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Barbara Cook's <i>Spotlight</i>: Karen Akers

Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Karen Akers

Saturday, December 12, 2009 7:30 PM

Holidays Theater

Tony Award nominee and nightclub legend Karen Akers (Nine) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

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Karen Akers is a leading concert and cabaret singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Hollywood Bowl. 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." She has starred on Broadway in Grand Hotel and Nine and on film in Heartburn and The Purple Rose of Cairo. Akers sings "straight ahead, without frills and flourishes, exotic vocal booby traps, or stupendous stunts," says the New York Observer, "like a polished, neon-nourished lady baritone."