In his new show, My Musical Heroes, singer-pianist Billy Stritch pays tribute to the musical icons who have influenced his style. In addition to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman (the subjects of his last two shows), Billy will include songs by some giants he’s been fortunate to meet - Jule Styne, Burton Lane, Stephen Sondheim and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others. Billy has performed in the top concert venues worldwide and his last concert appearance in London garnered “4 stars” from the London Times. The American Online called his show “A carefully selected and compelling programme from someone at the top of his game. His ease, his craft, his way with an audience and his sheer good taste make this an object lesson in what good Cabaret should be about.”

 

Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene and recent solo shows "The Mel Tormé Songbook" and "The Jazz Of Cy Coleman" garnered rave reviews from critics in New York City and abroad. Billy's most recent Broadway credit was as musical supervisor and pianist for Liza Minnelli's Tony Award winning show Liza’s At The Palace for which he also re-conceived the vocal arrangements of the legendary Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers. In addition to his twenty-four year association with Liza, Billy also accompanies and arranges for Linda Lavin, Marilyn Maye, Lillias White and Paulo Szot. On stage, he originated the role of Oscar the rehearsal pianist in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street, performing the role for over 400 performances. His latest solo CD release is “Billy Stritch Sings Mel Tormé”, a salute to one of his musical heroes. He served as co-producer on Liza’s recordings “Gently” and “Confessions” and is featured on numerous albums including Linda Lavin’s “Possibilities” and “Sunday In New York” with Christine Ebersole. The readers of Broadway World named him NYC’s top musical director of 2012 and 2014 for his work on shows with Marilyn Maye and Lillias White. Other awards include BMI Song of the Year, Grammy nomination (“Does He Love You” recorded by Reba McEntire), four Backstage Bistro awards and six MAC awards. Billy holds fort at Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel on selected Sunday nights and is also the resident pianist for “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party”, the long-running open mic night that happens every Monday night at New York’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club. Visit his website billystritch.com