Linda Lavin has always been able to see all of the possibilities life has to offer. Not surprisingly she named her debut album Possibilities based on the song "You've Got Possibilities" she introduced in the 1966 Broadway musical It's A Bird... It's A Plane... It's Superman.
In November 2014, singer/songwriter Rembert (Remy) Block staged three performances of her cabaret show tribute to Joni Mitchell—On a Lonely Road . . . Travelin’ With Joni—at New York’s iconic club, Don’t Tell Mama. Joined again by her Musical Director Gregory Toroian on piano and her Director Raquel Cion, Remy Block is bringing back her highly praised show, this time to the Duplex Cabaret Theater on June 10 at 7 pm. The Duplex is at: 61 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue).
KAREN OBERLIN has been a fan of Elvis Costello since her early teens, when his young angst, disillusionment and vulnerable heart seemed perfectly in synch with her own. One of the most versatile and prolific contemporary artists, over the years Elvis has delved into innumerable genres and styles with passion and intelligence, including classical, jazz and pop. His many collaborative partners have included Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky String Quartet, Paul McCartney, Bill Frisell and the Jazz Passengers. For her new show, Karen brings forth a collection of material from her more than 30 years of following his eclectic, fascinating career to express some of the most intriguing elements of this unique singer/songwriter’s work and life.
Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope, John Early and Jonah Verdon will join the previously announced headliners Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson to headline the fifth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – on Monday, June 1.
The Tony Awards® and Dress Circle Publishing announce a special fan experience at the Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop. Author and Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky will be joined by Broadway favorites Julia Murney (Wicked), Priscilla Lopez (In The Heights), and more who will be reading excerpts from Seth’s Broadway Diary, on Wednesday, June 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00PM. The Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop is located at the Paramount Hotel and is open daily to visitors.
HERE COME THE JUDGES! “Mama’s Next BIG Act!” a 12-week talent competition that mixes styles and genres, is announcing its celebrity judges panel today. Featuring a mother lode of entertainers, critics and notable personalities, the jury pool is also reflective of the contest’s diversity, pitting -- in direct competition -- solo, duo and group acts in music, magic, drag, burlesque and variety.
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Ilana Gabrielle and Ashley Griffin: Girl+Friend on Saturday, June 13th 11:30pm. Frenemies. Besties. Best bitches. BFF's. Female friendships run deep and intense. They have all the closeness and drama of something in between romance and family, and yet their complexities are frequently overlooked. Ilana Gabrielle (Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions) and Ashley Griffin (Creator of the pop culture phenomenon Forever Deadward) explore the dualities of these profound relationships through the reclaiming of beloved songs and by showcasing new material.
This May & June in NYC at the hilarious and heartfelt solo play Imagine Dat! audiences will get the chance to experience the ups and downs of an entertainment icon who had millions of adoring fans, Jimmy Durante, the ǲGreat Schnozzolaǳ; son of immigrants from Salerno, Italy; seventh grade dropout whose career spanned 70 years & four major wars. Imagine Dat! The (After) Life of Jimmy Durante will run at The Triad (158 West 72nd St.) with 7pm performances on Sunday May 31, Thursday June 11, and Sundays June 14, 21 and 28. Starring actor of stage & screen Jon Freda as Durante (known for his performance in Luc Besson's film The Family with Robert De Niro and for On A Darkling Plain OffBroadway), tickets are $60 for VIP, $45 for Orchestra seats and $35 for Mezzanine seats (plus a two-drink minimum / www.BrownPaperTickets.com).
I first met Anne Meara in 1983, at the opening night party for Tallulah, starring Helen Gallagher. She was by herself and we hit it off like only two girls from Long Island could. I had been a fan of Stiller and Meara ever since I could remember, they were always my favorite comedy duo and I told her so. It was an odd party at Sardi’s, with some interesting guests, two of whom were Joan Bennett and Hermione Gingold.
RAIN PRYOR’s one-woman autobiographical play, FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES, will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, this Limited Off-Broadway run is the actress-writer-comedian’s funny take on growing up Black & Jewish as the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved & iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor.
Early in her set at the Café Carlyle, Megan Hilty sings Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s “Let Me Be Your Star,” one of the most iconic and most reprised songs that the duo wrote for the NBC television series “Smash.” Hilty played the role of Ivy Lynn on the show, telling the audience at the Carlyle that it was her dream job and that she misses it terribly.
“Mister Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s” is an exciting new cabaret show that addresses again the complaint “they don’t write ‘em like they used to.” Of course they do, if you know where to look! As with last season’s “Living Standards” (which starred Marissa Mulder), producer and director Tom Toce has created a cabaret show to explore later entries to the Great American Songbook.
Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC with his new show “Gay Since 1935 - A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” on Wednesday, June 17th and Monday, June 22nd at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical Director Woody Regan on piano and Ritt Henn on bass.
With Mother’s Day just behind us, I think we can all agree that we wouldn’t be who we are today without our moms. The amount of sacrifice, sweat, and sobs that she has given for us all is something that we cannot repay, and we are forever grateful for the tireless and thankless job she has done, rearing us from babies into full-grown responsible adults.
Seven outstanding vocalists, songwriters, and musicians born in 1915 will be honored at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., when The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the annual concert, “It Was A Very Good Year.”