By Anastasia Mills Healy
“The very personification of savoir faire,” according to one of his many rave reviews, Steve Ross is known as the “Crown Prince of Cabaret” for his elegant, clever and insightful performances of the works of Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim, among others. Sondheim attended and enjoyed one of his shows. And the Noel Coward Society so appreciated his tributes that it bequeathed Ross one the legend’s smoking jackets, in which he often performs.
Ross began his career in the 1970s at a Theater District venue where the likes of Liza Minnelli and Ginger Rogers were known to join him in song. He has a long history of celebrated performances at the Oak Room in New York’s Algonquin Hotel and regular engagements in Australia, Britain and Brazil. Ross was the first American cabaret artist to appear at the Paris Ritz and he has taken the stage at prestigious venues (including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) and festivals (such as Spoleto and the Caramoor Music Festival) across the United States and abroad. Ross has hosted radio series both for NPR and the BBC and lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Oxford University. An Off-Broadway veteran, he made his Broadway debut in 1997 in “Present Laughter” with Frank Langella.
You can catch Steve Ross in New York City May 23 and 24 at the Metropolitan Room. We are also lucky enough to have him aboard two summer cruises: a July 17 sailing from St. Petersburg to Copenhagen and a July 28 trip from Edinburgh to Dublin.
Steve Ross has this to say about his upcoming Arrangements Abroad adventures:
“I began my sea-faring life with many contracts on the late, great QEII
moving on to other ships on other lines, but I have to say the size of the
Clipper Odyssey and the relatively small number of passengers is very
appealing. I love to make new friends at and away from the keyboard. New
conversations, new places to learn about and visit—that’s the ticket for
this wand’ring minstrel! As far as what songs I’ll choose—at least two of
the composers I sing a lot of, Messrs. Porter and Coward, practically lived
on the great liners in the Thirties and wrote several songs about traveling
(“Shooting Box in Scotland” and “Sail Away”). The classics from these and
the other writers of the American Songbook (the Gershwins, Irving Berlin,
Lerner and Loewe) will make frequent appearances at my shows.”
For more information about Steve Ross, click http://www.steveross.net.