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The RRazz Room at the Prince Opens 9/18The RRazz Room at the Prince Opens 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

The RRazz Room at The Prince is an intimate venue programmed by the entrepreneurs who created the infamous and iconic RRazz Room in San Francisco. The RRazz Room brand has become synonymous with quality entertainment presented at its purest and most intimate form. The unique space allows patrons to experience all their favorite entertainers up close and personal. The RRazz Room venues (also located in Coral Springs, FL, South Miami-Dade, FL, and New Hope, PA) present performances by local and national artists from a wide variety of musical and theatrical genres including Broadway, pop, opera, gospel, drag, comedy, rhythm & blues, and jazz. The RRazz Room at the Prince is located within the historic Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 (near the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets on the Avenue of the Arts). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Karen Mason in Return Engagement at Don't Tell MamaPhoto Coverage: Karen Mason in Return Engagement at Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 29, 2015

Karen Mason returned to the legendary theatre district cabaret nightspot Don't Tell Mama--which has been a launch pad for countless future stars in cabaret and theater since it inaugurated its cabaret rooms in November 1982- Karen returned again after a highly acclaimed run in March at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street) and BroadwayWorld was there. This is the very room that she and Nancy LaMott opened in l982. Mason at Mama's is her brand new show with great new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music she and her longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's. The show was directed by award winning  Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Christopher Denny. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: Cabaret World Mourns As Singing Legend JULIE WILSON Dies at 90BREAKING NEWS: Cabaret World Mourns As Singing Legend JULIE WILSON Dies at 90
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 6, 2015

Singer and actress Julie Wilson, arguably one of the greatest cabaret chanteuses to grace a stage, died early this morning at the age of 90, according to her long time accompanist and friend Christopher Denny, who posted the news on his Facebook page. As of 8:45 this morning, the news of Wilson's death had not yet broken through major news outlets. Denny reported that Wilson 'died peacefully, surrounded by people who loved her, after having sustained two strokes over the last several days.' Up until the past couple of months of her life, the energetic Wilson was still being seen at various cabaret shows around town and supporting the new breed of stars, recently having the time of her life at a Mark Nadler show at the York Theatre. (more...)

Don't Tell Mama to Honor MAMMA MIA!'s Karen Mason on March 30Don't Tell Mama to Honor MAMMA MIA!'s Karen Mason on March 30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Don't Tell Mama will honor the Broadway and cabaret star Karen Mason on Monday March 30 at 7pm, the final performance of the legendary singer's current ten-show major engagement at the club. Mason, who, with the late great Nancy LaMott, opened the Theater District nightspot in November of 1982, also celebrates her own birthday on that night. (more...)

BWW Reviews: KAREN MASON Returns To Her Cabaret Roots and Triumphs with Stunningly Nostalgic New Show at Don't Tell MamaBWW Reviews: KAREN MASON Returns To Her Cabaret Roots and Triumphs with Stunningly Nostalgic New Show at Don't Tell Mama
by Billie Roe - Mar 7, 2015

“March is Cabaret Month” in New York gives us the opportunity to examine where we are, and, most importantly, where we have come from with this most magical of all art forms--Cabaret. So how very fortunate we are to see and hear veteran Broadway actress and cabaret performer, Karen Mason return to her roots to lovingly take us down memory lane with her new show Mason at Mama's In March at Don't Tell Mama (which opened on March 1st). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK CD RELEASE SHOW Encore is WhimsicalBWW Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK CD RELEASE SHOW Encore is Whimsical
by David Clarke - Feb 12, 2015

Stearns Matthews, a 2015 Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Recording, celebrated the late 2014 release of his debut album Spark last night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Giving an encore performance of his critically lauded Spark CD Release Show, the accomplished performer and three-time MAC Award nominee entertained audiences with his whimsical set and his dazzling and bright lyric baritone instrument. (more...)

Karen Mason to Play Don't Tell Mama Throughout MarchKaren Mason to Play Don't Tell Mama Throughout March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

At 7pm every Sunday and Monday during the month of March, Karen will return to the legendary cabaret Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street), to the very room that she and Nancy LaMott opened in l982. Mason at Mama's in March is her brand new show with great new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music she and her longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's. This engagement will culminate in a special Birthday Celebration on Monday, March 30th. Mason at Mama's In March will be directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Christopher Denny. (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Perform at the Beechman, 2/11Stearns Matthews to Perform at the Beechman, 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews will present an encore performance of the release show for his debut album, SPARK, on Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With PizzazzBWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With Pizzazz
by David Clarke - Dec 15, 2014

Celebrated solo cabaret performer Stearns Matthews recently released his debut solo album SPARK. The record serves as a wonderful introduction to his earnest and soothing lyrical baritone instrument. Each of the 11 tracks on the album is a song most already know and love, piquing interest in SPARK. Yet, Stearns Matthews wins us over as he sings them in such a way that the numbers sound completely brand new again. (more...)

Stearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show TonightStearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews is proud to announce the release of his debut album, SPARK, today, November 1st, 2014. After six years of entertaining in cabaret rooms with “a voice as pure as rainwater” (William Westhoven, The Daily Record), Matthews leaps to the next stage of his career: recording. The recording showcases Matthews' musical versatility as well as dynamic range, and features a mix of new arrangements of time-tested standards, musical theater favorites, as well as a never-before-recorded song by John Bucchino, My Alligator and Me. (more...)

Kritzerland Brings Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad TonightKritzerland Brings Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIUS! The Songs of The Sherman Brothers' tonight, November 15, 2014 to 7:00 PM and 9:00PM. (more...)

Olivier Nominee Brent Barrett Premieres 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room TonightOlivier Nominee Brent Barrett Premieres 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

This month, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22nd St.). (more...)

Brent Barrett and More Play The Metropolitan Room This WeekBrent Barrett and More Play The Metropolitan Room This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

This coming week, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Brent Barrett in Rehearsal for LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB at the Met RoomPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Brent Barrett in Rehearsal for LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB at the Met Room
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

This month, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22nd St.). Scroll down for a sneak peek at Barrett in rehearsal! (more...)

Stearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show TonightStearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2014

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews is proud to announce the release of his debut album, SPARK, today, November 1st, 2014. (more...)

Olivier Nominee Brent Barrett to Premiere New Show 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room Next MonthOlivier Nominee Brent Barrett to Premiere New Show 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

This November, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22nd St.). (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Play Album Release Shows, 11/01, 12/06Stearns Matthews to Play Album Release Shows, 11/01, 12/06
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews is proud to announce the release of his debut album, SPARK, on Saturday, November 1st, 2014. After six years of entertaining in cabaret rooms with “a voice as pure as rainwater” (William Westhoven, The Daily Record), Matthews leaps to the next stage of his career: recording. The recording showcases Matthews' musical versatility as well as dynamic range, and features a mix of new arrangements of time-tested standards, musical theater favorites, as well as a never-before-recorded song by John Bucchino, My Alligator and Me. (more...)

Kritzerland to Present THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY! at the Triad, 11/16Kritzerland to Present THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY! at the Triad, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY! A Potpourri of Kritzerland Favorites' on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Kritzerland to Bring Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad, 11/15Kritzerland to Bring Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad, 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIUS! The Songs of The Sherman Brothers' on Saturday, November 15, 2014 to 7:00 PM and 9:00PM. (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Stearns Matthews is a three-time MAC Award nominee in three different categories (Best Male Debut, 2009; Best Male Vocalist, 2011; Best Musical Comedy Performer, 2013), has appeared twice at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and was the first-ever first runner-up in the Metropolitan Room's MetroStar Talent Challenge in 2008 (more...)

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