( b. Oct 21, 1924 Omaha, Nebraska, USA - d. Apr 05, 2015 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Julie Wilson was a singer whose dominant presence in the cabaret world over the past few decades led her to be called "The Queen of Cabaret." Ms. Wilson began her career as a musical theatre actress, both in New York and London. But, beginning in the 1980s, she began to focus on the smaller stages of the cabaret world, finding acclaim for her interpretations of songwriters such as Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter.
She was a regular star at the Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel. In 1987, she performed From Weill to Sondheim at the Kaufman Theatre Off-Broadway. At the same theatre in 1991, she did Cole Porter at the Kaufman.
Her solo recordings include "Julie Wilson Sings the Cy Coleman Songbook," "Julie Wilson Sings the Gershwin Songbook," "Julie Wilson at the St. Regis," "Live from the Russian Tea Room" and "My Old Flame."
Julie Wilson was born in Omaha Nebraska, the daughter of a coal salesman and a hairdresser. She moved to New York City during World War II and soon found a job at the Latin Quarter, a prominent Times Square night club. In 1946, she was a replacement in the musical revue Three to Make Ready.
Her other Broadway appearances included Park (1970), Jimmy (1969), and The Girl in the Freudian Slip (1967). She also stepped into the role of Lalume in Kismet, replacing Joan Deiner, and Babe Williams in the original run of The Pajama Game.
Her most famous stage role was arguably the 1988 Peter Allen musical Legs Diamond. The show had a notoriously short run, but she emerged with a Tony Award nomination.
Source: Playbill.com obituary
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