Cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway has written songs for Barbra Streisand and Carole King and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Swing! on Broadway. The classically trained and Jazz inspired singer-songwriter Susan Werner is a concert favorite who has written songs for Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein. They’ll perform separately and together in an epic display of piano chops and dazzling wit that you won’t want to miss!
Ann Hampton Callaway
“Ann Hampton Callaway has a voice so rich, flexible and extravagantly gorgeous that it hardly matters what use she puts it to. The sound always comes first and is what you most remember.” – The New York Times
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year” Ann is a born entertainer. Her unique singing style that blends Jazz and traditional Pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and Jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She wrote and sang the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Ann Hampton Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, and Barbara Carroll to name a few.
Callaway’s live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, Jazz classics and originals. She is one of America’s most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra.
“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.” – The New Yorker
After writing twelve albums of songs in styles ranging from Folk/Rock to Tin Pan Alley to Gospel, Country and Chamber Music, what might a woman deemed by National Public Radio as “The Empress of the Unexpected” try next?
She first arrived on the national stage when her 1995 BMG debut earned her national concert tours with Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. In 1996 Werner was featured as part of the “next generation” in Peter Paul and Mary’s PBS special LifeLines. She has performed on NPR’s World Café, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and in 2016 Nebraska Educational Television broadcast “The Land Will Outlive Us All,” a one hour special on Werner, agriculture, and her 2015 concert tour across the state.
In addition to Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein, her songs have been recorded by Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole, and countless individuals and ensembles.