Jeff Harner, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show Does this Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night) for four shows at 7pm: Monday nights from January 14 to 28 and then Friday, February 8.
When Harnar first emerged in the 1990s, The New York Times called him "the most important new male cabaret performer since Michael Feinstein." Liza Minnelli raved "Jeff performs with a joy that can only be called true style." Harnar recently was awarded the 2012 Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award, as well as two MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards and three Back Stage Bistro Awards. This new show – featuring Music Director Lawrence Yurman on piano, Jered Egan on bass and Ray Marchica on drums – will highlight the wit of Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Sammy Cahn, Comden & Green, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman, Stan Freberg, Rick Crom, Larry Kerchner, Francesca Blumenthal and more.
Jeff Harner has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Oak Room, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Metropolitan Room, The Town Hall and has hosted three seasons of The American Songbook in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas, a solo concert at Weill Recital and as Michael Feinstein's special guest at Zankel Hall. Jeff headlined three Town Hall concerts, including a Cole Porter evening with Andrea Marcovicci. He has appeared in thirteen Lyrics & Lyricists concerts, serving as artistic director and host for one.
He appears in the upcoming Iconoclast feature film Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, singing "I Fall in Love Too Easily"(from his album Sammy Cahn: All the Way). More information is at www.joshuatree1951.com.
Jeff's television credits include "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" (PBS), "Remember: Songs of the Holidays" (PBS) with KT Sullivan and as the singing narrator of "Gershwin on Ice" (A&E) staring Dorothy Hamill. Nationally, Jeff tours with Shauna Hicks in their Symphony Pops concert I Got Rhythm: Mickey & Judy's Hollywood, which has played five seasons at The Colony Hotel's Royal Room in Palm Beach and opened for The McGuire Sisters during their reunion tour.
His first album, The 1959 Broadway Songbook, was released in 1995 by Original Cast Records. Because of You: Fifties Gold was issued by Varèse Sarabande Records in 1997 (and reissued by Original Cast in 2002). His third album documented his tribute show to lyricist Sammy Cahn, Sammy Cahn: All the Way; Jerome Records released it in 2001. In 2005, PS Classics released Dancing in the Dark, a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook on which Harnar was accompanied by a small orchestra.
Please visit www.JeffHarnar.com for more information.
Jeff Harner will perform Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night) at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Mondays, January 14, 21, 28 and Friday, February 8 at 7pm. All shows have a $25.00 cover with a $15.00 food and beverage minimum. The theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street within the West Bank Café in NYC. For ticket reservations, please call (212) 695-6909 or visit www.westbankcafe.com.