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Cabaret News: Maestra Amplify 2024, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, Rosemary Loar, April Fools, Mac Award Nominations, Handel’s Messiah Sing a Long,

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Maestra Music, the Obie Award-winning nonprofit organization founded by Georgia Stitt to support the women and nonbinary musicians in the musical theatre industry, is pleased to announce hosts Tony Award-winner Bonnie Milligan and Tony Award-winner J. Harrison Ghee for this year’s Amplify 2024, directed by Jessica Ryan (Between Riverside and Crazy Live Broadcast). The event takes place Monday, March 25, 2024
at Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street and stars Rheanna Atendido, Santino Fontana, Amanda Green, Brooke Ishibashi, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Mary Kate Morrissey, Liam Pearce, Jasmine Amy Rogers, Sushma Saha, Ariella Serur, Jordan Tyson, Joy Woods and Nicole Zuraitis.


This fourth-annual concert and fundraising event features stories, conversations, and musical performances from an impressive array of Broadway stars, composers, music directors, and more. Amplify 2024 will take place on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 8:00 pm at Sony Hall (235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the in-person event are on sale now at maestramusic.org/amplify/.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square will spread kindness and raise awareness for autism this April in honor of Autism Awareness Month by partnering with Luv Michael, a nonprofit company based in New York City whose organic, gluten-free, and nut-free granola products are actively advancing employment opportunities for those in the autistic community. From April 1 to April 30, 2024, guests can order three new menu items, all while sharing the “luv” and raising awareness for an important cause.

As part of the partnership during Autism Awareness Month, Ellen’s Stardust Diner will introduce three menu items to its lineup of classic American fare, including:

·         Made with “Luv” Parfait – A twist on the diner’s Fresh Fruit Yogurt Parfait featuring Luv Michael’s very own granola.

·         The “Luv” Galore Shake – A vanilla-based milkshake topped with original Luv Michael granola and cinnamon sugar.

·         “Luv” Me Mocha Shake – A chocolate-based milkshake topped with Luv Michael’s mocha granola.

“Autism affects one in 36 births and 90% of those with autism are unemployed or underemployed, with 50,000 autistic students aging out of school each year,” said Dr. Lisa Liberatore, MD FACS, Founder of Luv Michael.“Our mission at Luv Michael is dedicated to training, educating, and employing neurodivergent adults and helping to improve their lives – beyond the lives of their parents. We’re so thrilled to partner with the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner as we are beyond the need for awareness and acceptance, but instead looking to advocate for the advancement of autistic adults in the workplace and the community.”

“It is a great honor to help amplify Luv Michael’s mission to empower the neurodivergent adult community,” said Ellen Hart, Founder of Ellen’s Stardust Diner. “After a close friend and father of two neurodiverse children introduced me to Luv Michael, we wanted to take the opportunity to support their cause and to help positively impact the community through gainful employment. This April, we invite you to try the latest menu items and join our talented singing waiters in celebrating this great cause!”

With each purchase of either the milkshake or parfait, Ellen’s Stardust Diner will donate 20% of the proceeds to Luv Michael. As many autistic individuals struggle to make the transition to adulthood, Luv Michael is committed to providing the education, knowledge, and training needed to thrive in a world where support services typically cease after childhood. As part of their ongoing efforts, the organization’s outreach program has also successfully placed eligible adults in housing across the New York region, continuing to support their needs well into adult life. In 2020, Luv Michael launched a student volunteer program to educate the world on being strong allies to the autism community. Currently, Luv Michael has over 40,000 teenagers who have participated in their program from 61 different countries.

Located at 1650 Broadway in Times Square, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is open 365 days a year from 7 am to midnight every day.

Rosemary Loar,

Chelsea Table + Stage will present Broadway, concert and recording artist Rosemary Loar, celebrating her new album Vagabond Heart, on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM. After appearing on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard, Chess, You Can’t Take It with You and more, Loar revisits her love of jazz in her newest and most musically ambitious show yet, which launches her twelfth album. This is an evening of out-of-the-box arrangements and hilarious, heartbreaking stories about how the music was chosen. She sings well know standards, original compositions, and classic Broadway songs – all with a twist. The show is directed by Barry Kleinbort, and features music director Frank Ponzio on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Vito Lesczak on drums.

Birdland Theatre will present beloved singer/songwriters Christine Lavin and Julie Gold in the show “April Fools”on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 PM. Gold and Lavin will welcome special guests David Buskin & Robin Batteau and John Forster, as they get together (as they do every April) to share some of their funniest musical offerings, and prove it’s never too late to make April Fools of themselves. Multi-instrumentalists Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic ballads and fun-filled performances for decades. About clever songwriter John Forster, Tom Lehrer says, “You don’t need me anymore. Now you’ve got John Forster to kick around.” There is a $30 music charge. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York.

Judith Clurman photo by Michael Yeshion

The public is invited to join in a Sing-Along of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 7: 30 PM, at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street at Grace Court. Judith Clurman will conduct her ESSENTIAL VOICES USA with Paul Olson at the organ. April 13 represents the anniversary of the World Premiere of Handel’s oratorio, which told place in 1742, in Dublin, Ireland. The Sing Along will feature selected choral selections and solo arias from the famed oratorio. Guest artists include Elisa Singer Strom, soprano; Helen Karloski, alto; Paul D’Arcy, tenor; and Bryan Murray, bass.

The Sing-Along is part of EVUSA’S Community Project, a series of free events throughout NYC that are open to the public. Previous programs include concerts and workshops with public school students in the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as holiday concerts in Manhattan. Concerts, workshops, and recordings are planned for 2024-2025

Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street at Grace Court can be reached by the 2, 3, 4, 5, R, A and F trains to Borough Hall, Brooklyn.

The 2024 MAC Award Nominees are:

FEMALE VOCALIST

Lucille Carr-Kaffashan
Three Seasons of Singer/Songwriters: Diamonds and Rust (female singer/songwriters of the ’70s); Unwritten (21st century female singer/songwriters); How the Light Gets In (male singer/songwriters)
Don’t Tell Mama

Goldie Dver
Bridges
Don’t Tell Mama

Marnie Klar
Marnie Klar Sings Carly Simon
Don’t Tell Mama

Susan Mack
Yesterdays; The Susan Mack Quintet
Chelsea Table + Stage, Birdland, Jazz on Main (Mount Kisco)

Mardie Millit
Sorry-Grateful: One Sondheim Story in Letters and Song
Laurie Beechman Theatre, Don’t Tell Mama, Crown and Anchor

Amy Beth Williams
Amy Beth Williams Sings Leiber and Stoller
Don’t Tell Mama

MALE VOCALIST

John Burns
Sock It To Me!
Don’t Tell Mama

Jason Henderson
Getting to Noël You
Don’t Tell Mama

Justin Dylan Nastro
The Magic of Me
Don’t Tell Mama

Bob O’Hare
Walk Through the World: The Songs of Leslie Bricusse
Don’t Tell Mama

MAJOR ARTIST – FEMALE

Mary Foster Conklin
These Precious Days
Soapbox Gallery, Mezzrow, North Square

Meg Flather
Hold On Tight…A Love Story; Carefully Taught; The Meg and John Reunion Show
Don’t Tell Mama, The Tank, Crown and Anchor

Rosemary Loar
Close Enough for Love (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Don’t Tell Mama); Everything’s Coming Up Rosie (Theater at East Meadow Library)

Marieann Meringolo

A Lot of Livin’ To Do!; In the Spirit
Chelsea Table + Stage

MAJOR ARTIST – MALE

Eric Comstock
Birdland

Kim David Smith
Mostly Marlene, Halo-Wien (Halloween concert), Mostly Marlene & Friends
Neue Galerie, Club Cumming, Post Office Café and Cabaret (Provincetown)

NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE

Eden Casteel
Kahn Artist: Madeline and Me
Don’t Tell Mama

Camille Diamond
Over the Moon…on Pluto Transit
Don’t Tell Mama

Nicole Spano
Family Ties
Don’t Tell Mama

Elvira Totora
The Bookmaker’s Daughter
Don’t Tell Mama

NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE

Rene Pfister
What I Learned from All My Ex-Boyfriends…If Anything
Don’t Tell Mama

John Philip
Oceans of Love and Life
Don’t Tell Mama

Woody Regan
Those Wonderful Songs
Don’t Tell Mama

CELEBRITY ARTIST

Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway Sings the 70’s
54 Below

Liz Callaway
Screen Gems
54 Below

Gabrielle Stravelli
Birdland

Billy Stritch
Birdland

IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST

Amanda Reckonwith (David Sabella)
Residential Care
Pangea

Dame Edna’S HONORARY UNDERSTUDY (Scott F. Mason)
The Dame’s Sassy Saturdays, One Dame Christmahanukwanzaka
Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea

Lady Bunny
Don’t Bring the Kids
The Green Room 42

Simply Barbra (Steven Brinberg)
Yentl, Simply Barbra 40th Anniversary
Chelsea Table + Stage, Eldred Preserve, The Crazy Coqs, 54 Below

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER

Lena Moy-Borgen
A Man’s World: Gender Studies…But with Showtunes
Don’t Tell Mama

Lynda Rodolitz
Lynda Rodolitz Makes Art
Don’t Tell Mama

MAJOR DUO/GROUP

Ann Hampton Callaway And Liz Callaway
Yuletide Revelry
54 Below

Jim Caruso And Billy Stritch
Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel

Clearly Now (Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone)
With a Little Help from My Friends
Laurie Beechman Theatre, St. George Theatre, Chelsea Table + Stage

Eric Comstock And Barbara Fasano
Birdland

Tracy Stark And Marcus Simeone
Twilight Canopy: (Some of) The Songs of Jimmy Webb
Urban Stages, St. George Theatre, Don’t Tell Mama

REVUE

Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole A Song
Parody lyrics and direction by Gerard Alessandrini, musical direction by Fred Barton, produced by Playkill 11 Productions, John Freedson, Harriet Yellin, Gerard Alessandrini, Christine Pedi
Don’t Tell Mama, The Green Room 42

Git Act: A Loving Tribute T0 Pittsburgh
Created and performed by Aaron Lee Battle, Ricky Ritzel, Mary Ellen Ryan; directed by Jim Luzar
Don’t Tell Mama

The Soulful Sounds Of Motown
Produced by Marcus Simeone, directed by Emilie Surtees, performed by the Stage Revolution Band Players featuring Marcus Simeone and Emilie Surtees
Cafe Wha?, Groove

A Swinging Birdland Christmas
Created and performed by Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch
Birdland

RECURRING SERIES

Jim Caruso’S Cast Party
Created, produced, and hosted by Jim Caruso
Birdland

The Lineup With Susie Mosher
Produced by Susie Mosher and Hope Royalte
Birdland

Salon
Founder, Artistic Director, Host: Mark Janas; Executive Producer: Tanya Moberly
Don’t Tell Mama

EMCEE

Jim Caruso
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland

Natasha Castillo
Spotlight on You Open Mic
53 Above

Susie Mosher
The Lineup
Birdland

SPECIAL PRODUCTION

The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular
Written by Joe Iconis, directed by John Simpkins, produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper
54 Below

Rain Keating: Woman Songs
Don’t Tell Mama

Mama’s Next Big Act!
Produced by Don’t Tell Mama and Lennie Watts
Don’t Tell Mama

Pippin: The 50TH Anniversary Reunion
Produced and directed by Walter Willison, musical directed by Michael Lavine
54 Below

DIRECTOR

Jeff Harnar
Becca Kidwell/If You Hadn’t But You Did (Don’t Tell Mama), John Forster/Too Clever by 20% (Don’t Tell Mama), Richard Holbrook/20thAnniversary Show (54 Below). Judi Mark/Merely Marvelous–The Songs of Gwen Verdon (Don’t Tell Mama), Rene Pfister/What I Learned from All My Ex-Boyfriends…If Anything (Don’t Tell Mama)

Lina Koutrakos
Sue Matsuki/But Beautiful: A Tribute to Julie Wilson (54 Below), Diane D’Angelo/Destination Moon (Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Green Room 42), Patti Bottino-Bravo/Act 3 (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Urban Stages), Elvira Tortora/The Bookmaker’s Daughter (Don’t Tell Mama), Dorian Woodruff/The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman (Pangea)

Tanya Moberly
Amy Beth Williams/Amy Beth Williams Sings Leiber and Stoller (Don’t Tell Mama), Woody Regan/Those Wonderful Songs (Don’t Tell Mama), Margo Brown/Forever Me with Love (Don’t Tell Mama), Rian Keating/Woman Songs (Don’t Tell Mama), Scott F. Mason/One Dame Christmahanukwanzaka—A Holiday Tribute to Dame Edna by Her Honorary Understudy (Pangea)

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Yasuhiko (Yaz) Fukuoka
Todd Murray and Stacy Sullivan/The Musical Romance of Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee (Weill Recital Hall), Lisa Viggiano/Lisa Viggiano Sings the Jane Olivor Songbook (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Robert Bannon/Pride Playlist (54 Below), Christmas Playlist(Chelsea Table + Stage), Robbie Rozelle/Bring Me Giants (Birdland), Mama’s Next BIG Act! (Don’t Tell Mama)

Tracy Stark
Meg Flather/Carefully Taught (Don’t Tell Mama, Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, Eldred Preserve in Sullivan County, NY), Brenda Braxton/Stars Tonight! (54 Below, The Green Room 42), Jeanne MacDonald/Heart and Soul (Chelsea Table + Stage), Sean Patrick Murtagh/Beautiful Girls: A Tribute to Sondheim Divas (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Crown & Anchor). Kim David Smith/various shows(Club Cumming, Neue Gallery, Post Office Café and Cabaret in Provincetown)

Billy Stritch
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Birdland), Linda Eder (54 Below) Ann Hampton Callaway (54 Below), Norm Lewis (92nd Street Y), Max von Essen (Paradise Club at the Times Square Edition Hotel)

Gregory Torsion
Sue Matsuki/But Beautiful: A Tribute to Julie Wilson (54 Below), Diane D’Angelo/Destination Moon (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Green Room 42), Patti Bottino-Bravo/Act 3 (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Urban Stages), Elvira Tortora/The Bookmaker’s Daughter (Don’t Tell Mama), Maria Corsaro/I Could Get Used to This! (Chelsea Table + Stage)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Adam DeCarlo
(All at Don’t Tell Mama)
Meg Flather/Carefully Taught; Justin Dylan Nastro/The Magic of Me; Nicole Spano/Family Ties; Bob O’Hare/Walk Through the World; Jason Henderson/Getting to Noël You.

Alison Nusbaum
(All at Don’t Tell Mama)
Ricky Ritzel, Aaron Lee Battle, Mary Ellen Ryan/Git Aht: A Loving Tribute to Pittsburgh; Mardie Millet/Sorry-Grateful: One Sondheim Story in Letters and Song; Rian Keating/Woman Songs; Woody Regan/Those Wonderful Songs; Debra Vogel/It’s a Jungle Out There

Kelly Wohlford
(All at Don’t Tell Mama)
Amy Beth Williams/Amy Beth Williams Sings Leiber and Stoller; Goldie Dver/Bridges; Tanya Moberly/Moberly at Mama’s, New York Songwriters Parts 1 and 2; Lucille Carr-Kaffashan/Three Seasons of Singer-Songwriters; American Popular Song Society Monthly Series

ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST

Steve Doyle, bass
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Birdland), A Swinging Birdland Christmas (Birdland)

Don Kelly, drums/percussion
Lynda Rodolitz/Lynda Rodolitz Makes Art (Don’t Tell Mama), Camille Diamond/Over the Moon,,,on Pluto Transit (Don’t Tell Mama), Ronni Faust/Ella, Minnie & Me (Don’t Tell Mama), Bruce Clough/From Out of the Blues (Don’t Tell Mama)

Matt Scharfglass, bass
Tanya Moberly/I Love NY Songwriters—Parts I and II (Don’t Tell Mama), Camille Diamond/Over the Moon…on Pluto Transit (Don’t Tell Mama), Farah Alvin/On Vinyl (The Green Room 42), James Beaman/Lived Experience (Triad Theater)

Skip Ward, bass
Margaret Curry (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Sue Matsuki (54 Below), Brenda Braxton(54 Below), Elizabeth Passero (Urban Stages)

PIANO BAR SINGING ENTERTAINER–UPTOWN

Elaine Brier
Don’t Tell Mama

Andre Jordan
Don’t Tell Mama

Tara Martinez
Don’t Tell Mama

Alison Nusbaum
Brandy’s, Don’t Tell Mama

Jennifer Pace
Brandy’s

Jon Satrom
Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s

PIANO BAR SINGING ENTERTAINER–DOWNTOWN

Susan Campanero
Stonewall Inn

Maria Gentile
Stonewall Inn, The Duplex, Brandy’s

Maddie McClouskey
Marie’s Crisis

T-Rex
Stonewall Inn, The Duplex

Miles Whittaker
Stonewall Inn

PIANO BAR INSTRUMENTALIST–UPTOWN

John Bronston
Brandy’s, Stonewall Inn

Nate Buccieri
Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s

Joe Regan
Don’t Tell Mama

Steven Wenslawski
Don’t Tell Mama, The Townhouse

Bill Zeffiro
Le Rivage, Tudor City Steakhouse

PIANO BAR INSTRUMENTALIST–DOWNTOWN

Gerry Dieffenbach
The Duplex, Stonewall Inn, Don’t Tell Mama

Kenney Green-Tilford
Marie’s Crisis

Brandon James Gwinn
Marie’s Crisis, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama

Mark Oleszko
Stonewall Inn

Dan Pardo
Stonewall Inn, Marie’s Crisis

Franca Vercelloni
Marie’s Crisis

SONG

Annie
Music by Michelle Brourman, Lyrics by Hillary Rollins

It’s Only A First Date
Music by Douglas J. Cohen, Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish

Passing Through A Dream
Music and Lyrics by Steven Wenslawski

Raining Memories
Music by Kelly Park and Russ Lorenson, Lyrics by Russ Lorenson

You Bring OutTHE Jazz In Me
Music and Lyrics by Tom Toce

COMEDY/NOVELTY SONG

At The Same Time
Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by John Forster

Front Row
Music and Lyrics by Billy Recce

I’m Ready
Music and Lyrics by Kevin Winebold

There’a A Song In That
Music and Lyrics by Daniel Cainer

What Are You Doing Rosh Hashanah Eve?
Music by Eden Casteel, Lyrics by Dan Chaika and Eden Casteel

RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Recording Award)

Bob Levy Featuring Dane Vannatter
Ever Since We Met: The Dane Vannatter Recordings

Russ Lorenson
Standard Time: Live in New York

Margot Sergent
Douce France, Sweet France

Various Artist
Chip Deffaa’s The George M. Cohan Revue: The Cast Album

Kevin Winebold
Return to the Heart

MAJOR RECORDING

Farah Alvin
On Vinyl

Ann Hampton Callaway
Finding Beauty: Originals Volume 1

Mary Foster Conklin
These Precious Days

Jeff Harnar
A Collective
A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman

Alysha Umphress
Alysha Umphress and things…like this

 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Finding Words for Spring 

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And who better to lead a search like this than every lyricist’s best friend, the incomparable Steve Ross!  Dressed all in green like a musical Pied Piper, Steve began our adventure with “Mountain Greenery”, one of the best examples of the verbal dexterity of Larry Hart.  Having arrived in this luscious verdancy, Steve highlighted the ever-clever Alan Jay Lerner by slowing his delivery a tad so we could savor every word in “Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here”.  Those words, like all that Steve served up, deserved the attention he gave them. It’s amazing that even though one has heard a song many times, a thoughtful delivery can reveal more than had been realized. Johnny Mercer had his moment for admiration with “I’m Old Fashioned”, which curiously has the hallmarks of a lyric by Oscar Hammerstein.   

Mr. H. joined the party when Steve made “Younger Than Springtime” sound so full of yearning yet with a touch of sorrow.  Steve’s patter is always welcome for not only his wry humor but his instructive sensibility. He related how when Oscar Hammerstein declined the opportunity to write the lyrics for Annie, Get Your Gun, the torch was handed to Irving Berlin. He eagerly stepped up to the proverbial plate and in true Berlin fashion grand-slammed yet another terrific score. The contemporary of Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, dropped by with his “We’ll Gather Lilacs”, a wistful song that evoked the hopeful longing of the WW II years. 

A personal highlight was Steve’s rendition of “Send in the Clowns”—not a song evoking Spring, for sure, but one that deals with the complications that can ensue in falling in love.  Steve’s attention to one word in the lyric made the sardonic pathos of the situation almost palpable. (No, I won’t reveal the word—you must hear it for yourself next time!) And such is the magic of Steve Ross. He sprinkled this magical evening with several songs made famous by Fred Astaire and others in films which rounded out the evening beautifully. 

Steve swung into optimistic territory with “Make Our Garden Grow” adding a delicate touch of “‘Tis the Gift To be Simple”– a perfect ending to this show. But wait—there was more! He coaxed us into a sing-along to celebrate Eliza Doolittle Day, May 20. How “Lover-ly” it was! 

Any Steve Ross show is worth the time of any aficionado of the Great American Songbook. This show was especially notable. Each lyric shined under Steve’s masterful interpretation, and the entire room was silent throughout—nary a cough or ice-cube tinkle to be found. We were spellbound. If you are in the market for a spa treatment for the heart/soul, catch Steve’s next show. They don’t call him the Crown Prince of Cabaret for nothing! 

 

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My View: Julie Wilson Honored By The Mabel Mercer Foundation at The Pierre Hotel

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Cabaret luminaries, supporters, and officers of The Mabel Mercer Foundation gathered at The Pierre Hotel last night to celebrate the100th anniversary of the birth year of cabaret legend Julie Wilson.  Julie’s dominant presence in the cabaret world over the many decades led her to be called “The Queen of Cabaret”. Cabaret’s current guiding light, KT Sullivan, the artistic director of The Mabel Mercer Foundation hosted the evening’s celebration which included a gourmet buffet followed by performances from some of cabaret’s most beloved artists and friends of Julie Wilson.  Entertaining the Gala audience of music connoisseurs and honoring the legacy of Julie Wilson were: Karen Akers, Carole J. Bufford, Melissa Errico, Jeff Harnar, Sue Matsuki, MOIPEI ( Mary, Maggy & Marta), Sidney Myer, Craig Rubano, KT Sullivan and Amra-Faye Wright…. John Weber (piano) and Steve Doyle (Bass).

An especially emotional moment of the evening was actor Holt McCallany (son of Julie Wilson) paying tribute to his mother and singing “I’m Becoming My Mother”.

HOLT McCALLANY (son of Julie Wilson)

KT SULLIVAN, artistic director The Mabel Mercer Foundation

KT SULLIVAN

CAROLE J. BUFFORD

CAROLE J. BUFFORD

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

JEFF HARNAR

JEFF HARNAR

SUE MATSUKI

SUE MATSUKI

CRAIG RUBANO

CRAIG RUBANO

KAREN AKERS

KAREN AKERS

SIDNEY MYER

SIDNEY MYER

AMRA-FAYE WRIGHT

AMRA-FAYE WRIGHT

HOLT McCALLANY

HOLT McCALLANY

HOLT McCALLANY (son of Julie Wilson)

MOIPEI

MOIPEI

PATRICK McENROE, KT SULLIVAN,MELISSA ERRICO,MOIPEI

HOLT McCALLANY & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

MOIPEI & HOLT McCALLANY

EDA SOROKOFF & ELIZABETH SULLIVAN (Happy 94th Birthday)

MELISSA ERRICO PATRICK McENROE, KT SULLIVAN

JEFF HARNAR & MOIPEI

HEATHER SULLIVAN, HOWARD MORGAN, Chairman of the board Mabel Mercer Foundation, ELANOR MORGAN

KT SULLIVAN, ELIZABETH SULLIVAN, HEATHER SULLIVAN,Dr. Patrick Sullivan

KT SULLIVAN

KT SULLIVAN, PETER HANSON, Linda Hanson

EDA SOROKOFF & CRHRISTEL IBSEN

MONAH GETTNER,KT SULLIVAN, ALAN GETTNER

BRIAN KALTNER, Board Member Mabel Mercer Foundation & DEBBIE DAMP

HOWARD MORGAN, KT SULLIVAN, CAROLE J. BUFFORD,MOIPEI, MATHEW INGE

PATRICK McENROE & MELISSA ERRICO

KT SULLIVAN & STEPHEN SOROKOFF

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Karen Mason and Louis Rosen

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Karen Mason and Louis Rosen met back in the 70s in Chicago. Karen was a young singer accompanied by a the incomparable pianist-songwriter Brian Lasser. He was close friends with guitarist, pianist-songwriter, Louis Rosen. Mason and Lasser moved to New York and two years later Rosen was there as well. A little over ten years later Lasser died of AIDS. Rosen and Mason have made sure that Lasser’s music is remembered.

Karen Mason

Louis Rosen

Mason and Rosen are back together again celebrating nearly 50 years of collaboration and friendship. The evening is stripped down bare with Rosen on guitar and piano and Mason and Rosen on vocals. Most of the material is Rosen’s songs many from his most recent albums, but added are a few selections by  Lasser, that make you know he died way to soon.

Karen Mason

Louis Rosen

Rosen’s music is what singer/songwriters use to write, full of blues riffs, uplifting swing, folk melodies, jazz cadences and soulful powerful lyrics. It is like an old soul left their words to impart. This night so made me want to hear his newest album “Love and Ashes”. Rosen is a musicians musician.

“A master interpreter… Mason produces a depth of sound and brilliance of color that converge in the work of very few singers!” (Chicago Tribune)

Mason has an authenticity to her voice. She is a storyteller, rich in tone and truly excels on Lasser’s music. She is a belter at heart, but Rosen’s music has her venerable and exposed, which is a new side to her art.

It is always wonderful to watch two artists collaborate,

Luba Mason and Karen Mason

Louis Rosen

Karen Mason and Louis Rosen: Ages Since the Last Time: Chelsea Table + Stage, 152 West 26th Street.

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My View: Why CAN’T A Woman…? This Woman Can…Lianne Marie Dobbs

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The actor Lianne Marie Dobbs played a 1900’s woman in the HBO series The Gilded Age. You also might have seen her in Law & Order, The Equalizer and F.B.I., but yesterday at Chelsea Tables + Stage she wasn’t just playing the part of a Cabaret singer!  Ms. Dobbs is the real deal, and she captivated an audience of music connoisseurs with her formidable vocal talents and wit in her show titled “Why CAN’T a Woman…? 

Lianne’s cabaret act utilizes Broadway leading men’s songs and sassy standards, served up with a twist of SHE, to celebrate all the hats that women wear, and she answered the shows question authoritatively….This woman sure can!

Lianne Marie Dobbs was named one of the Best Vocalists of the Decade (BroadwayWorld, 2020) and has filled The Green Room 42, 54Below, Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Blue Strawberry in St. Louis, and will be featured in Chicago’s Cabaret Week later in May.  “Why CAN’T a Woman…?” was named one of the best cabaret shows of the year (2022) by BroadwayWorld, and called “an honest to goodness emerging work of art”.  She has appeared in leading roles Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and at renowned theaters such as Denver Center, Repertory of St. Louis, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed and many more.

Ron Abel is Lianne’s music director and arranger, whose accolades include: LA Critics Circle Award Winner and L.A. Weekly Award Winner for his original compositions and unique arrangements of Broadway hits for orchestras and singers. He has been the music director for acclaimed vocalists such as Lucie Arnaz, Peter Allen, Joely Fisher, Valarie Pettiford, Julia Migenes, Helen Reddy, and John Lloyd Young.

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE

STANDING OVATION

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

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My View: The City Was Special Last Night….Melissa Errico at 54 Below

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The evening at 54 Below was advertised as a “ Vinyl Release Celebration Concert” and how apt that VINYL, the unrivaled substance utilized to capture the subtle nuances and breadth of music has now been used to capture the elegant voice of Melissa Errico singing the songs of  “Sondheim in the City” for posterity. 

Caveat: While Vinyl may capture in analog glory the beautiful notes and words of Melissa, one must be in her presence to experience her irrepressible beauty, wit, and intelligence on stage.

Melissa Errico….Sondheim In The City Vinyl Release Celebration at 54 Below May 7,8,9…..

Tedd Firth Music Director, David Finck (Bass), Eric Halvorson (Drums) Bruce Harris (Trumpet)

About the show:

After the critical triumph of her Sondheim Sublime album-called “the finest all Sondheim recording ever made” by the Wall Street Journal, Melissa Errico returned to one of her cabaret homes (54 Below) last night and to her favorite songwriter with an entire new program of Sondheim songs, celebrating her new album (released February 16, 2024 on Concord) and a different side of Steve, praised in The New York Times as “a New York house tour of thrill and heartbreak..from one of Sondheim’s deepest-hearted yet lightest-touch interpreters.”

Sondheim in the City is the Sondheim of smart, sophisticated New York, the Sondheim of the quick, witty, sardonic, love-seeking and sex-driven city that he recorded and worked in through his long life. From the anthem of city busyness “Another Hundred People” to the bittersweet hymns of city marriage, “Sorry, Grateful” and “Good Thing Going,” with time for hardboiled surprises like “Uptown, Downtown” and surprisingly soft-centered ballads like “All That I Need” and “Dawn”

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO & TEDD FIRTH, music director

54 Below, Eda Sorokoff

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