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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #080503 - Thursday, May 8, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORY

PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
The first PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL (http://ptown.org/happenings/cabaret_fest_ptown/ ) takes place this weekend, Friday May 16th through Sunday, May 18th with shows in various venues of this famous summer resort town. Opening night on the 16th from 8:30 to 10:00 pm, takes place at the VIXEN NIGHTCLUB (336 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA - 508-487-6424 - http://www.ptownvixen.com/ ) with a preview the acts appearing all weekend, including, Dane Vannatter (Boston), Patricia Fitzpatrick (West Yarmouth), Brian Patton (Boston), Lisa Jason (Chatham), Carol Wyeth (Brewster), Celeste Howe (West Barnstable), Tedi Marsh (Mashpee), Casey & Denise (Provincetown), and more! There is a $10 cover. Then from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am, Casey Sanderson and Denise Parks, (Provincetown) entertain at THE PORCHSIDE BAR at the GIFFORD HOUSE (11 Carver Street, Provincetown, MA - 508-487-0688 - http://www.giffordhouse.com/ ).

Saturday, the 17th from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, features a Cabaret Festival Inn Stroll - for $25, three inns open up their living rooms for performances by 5 different Cabaret artists. Lounge on comfy couches, or grab a seat on the floor. Seating is limited so, book early! (The price includes admission to all three performances. Each artist will perform his/her own show where two artists are scheduled in the same venue. Bio's and photos for each performer are below.) See http://ptown.org/happenings/cabaret_fest_ptown/ for all locations and showtimes.

Cabaret and Cocktails in the Afternoon follows with Dane Vannatter (Boston) performing at 2:45 pm at THE VIXIN followed by Patricia Fitzpatrick (West Yarmouth) with Brian Patton on the piano (Cape Cod) at 4:15 pm. Grab a cocktail and a seat for two unforgettable performances. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for both shows!

Saturday night from 8:30 to 10 pm, String of Pearls, with Tony Regusis on piano, Chris Rathbun on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums, perform at THE VIXIN. The singers, Susan Halloran, Jeanne O'Connor, and Holli Ross, have a vast repertoire of jazz, cabaret and pop material. String of Pearls began appearing at clubs, cabarets, and concert halls throughout the metropolitan area and beyond. Since then, this exceptional group has appeared in the JVC Jazz Festival, at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Town Hall, the Latin Quarter, The Manhattan Center, The Battleship Intrepid and The Kennedy Center, Tickets are $15.

On Sunday, May 18th the Festival closes with Cabaret Brunch from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the CROWN & ANCHOR )(47 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA - 508-487-1430 - http://www.onlyatthecrown.com/ ) with Carol O'Shaughnessy, with Brian Patton on piano, Chris Rathbun on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums. $30 gets you scrambled eggs, fritatta, French toast, bacon, sausage. corned beef hash, home fries, fresh fruit and coffee and tea plus entertainment from "Boston's First Lady of Cabaret." Carol O'Shaughnessy has earned the city's Cabaret Entertainer of the Year" for appearances at New York City's Town Hall, Jordan Hall, The Regattabar and Scullers. Cash Bar.

see: http://ptown.org/happenings/cabaret_fest_ptown/


HEADLINES OF NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS SPOTLIGHTED IN THIS ISSUE

FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
MAC WINNERS AND BOSTON-AREA SINGER SONGWRITER ADDED TO CAST
4-for-3 HOME-PAGE SIDE-BAR AD SALE FOR MAY & JUNE
MESSAGE BOARD IS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP - WRITE FOR DATES
CYNTHIA CRANE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE CD NOW AVAILABLE
WINNER - CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE MEMBERS' CHOICE TOP-10
DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER THURSDAYS AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
ROBYN MCCORQUODALE LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
JENNIFER WREN'S BIG NIGHT OUT AT THE BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX WITH CAST OF GLORY DAYS
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
THURSDAY NIGHT JAZZ SERIES AT BARGEMUSIC
MARY FOSTER CONKLIN AT LE DOME AT THE MANOR
SCOT ALBERTSON AND THE DARYL KOJAK JAZZ QUINTET AT THE BEECHMAN
BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE NYC'S NEWEST CLUB
METROPOLITAN ROOM PRESENTS TOPS IN CABARET THIS WEEK
RICHARD HOLBROOK SINGS BURTON - THE SONGS OF BURTON LANE
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
BROADWAY BABY BISTRO LATE NIGHT OPEN MIC FRIDAY & SATURDAY
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
BRANDON CUTRELL'S AFTER PARTY WITH YOUNG BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
JERRY SCOTT CELEBRATES 39th BIRTHDAY - AGAIN
BOOTH & PAT FEATURED ALL MONTH AT COMIX
NEXT SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY MEETING SATURDAY MAY 10th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
THE WAR OF THE MAMA ROSES IN MANHATTAN
POOLE PARTY IN 10TH YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS ON SATURDAY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER
CHRISTINA BIANCO PRESENTS SMALL WONDERS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
THE ELAINE DAME QUARTET AT PHILANDER'S
RAISSA KATONA BENNETT IS PUTTING THINGS AWAY
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
"EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW" PREEMPTED THIS SUNDAY
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
TRUDI MANN'S FABULOUS OPEN MIC SUNDAY BRUNCH
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
"AT THE RITZ!" ON RADIO ON SUNDAYS AND STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR SUNDAY WITH DAZZLING STARS
OPEN MIC HAPPY HOUR WITH DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE TOWN HOUSE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1965 AT THE TOWN HALL MAY 12th
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
MARK JANIS & SALON AT ALGONQUIN MONDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT PETTERINO'S WITH OPEN-MIC
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
COOL MONDAYS SHOW AT BARNES & NOBLE FEATURES PEREZ
D'ARCY RETURNS WITH ACCLAIMED SHOW FOR THREE MORE PERFORMANCES
JANE SCHECKTER RETURNS WITH NEW MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO LENA HORNE
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
EDD CLARK APPEARING IN "ROMANTIC NOTIONS" AT DON'T TELL MAMA
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
THE PARODIVAS AND PALS PRESENT AIDS WALK BENEFIT
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS AT METROPOLITAN ROOM MAY 14th
THE CABARET AT SAVOR CLOSES SPRING SEASON WITH PAULA WEST
BRONWYN, BARBARA & JERRY BRING OPEN-MIC HAPPY HOUR TO RITA MAE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
RICKY & KIMLEE UPSTAIRS OF STONEWALL ON WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
WEDNESDAY JAZZ AT NOON FEATURES JOAN CROWE & SUE MATSUKI
ANY WEDNESDAY CD SHOW AT B & N WITH ADRIFT IN MACAO
*** MAC AWARD WINNER - SPECIAL B.O.D. AWARD ***
NEW VOCAL SERIES WEDNESDAYS AT THE RIVER ROOM WITH BARBARA ROSENE
PAUL MARINARO TRIO NOW EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT CLUB 3160
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
JENNIFER PACE WITH GARY PACE QUARTET AT MAMA'S
AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC FEATURES MICHELLE MASCETTA AS GUEST
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
"GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" AT MAMA'S MONTHLY
LEE CANDELLA IN A TRIBUTE TO MEXICAN & LATIN-AMERICAN COMPOSERS
PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL MAY 16th THROUGH 18th
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
NEXT COMMUNITY CABARET ON MAY 16th
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
LUCILLE CARR-KAFFASHAN IN FINDING HOME DON'T TELL MAMA
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
MEALS ON WHEELS BENEFIT AT OCTAVIA LOUNGE
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
A MAN NAMED COLE IN INDIANAPOLIS WITH TIM SPRADLIN
FRANK TORREN SINGS OF "FIRST TIMES" AT BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
ANNIE HUGHES AT T. W. MARTIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE
EARL LEVIT SINGS COWARD & COLE IN "LET'S MISBEHAVE!"
KURT WEILL, THOMAS BAGWELL & DIANE MCNARON IN ALABAMA CONCERT
NEXT DCCN OPEN MIC NIGHT MONDAY MAY 19th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
MUSICAL MONDAYS AT THE DRURY LANE WATER TOWER PLACE
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
SHULTZ & KRISTOFFERSON ENCORE "CLOSER THAN YOU THINK"
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
PETER HAAS LEADS FOLK-SING-ALONG AT THE DUPLEX
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
RAY JESSEL RETURNS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SONGS OF RAY JESSELL
JANE OLIVOR AT THE RAZZ ROOM IN MAY
BACA PRESENTS CABARET SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE OF 2008
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH NEW SHOW
*** 2008 MAC AWARD WINNER - FEMALE DEBUT ***
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM/ABOUT CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
MAC WINNERS AND BOSTON-AREA SINGER SONGWRITER ADDED TO CAST
2008 MAC AWARD winners Phil Bond (Special Production) and John De Marco (Jazz Recording), and Boston area singer/songwriter Krisanthi Pappas (Winner - MEMBERS' CHOICE Top 10 CDs of 2007) have been added to the cast of this year's CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY.

The annual CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE Birthday party will be held on Wednesday, July 9th at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER. The doors will open at 6:00 pm. Showtime will be promptly at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now. SEATING IS LIMITED TO 85 - 15 already sold. Tickets must be purchased online on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website use the link on the home (opening) page to order - no reservations will be taken by the club, all tickets must be purchased in advance - no tickets will be available the night of the show.

The purpose of the event is to raise the funds to keep the website and the newsletter from closing down during the June-July-August period when new banner advertising drops to close to zero. The show also celebrates the start of the new 2008-2009 membership year which officially is July 6th - the date in 1990 when the first CABARET HOTLINE (print edition) was published! The theme of the show is: TURNING 18 - OLD ENOUGH TO CHOOSE! (no politics, please). We have chosen nine of the twelve-to-fourteen performers who will appear in the show: 2008-MAC AWARD winner Phil Bond - Hector Coris - Cynthia Crane - 2008-MAC AWARD winner John De Marco - David Gurland - Teresa Fischer - Matt Leahy - Joyce Moody - Krisanthi Pappas. 2008-MAC AWARD winner Miles Phillips, as the JEFF MATSON AWARD winner, and 2008-MAC AWARD winner Tracy Stark, as the DOTTIE BURMAN AWARD winner have also been invited to perform. There may be one or two surprise guest performers as well.

If you can't attend (or if you have a show or CD to promote) you can support the event by purchasing an ad in the program booklet .There is a link on the opening (home) page of the website - fill in the size ad you wish to purchase and I will send you a PayPal invoice (we prefer PayPal - the safest way to transmit money via the internet). Deadline for ads is June 24th.

If you wish to be a sponsor at $100 (you can donate more than one sponsorship) just go to the website and you will find on the opening (home) page a link to the sponsorship form - fill it out with the amount you wish to contribute, and I will send a PayPal invoice for you to use (we prefer PayPal - the safest way to transmit money via the internet). Sponsors will be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event and get a few 1/4 page ad in the program booklet (worth $35).

THE CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY is sponsored in part by 2008-MAC AWARD winner Suzanne Carricco (http://www.suzannecarrico.com/ ), Raissa Katona Bennett (http://www.raissa.info/ ), MIRANDA MUSIC (http://www.mirandamusic.com/ ) and Sandi Durell (http://www.timelessdivas.com/ ).


4-for-3 HOME-PAGE SIDE-BAR AD SALE FOR MAY & JUNE
During May & June we are offering again our special deal for those who order HOME-PAGE SIDE-BAR ads, 1 week free with 3 weeks paid. No membership discounts allowed, ad must be paid for in advance using PayPal, ad must end its run no later than June 30th. AD MUST BE CABARET RELATED. These ads are the perfect size to promote your cabaret CD. There is a limit of 5 ads per week - ad placement is on a first-ordered & paid basis. Your payment will be refunded by PayPal if we are unable to display your ad for any reason. Your offering will be mentioned in EVERY issue of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletter, sent to over 2500 subscribers twice a week as long as the ad is running! Click on the button marked BANNER INFO at the top of every page on the website for information and pricing on all the sizes, types and styles of advertising available.


MESSAGE BOARD IS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP - WRITE FOR DATES
The BANNER AD on the most visited page on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website. This is the only advertising item that appears on this page - and appears at the top of this page whenever someone reads one of the messages as well. This page is actually visited more times each day than our home (opening) page! Cost of this exclusive placement is $95 per week for the first 2 weeks (there is a 2-week minimum) and then $75 per week continuous thereafter. SUPERSIZE banner only. In addition you may take advantage of your membership discount or rebate ($20 one-time rebate for SILVER members, 20% discount for GOLD members for the rest of the membership year, etc.) And you can take an additional 5% discount if you pay using a credit card and PayPal. Click on the button marked BANNER INFO at the top of every page on the website for information and pricing on all the sizes, types and styles of advertising available. Write for availability - some weeks already reserved.


NOW FOR SOME NEWS ABOUT CABARET
In an effort to cut down on "repeated" events, except for announcements of programs offered by cabaret membership organizations, and shows where guests change regularly, cabaret news items will usually appear just once in the newsletter in abbreviated form. Events advertised on the website will be mentioned in every issue, and events offering discounts to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE are mentioned in every MIDWEEK issue.


CABARET CD RELEASE NEWS & UPDATES

CYNTHIA CRANE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE CD NOW AVAILABLE
WINNER - CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE MEMBERS' CHOICE TOP-10
Saloon-singer/story-teller Cynthia Crane mulls over life, love and wrestles with the difficulties of watching life get old while she remains eternally 27, "over and over and over again" on her latest CD "If I Knew Now (what I knew then)". The CD, recorded live, is loaded with with wry, witty songs - great melodies and smart lyrics by Jay Leonhart and Dave Frishberg - plus a pastiche including Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mandel, John Wallowitch, Lew Spence, Clark Gesner and Frank Loesser. Officially released at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC) in NYC in late October, the CD is available at the store and also available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/crane6
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CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR MAY 5th THROUGH 11th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

THURSDAY - MAY 8th

DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER THURSDAYS AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Piano bar host, vocalist and recording artist David Pellegrene holds a special "Cabaret Fever" event on Thursday nights, at 8:00 pm, after which there is open-mic piano-bar until whenever at UNCLE CHARLIE'S (139 East 45th Street 2nd Floor, NYC - 212-661-9097 - http://www.unclecharliesnyc.com/ ). There is never a cover charge - just plenty of fun and song. David is at the piano here Thursdays with "Cabaret Fever" at 8:00 pm and Fridays through Sundays starting around 9:00 pm.
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ROBYN MCCORQUODALE LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Singer, pianist and award-winning songwriter Robyn McCorquodale is taking a break from her headlining engagements on cruise ships, to return to New York to make a one night performance at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Thursday, May 8th at 10:00 pm. Together with Special Guest Artist, Jon Weber (piano), Peter Calo (guitar) and Ritt Henn (bass), she will perform a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as a few selections of her original compositions. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum.
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JENNIFER WREN'S BIG NIGHT OUT AT THE BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
A delicious open mic gathering for the musical community hosted by Jennifer Wren and featuring the musical genius of Bill Zeffiro continues on Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 pm at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). If you have a song you want to try out, a show to promote, here is new newest hot-spot to visit. All musicians of all types and styles welcome. BIG NIGHT OUT continues every other Thursday night at 7:00 pm with the next event on May 22nd.


SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX WITH CAST OF GLORY DAYS
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
2007 MAC BOD AWARD WINNER Seth Rudetsky's BROADWAY CHATTERBOX at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/ ) is usually presented on Thursdays at 6:00 pm. The guests for Seth's show for May 8th are the folks from the Broadway show GLORY DAYS, which after 17 preview performances, opened and closed on Tuesday the 6th. Seth's weekly interview show always features stars, soon-to-be stars and folks behind the scenes of the musical theater stage - for just a $10 cover - 2-drink minimum. Best of all, all proceeds from the cover go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org/ )! For details, see: http://www.sethsbroadwaychatterbox/ .


THURSDAY NIGHT JAZZ SERIES AT BARGEMUSIC
Imagine jazz at a truly unique New York City location with charm, history and spectacular water views. The venue is BARGEMUSIC (Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY - 718-624-2083 - http://www.bargemusic.org/ ), a floating concert hall located at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Scheduled for Thursday nights at 8:00 pm are: May 8th: Jim Gailloreto, Saxophone and Fred Hersch, Piano; May 15th: Ken Peplowski, Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone and Greg Cohen, Bass; May 22nd: Dayna Stephens, Tenor Saxophone Dahveed Behroozi, Piano Gary Wang, Bass Tim Bulkley, Drums; May 29th: Liz Magnus, Piano. Tickets are $35.


MARY FOSTER CONKLIN AT LE DOME AT THE MANOR
Mary Foster Conklin will perform her acclaimed show "Blues for Breakfast - Remembering Matt Dennis" at LE DOME at THE MANOR (111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ - 973-731-2360 - http://themanorrestaurant.com/cabaret.html ) on Thursday night, May 8th at 9:00 pm as part of the monthly CABARET SOIREE series. Mary Foster Conklin, a longtime vocalist with Art Lillard's 15-piece Heavenly Band, can be heard on his latest recording Reasons to Be Thankful, on Summit Records. She is a three-time MAC Award winner, a three-time Backstage Bistro Award winner, and recipient of 2007 MAC Award for Jazz Recording of the Year. Her latest recording, "Blues for Breakfast", is a tribute to the late great singer, songwriter and pianist Matt Dennis (1914-2002), who was hired by Tommy Dorsey in the 1940s as an arranger/composer and later had a full career of his own playing the country's top supper clubs. His songs "Angel Eyes" and "The Night We Called It a Day" were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and countless others. There is a four-course, four-star dinner and show package with seatings at 6:00, 6:15 and 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and show is only $74. A limited number of "show only seats are available at $35 per person.


SCOT ALBERTSON AND THE DARYL KOJAK JAZZ QUINTET AT THE BEECHMAN
Scot Albertson and the Daryl Kojak Jazz Quintet return to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 pm. The Quintet is comprised of Daryl Kojak (Musical Director/Pianist), Tom Hubbard (Bass), Tony Jefferson (Drums), Sue Terry (Alto Sax) and Dave Pietro (Alto & Tenor Sax). Scot and the dang are continually presenting new music in each performance including songs to be included in their upcoming CD to be recorded in the Summer of 2008 for a December 2008 Release. Scot's 3rd. CD, "Fate Revealed By Design", was publicly released on December 29, 2007 on the Laurie Beechman stage. Scot and Daryl are both nominated for 2008 MAC Awards: Scot for Male Jazz Vocalist, Daryl for Musical Director, and the CD "Fate Revealed" for 2008 Jazz Recording. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE NYC'S NEWEST CLUB
NYC's newest cabaret venue is located at the renowned BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB in theater district under the banner of BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). Now featured: 'Round Midnight, open-mic Fridays & Saturdays starting at 10:30 pm. For full schedule and more information, see http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ .
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METROPOLITAN ROOM PRESENTS TOPS IN CABARET THIS WEEK
THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) continues to play host to a updated take on the idea of a music club combining state of the art sound and lighting systems with old world charm and style. Booking manager Lennie Watts brings the best as well as the newest in cabaret entertainment to this new venue. See http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ for complete schedule of events.
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FRIDAY - MAY 9th

RICHARD HOLBROOK SINGS BURTON - THE SONGS OF BURTON LANE
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
Richard Holbrook brings his new show, featuring the songs of Burton Lane, to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) for three more performances only, on Friday, May 9th at 9:30 pm; Sunday, May 11th (Mother's Day) at 8:00 pm and Friday, May 16th at 9:30 pm. This musical tribute covers Burton Lane's career as a composer, beginning with his success at MGM where he composed the score for over 30 films, including FINIAN'S RAINBOW and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER. Richard will be joined on stage by his musical director Tom Nelson and the Tom Nelson Trio. Richard Barclay directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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BROADWAY BABY BISTRO LATE NIGHT OPEN MIC FRIDAY & SATURDAY
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
The BROADWAY BABY BISTRO PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ) continues its new "'Round Midnight - Late Night Open Mic" on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 10:30 pm with Ricky Ritzel at the piano on Fridays and Michael Isaacs at the piano on Saturdays. This club has quickly become the theater district's red hot new piano lounge serving up great entertainment as well as a slice of "olde New York" with Nathan's Hot Dogs, White Castle Burgers and Junior's Famous Cheesecake. Reservations not necessary.
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BRANDON CUTRELL'S AFTER PARTY WITH YOUNG BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
At THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Fridays at 10:30 pm, Brandon Cutrell hosts AFTER PARTY, a free-wheeling open-mic with guest stars from Broadway and Cabaret, Ray Fellman at the piano and Lisa Asher and others serving up drinks and taking turns at the mic. Guest performers from Broadway, off-Broadway and cabaret drop by each week to sing, chat and join in the fun. No cover, no minimum. Singer/dancers invited at all times - you can hang out at the bar, at a table or even on stage. This week's special guest is TBA.


JERRY SCOTT CELEBRATES 39th BIRTHDAY - AGAIN
Jerry Scott will be celebrating his 39th Birthday - again - at the piano at CATERINA'S (316 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-355-5360) with open mic, food, drinks and fun on Friday, May 9th starting around 9:00 pm. Call for cover/minimum information. If you want a table, reservations are a MUST. Jerry is doing great and on vocal rest a bit longer. Many singers have been dropping by to sing with this great entertainer who remains one of the very finest at his craft.


BOOTH & PAT FEATURED ALL MONTH AT COMIX
Last week Patrick Frankfort and Booth Daniels were part of a competition at COMIX (353 West 14th Street, NYC - 212-524-2500 - http://www.comixny.com/ ) called SKETCHOFF - basically a bunch of sketch groups were competing and the winner was judged from audience reaction - and won! So during May they were given 4 guest spots - part of the lineup during the post-work time-slot of stand-ups - sort of the "musical duo in residence" with appearances on Friday, May 9th, and Saturdays May 17th, 24th & 31st - all shows at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15.


SATURDAY - MAY 10th

NEXT SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY MEETING SATURDAY MAY 10th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
The New York Sheet Music Society, now in its 22nd season meets the second Saturday afternoon of each month from October through June. The next meeting of the season will be on Saturday, May 10th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC). There is a Flea Market starting at 12:30 pm (a great place to find music, tapes, CD's etc. at bargain prices} followed by a program from 1:45 to 3:30 pm. Featured is Sandi Durell's Annual New Songwriter Showcase with the stars and singers creating tomorrow's standards. Some of the songwriters presenting include Bob Levy, Frank Evans, Kip Dennis, Tony DeSare and others. Some of the performers include Laurie Krauz, Dane Vanatter, Sue Matsuki, Jan Horvath and more! Upcoming events: June 8th, Sheila Weiler and Barry Levitt on the great singer, Sylvia Syms. You can now register and join the NYSMS on line at http://www.NYSMS.org/ . Membership is $50, and includes free admission to all 9 programs (non-member fee is $10 per meeting) plus a monthly newsletter.


THE WAR OF THE MAMA ROSES IN MANHATTAN
All of the greats from Liza and Barbra to Peggy Lee and Carol Channing are coming to audition for the role of Mama Rose in Gypsy in THE WAR OF THE MAMA ROSES, to be presented on Saturdays May 10th & 17th with performances at 8:00 & 10:00 pm at THE REPRISE ROOM AT DILLON'S (245 West 54th Street, NYC - 347-678-8054 - http://www.therepriseroom.com/ ). This rollicking valentine to all things show biz has these legendary ladies being put through their paces and displaying their singular talents in an attempt to grab the spotlight - and the mother of all musical comedy roles! Starring Steven Brinberg's "Simply Barbra", Rick Skye's "A Slice O' Minnelli", Chuck Sweeney's "Miss Peggy Lee", Maggie Graham's "Carol Channeling" with surprise guest artists who vie with these entrenched ladies of the stage for the role of a lifetime. Special Guest Scott Nevins stars as The Director who will stop at nothing to get a performance from his leading ladies. Musical Direction is by Michael Ferreri. Written and Directed by Rick Skye. Tickets are $50.
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POOLE PARTY IN 10TH YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS ON SATURDAY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER
The Award-Winning Stand-Up & Musical Comedy show POOLE PARTY, now in its 10th year, and hosted by Darlene Violette will present some of NYC's funniest comics at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) this Saturday night, May 3rd at 8:30 pm, featured performers are TBA. Still just a $15 cover, 2 drink minimum each show. $10 cover each show for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


CHRISTINA BIANCO PRESENTS SMALL WONDERS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Busy actress and recording artist Christina Bianco takes a breath to appreciate the "little things" in her solo Cabaret debut SMALL WONDERS at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Saturday, May 10th at 9:30 pm, Saturday, May 17th at 7:00 pm and Monday, May 19th at 7:00 pm. Christina will be reminding us that good things come in small packages. Some of the greatest things in life are often so small, we barely take notice. Featured is an exciting assortment of music from Broadway, pop and contemporary songwriters, including: William Finn, Alan Menken, John Bucchino, Christine Lavin, Maltby & Shire, Marvin Fisher and Christina Aguilera. Directed by multiple award winner Miles Phillips, Musical direction by Liz Nantais. $15 Cover plus $15 Food/Drink Minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


THE ELAINE DAME QUARTET AT PHILANDER'S
The Elaine Dame Quartet, with pianist, Tommy Muellner; bassist, Matt Young and drummer, Darren Scorza will appear at PHILANDER'S at THE CARLTON HOTEL (1120 Pleasant Street, Oak Park, IL - 708-848-4250 - http://www.thecareltonhotel.com/philanders ) on Saturday, May 10th from 8:00 pm to midnight. No cover charge.


SUNDAY - MAY 11th - MOTHERS' DAY

RAISSA KATONA BENNETT IS PUTTING THINGS AWAY
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Raissa Katona Bennett returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in May with her new show PUTTING THINGS AWAY on Sundays & Tuesdays, May 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th, all shows at 7:00 pm. In the show, Raissa takes the audience on a musical journey through the universal milestones of life - searching for hope and beauty as we purge the old and embrace the new. PUTTING THINGS AWAY is directed and co-written by 2008 MAC Award Nominee for Best Director, Eric Michael Gillett. This will mark Raissa's second collaboration with Eric, as well as Musical Director, David Caldwell. David is also the current Musical Director of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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"EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW" PREEMPTED THIS SUNDAY
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, May 11th, EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.2600.com/offthehook/hot2.ram, usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm and hosted by David Kenney, is pre-empted for a WBAI / THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO On-Air Fundraiser. David will be back next week, May 18th, one hour earlier, with his own fund-raiser. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. For more information contact: oldisnew@earthlink.net. You are also invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for future shows. You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://archive.wbai.org/ . For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ .


TRUDI MANN'S FABULOUS OPEN MIC SUNDAY BRUNCH
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Trudi Mann's Sunday Brunch "Open Mic For Singers," happens on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at BUTTERFIELD EIGHT RESTAURANT (5 East 38th Street, NYC - 212-679-0646 - http://butterfield8nyc.com/ ). Host Trudi also provides vocals and drums, with John Delfin on piano and Saadi Zain on bass. Performers who wish to sing should take along two copies of their music. Sign-in starts around noon. No cover, but the "hat" is passed on behalf of the fabulous musicians. There is a $16 food/drink minimum.


"AT THE RITZ!" ON RADIO ON SUNDAYS AND STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
Regular weekly live broadcasts of the AT THE RITZ! radio program can now be heard on WVOF 88.5FM on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Producers and hosts Jeffrey C. Williams and Lynn DiMenna announce a new, convenient way to hear their weekly show, especially for folks outside of WVOF's local listening area. Simply go to http://www.attheritz.org/ and in one click you can enjoy AT THE RITZ! streaming 24/7 anytime! Sunday shows are rebroadcast throughout the week along with some internet only music. AT THE RITZ! features cabaret, jazz, Broadway and similar sophisticated music along with celebrity interviews and commentary. For more information email attheritz@msn.com.


THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR SUNDAY WITH DAZZLING STARS
Adam Sank Hosts THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR! on Sundays at THERAPY (348 West 52 Street, NYC - 212-397-1700 - http://www.therapy-nyc.com/ ) at 10:00 pm. This Sunday, May 11th, featured comics are Michelle Buteau (Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," NBC's "Last Comic Standing"), Eric Alexander (Spike TV), Lexi Cullen-Baker (Broadway Comedy Club) and Therapy bartender Scott Ryan, just nominated for Logo's "Hot New Up-and-Coming Comic" award. No cover charge, $5 cosmos all night.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR MAY 12th THROUGH 18th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

MONDAY - MAY 12th

OPEN MIC HAPPY HOUR WITH DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE TOWN HOUSE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Piano bar host, vocalist and recording artist David Pellegrene can be found at the piano at THE TOWNHOUSE OF NYC (236 East 58th Street, NYC - 212-754-4649 - http://www.townhouseny.com/ ) on Mondays through Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. His acclaimed debut CD "At Your Request" is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pellegrene . *** SUPER SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1965 AT THE TOWN HALL MAY 12th
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
The Broadway Musicals of 1965 to be presented on Monday, May 12th at 8:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ) matches an extraordinary cast with one of the greatest years in the history of the Great White Way that will feature a concert of virtually non-stop Broadway classics. Performing great songs like "Why Did I Choose You?" "She Touched Me," Who Can I Turn to?" "The Impossible Dream," and about twenty more of the same caliber will be a stunning cast that will include the future star of Shrek on Broadway, Brian d'Arcy James, four time Tony Nominee Gregg Edelman, two time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, the bright young star of In the Heights, Mandy Gonzalez, the recent star of Wicked, Julia Murney, and the great dancing of Kendrick Jones, Shannon Lewis, Melinda Sullivan, and Lorin Latarro (who will also choreograph and stage the concert). Tickets are $50 & $45 and are on sale now through TicketMaster, 212-307-4100 (http://www.ticketmaster.com/ ), and The Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6:00 pm (except Sundays).


JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
After a month off, jazz legend Annie Ross has returned to her "every Tuesday night at 9:30 pm" spot at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). 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 $15 minimum.


MARK JANIS & SALON AT ALGONQUIN MONDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Mark Janis' SALON series has moved to the lobby of THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331 - http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ ) on Mondays from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and is now known as THE ALGONQUIN SALON. Each event presents an opportunity for performers and writers to meet, network and enjoy each others talents in a friendly, celebratory environment. There is a weekly theme designed to stimulate ideas and creativity, special guests. The theme for May 11th is LADIES FIRST - a salute to women songwriters from all types of American music, including Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden, Lynn Ahrens, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Laura Nyro, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, etc.


MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT PETTERINO'S WITH OPEN-MIC
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Denise McGowan and Beckie Menzie invite you to join them every Monday night beginning at 7:30 pm at PETTERINO'S (150 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL - 312-422-0150 - http://www.petterinos.com/ ) for "Monday Night Live, an impromptu showcase and open-mic for both professional and aspiring singers. Singers are encouraged to bring sheet music in their key. There is no cover charge but a $15 food/beverage minimum is suggested. There will be a special repeat of the event on Friday, May 2nd from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am as part of LOOPTOPIA.


COOL MONDAYS SHOW AT BARNES & NOBLE FEATURES PEREZ
COOL MONDAYS, the free in-store concert series that features the best in jazz takes place weekly at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC). Performances are at 6:00 pm. Appearing Monday, May 12th, Roni Ben-Hur. Upcoming shows: May 19th, Kevin Dorn's Traditional Jazz Collective; June 2nd, Chip Shelton; Jule 9th, The Kurt Weill Project; June 16th, Mark Marino; June 23rd, Rufus Reed; July 14th, Alyssa Graham; July 21st, Jake Schwartz and Nat Janoff; September 22nd, Leanne Averbach; November 3rd, Carolyn Leonhart. No reservations taken. No cover.


TUESDAY - MAY 13th

D'ARCY RETURNS WITH ACCLAIMED SHOW FOR THREE MORE PERFORMANCES
D'Arcy's acclaimed show, titled "I Believe in Love," will be reprised at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) once more on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Rick Jensen. "I Believe in Love" is a heartfelt, poignant, and humorous melange of songs and stories exploring the dynamic do's and don'ts of those unpredictable, sometimes quixotic, and always human adventures known as "relationships." Interspersed with real life stories about how friends met, married, adjusted, relaxed, or sadly surrendered are the humorous melodies of Loesser, the syncopated cynicism of Sondheim, the lyrical power of Maltby and Shire, and the rhythmic emotion of Amanda McBroom, to name just a few. Call for cover/minimum information.
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JANE SCHECKTER RETURNS WITH NEW MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO LENA HORNE
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Jane Scheckter will make her first New York appearance in over a year, in "From This Moment On", a musical tribute to Lena Horne, at the THE MUSIC BOX at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). Performance dates are Tuesday, May 13th; Wednesday May 14th & Thursday, May 15th at 7:00 pm. The show features songs associated with the legendary Lena over her six decade career, from one of her earliest recordings, "As Long As I Live" all the way through to newer numbers such as "I'll Always Leave the Door A Little Open" by Richard Rodney Bennett, Johnny Mandel and Frank Underwood. Other well known songs from Lena's repertoire will include "New Fangled Tango", "Push De Button", "Believe in Yourself" and "Lady is A Tramp". Pianist Tedd Firth is musical director, with Tom Hubbard and Steve La Spina on bass and Peter Grant on drums. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


EDD CLARK APPEARING IN "ROMANTIC NOTIONS" AT DON'T TELL MAMA
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Edd Clark, 2005 Bistro Award winner for "3 Tenors in Search of an Act," and 2007 MAC nominee for "Sue and Edd's FABULOUS Christmas" brings his first solo show ROMANTIC NOTIONS to the new room at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Performances are Tuesday, May 13th and Friday, May 16th at 7:00 pm. Romantic Notions is a look at the experience we call love, with terrific new arrangements and musical direction by Bistro Award Winner and MAC nominee Paul Stephan, and songs by Stephen Sondheim, Walter Marks, Amanda McBroom, Portia Nelson and others. There is a $10 cover and 2 drink minimum. $5 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


THE PARODIVAS AND PALS PRESENT AIDS WALK BENEFIT
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
The unforgettable musical comedy duo The Parodivas (Darlene Rae Heller and Jason B. Schmidt) will be joined by some of their favorite NYC pals on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ). Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit their team in AIDS Walk New York. The show will feature Stand-up comedy by Danny Leary, Sue Funke & Baron Vaughn; Ukulele sensation Ben Lerman; and the vocal stylings of Whitney Parshall with Jessica Stewart at the piano. The night wouldn't be complete without The Parodivas' signature parodies, prizes, and surprises! There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. For tickets go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/32981 (use code "hotline" for $5 off the cover).


WEDNESDAY - MAY 14th

JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS AT METROPOLITAN ROOM MAY 14th
The MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie de Roy & friends, returns on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Guests are stage & screen star, Lucie Arnaz; actress, singer, comedienne Ivy Austin; last seen on Broadway in Old Acquaintance, Tony Award-nominated Stephen Bogardus; OBIE Award winner, last seen in Marcy In The Galaxy, Donna Lynne Champlin; Drama Desk and Tony Award nominated Penny Fuller; one of Playbill's "Top Ten Divas of 2006," singer/actress Gay Marshall and writer and comedienne Jane Stroll. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 minimum.
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THE CABARET AT SAVOR CLOSES SPRING SEASON WITH PAULA WEST
Jazz vocalist Paula West comes to CABARET AT SAVOR (4356 Lindell, St. Louis, MO - 314-531-0220 - http://www.Savor-stl.com/ ) Wednesday through Saturday, May 14th through Saturday May 17th, all shows at 8:30 pm (additional show on Saturday at 6:30 pm). Her repertoire extends from Irving Berlin to Cole Porter to Hank Williams to Oscar Brown to Bob Dylan to Celtic traditional to Keith Richards and she puts her stamp on whatever she touches. She is joined by music director George Mesterhazy with his trio. There is a $40 plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


BRONWYN, BARBARA & JERRY BRING OPEN-MIC HAPPY HOUR TO RITA MAE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Bronwyn Rucker and Barbara Mundy will host "Happy Hour Performance Salon" on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at RITA MAE'S (531 Hudson Street, NYC - 212-929-3343 - http://www.rubyfruitnyc.com/ ), with the amazing Jerry Scott at the piano and special guests. No cover charge and just a $10 food/drink minimum.


RICKY & KIMLEE UPSTAIRS OF STONEWALL ON WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Kimlee Hicks and Ricky Ritzel entertain with open-mic on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at "New York's Best Kept Secret Piano Bar" Upstairs at the historic Greenwich Village Landmark, STONEWALL INN (53 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-488-2705 - http://www.thestonewallinn.net/ ). The piano bar is accessible through the main bar room - where Village icon Tree tends bar. No cover charge.


WEDNESDAY JAZZ AT NOON FEATURES JOAN CROWE & SUE MATSUKI
Jazz at Noon continues on Wednesdays at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - LIVING ROOM (Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, NYC). This long-running series was created by Edmund Anderson and is now produced by Ronny Whyte. Next show is on Wednesday, May 14th, Joan Crowe & Sue Matsuki, singers with Tedd Firth, piano. Upcoming shows: May 21st, Harmonie Jazz Ensemble with Steven Richman, conductor; May 28th, Rich Siegel, singer/piano and Nancy Winston, singer/piano. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $7 admission.


ANY WEDNESDAY CD SHOW AT B & N WITH ADRIFT IN MACAO
*** MAC AWARD WINNER - SPECIAL B.O.D. AWARD ***
ANY WEDNESDAY, the free in-store concert series that features the best in cabaret, jazz and theater music takes place weekly at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC). Performances are at 6:00 pm. Appearing on May 14th, Adrift in Macao. The cast of this off-Broadway delight will perform highlights from the new original cast recording, and be joined by creators Peter Melnick and Christopher Durang. UPCOMING SHOWS: Wednesday, May 21st, Jonathan Whitton; Wednesday, May 28th, John Treacy Egan; June 4th, Sheena Ben-David; June 11th, Karen Akers; June 18th (5:30 pm) Karen Mason; July 30th, Scot Albertson; October 22nd, Adi Braun; December 3rd, Sue Matsuki & Edd Clark. No reservations taken. No cover.


NEW VOCAL SERIES WEDNESDAYS AT THE RIVER ROOM WITH BARBARA ROSENE
THE RIVER ROOM OF HARLEM (Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th Street, NYC - 212-491-1500 - http://www.theriverroomofharlem.com/ ) is starting a new Wednesday Night Vocal Series in May & June, performing three sets each week, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The River Room has the most stunning view. Upcoming performers: Barbara Rosene is here May 14th; Shaynee Rainbolt is here May 21st; Julian Yeo performs May 28th; Barbara Rosene is her June 11th. There is a $10 cover.


PAUL MARINARO TRIO NOW EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT CLUB 3160
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Due to the overwhelming success of the last week's debut, The Paul Marinaro Trio will be appearing every Wednesday night at CLUB 3160 (3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL - 773-327-5969) from 9:30 pm to 1:00 am. Guest vocalists are invited to drop by to sing a tune or two. There is no cover, just a 2-drink minimum.


JENNIFER PACE WITH GARY PACE QUARTET AT MAMA'S
Jennifer Pace takes a few nights off from the piano bar at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) to perform with the Gary Pace Quartet in the new cabaret room at the club on Wednesday & Thursday, May 14th & 15th at 9:00 pm. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC FEATURES MICHELLE MASCETTA AS GUEST
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Every other Wednesday night Leslie Holmes holds an amazing Open Mic night at the AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER (55 Nicholas Road, Framingham, MA - 508-405-2787 - http://www.amazingthings.org/ ), and each show features a special guest. On Wednesday, May 14th the featured guest is Mary Catherine Ward. Michael Larson will be at the piano. The show starts at 7:30 pm, and there is an $8 cover charge (discount for BACA members).


THURSDAY - MAY 15th

"GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" AT MAMA'S MONTHLY
GRACE NOTES - a Singers' Soiree, hosted by Grace Cosgrove, is to be held monthly at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) with the first show scheduled for Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 pm. Joining Grace for this opening show are Eric Michael Gillett, Valerie Lemon, Olivia Stevens, Raissa Katona Bennett and Wendy Russell. This will be an on-going lab for top-notch singers. It will be a place for great singers to perform, to try out new material, and to expand their audiences. Each show will also introduce a newcomer. With her background as a singer, producer, music contractor, and currently, as an editor for a prime time television show at a major network, Grace hopes to use that experience to create an evening of top-drawer and tasteful entertainment each month. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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LEE CANDELLA IN A TRIBUTE TO MEXICAN & LATIN-AMERICAN COMPOSERS
Lee Candella presents "Sabor a Mi" at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Thursday, May 15th at 7:00 pm. The concert is a collection of songs that had their origins in Spanish and later were hits with new lyrics in English. The show is also a tribute to the artists who helped popularize these songs. Lee serves as the major conceptionalist for this evening as well as, making his debut at the Laurie Beechman. This will be a great evening filled with romance and passion that only latin music can bring. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


FRIDAY - MAY 16th

PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL MAY 16th THROUGH 18th
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
The first PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL (http://ptown.org/happenings/cabaret_fest_ptown/ ) takes place this weekend, Friday May 16th through Sunday, May 18th with shows in various venues of this famous summer resort town. Opening night on the 16th from 8:30 to 10:00 pm, takes place at the VIXEN NIGHTCLUB (336 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA - 508-487-6424 - http://www.ptownvixen.com/ ) with a preview the acts appearing all weekend, including, Dane Vannatter (Boston), Patricia Fitzpatrick (West Yarmouth), Brian Patton (Boston), Lisa Jason (Chatham), Carol Wyeth (Brewster), Celeste Howe (West Barnstable), Tedi Marsh (Mashpee), Casey & Denise (Provincetown), and more! There is a $10 cover. Then from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am, Casey Sanderson and Denise Parks, (Provincetown) entertain at THE PORCHSIDE BAR at the GIFFORD HOUSE (11 Carver Street, Provincetown, MA - 508-487-0688 - http://www.giffordhouse.com/ ).


NEXT COMMUNITY CABARET ON MAY 16th
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
On Friday, May 16th, COMMUNITY CABARET will feature Barbara Brussell, one of Cabaret Hotline Online's "Top 10 Cabaret Performers of 2007" and MAC-award nominee for Best Major Artist 2008; Lynn Dimenna, cabaret singer & gracious radio co-host of "At the Ritz"; The Elegant Ivory Duo, musical comedy piano/vocal duo; plus satiric topical songwriter Rachel Stone, who also produces and hosts this bi-monthly variety showcase in midtown Manhattan at COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NY (40 East 35th Street, NYC - 718-472-0102 - http://www.rachelstonemusic.com/ ). Show starts promptly at 7:00 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm. Food, wine, desserts and beverages are available at very reasonable cost before and during the show. Donation at door is $15. $10 for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. Proceeds are donated to Community Church of New York - Unitarian Universalist.


SATURDAY - MAY 17th

LUCILLE CARR-KAFFASHAN IN FINDING HOME DON'T TELL MAMA
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan returns to the cabaret stage in May in the lovely new room at New York City's legendary cabaret theater and piano bar, DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Performance dates are Sunday May 4th at 3:30 pm, Saturday May 17th at 8:00 pm, and Thursdays May 22nd at 6:30 pm and May 29th at 8:30 pm. Along with musical director and accompanist, David Brunetti, Lucille will present four performances of her brand new cabaret show, Finding Home. Finding Home, directed by Lina Koutrakos, explores the images and feelings that are associated with our concept of "home". The program reflects Lucille's diverse musical interests, featuring selections from musical theater giants such as Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, and Cole Porter, alongside those of contemporary singer-songwriters such as Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Neil Sedaka, and Annie Dinerman. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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MEALS ON WHEELS BENEFIT AT OCTAVIA LOUNGE
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Christopher Copeland Productions and Victoria Agardi presents "From This Moment On - A Cabaret Concert" on Saturday, May 17th at 8:00 pm at OCTAVIA LOUNGE (1772 Market Street, SF - 415-863-3516 - http://www.octavialounge.com/ ). This event is a special" Meals On Wheels" Benefit. Scheduled performers are Madame Jo, Tory Agardi, David Navarro, Amy Dondy, Benn Bacot, Maria Diamond, Brian Cano, Philip Wiseman, Susan Giba, Joe Jakovac, Emily Hayes, Richard Stewart, Lady Mem'fis, Bruce Phillips and Tom Stafford. Bill Ramos serves as Master of Ceremonies, with Shota Osabe on piano and Mike Somers on Bass. There is a $20 cover.


A MAN NAMED COLE IN INDIANAPOLIS WITH TIM SPRADLIN
Tim Spradlin will present his new cabaret show "A Man Named Cole" at UNITY FOUNTAIN ROOM (907 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN - TKTS: 317-329-3537 - http://www.timspradlinmusic.com/ ) on Saturday May 17th at 8:00 pm. Tim will sing songs from Indiana's own Cole Parter - music perfect for the Cabaret stage. The songs are romantic, funny, sexy and smart. All the things that make for good Cabaret. Tim has had starring roles in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, EVITA, GODSPELL and THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Tim also was a regular with THE AMERICAN CABARET THEATER for five years. There is a $10 cover.


SUNDAY - MAY 18th

FRANK TORREN SINGS OF "FIRST TIMES" AT BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
After his smashing success in November at Broadway Baby, musical theater veteran ("Where's Charlie?"- "Fiddler On the Roof" - "I Gotta Make My Own Music - Songs of Arthur Siegel") Frank Torren returns to BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ) on Sunday, May 18th at 3:00 pm & Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 pm with his wonderful cabaret singing unique songs from his Italian and Latin background in "First Times" with 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award winning musical director Rick Unterberg in the Music Box Room. Songs include greats by Charles Aznavour and Jerry Herman as well as a cache' of Spanish and Italian tunes. There is a$17 Music charge plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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ANNIE HUGHES AT T. W. MARTIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE
Annie Hughes brings her new show "Spring Is Here..." to T. W. MARTIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE (111 Cooper Street, Waupaca, WI - 715-942-0499 - http://www.twmartins.com/ ) on Sundays, May 18th & 25th at 7:00 pm. She is joined by Chris Dalzell at the piano. $25 cover includes dessert and a glass of house wine.


EARL LEVIT SINGS COWARD & COLE IN "LET'S MISBEHAVE!"
"Let's Misbehave!", an evening of pure Noel Coward and Cole Porter will be presented by Earl Levit on Sunday evening, May 18th at 7:30 pm at STOCKTON INN (1 North Main Street, Stockton NJ - 609-397-1250 - http://www.bobegan.net/stockton-inn.html ). Earl is joined by musical director Michael Ferreri on piano. The show is a celebration of the friendship that those two 20th Century life long friends shared. It's an evening of Noel & Cole's wit, wisdom, and double entendres that have influenced the great American songbook from the 1920s to the 1960s and continues to enjoy a renaissance today. There is a $15 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


KURT WEILL, THOMAS BAGWELL & DIANE MCNARON IN ALABAMA CONCERT
A journey through the life and times of legendary Berlin/American theatre composer Kurt Weill, featuring soprano Diane McNaron and pianist Thomas Bagwell, will be presented in cabaret style on Sunday, May 18th at 7:30 pm at UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH (4300 Hampton Heights Drive, Homewood, AL - TKTS: 205-838-1391 - http://artburst.org/ ). Soprano Diane McNaron's Kurt Weill Retrospective, has not heard in Birmingham in nearly a decade. McNaron, who appears widely as a Twentieth-Century art song recitalist, also produces and appears in political cabaret. She is presently recording a CD of the works of Argentine composer Valdo Sciammarella, to be released in November 2008. Thomas Bagwell has served as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera and the Santa Fe Opera, among others. He appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival and has collaborated in recital with such luminaries as Midori, Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Denyce Graves and James Morris. He teaches Collaborative Piano at Mannes College of Music and records for Marquis Classics and Arabesque labels. Tickets are $8 and $15.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR MAY 19th AND BEYOND
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MONDAY - MAY 19th

NEXT DCCN OPEN MIC NIGHT MONDAY MAY 19th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
The next "Open Mic" night of the DCCN (DC Cabaret Network - http://www.dccabaretnetwork.org/ ) will take place on Monday, May 19th at 8:00 pm at THE WAREHOUSE THEATRE (1021 7th Street NW, Washington, DC - 202-783-3933 - http://www.warehousetheater.com/ ) (signup starts at 7:30 pm). Everyone is welcome. These Open Mic Nights are a great opportunity to try out new stuff, take out an old friend, or just hone your skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Mary Sugar will accompany. Cover is $15 ($12 for DCCN members).


MUSICAL MONDAYS AT THE DRURY LANE WATER TOWER PLACE
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
Drury Lane and CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ) present Musical Mondays at the DRURY LANE WATER TOWER PLACE (175 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL - 312-642-2000 - http://www.drurylanewatertower.com/ ) for three Mondays, "Showcasing the Best of Chicago Cabaret." The first performance is on Monday, May 19th at 7:30 pm, "Everything's Coming up Rosie" - A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney and Friends, featuring the Rosemary Clooney Songbook to celebrate her birthday on May 23rd with her friends Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich and more! Bob Moreen serves as Musical Director, Suzanne Petri and Bradford Thacker, hosts with Heather Moran, Kat Taylor, Paul Marinaro, Nan Mason, Jen Chada. Tickets are $25. Additional shows are scheduled for June 16th & July 14th.


SHULTZ & KRISTOFFERSON ENCORE "CLOSER THAN YOU THINK"
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC cabaret artist Angela Shultz presents the various souls who dwell within the songs of Brett Kristofferson in "Closer Than You Think: The Songs of Brett Kristofferson" on Mondays, April 28th and May 19th at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ), both shows begin at 7:00 pm. Composer Brett Kristofferson will serve as the show's musical director. Award-winning songwriter and performer Hector Coris directs. There is a $12 cover charge plus a 2-drink minimum. $8 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


WEDNESDAY - MAY 21st

PETER HAAS LEADS FOLK-SING-ALONG AT THE DUPLEX
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Peter Haas, cabaret reviewer and writer, puts down his pen, picks up his banjo, and invites you to join him in an informal folk-sing-along, "All Day Singing," at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) on Wednesday evening, May 21st, at 7:00 pm. You are invited to join in the singing favorite folk ballads, gospel songs, sea chanties, work songs and rounds, all easy to pick up on the spot. The evening celebrates the new CD, also titled "All Day Singing," on which Peter appears with Philadelphia's Dotti Siftar. The evening benefits Eastern Cooperative Recreation School, a not-for-profit organization that teaches recreation leadership skills for community service. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


RAY JESSEL RETURNS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SONGS OF RAY JESSELL
2008 MAC AWARD winner (Musical Comedy/Impersonation) returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) for eight Wednesday shows, all at 8:00 pm starting on May 21st and running through July 9th. There is a $15 Cover plus a 2 Drink Minimum.


JANE OLIVOR AT THE RAZZ ROOM IN MAY
Legendary vocalist Jane Olivor will perform at the RAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - http://www.therrazzroom.com/ ) Wednesday through Sundays, May 21st through 25th. The Toronto Star hailed Olivor as "Part Piaf, part Garland, part Streisand, with a touch of Jacques Brel, singing about the vulnerabilities of life that touch us all with a deep emotion that permeates her whole body." Dozens of television appearances (ranging from "The Tonight Show" to the 1979 Academy Awards where she and Johnny Mathis performed their Best Song nominated hit, "The Last Time I Felt Like This") accompanied her rise from her own "Brooklyn roads" through glittering Manhattan nightclubs and sold out dates at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Greek Theatre, The Kennedy Center and countless other venues. She enjoyed two highly successful appearances at the Plush Room last year. Call for cover/minimum information.


SATURDAY - MAY 24th

BACA PRESENTS CABARET SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE OF 2008
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
"Cabaret Songwriters Showcase of 2008," to be held on Saturday, May 24th at 7:00 pm at THE BLACKSMITH HOUSE (56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA - TKTS: http://www.bostoncabaret.com/pages/cssf.html ) is the first annual production of what is expected to be a unique contribution to the Boston arts scene: an evening series of song showcases lasting from 15 to 30 minutes each presented by songwriters who are members of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA). This format enables the audience to hear the wide-ranging contributions Boston cabaret and musical theater songwriters are making to performers of the art of cabaret in New England, around the nation and beyond. Tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door or online via PayPal account or credit card at http://www.bostoncabaret.com/pages/cssf.html


MONDAY - MAY 26th

SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH NEW SHOW
*** 2008 MAC AWARD WINNER - FEMALE DEBUT ***
Suzanne Carrico returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for two performances of her new show "The Friendliest Thing" on Mondays, May 26th & June 2nd at 7:00 pm. The show is directed by Mary Cleere Haran, with Tedd Firth as musical director and Steve Doyle on bass. Suzanne is a 2008 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Debut for her show "The Art of the Cahn" which was performed last year at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM. In her new show, Suzanne promises an evening of provocative music from The Great American Songbook of the past & present, devoted to matters of a most intimate nature. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum.
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How do you get an item posted in the CABARET NEWS section of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website and in the newsletter? Just e-mail a press release of at least four or five paragraphs, giving the complete information on your show, CD release or other cabaret related event. Include photos in jpg or gif format if available. Please send complete information - and do not merely e-mail a copy of your flier or a reference to a website. If you don't have a press release, just click here: http://www.svhamstra.com/PressRelease1.shtml and fill out the information as completely as possible - or use the items asked for as a guide to the information I need. Just send in your press release or listings request in simple txt format if possible, and send any photos as attachments, not imbedded within the e-mail. The more information the better.

Because of the large number of items received, we can only use news of event just once, so we try not to get too far ahead in the news. There are a few exceptions to the "just once" rule: If the event is advertised on the website it will be repeated in every issue of the newsletter; If the event offers a discount to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE it will be included in each MID-WEEK issue of the newsletter; Major benefits where ALL proceeds are given to the charity named will be mentioned in every issue as well as major cabaret events like cabaret festivals and galas; We also include at least once each week those regular (monthly, weekly, etc.) events with guests who change each performance, like SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX, BOB EGAN'S MONDAY SHOWCASE and the like.


HERE & THERE
"A lot of fun, but a lot too long" sort of sums up my thoughts on the 2008 MAC AWARD show at B.B.KING'S on Tuesday night, May 6th. The show started fairly promptly (as awards shows go) at around 7:35 or so, but didn't end until nearly 11:30 pm. No fault of the show's producers and director I feel. Even the acceptance speeches (for the most part) were fairly short.

Biggest problem was the presenters who, given their moment in the sun, decided to ramble on far beyond what was called for. Danny Aiello even broke into song, and discussed the restaurant history and even Churchill Downs in his presentation of Linda Amiel Burns' Board of Directors' Award. Judy Gold could have cut her presentation down to about four words just by eliminating the "f" word. TONY's Adam Feldman treated us to a "in your face, cabaret lovers" speech informing everyone in many words that this year's TIME OUT NY award winners were not your usual cabaret fare - all well and good, I suppose, but did he have to prove it by asking the "winning" duo of Bridget Everett & Kenny Mellman to perform their "scat" filled (not the good kind) number live? I think Judy Gold might have provided some of the lyrics. Thankfully (as is the norm) most of the jazz and comedy performers did not show up to accept their awards, shortening the evening by at least 20 minutes (and sparing us more "scat"). And to Lewis Black: stay home next time with the other comics - or at least come prepared with some funny material.

Biggest joke of the evening was the reading of the 14 female and 9 male Celebrity Artist nominees. Were any of them (except Tom Wopat, who presented with Faith Prince, the final 3 awards of the evening) actually in the room? The two winners (Steve Ross & Christine Ebersole) weren't there, that's for sure. I still don't understand the whys and wherefores of these two categories. The names never appeared on the MAC preliminary ballot for vetting - I don't even know who nominated them - is Donny Osmond on the MAC membership list?

Ah, but the show itself was glorious - especially for the 80 percent of the sold-out house that stayed beyond 11:00 pm - many folks had trains and busses to catch for NJ and LI, and others - once their category was announced and they found they didn't win, left as well. Director Lennie Watts did a terrific job lining up talent, and attempting to get all the performers on and off stage to keep the evening moving. The lineup of last year's MAC winners singing the MAC AWARD SONG OF THE YEAR winners of past years was inspired and delightful. Gloria Lynn's performance (winner of a Special Achievement Award in Jazz), was unforgettable. While there were perhaps a few too many ballads through the night, the performers gave their all - truly an entertaining and enjoyable show.

Award for unique acceptance speech goes to Ray Jessel, who's Musical Comedy category got lumped together with the Impersonation category, and he cleverly noted that he won out over Barbra Streisand (Steven Brinberg) and Marilyn Monroe (Jimmy James).

Award for best acceptance speech had to go to Barbara Brussell (Major Cabaret Artist winner), who had been nominated before seven times without a win. She burst on stage, both breathless and speechless, accepted the award with an excited "thank you" and ran off stage.

My favorite winner? MAC/HANSON AWARD winner Maureen Kelly Stewart! What a lovely recognition of a lovely lady!

You can find the listing of all the winners on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website - link is on the home (opening page).


Daniel and I slipped out at 11:30 - there may have been something we missed at the end but neither of us had dinner and both of us were looking forward to one of the new "party towers" they serve at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN - three plates of food stacked on a special serving tower - and we wanted to get to the AFTER PARTY - SPECIAL EDITION that Brandon Cutrell was hosting. Fortunately they were keeping the kitchen open late, and we were able to enjoy TOWER #2 - Fried Calamari, Meat Balls and Cheese Balls - huge portions of each! These treats are available at Brandon's usual Friday night fests, but with me out of commission for three weeks, we had yet to sample one. Yum yum - and fun fun as Brandon & Co. brought MAC winner after MAC winner to the stage to sing for us. Original plan was to get to the METROPOLITAN ROOM for their party, but it was already 1:15 am when we left, and Daniel needed to catch a subway train to Queens before 1:30 am or wait 40 minutes for the next one, and I needed to get to 14th Street to catch a bus at 1:38 am or wait an hour for the next one.


Big thank you to Nancy Witter and husband for the free drink they bought me at the bar near the end of the show (actually 2 drinks - they treated Daniel, too!). We were low on cash and saving our last shekels for that AFTER PARTY "tower" treat. Sorry I didn't hang around to give a hug and big thanks - I was trying figure out how to negotiate getting back to our table while carrying a "cosmo" and my Bicardi & Diet coke. Every try to carry a cosmo through a crowded room, down a small flight of stairs? With one "bum" knee?

Same thing goes to the many people I didn't get to talk to personally at the MAC AWARDS - here's the deal: My knee works OK nearly all the time, but in a crowded room with lots of chair, table and human legs sticking out in the aisles, I am truly afraid of tripping, and falling, and re-injuring the knee. So I like to keep my balance by holding on to table tops and chair backs as I walk - once in "open country" my fears are gone. So in a crowd I tend to stay put or at least limit my wanderings.


THIS JUST IN: Brandon Cutrell and Julie Reyburn have been added to the cast of The Broadway Musicals of 1965 to be presented on Monday, May 12th at 8:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ) - more details on Monday.


Congrats to CABARET EXCHANGE (http://www.cabaretexchange.com/ ) celebrating their first anniversary of covering the cabaret scene. And a "welcome to the club" to Andrew Martin for resurrecting CAB Magazine (http://www.cabmagazineonline.com/ ) in an online format - also covering cabaret.


And more fantastic news: Cabaret is back in full force in Provincetown this May with the PROVINCETOWN CABARET FESTIVAL running next weekend - Friday through Sunday, May 16th through 18th - see the article above (TODAY'S TOP STORY) for all the details.


"The Leading Men III" concert, which was held April 21st at BIRDLAND, raised over $8,000 for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org/ ). Hosted by John Tartaglia, the sold-out show was a celebration of male stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway and cabaret: Tom Andersen, Skylar Astin, David Burnham, Jim Caruso, Jonathan Groff, Aaron Lazar, Norm Lewis, Michael McElroy, Skie Ocasio, Aaron Ramey, Seth Rudetsky, Robb Sapp, Benjamin Schrader, Christopher Sieber, Marcus Simeone, Bobby Steggert and Jim Walton. Wayman Wong produced it. To see Tom Andersen singing his MAC award-winning song, "Yard Sale," that night, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hLtT5vUVGU


Tickets are on sale for our 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN to be held on Wednesday, July 9th starting a 7:00 pm. Already 15 tickets have been sold, leaving about 70 left to sell. All tickets sold this year include a 2008-2009 membership - SILVER MEMBER/TICKET combo is $30 and GOLD MEMBER/TICKET combo is $85 - which means that the actual cost of the ticket is $10. (Last year we sold non-member tickets at $35 and SILVER Combo Tickets at $40!) This reduced ticket price is made possible because of the generous arrangements offered by Phil Bond and Kenny Bell at THE BEECHMAN. Please remember, there is a $15 food/drink minimum at THE BEECHMAN.


New 2008-2009 CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE memberships are also now on sale (new members signing up before July 5th, when all the 2007-2008 memberships expire will get extra weeks on their new membership). SILVER memberships still are just $20 - GOLD memberships remain at $75. Other membership levels available. See http://www.svhamstra.com/Membership.shtml or click on the button marked JOIN HERE at the top of every page on the website for all benefits and details. We hit 478 members in the current 2007-2008 membership year (which expire on July 5th), and this year the goal is 500!


One more sponsor for the 18th Birthday show has stepped forward to help cover the costs of the event (every penny of tickets sold will go to support CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - as in the past). Sponsorships are still available for just $100. Go to the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website and you will find on the opening (home) page a link to the sponsorship form - fill it out with the amount you wish to contribute, and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Sponsors get a 1/4 page ad in the program book (worth $35), and will have their name and website mentioned (unless they wish to remain anonymous) in all promotional materials for the event. Like this:

THE CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY is sponsored in part by Suzanne Carricco (http://www.suzannecarrico.com/ ), Raissa Katona Bennett (http://www.raissa.info/ ), MIRANDA MUSIC (http://www.mirandamusic.com/ ) and Sandi Durell (http://www.timelessdivas.com/ ).

Remember: If you can't attend (or if you have a show or CD to promote, or want to send congratulations on the birthday or to our award winners) you can support the event by purchasing an ad in the program booklet (costs start at $20). There is a link on the opening (home) page of the website - fill in the size ad you wish to purchase and I will send you a PayPal invoice (we prefer PayPal - the safest way to transmit money via the internet). Deadline for ads is June 24th.


Congrats to piano-man Tedd Firth and wife - Tedd stopped by our table before the MAC AWARDS show (he was there to play for Maureen McGovern) and could not resist showing us a picture (on his iPhone) of their new baby daughter (just a week old) - seated of course at a baby grand piano! He said she's got great vocals as well.


I was at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM last night for Matt Leahy's "A Man Walked Into a Bar" show at 7:00 pm, and I hope he brings this show back pronto. Matt confirmed once again my firm belief that he is one of the top entertainers, story-tellers, singers and writers on the NYC cabaret scene. And Jeff Waxman is one of the most skillful of arrangers/accompanists in town as well. What an enjoyable show - with nary a dull moment, lots of "story songs" from the likes of Jason Robert Brown, Harry Chapin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and more. And where else in town will you hear the Davis/Moore song "Green Door" and Hayward's "Nights in White Satin"? Truly an evening to remember.


Well, I sort of "rambled on" today - but as you can see, I'm back to good health and rarin' to go. I will be announcing a few more performers for the 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW over to weekend to the membership and in Monday's newsletter. By the way, don't skim over the news today - there are some real nuggets imbedded in the normal news items.


And that is just about the way it was.

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU

 


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