It seems like just yesterday when, back in October, I previewed the first half of the latest stellar season of cabaret performers at the Colony Hotel’s famed Royal Room in Palm Beach, which included Clint Holmes, Avery Sommers and the Four Freshman. February and March will be knocking on your door before you know it, so here’s the inside scoop on the rest of the Royal Room’s cabaret highlights for 2013. If you want to see any of them, plan ahead and buy tickets now – because these will be two hectic months in South Florida arts and culture. For tickets, call 561/659-8100 or visit www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/royalroom.
Christine Ebersole and Aaron Weinstein (Feb. 12-16)
Her style: Ebersole is probably the season’s biggest Broadway star, with two Tony Awards to her credit, including as the broken-down jalopy of a mother in “Grey Gardens: The Musical.” She brings the depth of her Broadway talent to her cabaret performances, from heart-rending balladry to jaunty sing-a-longs, joined by jazz violinist Weinstein.
Career highlights: Tony Awards for “42nd Street” and “Grey Gardens,” a stint on “Saturday Night Live,” a film career including “Amadeus” and “Tootsie,” sold-out engagements at Feinstein’s and Birdland in New York City.
Nicolas King (Feb. 19-23)
His style: This crooner, known for his perfect hair, comedic asides and suave swing-music style, began performing at age 4, and when compared with the other singers at this venue, he remains a kid. Now in his 20s, he’s an old soul reviving tunes from a bygone era.
Career highlights: a tour opening for Liza Minelli, eight consecutive years playing the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, numerous Broadway credits as a child.
Steve Tyrell (Feb. 26-March 9)
His style: One of the Royal Room’s most popular return engagements, Tyrell will bring his four and a half decades of experience to this, his fifth Palm Beach run in seven years. Proficient in swing, standards and Big Band music, Tyrell is an effortless romantic whose songs have become the soundtrack to countless weddings and celebratory occasions.
Career highlights: A breakthrough film performance in 1991’s “Father of the Bride,” seven Top Five albums on the Billboard jazz charts, and collaborations with Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart and many others.
Faith Prince (March 12-23)
Her style: An amusing and animated musical-theater diva, this Southern belle was gifted with an endlessly pliable voice that hasn’t met a funny accent it couldn’t own. Expect lots of engaging patter and hilarious story-songs from her Broadway roles and beyond. Her soon-to-be-released album, “Totally Faith,” was recorded right here in the Royal Room.
Career highlights: A Tony Award for her role in the 1992 revival of “Guys & Dolls,” the national U.S. tour of “Billy Eliot the Musical,” film roles in “Dave” and “Picture Perfect.”
Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway (March 26-30)
Their style: This concert will be the second time these sisters have appeared together at the Royal Room. Both performers are comfortable at the jazz and pop genres, with extensive resumes as flame-keepers for the Great White Way. Ann Hampton Callaway is known for her astonishing ability to improvise, often closing her performances with a brand-new song created from words and phrases suggested by the audience.
Career highlights: Joint musical-theater credits in “BOOM!” and “Sibling Revelry;” individual accomplishments include the writing and performance of the theme song to “The Nanny” TV series, a Carnegie Hall tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and voice credits in “Aladdin” and “The Lion King II.”