"The undisputed monarch of Manhattan cabaret." The Huffington Post
Steve Ross on Broadway - songs he's always wanted to sing and songs you've always wanted to hear. Steve has compiled a wide-ranging program selected from early Broadway (the Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, Lady Be Good through Dietz and Schwartz (Shine ON Your Shoes), Jerome Kern (All the Things You Are) Bob Merrill (Love Makes the World Go 'Round), Kander & Ebb (Nowadays) Kurt Weill (One Life To Live) Cole Porter (Nobody's Chasing Me) to Stephen Sondheim (Buddy's Blues).
Steve has been a fixture of the cabaret community in Manhattan for over forty years. He was born "forty-five minutes from Broadway" in New Rochelle, and was raised in Washington, DC with an opera-loving father and a mother who played on the piano the songs of Gershwin, Porter and Irving Berlin. His first major job in New York was as a successful singer/pianist at the now famous piano bar Ted Hook's Backstage. In 1981 he re-opened the legendary Oak Room at Manhattan's famed Hotel Algonquin where he held forth off and on for three decades. He has appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, starring Frank Langella and off-Broadway in his tribute to Fred Astaire entitled I Won't Dance. Internationally, he has performed in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Sydney as well as cabarets and theatres across America and on the high seas. He's hosted programs on the BBC and American public radio and was on the lecture/performance roster at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for eight years. He has been a sought after teacher at such temples of learning as the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney and the Royal Academy in London His last show at the Oak Room, a version of I Won't Dance prompted Stephen Holden of the New York Times to describe Steve as "the personification of the bygone dream world that his music summons."