Though she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the original Broadway production of “Nine,” Karen Akers is probably best known and loved for her more intimate performances in concert halls and cabarets. Akers is bringing her music to the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota pops concert series, with her program “Akers Sings Porter: Anything Goes.” (She is filling in for the previously announced Avery Sommers, who had to cancel because of illness).
Accompanied by pianist Don Rebic, she will perform such Porter favorites as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I Love Paris,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion),” “Begin the Beguine” and “Anything Goes.”
“In her meticulous presentation of songs and cool, statuesque demeanor, Karen Akers comes closer than any American cabaret performer to treating pop as a close relative of European art song,” The New York Times wrote of her. The newspaper also has described her as an “emotional volcano with a cool exterior.”
On Broadway, Akers played Luisa Contini, the wife of a struggling film director in Tommy Tune’s production of “Nine,” and she later worked with Tune again in the musical “Grand Hotel.” She also appeared in the films “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Heartburn.”
Akers performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. Tickets are $40-$45. For more information: 360-7399; artistseriesconcerts.com or ringling.org.
You can hear a sample of Akers in concert below