Shana Farr is set to perform her accalimed show, "Whistling Away the Dark: Through Songs of Julie Andrews" on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the legendary Players Club, located at 16 Gramercy Park South. The performance is free and guests are welcome. Julie Andrews' biographer, Robert Windeler, will be joining Farr at this one-time-only performance.
"Whistling Away The Dark," inspired by the rich collection of lyrics and melodies that have become synonymous with Julie Andrews, is an hour of songs that represents not only great American standards by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, the Gershwins, and The Sherman Brothers, but also beautiful, lesser known numbers by Henry Mancini, Arthur Schwartz, and Van Heusen. Ms. Farr brings her own voice and interpretations to these timeless songs, and critics agree,this beautiful songstress has a unique and alluring voice.
For this special FREE performance, biographer Robert Windeler will be joining Shana Farr on stage, along with music director Fred Barton, and cellist Adam Fisher, to elaborate on the life of Julie Andrews which can also be read in his biography “Julie Andrews: A Life On Stage and Screen.”
The line-up includes numbers such as “I Have Confidence”, "Crazy World”, "Once Upon A Long Ago”, "Star!”, “I Could Have Danced All Night” and the title piece, "Whistling Away The Dark.” Fred Barton created a masterpiece of musical arrangements, and Adam Fisher adds an unexpected musical depth with cello.
A gifted songstress and actress whose talents have been praised by music and theatrical critics at the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, among others, Ms. Farr has been invited to sing at Jazz at Lincoln Center this October 17th where she will be honored as part of the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention.
Shana Farr is also busy recording her first album, “Out of The Shadows” with an award-winning team in New York City to be released in September, and her jewelry line “Pure Imagination” will make its first appearance in the September issues of Bridal Guide and Brides Magazine.
A versatile singer/actress, Shana has performed lead roles with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and has been seen at New York City Center with the New YorK Gilbert & Sullivan Players performing leading roles in “The Yeomen of the Guard” (Elsie Maynard) and the title role in “Princess Ida.” Her Off Broadway credits include “The Merry Widow” (title role), “The Music Man” (Marian Paroo), “Oklahoma!” (Laurey Williams), and “The Pirates of Penzance” (Mabel). Her regional/concert credits include “The Student Prince” (Kathie), “Madame Butterfly” (Kate Pinkerton), soloist with The South Shore Symphony and soloist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, among others.
She has appeared in cabaret venues such as Feinstein’s at The Regency, The Laurie Beechman Theatre (NYC), The Kranzberg Arts Center (St. Louis), the Tudor City Greens Concert Series (NYC), and several others. On television, Shana has guest hosted jewelry segments on shopping channels all over the world.
When she is not busy on the performance stage, Shana manages her own jewelry business: Shana Farr Pure Imagination. She learned the art of fine jewelry design while employed for several years at the luxury jeweler Harry Winston, after which she worked with a high-end, couture fashion designer, increasing her knowledge of the fashion world. Pure Imagination launched on March 7, 2012 at the prestigious Players Club in New York City.