Ms. Kerr's show, "MORE Songs My Husband Wrote," directly builds on her 2010 CD release, "Songs My Husband Wrote," 22 songs written by Fort Salem's artistic director, Jay Kerr.
Her interest in solo performing began in college, when she sang on the iconic Uncle Floyd cable television show. Her practical nature led her to a career in pharmaceutical advertising, retiring as a senior vice-president in charge of internal communications at Chicago-based Corbett Accel Healthcare Group. As she pursued a career as corporate executive, she chose to explore her dream of being a performing musician, starting with singing lessons in 1988. Training with an instructor who later became her husband, she followed late nights at the office with open mics at two of the most famed of New York's cradles of singing talent, the legendary Village Gate in Greenwich Village and Brandy's on the upper East Side.
Finding a cabaret home in midtown Manhattan at Judys', a club located on 44th Street next to the Algonquin Hotel, she created several shows built upon her favorite jazz standards. When the club relocated, becoming Judys' Chelsea, Lynne relocated with it, concurrent with her marriage to her former teacher, and debuted a series of Songs My Husband Wrote shows. She featured new numbers written especially for her by Kerr and his lyricist collaborators, and shares some of those in her Salem MORE Songs, which have not been heard by local audiences. MORE Songs also features songs written for the Fort's original musicals, including "Breakfast Epiphanies," "Corn! The Musical," "Senior Moments" and "Significant Others."
After several cabaret appearances at the Fort, Bill Aupperlee, former artistic director of the Dorset Theater Festival, created and directed for Fort Salem a new production of the musical, "110 in the Shade," especially for Kerr, in which she made her acting debut in 2010. Shortly thereafter, she released her CD to rave reviews.
Lynne Kerr, starring in MORE Songs My Husband Wrote, performs one show only on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. More information is available at fortsalemtheater.com or by calling the theater at (518) 854-9200.