Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater

On Monday, May 23, The Birdland Theater presents dancer/singer/choreographer John Manzari in “The First Set,” a high-energy show exploring the influence of tap dancing on African-American music with songs by Ahmad Jamal, Gregory Porter, Bill Evans, and others. John was joined by the Luther S. Allison Trio, which included Stanley Ruvinov on bass, Zach Adleman on drums, and Luther S. Allison on piano.

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Manzari was cheered on by a packed house, which featured performances by many of his “Funny Girl” cast, including Ramin Karimloo (Nick Arnstein) and Julie Benko (standby for Fanny Brice).

John Manzari is an Ovation Award-nominated and Helen Hayes Award-nominated dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and teacher. His stage work includes the Bessie Award-winning production Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic, 42nd Street Choreographed by Jared Grimes, Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Thru Life with his mentor Maurice Hines, The Wiz is 40: A Celebration in Dance and Music, Directed and Choreographed by George Faison and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. His television appearances include the PBS special The Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, ABC’s The View, Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room, and The Jerry Lewis Telethon. Concerts include his one man show John Manzari: The First Set, NYPopsUp, Ayodele & Friends at Little Island, Spoleto Festival with Caleb Teicher, Fall for Dance, Fall for Dance North (Canada), Amelia Island Dance Festival, Gold Coast Dance Festival, and Birdland Jazz Club & Jacob’s Pillow with Luke Hickey. John can be seen in the documentary about his mentor Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back and the award-winning short Slip.

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Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Zach Adleman, Stanley Ruvinov, John Manzari, Luther S Allison

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Jim Caruso, John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Zach Adleman, Stanley Ruvinov, John Manzari, Luther S Allison

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Luther S Allison

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Stanley Ruvinov

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Zach Adelman

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
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Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari, Stanley Ruvinov, and Zach Adleman

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Ramin Karimloo, John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater

Masumi Iwai Leslie Donna Flesner Aliah James Leslie Blake Walker John Manzari Amber Ardolino Mariah Reives Justin Prescott Kurt Csolak Ramin Karimloo Bottom left to bottom right: John Mic

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Steve Bronstein, John Manzari, Bonnie Manzari, Marcie Cooperman

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Tatiana Nuñez, John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Luke Hickey, John Manzari

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
Elizabeth Burke, John Manzari, Luke Hickey

Photos: Dancer/singer John Manzari brings THE FIRST SET to the Birdland Theater
John Manzari

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