Lorna Dallas to Direct Solo Cabaret Show GLAMOR NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS to Crazy Coqs

Cabaret fame Lorna Dallas brings her latest musical foray, Glamorous Nights and Rainy Days, to Crazy Coqs. Dallas recently received a New York Backstage Bistro award for its “Continued Consummate Artistry”. The show, conceived with its two main collaborators, is directed by Barry Kleinbort and the musical directed by Christopher Denny.

In production, Dallas again delivers an adventurous program featuring sublime standards and surprising rarities from composers as diverse as Michel Legrand, Harold Arlen, Jerry Herman and Ivor Novello. The show will take place at Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED on Sunday April 3 and Tuesday April 5 at 7pm. Tickets cost £25.00 and can be purchased here or by calling 020 7734 4888.

Dallas will also premiere two songs, one for a musical not produced on
PT Barnum and the other, a special order for her by Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway. And, as a further indication of her artistry, she will scale the dizzying heights of the complete ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’, written over 60 years ago for Dolores Gray and never before performed in the UK in its entirety. The evening will also mark the launch of his new CD, Rainbows, with 4 bonus tracks. It will be released on Stage Door Records.

Lorna was born in Carrier Mills, Illinois. At 17, she won Talentsville USA, a national talent competition sponsored by Coca Cola, culminating in the finals in New York. She instead chose to go to Indiana University to study for a music degree before joining the Metropolitan Opera National Company. She went on the road for a year all over the United States and Canada. However, her love for musical theater totally outweighed her love for opera…and a very happy career in musicals followed.

She arrived in London in 1971 to play the role of Magnolia in SHOW BOAT with Dame Cleo Laine at the Adelphi Theater – the show was such a hit it ran for a record 2 years and 3 months. The production was recorded and presented at the Tony Awards as the best international production of that season.

Lorna fell in love with London, staying in the UK to perform in numerous musicals (SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, HELLO DOLLY! (with Danny La Rue), and THE KING AND I among them), the European premiere of CLOSER THAN EVERE, SEVEN DEADLY SINS at the Princes Grace Theater in Monaco, concerts in all the major London venues (Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Palladium, Theater Royal Drury Lane) and around the world with major symphony orchestras under the direction of Skitch Henderson and Don Pippin (Carnegie Hall, New York Town Hall, Brisbane Cultural Center, Napa Valley Opera House), numerous TV appearances including The Royal Variety Performance and his own much-loved BBC series, MY SERENADE and LORNA DALLAS. . .MY MUSICAL WORLD, appearing alongside the 77-piece BBC Radio Orchestra and special guests each week.

She has also acted in films including the highly acclaimed UNITED 93 and had the honor of presenting the film at the White House for President Bush. His poignant recordings as part of the oral history of 9/11 can be heard at the United 93 Memorial Site in Shanksville.

Her many charity appearances for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Not Forgotten Association are legendary and recently she took part and starred in a special presentation at Buckingham Palace for the Royal Family. She has also performed in countless gala concerts for the benefit of various charities.

Her CD, THE GIRL I KNEW, celebrating the music of Novello & Kern, was named BBC Album of the Year. She won rave reviews for her one woman shows at the Jermyn Street Theatre, a theater dear to her heart. His cabaret performances in New York (The Algonquin and the Firebird) also won rave reviews…and, indeed, from both sides of the pond. London has been her home since 1971…and this love affair has no end in sight!

For more information on Lorna Dallas, visit her website here.

Photo credits: Kevin Alvey

James C. Tibbs