THE GREEN ROOM 42 – the intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway’s “off-night hotspot” by The New York Times – will present Grammy Award-winner and Tony Award-nominated Broadway veteran Brenda Braxton in the premiere edition of her live music and talk show “Stars Tonight!” on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM. The evening, which combines a touch of Johnny Carson with songs, comedy, and interviews, will welcome Emmy and Tony Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth as the first special guest. The audience gets a close up and personal evening with their favorite Broadway and television stars as Ms. Braxtonweaves stories of her years on Broadway in musicals such as Smokey Joe’s Café, Dreamgirls, Legs Diamond, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Cats. The show, which features musical director Tracy Stark on piano, Skip Ward on bass, David Silliman on drums, and Andrew Gutauskas on saxophone, is co-hosted by Allison Williams Foster.
Brenda Braxton is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts. She was featured on Broadway in Smokey Joe’s Café, where she was nominated for a Tony Award and the recipient of the NAACP Theater Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award and Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. In 2003 she joined the Broadway cast of Chicago in the starring role of Velma Kelly, opposite Bebe Neuwirth, Rita Wilson and Usher. A few of her other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond, and the original production of Dreamgirls. Her TV credits include “Nurse Jackie,” “Smash” and, most recently, law partner Madeline on “The Good Fight.”
She founded the not-for-profit organization Leading Ladies Just for Teens (LLJFT), which leads seminars geared toward empowering young girls. For her work with LLJFT, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King “Living the Dream” Award from New York’s Governor Pataki, the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women, and the Community Service Award given by the National Association of Negro Business Women. Her first book, The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette, helps new artists navigate through their life behind the scenes in theater.
Brenda Braxton will host “Stars Tonight!” at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM. The cover charge ranges from $25-$45. A livestream option is available for $20. While food or beverages service is provided inside the theatre, the ticket price includes a $10 credit to be spent inside at The Green Room 42 or outdoors at Social Drink & Food, the largest rooftop of any hotel in New York City. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.
THE GREEN ROOM 42 – founded in 2017, and located in the heart of the theatre district in YOTEL Times Square – is Broadway’s newest and most spacious cabaret club. Hailed by the New York Times as “Broadway’s Off-Night Hotspot,” our curated nightlife experience features your favorite Broadway stars in live performance, and a delicious menu of food and drink. The Green Room 42 opens the doors of hospitality to the nightclub stage while providing value and accessibility to the New York theatre community. Past shows have featured artists such as Josh Groban, Tina Fey, Katharine McPhee, Sara Bareilles, Alice Ripley, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Lillias White, Frances Ruffelle, Frankie Grande, David Phelps, and over 5,000 others. The Green Room 42 has become a cornerstone of the Broadway community, redefining the cabaret industry, and all it’s missing is YOU. Sit back, have a drink, and relax, because we’ve got your evening all planned in Broadway’s off-night hotspot.
UPCOMING MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS AT THE GREEN ROOM 42
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM
“Diva On Demand”
After a year abroad, the internationally acclaimed singer, actor and impressionist comes home to New York City with another round of her celebrated evening “Diva On Demand,” where the set list is entirely up to the audience. Patrons order-up songs from a digital musical menu that Christina and music director Brad Simmons spontaneously perform “on demand.” “Diva On Demand” will also feature Christina’s popular impressions and “Unlikely Interpretations,” pairing celebrities with an unexpected material. Ever want to hear Julie Andrews sing Aerosmith? How about Mrs. Maisel starring in Hamlet? With Christina’s versatile vocals and rapid-fire impressions paired with Brad’s eclectic musical knowledge, you can expect an off-the-cuff musical comedy experience like none other and never to be repeated. Bianco has captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. Dubbed “The Girl of a Thousand Voices,” she’s performed on major television programs including, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and NBC’s “Today” show. A two-time Drama Desk Award-nominated actress, Bianco’s stage credits include Forbidden Broadway in New York City, Application Pending Off-Broadway, Fanny Brice at the Theatre Marigny’s celebrated production of Funny Girl in Paris, and LV in the UK tour of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Thursday, February 23 at 9:30 PM
Leading Man and British Baritone
Leo Roberts, the West End’s leading man and British baritone makes his highly anticipated debut in New York City. With a distinguished career spanning over a decade, Roberts has garnered critical acclaim for his commanding performances in some of London’s most iconic musicals. Now, he brings his signature blend of powerful vocals and captivating stage presence to the Big Apple for an unforgettable evening of entertainment. He delivers unexpected sophistication to modern music through the lens of a classically trained baritone. It promises to be a night to remember. He will be joined by musical director Jude Obermüller.
Friday, March 10 at 9:30 PM
DANNY VISCONTI and JOHN HILL
“Hair and Teeth”
Longtime collaborators, former roommates, and notoriously infamous “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” writers, John Hill and Danny Visconti bring their sick and twisted energies to the stage for a spiritual (and musical) quest to find inner peace (and outer beauty). “Hair And Teeth” is a journey of the heart told through vulnerable revelations and through classic American songs by artists such as Jessica Simpson and Beyoncé. The show features musical director Brian Nash
Sunday, March 12 at 7:00 PM
“Let’s Go to the Movies”
Eva Noblezada, Grammy-winning and two-time Tony-nominated star of the Hadestown on Broadway, the first for her star turn as Kim in the 2017 Miss Saigon revival, returns to The Green Room 42 in a cheeky night of good fun as she sings memorable songs from classic movies throughout cinematic history.
Sunday, March 12 at 9:30 PM
“Singing the Divas”
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, actor and star of Broadway’s Hadestown will take a break from his usual set of original music to perform a cabaret evening of musical theater classics traditionally performed by legendary Broadway divas. Reeve recently co-starred in Ridley Scott’s hit film House of Gucci, opposite Al Pacino, Lady Gaga, and Adam Driver. Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the record-breaking Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Reeve’s latest album, Youth is Wasted, is the recipient of five Independent Music Awards. In an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, Reeve will play the late singer, marrying his love of music and acting.
Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM
“Unsung Midler: An Irreverent Night of Storytelling and Song”
Hollywood comes to NYC as Los Angeles on-air personality and journalist Alexander Rodriguez presents an irreverent night of storytelling and song with “Unsung Midler,” celebrating the great, lesser-known hits of the Divine Miss M from The Rose, For the Boys, and Beaches, to her numerous albums and covers. Called a “truly gifted singer” by the Los Angeles Times, Alexander is returning to his cabaret past with a new collection of almost too hard-to-believe stories and Milder songs sung in his signature style. Cocktails, jazz hands, and sass are in store…nothing is off limits as the host of “On the Rocks” and lead writer for Metrosource Magazine mixes his grab bag of talents for one fun evening. Presented by Metrosource Magazine, the show features musical director Bryan Blaskie.Alexander is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show “On the Rocks with Alexander: Where Celebrities & Cocktails Mix” on iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify.