Jazz vocalist Alysa Haas celebrates the release of her new CD, “SPASM!,” with her Metropolitan Room debut May 19.
The show and CD will include contemporary and new arrangements of romantic and comical songs by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Bernstein, Loesser, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, David Cantor and Cyndi Lauper.
The musical director is pianist Jeffrey Klitz, who has been musical director of many Broadway shows, including most recently “Priscilla Queen of The Desert” and “Guys and Dolls.” In addition to Klitz, the band includes Paul Beaudry on bass and Tony Jefferson on drums.
Haas has appeared in various New York cabaret venues, including Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn, The Duplex, Cleopatra’s Needle and Brandy’s Piano Bar. She was featured in the Cab Calloway Awards at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. She received her early dance and musical theater training at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts in Goldens Bridge, which was founded by her mother, violinist Bira Rabushka, and holds a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from Fordham University and a master’s in speech pathology from New York University. She’s also attended master classes with actors Lucie Arnaz, Laurence Luckinbill and Adam Arkin.
Besides writing, producing, directing and choreographing in the theater and working in independent films, Haas has done work on NBC’s “Smash” and “Law & Order: SVU: and CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”
Haas is director of adult classes at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan and the newly formed teen and children’s programs.
Tickets for the May 19 show – which is at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m. – are $20, plus a two-drink minimum. A VIP Gold ticket for $115 includes open bar, appetizer, premiere seating and a private booth. The Metropolitan Room is at 34 W. 22nd St. Tickets can be obtained by calling (212) 206-0440 or visiting metropolitanroom.com.
To book Haas or purchase her CD, visit alysahaas.com.