The British singer Barb Jungr, best known for her eye-opening deconstructions of songs by American rockers, returns to the Metropolitan Room for the premiere of River.
River is Jungr's eighth engagement at The Metropolitan Room since she broke ground there in 2007.
Picked by Time Out NY as the #1 and #2 top live cabaret act in New York in the last two years, Jungr has been called "a complete entertainer" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times.
River reunites Jungr with her London-based music director Simon Wallace on piano. Some of the songwriters whose familiar songs will be rendered new to listeners' ears in revelatory new arrangements by Jungr and Wallace, include Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Percy Mayfield, Kern and Hammerstein, David Byrne, and many others.
A collection of iconic songs from the late 20th century that are rarely heard in jazz and cabaret rooms, "River" includes several standouts from last year's rapturously reviewed "The Men I Love." That show, which The New York Times said, "sparked a small revolution" is the basis of Jungr's newest recording. The studio version of "The Men I Love" (NAIM Label) which she subtitles "The New American Songbook," is being released in the US on May 11.