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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #080806 - Thursday, August 21, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORY

NYC: EDUCATIONAL SERIES PRESENTED BY THE ASCAP FOUNDATION
The ASCAP Foundation (http://www.ascapfoundation.org/ ) will present this year's New York Musical Theatre Festival's Educational Series at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC) on Thursdays, September 18th, 25th and October 2nd, all events at 5:30 pm. The Educational Series provides an opportunity for audience members and aspiring theater artists to learn directly from industry professionals. All seminars are free of charge and made possible through the generous support of The ASCAP Foundation's Irving Caesar Trust.

This year's Educational Series will consist of three seminars:

SEPTEMBER 18TH
Comedy Tonight: Composers and Lyricists Who Write for Laughs
Moderator: Peter Filichia (TheaterMania, The Star Ledger)
Guests: Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), Hal Goldberg (Nerds), Mark Hollmann (Urinetown), Zina Goldrich (Junie B. Jones), Bobby Lopez (Avenue Q), Matt Prager (She Can't Believe She Said That)

Writing the perfect music and lyrics to accompany a musical comedy can be an arduous task. The composers and lyricists must write songs that don't drag down the comedic script, but rather, bring it to the next level. After all, a musical comedy without funny songs is laughable - in a bad way. Learn what it takes to write the music that complements some of today's funniest musicals as our panelists give you the scoop on how they create show-stopping musical hilarity.

SEPTEMBER 25TH
An Original Musical: [title of show] goes from NYMF to Broadway
Moderator:Isaac Robert Hurwitz (Executive Director/Producer, NYMF)
Guests: Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen ([title of show])

Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen are pretty candid about their journey to Broadway fame after all, their musical, [title of show], documents the highs and lows they've encountered on the path from NYMF to the Great White Way. Find out how Hunter and Jeff have adapted, updated and developed [title of show] through each stage of its life. We can't think of a better way to celebrate NYMF's success than to showcase our first musical to make it to Broadway!! So join the fun, y'all, because we've got a panel about a musical about writing a musical about writing a musical that's sure to please all you tossers out there.

OCTOBER 2ND A Lot of Livin' to Do: Up Close and Personal with Charles Strouse
Moderator: Michael A. Kerker (Director of Musical Theatre, ASCAP)
One of America's foremost musical theatre composers, Charles Strouse, is the winner of three Tony Awards. From his first Broadway musical, Bye Bye Birdie, Mr. Strouse has made an indelible mark on American music and Broadway for the past fifty years, including Annie, Golden Boy, and Applause, and continues to make his mark today. Michael A. Kerker, ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre, conducts an intimate one-on-one interview with Charles Strouse to discuss his craft and compositions, up to and including his most recent musical, The Night They Raided Minsky's, due to open in Los Angeles in January. The panel features special guest performances of Strouse's beloved songs, both classics and new.


HEADLINES OF NEWS & EVENTS SPOTLIGHTED IN THIS ISSUE

FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
FOR OPEN MIC / PIANO BAR EVENTS: http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml

NYC: EDUCATIONAL SERIES PRESENTED BY THE ASCAP FOUNDATION
CYNTHIA CRANE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE CD AVAILABLE
CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE MEMBERS' CHOICE TOP-10
MERLE AND LARRY RELEASE LOVE & LAUGHTER CD
NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES
NYC: MYCHELLE CELEBRATES "AUGUST IS ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH"
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: GUESTS [title of show] STARS
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
CHICAGO: "CABARET FOR LIFE" FUNDRAISER AT 3160
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
SAN FRANCISCO: WESLA & MIKE AT YOSHIS WITH TRIO
NYC: AZIZA & FRIENDS AT THE TRIAD
NYC: ANOTHER SPECIAL ALGONQUIN SALON TONIGHT
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NAPA, CA: PREVIEW PERFORMANCES CONTINUE AT NEW NAPA VENUE
LOS ANGELES: ALEXANDRA BILLINGS MAKES HER LA CONCERT DEBUT
NYC: YOUTUBE FRIDAYS BEFORE THE AFTER PARTY
NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH YOUNG BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
CHICAGO: DEAN ALLRICK AT KATERINA'S AUGUST 29th
LOS ANGELES: STEVEN BLUE FINALLY - ONCE MORE
MICHIGAN: SPIDER SALOFF AT ACORN THEATER WITH PORTER CONCERT
NYC: POOLE PARTY IN 10th YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER
CHICAGO: KEELY SINGER AT 3RD COAST CAFE
PENNSYLVANIA: WITCHES IN BIKINIS PLAY HARRISBURG
CHICAGO: SPIDER SALOFF AT KATERINA'S SATURDAY NIGHT
NYC: YOU BETTER WOLK DON'T RUN TO AMY'S PARTY
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
NY STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE PRESENTS: THE NEW FACES OF CABARET
ON RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": CD ROUNDUP PART 4
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
ON RADIO: "AT THE RITZ!" SUNDAYS & STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
ON THE RADIO: CYNTHIA CRANE LIVE FROM THE AMERICAN HOTEL
LOS ANGELES: JASON EMANUEL BRITTON "A STEP BEYOND THE RAIN"
NYC: THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR SUNDAY
CHICAGO: FLIP FLOP 2: GOES TO THE MOVIES
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
NYC: "VOICES FROM THE GREAT WHITE WAY" PRESENTS LUBA MASON
NEW JERSEY: NEXT BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE AUGUST 25th
PACIFIC NW: D.C. ANDERSON IN CONCERT IN HOOD RIVER, OREGON
NYC: CHRIS BARRETT TUESDAYS AT LA MEDITERRANEE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: CLASSICAL SMASH WITH GREGORY NISSEN
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** NO COVER CHARGE ***
NYC: CHRIS BARRETT WEDNESDAYS AT LA MEDITERRANEE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
NYC: ANY WEDNESDAY FEATURES KLEA BLACKHURST & BILLY STRITCH
NYC: COMICS CARE TO BENEFIT FAMILY CRISIS CENTER
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
BALTIMORE: "BROADWAY DUETS" AT GERMANO'S
NAPA, CA: FINAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCES AT NEW NAPA VENUE
ASBURY PARK: SIMPLY BARBRA AT MCLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB
NEW YORK CITY: BOOTH & PAT ARE SLOW CHILDREN PLAYING
NEW JERSEY: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW AT THE MANOR
BOSTON: TOM LaMARK ORCHESTRA AT THE SUPPER CLUB AT THE TAJ
SAN FRANCISCO: BRINBERG IS BARBRA AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
ST. LOUIS: CASUAL CABARET PREMIERS AT KRANZBERG ART CENTER
LOS ANGELES: SHELLY MARKHAM: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC.
NYC: THE DIVA-LUTION OF MOLLY POPE AT JOE'S PUB
NEW YORK STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS KAREN MASON
NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "THE SINATRA PROJECT"
NEW YORK CITY: VICKIE PHILLIPS ON A SINGER'S JOURNEY
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $8 OFF THE COVER ***
AUSTRALIA: NATE ILLIES WITH "KISS ME NATE"
NAPA VALLEY: WESLA SINGS JAZZ & CABARET AT SILO'S
AUSTRALIA: TAMARA KULDIN'S BOOK OF 'HIMS'
NYC: MARILYN MAYE PREMIERES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"
NYC: DANE VANNATTER SINGS TONY BENNETT AT METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: BROADWAY LOVES THE 80s VOL. 4 TO ROCK
NYC: BROADWAY IN RIVERDALE MARKS OPENING NIGHT GALA
NYC: "LITTLE FISH" CD RELEASE AT JOE'S PUB
NYC: ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM ANNOUNCES 2008-09 SEASON
NYC: MARTY GEIGER IS A SUMMER BABY AT MAMA'S
AUSTRALIA: TREVOR JONES IN "BY CHANCE"
NYC: KAREN OBERLIN & MILES PHILLIPS COMBINE PLEASURES
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC: CAROL SHEDLIN WITH THE LYRICS OF LORENZ HART" AT MAMA'S
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC: FRANCESCA AMARI RETURNS TO METROPOLITAN ROOM
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
NYC: 4th ANNUAL BROADWAY CABARET FESTIVAL OCTOBER 17th-19th
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
FOR OPEN MIC / PIANO BAR EVENTS: http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml
HERE & THERE
If this column seems a little "testy" today it is only because of the coffee. You see, I ran out of coffee beans and so I had to run across the street to the deli to buy two large cups of coffee this morning. I forgot the cardinal rule of ordering coffee in the NYC area: you have to be specific as to how you want your coffee. You see, I learned to drink coffee while at college in the midwest, and (at least at that time) midwesterners drink their coffee black: no milk, no sugar. Out east the habit is to drink coffee with lots of milk and sugar, so I always order by saying "black, no sugar, please." I was sleepy and not paying attention, so when the barista (OK, this was a deli, so I mean "the guy behind the counter") said "how many sugars?" I replied "no sugar, please." Naturally, when I opened the container, what was inside was (for me) undrinkable. I might use it on my cereal later.

On a brighter note, the weather outside is absolutely gorgeous! Cool, clear and comfortable. I have to go for groceries later, and I think I will check out the supermarket 5 blocks away rather than the one around the corner, just to spend a few extra minutes outdoors.


If you have a cabaret show scheduled for the next two weeks, don't be too disappointed if you have a lot of empty seats. It has been my experience that the last two weeks in August, continuing for a few days past Labor Day (USA), folks simply don't have the spare cash for non-essentials. They are getting their kids ready for the new school year, grabbing those last few days of summer in the shopping malls. The shift of seasons (even though summer doesn't officially end until the 21st) brings a bit of chaos into many a home.


I got up at 5:00 am this morning - well I woke up about then - and while trying to get back to sleep I got an inspiration for some things I want to say when I meet with the cabaret fans in the St. Louis area at the end of September. Naturally I had to get up and turn on the computer and jot them down. I call my ideas "The Five Secrets for a Great Cabaret Show." Of course, I only had four at the time, but as I flesh out my notes I know a fifth (and maybe a few more) are going to come to mind. The inspiration came as I was mulling over a show I saw last night (review below), which contrary to what I just wrote on the preceding paragraph, was completely, totally, every-seat-taken, keep-an-eye-out-for-the-fire-marshall sold out. Randy Lester behind the service bar was working like a robot, preparing 2 drinks each for 75 people - 150 drinks in less than an hour!


Pet peeve: folk who send me press releases and don't seem to know the difference between a revue and a review. I love to "cut & paste" from press releases, and I am getting a bit paranoid that some day I will pick up the wrong word and use it myself in the newsletter (I probably already have). Just remember this, if you are a performer sending me a release: a review is what you invite me to write, a revue is what you perform in. I actually came across this mixup twice this morning while preparing this issue. And I often run across it when I go to performer/venue websites to confirm information I want to use in an item.


Well, its official. At my birthday show on July 9th, when talking about 2008 JEFF MATSON AWARD winner (and also 2008 MAC AWARD winner) Miles Phillips, I mentioned that he was in negotiations to perform a show at FEINSTEINS in the fall. Now the date has been set: Miles will be doing a special one night only event at this prestigious venue on Monday, November 17th at 8:30 pm. Congratulations!


Getting back to my trip to St. Louis over the LABOR DAY weekend, I think my sidekick Daniel is more excited about the adventure than I am - and he isn't going with me! Instead he has been sending me suggestions and reminders in the form of e-mails almost daily. "Remember to bring your jacket to the dry cleaners" ... "You must get those dress shoes polished for the trip" ... "Give yourself plenty of time to get to La Guardia airport - the tennis tournament is going on, there might be a METS game, it might be raining, all of which will add to traffic delays" ... etc. He has even started researching St. Louis on google in order to recommend places to go and things to see while I am there (he knows I am not comfortable with heights, so he wisely left out a trip to the top of that arch). (Yes, I live on the 10th floor, but I try not to think about it).

I case you forgot, I am going to St. Louis to attend the opening of another new cabaret venue - "Casual Cabaret" - which will make its premier at the new KRANZBERG ART CENTER STUDIO THEATRE (501 North Grand Street, St. Louis, MO - 314-795-8778) on Saturday, August 30th. Thanks to the good people who are running this new space, I will be flying to St. Louis to help them celebrate. There will be a "meet & greet" after the Saturday night show and I hope to have a chance to chat with many of the folks in the area who subscribe to the newsletter.

And, subscribers and CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE members in the St. Louis area please take note: If enough interest is shown, there will be a 90-minute "seminar" on cabaret on Saturday, August 30th at 11:00 am at the same venue. This event will be a time for me to meet you - and share together some thoughts, experiences, questions and even complaints about the art of cabaret. It will be by far more anecdotal than technical and based on my over 30 years of attending cabaret events and nearly 20 years of writing about cabaret.

Cost will be just $10 to help defray the costs of the event - and for just $10 more, attendees will be able to purchase a SILVER 2008-2009 membership for CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (a $20 value). I will be taking along a few CDs to give away as well in connection with our new MEMBERS' CHOICE poll which began over the weekend. Call 314-795-8778 if you are interested. Don't wait until the last minute - if there is not enough interest shown, the event will not be held.

My flight to St. Louis is on Thursday afternoon, August 28th - arriving around dinner time. I will be leaving for the airport almost as soon as the Thursday issue of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE is sent out. I will be able to use a computer at the hotel to get online and check e-mails, etc., but since I won't have a computer of my own along, any work on the website will have to wait until I get back on Sunday night. There will be no issue sent on Monday the 1st of September (LABOR DAY - USA).


Rumors are circulating about a possible major change on the management level at one of the clubs we cover regularly here in NYC - before the end of the year, I'm told. This came in "third hand" and I am trying to track it down. Stay tuned.


CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 2008-2009 member number 292 (Terese Genecco - San Francisco) signed up overnight. We're well on our way to our record breaking goal of 500 members for the year by April 1, 2009 (after May 1st all new memberships are for the 2009-2010 year). The record is currently 478 set last membership year. I have free CDs set aside for member #299 & #300 - only 7 members more needed.

A basic SILVER membership is still just $20. Joining is simple - just click here: http://www.svhamstra.com/Membership.shtml or click on the button marked JOIN HERE at the top of every page of the website. You can even join and donate instantly using a credit card, debit card or e-check via PayPal - all the benefits are shown on that page, as well as the various levels of membership. Or you can donate the old fashioned way, by paper check - just remember, all checks should be made out simply to STU HAMSTRA and mailed to 75-22 37th Avenue #35 - Jackson Heights, NY 11372.

Of course you will get a membership card, discounts off of select entertainment events, a page to promote your CD (if you have one), a chance to vote in our MEMBERS' CHOICE polls (see item above), and other benefits. But most of all, the main benefit of membership is knowing that you are helping us publicize the events and performers of cabaret, jazz and comedy. You must join as a member before Friday, August 29th to take part in the first 2008-2009 MEMBERS' CHOICE nominations and by Friday, September 19th to take part in the voting.


Well, its official. After 6 or 7 years, I have been relieved of my job as webmaster for DON'T TELL MAMA. This will mean a bit less income for me, but a lot more time for cabaret. Looking back over my records, I realize that I was charging the same price per month for all the years I worked on the website! I will miss the regular messages from Sidney Myer regarding corrections, changes, additions and cancellations - all accompanied by a pithy comment or two.


Another reminder: There will be no issue of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletter on LABOR DAY, Monday, September 1st.


Cabaret in Las Vegas? A month or two ago we mentioned that Minh Pham, who moved to Las Vegas last year when the Pham family sold DON'T TELL MAMA, was planning to open a new piano-bar type club with the same name in his new home town, Las Vegas. Now we received word that another friend - a performer - is in negotiations for an open ended run of a cabaret show in another club in the same town. Stay tuned.


Don't forget, PIANO BAR/OPEN MIC listings for seven days a week are now found on the website rather than being included each week in the newsletter (exceptions are open-mic events featuring special guests and/or running an ad on the website). See http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml


Wayman Wong as DJ? Well, he'll have his "15 minutes of fame" this Sunday night, August 24th as part of David Kenney's EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN show 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. Wayman will be spinning those discs and playing those tunes - featuring some of the great guys of Broadway and cabaret.


The September cabaret schedules are just coming in now so the listings below for September are rather incomplete. Hopefully I will have all the schedules by the time Monday rolls around.


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.


NOW FOR SOME NEWS ABOUT CABARET

CABARET CD RELEASE NEWS & UPDATES

CYNTHIA CRANE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE CD AVAILABLE
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. The CD is available at the store and also available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/crane6
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


MERLE AND LARRY RELEASE LOVE & LAUGHTER CD
NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES
Larry Butler and Merle Nadlin announce the release of their new CD "Love and Laughter." The recording is a soulful, humorous mix of Broadway and Jazz (1930-1970). A personal touch to this debut CD compliments the kaleidoscope moods of a relationship. It is the story is a journey of a long time love featuring lush arrangements by two time Grammy award winner David Balakrishnan of The Turtle Island String Quartet. Merle and Larry have recently returned to San Francisco from travels in Europe where they shared their music from Budapest to Barcelona. They have crooned a tune as they crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, Holland American and Emerald Princess. They've also performed at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco and Jazz spots around the Bay Area. You can order the CD at http://www.merleandlarry.com/ and it is also available through iTunes.
*** SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR AUGUST 21st THROUGH 24th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
FOR OPEN MIC / PIANO BAR EVENTS: http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml


THURSDAY - AUGUST 21st

NYC: MYCHELLE CELEBRATES "AUGUST IS ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH"
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
San Francisco transplant and 2008 MAC award nominee for Outstanding Jazz vocalist, Mychelle Colleary will perform on Thursday, August 21st at 7:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). She will be exploring some new arrangements and original tunes with some of her favorite coconspirators: Mayra Casales on percussion and Paul Gabrielson on bass. This sizzling summer jazz offering playfully embraces the celebrated idea that "August is Romance Awareness Month." There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: GUESTS [title of show] STARS
*** 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.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) is usually presented on Thursdays at 6:00 pm. The show returns on Thursday, August 21st with guests Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff, who co-star in the Broadway musical [title of show]. 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/ .


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.


CHICAGO: "CABARET FOR LIFE" FUNDRAISER AT 3160
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Jeffrey Roscoe is producing "Cabaret For Life" a benefit/fundraiser for the National Aids Marathon Training Program on Thursday, August 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at CLUB 3160 (3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL - 773-327-5969). Jeffrey is in training to run the Chicago Marathon in October with the National AIDS Marathon Training Program, and I need your help. As part of his training program, he needs to raise $3,000. The funds raised all directly support The Aids Foundation Of Chicago which in turn supports organizations around the city who offer assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. To raise the money, he called some of he friends (who just happen to be some of the top Cabaret talent in Chicago) to form an incredible lineup for an evening of Great Music and Great Friends for a Great Cause. Hosted by the irrepressible Honey West, the evening features Jeffrey behind the keys and the vocal talents of Amy Cole, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Doyle, Michael Favreau (on woodwinds), Laura Freeman, Carla Gordon, Tim Hairston, Andy Krugly, Jason Krumwiede, Paul Marinaro, Rita McConville, Alma Mendoza, Beckie Menzie & Tom Michaels, Scott Montgomery, Stephen Rader, Jake Stigers, and Robert Whorton. There is a $10 cover.


NYC: AZIZA & FRIENDS AT THE TRIAD
Jazz vocalist/pianist Aziza,"The Poetess of Jazz from NYC" will perform for one night only on Thursday, August 21st with sets at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2511 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ). She is joined by Gary Fritz on percussion, Buddy Williams on drums, Chulo Gatewood on bass with Keith Fluitt and John James on background vocals. Also appearing is Sista Zock as MC (and also dancer/poet). Tickets are $20 plus a 2-drink minimum. Tickets: http://www.smarttix.com/ or call: 212-868-4444.


NYC: ANOTHER SPECIAL ALGONQUIN SALON TONIGHT
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Mark Janas' ALGONQUIN SALON will return to the legendary THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331 - http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ ) with another special edition presented in the famed OAK ROOM on Thursday, August 21st from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Usually, in the summer, the OAK ROOM is closed but, as a special promotion, the Algonquin Hotel management has been opening its doors on select Thursdays and has invited Mark and the Salon to host the event. As part of a special promotion, there will be free samples of the night's featured cocktail, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Mark is currently traveling aboard the Pride of America In his absence, Jennifer Wren will host and musical director will be Bill Zeffiro. This weeks theme is Noel, Cole, and Rock & Roll. No cover, no minimum.


SAN FRANCISCO: WESLA & MIKE AT YOSHIS WITH TRIO
Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill will make their only appearance this year in San Francisco at YOSHI'S (510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA - 510-238-9200 - http://www.yoshis.com/ ) on Thursday, August 21st with two shows, at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. They are joined by John Wiitala on bass, Akira Tana on drums. Call for cover/minimum information.


FRIDAY - AUGUST 22nd

NYC: YOUTUBE FRIDAYS BEFORE THE AFTER PARTY
THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) presents UTUBE Fridays every Friday night from 9:00 to 10:30 pm. This informal new screening night will feature an array of fun, campy, theatrical clips from the worlds of Broadway, film and television. You might watch Patti Lupone receive her first Tony for Evita (presented by Faye Dunaway!), or perhaps the opening credits from The Muppet Show, or Liza Minnelli and her Pet Shop Boys inspired Losing My Mind or the Spring Awakening music video or Jennifer Holiday belting out. There's bound to be something for everyone in this 90 minute warm up to The After Party. There is no cover charge, and just a 2-drink minimum. Full menu available.


NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH YOUNG BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** SPECIAL 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 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.


CHICAGO: DEAN ALLRICK AT KATERINA'S AUGUST 29th
Jazz vocalist/pianist Dean Allrick, along with bassist Clarence Boykins, will be appearing at KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592 - http://www.katerinas.com/ ) on Friday, August 29th with early-dinner sets from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. There no cover charge.


MICHIGAN: SPIDER SALOFF AT ACORN THEATER WITH PORTER CONCERT
Spider Saloff will present an all Cole Porter concert on Friday, August 22nd at 8:00 pm at the ACORN THEATER (107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI - 269-756-3879 - http://www.acorntheater.com/ ) featuring songs from her new CD "Cole Porter Live at Maxim's". She is joined by pianist Jim Sellers. Call for ticket prices and information.


NAPA, CA: PREVIEW PERFORMANCES CONTINUE AT NEW NAPA VENUE
A single preview performance will be presented this week at the West Coast's newest cabaret/jazz venue SILO'S (530 Main Street, Napa, CA - 707-251-5833 - http://www.weslawhitfield.com/silo's.html ) on Friday, August 22nd featuring Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill. The club has its official opening on Friday, September 5th. There is a $15 cover charges. For details on all preview events and the grand opening, and a link to the full September schedule go to http://www.weslawhitfield.com/silo's.html


LOS ANGELES: ALEXANDRA BILLINGS MAKES HER LA CONCERT DEBUT
After appearing in many hit theatrical productions in Los Angeles over the past 2 years, Alexandra Billings makes her concert debut at SACRED FOOLS THEATER (660 North Heliotrope Avenue, Hollywood, CA - 310-281-8337 - http://www.sacredfools.org/ ) on Friday & Saturday, August 22nd & 23rd at 9:00 pm. This show is a newly written concert featuring songs like "Movin On" "And I In My Chair," and the title song "Home Again" from her latest CD "The Story Goes On." Accompanying Ms. Billings is award winning musical director on piano/arrangements, Bill Thompson, and featuring guest vocalist, Mike Valle. The show is directed by Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings and produced and presented by by Brandon Clark, Sacred Fools Theater Company in association with Lampkin Music Group. Alexandra's has appeared previously on stage in Before I Disappear, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twist and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Alex has co-directed "Hamlet" and made her directorial debut in Chicago with "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom." Tickets are $15 in advance online or by phone, $20 at the door.


LOS ANGELES: STEVEN BLUE FINALLY - ONCE MORE
Vocalist Steven Blue, who recently celebrated his return to cabaret with a show at THE GARDENIA after an extended hiatus, once more presents his new one-man show "Steven Blue ... Finally!" on Friday, August 22nd at 8:00 pm at the Unity Church in Laguna Hills (22911 Mill Creek Drive, Laguna Hills, CA -949-472-9230 - http://www.unity-lh.org/ ). Steve is renowned for his dynamic interpretations of songs by Gershwin, Friedman, Denver and others. Music Director and pianist is Rob Woyshner. Reception following the performance. There is a $15 cover.


SATURDAY - AUGUST 23rd

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, August 23rd at 8:30 pm, the show will feature top NYC-area comics and musical comedy stars including Emmy Rivera, Laura Spaeth, Jay Hoskins, Randy Harman, Wesley Cannon, Jeffrey Johns, Monica Russell, Devin Sanchez and Sidney Meyer. The show will be hosted by Darlene Violette from NBC's "30 Rock"! Still just a $15 cover, 2 drink minimum each show. $10 cover each show for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


PENNSYLVANIA: WITCHES IN BIKINIS PLAY HARRISBURG
Members of the novelty vocal/dance group Witches In Bikinis get a chance to perform on an 80-foot wide stage with new songs, new choreography and new sets on Saturday, August 23rd at 8:00 pm at THE PERFORMANCE THEATER at THE WHITAKER CENTER (222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA - 717-214-ARTS - http://www.whitakercenter.org/ ). Tickets are just $18.


CHICAGO: KEELY SINGER AT 3RD COAST CAFE
Singer Keely Singer will team up with pianist Jeff Roscoe at 3RD COAST CAFE AND WINE BAR (1260 North Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, IL - 312-649-0730 - http://www.3rdcoastcafe.com/ ) on Saturday, August 23rd from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHICAGO: SPIDER SALOFF AT KATERINA'S SATURDAY NIGHT
Renowned jazz vocalist Spider Saloff, along with pianist Tommy Muellner, returns to KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592 - http://www.katerinas.com/ ) on Saturday, August 30th with early-dinner sets from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. There is a $5 cover charge.


SUNDAY - AUGUST 24th

NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE PRESENTS: THE NEW FACES OF CABARET
Popular singer/pianist David Pellegrene continues to present amazing vocal talents from musical theater and the concert stage who all plan to perform in cabaret with his Sunday afternoon THE NEW FACES OF CABARET series on Sunday, August 24th at 5:00 pm at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO' MUSIC BOX (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). As one of Manhattan's most popular singer/pianists, David Pellegrene consistently gets to work with many brilliant musical talents. With his ongoing Sunday series, he presents an incredible array of these rising talents in the early stages of their musical careers. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: YOU BETTER WOLK DON'T RUN TO AMY'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Amy Wolk, who can be found co-hosting monthly benefits for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org/ ) at the METROPOLITAN ROOM, will host party of her own to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, August 24th at 9:30 pm, also at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). This is a NO COVER show - donations of any amount will be accepted at the door on behalf of BROADWAY BARKS (http://www.broadwaybarks.com/ ). Appearing in the show are David Colbert, Sarah Mucho, Karen Mack & Michael Holland, Lennie Watts, Jay Rogers, Tori Scott ,Gerard Salvador, Kristine Zbornik, Trevor Neumann, Anne Steele with musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins. Reservations highly recommended.


NYC: THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR SUNDAY
Brad Loekle (TruTV, Sirius Out Q Radio) continues his new reign over THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR! on Sundays at THERAPY (348 West 52 Street, NYC - 212-397-1700 - http://www.therapy-nyc.com/ ) at 10:00 pm. This Sunday, August 24th, featured comics are Adam Lehman (Gotham), the wild and wacky Jessimae (Broadway Comedy Club), Ann Neczypor (Carolines), and headliner Cory Kahaney (Last Comic Standing, Late Late show with Craig Ferguson). No cover charge, $5 cosmos all night.


NY STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
THE BRADSTAN NANCY LAMOTT ROOM (Route 17B, White Lake, NY - 845-583-4114 - http://bradstancountryhotel.com/ ) presents the tenth show of its final season of "INN CABARET" starring Ann Hampton Callaway on Sunday, August 24th with shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Ann is a composer, recording artist, Tony Award Nominee for her performance on Broadway in "Swing", has appeared both on soundtrack and on screen with Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon in Robert Deniro's "The Good Shepherd", has won many MAC Awards and has had three of her songs recorded by Barbra Streisand. Call for cover/minimum information.


ON RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": CD ROUNDUP PART 4
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, August 24th, 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 present "A Round-Up Of 2008 CD Releases & Re-issues, Part 4." Some of the 2008 Releases & Re-issues from the first six months of the year that you will hear: Right Here, Right Now (Karen Mason); In Concert At Carnegie Hall (Dory Previn); A Catered Affair (Original Broadway Cast); Songs From The Heart (Sylvia Bennett); Symphonica (Joe Lovano); Passing Strange (Original Broadway Cast); The Orchard (Liz Wright); Ask Me Again (Nancy Lamott); Make Me A Song (off-Broadway Cast Recording) and more! David will also present three "be a deejay" segments programmed by Listener Supporters Bent Petersen & Arnold Rothbaum, Horace Walcott and Wayman Wong. 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 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.


ON THE RADIO: CYNTHIA CRANE LIVE FROM THE AMERICAN HOTEL
Jazz & musical comedy vocalist Cynthia Crane will be a guest, along with public relations legend Peggy Siegal and Temple Israel of New York Rabbi David Gelfand on radio station WLIU (88.3 FM - http://www.wliu.org/ ) on Sunday, August 24th at 12:00 noon live from the AMERICAN HOTEL (Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY - 631-725 3535 - http://www.theamericanhotel.com/ ). Host Steven Gaines visits with the literati and glitterati of the Hamptons each Sunday at noon from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This live broadcast offers listeners an insight into the Hamptons lifestyle.


LOS ANGELES: JASON EMANUEL BRITTON "A STEP BEYOND THE RAIN"
Vocalist Jason Emanuel Britton returns to the historic Berkeley City Club to perform fresh arrangements of classic and contemporary American songs by 'Yip' Harburg, Amanda McBroom, Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Charlie Smalls and others on Sunday, August 24th at 5:00 pm at BERKELEY CITY CLUB (2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA - 510-233-7061 - http://www.berkeleycityclub.com/ ). The show is titled "A Step Beyond The Rain... ". Musical Director Frank Johnson created original arrangements and will accompany Mr. Britton on piano. Special guest flutist Diane Grubbe of Quinteto Latino will perform with Jason. Jason Emanuel Britton performs regularly throughout the Bay Area. He was a featured performer in Pins and Needles, a musical revue by Harold Rome from the 30s. Tickets are $20.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR AUGUST 25th THROUGH AUGUST 31st
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
FOR OPEN MIC / PIANO BAR EVENTS: http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml

MONDAY - AUGUST 25th

NYC: "VOICES FROM THE GREAT WHITE WAY" PRESENTS LUBA MASON
THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) is very pleased to welcome Broadway's Luba Mason for a one night only concert on Monday, August 25th at 7:00 pm, as part of their celebrated Voices from the Great Whit Way Series. The series kicked off with sold out engagements from Becca Ayers (South Pacific) and Donna Lynee Champlin (Sweeney Todd). A native New Yorker and first generation American, Luba Mason spent her early youth devoted to training in classical voice, piano and dance. There is a $25 cover, as well as a $15 food or beverage minimum.


NEW JERSEY: NEXT BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE AUGUST 25th
BOB's BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE returns tonight,August 11th (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 Andi Rose, Tina Margot, Jennifer Braden, Tim Henry, Laurie Tema-Lyn, Ron Reilly, Jennifer Johnson, Steve Croce's doo-wop group SPARE PARTS and more to be announced. Only $10 cover/$10 minimum. Serving dinner, from 5:30 pm.


CHICAGO: FLIP FLOP 2: GOES TO THE MOVIES
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
A Benefit cabaret night of Chicago's top cabaret and theatre artists will be presented on Monday, August 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at SIDETRACK (3349 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL - 773-477-9189 - http://www.sidetrackchicago.com/ ). Performers scheduled to appear include Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen, Christine Buanan, Dale Calandra, Kristoffer Cusick, David Edelfelt, Ora Jones, Pat Kane, George Keating, Heidi Kettenring, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Tom Michael, Stanton Nash, Liz Pazik, Stephen Rader, John Riley, Paul Stovall, Chris Walsh and members of the casts of "WICKED", "JERSEY BOYS" & "DIRTY DANCING". The benefit is produced and hosted by Amy Matheny. Proceeds will benefit the ABOUT FACE YOUTH THEATRE (http://www.aboutfacetheatre.com/ ). Performers will be singing songs from movies and movie musicals normally sung by the opposite sex! Guys sing the songs by women and women sing the songs of men. Tickets are only available on line at http://www.aboutfacetheatre.com/events.html and cost $40 (which includes 2 cocktails).


PACIFIC NW: D.C. ANDERSON IN CONCERT IN HOOD RIVER, OREGON
Jeff Matson and Bistro Award recipient, singer/songwriter D.C. Anderson will appear in concert on Monday, August 25th at 7:30 pm at THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS (215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, OR - 541-387-8877 - http://www.columbiaarts.org/ ). During the month of August, D.C. is appearing as "Andre" in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. In the Hood Rover show, D.C., along with PHANTOM orchestra members David Robison, Dave Mergen and Silvio Scambone, will feature songs from his latest CDs "Our Story", "I Am Still", and "Ballad" plus some new songs written in collaboration with Ritt Henn, Geoff Packard and Steven Landau. Tickets are $20.


TUESDAY - AUGUST 26th

NYC: CHRIS BARRETT TUESDAYS AT LA MEDITERRANEE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Cabaret singer and pianist Chris Barrett will return to his performing roots by appearing for three hours every Tuesday and Wednesday night starting at 9:00 pm at the east-side landmark LA MEDITERRANEE CAFE AND FRENCH BISTRO (947 Second Avenue, NYC - 212-755-4155 - http://www.lamediterraneeny.com/ ). Chris will feature songs from his recent cabaret shows along with his extensive stable of Broadway and American standards. Mr. Barrett's engagement is limited and will close on October 1st. Reservations for dinner are encouraged and are suggested to be made before or at 9:00 pm. No cover, $10 minimum.
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WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 27th

NYC: CLASSICAL SMASH WITH GREGORY NISSEN
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** NO COVER CHARGE ***
Bach swings, Beethoven rocks and Chopin sings the blues in Gregory Nissen's boundary-breaking solo show "Classical SMASH!" at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ) on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:00 pm. Nissen, a conservatory-trained composer and pianist in both classical and popular styles - and an ex-TV talk show host - does his best to throw a huge variety of music into a giant soup and let us taste the gourmet results! Nissen has had highly diverse career as pianist and musical director here in New York and in Seattle. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1986 and has since performed for President Clinton at his Inaugural Festivities in 1993, directed his own Off-Broadway musical, and written tons of material for the stage. $8 cover, $15 food/drink minimum. NO COVER for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: CHRIS BARRETT WEDNESDAYS AT LA MEDITERRANEE
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Cabaret singer and pianist Chris Barrett will return to his performing roots by appearing for three hours every Tuesday and Wednesday night starting at 9:00 pm at the east-side landmark LA MEDITERRANEE CAFE AND FRENCH BISTRO (947 Second Avenue, NYC - 212-755-4155 - http://www.lamediterraneeny.com/ ). Chris will feature songs from his recent cabaret shows along with his extensive stable of Broadway and American standards. Mr. Barrett's engagement is limited and will close on October 1st. Reservations for dinner are encouraged and are suggested to be made before or at 9:00 pm. No cover, $10 minimum.
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NYC: ANY WEDNESDAY FEATURES KLEA BLACKHURST & BILLY STRITCH
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 Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00 pm will be Klea Blackhurst & Billy Stritch. No reservations taken. No cover.


THURSDAY - AUGUST 28th

NYC: COMICS CARE TO BENEFIT FAMILY CRISIS CENTER
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
On Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 pm, there will be a special Comics Care Benefit: To Benefit 1736 Family Crisis Center (http://www.1736familycrisiscenter.org/ ) at GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB (208 West 23rd Street, NYC - 212-367-9000 - http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com/ ) featuring Vince August, Joe Matarese, Steve White & more! For 36 years, 1736 Family Crisis Center has served a critical role in assisting homeless/runaway youth and battered women and their children in first becoming safe, and then developing individualized and caring plans that can assist and support them as they move toward stability and productive lives. The Show is being sponsored by Comics Care Inc. Comics Care is a non-for-profit organization which uses comedy and laughter to raise money for a variety of worthy causes. Tickets are $20 - $30 - $40 with a 2-drink minimum.


ASBURY PARK: SIMPLY BARBRA AT MCLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB
Steven Brinberg is "Simply Barbra" will be presented at TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400 - http://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/ ) on Thursday, August 28th at 8:00 pm. Steven is the premier Barbra Streisand impressionist, performing his incredible show, Simply Barbra, to international acclaim both on stage and television - and performing twice with none other than Marvin Hamlisch! He pays homage to all that is Streisand. Steven does not lip-sync his performances but accurately portrays Streisand with his own voice. With over a decade of performing experience, his amazing show has Steven in demand literally worldwide. There is a $15 cover charge.

UPCOMING ACTS AT McLOONE's: September 4th. "Sounds of Silence" with AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle; September 11th, Bob's Variety Showcase night returns. Check the website regularly, for updates. Call for cover/minimum information on each show.


BALTIMORE: "BROADWAY DUETS" AT GERMANO'S
Branda Lock and Rebecca Bux present "Why Do Guys Have All The Fun?" on Thursday, August 28th at 7:30 pm at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - http://www.germanostrattoria.com/ ). Ms. Lock and Ms. Bux will sing songs from Theatre/American Song Book that are traditionally sung by men. They will be accompanied by Dana Scott on piano. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Pre-show dining is available from 6:00 pm.


NAPA, CA: FINAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCES AT NEW NAPA VENUE
A four more preview performances will be presented this week at the West Coast's newest cabaret/jazz venue SILO'S (530 Main Street, Napa, CA - 707-251-5833 - http://www.weslawhitfield.com/silo's.html ) before the grand opening on September 5th. Wednesday & Thursday. August 27th & 28th will feature Mick Greensill with solo performance and Friday & Saturday, August 29th & 30th, Wesla Whitfield, vocals with Mike Greensill on piano. There is a $15 cover charges. For details on all preview events and the grand opening, and a link to the full September schedule go to http://www.weslawhitfield.com/silo's.html


FRIDAY - AUGUST 29th

NEW YORK CITY: BOOTH & PAT ARE SLOW CHILDREN PLAYING
After successful shows at various clubs around town, comic singers Booth Daniels and Patrick Frankfort return to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) with their latest show "Slow Children Playing" on Friday, August 29th at 7:00 pm. Booth & Patrick took their decade of warped tomfoolery and bizarre insomnia-induced conversations and put 'em into a duo act - part sketch comedy, part song with just a touch of the off-kilter. Daniels, a comic musical theatre actor, was previously seen by the cabaret world in his critically acclaimed cabaret "Unconventional" that played at Don't Tell Mama in 2006 & 2007. Frankfort hit New York after graduating the Boston Conservatory in 1999. He's been in such outstanding productions as POKEMON LIVE! at Radio City Music Hall, and the production of LAUGHING MATTERS TOO with the Florida Studio Theatre. He can also be seen traveling and performing in New York with the hilarious sketch group, CITY HALL. There is a $10 cover and a 2-drink minimum.


NEW JERSEY: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW AT THE MANOR
A brand new cabaret "Something Old, Something New" featuring Michelle Oram and Jenny Peters will be presented at LE DOME at THE MANOR (111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ - 973-731-2360 - http://themanorrestaurant.com/cabaret.html ) on Friday, August 29th at 9:00 pm. The show is about two women and their relationships with men, featuring the songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Frank Wildhorn, Shire & Maltby, Jason Robert Brown, Johnny Mercer, Barry Manilow, Jonathan Larson, & Joni Mitchell. Michelle has performed her Broadway cabaret in New York and New Jersey and has sung with big bands and jazz ensembles for the past 10 years. Jenny has been seen in the National Tour of 42nd Street and continues to dance with the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers, performing with the David Leonhardt Jazz Jazz Trio. Four-course dinner and show: $74 plus tax and gratuity. Dinner seatings at 6:00, 6:15, and 6:30 pm. Wait list (show only) seats may be available at $35 per person.


BOSTON: TOM LaMARK ORCHESTRA AT THE SUPPER CLUB AT THE TAJ
The Tom LaMark Orchestra, has been chosen by the TAJ BOSTON (formerly the Ritz-Carlton) to continue the tradition of roof top dining and dancing in the new SUPPER CLUB at THE TAJ BOSTON (15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA - 617-598-5255 - http://www.tajhotels.com/ ). Featured vocalist is Elaine Spitz. Show dates are Fridays, August 29th, September 12th & 26th and October 3. Benny Goodman opened the room in the 30s followed by Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Duchin and a host of others. The club offers a wonderful view of the park and the city skyline. The service is exceptional and the cuisine is superb. Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: BRINBERG IS BARBRA AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
Steven Brinberg is "Simply Barbra" will be presented at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - http://www.therrazzroom.com/ ) on Friday through Sunday, August 29th through 31st. Steven is the premier Barbra Streisand impressionist, performing his incredible show, Simply Barbra, to international acclaim both on stage and television - and performing twice with none other than Marvin Hamlisch! He pays homage to all that is Streisand. Steven does not lip-sync his performances but accurately portrays Streisand with his own voice. With over a decade of performing experience, his amazing show has Steven in demand literally worldwide. Call for cover/minimum information.


SATURDAY - AUGUST 30th
**** LABOR DAY WEEKEND (USA) ****

ST. LOUIS: CASUAL CABARET PREMIERS AT KRANZBERG ART CENTER
"Casual Cabaret" will make its premier at the new KRANZBERG ART CENTER STUDIO THEATRE (501 North Grand Street, St. Louis, MO - 314-795-8778) on Saturday, August 30th at 8:00 pm (dinner service begins at 6:30 pm). Casual Cabaret joins St. Louis' finest entertainment venues as the newest jewel among the gems that make Grand Center so grand. Now this fun night of cabaret entertainment finds a home in this National Historic District filled with theaters and vaudeville houses going back to the turn of the century. Opening night in the new space features Stellie Siteman and Barbara Parker Helmer, along with some of St. Louis' newest cabaret singers, under the musical direction of Diane Hanisch. Tickets for Casual Cabaret are $20, no minimum food or drink required. Dinner buffet is $20, beverages are additional.


LOS ANGELES: SHELLY MARKHAM: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC.
Well known in LA and NYC as an arranger, musical director, and pianist, Shelly Markham makes are rare solo appearance at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444 - http://www.cabaretwest.org/gardenia.htm ) on Saturday, August 30th at 9:00 pm. Perhaps best known to Gardenia fans for his longstanding musical association with Andrea Marcovicci, Shelly has also worked with a most diverse roster of performers, including Lainie Kazan, Michael Feinstein, Margaret Whiting, Nell Carter, Ann Jillian, Gogi Grant, Julie Wilson, Chad Mitchell, Carol Lawrence and Bonnie Franklin. He, along with award-winning lyricist ADRYAN RUSS, has been commissioned to write a new Broadway Musical, "The Roxy," and will be premiering material from the show tonight with several special guest artists, including Teri Ralson. Call for cover/minimum information.


SUNDAY - AUGUST 31st
**** LABOR DAY WEEKEND (USA) ****

NYC: THE DIVA-LUTION OF MOLLY POPE AT JOE'S PUB
Molly Pope, who made her cabaret debut in 2007 with her acclaimed show "The Diva-Lution of Molly Pope" at DON'T TELL MAMA, moves a new version of the show to JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - Tele-Charge: 1-212-239-6200 - Box Office: 212-539-8778 - http://www.joespub.com/ ) for one night only on Sunday, August 31st at 7:00 pm. The show will feature musical direction by Sonny Paladino and is directed & produced by Ben Rimalower. Hailed for her powerful vocals and dynamic dramatic intensity, Molly's performances of such songs as Dietz & Schwartz' "By Myself" Cole Porter's "It's Alright With Me" and even The Cardigans' "Love Fool" provoked widespread comparison to a young Barbra Streisand. Tickets are $20 and there is a 2-drink or $12 food minimum.


NEW YORK STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS KAREN MASON
THE BRADSTAN NANCY LAMOTT ROOM (Route 17B, White Lake, NY - 845-583-4114 - http://bradstancountryhotel.com/ ) presents the eleventh show of its final season of "INN CABARET" starring Karen Mason on Sunday, August 31st with shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Currently starring in the Broadway smash musical hit, "Hairspray", Karen has a voice that is a force of nature and a heart to match. Call for cover/minimum information.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 1st through 6th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
FOR OPEN MIC / PIANO BAR EVENTS: http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml

MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 1st
**** LABOR DAY (USA) ****
This national holiday may mean revised holiday schedules, closings and/or shorter hours at many cabaret rooms and piano bars. Be sure to phone ahead. There will be no issue of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletter on LABOR DAY, Monday, September 1st.


TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 2nd

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "THE SINATRA PROJECT"
FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) will open its 10th Anniversary season with the return of the club's founder Michael Feinstein for one week only, Tuesday through Saturday, September 2nd through 6th. Musical Director Bill Elliott will lead a 17-piece band featuring Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Jim Saporito on drums, and David Finck on bass. September 2nd will also mark the release of his new CD The Sinatra Project from Concord Records which collects the great romantic songs performed by Sinatra. The will play the following schedule: Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. All shows have a $95 cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.


THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 4th

NYC: VICKIE PHILLIPS ON A SINGER'S JOURNEY
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $8 OFF THE COVER ***
Broadway Bound Productions presents "A Singer's Journey", a two-act cabaret musical with the songs of Brel, Weill and Aznavour ("If We Only Have Love", "Yesterday When I Was Young", "Mack the Knife" "September Song", "My Ship", "Marieke" and more) starring Vickie Phillips at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Thursdays, September 4th & 11th at 7:00 pm and Saturdays, September 6th & 13th at 5:30 pm. The show is written and directed by Bob Ost. Music director is Gerry Dieffenbach, with Carl Riehl (9/4, 9/6), and Bob Goldberg (9/11, 9/13) on accordion. There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


AUSTRALIA: NATE ILLIES WITH "KISS ME NATE"
From sugary jazz to popera and everything in between, Nate Illies presents KISS ME NATE at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC - 03 96902000 - http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/ ) Thursday through Sunday, September 4th through 7th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Sunday). He is accompanied by Julia Roper and directed by Kim Edwards. The show is a Broadway fable of velveteen vocals, addiction, super-heroism ... and a serious wardrobe malfunction. Tickets are $20.


FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 5th

NAPA VALLEY: WESLA SINGS JAZZ & CABARET AT SILO'S
Napa's Premier Music Room SILO'S (530 Main Street, Napa, CA - 707-251-5833 - http://www.weslawhitfield.com/silo's.html ) presents the magical song stylings of International Cabaret/Jazz star Wesla Whitfield every Friday & Saturday in September, with a "Grand Opening" performance on Friday, September 5th at 7:00 pm. Additional sets at 8:15 & 9:30 pm. Wesla, with Mike Greensill at the piano, performs the best of The American Popular Songbook featuring the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Rodgers & Hart, Harry Warren, Rodgers & Hammerstein and many, many more. Silo's wine bar, situated in the historic riverfront Napa Mill complex at the foot of main street, is a new venture between Wesla & Mike and the good folks at The Napa River Inn. There is a $15 cover.


AUSTRALIA: TAMARA KULDIN'S BOOK OF 'HIMS'
Bask in the sorrow and madness of sassy songstress Tamara Kuldin with here show "Book of Hims" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC - 03 96902000 - http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/ ) on Friday & Saturday, September 5th & 6th at 9:00 pm. Tamara dabbles in diva delights, laments lost loves, lap dances to Doris Day, unleashes her melodic roar and sultry serenades ... all whilst holding in her stomach. Tickets are $20.


SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 6th

NYC: MARILYN MAYE PREMIERES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"
Marilyn Maye returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in September for seven appearances with her new show "Love on the Rocks" from Saturday, September 6th through Tuesday, September 16th. "Love on the Rocks" features Tedd Firth on piano, Jim Eklof (her long-time drummer) and Tom Hubbard on bass. Performances dates are Saturday through Tuesday, September 6th through 9th and Sunday through Tuesday September 14th through 16th. All shows at 7:00 pm except Tuesday, September 6th at 7:30 pm. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DANE VANNATTER SINGS TONY BENNETT AT METROPOLITAN ROOM
Bistro Award-winning jazz artist Dane Vannatter brings his new show "Alone Together: A Tony Bennett Album" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for four consecutive Saturdays at 9:30 pm, opening on September 6th. Directed by Lennie Watts, the evening will feature songs from the Bennett album including "Alone Together," "Poor Butterfly," "It's Magic," and a rarely sung Bart Howard song "Walk in the Country." Joining Vannatter will be Bill Duffy on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass and George Farrell on drums. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 7th

NYC: BROADWAY LOVES THE 80s VOL. 4 TO ROCK
Jamie McGonnigal and JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - Tele-Charge: 1-212-239-6200 - Box Office: 212-539-8778 - http://www.joespub.com/ ) present "Broadway Loves the 80's Vol. 4," a concert featuring favorite Broadway stars singing their favorite hits of the most awesome decade ever! Directed by McGonnigal and Xanadu's Marty Thomas, with Music Direction by Ben Cohn, "Broadway Loves the 80's Vol. 4" will take place on Sunday, September 7th at 9:30 pm. The totally rad host of the past three concerts, Mo Rocca (Spelling Bee, VH1's I Love the 80s) will return for this 4rd incarnation. The list of stars scheduled to appear for Vol. 4 will be announced soon! Tickets are $30 with a 2-drink or $12 food minimum.


NYC: BROADWAY IN RIVERDALE MARKS OPENING NIGHT GALA
PERFORMANCESPACE at the RIVERDALE Y (5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY - 718-548-8200 - http://www.riverdaley.org/ ) is proud to announce their opening night gala and fundraiser, which will feature some well known Broadway performers as well as performances by Riverdale Rising Stars, Junior Rising Stars and Riverdale Repertory Company on Sunday, September 7th at 7:00 pm. The gala will set the stage for 2008-2009 theatrical season. Featured performers include: Michele Pawk, Tony Award winning actress for HOLLYWOOD ARMS and also featured in HAIRSPRAY, CRAZY FOR YOU and more; John Dosset (GYPSY, RAGTIME); Bob Walton (DROWSY CHAPERONE, CITY OF ANGELS); Joe Kolinski (LES MISERABLE, TITANIC); Alison Kolinski (FOSSE, 42ND STREET); Emily Walton (SAVED); Alcia Svigals, noted Klezmer violinist; and Richard Skipper as Carol Channing! Tickets are $25.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 8th and BEYOND
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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 8th

NYC: "LITTLE FISH" CD RELEASE AT JOE'S PUB
Ghostlight Records, a division of Sh-K-Boom Records, is proud to announce the premiere recording of Little Fish. Inspired by the short stories of Deborah Eisenberg, the show has words and music by Michael John LaChuisa. The recording is based on the musical's west coast premiere. The CD, produced by Joel Moss and Kurt Deutsch, will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, September 9th. The label will celebrate the release with a special concert at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - Tele-Charge: 1-212-239-6200 - Box Office: 212-539-8778 - http://www.joespub.com/ ) on Monday, September 8th at 9:30 pm. The show will feature an all-star line-up including cast members Alice Ripley, Gregory Jbara and Dina Morishita, as well as special guests Lea DeLaria, Mary Testa, Judy Kuhn, Julia Murney, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Matthew Morrison, Andrew Samonsky, Gavin Creel and Kate Shindle. They will be performing selections from Little Fish, in addition to LaChiusa's musicals See What I Wanna See and Bernarda Alba - both of which also have cast recordings available on Ghostlight - along with surprises from the composer/lyricist's catalog. Tickets are $30.


TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 9th

NYC: ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM ANNOUNCES 2008-09 SEASON
2008-2009 cabaret season at THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331 - http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ ) has been announced. Grammy Award winner Jack Jones will kick off the new season September 9th through 20th. The singer will celebrate his 50th year in show business. KT Sullivan will return to the Oak Room from September 23rd through October 11th. She will be followed by Paula West, who will perform October 14th through November 8th. Andrea Marcovicci, will play her annual engagement November 11th through December 27th offering a sequel to her acclaimed Marcovicci Sings Movies program. She will be backed by musical director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. The New Year will present Steve Ross, January 6th through 31st; Tony DeSare, February 3rd through 21st; Sheera Ben-David, February 24th through March 7th; KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler, March 10th through April 11th; and Maude Maggart, April 14th through May 23rd. (April 14-May 23). As with all live entertainment events, performers are subject to change without notice.


NYC: MARTY GEIGER IS A SUMMER BABY AT MAMA'S
Marty Geiger returns to the cabaret stage with a brand new show called SUMMER BABY, to be presented at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Tuesday, September 9th; and Friday, September 12th at 7:00 pm. (The performance on August 15th is sold out.) As he celebrates a milestone birthday this summer, Marty shares his memories of summer camp, summer jobs, summer travels, summer romance, summer at the beach. Marty is a full-time attorney by day and made his cabaret debut in 2006 in "Making It Fit" at Danny's Skylight Room. Musical director is Paul Greenwood, Lina Koutrakos directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 10th

AUSTRALIA: TREVOR JONES IN "BY CHANCE"
After two years of performing in piano bars around the world, Trevor Jones brings his unique cabaret performances to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC - 03 96902000 - http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/ ) on Wednesday & Thursday, September 10th & 11th at 8:00 pm. With a huge repertoire including pop and rock favorites, musical theatre and jazz standards, By Chance is a show where the song-list is determined by you, the audience, with a simple roll of the dice. There is even the possibility of audience requests, should the dice decide! Tickets are $25.


SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 14th

NYC: KAREN OBERLIN & MILES PHILLIPS COMBINE PLEASURES
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Two of New York's most acclaimed and award-winning vocalists, Karen Oberlin and Miles Phillips, combine their gorgeous voices in their highly anticipated new show, THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY to be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Sundays, September 14th and October 12th, all shows at 4:00 pm. These two longtime mutual admirers finally revel in the luxury of their thrillingly matched voices. Both accomplished actors and singers, they draw in their show from their successes in different arenas, Oberlin (jazz) and Phillips (theatre), and join forces on common ground in which they both have enjoyed great success (cabaret). Musical Direction is provided by MAC and Bistro Award winner Tracy Stark. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 15th

NYC: CAROL SHEDLIN WITH THE LYRICS OF LORENZ HART" AT MAMA'S
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
In a special return engagement, Carol Shedlin brings her acclaimed show, "I Feel At Home With You - the lyrics of Lorenz Hart" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) for two performances in September - Monday, the 15th & Tuesday the 23rd. Both shows are at 7:00 pm. She is joined by Jon Delfin at the piano and Saadi Zain on bass. Aaron Morishita directs. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 18th

NYC: EDUCATIONAL SERIES PRESENTED BY THE ASCAP FOUNDATION
The ASCAP Foundation (http://www.ascapfoundation.org/ ) will present this year's New York Musical Theatre Festival's Educational Series at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC) on Thursdays, September 18th, 25th and October 2nd, all events at 5:30 pm. The Educational Series provides an opportunity for audience members and aspiring theater artists to learn directly from industry professionals. All seminars are free of charge and made possible through the generous support of The ASCAP Foundation's Irving Caesar Trust.


MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 22nd

NYC: FRANCESCA AMARI RETURNS TO METROPOLITAN ROOM
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Francesca Amari, a popular West Michigan cabaret vocalist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, returns with her solo cabaret show with two performances at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in September. Shows are scheduled for Mondays, September 22nd & 29th at 9:30 pm. The show, "Secretly Square" pays homage to guilty pleasure songs from such legendary performers as Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Captain & Tennille, Neil Sedaka and more. The show is directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Christopher Denny. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-beverage minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 17th

NYC: 4th ANNUAL BROADWAY CABARET FESTIVAL OCTOBER 17th-19th
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ) presents the Fourth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, Friday through Sunday, October 17th through 19th. The shows feature top Broadway talent in three cabaret concerts over one weekend featuring classic favorites to contemporary Broadway and newest stars to our venerated icons. The series is created, written, and hosted for The Town Hall by Scott Siegel. Subscriptions for all three concerts are only $150 and are available through mail order only. Individual tickets are only $55 per show for this all-star weekend and can be purchased through TicketMaster 212-307-4100 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/ and also by visiting THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ) between noon and 6:00 pm (except Sundays).


WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 29th

THE 19th NY CABARET CONVENTION OCT. 29 THROUGH NOV. 1st
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
The 19th Annual NY Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention will take place at FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL (Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th Street, NYC - CenterCharge: 212-721-6500 - http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/ ) on Wednesday, October 29th through Saturday, November 1st, all performances start at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available at the box office: Broadway at 60th Street (Ground Floor) Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sundays, Noon to 6:00 pm (or 30 minutes past curtain on performance nights) Tickets by phone: CenterCharge 212-721-6500


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MORE "HERE & THERE"
Imagine a lovely, cool and clear summer evening - a great time to take a stroll and relax at a park bench somewhere. Well, for about 75 folks, there was something better to do, in a dark cabaret room on West 46th Street - Marty Geiger was performing at DON'T TELL MAMA at 7:00 pm and there wasn't an empty seat in the house. The show was called "Summer Baby" recalling Marty's birth on a summer day many years ago (as Marty explains, it was a special birthday for him this year - an anniversary divisible by 10, at which point musical director Paul Greenwood reminded him, that it was also divisible by 20 and 30). Marty sang and told stories of his summers past and present, and all the great summer songs were there - including one I learned as a kid (my upcoming birthday is divisible by 10 and also 35!), "By the Sea." There were summer "camp" songs (the woods kind of camp), beach songs, vacation songs from far away lands, and one or two favorites where the audience was invited to "sing along." It was a full hour of fun - that began with a cheer from family and friends in the audience and ended with a rousing and standing ovation. Marty proved once again that if you have a good show, a show that entertains, delights and never has a dull moment, you don't need fancy vocal tricks, a big band or a expensive wardrobe. You just need a bunch of good songs, a lively musical director, a friendly disposition, some fun stories and a lot of chutzpa. The closing number was most fun of all - a sing-along plus. He has two more dates at DON'T TELL MAMA - on Tuesday, September 9th; and Friday, September 12th at 7:00 pm. Details in the listings above. Marty's first show sold out almost before it was announced. The show last night was sold out already on Monday night. I would highly recommend you make a reservation for one of the remaining shows as soon as possible!


A special thanks to a GOLD member who joined yesterday, making it possible for me to attend Marty's cabaret show last night (and made it possible for me to go grocery shopping this afternoon). I really need your membership donations and banner ads over the next week or two - there are a few outstanding receivables that I expect will be paid soon to help as well. Thanks to all for your continued support - it is truly appreciated.


Time to go. Don't forget, piano bar and open mic items now appear in a new section on the website (currently still under construction). Just click on the button at the top of every page on the website marked PIANO/OPEN MIC or click here: http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretPianoBars.shtml


I hope you at least scanned the news and listings items in this issue - there are a lot of great shows listed with a lot of great performers and a lot of great songs and show themes. Is your event listed? Send me that press release!


And that is just about the way it was.

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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