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Richard Holbrook
Monday, March 14, 2016 7:00 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • 2 Bev Min
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  • Ticket Price: $22.50 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 6:15 PM
  • Show Type: Cabaret
  • Restrictions: 2 Bev Min
Richard Holbrook Sings Rodgers with a Lot of Heart

“On top of his game…Holbrook is dapper in his signature tux and brings real class and style to the stage. His rich, tenor voice is soothing to the ears…a great interpreter, he really feels the music and sings with a lot of heart just like the title of his cabaret. This, along with his great stage presence, connects him with his audience and they find themselves being reeled in…He carries something extra in his voice these days – a zest for life.” Constance Radut,

Singer Richard Holbrook presents this musical tribute to the celebrated composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979). Throughout his brilliant career, Rodgers wrote unforgettable songs for the Broadway stage and Hollywood film musicals with such gifted and prolific lyricists as Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim.   Holbrook, a two-time MAC Award nominee, will be singing Rodgers songs from such classic Broadway shows as A Connecticut Yankee, Spring Is Here, Jumbo, Babes in Arms, Too Many Girls, Carousel, No Strings, and Do I Hear A Waltz?  Also featured are songs from memorable movie musicals such as Love Me Tonight and Mississippi.
Holbrook will be accompanied by the fabulous Tom Nelson Trio – Tom Nelson on piano; Tom Kirchmer on bass; and Peter Grant on drums. Tom Nelson is Musical Director. Veteran Broadway and cabaret performer Richard Barclay will direct the show. 

Tom Nelson, pianist and musical director, holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop and has created many original compositions. He is also active in New York City as a composer and as an arranger. 
Bassist Tom Kirchmer began his musical life studying the double bass with a member of the NY Philharmonic and then going on to receiving a conservatory degree. Over the years, Tom has worked with some of the greatest musical artists, such as Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlich, Nancy Wilson, and Cy Coleman.
Drummer Peter Grant, a free-lance Broadway and Studio musician is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and has played with such performers as Tom Wopat, Peggy Lee, and Astrud Gilberto. 
The Tom Nelson Trio has produced a CD entitled “Who Cares If Dreams Come True”. They were recently featured on singer Richard Holbrook’s debut CD “Richard Holbrook Steps Out” which is available through Richard’s e-mail at

Born in New York City, Richard grew up in the small town of Congers, New York, as the middle child in a family of nine -- just enough players for a baseball game.  However, Richard found a different game to play -- show business.  At an early age he became addicted to watching old films, especially the great Hollywood musicals.  He dreamed of becoming a movie star. He literally taught himself how to sing by listening to the recordings of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby and by watching their films.  Richard’s chance to see whether he could really sing happened when he was a freshman in high school.  He believed enough in himself to audition for the school production of  How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with the song “I Believe In You.”  The result was “they” believed in him and gave him a role in the show.  This began a life-long love affair with performing. After high school he studied music and drama at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. Returning to New York, he found success as an actor on such hit television series as The Sopranos and Spin City.  No stranger to daytime television, he frequently appeared in All My Children and One Life to Live.  Regional theatre productions included leading roles in Deathtrap and The Subject Was Roses.
In 1985 Richard began performing his cabaret act to enthusiastic audiences. In 2003, backed by the Tom Nelson Trio, he did a tribute to Fred Astaire by focusing on the legendary dancer’s other talents ... that of a singer and a musician. The act Richard Holbrook: The Untapped Fred Astaire, directed by Rex McGraw, received critical acclaim.  In August, 2004, Richard released his first CD entitled Richard Holbrook Steps Out. This recording features several well-known songs from his Astaire show and other selections by such composers as Portia Nelson, Ronny Whyte, and Kander & Ebb. Over the past several years, Richard has appeared at such popular Manhattan night spots as Danny’s Skylight Room, Don’t Tell Mama, The Hideaway Room @Helen's and guest appearances at the Cafe Pierre. He has also been a guest on two WOR Radio programs - The Joe Franklin Show and The Joey Reynolds Show. In 2008 and 2009, Richard successfully performed his cabaret act Richard Sings Burton - The Songs of Burton Lane at Don't Tell Mama. The show was directed by Richard Barclay. Tom Nelson was the musical director, and Richard was accompanied by the Tom Nelson Trio. In June, 2011, he made his debut at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. In 2012, Richard again reprised the show at The Metropolitan Room for a successful centennial salute to Burton Lane. In 2013,. In 2014, Richard was booked to perform an updated version of his Fred Astaire show at Don’t Tell Mama as well as his holiday show, Christmas In New York. In March, 2015, Richard reprised his Burton Lane show at 54 Below in Manhattan. His upcoming show on composer Richard Rodgers will be presented at The Metropolitan Room in the fall of 2015. He has been nominated twice for a MAC Award as Best Male Vocalist His CD, Richard Holbrook Steps Out, is available through his e-mail at Richard currently lives in Manhattan on the West Side and loves being a New Yorker.