The Tennessee Williams Songbookdirected by David Kaplan
starring Alison Fraser
DCA ProductionsNew York, NY
The Tennessee Williams Songbook
A Festival finale of American Standards.
Broadway’s Alison Fraser made a memorable splash at last year’s Festival in Dirty Shorts. She’s back this year singing a jewel box of pop songs from plays by Tennessee Williams.
Among other pleasures in the lineup: “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (from A Streetcar Named Desire), “The Party’s Over Now,” “If I Didn’t Care,” and a sultry “St. Louis Woman.”
There are unexpected delights from country-western ballads, Mississippi blues, Latin love songs, and some rousing Gilbert & Sullivan inspired by The Glass Menagerie.
Alison Fraser (left) was twice nominated for the Tony Award (for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance). She is a nationally acclaimed performer who has appeared in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The White House, The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, The Tisch Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Joe's Pub and Symphony Space.
Songs are accompanied by piano powerhouse Allison Leyton Brown, a classically-trained virtuoso acclaimed for driving the beat and rattling the rafters in a dazzling array of musical styles. The collection of songs was compiled by Festival curator David Kaplan.
Allison Leyton Brown (left) performs live across New York City and America: at the upscale Feinstein's, the legendary Birdland, and many others.
She plays keyboards and organs regularly with the New Orleans-inspired band Smith & 9th Ward, The Outer Borough Brass Band, New York’s Finest Jazz Band, and fronts the trio House of Stride, with a repertory ranging from classic stride piano to old-School cabaret gems and re-imagined pop classics.