A Swell Party It Was!

December 11, 2016

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the audience at Urban Stages got a sample of just some of the high quality of talent that’s recognized by the Bistro Awards each year.

“A Night at the Bistros” paid tribute to songwriters Richard Rodney Bennett, Murray Grand, Rick Jensen, Steven Lutvak, John Wallowitch, and George Winters and a selection of their songs were beautifully performed by Aaron Lee Battle, Mary Foster Conklin, Lina Koutrakos, Jay Rogers, and Deborah Tranelli under Gerry Geddes’ skilled direction and Ian Herman’s masterful music direction.

One of the highlights of the show came at the encore: George Winters singing his own “The Girl Who Put the Sin in Cincinnati” from his 1992 Bistro Award-winning show “Monday in the Dark With George.”

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Photos by Maryann Lopinto


About the Author

Sherry Eaker has been the producer of the annual Bistro Awards since the awards’ inception in 1985. She is the former editor of "Back Stage" and, during her 30-year run, produced panel discussions and workshop events on an ongoing basis, including the programming for Back Stage’s annual Actorfest. She compiled and edited four editions of the "Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists," and compiled and edited "The Cabaret Artists Handbook." She is a member of the National Theatre Conference and the American Theatre Critics Association (and produced eight of ATCA’s New York weekend conferences). She is an advisor to the boards of both the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.