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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #080901 - Thursday, September 4, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
The glorious experiment that began five years ago with a concert featuring great singers, singing great songs, but without microphones in a 1,500 seat theater, has blossomed into a annual celebration. The concert, produced by Scott Siegel, is attended every year by musical theater lovers who crave the sound of the pure human voice and the opportunity to hear great Broadway music the way it was originally performed, with nothing between the singer and the audience except the truth. This year, that celebration continues with the 5TH ANNUAL BROADWAY UNPLUGGED on Monday, November 17th at 8:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ).

The concert's creator/writer/host, Scott Siegel, who is also responsible for creating Broadway by the Year, The Broadway Cabaret Festival, The Summer Broadway Festival and The Nightlife Awards - all at THE TOWN HALL - promises another unforgettable evening. The cast for this year's Broadway Unplugged won't be announced until closer to the event, but here are just some of the stars who have been in the concert in years past: Christine Andreas, Stephanie J. Block, Ron Bohmer, Michael Cerveris, Chuck Cooper, Sutton Foster, Cheyenne Jackson, Eddie Korbich, Marc Kudisch, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, William Michals, Euan Morton, Christiane Noll, Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Mary Testa, Max Von Essen, Barbara Walsh, John Lloyd Young, and more!

Ticket prices range from $25 to $75 and are currently available at the Town Hall Box Office from noon to 6:00 pm every day but Sunday. Tickets are also available via http://www.TicketMaster.com. or by calling 212-307-4100.


CCP 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT 2008: "OUR KIND OF TOWN"
CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ) will present a spectacular musical evening honoring Golden Globe Award winner Amanda McBroom and local favorite Frank D'Rone with Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the Gold Coast Award to Nan Mason. on Sunday, October 19th at 7:00 pm at THE PARK WEST (322 West Armitage, Chicago, IL - TKTS: 312-409-3106 - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ). Doors open with cocktail show entertainment at 5:45 pm. Guest hosts are Bradford Thacker and Kevin Moore (WJJG Radio).

Members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals scheduled to perform include:

Cocktail Show: Michelle Greenberg, Ester Hana, Tim Hairston, Marianne Murphy Orland, Pam Peterson, Jeff Roscoe.

Act One: Tracy Adams, Anne and Mark Burnell, Joan Curto, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Doyle, David Edelfelt, John Eskola, Laura Freeman, Carla Gordon, Claudia Hommel, George Howe, KT McCammond, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Bob Moreen, Bradford Newquist, Daryl Nitz, Suzanne Petri, Jeanne Scherkenbach, Denise Tomasello, Kat Taylor, 3Girls3: Heather Moran, Gail Becker, MaryMonica Thomas, Carol Weston, Robert Whorton and Special Guest Audrey Morris.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Amanda McBroom's name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song THE ROSE hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda's performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn't) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter. Her songs have have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond, the Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in LAND BEFORE TIME (she wrote all the songs for 11 Universal Cartoon videos with longtime collaborator Michele Brourman). Because of her frequent visits to Northwestern University as a cabaret educator Chicagoland holds Mc Broom in particular affection.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Frank D'Rone's unique and rare gift placed him before the spotlights of virtually every major nightclub in the United States. He has appeared in front of the cameras of most television variety and talk shows, he has cut numerous albums for four different labels and is equally at home performing in clubs or jazz and college concerts. D'Rone's great voice, musicianship and commanding stage presence, along with his ability to master the interpretation of a song lyric, lend themselves to any entertainment atmosphere and make it easy to understand how he became a recurring guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Gold Coast Award recipient Nan Mason hails from Washington, DC, but proudly calls Chicago home. After appearing for many years at the famed Pump Room, she moved to Los Angeles where she did commercials, jingles, made motion pictures and appeared on countless stages in the US and abroad.

Tickets are $25 - $45. After October 12th tickets are only available at the door for $30 open seating and $50 reserved.


HERE & THERE
With this issue we are starting something new as far as what we include in the newsletter. As you probably know by now, the biggest complaint we get is that the newsletters are too long, so on the theory that "less is more" we will include an item in the newsletter only once - unless the event is one that has a banner or other type of ad running on the website. Those items will be included in every issue as well as weekly events that feature special guests and cabaret related benefits, cabaret organization events and "festivals." Also, any event offering a discount to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE will be included in every Thursday issue.

As you also know, all items mentioned in the newsletter are added to the DIARY/DATEBOOK pages of the website, and starting with this issue, the headline of each item in the DIARY/DATEBOOK will be included in the newsletter going forward for seven days. That way, if you see the headline in the newsletter, you can go to the website for further details.


I am working on a special project that involves songwriters - lyricists, composers, etc. and if you are a songwriter and would like to be a part of this special SONGWRITER project, please send me an e-mail with the phrase "Tell Me More, Tell Me More" in the subject line. Please, songwriters only reply. This project will provide yet another way that cabaret performers can find you and yet another place where you can list your creations. We want to also provide a way for lyricists to find composers, and composers to find lyricists. NO COST until July 5, 2009 if you are a member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. $10 per year in addition to SILVER membership fee after July 6, 2009. There is no additional charge after July 6, 2009 as long as you remain a GOLD member (includes special privileges as well). Non-members can take advantage of this special program simply by joining! Startup date is October 1, 2008.


I have written several times about George Sanders and Shawn Cullen's famous Sneaky Snake exploits, including awards for videos and appearances around the world - and at DON'T TELL MAMA where George appears several nights a week in the piano bar. Tonight at 10:00 pm (EDT), "Sneaky" will make a special appearance on THE GONG SHOW on COMEDY CENTRAL (check your cable listings for exact time in your area). It will be the slippery creature's television debut!


Singer/writer/actor Andrew Martin just announced that, in addition to his website CaB Magazine Online, he is now associated with StageBuddy.com, and important new listing service for cabaret as well as theater, music, dance, and other vital areas of the performing arts. StageBuddy.com officially launched on September 1st. Check it out at http://www.StageBuddy.com/ .


The message board on the website is still closed - with the St. Louis trip, I still didn't have time to fix it. I hope to reopen the board later today, but I think I will probably have to seek a new message board setup to replace the current one, which has become far too easy to hack. Right now, no password is required to post a message and it is open to all. That's sort of like leaving the door to your house unlocked and posting an invitation to invaders. Stay tuned.


CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 2008-2009 member number 302 (Devlin Baskiel - San Diego, CA) signed up yesterday. See below for the prize-winning members who signed on as members 299 & 300. We're trying to reach 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. A basic SILVER membership is still just $20. Joining is simple - just 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.


Drum roll, please. Barbara Parker Helmer (St. Louis, MO) and Jason Wynn (NYC) are 2008-2009 CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE members #299 and #300 respectively. Barbara joined during the cabaret seminar we held in St. Louis on August 30th when we were there for the opening of the newest cabaret venue in the world (as far as we know), THE KRANZBERG ART CENTER STUDIO THEATRE (501 North Grand Street, St. Louis, MO - 314-795-8778). Jason got his membership by paying for his super side-bar ad, now running on the website (cleverly designed to spin around and show the reverse side only on those computers that do not have parental controls set - if you don't see the other side, talk to your mom). Each will receive a free CABARET CD, taken from my extensive collection of CDs that folks send in just for that purpose. We handed out free CDs at the seminar, so actually Barbara gets 2 CDs for joining! I might even give Jason 2 CDs to keep things even (and also because he is so cute).


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


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
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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.
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CD NEWS: BOB LEVY RELEASES NEW CD OF ORIGINAL SONGS
"Me & My Best Friends", songwriter Bob Levy's second CD on SRM Records, celebrates some old and new collaborations. More diverse than "Out In The Cold," his first jazz collection released in 2006, this new project reunites Bob with composer David Coons, and three new writing partners: Karen Jacobsen from New York and Dennis Livingston and Harriet Goldberg from Boston. It also brings together multi-talented producer, arranger and musician, Jamey Whiting, along with gifted vocalists Perry Danos (who was featured on Bob's first jazz CD), and 2008 two-time Grammy nominee Carolyn Martin. Also on this new CD of original jazz, blues and pop songs are some old friends: vocalists John Foster, Juli Maners, Mike Lusk, Shelly Miller and Bob's very special guests, Karen Jacobsen performing "This Time", their 2008 MAC nominated song and Dane Vannatter's beautiful recording of "Sooner Than Someday", co-written with Dennis Livingston. The talented musicians on this project are: Jamey Whiting on keyboards, Andy Reiss and Penn Pennington on guitar, John Vogt on bass and Ray Von Rotz on drums. "Me & My Best Friends" is available on CDBaby and iTunes as well as at http://www.silkrivermusic.com/ .
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CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 4th through 7th
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 - SEPTEMBER 4th

ASBURY PARK: AT MCLOONE'S "THE MUSIC OF SIMON & GARFUNKEL"
A.J.Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle's "The Music Of Simon & Garfunkel" will be presented at TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400 - http://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/ ) on Thursday, September 4th at 8:00 pm. AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of "Simon & Garfunkel" for more than a decade and their sold out shows prove the effect on their audiences is undeniable. A chance meeting in 1991 in a local club in Bethlehem, PA brought these two talented artists together. A brief introduction and moments later they were blending their voices as if they had been performing together for a lifetime. There is a $15 cover charge.


CHICAGO: MENZIE & MICHAEL OPEN MIC AT CLUB 3160
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael host open-mic on tonight, September 4th from 9:00 pm to midnight at CLUB 3160 (3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL - 773-327-5969). Singers are invited to drop by, take a turn at the mic and join the celebration. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHICAGO: KEELY SINGER AT 200 EAST CHESTNUT
Singer Keely Singer will team up with the very talented Joe Valentino Band at 200 EAST CHESTNUT (200 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL - 312-266-4500 - http://www.200eastchestnut.com/ ) on Thursday, September 4th from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: GUEST MARVIN HAMLISCH
*** 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, September 4th with guest composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line). 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.


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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: BARB JUNGR RETURNS WITH SHOW HONORING NINA SIMONE
BALTIMORE: CAROLYN BLACK-SOTIR OPENS GERMANO'S NEW SEASON
AUSTRALIA: NATE ILLIES WITH "KISS ME NATE"
LOS ANGELES: IRENE IS BACK ON THURSDAYS AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN

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.


NYC: METROJAM CABARET/JAZZ OPEN MIC FRIDAY
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Joe Bachana's METROJAM, the monthly cabaret/jazz open mic event held at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ), will have its next show on Friday, September 5th at 10:00 pm. Guest vocalists from the worlds of cabaret and jazz are always on hand to take a turn at the microphone. Only a $10 cover, $15 minimum.


NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
*** 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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: BARB JUNGR RETURNS WITH SHOW HONORING NINA SIMONE
AUSTRALIA: TAMARA KULDIN'S BOOK OF 'HIMS'
CHICAGO: TRIBUTE TO IRVING BERLIN AT KATERINA'S
BOSTON: TOM LaMARK ORCHESTRA AT THE SUPPER CLUB AT THE TAJ
NYC: YOUTUBE FRIDAYS BEFORE THE AFTER PARTY

SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 6th

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.
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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, September 6th at 8:30 pm, the show will feature top NYC-area comics and musical comedy stars TBA. 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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: VICKIE PHILLIPS ON A SINGER'S JOURNEY
NYC: MARILYN MAYE PREMIERES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 7th

ON RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": "SEASON OPENER"
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, September 7th, 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 "SEASON OPENER" and feature the music of Jo Stafford. Some of the songs from her career that you will hear: "I'll Never Smile Again" (as one of The Piped Pipers) with Frank Sinatra; Sy Oliver's "Yes, Indeed!"; "Manhattan Serenade" (Louis Alter / Harold Adamson); of course, "You Belong To Me" and "Lover Man". 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.


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, September 7th, featured comics are Hilary Schwartz (MTV, XM Radio), Helen Hong (E! Entertainment, Comix), Margot Leitman (Comedy Central, Spike TV), and Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central Presents, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn). No cover charge, $5 cosmos all night.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: STEPHEN LUTVAK RETURNS TO LAURIE BEECHMAN
NEW YORK STATE: BRADSTAN PRESENTS JEANNE MACDONALD
NYC: BROADWAY LOVES THE 80s VOL. 4 TO ROCK
NYC: BROADWAY IN RIVERDALE MARKS OPENING NIGHT GALA
CHICAGO: CARLA GORDON SINGS THE MONEY SONGS
NYC: MARILYN MAYE PREMIERES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"

CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 8th THROUGH 14th
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 8th

NYC: ALGONQUIN SALON MOVES BACK TO MONDAY NIGHTS
*** 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 hotel's lobby area, as it also returns to its Monday night schedule on September 8th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and celebrates the return of host Mark Janas. The co-host for Mark's grand return will be the incomparable Raissa Katona Bennett. No cover, no minimum.


MONDAY NIGHT RETURN LIVE AT PETTERINO'S WITH OPEN-MIC
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Denise McGowan and Beckie Menzie invite you to join them as they return every Monday night from 7:30 to 10:00 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.


NYC: LILLIAS WHITE IN THE "JUST A PIANO" MONDAYS AT TRIAD
Tony winner Lillias White performs on Mondays in September at 9:30 pm at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ) as part of Lee Summers' "Just A Piano" Concert Series. From her unforgettable performances opposite Matthew Broderick in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," to starring as "Effie White" in both the Broadway Revival and the definitive Actor's Fund, 20th Anniversary Benefit CD of "Dreamgirls," to her Tony Winning performance in Cy Coleman's "The Life," Lillias White is truly one of our national treasures. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: CABARET CARES WITH LOVELY LADIES OF CABARET
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Cabaret Cares, the hit cabaret series that benefits both Broadway Cares and Help Is On The Way Today returns to the THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Monday, September 8th at 9:000 pm. The series brings together the best of the Broadway and Cabaret communities. The evening will include performances by Tanya Holt, Sue Matsuki, Marla Green, Barbara Fasano, Deb Berman, Susan Winter, Anne Austin, Leslie Anderson and Lina Koutrakos. Cabaret Cares is produced and created by Joseph Macchia. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: BARBARA WALSH IN VOICES FROM THE GREAT WHITE WAY SERIES
NYC: DOMINIC SHEAHAN-STAHL IN NYC CABARET DEBUT
SAN FRANCISCO: SHAYNEE RAINBOLT SINGS RUSSELL GARCIA
NYC: "LITTLE FISH" CD RELEASE AT JOE'S PUB
NYC: MARILYN MAYE PREMIERES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"
NYC: "THE JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ SONGBOOK" AT BIRDLAND

TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 9th

BALTIMORE: $INGING $TOCKBROKER AT GERMANO'S
On Tuesday September 9th at 7:00 pm, Gary Richman, the $inging $tockbroker, brings his Razz-Ma-Tazz Revue to the CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - http://www.germanostrattoria.com/ ). The show is an evening of great music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Pre-show dining is available from 6:00 pm.


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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OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: ASHFORD & SIMPSON RETURN TO FEINSTEIN'SFOR THIRD YEAR
NYC: MARTY GEIGER IS A SUMMER BABY AT MAMA'S
NYC: MARILYN MAYE PREMIERES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"
NYC: BOYS AND MORE BOYS AT THE BEECHMAN

WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 10th

CHICAGO: BECKIE & TOM REPRISE POSTCARDS SHOW AT MAXIM'S
2007 After Dark Award Winners (Outstanding Cabaret Artists) Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael present their acclaimed show "Postcards from the Road - The Travel Show" at MAXIM'S at The Nancy Goldberg International Center (24 East Goethe Street, Chicago, IL - Tickets: 312-742-1748 - http://www.maximschicago.org/ ) on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm. Menzie & Michael, a critically-acclaimed Chicago duo, will musically explore the adventure and wonder of traveling to far-away places as well as the universal travel nightmares of flight-delays, traffic jams and sea-sickness. The show will feature such classics as "Sentimental Journey," "April in Paris," "Leaving On a Jet Plane" and "You Belong to Me." along with more contemporary songs such as "Celebrate Me Home" and "Damn this Traffic Jam." Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: METROJAM HOST DOES ORIGINAL SONGS WEDNESDAYS
Joe Bachana, the host of METROJAM, is going to be doing his solo show at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for three Wednesdays in September. Remaining performances are scheduled for September 10th & 17th at 7:30 pm. The show is titled "Originals" and it includes songs that Joe has written over the years with some covers as well. The genre is 70s-style music. The band includes guitarist Freddy Shehadi, bassist/background vocals Fred Simpson, drummer Jay Dittamo, and saxophone/clarinetist Kenny Shanker. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ANY WEDNESDAY FEATURES UPTOWN EXPRESS
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, September 10th at 6:00 pm will be the 5-member vocal group Uptown Express, which has been described as "fun, handsome and hip". They will perform highlights from Walk Like a Man, their first studio CD. No reservations taken. No cover.


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: ROCHELLE BREYER & PAUL CHAMLIN: "THE HONEYMOON IS OVER"
Rochelle Breyer and Paul Chamlin follow up on their well-received 2007 show "Mutual Admiration Society" with "The Honeymoon is Over" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:00 pm. The show is a tuneful and playful look at the first year of marriage and the frustrations, confrontations and compromises it entails. Once again, Paul Chamlin digs deep into his eclectic song collection, bringing forth a slew of under-utilized musical theater gems, including two of the loveliest duets you may never have heard. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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AUSTRALIA: TREVOR JONES IN "BY CHANCE"

THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 11th

BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE OPERA COMPANY AT GERMANO'S
On Thursday, September 11th at 7:30 pm, the CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - http://www.germanostrattoria.com/ )will continue its ongoing series of Thursday-evening cabaret shows, featuring performers from the worlds of theatre, popular song, jazz, classical music and opera. Shows begin each Thursday at 7:30 pm. This Thursday, the Baltimore Opera Company will showcase the talent of its artists. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Pre-show dining is available from 6:00 pm.


SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 13th

CHICAGO: JEFF HEDBERG & C11 IN MEL TORME BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
Jeff Hedberg & C11 is a 12-piece, Chicago-based jazz ensemble, founded and lead by jazz vocalist/trumpeter and Blujazz Recording Artist, Jeff Hedberg. On Saturday, September 13th at 8:00 pm, the group will perform at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) doing a Mel Torme Birthday Tribute. For the tribute they will be performing/re-creating the historic "dek-tette" sessions that Mel did with the incomparable Marty Paich. The group, formed in April 2008, is dedicated to preserving and performing the West Coast "Cool" Jazz sound of the 50s and 60s. The group features many of the top soloists, section players and freelance artists that reside in the Chicagoland area. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


MID-WEST: JOAN CURTO CELEBRATES BROADWAY AT SKOKIE
Chicago cabaret star Joan Curto presents one performance only of her new show "Broadway at Skokie" at THE SKOKIE THEATRE (7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL - 847-677-7761 - http://www.skokietheatre.org/ ) on Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 pm. For her one-woman show, Joan has chosen the songs that defined the American musical theater. Material by the greatest composers of all time: Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein from the most memorable shows of all time. Among the songs Joan will be performing are selections from Broadway's grand dame Ethel Merman, who starred in such musical landmarks as Gypsy and Annie Gets Your Gun. This will also mark a kick-off for Ethel Merman's centennial celebration (January 2009). The music provides a showcase for Curto's classic, sultry styling and emotional versatility. Tickets are $25.


SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 14th

NYC: KAREN OBERLIN & MILES PHILLIPS COMBINE PLEASURES
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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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NYC: ANNA BERGMAN SINGS THE LOVE SONGS OF RICHARD RODGERS
Following her sold-out engagement last spring, Anna Bergman returns to the stage at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) with a new show, "MY HEART STOOD STILL: The Love Songs of Richard Rodgers" on Sundays, September 14th & 21st and Monday, September 15th, all shows at 8:30 pm. Joining Anna in the premiere of her new show is Broadway leading man Brent Barrett ("Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular", "Chicago: The Musical", "Kiss Me Kate"- Olivier Award nomination), who was also her guest artist in her 2007 public television special "You & the Night & the Music: A Salon with Anna Bergman". Musical director is Paul Greenwood, with direction by Eric Michael Gillett. In this show, Anna turns her attention to the glorious melodies of the incomparable theatrical legend, Richard Rodgers. In the romantic songs that Rodgers wrote with such masterful lyricists as Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, Martin Charnin and Stephen Sondheim, Anna searches for the heart that beats inside all of us, as we long for, revel in and sometimes lose, at love. There is a $40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SETH BISEN-HERSH HAS WRITER'S BLOCK"
Seth Bisen-Hersh, composer of five cabaret shows, including "The Gayest Straight Man Alive," "Neurotic Tendencies" and "Why Am I Not Famous Yet?", premieres his sixth show, "Writer's Block" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Saturday, September 13th at 6:00 pm; Sunday, September 14th at 8:00 pm; and Monday, September 15th at 7:00 pm. With direction by Jessica Redish (green eyes, Adding Machine) and co-starring Elyse Beyer, Cait Doyle (Hot Mess in Manhattan), Deborah Grausman & Michael Lowe, "Writer's Block" deals with all kinds of barriers whether they be creative, emotional or sexual. Featuring 16 new songs covering topics from returning home to find one's old bedroom now has an exercise machine ("Thanksgiving Day") to making love to a co-worker ("It's Awkward") to finding out how your girlfriend's mother really feels about you ("Her Mother Hates Me"), the show will speak to the heart of anyone who has ever felt there was something blocking them from success, happiness or love. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 15th AND BEYOND
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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 15th

NYC: CAROL SHEDLIN WITH THE LYRICS OF LORENZ HART" AT MAMA'S
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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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SAN FRANCISCO: SHAYNEE RAINBOLT SINGS RUSSELL GARCIA
Shaynee Rainbolt will celebrate legendary arranger, conductor and composer Russell Garcia's life in music in three venues in three US cities in September. In these rare U.S. appearances Russell Garcia will join Shaynee on stage, conducting his Four Trombone band. The show is called "Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt SINGS Russell Garcia" and will continue the tour on Monday, September 15th at YOSHI'S (510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA - 510-238-9200 - http://www.yoshis.com/ ). The show features 16 Russell Garcia Originals, including the 2008 MAC Award winning Song of the Year: "I Remember" with music by Russell Garcia and lyrics by Russell Garcia & Shaynee Rainbolt. The songs will be included in Shaynee's new CD of the same name. The first ever all-vocal album of the music of Russell Garcia. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: BONES STAR ERIC MILLEGAN PLAYS DON'T TELL MAMA
Eric Millegan, of Fox's hit TV show Bones, and who has been seen on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar and starred as Harold in Papermill's Harold and Maude: The Musical, brings his hit cabaret show to New York for one-night-only on Monday, September 15th at 9:15 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Millegan had sold-out performances of this show prior in both Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Eric is best known as the genius forensic anthropologist Dr. Zack Addy in FOX's hit detective drama, "Bones," currently going into its fourth season. Before making his break in Los Angeles, Eric had a successful ten year career in the theater. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LAUREL MASSE SET TO PERFORM AT BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND
Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com present Laurel Masse at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com/ ) on Monday, September 15th at 7:00 pm, as part of the long-running concert series Broadway at Birdland. Ms. Masse, founding member of Grammy award-winning vocal group Manhattan Transfer, toured internationally for seven years with the group and recorded five albums. In 1979, a serious automobile accident forced her departure, and after two years of convalescence, she began recording, as well as touring again as a solo artist, both in the States and in Europe. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


JAZZ VOCALISTS JAM SESSION IN HOLLYWOOD RETURNS
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Shirlee Kong's Monthly Jazz Vocalists Jam Session at the HOLLYWOOD STUDIO BAR & GRILL (6122 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-9917 - http://www.hstudiobarandgrill.com/ ) will return on Monday, September 15th from 7:30 pm. to 10:30 pm featuring the Karen Hernandez trio. All jazz vocalists and musicians are invited to drop by, and Shirlee will attempt to give an opportunity to each to perform. Please bring your sheet music in your key. Other musicians are welcomed to sit in. There is a $5 cover plus 2 drink minimum or dinner order. Call for reservations if you plan on having dinner.


TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 16th

NYC: MAC ANNUAL MEETING AT BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
The results of the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) BOARD OF DIRECTORS elections (deadline for voting is September 12th) will be announced at the MAC ANNUAL MEETING which will beheld on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO & PIANO LOUNGE (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). This meeting is for paid up members only (2007-2008 memberships expired on August 31st). Memberships are available at the door. MAC will also announce some great things MAC planned for the coming year.


WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 17th

NYC: MOONSHINE MARTINIS WITH SHANNON BROWN
West Virginian by birth, but New Yorker at heart, Shannon Brown announces additional performances of her cabaret debut, Moonshine Martinis: A 60s & 70s Country Cabaret, featuring country music. The show will be performed on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). The show is a 1-hour ride through lovin', lyin', cheatin' & drinkin' with tunes made famous by Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and others. Musical director is Jonathan L. Segal and the director is Ray Hesselink. There is a $10 cover, plus a 2 drink minimum.


THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 18th

NYC: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE"
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 Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 pm. Joining Grace are Margaret Wright (Obie, Bistro, 3x Mac Awards), Jay Rogers (Multiple Mac & Bistro Awards), La Tanya Hall (International Recording Star), Cynthia Crane (Bistro Award), newcomer Amanda Peters and special guests Eric Michael Gillett & John Kropowski plus a surprise guest. Don Rebic is Musical Director, with Steve Doyle on Bass. Eric Michael Gillett serves as Director. 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. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: HELENE FELDMAN IN CONSTANT CRAVING AT THE BEECHMAN
Helene Feldman returns to the cabaret stage and THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) with her new show "Constant Craving". The show is a diverse blend of songs from popular music, jazz, blues, contemporary music and The Great American Songbook. She is accompanied by Gerry Dieffenbach at the piano. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, September 18th at 9:30 pm and Saturday, September 27th at 4:30 pm. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: EDUCATIONAL SERIES PRESENTED BY THE ASCAP FOUNDATION
*** FEATURED CABARET EVENT ***
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.


FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 19th

NEW YORK CITY: TOMMY FEMIA IS JUDY ONE NIGHT ONLY AT MAMA'S
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Award-winning impersonator Tommy Femia's returns for one night only on Friday, September 19th at 9:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). He is joined by his long-time musical David Maiocco. Tommy performs live, not lip-synch, and in this new show he'll be belting Garland's best-loved classics. Also on the bill are songs that the legendary singer never got a chance to perform. Tommy always has a guest star, with this week's guest TBA. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


CAPE COD: RALPH BASSETT DOES DIVA TURN IN ORLEANS
Ralph Bassett will premier his new "I've Got the Divas in Me" cabaret show at the ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (120 Main Street, Orleans, MA - 508-255-1963 - http://www.apa1.org/ ) on Friday & Saturday, September 19th & 20th, both shows at 8:00 pm. No stranger to Cape Cod stages, the talented song stylist best known for his wide vocal range and distinct style, will be joined by musical arranger and pianist Bonnie MacLeod. It is the premier showing of " I've Got the Diva's in Me" before it takes off for DON'T TELL MAMA in New York City this spring. MacLeod and Bassett, a new team, have crafted an evening of the musical styling of eighteen (18) of Bassett's favorite female performers including: Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Odetta, Billy Holiday, Liza, Cher, Warrick, Dion and Judy Garland. The show will also be a fundraiser for the Academy. Tickets are $15 - $40.


SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 20th

NYC: JASON WYNN IS BACK WITH NOT MORE OF THE SAME OLD @#$%
2007 MAC award winner Jason Wynn brings the highly anticipated sequel to his smash hit "Not The Same Old @$%" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) with performances scheduled for Saturday, September 20th at 9:30 pm; Sunday, September 21st at 7:00 pm; and Saturday, September 27th 9:30 pm. This show is "Anything But Ordinary" - packed with Pop, Rock, Originals and (of course) a Showtune or two. The song-list represents a wide variety of songwriters, including Jason Wynn, Ike Turner, Kelly Clarkson, Anastasia, Elton John, ELO, Alicia Keys, Paula Cole, and so many more! Directed by 2008 MAC winner Miles Phillips, the show features a smokin' band and a collection of some of New York's best singers joining in the fun. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 22nd

NYC: FRANCESCA AMARI RETURNS TO METROPOLITAN ROOM
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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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TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 23rd

NYC: AUSTRALIAN LEADING MAN MAKES MAMA'S DEBUT
Tyran Parke, one of Australia's leading men of cabaret and musical theater, brings his show A Little Knight Music to New York on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9:00 pm and Friday, September 26th at 6:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). In A Little Knight Music Tyran descends into fantasy and becomes convinced he is the knight errant of cabaret. The self-styled Don Quixote (with musical maestro, Chris Denny his Sancho Panza) sets out in search of adventures while battling the windmills of the mind. Tyran has performed in many musicals in Australia, including his highly celebrated performance as George in Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George". There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 24th

NYC: PHILIP HERNANDEZ AT THE BEECHMAN WITH PHIL & TONIC
Broadway star and recording artist Philip Hernandez brings his new one-man show "Phil and Tonic" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm. Philip will be accompanied on piano by Jeremy Wall, Grammy nominated composer and co-founder of the legendary jazz band Spyro Gyra. Hernandez is the only actor in Broadway history to have played both the hero Jean Valjean and his nemesis Inspector Javert in Broadway's mega-hit Les Miserables. His other Broadway credits include leading roles in the Original Broadway Casts of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Paul Simon's The Capeman. In addition to Broadway Mr. Hernandez regularly performs as a guest artist with symphony orchestras throughout the US. His critically acclaimed CD, The Beat Of My Heart, is a unique blend of Broadway, Jazz, the great American songbook and Latin rhythm. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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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 between noon and 6:00 pm (except Sundays).


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 19th

CCP 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT 2008: "OUR KIND OF TOWN"
CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ) will present a spectacular musical evening honoring Golden Globe Award winner Amanda McBroom and local favorite Frank D'Rone with Lifetime Achievement Awards on Sunday, October 19th at 7:00 pm at THE PARK WEST (322 West Armitage, Chicago, IL - TKTS: 312-409-3106 - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ). Doors open with cocktail show entertainment at 5:45 pm. Tickets are $25 - $45. After October 12th tickets are only available at the door for $30 open seating and $50 reserved.


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


MONDAY - NOVEMBER 17th

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
The glorious experiment that began five years ago with a concert featuring great singers, singing great songs, but without microphones in a 1,500 seat theater, has blossomed into a annual celebration. The concert, produced by Scott Siegel, is attended every year by musical theater lovers who crave the sound of the pure human voice and the opportunity to hear great Broadway music the way it was originally performed, with nothing between the singer and the audience except the truth. This year, that celebration continues with the 5TH ANNUAL BROADWAY UNPLUGGED on Monday, November 17th at 8:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ).


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MORE "HERE & THERE"
I have another busy weekend coming up. First, I want to complete the PIANO BAR section on the website - that project sort of got set aside and I missed my self-imposed deadline of September 1st. And I need to complete the CABARET VENUE sections, listing rooms around the country where this wonderful art form can be seen. And before October 1st I have to get set up for the special SONGWRITERS project mentioned above. And there's more to do as well, including getting set for our next CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE special event, a CD SPECTACULAR just in time for Christmas stocking-stuffer season (CDs fit neatly in all but the very smallest stockings). And MARCH IS CABARET MONTH is just around the corner and I am forming a committee to work on that program as well.


I promised a review of a show seen on August 27th at DON'T TELL MAMA, so here goes:

One sort of has to abandon reality when attending a VICKIE & NICKIE show - these two gals are simply too strange to be real. Adopting the personae of two sisters from Minnesota (actual sisters Lori and Lisa Brigantino are Vickie & Nickie), the gals could be decedents of the Bleem Sisters of years gone by, sired by Garrison Keillor of NPR fame. Be-wigged and be-hair-sprayed, the gals present a show that is part stand-up comedy, part gong show. With dresses apparently hand sewn from patterns designed by some rebel Mormon sect, the show is just plain fun. The sisters are supposedly suburban housewife sisters with 10 children between the 2 of them, who got their start singing in church and the local nursing home as youngsters and moved on up to charity balls and the prison circuit as they got older. Naturally, the next step up the ladder was NYC cabaret (their tour bus - a refurbished school bus) has been seen outside of ROSE'S TURN, THE DUPLEX and DON'T TELL MAMA for the past several years. The sisters accompany themselves on several musical instruments during the show including guitar, saxophone, accordion, keyboard, ukulele, violin and tambourine. Their songs (no song list provided) range from country to pop and even to rap! It is an hour of fun (and some audience participations) that had this audience member nearly falling off his seat in laughter. According to their website no upcoming shows are in the works, but from the size and enthusiasm of the audience at this show, I am sure there will be another date or two soon.


And, of course, the special issue sent out on Tuesday covered everything about my trip to St. Louis except a review of the opening night show at THE KRANZBERG ART CENTER STUDIO THEATRE on Saturday, August 30th.

In an experience new to me, I was around for the last two days of planning for this show, as a guest of the organizers of "Casual Cabaret." Not only was this a brand new revue, it also was the very first show to be presented in this elegant new cabaret space - and that meant dealing with a building staff for the most part inexperienced to the art of cabaret. Waiters had to be trained, the room's tables had to be rearranged to afford everyone a good view, and in this instance a new piano had to be rented because the piano provided was completely inadequate. But, as is usually the case, it all came together as the lights came down in the room and the show began.

It was a true sign of self-confidence to open a new room with a 5-person revue (plus musical director and bassist) since such an event strains the technical abilities - many microphones, extended lighting needs - of a room to the limit. Plus organizing a show around the personal schedules of each person so that rehearsals can be held had to be quite a task. Director Stellie Siteman (who also performed) managed to pull it off seamlessly. Stellie partnered with De Kaplan and many other volunteers to form "Casual Cabaret" and after the show I congratulated them for moving from idea to accomplishment in just 4 months!

Musical director Diane Hanish and bassist Jeremy Pfeffer did exactly what great accompanists do: they were invisible yet indispensable to the success of the show. And the four main performers, Mary Dyson, Devon Barnes Roberts, Stellie Siteman and B.J. Ware, along with guest artist Barbara Barnes Roberts proved to me that"cabaret was alive and well and in good hands in St. Louis!"

There were 23 numbers in the show (24 songs) ranging from showtunes to R&B to jazz to pop. The show opened with the four ladies entering from the back of the room, each singing a phrase from the song "Gee, But Its Good to be Here!" as they individually made their way to the stage. Each of the performers had their own individual style - sassy, sparkly, mellow and smokey. And when they sang in harmony (in duet, trio and even quartet) the effect each time was stunning. It was the mark of a good director (Ms. Siteman has extensive background in theater as actor, writer and director) that the perfect songs were chosen for each performer.

Miss Siteman's own solos were perfect for her vocals, and her rendition of "Fifty Percent" was one of the finest I've heard in cabaret (and I have heard this song done badly as often as well). B.J. Ware's perfectly nuanced "My Handyman Ain't Handy No More" had her husband (who was sitting near me) squirming with embarrassment. Her rendition of of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" was passionate and heart felt.

Devon Barnes Roberts' "Born To Entertain", the second number in the show, had sparkle and energy - setting the tone for the evening. She also was delightful in "Back on Base" sung to the accompaniment of Mr. Pfeffer. Mary Dyson did an amazing performance of "Hit That Jive Jack" - even pausing to do a turn on sax! She showed her sweetly mellow side with "Cry Me a River."

Barbara Parker Roberts, who took the stage to sing two solos about three-quarters of the way in the show, sang Porter's "Night and Day" followed by a most touching "If He Walked Into My Life" from the musical MAME by Jerry Herman. Both songs were simply but beautifully done with vocals that belied her age.

It was an evening that presented the art of cabaret at its finest - a terrific launch for a new space that should have most of the folks in the audience returning again an again. Brava to the ladies of the show, and bravo to "Casual Cabaret!"


A quick note to those who have been inquiring about BROADWAY BABY BISTRO booking manager Don Schaffer, who was subjected to a vicious beating when he was mugged near his apartment in Greenwich Village a week or so ago. Don was held overnight at the hospital, but you can't put good man down. Scraped, bandaged and bruised, Don was back on the job almost immediately and is now nearly fully healed.


Another big thank you to some very special cabaret friends who sent in donations, paid for banners in advance and joined as members over the weekend to help with the financial crisis I was in - that $600+ bill due me still has not been paid - some of it over 60 days old and all of it due in full on August 19th. Promises don't pay the rent. Thanks to my friends I was able to.


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!


Mi amigo especial: ˇsu funcionamiento ayer por la noche en la demostración era fantástico! Usted me hizo muy orgulloso ser su amigo.

And that is just about the way it was.

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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