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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #080906 - Monday, September 22, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORY

BANKOK: SAN FRANCISCO CABARET ARTIST TAKE BAND TO THAILAND
San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Lua Hadar makes international debut with her band TWIST at the Bangkok 10th International Festival of Dance & Music on Monday, October 6th at 7:30 pm at the THAILAND CULTURAL CENTER (Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok, Thailand - +66 2 247 0028 - http://www.bangkokfestivals.com ). Lua takes her sophisticated high-energy band on its first international jaunt on the heels of the successful release of her latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, at New York's famed Iridium Jazz Club. TWIST's tour band reflects the international flavor of Hadar's repertoire, with musicians from Cuba, Great Britain, Hong Kong and the States, including Music Director and jazz pianist Jason Martineau and drummer Jim Zimmerman. A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Hadar interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. TWIST plays its own brand of "jazz without borders," spiced with elements of Latin, pop, funk, and international cabaret.

A native New Yorker, from a musical family, Lua Hadar has performed as an actor and singer all her life. Her love for The Great American Songbook, begun in her New York childhood, mixes with her passion for world cultures, so jazz club and concert audiences enjoy an eclectic mix of grooves and languages, from the familiar to the exotic, but always with Lua's "fresh twist."

See http://www.bangkokfestivals.com for details.


MEMBERS' CHOICE FAVORITE SONG ANNOUNCED
The voting for the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE MEMBERS' CHOICE FAVORITE CABARET SONG ended on Friday night, September 19th. As it was, just over 120 of the over-300 2008-2009 members took part in the voting - a little disappointing (and surprising) since this time around members were asked to vote for their personal favorite - not for "the best" - so it was not necessary for voters to be familiar with all the songs on the list. Quite surprising to me - considering the list of nominees - 2 members actually admitted that they not familiar with ANY of the songs and chose not to vote.

Every song on the list of 26 nominees received at least one vote (members were only permitted to choose one) - with nearly every one receiving 2 votes. But the top choice was very clear - receiving nearly double the number of votes as the song in second place. (You can see all 26 nominated songs at http://www.svhamstra.com/MembersChoiceSongPrelim08.shtml )

The very clear winner was "Listen to My Heart" by David Friedman - made known world wide by the recordings of Nancy LaMott. This choice was not surprising, considering the fact that it has probably been on the song list of many cabarets shows over the years, has been the title of many shows and even several CDs. It has also been sung on national TV, at scores of benefits, and has received radio play all over the world - sung by many artists.


SOME QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

SONGWRITER WEBSITE PROJECT KICKS OFF OCTOBER 1st
CABARETSINGS.COM has a "green light" - http://www.cabaretsings.com is a new website, sponsored by CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE, to promote the songs and songwriters of cabaret. Over 50 songwriters contacted me showing interest in this project but I had decided not to move ahead on the project unless at least 10 songwriters showed serious interest. This morning I received the 10th "commitment". Right now the website consists of a very blank opening home page and a link to one songwriter. This was set up to allow songwriters who were interested to sample what the final product would look like. I will be attempting to add one additional songwriter a day at least until the 10 submissions are completed. Official launch date is October 1, 2008.

Listing and a free page on the CABARETSINGS.COM website is FREE to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE through July 5th, 2009 - after which there will be a $10 charge to 2009-2010 SILVER members and no charge to GOLD members and above who maintain their GOLD membership. Non-members can have a page this year for $20 - which includes a SILVER membership. This website should be a great advantage to songwriters who do not have a website or for whom maintaining a website is too expensive. If you want more details, send me an email at stuhamstra@cabaretsings.com.


NEW SYSTEM ANNOUNCED REGARDING NEWS ITEMS IN THIS NEWSLETTER
To keep the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletters as short as possible, while including as many news items as possible, we only include an item in the newsletter once - unless the event is one that has an ad running on the website, weekly events that feature special guests, cabaret related benefits, cabaret organization events and cabaret "festivals." All items mentioned in the newsletter are added to the DIARY/DATEBOOK pages of the website, and 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. Any event offering a discount to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE will be included in every Thursday issue. Don't forget, piano bar and open mic items now appear in a new section on the website. 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


SPECIAL IMMEDIATE NEEDS IN SEARCH OF SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS

SEEKING SPONSORS FOR TRIP TO CHICAGO IN OCTOBER
The banner ads and membership donations cover the basic needs of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE but occasionally we need additional donations and sponsorships to finance special projects, events and other items.

In October I plan to travel to Chicago to attend the CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org ) GALA 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 ). The organization 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. It will be a chance for me to hear "live" many of the Chicago area performers I have been writing about in the newsletter and on the website - and share the experience with you. I say "plan to" because I need some help to make this trip in the form of sponsors. I would like to order my AMTRAK ticket and make hotel reservations this week to get the best possible prices. I estimate I need 6 sponsors at $100 each to cover AMTRAK train fare and 2 nights hotel costs while in Chicago. Sponsors will receive recognition (with a website link) in all reports about the trip. Anonymous donations accepted. There is a new link on the home page of the website (http://www.svhamstra.com/HotlineSponsors.shtml ) that includes a way you can make a sponsor donation instantly via PayPal.

SPECIAL TO CHICAGO-AREA MEMBERS: Hotel suggestions welcome - I won't be renting a car so a location near the event or near public transportation is required.


In this connection: Thanks to a birthday donation (actually a gift from my oldest sister in Michigan) I now have a digital camera, but on my trip to St. Louis at the end of August I sorely missed a way to keep up to date with my e-mail while out of town. The hotel charged 50 cents a minute for the use of their computer - with a $9 minimum. And they blocked off $50 on my credit card for 5 days! While it would be nice to once again have an iBook laptop computer to take along to Chicago (my iBook was stolen on the subway 3 years ago when I was on crutches and couldn't chase the thief), I feel that the most I can afford at this time would be an iPod Touch - cost is around $250 (an iBook would cost over $1000). This is not an iPhone - but it has nearly all the features of an iPhone without the phone part - including the ability to access my e-mail using WiFi connections (available free in most airports, train stations and hotels).

So I am asking for donations in any amount specifically for this purpose. Contributors will be recognized - with a link to their websites (if applicable) in a special THANK YOU box on the home page of the website, plus a thank you in the newsletter. Anonymous donations accepted. There is a new link on the home page of the website (http://www.svhamstra.com/HotlineSponsors.shtml ) that includes a way you can make a donation instantly via PayPal.

So a total of $850 will have me off to Chicago properly equipped to come back with a full report - and the ability to keep in contact with you while "on the road." You can make your donations/sponsorships today - on the website - at http://www.svhamstra.com/HotlineSponsors.shtml - items will be deleted from the web page as soon as the amount estimated is raised.


HERE & THERE
Autumn is officially and quite naturally here - temperatures here in NYC are expected to top out at less than 75 degrees (f) for the next three days and drop into the 50s for the next three nights. As my pal Daniel would say (quoting from one of his favorite songs from one of his favorite shows by one of his favorite songwriters) "In the cool, cool, cool of the evening.... I'll be there!"


Word of advice to folks planning to drive their cars into the city for the next few days - DON'T. The annual session of the United Nations starts today, and dignitaries and sub-dignitaries flock to NYC so that they can for one week feel and act important by riding around town in motorcades of police and secret service SUVs and do their best to snarl traffic. They love to go shopping, they love to go to the theater, they love to go sightseeing, and they love those motorcades! They have no interest in what's going on at the UN (does anyone?) - they just want their "time to shine." Meantime, there are street closings (if you are driving or taking a cab, avoid the East Side of town from 34th to 57th and from the river to Park Avenue). Today, in addition to all the others, the President is in town as well - he gets the longest motorcade. Hey, he needs a chance to feel important once in a while, too. Best bet? Use public transportation! These buffoons are too high & mighty to take a bus or subway. And forget about a taxi - taxi drivers love to drive you right into heavy traffic, adding lots of time to the meter (in NYC you not only pay by the milage, but also by the minute waiting in traffic).


Cabaret/jazz lovers in NYC have a chance on Tuesday night to celebrate the man responsible for the Ella and Louis, Porgy and Bess, countless recordings by the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Anita O'Day, Oscar Peterson, Maynard Furgeson, Sammy Davis Jr., and Julie London (to name a few), 100s of film scores from the 40s-60s and wrote the quintessential books on arranging and composition still used around the world today. Russ Garcia, at age 92, still works around the world. He lives in New Zealand now but on Tuesday night at 8:00 pm he makes a rare USA/NYC appearance when he and his 4-Trombone Band (John Alred, John Fedchock, Nate Mayland and George Flynn) join Shaynee Rainbolt, and Barry Levitt, Piano; Tom Hubbard, Bass; Ray Marchica Drums at THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM (431 West 16th Street, NYC - 212-414-5994 - http://www.highlineballroom.com ) in a 90-minute show honoring the music of Russ Garcia. Shaynee has recorded the first ever all vocal album of his original music: Charmed Life. Tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door. By the way, this new nightspot is about as far away from the UN Building and all the gridlock as is possible.


I got an urgent e-mail last Sunday from someone from out of town who was doing a show last week and urgently wanted to get the news out. I did the best I could, given the late request. Apparently the performer assumed that the club would be handling publicity and so they didn't have to do anything more except step on stage and perform. Sad truth is that, unless the room has an actual investment in your show (they guarantee you a set fee for each performance) they have very little incentive to promote your show except maybe a listing on their website and a listing on their monthly schedule - which they just might send out to all press people. Some clubs send out a post card with some of the shows for the month featured, and some send a monthly or weekly "promo" to people on their club mailing list promoting the shows featured for a given week but beyond that, advertising and promotion is up to the performer. With the freedom of producing your own show comes the responsibility of doing your own promotion. With a banner or other ad on CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE they will see your ad displayed when they visit the website, and read about your event or CD twice a week as long as your ad is running - no trouble for you and no trouble for them. Write me for details.


For folks who have been listeners to the regular weekly live broadcasts of the AT THE RITZ! radio program, the show can now be heard on WVOF 88.5FM on Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm - moving to the new time slot from its former Sunday airing. The station is not one of those "clear channel" super-stations, and cannot be heard in many parts of the NYC area, so producers and hosts Jeffrey C. Williams and Lynn DiMenna created a 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! Saturday shows will be 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 jeff@attheritz.org. Mailing Address is At The Ritz! 6 Huntington Street, Huntington, CT 06484 - Phone: 800-529-8497.


SAD NEWS IN SAN FRANCISCO: The owners of THE OCTAVIA LOUNGE (1772 Market Street, SF - 415-863-3516 - http://www.octavialounge.com ) have announced that the club will be under new ownership effective September 29, 2008. On October 1, 2008 the new owners will close the lounge for an extended period of time for remodeling. All shows after October 1, 2008 were cancelled and no new shows are being booked at this time. It will apparently be up to the new owners whether or not they continue to offer live music in the future.


We are getting set to announce the date and place of our previously announced CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE NOVEMBER HOLIDAY CABARET CD EVENT - presenting the songs of 10 CDs chosen from "Cabaret CDs" released in 2008. You are invited to submit CDs that qualify. Long-time cabaret critic/reviewer/writer John Hoglund has agreed to serve as judge for the event - he will choose up to 10 CDs from those submitted - including one to be designated "CD of the Year 2008". The "chosen 10" recording artists will be invited to come to the show to perform 2 songs from their CDs. The winning CD will receive our first D. J. Bradley "CDs for Christmas" award (the CDs do not need to be Christmas themed - but we're having the show in November, in time to promote CDs for Holiday gifting so it all ties together).

If you are a member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE and have a CD that is eligible (first released in 2008) and that you would like to submit, please send me an e-mail and I will give you submission instructions. There are deadlines, special requirements, etc. Don't send in any CDs yet - wait for the instructions (we will be needing you to send 2 CDs - one for the judging and one to give away at the show).

In this connection, we want to make the cover price for the show as low as possible so folks will have cash left to buy a CD or two afterwards, so we are looking for sponsors to help defray expenses. I estimate we will need 5 sponsors at $100 each to cover any room charges, musical director and promotional expenses. Sponsors will receive one comp ticket to the event and will be recognized - with a link to their websites (if applicable) - on all promotional material and articles about the show. Anonymous donations accepted. There is a new link on the home page of the website (http://www.svhamstra.com/HotlineSponsors.shtml ) that includes a way you can make a sponsor donation instantly via PayPal.


Speaking of CDs, a great and inexpensive way to promote you CD (especially at holiday time) is a "Home Page Side-Bar ad" on CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. And for the months of October, November and December we have a special offer: 4 weeks for the price of 3 starting October 5th through December 27th. For this special promotional period, we are increasing the number of side-bars to 7 (instead of 5) and increasing the number of pages where they will appear from the current 12 to 20. Ads cost $25 per week (no discounts, must be paid using PayPal). First ordered and paid basis - and placement will depend on the number of weeks ordered. A perfect size to promote you CD for holiday giving.


One more item about CDs and the holidays can be found in the HERE & THERE part 2 near the end of this newsletter.


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://www.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 ***


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 and Dane Vannatter. 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/ .
*** SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 22nd THROUGH 28th
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 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.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


NYC: BRONWYN RUCKER BRINGS BACK GAL SPEAKEASY SINGERS
Bronwyn Rucker, vocalist, is joined by Saadi Zain on bass and Jerry Scott at the piano in her show "Bronwyn's Speakeasy ... Shhhh ..." to be presented on Mondays, September 22nd & 29th and October 27th 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 journey through the gin joints, the roof top restaurants of Cafe Society and back room speakeasies of the 20's and 30's in a tribute to some of the great female artists of the time such as Libby Holman, Billy Holiday, Ruth Etting and Blanche York. The book is written by Bronwyn Rucker with legendary television and radio talk show host, Joe Franklin, who has encyclopedic knowledge of the era. The show is directed by the award-winning Jay Rogers. There is a $10 cover with a 2-drink minimum.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


NYC: THE TRU FACES CABARET BENEFIT
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Theater Resources Unlimited ( http://www.truonline.org ) presents The TRU Faces Cabaret Benefit on Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ). It will be an evening of songs written by TRU writers and sung by TRU performers to support the programs and work of TRU. The event is hosted by cabaret legend and MAC Award winner Sidney Myer, directed by MAC Award winner Linda Amiel Burns with music directed by MAC Award winner Tracy Stark. Tickets are $35 ($25 for members of TRU), which is a tax-deductible donation to TRU, plus a 2-drink minimum. To reserve tickets, purchase online NOW at http://www.truonline.org/store.html.


CHICAGO: ENCHANTED CABARET: RODGERS & HART & HAMMERSTEIN
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org ) and DRURY LANE WATER TOWER PLACE (175 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL - 312-642-2000 - http://www.drurylanewatertower.com ) are announcing the second of five new Musical Mondays concerts, held monthly through December. On September 22nd at 7:30 pm the show is "SOME ENCHANTED CABARET: RODGERS & HART & HAMMERSTEIN." The richness of Richard Rodgers' timeless melodies promises an unforgettable evening of song. The cast includes Tracy Adams, David Edelfelt, Tommy Hensel, Marianne Murphy Orland, Jimmy Odom, Greta Pope, Jeanne Scherkenbach, and MaryMonica Thomas. Bobby Schiff will serve as musical director and Tracy Adams will direct. Kevin Moore from WJJG Radio, 1530 AM will host. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now by calling the Box Office at 312-642-2000 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/ .


NYC: MICHELE LEE IN "LIGHTS, BROADWAY, ACTION!" BENEFIT
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com present Michele Lee in "LIGHTS, BROADWAY, ACTION!," a concert benefiting The Actors Fund at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com ) on Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm, as part of the long-running series Broadway at Birdland. Ms. Lee has starred on Broadway, in feature and television films, recorded and performed in concerts and variety specials with legends of the entertainment industry. She is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen in the landmark CBS series "Knots Landing", the third-longest running prime time dramatic series in television history. The show will benefit The Actors Fund. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ALGONQUIN SALON ON MONDAY NIGHTS
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Mark Janas' ALGONQUIN SALON returnS 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 settles back in its Monday night schedule on September 22nd from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Special co-host for the evening is singer/lyricist Sara Wordsworth. The theme will be "IN TRANSIT" which also happens to be the title of the a cappella musical Sara and her talented co-writers had workshopped at the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference and produced as a NEW2NY show at the York Theatre this summer. Any material about traveling, transportation or life transitions would fit this theme. In observance of Rosh Hashanah, there will be NO SALON on Monday, September 29th. No cover, no minimum.


NEW JERSEY: NEXT BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE AT STOCKTON INN
BOB's BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE returns tonight, September 22nd (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 Lisa Poulos with Rick Jensen, Chuck Schaeffer, Rob Cox, John Nanni and Christine Giglio-Nanni, AJ Tyndale, Jim Thomas, Michael Mancini, Tyler Bellinger and more to be announced. Only $10 cover/$10 minimum. Serving dinner, from 5:30 pm.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: LILLIAS WHITE IN THE "JUST A PIANO" MONDAYS AT TRIAD
NYC: VOCALIST LINDA CIOFALO AT WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL
NYC: VOICES FROM THE GREAT WHITE WAY: JOHN TREACY EGAN
NYC: HANZ & KIRKWOOD TO STAR IN "COMME TU VEUX"
CHICAGO: FOR A MOMENT: THE MUSIC OF JOHN BUCCHINO

TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 23rd

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 one performance in September - 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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NYC: THOMAS HONECK RETURNS WITH TWO AWARD-WINNING SHOWS
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Thomas Honeck reprises his MAC Award winning show "Going on Faith..." at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ) on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm. This show relates Thomas' personal journey from a place of believing in nothing to finding something to finally to have faith in. Then, at 8:30 pm, he presents "Dreaming Wide Awake," his the follow-up piece (each show works as a stand-alone piece). In 2007, he was honored with the MAC Award for Special Production for this show that is a personal story about how dreams, both conscious and unconscious, have influenced his "reality" over the last seven years. Both shows involve entertaining story telling, punctuated by pop tunes and Broadway classics. See both shows for only a small donation of $10. Proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There is a 1-drink minimum for each show.


NYC: 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 Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00 pm at THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM (431 West 16th Street, NYC - 212-414-5994 - http://www.highlineballroom.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. Tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door.


ON CABLE: JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS TV SHOW MOVES TO A NEW TIME
Starting on Tuesday, September 23rd, "Jamie deRoy & friends" will air every other Tuesday at a new time: 4:00 pm. In NYC, the show is aired on MNN-Time Warner on Channel 67 and on RCN on Channel 85. In other areas, check you local cable listings for time and channel. The show is produced by Jamie deRoy & friends, inc. and directed by Barry Kleinbort. Taped and Edited by Applause Video. For details see http://www.jamiederoy.com/ .


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: CHRIS BARRETT TUESDAYS AT LA MEDITERRANEE
NYC: BETTY BUCKLEY PRESENTS "THE MUSIC AT BIRDLAND"
NYC: AUSTRALIAN LEADING MAN MAKES MAMA'S DEBUT
NYC: "HAIRSPRAY" FILM STAR NIKKI BLONSKY "COMING HOME"
NYC: "A BERNSTEIN/BOLCOM CELEBRATION" AT THE MERKIN

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. 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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NYC: FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT AT TUDOR CITY GREENS
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A new outdoor concert series will be presented at the Tudor City Greens Park (enter at Tudor City Place between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets) on Wednesday, September 24th starting at 6:00 pm. The hour-long program of music and comedy, themed "A Grand Night for Singing", will feature performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret scene. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret performer Raissa Katona Bennett and feature performances by Hector Coris, Richard Cramer, Jenna Esposito, Eric Michael Gillett, Rosemary Loar, Darren Williams and cabaret newcomers Maria Moncada and Catherine Overfelt. The musical director is David Caldwell. The rain date for this event is Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 pm.


NYC: ANDREW SUVALSKY RELEASES SECOND CD
Andrew Suvalsky, 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award winner, will release his second CD "A World That Swings" from LML Music on September 9th at 7:00 pm at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com ) on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm. Suvalsky's new recording - an mix of classic standards and re-imagined pop gems - features an all-star lineup of musicians including Bennett Paster on piano and organ, Steve Wilson on alto saxophone and flute; Peter Bernstein on Guitar; Gregory Ryan on bass and Keith Hall on drums. The album includes seminal works by American Songbook composers like Cole Porter ("Night and Day"), Irving Berlin ("How Deep Is The Ocean?") and Harold Arlen ("When The Sun Comes Out"), as well as songs by pop writers John Lennon & Paul McCartney ("Fool On The Hill") and Carole King ("I Feel The Earth Move"). The show has a $20 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MARCUS GOLDHABER & THE JON DAVIS TRIO RETURN
In anticipation of his soon-to-be-released album, "Take Me Anywhere," Marcus Goldhaber will be returning to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) on Wednesday & Thursday, September 24th & 25th at 9:30 pm. In a back-to-back concert series, Marcus & The Jon Davis Trio will hold two exciting performances, also offering exclusive sampler demos and advanced pre-orders of the new album. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: BETTY BUCKLEY PRESENTS "THE MUSIC AT BIRDLAND"
NYC: CHRIS BARRETT WEDNESDAYS AT LA MEDITERRANEE
NYC: CAROLYN KITAY PRESENTS "KATAY, KITAY
NYC: METROJAM HOST DOES ORIGINAL SONGS WEDNESDAYS
NYC: "THE DIVA FROM DOWN UNDER" AT THE DUPLEX

THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 25th

BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AT GERMANO'S
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
On Thursday, September 25th at 7:30 pm, the BALTIMORE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS ( http://www.bsfa.org ) will present a Cabaret Kick-off Benefit, featuring performances by BSA faculty, students and alumni at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - http://www.germanostrattoria.com ). The show will benefit the organization. Tickets are $75. For tickets, please go to http://www.bsfa.org. Baltimore School for the Arts is a Baltimore Public High School and a national leader in preparing students for careers in the arts. The school provides qualified students with intensive training in one of four arts disciplines: the visual arts, music, theatre, or dance in combination with a comprehensive, college preparatory academic program. Students of the school will be featured at GERMANO'S twice each month in their own cabaret shows. Pre-show dining is available from 6:00 pm.


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 25th and October 2nd, both events at 5:30 pm. On Thursday, September 25th, the series continues with AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL: [TITLE OF SHOW] GOES FROM NYMF TO BROADWAY. Moderator:Isaac Robert Hurwitz (Executive Director/Producer, NYMF) with guests: Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen ([title of show]). Find out how Hunter and Jeff have adapted, updated and developed [title of show] through each stage of its life. 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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX AT MAMA'S - GUEST TBA
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER AT UNCLE CHARLIE'S
ASBURY PARK: "LOVELY" WITH KELLY & JERRY AT MCLOONE'S
NYC: BETTY BUCKLEY PRESENTS "THE MUSIC AT BIRDLAND"
NYC: TOBY BLACKWELL IS STILL BITTER AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
NYC: LINN MAXWELL STARS IN LILLI MARLENE
NYC: DANNY LEARY'S "ON THE ROCKS!" ON THURSDAYS
NYC: MICHAEL GARIN & MARDIE MILLIT EXPAND SCHEDULE
LOS ANGELES: IRENE IS BACK ON THURSDAYS AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN
NAPA VALLEY: WESLA AT SILO'S THURSDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO RETURN TO CAFE SABARSKY
LA: VALERIE LEMON BRINGS FROMAN TRIBUTE SHOW TO THE GARDENIA
SAN FRANCISCO: CALLING ALL SINGERS FOR OPEN CALL

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 26th

CHICAGO: DAVID EDELFELT SINGS: "EVERYTHING'S GOING MY WAY"
David Edelfelt brings his show "Everything's Going My Way" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com ) on Friday & Saturday, September 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 28th at 7:00 pm. The show is a wry look at life, love, and letting go told through the timeless music of Porter and Gershwin, Sondheim, Bernstein, Bacharach and other favorites, as well as comic gems from some of today's most brilliant composers. David will be joined by Beckie Menzie on piano. There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CHICAGO: KEELY SINGER AT AI FOR CLUB'S ANNIVERSARY
Singer Keely Singer help AI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE (358 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL - 312-335-9888 - http://www.aichicago.us ) celebrate its First Anniversary on Friday, September 26th from from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. The club will be giving a complimentary appetizer (Hamachi Carpaccio)and a bottle Hana Awaka Sake for each party. There is no cover charge.


NEW ORLEANS: RUNNING WITH SCISSORS AND DIE! MOMMY! DIE!
The comedy group Running With Scissors returns to the stage with the New Orleans premiere of the killer camp comedy DIE! MOMMY! DIE! at LE CHAT NOIR (715 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA - 504-581-5812 - http://www.cabaretlechatnoir.com ) on Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm from Friday, September 26th through Sunday, October 19th. Written by Charles Busch, MOMMY! DIE! is a pitch-perfect parody of over-the-top horror flicks of the 1960s. It tells the story of Angela Arden (Brian Peterson), a fading songbird and eternal glamour-puss married to has-been movie producer Sol Sussman (Bob Edes, Jr.). Between her loveless relationship, her spiteful daughter, Edith (Dorian Rush), her precocious, addled son, Lance (Dwayne Sepcich), and her bitter, Bible-quoting housekeeper, Bootsie (Jack Long), Angela is at her wit's end. But just in the nick of time, Angela finds love (or lust!) in the arms of hunky tennis pro Tony Parker (Leon Contavesprie). Will they achieve their dream of starting new lives together? Or will Edith and Lance send Angela on a different kind of trip? And is no one immune to the seductive effects of Tony and his "big rumor"? The show features a set by Brad Caldwell, costumes by Kate Jensen, wigs by Brian Peterson, and props by Liz Zibilich. Tickets: $26 for Fridays & Saturdays, $21 on Sundays.


ON RADIO: "AT THE RITZ!" FRIDAYS & STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
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Regular weekly live broadcasts of the AT THE RITZ! radio program can now be heard on WVOF 88.5FM on Fridays 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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NAPA VALLEY: WESLA AT SILO'S FRIDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
NYC: YOUTUBE FRIDAYS BEFORE THE AFTER PARTY
NYC: BETTY BUCKLEY PRESENTS "THE MUSIC AT BIRDLAND"
NYC: KRAUZ & KOJAC TRIO REPRISE TAPESTRY REWOVEN PREVIEW
LA: VALERIE LEMON BRINGS FROMAN TRIBUTE SHOW TO THE GARDENIA
NYC: BRANDON CUTREL'S AFTER PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
NYC: LISA VIGGIANO RETURNS LIVE AT THE DUPLEX

SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 27th

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 $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: JASON WYNN IS BACK WITH NOT MORE OF THE SAME OLD @#$%
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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 one more performance scheduled for 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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NYC: GRACE COSGROVE RETURNS WITH 'JUMP/CUT' SHOW
Grace Cosgrove returns to the stage with another performance of her first all-new show in almost four years, to be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) on Saturday, September 27th at 5:00 Pm. In Jump/Cut, her exciting and provocative cabaret act, Grace, along with her musical director Tedd Firth, Steve Doyle on bass, AND direction by Eric Michael Gillett, explores contemporary life in the quirky yet elegant way that only she can. For this performance, Don Rebic is on piano. The show allows Grace to return to her first love, singing, with a collection of songs and stories that allow her to ask questions about her life as it is today and how the joy of music has illuminated her world and all of ours. There is a $15 cover, 2-beverage minimum.
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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. Final performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th at 4:30 pm. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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DC: "SINATRA & STYNE: IT'S MAGIC!" DEBUTS AT INDIGO
DC area vocalist Joe Peck will debut his new one-man show "Sinatra & Styne: It's Magic!" at INDIGO CABARET & JAZZ at THE ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC - 202-399-7993 - http://www.atlasarts.org ) on Saturday, September 27th at 8:30 pm. Music director is Alex Tang. Jule Styne and Frank Sinatra were two of the biggest stars in popular music throughout their long and celebrated careers. One composed amazing music and the other sang his tunes masterfully - in movies, in concerts, and in the studio. Each man left his own legacy, but when they collaborated on a project - well, it was magic! Come hear Joe Peck and accomplished pianist and share this tribute to two amazing musicians. This show is jam-packed with popular favorites such as "Just In Time," "Three Coins in the Fountain," and "It's Magic" along with some unexpected gems. There is a $17.50 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.
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OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
SOUTH CAROLINA.: JONATHAN WHITTON IN SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL
SAN FRANCISCO: TERESE GENECCO PRESENTS LATE NIGHT SATURDAYS
NYC: BETTY BUCKLEY PRESENTS "THE MUSIC AT BIRDLAND"
LOS ANGELES: ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT AT THE GARDENIA
NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC RIDES AGAIN WITH FREE BROADWAY TICKETS
NYC: POOLE PARTY IN 10th YEAR WITH STAND-UP STARS

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 28th

NEW YORK CITY: JULIE REYBURN LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
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Award-winning vocalist Julie Reyburn once again tackles the many colors and facets of the American Songbook, from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Stephen Sondheim and Nat King Cole, in her debut at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) on Sunday, September 28th at 4:00 pm, Saturday, October 25 at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 pm and Saturdays, December 6th & 13th at 7:30 pm. The 2007 Julie Wilson Award recipient will be performing a brand new show featuring an exciting mix of standards, broadway and contemporary folk/rock with arrangements of Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, Lennon/McCartney, and Alec Wilder, alongside her long time music director and collaborator, Mark Janas with Ritt Henn on Bass and Thor Fields on Guitar. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: RACHEL TAKES MANHATTAN AT THE DUPLEX
Rachel Alexa Norman's one-woman cabaret show returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ) on Sunday, September 28th at 9:30 pm, with additional performances on Sunday, October 5th at 9:30 pm, and Monday October 6th at 7;00 pm. Her show "I'll Take Manhattan" explores what life is like growing up in NYC, from the weird to the wonderful. Musical director is Tracy Stark. There is a $10 cover and a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JOE ICONIS PERFORMS ORIGINAL SONGS AT THE BEECHMAN
Joe Iconis is the proud recipient of a Kleban Award and a Jonathan Larson Award will present an evening of his songs at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com ) on Sunday, September 28th at 9:30 pm. Iconis is the Composer-in-Residence at Ars Nova. His notorious garage band musical The Black Suits, (book co-written by Robert Maddock, directed by John Simpkins) will have its world premiere this summer at the Public Theater as part of SPF. His family rock musical The Plant That Ate the Dirty Socks, (for TheaterWorksUSA) opened in July at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Joe is a member of the band The Big Galoots and is the sole songwriter for notorious Skazz Cat Records recording artists The Kissin' Kazoo Sisters. Look for an evening of mayhem featuring Iconis at the piano and a talented group of singing cohorts. There is a $5 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE UNDER DATEBOOK/DIARY http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE PRESENTS: THE NEW FACES OF CABARET
LA: VALERIE LEMON BRINGS FROMAN TRIBUTE SHOW TO THE GARDENIA
SAN FRANCISCO: LARRY SMITH SINGS AT BIRD'S NEST JAZZ

CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - SEPTEMBER 29th - OCTOBER 4th FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
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MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 29th

NYC: CYNTHIA CRANE IS CONFUSED AND THEREFOR SHE IS
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Cynthia Crane brings her new show I'M CONFUSED, THEREFORE I AM to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) on Monday, September 29th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, October 5th at 4:00 pm; and Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm. Musical director is Paul Greenwood, with Boots Maleson on bass. Director is Ted Story. The show includes songs by composers Noel Coward, Rupert Holmes, Sondheim, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Dave Frishberg, Harburg & Arlen, Tom Toce & Zina Goldrich, Cole Porter, Lew Spence, Ervin Drake, Steve Goodman, Alan Chapman and Marshall Barer & Anita Nye. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $12 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: ALISON FRASER & MARY TESTA ONSTAGE, TOGETHER
THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com ) welcomes two of Broadway's most esteemed performers - Alison Fraser and Mary Testa (with special guest, Annie Golden), for two very special performances as part of the celebrated Voices from the Great White Way Series. The pair will appear on Mondays, September 29th and October 20th at 7:00 pm. Accompanied by a four piece band led by Allison Leyton-Brown, the evenings will feature music written by songwriter Rusty Magee. Audiences can expect to hear tunes from Magee's musicals The Green Heart (written with Charles Busch) and The Czar of Rock and Roll (written with Lewis Black), as well as Magee's iconic New York ballad, New York Romance. Alison is currently appearing in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Arthur Laurents' Gypsy as Tessie Tura. Mary Testa is currently appearing as Melpomene/Medusa in the hit Broadway production of Xanadu. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI IN "GETTING GONE"
Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com,will present Alex Gemignani on Monday, September 29th, at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com ). Alex's appearance is part of the Nightlife Award-winning concert series Broadway at Birdland. The Broadway veteran will be featured in an evening entitled, "Getting Gone," featuring Alex's unique interpretation of tunes penned by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Billy Joel, Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, and Todd Alsup. He will be accompanied by Tedd Firth on piano, Matt Aronoff on bass, Larry Lelli on drums, and Tony Romano on guitar. Alex appeared as John Hinckley in the Roundabout's 2004 Broadway mounting of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, returning to Broadway late the following year as the Beadle in a revival of Sweeney Todd. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 30th

ELENA BENNETT & FRED BARTON'S SALON RETURNS
Elena Bennett & Fred Barton, two of cabaret's most venerable performers, will appear for one night only on Tuesday, September 30th at 9:30 pm at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ). They are bringing back their acclaimed show "Salon" which played to sold-out houses at JUDY'S CABARET several years ago. They joined creative forces in the 1990's to produce their critically acclaimed CD masterpiece "A Wrinkle In Swingtime". Call for cover/minimum information.


WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 1st

NYC: SARAH FERRO: CHASING RAINBOWS AT STONEWALL
Reigning "Stonewall Sensation," Sarah Ferro brings her one woman cabaret "Chasing Rainbows" to the legendary STONEWALL INN (53 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-488-2705 - http://www.thestonewallinn.net ) on Wednesdays, October 1st & 8th at 8:00 pm. In an act that harkens to the days of the Bon Soir and the Village Vanguard, Ferro lends her velvet voice to the timeless songbooks of divas past and present, with simplicity and heart. There is a $10 cover plus a 1 drink minimum.


THURSDAY - OCTOBER 2nd

NYC: JONATHAN WHITTON BRINGS BACK SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL
2008 Bistro & MAC Award Winner Jonathan Whitton returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com ) in October & November for four encore performances of his acclaimed cabaret evening: SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL. Shows are scheduled for Thursdays, October 2nd & 9th and November 13th & 20th. The evening is directed by MAC Hanson Award Winner Miles Phillips. Bistro & MAC Award Winner Steven Ray Watkins serves as Musical Director. Whitton most recently completed runs in the NYC Fringe Hit UNDERWEAR: A SPACE MUSICAL and headlined as Hedwig in the 10th Anniversary Musical Celebration of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Highline Ballroom. Musical selections for SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL come from Elton John, Mandy Moore, Rufus Wainwright, & Robbie Williams, as well as current musical theatre writers John Bucchino, Mark Campbell, Sam Carner & Derek Gregor and Brett Kristofferson, amongst others. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


FRIDAY - OCTOBER 3rd

NYC: AROUND THE WORLD IN A BAD MOOD LANDS ONE MORE IN NYC
The hit comedy musical revue Around the World in a Bad Mood returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ) on Friday nights, October 3rd & 10th at 7:00 pm. The show was written by Rene Foss with original music by Michael McFrederick (who also musical directs). The cast includes Hector Coris, Rene Foss, Brett Stoepler and Lexi Windsor. Real-life flight attendant Rene Foss details her adventures in the not-so-friendly skies through songs and sketches that even the most infrequent fliers will find all-too-familiar. From shady job interviews, in-flight in-fights, rousing safety demonstrations to the "secret language" of flight attendants and greedy corporate airline lawyers, you'll get a first-class seat to one of the best take-offs in NYC. Around the World in a Bad Mood premiered at Rose's Turn in NYC in September 1998. It has since been performed as an ensemble musical comedy across the U.S. and Canada as well as a one-woman version of the show (performed by Ms. Foss) which continues to tour the country. In 2002, Hyperion Books published a book version of Ms. Foss' show under the same title. The book has sold over 50,000 copies and has been translated into three languages. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: KIM SMITH RETURNS TO THE DUO THEATRE
Acclaimed in his native Australia, Kim Smith brings his celebrated debut New York show "Johnny Come Lately" to the East Village's THE DUO THEATRE at the DUO MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER (62 East 4th Street, NYC - 212-868-4444 - http://www.duotheater.blogspot.com ) on Friday, October 3rd, 10th & 17th at 8:30 pm. Smith performs an international collection of songs to showcase his extraordinary range as singer and actor, including works by composers Amphlett (Australia), Seress (Hungary), Eisler (Germany), and Americans Schwartz and Bolcom. Ji Young Lee accompanies on piano. Karen Kohler produces and directs. Tickets are $20 (cash only) and there is no minimum.


NAPA: WESLA & MIKE CONTINUE AT SILO'S IN OCTOBER
Acclaimed Cabaret/Jazz vocalist Wesla Whitfield continues on Friday & Saturday nights in October at Napa's newest music room SILO'S (530 Main Street, Napa, CA - 707-251-5833 - http://www.weslawhitfield.com/silo's.html ), with swinging jazz pianist Mike Greensill. Ms. Whitfield 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. On October 4th and 18th special guest, song stylist Maye Cavallero will perform, on October 31st, Vocalist Mary Jenson is guest vocalist, and on November 1st, Vocalist Dana Land will appear. There is a $15 cover charge.


SATURDAY - OCTOBER 4th

NYC: POLITICAL SHOW "ROCK FOR AMERICA" DEBUTS
Rock Albers, an award-winning stand-up comedian, will debut an all new political comedy show "Rock For America" at GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB (208 West 23rd Street, NYC - 212-367-9000 - http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com ) on Saturdays at 5:30 pm on October 4th, 11th and 18th. In "Rock For America" Albers presents comedy pieces about Presidential character, immigration, health insurance, the energy crisis, earmarks and the Bush Administration. In addition, Rock will sing comedy parody songs about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator Hillary Clinton. Rock was twice the recipient of the MAC Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian. His previous shows ("Rock 1," "Rock 2," "American Rock," "Classic Rock" and "The World According to Rock") have played in New York City during the last eight years to critical and audience acclaim. There is no cover for the shows (5 tickets maximum). There is a two-drink minimum. *** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 5th

NYC: MARCUS SIMEONE IS A TROUBADOUR OF LOVE
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Legendary songwriter/producer Jason Darrow, who discovered Jane Olivor and produced her two most successful albums for Columbia Records, presents his newest find, sensational vocalist Marcus Simeone in an all new show: "The Heart" with the next performance scheduled Sunday, October 5th at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ). Sharing the stage with Marcus will be respected musical director Barry Levitt leading the band. The show will mark the debut of "The Heart," a song written by Mr. Darrow and Stephen Schwartz. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 minimum. $15 cover for member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


CHICAGO: JEFF DEAN EXPLAINS IT ALL
Jeff Dean presents hilarious and sometimes touching exploration of sexual matters: Too Much, Not Enough, Inhibition, Shame, Remorse, Repentance, Pornography, and Addiction, at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com ) on Sundays, October 5th & 19th at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Dan Stetzel. Songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Schwartz, Tom Waits, Comden & Green, Cy Coleman, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, with a couple of new contemporaries to boot make up the song list. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - OCTOBER 5th AND BEYOND
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MONDAY - OCTOBER 6th

NYC: NOTES ON NEW YORK BY TIM DI PASQUA
Award-winning singer/composer/lyricist Tim Di Pasqua brings his thrilling new musical theater revue to New York's THE THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) every Monday in October, the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 7:00 pm. NOTES ON NEW YORK is an exciting, and poignant 90-minute song cycle about things seen and heard around this intoxicating city, featuring songs based on headlines of the day. NOTES ON NEW YORK presents Tim at the piano, along with a cast of five, who are the "voices in his head," bringing his observations to life. In addition to Tim, others in the cast include Natalie Venetia Belcon, Vicky Devany Keithon Gipson, Lennie Watts and Jennifer Zimmerman. NOTES ON NEW YORK reflects everyday life and situations from people, as seen through the eyes of one captivated observer. The show is presented by Third Eye Theatre Company ( http://www.thirdeyetheatreco.com ) under the artistic direction of Michael Levesque. Andrew Glant-Linden directs. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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TUESDAY - OCTOBER 7th

NYC: JENNA TAKES ANOTHER CHANCE ON LOVE IN OCTOBER *** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Jenna Esposito returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) with her newest show, "Takin' A Chance On Love" with performances scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th and Sunday, October 12th at 7:00 pm. Featuring a wide selection of love songs, from a wide variety of writers, including Harold Arlen, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Kander & Ebb, and Leonard Cohen, the show is a musical journey through the course of a romance. Musical director is Fortune Esposito, and the show is directed by Lennie Watts. A 2008 MAC award nominee for female vocalist, Jenna made her NYC cabaret debut in August, 2004 and has since performed shows at the Duplex, Danny s Skylight Room, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the Metropolitan Room. Her shows A Hint of Rosemary: The Songs of Rosemary Clooney, SMOOCH! and I Hate Men: Songs for the Scorned have all received critical acclaim, and her annual All-Star Birthday Bash is a fun-filled evening during which she has shared the stage with a number of New York s finest performers. Jenna released her debut CD, 13 Men and Me! in October, 2007. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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THURSDAY - OCTOBER 9th

NYC: FAUX-QUEEN HITS CABARET STAGE
Alexia Tate debuts her new solo cabaret show, "Take Me As I Am," at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ) on Thursdays, October 9th & 16th at 7:00 pm. This event marks Ms. Tate's first official foray into the cabaret genre after over a decade of performing on the nightclub drag circuit in New York. Bringing together the music of Stephen Sondheim, Charles Strouse, Kander & Ebb and others, Ms. Tate seeks to delve a bit into the nature of identity and acceptance. , She is joined by pianist Bartosz Hadala. There is a $15 cover charge and a two-drink minimum.


NYC: WITCHES IN BIKINIS AT KENNY'S CASTAWAYS
Novelty musical/dance act, Witches In Bikinis return once more to KENNY'S CASTAWAYS (157 Bleeker Street, NYC - 212-979-9762 - kennyscastaways.net ) on Thursday, October 9th at 9:00 pm. The show features 8 new witches (and some new wig colors, too!). $5 cover - call for minimum information.


SATURDAY - OCTOBER 11th

PALM SPRINGS: LES MICHAELS PRESENTS MURRAY & TATHAM
*** FEATURED CABARET EVENT ***
Les Michaels presents the first of a series of "Life Is a Cabaret" events on Saturday, October 11th at 8:00 pm at ANNENBERG THEATRE at the PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM (101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA - 760-325-4490 - http://www.psmuseum.org ) with Todd Murray and Joanne Tatham in concert. Todd Murray's debut CD "When I Sing Low" garnered much praise including Talkin' Broadway's Top Ten Vocal CD's of 2002 while OUT Magazine named him on their Cabaret Singers Hot List. His numerous performances include The Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions at Palm Springs' Annenberg Theater and New York's Lincoln Center as well as NY's Metropolitan Room, Broadway By The Year - 1935 at The Town Hall, and the famed Cinegrill in Hollywood. Joanne Tatham is a rising star on the jazz and cabaret scene with recent appearances in Los Angeles at Vibrato, The Baked Potato, Gardenia, and Hollywood Cinegrill; The Plush Room in San Francisco; her show Chester featuring the music of Jimmy Van Heusen at The Duplex in New York; and Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions in New York and Palm Springs. Tickets are $35.


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 12th

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 Sunday, 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: JIM SPEAKE SINGS CY COLEMAN IN "I'M A BRASS BAND"
Jim Speake brings back his critically acclaimed show "I'M A BRASS BAND" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ) for three performances, on Sunday, October 12th at 4:00 pm; Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm; and Thursday October 23rd at 7:00 pm. In the show, Jim sings the music of Cy Coleman, the Tony, Emmy and Grammy award winning composer of Broadway musicals. The show features as musical director Steven Ray Watkins with Matt Wigton on bass and Fred Kennedy on drums. Lennie Watts directs. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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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 ) has been rescheduled for Sunday & Monday, October 12th & 13th, both shows at 8:00 pm. The originally announced show dates had to be cancelled due to illness of the musical director. 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.


WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 15th

NYC: MAC/ASCAP SONGWRITERS' SHOWCASE OCTOBER 15th AT TRIAD
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
The next MAC/ASCAP Songwriters' Showcase, hosted by Jamie deRoy, will be held on Wednesday night, October 15th at 6:00 pm at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - http://www.Triadnyc.com ). These showcases are produced by Michael Kerker (ASCAP) and Jamie deRoy (MAC). This showcase will highlight Women Songwriters, and will feature Judy Barnett, Francesca Blumenthal, Phoebe Kreutz, Luba Mason, plus a special guest Christine Lavin interviewed by Jamie DeRoy. Free for members of MAC & ASCAP and $10 for non-members. Food & Drink available. For reservations call the MAC Hotline at 212-465-2662.
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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).


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 19th

CHICAGO: CCP 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA 2008: "OUR KIND OF TOWN"
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
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 at 6:00 pm with cocktail show entertainment at 6:15 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

NYC: 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

NYC: TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
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 ). For tickets: http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/147323 *** SUPER SIDEBAR ADVERTISER ***


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ABOUT CABARET NEWS IN THE NEWSLETTER AND ON THE WEBSITE
To get an item posted in the CABARET NEWS section of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website, in the DATEBOOK/DIARY and in the twice-weekly newsletter, just e-mail a press release of at least four or five paragraphs, giving the complete information on your show, CD release or other cabaret related event. Include photos in jpg or gif format if available. Please send complete information - and do not merely e-mail a copy of your flier or a reference to a website. If you don't have a press release, just click here: http://www.svhamstra.com/PressRelease1.shtml and fill out the information as completely as possible - or use the items asked for as a guide to the information I need. Because of the large number of items received, we can only use news of your event just once unless the event is advertised on the website, if the event offers a discount to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE or if it is a benefits where ALL proceeds are given to the charity named. We also repeat major cabaret events like cabaret festivals and galas.


MORE "HERE & THERE"
Folks from out of town always write in telling me how lucky I am that I have so many cabaret events to choose from here in NYC, but sometimes there are simply too many great events on the same night, meaning I am disappointed anyway. Look at tonight, for example: In the 6:30 to 8:30 slot there is Bronwyn Rucker and friends at DON'T TELL MAMA at 7:00 pm, Michelle Lee at BIRDLAND at 7:00 pm, the Algonquin Salon at THE OAK ROOM at 6:00 pm, John Treacy Egan at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN at 7:00 pm or the TRU BENEFIT also at DON'T TELL MAMA at 7:00 pm. Then in the 8:30 plus slot I could go see Francesca Amari at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM at 9:30 pm, Lillias White at THE TRIAD at 7:00 pm, Linda Ciofalo at JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER, or Ritter Hanz & Kevin Smith Kirkwood at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN. And there are more events, but they never sent in press releases.

I guess I'll go to Bronwyn's show at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA and then Francesca's show at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM at 9:30 pm. Both gals took out banner ads to promote their shows so if you see these shows as well, tell them you saw their ad on CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


I went to three cabaret events since last Thursday before my money ran out (it has been an expensive month and I still have Daniel's birthday to contend with this Thursday night (I already bought him a gift so that's out of the way), all three of which I have reviewed before - Grace Cosgrove monthly GRACE NOTES show at DON'T TELL MAMA on the 18th at 6:30 pm, Tommy Femia's JUDY LIVE! show at DON'T TELL MAMA on the 19th at 9:15 pm, and Brandon Cutrell's madcap AFTER PARTY show at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN on Friday the 19th at around 10:45 pm. So here's just a comment or two on each.

Grace Cosgrove GRACE NOTES: A Singers Soiree, held monthly at DON'T TELL MAMA, is the place to be since you get a chance to hear the top performers on the NYC cabaret scene try out new material, plus catch a newcomer on the way up. This week, in addition to Grace, we were entertained by the venerable Margaret Wright, heart throb Litany Hall, the inimitable Jay Rogers, newcomer John Koprowski, cabaret's leading lady KT Sullivan, the delightful Amanda Peters, and the fantastic Cynthia Crane. Truly extraordinary singers for one low cover. It returns in October - watch for the date.

Tommy Femia's JUDY LIVE! has been playing at DON'T TELL MAMA for about as long as I can remember, and now is presented on one Friday each month. Each show is a gem - and one never quite knows what to expect except a darn good time! No one in town - no one on the planet, actually, does a better Garland impression. Why waste your time on the rest when you can see the best! Watch MAMA'S schedule for the next show (the audience is almost as much fun to watch as the performance!).

Anything can happen at Brandon Cutrell's AFTER PARTY show on Friday nights starting around 10:30 pm at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN - and usually does. Each week the handsome dimpled lad presents one or two top names from the Broadway stage, plus performances by his vary talented belting co-host Alysha Umphress, musical director and cute and clever Ray Fellman and a plethora of open-mic regulars and irregulars - and the party gets wilder as the evening progresses. No cover, no minimum! Maximum fun!


Its never too early to think about holiday gifts (I knew a lady in New Jersey who bought all her gifts in the summer and stored them in the attic) and after all, the stores already are selling halloween and Christmas stuff in September), so in a few days we will again put up our annual HOLIDAY CDs page on the website - featuring CDs with a holiday theme. I will start off with the same selection of CDs featured last year, so if your CD was there back then there is no need to do anything (unless your CD is no longer available - please let me know. This is a free promotion for all - you don't need to be a member of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (but that would be a nice gesture on your part). If you have a new holiday-themed CD that wasn't on last year's page, drop me a line and I'll give you details. And you might want to take advantage of our special home-page banner ad deal noted in part 1 of HERE & THERE near the top of this issue.


Are people on your mailing list or in your Yahoo & Google groups getting sick of you bombarding them with e-mail after e-mail promoting your show? I got 6 emails in 3 days from the same performer - and no press release! With a banner or other ad on CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE, folks will see your ad displayed whenever they visit the website (over 6000 come visit each day), and will read about your event or CD twice a week in the newsletter (currently nearly 2700 subscribers) as long as your ad is running - no extra trouble for you and no trouble for them. Write me for details.


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! I did something different in composing this issue - I started at 6:30 am writing all the "HERE & THERE" items and then went to my files and pulled out all the new releases to fill in by date until I ran out of time (and space). So again I didn't get a chance to include all the news items, but this way I was under a lot less pressure to write the "commentary" section.


Well, I just "zapped the gremlins" and am ready to send this issue off. You see, I use this newsletter to construct the newsletter web page (and to fill in items in the DIARY/DATEBOOK) and certain characters show up as funny little squiggles on certain web browsers (things like curly quotation marks) so my BBEdit program does a scan titled "Zap the Gremlins" to find them so I can replace them with characters that all web browsers can display. It is the very last thing I do before sending it out, and the most fun part of my Mondays and Thursdays because it also means "time for my nap!"


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I ran out of time - I ran out of space - but I haven't run out of news. We covered all the September items we had press releases for, and a bunch of October news. But there is plenty more to be published.

And that is just about the way it was.

Until Thursday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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