The Carlyle Hotel Welcomes Emily Bergl In Her Cafe Carlyle Debut – May 1-12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
THE CARLYLE HOTEL
E M I L Y B E R G L
IN HER CAFÉ CARLYLE DEBUT
“N Y I L O V E Y O U”
JONATHAN MASTRO MUSICAL DIRECTOR
EXCLUSIVE TWO-WEEK ENGAGEMENT
MAY 1-12, 2012
New York, NY – The Carlyle Hotel is pleased to welcome Emily Bergl to the Café Carlyle for a two-week debut engagement in the legendary New York venue. Beginning Tuesday, May 1 (and playing through Saturday. May 12), Ms. Bergl, who The New York Times calls “a natural stage entertainer who suggests a multiple exposure of Carol Burnett, Bette Midler, and Madonna,” will present “NY I Love You,” an evening of songs and stories that explore a life-long love affair with the Big Apple and all the characters who call Manhattan home. Audiences will be transported to the city that never sleeps, with classic tunes from Rodgers & Hart and Gus Kahn, as well as sly reinventions of modern pop from the Beach Boys to Cyndi Lauper. Ms. Bergl will be accompanied by a trio led by her Musical Director Jonathan Mastro on piano. The evening is directed by Sarna Lapine.
“NY I Love You” plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:45PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:45PM and 10:45PM. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar). Dinner is served from 6:30PM. For reservations call 212-744-1600. For additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.
The Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel – 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue.
Emily Bergl is one of a rare breed of actresses today with a substantial career in film, television, and the theatre. Her work includes diverse roles in both comedy and drama, and characters from several different centuries. She has worked with award-winning directors on film and television including James Mangold, Antoine Fuqua, Steven Shainberg, and Jonathan Kaplan, and on stage with Doug Hughes, Daniel Sullivan, Michael Greif, and Michael Mayer.
Emily was born in Milton Keynes, England to a British father and Irish mother. The family moved to the States when she was six, eventually settling in Chicago. Emily soon began acting in local theatre productions, all of which she produced, directed, designed and catered in her backyard. The reviews, also written by Emily, were glowing. After she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College, Emily quickly moved to New York, where she lived with two other actors in a tiny studio apartment above a strip club. After only a few months, she was chosen from a nationwide casting call to play the lead in “The Rage: Carrie 2,” her first job on camera. The film earned rave reviews for the novice film actress' performance, and lead to roles in independent films such as “Happy Campers,” “Chasing Sleep,” and “Fur.”
Emily soon returned to the theatre, starring on Broadway in The Lion in Winter opposite Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing, for which she won the FANY award for Best Broadway Debut. Many guest star roles on television soon followed, including “ER” “NYPD Blue,” “Medium,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “The Good Wife,” and two seasons as the malevolent Francie on “Gilmore Girls.” Emily also starred in “Steven Spielberg Presents Taken,” a historic 20-hour mini-series, as Lisa, the mother to Dakota Fanning.
While maintaining a career in film and television, Emily has worked throughout the country at regional theatres such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Globe Theatres, in plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Proof, and Our Town. She starred on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet opposite Gabriel Byrne, and in The Rivals at Lincoln Center (a performance the New York Times described as “infinitely nuanced”). Off Broadway, she has originated roles in new plays by Wendy Wasserstein, Christopher Shinn and Steven Dietz. Emily is also a company member of Antaeus, a theatre company in Los Angeles that produces classic works. Most recently, she appeared in Second Stage's Becky Shaw, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
For two years, Emily played Annie on ABC's “Men in Trees,” a comedy starring Anne Heche centered around a small Alaskan town. She is about to begin a fourth season on John Wells' “Southland” on TNT, where she plays the eccentric photographer Tammi Bryant. Her most famous television role is that of Beth Young on “Desperate Housewives,” the tragic wife to Paul Young who ended in a tragic suicide. During her free time Emily has a passion for volunteering, and has worked with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and Read Across America. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, she has built houses in Thailand, Malaysia, and across the United States. At the end of 2011 she joined President and Rosalynn Carter in Haiti to build for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.