The Very Best Of NYC Music (December/January 2009-2010)
by Mei Mei Chin
December 11, 2009
The plus-size pop girl group and America’s Got Talent finalists The Glamazons are back and as sweet as ever in Sugar Rush their new holiday show at the Laurie Beechman The- ater Dec. 15. Sugar Rush is a night filled with sweet treats and surprises. Once described as the “Plus-Size Pussycat Dolls,” The Glamazons will perform everything from holiday music to their hilarious bawdy standards to heartfelt ballads. The show will even give audiences a sneak peek at their brand new, original songs – including the titular Sugar Rush. The Glamazons are sure to feed your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more!

The award winning actor/impersonator Tommy Femia celebrates his 20th season at Don’t Tell MaMa with his acclaimed portrayal of the legendary Judy Garland in Judy Garland Live Dec. 19. Femia belts out some of Judy’s signature songs (from “Over the Rainbow” to “The Man That Got Away”), and even a few that she never had a chance to do. Comedienne and songstress Rachael Sage brings her signature ‘What’s a Jewish girl to do?’ shtick to Tchatchkes & Latkes! a special holiday-themed performance at Joe’s Pub Dec. 23. Sage will weave songs from her eight-album discography with shpiel about her life as a former ballerina, adventures on the road, and her family’s extensive menorah collection. Expect a healthy mix of vaudevillian shtick, playful Yiddishkeit and Sage’s sig- nature pianistic flair.

Feinstein’s at Loews Regency begins its all-star Spring 2010 season with a pair of its favorite performers. Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly will return to the club to open the official season from January 19-30 with her new show “The Second Time Around.” And following the triumphant run last year of her show “Broadway By Request,” Tony Award winner Betty Buckley will return to the club February 2-27 with a new program of Broadway songs she’s always wanted to sing from.

Gotham Chamber Opera will literally take audiences to the moon with their production of Il Mondo Della Luna at the Hayden Planetarium Jan. 19-28. For the first time ever, the Planetarium will be transformed into an intimate opera house using a 180-degree dome and projections courtesy of NASA. Taking advantage of breakthroughs in laser and light technology, Il Mondo Della Luna will fuse live opera and stargazing, immersing the audience in a com- pletely new kind of theatrical event - an out-of- this-world experience for opera lovers, science buffs, and theatergoers alike.

Suckin’ It For The Holidays, the scathing new comedy CD for all seasons from stand-up provocateur Kathy Griffin has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. A stand-up comedy tour de force, “Suckin’ It For The Holidays” provides an acerbic analysis of the celebrities and public figures, both awesome and terrifying, that provide fuel and fodder for Griffin’s preoccupations and observations. The CD includes iconoclastic takes on Katie Couric, Suze Orman, Donald Trump, the Real Housewives, her own mother and much more. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Jan. 31.

Celebrating their 30th year, the award-winning New York City Gay Men’s Chorus presents Together at Town Hall on Dec. 20. Over 200 talented singers will be joined by the Tony Award-winning Victoria Clark. Whether the Chorus is singing the classics, grooving to contemporary pop, belting a show tune or crooning your Holiday favorites, their annual holiday show is always joyful, heartwarming, and full of surprises.
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