New York: Urban Stages’ Board of Directors and founding artistic director Frances Hill will hold their annual benefit at the Boathouse in Central Park at 6:30PM on May 18th. This event will honor philanthropist Henry Buhl for his contributions to Urban Stages and the New York Community as the Founder of the Association of Community Employment for the Homeless (ACE). Brilliant singer and actress, KT Sullivan will receive the first Musical Theatre Award for her work with Urban Stages and as director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation which produces the New York Cabaret Convention.
KAREN WYMAN – the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist currently celebrating a renaissance since her days performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Dean Martin Show” – will debut at Iridium Jazz Club on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Her most recent New York engagement was named a “Critic's Pick” by Time Out New York and called “a compelling concert and a totally-inspiring comeback performance” by BroadwayWorld.com. The evening of music at the Iridium will feature timeless pop standards by Cole Porter
Spotlight On Productions is proud to bring you what is bound to become the hit of this cabaret season Comedy Roulette! Teresa Fischer aka “Lady T” is happy to perform her lively new comedy musical hour at Manhattan’s beloved Don’t Tell Mama.
Praised and adored for her comedic turn of a song, Teresa Fischer features some truly funny songs from her repertoire and introducing some new ones. She is finally giving us this DON’T MISS cabaret hour of hilarity and fun! COMEDY ROULETTE features an all comedy song line-up and is broken up into four “Comedy game show” segments where YOU the audience decides what Lady T will sing next!
The critically acclaimed pop-up blues supper club "Pompie's Place" completes its first stint at the legendary Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, with three more shows in May. The next dates are Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10 at 1pm, and Monday May 11 and Thursday May 28, both at 7pm. Hailed by the Huffington Post as “a time machine beautifully created!” “Pompie’s Place” stars Hilary Gardner, Lezlie Harrison, and Brianna Thomas.
After standing ovations and rave reviews at The Newport Jazz Festival, The Django Festival Allstars return from Paris for two major tours and a week at their home, BIRDLAND on June 23 – 27 headed by lead guitarist, Samson Schmitt, gypsy from Forbach, France, son of the legendary Dorado Schmitt who will return to Birdland and for the 2nd tour in November. Samson Schmitt, “lightening licks touched by a kind of melodic genius, sensational!” Of Ludovic Beier, “heart wrenching playing on the accordina as good a solo as was heard at Newport" Downbeat Magazine
Opus Two, violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock, will celebrate the release of their latest CD, Gershwin: Music for Violin and Piano at 54 BELOW on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm. The Duo will explore Gershwin's many musical styles, from the jazz influenced An American in Paris to the quintessential folk opera Porgy and Bess. They will also perform I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, and But Not for Me.... in colorful and virtuosic transcriptions by legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz. Hosting the multi-media program will be Broadway conductor/arranger Eric Stern who created newly arranged commissions for Opus Two. Joining the Duo is Broadway star Ashley Brown performing Love Walked In and Nice Work if You Can Get It.
Carla Johnston, Ensemble Parent, TADA! supporter and hilarious comedian, will host this special evening of laughs, A Good Laugh, on Friday, May 8 2015 at Gotham Comedy Club. Join Johnston (“Orange is the New Black”) and top comics Andy Pitz (“The Tonight Show”), Nancy Witter (Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom”), Dave Konig (3-time Emmy Award-winner) and Ryan Hamilton (winner of Great Americam Comedy Festival) for a night of laughter, door prizes and fund-raising for TADA! Your entire date night is planned for you: drop your kids off at TADA!, eat dinner at Bastardo Restaurant (10% of your bill is donated to TADA!) and then see a hilarious comedy show at one of NYC’s oldest comedy venues!
Karen Mason’s critically acclaimed ten-show major engagement at Don’t Tell Mama -- “Mason at Mama’s in March” -- will be reprised in June. Dubbed “a master class on how an act should work” (TheaterPizzazz.com), this reminiscence-filled romp through the songs and stories of her early career, plays two consecutive Sundays and Mondays -- June 21 & 22, and 28 & 29, all at 7pm.
Rick Bogart, clarinetist, vocalist and composer, plays with his jazz trio several times a week in the theater district of Manhattan. One of the places he performs in is at the romantic L’Ybane, New York restaurant, nestled on Eight Avenue, off of 45th Street. A restaurant with the Mediterranean flavors that you may have been missing, L'Ybane New York is the ideal place where you will find them once again. Soft candlelight, with wine and cocktails served to match your meal will take you on a trip where going to a restaurant was an event.
Anita Gillette to Receive Ruth Kurtzman Lifetime Achievement Award Gary Lizardo and Ricky Ritzel to Receive Spirit Awards. After eight years of terrifically entertaining, monthly fundraisers at The Laurie Beechman Theater, Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Today is on the move! The 501c non-profit organization that assists children and youth living with HIV/AIDS is relocating to new digs. The first event of 2015 will be held on January 25th at Metropolitan Room, where the charity's founder, Joseph Macchia, is the co-booking manager with owner Bernie Furshpan. Metropolitan Room is in the fashionable Flatiron District at 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.
CALL FOR TALENT The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF), now in its 16th season, is pleased to announce MITF/Variety, an eclectic repertory of entertainments: * Cabaret * Burlesque * Standup * Magic * Improv * Sketch comedy .. Acts will receive at least 1 45-min. set in a small theatre in Midtown Manhattan. There are no fees of any kind. The Festival will take $100 from the door and split the remainder with the artist 50-50. Tickets will be $20. Artist must provide any musical instruments and amplifiers as well as a board op./stage manager to operate a simple light and sound board. There will be 10 min. to set up and 5 min. to strike each performance, so technical simplicity is the key. Each show will receive at least a 45-min. tech rehearsal.
Yodeling Milkmaids.Singing Spoons.Dancing Goats. Ukulele-Playing Boris Karloffs. Unimaginable Contortionists. Break-Dancing Soccer Moms. Gene Gene The Teen Machine. B-Level Movie Starlets.Interpretive Dancing Superheros. Fire-Throwing Gypsy Women. Robot Strippers. Russian Sword Balancers. Disco Ballooniacs. Waacking Dance Champions. Hollywood Lushes. Shakespearean Bus Drivers. Three Nuns.Two Cougars. And A Medium.
Fun Home is one of the most poignant and well-crafted musicals that I’ve seen in years. When I first heard it was moving to Broadway after a highly acclaimed run at the Public Theater, I wondered if it would undergo any drastic changes that might dilute its theatrical power. After all, it includes such atypical Broadway fare as a young girl singing about budding lesbian desire, as well as a closeted gay father who commits suicide.
New York has never suffered a dearth of great female singer-pianists in the cabaret arena. Barbara Carroll is a prime example, as was Sharon Douglas whence she took up residence upon our fair shores. Jo Thompson and Phoebe Legere are others, and of course in the piano bar sphere there were such powerhouses as Marie Blake and Mable Godwin, not to mention such ladies of today as Tracy Stark and Clare Cooper. Canada's Robyn McCorquodale might not be categorized completely as their heiress apparent, but her show "Diary of a Piano Girl," which plays its final New York area performance, at least for now, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
The young baritone Arlo Hill’s honest and clear-eyed exploration of the life and career Frank Loesser, “I’ve Been in Love Before,” begins a four week major engagement at the Metropolitan Room on Thursday May 7 at 9:30pm. The Lotte Lenya Award-winner, who made a splash alongside Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison in the NY Pops Carnegie Hall concert in December, is joined by the Broadway music director Rick Hip-Flores on piano.
I’m mad at songstress Robyn McCorquodale. Let me tell you why. As a jaded New Yorker who
has faced the daily promises and ultimate defeats of life, I have grown accustomed to being
negative about new experiences. I relish being cynical, doubtful, and even pessimistic about
many things, and can’t tell you how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at the mere idea of giving
into something that I’ve pre-assured myself I’m not going to enjoy.