A native of Winnetka, Illinois, Christine Ebersole won the 2007 Tony Award for Outstanding Actress for her performance as Little Edie in the acclaimed Tony nominated musical, Grey Gardens. Lauded with virtually every Off-Broadway theater award when it premiered at Playwrights Horizon, Grey Gardens went on to pack its Broadway theater for over a year, with every theater critic praising Christine’s bravura performance.
In past theater seasons, Christine has won critical acclaim as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Dorothy Brock in the 2000 revival of 42nd Street. The following season, she starred in Broadway’s Dinner at Eight, garnering a Tony Award nomination. In 2005, Christine starred as M’Lynn on Broadway in Steel Magnolias. In recent years, Christine has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall with The San Francisco Symphony (2008 PBS Special), multiple concerts with The Boston Pops, a yearly engagement at New York’s Café Carlyle, performed at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, appeared on the televised Kennedy Center Honors, and starred opposite Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett in the Broadway hit Blithe Spirit. She continues to perform at concert halls across the country.
Christine has been a regular on USA’s hit TV series, Royal Pains, appeared as Denny Craig’s love interest in Boston Legal, as an attorney on Law and Order, SVU, played Samantha’s aunt in ABC’s Samantha Who, and had guest starring roles on Lipstick Jungle, and Cashmere Mafia. Other TV appearances include a “Not Ready for Prime Time” player on Saturday Night Live, Bette Midler’s Gypsy, Mary & Rhoda, Platinum with Diana Ross, Will & Grace, Murphy Brown, and a recurring role on the WB series Related. This is all in addition to appearances on The Today Show, The View and The Colbert Report. Christine’s film work includes her role as a TV talk show host interviewing the shopper in the hit movie and DVD, Confessions of a Shopaholic, along with Tootsie, Amadeus, Black Sheep, Dead Again, My Favorite Martian, My Girl II, Folks! and Richie Rich. In addition to her television, film, Broadway and concert work, Christine has released three CD’s, most recently Sunday in New York, featuring Billy Stritch.
Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act Billy Stritch sings the Mel Tormé Songbook, earned rave reviews from New York music critics. Rex Reed of The Observer called it “an eclectic and thrilling set that is guaranteed to send you into orbit,” while The New York Times called it “a loving, carefully researched tribute from one singer to another.” He has recorded this music on a new CD entitled Billy Stritch Sings Mel Tormé, which is available at his website billystritch.com or digitally through iTunes.
Billy has appeared in cabaret venues across the nation as well as concert performances at the London Palladium, NHK Hall in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro’s Municipale Auditorium. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and originated the role of Oscar the rehearsal pianist in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street which starred Christine Ebersole. It was in this production that Billy and Christine initially met, laying the groundwork for a happy and mutually rewarding musical collaboration. Their CD releases Sunday In New York and In Your Dreams are available on Ghostlight Records. Billy is also a songwriter and arranger. His composition “Does He Love You” was recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis, with the single reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Country chart, winning a GRAMMY Award, and selling over five million copies along the way. Billy has also written music for theater and for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He has arranged for many top performers, and is a frequent collaborator with Liza Minnelli, having most recently overseen the music for her smash five-week Broadway show Liza’s at the Palace, which won the 2009 Tony Award.
Billy has played and sung on numerous television shows including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Oprah, The CBS Morning Show, The Today Show, and Inside the Actor’s Studio. He is the winner of the Nashville Music City News Award, a BMI Song of the Year Award, and six awards from the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets, including Male Vocalist of 2007 and Major Artist of 2009 with Klea Blackhurst. Other recordings include a CD of Brazilian music entitled Waters of March and Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael with Klea Blackhurst.