Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch Unleash A Swinging Birdland Christmas | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch Unleash A Swinging Birdland Christmas The annual concert will light up the NYC jazz club December 22–25.
Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst, and Jim Caruso in A Swinging Birdland Christmas Bill Westmoreland

Entertainers Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch will star in the eighth annual edition of the holiday show A Swinging Birdland Christmas December 22–25 at Birdland in New York City.

The three will perform seasonal standards and novelty numbers at the jazz club, including “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” “It Happened In Sun Valley,” and Kay Thompson’s arrangement of “Jingle Bells.”

Blackhurst is an actor and veteran club singer known for her Ethel Merman tribute, Everything the Traffic Will Allow , plus tributes to songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Jule Styne, Vernon Duke, Jerry Herman, Leonard Bernstein, and others.

Caruso is a Birdland regular, serving up his weekly Jim Caruso’s Cast Party show each Monday.

Stritch has arranged for, produced, and performed onstage with Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Marilyn Maye, and Charles Aznavour, and was guest conductor for The Rosie O’Donnell Show. He is the winner of the Nashville Music City News Award, a BMI Song of the Year Award, and four awards from the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets.

A Swinging Birdland Christmas is one of two gigs Stritch will perform at Birdland between now and New Year's Eve.

Fresh from her Tony-nominated run in the Broadway musical War Paint, Christine Ebersole is warming up for a return to Birdland for the holiday concert Snowfall with Stritch. Snowfall will be performed 6 PM December 28 at the club.

Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

Tickets for A Swinging Birdland Christmas cost $30 and can be ordered here. Tickets for Snowfall range $50–$65 and are available here.

Ebersole has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Ebersole, Judy Kuhn, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess.

Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.



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