Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton

sing Steve and Oscar ... and then some

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Last Show: Saturday 14 th January 2023

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

The celebrated duo of Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier will be making their London Debut with 'Austin & Barbara sing Steve and Oscar', featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Oscar Hammerstein.

"Pendleton and actor-singer Bleier, Astonishingly prolific "

Adam Feldman, Time Out, NY

Pendleton and Bleier have each had their own history with the music and the composers, and, in addition to the songs, they give the audience an historical and experiential perspective for the music. Their musical choices include well known and lesser known works by these artists. Austin's work in London, has included directing 'Detroit" by Lisa D'Amour at the National Theater and co-starring in the film "Piccadilly Jim" with Brenda Blethyn. Barbara's London visits have been as a tourist, but she is thrilled to be debuting in this show with her longtime singing partner, a bucket list desire. 

The second act will consist of works by other well-known American composers/lyricists, such as Richard Rodgers, Amanda McBroom, Richard Maltby and David Shire, Michele Brourman and John Bucchino, among others, with several unpublished songs being given their first London performance.

Barbara Bleier

Barbara Bleier (aka Barbara Cohn Schlachet, Ph.D.) is an actor, playwright and singer. She wrote and performed the solo show, Who’s Your Mama?, which deals with issues of women aging in America, and won a production at the 2007 “Women At Work” Festival in New York City, under the direction of Austin Pendleton.

A classically trained pianist who played Carnegie Hall at age four, Barbara Bleier has been a musician her entire life. Over time her resume has expanded to include singer, actor, writer and Doctor of Clinical Psychology. Her background as both an actor and psychologist has enabled her to plumb the depths of the characters she brings to life in song, theatre and film with insight, understanding and empathy. Barbara’s performances with longtime collaborator Austin Pendleton have won critical praise for their on-stage rapport and savvy choice of material. A writer with a passion for illuminating the issues facing women, she has written numerous plays, short stories and articles.

Band Line Up

Paul Greenwood (Music Director)

Barbara Maier Gustern (Director)