Early in her set at the Café Carlyle, Megan Hilty sings Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s “Let Me Be Your Star,” one of the most iconic and most reprised songs that the duo wrote for the NBC television series “Smash.” Hilty played the role of Ivy Lynn on the show, telling the audience at the Carlyle that it was her dream job and that she misses it terribly.
“Mister Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s” is an exciting new cabaret show that addresses again the complaint “they don’t write ‘em like they used to.” Of course they do, if you know where to look! As with last season’s “Living Standards” (which starred Marissa Mulder), producer and director Tom Toce has created a cabaret show to explore later entries to the Great American Songbook. Songs written by living composers and lyricists. Songs that are every bit as witty, elegant, touching, and intelligent as the Gershwin/Kern/Porter standards of days past.
Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC with his new show “Gay Since 1935 - A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” on Wednesday, June 17th and Monday, June 22nd at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical Director Woody Regan on piano and Ritt Henn on bass.
With Mother’s Day just behind us, I think we can all agree that we wouldn’t be who we are today without our moms. The amount of sacrifice, sweat, and sobs that she has given for us all is something that we cannot repay, and we are forever grateful for the tireless and thankless job she has done, rearing us from babies into full-grown responsible adults. Now imagine back to your childhood, your mother doing all she has done for you, but pretend that, after she sings you to sleep, she has to wake up at 6 in the morning to get ready to sing for Broadway producers in just a few hours. Not only sing, but she must be charming, energetic, beautiful, and all around amazing at the same time. I’m exhausted just writing this paragraph.
Seven outstanding vocalists, songwriters, and musicians born in 1915 will be honored at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., when The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the annual concert, “It Was A Very Good Year.” Cohosted by the Foundation’s artistic director KT Sullivan and the distinguished critic Rex Reed, the one-night-only event celebrates the centennial birthdays of (alphabetically) Alice Faye, Billie Holiday, Bart Howard, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn, and Cy Walter.
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that singer Natalie Douglas perform a run of her concert, "Hello Dolly...The Music of Dolly Parton," on Monday, May 18 at 7pm. This evening, of course, is a celebration of the beloved singer, actor, and songwriter. Called “a true force of nature” by The Times (UK), “sensational” by Time Out New York, and “stirring” by The New York Daily News, Natalie Douglas, celebrated vocalist and host of the Sunday night Birdland Jazz Party – returns to the historic room in after this concert’s smashing NYC September debut & a triumphant weeklong run in London.
“Big, bold and beautiful” vocalist and U.S. Navy Veteran, Kim Sutton, brings her show, “Anchors Away,” back to New York for Fleet Week. Sutton uses her experiences in the military of the 1980s as the platform for an ebullient and touching look at Navy life for a teenage girl of limited means who made the choice for service as a route to education and adventure. There will be two performances, Sunday, May 17 at 5:00pm and Friday, May 22 at 7:00pm. Don’t Tell Mama is at 343 West 46th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues). For reservations, please call after 4:00pm daily: 212.757.0788. There is a $15 cover charge. Don’t Tell Mama is a CASH ONLY ROOM.
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that award-winning cabaret performer Jamie deRoy will be celebrating Broadway with Tony Award winners Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Cady Huffman (The Producers), Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera and Nice Work If You Can Get It), Pamela Myers (original cast member of the six time Tony- winning Company and Tony nominee for Snoopy), Kevin Meaney (Hairspray) and Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera) on her Multi MAC award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, on Sunday, May 17 at 6pm at Birdland. (Program subject to change.)
Please join us in helping Arthur Gill, a music teacher for special needs children in Pakistan, to attend the Tuscany Project intensive vocal course in Italy, this Summer (2015) This year we would like to make it possible for someone who wrote to us from Pakistan to attend. We were very moved by his story and the work he is doing. His name is Arthur Gill and he is the Music Teacher at the Special Education Centre for Visually Handicapped and Special Needs children, as well as the Choir Director for the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Gujrat, Pakistan.
IT’S A BIG ONE! Legendary Theatre District nightspot Don’t Tell Mama is announcing the first annual “Mama’s Next BIG Act!” a bigger than average, 12-week competition that mixes styles and genres. Beginning Tuesday June 9 at 9:30pm, and running for 12 consecutive weeks every Tuesday through August 25, “Mama’s Next BIG Act!” will break new water in the competitions field by attracting acts in multiple categories and then pitting the top vote getters in head-to-head competition during the contest’s final weeks.
MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS presents Season 8 of Concerts to benefit Tudor City Greens. This free, outdoor concert series resumes on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 21st at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens. This award winning series will once again feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.
Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 13th Annual Cabaret Festival May 13-17 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook. All performances are FREE to the public
The Dana Lorge Variety Show with Barry Levitt on piano Jon Burr on bass Friday Evening, May 15, 2015 @ 7pm Performing Artists. Charles Baran Actor/Singer/Comedian – has appeared in many New York and regional productions playing Larry Foreman in “The Cradle Will Rock” and Horace Vandergelder in “Hello Dolly”. His latest show “Recipes For Disaster” was a big success at the Metropolitan Room.
New York – April 24 – Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Today will hold its annual fundraising Gala on Sunday, May 17th, at Metropolitan Room in the fashionable Flatiron District at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Help Is On The Way Today is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2005 by MAC AWARD winning producer, Joseph Macchia, to assist children and youth living with HIV and AIDS.
New York: Urban Stages’ Board of Directors and founding artistic director Frances Hill will hold their annual benefit at the Boathouse in Central Park at 6:30PM on May 18th. This event will honor philanthropist Henry Buhl for his contributions to Urban Stages and the New York Community as the Founder of the Association of Community Employment for the Homeless (ACE). Brilliant singer and actress, KT Sullivan will receive the first Musical Theatre Award for her work with Urban Stages and as director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation which produces the New York Cabaret Convention.