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Thursday, February 09, 2017

IRA LEE COLLINGS CELEBRATES @ DON'T TELL MAMA

IRA LEE COLLINGS




Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC on Friday, February 24th at 7 PM with an encore presentation of Simply, Ira Lee (A Gay Geezer Celebration Through the Looking Glass..warts and all). Ira Lee first presented this celebration of his 80th birthday last spring and then again in October, 2016. He will be joined by Musical Director John M. Cook on piano.



Born in a very small town in Indiana, the youngest of 8 children, Ira Lee began singing on the radio with his sister when they were kids. After studying at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, he moved to New York where he appeared off-Broadway and in regional theatre, and even opened for the great Dawn Hampton in the 1960s. After many years of performing, he took a 25-year hiatus from show business, re-appearing a few years ago with several successful cabaret appearances in NYC. Anne-Allegra Bennett of Center on the Aisle said "He puts life, energy, and compassion into the music, and from the very beginning, he conveys his range of character and emotion." Kevin Scott Hall, BistroAwards.com, said: “Collings gives the impression of a life well-lived, with his heart smack-dab in the right place. He gives a self-assured performance, but he offers more than that. It’s a celebration of life itself.” Mark Dundas Wood said "He is a talented storyteller" and in Cabaret Scenes, Joel Benjamin wrote "Ira Lee Collings sings a quiet 'At Last,' a buoyant 'Just In Time,' a very sweet 'He Touched Me,' a moving 'Come In From The Rain' and a triumphant 'Nothing Can Stop Me Now!'



Ira Lee has appeared in the Metropolitan Room Marathon, at the 2016 Aids Day Celebration and placed in the top ten in the "Mama's Next Big Act" competition at Don't Tell Mama. He has also appeared in Cabaret Cares at the Metropolitan Room.



Ira Lee’s show includes songs by Jerry Herman, Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, Bob Merrill and Jule Styne, Rodgers and Hart, Melissa Manchester and Carol Bayer Sager, and Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. Ira Lee says the show includes “something old and something older" and promises a few surprises.



For more info on Ira Lee Collings, visit: http://shereedtm.wix.com/ira-lee-collings




MUSIC/CABARET LISTINGS



Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS continues his 80th birthday celebration with “Simply, Ira Lee (A Gay Geezer Celebration)" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, on Friday, Feb 24 at 7 pm. $15 cover/2 drink minimum. MAC members: $10 cover/2 drink min. Reservations recommended: (212) 757-0788 or http://www.donttellmamanyc.com


Photo Courtesy Of: Sheree Sano / SUSAN L. SCHULMAN/Publicity

Monday, June 01, 2015

GAY SINCE 1935 'A GAY GEEZERS MUSICAL ODYSSEY'

Ira Lee Collings



Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC with his new show “Gay Since 1935 - A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” on Wednesday, June 17th and Monday, June 22nd at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical Director Woody Regan on piano and Ritt Henn on bass.



Born in a very small town in Indiana, the youngest of 8 children, Ira Lee began singing on the radio with his sister when they were kids. After studying at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, he moved to New York where he appeared off-Broadway and in regional theatre, and even opened for the great Dawn Hampton in the ‘60s. After many years of performing, he took a 25-year hiatus from show business, re-appearing a few years ago with several successful cabaret appearances in NYC. Now 79, Ira Lee shares his life-time of experience with humor and joy. Kevin Scott Hall, BistroAwards.com, said: “Collings gives the impression of a life well-lived, with his heart smack-dab in the right place. He gives a self-assured performance, but he offers more than that. It’s a celebration of life itself.”






There is a $20 cover and 2 drink minimum for Ira Lee Collings at Don’t Tell Mama with a $15 cover for MAC members. No credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested: (212) 757-0788.



MUSIC/CABARET LISTINGS


79-year old singer IRA LEE COLLINGS brings “Gay Since 1935-A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, on June 17th and 22nd at 7 PM. $20 cover/2 drink minimum. MAC members/$15 cover Reservations recommended: (212) 757-0788 or Visit Don't Tell Mama.