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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #080507 - Thursday, May 22, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

AUSTRALIA: McBROOM & LUFT HEADLINE AT THE 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
Amanda McBroom and Lorna Luft are just two of the headliners who will be appearing at the 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL (http://adelaidecabaretfestival.com/ ), which runs from Friday, June 6th through Saturday June 14th at the Adelaide Festival Centre in Adelaide, AUS.

As well as giving three performances at the festival, Amanda McBroom will also present a masterclass, as will UK cabaret performer Maria Friedman, who is giving her only Australian performance at the festival. Among other International artists at this year's Festival are Belle Du Berry from France, Elena Roger from Argentina and the Balkan Gypsy group Paprika Balkanicus.

Australian musical theatre leading lady Rhonda Burchmore will open the Festival fronting the 20-piece Adelaide Art Orchestra in a lavish Las Vegas style revue, while Tom Burlinson, fresh from his stint in the Australian production of "The Producers" will reprise his Frank Sinatra tribute, "A Life in Song".

Demand for tickets has been so strong this year that several additional performances have been added to the schedule including an extra performance for Lorna Luft.

Full details of the festival program are available on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival website at http://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com/


AUSTRALIA: FRANK FORD'S 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL TOP TEN PICKS

Rhonda Burchmore, the brilliant star of the Australian musical theatre in a big glamorous Las Vegas style cabaret.

Amanda McBroom, Award winning singer and songwriter (The Rose). "An urban poet with the voice of an angel."

Jonathan Biggins, Phil Scott and Drew Forsythe mount a full frontal attack of political satire and witty songs.

Maria Friedman, a great star of the West End and Broadway, presents a dazzling program of musical theatre.

1927 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is "a walk on the wild side" of theatre magic and music.

Elena Rogers' passion whips us through the history of the sexy tango in song and dance. An Adelaide exclusive!

Lorna Luft, Judy Garland's other daughter, sings the fabulous story of her mother, "the world's greatest entertainer".

Two for the Road: The Music of Movie Maestro Henry Mancini starring a quartet of stunning entertainers.

Belle Du Berry. A charming, flirtatious French seductress from the intimate Parisian cabaret scene.

The Kransky Sisters. This hilarious, original trio return with their new show Three Bags Full. (Page 15)

Director, producer, playwright, administrator, educator, academic and tireless advocate for the performing arts, Frank Ford OAM is a bona-fide South Australian arts icon. He is founder of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, as well as the founder of the Adelaide Fringe (the largest Fringe event of its kind in the southern hemisphere). In six years, his faith and initiative in bringing cabaret to Adelaide has been fully justified as well. Audiences and visitors have taken the festival to their hearts, making ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL a must-see event.


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

AUSTRALIA: McBROOM & LUFT HEADLINE AT THE 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
AUSTRALIA: FRANK FORD'S 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL TOP TEN PICKS
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
2008 MAC/HANSON AWARD WINNER MAUREEN KELLEY STEWART ADDED TO CAST!
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
2008-2009 MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE GOOD THROUGH JULY 5, 2009
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
NEW YORK CITY: PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP ON JAZZ WITH MASSE, BAILEY & ARNOLD
NEW YORK CITY: DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER THURSDAYS AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: LUCILLE CARR-KAFFASHAN IN FINDING HOME DON'T TELL MAMA
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NEW YORK CITY: JENNIFER WREN'S BIG NIGHT BEGINS FEATURED COMPOSERS SERIES
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: MAC SEMINAR ABOUT CABARET DIRECTORS AT REPRISE ROOM
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX WITH GUEST SHULER HENSLEY
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: BRONWYN, BARBARA & JERRY BRING OPEN-MIC HAPPY HOUR TO RITA MAE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: RICKY & KIMLEE UPSTAIRS OF STONEWALL ON WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: THURSDAY NIGHT JAZZ SERIES AT BARGEMUSIC
BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE NYC'S HOTTEST CLUB
METROPOLITAN ROOM PRESENTS TOPS IN CABARET THIS WEEK
NEW YORK CITY: BRANDON CUTRELL'S AFTER PARTY WITH YOUNG BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: MEMORIAL DAY SING-A-LONG WITH JERRY SCOTT
LONDON: SIDESHOW EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE ARTS THEATRE
BOSTON: BACA PRESENTS CABARET SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE OF 2008
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: POOLE PARTY IN 10TH YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS ON SATURDAY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER
CHICAGO: SPIDER & STEVE AT KATERINA'S
NEW YORK CITY: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT IS PUTTING THINGS AWAY
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NEW ENGLAND: AT THE RITZ PRESENTS BETSYANN FAIELLA'S SINATRA SONGBOOK
NEW YORK CITY: SONGS FROM "NASHVILLE" RETURN TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
MID-WEST: ANNIE HUGHES AT T. W. MARTIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE
ON THE RADIO / ON THE WEB: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW" PREEMPTED THIS SUNDAY
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
NEW YORK CITY: NO TRUDI MANN'S FABULOUS OPEN MIC SUNDAY BRUNCH THIS WEEK
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
ON THE RADIO / ON THE WEB: "AT THE RITZ!" ON RADIO ON SUNDAYS AND STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
NEW YORK CITY: ALGONQUIN SALON MOVES TO SUNDAY NIGHTS
NEW YORK CITY: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH NEW SHOW
*** 2008 MAC AWARD WINNER - FEMALE DEBUT ***
NEW YORK CITY: OPEN MIC HAPPY HOUR WITH DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE TOWN HOUSE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: JOHN TREACY EGAN WILL "COUNT THE STARS" IN CD RELEASE SHOW
CHICAGO: MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT PETTERINO'S WITH OPEN-MIC
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
LOS ANGELES: TORCH & MARX TEAM UP FOR WEEKLY BLUES JAM
LES MICHAELS HOSTS OPEN MIC MONDAYS AT VERMONT
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NEW YORK CITY: JEFF HARNAR IN 4-NIGHT RUN AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NEW YORK CITY: WEDNESDAY JAZZ AT NOON FEATURES RICH SIEGEL & NANCY WINSTON
NEW YORK CITY: ANY WEDNESDAY CD SHOW AT B & N WITH JOHN TREACY EGAN
NEW YORK CITY: NEW VOCAL SERIES AT THE RIVER ROOM WITH JULIAN YEO
CHICAGO: PAUL MARINARO TRIO NOW EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT CLUB 3160
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
LOS ANGELES: WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZ JAM SESSION AT THE SPORTSMEN'S LODGE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: JULIE REYBURN LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
SAN FRANCISCO: LUA HADAR'S SAN FRANCISCO "TWIST" CD RELEASE MAY 29th
TEXAS: LAURA AINSWORTH SINGS COLE PORTER CLASSICS AT BASS HALL
PENNSYLVANIA: ANDY PRESCOTT ON SPRING EAST COAST PIANO BAR TOUR
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
PENNSYLVANIA: BOWMAN'S TAVERN PRESENTS ANDY PRESCOTT ONE NIGHT ONLY *** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: MARCUS SIMEONE IS A TROUBADOUR OF LOVE IN "THE HEART"
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NEW YORK CITY: EMILY SKINNER SINGS "BROADWAY, MY WAY" AT FEINSTEIN'S
AUSTRALIA: THE SALLY BOURNE IDENTITY AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
LONDON: FAMELESS FIVE IN FAREWELL REUNION TOUR CONCERT EXTRAVAGANZA
CHICAGO: NO COVER BIRTHDAY PARTY & BENEFIT FOR SEASON OF CONCERN
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
PENNSYLVANIA: FLOURTOWN HOSTS PRESCOTT ON EAST COAST TOUR
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: KEVIN DOZIER MAKES NYC CABARET DEBUT WITH 5-NIGHT ENGAGEMENT
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $2 OFF THE COVER ***
CHICAGO: KT SULLIVAN CELEBRATES BROADWAY MUSICALS IN ONE WOMAN SHOW
NEW YORK CITY: NEW SHOW FROM TV AND STAGE STAR TONY DANZA
SAN FRANCISCO: OLETA ADAMS AT THE RAZZ ROOM IN JUNE
CHICAGO: JEANNE SCHERKENBACH SINGS KATE SMITH AT MAXIM'S
NEW YORK CITY: GUYS SHOW THEIR PRIDE WEDNESDAYS IN JUNE AT THE DUPLEX
NEW YORK CITY: ALICE FRAZIER AT THE BEECHMAN WITH BROADWAY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
AUSTRALIA: HEADS AND TAILS REVUE AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
NEW YORK CITY: NEXT METROJAM CABARET/JAZZ OPEN MIC SET FOR JUNE 6th
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW YORK CITY: THE BEST IS YET TO COME WITH GEORGE ALINE
NEW YORK CITY: JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS SHOW CELEBRATES THE TONYS
NEW YORK CITY: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" AT MAMA'S MONTHLY
NEW YORK CITY: NEXT SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY MEETING SATURDAY JUNE 14th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
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
2008 MAC/HANSON AWARD WINNER MAUREEN KELLEY STEWART ADDED TO CAST!
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
2008 MAC/HANSON AWARD winner Maureen Kelley Stewart has just been added to the star-studded roster of singers who will appear at our CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW on Wednesday, July 9th at the LAURIE BEECHMAN!

In addition to Ms. Stewart, already signed on to perform as of today are 2008-MAC AWARD winner Phil Bond, Edd Clark, Hector Coris, Cynthia Crane, 2008-MAC AWARD winner John De Marco, 2008-MAC AWARD winner Eric Michael Gillett, David Gurland, Teresa Fischer, Matt Leahy, Joyce Moody, Krisanthi Pappas and Alysha Umphress . 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.

The party celebrates the start of the new 2008-2009 membership year which officially begins July 6th - the date in 1990 when the first CABARET HOTLINE (print edition) was published (we were first on the web with cabaret news - since 1997!). I The theme of the show is: TURNING 18 - OLD ENOUGH TO CHOOSE! (no politics, please). The purpose of the show and the membership drive is to raise the funds necessary 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.

We already have sold over 45 of the 85 seats available - more than 50% SOLD! I don't want you to miss out, since with less than 40 seats to sell, and a great lineup of performers, I predict a sellout in the next two weeks. Please don't call THE BEECHMAN - they are not taking reservations for this event. NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE SHOW (even if we have seats left to sell)! NO COMPS (someone already purchased a ticket/membership as a gift for Julie Wilson).

Tickets are just $10 - but must be purchased along with a 2008-2009 membership: $30 for a SILVER combo; $$85 for a GOLD combo; $250 CRYSTAL membership gets you 2 free tickets. If you can make it to the show and haven't ordered your ticket yet, this would be a perfect time to join as a member or renew your membership and get your ticket at the same time! Just go to http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1tkt.shtml to place your order. Once more: SEATING IS LIMITED TO 85 - your reservation is not assured until payment is made (that's why we recommend using PayPal).

If you can't attend and wish to send congratulations (or if you have a show or CD to promote) you can support the event by purchasing an ad in the program booklet - costs start at just $20. Just go to http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1prog.shtml . Deadline for ads is June 24th.

I am still looking for one more sponsor to help with covering the costs of the event (every penny of tickets sold will go to support CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - as in the past). If you wish to be a sponsor at $100 go to http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1sponsor.shtml . Sponsors are mentioned (if they wish) on all publicity information sent and also get a 1/4 page ad (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/ ), Sandi Durell (http://www.timelessdivas.com/ ), Joyce Moody (http://www.joycemoody.com/ ) and Eric Michael Gillett (http://www.ericmichaelgillett.com/ ) plus 2 additional anonymous sponsors.


2008-2009 MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE GOOD THROUGH JULY 5, 2009
2008-2009 CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE memberships, good through July 5, 2009, are also now on sale (brand new members signing up before July 5th, when all the 2007-2008 memberships expire will get extra weeks on their new membership - current members who don't want to miss a day of membership can renew now). 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!


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. 4-week run must start no later than Sunday, June 8th.


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. As with all live entertainment events, performers are subject to change without notice.


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 *** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


CABARET WORKSHOPS & TRAINING

NEW YORK CITY: PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP ON JAZZ WITH MASSE, BAILEY & ARNOLD
Performance Skills for Jazz Singers, a special one-day workshop taught by founding member of Manhattan Transfer, Laurel Masse, along with Wendy Lane Bailey and Tex Arnold will be presented at SHETLER STUDIOS (244 West 54th Street - Suite 1205 - Penthouse 4, NYC) on Saturday, June 7th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tuition for each workshop is $165. There is a $15 discount for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. For more information or to enroll email parkroadmanagement@verizon.net


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR MAY 22nd THROUGH MAY 25th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

THURSDAY - MAY 22nd

NEW YORK CITY: 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.
*** SUPER SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


NEW YORK CITY: 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/ ). Remaining performance dates are 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.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


NEW YORK CITY: JENNIFER WREN'S BIG NIGHT BEGINS FEATURED COMPOSERS SERIES
*** 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 22nd at 7:00 pm at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). This week MAC-Award Nominated composer/lyricist Nicholas Levin launches THE BIG NIGHT OUT FEATURED COMPOSERS SERIES. This groundbreaking performance series will unite new and established composers and up-and-coming performers in an intimate and relaxed setting. Incorporated into the open mic format, these artists will share their work and talk about the process of writing the theatre and cabaret music of today. 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.


NEW YORK CITY: MAC SEMINAR ABOUT CABARET DIRECTORS AT REPRISE ROOM
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) presents a discussion on the role of a cabaret director on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm at THE REPRISE ROOM AT DILLON'S (245 West 54th Street, NYC - RESV: 212-465-2662 ext. 1 - http://www.therepriseroom.com/ ). The seminar with cover how to find the right one and what to expect from a director-performer collaboration. Panelists scheduled to appear: Scott Barnes, Eric Michael Gillett, Lina Koutrakos, Sara Louise Lazarus and Lennie Watts. Moderated by Hector Coris. No cover for MAC members ($10 cover for guests) - no minimum.


NEW YORK CITY: SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX WITH GUEST SHULER HENSLEY
*** 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 guest for Seth's show for May 22nd is Shuler Hensley who plays the role of the monster in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN on Broadway. 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/ .


NEW YORK CITY: 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.


NEW YORK CITY: 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.


NEW YORK CITY: 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 22nd: Dayna Stephens, Tenor Saxophone Dahveed Behroozi, Piano Gary Wang, Bass Tim Bulkley, Drums; May 29th: Liz Magnus, Piano. Tickets are $35.


BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE NYC'S HOTTEST 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/ ). For full schedule and more information, see http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ . *** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


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.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


FRIDAY - MAY 23rd

NEW YORK CITY: 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.


NEW YORK CITY: MEMORIAL DAY SING-A-LONG WITH JERRY SCOTT
Jerry Scott's Annual Memorial Day Sing-A-Long will take place from 8:00 pm to midnight on Friday, May 23rd at CATERINA'S (316 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-355-5360). Reservations are highly recommended. Call for cover/minimum information.


LONDON: SIDESHOW EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE ARTS THEATRE
The Bloody Ringmaster introduces a plethora of weird and wonderful SideShow performances whilst DJ Margaret the Gimp spins hangbag, kitsch, tv themes and subversive pop every Friday night starting at 8:00 pm at THE ARTS THEATRE (6-7 Great Newport Street, Westminster, London UK - 0207 836 2132 - http://www.artstheatrelondon.com/ ). This weeks guests include strong-woman Emerald Ace, clown Jon Davison, fortune teller Blanche Dubois, Holly Penfield and Trixie Little and the Evil Tap Dancing Hate Monkey! Reservations through http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ . Call for cover/minimum information.


SATURDAY - MAY 24th - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

BOSTON: 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


NEW YORK CITY: 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 24th 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.


CHICAGO: SPIDER & STEVE AT KATERINA'S
Spider Saloff with guitarist Steve Ramsdell will perform early dinner sets from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Saturdays, May 24th & 31st at KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592 - http://www.katerinas.com/ ). There is just a $5 cover.


SUNDAY - MAY 25th - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

NEW YORK CITY: 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 Sunday & Tuesday, May 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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NEW ENGLAND: AT THE RITZ PRESENTS BETSYANN FAIELLA'S SINATRA SONGBOOK
"SINATRA SONGBOOK - A Jazz Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes" will be presented on Sunday, May 25th at 3:00 pm at NORWALK CONCERT HALL (125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT - 203-854-7900 - http://www.norwalkct.org/ ). Tickets are available for $25 & $35 at Sally's Place of Westport, CT at (203-454-0303) or call 800-529-8497. The show features vocalist Betsyann Faiella along with Tedd Firth at the piano and Eddie Bert (Trombonist), Mike Campenni (Drummer), Calvin Hill (Bassist) and Tommy Morimoto (Tenor Saxophonist). The show is presented by AT THE RITZ! (http://www.attheritz.org/ ) in association with Len Triola. Along with some of today's premiere jazz musicians, Betsyann Faiella's Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra at NYC's Birdland, The Blue Note NYC and Las Vegas, Boston's The Regatta Bar, L.A.'s The Jazz Bakery and Seattle's Jazz Alley drew standing-room only crowds to her week-long engagements. Sold-out performances at London's Ronnie Scott's resulted in invitations for two return engagements. Her CD release, "CAN I BE FRANK?," recorded with some of Sinatra's own sidemen, is a tribute to the artistry and the most revered influence made on her by Francis Albert Sinatra.


NEW YORK CITY: SONGS FROM "NASHVILLE" RETURN TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Daryl Glenn is moving once more from THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) reservation desk to center stage where he will be joined by pianist/singer Jo Lynn Burks as they perform all the songs from Robert Altman's classic 1975 film, "NASHVILLE" on Sunday, May 25th at 4:00 pm. Backed by a 5-piece country band and featuring New York cabaret favorite Jay Rogers, The Metropolitan Room's own Tanya Holt and Broadway's Brad Wills ("Annie" 20th Anniversary production) the show is a country/western throw-down. Every song from the beloved soundtrack album (and perhaps even a few extra) will be recreated including Keith Carradine's Academy Award winning "I'm Easy". Musical direction and arrangements by Jo Lynn Burks. Director/choreographer is Vince DeGeorge. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum.


MID-WEST: 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 Sunday, May 25th at 7:00 pm. She is joined by Chris Dalzell at the piano. $25 cover includes dessert and a glass of house wine.


ON THE RADIO / ON THE WEB: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW" PREEMPTED THIS SUNDAY
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, May 25th, 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, June 1st. 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/ .


NEW YORK CITY: NO TRUDI MANN'S FABULOUS OPEN MIC SUNDAY BRUNCH THIS WEEK
*** 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. NO BRUNCH SUNDAY MARCH 25th - LABOR DAY WEEKEND


ON THE RADIO / ON THE WEB: "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.


NEW YORK CITY: ALGONQUIN SALON MOVES TO SUNDAY NIGHTS
The ALGONQUIN SALON in the lobby of the legendary THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331 - http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ ) and hosted by Mark Janas, returns on a new night, Sundays from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on May 25th and June 1st. The theme for Sunday, May 25th will be "LADIES FIRST," followed by the First Annual Algonquin Salon JUNE JAZZATHON on Sunday, June 1st. The dates and themes of future Algonquin Salons will be announced shortly. There is no cover, no minimum.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR MAY 25th THROUGH JUNE 1st
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

MONDAY - MAY 26th - MEMORIAL DAY

NEW YORK CITY: 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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NEW YORK CITY: 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 .
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NEW YORK CITY: JOHN TREACY EGAN WILL "COUNT THE STARS" IN CD RELEASE SHOW
John Treacy Egan will present an evening of standards from his recent CD release "Count the Stars" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Monday, May 26th at 9:30 pm. As of January, John is appearing as Chef Louis in 'THE LITTLE MERMAID' on Broadway. Previously John was in the Broadway cast of THE PRODUCERS as Max Bialystock. He has also played the roles of Roger Debris, Franz Liebkind, and Max Bialystock in the same show. John was an original company member of the Broadway production of JEKYLL & HYDE and has toured in productions of CATS and KISS ME KATE. Off-Broadway, John created roles in Howard Crabtree's WHEN PIGS FLY! and was also an original member of BATBOY The Musical. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum.


CHICAGO: 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.


LOS ANGELES: TORCH & MARX TEAM UP FOR WEEKLY BLUES JAM
Mark Tortorici ("Torch") joins Southern California Blues Great John Marx to co-host LA's longest running Blues Jam, (formerly at Cozy's in Sherman Oaks) at CLUB SIXTY-25 (6025 Reseda Boulevard, Reseda, CA - 818-881-4311) every Monday with sets at 9:00 & 10:00 pm. The club offers good food, drinks, smooth new dance floor and free parking. There is no cover charge.


LES MICHAELS HOSTS OPEN MIC MONDAYS AT VERMONT
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Les Michaels host Open Mic Mondays every week at 8:00 pm (7:30 pm signup) at VERMONT (1714 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-661-6163 - http://www.vermontrestaurantonline.com/ ), with Ron Snyder at the piano. There is a $5 cover plus a 1-drink minimum. CLUB IS CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY. Next event is Monday, June 2nd.


TUESDAY - MAY 27th

NEW YORK CITY: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Jazz legend Annie Ross continues 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.


WEDNESDAY - MAY 28th

NEW YORK CITY: JEFF HARNAR IN 4-NIGHT RUN AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Jeff Harner celebrates the words and music of Cole Porter at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Wednesday through Saturday, May 29th through 31st, all shows at 7:30 pm. He is joined on stage by his musical director Alex Rybeck. The show, "Jeff Harner Sings Cole Porter," makes its Metropolitan Room Debut after it's recent sold out run in London where it was critic's choice (4 stars) in the Times London. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 minimum.


NEW YORK CITY: WEDNESDAY JAZZ AT NOON FEATURES RICH SIEGEL & NANCY WINSTON
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 28th with Rich Siegel, singer/piano and Nancy Winston, singer/piano. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $7 admission.


NEW YORK CITY: ANY WEDNESDAY CD SHOW AT B & N WITH JOHN TREACY EGAN
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 28th, John Treacy Egan. Currently featured in The Little Mermaid, the Broadway veteran marks his solo-CD debut with Count Your Stars, a mix of songs exploring the many aspects of romance and love. UPCOMING SHOWS: Wednesday, 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 YORK CITY: NEW VOCAL SERIES AT THE RIVER ROOM WITH JULIAN YEO
THE RIVER ROOM OF HARLEM (Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th Street, NYC - 212-491-1500 - http://www.theriverroomofharlem.com/ ) is continuing their 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: Julian Yeo performs May 28th; Barbara Rosene is here June 11th. There is a $10 cover.


CHICAGO: 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.


LOS ANGELES: WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZ JAM SESSION AT THE SPORTSMEN'S LODGE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Cathy Segal-Garcia Productions presents The Wednesday Night Jazz Jam Session at THE SPORTSMEN'S LODGE (12833 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA - 818-755-5000 - http://www.slhotel.com/ ) with a special show celebrating Cathy's birthday on May 28th from 8:30 to midnight. The jam sessions have been held every Wednesday night for the past 7 years! Guests are invited to get up and perform, singing or playing an instrument. No cover! Just a 2 drink or food minimum.


THURSDAY - MAY 29th

NEW YORK CITY: JULIE REYBURN LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Award-winning vocalist Julie Reyburn once again tackles the many colors and facets of the American Songbook, from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Stephen Sondheim and Nat King Cole, in her debut at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Thursdays May 29th (a special birthday show with special guests David Gurland and Bill Reyburn), June 5th & June 12th, all shows at 10:00 pm. The 2007 Julie Wilson Award recipient will be performing a brand new show alongside her long time music director and collaborator, Mark Janas with Ritt Henn on Bass and Thor Fields on Guitar. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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SAN FRANCISCO: LUA HADAR'S SAN FRANCISCO "TWIST" CD RELEASE MAY 29th
San Francisco favorite Lua Hadar will hold the official Bay Area release of her new CD "Twist" on Thursday, May 29th at JAZZ AT PEARLS (256 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco, CA - 415-291-8255 - http://www.jazzatpearls.com/ ) with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The show will feature the performers who appear on the CD: Music director Jason Martineau on piano, Dave Rokeach on drums, Andrew Higgins on bass, Tony Malfatti on reeds, Patricio Angulo on congas and special guest Dave Miotke on accordion. Lua's unique musical skill set has classical and jazz roots, combined with a facility and love for the Romance languages, including French, Italian and Spanish. Her training and experience in theatre and cabaret have given Lua an ability to connect intimately with audiences and emotionally embrace her music. She has a warm and generous way with both her band and her audiences. Cover is $20 for 8:00 pm show and $15 for the 10:00 pm set.


FRIDAY - MAY 30th

TEXAS: LAURA AINSWORTH SINGS COLE PORTER CLASSICS AT BASS HALL
Singer/comedienne Laura Ainsworth and singer/pianist Michael Gott present their critically-acclaimed revue, "Cole Porter: Elegance & Decadence" at the McDAVID STUDIO at BASS HALL (301 East 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX - 817-212-4280 - http://www.basshall.com/ ) with shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. It's the ultimate Manhattan-style romantic evening, featuring Porter's greatest standards and most hilarious comic rarities, presented in Bass Hall's gorgeous listening room theater. Full bar service available. Tickets are $23.


PENNSYLVANIA: ANDY PRESCOTT ON SPRING EAST COAST PIANO BAR TOUR
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Piano bar entertainer Andy Prescott, returns from Hollywood for a 10-Day, Spring East Coast Piano Bar Reunion Tour, after spending the past Four months in LA pursuing acting opportunities. On Fridays, May 30th & June 6th, Andy will be at the piano at RISTORANTE CASTELLOS (1200 Welsh Road, North Wales, PA - 215-672-6593) from 5:00 pm to closing. There is no cover charge.


SATURDAY - MAY 31st

PENNSYLVANIA: BOWMAN'S TAVERN PRESENTS ANDY PRESCOTT ONE NIGHT ONLY
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Piano bar entertainer Andy Prescott makes a stop at BOWMAN'S TAVERN (1600 River Road, New Hope, PA - 215-862-2972) as part of his East Coast Piano Bar Tour on Saturday, May 31st from 8:00 pm to midnight. Andy, a Lansdale, PA native, currently works as an actor, pianist, singer, and piano bar entertainer, having performed throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Recently he has spent time in the Los Angeles area, establishing representation for acting opportunities out West. There is no cover charge.


SUNDAY - JUNE 1st

NEW YORK CITY: MARCUS SIMEONE IS A TROUBADOUR OF LOVE IN "THE HEART"
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Legendary songwriter/producer Jason Darrow, who discovered Jane Olivor and produced her two most successful albums for Columbia Records, presents his newest find, sensational vocalist Marcus Simeone in an all new show: "The Heart" with the next performances scheduled Sunday, June 1st at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Sharing the stage with Marcus will be respected musical director Barry Levitt leading the band. The show will mark the debut of "The Heart," a song written by Mr. Darrow and Stephen Schwartz. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum. $15 cover for member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NEW YORK CITY: EMILY SKINNER SINGS "BROADWAY, MY WAY" AT FEINSTEIN'S
FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) will continue the Spring 2008 season with the debut of Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner for two nights only, Sundays, June 1st and 8th at 8:30 pm. In her new show "Broadway Her Way," the star of The Full Monty and Side Show performs songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and more. Her journey through the best of the Great White Way travels from Gypsy and Funny Girl to Into The Woods, Nine and The Little Mermaid. Both shows have a $40 cover and a $25 minimum.


AUSTRALIA: THE SALLY BOURNE IDENTITY AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
Nominated for a 2008 Green Room Cabaret Award for Best Original Songs, and selected to perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Sally Bourne returns to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC - 03 96902000 - http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/ ) for one night only on Sunday June 1st at 8:00 pm with her sell out show THE SALLY BOURNE IDENTITY, before taking it to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With new songs, a new dress and even new material - as well as musical direction from the laudably talented Dean Lotherington - it promises to be a shameless evening of intimate verbal intercourse! $25 cover.


LONDON: FAMELESS FIVE IN FAREWELL REUNION TOUR CONCERT EXTRAVAGANZA
Having failed yet again to secure lucrative West End contracts, the original Fameless Five, Louise Hollamby, Dusty Limits, Paul L Martin, David Menkin & Sarah-Louise Young (stars of the Battersea Barge Panto and all manner of cabaret antics) return to the BATTERSEA BARGE (Riverside Walk, Nine Elms Lane, London - 020 7498 004 - http://www.batterseabarge.com/ ) for one more night of rollicking showtunes, old favorites and surprising novelties on Sunday, June 1st at 7:30 pm. Musical direction is by Michael Roulston. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHICAGO: NO COVER BIRTHDAY PARTY & BENEFIT FOR SEASON OF CONCERN
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Melissa "Missey" Young will have a very special Birthday party this year: a benefit for her favorite Chicago organization, Season of Concern (http://www.seasonofconcern.org/ ), now in it's 21st year of existence. The party/benefit/show will be on Sunday night, June 1st at 7:00 pm at BAILIWICK THEATRE (1229 West Belmont, Chicago, IL - 773-883-1090 - http://www.bailiwick.org/ ). Scheduled to perform are Jon Cunningham, Rob Smith, Barbara Myers, Vallea E Woodbury, Sean Walton, Aaron Holland, Jayson Brooks, Gerald Richardson, Bethany Thomas, and Melissa Young with Rick Frendt at the piano! The song list will selections from a well loved Broadway musical soon to be closing! There is no charge to enter this benefit, but they will pass the hat at intermission and ask for donations to help reach the goal of $500 for the evening!


PENNSYLVANIA: FLOURTOWN HOSTS PRESCOTT ON EAST COAST TOUR
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
FINGERS (700 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA - 215-233-9955) will present piano bar entertainer Andy Prescott at the piano on Sunday, June 1st & 8th from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Visiting from LA for a 10-day tour performing at NJ-PA clubs, Andy studied acting, comedy, and music for years. He has a quirky and entertaining personality, which he brings to everything he touches. There is no cover charge.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR JUNE 2nd THROUGH JUNE 8th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

MONDAY - JUNE 2nd

NEW YORK CITY: KEVIN DOZIER MAKES NYC CABARET DEBUT WITH 5-NIGHT ENGAGEMENT
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $2 OFF THE COVER ***
Singer Kevin Dozier, who was named 'Male Performer of the Year' at the 2003 San Francisco Cabaret Competition, will make his NYC debut on Monday, June 2nd at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Additional shows are scheduled for Mondays June 9th, 23rd & 30th and Tuesday, June 17th - all shows at 7:00 pm. Kevin's musical director is Christopher Marlowe with direction by Scott Barnes. The show, entitled "Introducing Kevin Dozier" features material from the Great American Songbook and the Great White Way. The show features personal favorites by Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, Marshall Barer, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Cheryl Wheeler, William Finn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hart, Johnny Mercer, and Stephen Sondheim. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $8 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


CHICAGO: KT SULLIVAN CELEBRATES BROADWAY MUSICALS IN ONE WOMAN SHOW
Award-winning and acclaimed Broadway, cabaret, concert and recording star KT Sullivan sings the songs of the Great White Way in her upcoming Chicago one-woman show Colored Lights at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) Monday through Thursday, June 2nd through 5th at 8:00 pm. There will also be a special late night show on Thursday, June 5th at 10:30 pm. Joining KT will be acclaimed jazz pianist Jon Weber. Using her own Broadway and off-Broadway experiences as a departure point, Sullivan performs a century of musical theater gems including selections from Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Lowe, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guetel. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. ($20 cover for the 10:30 show on the 5th.)


TUESDAY - JUNE 3rd

NEW YORK CITY: NEW SHOW FROM TV AND STAGE STAR TONY DANZA
FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) will continue the Spring 2008 season with the return engagement of entertainer Tony Danza, Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 3rd through 14th. Tony's new show, "I Could Have Danced All Night," featuring his usual mix of music, comedy and dance, includes songs like "Dancing in The Dark," "Let's Face The Music and Dance," "The Last Dance" and "At The Hop." The show will play the following schedule: Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Covers and minimums vary so call the club for information.


WEDNESDAY - JUNE 4th

SAN FRANCISCO: OLETA ADAMS AT THE RAZZ ROOM IN JUNE
Multiple Grammy-nominated contralto singer/songwriter Oleta Adams will perform at the RAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - http://www.therrazzroom.com/ ) on Thursday through Sunday, June 4th through 7th. Raised the daughter of a Baptist minister in small Yakima, WA, Oleta Adams was somewhat of a child prodigy, playing piano at an early age and directing choirs by the time she was a teen. At 18 she made a decision to forego a college scholarship and instead headed to Los Angeles seeking a musical career. When her jazzy, torchy style didn't fit the dance oriented sound of the mid to late 70s, she moved to Kansas City, where she slowly gathered a following singing and playing piano at local nightclubs. Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut Platinum selling album "Circle of One," and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War), Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the USA and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Call for showtimes and cover/minimum information.


CHICAGO: JEANNE SCHERKENBACH SINGS KATE SMITH AT MAXIM'S
Jeanne Scherkenbach will present the songs of Kate Smith at MAXIM'S at The Nancy Goldberg International Center (24 East Goethe Street, Chicago, IL - Tickets: 312-742-1748 - http://www.maximschicago.org/ ) on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:30 pm with musical director Mark Burnell. The show is a look at the life and songs of Ms. Smith, a woman who came to symbolize America, and featuring the beloved songs she performed including "I'll Be Seeing You", "The White Cliffs of Dover", and "God Bless America". $25 admission (includes hors d'oeuvres).


NEW YORK CITY: GUYS SHOW THEIR PRIDE WEDNESDAYS IN JUNE AT THE DUPLEX
GUY PRIDE: The World's 1st MAN-sical! will present an evening of tight harmonies and hilarious boasting every Wednesday in June at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ). Shows are scheduled for June 4th & 18th 7:00 pm and June 11th & 25th at 9:30 pm. This whimsical satirical revue looks into the lives, personalities and quirks of five men who come together to celebrate all things 'Guy'! Creators Cedric Jones and Lee Cavellier are joined by Meridoc Burkhardt and Lance R. Marshall to put forth their thoughts, feelings and voices (in the manliest way possible, of course) to present an hour of fun and song. With direction by Alexis M. Hadsall, arrangements by Mr. Phillip Kirchman, two original numbers by composer/lyricist Charles Bloom, and a witty book by Lee Cavellier, GUY PRIDE: The World's 1st MAN-sical! is a creative new show designed to entertain audiences of all kinds, and leave you proud to be a man...whether you are one or not! There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


THURSDAY - JUNE 5th

NEW YORK CITY: ALICE FRAZIER AT THE BEECHMAN WITH BROADWAY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
Alice Frazier returns to NYC with another encore performance of her acclaimed show "Broadway Without Boundaries" on Thursday, June 5th and Friday June 13th at 7:00 pm to the THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ), She is joined on stage by renowned musical director, Don Rebic. There will be music by composers Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, Rupert Holmes and much more, as well as some new songs since the debut in May in New York. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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AUSTRALIA: HEADS AND TAILS REVUE AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
HEADS AND TAILS is a performance which is raw in emotion and leaves you thinking about luck in the 2-up game that is life! Performed by Amanda Kingston, James Taylor, Dave Carroll and Rhys MacAlpine, all graduates of the National Theatre Drama School. the show is directed by Andrew Gilbert to be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC - 03 96902000 - http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/ ) Thursdays through Sundays, June 5th through 15th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sundays). The show is a quirky collection of four individual solos, the perfect ingredients to a fulfilling evening of live theatre. The evolution of one tale explores a woman's innocence through her childhood as she grows to exist in a world of seemly comfortable conflict, far from the familiarity she with which she is content. Another narrative shows the exterior strength of a man whose carrier creates an identity and demands a specific character, but he finds that living through an expectation becomes his unrelenting weakness on a journey through an acquired heritage. Tickets are $20.


FRIDAY - JUNE 6th

AUSTRALIA: McBROOM & LUFT HEADLINE AT THE 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
Amanda McBroom and Lorna Luft are just two of the headliners who will be appearing at the 2008 ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL (http://adelaidecabaretfestival.com/ ), which runs from Friday, June 6th through Saturday June 14th at the Adelaide Festival Centre in Adelaide, AUS. Full details of the festival program are available on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival website at http://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com/


NEW YORK CITY: NEXT METROJAM CABARET/JAZZ OPEN MIC SET FOR JUNE 6th
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Joe Bachana's METROJAM, the monthly cabaret/jazz open mic event held at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ), will have its next show on Friday, June 6th at 10:00 pm. Guest vocalists from the worlds of cabaret and jazz are always on hand to take a turn at the microphone. Only a $10 cover, $15 minimum.


SATURDAY - JUNE 7th

NEW YORK CITY: THE BEST IS YET TO COME WITH GEORGE ALINE
Crooner George Aline beings his exciting new show "The Best Is Yet to Come" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) for one night only on Saturday, June 7th at 6:30 pm. Musical director is Jerry Scott. Lina Koutrakos directs. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. George's new CD will be available for purchase after the show.
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CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR JUNE 9th & BEYOND
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 11th

NEW YORK CITY: JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS SHOW CELEBRATES THE TONYS
Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy celebrates the Tony Awards with a special edition of her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). The evening will feature Charles Strouse, Loni Ackerman, KT Sullivan, Josh Scheer, Tanya Holt and Amy Wolk. Barry Kleinbort is the director of Jamie deRoy & friends. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-beverage minimum.
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THURSDAY - JUNE 12th

NEW YORK CITY: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" AT MAMA'S MONTHLY
GRACE NOTES - a Singers' Soiree, hosted by Grace Cosgrove, is held monthly at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) with the next show scheduled for Thursday, June 12th at 6:30 pm. Joining Grace are Eric Michael Gillett, Melanie Vaughan, Maureen Kelley Stewart, Aaron Lee battle, Jessica Park and Grace Cosgrove. This is an on-going lab for top-notch singers - a place for great singers to perform, to try out new material, and to expand their audiences. Each show also introduces 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 Cosgrove 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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SATURDAY - JUNE 14th

NEW YORK CITY: NEXT SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY MEETING SATURDAY JUNE 14th
*** 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 and final meeting of the season will be on Saturday, June 14th 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 are Sheila Weiler and Barry Levitt on the great singer, Sylvia Syms. Directed by Linda Amiel Burns. 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.


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

ABOUT CABARET NEWS IN THE NEWSLETTER AND ON THE WEBSITE
How do you get an item posted in the CABARET NEWS section of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website, in the DATEBOOK/DIARY and in the twice-weekly 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
I had moments of thrill and excitement this week as well as moments of disappointments - life is a lot like a roller coaster for me. And somehow the thrill of the high points far outweigh the failed expectations of the low points. In fact, the lows make the highs even more thrilling.


One of the most disappointing things about covering cabaret is going to a show which has received fantastic reviews and is lauded on all the message boards and group e-mails and discovering that the actual show is not at all as promoted. Aren't you getting just a little tired of reviews that read more like they were written by a publicist for the show than by an actual critical reviewer? I have said this before: the greatest damage a critic can do to the art of cabaret is to write a good review about a bad show! They may feel that they are helping a performer get a good house by hyping - never realizing that folks new to cabaret will get turned off to the art of cabaret by some of the far-below-par performers out there.

It has gotten to the point that I no longer choose the events I attend on the basis of reviews. I make my choices on the basis of past performances by the artist, and in the case of newcomers, the quality of the musical director and/or the director. And even then, this doesn't always work. One time, after a particularly dreadful show, I asked the famed and highly skilled musical director why he would be on stage with someone so obviously unskilled, and he replied "I need the money and if I didn't do it, someone else would."

And as for directors, even here it seems that a few of them I truly admire have adopted the same attitude. In one case I went back to see a performer I truly was disappointed in at a previous outing mainly because a skilled and noted director had gotten involved - and there was no improvement whatsoever. "Take the money and run" seems to be the rule these day. On the other hand, why should cabaret be any different than the rest of the world seems to act?


As for thrills, one of the biggest thrills I had this week (and since I was out of circulation for the better part of 3 weeks - this month) was provided by Raisa Katonah Bennett at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM on Tuesday night. Lest you think this is just another "puff piece" I assure you when I get excited about a show and/or performer, you can count on what I write as my genuine feelings.

I was drawn to this show in part by the title - "Putting Things Away." This is the title of a song with music & lyrics by Amanda McBroom, that I heard for the first time about 8 years ago, sung by Lisa Richard at THE CINEGRILL in Hollywood. The song seemed to be written about the things happening in my life at that moment in time, and I was awed by its very simplicity and depth. As sung on Tuesday by Ms. Bennett, it was a deja vu moment - a truly moving experience.

Raisa has fantastic vocals - that's a given. But more than that, she has constructed a show, along with her director Eric Michael Gillett, about reorganizing your life that includes some of the most focused songs written by contemporary songwriters you can find. She gives each song her special personal touch - with hardly a word of patter. She lets her song list do the talking. And as a sort of reminder to all of us to reorganize, her closing song was the David Friedman classic, "We Live on Borrowed Time."

Two more shows remain in the run: Sunday and Tuesday, May 25th & 27th, both at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM. They don't get much better than this!


Just a reminder for folks in the USA - Monday is Memorial Day and some cabaret and piano bar schedules may be amended or changed over the 4-day weekend. Traffic patterns also change - give yourself extra time to get to your destination and phone ahead. And with folks on holiday at a time when fuel prices have hit an all time high, many looking for live entertainment events may start looking for events closer to home. Now more than ever, make reservations for cabaret events you plan to see - and arrive on time. You reservation may be worthless once the show starts and your seats are given to folks who didn't make reservations.


More thoughts on the 2008 MAC AWARDS that were in my notes but never made it into the newsletters.

First off, what a fantastic choice by MAC in holding the show at B.B. KINGS - the location at the center of the excitingly refurbished 42nd Street gave the event a glamor and pizzaz that would be hard to duplicate in this hectic busy town. And the fact that the limited seating of about 600 enable MAC to sell out gives a special aura of celebration to the event. I realize that the stage is not large and getting on stage from back stage is limited to one doorway, with little room to negotiate. But MAC is blessed with directors like Lennie Watts who can plan and organize a fantastic, smoothly run event, even with limitations.

Second, cabaret is like a family (or even sort of like church) and the MAC AWARDS show gives excitement and thrill far beyond what is happening on stage. Old friends are reunited, cabaret folks from far beyond the NYC metropolitan area manage to get into town for this event. For example, Airman Kit Lo (I don't exactly know his rank) was there from North Dakota (on his way from being transferred from the coldest part of the county to the hottest - he will be stationed in Texas now). And the expansiveness of the venue give everyone a chance to schmooze by the bar, even during the show, without disturbing too many folks at the tables. Let's do this again next year!


Another reminder: it is FLEET WEEK in the NYC, with naval ships from all over the world converging on NY harbor to show their stuff (and give their crews shore leave). The event runs through Wednesday the 28th. Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships will be in town for Fleet Week New York. Hosted nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the City's celebration of the sea services. This annual event also provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness first hand the latest capabilities of today's Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team. Fleet Week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week, as well as public visitation of many of the participating ships. For a schedule of events, see http://www.cnrma.navy.mil/fleetweek/schedule.htm


If you have visited the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website lately (over 6000 folks do every day) you may note that we are in the midst of a major renovation - and about 50% towards completion. (I had to pause reconstruction for a few days to work on another website.) The opening (home) page changes every morning to list the latest and best shows around the world happening that day. And we are slowly converting to a "magazine" format - I'll explain that later.

Having a show or cabaret event? Is your show listed on the website and/or the newsletter? There is no charge for your show to be listed - you don't even have to be a member! Remember, unseen and untold means unsold. Check out the website in the weeks to come as we make improvements.


Just in case you missed the item at the top of the newsletter, over 45 tickets have been sold (as of last night - a few orders came in today as I was writing this issue) for our 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN to be held on Wednesday, July 9th starting a 7:00 pm. This means less than 40 seats remain. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW - you must have a paid ticket to attend the show (no comps). 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. This has led to some confusion - let me explain: last year we sold combo SILVER tickets for $40 and regular tickets for $35. This year combo SILVER tickets are just $30 - $10 less than last year, and $5 less than last years non-membership ticket - so we are not selling any regular non-membership tickets this year. GOLD combo tickets cost $85 (last year they cost $95). 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. For more information, see this link: http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsCABHT080709Bday18a.shtml

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/ ), Sandi Durell (http://www.timelessdivas.com/ ), Joyce Moody (http://www.joycemoody.com/ ) and Eric Michael Gillett (http://www.ericmichaelgillett.com/ ) plus 2 additional anonymous sponsors.


If you can't attend our 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW on July 9th, (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 just $20). Just go to http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1prog.shtml and 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.


Well, its time to go - I share a DSL line with my roommate and our router went kafluey yesterday and I have to run over to Best Buy for a new one - he has to be off-line while I'm on line and that's really miserable for both of us.


And that is just about the way it was.

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU

 


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