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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #080609 - Monday, June 30, 2008
Since 1990 Your First, Best and Only Complete Source of Cabaret News

NOW IN OUR 18th YEAR PUBLISHING THE NEWS OF CABARET!
COVERING CABARET ON THE INTERNET SINCE 1997!

18TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE BEECHMAN - WAITING LIST FORMED See http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsCABHT080709Bday18a.shtml

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SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

With the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, there will be no issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Thursdays July 3rd & 10th.


HEADLINES OF NEWS & EVENTS SPOTLIGHTED IN THIS ISSUE

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

ALL 2007-2008 MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRE ON JULY 5th - RENEW TODAY
HOME-PAGE SIDE-BAR AD SALE EXTENDED FOR JULY & AUGUST
MESSAGE BOARD BANNER AVAILABLE WITH LOW SUMMER PRICES
NYC: WAITING LIST 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
CYNTHIA CRANE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE CD AVAILABLE
WINNER - CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE MEMBERS' CHOICE TOP-10
JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS CD FEATURES QUEST FOR THE REAL THING
NYC: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN'S HOW 'BOUT THEM APPLES?!
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
PENNSYLVANIA: NEXT BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE TONIGHT
NYC: ALGONQUIN SALON CONTINUES WITH GUEST HOST JENNIFER WREN
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: KEVIN DOZIER MAKES NYC CABARET DEBUT
NYC: OPENING DOORS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
NYC: HAPPY HOUR WITH DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE TOWNHOUSE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
CHICAGO: MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT PETTERINO'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
LOS ANGELES: TORCH & MARX TEAM UP FOR WEEKLY BLUES JAM
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
LOS ANGELES: LES MICHAELS HOSTS OPEN MIC MONDAYS AT VERMONT
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: WHITE, HICKS & RITZEL UPSTAIRS AT STONEWALL
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES CONTINUES WITH DREAMGIRLS

NYC: BARRETT TAYLOR AT CATERINA'S TUESDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
LOS ANGELES: MUNDY ON TUESDAYS CONTINUES AT THE GARDENIA
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS WITH FRIENDLIEST THING
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
LOS ANGELES: WEDNESDAY JAZZ JAM CONTINUES AT NEW VENUE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: BIG NIGHT OUT OPEN-MIC MADNESS SERIES CONTINUES
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: RICKY & KIMLEE WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
CHICAGO: PAUL MARINARO TRIO NOW EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NEW JERSEY: NEW CABARET SHOWCASE AT TIM McLOONE'S THURSDAYS
BALTIMORE: "STORIES FOR PIANO" AT CABARET AT GERMANO'S
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX THIS WEEK - GUEST TBA
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
LOS ANGELES: IRENE IS BACK ON THURSDAYS AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN

BOSTON: SANSOUCIE & WANDEL AT ENCORE ON THURSDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
PALM BEACH: COMSTOCK & FASANO AT THE COLONY IN JULY
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE PIANO AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH YOUNG BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: 4th OF JULY SING-A-LONG WITH JERRY SCOTT AT CATERINA'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS WITH FRIENDLIEST THING
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC RIDES AGAIN - SATURDAYS IN JULY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC: POOLE PARTY IN 10th YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER
NYC: MARCUS SIMEONE IS A TROUBADOUR OF LOVE
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
ON THE RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW" EVERY SUNDAY AT 9:00 pm
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
ON THE RADIO: "AT THE RITZ!" SUNDAYS & STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
NYC: NO TRUDI MANN'S FABULOUS OPEN MIC JULY 6th
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT WITH NEW SHOW "BEST OF MY LOVE"
NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: WAITING LIST FORMS FOR 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
NYC: PSYCHOBABBLE HELD OVER FOR 3 MORE EVENINGS
NYC: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS WITH FRIENDLIEST THING
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NEW ENGLAND: SUMMER CABARET CONCERTS ON THE BEACH
NYC: JOYCE MOODY RETURNS ONCE MORE TO MAMA'S WITH VAMPIN' LADY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NEW ORLEANS: RUNNING WITH SCISSORS IN JULY AT LE CHAT NOIR
LOS ANGELES: JENELLE LYNN RANDALL & SONGS OF NANCY WILSON
NYC: GRACE COSGROVE RETURNS WITH 'JUMP/CUT' SHOW
NYC: JACKIE DRAPER RETURNS WITH "THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE"
CHICAGO: MUSICAL MONDAYS (& A TUESDAY) AT THE DRURY LANE
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
NYC: MR. GREEN'S OPUS: THE SONGS OF DAVID GREEN AT BIRDLAND
NYC: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" MONTHLY
NYC: FRANK TORREN RETURNS TO REPRISE "FIRST TIMES"
LONDON: DES DE MOOR IN LONG AWAITED LONDON CONCERT
SAN FRANCISCO: CONNIE CHAMPAGNE IN "A BRAND NEW ME!"
SAN FRANCISCO: CARLY OZARD MAKES CABARET DEBUT
NYC: SPECIAL "END OF AN ERA ROAST & TOAST" ELECTRIC SHOCK
NEW YORK STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS LYNN LOOSIER
NYC: GURLAND AND FARLEY PREMIERE ALL NEW SHOW
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

ALL 2007-2008 MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRE ON JULY 5th - RENEW TODAY
Don't miss a minute of benefits - including that free page promoting your CDs, discounts on cabaret events & offerings, participation in MEMBERS' CHOICE events, listing & links on our membership and performer pages, discounts and rebates for banner ads plus regular MEMBERS' ONLY updates, announcements and offers. 2008-2009 CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE memberships, good through July 5, 2009, are 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 should renew now). SILVER memberships still are just $20 - GOLD memberships remain at $75. And you can upgrade at any time for full credit! 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!


HOME-PAGE SIDE-BAR AD SALE EXTENDED FOR JULY & AUGUST
A CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE home page sidebar ad is the perfect size and shape to promote your show, your event or your CD! And we can even link it to a page on your website - or CDBaby, LML, iTunes or other website where your CD is available for purchase. The home page is displayed on average 6,000 times each day! During July & August 2008 we are offering 1 week free with 3 weeks paid - $100 worth of advertising for just $75. No membership discounts, ad must be paid for in advance using PayPal, limit of 5 sidebars per week, ad must end its run no later than August 17th. AD MUST BE CABARET RELATED. Your payment will be refunded by PayPal if we are unable to display your ad for any reason. In addition, your offering will be mentioned in EVERY issue of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletter, sent to over 2600 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 BANNER AVAILABLE WITH LOW SUMMER PRICES
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! For the months of July & August, the new, lower cost of this exclusive placement is $80 per week for the first 2 weeks (there is a 2-week minimum) and then $70 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.


NYC: WAITING LIST 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
Tickets for our 18th Birthday Party on Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) are sold out. You can add your name to our waiting list and will be notified of any additional cancellations. REMEMBER: NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE SHOW! NO COMPS! Please don't call THE BEECHMAN - they are not taking reservations for this event.

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!). Tickets are just $10 - but must be purchased in combination with a 2008-2009 membership: $30 for a SILVER combo; $85 for a GOLD combo; $250 CRYSTAL membership gets you 2 free tickets. Just go to http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1tkt.shtml to place your name on the waiting list - don't send a check or payment. If tickets become available you will be notified.

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/ ), Sandi Durell & Shari Upbin (http://www.timelessdivas.com/ ), Joyce Moody (http://www.joycemoody.com/ ), Eric Michael Gillett (http://www.ericmichaelgillett.com/ ), Joanna Mosca (http://www.joannamosca.com/ ) and Chelsea Hudgens (http://www.chelseasdesktop.com/ ) plus 2 additional anonymous sponsors.


HERE & THERE
Except for two items that need extensive rewriting and editing, and one item for the last week of July, this issue includes all the news items received about cabaret events for the next 5 weeks! So, with that in mind, plus the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, there will be no issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Thursdays July 3rd & 10th. This should allow the news to catch up with the newsletter, rather than the other way around!

Not all the cabaret schedules for July have been received from the clubs yet (and it is already the last day of the month) so I know there is a lot of news out there for July still to be covered.


Banner advertising has also gone into the "summer doldrums" period, which is why it is important for folks to join or rejoin as a CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE member in the next few weeks. The membership concept was begun in the summer of 2001, when the website and newsletter became independent again and had to be totally supported by banner advertising. I was looking forward to a tough summer period, and consulted several folks for their advice. The late Dottie Burman was the one who suggested the membership setup. This was a far better idea than a "subscription" system. Modeled after the public television support system, I could still offer completely free newsletters and a completely free website, supported by members and advertising. The membership year was scheduled to begin during the "advertising poor" summer months, thus allowing membership donations to make up for lost advertising revenue.

I hope you will consider joining, or rejoining, CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE in the next few weeks - over 150 folks have already joined for 2008-2009, 85 of whom became members as part of the ticket sales for this year's CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY to be held on July 9th.

By the way, Sunday July 6th is my actual birthday and the true birth-date of the start of the newsletter/website operation (the website actually got its start in the fall of 1997 when postage/paper/printing costs began to become impossible to cover from ad and subscription revenue). The best gift anyone can give me would be the purchase of a membership - still just $20 for the basic SILVER lever, $75 for GOLD and up. 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 of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE membership.


Meantime, you may have noted that we have some ad deals going on for the summer to try to entice folks to support the newsletter/website while also promoting their show, CD or other cabaret related offering. The HOME-PAGE SIDE-BAR ads are now marked down to 4 weeks for the price of 3! Don't forget, running an ad also means your item will be promoted in every issue of the newsletter (currently sent to over 2600 subscribers) as long as the ad is running! For about $19 per week! Ad must start its run no later than August 17th.

Meantime, the SUPER-SIDE-BAR ADS (which appear on over 2000 pages of the website - all the time) now can be purchased at a 10% discount (the 10-weeks for the price of 9 continues, too)! This means that a GOLD member, already getting a 20% discount, now gets 30% off - and with the 9 week plus 1 week free gets about 40% off the regular price! Ad must start its run no later than August 17th. As always, your item will be promoted in every issue of the newsletter (currently sent to over 2600 subscribers) as long as the ad is running!

Finally, for July and August (starting July 6th), the cost of advertising on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE Message Board drops from $95 per week for the first two weeks to just $80 per week! And the normal $75 per week father the initial 2-weeks drops to $70 per week. Ad must start its run no later than August 17th and must end its run at these prices before September 13th. As in all cases, your item will be promoted in every issue of the newsletter (currently sent to over 2600 subscribers) as long as the ad is running!


My apartment is just a few blocks from the East River (actually since Manhattan is an island, it is still the Hudson River, eastern branch). That's the waterway where MACY'S places the barges from which their July 4th fireworks are sent to space. The main display will be from barges located on the river between 23rd and 10th streets (I live on 10th Street between Avenues C & D - Avenue D is just one block from the river!) In other words, the party will be just a few steps from my front door! An additional barge will be located just off the South Street Seaport (Fulton Street). I can't wait!

Here's a little history note: The fireworks display used to take place on the main Hudson River, between NYC and New Jersey. Crowds would line the Hudson on both sides. But one year some of the cities on the Jersey side decided that they would charge MACY'S for the extra costs of policing and cleaning up after the event, so the location became a NYC only event.


I am really looking forward to the next 10 days! First off, this is the only issue of the newsletter this week so I have a bit of a break from my usual routine. Then comes the 4th celebration on Friday, and my own birthday on Sunday the 6th, and the a newsletter on Monday the 7th, the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th Birthday Party on Wednesday the 9th, and no new issue of the newsletter until Monday the 14th! Not quite a 2-week vacation, but almost.


Having a show or cabaret event? Is your show listed on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 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. You don't even need a press agent to prepare your press release - just go to http://www.svhamstra.com/PressRelease1.shtml and fill out the information as completely as possible.


On Sunday we signed up our 160th 2008-2009 Member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (David Livingston!). All current 2007-2008 memberships expire on July 5th. We had a little head start because this year all 85 tickets sold to our 18th Birthday Party, to be held on Wednesday night, July 9th, included a 2008-2009 membership. Thanks to all for this amazing and most gratifying show of support!


Congrats to Cathy Segal-Garcia out in Los Angeles. She has been hosting a Wednesday Night Jazz Jam Session every week for 7 years at the same venue, and then suddenly the venue was sold and the new owners apparently had different plans for Wednesday nights. Over 300 people showed up last Wednesday, the 25th of June, to attend the closing night. But meantime, behind the scenes, Cathy was hunting for a new club and found one - and the weekly series will continue without missing a week! This Wednesday, July 2nd, the jam session opens at THE SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT - and from what it sounds like, a far more convenient location! See details in the listings below.


More HERE & THERE items appear at the bottom of this issue - last minute items that come in just before we "go to press" as well as a report on shows seen since the last issue.


SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

With the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, there will be no issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Thursdays July 3rd & 10th.


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 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 ***


JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS CD FEATURES QUEST FOR THE REAL THING
Award-winning cabaret performer Jamie deRoy, best known for her Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret series, offers an insightful musical exploration of that elusive but all consuming part of everybody's life- the search for true love-- with Jamie deRoy & friends - Volume 7: "The Real Thing", a spirited collection of songs celebrating the quest for love. The recording showcases a diverse list of writers including: George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, John Bucchino, Cole Porter, Michele Brourman and Karen Gottlieb. The recording features performances by some of the most celebrated entertainers from the worlds of Broadway, film, television, and cabaret including: Broadway's Rebecca Luker, Euan Morton, Karen Mason, Penny Fuller, Baby Jane Dexter, Billy Stritch, Kim Cea and Jerry Dixon, Kane Alexander, and Marcus Simeone. Jamie deRoy & friends - Volume 7: The Real Thing is produced by Paul Rolnick. Artistic Director is Barry Kleinbort. Executive Producer is Jamie deRoy, Jamie deRoy & friends, inc. Available at cdBaby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/jderoy7 . *** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

With the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, there will be no issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Thursdays July 3rd & 10th.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR JUNE 30th THROUGH JULY 6th FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

MONDAY - JUNE 30th

NYC: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN'S HOW 'BOUT THEM APPLES?!
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Catch a first viewing of Gretchen Reinhagen's brand new show, "How 'Bout Them Apples?!" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Monday, June 30th at 7:00 pm. The show is directed by Barry Kleinbort with Musical Director David Gaines. It simply is a musical look at those pesky little things that annoy us, amuse us, or simply make us say "how 'bout them apples!" There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
*** SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


PENNSYLVANIA: NEXT BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE TONIGHT
BOB's BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE returns on June 30th (and every other Monday), at 7:30 pm at the STOCKTON INN (1 North Main Street, Stockton NJ - 609-397-1250 - http://www.bobegan.net/stockton-inn.html ). The show usually features 6 to 10 vocalists from the NY-NJ-PA area. Performers for for scheduled for this showcase include Keith Nielson, Jan Baldwin, Cari Kassel, Jane Arthur, Tom Bateman (musical director) with the graduating class of New Hope-Solebury HS singers: Devyn Rush, Christian Rees, Ryan Mancuso, Aimee Woods, Anna Sberna, Alex Lucy, Mark Laird and special guest Pianist, Arjun Ayyanga, and more performers to be announced. Only $10 cover/$10 minimum. Serving dinner, from 5:30 pm.


NYC: ALGONQUIN SALON CONTINUES WITH GUEST HOST JENNIFER WREN
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Mark Janas' ALGONQUIN SALON returns to the lobby of the legendary THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331 - http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ ) on Monday night, July 7th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm with another theme-less evening entitled "FREE FOR ALL!" Guest host for this show is Jennifer Wren. This title has two meanings: First, it serves as a reminder that there is no cover or minimum for the salon's entertainment events at the Algonquin Hotel. Second, since so many have reported that they prepared special material for several themes nights that never happened (like Cole Porter, The Tonys and Country Folk), here is the perfect opportunity to bring them all to Salon in a thematic free-for-all that will allow everyone to play, sing and recite the material they love best and keep the place hopping. The ALGONQUIN SALON will continue on Monday nights, with an intermittent schedule through the summer.


NYC: KEVIN DOZIER MAKES NYC CABARET DEBUT
Singer Kevin Dozier, who was named 'Male Performer of the Year' at the 2003 San Francisco Cabaret Competition, will make his NYC debut at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) with one remaining show on Monday June 30th 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.


NYC: OPENING DOORS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
Opening Doors Theatre Company presents THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE GOES PUBLIC at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) for two more performances only, on Monday, June 30th and Tuesday, July 1st at 7:00 pm. The short-lived 1994 sequel to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is produced by Suzanne Adams. The production will be directed by Hector Coris with musical direction by Michael Lavine from a score by Carol Hall. The book is by Peter Masterson and Larry L. King. Choreography will be by Dana Boll. The cast includes Dana Barthy, Bryce Bermingham, Rebecca Greenberg, Brooke Jacob, Justin Jones, Brian Tom O'Connor, Brett Rigby, Jason B. Schmidt, Rachel Louise Thomas, and Lexi Windsor. Tickets are $20 plus a 2-drink minimum. Tickets must be purchased in advance online through http://www.smarttix.com/ or by calling 212-868-4444.


NYC: HAPPY HOUR WITH DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE TOWNHOUSE
*** 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


CHICAGO: MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT PETTERINO'S
*** 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
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
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.


LOS ANGELES: 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.


NYC: WHITE, HICKS & RITZEL UPSTAIRS AT STONEWALL
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
STONEWALL INN (53 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-488-2705 - http://www.thestonewallinn.net/ ) has added another night to its open-mic schedule for UPSTAIRS AT STONEWALL, and tonight and every monday night you can drop in from 9:00 pm to 3:30 am and catch Teri White, Kimlee Hicks with Ricky Ritzel at the piano. The piano bar is accessible through the main bar room. No cover charge.


TUESDAY - JULY 1st

NYC: TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES CONTINUES WITH DREAMGIRLS
THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) is pleased to continue TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES with a special screening of the independent feature DREAMGIRLS on Tuesday, July 1st at 7:00 pm. There is no cover charge for this event, and there is a 2 drink or $15 food/beverage minimum.


NYC: BARRETT TAYLOR AT CATERINA'S TUESDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
CATERINA'S (316 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-355-5360) has added an additional night of piano bar, with Barrett Taylor taking charge on Tuesdays. He will be at the piano from 7:00 to 11:00 pm each week. Call for cover/minimum information.


LOS ANGELES: MUNDY ON TUESDAYS CONTINUES AT THE GARDENIA
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
MaryJo Mundy and Keri Kelsey host open-mic every Tuesday at 9:00 pm (signup at 8:30 pm) at MUNDY ON TUESDAYS! at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444 - http://www.cabaretwest.org/gardenia.htm ). A variety of pianists join in each week including Richard Berent, John Boswell, Brad Ellis, Mike Farrell, Ross Kalling, Scott Harlan, Shelly Markham, Michael Orland, Todd Schroeder, David Snyder & Ron Snyder. Call for cover/minimum information.


WEDNESDAY - JULY 2nd

NYC: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS WITH FRIENDLIEST THING
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
2008 MAC Award winner Suzanne Carrico returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in July with three performances of her acclaimed show THE FRIENDLIEST THING, with performances on Wednesdays, July 2nd & 9th and Saturday, July 5th, all shows at 7:30 pm. The show features Musical Director Tedd Firth on piano (Steven Ray Watkins on the 5th) with Steve Doyle on bass. The show is directed by Mary Cleere Haran. THE FRIENDLIEST THING is 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. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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LOS ANGELES: WEDNESDAY JAZZ JAM CONTINUES AT NEW VENUE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Cathy Segal-Garcia Productions continues the 7-year-long Wednesday Night Jazz Jam Sessions this week at a new location: THE SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT (4420 West Lakeside Drive, Burbank, CA - 818-845-3731 - http://www.smokehouse1946.com/ ) from 8:30 pm to midnight. The sessions had to vacate their old venue last Wednesday due to the sale of that club to new owners. THE SMOKEHOUSE is not too far from Studio City, just behind Universal City in Burbank/Toluca Lake, and across from Warner Brothers. The jam sessions have been held every Wednesday night for the past 7 years! The band features Eddy Olivieri on keyboards, Jack Le Compte on drums, the bassists in the last few years have mostly been Bill Markus, John Hatton, and Michael Saucier. Billy Kerr on sax, Jeff Snow on sax, Guy Mack on trumpet, and the comings and goings of trombonist Les Benedict. Guests are invited to get up and perform, singing or playing an instrument. No cover! Just a 2 drink or food minimum.


NYC: BIG NIGHT OUT OPEN-MIC MADNESS SERIES CONTINUES
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
This much anticipated open-mic series hosted by acclaimed singer Jennifer Wren ("The Wild Party" Discovery channel, etc.) and piano favorite Bill Zeffiro is a potpourri of exceptional talents from the worlds of Broadway and cabaret who are free to come together at THE CHICAGO CITY LIMITS ROOM at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ) on Wednesdays, July 2nd, 16th & 30th at 10:00 pm to share the music they love. Composers and singers are invited to break in their new material, revisit old songs, just let their hair down, have fun and embrace the music they love. And there's no cover or minimum! Bill Zeffiro (USA Network, "Another World" "Extreme Makeover," "An Evening of Kaye Swift,"etc., etc., This super talented composer/writer and musical director supreme, bring his talents and wisdom to the keys along with his off-beat sense of humor. Bill's numerous credits also include musical director for many cabaret shows. No cover.


NYC: RICKY & KIMLEE 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.


CHICAGO: PAUL MARINARO TRIO NOW EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
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.


THURSDAY - JULY 3rd

SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

With the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, there will be no issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Thursdays July 3rd & 10th.


NEW JERSEY: NEW CABARET SHOWCASE AT TIM McLOONE'S THURSDAYS
Starting Thursday, July 3rd, and running though August 7th, Bob Egan presents "Bob's Thursday night Cabaret Series" at TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400 - http://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/ ). There will be a special Opening Showcase Celebration on July 3rd featuring Lynell Antonelli, Jane Arthur, Eddie Bruce, Jack Cosgrove, Brett Colby, Lou Ruvulo, Jill Sentino, Michael Traupman, Jonathan Waterfield and Ed White. There is a $15 cover, no minimum. Located on the newly renovated boardwalk, above the Salt Water Beach Cafe, the club offers the experience of great live entertainment paired with local and organic cuisine Wednesday through Sunday. UPCOMING EVENTS: July 18th, Liz Callaway; July 31st, comic Judy Gold; in October: Kenny Rankin. Check the website regularly, for updates.


BALTIMORE: "STORIES FOR PIANO" AT CABARET AT GERMANO'S
Baritone Jason Buckwalter brings his show "Stories for Piano" to CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - http://www.germanostrattoria.com/ ) on Thursday, July 3rd at 7:30 pm. He is accompanied by Dana Nichole Scott with direction by Carolyn Black-Sotir. Buckwalter is a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where he earned a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma studying with William Sharp. Equally comfortable in stage and concert venues, he was seen as Papageno in Peabody's March production of Mozart's The Magic Flute and as Pilate in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in February. Dana Nichole Scott has performed as an accompanist with Harbor Opera, Center Stage, and the Kennedy Center. This year, she was Music Director for FBN Productions and a coach/accompanist for the Little Patuxent Opera Institute. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Pre-show dining is available from 6:00 pm.


NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
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 with guest performers and Thursdays through Saturdays with open-mic piano bar starting around 9:00 pm.


NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX THIS WEEK - GUEST TBA
*** 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. Check the website for this week's guest. 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/ .


LOS ANGELES: IRENE IS BACK ON THURSDAYS AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN
On Thursday nights Irene Soderberg brings her unique brand of music - standards, swing, blues, and jazz to ELEVEN RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB (8811 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 310-855-0800 - http://www.eleven.la/ ). Irene is here every Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 pm - stop by for dinner or cocktails (or both) and LA's Queen of Cabaret. For opening night on the 5th there will be raffles, free CDs and gift bags galore. Call for cover/minimum information.


BOSTON: SANSOUCIE & WANDEL AT ENCORE ON THURSDAYS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Steve SanSoucie, accompanied by Rob Wandel, present cabaret and open-mic from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am every Thursday night at Boston's famed ENCORE LOUNGE at THE COURTYARD MARRIOT (275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA - 617-728-2162 - http://www.encoreloungeboston.com/ ). No cover charge.


FRIDAY - JULY 4th - INDEPENDENCE DAY (USA)
Because the 4th of July falls on a Friday this year, creating a natural 4-day weekend, many venues are on a holiday schedule this weekend - be sure to call in advance to check on any revised hours or closings of your cabaret or piano bar destination.


PALM BEACH: COMSTOCK & FASANO AT THE COLONY IN JULY
Award-winning duo, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, who swept the 2007 MAC Awards by taking home three trophies return together to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100 - http://www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/ ) on Fridays, July 4th & 11th & Saturdays, July 5th & 12th, all shows at 8:00 pm. Comstock and Fasano recently appeared at the THE ALLEN ROOM at FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL for American Songbook, in a tribute to Broadway composer Charles Strouse. Other appearance include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Birdland, The Metropolitan Room and others. Their multiple recordings have been played on radio stations around the world. Hailed as one of the most stunning and soulful singers in the county, Fasano was honored with the 2007 MAC Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist. Critics have raved about her newest CD, 'WRITTEN IN THE STARS' which won 2007's Bistro and MAC Awards for Record of the Year. In November 2007, Comstock's inventive arrangements and swinging vocals earned him the Mabel Mercer Foundation's DICK GALLAGHER AWARD, acknowledging his work as both an entertainer and producer. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE AT THE PIANO AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Piano bar host, vocalist and recording artist David Pellegrene hosts open-mic piano-bar until whenever at UNCLE CHARLIE'S (139 East 45th Street 2nd Floor, NYC - 212-661-9097 - http://www.unclecharliesnyc.com/ ) on Fridays & Saturdays with open-mic piano bar starting around 9:00 pm. There is never a cover charge - just plenty of fun and song.
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NYC: 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 & Alysha Umphress host 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.


NYC: 4th OF JULY SING-A-LONG WITH JERRY SCOTT AT CATERINA'S
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Multi-award winning Jerry Scott's Sing-A-Long Open Mic events take place from 8:00 pm to midnight on Fridays & Saturdays at CATERINA'S (316 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-355-5360). Reservations are highly recommended. Call for cover/minimum information.


SATURDAY - JULY 5th
Because the 4th of July fell on a Friday this year, creating a natural 4-day weekend, many venues are on a holiday schedule this weekend - be sure to call in advance to check on any revised hours or closings of your cabaret or piano bar destination.
NYC: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS WITH FRIENDLIEST THING
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
2008 MAC Award winner Suzanne Carrico returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in July with two more performances of her acclaimed show THE FRIENDLIEST THING, with performances on Saturday, July 5th and Wednesday, July 9th both shows at 7:30 pm. The show features Musical Director Tedd Firth on piano (Steven Ray Watkins on the 5th) with Steve Doyle on bass. The show is directed by Mary Cleere Haran. THE FRIENDLIEST THING is 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. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC RIDES AGAIN - SATURDAYS IN JULY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
The 2008 MAC-award-winning team of Karen Mack and Michael Holland continue their "Gashole: Hole-O-Matic '08!" all request random pop show shows at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) on Saturdays at 7:30 pm through July 5th. This is the show where the audience picks the songs & medleys that this super-talented duo perform - each week is a different show! There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: POOLE PARTY IN 10th YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER
The Award-Winning Stand-Up & Musical Comedy show POOLE PARTY, now in its 10th year 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, July 7th at 8:30 pm, the show will feature top NYC-area comics including Tom Ragu, Eric Deskin, Joe Minolfi, Monica Russell, Johnny Blaze Leavitt, Stephen Morphesis, Laura Spaeth, David Hodorowski, Jeffrey Johns and Sidney Meyer. Hosted by Darlene Violette! Still just a $15 cover, 2 drink minimum each show. $10 cover each show for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


SUNDAY - JULY 6th
Because the 4th of July fell on a Friday this year, creating a natural 4-day weekend, many venues are on a holiday schedule this weekend - be sure to call in advance to check on any revised hours or closings of your cabaret or piano bar destination.
NYC: MARCUS SIMEONE IS A TROUBADOUR OF LOVE
*** 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 performance scheduled Sunday, July 6th 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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ON THE RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW" EVERY SUNDAY AT 9:00 pm
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, July 6th, 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, will feature another exciting adventure in music past and present. 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/ .


ON THE RADIO: "AT THE RITZ!" SUNDAYS & 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.


NYC: NO TRUDI MANN'S FABULOUS OPEN MIC JULY 6th
*** 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/ ). This week the venue is closed for the 4h of July weekend - but Trudi will be back next Sunday, July 13th at the regular time. 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.
CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR JULY 7th THROUGH JULY 13th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

TUESDAY - JULY 8th

NYC: ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT WITH NEW SHOW "BEST OF MY LOVE"
Eric Michael Gillett returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) with his first new solo show in five years. "Best Of My Love" will be presented on Tuesdays, July 8th & 29th at 7:00 pm, and Friday & Saturday, July 11th & 12th 7:30 pm. Don Rebic will be musical director with Steve Doyle on bass. Eric Michael Gillett's first new solo show in five years returns him to the stage of THE METROPOLITAN ROOM following his encore presentations of the acclaimed "Hook, Line & Singer". In "Best Of My Love", the MAC and Bistro award winning vocalist takes a wry and moving look at the intricate ways of the heart and the universal paths we all tread as we stumble our way toward true romance. Gillett's repertoire for this engagement includes an eclectic array of material, from Sondheim to Jim Brickman, the Backstreet Boys, Madonna, and beyond. There is a $20 music charge and a $15 minimum.
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NYC: 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 - JULY 9th

NYC: WAITING LIST FORMS FOR 18th BIRTHDAY SHOW JULY 9th
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
Tickets for our 18th Birthday Party on Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) are sold out. You can add your name to our waiting list with hopes of still getting a seat. 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!). REMEMBER: NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE SHOW! NO COMPS! Please don't call THE BEECHMAN - they are not taking reservations for this event. Tickets are just $10 - but must be purchased in combination with a 2008-2009 membership: $30 for a SILVER combo; $85 for a GOLD combo; $250 CRYSTAL membership gets you 2 free tickets. Just go to http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1tkt.shtml to place your name on the waiting list - don't send a check or payment.


NYC: PSYCHOBABBLE HELD OVER FOR 3 MORE EVENINGS
Nancy Evans invites you to join her in a session with her psychiatrist at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ) on Wednesdays,July 9th, 16th & 23rd at 7:00 pm. This crazy New Yorker spins and tilts as she revels in and reveals her many moods with wacky medleys of Broadway, Jazz and Pop Standards. Personality swings, emotional sambas and quirky blues will never be the same. Nancy Evans, actress, singer, comedienne and her Argentinean band, led by the brilliant pianist Octavio Brunetti bring you an evening filled with songs and thoughts. Directed by Dennis Deal, writer and director of "Nite Club CONFIDENTIAL." Co-created by Jeff Halpern and Nancy Evans. There is a $20 Music charge plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SUZANNE CARRICO RETURNS WITH FRIENDLIEST THING
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
2008 MAC Award winner Suzanne Carrico returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in July with one more performance of her acclaimed show THE FRIENDLIEST THING, with performance on Wednesday, July 9th both shows at 7:30 pm. The show features Musical Director Tedd Firth on piano (Steven Ray Watkins on the 5th) with Steve Doyle on bass. The show is directed by Mary Cleere Haran. THE FRIENDLIEST THING is 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. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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THURSDAY - JULY 10th

SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

With the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, there will be no issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Thursdays July 3rd & 10th.
NEW ENGLAND: SUMMER CABARET CONCERTS ON THE BEACH
Broadway performers who have starred in such well-known musicals as Mamma Mia!, Fame, 42nd Street, Good Vibrations, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables will perform in "Summer Cabaret Concerts On The Beach" at THE INN AT BAY POINTE (64 Washington Court Quincy, MA - 617-472-3200) on Thursday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 15th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The shows feature Jesse Nager, Rebecca Kasper, Quiana Smith, Tara Siesener, Danny Calvert and Maurice Murphy. All of the Broadway Cabaret singers are also teaching at Quincy Camp Broadway a two week summer course for children in grades 3 through 12. Musical directors are Tom Lamark & Matt Prior. Tickets are $30.


FRIDAY - JULY 11th

NYC: JOYCE MOODY RETURNS ONCE MORE TO MAMA'S WITH VAMPIN' LADY
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
After extended runs for four months, singer Joyce Moody returns in April with two performances of her acclaimed show "VAMPIN' LADY: The Music of Milton Ager" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Performances are scheduled for Friday, June 11th at 6:30 pm and Thursday, July 31st at 8:00 pm. Musical director Earl Wentz, who crafted this fast-paced, funny, and sentimental hour-long revue of Milton Ager's music, will accompany Joyce on the piano. The show is being produced in association with Sixpence, Inc., a NYC-based theatre producer and publisher of books, music, and CDs. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NEW ORLEANS: RUNNING WITH SCISSORS IN JULY AT LE CHAT NOIR
Theatre misfits RUNNING WITH SCISSORS return to LE CHAT NOIR (715 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA - 504-581-5812 - http://www.cabaretlechatnoir.com/ ) with "A Place in the Sun" on Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, July 11th through August 3rd. The show is an outrageous parody of the 1951 Oscar-winning film about teenage romance, class struggle, and water sports starring Elizabeth Taylor, Shelly Winters, Montgomery Clift, and Raymond Burr. The tale centers on George Eastman (Jack Long), who's weary of living with his pious parents and moves out West to work in his uncle's swimwear factory. Before his first day on the job, he falls for wealthy society gal Angela Vickers (Brian Peterson), but, fearing she's out of his league, he settles for gawky girl-next-door Alice Tripp (Dorian Rush). Complications ensue including a careless roll in the hay with Alice and subsequent 1950s-style "trouble". A Place in the Sun stars Brad Caldwell, Wesley Coder, Bob Edes, Jr., Jack Long, Brian Peterson, and Dorian Rush. The play was adapted from the film and Theodore Dreiser's novel, An American Tragedy. Costumes by Brian Peterson and Kate Jensen, sets by Brad Caldwell, and props by Liz Zibilich. Tickets are $26 ($21 on Sundays).


LOS ANGELES: JENELLE LYNN RANDALL & SONGS OF NANCY WILSON
Jenelle Lynn Randall pays tribute to the great singer Nancy Wilson at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444 - http://www.cabaretwest.org/gardenia.htm ) on Friday & Saturday, July 11th & 12th at 9:00 pm. The show, "You're Gonna Hear From Me" features such Nancy favorites as "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Hello Young Lovers" and "For Once In My Life". New to New York, but not to the stage, Jenelle Lynn Randall has performed in Broadway shows,"All Shook Up" and "Brooklyn the Musical". While working at the Blue Note in Japan, she sang with the great Nancy Wilson, thus beginning her journey with the pop/jazz artist. Musical director is Geoffrey Leigh Tozer. Direction by Imani. Tickets are $15 plus a 2-drink minimum.


SATURDAY - JULY 12th

NYC: GRACE COSGROVE RETURNS WITH 'JUMP/CUT' SHOW
Grace Cosgrove returns to the stage with another performance of her first all-new show in almost four years, to be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Saturday, July 12th at 5:00 pm. In Jump/Cut, her exciting and provocative cabaret act, Grace, along with her musical director Tedd Firth, Steve Doyle on bass, AND direction by Eric Michael Gillett, explores contemporary life in the quirky yet elegant way that only she can. For this performance, Don Rebic is on piano. The show allows Grace to return to her first love, singing, with a collection of songs and stories that allow her to ask questions about her life as it is today and how the joy of music has illuminated her world and all of ours. There is a $15 cover, 2-beverage minimum.
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SUNDAY - JULY 13th

NYC: JACKIE DRAPER RETURNS WITH "THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE"
Jackie Draper reprises her show "The Language of Love" on Sunday, July 13th at 5:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ). In the show, along with Jackie, the audience will travel with Gershwin and Duke, through Weill and Nash, via Trenet and Legrand, down Loesser Lane, with nods along the way to Lehrer, Mercer, and Bucchino, among others, whose soaring songs inspire, amuse, and refresh (in Spanish, French,and English) with their own distinctive language of love. Jackie is joined on stage by musical director is Gregory Toroian, with Ritt Henn on bass. Also featured is dancer Franklin Ayala. The show is directed by Helen Baldassare. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $12 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR JULY 14th THROUGH JULY 20th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

MONDAY - JULY 14th

CHICAGO: MUSICAL MONDAYS (& A TUESDAY) AT THE DRURY LANE
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Drury Lane and CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ) present the final shows of Musical Mondays at the DRURY LANE WATER TOWER PLACE (175 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL - 312-642-2000 - http://www.drurylanewatertower.com/ ) "Showcasing the Best of Chicago Cabaret." These performances are on Monday & Tuesday, July 14th & 15th at 7:30 pm, titles "All American Songwriters" featuring the music of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers and others. The cast includes Joan Curto, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Doyle, Laura Freeman, Tom Michael, KT McCammond , Daryl Nitz, MaryMonica Thomas and Robert Whorton. Carla Gordon serves as director, with Beckie Menzie as musical director and cabaret journalist Jeff Rossen hosts. Tickets are $25.


NYC: MR. GREEN'S OPUS: THE SONGS OF DAVID GREEN AT BIRDLAND
Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com announce MR. GREEN'S OPUS: THE SONGS OF DAVID GREEN to be performed ay BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com/ ) on Monday, July 14th at 7:00 pm as part of the long-running, Nightlife Award-winning concert series Broadway at Birdland. Some of Broadway's elite talent including Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys, Rent), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, The Boy from Oz), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid), Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, The Light In The Piazza) and Marissa Parry (Hairspray) will be joined by Mr. Green to showcase some of his most celebrated works, both past and present. Tickets are $25 plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


TUESDAY - JULY 15th

NYC: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" MONTHLY
GRACE NOTES - a Singers' Soiree, hosted by Bistro Award Winner 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 Tuesday, July 15th at 6:30 pm. Joining Grace are Eric Michael Gillett, Eric Michael Gillett (2008 Mac Award For Directing/Bistro Award For Vocals), Anna Bergman (International Concert & Cabaret Star), Mama Said (with Tracy Stark (2008 Mac Award), Mary Carey, Amie Carey, April Henry), Lawrence Florek, newcomer Adam Alexander plus a surprise guest. 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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NYC: FRANK TORREN RETURNS TO REPRISE "FIRST TIMES"
Musical theater veteran ("Where's Charlie?"- "Fiddler On the Roof" - "I Gotta Make My Own Music - Songs of Arthur Siegel") Frank Torren makes his local cabaret debut on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 pm at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). Frank will be singing 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 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


THURSDAY - JULY 17th

LONDON: DES DE MOOR IN LONG AWAITED LONDON CONCERT
Des De Moor's will present his first full in concert London performance in some time on Thursday, July 17th at 9:00 pm at ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN (372 Kennington Lane, London, UK - +44 (0)20 7820 1222 - http://www.theroyalvauxhalltavern.co.uk/ ), featuring a mix of original chansons including premiers of new songs, and material by Brecht/Weill/Eisler, Jacques Brel and David Bowie. With DJ Princess Dawn. Call for cover/minimum information.


FRIDAY - JULY 18th

SAN FRANCISCO: CONNIE CHAMPAGNE IN "A BRAND NEW ME!"
NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER (25 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA - 415-861-8972 - http://www.nctcsf.org/ ) is proud to announce the second show of the 2008 Summer Cabaret Series featuring Connie Champagne in "A Brand New Me! - The Dusty Springfield Songbook." The show is directed by F. Allen Sawyer with musical direction by Joe Collins. All performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm from July 26th through August 10th. Previews begin on July 18th. Tickets are $18 for previews and $28 for all other performances.


SAN FRANCISCO: CARLY OZARD MAKES CABARET DEBUT
Carly Ozard makes her solo cabaret debut on Friday, July 18th ay 7:00 pm at OCTAVIA LOUNGE (1772 Market Street, SF - 415-863-3516 - http://www.octavialounge.com/ ). Musical direction is by Barry Lloyd, with comic banter provided by Shawn Ryan. Additional Lyrics provided by Tom Orr. Daniel Fabricant is on bass. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SUNDAY - JULY 20th

NYC: SPECIAL "END OF AN ERA ROAST & TOAST" ELECTRIC SHOCK
After nearly three years of hosting THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR, his wildly successful weekly comedy show, Adam Sank says farewell on Sunday, July 30th at 10:00 pm at THERAPY (348 West 52 Street, NYC - 212-397-1700 - http://www.therapy-nyc.com/ ) before moving to the West Coast to join the ranks of unemployed would-be performers. Come watch as an A-List group of Therapy's favorite comics roast Sank to a pile of burnt embers and toast Electro Shock's new host, Brad Loekle. Scheduled to appear: Adam Sank (NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Vh-1's "Best Week Ever"), Brad Loekle (truTV's "World's Dumbest," Sirius OutQ's "Larry Flick Show), Karith Foster ("Imus in the Morning," Comedy Central's Premium Blend"), Michelle Buteau (HBO's "U.S. Arts Comedy Festival," NBC's "Last Comic Standing"), Robin Fox (Comcast TV's "Comedy Hour," WOR-Radio's "Joey Reynolds Show"), Jackie Monahan (Lesbians of Laughter Tour, Dykes on Mics), Brian Barry (soon to be seen in the Broadway revival of "Pal Joey") and Tom Ragu (Rainbow Mountain Resort, Tom Ragu Comedy Revue). No cover charge, no drink minimum, $5 cosmos all night.


NEW YORK STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS LYNN LOOSIER
THE BRADSTAN NANCY LAMOTT ROOM (Route 17B, White Lake, NY - 845-583-4114 - http://bradstancountryhotel.com/ ) presents the fifth show of its final season of "INN CABARET" starring Lynn Loosier on Sunday, July 20th with shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. This is Lynn's first appearance with at THE BRADSTAN and we are very pleased to have her join us this season. She is an amazing blues and jazz artist who is coming to us after her critically acclaimed run at The Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. Call for cover/minimum information.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR JULY 21st AND BEYOND
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

THURSDAY - JULY 24th

NYC: GURLAND AND FARLEY PREMIERE ALL NEW SHOW
Award winning vocalists Brian Farley and David Gurland team up for their first full show together, an evening of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Thursdays, July 24th & July 31st at 7:00 pm. The show is accented by edgy humor, great stage presence, medley's galore, and gorgeous harmonies. Already great interpreters of the American Popular songbook, this will be the pair's first foray into the catalog of arguably the greatest songwriting team in history. Featuring songs from Carousel, The Sound of Music, The King and I, this years' biggest Broadway hit South Pacific, and many more. Musically directed by Tracy Stark. There is a $16 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $11 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


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.


MORE "HERE & THERE"

OK - I cheated for this issue! 99% if it was produced on Sunday, allowing me to sleep in a bit this morning after a rather busy weekend - plus it was simply too hot and humid to go outdoors yesterday. If you sent me a news item this morning, and it didn't make it in this issue, it won't appear in the newsletter until the next issue, on Monday the 7th of July. Please note however that some items (guests for the CHATTERBOX on Thursday the 3rd, and details of the EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN radio show on Sunday the 6th) will be posted on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE message board when received. Any urgent news will be either sent to the subscribers to the NYC BULLETIN SERVICE (about 400 strong) if it is a local news item, or sent out to all subscribers in a special issue if necessary.


Ticket holders and performers for the 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY please note: a special informational update on details for the show will be sent you in the next day or so, but here's one item for all: the celebration is all about CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE and is not a personal birthday party for Stu Hamstra - even though the birth date for the HOTLINE and my birthday coincide. No personal gifts, please. I will be so busy on the 9th that I might forget to acknowledge your gifts afterwards - one year I actually left a tie someone gave me behind at the club and it was never found later.

And one last thing: because folks have been sending computer virus emails disguised as greeting cards, I make it a practice not to open e-cards and e-invites that are linked to a website somewhere that has to be clicked on to read. I also do not reply to e-invites asking me to update my address information via a 3rd party website. All for safety sake (and a practice you might want to adopt to avoid a virus attack or spam attack if your address information is misused.)


One more reminder: with the combination of the 4th of July INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration (and 4-day weekend), my own personal birthday on Sunday, July 6th, and the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE birthday party on Wednesday, July 9th, THERE WILL BE NO ISSUES OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE ON THURSDAYS JULY 3RD & 10TH.
Occasionally (and far too rarely) a cabaret show takes on an unexpected and most exciting dimension far beyond one's expectations. This was the situation I found myself in at Vickie Phillips' "A Singer's Journey" show on Thursday, June 26th at DON'T TELL MAMA. The full title of the show continues as ' - the songs of Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill and Charles Aznavour." That part of the title was a total "turn off" for me - in the 30 or so years that I have been attending cabaret shows and the 18 years that I have covered cabaret, I have seen simply far too many shows based on the songs of this trio - most of them done poorly. (I am about "up to here" with Cole Porter revues as well, lately.)

But "A Singer's Journey" takes a brand new and most interesting approach to this time-worn music. Vickie places them into the setting of her own experience, using them as a stepping-off point in describing her life as a performer, starting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania (she is definitely not Amish) and leading to Montreal and Pittsfield MA (and a brief marriage), and finally to Europe - where the songwriters in the title had their roots. And along the way, Vickie takes hold of her own Jewishness, her heritage, her faith. Her passion for these songs is clearly evident (the first time I heard Vickie sing was in a revue maybe 15 or more years ago paying homage to the same songwriters).

Here is a show where the sum is far greater than its parts. I was amazed at the attentiveness of the audience, hanging on to every word and applauding every song as Ms. Phillips related her own story as a singer and the story of her people throughout recent history. As a result I gained a new perspective and appreciation of what the songs were all about - providing a fresh burnish of the gold of this material that had become dull and lifeless in my own mind.

If there is a quibble, it is a personal one: the presence of too many props. Props are for theater. Vickie is an amazing actress, and probably does not need most of the additional bits of clothing, hats and scarves provided. Her own excitement, passion and enthusiasm for the material and the sharp focus of the story line are probably the only props needed.

Musical direction and arrangements (and some vocals) were admirably provided by Gerry Dieffenbach, and accordion highlights and interludes were performed by Carl Riehl (who should probably be given even more to do, since his presence was only evident in the latter numbers of the show). Director Bob Ost, who also is listed as writer, developed just the right stage concepts (except maybe for the many props) to make this a most interesting show.


On Saturday night, June 28th, I was invited to the closing night Sheera Ben-David at THE OAK ROOM at the ALGONQUIN. The show was called "Come Summer" and featured Sheera's brother Adam as musical director/arranger with direction by Eric Michael Gillett. It was indeed a summer night and I arrived a bit overcome by the heat of the subway platforms and the walk to the club before the show - wearing a sports jacket in the 80+ degrees - it was 11:30 pm! And while the show had as its theme the songs of summertime, the combination of Ms. Ben-David's very crisp, clear and captivating presentation of the material - much of it quite familiar - and her delightfully fresh comments and stories soon had me (and the room) feeling cool and refreshed. OK, the air conditioning helped a bit.

There were some very interesting song choices, including Jason Robert Brown's "A Summer in Ohio" and "Step Right Up" by Tom Waits (more spoken than sung). A sultry "Blame It on the Summer Night" (Strouse/Schwartz), a very suggestive "Something Cool" (Barnes) and a twisting-rippling "Waters of March" (Jobim) were all standouts, and my favorite was John Bucchino's triumphant "This Moment." It being the last show of a two-week run, and with many family members present, Ms. Ben-David invited her father to the stage to sing a song to her mother (they were celebrating a 37th anniversary).


Once again I tried to cover all the new cabaret related news items in the listing section above - items from previous newsletters can be found in the DIARY/DATEBOOK section on the website at http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml . If your news item has not yet appeared it could be because we haven't reached your "performance week yet" - we try to write of events taking place in the next 3 weeks or so. Items only appear once in the newsletter (unless it is a regular event featuring different performers each week, a banner advertiser, a benefit, or offers a CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE discount).
It is supposed to be another scorching hot day today, building to another thunderstorm in advance of a slightly cooler weather front that is supposed to move into the NYC area later today. The past few days have all featured natural fireworks and hopefully things will clear up for the man-made fireworks on Friday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, U.S.A.!

And that is just about the way it was.

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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