Joyce Lyons returns for her third engagement at Fort Lewis College performing music from Classic Broadway, Swingin’ Jazz and the Great American Songbook.
She will perform in recital Friday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College
Once described in Backstage Magazine as “What Cabaret is all about!,” Lyons shows are eagerly awaited among show business insiders.
“You’re not going to want to miss one beat with Lyons, who’s been said to have an authentic feel for Billie Holiday’s music, as well as Natalie Cole,” said Nick Gordon, president of Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut.
Her CD “Sooner or Later” is available at www.joycelyons.net, where you can hear some samples, read more about Joyce, and get information on upcoming performances.
Born to perform in Gaithersburg, Md., Lyons doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t involved in a festival, choir, or theater piece.
Graduating from high school in 1975, Lyons headed west to attend Colorado Women’s College and immersed herself in honing her craft. She studied voice (pop and classical), piano (not great), and caught the acting bug. While at CWC, she was cast as the Emcee in the musical “Cabaret” to glowing reviews in the Denver Post.
After graduation, Joyce headed back east and spent a year in the Washington, D.C. area and performed in “Godspell” at the local theatre. She jumped to the Big Apple in 1981 and began her steady climb into theater, garnering roles in “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Abysinnia and Company,” to name a few.
Cabaret clubs beckoned and the intimacy of the audience enthused Lyons and her fan base grew. A slight detour into the stand-up world was fun and challenging (where is the piano) but it’s singing that keeps calling and with the thrill of performing for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court high on the list, singing has opened many new doors. Lyons regularly performs at the world famous spa, Canyon Ranch, as well as the Towne Crier, Turning Stone Casino, and the Jazz on the Hill Series at Fort Lewis College.
Lyons recorded her first jazz CD, “Sooner or Later,” in 2004 at the world-famous Nola Recording Studios and has opened new doors in her career.
Tickets are general admission, $15 adults and $5 students.
To purchase tickets call 247-7657 or visit www.durangoconcerts.com.