Tom Wopat kicks off The New Season at Birdland. This concert series features top Broadway performers and composers, and is presented by Jim Caruso, in association with TheaterMania.com. Perhaps best known as "Luke Duke" from his seven seasons on the TV show, The Dukes of Hazard, Wopat is currently in the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross. He received a Tony nomination for his role as Frank Butler opposite Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun, portrayed Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of Chicago, and starred as Julian Marsh in the 42nd Street revival. Wopat has also released several albums with CBS and Capitol Records. His new CD, Dissertation on the State of Bliss, delivers jazzy interpretations of Harold Arlen songs including "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," and "Accentuate The Positive." Many of these, along with theater songs and other standards, will be included in the Birdland set. BIRDLAND has been a world-class music room on the Manhattan nightclub scene since 1949. Jazz superstars Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, and more recently Ann Hampton Callaway, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli and Tito Puente have all performed on the BIRDLAND stage. The room offers top-flight music in a world class setting, good sight lines and acoustics, and a menu featuring award-winning Southern cuisine. Most recently, it's become the home of Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the weekly Monday late night showbiz gathering featuring impromptu performances by the Broadway, jazz and nightclub crème de la crème.