Known for their polished performances of American popular music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s the Manhattan Rhythm Kings have gained a large enthusiastic following across the country. While frequently compared with such musical greats as the Mills Brothers and Paul Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys, the trio established a unique character of its own with a combination of close harmony singing, virtuosic instrumental work and spectacular tap dancing. The Rhythm Kings started performing together on the sidewalks of New York. From there, these song and dance men graduated to playing some of the Big Apple’s top nightspots.
It was there sparkling combination of song and dance that first attracted the attention of Broadway’s Tommy Tune. Mr. Tune asked the trio to help him assemble and act based on songs written by Fred Astaire. Their collaboration continues today and the act has performed together in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall and Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza and a tour of the former Soviet Union, where they commanded standing ovations in Moscow, Tiblisi and St. Petersburg.
The King’s are favorites at symphony pop concerts and have performed with over 80 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, The National Symphony and the orchestra of Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Seattle, Indianapolis, Dallas, Pittsburgh, among others.
The Rhythm Kings have made numerous appearances on television, most notably Evening at Pops with John Williams, Tommy Tune and the Boston Pops, as well as the Emmy-Award winning Celebrating Gershwin with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In Addition, they’ve starred in their own special for Public Television and were featured with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony on their PBS special. Other TV credits include the 1992 Tony Awards, The Today Show, CBS, This Morning, the Kennedy Center Honor Awards, Entertainment Tonight, As The World Turns, as well as several appearances on the Charles Grodin Show.
The Manhattan Rhythm Kings have shared the stage with Bob Hope, George burns, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Collins, Bette Midler and Gregory Hines. They also appeared at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes as part of Peter Allen’s Easter Spectacular.
This past season the Kings kept a busy a busy concert schedule, performing concerts. The group was featured at the Kennedy Center with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra along with Michael Feinstein and Patti Lupone.
The Manhattan Rhythm Kings are proud to have performed with Tommy Tune in their latest song and dance review, “White Tie and Tails”, inaugurating New York City’s newest theatre, “The Little Shubert”, on 42nd Street. To quote John Simon of New York Magazine, “90 minutes you fervently wish would never end!” The group also recorded with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks on the sound track of the Matin Scorsese film, “The Aviator”, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and recently appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. The 2—7-2008 season will see the King’s touring with Tommy Tune, in addition to concerts with orchestras and the World Cruise on Crystal Cruise’s premier ship, The “Serenity”.
MANHATTAN RHYTHM KINGS