An Evening with Karen Akers
Saturday, June 17, 7:00 PM
Buck Hill Falls, Tennis Tea
A Pre-Festival Friend-Raiser on Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 PM will feature international artist Karen Akers. A Tony nominee, Theatre World Awardee, and a long time Algonquin Cabaret regular. She will bring her celebrated evening of theatre and French ballads to the Tennis Tea at Buck Hill. Called “The quintessential cabaret art singer…” by the New York Times, Ms. Akers is thrilled to join the Festival to help kick off this exciting season. Tickets are $40, and those who donate $1,000 and above will receive free Festival tickets to this concert plus more. (Number of tickets determined on the basis of amount donated. See benefits table for more information).
This performance is generously underwritten by a grant from Lynn A. Ball, PMMF Board Member.
About Karen Akers
Karen Akers, one of America’s most arresting and successful concert and cabaret stars, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. She has appeared in many prestigious venues worldwide from Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, and London’s Pizza on the Park. Her career also includes three performances at the White House.
As audiences cheer, critics are overwhelmed; The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner says of her sound: “It’s a great voice, an instrument with the power of Streisand’s, the dark passion of Piaf’s and the lean irony of Dietrich’s, but a voice uniquely her own, because it’s coupled with an intelligence that creates moments of riveting theatricality.”
She appeared at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel, directed by Tommy Tune. She made her debut on the Great White Way in 1982 in Nine (also directed by Tune) for which she won a Theatre World Award as well as a Tony Award nomination, creating the role of Wife.
Ms. Akers has had two of her own PBS television specials: Presenting Karen Akers and Karen Akers: On Stage at Wolf Trap. In addition to her own PBS specials, she has performed in PBS musical tributes to Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
Ms. Akers’ film roles include the femme fatale in Mike Nichols’s Heartburn opposite Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Ken Kwapis’s Vibes.
Learn more about Karen Akers here.