having old friends dropping over," she says. "We make merry, laugh, and sing. In fact, anything can happen."
Luft is the hostess-with-the-mostess.
Tonight, the "boys" drop by – specifically James Clow and Tony Yazbeck [Tulsa, 2008 Gypsy]. Both are vets of the holiday touring classic White Christmas, which Luft has done in the U.S. and the U.K.
They’ll perform tunes by Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, and, among others, Burt Bacharach.
February 18, it’s the girl’s night in Luft’s living room, with guests Ann Hampton Callaway and country/pop star Kelly King ("I Don’t Wanna Sing That Song") . Expect songs by the legendary lyricists Betty Comden and Dorothy Fields; and Laura Nyro.
Luft, who’s performed on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, throughout the U.K., and regionally, made her TV debut at 11joining "Mama," singing side-by-side her legendary mom on The Judy Garland Show. She most recently reprised her White Christmas role in 2011 at the Papemill Playhouse, co-starring with Clow and Yazbeck. Her voice was heard in the TV animated series Rick and Steve: the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World.
She brought her acclaimed, award-winning West Coast multi-media concert, Songs My Mother Taught Me-The Judy Garland Songbook to New York Regency, with music direction by her husband Colin Freeman. The songs and some of her family reminisces were captured for a CD.
Tickets for Lorna Luft’s Lorna’s Living Room are $25 and $35, with a $10 food/drink minimum. To reserve, call (212) 581-3080. Following Luft’s shows is Jim Caruso’s popular Monday night staple, Cast Party at 10 P.M. You never know who might drop by, and almost everyone who’s anyone has. Stick around an parteeee!