Winner 2015 & 2016
Broadway World Cabaret Award
Best Male Vocalist
New York Times Critic’s Choice
JEFF HARNAR is a multiple Award-winning New York cabaret, concert and recording artist. His Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas.
Jeff’s television appearances include “ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE: KT SULLIVAN & JEFF HARNAR sing SONDHEIM” (PBS), his solo show “THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK” (PBS), guest appearances on Michael Feinstein’s “AMERICAN SONGBOOK LIVE From NJPAC” (PBS), and as the Singing Narrator of “GERSHWIN ON ICE” starring Dorothy Hamill (A&E).
Jeff is perhaps best recognized for his signature “theme” shows, including “THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK,” “COLE PORTER: EASY TO LOVE,” “SAMMY CAHN ALL THE WAY,” “BECAUSE OF YOU: 50’S GOLD,” and tributes to Cy Coleman, Comden & Green, The Warner Brothers Songbook, Gershwin’s Hollywood and his collection of comedy and novelty songs, “DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?”
Jeff has brought these shows to every major New York City venue including Feinstein’s-54 Below, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Birdland, The Algonquin Hotel’s legendary “Oak Room,” The Cafe Carlyle, Iridium, The Russian Tea Room and, most recently, The Metropolitan Room. He has performed in Atlantic City, across the United States, as well as in London, Paris, Oslo and on the High Seas.
Together with KT Sullivan, Jeff created and performed the 2016 MAC, Bistro and Broadway World Cabaret Award-winning Stephen Sondheim revue “ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE,” that played extended New York engagements, toured to Chicago, St. Louis and London, and was broadcast on PBS. Their “REMEMBER: SONGS OF THE HOLIDAYS” was also filmed for PBS.
In London Jeff was the Artistic Director and Host for three seasons of “THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK IN LONDON” at The Jermyn Street Theatre and Pizza on The Park, and most recently headlined multiple engagements at The Crazy Coqs.
Jeff was an Artistic Director and Host for the acclaimed New York “Lyrics & Lyricists” series, expanding his one-man show “THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK” to a five-person revue, featuring Special Guest Donna McKechnie. The show was subsequently produced Off-Broadway at 59e59 Theatres as a four-person revue.
Jeff tours nationally with Broadway star Shauna Hicks in the symphony “Pops” concert “I GOT RHYTHM: MICKEY & JUDY’S HOLLYWOOD.” Together they have appeared with the San Diego, Raleigh, Des Moines, Spokane, Albany and Middletown Ohio Symphony Orchestras, at Manhattan’s The Town Hall with a 35 piece orchestra, and for a special salon performance in Liza Minnelli’s music room.(www.mickeyandjudy.com).
Together with Andrea Marcovicci Jeff has co-hosted and Artistic Directed five star-studded concerts for The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s annual Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and The Town Hall. This October they will co- host their sixth concert, The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Gershwin celebration October 17th. Marcovicci and Harnar also shared the bill at The Town Hall for a duet celebration of Cole Porter’s 125th birthday.
Jeff recently teamed with Tony-nominated Broadway star Sally Mayes in “DOUBLE TAKE: Mayes & Harnar At The Same Time” at Birdland and for a run at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. The Wall Street Journal’s Will Friedwald called the show, “One of the best ever!”
Jeff began his career in Chicago at the age of 10 as a television jingle-singer for national commercial spots such as Mattel, Nestle and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Personal career highlights include his numerous engagements at The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room in Palm Beach and The Brownville Concert Series in Nebraska, and opening for The McGuire Sisters on their reunion tour.
Jeff has four solo recordings “The 1959 Broadway Songbook,” (Original Cast Records), “Because of You: Fifties Gold,” (Varese Sarabande), Sammy Cahn All the Way” (Jerome Records) and “Dancing in The Dark” (PS Classics).
In addition to his 2015 & 2016 Broadway World Cabaret Awards for Best Male Vocalist, Jeff has won multiple Manhattan Association of Cabaret (“MAC”) Awards and Back Stage Bistro Awards, is the 2015 winner of the Donald F. Smith Award and the 2012 Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award.
Jeff directed Tovah Feldshuh’s critically-acclaimed one-woman show “Aging is Oprional,” as well as award-winning cabaret acts for Celia Berk and upcoming major engagements for Rita Gardner and Anna Bergman.
On film look for Jeff in “JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean” (Iconoclast Films) in which Jeff appears as The Nightclub