Honoring Barbara Cook & Lee Adams




Hosted by Midge Woolsey (THIRTEEN/WNET and WQXR Radio)

Featuring Penny Fuller, Malcolm Gets, Jason Graae, Sheldon Harnick,
Ted Keegan, Marc Kudisch, Rebecca Luker, Amanda McBroom,
Erin Mackey, Karen Mason, Charles Strouse, KT Sullivan,
Samantha Britt, Maury Yeston, Karen Ziemba, David Zippel

Barbara Cook & Nancy Rhodes Lee Adams & Nancy Rhodes
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Performance | Party

* Special thanks to our Gala Chairs and Vice-Chairs for making this event possible! *
Gala Chairs Gala Vice-Chairs
Daniel J. De Siena Carmine Esposito Harriet Slaughter
Casey McNamara Roger Feffer Daniel Smetana
  Russell L. Lapso Barbara Sexton
  Lynn Martindale
Musical Director/Arranger Program Producers
Beth Ertz Michael A. Kerker
  Nancy Rhodes


Jazz Cabaret Gala 2015


Jason Graae
Accompanied by
Alex Rybeck

June 29, 2015 with Jason Graae and Alex Rybeck was a
spectacular musical gathering of powerful talent and positive energy.
The unique Tribeca penthouse with a terrace that
offers panoramic city and Hudson River views
was the perfect setting for Jason’s moving performance.
“The show couldn’t have been any better… those who
were in attendance at the Encompass Gala were fortunate
to have been treated to a terrific evening of song
with two great talents of Cabaret and Broadway.”

-Linda Amiel Burns – Theater Pizzazz
  Jason sings up a comic storm





His acclaimed one-man show was hailed as one of New York’s Top Cabaret Shows for the Year by Time Out NY. Regularly featured on Broadway and West Coast stages. Winner of four Bistro Awards, a New York Nightlife Award, the LA Drama Critics Award, and the Ovation Award.

Click on the link below to watch Jason in performance: 



Winner of two Backstage Bistro Awards and two MAC Awards for Best Musical Direction. Broadway credits include Grand Hotel and Merrily We Roll Along. Mr. Rybeck’s work on What the World Needs Now won personal praise from Burt Bacharach and has worked with the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart and tonight's star, Jason Graae.




Honoring Two Luminaries of the American Musical Theater

Gala Honorary Chairman
Sheldon Harnick & Maury Yeston

Tony and Academy Award Winning Legend
Celebrated & Award Winning Composer
Joel Grey Honorees Sheldon & Jeanine
Joel Grey Honorees Joel Grey, Jeanine Tesori and Performers Sheldon Harnick & Jeanine Tesori
Bebe Neuwirth Karen Mason
Bebe Neuwirth Maury Yeston, Nancy Rhodes, Tonya Pinkins,
Joel Grey, Daniel De Siena, Jeanine Tersori
Karen Mason
Joel Grey Jeanine Tesori
CABARET (original Broadway & Film);
THE NORMAL HEART, Broadway Revival
and numerous Television and Film appearances.
for the NYSF starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline; Opera scores, and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's
Beginning, Mulan II, and Kronk's New Groove

film scores for Disney.

Jazz Cabaret Gala 2014
Klea Blackhurst
in highlights from her acclaimed tour-de-force on
the life and songbook of Ethel Merman

  On June 25, 2014, With crackling wit and powerful vocals, Klea Blackhurst honored the songs and sass of Ethel Merman and American Songbook favorites by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, Marvin Hamlisch and others, with Music Director and Pianist, Michael Rice. We enjoyed a spectacular musical evening in a unique Tribeca loft with panoramic outdoor views of the Hudson River.  
Klea Blackurst at Encompass Opera
Watch a video of Klea
Klea Blackhurst on YouTube


Honoring his 90th Birthday and Celebrating his Lyrics and Music

Sheldon Harnick's musical theater career began in the 1950's in New York City with his first song in a Broadway show, "The Boston Beguine," for New Faces of 1952.  In 1957 he teamed up with composer Jerry Bock to create the scores for some of the most beloved and memorable musicals on Broadway.

His witty and brilliant lyrics caught the attention of many Broadway composers, and he collaborated with Richard Rodgers, Joe Raposo, Michel Legrand, and Cy Coleman.

The opera world has heard his librettos for operas by Jack Beeson and Thomas Z Shepard, along with his translation/adaptations of The Merry Widow, Carmen and many other works. 

Sheldon Harnick - Encompass New Opera Theatr     
Fiorello, She Loves Me, Fiddler On the Roof, The Rothschilds, The Apple Tree,
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Pinocchio, A Wonderful Life, Free To Be....You and Me
We at Encompass are proud to have been the benefactor of his guidance as Chairman of our Advisory Board for over three decades.
Encompass Opera Honoring Sheldon Harnick's 90th Birthday and Celebrating his Lyrics and Music

Read about the Gala honoring Sheldon Harnick and see more photos here.

As Stephen Sondheim wrote in 2004 for Encompass's Musical Salute: "Sentimental or satiric,
nimblewitted or symphonic, there is nothing like a lyric from the pen of Sheldon Honic."


Two time Tony-Award Winning Broadway & Opera Star
and Pianist
Dennis Buck

Encompass Opera Salutes Judy Kaye

On Wednesday, June 19, 2013 two time Tony Award Winning Broadway & Opera Star, Judy Kaye, currently featured as Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, sings a solo cabaret act in an intimate Tribeca penthouse with panoramic views of the Hudson River. 

On the piano will be Dennis Buck, accompanist and collaborator for Jerry Herman, Julie Wilson, Eartha Kitt, K.T. Sullivan, Lucie Arnaz and dozens of other stars.

Judy Kaye's illustrious career has seen her win Tony Awards for the roles of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, and Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, play Rizzo in Grease, create the role of Emma Goldman in Ragtime and garner a Tony Nomination for the lead role of Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir.

Judy has also performed leading opera roles with major companies such as The Santa Fe Opera.


Read about the Gala honoring Judy Kaye and see the photos.

A Musical Salute! 2012
Honoring and Celebrating the Music of

Newsies, Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast,
The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors

Read about the Gala honoring Alan Menken and see more photos here.

4th Annual
Jazz Cabaret Gala 2012

Tribeca, New York City

June 6, 2012: A spectacular musical evening hosted by Chip Seelig
and Bettye Martin Musham in a unique Tribeca loft with panoramic views
of the Hudson River, surrounded by beautiful plantings and a pool that
affords a magnificent setting for sipping wine and hearing the amazing
talents of the award-winning,
Tony-nominated singers, songwriters, actresses...

The renowned Callaway Sisters

Liz Callaway - Encompass New Opera Theatre Jazz-Cabaret Gala 2012 - New York, NY Ann Hampton Callaway - Encompass New Opera Theatre Jazz-Cabaret Gala 2012 - New York, NY

Liz Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway

“They are fantastic, sensational, entertaining.
They represent everything that a cabaret act can offer.”
~Donald Pippin, acclaimed Broadway musical director/composer/arranger

A Musical Salute! 2011

November 20, 2011 at The National Arts Club
Encompass Honored
Composer Marvin Hamlisch

Encompass New Opera Theatre honored composer Marvin Hamlisch in A Musical Salute! Encompass' 2011 Gala at The National Arts Club in New York CityLegendary Composer Marvin Hamlisch has won every major award in musical theatre, film and recording: Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, a Tony and Golden Globes. He wrote the music for Broadway's They're Playing Our Song, Seesaw, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goodbye Girl and his smash hit A Chorus Line, which received a Pulitzer Prize. He compsed scores for Woody Allen films Take the Money and Run and Bananas. He won two Oscars for The Way We Were and third for The Sting (his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music). With Carol Bayer Sager, Hamlisch co-wrote Nobody Does It Better, the theme to the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. He arranged and orchestrated music for Liza's at the Palace and Minelli on Minelli, and was Musical Director/arranger of Barbra Streisand's 1994 concert tour. Marvin is principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Pasadena, Seattle and San Diego Symphony Orchestras.

"Music makes a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."
............................................................................................................................ -Marvin Hamlisch

Click here for photos and more from the wonderful evening.

Jazz Cabaret Gala 2011

Chip Seelig and Bettye Martin Musham hosted
Encompass New Opera Theatre’s Jazz Gala
on June 28, 2011

Starring the renowned Callaway Sisters ---

A spectacular musical evening in a unique Tribeca loft with panaoramic views of the Hudson River, surrounded by beautiful plantings and a pool that affords a magnificent setting for sipping wine and hearing the amazing talents of the award-winning, Tony-nominated singers, songwriters, actresses ---
LIZ CALLAWAY and ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY with Alex Rybeck at the piano!

Ann & Liz Callaway

Solos and duets included such songs as Got To Get You Into My Life, Up, Up and Away,
Bridge Over Troubled Water, That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be,
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
and Downtown.

A Musical Salute! 2010

November 14, 2010 at The National Arts Club
Honoring Academy-Award and Tony-Award winning creators:

David Shire
David Shire

Richard Maltby
Richard Maltby, Jr.

John Weidman
John Weidman

David Shire has composed for theatre, films, television and recordings (winning the Academy Award for Best Song from the film Norma Rae). He and lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. wrote the scores for the Tony nominated Broadway musicals Baby and Big (book by John Weidman); and the Off Broadway reviews, Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album) and Closer Than Ever.

Richard Maltby, Jr. was the co-lyricist for Miss Saigon, and he conceived and directed Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Fosse, the only two musical revues ever to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. He was director/co-lyricist for the American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance starring Bernadette Peters.

John Weidman wrote the book for Pacific Overtures (Tony Award nominations, Best Book and Best Musical), Score by Stephen Sondheim, and Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical revival), Score by Stephen Sondheim; and he co-created Contact (Tony Award, Best Musical) with choreographer/director Susan Stroman. Since 1986, he has written for Sesame Street, receiving 11 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program.

Stars of Broadway, Television & Film

* Fred Applegate * Liz Callaway * Mario Cantone * Cicily Daniels *
* Michael K. Lee * Julia Lema * Arthur W. Marks *
* James Moye * Michael Rose * Tony Perry *
Amy Jo Phillips * Alexander Scheitinger *
* Lynne Wintersteller * B. D. Wong * Karen Ziemba *

Pianists: Beth Ertz, Paul Ford, Scott Frankel, Alva Nelson, Alex Rybeck
And surprise guests!

Performed a variety of music by David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.
and selections from the musicals of Scott Frankel,
Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman

Recollections By Sheldon Harnick * Susan Stroman * Maury Yeston

Jazz Cabaret Gala 2010

Liz CallawayChip Seelig and Bettye Martin Musham hosted
Encompass New Opera Theatre’s Jazz Gala on July 14th

featuring the renowned
Broadway and Cabaret Singer Liz Callaway

Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway has performed on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along, Baby, Miss Saigon, and Cats, where she played the role of Grizabella (singing Memory).

And as a special treat, The Jill McManus Trio, performed Gershwin to Monk, in free-flowing jazz excursions and originals.


A Musical Salute! 2009

October 4, 2009 at The National Arts Club
Encompass Honored
Composer Maury Yeston

Tony Award winning Composer for
Best Musical and Best Score for NINE and TITANIC!

Tony Award Nominated for GRAND HOTEL.

October 21, 2009

Encompass Honors Maury Yeston

PhotoPictured at the 2009 Encompass New Opera Theatre Jazz Gala are Pat Cook, Artistic Director of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director of the Encompass New Opera Theatre; Maury Yeston; BMI’s Jean Banks; Frank Evans, Workshop Special Events Coordinator; and Morton Banks.

The Encompass New Opera Theatre honored esteemed BMI composer Maury Yeston at its 2009 Jazz Gala, held Sunday, October 4 in New York. Yeston is the musical force behind the Tony Award-winning Nine and Titanic, both of which garnered Best Musical and Best Score honors, as well as the Tony-nominatedGrand Hotel. The director of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop for two decades, Yeston is also a bold and generous mentor.

Presenting Yeston a lifetime achievement award, Encompass celebrated his career contributions with performances of his work by special guests including Tommy Tune, Karen Akers and Yeston himself.

Encompass New Opera Theatre Presented
The Lifetime Achievement Award
to Bookwriter Joseph Stein

Musical Books written by Joseph Stein include:
Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Author of a Musical

Plain and Fancy (1955), Mr. Wonderful (1956), The Body Beautiful (1958), Take Me Along (1959), Juno (1959), Zorbá (1968), The Baker's Wife (1976), King of Hearts (1978), Carmelina (1979), and Rags (1986).
He also successfully dramatized Carl Reiner's comic novel Enter Laughing (1963),
which he later adapted into the musical So Long, 174th Street (1976).


Jazz Cabaret Gala 2009

Ann CallawayChip Seelig and
Bettye Martin Musham
hosted Encompass New Opera Theatre’s Jazz Gala

In celebration of the summer solstice, the renowned jazz & cabaret artist Ann Hampton Callaway sang in a unique Tribeca loft with panoramic views of the Hudson.

Additionally, Trio Jazz Brasil, Flutist Mark Weinstein’s trio played World-based Jazz and Post-Bebop rooted in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African, Jewish and Indian traditions.


Jazz Cabaret Gala 2008

May 18th Encompass Honored Composer Jerry Bock

Tony Award winning Composer for Fiddler on the Roof, The Apple Tree, She Loves Me, The Rothschilds
and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Fiorello!



Jazz Cabaret Gala 2007

Encompass Honored Composer Jerry Herman

Jerry Herman and Angela Lansbury
autograph original poster of MAME
at the Gala honoring Mr. Herman

Jazz Cabaret Gala 2006

Charles Strouse honored by Encompass New Opera Theatre

Season 2005 Highlights:

John Kander honored by Encompass New Opera Theatre

The Encompass New Opera Theatre paid tribute to composer John Kander of May 15 in a gala performance at the National Arts Club.

After a welcome by Harold Prince, a selection of Kander's songs were performed by stage vets including Chita RiveraJason DanieleyMarin MazzieDebra MonkJames NaughtonRichard ThomasKaren Ziemba, Peter Howard, and more. The benefit was chaired by lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

Encompass New Opera Theatre is dedicated to creating, developing and producing imaginative productions of new music theatre and contemporary opera. Striving to discover and nurture emerging artists, premiere groundbreaking new productions, and revive important 20th century operas by outstanding American and international composers, Encompass has produced over 46 fully-mounted operas with orchestra and staged readings of more than 100 new works, from jazz and cabaret to musicals and opera.

Read more:

View Photo Gallery from the
Encompass Gala honoring John Kander
on BroadwayWorld.com

Season 2004 Highlights:

Sheldon Harnick