As her husband Tom Hanks performs on Broadway in “Lucky Man,” Rita Wilson is taking the stage to sing songs from her album AM/FM at New York City nightclub 54 Below, with performances through April 20.
The actress, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Mamma Mia!” producer, released her debut solo album in 2012. Born and raised in the Hollywood Hills, Wilson harbored dreams of becoming a singer in the 60’s and 70’s after falling in love with The Beatles, The Mamas & the Papas, Janis Joplin, and The Supremes, among others. AM/FM was recorded at the legendary Capitol Records Studio A in Hollywood. Over the last few years, she appeared as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” on Broadway and recorded the song “Lessons Learned,” by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren for “The Trap,” a short film Wilson directed as part of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments” series.
Wilson told the NY Daily News that she plans on continuing to act, write songs, and possibly get back on Broadway, adding, “The truth is I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to do. My parents left their countries for precisely this reason. I keep that in the back of my mind. Without their hardship so that they could live free, life might be very different.”
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th St. There is a $25 food and drink minimum per show. For tickets and schedule, visit: broadway.com/shows/rita-wilson/