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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #081007 - Thursday, October 23, 2008
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SOME QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE CD AWARD SHOWCASE - DEADLINE EXTENDED
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 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.

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 IMMEDIATELY at stuhamstra@svhamstra.com and I will send you submission instructions. Deadline for submissions is MONDAY, OCTOBER 27th. 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.


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
Well, as anticipated and announced, the water in the building is turned off - until 3 pm they say. Last Thursday they announced the shutoff, and I assumed it was in effect, so waited unto the announced 1:00 pm restoration, only to go in the hall later to see a sign posted that the water wasn't turned off at all and rescheduled for today. This time I checked the faucets at 11:00 am an duser enough, no water. Not until 3:00 pm they say. Now this might not seem like a big deal to most of you, but you have not had 6 cups of coffee starting at 6:00 am this morning.

I do have a full "Brita" pitcher of water, plus another large container of water here in my room for drinking purposes. There is a also a large bucket of water in the bathroom for "emergency" use. But I am going to try to make it through until 3 (but will check the faucets again at noon just in case whatever project they are working on is finished early).


The first "halloween" decorations are up on the website, with more to follow shortly. I can't believe we are 2/3rds the way through October already! While the summer seemed to last forever, time has just flown by since Labor day. And now we are in the full swing of "cabaret season." Next week the MABEL MERCER CABARET CONVENTION takes place at ROSE HALL/JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER and in the days before, during and after the conventions a large number of out-of-town acts will be performing here in NYC. Some clubs are scheduling three and sometimes four shows a night for some nights - with the hopes that folks (especially out-of-towners) will hang around after the convention shows and take in an additional cabaret show or two.

Many non-NYC-area performers, in town to attend or perform at the convention, have also scheduled shows in the next two weeks. In fact, the out-of-town performers are talking a lot more about the convention than those here in town, it seems! Many of the New Yorker's I know who at one time made it a point to attend every night (and the events were on 6 nights, not the current 4) but now tell me they are going to just one or two of the events.

There was a time, when the Mercer conventions were held at THE TOWN HALL, within walking distance of several clubs, that special "Convention Cavalcades" were scheduled at places like THE OAK ROOM, THE FIREBIRD, THE ENCORE, DANNY'S, HELEN'S (which at one time was located next door to THE OAK ROOM), THE LAURIE BEECHMAN and DON'T TELL MAMA at 9:30 pm when the TOWN HALL show ended. Now the BEECHMAN and MAMA'S are the only ones left from that era, and the convention has moved uptown to Columbus Circle. - the closest club being the one-year-old BROADWAY BABY BISTRO and DILLON'S (which is just re-opening its doors to cabaret events!


Speaking of DILLON'S. congratulations to Collette Black, who used to be booking manager at the now-closed ROSE'S TURN in the Village and has now been appointed as booking manager at DILLON'S. She sent me an e-mail the other day, telling of the many plans she has for "revamping" the way the room is staffed and serviced. No new schedule yet, but she promised one is on the way. Stay tuned.


I am still having reports from people that the "forms" on my website don't seem to be working properly and that comments, ticket orders, press releases, etc., often bounce back saying that the address sent to is invalid. But when I test them they seem to be working OK. If you experience this problem, please let me know at once. This weekend I am going to rebuild all of the pages from scratch to try to eliminate some code corruption that may have taken place some time around the beginning of October.


It is mentioned elsewhere, but I wanted to remind you of the special CD contest going on - seeking the top CDs of 2008 as judged by long-time cabaret critic/reviewer/writer John Hoglund. If you had a CD released in 2008, please join the contest - about 25 CDs have been entered, but I personally know of another 20 that are eligible. I sent out 42 e-mails to folks who had CD releases reported in these newsletters since January - and I know I missed several more. If you believe in your CD, please don't hesitate to write for details.

I had an experience a few years ago of receiving a CD in the mail from someone in New England I had never met - and played it - and loved it - and promoted it - and including it in my personal list of the top-10 cabaret CDs ever a few years back. I still put it on my iPod occasionally.

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 are on sale now. The winners will be announced at the show, and co-hosts Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark, along with John Hoglund and I, are lining up some fantastic talent to perform at the show. Every paid attendee will receive a free CD, there will be CDs on sale for Holiday giving, and other surprises and treats. Best of all, tickets are only $15 (for members - $20 for non members).

A special announcement and invitation will be going out to members in a few days and included in next week's newsletter with more details. But you can order your tickets right now via the website.


In that connection, we extended the submission deadline for entry in the contest to Monday, October 27th - several out-of-town folks have written for information and I want to make sure that everyone who wants to get in on this free promotion opportunity to be included.


Yesterday we sort of a special and unusual day for me. First off, I went to a cabaret event at noon (very unusual). Next, the event was held outdoors (more unusual). And the show lasted 90 minutes, and I stayed, seated outdoors in 45 degree temperatures and blustery winds to the end of the show (most unusual). If I wasn't enjoying myself, I wouldn't be telling you about it. There is a longer report in Part 2 of the HERE & THERE section below.

But unusual aside, it was also special because it gave me a chance to revisit one of the locations that some day will receive an historical marker if every I should become rich and famous. The event was held in Tudor City - a section of town that straddles 42nd Street on the bluff that overlooks the UNITED NATIONS building and the East River, between First and Second Avenues. It was held in a little "pocket park" there, maintained by the tenants of this rather elegant and naturally "Tudor style" co-op apartment complex. The development, built in the 1920s, has an interesting history.

In order to shield the apartments from the slaughterhouses along the river on the east side, the buildings all face inwards towards the parks and have very few windows facing east! The slaughterhouses were eventually demolished in the 1940s to make way for the United Nations Headquarters. Tudor City currently houses about 5,000 people and most of the apartments and hotel rooms are now co-operative housing projects, and because it is at the end of two "dead end" streets, it is sort of isolated from the rest of Manhattan making it a quiet place to live - and hold an outdoor cabaret show!

And the proposed Hamstra Historical Marker would be placed at the far end of 43rd Street overlooking the UN - where once stood a elegant little multi-level restaurant called La Bibliothique. It now is the location of some embassy or other. It was at this restaurant, where I took a date to dine so many years ago, that I found true love (OK, it lasted less than a year) and made the decision, while looking at the lights of the UN Building, the boats on the river and across the river to the Pepsi Cola and Silvercup signs in Queens, to move to Manhattan.


As I write this, it is 12:30 pm - no water yet - I am holding on OK. But I quit drinking the coffee an hour ago. But we have plenty of heat - I had to open the window another inch.


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.


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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
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CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - OCTOBER 23rd 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

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.
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NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: GUEST KAREN MORROW
*** 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 23rd will feature as guest Karen Morrow. 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 23rd include William Mullin, Jenna Esposito, Abbi Crutchfield, Robin Gelfenbien, Yasmin Siddiqui, Paul Case, Carrie Graveson plus a special surprise guest. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


AUS: 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 23rd, at 8:00 pm, Wes' guests are Sammy J & Heath McIvor (Nominated Best Show Comedy Festival 2008) Matt Thomas/Jamie Slocombe (The Blow Waves). There is a $20 cover - call for minimum information,


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: JEFF HARNAR SINGS COLE PORTER
NYC: KEVIN DOZIER IS "LOVE-WISE" AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: DARYL SHERMAN WITH DAN LEVINSON AT BARGEMUSIC
AUS: WES SNELLING & FRIENDS AT THE ORDER
NYC: SCOT ALBERTSON AND THE DARYL KOJAK QUINTET
L.A. AREA: CHRISTEL ALEXANDER AT THE GARDENIA
N.J.: KENNY RANKIN AT MCLOONE'S
D.C. AREA: SALLY MARTIN AT GERMANO'S
L.A. AREA: IRENE IS BACK ON THURSDAYS AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN
NYC: JANE MONHEIT AT BIRDLAND
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM
NYC: TV AND STAGE STAR LYNDA CARTER TO FEINSTEIN'S
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 24th

D.C.: CHAWBARET PRESENTS CABARET CONNECTIONS
CHAWbaret 4: Cabaret Connections (An evening of songs about family, community, and the ties that bind us) will be presented by The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) and the GLBT Arts Consortium at CAPITOL HILL ARTS WORKSHOP (545 7th Street SE, Washington DC - 202-547-6839 - http://www.chaw.org/ ) on three nights, Fridays, October 24th, November 7th & Saturday, November 8th, all shows at 7:30 pm. Proceeds benefit CHAW's mission of building community through the arts.The performers in Cabaret Connections are Emily Leatha Everson, Matt Howe, David McMullin, Dean Reichard, and Catherine Satterlee. Many of the singers are D.C. Cabaret Network members. Musical direction is by Alex Tang. Cabaret Connections will feature show tunes, pop songs, and standards. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.


NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
*** 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. Special guests this week TBA.


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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: ADI BRAUN AND RULES OF THE GAME
NAPA: WESLA & MIKE CONTINUE AT SILO'S FRIDAYS OCTOBER
NYC: JEFF HARNAR SINGS COLE PORTER
N.J.: KENNY RANKIN AT MCLOONE'S
FLA: MARIANNE CHALLIS AT THE COLONY ROOM
S.A.: AKKEDIS PRESENTS HEART OF GOLD AT VILLA PASCAL
M.W.: IT'S YESTERDAY ONCE MORE AT DAVENPORT'S
NJ: JANET VILLAS AT PIANOS FRIDAYS IN OCTOBER
NYC: JANE MONHEIT AT BIRDLAND
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM
NYC: TV AND STAGE STAR LYNDA CARTER TO FEINSTEIN'S
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 25th

NYC: JULIE REYBURN LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 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. $10 SPECIAL INFLATION/RECESSION BUSTING COVER for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (October 25th performance only)
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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.
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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: 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.


KT SULLIVAN CELEBRATES BROADWAY MUSICALS IN ONE WOMAN SHOW
Award-winning and acclaimed Broadway, cabaret, concert and recording star KT Sullivan sings the songs of the Great White Way in her one-woman show Colored Lights at the CHASE ROOM at the NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (One Center Street, Newark, NJ - 888-466-5722 - http://www.njpac.org/ ) Saturday, October 25th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Using her own Broadway and off-Broadway experiences as a departure point, Sullivan performs a century of musical theater gems including selections from Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Lowe, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guetel. Chase recreates the intimate setting of a cabaret with bistro-style table seating as well as a cash bar and other refreshments available for purchase. Tickets are $48 - $68.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
M.W.: SPIDER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AT KATERINA'S
NYC: BOND'S ROARING TWENTIES: HOW HE LEARNED TO DRINK FAST
N.E.: McMILLAN & HAMMER IN BENEFIT AT CCAE CANCELLED
NYC: JEFF HARNAR SINGS COLE PORTER
M.W.: SPIDER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AT KATERINAS
NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC RIDES AGAIN WITH FREE BROADWAY TICKETS
CHICAGO: "EVERYTHING IS CHITA" AT DAVENPORT'S
LOS ANGELES: JEROME ELLIOTT AT INDIO PERFORMING ARTS
FLA: MARIANNE CHALLIS AT THE COLONY ROOM
S.A.: AKKEDIS PRESENTS HEART OF GOLD AT VILLA PASCAL
NYC: SCOT WISNIEWSKI RETURNS WITH NEW SHOW TO MAMA'S
LOS ANGELES: BILL SHAWN AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIO BAR & GRILL
NYC: CHRISTIE GILBERT AT DON'T TELL MAMA
NYC: JANE MONHEIT AT BIRDLAND
NYC: PAULA WEST AT THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM
NYC: TV AND STAGE STAR LYNDA CARTER TO FEINSTEIN'S
NYC: PIZZARELLI & MOLASKEY AT CAFE CARLYLE

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: ALGONQUIN SALON SUNDAY AT A SPECIAL TIME
*** SPECIAL CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
Mark Janas' Algonquin Salon now takes place on 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/ ), but this week only - Sunday October 26th, the salon will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. 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. The special co-host this Sunday will be the irrepressible Tanya Moberly and the (optional) theme will be CHARACTER DRESS-UP! Remember, any material, on or off-theme, is always welcome at the Algonquin Salon.


AUS: SUNDAY SUITE MONTHLY AT THE TOFF
Wes Snelling, Casey Bennetto, Scott Brennan, Ethel Chop, Mzzz Erin Tasmania, Benn Bennett, Marcus Mahoney, and 'Toxic' Britney Spears Tribute Band bring "The Sunday Suite", their own special brand of fun, to THE TOFF at CURTIN HOUSE (252 Swanston Street - 2nd. Fl., Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 9639 8770 - http://www.thetoffintown.com/ ) one Sunday each month, opening on Sunday, October 26th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $18/$15.


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 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. There is no cover charge.


ON RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": SUSANNAH McCORKLE
*** CABARET ON THE RADIO - TV - WEB ***
On Sunday, October 26th, 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 Susannah McCorkle. Some of the songs from her career that you will hear: "My New Celebrity Is You"; The Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm "; "If I Only Had A Heart" (Harold Arlen / E. Y."Yip" Harburg); "I Want To Be A Sideman" and "I Can Dream, Can't I" 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 http://www.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 26th, featured comics are Ann Neczypor (host of Here! TV's "Girls on Girls"); Scott Ryan (Lea Delaria's outrageous opening act); Danny Siegel (Carolines & Village Lantern staple); and Becky Donohue (Premium Blend, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn). No cover charge, $6 cosmos all night.


NYC: THE LINDA CIOFALO TRIO AT NORTH SQUARE
The Linda Ciofalo Trio, with Linda on vocals, Ron Affif on guitar and Essiet Essiet on bass, will perform for Sunday Brunch on October 26th at NORTH SQUARE (103 Waverly Place, NYC - 212 254-1200 - http://www.northsquareny.com ) with sets at 12:30 & 2:00 pm. No cover or minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
N.J.: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT SHANGHAI JAZZ
NYC: ADAM PASCAL AT FEINSTEIN'S
NYC: JEFF HARNAR SINGS COLE PORTER
LOS ANGELES: RYAN RAFTERY & FRIENDS AT UPRIGHT CABARET
CHICAGO: ERIC VINCENT AND WORLD OF FRIENDS AT MORSE THEATRE
NYC: BARRY LLOYD CELEBRATES 10th YEAR AS SOLO PERFORMER
NYC: NAT & KAT AT THE BEECHMAN WITH "VOTE WITH YOUR VENUS
NYC: JOE ICONIS PERFORMS ORIGINAL SONGS AT THE BEECHMAN
SAN FRANCISCO: VINCE WALLACE AND CO. AT BIRD'S NEST JAZZ

CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - OCTOBER 27th THROUGH NOVEMBER 2nd
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: 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.
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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.


M.W.: 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/ .


NYC: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS VI WITH BROADWAY/CABARET STARS
*** FEATURED BENEFIT EVENT ***
"Friends With Benefits 6" takes place on Monday, October 27th at 9:45 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ), hosted by MAC winner Amy Wolk and Mamma Mia's Gerard Salvador with musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins. Scheduled to appear are Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers, Will Rogers Follies); Jared Gertner (Spelling Bee, Papermill's Little Shop); Telly Leung (Rent, Flower Drum Song); Robert Pendilla (Wicked); Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia); Jessica Rush (Gypsy); Pearce Wegener (Gypsy); Ryan J. Ratliff (Altar Boyz); Terese Genecco (MAC winner); Shaynee Rainbolt (MAC winner). All proceeds go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org/ ). There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DODY GOODMAN MEMORIAL AT ST. PETER'S CHURCH
The life of Dody Goodman, will be celebrated at a Memorial on Monday, October 27th at 7:00 pm, at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - LIVING ROOM (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200 - http://www.saintpeters.org/ ). Miss Goodman's career spanned over 75 years. She began as a teen-aged ballet dancer, and became a popular Broadway, Off-Broadway, cabaret, radio, television, and film performer, remaining active in show business until she was in her 90's. Scheduled to share their memories are: George S. Irving, Richard Skipper, Lee Roy Reams, Donald Sadler, KT Sullivan and Linda Amiel Burns. Miss Goodman's never-before-seen film, which was based on her book, "Women, Women, Women!" will be shown. A reception will follow. Seating is limited. E-mail Richard@richardskipper.com to be included on the GUEST LIST.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
SAN FRANCISCO: JAZZ BARITONE JAMIE DAVIS AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
NYC: ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI AT THE TRIAD

TUESDAY - 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: TERESE GENECCO AND BAND WILL BE "SWINGIN' in NEW YORK!"
Terese Genecco, the MAC and Bistro Award-winning vocalist, returns to New York City for two nights only, Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 1st at 11:45 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). She will present her all new, retro-cool, 50's-style nightclub act, "SWINGIN' in NEW YORK!" complete with a 7-piece band featuring top jazz musicians from San Francisco and New York. Genecco swings to a party crowd in the hippest nightclub act in town. Genecco's band for these NYC engagements will include New York-based musicians Barry Levitt on piano, Mayra Casales on Latin percussion, Kenny Lavender on trumpet, Nate Mayland on trombone, and Cliff Lyons on tenor sax with San Francisco-based musicians Daniel Fabricant on bass, and Kelly Park on drums. For the Tuesday, October 27th show, Genecco's special guest star will be West Coast vocalist/TV star Shawn Ryan. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MAC SEMINAR ON PERFORMANCE STYLES IN LARGE/SMALL ROOMS
*** CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT ***
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/ ). 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.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: TERRI WHITE & ALYSHA UMPHRESS DOUBLE-BILL AT IRIDIUM
NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: CRYSTAL GAYLE & LAURA BELL BUNDY "KENTUCKY GIRLFRIENDS"
NYC: TERRI WHITE & ALYSHA UMPHRESS DOUBLE-BILL AT IRIDIUM

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


KAREN OBERLIN SINGS THE SONGS OF THE WIZARD OF WORDS
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
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 Wednesday, 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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NYC: BIG NIGHT OUT OPEN-MIC MADNESS SERIES CONTINUES
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
The open-mic series BIG NIGHT OUT hosted by acclaimed singer Jennifer Wren ("The Wild Party" Discovery channel, etc.) and piano favorite Bill Zeffiro is a potpourri of exceptional talents from the worlds of Broadway and cabaret who are free to come together at THE CHICAGO CITY LIMITS ROOM at BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com ) to share the music they love. The next show will be on Wednesday, October 29th at 10:00 pm. Participants, with the help of resident musical director William "Bill" Zeffiro, are encouraged to try out new material, sing the roles that they aspire to play, sing the roles they will never play, or just show off for the joy of it. $5 cover - no minimum!


NYC: SHAWN RYAN WITH THREE SHOWS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN
Shawn Ryan returns to New York, where he was previously seen performing comedy and jazz standards at the Cabaret Convention, as well at Helen's and The Duplex, with a 3-night engagement at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ), on Wednesday, October 29th, Thursday, October 30th, and Saturday, November 1st, all shows at 9:30 pm. This all new show was written by Bruce Vilanch. The musical director for this show is Kelly Park, leading the Kelly Park Trio. A native of Pleasanton, CA, Shawn Ryan has had a cross-country career and has recently been on an international tour that has taken him from Mexico to Mykonos. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: KRAUZ AND KOJAK TRIO PRESENT OTHER STUFF
NYC: LIZ STRICKLAND COMBINES CABARET SONGS FROM PARIS & USA
N.J.: RANDY ROBERTS SHOW AT MCLOONE'S
NYC: KAREN KOHLER'S DUO MUSICAL PREMIERES AT ZIPPER FACTORY
S.F. AREA: LINDA KOSUT AT JAZZ AT SHANGHAI
L.A. AREA: ELIZABETH UP DE GRAFF AT CATALINA BAR & GRILL

THURSDAY - OCTOBER 30th

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: 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.
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AUSTRALIA: VICKI ZAINAL PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE DIVINE MISS M
Vicki Zainal brings her show "The Divine Miss M" to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC - 03 96902000 - http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/ ) on Thursday through Sunday, October 30th through November 2nd at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). She is accompanied by Aaron Richard and the show is directed by Kim Edwards. Tickets are $22.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: CATCH SCHATZIE AT DON'T TELL MAMA
NYC: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? AT THE TRIAD
NYC: GABRIELLE STRAVELLI RETURNS TO THE BEECHMAN

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 31st

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: PARODIVAS AND PALS PRESENT A HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR
"Sex and Candy," a Parodivas and Pals Halloween Spectacular will be presented on Friday, October 31st at 9:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ). Performers scheduled to appear include Carly Knight, Ben Lerman, Baron Vaughn, Brooke Van Poppelen and Becky Donohue and of course the hosts, The Parodivas! The Parodivas are Darlene Rae Heller and Jason B. Schmidt, a musical comedy duo who specialize in butchering songs until they are funny enough to knock you off your bar stool. They have written and starred in numerous variety shows in NYC. Musical director is Jessica Stewart. Expect: Prizes, Tricks and Treats - costumes are encouraged. 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
LA: SYLVIA BROOKS IN LATE NIGHT SERIES AT M BAR
NYC: HALLOWEEN WITH JERRY SCOTT AT CATERINA'S
NYC: MARILYN MAYE: THE TONIGHT SHOW APPEARANCES
L.A. AREA: 4 FRIENDS RETURN WITH HALLOWEEN SHOW

SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 1st

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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NYC: HEALTH CARE UNDER THE KNIFE IN "DAMAGED CARE"
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE TICKET PRICE ***
"Damaged Care" The Comedy Musical About Health Care in America will be presented at the People's Voice Cafe at the COMMUNITY CHURCH (40 East 35th Street, NYC - TKTS: 212-352-3101 - http://www.theatermania.com/ ) on Saturday, November 1st at 8:00 pm. Written and performed by Dr. Greg LaGana & Dr. Barry Levy, the show is directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brad Ross. A Discussion about health care in the United States will follow the performance. Tickets are $15. $10 tickets for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE,


NYC: JAZZ VOCALIST GEORGE EVANS WITH TWO SHOWS ON TWO NIGHTS
Canadian vocalist George Evans returns to NYC on Saturday & Sunday nights, November 1st & 2nd at 7:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ) with a different show each night. The Toronto singer, who last appeared in a MAC-award nominated run of Night Songs For City Dwellers with Mary Foster Conklin last fall, presents "HAPPY MADNESS: songs of love and hypomania" on the 1st, and "GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY: music to slit your wrists" on the 2nd. Evens has been recognized as one of the foremost vocal interpreters of jazz and standards on the Canadian scene. He appears here fresh from festival appearances and the release of his 8th CD, recorded LIVE in Vancouver. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
NYC: WESLA WHITFIELD AND "THE LAST WEEKEND"
NYC: MARILYN MAYE REPRISES "LOVE ON THE ROCKS"
N.J.: STEVE TYRELL AT BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
M.W.: HEATHER MORAN BRINGS ROSIE TRIBUTE TO SKOKIE
L.A. AREA: JAN ABRAMS AT THE GARDENIA
LONDON: ALL THAT JAZZ! CONTINUES AT SOHO REVUE BAR
S.A.: ACOUSTICA FEATURES REWORKED VERSIONS OF OLD FAVORITES

CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - NOVEMBER 3rd THROUGH 9th
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 - NOVEMBER 3rd

NYC: BARB JUNGR RETURNS WITH SHOW HONORING NINA SIMONE
Returning to New York from London for her fifth engagement at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ), international cabaret icon Barb Jungr brings back her acclaimed show "I Got Life," a show packed with songs identified with Nina Simone for one night only, on Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm. She is joined by Charlie Giordano on piano and accordion. In the show, Barb introduces a number of Nina Simone touchstones from her new CD "Just Like a Woman - A Hymn to Nina" (released in the UK in March by Linn Records). All are songs Jungr has not performed in New York prior to her sold-out shows in October. Songs she'll do by her other signature inspirations (including Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel) are also new to New York ears. There is a $25 cover plus a 2 drink minimum.


NYC: COMPOSER JOHN BUCCHINO IN CONCERT AT BIRDLAND
Jim Caruso's Cast Party, in association with TheaterMania.com, presents composer John Bucchino in concert on Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com/ ), as part of the Nightlife Award-winning series Broadway at Birdland. Bucchino will share songs from his CDs "Grateful," "It's Only Life," and "On Richard Rodgers' Piano," as well as material from his recent Broadway show A Catered Affair. John's collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, A Catered Affair, was recently seen on Broadway at The Walter Kerr Theater. He has written songs for the musicals Urban Myths and Lavender Girl, a piece included in 3HREE, an evening of short musicals compiled by Harold Prince, which had productions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 4th

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 18th.


NYC: THE SHAYNEE RAINBOLT QUARTET AT IRIDIUM
ScoBar Entertainment presents The Shaynee Rainbolt Quartet on Tuesday, November 4th at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/ ) with sets at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 5th

NYC: NEW BEGINNINGS PRESENTS THE 2008 DUPLEX GALA!
THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) presents their 2008 DUPLEX GALA on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 pm. The club will be highlighting some of the outstanding performers from the past year, as well as previewing some of the upcoming shows at the Duplex. Scheduled to appear are Booth & Pat, Dawn Derow, Cait Doyle, Melissa Driscol, Michael Holland & Karen Mack, Maria Gentile, Cassandra Hohn, Tina Jensen, Poppi Kramer, Colleen McHugh, Brian Nash, Rachel Alexa Norman, Oron Stenesh and Will Van Dyke. There is a $5 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.


NYC: TONY MESSINA IN TRIBUTE TO DEAN MARTIN
Cabaret crooner Tony Messina brings his show, "Dino, A Tribute to Dean Martin" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for a 4-night run Wednesday through Saturday, November 5th through 8th, all shows at 7:30 pm. He'll be backed by musical director/pianist Barry Levitt and bass player, Tom Hubbard. Dino follows Martin's lifetime path which covers his singing career, including his best-loved songs, his film credits, his iconic Rat Pack status, competition with Frank Sinatra and the ups-and-downs of his relationship with Jerry Lewis. Messina co-created the show with veteran screenwriter Rudy De Luca. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


S.F. AREA: RITA MORENO PRESENTS "LITTLE TRIBUTES"
Rita Moreno, singer, actor, and winner of an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe, will appear at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - http://www.therrazzroom.com/ ) on Tuesdays through Sundays, November 5th through 23rd at 8:00 pm (Sundays at 5:00 pm). The show is a tribute to the great composers of Broadway and American Standards. Songs and stories about such composers as Harold Arlen, the Gershwins and others will be featured. Ms. Moreno began her show business career at the age of 11 when she dubbed Spanish language versions of American films. She appeared on Broadway at the age of 13 and is still acting and singing in films and on television. Moreno's career took off after she appeared in the film version of "West Side Story" where her role of Anita earned her an Academy Award. Broadway shows include "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Gantry," and "The Ritz," for which she won a Tony. In recent years she has appeared in numerous film and television roles and continues an active singing career. Tickets are $50-$55.


THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 6th

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, November 6th at 6:30 pm. The lineup of special guest performers for this show include Grace Cosgrove, Paul Rolnik (Emmy Award Winning Record Producer, Singer & Songwriter), Miles Phillips (2008 MAC Award For Outstanding Male Vocalist), Delivery Girls (Mary Carey, Amie Carey, April Henry) with Tracy Stark (2008 Mac Award), Lynne Halliday (Cabaret Singer & Actress), Clarice Mazanec (Metrostar Finalist), Jim Cargill (Singer/Songwriter) - 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: 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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NYC: TINA JENSEN IN I'VE GOTTA SING!
Tina Jensen brings her show "I've Gotta Sing!" to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 1-212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 pm. The show is an eclectic mixture of powerhouse performances combined with humorous and heartfelt characters from Jensen's Minnesota upbringing. Tina will be joined by her Musical Director Zachary Ryan and back up singer Alex Gonzalez. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


N.J. AREA: MOSE ALLISON AT TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB
Mose Allison, pianist and singer, creator of an entire genre of music - his own hybrid combination of blues and jazz, - will be performing one show a TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400 - http://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/ ) on Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 pm. Mose will be joined on stage by local musicians - guitarist Jim Dragoni and bassist Dylan Taylor. The songwriter who wrote hits like Old Man Blues and Your Mind is on Vacation (but your mouth is workin' overtime), Mose Allison is considered an American Treasure, having contributed to the language of music in this country for six decades. Mose has also been credited with inspiring rock stars such as Eric Clapton and Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Peter Townsend. There is a $25 cover.


FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 7th

N.E. AREA: JOAN CROWE AT CELA'S IN QUINCY
JM Productions announces the arrival of cabaret/jazz vocalist/comedienne Joan Crowe direct from NYC with special guest Mr. Tom LaMark who will open a new Quincy cabaret room, STANDING O! at CELA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT (1495 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA - 617-774-0002 - http://www.celasquincy.com/ ) on Friday, November 7th at 8:00 pm & Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Joan will present her acclaimed cabaret show "In the Key of Comedy." Joan has performed at the Rainbow Room, The Carnegie Club, Brunelli's and Trumpet's, Orchard Street, The Globe, Harry's of Hartsdale, Zuppa, Tara, and Coyote Flaco. Her cabaret credits include performances at The Manor, The King Kong Room, Archie's Place, Westchester Conservatory of Music, Rockland Center for the Arts, The Emelin Theatre, The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Don't Tell Mama, Eighty-Eights, Danny's Skylight Room, The Duplex, Judy's Chelsea, The Cinegrill in Los Angeles, Odette's, Teddy Cares, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP songwriters' showcase, and the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Town Hall. There is a $25 cover.


FLORIDA: TONY DeSARE & BUCKY PIZZARELLI AT THE COLONY ROOM
Swinging singer/pianist Tony DeSare, whose singing style ranges from dreamy pop standards to boogie-woogie and R&B will be appearing at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100 - http://www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/ ) on Fridays & Saturdays, November 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th. Appearing with DeSare will be the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Dinner show package is $100.


S.A.: BILL KNIGHT WITH BOB DYLAN AND ME
Folk icon Bill Knight explores the crossover of Dylan songs with his own song writing style at VILLA PASCAL (28 Van Der Westhuizen Street. Durbanville, Capetown, SA - Tel: 021-9752566 / 0825694147 - http://www.freewebs.com/villapascal ) on Friday, November 7th at 7:00 pm. The first half of the show will be a Bob Dylan tribute featuring popular ballads, while the second act features songs from Bill's award winning CD "The Cream Of South African Roots Music", coupled with heart-breaking poetical lyrics. Call for cover/minimum information.


CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - NOVEMBER 10th AND 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

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 11th

NYC: HOLIDAY CABARET CD EVENT AT DON'T TELL MAMA
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $5 OFF THE COVER ***
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT ***
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
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OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

ABOUT CABARET NEWS IN THE NEWSLETTER AND ON THE WEBSITE

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.

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.


MORE "HERE & THERE" PART II
Sometimes a great cabaret show gets "hijacked" by people who must feel that a simple cabaret show is boring and needs to be spiced up with choreography, multi-media projections, costume changes, props and the like. This was the case with Tom Di Pasqua's NOTES ON NEW YORK show at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM which has been running on Monday nights at 7:00 pm through October. I like Tim - one of the nicest songwriters I know (OK, I only know one "not-nice" songwriter, since most of them are truly terrific people). And I love so many of his songs, often sung in cabaret rooms. He has such a clever way with lyrics, often giving the lines an ironic special twist, often repeating the same word twice in a rhyme - each time with a different meaning. He is truly a creative and inventive. This was all in evidence in the songs performed when I saw the show on Monday the 20th, performed by a quintet of talented singers - Vicky Devany, Cheryl Monroe, Erick Pinnick, Jennifer Zimmerman and Lennie Watts (with Tim at the piano and assuming some of the vocal duties).

Problem was, all the antics, marching around, mugging and hugging, plus the slide projections in various styles of focus and content, distracted from the very thing I came to hear: the songs of Tim Di Pasqua. The show was produced by The Third Eye Theatre Company, so I should have been expecting some drama and theatrics. But a solid 90 minutes of this nonsense had me a bit dizzy at the end.

Tim, I love your songs, and I know the intentions of you, the cast and the producers were to present your songs in an elegant and exciting setting. And I am sure that there are many folks who enjoy all this "falderal". (There are "successful" shows on Broadway right now that are more pizzazz than content, where lyrics give way to showmanship). But give me the simple life - and the simple cabaret show, where I can enjoy the creative works of folks like you and savor them without distraction.

Tim Di Pasqua's NOTES ON NEW YORK plays one more night at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, on Monday, October 27th at 7:00 pm.


As mentioned above, on Wednesday, October 22nd, I found myself in daylight at Tudor City Greens, nestled among the 12 tall buildings that make up the Tudor City complex. It was a brisk 45 degrees, but bright sunlight still made it way in small pools of light through the rustling trees of this little hidden park space. Hosted (and conceived by) Raissa Katona Bennett, this show was the second of two cabaret events held this fall in the park - with the series to be resumed some time in the spring. Everyone donated their time and services (and loaned their production equipment) to the show - and attendees were given the opportunity to make a donation to the upkeep of the park at the end of the show. Top names of Broadway/cabaret/jazz took part in the show, including Scot Albertson, Scott Barbarino & the BevNaps, Mary Foster Conklin, Eric Michael Gillette, Roger Mapes, Sierra Rein, Sarah Rice and Lennie Watts - along with host Ms. Bennett. Musical director was David Caldwell (imagine playing piano outside in the cold!), with sound by Dr. Garrett Bennett and lighting by God.

With such a cast as this, there was not the slimmest chance for disappointment - everyone did their best, and their best is far better than most. It was fascinating to see the audience grow larger and larger as folks walking by, hearing the music, stopped by, took a seat and enjoyed the show. It was chilly, my fingers began to chill a bit, but I was having such a good time I stuck it out to the end.

It is impossible to individually "review" every performer, but there was one high point for me that I shall treasure. In the cast was Sarah Rice - who was the original Johanna in SWEENY TODD, which was one of the first Broadway shows I attended when I moved back home from college, and was the first Broadway show I saw after I moved into Manhattan (see the item in Part 1). Ms. Rice was delightful, and one of her numbers (To Keep My Love Alive) required here to reappear in the show several times between other numbers to sing a few more verses of the song.

After the show we all "retired" to CIBO, a very comfortable Italian restaurant around the corner on Second Avenue at East 41st Street. CIBO graciously sponsored the cabaret concert, and even provided some tasty snacks and little pizzas (and one free drink) to all who made this post-show gathering. A short chat with the manager was so gratifying - he seemed truly proud of supporting Raissa and her event and was so very happy we dropped by. I can't wait until spring.


Just a little thank you to TUDOR CITY GREENS, INC. who maintain the park. Several years ago the infamous Harry Helmsley purchased the Tudor City complex, and drew up plans to replace the park with an additional tall co-op apartment tower. The tenants of the buildings organized, saved the park and maintain it. (It is sort of 2 parks, joined by a bridge over 42nd Street). The area is now designated an "historic" district, preventing further development. Mr. Helmsley sold the complex soon after losing his bid to replace the park.


And a quick note of thanks to my pal Daniel (he hates when I write this kind of stuff) who came for the first part of the show - he had to get back to work - but before he left bought a cup of coffee and a carrot-cake muffin and brought them back to me from the deli to keep me warm and alert for the rest of the show.


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Oh what a host of cabaret events in the next few weeks! I covered nearly all the news through November 7th but I still have over 25 press releases on file for shows through the 15th of November! Since we can only cover a new item once in these newsletters (with exception of shows running ads or offering discounts, benefits and organization events) be sure to check the DIARY/DATEBOOK pages, organized by date, for events coming up that have already been written on in the newsletter. We also list such events for "seven nights out" in the newsletter at the bottom of each date.


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.


And that is just about the way it was. I had fun writing this issue today - I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. Support cabaret and live entertainment - see a show or two this week!

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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