Astor Cabaret: It’s a Good Day – A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Magee Hickey and Elizabeth Lavin are thrilled to invite you to be part of their family tradition and unite to raise funds for Astor’s Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development – This school meets the emotional and cognitive needs of a special group of 3 – 5 year old children. Join us for: It’s A Good Day, A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee, featuring Stacy Sullivan is a journey of discovery… through the extraordinary musical legacy of Peggy Lee and the personal struggles of a woman whose voice captivated millions. The classic songs, intricate rhythms, and exquisite arrangements that defined her career are elegantly portrayed in this loving homage, created with seasoned jazz master Jon Weber. Experience her rise from a tragic childhood on the desolate plains of North Dakota to the elite company of legends, becoming one of the first and foremost successful female singer/songwriters in history.
Vocalist Stacy Sullivan grew up in Oklahoma, the seventh of eight children in a wildly musical family, where she began performing in venues across the south and midwest at the age of five. Graduating Cum Laude from Tulsa University with her degree in Music, she left home to follow her musical and acting dreams in Los Angeles.
She appeared in numerous film, commercial, and television projects in Hollywood, (memorably creating the role of Sissel Jorgensen on the award-winning series, “Christy,” starring Tyne Daly) but career took a backseat to children for many years, leading her to keep the musical drive alive by recording five, critically acclaimed, self-produced albums.
With a move to New York in 2012, career dreams took flight in the creation of “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee,” the live show and recording that would change her life. Stephen Holden, of The New York Times referred to her performance as “Spellbinding,” Darkly Sultry,” and “Compelling.” Clive Davis of The Times (London) wrote, “A commanding, willowy presence, Sullivan captures that rare combination of vulnerability and worldliness.”
“On the Air,” the show she wrote and performs for Piano Jazz creator, Marian McPartland, caught the eye (and ear) of legendary radio personality and music connoisseur Jonathan Schwartz, who presented it to New York City at WNYC’s “The Greene Space,” which led to a run at The York Theatre in Manhattan and the recording, “Stranger in a Dream.” The Wall Street Journal called it “Cabaret for Thinking People,” and The New York Times raved, “Sullivan transports you to a twilight zone of wistful reflection that recalls the dreamier side of Peggy Lee.”
“Since You’ve Asked,” her most personal live musical offering, is a meteorologically themed family history spanning several decades, described by The New York Times in April 2015 as “Thrilling,” “Audacious,” “Spellbinding,” and “Stretching cabaret into previously unexplored territory.”
Numerous awards, including The MAC Award (2015) for “Major Artist,” The Nightlife Award (2014) for “Best Female Vocalist, and The Lamott Friedman Award for “Best Recording” for “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee” give her the opportunity to tour the world with her band, as well as in a duo setting with Piano Jazz Host and Famed Pianist, Jon Weber.