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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #081005 - Thursday, October 16, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORY

4TH ANNUAL BROADWAY CABARET FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
The critically acclaimed 4th Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival will take place this weekend Friday through Sunday, October 17th through 19th when TTHE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ) presents a three-day festival of Broadway stars and song. The festival is created, hosted and written by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall.

A concert Tribute to Lerner & Loewe on Friday, October 17th at 8:00 pm features an evening of song and dance. Jeffry Denman (Irving Berlin's White Christmas) will direct, choreograph and star. He will be joined by other Broadway performers including Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys, Candide), Ron Bohmer (Woman in White), Sarah Jane McMahon (The Pirates of Penzance), Jim Caruso (Liza Minnelli on Tour) and Special Guest Star Marni Nixon (the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn in Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady). Broadway hoofers will include Erin Denman, Kevin Worley and Lorin Lattaro. Ross Patterson is the musical director.

Colm Wilkinson, the world's original Jean Valjean, returns to the New York stage for one day more on Saturday, October 18th at 8:00 pm in Broadway & Beyond. Wilkinson, who is making his Town Hall debut, will sing an eclectic program ranging from Broadway favorites by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber to popular standards by Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Muddy Waters and John Lennon. In this exclusive one night only performance, Wilkinson will be backed by a nine-piece orchestra led by music director Steve Hunter. This long-awaited and much anticipated return to Broadway is the centerpiece of this year's Broadway Cabaret Festival.

The Broadway Cabaret Festival concludes on Sunday, October 19th at 3:00 pm with Broadway Originals! This year, stars from four decades of Broadway history will take the Town Hall stage to perform songs they originated on Broadway or brought back to life in the original cast of a revival. The concert will star Lucie Arnaz (They're Playing Our Song), (Kerry Butler (Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu, Hairspray) Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Alice Ripley (Sunset Boulevard, Rocky Horror, The Dead, Side Show, etc.), Alli Mauzey (Cry-Baby), Gary Beach (La Cage aux Folles) Karen Morrow (I Had a Ball), Stephen Mo Hanan (Cats), D'Jamin Bartlett (A Little Night Music), Pam Myers (Company), Chuck Cooper (Caroline or Change), Bobby Steggert (110 in the Shade), Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin'), Rita Gardner (The Fantasticks), Joan Copeland (Pal Joey revival), Jerry Lanning (Mame), Cheryl Freeman (Tommy), Terri White (Barnum) and Liz Callaway (The Look of Love). Directed by Dan Foster, the show has musical direction by John Fischer.

This all Broadway weekend will take place at historic Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Tickets can still be bought either for individual shows ($55 per show) or you can subscribe to the entire weekend ($150 save $15 and get choice seats). Individual tickets are available at the Box Office or through TicketMaster at 212-307-4100 or at TicketMaster.com. For subscriptions, call 212-997-1003.


SOME QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE CD AWARD SHOWCASE
Reservations for our first CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE CD AWARD SHOWCASE (Don't Let Christmas Pass You By). to be held on Tuesday, November 11th at 9:15 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) are on sale now. The event will dedicated to the late D. J. Bradley, who's annual Christmas Shows were legendary, and will have a "Give a CD for the Holidays" theme. The show will present some of the best cabaret CDs of 2008 produced by members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE, recommended for Holiday Giving as chosen by long-time cabaret writer/reviewer John Hoglund. (CDs need not be holiday themed). The event will be co-hosted by Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark. As usual, there will be surprises and prizes - each paid attendee will receive a FREE CD! A special surprise cabaret superstar guest has been invited as well. Only 60 tickets will be sold to this event. You can order your ticket on-line - there is a large green & red (naturally) side-bar ad on the website pages - click on the ad and you can read all about it.


HOME-PAGE SIDEBAR AD SALE - ADS NOW ON 40 TOP PAGES
A great and inexpensive way to promote your 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. That's a 25% discount - $18.75/week instead of $25! We have also increased the number of pages where they will appear from the current 12 to 40 of the most-visited pages! No other discounts apply and ad must be paid for using PayPal. First ordered and paid basis - and placement (top to bottom) will depend on the number of weeks ordered. A perfect size to promote your CD for holiday giving. Did I mention that your CD or event will be mentioned in EVERY issue of the newsletter as long as the ad is running?


HERE & THERE - PART I
Sometimes living in NYC is a great treat for a lover of cabaret - and other times it means frustration. There is such a wealth of cabaret performance choices in the next few days, it is irritating!

Tonight for instance - in the early time slot I have to choose between SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX at 6:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (guest interviewee is tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda - THE HEIGHTS), Grace Cosgrove's GRACE NOTES at 6:30 at MAMA'S (with guest performers Tanya Holt, Lina Koutrakos, Nesha Ward, Lennie Watts and Eric Michael Gillett) and at 7:00 pm at THE BEECHMAN, Christina Bianco! And at 8:30 pm at MAMA'S, Marty Geiger's great SUMMER BABY show returns! Not to mention Jeff Harnar AT 7:30 pm and Billy Stritch & Klea Blackhurst at 9:45 at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, Paula West at THE OAK ROOM, John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey at THE CAFE CARLYLE and Mary Cleere Haran at FEINSTEIN'S.

And tomorrow (Friday night) the 4th ANNUAL BROADWAY FESTIVAL starts its 3-day run at THE TOWN HALL, Tommy Femia returns with JUDY LIVE! at MAMAs, Lisa Viggiano is at THE DUPLEX, YouTube Fridays and AFTER PARTY are at THE BEECHMAN, along with Harnar, Stritch & Blackhurst, West, Haran and Pizzarelli & Molaskey as above! I'm not even going to list all the great shows on Saturday & Sunday! Check out the DATEBOOK/DIARY on my website to see what I mean.


As for what I will actually choose to do tonight sort of depends on factors beyond my control: The entire complex of 5 buildings where I live are without water today - reason not given. Not just hot water - no water! The stoppage started at 10:00 am and we are told the water will be back on around 1:00 pm - just about the time this newsletter will be on its way to you. Then I am supposed to get back to my computer client at 3:00 pm to finish the installation of his new iMAC computer - and the upgrading and re-networking of the other two computers in his office. When that is completed will be the deciding factor as to what show I go to in the early time slot!


Yesterday I e-mailed the folks in Chicago to hold my reservation for the 10th Anniversary Gala of CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals) this Sunday night. I figured by shortening my stay to just one night and returning on Monday, I could save nearly $200, which would make the trip affordable. I haven't been watching much of the news lately - much too depressing - so I didn't know that all the stock market gains of Tuesday just about disappeared on Wednesday. I was beginning to feel more optimistic and confident. That has sort of faded away.

Now, I only own a few shares of stock - a gift received nearly 30 years ago - and it has been fun watching the value go up and down over the years. The highest they have gone is about $1300 (the stock has "split" three times) but now they are back to the $500 range (they were worth $23 a share when given to me). The certificates are probably worth more as antiques than in real value!

But the market collapse and the whole financial crisis has hit CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE pretty hard. Memberships are coming in at a rate of one or two a week (and over 150 members from 2007-2008 have not yet rejoined - including 27 Charter Members who have been members since 2001). And banners running for November are fewer than ran in August - our worst month in years, financially.

So I haven't made that room reservation quite yet in Chicago, but have been assured that my show reservations will be held at least until Saturday (My AMTRAK ticket is for Saturday afternoon). I have nearly $1000 in "receivables" (banners ordered or already run but not paid for) plus the promise of two or three GOLD memberships. Of course if the government gives away all their money to the banks and the folks who signed up for mortgages they couldn't afford, I am worried they will run out of cash before my next Social Security check!


The CDs are coming in for our first annual HOLIDAY CABARET CD EVENT on November 11th at DON'T TELL MAMA. There have been several more entries promised for entry in the BEST CDs of 2008 - If you have a CD that is eligible (first released in 2008) and that you would like to submit for inclusion, please send me an e-mail at stuhamstra@svhamstra.com and I will send 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). The CDs entered and received to date are displayed on the website.


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? With a banner or side-bar ad on CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE, folks will see your CD or cabaret event promoted whenever they visit the website (over 6000 come to 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.


A gala benefit produced by John Hoglund for Broadway Cares/Equity/Fights AIDS, "Listen To Her Heart: The Songs of Nancy Lamott," featuring some of today's leading artists from Broadway and cabaret is to take place in January 2009 at a major venue, date & venue TBA. The event will celebrate the success of Nancy's posthumously released CD of songs not previously released, "Ask Me Again". The album charted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts - a first for a deceased singer. The much loved and missed Nancy LaMott generously gave of herself to Broadway Cares and other charities numerous times over the years prior to her passing in December 1993 at age 43. Further details will be announced shortly.


CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE is looking for sponsors for upcoming events. SEE: http://www.svhamstra.com/thankyou1sponsor.shtml


At our CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE events we always raffle or give away CDs to those attending. On November 11th, everyone who buys a ticket will get a CD - gift wrapped - as a pre-Christmas present from us. Who would know, however, that a CD give-away would inspire someone to put on a cabaret show? Maureen Taylor (currently running an ad on the website) won a CD at our birthday party show in July and it sort of rekindled her cabaret fever. She is doing 2 shows - Thursdays, November 6th & 13th at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM!


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 ***


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - OCTOBER 16th THROUGH 19th
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 - OCTOBER 16th

NYC: MARTY GEIGER IS A SUMMER BABY AT MAMA'S
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Marty Geiger returns to the cabaret stage with his brand new show called SUMMER BABY, to be presented at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ) on Thursday, October 16th at 8:30 pm; Saturday, October 19th at 6:00 pm; and Sunday, October 20th at 5:30 pm. (The performance on October 16th is a benefit the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation (http://www.nbeducationalfoundation.org ). Marty celebrated a milestone birthday this summer, and so he shares his memories of summer camp, summer jobs, summer travels, summer romance, summer at the beach. Marty is a full-time attorney by day and made his cabaret debut in 2006 in "Making It Fit" at Danny's Skylight Room. Musical director is Paul Greenwood, Lina Koutrakos directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE"
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
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, October 16th at 6:30 pm. The lineup of special guest performers for this show include Grace Cosgrove, Tanya Holt, Lina Koutrakos, Nesha Ward, Lennie Watts and special guest Eric Michael Gillett - and one more special 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 $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: CHRISTINA BIONCO RETURNS WITH SMALL WONDERS
Forbidden Broadway's Christina Bianco is back at the THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) for one more encore performance of her hit debut show, "Small Wonders" on Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 pm. In the show Christina will be reminding us that good things come in small packages. Take a breath to appreciate the "little things!" The song list features an exciting assortment of music from Broadway, pop and contemporary songwriters including: William Finn, John Bucchino, Christine Lavin, Maltby & Shire, Marvin Fisher and Christina Aguilera. She relates that some of the greatest things in life are often so small, we barely take notice. In Small Wonders she takes us in search of those special moments, when the ordinary becomes remarkable. There is a $15 cover cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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AUSTRALIA: WES SNELLING & FRIENDS AT THE ORDER
MORE ME, LESS YOU with Wes Snelling and friends takes place on Thursdays at THE ORDER OF MELBOURNE (Level 2, 401 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC AUS - 9663 6707 - http://www.theorder.com.au/ ). This Thursday, October 16th, at 8:00 pm, Wes' guests are Rebecca Barnard (Rebecca's Empire) and Anna Pocket Rocket (Super Circus Girl). There is a $20 cover - call for minimum information,


NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
*** 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 for Thursday, October 16th will feature as guest TONY winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (THE HEIGHTS). 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: GUEST TBA
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
Piano bar host, vocalist and recording artist David Pellegrene holds a special "Cabaret Fever" event on Thursday nights, at 8:00 pm, after which there is open-mic piano-bar until whenever at UNCLE CHARLIE'S (139 East 45th Street 2nd Floor, NYC - 212-661-9097 - http://www.unclecharliesnyc.com ). There is never a cover charge - just plenty of fun and song. David is at the piano here Thursdays with "Cabaret Fever" at 8:00 pm with guest performers and Thursdays through Saturdays with open-mic piano bar starting around 9:00 pm. David's guest performer for Thursday, October 16th TBA.


NYC: DANNY LEARY'S "ON THE ROCKS!" ON THURSDAYS
Danny Leary's hit variety show "On the Rocks!" returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ) on Thursdays, featuring an original opening theme song written especially for the series by the award-winning team of composer Alan Cancelino and lyricist Hector Coris. Jazz pianist Jessica Stewart is on the piano. Performers on Thursday, October 16th include Nancy Witter, Shayna Ferm , Jenna Esposito, Kambri Crews, Michael Brill, Bethany Van Delft, Pat O'Shea plus A Special Surprise Guest. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
BALTIMORE: BSA STUDENTS AT GERMANO'S
SAN FRANCISCO: KELLY PARK AT ANNA'S JAZZ ISLAND
ASBURY PARK: TOMMY FEMIA IS JUDY! LIVE! AT MCLOONE'S
L.A. AREA: IRENE AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN
NYC: DANCE NUMBERS FROM MUSICALS AT THE BEECHMAN
NYC: LOUISA BRADSHAW AT BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
NYC: MAMMA MARGOH!'S BURLESQUE REVUE AT DON HILLS
NYC: ALEXIA TATE AT THE DUPLEX
NYC: HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ AT TRIBECA PAC
SAN FRANCISCO: ANDREA MARCOVICCI AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
SAN FRANCISCO: MARK NADLER IN SAN FRANCISCO
NYC: JEFF HARNAR AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: BLACKHURST & STRITCH AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE OAK ROOM
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE
NYC: MARY CLEERE HARAN AT FEINSTEIN'S

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).


NEW YORK CITY: TOMMY FEMIA IS JUDY ONE NIGHT ONLY AT MAMA'S *** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Award-winning impersonator Tommy Femia's returns for one night only on Friday, October 17th at 8:00 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 Christopher Denny. 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 show's guest TBA. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
At THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com ) on Fridays at 10:30 pm, Brandon Cutrell & Alysha Umphress host AFTER PARTY, a free-wheeling open-mic with guest stars from Broadway and Cabaret, Ray Fellman at the piano and others serving up drinks and taking turns at the mic. Guest performers from Broadway, off-Broadway and cabaret drop by each week to sing, chat and join in the fun. No cover, no minimum. Singer/dancers invited at all times - you can hang out at the bar, at a table or even on stage. This week the show will feature special guest hosts, [title of show]'s Hunter Bell & Susan Blackwell with Avenue Q's Mark Hartman at the piano.


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


TORONTO: GEORGE EVANS AT STATLERS' UPSTAIRS
George Evans will be performing in STATLERS' UPSTAIRS CABARET in the POLAR ICE LOUNGE (487 Church Street, Toronto, ON - 416-962-1209 - http://www.statlersonchurch.com ) on Friday, October 17th at 8:00 pm with his show called "Glad to be Unhappy: music to slit your wrists by" All shows have a cover charge plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


CHICAGO: KEELY NICOLE WITH JEFF ROSCOE AT AI
Keely Nicole with Jeff Roscoe will perform at AI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE (358 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL - 312-335-9888 - http://www.aichicago.us/ ) on Saturday, October 18th and Friday, October 24th from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am pm. Originally from Pittsburgh, Keely now makes her home in Chicago where she has been performing weekly for audiences in concert as well as cabaret. No cover charge.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
SAN FRANCISCO: WESLA & MIKE AT SILO'S
CHICAGO: MARIANNE MURPHY ORLAND AT DAVENPORT'S
NYC: LISA VIGGIANO AT THE DUPLEX
NYC: KIM SMITH AT THE DUO THEATRE
LA: SYLVIA BROOKS IN LATE NIGHT SERIES AT M BAR
S.A.: SUZANNE AT VILLA PASCAL HOUSE
NJ: JANET VILLAS AT PIANOS
SAN FRANCISCO: ANDREA MARCOVICCI AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
SAN FRANCISCO: MISS COCO PERU AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
NYC: JEFF HARNAR AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: BLACKHURST & STRITCH AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE OAK ROOM
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE
NYC: MARY CLEERE HARAN AT FEINSTEIN'S

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 18th

NYC: POLITICAL SHOW "ROCK FOR AMERICA" DEBUTS
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
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 Saturday at 5:30 pm on October 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.
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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, October 18th 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: MARTY GEIGER IS A SUMMER BABY AT MAMA'S
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Marty Geiger returns to the cabaret stage with his brand new show called SUMMER BABY, to be presented at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ) on Saturday, October 18th at 6:00 pm; and Sunday, October 19th at 5:30 pm. Marty celebrated a milestone birthday this summer, and so he shares his memories of summer camp, summer jobs, summer travels, summer romance, summer at the beach. Marty is a full-time attorney by day and made his cabaret debut in 2006 in "Making It Fit" at Danny's Skylight Room. Musical director is Paul Greenwood, Lina Koutrakos directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: DEE CASSELLA RETURNS WITH ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Jazz stylist Dee Cassella returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Saturday, October 18th at 2:30 pm with an encore performance of her show celebrating her CD debut "I'm Here Now". Dee will be accompanied by pianist Deena Derosa; Tim Horner on drums; Martin Wind on bass; Jed Levy on sax/flute. Those attending the show will receive a free copy of her new CD. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: DEVLIN SINGS OF THE PLACES YOU FIND LOVE
West Coast singing sensation Devlin returns to NYC on Saturday, October 18th at 5:00 pm to perform her new show "The Places You Find Love" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Devlin will be singing about the many modes and moods of love the show when she will explore jazz, blues as well as well loved torch songs and pop arranged by musical director is Rick Jensen. The show is directed by Lina Koutrakos. Devlin will also be releasing her debut CD "Devlin Live In New York" recorded last October at The Metropolitan Room. All show tickets include a complimentary CD. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: NEXT SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY MEETING OCTOBER 18th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
The New York Sheet Music Society, now in its 23rd season meets the second Saturday afternoon of each month from October through June. The first meeting of the season will be on Saturday, October 18th (this is the 3rd Saturday for this month only) at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC). There is a Flea Market starting at 12:30 pm (a great place to find music, tapes, CD's etc. at bargain prices} followed by a program from 1:45 to 3:30 pm. Featured on October 18th: Marni Nixon talks about her life and career and her new book "I Could Have Sung All Night - My Story" co-authored by Stephen Cole. You can now register and join the NYSMS on line at http://www.NYSMS.org/ . Membership is $50, and includes free admission to all 9 programs (non-member fee is $10 per meeting) plus a monthly newsletter.


NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC RIDES AGAIN WITH FREE BROADWAY TICKETS
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
The 2008 MAC-award-winning team of Karen Mack and Michael Holland return with their "Hole-O-Matic '08!" all request random pop show shows at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com ) on Saturdays at 7:30 pm through November 15th. This is the show where the audience picks the songs & medleys that this super-talented duo perform - each week is a different show! Special Broadway ticket give-aways at each show. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


CHICAGO: DEAN ALLRICK AT KATERINA'S OCTOBER 18th
Jazz vocalist/pianist Dean Allrick will be appearing at KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592 - http://www.katerinas.com/ ) on Saturday, October 18th with early-dinner sets from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. There a $5 cover charge.


NYC: ALGONQUIN SALON MOVES BACK TO SUNDAY NIGHTS
Starting Sunday, October 19th, Mark Janas' Algonquin Salon will be moving to Sunday nights from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in the lobby of THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331 - http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ ) until further notice! The Salon is a weekly event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel, an informal, yet elegant setting with a grand tradition of artists gathering to socialize. There is no cover and no minimum. To make this first Sunday Salon a special event, the co-host will be multi-award-winning cabaret artist Julie Reyburn and the theme will be "THE FOUR SEASONS". As falling leaves and dropping temperatures remind us that nature (and everything else, including Salon!) changes, let's celebrate spring, summer, winter and fall. Remember, any material, on or off-theme, is always welcome at the Algonquin Salon.


NYC: HARPIST JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ AT CATERINA'S
CATERINA'S (316 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-355-5360) proudly presents harpist Jose Luis Rodriguez, performing this Sunday evening, October 19th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. There is no cover charge.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: TANYA MOBERLY AT DON'T TELL MAMA
NYC: WITCHES IN BIKINIS AT ARLENE'S GROCERY
NYC: MARCUS DAGAN AT THE BEECHMAN
L.A. AREA: STEWART ROSE AT STERLING'S
S.A.: TOKALON AT VILLA PASCAL
NYC: GAY MARSHALL AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
CHICAGO: KEELY NICOLE & JEFF ROSCOE AT 200 EAST CHESTNUT
PITTSBURGH: ELAINE STRITCH AT THE CHARITY RANDALL THEATRE
INDIANA: TIM SPRADLIN AT THE UNITY FOUNTAIN ROOM
NEW ORLEANS: RUNNING WITH SCISSORS AND DIE! MOMMY! DIE!
NYC: GREG PURNHAGEN IN BABALU-CY! THE ART OF DESI ARNAZ
SAN FRANCISCO: MISS COCO PERU AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
SAN FRANCISCO: ANDREA MARCOVICCI AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE OAK ROOM
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE
NYC: MARY CLEERE HARAN AT FEINSTEIN'S

SUNDAY - OCTOBER 19th

NYC: MARTY GEIGER IS A SUMMER BABY AT MAMA'S
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Marty Geiger returns to the cabaret stage with his brand new show called SUMMER BABY, to be presented at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ) on Sunday, October 19th at 5:30 pm. Marty celebrated a milestone birthday this summer, and so he shares his memories of summer camp, summer jobs, summer travels, summer romance, summer at the beach. Marty is a full-time attorney by day and made his cabaret debut in 2006 in "Making It Fit" at Danny's Skylight Room. Musical director is Paul Greenwood, Lina Koutrakos directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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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, 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: Pre-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. Tickets are $25 - $45. After October 12th tickets are only available at the door for $30 open seating and $50 reserved.


ON RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": MUSIC OF JULIE WILSON
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, October 19th, 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 the music of Julie Wilson. Some of the songs from her career that you will hear: "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love"; Peter Allen's "The Music Went Out Of My Life"; "Real Live Girl / You Fascinate Me So" in duet with William Roy; "A Bad, Bad Woman" and "I Want A Great Big Hunk Of A Male" and more! 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 archive.wbai.org/ . For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ .


NYC: THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR SUNDAY
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
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, October 19th, featured comics are Charlie Ballard (San Francisco's Native American sensation); Helen Hong (Gotham, Comix); Kate McKinnon (Logo's Big Gay Sketch Show); and Bernadette Pauley (Comedy Central, VH1). No cover charge, $6 cosmos all night.


L.A. AREA: ELLEN ROBINSON AT SAVANNA'S IN SACRAMENTO
Ellen Robinson will perform on Sunday, October 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at SAVANNA'S at THE RED LION INN (1401 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA - 916-922-8041). She will be joined by MUrray Low on piano, Bill Douglass on bass and Bud Spangler on drums. There is a $9 cover charge.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE AT BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
NYC: YVONNE CONSTANT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: EDIE STOKES WITH LIFE'S LESSONS 101 AT DON'T TELL MAMA
NYC: EUAN MORTON AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: AN AFTERNOON OF CABARET AT SHOOTING STAR THEATER
CHICAGO: JEFF DEAN AT DAVENPORT'S
AUSTRALIA: ROBERT GREEN AT BAR ME
NYC: GREG PURNHAGEN IN BABALU-CY! THE ART OF DESI ARNAZ
SAN FRANCISCO: ANDREA MARCOVICCI AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
SAN FRANCISCO: MISS COCO PERU AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - OCTOBER 20th THROUGH 26th
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 - OCTOBER 20th

NYC: JIM SPEAKE SINGS CY COLEMAN IN "I'M A BRASS BAND"
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
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 ) on 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. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


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 ) Mondays in October, the 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. 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.
*** SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


WASHINGTON D.C.: NEXT DCCN OPEN MIC NIGHT MONDAY JUNE 16th
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
The next "Open Mic" night of the DCCN (DC Cabaret Network - http://www.dccabaretnetwork.org/ ) will take place on Monday, June 16th at 8:00 pm at THE WAREHOUSE THEATRE (1021 7th Street NW, Washington, DC - 202-783-3933 - http://www.warehousetheater.com/ ) (signup starts at 7:30 pm). Everyone is welcome. These Open Mic Nights are a great opportunity to try out new stuff, take out an old friend, or just hone your skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Alex Tang will accompany. Cover is $15 ($12 for DCCN members). Additional open-mic events are scheduled for November 17th and December 15th.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: WING LIVE AT BIRDLAND!
NYC: ALISON FRASER & MARY TESTA AT THE BEECHMAN
NYC: JILL WHELAN SPENDS "AN EVENING IN DRY DOCK"

TUESDAY - OCTOBER 21st

ON CABLE: JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS TV SHOW MOVES TO A NEW TIME
"Jamie deRoy & friends" can now be seen 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/ . Next show is November 4th.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: MARIANNE CHALLIS IN "WHAT WILL THE NEIGHBORS SAY?"
NYC: JANE MONHEIT AT BIRDLAND
LONDON: STEVE ROSS HAS A 'GOOD THING GOING'
NYC: ALEX NGUYEN & THE JAZZ CONCEPTIONS ORCHESTRA
NYC: POLITICAL IDOL AT THE TRIAD
SAN FRANCISCO: ANDREA MARCOVICCI AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE
NYC: TV AND STAGE STAR LYNDA CARTER TO FEINSTEIN'S

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 22nd

NYC: FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT AT TUDOR CITY GREENS AT NOON
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
The second event of the free series of outdoor concerts at the Tudor City Greens Park (enter at Tudor City Place between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets) on Wednesday, October 22nd starting at 12:00 noon. The hour-long program of music and comedy, themed "Witchcraft", will again 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 (Phantom of the Opera, Chess) and feature performances by Lennie Watts, Roger Mapes, Scot Albertson, Scott Barbarino and the Bev Naps, Sarah Rice, Julie Reyburn, Mary Foster Conklin, Raissa Katona Bennett plus a few more still to be confirmed. The musical director is David Caldwell (Forbidden Broadway). The rain date for this event is Thursday, October 23rd.


NYC: VICKIE PHILLIPS CONTINUES 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 Wednesday, October 22nd at 8:00 pm. The show is written and directed by Bob Ost. Music director is Gerry Dieffenbach, with Carl Riehl on accordion. There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


L.A. AREA: WEDNESDAY JAZZ JAM CONTINUES IN BURBANK
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Cathy Segal-Garcia Productions continues the 7-year-long Wednesday Night Jazz Jam Sessions this week at THE SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT (4420 West Lakeside Drive, Burbank, CA - 818-845-3731 - http://www.smokehouse1946.com/ ) from 8:30 pm to midnight. The band features Eddy Olivieri on keyboards, Jack Le Compte on drums, the bassists in the last few years have mostly been Bill Markus, John Hatton, and Michael Saucier. Billy Kerr on sax, Jeff Snow on sax, Guy Mack on trumpet, and the comings and goings of trombonist Les Benedict. Guests are invited to get up and perform, singing or playing an instrument. No cover! Just a 2 drink or food minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: BOND'S ROARING TWENTIES: HOW HE LEARNED TO DRINK FAST
NYC: RAY JESSEL RETURNS TO MAMA'S
NYC: ANDREW SUVALSKY IN ENCORE PERFORMANCE AT IRIDIUM
NYC: KAREN KOHLER'S AT ZIPPER FACTORY
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM
NYC: TV AND STAGE STAR LYNDA CARTER TO FEINSTEIN'S
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE

THURSDAY - OCTOBER 23rd

NYC: JIM SPEAKE SINGS CY COLEMAN IN "I'M A BRASS BAND"
*** HOTLINE MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
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 ) on 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. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


FRIDAY - OCTOBER 24th

NAPA: WESLA & MIKE CONTINUE AT SILO'S
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 25th

NYC: JULIE REYBURN LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Award-winning vocalist Julie Reyburn once again tackles the many colors and facets of the American Songbook, from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Stephen Sondheim and Nat King Cole, in her debut at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) on 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.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


NYC: RUSS LORENSON BRINGS NEW STANDARDS TO TOWN
Acclaimed actor/singer Russ Lorenson returns to NYC for his first appearance in 2 years on Saturday, October 25th at 9:45 pm and Tuesday, October 28th at 9:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Russ doesn't think the Great American Songbook stop being written in 1959, and has a show full of "new standards" to prove his point that well-crafted songs with meaningful lyrics are still being written today, just waiting to be interpreted by thoughtful, jazz-inspired vocalists. With San Francisco jazz favorites Kelly Park on piano and Terrence Brewer on guitar, "Standard Time" explores the Great American Songbook of the New Millennium, featuring songs written within the last 20 years by composers such as Harry Connick, Jr., John Pizzarelli, Michael Feinstein, Kelly Park, Ray Jessel, Bob Levy, Andrew Lippa, Peter Cincotti - and even Russ Lorenson himself! Russ' shows will be recorded for his third CD, to be released in 2009. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
*** BANNER ADVERTISER ***


BOSTON: McMILLAN & HAMMER IN BENEFIT AT CCAE
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Will McMillan returns to the CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR ADULT EDUCATION (56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-547-6789 - Ext. 1 - http://www.ccae.org/ ) with his new show "Songs from a Recent Wedding" on Saturday, October 25th at 8:00 pm. This past summer the Center sent its trusty Steinert grand piano to the shop for a major overhaul. Now Will, along with musical director Doug Hammer will put it through its paces in a benefit concert on behalf of CCAE. Recently asked to put together an hour of songs for a wedding McMillan and Hammer came up with featured songs by John Bucchino, Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Sondheim and the Gershwin Brothers (among others). Tickets are $15.


MW: ACTS OF KINDNESS CABARET BENEFITS ILLINOIS THEATRE CNTR
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
Acts Of Kindness Cabaret presents a benefit performance for the Illinois Theatre Center (http://www.ilthctr.org/ ) on Saturday. October 25th at OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB (2800 Country Drive, Olympia Fields, IL Fields - TKTS: 773-481-3510 - http://www.ofcc.info/ ) at 8:30 pm, preceded by cocktails at 6:00 and Dinner at 7:30 pm. Featured in the program are Hilary Ann Feldman, Caron Buinis and Caryn Caffarelli. Pianist is Phil Orem. Tickets are $100.


NYC: SCOT WISNIEWSKI RETURNS WITH NEW SHOW TO MAMA'S
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Scot Wisniewski brings his all new one man show titled "It's Time" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Saturday, October 25th at 3:30 pm, with additional shows scheduled for Thursday, October 30th at 8:30 pm and Saturdays, November 1st, 8th & 15th at 6:00 pm. Kristen Salico will be joining Scot for 3 musical numbers. The show features songs from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and many more! Musical director is Steven Ray Watkins. There is a $20 cover plus 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 26th

NYC: BENEFIT CONCERT FOR FOOD BANK FOR NYC AT THE TRIAD
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
A Benefit Concert for the Food Bank For New York City will be presented at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-501-2143 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ) on Sunday. October 26th at 7:30 pm. The benefit will feature performances by Broadway's Chuck Cooper, Rosena Hill, Alton Fitzgerald White, Cabaret vocalist Marieann Meringolo, Singer/songwriter Zoe Lyons, and the Inspirational vocal ensemble Spiritus. The show is hosted by spoken word artist Ghai'l Rhodes Benjamin. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City (http://www.foodbanknyc.org/ ). This event is being produced by Project More Than Enough. There is a $20 cover plus 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, October 26th 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. It promises to be 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.


SAN FRANCISCO: VINCE WALLACE AND CO. AT BIRD'S NEST JAZZ
BIRD'S NEST JAZZ at WATERPARK LOFTS (2875 Glascock Street #109, Oakland, CA - 510-534-6163) presents jazz in an intimate setting the last Sunday of the month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Seating is first come, first served. On Sunday, October 26th, the club will present jazz with Vince Wallace & Co. Wallace is a West Coast jazz legend and a Bay Area treasure. An Oakland native he has played up & down California with the greats of the day since the 1950's. $20 cover includes food & beverage. Call for directions.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - OCTOBER 27th & BEYOND
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 - OCTOBER 27th

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 once more on Mondays 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.


CHICAGO: CURTAIN UP! BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS
*** 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 Monday, October 27th at 7:30 pm the show is "CURTAIN UP! BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS" where the ladies of Chicago cabaret salute the songbirds of the silver screen. The cast includes Gail Becker, Amy Cole, Hillary Ann Feldman, Laura Freeman, Pam Peterson, Keely Nicole Singer, Cheryl Szucsits, and Melissa Young. Musical direction is by Jeff Roscoe and Laura Freeman will direct. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now by calling the Box Office at 312-642-2000 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/ .


SAN FRANCISCO: JAZZ BARITONE JAMIE DAVIS AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
Jamie Davis, called one of the best jazz singers of his generation, will present three evenings of jazz standards at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - http://www.therrazzroom.com/ ) Mondays October 27th, and November 3rd & 24th at 8:00 pm. Davis, a classic Big Band singer, will appear with a sextet, on the heels of his featured performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. An alumnus of the Count Basie Band, Jamie Davis has been compared to Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, and Lou Rawls, but has a unique sound and style. Tickets are $30.


TUESDAYS - OCTOBER 28th

NYC: RICHARD HOLBROOK SINGS THE SONGS OF BURTON LANE
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
Richard Holbrook brings his new show back for an encore series of performance, featuring the songs of Burton Lane, to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ) on Tuesday, October 28th at 9:30 pm. This musical tribute covers Burton Lane's career as a composer, beginning with his success at MGM where he composed the score for over 30 films, including FINIAN'S RAINBOW and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER. Richard will be joined on stage by his musical director Tom Nelson and the Tom Nelson Trio. Richard Barclay directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: MAC SEMINAR ON PERFORMANCE STYLES IN LARGE/SMALL ROOMS
Exploring the differences between singing in intimate clubs and performing on Broadway, in large theaters and in concert halls, MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) has announced the next seminar in its ongoing series on Tuesday, October 28th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at THE SONGBOOK THEATER at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ). The seminar will explore the differences, and similarities, between performing in an intimate cabaret room and performing on a larger stage and how one mode of performing may or may not feed the other. The panelists will offer their expert advice based on vast personal experience, and share thoughts and stories as they look at their careers in cabaret and on stage. Panelists scheduled to appear include Klea Blackhurst, Marilyn Maye, Sally Mayes, Lee Roy Reams, and Martin Vidnovic. Moderators for the evening are Sherry Eaker of Back Stage and casting director Kevin Kennison. No cover for MAC members - $10 for guests. For reservations, call 212-465-2662, or email RSVP@macnyc.com.


WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 29th

NYC: THE 19th NY CABARET CONVENTION AT ROSE HALL
*** 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


NYC: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT RETURNS WITH PUTTING THINGS AWAY *** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
Raissa Katona Bennett returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Saturday, November 1st at 5:00 pm & Sunday, November 2nd at 4:00 pm with her critically acclaimed show, PUTTING THINGS AWAY. In her show, Raissa takes the audience on a musical journey through the universal milestones of life - searching for hope and beauty as we purge the old and embrace the new. Raissa has performed in cabaret at the Supper Club, The Rainbow Room, 88's, Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn, Chita's, The Algonquin, and Radio City Music Hall. PUTTING THINGS AWAY is directed and co-written by 2008 MAC Award Winner for Best Director, Eric Michael Gillett. This will mark Raissa's second collaboration with Eric, and with Musical Director, David Caldwell. David is also the current Musical Director of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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KAREN OBERLIN SINGS THE SONGS OF THE WIZARD OF WORDS
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Bistro Award-winning jazz-pop vocalist Karen Oberlin, an acclaimed recording artist and 2007 Nightlife Award finalist for her recent show, "Like Love; The Popular Songs of Andre Previn," brings a new show to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for one night only on Saturday, October 29th at 9:45 pm. The show is called "Yip Harburg's Songs of Wit & Wisdom." Ms. Oberlin has loved Harburg's lyrics since she was a young girl. Harburg was an artist of extraordinary personal courage and compassion. In his lyrics, great humor, fantasy and serious social satire glow together like hues of that rainbow, and "The Wizard of Words" highlights his most poignant and delightful. Ms. Oberlin is joined by Tedd Firth, Musical Director and Sean Smith on Bass. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-beverage minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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THURSDAY - OCTOBER 30th

NYC: JAN CONSTANTINE & SUE ELICKS AT BROADWAY BABY BISTRO
Jan Constantine And Sue Elicks return to BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ) with their all new show, ALONE TOGETHER, for three performances, on Thursday & Friday. October 30th & 31st and on Thursday, November 6th - all shows at 7:00 pm. It promises to be a night of great music, laughs and surprises. This show marks Jan and Sue's fourth collaboration and again they are working with musical director Rick Hip-Flores and award-winning director Gerry Geddes. As an added treat, this time around, they will be joined by bassist Debbie Kennedy. As always, the material will be offer a mix of known and unknown, of romantic and comedic, of solos and duets. Inventive medleys, sparkling wit, and delightful harmonies abound. There is a $10 cover plus at $15 food/drink minimum. *** SIDE-BAR ADVERTISER ***


NYC: JOSEPH KECKLER & CAROL LIPNIK & SPOOKARAMA
A concert on Devil's Night with otherworldly vocalists Carol Lipnik and Joseph Keckler takes place on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 pm at SPIEGELWORLD (Pier 17, South Street Seaport, NYC - 212-279-4200 - http://www.spiegelworld.com/). These artists, each possessed of multi-octave voices and their own savvy, playful brands of spookiness, present a fun packed double bill of unusual music - a lunatic's cabaret. These artists, each possessed of multi-octave voices and their own savvy, playful brands of spookiness, present a fun packed double bill of unusual music - a lunatic's cabaret. Known for his thunderous baritone and androgynous beauty, singer and monologist Joseph Keckler's songs are wild, sensuous and emotional, showcased as highly theatrical, madcap production numbers. Experiencing New York cult songstress Carol Lipnik and her band Spookarama is like attending a seance in a deserted Coney Island amusement park at night. Like a strange siren medium, Lipnik channels the spectrum of human emotions with her hauntingly beautiful voice. Tickets are $15.


THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 6th

NYC: MAUREEN TAYLOR AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Maureen Taylor brings her new show "Taylor Made" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Thursdays, November 6th & 13th at 9:45 pm. The show tackles the subject of "Adult Puberty" with inspiration from the "fabric" of Astaire, Mercer, and Porter and embroidered with the "pearls" of Ray Jessel, Ernie Lijoi, Dar Williams and others. The show is directed by Lina Koutrakos, with musical direction by Mark Fifer and MaryAnn McSweeney on bass. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: JACKIE DRAPER: BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW
Vocalist Jackie Draper will be performing her ninth solo show, once again with Music Director Gregory Toroian (at the piano) and Ritt Henn on bass on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 9th at 5:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ). Her special guest is dance partner Franklin Ayala. Director is Helen Baldassare.Her show is guided and inspired through songs by Legrand, the Bergmans, Reinhardt, Brel, Frishberg, Coleman, Lee, Berlin, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Schwartz, Dietz, Sting, and Zippel, among others. There is an $18 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 11th

NYC: HOLIDAY CABARET CD EVENT AT DON'T TELL MAMA
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The very first ANNUAL CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE NOVEMBER HOLIDAY CABARET CD EVENT will be held on Tuesday, November 11th at 9:15 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com ). The event will be dedicated to the late D. J. Bradley, who's annual Christmas Shows were legendary. The event will be co-hosted by Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark. The occasion will also mark the presentation of the first D.J. BRADLEY CDs FOR CHRISTMAS award. Long-time cabaret critic/reviewer/writer John Hoglund has agreed to serve as judge for the event - he will choose up to 10 CDs that were released in 2008 from those submitted - including one to be designated "CD of the Year 2008". Performers will be invited to present two songs from their chosen CDs at the show. The CD submitted must be commercially released and available for sale. The CD does NOT need to be Holiday themed. Ticket sales will be limited to 60 and made available on a first-paid basis (we recommend using a credit card and PayPal to assure prompt receipt of your payment). There will be no comp/press/industry tickets available except for sponsors and performers in the show (not included in the 60). No tickets will be sold the day of the show, no reservations will be taken by DON'T TELL MAMA, no waiting list will be maintained. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


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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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.

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MORE "HERE & THERE" PART II
As promised, here are some reviews of shows - nearly all of which have performances in the next few days (one was a sneak preview).


There are a number of truly funny people in this town who have become good friends of mine as a result of the many times I have attended a POOLE PARTY - Ron Poole's fabulous comedy & musical comedy shows at DON'T TELL MAMA over the years. One of the funniest is Rock Albers - who combines musical comedy and standup comedy in all his shows. We caught his latest outing at GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB on Saturday, October 11th. The show, with a political theme, is called "Rock for America", and it is the usual mix of wit, rant and song parody that one always expects at an Albers show. Rock's shows are always family-friendly, and the comedy can be appreciated on many levels. In fact, some of the cleverest lines aren't fully appreciated until recalled later - this man is an artist at the imbedded laugh line. The comedy sections are interspersed with some truly inventive comedy and parody songs - covering such topics as Carbs & Transfats (sung to "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"), Hillary (Impossible Dream) and "Ahnuld" (Why Can't The English from My Fair Lady). Rock so often says out loud (and sometimes very loud) the very things we dare not speak - on topics like "earmarks," immigration, the Supreme Court, and the long and tedious route we take to elect a president. He claims to be the most boring person in the world (abducted by aliens, the begin to study him and one by one fall asleep!), but his humor and delightful wit is anything but boring.

ROCK FOR AMERICA has one more performance in the Vintage Room at GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB (208 West 23rd Street, NYC - 212-367-9000 - http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com/ ) this Saturday, October 18th at 5:30 pm. NO COVER CHARGE.


Daniel (who attended Rock's show with me) and I next walked down the block to have a quick supper at BOSTON MARKET on 23rd Street near Eighth Avenue before going to our next show. And I have a great comedy bit idea for any comic out there - why does the turkey, the chicken, the ham and the meatloaf all taste the same as each other at BOSTON MARKET? It is fast food so one does not come here expecting a gourmet experience, but lets have a little variety of flavor, please.


We next took the subway downtown to Sheridan Square in the Village to THE DUPLEX to catch once again Karen Mack & Michael Holland's HOLE-O-MATIC song and medley fest. Daniel and I have been to Mack/Holland shows often over the years - we saw their shows at THE ENCORE, at DON'T TELL MAMA, at MAMA ROSE'S, at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM and THE DUPLEX (and maybe a few more places) and each one has been different - and fun. Songs and medleys are chosen by the audience and placed in a fish bowl to be drawn at random and performed on the spot. As Michael often points out, HOLE-O-MATIC is sort of a musical NASCAR race - where folks come more to see the crash as much the race. Except this pair is so talented and adept they rarely "crash." Ad-libs abound, as each song or medley (mostly from the pop-songbooks of the 50s through the 70s) is presented in the style and sound of the original releases. Their ability to recreate the styles of the various pop performers and groups of the past is incredible. Much fun is had by all, and each show seems to attract a dozen or more newcomers who become instant fans.

HOLE-O-MATIC, with Karen Mack & Michael Holland continues at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) on Saturdays at 7:30 pm through November 15th.


To see a performance of Euan Morton is to become a Euan Morton fan. Daniel and I have been Morton fans since we first heard him perform a few years ago at one of the first BROADWAY UNPLUGGED shows produced at THE TOWN HALL by Scott Siegel. We had seats near the front and in the center aisle, and were magnetized and hypnotized by Euan's charm, charisma and beautiful vocals. Since then we have been to his shows at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, JOE'S PUB, BIRDLAND and THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM, as well as his additional appearances at various Scott Siegel events at THE TOWN HALL. Every performance we saw was memorable. We caught his latest show "Stranger in a Strange Land" at the METROPOLITAN ROOM on Sunday. October 12th - and again came away totally rewarded by the experience. Morton's shows instantly become events - he has a song list, he has a great accompanist (Bryan Reeder) just like the others, but his personality and natural talent to entertain quickly make the evening light, breezy and fun - a genuine party. Euan is best at the ballads, vocally. He strayed from the entertainment a few times to include a poem, story or song that seemed more political than entertaining (one customer left about 15 minutes into the show muttering that he didn't come to listen to war protests and politics), but his brashness and frankness are part of his often child-like personality. For example, recently hospitalized with an emergency appendectomy, he simply had to show us his scar.

Euan Morton appears one more time at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ), this Sunday, October 19th at 9:30 pm. He apparently has already agreed to return in the future. The first 2 shows of the run were sold out completely, so be sure to reserve early.


Devlin (she goes by one name) is a California based vocalist who has performed for three or four years in NYC on sort of an annual basis - past appearances have been at HELEN'S and THE METROPOLITAN ROOM. I saw her on Monday, October 13th at DON'T TELL MAMA with her show "The Places You Find Love". It was quite a change to see her perform in the much smaller (than HELEN'S or METROPOLITAN ROOM) new cabaret room at MAMA'S since she is so powerful vocally - and also an expert at the "power ballad". Devlin is also an actress - and her use of the more theatrical facial expressions that she is accustomed to did not serve her well in such close quarters. Being from out of town she obviously did not have time to adjust her style to the smaller space. Ably accompanied by Rick Jenson on piano (and occasional vocals) and "old reliable" Dan Martin on bass, the show moved along with scant patter. In fact, the lack of patter early in the show caused this reviewer to try to imagine the motivation to the song choices. Now, don't let me discourage you from attending the show - she has great vocal skills (her new CD is a gem) and I am sure that by this time Lina Koutrakos, who directed the show but did not attend the opening night, has helped Devlin make adjustments to fit the smaller performance space.

Devlin has one more performance scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, October 18th at 5:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). A powerful show with a powerful performer.


I am going to very quickly report (not really review) the show I saw on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA - it was nearly an "invitation only" and unadvertised event. Part of the show was standup comedy featuring a selection of some of the top comics in town (and all "graduates" of the afore-mentioned Poole Party). It was all meant to put us in the mood for a "sneak preview" of a sitcom pilot featuring the same comics called "Wit's End" - the premise being a group of comics who play at a comedy club of this name, who's owner has disappeared for seven years and has now been declared legally dead. At the reading of the "will" (actually one of those video wills read by the person who died) the comics discover that they have inherited the club on the condition that they all agree to operate the club for a set period and then it would be officially theirs to keep or sell. It was a truly inspired premise because if the pilot grows to become a series, the possibilities are nearly endless. Biggest treat for me of the video was actually seeing the inside of Shecky Beagleman's apartment (the filming was done "on location" - including a re-signed DON'T TELL MAMA exterior)! Remember the title: "Witt's End." It is a lot of fun - fingers are crossed because this gang is truly deserving.


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I haven't decided on the Chicago trip - the AMTRAK ticket has been paid for by a friend in the travel industry and they are holding my ticket reservation in Chicago. But with the prospect of lower income than usual in the coming weeks, I need to examine if it is affordable at this time. If I do go, I will send out a special bulletin issue on Saturday morning regarding the fact that there will be no CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletter on Monday the 20th.


Plans continue on several CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE projects. Things are falling into place with our CABARET CD EVENT on November 11th after a set-back last week that made us pause to reorganize some of our plans. MARCH IS CABARET MONTH plans continue - I hope to have an update on that shortly. And of course we have our 19th Birthday Celebration of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE coming up in July, 2009. It will mark my own 70th Birthday as well!

Which reminds me - just in case I do get to Chicago this weekend and will be without a computer for a few days - a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister Ann in Miami. She is a few years younger than me, the exact number I will not post here. Lets just say that we were both in High School and College at the same time for a few years. Her birthday is on Tuesday, October 21st. At some point in our lives we both planned to be teachers - and she actually got her teaching certificate and taught school for a number of years. I switched "career paths" while in college. A great treat here is receiving photos of a very special "grand niece" named Angelica - I have tons of grand and great grand nieces and nephews, but little Angelica has a special place in all our hearts.


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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 ran out of time - I ran out of space - but I haven't run out of news. In fact, I just got to October 30th on my list of news items - which means we are covered for the next two weeks, anyway.


And that is just about the way it was.

Until Monday (if I am not in Chicago), then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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