Clint Holmes Brings “This Thing Called Love” (Cole Porter & Paul Simon On Love) To the Café Carlyle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
THE CARLYLE HOTEL
C L I N T H O L M E S
BACK TO CAFÉ CARLYLE
“T H I S T H I N G C A L L E D L O V E”
(COLE PORTER & PAUL SIMON ON LOVE)
JEFFREY NEIMAN, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
DIRECTED BY LARRY MOSS
EXCLUSIVE THREE-WEEK ENGAGEMENT
APRIL 10 – APRIL 28
New York, NY (3/22/12) – The Carlyle Hotel is pleased to welcome Clint Holmes back to the legendary Café Carlyle for a return three-week engagement. Beginning Tuesday, April 10 (and playing through Saturday. April 28), Mr. Holmes, who made his debut last fall with “Remembering Bobby Short,” his critically-acclaimed show that the New York Observer called a “triumph,” will offer an all new program entitled “This Thing Called Love.” Using the words and music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon, Holmes will explore, examine and compare the two songwriter’s views on the universal subject of love. The evening will include such tunes as Porter’s “Get Out of Town” juxtaposed with Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” and Simon’s contemporary classic “Slip Sliding Away” alongside the Porter standard “I Concentrate on You,” among others. Mr. Holmes will be accompanied by a band led by his Musical Director/Arranger Jeffrey Neiman. The evening will be directed by Larry Moss.
“What I find interesting is how much fun it is to tell a musical story using these two great reflectors of their time and discovering their differences, as well as their similarities” explains Mr. Holmes. “I think that Paul Simon's legacy will be that of arguably the best songwriter/poet of his generation. Certainly that is Cole Porter's legacy. To reach that level there has to be in their writing the resonance of the society of their time. Eras may change, but the desire for love and the journey through it never changes. We are using eternal music to tell an eternal story.”
The Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel – 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue.
“This Thing Called Love” plays Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:45PM. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and an $85 music charge ($40, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances. Dinner is served from 6:30PM. For reservations please call 212-744-1600. For additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.
Like a painter with a blank canvas, Clint Holmes makes every performance an original. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. When Clint is on stage, anything can happen, and usually does!
Best known for his silky vocal stylings, Mr. Holmes has also honed his many other talents, which include dancing and a warm comedic touch. Perhaps Clint picked up that comedy know-how from the ever-popular Bill Cosby, with whom he shared a stage. “I learned a lot from Don (Rickles) and Bill who were both very generous with me when I opened for them,” said Holmes. “They never held me back or limited my time on stage. I particularly learned a jazz comedian riffling style from the two of them.”
Holmes comes by his tremendous talent naturally. His father is an African-American jazz musician and his mother was a classically trained opera singer from Great Britain. Clint admits it was the best of two musical worlds, “My mom taught me how to sing correctly, and my dad taught me how to enjoy it.”
Casual elegance describes Clint’s presence on stage. He has a magical way of filling a room with a warm, comfortable sound. Clint’s musical selections range from contemporary to classic, with jazz and opera thrown into the mix. In addition, he has an energy and passion for life and performing that are infectious.
Having spent more than 20 years performing, Holmes has served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show,” as the musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and as the host of his own Emmy-award-winning talk/variety show. Holmes freely admits, though, that he loves nothing more than performing before a live audience.
Since moving to Las Vegas, Clint has become a favorite in the Las Vegas community as well as one of the city’s most respected headliners. He was selected as “Best Singer” (two years in a row), Best All-Around Las Vegas Performer” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Additionally, he has been the featured performer and host for the “Best of Las Vegas” Gala for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and host of the “Las Vegas Life Epicurean Awards. Clint was inducted into the Buffalo Musical Hall of Fame and into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame. In 2005 Clint received the “Sammy Davis Jr. Award” and The “Louis Prima Award” both for continued excellence in Performance.
He released a DVD of his live performance at the Clint Homes Theater at Harrah’s, which debuted nationwide via IN DEMAND on July 7, 2001. In 2006 his PBS special of his Las Vegas Act was aired nationwide. PBS filmed three acts in Las Vegas for airing that year and along with Barry Manilow and Andrea Boccelli, Mr. Holmes found himself in great company.
In the world of theater Clint is a seasoned performer and writer. Along with Nelson Cole he created the book, music and lyrics for the musical Comfortable Shoes. Clint starred in the world premiere of this musical at the legendary Paper Mill Playhouse. The musical had another successful run at the Royal George Theater in Chicago. Clint recently starred as Simon Zealotes in the YouthTheatre America One-Night-Only benefit production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Ben Vereen and Jack Black.
In the last 3 years Clint has continued to write and produce with an eye towards theater. His newest theatrical work “Inspired,” directed by the highly esteemed Larry Moss debuted in 2011 and will have its symphonic debut in January 2012.
Having recently completed critically acclaimed engagements at The Colony Hotel (Palm Beach, Florida) and in New York (Feinstein’s and The Café Carlyle – where along with Larry Moss and musical director Jeffrey Neiman he created and performed “Remembering Bobby Short.”) Holmes is happily adding cabaret to his repertoire.
Clint has also recently performed highly successful symphonic programs with The Las Vegas Symphony (a Sinatra tribute conducted by Mr. Sinatra’s former conductor Vincent Falcone) and a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. with the Palm Beach Pops.
Along with everything orchestral, cabaret, and theatrical, Clint has just been announced as the Artist in Residence at “Cabaret Jazz,” part of the new Smith Center For The Performing Arts in Las Vegas where he will perform throughout the year and also be a part of the centers outreach to support the arts in schools.
Perhaps what has endeared Clint most to people of Las Vegas is his never-ending spirit of graciousness. Over time, he has become involved with many worthwhile causes in the community. Following a brief battle with colon cancer, he is currently serving as a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, encouraging people over age 50 to have annual colonoscopies. Clint is also on the board of directors of JDRF in Las Vegas. He has also taken a special interest in mentoring many young people interested in becoming entertainers by working closely with the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, and now The Smith Center. In December 2005, he launched the Clint Holmes Foundation for the Performing Arts, which is a mentoring program for children in art and music programs in the Clark County School District.