Photo Flash: Amra-Faye Wright, Valarie Pettiford, et al. at CAST PARTY!
Jim Caruso's Cast Party packed Birdland with a huge variety of talent on Monday night. The weekly open mic, recently called "the best party in the universe" by the Australian Cabaret Confidential, was the place for Broadway folk like Amra-Faye Wright (currently starring as Velma in Chicago), supperclub star Clint Holmes (in rehearsal for his upcoming Café Carlyle run), country legend Larry Gatlin, jazz superstars Jane Monheit, Natalie Douglas and Sachal Vasandani, publicist and birthday boy Richard Hillman, "Broadway Beat" host Richie Ridge, musical director/pianist Ron Abel, cabaret folks like Scott Coulter and Carole J. Bufford (this Monday's11 O'Clock Numbers revue at Birdland), and regulars Allana Adderly, Daniel Kirkley, Matthew Falber, William Blake, and LA diva Valarie Pettiford!
There were musical theater students visiting from Cal-State, a table of talented Aussie performers, and a pair of French models...just a normal night at Cast Party! A highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance of "If You Don't Know Me By Now," harmonized perfectly by William Blake, Jane Monheit and Larry Gatlin, with musical assistance from the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra, Tedd Firth and Steve Doyle.
Check out photos from he event below!
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Carole Jay Bufford
Jim Caruso Hawking His Wares
Stacy Sullivan, Natalie Douglas, Savannah Brown