Stepping Out

Tales of the single life

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On Stage

‘Til Death Do Us Part...You First!’

Actor Chazz Palminteri hosts comedian/actor Peter Fogel’s multi-media solo show — a 90-minute high-energy autobiographical tale tells of the comic’s quixotic quest to find “The One.” Fogel, national touring star of the comic hit “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy!,” holds nothing back, mining the humor in his failed romances and bringing the audience along on his playful journey of the battle of the sexes. He mixes his signature wit along with riotous relatable characters and takes us on a whirlwind comedic adventure searching for his soul mate and learning the meaning of a real commitment. When Palminteri, also the show’s director, first caught it (in South Florida), he laughed so hard and was so impressed with the audience’s reaction that he offered to direct the show going forward. A Q&A session with Fogel and Palminteri follows immediately after the performance.

Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. $38, $33 and $28. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or

www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

On Stage

Swingtime Big Band

Groove to a swinging beat with your sweetie when the popular Swingtime Big Band salutes Valentine’s Day with “Taking a Chance on Love.” Artistic Director Steve Shaiman and his acclaimed 20-piece jazz ensemble put their spin on beloved love songs from the Great American Song Book, evoking romance with swingin’ toe-tappers and heartfelt ballads. Swingtime brings to life those Big Band sounds of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Les Brown, Gene Krupa and Duke Ellington.The program includes hits from legendary bandleaders like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, and Woody Herman, plus amorous melodies sung by iconic vocalists of the era, including Peggy Lee, Helen O’Connell, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Vocalist Bobbie Ruth recreates the “gal vocal” stylings of such legendary singers as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Eydie Gormé, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, and Judy Garland; Zack Alexander emulates the Big Band crooners and swingers, including Nat “King” Cole, Bobby Darin, Joe Williams, Dean Martin and, of course, the immortal Frank Sinatra. Guided by Shaiman, on alto sax and clarinet, the band embodies both the panache and spirit of the swing era, interpreting these classic sounds for 21st century audiences.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m. $35-$40. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.