New York singer Ben Jones brings his award-winning cabaret show to Blue Strawberry in St. Louis on March 31st at 7:30pm, and Julie Schuster spoke with Ben about how he and music director Ron Abel created the show and what audiences can expect to hear at the performance. Ben shared news about another project as well – the (potential) new Broadway musical “Brooklyn’s Bridge”!

From the Blue Strawberry website:

Ben Joneswinner of a 2021 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award, makes his Blue Strawberry debut in Ben Jones: Love Songs. With musical direction by legendary Ron Abel, Jones sings songs from Broadway and pop that examine all aspects of love, including temptation, obsession and heartbreak. Featuring music from Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Waits, Jason Robert Brown and Lerner & Loewe, Jones dazzles audiences with touching and hilarious renditions of your favorite songs, old and new. As Michael Tilson Thomas put it, “We’re still trying to figure out what it is that Ben can’t do.” To see what he means, you won’t want to miss this one-night-only event, when one of New York’s most dynamic voices returns to his Midwestern roots to perform at the Blue Strawberry for one night only! Check out Ben’s playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

Ron Abel, the multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director whose vast client list ranges from multi-million selling pop diva Taylor Dayne to opera diva and Kennedy Center Honoree, Jessye Norman, is currently composing the scores for several Broadway musicals with his long-time writing partner, Chuck Steffan: HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA (with book by Lissa Levin), BRICKTOP, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, the story of Ada “Bricktop” Smith, the American expatriate and doyenne of Paris in the 1930’s whose nightclub was a regular haunt for Cole Porter, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Also ready for the stage are RE-INTRODUCING LAURETTE BISHOP, the story behind one of the world’s greatest unknown jazz artists, and UNDRESSED, a retelling of the Alexandre Dumas classic love story, Camille. Ron has arranged, orchestrated and conducted for Liza Minnelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dee Snider, Bette Midler, Beth Leavel, Stephanie J. Block, Tonya Pinkins, Adriane Lenox, Bryce Pinkham, (and many, many others) as well as regularly touring world-wide as musical director for: Lucie Arnaz, Michele Lee, Shirley Jones and Valarie Pettiford.