Broadway veteran and South Florida favorite
Avery Sommers, whose voice has been described as a “powerhouse” by
The New York Times, takes the stage in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ new cabaret series at the Perlberg Studio Theatre from June 23 – June 25. Sommers will present a program of songs by Fats Waller, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Whitney Houston, Donna Sumner, and others. She will be accompanied by
Irwin Solomon at the piano.
The series launched earlier this month with
Laura Hodes, whose four performances quickly sold out. Tickets for Sommers’ show went equally fast; a Sunday night performance has been added to the schedule.
Avery Sommers is a Carbonell Award winner who recently received her seventh nomination, this time for her starring role in
The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith at Arts Garage. Her outstanding performance earned her Silver Palm and
New Times awards. On Broadway, Sommers has been seen in
Show Boat, and
Platinum. She appeared in the national tour of
Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton, and as Jewel in the national tour of
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret. Sommers was seen at PBD in 2014 in
Dividing the Estate, and as Motormouth Maybelle in the Actors’ Playhouse production of
Hairspray. Her one-woman show,
I Love Being Here With You, played to two sold-out houses at the Kravis Center last year. Her film credits include
Lost Everything and
Immigration Tango. Sommers is currently co-starring in the new YouTube series
In Sanity, Florida, playing the Reverend Ruby Parks.
Irwin Solomon has been a fixture in the South Florida music community since moving here from New York in 1996. His jazz trio performs concerts throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties; next up is a concert on July 18 at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace.
Performance times for Sommers’ shows are Friday night and Saturday night at 8pm, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon at 2pm, and Sunday night at 7pm. Tickets are $30.
The series is sponsored by Kretzer Piano.
For more information, please visit our Box Office or call (561) 514-4042, ext. 2.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street.