BroadwayWorld.Com to Stage First NYC Cabaret Awards Show at The Metropolitan Room, February 21, 2013

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BroadwayWorld.com is proud and excited to announce that it has joined forces with The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street), one of New York City's leading cabaret venues, to stage a variety show on February 21, 2013 (6:30-9 pm) featuring the winners of the voting now being held on the site and which ends on December 31. More than 3,000 nominations were posted on the site after BroadwayWorld.com announced its first-ever New York Cabaret Awards in early October, and more than 200 performers in 20 categories made the final ballot that is currently being voted on by cabaret fans throughout the New York metro area and beyond.

[To cast your 2012 New York BWW Cabaret Awards votes, begin here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Voting-Open-for-2012-BWW-Cabaret-Awards-Vote-Now-20121106]

The 2012 BWW New York Cabaret Award winners will be announced in early January 2013 and winners will be presented with special 2012 BWW Cabaret Award certificates at the Feb. 21 show. Metropolitan Room Managing Partner Bernie Furshpan will host and Stephen Hanks, BWW's lead cabaret reviewer and columnist, will serve as the show's Master of Ceremonies. For reservations, go to: www.metropolitanroom.com/show_right.cfm?id=87846&cart or call 212-206-0440.

"We believe the BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards clearly represents BWW's interest in and commitment to the art of cabaret," says Hanks. "We hope the Awards program and the show at the Metropolitan Room helps raise awareness about cabaret and all the great entertainers in that community. So many great performers were nominated for awards, which is proof of the breath of singing and acting talent in New York that unfortunately doesn't get recognized or is supported enough. There were many people nominated who did not make the final ballot so anyone and everyone in the cabaret performing community should be proud of their accomplishments and hopefully will feel gratified that the time, effort, and financial resources they invest in their passion is being acknowledged and rewarded."

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Many of the 2012 BWW New York Cabaret Award nominees performed their shows at the Metropolitan Room, including Cabaret Show of the Year candidates Barb Jungr, Carole J. Bufford, Lennie Watts, Lauren Fox, and Shaynee Rainbolt and Donn Trenner. "I'm so excited to have the opportunity to host the first-ever BroadwayWorld.Com New York Cabaret Awards Show," says Furshpan. "It's only fitting that The Metropolitan Room is honoring and showcasing some of the most talented performers around and our staff is truly looking forward to celebrating with the winners on February 21." 

Voted #1 Jazz and Cabaret Club by New York Magazine, The Metropolitan Room is one of the most critically acclaimed venues in NYC and is known as the "Home" for big name talents and rising stars. The Metropolitan Room is located in the heart of Manhattan in the Flatiron/Chelsea District and brings the best in live music to New York City, every night of the week, at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, with special shows also at 11:30. Fabulous award-winning Broadway, TV, Film and Radio performers take the stage in an intimate 115-seat atmosphere reminiscent of the golden age of cabaret. The renowned Chelsea club and performance space provides an intimate atmosphere for a range of entertainments as diverse as New York itself. From spectacles like "The Sophisticates: Strip as it was Meant to be Teased" to performances by drag comedienne Hedda Lettuce, side-splitting comedy acts and moving cabaret sets by top Broadway stars. For more information go to: www.metropolitanroom.com

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Stephen Hanks During more than 30 years as a magazine editor/writer, website writer, and book author for a variety of national magazines and websites, Stephen Hanks has written about sports, health and nutrition, parenting, politics, the media, and most recently, musical theater, and cabaret. While by day, Stephen is the Advertising Sales Director for Habitat Magazine (a publication covering life in New York Metro area co-ops and condos), by night he writes reviews and columns about New York City cabaret for BroadwayWorld.com. Stephen also writes feature stories about cabaret for Cabaret Scenes Magazine and CabaretScenes.org. He is also the Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City, and he is the founder, producer and director of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, which is a workshop for amateur performers that rehearses and presents staged readings of classic Broadway Musicals. In 2011, Stephen was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway show THE FARTISTE. Stephen most recently staged his debut solo cabaret show, "Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook" at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: stephenhanks41@gmail.com