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Monday
Apr022012

11 O'Clock Numbers with Christina Bianco, Carole J. Bufford & Scott Coulter & Jim Caruso's Cast Party April 2, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

 

 

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to present the return of the spectacular revue 11 O’Clock Numbers… this time at 7:00pm on Monday, April 2.

Scott Siegel, who created such landmark concert series at Town Hall as Broadway by the Year and Broadway Unplugged, will bring his long-running, hit nightclub show from Feinstein’s at the Loew’s Regency to Broadway at Birdland for one unforgettable night. For the first time, you will be able to see 11 O’Clock Numbers at 7:00 with its original stars, Christina BiancoCarole J. Bufford and Scott Coulter.

11 O’Clock Numbers (a musical theatre term for those blowout songs near the end of the show that rock the house) features an extraordinarily surprising range of songs from the 1930’s to the present, performed in an equally surprising range of styles. Critically acclaimed, the show ran for eight months at Feinstein’s At The Regency.

 

11 O’Clock Numbers with Christina Bianco, Carole J. Bufford & Scott Coulter 

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: April 2, 2012

Tickets: $30

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch takes the Cast Party on the road.

They’ve had the first 2012 LA Cast Party at The Coterie in Hollywood on February 29 and March 1, followed by suceessful Florida Casty Party on March 5 & 8!

There’ll be more to follow - stay tuned!

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: April 2, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com  

 

 

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Monday
Mar262012

Jane Monheit Swings Cole Porter’s Anything Goes & Jim Caruso's Cast Party March 26, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

 

 

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will be performing swinging new Mary Ann McSweeney arrangements of the beloved Cole Porter classic, Anything Goes on Monday, March 26 at 7pm. Broadway’s Robert Creighton will be Jane’s special guest. 

Monheit’s stellar backup band for the evening includes Mary Ann McSweeney (bassist/arranger), Jim Ridl (pianist), Ted Nash (saxophone), Alvester Garnett (drums).

Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category. Monheit has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet, Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. 

Robert Creighton’s Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Chicago, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Jackie Mason’s Laughing Room Only. His new CD, Ain’t We Got Fun, is on the LML Music label.

www.janemonheitonline.com

 

Jane Monheit Swings Cole Porter’s Anything Goes with Special Guests Robert Creighton & Ted Nash

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: March 26, 2012

Tickets: $30

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch takes the Cast Party on the road.

They’ve had the first 2012 LA Cast Party at The Coterie in Hollywood on February 29 and March 1, followed by suceessful Florida Casty Party on March 5 & 8!

There’ll be more to follow - stay tuned!

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: March 26, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com  

 

 

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Monday
Mar192012

EGOT winning Orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and The Broadway Moonlighters with Special Guest Rebecca Faulkenberry & Jim Caruso's Cast Party March 19, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

 

 

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony-winning orchestrator JONATHAN TUNICK is returning to Birdland with his Broadway Moonlighters on Monday, March 19 at 7pm. 

This is a rare public performance by Broadway’s premier orchestrator, who will be leading a big band of Broadway’s finest musicians in his own arrangements. Tunick’s last appearance with the Broadway Moonlighters (with surprise guest vocalist Barbara Cook) was standing room only.

Rebecca Faulkenberry, the dazzling star of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, will be the Special Musical Guest. Bermuda native Rebecca Faulkenberry took on the role of Mary Ann in Spiderman direct from performing in the Broadway company of Rock of Ages. Her theatre credits include Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court, West End); High School Musical 1 (Hammersmith Apollo, West End) and 2 (Fox Theatre); The Shape of Things(RADA); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Royal Family, Slow Dance With a Hot Pickup, Smoke on the Mountain. TV/film; “Doctors” (BBC1).


Jonathan Tunick is one of the only 12 people in the world who are an EGOT, which means that he won at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The other ones in chronological order are Richard Rodgers, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg…and Tunick has worked with all eleven winners! He won Broadway’s 1997 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Titanic, and was nominated in the same category three other times: in 2000 for Marie Christine, in 2001 for Follies, and in 2003 for Nine The Musical. He won the 1977 Oscar for Best Music/Original Song Score and Adaption for A Little Night Music. The Grammy came in 1988 for his Instrumental Arrangement of No One is Alone, performed by Cleo Laine. His 1982 Emmy was for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction for Night of 100 Stars. Tunick’s principal instrument is the clarinet.

 

Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony-Winning Orchestrator JONATHAN TUNICK And The Broadway Moonlighters

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: March 19, 2012

Tickets: $40

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch takes the Cast Party on the road.

They’ve had the first 2012 LA Cast Party at The Coterie in Hollywood on February 29 and March 1, followed by suceessful Florida Casty Party on March 5 & 8!

There’ll be more to follow - stay tuned!

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: March 19, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com 

 

 

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Thursday
Feb232012

The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party @ The Town Hall February 23 (New York)

 

 

In its ninth star-studded year at Birdland, Jim Caruso will bring his celebrated Cast Party back to the big stage at Town Hall for a second year. The Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party will take place on Thursday, February 23 at 8.00PM and will be presented by the one and only Scott Siegel. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund.

Some of the celebs joining this year’s Cast Party include Golden Globe and Tony Winner Linda Lavin, the uber-talented jazz and adult contemporary vocalist Jane Monheit, Broadway Star and Drama Desk Nominee Stephanie J. Block, nine-time Grammy winning solo artist and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer Janis Siegel, David Ippolito AKA “That Guitar Man From Central Park”, Broadway sensation Julia Murney (Wicked), stand-up comedian, Grammy nominee and “Celebrity Apprentice”  Lisa Lampanelli, Tony Winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific), Lysistrata JonesLiz Mikel, comic juggler Marcus Monroe, “The Acromedian” Rudi Macaggi, also performing  are lyricist/composer John Bucchino (A Catered Affair) and composer Frank Wildhorn, best known for his Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde. Also joining the party is Terri Klausner, who will be singing “Hit Me With A Hot Note” from Sophisticated Ladies, and Andrew Nemr, whose tap company “Cats Paying Dues” will perform an unforgettable tribute to Gregory Hines. And that’s not all - many more surprise performers and more special guest stars will be announced.

Marylin Maye has joined the brilliant line-up!

Billy Stritch will hold court at the piano, adding vocals and banter to the proceedings.  Joining the musical fun will be Daniel Glass on drums and Tom Hubbard on bass.

 

About Jim Caruso’s Cast Party:

 “It’s a showbiz mecca, where the golden age of musical theater lives on.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

“…a vital pulse point of the musical theater bloodstream: every week a star or a standard might be born.” – TIME OUT NEW YORK;

“Starrier than the Hayden Planetarium…a hot spot where Broadway and Hollywood tip, twirl and hit the mic. It’s become the place to cruise, schmooze, sing and be seen.” – PLAYBILL;

“A Monday night institution.”  – CABARET CONFIDENTIAL;

“Cast Party reminds me of a mix of Oscar and Tony-winning performers completely comfortable with the businessman from Oshkosh.  Everybody has the same thing in common. They want to have a good time and be part of the excitement.” – MICHAEL FEINSTEIN; 

“It’s what you think the theatrical community is going to be like when you dream of going on Broadway.”  – LIZA MINNELLI

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

 

The Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Venue: The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street
 New York

Date: February 23, 2012

Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: $25, $50, $75

Reservations: Click here or call 800-982-2787.

 

THE SIEGEL SEASON at The Town Hall is supported, in part, by The Edythe Kenner Foundation, ASCAP, Jill & Irwin Cohen, TheaterMania.com, The Berkshire Theatre Group, Steve & Eda Sorokoff, Thoroughbred Records, Max Weintraub, Sylvia Atkins, Stuart E. Bloom & Robert L. Aaron: Lightstyles, LLC, and Steven Ernst.

 

The Actors Fund, a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, serves all professionals - and not just actors! - in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential needs.  A national organization with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund directly serves more than 12,000 performing arts and entertainment professionals across the country every year, and hundreds of thousand through our online resources.  In providing care and service to professionals throughout the industry, The Fund’s programs are wide in scope, responsive in nature, and produce significant results, affecting the lives of people in our community year after year. Employment in any division of the performing arts and entertainment industry is unpredictable.  The life of an entertainment professional is very similar to any worker or independent contractor that moves from job to job to make their living.  Work is erratic, security is fleeting and health insurance is often just a dream.  For all of these reasons and many more, The Actors Fund is an indispensable and deeply significant part of the entire entertainment community We welcome you to learn more about our programs and services, how you can Support The Fund, or how you can enjoy our Performances and Events by clicking on these links.

 

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Monday
Feb202012

Christina Bianco in Diva Moments & Jim Caruso's Cast Party February 20, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

 

 

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Drama Desk-nominated actress and acclaimed cabaret performer Christina Bianco will perform Diva Moments: Songs That Made Diva’s Out Of The Women Who Sang Them!

Praised for her work in Forbidden Broadway and Newsical The Musical, Bianco’s versatile vocals and celebrity impressions entertain and connect with audiences of all ages. Song selections range from Broadway classics to well-known standards and popular hits, including “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have”, “River Deep Mountain High”, “Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered”, “Last Dance” and a few Forbidden Broadway gems! Musical direction by Fred Barton.

Christina is currently starring Off-Broadway in Newsical The Musical and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in Forbidden Broadway; Goes To Rehab. She can be heard on both original cast recordings. Christina has performed professionally since the age of 8, beginning with Raffi On Broadway, a concert at the Gershwin Theatre, starring children’s singer Raffi. Since then, she has moved on to back up the likes of R&B star Deborah Cox and has performed at Radio City Music Hall, on The Today Show, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and star studded red carpet events at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. She originated the role of Dora in the long-running national tour of Dora The Explorer Live, performing for families all over the country including an unprecedented sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall. Classically trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Christina has performed in over 40 theatrical productions across the country.

A proud member of The Actors Equity Association, other professional/NY credits include; Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway Dances With The Stars, Tony and Tina’s Wedding (Tina). Regional: RENT (Maureen–The Weston Playhouse) Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Evita (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC),  Finding Nemo (Nemo-NYC workshop), Beehive, (Riverside Theatre), Into The Woods (Little Red), Candide (Cunegonde) and Children Of Eden (Yonah).

A MAC award-nominated cabaret artist, Christina is a regular fixture at New York City’s cabaret rooms. Christina recently performed in an unprecedented 8 month run of ‘11 O’Clock Numbers’ at Feinstein’s At The Regency. She frequently performs as a soloist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in their show, Mysterioso, and recently played the rold of Minnie Fay in their concert of Hello Dolly! starring Sandi Patty.

www.christinabianco.com

 

Diva Moments: Songs That Made Diva’s Out Of The Women Who Sang Them!

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: February 20, 2012

Tickets: $25

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

In 2011, the Cast Party was busy being on the road. It premiered in Chicago and in Pittsburgh, where Jim Caruso and a few other alumni partied at Sewickley Academy with Billy Stritch. They also had a fabulous run in Chicago and Las Vegas. Plus, they did their very first Cast Party at Sea on the Dave Koz Jazz Cruise to Alaska. To top it all off, they had their first ever Cast Party in Cleveland in October.

They are having the Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party on the 23rd of February at New York City Town Hall. For bookings, click here

There will be a Cast Party in LA again! The first 2012 LA Cast Party will be at The Coterie in Los on February 29 and March 1! Stay tuned for a special interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

That’s not all - the Cast Party is going to Florida on March 5 & 6 at 8pm!

  The Crest Theatre, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

Tickets: $42  Tel: 561-243-7922


Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: February 20, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com 

 

 

*If you are interested in having your show featured on Cabaret Confessional, click here for more information.

Find out how YOU can become an exclusive Founding Patron of Cabaret Confessional.

Subscribe to Cabaret Confessional via email.

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