Photo Flash: Jim Caruso's Cast Party at The Magic Castle, Hollywood


This past Wednesday and Thursday, host Jim Caruso and musical director Billy Stritch oversaw another Hollywood edition of Cast Party, the wildly successful open mic night, which tours the country celebrating local talent. The event, made up of impromptu musical performances, has been running every Monday at Birdland in New York City for the past eight years.

LA Weekly called the showbiz bash a "veritable Who's Who-tenanny," and it's no wonder. There were drop-ins by Donna McKechnie, Michele Lee, composer Georgia Stitt and singers Todd Buonopane, Jasmine Jobity, Daniel Datzer, Chris Mann, Ilene Graff, James Snyder, Julie Garnye, Erich Bergen, Erin Quill, Sharon McKnight, Zachary Ford, Jen Malenke, Daniel Tatar, Jake Simpson, Jessica KeeNan Wynn, Marvin Matthews, "Hannah Montana's" Romi Dames, The Tonics, and magician Joel Ward, among many others. A highlight of the evening came when Caruso, Stritch and Cortes Alexander, who performed as the Williams Brothers in the Tony-winning "Liza's At The Palace," joined musical forces with Dick Williams, one of the actual Williams Brothers. The quartet sang "Hello, Hello," the opening number of Kay Thompson's historic nightclub act, which featured the singing brothers.


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