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‘My Furniture Set’ comes to Players Circle

By CHUCK BALLARO - | May 5, 2021

Broadway actress Ann Morrison will star in a one-woman musical Revue “My Furniture Set,” at the Players Circle Theatre this Saturday and Sunday, accompanied by her arranger/accompanist John Shirley, who has performed in venues from L.A. to London and spent many years in New York writing songs and specialty numbers. PHOTO PROVIDED

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If you’ve ever longed for a song dedicated to the love seat, this may be the show for you.

Broadway actress Ann Morrison will star in a one-woman musical Revue “My Furniture Set,” at the Players Circle Theatre this Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, with the Saturday show at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

“My Furniture Set” is not about a furniture store. Rather, Morrison will perform a witty, musical revue taking you through the furniture moments of our lives in stories, original songs, and timeless classics.

Morrison said the performance was inspired by a high-end furniture store in Sarasota where they would have solo plays.

“The audience would sit around the furniture, drink wine, and you had theater intermingling around you,” Morrison said. “I said I would love to create a cabaret show inspired by the furniture in the store.”

Morrison took it to the Sarasota store, where it was a hit, then took it to other stores before bringing it to the theater, including New York.

Morrison will be accompanied by her arranger/accompanist John Shirley, who has performed in venues from L.A. to London and spent many years in New York writing songs and specialty numbers.

Along with numbers from the American Songbook there are a few original numbers written by Morrison and Shirley.

“It not really all about furniture. It’s really soul-searching and fun. You’ll really have a good time,” Morrison said.

Morrison has enjoyed a 40-year career as an actor, singer, writer, teacher, and director. She starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” off-Broadway, and in London’s West End. The quintessential cabaret artist has performed in major venues across the country.

“I grew up in a theater family. My parents were college professors in theater, so I was dragged into it kicking and screaming. Kicking like a chorus line and screaming like a foreman,” Morrison said.

Morrison moved to Sarasota in 1990 to do developmental theater and help those with developmental disabilities, moving back to New York to perform on and off.

She also started “Sarasolo” with her ex-husband to help solo performers develop their material.

The 200-seat Players Circle Theatre has been converted into a nightclub/cabaret style facility, which will have 74 limited, spaced seating, temperature checks, thorough sanitizing, and masks are worn by all audience members until seated.

The Players Circle Theatre is at the Shell Factory and Nature Park, 16554 North Cleveland Ave.

Tickets are $25 general admission, and $35 VIP. Contact 800-3292 or PlayersCircleTheater.com.