Coward in Vegas
Award-winning singer/writer, Gregory Moore, teams with Steinway Artist, Simon Mulligan for a dizzying spin through the comedic musical canon of the legendary Noël Coward, in a new musical tribute show called Coward in Vegas.
In the Post-WWII years, Coward accelerated his already brilliant career as a composer/playwright/author/actor/painter by creating a new and wildly successful career as a cabaret entertainer in—of all places, Las Vegas, Nevada—where his series of appearances at The Desert Inn almost single-handedly set the bar and created the template for modern cabaret in America. Gregory Moore narrates the story and sings the songs Coward made America flip for in 1955, turning him, nearly overnight, into an enormous American showbiz "success story". Musical Director Simon Mulligan premieres several original arrangements of some of Coward's many great songs (he wrote over 300!). Join us for a "marvelous party"--and the audience is encouraged to dress as if they were going "out-on-the-town" in Las Vegas, 1955. Not a requirement--but if you're looking for a night to "dress-up" á la Vegas, '55...we say "DO IT!"
Gregory Moore currently leads his own 12-piece, 1930’s-themed orchestra in New York City, “Gregory Moore & his Cosmopolitan Orchestra,” and is a popular guest vocalist in New York and beyond. Formerly an opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera), Moore made a mid-career “shift” into performing the music of the 1930’s, forming his own orchestra in 2007. He has sung at The Rainbow Room, Rose Hall (Lincoln Center), The Algonquin, The Plaza Hotel, Iridium Jazz Club in New York, as well as at Jermyn Street Theatre and The Pheasantry in London. In 2009, he performed the role of 'Noël Coward' at NYC’s famed Century Club, in an in mufti performance of Max Wilk’s musical, Noel Coward in Las Vegas (co-starring with the great Dominic Chianese—“Uncle Junior” from The Sopranos). Gregory Moore has written/performed two other “tribute” shows, Russ Columbo: A Centenary Tribute (2008); and Pennies From Heaven: The Life and Songs of Arthur Tracy, ‘The Street Singer’—which was seen both at Lincoln Center (Bruno Walter Auditorium) in New York, as well as in London (Jermyn Street Theater). Gregory Moore was the recipient of the very first "Dorothy Loudon Award," at the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention in 2008.
Simon Mulligan (who is an official “Steinway Artist”) lends his manifold talents to Coward in Vegas as Musical Director/Accompanist. Described by The Times of London as ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists’, and by Yehudi Menuhin as ‘one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with,’ Simon has become a mainstay on the worldwide concert piano circuit. Mulligan toured worldwide with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at every major international venue as well as a live broadcasts for Lincoln Center and the Grammy Awards. Simon has performed for President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and has collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey, Branford Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Van Morrison, and Sting. He collaborated—and is prominently featured—on the soundtrack to the HBO television series Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. As a jazz pianist, he gives concerts with his London quartet and New York trio. Mulligan is well-recorded on CD, with recordings on Sony Classical, Universal, Decca, Nimbus and Naxos. Simon is one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements.