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Here is a recent CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE message sent to over 2,700 readers of this free e-mail newsletter. Check at the bottom of the message for the way you can have a free subscription.


CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #081105 - Monday, November 17, 2008
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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NYC: LAST CALL FOR TONIGHT'S BROADWAY UNPLUGGED SHOW
*** FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENT ***
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SUPER PICK ***
More than a dozen Broadway and Cabaret Stars will be shaking the rafters tonight in the 5th Annual Broadway Unplugged concert at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ). On Monday night, November 17th at 8:00 pm, Aaron Lazar, late of Tale of Two Cities will be joining a stellar cast that already boasts Broadway's Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, as well as Marc Kudisch, Jeff McCarthy, Julia Murney, Matt Cavenaugh, Cheryl Freeman, Christiane Noll, William Michals, Lorinda Lisitza, Chuck Cooper, Erin Denman, Bill Daugherty, and Ron Bohmer. The concert's producer, writer and host, Scott Siegel, promises a special night. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50 and $75 and are available at The Town Hall Box Office at 123 West 43rd Street (noon to 6 PM every day except Sunday) and through TicketMaster: 212-307-4100 and TicketMaster.com.
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SOME QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

HOME-PAGE SIDEBAR AD SALE ENDS DECEMBER 1st
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 November and December we have a special offer: 4 weeks for the price of 3 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 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? SPACE EXTREMELY LIMITED. OFFER EXPIRES DECEMBER 1st.


HERE & THERE - PART I
Just a quick reminder - there is no charge to have your show, CD release or other cabaret event listed in these newsletters or on the website. You don't even have to be a member (of course your support is always appreciated). Once the item appears here, if gets moved to the website in the "DIARY/DATEBOOK" section. And the newsletters are archived as far back as 1990 - when the website was created and the online newsletters began.

There is lots of other "free" stuff too. Right now, for example, we have a special page listing and displaying HOLIDAY CABARET CDs - CDs with a holiday theme released by cabaret performers. If you have a CD that fits into this category, check if yours is included - if not, send in the information along with a jpg of the cover and a link where it can be purchased and I will include it. By the way, if you have released such a CD and it is no longer available, please check out the page and if it is still there, let me know so I can take it down.

And there's more! If you have a holiday-themed show coming up before the end of the year, and haven't sent me a press release yet, send it right away. We are creating another special page - in "diary/datebook" format listing all such events - they will also be included in the newsletter and in the regular DIARY/DATEBOOK section of the website. Once more - its free to all - membership not required.

Oh, and one thing more (and thats free too) - if you have a show coming up in March 2009 - during MARCH IS CABARET MONTH - see the item in the HERE & THERE, Part II at the bottom of this newsletter.

SPECIAL NOTE: A FLIER IS NOT A PRESS RELEASE - Just e-mail a press release of at least four or five paragraphs, giving the complete information on your cabaret related event. Send photos in jpg or gif format as attachments if available. Be sure to send the names of your musical director and director, and the names of others in your show. Include the name of the show, the date and time of event, and the venue name, address and reservation phone number - and cover/minimum information. Also send the website address of the venue if available. Please send complete information - and please do not merely e-mail a copy of your flier or a reference to a website. This goes for all events you wish me to publicize - not just the holiday events.


In line with the above (in a way), since Thanksgiving (USA) always falls on a Thursday, there will be no issue of the newsletter sent on Thursday, November 27th. But we will send out a special CABARET FOR THE HOLIDAYS issue over the Thanksgiving weekend to all 2700 subscribers listing all the holiday cabaret events for which we have received press releases, please try to get your information in to me before the 27th. Don't wait until the last minute.


You also have to hurry if you want to get in on the HOLIDAY SPECIAL SIDE-BAR BANNER sale - 4 weeks for the price of 3 - since the offer expires at the end of December, which means your ad has to start by December 1st to get its full 4-week run. Space is limited. It's just $75 for a 4-week run (that comes out to $18.75 per week - and the ad appears every time (not in rotation) on over 40 pages on the website, with a prime position on the home page - top right corner.

Meantime, in a few days one of the most special ad placements on the website will be available. We're talking of the SUPER SIDE-BAR spot currently take by Jason Wynn's ad for his final show on this Saturday, November 22nd at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN. This ad appears all the time (not in rotation) on over 2000 pages (all pages added since November 2006) on the website. It is a little more pricey than any of the other ads, but you can be assured that anyone visiting the website (and over 6000 folks come to visit daily) will see your ad. Click on the button marked BANNER INFO at the top of every page on the website for full information all all advertising options available. The CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website and twice-weekly newsletter are made possible by our advertisers and membership donation.


Winter - or at lease a preview of winter - is upon us here in Manhattan - temperatures were in the mid-30s (f) last night and are predicted to fall to 33 degrees tonight and into the high 20s for the following two nights. But that's not going to keep me (and pal Daniel) from catching out favorite "festival" event of our cabaret year when we attend Scott Siegels BROADWAY UNPLUGGED show tonight at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ) and that shouldn't keep you away, either. Some seats still remain, and in this space they are all good seats. Ticket prices start at just $25 - just call the hall and reserve your seats. If you hear an extra loud cheer from the audience after Lorinda Lisitza's numbers, that will be from Daniel and I. Details in the listings below.

And another great choice tonight is Miles Phillips at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ). The amazing Jason Wynn serves as Musical Director and multi-award winner Julie Reyburn is Miles' special guest. I can't be two places at once, but if this was on a different night I certainly would be here as well. Both Ms. Reyburn and Mr. Wynn have shows of their own coming up as well - details in the listings below.


SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN: The Second Annual CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - MARCH IS CABARET MONTH CELEBRATION. Check out http://www.MarchIsCabaretMonth.com for regular updates.


Another website sponsored by CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE, is CABARETSINGS.COM (http://www.cabaretsings.com/ ) to promote the songs and songwriters of cabaret. Listing and a special bio-song-list page on the CABARETSINGS.COM website is FREE to songwriter members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE through July 5th, 2009. Non-members can have a page this year for $20 - which includes a SILVER membership. This website should be a great advantage to songwriters who do not have a website or for whom maintaining a website is too expensive. If you want more details, send me an email at stuhamstra@cabaretsings.com. Meantime we continue to add new pages and new information.


BROADWAY BABY BISTRO (318 West 53rd Street, NYC - 212-757-5808 - http://www.broadwaybabybistro.com/ ), NYC's hottest new cabaret venue, is looking for performers/producers with self-contained cabaret acts to perform in their newly redecorated cabaret room. Call 212-757-5808 and ask for Aaron Haber, booking manager.
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You may note a new designation in our listings below: *** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SUPER PICK *** - designating shows I've seen and recommend and/or performers I have seen in previous shows and truly appreciated.


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


Congratulations to cabaret icon/impresario Paul L. Martin, who is now Artistic Director of the 40-seat BASEMENT at LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE (6 Leicester Place, London, UK - 0844 847 2475 - http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com ), which is a venue devoted to cabaret in London's West End and will now be hosting Cheese 'n' Crackers, a cabaret talent show and Cabaret Confidential, a cabaret showcase (hosted by me Jamie Anderson), plus a range of shows from the cream of London's cabaret talent. Check out http://www.millionthmuse.com for information on all of Mr. Martin's productions - and you might even want to send a resume if you want to perform in London - who knows?


This newsletter is just a little longer than the ones we have been sending out these past few weeks - and that's because I cheated a little: except for 3 items that came in this morning, I completed the entire listing section on Sunday rather than getting up a 6:00 am to build the whole issue in one long session. So nearly all the items on file up to November 30th have been included and for Thursday we can start digging into the December pile of releases.


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 - NOVEMBER 17th THROUGH 23rd
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 17th

NYC: LAST CALL FOR BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
*** CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE SUPER PICK ***
More than a dozen Broadway and Cabaret Stars will be shaking the rafters tonight in the 5th Annual Broadway Unplugged concert at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ). On Monday night, November 17th at 8:00 pm, Aaron Lazar, late of Tale of Two Cities will be joining a stellar cast that already boasts Broadway's Mary Poppins - Ashley Brown, as well as Marc Kudisch, Jeff McCarthy, Julia Murney, Matt Cavenaugh, Cheryl Freeman, Christiane Noll, William Michals, Lorinda Lisitza, Chuck Cooper, Erin Denman, Bill Daugherty, and Ron Bohmer. The concert's producer, writer and host, Scott Siegel, promises a special night. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50 and $75 and are available at The Town Hall Box Office at 123 West 43rd Street (noon to 6 PM every day except Sunday) and through TicketMaster: 212-307-4100 and TicketMaster.com.
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NYC: MILES PHILLIPS DEBUTS AT FEINSTEIN'S TONIGHT
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Miles Phillips, 2008 MAC Award winner for Outstanding Male Vocalist, makes his Feinstein's debut on Monday, November 17th at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) with a show specially conceived to celebrate the occasion, "...Reappearing In My Mind". This show features favorites from his theatre, recording and nightclub appearances as well as the special presentation of unpublished gems by some of his favorite Broadway composers - including the premiere of a found treasure by Kander & Ebb! The diverse collection of songwriters represented in the program include: Kate Bush, Marc Blitzstein, The Rolling Stones, Carlisle Floyd, Stephen Schwartz, The Beatles, Frank Loesser, William Finn, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mercer, Mark Campbell, William Shakespeare, Jason Wynn, Leonard Bernstein, Tracy Stark, Cy Coleman, Herrman & Harman, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb and Stephen Sondheim. Miles' longtime musical collaborator, MAC winner Jason Wynn, serves as Musical Director. Multi-award winner Julie Reyburn will join Miles for a brief "reunion" for a reprise of "Another Hundred Eleanors" - the brilliant arrangement Mark Janas and Miles Phillips cooked up nearly a decade ago. There is a $40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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D.C.AREA: DCCN OPEN MIC NIGHT TONIGHT
*** 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, November 17th 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).


NYC: "JUST A PIANO" SERIES PRESENTS ALYSON WILLIAMS
Lee Summers' "JUST A PIANO" Concert Series at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ) presents recording sensation, Alyson Williams on Mondays. November 17th & 24th at 9:30 pm. Ms. Williams is an immensely talented vocalist able to sing jazz standards or old-time soul ballads with equal skill. Williams, a staple at the World Famous Apollo Theater, is best know for her hit R&B Single, "Just Call My Name." Lee Summers' "Just A Piano" Concert Series has presented numerous top artists such as Broadway/TV's Roz Ryan, Tony Award Winner Lillias White and All Shook Up's Tricia Jeffrey. Upcoming "Just A Piano" artists include THE Triads Lee Summers (December 12th at 9:00 pm) and Caroline or Change's Marva Hicks (December 19th at 7:00 pm).


NYC: ONE-NIGHT-ONLY BENEFIT FOR SONNET REPERTORY THEATRE
Sonnet Repertory Theatre (SRT - http://sonnetrepertorytheatre.org ) announces its composer line-up for "SONNET SINGS: The Bard"- An Evening of Original Songs Inspired by the Work of William Shakespeare to be held on Monday, November 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - http://www.birdlandjazz.com/ ). Contributing composers to this one-night-only benefit event include Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island), Jeff Bowen ([title of show]), Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Disney's The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast), Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid, Sideshow) and Bobby Lopez & Jeff Marx (Avenue Q). Scheduled performers include Heidi Blickenstaff, Matt Cavenaugh, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Henry Krieger, Rick Lyon, Paul David Story, Paris Remillard and Kaitlin Kiyan. The evening will be hosted by Susan Blackwell. Tickets are $40-$80.


N.J.AREA: BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE TONIGHT AT STOCKTON INN
BOB's BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE returns tonight, November 17th (and every other Monday), at 7:30 pm at the STOCKTON INN (1 North Main Street, Stockton NJ - 609-397-1250 - http://www.bobegan.net/stockton-inn.html). The show usually features 6 to 10 vocalists from the NY-NJ-PA area. Performers for for scheduled for this showcase include AJ Tyndale, Jonathan Beedle, Keith Neilson & Jan Baldwin, Devon Neubauer, Carol Mikulski, Jane Arthur & Mike Mancini and more to be announced. Only $10 cover/$10 minimum. Serving dinner, from 5:30 pm.


LONDON: JACK JAFFE'S SINGERS' TONIGHT
*** CABARET OPEN MIC EVENT ***
Open mic for singers of American Song Book/jazz, now in its 11th year takes place every Monday night from 7:45 to 10:45 pm at THE HENRY HOLLAND (39 Duke Street, London, UK - 020 7629 4426). Backing is provided by a rota of outstanding jazz pianists, including John China, Paul Eldridge, Dave Colton (guitar), Tom Donald, Dorian Ford, Brian Miller, Hywell Thomas & Bob Stuckey. Tonight Dorian Ford will again display his talents as accompanist. Alan Gilbert will present the programme. Members can sing two or more songs (depending on numbers attending). Jack Jaffe presides in a relaxed fashion and always tells the joke of the week. Call for cover/minimum information.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
NYC: JANE SCHECKTER REPRISES TRIBUTE TO BOBBY SHORT
S.F.AREA: PAMELA JOY WITH THE SONGS OF LONDON & LEE
NYC: TERI RALSTON IS BACK IN NEW YORK
NYC: STEARNS MATTHEWS RETURNS IN "I WAS HERE"
CHICAGO: KT MCCAMMOND AT DAVENPORT'S

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 18th

NYC: TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT IRIDIUM ROOM WITH RAISSA & DON
*** MEMBER DISCOUNT *** $10 OFF THE COVER ***
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ScoBar Entertainment continues its Tuesday night jazz series at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/ ) on November 18th, featuring Broadway Jazz On Broadway with The Don Rebic Trio and host Raissa Katona Bennett. Sets are at 8:30 & 10:30. Music charge is $25 plus a $10 food/drink minimum. If you stay for both sets it is just an additional $10 minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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ON CABLE: JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS TV SHOW ALTERNATE TUESDAYS
"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/ .


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
NYC: JANE SCHECKTER REPRISES TRIBUTE TO BOBBY SHORT
NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
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NYC: TWO TIME TONY AWARD WINNER CHITA RIVERA RETURNS
NYC: KAREN KOHLER'S DUO MUSICAL EXTENDS AT THE ZIPPER
NYC: "THE DIVA FROM DOWN UNDER" AT THE DUPLEX & MAMA'S

S.F.AREA: RITA MORENO AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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NYC: STEVE TYRELL AT CAFE CARLYLE THROUGH NEW YEAR'S EVE
NYC: "MARCOVICCI SINGS MOVIES II" NEW EDITION OF FAMED SHOW

WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 19th

NYC: FRANK TORREN SINGS OF "FIRST TIMES" AT MAMA'S
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After his sold-out smashing shows at Broadway Baby, musical theater veteran ("Where's Charlie?"- "Fiddler On the Roof" - "I Gotta Make My Own Music - Songs of Arthur Siegel") Frank Torren brings his show "First Times" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm; and Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm. The show features unique songs from Frank's Italian and Latin background. He is joined by 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award winning musical director Rick Unterberg. Songs include greats by Charles Aznavour and Jerry Herman as well as a cache' of Spanish and Italian tunes. There is a $15 Music charge plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: ANY WEDNESDAY FEATURES ORFEH
*** CABARET NO COVER EVENT ***
ANY WEDNESDAY, the free in-store concert series that features the best in cabaret, jazz and theater music takes at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC). Performances are at 6:00 pm. On Wednesday, November 19th at 6:00 pm, featured performer is Orfeh. The exciting Broadway star (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever) let's loose with her first solo CD, What Do You Want From Me. No cover.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES

NYC: JANE SCHECKTER REPRISES TRIBUTE TO BOBBY SHORT
NYC: BIG NIGHT OUT OPEN-MIC MADNESS SERIES CONTINUES
NYC: THE DIVA-LUTION OF MOLLY POPE AT THE BEECHMAN
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NYC: STEARNS MATTHEWS RETURNS IN "I WAS HERE"
S.F.AREA: LINDA KOSUT AT JAZZ AT SHANGHAI
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LA AREA: CRAIG POMRANZ AT THE GARDENIA
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NYC: KLEA BLACKHURST & BILLY STRITCH "DREAMING OF A SONG"
CHICAGO: TRACY SINGS OF SWEATER WEATHER
M.W. AREA: KENOSHA GETS BLENDERIZED
NAPA: MIKE GREENSILL WITH PIANO JAZZ AT SILO'S
NYC: SINGER/SONGWRITER TIMOTHY MATHIS AT METROPOLITAN ROOM
L.A.AREA: STEVE GIDEON PRESENTS THE HAPPENING
S.F.AREA: RITA MORENO AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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NYC: STEVE TYRELL AT CAFE CARLYLE THROUGH NEW YEAR'S EVE
NYC: "MARCOVICCI SINGS MOVIES II" NEW EDITION OF FAMED SHOW

THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 20th

N.J.AREA: RICK SKYE IN "A SLICE O'MINNELLI"
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Rick Skye brings his show "A Slice O'Minnelli" to TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400 - http://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com ) on Thursday, November 20th at 8:00 pm. Rick is a multi-award winning performer who has enjoyed success both on Broadway and the West End, London. Training with the Joffrey Ballet and the famed Stella Adler, Rick toured the US with Ann Reinking and Sandy Duncan in "The American Dance Machine Show" and in the Kennedy Center Production of "Miss Liberty". He acted with Dorothy Louden in a role written especially for him by Paul Zindel in "Danny and Della". He danced in "Merlin" (with Nathan Lane and Chita Rivera) and again with Chita in "Bring Back Birdie". He did a stint on "All My Children" and appeared in the film "The Cater Waiter" starring David Drake. His friendship with Neil Sedaka led to his writing and starring in "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka" (the tribute with a twist), which got him nominated as 'Best Newcomer' by The Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His new show, "Madame with an E" is opening soon in Atlantic City with Rick starring opposite the legendary "Madame" of "Wayland Flowers and Madame" fame. There is a $20 cover.
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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER BRINGS NEW SHOW TO METROPOLITAN ROOM
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Cabaret icon Baby Jane Dexter brings her eagerly awaited brand new show, IF... (what might have been...what could have been...what is!) to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) running through November 29th, all shows at 7:30 pm. The program will include compelling selections by songwriters as diverse as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leslie Bricusse, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Harry Nilsson, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Branlett and Kander & Ebb. Ross Patterson is Musical Director & Arranger. Boots Maleson is on bass. The show was conceived and directed by Elissa Patterson. Remaining shows are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, November 20th through 22nd; and Friday & Saturday, November 28th & 29th. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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D.C.AREA: JAZZ AT THE MADISON SERIES BEGINS
THE MADISON HOTEL (1177 15th Street NW, Washington, DC - 410-269-0777) is entering the jazz world this month. While others are closing their doors because of the economy, General Manager Larry Beiderman along with Joe Byrd Jazz will be co-sponsoring "JAZZ AT THE MADISON" on the 4th Thursday night of each month. The first concert will be "A Tribute to Charlie Byrd" performed by Charlie's brother and musical partner, Joe Byrd and Charlie's drummer of 19 years, Chuck Redd. Nate Najar, a very talented acoustic guitarist from Florida has been invited to fill Charlie's chair for the evening. The Madison will provide light fare and full bar during the concert. $20 cover.


D.C.AREA: BTA SHOWCASE AT GERMANO'S
This Thursday, November 20th at 7:30 pm, the Baltimore Theatre Alliance (http://www.baltimoreperforms.org/ ) will present "Songs I'll Never Get to Sing on Stage" at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - http://www.germanostrattoria.com/ ). The concert will showcase the talent of BTA members, Sara Collison, Erin Donovan, Robin Samek, Kristen Zwobot and BTA Artistic Director Michael Tan in an original cabaret performing favorite songs that they'd love to sing on stage, but know they'll never get cast for the part - too young, too old, wrong body type, wrong race, wrong gender, etc. Doors open at 6 pm for pre-show dining. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
CHICAGO: THE PAUL MARINARO TRIO TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
CHICAGO: BECKIE & TOM REPRISE POSTCARDS SHOW AT DAVENPORT'S
CHICAGO: KEELY NICOLE WITH JEFF ROSCOE AT 200 EAST CHESTNUT
NYC: JONATHAN WHITTON BRINGS BACK SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL
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NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: GUESTS TBA
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NYC: DAVID PELLEGRENE'S CABARET FEVER: GUEST TBA
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NYC: DANNY LEARY'S "ON THE ROCKS!" ON THURSDAYS
LOS ANGELES: IRENE IS BACK ON THURSDAYS AT SEVEN AT ELEVEN
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L.A. AREA: MYCHAL ANDREWS & ED WING AT DOUBLETREE MONROVIA
NAPA: MIKE GREENSILL WITH PIANO JAZZ AT SILO'S IN NOVEMBER
LA AREA: THE JAKE SIMPSON TRIO CD RELEASE AT UPRIGHT CABARET
AUS: DANIEL OLDAKER IN LIVE FLAVOR
NYC: KLEA BLACKHURST & BILLY STRITCH "DREAMING OF A SONG"
S.F.AREA: RITA MORENO AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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NYC: STEVE TYRELL AT CAFE CARLYLE THROUGH NEW YEAR'S EVE
NYC: "MARCOVICCI SINGS MOVIES II" NEW EDITION OF FAMED SHOW

FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 21st

N.E.AREA: MARIA TECCE RETURNS TO TCAN ONE NIGHT ONLY
Italian-American chanteuse Maria Tecce returns to TCAN: The Center for Arts in Natick (14 Summer Street, Natick, MA - 508-904-7171 - http://www.natickarts.org/ ) on Friday, November 21st at 8:00 pm for an encore performance after her smash success in 2007 in her first ever Boston appearance. Maria past 18 months have been the most successful to date, with sold-out and packed concerts from Europe to New York to London's West End and launching her second album "Torch Song". Maria has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Dionne Warwicke and Ronnie Drew of the legendary 'The Dubliners". Her original songs are included on two separate CD compilations featuring the likes of Grammy Award Winners John Prine, Bruce Mathiske, Ron Sexsmith, and Bella Fleck as well as Irish artists Juliet Turner, Damien Rice, David Kitt, Paddy Casey, Hazel O'Connor, Jack L, and Luka Bloom. Theatre, television, and film collaborations include Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America), the Abbey Theatre, and the BBC. Call for cover/minimum information.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
ON RADIO: "AT THE RITZ!" FRIDAYS & STREAMING AUDIO 24/7
NYC: AFTER PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
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NAPA: WESLA & MIKE CONTINUE AT SILO'S IN NOVEMBER
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FLORIDA: BARBARA BRUSSELL AT THE COLONY ROOM
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NYC: THE BEST IS YET TO COME WITH ROSE ANDREZ
NYC: WHAT'S THE POINT?! IN RETURN ENGAGEMENT AT THE BEECHMAN
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NYC: TOMMY FEMIA IS JUDY ONE NIGHT ONLY AT MAMA'S
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S.F.AREA: JUSTIN BOND RETURNS TO SF WITH NEW SOLO SHOW
M.W.AREA: SPIDER SALOFF TRIO IN INDIANA
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NYC: COMMUNITY CABARET RETURNS WITH POLITICAL FUN
CHICAGO: BEST OF 3GIRLS3 AT DAVENPORT'S
NYC: KLEA BLACKHURST & BILLY STRITCH "DREAMING OF A SONG"
S.F.AREA: RITA MORENO AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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NYC: STEVE TYRELL AT CAFE CARLYLE THROUGH NEW YEAR'S EVE
NYC: "MARCOVICCI SINGS MOVIES II" NEW EDITION OF FAMED SHOW

SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 22nd

NYC: JASON WYNN IS BACK WITH "NOT MORE OF THE SAME OLD @#$%"
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2007 MAC award winner Jason Wynn brings the highly acclaimed sequel to his smash hit "Not The Same Old @$%" back to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com ) for one more performance: Saturday, November 22nd at 9:30 pm. This show is "Anything But Ordinary" - packed with Pop, Rock, Originals and (of course) a Showtune or two. The song-list represents a wide variety of songwriters, including Jason Wynn, Ike Turner, Kelly Clarkson, Anastasia, Elton John, ELO, Alicia Keys, Paula Cole, and so many more! Directed by 2008 MAC winner Miles Phillips, the show features a smokin' band and a collection of some of New York's best singers joining in the fun. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: O'CONNOR & VOGEL WITH "FOUND & LOST"
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Building upon the wit and charm of their previous acclaimed shows, "Guy and Doll" and "How To Be Perfect", Brian Tom O'Connor and Debra Vogel present their new show "Found and Lost" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 pm; Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 14th at 6:00 pm; and Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00 pm. The show is a miniature musical comedy about what makes relationships tick. In their roles as "social scientists," O'Connor and Vogel blend the best of sketch comedy and character duets to create hilarious and often touching portrayals of the joy and heartbreak in every relationship. Musical director is Darryl Curry. Director is Elfin Frederick Vogel with musical staging by Nora Brown. There is a $18 cover plus 2 drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: ARTISTS FOR ALZHEIMER'S FUNDRAISING EVENT
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Suzanne Fiore and some of her friends will present ARTISTS FOR ALZHEIMER'S on Saturday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Proceeds will go to ARTZ (http://www.thehearth.org/artistsforalzheimers.htm ). Singers who will be joining her include Brandon Cutrell & Dawn Derow, accompanied by Ray Fellman on piano, Alexander Rae on drums, Matt Scharfglass on bass.The show will allow others to learn more about this organization and as they share their music with you. The show is in honor of Suzanne's grandmother who was born in the month of November and who died from this disease. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


MID-WEST: A NEW CABARET SERIES BEGINS IN YOUNGSTOWN
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CABARET PITTSBURGH (http://www.cabaretpgh.org/ ) spreads its wings and kicks off a new cabaret series at the historic intimate CHRISTMAN HALL OF THE STAMBAUGH AUDITORIUM (1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH - 330-259-0555 - http://www.stambaughonline.com/ ). In cooperation with hosts Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson - and other Youngstown cabaret enthusiasts - a new venue comes alive with a performance by singer Tony Richards, who returns from NYC to perform "A Touch of Broadway" on Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm. Graciously hosted by entertainers Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson of Beyond Broadway Entertainment the show also features a special appearance by Stephanie Riso. The audience will enjoy glorious architecture with room design and catering by the incomparable Bill Conti. Mr. Richards will also lead a 2-hour Master Class on "The Principles of Belt Singing" in the same space on Sunday, November 23rd at 12:00 noon. Tickets for the show are $45 and include hors d'oeuvres and beverage


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
L.A.AREA: STEVE ROSS ONE NIGHT ONLY AT UPRIGHT CABARET
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N.Y.STATE AREA: MAUDE MAGGART CONCERT AT LANDMARK
L.A.AREA: REICHENBACH SINGS A TWISTED SONGBOOK IN HOLLYWOOD
S.F.AREA: TERESE GENECCO PRESENTS LATE NIGHT SATURDAYS
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S.F.AREA: RITA MORENO AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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NYC: STEVE TYRELL AT CAFE CARLYLE THROUGH NEW YEAR'S EVE
NYC: "MARCOVICCI SINGS MOVIES II" NEW EDITION OF FAMED SHOW

SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 23rd

NYC: VALERIE LEMON SINGS MUSIC BY MARVIN HAMLISCH
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Valerie Lemon brings her new show "Valerie Lemon Sings Music by Marvin Hamlisch" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Sundays, November 23rd & 30th 7:00 pm and December 7th at 9:30 pm. Valerie has performed across the United States as concert soloist for Academy Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch. Her twelve-year association with Mr. Hamlisch also resulted in a solo corporate industrial act which he wrote for her and which she has performed to great acclaim in venues around the globe. Her director is Eric Michael Gillett and musical director is Don Rebic. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: FRANK TORREN SINGS OF "FIRST TIMES" AT MAMA'S
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After his sold-out smashing shows at Broadway Baby, musical theater veteran ("Where's Charlie?"- "Fiddler On the Roof" - "I Gotta Make My Own Music - Songs of Arthur Siegel") Frank Torren brings his show "First Times" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm; and Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm. The show features unique songs from Frank's Italian and Latin background. He is joined by 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award winning musical director Rick Unterberg. Songs include greats by Charles Aznavour and Jerry Herman as well as a cache' of Spanish and Italian tunes. There is a $15 Music charge plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
NYC: DAVID RALEIGH PRESENTS "I DO"
NYC: MAGIC IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
NYC: SCOT & JERRY SUNDAY BRUNCH AT LA MEDITERRANEE
NYC: JUDY CARMICHAEL AT BEMELMAN'S BAR AT THE CAFE CARLYLE
NYC: THE ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR SUNDAY
NYC: ALGONQUIN SALON SUNDAY WITH MARK JANAS & COHOST
ON RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW"
N.E.AREA: JOHN ABERNATHY RETURNS TO THE HI-HAT
S.F.AREA: RITA MORENO AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - NOVEMBER 24th THROUGH 30th
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LISTING OF CABARET EVENTS FOR THIS PERIOD CHECK OUT THE CABARET DIARY/DATEBOOK AT http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml
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MONDAY - NOVEMBER 24th

CHICAGO: CABARET CANTEEN: MUSIC THAT GOT US THROUGH
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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 fourth of five new Musical Mondays concerts, held monthly through December. On Monday November 24th at 7:30 pm the show is "CABARET CANTEEN: MUSIC THAT GOT US THROUGH", a special Veterans Day salute. This "greatest generation" of songs got America through World War II with hope and laughter. The show will feature Anne Burnell, Carla Gordon, Carol Holmes, Bradford Newquist, Suzy Petri, Bradford Thacker and Robert Whorton. Musical direction by Mark Burnell. Directed by Carla Gordon. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now by calling the Box Office at 312-642-2000 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/ .


NYC: ALISON FRASER & MARY TESTA TOGETHER AGAIN THRICE MORE
THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com ) welcomes two of Broadway's most esteemed performers - Alison Fraser and Mary Testa (with special guest, Annie Golden), for the third series of three very special performances as part of the celebrated Voices from the Great White Way Series. The pair will appear on Monday, November 24th at 10:00 pm, Sunday, November 30th at 8:00 pm and Thursday, December 11th at 11:30 pm. Accompanied by a four piece band led by Allison Leyton-Brown, the evenings will feature music written by songwriter Rusty Magee. Audiences can expect to hear tunes from Magee's musicals The Green Heart (written with Charles Busch) and The Czar of Rock and Roll (written with Lewis Black), as well as Magee's iconic New York ballad, New York Romance. Alison is currently appearing in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Arthur Laurents' Gypsy as Tessie Tura. Mary Testa recently appeared as Melpomene/Medusa in the hit Broadway production of Xanadu. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: OLIVIA STEVENS RETURNS TO METROPOLITAN ROOM
Olivia Stevens, who's performance as Sally Bowles in the European tour of Cabaret was compared to Liza Minnelli's, will perform on Monday, November 24th at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Olivia's show "Pleasure and Peril" had its debut in New York City in May of 2007 and received glowing reviews from both patrons and critics. She has performed her one-woman show, Kabaret Verboten, extensively on stage in New York and Europe as well as on British and Swedish TV. Olivia modeled in Europe and in New York City, where she now lives and works when she's not performing in Europe on a regular basis. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES
NYC: JONATHAN TUNICK IN CONCERT AT BIRDLAND
SAN FRANCISCO: JAZZ BARITONE JAMIE DAVIS AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
NYC: DAVID RALEIGH PRESENTS "I DO"

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 25th

NYC: JULIE REYBURN LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
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Award-winning vocalist Julie Reyburn once again tackles the many colors and facets of the American Songbook, from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Stephen Sondheim and Nat King Cole, in her debut at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com ) on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 pm and Saturdays, December 6th & 13th at 7:30 pm. The 2007 Julie Wilson Award recipient will be performing a brand new show featuring an exciting mix of standards, broadway and contemporary folk/rock with arrangements of Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, Lennon/McCartney, and Alec Wilder, alongside her long time music director and collaborator, Mark Janas with Ritt Henn on Bass and Thor Fields on Guitar. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: JON PETERSON IN "SONG MAN, DANCE MAN"
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Multi-talented, multi-award winning song and dance man Jon Peterson brings his brand new show, "Song Man, Dance Man" to THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ) for a one night only performance on Tuesday, November 25th at 9:00 pm. Musical direction is by Michael Levine. Based on six subjects (George M. Cohan, Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr., Anthony Newley, Charles Aznavour), this intimate musical revue epitomizes the true entertainment package. They not only made great music, but each, in their own individual way, created a world of magic with what they brought to the table. Jon was last seen in "Half A Sixpence," (Arthur Kipps) at Goodspeed Opera House. Broadway credits include: "Cabaret" (Emcee). Off-Broadway credits: "George M. Cohan Tonight!" (George M) at Irish Rep. NYC (2006 Drama Desk Award nominee: Best Solo Performance, 2006 Drama League Honoree, Connecticut Critics' Circle Award: Outstanding Actor in a Musical), "Have A Heart" (Henry), "The George M. Cohan Revue" (George) (Back Stage Bistro Award: Outstanding Performer in a Revue). There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: IRISH FIDDLER/STORYTELLER AT MAMA'S
Aindrias de Staic, a celebrated Irish fiddler/storyteller comes to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) for one night only on Tuesday, November 25th at 8:00 pm. Aindrias has been wowing the international festival circuits for the past three years. De Staic received a 2008 award for Best Solo Show at the New Zealand Fringe Festival for his autobiographical show "Around the World on 80 Quid". Following a nomination for a Malcolm Hardee award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a sell-out run in Melbourne, and red-hot reviews in Montreal and Adelaide, Aindriais De Staic brings to the USA this musical solo-show in which he recounts the fiddle player's journey around the world as he wrestles with a drinking problem, endeavoring to steer clear of Irish pubs and mischief. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHICAGO: DOYLE TRIO WITH HOT JAZZ: EURO STYLE
Chicago favorite Elizabeth Doyle, along with guitarists John Papadolias and Dave Bowers, will be appearing at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) on Tuesday, November 25th at 8:00 pm. The trio will present a special "Hot Jazz: Euro Style" pre-Thanksgiving show as part of DAVENPORT'S 10 Anniversary celebration. There is a $16 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


FOR OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 26th

NYC: AVI WISINIA AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Singer/Songwriter Avi Wisnia combines classic Brazilian Bossa Nova with a catchy, singular sound that is at once engagingly familiar and refreshingly unique in his show on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Wisnia and his talented ensemble allow the Brazilian influence that unifies their songs to be interpreted through folk, jazz, soul and pop. Wisnia is known for experimenting with the bossa sound by taking contemporary pop songs from artists like Lauryn Hill, Bjork, Wilco and The Cure, stripping them down, taking them apart and reviving them with a new bossa spirit. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum


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THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 27th - THANKSGIVING U.S.A.
Because the THANKSGIVING DAY (USA) always falls on a Thursday, creating for many a natural 4-day weekend, many venues are on a holiday schedule from Thursday through Sunday - be sure to call in advance to check on any revised hours or closings of your cabaret or piano bar destination. Also, in NYC, the annual MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE will disrupt traffic, increase the number of pedestrians, and decrease the number of parking spaces in the streets surrounding Broadway from 89th Street to 34th Street for much of the day. Mass transit is advised.

THERE WILL BE NO THURSDAY ISSUE OF THE CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE NEWSLETTER ON NOVEMBER 27th


FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 28th

NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER BRINGS NEW SHOW TO METROPOLITAN ROOM
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Cabaret icon Baby Jane Dexter brings her eagerly awaited brand new show, IF... (what might have been...what could have been...what is!) to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) running through November 29th, all shows at 7:30 pm. The program will include compelling selections by songwriters as diverse as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leslie Bricusse, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Harry Nilsson, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Branlett and Kander & Ebb. Ross Patterson is Musical Director & Arranger. Boots Maleson is on bass. The show was conceived and directed by Elissa Patterson. Remaining shows are scheduled for Friday & Saturday, November 28th & 29th. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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S.F.AREA: JACKIE BEAT'S HOLIDAY SHOW AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
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Larger-than-life drag superstar Jackie Beat returns to the RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - http://www.therrazzroom.com/ ) for her annual holiday show on Friday & Saturday, November 28th & 29th. Featuring a thick and creamy serving of hilarious new material ("Back To Crack", "I Kissed A Squirrel" & more!) in addition to a jigger of classic Beat and just a sprinkling of nutmeg on her naughty nightcap! She will also serve up her newest tradition, "The Biggest Hits of the Year Medley," in which the most annoying and ubiquitous songs of 2008 are whipped into a tasteless froth! From Amy Winehouse to Cole Porter, Jackie's catchy and insidious song parodies just might have you asking Santa for a lobotomy this year! Tickets are $20.


NYC: THE BOBS' HOLIDAY SHOW AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
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Legendary, Grammy nominated vocal rock band (of nutjobs) THE BOBS return to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for a two-night engagement on Friday & Saturday, November 28th & 29th at 9:30 pm. As always, classics will be skewered, rules broken. The HOLIDAY SHOW features chestnuts from their critically acclaimed TOO MANY SANTAS album as well as Dr. Demento favorites. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


FOR OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 29th

NYC: FURRY FRIENDS TO BENEFIT FROM START-STUDDED SHOW
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A Benefit Concert for Zani's Furry Friends called "LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND" will be held at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Saturday, November 29th at 4:30 pm. Featured performers include John Babcock, Raissa Katona Bennett, Phil Geoffrey Bond, Emily Buttner, Edd Clark, Michael Cone, Rich Flanders, Lauren Flanigan, Rob Gardner, Janice Hall, Julie Kent, Marni Nixon, Terry Rakov, Lee Roy Reams, Sarah Rice, Lennie Watts, Julie Wilson and others TBA. They will be accompanied by Eric Sedgwick, Piano; Paul Stephan, Piano; Amy Ralske, Cello; Roger Mapes, Guitar. This cabaret extravaganza by some of Broadway and Cabaret's finest performers will be a party mix of enchanting music, guaranteed to touch the heart and delight the spirit to help this wonderful animal rescue organization, Zani's Furry Friends (http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY606.html) , a tax deductible organization, 501c3. This incredible group rescues dogs, cats and bunnies right out of the euthanasia rooms of the city's animal shelters, gives them medical care, kindness and loving attention and gets them adopted into loving homes through their own tremendous effort and many times paid for out of their own personal pocketbooks. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


L.A.AREA: WALKUP, BYRNES, ZANNINI AT A TASTE OF ROME
Cathi Walkup, Brian Byrnes & Mark Zannini will perform on Saturday, November 29th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at A TASTE OF ROME (1002 4th Street, San Rafael, CA - 415-785-8661). 3 Singers, 2 guitars, 1 harmonica (and sometimes more) and some swinging jazz, wailing blues, picante samba and doo-wop that is right in the groove. No cover charge.


FOR OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 30th

NYC: JENNIFER PADE RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Jennifer Pade brings her new show "Stones + Shells" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Sunday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 3rd at 9:30 pm. She will be joined by her musical director Rick Jensen on piano and Dan Martin on bass. The show is a journey among the mementos and buried treasures one finds along the way. Innovative interpretations of standards, pop and Broadway tunes including music by Annie Lennox, Noel Coward, Rogers & Hart, Amanda McBroom and others, reaffirm that indeed the cabaret nightlife is alive and well in New York City. Directed by Lina Koutrakos. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: VICKIE PHILLIPS CONTINUES ON A SINGER'S JOURNEY
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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 Sunday, November 30th at 3:00 pm. The show is written and directed by Bob Ost. Music director is Gerry Dieffenbach, with Carl Riehl on accordion. There is an $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $6 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


PACIFIC NW: A HOLIDAY CABARET WITH ARNALDO! DRAG CHANTEUSE
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Seattle's own 2008 New York Bistro Cabaret Award Winner Arnaldo! drag chanteuse will present a fun filled cabaret show of traditional and non-traditional holiday music at JULIA'S ON BROADWAY (300 Broadway Eest, Seattle, WA - RESV: 206-334-0513 - http://eatatjulias.com/_broadway ) on Sundays, November 30th and December 7th & 14th at 7:00 pm. At the keys will be Seattle's Mr. Piano Man, Victor Janusz. With his own vocal styling, Arnaldo! performs holiday cabaret staples like Eartha Kitt's Santa Baby, The Carpenter's Merry Christmas Darling and Nancy Wilson's What Are you Doing New Year's Eve? The show also features cabaret classics like Maltby & Shire's very bitter I Don?t Remember Christmas and the obscure and lovely Rob Warren's Season's Greetings (as recorded by cabaret legend Miss Julie Wilson). There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SAN FRANCISCO: BIRD'S NEST JAZZ CELEBRATES 5th ANNIVERSARY
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, November 30th, the club will celebrate its 5th Anniversary with some of the top jazz artists in the area, including Cathi Walkup, Brian Byrnes & Mark Zannini. $20 cover includes food & beverage. Call for directions.


FOR OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

CABARET NEWS - DATEBOOK - DECEMBER 1ST 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
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WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 3rd

NYC TRAFFIC ALERT: The Rockefeller Center CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY has been scheduled to be held on December 3rd. (date subject to change). This event takes place in the evening hours and it is expected to disrupt both auto and foot traffic in the area much of the day and well into the evening. Once again, public transportation is strongly advised.

NYC: JENNA ESPOSITO'S BIRTHDAY BASH
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Jenna Esposito returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) for her 3rd Annual Birthday Bash, "Happy Birthday To Me!". This year's all-star lineup includes Raissa Katona Bennett, Cynthia Crane, Hector Coris, Scott Coulter, Fortune Esposito, Kelly Esposito-Broelmann, Rob Langeder, Danny Leary, Sue Matsuki, Miles Phillips, Maureen Taylor, Lennie Watts, and (of course!) the birthday girl herself! With Musical Director Fortune Esposito on guitar, Erik James on piano, Skip Ward on bass and Brian DeWitt on drums. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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FOR OTHER CABARET EVENTS THIS DATE COVERED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES see http://www.svhamstra.com/CabaretEventListing.shtml

THURSDAY - DECEMBER 4th

NYC: JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS PRESENTS HOLIDAY MAGIC
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Celebrate the holiday season with famed cabaret performer Jamie deRoy and her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Joining Jamie will be the acclaimed acappella group The Accidentals, Broadway veteran Loni Ackerman, Clio Award-winning singer/songwriter David Buskin, the incomparable Julie Budd, legendary singer/songwriter Jake Holmes, twin brother singing duo Will & Anthony Nunziata, dazzling magician and audience favorite Oz Pearlman and Tony nominated performer Lee Roy Reams. Award-winning director Barry Kleinbort will direct and Lanny Meyers will serve as musical director. The colorful cabaret series, which has been thrilling New York City audiences for the past 16 years and serves as the basis for deRoy's award-winning cable television show, spotlights a wide variety of well-known entertainers and newcomers lighting up the cabaret, theater, and comedy worlds. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: "GRACE NOTES: A SINGERS' SOIREE" CD RECORDING EVENT
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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, December 4th at 6:30 pm. The lineup of special guest performers for this show include Adam Alexander, Mary Foster Conklin (Multiple Award Winning Jazz Nightclub Singer & Recording Artist), Grace Cosgrove (Bistro Award), Delivery Girls (Tracy Stark, Mary Carey, Amie Carey & April Henry), Lynne Halliday (Cabaret Singer & Actress), Tanya Holt (Talented Diva Of All Trades), Clarice Mazanec, Maria Moncada, Miles Phillips (2008 Mac Award For Outstanding Male Vocalist), Wendy Russell, Olivia Stevens (International Singer/Actress/Dancer), Tracy Stark (Multiple Mac & Bistro Awards Singer & Songwriter), Nesha Ward and Lennie Watts (Multiple MAC & Bistro & Nightlife Awards). Don Rebic is Musical Director, with Tom Hubbard on Bass. Lennie Watts serves as Director for this special show, which will be recorded for a future CD release. 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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SUNDAY - DECEMBER 6th

AUS: FOUCAULT-LARCHE IN "PARDON MY FRENCH"
Sydney based Australian entertainer Milko Foucault-Larche brings his new show "Pardon My French" to THE CLARENDON GUESTHOUSE & THEATRE (68 Lurline Street, Katoomba (Blue Mountains), NSW, AUS - 4 782 1322 - http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ ) on Saturday, December 6th at 8:30 pm. In the show Milko combines some famous ingredients to dish out la creme de la creme of french chansons: a slice of Piaf; a dab of Trenet; a pinch of Becaud; and a spoonful of Aznavour. He will be accompanied by Bev Kennedy is generally regarded as one of Australia's leading Musical Directors & accompanists. In 2006 Milko made his international debut in a sold out performance of the show AZNAVOUR ...FROM TODAY at LE DOME at THE MANOR in West Orange, NJ. Soon after that Milko released the first Aznavour album by an Australian artist. Following these events, Milko has emerged in the last few years as one of the leading ambassadors of French popular music in Australia. There is a $55 dinner/show cover - $20 show only.


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WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 10th

NYC: O'CONNOR & VOGEL WITH "FOUND & LOST"
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Building upon the wit and charm of their previous acclaimed shows, "Guy and Doll" and "How To Be Perfect", Brian Tom O'Connor and Debra Vogel present their new show "Found and Lost" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 14th at 6:00 pm; and Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00 pm. The show is a miniature musical comedy about what makes relationships tick. In their roles as "social scientists," O'Connor and Vogel blend the best of sketch comedy and character duets to create hilarious and often touching portrayals of the joy and heartbreak in every relationship. Musical director is Darryl Curry. Director is Elfin Frederick Vogel with musical staging by Nora Brown. There is a $18 cover plus 2 drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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SATURDAY - DECEMBER 13th

NYC: GRACE COSGROVE RETURNS WITH 'JUMP/CUT' SHOW
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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, December 13th at 5:00 Pm. In Jump/Cut, her exciting and provocative cabaret act, Grace, along with her musical director Don Rebic, 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. This performance will be recorded for a future CD. There is a $15 cover, 2-beverage minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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ABOUT CABARET NEWS IN THE NEWSLETTER AND ON THE WEBSITE

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. REMEMBER: A FLIER IS NOT A PRESS RELEASE.


MORE "HERE & THERE" PART II
I did make it to three (yes, three) shows since Thursday's issue - two on Thursday and one on Friday before my "entertainment budget" was depleted. All three were fantastic - and each was different. That's the beauty of the cabaret format - just about anything goes!

On Thursday, November 13th at 7:00 pm I was at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM for the long-awaited Baby Jane Dexter 2008 show "If". Near the beginning of the year I was at Baby Jane's apartment (only as far as the lobby) to pick up her award winning CD recorded live of her 2007 show - "Your Following Me" - which by the way was one of the winners in our CD show on last Tuesday night. At that time she was gushing with exciting news of the new show she and her accompanist Ross Patterson were working on. Now, over 10 months later, I was able to see the finished product - and it was well worth the wait.

A slightly smaller Baby Jane took the stage on Thursday night - she has lost over 50 pounds and looks fantastic. And (perhaps as a result) she sounds better than ever! Old songs, new songs, happy songs, blues songs - Baby Jane always creates a show that is full of surprises and sprinkled with glorious moments. When I was a kid, my mom would take me along to "quilting" parties in the church basement some afternoons. The ladies of the church would sew together materials to make these huge quilts and one didn't realize the full beauty until the quilt was complete. The same goes for a Baby Jane Dexter show - each section is expertly sewn together so that at the end you realize that not only have you heard great song presentations, but the whole show is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Here's a little aside - it was a small house, but Ms. Dexter gave it her all as if the room was sold out! A great review by Stephen Holden appeared in Friday's NY TIMES and her shows have been sold out since. In fact, never before have I agreed so much on so many points with the TIMES' reviewer on a show! In fact I was a little intimidated in writing this review, even though the newspaper item was published after I saw the show, since so many of the comments I planned to make were mentioned by Mr. Holden in his review and it would look like I copied them!

There are 5 more performances in this 9 show run, and I would strongly advise anyone who enjoys cabaret like I do to make a reservation as quickly as possible before all the seats are taken. Shows are Thursday through Saturday, November 20th through 22nd at 7:30 pm this week, and 2 post-Thanksgiving shows on Friday & Saturday, the 28th and 29th, also at 7:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Details in the listings above.


I stayed in the area (actually had a snack) and returned to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM for the final show of Maureen Taylor's "Taylor Made" show at 9:45 pm - dealing with the subject of "Adult Puberty." There's an interesting "Cabaret Hotline Online" story told in the show. Maureen had been absent from the cabaret scene for some time, but she attended the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 18th Birthday Party in July at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN and won a packet of 5 CDs in the raffle. She listened to them when she got home, and was inspired by a particular song on a CD by Valerie Sneade ("Let Me Be Strong") she received. The song, Dance With The Devil by Ernie Lijoi, was included in this show. So inspired, she decided to create a cabaret show! And what a show it was!

First off, I had run into Ms. Taylor several times since the birthday show - and each time she mentioned her upcoming show. But I was not prepared for what was to come! I had the impression she was shy and just a but unsure of herself. But once she hit the METROPOLITAN ROOM stage, she became a different person completely - with poise, self assurance and plenty of zing. Her opening number (Getting Some Fun Out Of Life -Joe Burke/Edgar Leslie) set the tone for the show, and I was overcome by the richness and power of Ms. Taylor's vocals. Through the entire show I was pondering as to who else I knew had such vocal prowess, such intense feeling and such rich coloring as her voice. My conclusion was that this ladies vocals were totally unique.

A word of praise must also be said on behalf of "barefoot" musical director Mark Fifer, who with youthful energy and spark kept the show exciting with fantastic arrangements and elegant accompaniment - no show-off riffs and upstaging - just lots of class and plenty of support for the performer. Maryann McSweeney on bass was an equally "invisible" yet essential part of the show.

This was the second of just two shows in this run - but lets hope that THE METROPOLITAN ROOM - or some other venue - finds space on its schedule to rebook Ms. Taylor quickly. I, for one, will be back to see the show when it reappears, and you all are strongly advised to see this show as well.


I had seen and reviewed WHAT'S THE POINT?! way back in February at another venue, and was excited to check out its return engagement at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN. This new musical comedy revue with lyrics by Hector Coris and original music by Alan Cancelino is in the style of cabaret seen often years ago and it was so thrilling to experience once more. Hector Coris, Patrick Garrigan and Eadie Scott fill the stage with their zany antics - moving so fast on and off they all must be dizzy by shows end.

Here's what I wrote back in March - repeated almost entirely "Topics covered (and skewered) include the San Francisco Zoo (no tigers escaping in this one), cell phones, e.harmony.com, Spanish soap operas, The Little Mermaid and the problem of being "A Straight Guy in a Gay Show." All three lovable performers bounce around the stage as the show unfolds - with zany costume changes that include wandering mustaches and a mermaid costume direct from a Chicken of the Sea commercial. The show is non-stop action and fun, and at times you will swear there are 6 people performing, not just three!"

Alan Cancelino at the piano, Collette Black as director, with real choreography (the two fish swimming around during the mermaid number was an absolutely hilarious bit of dance) by by Susan Haefner completed the team that made for a terrific show. New songs have been added since the shows of earlier this year and a few have been dropped. This is a topical review and songs (and sometimes lyrics) change as news events occur.

You have one more chance to see this one before the end of 2008 - this Friday night at 7:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ). Don't miss this one - its a modern treat based on a longtime cabaret tradition! Details in the listings above.


Just a little aside on the Coris/Cancelino show - as usual I arrived at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN just at showtime. For some reason I can get to any club in town in less than 45 minutes, yet it always takes me more than an hour to get to 42nd & Eighth no matter what route I take. So the only seats left when I arrived were at a table in the center of very front row of tables! So I could nearly reach out and touch the performers on stage. This is a far different perspective than I usually have - normally I like to sit near the door, over by the bar at THE BEECHMAN and catch the extra light from the bar area while writing (and stay close to manager Kenny Bell who always notices when my cocktail glass is empty). So I had to hide my notebook behind an upright menu so as not to distract the performers.

This recalls a show several years ago at JUDY'S on Eighth Avenue - it was a brunch show and at that time a wall of glass blocks on one side of the room meant the room could not be fully darkened. Several reviewers and one critic were in the room, and at the end of one particular fantastic song all of us began to jot down something in our notes at the same time - totally distracting the performer to the point where she blew her lines on the next number.


I know MARCH may seem awfully far off, but if you are planning a cabaret event for the month of March 2009, please send me a press release as early as you can. Once again we will be celebrating MARCH IS CABARET MONTH and have a special website (http://www.marchiscabaretmonth.com/ ) to promote this special time of year. As press releases for March 2009 cabaret events come in, we will post them on this website - even if they haven't appeared on the newsletter yet. Then we will include them in the newsletter as March approaches. We will be updating you in the weeks to come about cabaret shows and cabaret organization celebrations around the world. Stay tuned.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN: The Second Annual CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - MARCH IS CABARET MONTH CELEBRATION (http://www.MarchIsCabaretMonth.com/ ).

SPECIAL NOTE: A FLIER IS NOT A PRESS RELEASE - Just e-mail a press release of at least four or five paragraphs, giving the complete information on your cabaret related event. Send photos in jpg or gif format as attachments if available. Be sure to send the names of your musical director and director, and the names of others in your show. Include the name of the show, the date and time of event, and the venue name, address and reservation phone number - and cover/minimum information. Also send the website address of the venue if available. Please send complete information - and please do not merely e-mail a copy of your flier or a reference to a website. This goes for all events you wish me to publicize - not just the holiday events.


By the way - now you get more "bang for your buck" when you run a banner on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website - all the banners are also displayed on the MARCH IS CABARET MONTH website as well! So are the SUPER-SIDE-BAR ads and I am working on a way to display the HOME-PAGE-SIDE-BAR ads as well. Just click on the button marked BANNER INFO at the top of every page on the website for all the details on all the styles and prices of ads on the website.


If you subscribe to these newsletters and have not yet become a member, isn't it time? CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 2008-2009 member number 347 (Scot Albertson, NYC) signed up last week. We're still trying to reach our record-breaking goal of 500 members for the year by April 1, 2009 (after May 1st all new memberships are for the 2009-2010 year). The record is currently 478 set last membership year - still 153 to go to make 500. A basic SILVER membership is just $20. Joining is simple - just click on the button marked JOIN HERE at the top of every page of the website. You can even join and donate instantly using a credit card, debit card or e-check via PayPal - all the benefits are shown on that page, as well as the various levels of membership. Or you can donate the old fashioned way, by paper check - just remember, all checks should be made out simply to STU HAMSTRA and mailed to 75-22 37th Avenue #35 - Jackson Heights, NY 11372.


Don't get discouraged if your show in the next few months or so aren't sell-outs. I have been receiving reports from all over the country from performers reporting a 20% to 30% drop in attendance to their shows from normal. The economic hard times have hit cabaret and other live entertainment productions, What this should mean is everyone has to work harder to perform their best - people are making choices as to where to spend their entertainment dollar. Offer good value and they will come.


I covered nearly all the news through November 30th (with the exception of two items that require so much re-writing and research I set them aside) but I have lots of December items still on file - including a number of Holiday show releases to put on the special website page. 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 before sending me an e-mail wondering why your item didn't run - you may have missed it. We also list headlines for all upcoming events already covered 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! REMEMBER: A FLIER IS NOT A PRESS RELEASE.


So now it's 11:00 am - I am 2 1/2 hours ahead of schedule - and I will relax, have a late breakfast (or early lunch, depending on your perspective) and then check my e-mail for any last minute items and send this off. I'll be right back.


I'm back from my break - it is 12:00 noon so we are "publishing" 1 1/2 hours early, but I have a lot of work to do, and then I have to douse myself with Porcelana so I will look good at the BROADWAY UNPLUGGED show tonight. (The trick is to stay out of the bright lights.)

And that is just about the way it was. Support cabaret and live entertainment - see a show or two this week!

Until Monday, then.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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