Broadway Babies are Back

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
at 7:00pm
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In a show packed with talent, narrator and creator Barry Day takes audiences on a journey with some of the greatest Broadway beauties of all time, from Ethel Merman to Barbra Streisand, Angela Lansbury and more. The musical revue stars Klea Blackhurst, Carole Bufford, and Marissa Mulder who channel the unforgettable talent of these legends, accompanied by the vocals of Eric Comstock.

Barry Day is the leading visionary behind the celebrated revue Kander & Ebb...And All That Jazz, and now presents Broadway Babies are Back. Born in England, Day is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a trustee of the Noel Coward Foundation. The actor and director was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his "services to British culture in the United States." He is well known in the Florida theater community and beyond for his thoughtful and entertaining musical revues of some of the United States' most famous composers.

Starring in Broadway Babies are Back is Klea Blackhurst. Blackhurst was born and raised in Salt Lake City and is perhaps best known for her role in Everything the Traffic Will Allow, a tribute to the life and music of Ethel Merman. The show debuted in New York in 2001 and earned the inaugural Special Achievement Award from Time Out New York magazine. Klea Blackhurst has performed in the top performance venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, to name a few. Her theater credits include Mama Morton in Chicago, Sally Adams in Call Me Madam, and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.

Joining Klea Blackhurst is actress and singer Carole Bufford. Originally from Georgia, Bufford grew up listening to the music of Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, and Dinah Washington. After studying Musical Theater at Ithica College, Carole Bufford quickly made a name for herself in the cabaret and jazz scenes in New York City. Her show, speak easy, featuring the Grammy award-winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In addition to earning Nightlife, Bistro and BroadwayWorld awards for Oustanding Vocalist, Bufford recently made her London debut.

Completing the Broadway Babies trio is Marissa Mulder. Known as one of the most successful young cabaret artists working in Manhattan, Mulder was named "Rising Star of the Year" by Time Out New York in 2013. Her show Tom...In His Words: The Songs of Tom Waits was called "far and away the season's best show" by Stephen Holden of the New York Times. A 2013 winner of the Noel Coward and Julie Wilson Award, Marissa Mulder is a featured guest on Piano Jazz on NPR. The rising star has performed at the Carlyle, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Joe's Pub, and the Metropolitan Room. Her most recent show, Marilyn in Fragments, has earned rave reviews from The New York Times.
Accompanying Blackhurst, Bufford, and Mulder is vocalist Eric Comstock. Born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey, Comstock considers himself a champion of the American Songbook. Melding jazz and pop, Eric has recorded and performed with Andy Bey, Frank Wess, Houston Person, and Wycliffe Gordon. In addition to his successful CD recordings, Comstock has also co-created three critically-acclaimed touring shows: Made for the Movies: A Hollywood Songbook, Singing Astaire, and Our Sinatra. A regular performer at some of the top nightclubs in New York City, Eric Comstock was one of the last performers to headline at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. Along with his frequent musical partner and wife Barbara Fasano, Eric has received multiple MAC, Bistro, and New York Nightlife awards. The vocalist recently began teaching the American Songbook to acting students at Sanford Meisner's acting conservatory, The Neighborhood Playhouse.