JENNA ESPOSITO - Birthday Bash

party_pic.jpg Jenna’s 3rd Annual All-Star Birthday Bash
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7 p.m.
The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
Reservations: 212-206-0440
There will be a $12 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.
Musical Director: Fortune Esposito




A 2008 MAC Award nominee for female vocalist, Jenna Esposito returns to the Metropolitan Room with her annual all-star birthday celebration! This year’s lineup includes Broadway veteran Raissa Katona Bennett; award winning lyricist and songwriter Hector Coris; MAC and Bistro Award winner Scott Coulter, 2007 MAC Award nominee Cynthia Crane; musical director/guitarist Fortune Esposito; acclaimed vocalist Kelly Esposito-Broelmann; MAC Award winner Rob Langeder; comedian Danny Leary; MAC Award winner Sue Matsuki; MAC Award winner Miles Phillips; dazzling diva Maureen Taylor; MAC and Bistro Award winner Lennie Watts; and retro-jazz vocalist Julian Yeo.

Music director/guitarist Fortune Esposito leads the band with Erik James on piano, Skip Ward on bass, and Brian DeWitt on drums.

Jenna made her NYC cabaret debut in August, 2004 and has since performed shows at the Duplex, Danny’s Skylight Room, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the Metropolitan Room. Her shows “A Hint of Rosemary: The Songs of Rosemary Clooney,” “SMOOCH!” and “I Hate Men: Songs for the Scorned” have all received critical acclaim, and “I Hate Men: Songs for the Scorned” was named one of the 12 best cabaret shows of 2006 by John Hoglund of www.theaterscene.net. Jenna released her debut CD, Thirteen Men…and Me! in October, 2007.

Jenna's theater credits include: Godspell (Wings Theatre), Feste in Twelfth Night (British American Drama Academy, London), Francesca in West Side Story (Forestburgh Playhouse), Princess Beauty in Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Lawrence College), and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Bethlehem Summer Music Festival), as well as appearances at the Shawnee Playhouse, the George Street Playhouse, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

A veritable arsenal of skills...big, robust voice...a very fine actress...She can swing, she can rock, and she can belt - Esposito is nothing if not versatile…Her big, expressive eyes aren't just windows to her soul, they are a veritable skylight…She's got the gift - heat, heart and a touch of heaven!…Barbara and Scott Siegel – The Two Of Clubs – Talkin’ Broadway.com

“Fresh and flirty, glowing with youth and genuine sweetness, and exhibiting growing professionalism…In her theater-honed clear soprano, switching styles from romantic to sultry to perky to hit-the-back-wall, Jenna held the stage, and an appreciative audience, solo and firmly in her grasp”...Peter Haas/Cabaret Scenes

“…rapidly making waves with her diverse talents, Esposito's terrific homage to Rosemary Clooney…displays a solid performer with a future. From a show-biz family, she's got her act together enough to deserve the attention she's bound to garner as her cabaret profile builds…John Hoglund/theaterscene.net

"Her approach to her art follows the grand tradition of Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne and other classic female chanteuses!"…Joe Karr / Times Herald Record

“With her charming personality and endearingly cheery stage presence, she exudes joy and all things positive, so one may not be surprised to see that she delivers up-tempo and big numbers with verve and assurance. What one might not expect, though, are the tenderness and sensitivity she brings to ballads–what a lovely revelation!”Roy Sander/columnist and critic

“…a delight to see and hear, with a ton of talent which she serves perfectly with a sweetness reminiscent of the time when the songs she selected were still so young.”… Scott Barbarino/cabaretexchange.com

Praise for 13 Men…and Me!
“Jenna radiates good spirits on her album, breezing through bouncy tunes and snuggling up to the sultry songs…a playful and upbeat personality comes across as real, rather than forced, putting sparkle in much of the CD.”… Rob Lester/TalkinBroadway.com

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