Dot tenor is bringing cabaret act to next level

Brian De Lorenzo: Photo by Mark Hunt.Brian De Lorenzo: Photo by Mark Hunt.Brian De Lorenzo is one of the few cabaret artists who can lay claim to having performed at Eighty-Eight's, Don't Tell Mama, and Birdland in New York; Piaf's in San Francisco; cruise ships in Alaska and the Mediterranean; and dbar in Dorchester.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the professional actor, singer, recording artist, and Talent America's 2001 "Performer of the Year" will return to one of Boston's most prestigious jazz venues: Scullers Jazz Club at the Soldiers Field Road Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel. The Wellesley Park resident will join forces with fellow cabaret artists Hildy Grossman (vocals), Rieko Tanaka, (piano) and Ken Dantzig (drums) of The Follen Angels; singer Jeanne LaForgia; and bassist Brad Hallen for a concert called "All That Jazz: The Best of Broadway."

Songs performed will include: "Some People" (Gypsy), "I Have Dreamed" (The King and I), "Bosom Buddies" (Mame), "Suddenly Seymour" (Little Shop of Horrors), and "Fugue for Tinhorns" (Guys and Dolls) with exciting arrangements that enhance the already great melodies and smart lyrics.

Expect De Lorenzo to also resurrect gems from lesser-known shows such as Closer Than Ever, Listen to My Heart, and New Faces of 1956. He enjoys performing songs that audiences don't get the opportunity to hear very often. "More than half of the songs in my cabaret shows Found Treasures and More Found Treasures are from unsuccessful Broadway shows," De Lorenzo notes," because even a show that didn't have a long run can have wonderful songs."

His CD, Found Treasures which includes songs from both of the above-mentioned shows, was nominated for the 2000 "Recording of the Year" Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC).

Among this versatile performer's other credits are roles with The Barnstormers, America's oldest professional Summer Stock Theatre, in Tamworth, NH. He donned Dickensian attire for four seasons of A Christmas Carol at the Stoneham Theatre, at American Stage Festival in Nashua, NH, and at the Nickerson Theatres in Norwell and Sudbury, MA

His range may be seen from his originating the part "Frankie" in the first Boston run of Forever Plaid to his participation in two Philip Glass operas, The Juniper Tree, and Fall of the House of Usher, both at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.

De Lorenzo is a founding member and three time president of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA) and has been nominated three times by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for "Best Cabaret Show."

Preview De Lorenzo's impressive tenor and clever styling from the many music clips on his website briandelorenzo.com/music.html. For tickets or more info on the 8 p.m. Scullers show: 617-562-4111. ticketweb.com. info@scullersjazz.com.