This one-time national sensation returns to performing at the top of her game
Karen Wyman ReturnsMetropolitan Room (34 West 22 Street, NYC) Map it $25
A national sensation for a short time in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s Karen Wyman is electrifying the music world. Her thrilling comeback took off here in October in a show that sold out weeks before. Now you can witness this phenomenon yourself, but you must act quickly…
Wyman was just 16 when she astonished Dean Martin and his national television audience. In short order she made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, Glen Campbell, Dick Cavett, David Frost, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas. She performed in nightclubs and recorded two albums and several singles for Decca Records, and had another on the way. Then circumstances changed. Karen began to raise a family, performing infrequently. Her last full show was a one-off in Atlantic City in 1989.
Now 24 years later, Wyman -- with John Oddo on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, and Eddie Caccavale on drums -- is back for more and back to stay.
“It feels different than when I broke in,” the Bronx native points out. “I was a kid, I was intuitive, but now I know what the songs are really about. I’ve lived. I’m not a kid, I’m a woman!” And luckily she can still sing!