ANA GASTEYER, RICKIE LEE JONES AND JARROD SPECTOR PHOTOS BY JONATHAN OLSON
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center of Old Saybrook is now happily and formally engaged to Connecticut Public Television. Their exciting union is being celebrated with a series of televised musical events, a half dozen to start, that promote dynamic legends in the world of entertainment.
All of these iconic performers were filmed live at The Kate and now CPTV will share them with a vast viewing audience. Tune in starting Friday, January 22 at 10 p.m. for a mind-shattering hour with Ana Gasteyer, who cut her acting and musical teeth on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway with “Wicked.” Hear her belt out novelty songs from the 1930’s and 40’s in an intimate and personal nightclub act that straddles the line between concert and cabaret. As the “Mistress of Moxie,” Ana Gasteyer is edgy and jazzy and daringly different.
One week later, on Friday, January 29 at 10 p.m., CPTV will usher in an hour with two-time Grammy-winner Rickie Lee Jones. Alternately fragile and feisty, she is embarking on new roads, reinventing herself as she overcomes her hardships and celebrates her art and her life. With her guitar at the ready, she will strum and sing such favorites as “It Must Be Love” and “The Other Side of Desire.”
Jarrod Spector will take center stage on Friday, February 5 at 10 p.m. No stranger to the spotlight, Spector began his tuneful career at the tender age of 3, made his Broadway debut at 9 with “Les Miz,” and was burned out by age 15. After college, he reentered the entertainment world with a vengeance, starring as Frankie Valli in ”Jersey Boys” and as Barry Mann in “BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical.” Now he will bring his finely honed talents to the concert stage.
Ann Wilson of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame achievement will explode the house on Friday, February 12 at 10 p.m. with her passionate performance of a new, sweet sound, the blues, with her own special renditions of “Ain’t No Way,” “Every Grain of Sand,” “For What It’s Worth” and “Isolation.” She shares personal intimacies about her life, her marriage and her art.
Traveling from across the pond will be the brave iconoclast Barb Jungr, bringing a bit of Britain on Friday, February 19 at 10 p.m. A diva of the nightclub scene, Jungr will put her own unique spin on the works of such legends as David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Stephen Sondheim and Joni Mitchell. She will also share from her new album of healing, “Shelter from the Storm.”
Well Known for her film and television acting and for directing, Rita Wilson will grab the microphone on Friday, March 25 at 10 p.m. to reveal her singing and songwriting talents. With original material as well as classics from the 1960’s and 70’s, Rita Wilson will forge her music along a highway of honestly human experiences.
For more information about this new and exhilarating and original series, go to http://thekate.tv.
Inspired by the “take-no-prisoners” attitude of Katharine Hepburn, this musical programming will highlight each unique songster with boldly intimate interviews and revelations as well as the best musical genres each artist offers.