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Mr. Showbiz himself, Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton, will bring his legendary voice to Edison Theatre for a special one-night-only OVATIONS! Series performance of "Street of Dreams," his acclaimed cabaret-style solo show, at 8 p.m. Oct. 2.
In "Street of Dreams," which Naughton developed with director Mike Nichols, the singer takes his audience on a guided tour through such wide-ranging musical territory as pop, jazz, country and show tunes. Backed by a five-piece jazz band, Naughton brings cool wit, a suave presence and his impeccable baritone to classic works by Billy Eckstine, Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Randy Newman and others. At the same time, Naughton sprinkles his performance with a colorful series of backstage tall tales, culled from a lifetime in show business.
Naughton has won widespread critical acclaim for his work in Broadway dramas and comedies as well as in television and film. He is the recipient of two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of media-savvy lawyer Billy Flynn in the hit musical "Chicago" (1997) and for his role as a film-noir detective in "City of Angels" (1990), for which he also won a Drama Desk Award. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, Naughton made his New York debut as Edmund in Arvin Brown's production of "Long Day's Journey into Night." His other Broadway credits include "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun," "I Love My Wife" and "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" Off-Broadway, he has appeared in E.L. Doctorow's "Drinks Before Dinner" and "Losing Time."
Naughton's film credits include roles in "The Good Mother" (opposite Diane Keaton), "The Glass Menagerie" (with Joanne Woodward), "The Paper Chase," "First Kid," "Cat's Eye," "A Stranger is Watching" and "Second Wind." He has starred in the television movies "Travelin' Man," "Necessity," "Last of the Great Survivors," "The Bunker" and "Look Homeward, Angel." He also has appeared on numerous television series, including "Who's the Boss?" "Making the Grade," "Planet of the Apes," "Faraday and Co.," "Brooklyn Bridge" and "The Cosby Mysteries." He is the host of Court TV's "Greatest Trials of All Time."
Tickets are $30 and are available at the Edison Theatre Box Office, 935-6543, or through MetroTix, 534-1111. There are no discounts for this performance. For more information, call 9356543.
The performance is sponsored by the Edison Theatre OVATIONS! Series with support from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.