Hot on the heels of his recent standing-room-only engagement at New York City’s legendary Birdland nightclub, the likewise legendary Steve Ross hits the stage of Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on Saturday August 5 at 8 pm for a one-night-only tribute to the immortal Fred Astaire called I Won’t Dance. And who better to embody Astaire’s suave, smooth, sophisticated style than the man the New York Times has dubbed “The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret?”
Steve Ross rose to fame as a cabaret entertainer during his lengthy sojourns at Ted Hook’s Backstage in Manhattan in the late 1970s followed by years of residency at the celebrated Oak Room at the Hotel Algonquin. Steve has long delighted audiences on six continents with his shows celebrating the American Songbook and saluting figures like Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer and Alan Jay Lerner. He was on the Concerts and Lecture roster at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for eight years, and has also hosted radio series on the BBC and NPR. In 1992, he starred off-Broadway in “I Won’t Dance – Steve Ross Sings and Plays Fred Astaire.” He made his Broadway debut in the revival of Noël Coward’s “Present Laughter,” playing the cockney valet and performing at the keyboard. In 2000, following Steve’s debut at The Plush Room, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Attending a Ross performance is like opening a treasure chest of great, often rare, songs. No one performing today is his equal. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.” He was hailed by the New York Times as “the suavest of all male cabaret performers,” and by the Times of London “the smoothest cabaret act in the world.”
Indeed, it would be difficult to identify a major composer in the American Popular Songbook canon whose works have eluded Mr. Ross’ delightful performance attentions. In light of this reality, in March, 2015, Steve was presented with a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award, a singular honor reflecting his extraordinarily diverse and longstanding contributions to the cabaret genre worldwide. Steve’s current projects include preparing a theatre piece about Cole Porter and touring with the newly formed Steve Ross Orchestra. Visit www.steveross.net to learn more.
Click here for $22 advance tickets or call 800-838-3006. $25 Tickets are available at the door starting at 7:30 if seats are still available. Bridge Street Theatre, 44 W. Bridge Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Information: 518-943-3818 or BridgeStreetTheatre.org Ample Free Parking is usually available in the Catskill High lot behind the Theatre