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Here is an index of past Cabaret and Live Entertainment Events from around the world with links to more complete details where available. Items will be added as days events are completed.
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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
APRIL 2012
MONDAY through SUNDAY - APRIL23rd through APRIL29th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - APRIL 29th

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NYC: GRACE COSGROVE RETURNS WITH A TIME FOR GRACE
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Bistro Award winner, Grace Cosgrove returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, April 29th at 7:00 pm; Monday, April 30th at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm; Friday, May 4th at 7:00 pm; and Friday, June 8th at 7:00 pm with her new show TIME FOR GRACE. The show is a collection of passionate Laura Nyro songs and exceptional standards from the American Songbook with innovative arrangements by legendary singer Marilyn Maye, who directs; and master musical director Don Rebic with Sean Harkness on guitar. Later this year Grace will release her first solo CD on her own label CHANTOOZ. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: BOB DIAMOND IN "THIS FUNNY WORLD"
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Bob Diamond returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) to reprise his new show, "This Funny World", for twomore performances: Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 29th at 7:00 pm. Gretchen Reinhagen directs. At the piano will be Musical Director, David Jarvis. "This Funny World" explores Bob's sojourn with his love of the movies, music, the Met and more, featuring the Great American songs of this ever spinning, funny, funny world. The show includes a significant amount of new material for Diamond, including the wonderful title song, written by the great team of Rogers and Hart. Bob Diamond spent many years as a TV Director, directing "The Joe Franklin Show", and many others. Additionally, he served as Director of Supernumeraries and Children at the Metropolitan Opera. As an actor, he appeared on "All My Children" as well as various off-Broadway shows. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW SHOW: "THE LADIES SING DA BLUES!"
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Sue Matsuki Productions is proud to announce the next PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW event at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 ) will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm. These shows are intended to introduce newcomers and lesser known performers and songwriters to a greater audience. The April; 29th show is "THE PEOPLE THAT I KNOW YOU KNOW ... The Ladies Sing Da Blues!" Hosted by Sue Matsuki (also performing) with an ALL STAR Cast: Joan Crowe, Tanya Holt, Gretchen Reinhagen & Tracy Stark. There will be music too ... funny music ... and other surprises. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum (no credit cards). $10 cover for member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. These shows tend to sell out so please make reservations via the DON'T TELL MAMA website or by phone (after 4:00 pm).
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NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, will be playing her weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch on January 29th at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho. She will be joined by Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O'Leary on bass in this charming boite that offers a great, well-priced menu and cozy atmosphere. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.


NYC: CLASSIC VEGAS WITH ROSE BONANZA

Rose Bonanza will be singing many of her original recordings along with the classics from her Las Vegas career during the days of the "Rat Pack" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Sunday, April 29th at 9:30 pm. Her show will include reminiscences about well known Las Vegas celebrities from her many years performing there. Ms. Bonanza's signature voice and electrifying, yet whimsical style has been sending audiences away raving since the 1960s when she was one of the top lounge acts in Las Vegas. Brooklyn born, Ms. Bonanza spent the early years of her childhood being taught piano and singing by the nuns in her neighborhood convent. Rose will be singing songs featured in many of her original recordings along with the classics from her Las Vegas career. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: GARY BARTZ BAND AT NEW YORK BAHA'I CENTER

In celebration of the Baha'i holy day, Ridvan, (pronounced, riz-wan), multi-reed instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Gary Bartz, and his band (Gary Bartz - Soprano and alto saxophones, and bass clarinet; Barney McAll - Piano; James King - Bass; Greg Bandy - Drums), will be performing in a special program and video shoot at the JOHN BIRKS GILLESPIE AUDITORIUM in the NEW YORK CITY BAHA'I CENTER (53 East 11th Street, NYC - 212-222-5159) on Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm. Along with Mr. Bartz's regular band will be special guests, Rene' McLean on flute, and Andy Bey on vocals. Other special guests appearing on the program will be, (in alphabetical order) Judy Bady, Phyllis Chapell, Hubert Eaves, Paul Jost, Bridget Melvin, Kevin Webb and the Ridvan Choir. This is a free concert event.

RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": MUSIC OF CAROL BURNETT
CABARET ON THE RADIO - ON THE WEB

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/, usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Sundays hosted by David Kenney. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. This Sunday, April 29th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring the music of the Carol Burnett. David will also have an interview with Jonathan Summers about the new CD release of - The London Studio Recordings 1957 - 1964 released thru First Hand Records. For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ . You are invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for future shows to oldisnew@earthlink.net. You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://www.archive.wbai.org/ .


NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "LOVE'S WHAT WE'LL REMEMBER!"

SALON - that unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141 - ) on Sunday, April 29th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "Love's What We'll Remember!". Co-Hosts will be Manhattan School of Music Students: Zach Appel, Oliver Donaldson, Chris Harrelson, Rachael Hirsch, Bradley Lassiter, Anna Penchuk, Janani Sridhar & Maren Weinberger. They will be reprising songs from their Discover Opera Valentine's Concert directed by Andy Gale. Classical Corner will feature International Prize Winning Accordionist & Composer Veli Kujala. Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon. There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. There is a $10 cash cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO-LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill will be performing on Sundays through March at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) with shows at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. After leading his late father's orchestra for many years, Arturo formed his own band, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in order to explore his and other compositions in the panoply of Afro-Latin music. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: RANDIE LEVINE-MILLER'S "SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS - A SWELL PARTY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents Randie Levine-Miller's "SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS - A SWELL PARTY" on Sunday, April 29th with dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 8:00 pm, starring Tony Award nominated actor Stephen Bogardus, Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu, Bistro Award winner Nicolas King, star lead singer from The Platters Myles Savage, and acclaimed vocalist/actor Kevin Spirtas. With musical direction by Richard Danley and Mike Renzi, "SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS - A SWELL PARTY" presents an extraordinary night of entertainment with an all-inclusive dinner, show and after-party. Randie Levine-Miller has produced, hosted and/or performed in over 80 star-studded events and her shows at the prestigious Friars Club earned her the reputation as a modern day "Hostess with the mostess". The all-inclusive evening costs $125, which includes tax, gratuity and service charge. Festive attire is suggested.


DC: "TRIBUTE TO ELLA" LENA SEIKALY & THE ALAN BAYLOCK ORCHESTRA

"Tribute to Ella" Lena Seikaly & The Alan Baylock Orchestra will be presented at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Sunday, Apri; 29th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Lena Seikaly is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, DC. A long-time student of music, she began her classical training at age 4 with piano, continued with classical voice in her teens, and went on to complete a B.M. in classical vocal performance at the University of Maryland School of Music. Though on course for a career as an operatic mezzo-soprano, it was in college where Lena discovered a strong passion for jazz, and embarked on a fervent education of jazz history, styles, theory and composition before pursuing a jazz career in the Washington, D.C. area. There is a $25 cover.

SF: BIRD'S NEST JAZZ PRESENTS THE KURT RIBAK TRIO

BIRD'S NEST JAZZ at WATERPARK LOFTS (2875 Glascock Street #109, Oakland, CA - 510-534-6163) presents jazz in an intimate setting the last Sunday of the month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Seating is first come, first served. On Sunday, April 29th, the club will present The Kurt Ribak Trio (Kurt Ribak. Bass; Greg Sankovich, Piano; Lincoln Adler, Tenor Sax). $26 suggested donation includes food & beverage. Call for directions.


SF: VARLA JEAN MERMAN AND THE BOOK OF MERMAN

Varla Jean Merman will appear in her new show "The Book of Merman" on Tuesdays through Sundays, April 17th through 29th at 8:00 pm (Sundays at 7:00 pm) at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189). She will be accompanied by Tom Shaw (piano) and Roberta Drake (drums). Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman just recently starred in Willard Beckham's new musical Lucky Guy opposite Emmy Winner Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert Theatre. He also just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads which he wrote, starred in and produced. Jeffery guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty last year in the final season of the show. He was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: THE QUEENS HOLD COURT FOR AN AFTERNOON OF HILARITY

A unique comedy revue that's touring the country with some of the funniest, edgiest, talented and most outrageous comics, united by the single theme, The Queer Queens of Qomedy, makes a stop at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) on Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm. Producer and internationally known comedian, Poppy Champlin artfully selects the best of the best lesbian comics from across the country to join her at each venue. For the RRAZZ ROOM show she has chosen Heather Gold and Kira Soltanovich to join her. Comedians who have donned the Queer Queen crown include: Carol Leifer, Julie Goldman, Michele Balan, Jessica Kirson, Vickie Shaw, Karen Ripley, Mimi Gonzalez, Jenny McNulty, Fortune Feimster, Karen Williams, Dana Goldberg, Bridget McManus, Sandra Valls, Erin Foley, Dana Eagle, Roxanna Ward, Marga Gomez, and Lisa Koch. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE BUTCHER SHOP REVUE - CHOICE CUTS

Badass Burlesque presents The Butcher Shop Revue - Choice Cuts at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 25th through 29th at 9:00 pm (8:00 pm on Sunday). Featuring: Jessamae St James, Karlis Zaid, Betty Blood, Linda Beatty, Zulei Kahn, Claire Andrews, Adelaide Everheart, Virtue Van Tassel, Midnite Velvet, Rachel Dunham, Dirk von Danger and more. It's a show that is different every night with songs and flesh to tease and delight. A boy, a girl, something in between and omewhere in there, performers dream. Comedy, vaudeville, circus and song! Call for cover/minimum information.


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SATURDAY - APRIL 28th
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NYC: LUCILLE CARR-KAFFASHAN IN DIAMONDS AND RUST
HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Lucille Carr-Kaffashan returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with her latest show, Diamonds and Rust: Female Singer- Songwriters of the 1970's. With her long-time musical director, David Brunetti, on piano, and Frank Wagner on bass, Lucille will perform the show on three Saturdays in April: April 14th, 21st, and 28th, all shows at 5:00 pm. With thoughtful and sensitive direction by Eric Michael Gillett, Diamonds and Rust revisits the cultural climate of the 1970's through the voices of ten talented women whose songs both reflected and inspired a generation. Lucille celebrates the work of Carole King, Laura Nyro, Joan Baez, Carly Simon, Janis Ian and other artists whose words and music explored the huge societal shifts associated with the civil rights, women's liberation, and anti-war movements. Their songs challenge, soothe, and entertain us, all the while illuminating an emotional history of America during an era that changed our culture and the way we viewed the world. Lucille performed for a number of years in the regional productions of the New Jersey-based Entertainers Theater before developing her first cabaret act. Since her Don't Tell Mama debut in 1999, she has presented seven different one-woman shows at clubs in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including Mama Rose's, The Encore, Helen's, Odette's, The Stockton Inn, and Bob Egan's Cabaret Supper Club. She has also appeared as a guest performer in special productions at both the Laurie Beechman Theater and the Metropolitan Room. Lucille is the recipient of the prestigious Hanson Award, presented each year to one individual by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs. Her most recent cabaret outings were the critically acclaimed shows, Finding Home and In My Life, A Celebration of Beatles Music. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC AT MAMA'S IN APRIL
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Karen Mack & Michael Holland return with their very popular award-winning "Gashole Hole-O-Matic 2011" All Request Show to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, April 21st & 28th at 8:00 pm. This is the show where the audience gets to pick the song list from hundreds available. Also featured are more road stories, ridiculous prizes, more mash-ups, more prizes, lots more new music, more insanity and custom cocktails. Join NYC musical comedy duo Mack and Holland as they bring their multi-award winning mix of harmony and humor to the best (and worst!) of past, present and future pop. From ABBA to Queen to Kylie, expect lush vocals and comic mayhem in what is always a spontaneous and one-of-a-kind musical experience!. There is a $20 cover, 2 drink minimum, no drink maximum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE


NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, April 14th & 28th at 8:30 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: BARB JUNGR REPRISES "MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT"

Barb Jungr's acclaimed all-Bob Dylan show, "Man in the Long Black Coat," returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a three-week theatrical run Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 10th through 28th at 7:00 pm (Saturdays at 9:30 pm). "Man in the Long Black Coat," premiered in October, 2011. Best-known for her eye-opening deconstructions of songs by American rockers, Jungr has been attracting growing international attention for boldly adding new names to the Great American Songbook, names like Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. And Bob Dylan. By stripping these songwriters' of their recorded accoutrements, the British singer lays them bare, proving that many of these rockers are not a breed apart from predecessors like Gershwin, Kern, Mercer and Berlin. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: PAMELA LUSS WITH HOUSTON PERSON MONTHLY AT THE MET

A Monthly Saturday Series featuring Pamela Luss with Houston Person winds up for the season, to be resumed in September, on Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). The monthly series is titled "Just The Two of Us and Friends" and shows will vary each month. This show is called "Love, Love, Love ..." Blessed with a beautiful voice, remarkable timing, and sumptuous intonation, Pamela has enjoyed successful engagements - and drawn capacity crowds - in many of the top Jazz and Cabaret Clubs. Pamela began working with Houston Person in 2007. His famously beautiful saxophone tone had graced two of her previous three albums. The relationship continued and developed into her fourth album, Sweet and Saxy, which is a full-length collaboration between the younger singer and the veteran tenor saxophonist with Houston also as producer. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ROSLYN KIND IN BROOKLYN COLLEGE CONCERT

BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS at Brooklyn College (Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY - 718-951-4500) concludes its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series with Roslyn Kind in concert on Saturday, April 28th at 8:00 pm. A dynamic, multi-talented entertainer and a native Brooklynite, she has forged a successful career in all facets of entertainment from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues and nightclubs the world over. Ms. Kind is familiar to both national and international audiences for her headlining appearances at some of the most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, The Greek Theater and London's CafE Royal. In 2006 she made her Carnegie Hall debut with her frequent musical collaborator and friend, Michael Feinstein. Ms. Kind's latest CD release Come What May, was critically acclaimed. Brooklyn Center's presentation of Roslyn Kind in Concert is made possible, in part, through the generous support of TD Bank and Con Edison. Tickets are $35.

NYC: BOSSABRASIL FESTIVAL 2012 AT BIRDLAND

The BossaBrasil Festival moves into BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 24th through 28th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Presented by Delta Airlines abs sponsored by Verizon, the show features Marcos Valle (composer, keyboards, vocals), Paula Morelenbaum (vocals) with Patricia Alvi (vocals) Jesse Sadoc (trumpet) Sergio Brandau (bass), Renato "Massa" Calmon (drums), Jorge Continentino (sax and flute) and Paul Meyers (guitar). Launched in 2007, the annual BOSSABRASIL Festival brings together top Brazilian artists for a celebration of Bossa Nova and other musical sounds from Brazil. For over 50 years Bossa Nova has seduced musicians and listeners with its innate sensuality, melding samba with jazz sensibilities. Festival producers Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have produced hit Brazilian music concerts in venues from Rio to New York City. This year they are presenting the very talented composer/ keyboardist/ vocalist Marcos Valle and guest vocalist Paula Morelenbaum in their first engagement together in the USA. Marcos Valle is without a doubt one of the major songwriters of Brazilian Popular Music. Having written over 300 songs recorded by artists Sarah Vaughn, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Joe Pass, Johnny Mathis, Bebel Gilberto, Joe Williams, Eliane Elias, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, and so many more, he is among Brazil's most important talents. He has toured the world at major Festivals and concert halls from England to Japan to China, to Australia to packed houses and received numerous awards for his songwriting. His latest CD "Farout," considered one of the best of his career, has been released in Japan and Europe and will soon be released in Brazil. Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil's most celebrated singers. After 10 years with Antonio Carlos Jobim's band she continued to explore the Bossa legacy with numerous recordings, including one with her husband, critically acclaimed cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, Jobim's son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. She received international acclaim in the Trio Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto which featured the prominent composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. There is a $30-$40 cover cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLINT HOLMES RETURNS TO THE CAFE CARLYLE

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome Clint Holmes back for a return three-week engagement, Tuesdays thorugh Saturdays, April 10th through 28th, all shows at 8:45 pm. Mr. Holmes, who made his debut last fall with "Remembering Bobby Short," will offer an all new program entitled "This Thing Called Love." Using the words and music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon, Holmes will explore, examine and compare the two songwriters' views on the universal subject of love. The evening will include such tunes as Porter's "Get Out of Town" juxtaposed with Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and Simon's contemporary classic "Slip Sliding Away" alongside the Porter standard "I Concentrate on You," among others. Mr. Holmes will be accompanied by a band led by his Musical Director/Arranger Jeffrey Neiman. The evening will be directed by Larry Moss. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and an $85 music charge ($40, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances.

NYC: MARILYN MAYE WITH "THE HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer Marilyn Maye Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 24th through May 5th at 8:00 pm, with added performances on Fridays & Saturdays, at 10:30 pm. Her new show, "The Happiest Sound In Town", is her annual birthday celebration and features some of her most-requested numbers including "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Rain" and "Golden Rainbow." Maye's recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. Maye will be joined by pianist/conductor Billy Stritch, who has accompanied her over a period of 20 years, bassist Tom Hubbard, and Jim Eklof, her drummer, who recently celebrated 50 years with Ms. Maye. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NJ: HISTORY HERSTORY - NEW CONCERT SERIES

Broadway Concerts Direct proudly presents a new concert series at THE FIRESIDE THEATER & CAFE at CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH (340 Bogert Road, River Edge, NJ - RESV: 845-888-5567), premiering on Saturday, April 28th at 8:00 pm. The show, Where Truth Lies, features Broadway's Original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD, Sarah Rice and international recording artist David Vernon, with musical director Matthew Martin Ward on Piano; Eric Sedgwick, Keyboard; Joseph Brennan, Percussion. JoAnn Yeoman serves as Director. The show is evening of song, chosen from the International and American songbooks, exploring how 2 people can look at the same thing and yet see something different. Tickets are $20-$30.


NYS: JERRY GRETZINGER SALUTES SINATRA WITH A SWING BAND

Channel 6 news anchor Jerry Gretzinger continues his extra-curricular life at The MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) on Saturday, April 28th, at 8:00 pm, in his Sinatra tribute concert, Mostly Frank. He is backed with classic swing band arrangements by members of Albany's popular Swing Docs band, professionals themselves who moonlight as musicians. Jerry Gretzinger joined the WRGB news staff in 2002, and became co-anchor of the five o'clock news, with Liz Bishop, in 2007. He grew up in Kingston (NY) in a musical family. His father, superintendent of the Kingston School System, also moonlighted, performing leads in community theater musicals. Much of Gretzinger's singing has been in musical roles. Albany audiences have seen him in several shows, including The Producers and Chicago, and at Fort Salem in the 2010 hit production of Forever Plaid. Mostly Frank began as Jerry Gretzinger's first solo cabaret at Fort Salem in late 2010. The following spring, he and Fort Salem's Artistic Director, Jay Kerr, who serves as Gretzinger's musical director, added the swing band in a performance at WAMC's Linda Norris Auditorium, which has been broadcast several times on the public radio station. It is that group that comes to the Fort's Mainstage. Mostly Frank swings with vintage arrangements of "All of Me," "Fly Me to the Moon," and "That's Life," and pays homage Frank's unique skill interpreting lyrics over his sixty year career, with ballads such as "In the Wee Small Hours" and the beautiful Jobim bossa nova tune, "Wave." The $25 admission includes a $5 credit toward coffee and dessert provided by Norene and Fred's of Salem.

DC: JON FADDIS QUARTET AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents the Jon Faddis Quartet on Wednesday through Saturday, April 25th through April 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician: conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie. As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. There is a $35 cover.

CHI: BECKIE MENZIE & TOM MICHAEL WITH NEW SHOW AT DAVENPORT'S

Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael present a brand new show, "All In The Musical Family" at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Saturdays in April, the 7th, 14th 21st & 28th), all shows at 8:00 pm. Chicago's favorite duo will be celebrating popular musical families including The Carpenters, The Andrew Sisters, The Jacksons, The Judds, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Steve & Eydie, The Bee Gees, John & Bonnie Raitt and more. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: JUDY GARLAND LIVE! SINGING THE SONGS ... THAT GOT AWAY!

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland in The Songs That Got Away." Performances are every Friday & Saturday during April at 8:00 pm. Musical direction by Bryan Miller. The evening is crafted through a sparkling selection of songs that Ms. Garland ( herself) never had the chance to sing both during and after her lifetime. Expect the unexpected! ABBA, Disney, Sondheim, pop standards and more! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: BIRD'S NEST JAZZ PRESENTS THE KURT RIBAK TRIO

BIRD'S NEST JAZZ at WATERPARK LOFTS (2875 Glascock Street #109, Oakland, CA - 510-534-6163) presents jazz in an intimate setting the last Sunday of the month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Seating is first come, first served. On Sunday, April 29th, the club will present The Kurt Ribak Trio (Kurt Ribak. Bass; Greg Sankovich, Piano; Lincoln Adler, Tenor Sax). $26 suggested donation includes food & beverage. Call for directions.


SF: VARLA JEAN MERMAN AND THE BOOK OF MERMAN

Varla Jean Merman will appear in her new show "The Book of Merman" on Tuesdays through Sundays, April 17th through 29th at 8:00 pm (Sundays at 7:00 pm) at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189). She will be accompanied by Tom Shaw (piano) and Roberta Drake (drums). Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman just recently starred in Willard Beckham's new musical Lucky Guy opposite Emmy Winner Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert Theatre. He also just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads which he wrote, starred in and produced. Jeffery guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty last year in the final season of the show. He was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SF: LADY RIZO WEST COAST TOUR & CD RELEASE SHOW AT THE RRAZZ

Direct from her record breaking engagement at Joe's Pub NYC, Lady Rizo (nee Amelia Zirin-Brown) will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - )on Friday & Saturday, April 27th & 28th at 10:00 pm. The show promises to be a mixture of warbles, laughs, songs, skin, merriment and the most gorgeous audience this side of the Mississippi. This show will also feature some new original songs from Lady Rizo's highly anticipated upcoming album. The 'Cabaret Superstar', comedienne and chanteuse revives the genre by creating vintage arrangements and theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. Lady Rizo co-created the cult caburlesque spectacular Lady Rizo & the Assettes in 2005. In January 2010 she won her first Grammy on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released on a Holiday album featuring Diana Krall, James Taylor and Alison Krauss among others. She also sings and records with multi-platnum recording artist Moby and was nominated for an MVPA for the choreography the video for the single New York, New York featuring Debbie Harry. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE BUTCHER SHOP REVUE - CHOICE CUTS

Badass Burlesque presents The Butcher Shop Revue - Choice Cuts at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 25th through 29th at 9:00 pm (8:00 pm on Sunday). Featuring: Jessamae St James, Karlis Zaid, Betty Blood, Linda Beatty, Zulei Kahn, Claire Andrews, Adelaide Everheart, Virtue Van Tassel, Midnite Velvet, Rachel Dunham, Dirk von Danger and more. It's a show that is different every night with songs and flesh to tease and delight. A boy, a girl, something in between and omewhere in there, performers dream. Comedy, vaudeville, circus and song! Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT CELEBRATES THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM

THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) presents award-winning director and vocalist Eric Michael Gillett, with special guests Cookie Stark and Melanie Vaughan, in his new show "I Won't Sing a Sondheim Song ... Or Will I?" for six performances, on Fridays, April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th at 7:00 pm, and Wednesdays, May 9th & 23rd, also at 7:00 pm. The show celebrates the work of the Tony and Academy Award winning composer/lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. Along with his long-time collaborator and musical director, Jeff Cubeta, Gillett will put his unique stamp on the wildly diverse catalogue of music by one of the theater's most popular and acclaimed contemporary songwriters. Eric Michael Gillett is a MAC and Bistro Award winning vocalist whose shows have included "Cast of Thousands - Gillett Sings Carnelia," "It Takes Two - The Duets of Stephen Sondheim" (with Melanie Vaughan), and his critically lauded collection of radio songs of the past forty years, "Hook, Line & Singer." Eric Michael has been seen on Broadway in the casts of Kiss Me, Kate, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Frogs. Television appearances include "Law & Order," "Ed," and "Law & Order: SVU," and he was also seen in the feature films Maid in Manhattan, My Brother, The Third Testament and The Producers (on-screen and on the soundtrack). For twelve years, Eric Michael appeared as the Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, touring the continental United States and appearing on countless television and radio programs. There os a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: BARB JUNGR REPRISES "MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT"

Barb Jungr's acclaimed all-Bob Dylan show, "Man in the Long Black Coat," returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a three-week theatrical run Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 10th through 28th at 7:00 pm (Saturdays at 9:30 pm). "Man in the Long Black Coat," premiered in October, 2011. Best-known for her eye-opening deconstructions of songs by American rockers, Jungr has been attracting growing international attention for boldly adding new names to the Great American Songbook, names like Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. And Bob Dylan. By stripping these songwriters' of their recorded accoutrements, the British singer lays them bare, proving that many of these rockers are not a breed apart from predecessors like Gershwin, Kern, Mercer and Berlin. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LAURIE VEGA THE JAZZ DIVA OF SPANISH HARLEM

Laurie Vega, the Jazz Diva of Spanish Harlem, will perform her show "Too Darn Hot!" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Friday, April 27th at 7:00 pm. Her music director is Frank Doyle. Laurie is a professionally trained vocalist specializing in jazz standards. She was born and raised in Spanish Harlem and graduated from the famed High School of Music & Art in New York City. She has performed throughout the city at many venues, including Don't Tell Mama, Dizzy's Club, The Metropolitan Room, Creole, Orbit, The Players Theatre, and more. In addition to performing in New York, Laurie spent seven years both in Naples and Orlando, Florida under the tutelage of composer, arranger, and conductor James E. Dale where she performed regularly at such places as the Pelican Bay Country Club, Jazz Club at CityWalk, the House of Blues, the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the Citrus Club, Heidi's Jazz Club, many "Jazz Under The Stars" concerts, benefits and private functions. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MADONNATHON! THE 9TH ANNUAL MADONNA TRIBUTE SHOW

The 9th annual MADONNATHON - celebrating the release of pop singer Madonna's new album MDNA and her spectacular Superbowl halftime show takes place this year at BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY - 718963-3369) on Friday, April 27th at 8:00 pm. MADONNATHON is a celebration/dance party in honor of Madonna, featuring performances by some of New York City's most talented musicians/singers/dancers, collaborating to perform the very best of Madonna's huge repertoire. The evening will pay tribute not only to Madonna's amazing music, but also her ever-evolving looks and influence on our lives. The show will feature a special appearance by renowned Madonna impersonator Chris America. Other performers include Amber Martin (Mattachine, Amber Alert), Cathy Cervenka (The HoHos), MILITIA (Judas Priestess), Tammy Faye Starlite, Mark Rinzel (Jupiter Deluxe), Ki Ki Hawkins, Tess, Joanna Choy (Loser's Lounge), Emily Strigl (The Mynks), Angela Di Carlo, Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe, Amy Miles (Citizens Band), Blythe Gruda (Loser's Lounge), Daniel DeJesus (Rasputina), Hot Sausage, Daryl Glenn, Mr. Patty Bruce, Asa Lovechild, Yana Chupenko (Shiny Mama), & surprise guests! Backed by THE MATERIAL BOYS: Oscar Bautista, Mike Pieck, Matt Lindsey, Guy Finley, Alan Camlet & Claudia Chopek. Tickets $7-$10 at http://madonnathonlive.com/ .

NYC: BOSSABRASIL FESTIVAL 2012 AT BIRDLAND

The BossaBrasil Festival moves into BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 24th through 28th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Presented by Delta Airlines abs sponsored by Verizon, the show features Marcos Valle (composer, keyboards, vocals), Paula Morelenbaum (vocals) with Patricia Alvi (vocals) Jesse Sadoc (trumpet) Sergio Brandau (bass), Renato "Massa" Calmon (drums), Jorge Continentino (sax and flute) and Paul Meyers (guitar). Launched in 2007, the annual BOSSABRASIL Festival brings together top Brazilian artists for a celebration of Bossa Nova and other musical sounds from Brazil. For over 50 years Bossa Nova has seduced musicians and listeners with its innate sensuality, melding samba with jazz sensibilities. Festival producers Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have produced hit Brazilian music concerts in venues from Rio to New York City. This year they are presenting the very talented composer/ keyboardist/ vocalist Marcos Valle and guest vocalist Paula Morelenbaum in their first engagement together in the USA. Marcos Valle is without a doubt one of the major songwriters of Brazilian Popular Music. Having written over 300 songs recorded by artists Sarah Vaughn, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Joe Pass, Johnny Mathis, Bebel Gilberto, Joe Williams, Eliane Elias, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, and so many more, he is among Brazil's most important talents. He has toured the world at major Festivals and concert halls from England to Japan to China, to Australia to packed houses and received numerous awards for his songwriting. His latest CD "Farout," considered one of the best of his career, has been released in Japan and Europe and will soon be released in Brazil. Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil's most celebrated singers. After 10 years with Antonio Carlos Jobim's band she continued to explore the Bossa legacy with numerous recordings, including one with her husband, critically acclaimed cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, Jobim's son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. She received international acclaim in the Trio Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto which featured the prominent composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. There is a $30-$40 cover cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLINT HOLMES RETURNS TO THE CAFE CARLYLE

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome Clint Holmes back for a return three-week engagement, Tuesdays thorugh Saturdays, April 10th through 28th, all shows at 8:45 pm. Mr. Holmes, who made his debut last fall with "Remembering Bobby Short," will offer an all new program entitled "This Thing Called Love." Using the words and music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon, Holmes will explore, examine and compare the two songwriters' views on the universal subject of love. The evening will include such tunes as Porter's "Get Out of Town" juxtaposed with Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and Simon's contemporary classic "Slip Sliding Away" alongside the Porter standard "I Concentrate on You," among others. Mr. Holmes will be accompanied by a band led by his Musical Director/Arranger Jeffrey Neiman. The evening will be directed by Larry Moss. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and an $85 music charge ($40, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances.

NYC: MARILYN MAYE WITH "THE HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer Marilyn Maye Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 24th through May 5th at 8:00 pm, with added performances on Fridays & Saturdays, at 10:30 pm. Her new show, "The Happiest Sound In Town", is her annual birthday celebration and features some of her most-requested numbers including "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Rain" and "Golden Rainbow." Maye's recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. Maye will be joined by pianist/conductor Billy Stritch, who has accompanied her over a period of 20 years, bassist Tom Hubbard, and Jim Eklof, her drummer, who recently celebrated 50 years with Ms. Maye. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


TOR: JAZZ CROONER ANDY DE CAMPOS' SPRING RING-A-DING SHOW

Andy De Campos and the Speek EZ Trio bring their show "Spring Ring-A-Ding" to GATE 403 BAR & GRILL (403 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON - 416-588-2930 - ) on Friday, April 27th at 5:00 pm. The repetoire embraces the season of Spring and the lyrics will include the months, flowers, babies, young romance and other poetic elements of the season. Spring has always been the background for easygoing romance inspiration in many of the standards within the Great American Songbook of the 1920s to the 1960s. The venue is the perfect hybrid of slightly upscale local pub and classy piano bar. Delicious food coupled with an extensive list of Martinis, wines, cocktails and beer. Ideal for a romantic dinner or a laid-back evening with friends. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: JON FADDIS QUARTET AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents the Jon Faddis Quartet on Wednesday through Saturday, April 25th through April 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician: conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie. As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. There is a $35 cover.

MW: MAUREEN O'FLYNN: AT THE CROSSROADS

Metropolitan Opera leading lady Maureen O'Flynn, makes her Indianapolis cabaret debut with a sumptuous musical feast for the ears at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday, April 27th at 8:00 pm. Featuring classics by Kern, Porter, Sondheim, and Weill, Maureen's versatility shines in this intimate performance. Equally comfortable on the opera stage at La Scala or the musical theater stages at the Berkshires Theatre Festival, Maureen proves to be one of the most thrilling voices to grace the worlds of opera, musical theatre and cabaret. Internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist, Maureen O'Flynn, garners enthusiastic praise from critics, peers and audiences, not only for her brilliant, soaring voice but also for her dramatic interpretations. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


L.A.: JUDY GARLAND LIVE! SINGING THE SONGS ... THAT GOT AWAY!

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland in The Songs That Got Away." Performances are every Friday & Saturday during April at 8:00 pm. Musical direction by Bryan Miller. The evening is crafted through a sparkling selection of songs that Ms. Garland ( herself) never had the chance to sing both during and after her lifetime. Expect the unexpected! ABBA, Disney, Sondheim, pop standards and more! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: VARLA JEAN MERMAN AND THE BOOK OF MERMAN

Varla Jean Merman will appear in her new show "The Book of Merman" on Tuesdays through Sundays, April 17th through 29th at 8:00 pm (Sundays at 7:00 pm) at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189). She will be accompanied by Tom Shaw (piano) and Roberta Drake (drums). Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman just recently starred in Willard Beckham's new musical Lucky Guy opposite Emmy Winner Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert Theatre. He also just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads which he wrote, starred in and produced. Jeffery guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty last year in the final season of the show. He was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: LADY RIZO WEST COAST TOUR & CD RELEASE SHOW AT THE RRAZZ

Direct from her record breaking engagement at Joe's Pub NYC, Lady Rizo (nee Amelia Zirin-Brown) will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - )on Friday & Saturday, April 27th & 28th at 10:00 pm. The show promises to be a mixture of warbles, laughs, songs, skin, merriment and the most gorgeous audience this side of the Mississippi. This show will also feature some new original songs from Lady Rizo's highly anticipated upcoming album. The 'Cabaret Superstar', comedienne and chanteuse revives the genre by creating vintage arrangements and theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. Lady Rizo co-created the cult caburlesque spectacular Lady Rizo & the Assettes in 2005. In January 2010 she won her first Grammy on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released on a Holiday album featuring Diana Krall, James Taylor and Alison Krauss among others. She also sings and records with multi-platnum recording artist Moby and was nominated for an MVPA for the choreography the video for the single New York, New York featuring Debbie Harry. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE BUTCHER SHOP REVUE - CHOICE CUTS

Badass Burlesque presents The Butcher Shop Revue - Choice Cuts at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 25th through 29th at 9:00 pm (8:00 pm on Sunday). Featuring: Jessamae St James, Karlis Zaid, Betty Blood, Linda Beatty, Zulei Kahn, Claire Andrews, Adelaide Everheart, Virtue Van Tassel, Midnite Velvet, Rachel Dunham, Dirk von Danger and more. It's a show that is different every night with songs and flesh to tease and delight. A boy, a girl, something in between and omewhere in there, performers dream. Comedy, vaudeville, circus and song! Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: DREW & TYSON LIVE AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB

Two of Melbournes' favourite live performers, Drew Downing and Tyson Legg, pair up at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday & Friday, April 26th & 27th at 7:00 pm for an acoustic session like no other. Seasoned Melbourne artists Drew & Tyson present a collection of crowd favourites and a few new-spins on classics. Call for cover/minimum information.


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THURSDAY - APRIL 26th

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NYC: ANDERS HOLST RETURNS TO DON'T TELL MAMA WITH "THE MAN INSIDE THE SONG"

American Smooth Jazz Award nominee, Anders Holst, makes his return to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 pm. Anders will be taking to the stage with a new program: "The Man Inside The Song". Under the direction of Eric Michael Gillett, the performance will feature original as well as innovative covers by the likes Lou Reed, Michael Jackson and The Backstreet Boys, among others. Holst will be joined on stage by musical director, keyboardist and producer, Bennett Pastor along with Sean Harkness, on guitar. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: VINTAGE JAZZ AND CLASSICAL SWING MUSIC THURSDAYS

Donald Schaffer Entertainment in association with Ward Morehouse III presents The Lapis Luna Quartet with Vintage Jazz and Classical Swing Music every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 pm at the ROSE ROOM OF THE PLAZA HOTEL (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, NYC - 212-759-3000) in an open-ended run. Lapis Luna brings you the captivating jazz of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s with a classical glittering sound. Standards, enchanting ballads, obscure swing-era gems, and vintage melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, funny, romantic, and cool. The band is made up of Shawn Aileen Clark on vocals, John Merrill on guitar, Chris Pistorino on bass, and Brian Floody on drums and percussion. There is no cover, but there are marvelous drinks and champagne. Reservations recommended.


NYC: NEW WEEKLY SHOW FROM SCOTT SIEGEL "THE BROADWAY HOOTENANNY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents "THE BROADWAY HOOTENANNY," a new weekly show produced, created and hosted by Scott Siegel in an open-ended run on Thursdays at 11:00 pm . Jesse Kissel serves as Musical Director. THE BROADWAY HOOTENANY will offer approximately four different stars each week who will sing Broadway's greatest songs. This week's featured performers are Tricia Paoluccio, Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, William Blake. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.

NYC: BARB JUNGR REPRISES "MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT"

Barb Jungr's acclaimed all-Bob Dylan show, "Man in the Long Black Coat," returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a three-week theatrical run Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 10th through 28th at 7:00 pm (Saturdays at 9:30 pm). "Man in the Long Black Coat," premiered in October, 2011. Best-known for her eye-opening deconstructions of songs by American rockers, Jungr has been attracting growing international attention for boldly adding new names to the Great American Songbook, names like Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. And Bob Dylan. By stripping these songwriters' of their recorded accoutrements, the British singer lays them bare, proving that many of these rockers are not a breed apart from predecessors like Gershwin, Kern, Mercer and Berlin. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BOSSABRASIL FESTIVAL 2012 AT BIRDLAND

The BossaBrasil Festival moves into BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 24th through 28th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Presented by Delta Airlines abs sponsored by Verizon, the show features Marcos Valle (composer, keyboards, vocals), Paula Morelenbaum (vocals) with Patricia Alvi (vocals) Jesse Sadoc (trumpet) Sergio Brandau (bass), Renato "Massa" Calmon (drums), Jorge Continentino (sax and flute) and Paul Meyers (guitar). Launched in 2007, the annual BOSSABRASIL Festival brings together top Brazilian artists for a celebration of Bossa Nova and other musical sounds from Brazil. For over 50 years Bossa Nova has seduced musicians and listeners with its innate sensuality, melding samba with jazz sensibilities. Festival producers Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have produced hit Brazilian music concerts in venues from Rio to New York City. This year they are presenting the very talented composer/ keyboardist/ vocalist Marcos Valle and guest vocalist Paula Morelenbaum in their first engagement together in the USA. Marcos Valle is without a doubt one of the major songwriters of Brazilian Popular Music. Having written over 300 songs recorded by artists Sarah Vaughn, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Joe Pass, Johnny Mathis, Bebel Gilberto, Joe Williams, Eliane Elias, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, and so many more, he is among Brazil's most important talents. He has toured the world at major Festivals and concert halls from England to Japan to China, to Australia to packed houses and received numerous awards for his songwriting. His latest CD "Farout," considered one of the best of his career, has been released in Japan and Europe and will soon be released in Brazil. Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil's most celebrated singers. After 10 years with Antonio Carlos Jobim's band she continued to explore the Bossa legacy with numerous recordings, including one with her husband, critically acclaimed cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, Jobim's son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. She received international acclaim in the Trio Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto which featured the prominent composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. There is a $30-$40 cover cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLINT HOLMES RETURNS TO THE CAFE CARLYLE

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome Clint Holmes back for a return three-week engagement, Tuesdays thorugh Saturdays, April 10th through 28th, all shows at 8:45 pm. Mr. Holmes, who made his debut last fall with "Remembering Bobby Short," will offer an all new program entitled "This Thing Called Love." Using the words and music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon, Holmes will explore, examine and compare the two songwriters' views on the universal subject of love. The evening will include such tunes as Porter's "Get Out of Town" juxtaposed with Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and Simon's contemporary classic "Slip Sliding Away" alongside the Porter standard "I Concentrate on You," among others. Mr. Holmes will be accompanied by a band led by his Musical Director/Arranger Jeffrey Neiman. The evening will be directed by Larry Moss. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and an $85 music charge ($40, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances.

NYC: MARILYN MAYE WITH "THE HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer Marilyn Maye Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 24th through May 5th at 8:00 pm, with added performances on Fridays & Saturdays, at 10:30 pm. Her new show, "The Happiest Sound In Town", is her annual birthday celebration and features some of her most-requested numbers including "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Rain" and "Golden Rainbow." Maye's recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. Maye will be joined by pianist/conductor Billy Stritch, who has accompanied her over a period of 20 years, bassist Tom Hubbard, and Jim Eklof, her drummer, who recently celebrated 50 years with Ms. Maye. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: JON FADDIS QUARTET AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents the Jon Faddis Quartet on Wednesday through Saturday, April 25th through April 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician: conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie. As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. There is a $35 cover.

S.F.: "CELLO HEAVEN" AT YOSHI'S OAKLAND

YOSHI'S (510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA - 510-238-9200) presents "Cello Heaven" starring Joan Jeanrenaud & Jami Sieber, with Barbara Higbie on Thursday, April 26th at 8:00 pm. Not one, but two superb cellists, Joan Jeanrenaud of Kronos Quartet fame and Jami Sieber, Seattle's electric cello innovator will join Yoshi's Artist in Residence, Grammy nominated pianist/ composer/ multi-instrumentalist, Barbara Higbie for an evening of musical depth soundings. All three are acclaimed composers and improvisors who have grown their own styles from classically trained roots in the soil of West Coast musical freedom. This will be the world premiere for a unique ensemble that creates lush, driving and emotionally expansive music. There is a $20 cover.

SF: VARLA JEAN MERMAN AND THE BOOK OF MERMAN

Varla Jean Merman will appear in her new show "The Book of Merman" on Tuesdays through Sundays, April 17th through 29th at 8:00 pm (Sundays at 7:00 pm) at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189). She will be accompanied by Tom Shaw (piano) and Roberta Drake (drums). Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman just recently starred in Willard Beckham's new musical Lucky Guy opposite Emmy Winner Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert Theatre. He also just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads which he wrote, starred in and produced. Jeffery guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty last year in the final season of the show. He was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


AUS: DREW & TYSON LIVE AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB

Two of Melbournes' favourite live performers, Drew Downing and Tyson Legg, pair up at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday & Friday, April 26th & 27th at 7:00 pm for an acoustic session like no other. Seasoned Melbourne artists Drew & Tyson present a collection of crowd favourites and a few new-spins on classics. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: THE BUTCHER SHOP REVUE - CHOICE CUTS

Badass Burlesque presents The Butcher Shop Revue - Choice Cuts at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 25th through 29th at 9:00 pm (8:00 pm on Sunday). Featuring: Jessamae St James, Karlis Zaid, Betty Blood, Linda Beatty, Zulei Kahn, Claire Andrews, Adelaide Everheart, Virtue Van Tassel, Midnite Velvet, Rachel Dunham, Dirk von Danger and more. It's a show that is different every night with songs and flesh to tease and delight. A boy, a girl, something in between and omewhere in there, performers dream. Comedy, vaudeville, circus and song! Call for cover/minimum information.


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WEDNESDAY - APRIL 25th

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NYC: KAT GANG CONTINUES AT THE PLAZA'S ROSE ROOM WEDNESDAYS

Kat Gang brings her unique vocal style to the ROSE ROOM OF THE PLAZA HOTEL (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, NYC - 212-759-3000) every Wednesday at 9:00 pm, for an open-ended engagement. She will be singing Traditional Jazz Standards, Cole Porter, Gershwin and others from the Great American Songbook. Kat has a soul steeped in jazz. Born in Boston she began her music theory training as a teenager at Berklee and then fell in love with the energy of New York City and went on to gain her BFA from NYU. After that she continued studying music at the Royal Academy in London. Kat lived and worked singing jazz all over England for seven years. She has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has acted in various feature-length independent films, and currently is back in New York performing frequently and exploring the depth of jazz fusion and improvisation with her versatile, extraordinary ear and voice. The Rose Room has a policy of no cover or minimum for its music, fabulous cocktails, wine and champagne.

NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: BARRY HARRIS - PIANIST

MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY continues at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - SANCTUARY (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200) every Wednesday. This long-running series was created by Edmund Anderson and is now produced by Ronny Whyte and Joan Uttal Anderson, Production Consultant. The show on Wednesday, April 25th and features Barry Harris - Pianist with Murray Wall - Bass and Yaya Abdul - Drums. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.


NYC: WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Dana Lorge hosts "Wednesday Night at the Iguana" every week at 8:00 pm at IGUANA'S VIP LOUNGE (240 West 54th Street, NYC - 212-765-5454). The event on Wednesday, April 25th, features Donna Gillian, Jackie Draper, Champayne Pam, Bill Tripician & Chuck Japely, Sue Matsuki, Grethen Reinhagen, Mike Wilson, Jillian Laurain, Bob Diamond, Richard Eisenberg, Bruce Clough, Lucio Fernandez, Gary Crawford, Sunny Leigh, Maria Ottavia with Barry Levitt on piano, John Miller on bass. There is a $13 cover, no minimum.

NYC: THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTENNIAL BAND

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band ska David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band (also known as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band) breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. "There has never been a band quite like the Gully Low Jazz Band," notes legendary record producer George Avakian. "Most groups, past and present, stick to one style. Some current groups attempt to recreate early recordings in their entirety. These guys do neither. Inspired by divergent bands of the 1920s and 30s, you'll hear them swing a variety of styles in music by a wide range of composers, always try to the joy and heart of the music." Now in its 11th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder, and more! There is a $10-$15 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BARB JUNGR REPRISES "MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT"

Barb Jungr's acclaimed all-Bob Dylan show, "Man in the Long Black Coat," returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a three-week theatrical run Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 10th through 28th at 7:00 pm (Saturdays at 9:30 pm). "Man in the Long Black Coat," premiered in October, 2011. Best-known for her eye-opening deconstructions of songs by American rockers, Jungr has been attracting growing international attention for boldly adding new names to the Great American Songbook, names like Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. And Bob Dylan. By stripping these songwriters' of their recorded accoutrements, the British singer lays them bare, proving that many of these rockers are not a breed apart from predecessors like Gershwin, Kern, Mercer and Berlin. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: WENDY KURTZMAN SINGS MUSIC FROM "JUST FOR A THRILL"

L.A. songbird Wendy Kurtzman is making her album debut this spring with "Just For A Thrill", a collection of favorite songs - many by Cy Coleman - that weave a story of her recent life. A life that has included a MAJOR Hollywood career as a Feature and TV Casting Director. Wendy and musical director, Rick Jensen (leading a trio), will celebrate the upcoming release at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for one show only on Wednesday, April 25th at 9:30 pm. Delta Airlines is currently featuring her track, "Come Summer" on their airplane flight music system. Recorded in New York City, "Just for a Thrill" is a collaboration with many notable musicians including Jensen, Christopher Marlowe, Peter Calo, Jack Bashkow, Dan Gross and Tom Hubbard.  The disc features classic and contemporary tunes from favorites like Cy Coleman, Billy Joel and Joni Mitchell among others. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: BOSSABRASIL FESTIVAL 2012 AT BIRDLAND

The BossaBrasil Festival moves into BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 24th through 28th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Presented by Delta Airlines abs sponsored by Verizon, the show features Marcos Valle (composer, keyboards, vocals), Paula Morelenbaum (vocals) with Patricia Alvi (vocals) Jesse Sadoc (trumpet) Sergio Brandau (bass), Renato "Massa" Calmon (drums), Jorge Continentino (sax and flute) and Paul Meyers (guitar). Launched in 2007, the annual BOSSABRASIL Festival brings together top Brazilian artists for a celebration of Bossa Nova and other musical sounds from Brazil. For over 50 years Bossa Nova has seduced musicians and listeners with its innate sensuality, melding samba with jazz sensibilities. Festival producers Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have produced hit Brazilian music concerts in venues from Rio to New York City. This year they are presenting the very talented composer/ keyboardist/ vocalist Marcos Valle and guest vocalist Paula Morelenbaum in their first engagement together in the USA. Marcos Valle is without a doubt one of the major songwriters of Brazilian Popular Music. Having written over 300 songs recorded by artists Sarah Vaughn, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Joe Pass, Johnny Mathis, Bebel Gilberto, Joe Williams, Eliane Elias, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, and so many more, he is among Brazil's most important talents. He has toured the world at major Festivals and concert halls from England to Japan to China, to Australia to packed houses and received numerous awards for his songwriting. His latest CD "Farout," considered one of the best of his career, has been released in Japan and Europe and will soon be released in Brazil. Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil's most celebrated singers. After 10 years with Antonio Carlos Jobim's band she continued to explore the Bossa legacy with numerous recordings, including one with her husband, critically acclaimed cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, Jobim's son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. She received international acclaim in the Trio Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto which featured the prominent composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. There is a $30-$40 cover cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLINT HOLMES RETURNS TO THE CAFE CARLYLE

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome Clint Holmes back for a return three-week engagement, Tuesdays thorugh Saturdays, April 10th through 28th, all shows at 8:45 pm. Mr. Holmes, who made his debut last fall with "Remembering Bobby Short," will offer an all new program entitled "This Thing Called Love." Using the words and music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon, Holmes will explore, examine and compare the two songwriters' views on the universal subject of love. The evening will include such tunes as Porter's "Get Out of Town" juxtaposed with Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and Simon's contemporary classic "Slip Sliding Away" alongside the Porter standard "I Concentrate on You," among others. Mr. Holmes will be accompanied by a band led by his Musical Director/Arranger Jeffrey Neiman. The evening will be directed by Larry Moss. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and an $85 music charge ($40, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances.

NYC: MARILYN MAYE WITH "THE HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer Marilyn Maye Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 24th through May 5th at 8:00 pm, with added performances on Fridays & Saturdays, at 10:30 pm. Her new show, "The Happiest Sound In Town", is her annual birthday celebration and features some of her most-requested numbers including "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Rain" and "Golden Rainbow." Maye's recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. Maye will be joined by pianist/conductor Billy Stritch, who has accompanied her over a period of 20 years, bassist Tom Hubbard, and Jim Eklof, her drummer, who recently celebrated 50 years with Ms. Maye. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: JON FADDIS QUARTET AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents the Jon Faddis Quartet on Wednesday through Saturday, April 25th through April 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician: conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie. As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. There is a $35 cover.

CHI: KEVIN MOORE SCORE BY SCORE: GEORGE GERSHWIN

Kevin Moore of WJJG radio presents "Score By Score: George Gershwin" at METROPOLIS PERFORMING ART CENTRE (111 West Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL - 847-577-2121) on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:30 pm. George Gershwin got his start on Tin Pan Alley, writing ragtime tunes and performing in vaudeville shows. But when he teamed up with his brother Ira, they really struck gold, writing songs for Broadway musicals and Hollywood hits. Now, Kevin Moore of WJJG radio, Daryl Nitz, Tom Michael, Beckie Menzie, Laura Freeman and Heather Moran celebrate this unforgettable music, singing all the hits and sharing stories of what inspired the Gershwin magic. Don't miss an incredible show featuring songs like "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me." Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: "A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY" STARRING CORKY HALE & FREDA PAYNE

CATALINA JAZZ CLUB (6725 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-2210 - ) will present "A Birthday Tribute To Billie Holiday" starring pianist Corky Hale and singer Freda Payne, with Special Guest, singer Tricia Tahara for one night only on Wednesday, April 25th at 8:30 pm. Corky Hale, who was once Billie Holiday's pianist, along with Freda Payne and Tricia Tahara will perform a tribute program in honor of the late American Jazz singer, Billie Holiday's 97th Birthday. The program will include signature songs Billie Holiday was strongly affiliated with, including: "Them There Eyes," "My Man," "Billie's Blues," "God Bless The Child," "Strange Fruit," "Lady Sings The Blues" and "Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," among others. There is $20 Cover Charge. Valet Parking is available.

SF: VARLA JEAN MERMAN AND THE BOOK OF MERMAN

Varla Jean Merman will appear in her new show "The Book of Merman" on Tuesdays through Sundays, April 17th through 29th at 8:00 pm (Sundays at 7:00 pm) at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189). She will be accompanied by Tom Shaw (piano) and Roberta Drake (drums). Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman just recently starred in Willard Beckham's new musical Lucky Guy opposite Emmy Winner Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert Theatre. He also just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads which he wrote, starred in and produced. Jeffery guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty last year in the final season of the show. He was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


LON: RACHAEL ROBERTS PRESENTS "SONGS FROM MY HEROINES"

Singer Rachael Roberts presents "Songs From My Heroines", a tribute to the women who inspired her to perform on stage at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on April 25th at 8:00 pm. "Songs From My Heroines" is a show inspired by the first ladies of the stage and silver screen - Shirley Bassey, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday and Marlene Dietrich. From 'Goldfinger' to 'La Vie En Rose' through 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend', Rachael pays tribute, vocally and in manner, to each performer with panache and aplomb. She concludes the show with a dedicated set to Judy Garland, capturing Judy's costumes, style, wit and timeless voice and presenting them to fans new and old. Rachael was trained in Performing Arts and worked in an amateur capacity, for many years, with the late and great Gordon Alcock (Grandad in the stage version of the hit sitcom "Bread"). Moving into the professional music world, she has sung all over the world for top hotel chains and cruise lines and most recently, has been singing at some of London's most prestigious cabaret venues - Madame Jojo's, Cafe De Paris and Volupte to name a few. When not singing in cabaret and musical theatre, she can be found travelling Europe, singing soul and jazz and has recently supported Clem Curtis and The Foundations at a large function in the UK. She also sang for charity fundraiser Kirsty Howard, at The Reebok Stadium, for her 15th birthday celebrations. A lifelong love of 40s and 50s Hollywood - and of jazz and swing music - led to Rachael discovering her heroines and in 2011, she developed her show in tribute to them. Appearances in many prestigious venues have followed and she is gaining recognition and fans of her work from new audiences. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: THE BUTCHER SHOP REVUE - CHOICE CUTS

Badass Burlesque presents The Butcher Shop Revue - Choice Cuts at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 25th through 29th at 9:00 pm (8:00 pm on Sunday). Featuring: Jessamae St James, Karlis Zaid, Betty Blood, Linda Beatty, Zulei Kahn, Claire Andrews, Adelaide Everheart, Virtue Van Tassel, Midnite Velvet, Rachel Dunham, Dirk von Danger and more. It's a show that is different every night with songs and flesh to tease and delight. A boy, a girl, something in between and omewhere in there, performers dream. Comedy, vaudeville, circus and song! Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), every Tuesday night in April at 9:30 pm. Ms. Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", "Jackie" and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. "Twisted" has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BARB JUNGR REPRISES "MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT"

Barb Jungr's acclaimed all-Bob Dylan show, "Man in the Long Black Coat," returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a three-week theatrical run Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 10th through 28th at 7:00 pm (Saturdays at 9:30 pm). "Man in the Long Black Coat," premiered in October, 2011. Best-known for her eye-opening deconstructions of songs by American rockers, Jungr has been attracting growing international attention for boldly adding new names to the Great American Songbook, names like Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. And Bob Dylan. By stripping these songwriters' of their recorded accoutrements, the British singer lays them bare, proving that many of these rockers are not a breed apart from predecessors like Gershwin, Kern, Mercer and Berlin. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ERIC COMSTOCK "I HEAR MUSIC: A BURTON LANE CENTENNIAL SONGBOOK"

Acclaimed jazz singer/pianist Eric Comstock celebrates the centennial of one of the great craftsmen of American song, burton lane, at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 pm. Burton Lane (1912-97) composed the scores for FINIAN'S RAINBOW and ON A CLEAR DAY, and his staggering list of pop standards includes: "How About You", "Old Devil Moon", "What Did I Have That I Don't Have", "The Lady's In Love With You", and "Everything I Have Is Yours", co-written with lyricists Ira Gershwin, Alan Jay Lerner, Frank Loesser, Yip Harburg and others. Comstock first performed a version of this program at Lincoln Center's American Songbook, and wanted to reprise it in Lane's centennial year. Comstock headlines at concert halls and cabarets coast to coast, often with vocalist Barbara Fasano. Their 2011 show, "HELLUVA TOWN" at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room Supper Club has toured the country from Palm Beach to San Francisco. Comstock and Fasano's last appearance at the Triad Theatre was an SRO concert in February with Broadway and nightclub legend Julie Wilson. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: BOSSABRASIL FESTIVAL 2012 AT BIRDLAND

The BossaBrasil Festival moves into BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 24th through 28th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Presented by Delta Airlines abs sponsored by Verizon, the show features Marcos Valle (composer, keyboards, vocals), Paula Morelenbaum (vocals) with Patricia Alvi (vocals) Jesse Sadoc (trumpet) Sergio Brandau (bass), Renato "Massa" Calmon (drums), Jorge Continentino (sax and flute) and Paul Meyers (guitar). Launched in 2007, the annual BOSSABRASIL Festival brings together top Brazilian artists for a celebration of Bossa Nova and other musical sounds from Brazil. For over 50 years Bossa Nova has seduced musicians and listeners with its innate sensuality, melding samba with jazz sensibilities. Festival producers Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have produced hit Brazilian music concerts in venues from Rio to New York City. This year they are presenting the very talented composer/ keyboardist/ vocalist Marcos Valle and guest vocalist Paula Morelenbaum in their first engagement together in the USA. Marcos Valle is without a doubt one of the major songwriters of Brazilian Popular Music. Having written over 300 songs recorded by artists Sarah Vaughn, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Joe Pass, Johnny Mathis, Bebel Gilberto, Joe Williams, Eliane Elias, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, and so many more, he is among Brazil's most important talents. He has toured the world at major Festivals and concert halls from England to Japan to China, to Australia to packed houses and received numerous awards for his songwriting. His latest CD "Farout," considered one of the best of his career, has been released in Japan and Europe and will soon be released in Brazil. Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil's most celebrated singers. After 10 years with Antonio Carlos Jobim's band she continued to explore the Bossa legacy with numerous recordings, including one with her husband, critically acclaimed cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, Jobim's son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. She received international acclaim in the Trio Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto which featured the prominent composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. There is a $30-$40 cover cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLINT HOLMES RETURNS TO THE CAFE CARLYLE

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome Clint Holmes back for a return three-week engagement, Tuesdays thorugh Saturdays, April 10th through 28th, all shows at 8:45 pm. Mr. Holmes, who made his debut last fall with "Remembering Bobby Short," will offer an all new program entitled "This Thing Called Love." Using the words and music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon, Holmes will explore, examine and compare the two songwriters' views on the universal subject of love. The evening will include such tunes as Porter's "Get Out of Town" juxtaposed with Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and Simon's contemporary classic "Slip Sliding Away" alongside the Porter standard "I Concentrate on You," among others. Mr. Holmes will be accompanied by a band led by his Musical Director/Arranger Jeffrey Neiman. The evening will be directed by Larry Moss. There is a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and an $85 music charge ($40, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances.

NYC: MARILYN MAYE WITH "THE HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer Marilyn Maye Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 24th through May 5th at 8:00 pm, with added performances on Fridays & Saturdays, at 10:30 pm. Her new show, "The Happiest Sound In Town", is her annual birthday celebration and features some of her most-requested numbers including "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Rain" and "Golden Rainbow." Maye's recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. Maye will be joined by pianist/conductor Billy Stritch, who has accompanied her over a period of 20 years, bassist Tom Hubbard, and Jim Eklof, her drummer, who recently celebrated 50 years with Ms. Maye. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: BRUBECK INSTITUTE JAZZ QUINTET AT BLUES ALLEY

The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, April 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are in the Institute's Fellowship Program. Winners of numerous DownBeat awards, including the 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country, this group has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, and others, and have done concerts in California, New York, Washington, Florida, Texas, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and on a State Department tour in Spain. There is a $15 cover.


MW: ANNUAL BAB FAB CELEBRATES STREISAND'S 70th BIRTHDAY

Three Cat Productions celebrates Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday with its fifth annual "Bab Fab: A Barbra Streisand Celebration" on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30 pm at THE WILMETTE THEATRE (1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL - 847-251-7424), covering her career from the early Greenwich Village days to the present. Hosted by Rob Dorn with musical direction by Beckie Menzie, the concert will feature 10 Chicago area theater and cabaret stars performing a selection of Streisand musical theater and pop standard songs, "Don't Rain on My Parade," "She Touched Me," "A Piece of Sky" and "People." Three Cat Productions favorites and Chicago theater veterans scheduled to appear are: Christine Bunuan, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Doyle, Scott Gryder, Adam Hibma, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Paul Motondo and Jason Paul Smith. The annual Bab Fab is a benefit for Three Cat Education, which holds theatre summer camps for grades 2-5 and teens. The education program is expanding from a single location to three locations this summer in Glenview and the Chicago neighborhoods of Rogers Park and Lincoln. Tickets for Bab Fab are $25 General Admission and $20 for Seniors.

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NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES AND SCANDALS!

Bronwyn Rucker hosts "FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES and SCANDALS" open-mic at IDO SUSHI (29 Seventh Avenue South, NY - 212-691-7177) every Monday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. On Monday, April 23rd, Bronwyn will present another "Frolics Follies Gaieties" event with co-host Songwriter A. Michael Tilford, and Jerry Scott at the Piano. Calling all singers, songwriters, actors, poets, comics, magicians, comics, madmen and lovers! Everyone is invited to drop in, sing a song, meet new friends and have a fun time in the Village. No cover.

NYC: STEVEN BRINBERG AS SIMPLY BARBRA IN 70 GIRL, 70!

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to present Steven Brinberg as SIMPLY BARBRA in 70 GIRL, 70! - A Birthday Celebration Concert on Monday, April 23RD at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080). On the eve of Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday, internationally renowned impersonator Steven Brinberg celebrates the diva with songs she sang in ... the 70s! As always, Christopher Denny will musical direct, and there will be special guest stars. Steven Brinberg has been acclaimed worldwide for his vocal performance of Barbra Streisand. In addition to touring the United States, he has also performed extensively in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Spain, Mexico and Canada ... more cities than the real Barbra! He regularly appears in Symphony concerts with none other than Marvin Hamlisch, the Oscar-winning composer of "The Way We Were." Several years ago, Steven was hired by Streisand's management to perform at Donna Karan's birthday party. He has recorded two CDs and has appeared in several feature films and on television, as well as onstage at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and on Broadway in the benefit production of Funny Girl, which featured Whoopi Goldberg. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MARCUS NANCE MAKES METROPOLITAN ROOM DEBUT

Vocalist Marcus Nance will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, April 23rd at 9:30 pm. Not wanting to be limited to one style of singing, Marcus' credits span all musical genres with appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival, with Ottawa's Impressions in Jazz Orchestra, with the New York City Opera, and on Broadway, as well as a feature as a singing accountant in the film The Producers. He is honored to be back on Broadway once again this time performing the role of the high priest Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Marcus is thrilled to be debuting at the Metropolitan Room where several years ago he attended his very first New York cabaret. The elegant evening with this smooth bass-baritone includes songs from his CD, The Voice Next Door. He will be joined by his talented Canadian friends and other guests currently performing in the big apple. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: BISTRO AWARDS AT GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

The 27th Annual BISTRO AWARDS will take place on Monday, April 23rd at Taking place at GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB (208 West 23rd Street, NYC - 212-367-9000 ). The evening will be hosted by comedian and actor Jim David. Produced by Sherry Eaker, with direction by Sara Louise Lazarus, and musical direction by Lenny Babbish, the show features performances from most of this year's Bistro-winning artists. The evening's festivities include a Champagne reception for the Bistro recipients and Premium Ticket holders (5:00 pm), followed by the awards presentation and show (6:30 pm). General Admission tickets are $60; Premium Tickets are $95, which includes the pre-show Champagne reception, and priority seating. There is a two-drink minimum. A food menu is also available. To purchase show tickets, go to http://www.bistroawards.com. For additional information, please call 917-239-5467. For more information, CLICK HERE

NYC: PHILIPPE QUINT IN CONCERT AT JOE'S PUB

Four-time Grammy nominee violinist Philippe Quint celebrates two major milestones with a concert at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555) on Monday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm. He will announce the release of his latest album featuring music by Mendelssohn, Bruch, and Beethoven; plus the theatrical release of Downtown Express, a new independent film starring Philippe in the lead role opposite singer/songwriter Nellie McKay. Philippe's role marks the first time that a classical musician has been the lead in an American film. At Joe's Pub, he will perform music from the album and the film, which opens at The Quad Cinema in New York on April 20th. American violinist Philippe Quint is a multi-faceted artist whose wide range of interests has led to performances with major orchestras throughout the world at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, his role in Downtown Express, and explorations of tango with his band The Quint Quintet. Philippe's live performances and interviews have been broadcast on television by CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC World News, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV, as well as by radio stations nationwide including NPR, WNYC and WQXR. His recordings have received multiple "Editor's Choice" selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings, and the Daily Telegraph. There is a $20 cover.


NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND

Every Monday night at 9:30 pm, Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts "Cast Party", a combination open-mic, networking event and party at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) during which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It's the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JANICE DICKINSON UNVEILS HER ONE WOMAN SHOW AT XL CABARET

On Monday, April 23rd at 9:00 pm, Janice Dickinson will debut her special one night only show, "WWJD - What Would Janice Do?" at XL NIGHTCLUB, CABARET & LOUNGE (512 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-239-2999). Her one-woman show will entertain audiences with Janice's quirky sense of humor and outrageous stories. The night will also open the floor up to the audience, when Janice does a special Q&A, to get all the juicy facts straight from the source. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is an exciting new nightlife destination by John Blair, Beto Sutter and Brandon Voss. The venue features a state-of-the-art dance club with 14,000 square feet of high-tech party space, a professional 200-seat cabaret and a comfortable lounge catering to neighborhood residents, hotel guests and the community. There is a $20-$30 cover. Advance tickets are available at http://www.XLcabaret.com/ .

DC: SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY STUDENT ENSEMBLE AT BLUES ALLEY

Shenandoah Conservatory (Student Ensemble) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Monday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm. The focus of the Jazz Studies program at Shenandoah Conservatory is the preparation of musicians as performers and arrangers in the broad field of contemporary music, which includes jazz, popular, commercial, and classical and studio music. Students are also trained in areas of technology, as well as in jazz teaching techniques, in preparation for a career of evolving opportunities. The philosophy of the SU jazz studies program is grounded in the belief that 21st century artists will work in a variety of settings, where performing, composing, studio work and teaching are important components of a successful musician's overall career. There is a $15 cover.


DC: BELLEVUE COLLEGE STUDENT ENSEMBLE AT BLUES ALLEY

The Bellevue College Student Ensemble will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 pm. Bellevue College is a student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence, that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region. There is a $15 cover.


SF: THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND AT THE RRAZZ

The Tommy Igoe Big Band will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 ) on Mondays, April 2nd. 9th, 16th 23rd & 30th at 7:30 pm, featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians, including members of Tower of Power, Santana and The Doobie Brothers. Drummer Tommy Igoe's Big Band is the hottest big band in NYC, and has been playing to sold out audiences every Friday night at the famed BIRDLAND for the past five years. He brings the same musical acumen to San Francisco, and endeavors to change the face of nightlife on Mondays. Igoe brings his big band pedigree (his father Sonny Igoe was the drummer for Benny Goodman and Woody Herman during the 40s-50s) to create a big band for the 21st Century. This is not nostalgia, but a forward-looking spin on a uniquely American format. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


LON: HELEN GOLDWYN IN A FUNNY STAGE AT THE PHEASANTRY

Helen Goldwyn, comic singer/songwriter extraordinaire, takes a rip-roaring musical journey through life and love in the world of showbiz in her show "Funny Stage" on Monday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017). With original songs, fabulous guests and some hysterical home truths, this is a unique night not to be missed! Besides enjoying a busy career as an actress in theatre and TV, Helen's concert and cabaret work has taken her all around the world including performing her one-woman show GOLDWYN'S FOLLIES at the Hackney Empire and in EAST MEETS WEST END in Beijing. For over a decade she regularly performed as lead singer with THE PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA at The Savoy Hotel and other London venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Pizza on The Park and Jermyn Street Theatre. She has been a lead singer with P&O Cruises and appeared in numerous concerts with 'New London Entertainment' in their shows THE BEST OF BROADWAY and LONDON PRIDE. Her other one-woman shows, WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW and BROADWAY STORY have played around the UK. Also in 2007, Helen was one of the final 7 women to make it through to BBC Radio 2's International 'Voice of Musical Theatre' competition in Cardiff, in which she was broadcast singing with the BBC concert orchestra on FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT. Call for cover/minimum information.

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