Christine Lavin News

Long Island's Landmark On Main Street Celebrates Musical Legend ERVIN DRAKE's 95th Birthday, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

This April, legendary songwriter Ervin Drake will turn 95. A Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mr. Drake has written some of the American Songbook's most beloved classics, including: 'It Was a Very Good Year,' 'I Believe,' 'Tico Tico,' 'Quando Quando Quando,' 'Perdito' and 'Good Morning, Heartache.' 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production of Drake's 'What Makes Sammy Run' (starring Steve Lawrence), which featured songs 'A Room Without Windows' and 'The Friendliest Thing.' On Friday, April 25 at 8 pm, Producer Sandi Durell, Musical Director Jon Weber, and Host Charles Grodin will lead a tribute to Ervin's illustrious career that will feature a star-studded cast of musical theater and cabaret stars (more...)

Ali Harper Begins 2014 Residency at Rangi Ruru Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Acclaimed singer and actress Ali Harper starts today at Rangi Ruru Girls' School as Artist-in-Residence. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland with Lillias White, Ethan Pakchar, Douglas Lyons & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

On Monday, January 27, Broadway, jazz and pop performers jammed Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, as they have every Monday for the past ten years! The evening was made especially meaningful with the 5th 'Mentor Monday,' a monthly musical segment that pairs up and coming composers with established artists. Presenter Trevor McQueen combined Broadway's Lillias White with writers Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons, a young songwriting team who began collaborating while touring with The Book of Mormon. The resulting performance was the song, 'Not Meant To Be in Love,' accompanied by Matt Aument, which gave Lillias ample opportunity to be vampy and campy and otherwise leave the audience helpless with laughter. It was a perfect way to introduce the community to Lyons & Pakchar's clever wordplay and catchy melodies! (more...)

Jane Krakowski Joins COMEDY COCKTAILS 1/23 Lineup at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Just added to the lineup for COMEDY COCKTAILS 2 at 54 BELOW tomorrow night, Thursday January 23, is Tony Award winner and '30 Rock' star JANE KRAKOWSKI. (more...)

Playwright Greg Kotis to Visit DAVE'S GONE BY on UNCRadio, 1/11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Catch the NEW episode of Dave's Gone By (#453 - Urinenation) - LIVE, this Saturday, Jan. 11, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio (www.uncradio.com). (more...)

Carol Lawrence Visits DAVE'S GONE BY Radio Show Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2013

Catch the new episode of Dave's Gone By (#448 - Oh, Carol) - live, today, Dec. 14, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio. (more...)

Carol Lawrence to Visit DAVE'S GONE BY Radio Show, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Catch the new episode of Dave's Gone By (#448 - Oh, Carol) - live, this Saturday, Dec. 14, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio. (more...)

HIT LIST Concert, Caissie Levy, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Set for 54 Below Tonight; This Week's Listings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Broadway's Donna McKechnie Set for DAVE'S GONE BY Radio Show Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 07, 2013

Catch the NEW episode of Dave's Gone By (#447 - Oh, Donna) - LIVE, today, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio (www.uncradio.com). (more...)

New Episode of DAVE'S GONE BY Live Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Catch the NEW episode of Dave's Gone By (#446 - Say Cheese) - LIVE, this Saturday, Nov. 30, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio (www.uncradio.com). (more...)

'HUMPTY DUMPTY CRACKS UP' Set for PlayRoom Theater, The Duplex, 11/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

The musical comedy about nightclub singers and night-time musical fantasies - Humpty Dumpty Cracks Up: The Nightmare of Cabaret --- will be performed in Manhattan on November 23, 24, and 25. The cast includes cabaret singers themselves in prominent and cameo roles, along with singer-actors who are kids, teens and adults (senior citizens among them). In the year marking her triumphant nightclub return, not resting her laurels or her tuffet, singer KAREN WYMAN is featured as Little Miss Muffet, writer of self-help books for arachnophobes and bullied teens. Cabaret-goers will find other favorites in the cast such as TERESA FISCHER as the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Rotating guests in cameo and featured roles include such folks as RICKY RITZEL at the first performance, The Duplex's THOMAS HONECK at the middle performance, and Christine Lavin on the Monday night. As the legendary Little Bo Peep, TANYA MOBERLY sheepishly appears at the first and third performances. The plot concerns a first-time cabaret performer (WENDY RUSSELL), her singer pal (BRENDA BERGMAN) and strange dreams about nursery rhyme characters putting on cabaret acts. (more...)

THE OTHER PLACE, Gary Hopp & Friends and More Set for Artists' Exchange, Nov 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 08, 2013

Artists' Exchange has announced its upcoming events for November 2013. Details below! (more...)

THE OTHER PLACE, Gary Hopp & Friends and More Set for Artists' Exchange, Nov 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2013

Artists' Exchange has announced its upcoming events for November 2013. Details below! (more...)

Press Agent Susan L. Schulman Visits DAVE'S GONE BY Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 02, 2013

Catch the NEW episode of Dave's Gone By (#443 - Backstage Pass) - LIVE, today, Saturday, Nov. 2, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio (www.uncradio.com). Featuring: Rabbi Sol Solomon chats with theatrical press agent Susan L. Schulman ('Backstage Pass to Broadway'). Plus: Inside Broadway and remembering Lou Reed. (more...)

Press Agent Susan L. Schulman to Visit DAVE'S GONE BY, 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2013

Catch the NEW episode of Dave's Gone By (#443 - Backstage Pass) - LIVE, this Saturday, Nov. 2, 9am-noon(MT) streaming on UNC Radio (www.uncradio.com). Featuring: Rabbi Sol Solomon chats with theatrical press agent SUSAN L. SCHULMAN ('Backstage Pass to Broadway'). Plus: Inside Broadway and remembering Lou Reed. (more...)

Playwright Mario Fratti Visits DAVE'S GONE BY, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 04, 2013

Catch the NEW episode of Dave's Gone By (#440 - Super Mario) - LIVE, this Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-1pm (MT) streaming on UNC Radio (www.uncradio.com). 11th Anniversary Episode featuring: Rabbi Sol Solomon chats with veteran playwright MARIO FRATTI. Plus: Inside Broadway,Saturday Segues (Matthew Sweet, John Lennon), Bob Dylan - Sooner & Later (nobel deeds) & more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tonya Pinkins, Capathia Jenkins and More at Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2013

You never know who will show up at Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland! The award-winning open mic/variety show has been the place for show folk to strut their stuff for the past ten years, with no let-up in sight. Scroll down for a look at this week's star-studded concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK & More Attend Jim Caruso's CAST PARTY, 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2013

Over the past ten years, Jim Caruso's Cast Party has become the ultimate spot for show folk to mix, mingle and entertain themselves and the people who love them. It helps that Birdland, it's home base, has been a world-class music room since 1949, that the sound, lights, food and staff are all top-notch, and that the entertainers that drop in are accompanied by world-class musicians. This past Monday night, the cast of "Real Housewives of New York" joined in on the Cast Party fun. Music was made, fun was had, and there was some vamping, camping and scamping, what with series regulars LuAnn de Lesseps, Mario and Ramona Singer, Heather Thompson, and Sonja Morgan in the house. Ann Hampton Callaway created a fabulous impromptu song for the cast of characters, and Monica Mancini thrilled the crowd with two of her dad Henry's biggest hits, ably accompanied by Shelly Berg on piano and Dave Koz on sax. Beloved regulars like Christine Lavin, Therese Curatolo, Gabrielle Stravelli, T. Oliver Reid, Andrew Nemr, Lodi Carr, Jon Victor Corpus and Nancy Harms performed their hearts out. Jessica Keenan Wynn, Annika, Shane Stevens, Tabitha Fair, Cole Burden and Katherine Alcorn made brilliant debuts. Happily, Billy Stritch, Steve Doyle and Carmen Intorre were the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra, dazzling and accompanying everyone. Check out a look back below! (more...)

Sutton Foster's Singing Soars but Her New Show Falls Flat at Café Carlyle
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 14, 2013

Sutton Foster may be a Tony-Award winning Broadway Musical Theatre darling, but if her opening-night show this past Wednesday at Café Carlyle (which launched her current three-week run until September 28) is the best she can do, she's far from also being considered a nightclub/cabaret diva. (more...)

Martin Vidnovic & More to Join Ali Stroker in Tomorrow's BROADWAY BALLYHOO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2013

Two-Time Tony Nominee, Martin Vidnovic (Oklahoma, Baby, etc.) will join Ali Stroker, who first rose to fame in The Glee Project on TV, and then upped the ante when she graduated into Glee. Also joining the cast are Glee Project Star Dani Shay, famous folk singer/songwriter Christine Lavin, Broadway Rising Star Dominque Solano, and visiting Australian star Catherine Alcorn. They will all appear in the next Broadway Ballyhoo on Wednesday, Sept. 11th at 10:30 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. (more...)

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