Jill Eikenberry, last seen at Bay Street in Enter Laughing, the musical, returns to our stage with songs from her life and her career. The theme of the show is “taking a chance on love”, and it will include works by Kurt Weill, Randy Newman, Peggy Lee, Janis Ian, and Joni Mitchell, as well as some exciting new composers. She’ll be joined by her wonderful musical director, James Horan, at the piano, Mike Kuennen on bass, Zach Eldridge on drums, and Lee Weisman on guitar, plus some special guests, including the award-winning actor, David Rasche with 2 to his hilarious original songs, and her ever- eager husband Michael Tucker.
Jill Eikenberry is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series “LA Law”, which earned her four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Jill has starred on Broadway in “Moonchildren,” “All Over Town,” “Summer Brave,” “Watch on the Rhine” and “Onward Victoria” She won an Obie award for her off-Broadway performances in “Life Under Water” and “Lemon Sky.” Jill’s most recent New York appearances have been in “Enter Laughing, the Musical”, “The Kid,” for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination, “Jericho,” “Be A Good Little Widow,” and “Evening at the Talk House” by Wallace Shawn. Last summer Jill appeared in her husband, Michael Tucker’s new play “Fern Hill” at the New Jersey Repertory Company, and the play will be coming to 59 E 59th next September. Her feature films include “Butch and Sundance: The Early Days,” “Rich Kids,” “Hide in Plain Sight,” “Arthur,” “The Manhattan Project”, “Something Borrowed” and most recently “Young Adult” in which she played the mother of Charlize Theron.
Michael Tucker is an actor and a writer. Best known for his role in the TV Series L.A. Law, he’s also appeared over the years on stage and in film. He’s written three memoirs, a novel and two plays, the second of which, FERN HILL, will open this coming September at 59E.59th St Theater.
David Rasche began his career at Chicago’s famed “Second City.” He has appeared in episodic television shows from “Miami Vice” to “Monk,” and he starred in the cult favorite “Sledge Hammer!” Movies include “Burn After Reading,” “In the Loop,” “Manhattan,” “Just Married,” “Men in Black III,” and “Swallow,” which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. He has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway, and, with Jill, as far off-Broadway as you can get, the NJ Rep, in Michael Tucker’s “Fern Hill,” which will be produced at 59E59 in the fall. He is very grateful to the luminous Jill Eikenberry for inviting him to join him this evening.