Karen Oberlin

BAD LOVE: The Randy Newman Songbook

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Last Show: Saturday 25 th February 2017

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

KAREN OBERLIN was the recent recipient of New York's Nightlife Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year.  She also received the Mabel Mercer Foundation's second annual Donald F. Smith Award for Excellence in Cabaret, along with an Honorary Doctorate in music, a Back Stage Bistro Award, a BroadwayWorld Award and multiple Manhattan Association of Cabarets Awards. The New York Times called her most recent show "extensively researched and beautifully executed." In New York City, Oberlin has soloed at Carnegie Hall, the Café Carlyle, Birdland Jazz Club, Feinstein's/54 Below and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, along with major nightclubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including performances at London's Crazy Coqs the last four years. Oberlin is thrilled to be debuting at the Pheasantry. She has four albums on the Miranda Music label with another on the way, with most recent recording a favorite of radio legend Jonathan Schwartz. www.karenoberlin.com

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"Randy Newman’s songbook is in good hands...With her nuanced clarity and sensibility, Oberlin is compelling... Choosing tastefully, she brings out a picture of a fiercely talented musician reflecting the world and its people... Oberlin’s exquisite tone and musical savvy let the multifaceted range of Randy Newman’s songbook speak for itself. A stand-out show." Elizabeth Ahlfors, Cabaret Scenes Magazine

"Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight, Ms. Oberlin has impeccable style and musical intelligence." -Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Randy Newman, as a songwriter, is an impassioned social realist in the same vein as (or school of) Yip Harburg mixed with Lorenz Hart... Someone who recognizes the power of songs, with lyrics that can remind us of injustice, the sting of loss and how unkind people can be... And yet in that salad of cruelty Newman tosses large amounts of love, joy and delicious humor. Songs in the show range from hilarious yet poignant songs like Political Science and The Great Nations of Europe to his heart-wrenching ballads such as I Think It's Going to Rain Today and Losing You, along with many delicious surprises.  His songs prove to to be as timely as ever.  Karen Oberlin, joined by her superb musical director MICHAEL ROULSTON, explores the many facets of this heartbreaking, fearless and hilarious songbook, all at the Metropolitan Room in NYC.


"As a Newman interpreter, Oberlin has shot like an arrow to the center of his work, hitting bulls eye after bulls eye. She’s a singer who delivers her material with clarity and power and with intelligence toward story-telling .  Marilyn Lester, TheaterPizzazz.com