in the lounge My Anita Riff Written & Performed by Bronwyn Rucker with Ritt Henn on the bass
About This Show
A memoir of actor/writer Bronwyn Rucker’s friendship with legendary jazz artist Anita O’Day during her last years in New York City. It is a riff about women and art and jazz. It is a women’s story as it draws parallels between Rucker, her mother, Anita and commitment to art. It is also a musical theatre piece as Ritt and Rucker improvise with the text and music that Anita sang during this time period. Anita O’Day (1919-2006) was an American jazz singer widely admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances that shattered the traditional image of the “girl singer”.
about the artist
Bronwyn Rucker is a writer, actress, and singer. She is a New York cabaret and theatre artist whose shows include Subway Named Desire and The Radon Daughters. Her CD’s appear on the Original Cast Label. She co-hosts/produces The Frolics with John Philip, which is an ongoing open mic throughout the city.