NYC Singing Contest Extends Deadline to Enter/ $1500 for Winner to Present Solo Show in Nightclub

BY ROB LESTER**** Calling all music acts with live singing! The summertime singing competition to get feedback and guidance and exposure is here. Extending the deadline for more entrants on a first come/first considered basis (Hurry!!!) the nightclub Don’t Tell Mama in the theatre district and its search to find “Mama’s Next BIG Act!” was originally giving today (June 9) as the cut off, but now they’re seeking more quality acts to compete; while Tuesday, June 13 will find the already accepted competitors set to go, the second set of performers need not be ready until June 27 because June 20 is not an available date.  (The only other dark date for the otherwise-every-Tuesday rounds will happen because the Fourth of July holiday falls on a Tuesday.)

The contest’s final night of all Tuesdays is August 29 when the winners will be announced.

Last year’s winner: Joshua Lance Dixon

Voted by the audience and a cavalcade of celebrity judges, the contest is open to solo, duo and group acts in the following categories: music, drag, burlesque, and variety.  Varied genres of music are welcome at the club best known for cabaret.

The winner receives a $1500.00 stipend to put towards a NEW show at Don’t Tell Mama to be presented in early 2018, and, in a tongue-in-cheek addition to the prize package, a George Foreman Grill—-plus other surprises!


Mama’s Next BIG Act! Rules:

Mama’s Next BIG Act! is open to any musical act over the age of 18. Musical acts may consist of solo, duo or groups, and may be of any genre or style. Acts may use our pianist or bring their own. A guitar or bass may also be used. Tracks may be used, but live music is preferred. Vocal Groups, Drag Artists, Variety and Burlesque acts are encouraged to submit, as well as Solo and Duo Vocal Acts.

To submit your act, send a YouTube link, MP3, or link to performance clips on a web site, along with the following information to


Name of Act (if different)

Contact Number


A few lines that best describe what you do.


**Mama’s Next BIG Act will take place on Tuesdays between June 13 and August 29 (No contest on June 20 and July 4) .The preliminary rounds will be June 13 and June 27 at 7:30. If your submission is chosen, you will need to be at ONE of those dates. If your Act is chosen during the preliminary rounds, you must be available July 11 through August 30.

**Contestants from last year’s contest may resubmit this year (except for the top 5 people).

Each week, contestants will be eliminated based on votes by the judges as well as the audience. Reservations for the Tuesday rounds or other events at the club:

212-757-0788 OR online at There is a $12.00 Cover Charge plus a 2 Drink Minimum. (Cash only) Don’t Tell Mama is located at 343 West 46 Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues), NYC 10036