YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1954 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc.
Celebrating Sinatra at 100. Popular NYC Singer and bandleader Jerry Costanzo and his Orchestra performs at The Iridium Tuesday April 28th sets at 8:30PM & 10:30PM. He will perform a mix of timeless standards inspired by the great Frank Sinatra, and other crooning legends, including Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and others… Jerry and his swinging pals pay tribute to the musical heroes who inspired his career. Jerry will be performing original arrangements of classic tunes, such as “Come Fly With Me,” “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad,” and “I’ve Got The World On A String.”
When you combine an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino. Diane was born in Manhattan, NYC. She started her early piano training of classical studies and jazz improvisation from the age of 10. Diane graduated from NYC'S 'Famed' High School for the Performing Arts and later received her B.M. degree from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan as a piano performance major where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia.
Café Carlyle is pleased to welcome back guitarist John Pizzarelli, who just performed a sold-out, critically lauded show with wife Jessica Molaskey which TIME placed on their list of 2014's Ten Best Plays & Musicals. He will premiere Strictly Bossa Nova II, a new concert of bossa nova music featuring the Brazilian singer-songwriter and pianist Daniel Jobim, grandson of the seminal Antonio Carlos Jobim, April 21-May 2, 2015. Of their previous engagement, Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal said, "Mr. Pizzarelli and his rhythm section...
Danny Aiello returns to The Iridium with his band Joe Geary & The Guys Saturday May 2nd for one performance only at 8:30PM. Daniel Louis “Danny” Aiello, Jr. is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures, including Once Upon a Time in America, Ruby, The Godfather: Part II, Hudson Hawk, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Léon: The Professional, Two Days in the Valley, Once Around and Dinner Rush. He had a pivotal role in the 1989 Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing as Salvatore “Sal” Frangione, the pizzeria owner, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
On an ordinary Tuesday evening a New York legend took the Iridium stage --- and the audience --- by storm, with a seemingly impromptu, laid back set list of beloved jazz standards. She sang with effortless panache to an audience of friends and fans, many of whom are names in the cabaret industry, which leads me to believe it's never too late to learn from a pro, and for that pro to demonstrate how to deliver a song with style and flair.
It is with great sadness that I must report that singer/actress Julie Wilson has passed away. The undisputed Queen of Cabaret, Wilson, who was 90, died peacefully in her sleep following a series of strokes.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Julie Wilson she headed to New York City during World War II and found work in two of Manhattan's leading nightclubs, the Latin Quarter and the Copacabana.
The strikingly gifted young theatre and cabaret talent Arlo Hill brings his illuminating look at the protean tunesmith Frank Loesser to the Metropolitan Room in May. “I’ve Been in Love Before” begins Thursday May 7 at 9:30pm. The prime time major engagement, running four consecutive Thursdays through May 28, marks Hill’s Metropolitan Room debut. The Lotte Lenya Award-winner, who premiered the show for one-night at 54 Below in July,
Jane Scheckter is back in NYC singing and all is right with the world. There was a time when Jane was a regular fixture in the city’s boites, such as the departed and missed Danny’s Skylight Room and Eighty-Eights. One could also find her dropping in at Birdland’s Cast Party open mic with some regularity. Then she left town and took a little cabaret spotlight glow with her. She’s making a return visit not just to the city, but to a memorable show of hers saluting the songs and persona of a favorite of hers (and of almost every cabaret fan with taste and perspective): Bobby Short.
Broadway and aspiring artists will take the mic at the acclaimed Metropolitan Room on Monday evening April 27th at 6pm. Hosted by JERSEY BOYS Peter Gregus, the Broadway Artists & Friends Open Mic & Mingle is one of a series presented by the Broadway Artists Connection (BAC)giving singers an opportunity to try new works & make invaluable industry connections.
Carolyn Montgomery-Forant continues her comeback rise as she adds to the critically acclaimed run of “Visible Phoenix” at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street. In addition to her added performance on Friday June 12 at 7pm, Montgomery-Forant is also announcing the release of the live recording of “Visible Phoenix” on May 8. “Visible Phoenix,” featuring an eclectic mix of original songs as well as popular music from a wide range of genres and eras, has played monthly performances since October.
Take one part Jim Carrey, one part Sweeney Sisters (Saturday Night Live's hilarious duo of lounge singers), and one part Paul Lynde, and what you'll end up with is a deliciously campy martini with a twist of charm. Hold the subtlety. That is the bubbly cocktail young performer Charlie Johnson served to his audience, many of whom were loudly supportive friends, at the Metropolitan Room during a recent one-night-only showing, titled Anything But Basic.
“This cabaret thing is kind of addictive,” confesses Anita Gillette when I ask her how she’s enjoying this latest phase of her long and multi-faceted career which found her finally getting around to making her nightclub debut just a few years ago. She’ll be back at Birdland on West 44 Street in Manhattan on Monday, March 30, a place where she’s triumphed with her earlier autobiographical one-woman shows of songs and anecdotes. The public and critics embraced her in her latest role—---Anita Gillette as Anita Gillette--- bringing cheers, rave reviews, and awards: the Bistro and MAC Awards.
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the multi-award winning performer Jennifer Sheehan in “STARDUST: A Night in the Cosmos” — a show that goes where no show has gone before, traversing a wide spectrum of great songs and stories that trace our life-long love affair with the magnificent and mysterious night sky!
Singer-Songwriters ANYA TURNER and ROBERT GRUSECKI write works for the musical theatre and cabaret. Together they have created two full-length musicals: Greetings From Yorkville, presented Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse in a production directed by Thommie Walsh and Baayork Lee, and After All, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing,