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Valentine's Day Ball at The National Arts Club - February 8, 2008

Sterling Price-McKinney joins forces with Joel Vig, Frans Bloem, Patty Lombard and Erin Slaver to entertain partygoers at "The Red Ball", a ballroom themed Valentine's Day at The National Arts Club. Entitled "Dancing With the Stars", the program highlights the effects of dancing on romancing, with special appearances by 22 year old British violin sensation Charles Siem and Miss Sinthea Starr (stage and screen legend of indeterminable age). Cocktails are at 6pm, Dinner is at 7pm, with entertainment to follow. Dancing continues into the night with prizes for couples doing the best fox-trot, waltz and tango. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South (between Gramercy Park West and Irving Place). You may call (212) 475-3424 for more information, or visit the club online by going to www.nationalartsclub.org. ( left to right below - Patty Lombard, Frans Bloem and Miss Sinthea Starr - photos by Ben Gabbe)

"Stories of Life" at Broadway Baby Bistro - January 23, 2008

Sterling Price-McKinney directs "Stories of Life" starring Dutch Chansonnier Frans Bloem. Recipient of a Backstage Bistro Award, he's been hailed by critics as one of today's finest international cabaret artists.

Opening February 2nd at the Broadway Baby Bistro, the program includes classic mid-century cabaret songs in English, French and German. With Guus Westdorp at the piano (in from Holland especially for this event), it promises to be a series of international evenings to remember. The Broadway Baby Bistro is located inside the popular Broadway Comedy Club at 318 West 53rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). For more information please call (212) 757-5808 or visit online at www.broadwaybabybistro.com.

A Fond Farewell: Karen Kuykendall 1937-2007 - December 13, 2007


At 11:30pm Halloween night in 2007, Sterling's 25 year long friendship and collaboration with legendary Texas personality Karen Kuykendall came to a close when she died after a year-long battle with lung and spinal cancer. More than an actress, more than a chanteuse, she embodied the word powerhouse in almost everything she did; whether as a performing artist, real estate mogul, or longtime friend and confidante to some of Texas' wealthiest and most powerful individuals.

Good naturedly self-described as "Playmates of the Rich and Famous", Karen and Sterling cut a wide swath of society entertaining from San Miguel Allende, Mexico to New York City and beyond. Their beloved Texas figured prominently in their schedules since 1983, often at the behest of former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson. Although their appearances together grew more sporadic after his move to New York City in 1998, they still managed occasional reunion performances. They made two recordings together: "Music From the 90th Floor" in the early 1990's (now out of print), and "Cafe Manhattan: Unreleased" from 2004 (available at cdbaby.com and downloadable at itunes and other online locations).

Many honors were bestowed on Karen this last year, not the least of which is a new theater to be named for her at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center in Austin. Within the past few months she has also been honored by organizations like the Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Circle of Theaters, and Ballet Austin for her unwavering support of the arts in virtually every discipline. To her, art was not a quality of life issue; it was life itself. She was unquestionably the "Hostess With the Mostess On the Ball" while managing to balance the demands of remaining a serious artist herself.

Sterling spent many months of the last year at her side in Austin, which led to multiple cancellations and rescheduling of many commitments. He would like to thank everyone involved for their understanding and flexibility during this difficult time.

You can read more about Karen online, in publications like the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman and Austin Woman magazine, which devoted many pages to her passing. She is gone now, but will never be forgotten by those who benefitted from her hospitality, indomitable spirit and most importantly in this case, her love and friendship.

Like Haley's Comet and other things that one is lucky to experience once-in-a-lifetime, we will not see the likes of her again. Now she belongs to the ages. (photos by Nancy Scanlan)

Announcement: The Karen Kuykendall Stage - September 20, 2007

In celebration of the extraordinary life and work of Karen Kuykendall, Zachary Scott Theatre Center of Austin will name it's new theater stage after Austin's beloved actress and community treasure.

On September 9th, friends and family gathered to launch the Kuykendall Stage campaign at legendary Austin restaurant Green Pastures, once Karen's childhood home. The names of Lead Donors were announced along with the news that half a million dollars has already been raised for this worthwhile effort. Members of Karen's "Celebrity Fan Club" were also announced at that time. The list included Liz Carpenter, Vartan Gregorian, Rue McClanahan, Joe Sears, Anna Deaver Smith, Liz Smith, Lily Tomlin, Michael Tracy, Jane Wagner and Jaston Williams (pictured below on right).

It was an evening of tributes and fond recollections, at times funny, at times moving. At one point, with Sterling at the piano, the audience sat spellbound as Karen sang "I Like You, You're Nice" written by Blossom Dearie and Linda Albert. All in all, it was a memorable event for a great cause.

If you would like more information or would like to contribute to the Karen Kuykendall Stage, you may call the Zachary Scott Theatre Center at 512-476-0594, or you may visit the theater online at www.zachscott.com.

Cohan at Stoneham Theatre June 14th - July 1st - May 20, 2007

The Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, Mass. presents " George M. Cohan Tonight! " a one-man show starring Jon Peterson as the legendary song-and-dance man. Written, Arranged and Directed by Chip Deffaa, it was originally produced Off-Broadway in 2006 and has since been very well received in Worcester, Mass., Waterbury, Connecticut, and Rochester, New York, and will soon be staged in the Far East for Korean audiences.

Peterson's dynamic non-stop 90 minute solo performance has garnered him the " Back Stage Bistro Award," a " Connecticut Critics' Circle Award, " as well as a N.Y. "Drama Desk" nomination. Born and raised in London, his portrayal of this legendary All-American showman continues to win unanimous praise. "Vibrantly accompanied by a small onstage ensemble Directed by Sterling Price-McKinney, Jon Peterson's vivid portrayal, involving his rousing, uplifting, energetic and engaging, acting, singing and dancing throughout the show, was most deserving of the capacity audience's thunderous standing approval at the evening's resounding conclusion." -Norm Gross, Metro South Daily News-

The Dutch Festival at Hofstra University - April 20, 2007

Sterling Price-McKinney appears with Dutch Cabaret Singer Frans Bloem in "Dutch Treats", Sunday, May 6th at 2pm, on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Hofstra's "Dutch Festival" is an annual event timed to coincide with the blooming of thousands of tulip bulbs planted across the campus.

Frans and Sterling have appeared together numerous times at this Springtime event, sharing their mix of songs in English from the Great American Songbook and multi-lingual selections from the heyday of Classic European Cabaret. The "Tulip Stage" is al fresco, surrounded by the lush sculptured gardens of the university, dotted with purveyors of local handcrafted items and merchandise imorted from Holland. It is a lovely casual affair, enjoyed by young and old alike. You may call 516-463-6504 for more information on this event.

Jon Peterson in "George M. Cohan Tonight!" at Foothills Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts - October 30, 2006

Sterling Price-McKinney is the musical director for "George M. Cohan Tonight!" October 26th through November 19th, at the Foothills Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jon Peterson shines once again in the epic one-man-show written by Chip Deffaa (pictured right).

Paul Kolas of the Worcester Telegram writes, "Sterling Price-McKinney keeps our Yankee Doodle Boy dancing at a lively pace." And Tony Annicone's review on theatermirror.com reports, "Jon is a triple threat performer who gives a tour-de-force performance in this role. The orchestra is splendid and is lead by Sterling Price-McKinney on the keyboards, Kevin Grudecki on bass and Pieter Struyck on percussion. So for a trip back to the late 19th century and early 20th century, be sure to catch this must see show of this fall season." Showtimes are 2pm and 8pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays, 3pm and 8pm on Saturdays, and 2pm on Sunday. For more information, contact the Foothills Theatre at 508-754-3314.

Summer 2006 at the Chautauqua Opera - July 17, 2006

Invited once again to spend the season at one of America's oldest summertime arts festivals, Sterling Price-McKinney turns his attentions to preparing 26 young opera singers to perform in two late-night musical revues presented in the 500 seat Lenna Hall, as well as a Pops Concert presented in conjunction with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the open air of the institution's 5,000 seat amphitheatre.
The first scheduled revue is "Annie Get Your Best Little Whorehouse Out of Oklahoma and Paint Your Wagon", and contains selections drawn from the Broadway musicals referenced in it's tongue-in-cheek title. It is directed and choreographed by Ms. Teddy Kern. Featured performers include Jonathan Michie, Elizabeth Baldwin, Jeff Beruan, Renee Tatum, Daniel Shirley, Zechariah Baker, Nili Riemer and Afton Battle, all members of the 2006 Studio Artist Program. The first performance takes place Wednesday, July 26th at 8pm in Lenna Hall. It is followed by two more performances held on Saturday, July 29th at 10:30pm, and Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30pm.

This summer's Pops Concert collaboration between the Chautauqua Opera and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra celebrates the works of Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella) juxtaposed with the work of some of his musical protegees and counterparts from the 1950's, namely Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), and includes Hoagy Carmichael's "Star Dust" sung by Alison Bates accompanied by Sterling Price-McKinney on solo piano. The evening is conducted by Timothy Muffitt at the podium, and showcases the rising talents of Chris Clayton, Alison Bates, Sarah Heltzel, Timothy McDevitt, Veronica McHale, Peder Rieff, Michael Ventura, Tamara Wapinsky, Michael Redding, Patrick Hogan and Phyllis Tritto, all members the opera's 2006 Apprentice Artist Program. Members of the Studio Artist Program perform in supporting roles. The concert takes place Saturday, August 5th at 8:15 pm in the amphitheatre.

The final revue of the summer entitled "Travel: Anything Cole" spotlights the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, and is directed and choreographed by Bill Fabris. Featured in the "casually elegant travelogue" are Ellen Wieser, Matthew Giebel, Sarah Williams, Natalie Kikkenborg, Daniela Mack, Adam Diegel, Ken Weber and Seth Carico, all members of the 2006 Studio Artist Program. Performances take place in Lenna Hall Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30pm, and Wednesday, August 16th at 10:30pm.

For further information about any of the above mentioned programs or details of others being offered by the opera this summer, please call 716-357-6286.

"George M. Cohan Tonight!" with Jon Peterson at the Irish Repertory Theatre - January 30, 2006


Sterling Price-McKinney is the musical director and pianist for "George M. Cohan Tonight!", Chip Deffaa's one-man-show about the life and music of irrepressible Broadway legend George M. Cohan. Jon Peterson stars in this production as the "all singing, all dancing" showman. Vince Giordano of "Vince Giordano's Nighthawks" fame plays the 6-string bass, and Rob Garcia, veteran of "Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band" is on percussion, completing the trio led by Sterling Price-McKinney. Charlotte Moore acts as Co-Director with the playwright. Costumes are by David Toser, and the set is designed by James Morgan. Mary Jo Dondlinger is the Lighting Designer, and Ciaran O'Reilly is the Producer.

Previews begin Friday, March 3rd. Opening night is Thursday, March 9th, with the show running through Sunday, April 23rd. Performances are Tuesday through Staurday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. At the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 23rd (between 6th and 7th Avenues). Call the box office at 212-727-2737 for further information.

(Update: The show is held over until May 14th, bringing the total number of performances for this off-Broadway run to 104. In addition, the official cast album recording for this show is scheduled for release June 16th by Ghostlight Records, and will be available on it's Sh-K-Boom label. See the STORE page for more details)

Premiere of a Lost Musical by Arnold Weinstein "Undercover Lover" at Medicine Show - October 31, 2005

Sterling Price-McKinney is the musical director and pianist for the Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble production of "Undercover Lover", the recently rediscovered unproduced 1961 musical comedy with book and lyrics by acclaimed playwright/lyricist Arnold Weinstein in collaboration with legendary poet Frank O'Hara. With music by John Gruen, arangements by William Bolcom and direction by Obie-Award winner Barbara Vann, the show will run from November 3rd-December 4th. Medicine Show Theatre (549 West 52nd St., 3rd Floor, between 10th and 11th Ave.).

Morton Banks, Sarah Engelke, Mark Dempsey, Diana Dunbar, Kirt Harding, Beth Griffith, Mike Still, Barbara Vann, Monrico Ward, David Weitzer and Andrew York are featured in the cast. The show features choreography by Ernesta Corvino and Jaime Galindo, and costumes by Uta Bekia.

Weinstein (1927-2005) is the playwright and librettist best known for his collaborations with composer William Bolcom, which produced the operas "A View From The Bridge", "McTeague", and "A Wedding", and the musical "Casino Paradise".

Composer Gruen and famed composer Virgil Thompson became heavily involved in avant-garde theatre in the 60s, and he and Gruen provided music for work at LaMaMa as well as Julie Bovasso’s productions of plays by Jean Genet and Michel de Ghelderode. He is the former music and art critic for the now-defunct New York Tribune, a cultural writer for the New York Times, and has written 14 books on the arts, including Radiant Baby, a biography of artist Keith Haring which was the basis for the musical of the same name at the Public Theatre in 2003.

The performance schedule is Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 4:00. Tickets are $15 and are available from Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or via the web at http://www.smarttix.com/. For more information, please log onto the company’s website at http://www.medicineshowtheatre.org.

In Concert - "Chasing Shadows" - Lily Dale, New York - August 13th - July 13, 2005

Sterling Price-McKinney performs the premiere of new original songs in conjunction with the release of his solo recording "Chasing Shadows", at the Lily Dale Auditorium, Lily Dale, New York at 8pm, August 13th. This concert and recording of music specifically inspired by visits to the 125 year old Lily Dale Spiritualist community, also contains songs from the Victorian era compiled by John B. Buescher from the American Historical Sheet Music Archives of Duke University. Joining him for this special program are singers George Domby and Noelle Nordstrom of the Chautauqua Opera and Robin Salerno, a longtime summer resident of Lily Dale. Paired with the songs from his "Chasing Shadows" recording, these "songs about the afterlife" represent both a personal exploration and a musical chronicle of the Spiritualist movement, from the past to the present. "In these days of epidemic grief and loss worldwide, how could I not write songs about it? Attempting to recover is the story of our times." See the STORE page for further details.

2005 Musical Revues at the Chautauqua Opera - July 2, 2005

In his third summer season with the Chautauqua Opera, Sterling Price-McKinney arranges and musically directs two musical revues performed at Lenna Hall on the grounds of the famed Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Renowned throughout the United States, the Chautauqua Opera Studio Artist program is among the best training opportunities available for young singers on the threshold of a full-time professional career. The sixteen young artists presented in this year's revues were selected from over 600 applications from across the nation.

The first of this year's revues includes highlights from the classic Broadway musicals "Showboat", "Carousel", "Pal Joey", and "South Pacific". Appearing are Jennifer Booth, Christopher Clayton, Ja-Nae Duane, Beau Gibson, Andrea Moore, Mark Antonio Sayih, Michael Ventura and Filomene Francesca Tritto. Directed and choreographed by Teddy Kern, it previews Wednesday, July 27th for an invited audience, and then is open to the public Saturday, July 30th and Thursday, August 4th, with both public performances at 10:30pm.

The second revue features the music and lyrics of writers Maltby and Shire, and includes selections from their contemporary musicals "Baby", "Starting Here, Starting Now", "Closer Than Ever", "Love Match", and "Big". Appearing are Lexa Ferrill, Vivian Krich-Brinton, Scott Elliott, Melinda Griswold, Jonathan Lasch, Latoya Lain, Brad Ludwin and Matthew Pena. Directed and choreographed by Bill Fabris, it plays Tuesday, August 9th, and Wednesday, August 17th, with both performances at 10:30pm. For more information, please call the Chautauqua Opera at 716-357-6200.

Appearing in Concert with Karen Kuykendall July 1st and 2nd in Austin, Texas - June 16, 2005


Sterling Price-McKinney appears with Karen Kuykendall at Austin's Zachary Scott Theatre Center Friday, July 1st at 8pm, and Saturday, July 2nd at 5pm. This is their first appearance in Austin together since their sold-out engagements in the Spring of 2003, which resulted in the recording "Cafe Manhattan: Unreleased". The CD is also available for sale in the lobby at both performances. Selections for these performances include songs by Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Cy Coleman, Harold Arlen and Stephen Sondheim, as well as familiar and new original songs by Sterling Price-McKinney. Call 512-476-0541 or visit www.zachscott.com for tickets and information. See the STORE page for information on the recording.

CD News: Patty Montano "Live At Eighty-Eights" - May 4, 2005

(UPDATE: It is with regret we inform you that as of August 1, 2005, this recording is no longer available to the public.)

Patty Montano, who passed away last Fall (2004), performed several noted cabaret shows at Eighty-Eights in New York in 1997 with Sterling Price-McKinney. A collection of songs from a recently re-discovered live recording of those shows, has been released on CD by her husband Tony Montano, and is now available. He says, "The reason I put this CD together is that I didn't want Patty's music to be lost. She had a special gift and people loved it when she shared it with them. So I compiled special selections from her live cabaret performances for people to remember her by."

You can learn more about about the recording and Patty Montano by visiting the LINKS or STORE page of this website, and follow the links on either page directly to the Patty Montano website.

Jon Peterson wins Bistro Award for "Cohan" - February 27, 2005

Chip Deffaa's "The George M. Cohan Revue" played many sold-out and held over performances this year at Danny's Skylight Room. Recently, "Back Stage" announced it's "2005 Bistro Awards for Outstanding Excellence in Cabaret." The winner of the "Outstanding Performance in a Revue" went to Jonny Peterson, who starred in those performances as singing-acting-dancing dynamo George M. Cohan. A veritable definition of "triple threat," this award comes as no big shock to Peterson fans. And as erstwhile musical director/pianist for some of those performances, Sterling Price-McKinney is pleased to offer his congratulations; as well as proud to have been a small part of this continuing success story, and Deffaa's "Quadrilogy" of original Cohan performance pieces. Bravo Jonny!

With Frans Bloem at "Opia" March 20th & 26th - February 17, 2005

Medicine Show's 35th Anniversary Vaudeville - January 15, 2005

Come to Medicine Show Theater's 35-year retrospective of it's own special brand of theatrical madness. This is the last weekend, January 21,22,23. Shows Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Sunday matinee at 4pm. 549 West 52nd /New York, NY / 212-262-4216

Sterling Price-McKinney at the piano, with the music of Leonard Cohen, Marc Blitzstein, William Bolcom, Cole Porter, Brad Burg, Robert Dennis and David Hollister. With excerpts from works by ee cummings, Langston Hughes, Ring Lardner, Jean-Paul Sartre, G.B. Shaw and Gertrude Stein ... and starring our ensemble of confessed thespians: Jascha Bilan, Irene Califano, James Davies, Richard DeDomenico, Mark Dempsey, Sarah Engelke, Mark Gering, Beth Griffith, Raymond Jordan, Paul Murphy, Khemali Murray, Colleen Quigley, Lynda Rodolitz, Michael Ruby, Ken Scudder, Barbara Vann and Monrico Ward.

Jonathan Caouette's movie "Tarnation" - January 6, 2005

Look for Sterling Price-McKinney's cameo appearance in Jonathan Caouette's acclaimed bio-pic "Tarnation", now showing in art houses all over the globe. Winner of the "Best Documentary" award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and unofficial darling of the New York, Chicago, Toronto, Sundance, London and Cannes Film Festivals, this "film-moi" is a unique and "don't miss" movie that has taken the indie-film world by storm. In it, Sterling Price-McKinney is a high school drama teacher who helps his students realize their vision of an original musical production of David Lynch's "Blue Velvet".

A.O. Scott of the New York Times opines, "No one has ever made a movie like it! An amazing debut!" -- Roger Ebert of the Chicago-Sun Times says, "A triumph! A film of remarkable power." -- Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe proclaims it, "A MASTERPIECE. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius." -- Christopher Kelly of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram says "The first masterpiece of the MTV generation. Might just turn out to be the most influential movie of our times." -- And Kenneth Truan of the Los Angeles Times calls it "A One-Of-A-Kind Film. Remarkable and Remarkably Compelling. Literally dazzles." -- For more information visit i-saw-tarnation.com.

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