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BWW Reviews: Liza is Back!BWW Reviews: Liza is Back!
by Heidi Scheuermann - Jul 27, 2015

The sparkles and feather boas were out in full force last night because after more than a year away from the stage, EGOT winner Liza Minnelli is back in action!  Last night she graced the Gulf Coast at Biloxi's IP Casino with her comeback performance "Liza Minnelli in Concert with Billy Stritch." (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Founded by BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling (On-air Producer and Host for live entertainment news events in Los Angeles), Sterling's Upstairs first opened its doors at the renowned Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, CA. where it single handedly brought back to Los Angeles the art of intimate upscale cabaret concerts which had all but vanished from the cultural scene in movie town, USA.  However, in due time, the venue was whole heartedly embraced by enthusiasts of LA's performing arts community and continued to thrive for 6 successful years in a former storage room that was transformed by Sterling into a true supper club environment.   (more...)

Liza Minnelli Lists the 10 Things That Make Her HappyLiza Minnelli Lists the 10 Things That Make Her Happy
by Nora Dominick - Jul 17, 2015

Liza Minnelli is at it again! The Living legend of the stage and screen is set to perform at Mississippi's IP Casino Resort & Spa this month and will bring her new show, Great Day, to two venues in Oklahoma this November. This past week she sat down with PAPER to discuss her top 10 things that make her happy! (more...)

Broadway's Kevin Earley to Perform at Sterling's Upstairs, 3/30Broadway's Kevin Earley to Perform at Sterling's Upstairs, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Broadway's Kevin Earley will perform his Solo Cabaret "On the Record" at Sterling's Upstairs on March 30, 2015. Kevin's Broadway credits include Les Miserables,Throughly Modern Millie, A Tale of Two Cities and the tittle role in Roundabout Theater's Death Takes a Holiday. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jim Caruso's Cast Party Returns to Beverly Hills with 'Extreme' Open MicPhoto Flash: Jim Caruso's Cast Party Returns to Beverly Hills with 'Extreme' Open Mic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

For the second time since December, sax superstar Dave Koz presented Jim Caruso's Cast Party in his new music room, The Dave Koz Lounge, which is located at Spaghettini in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Liza Minnelli and Cortes Alexander Surprise Audience with 'I Love a Violin'STAGE TUBE: Liza Minnelli and Cortes Alexander Surprise Audience with 'I Love a Violin'
by Stage Tube - Dec 26, 2014

As previously reported, Liza Minnelli recently announced her full recovery from her back surgery and gave a surprise performance in Hollywood earlier this month. The 68-year-old appeared on stage at Cortes Alexander's annual holiday show at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in Hollywood, CA, on December 22 to support her close friend. The star went on to perform a duet of 'I Love a Violin' with Alexander and received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd, which included Barbra Streisand's son Jason Gould and half-sister Roslyn Kind. Watch her performance below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: CORTES ALEXANDER Returns to Sterling's with a Bag Full of Surprises for a SWELL NOELBWW Reviews: CORTES ALEXANDER Returns to Sterling's with a Bag Full of Surprises for a SWELL NOEL
by Don Grigware - Dec 24, 2014

On Monday December 22 the terribly amusing song stylist Cortes Alexander presented his annual Swell Noel to an uber packed house at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Alexander has such frenetic energy and charm that, and I've said this before, you just want to wrap him up. What a joyous Christmas present...and with his two glorious backup singers, the Swell Girls Melissa Bailey and Julie Gar (more...)

BWW Blog: Recommended Reading by MFF's Harold GibbonsBWW Blog: Recommended Reading by MFF's Harold Gibbons
by Mark Fisher Fitness - Dec 8, 2014

Whoa, it's been a hot minute, so I want to get us back on track with some interesting articles. I have three that I'd like to share with you, so we can all get better together. I say 'better' because I'm not sure that 'smarter' is what we're after. (more...)

Jennifer Kranz, Adrienne Visnic and More to Celebrate a 'Thanks for Giving' November at Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalJennifer Kranz, Adrienne Visnic and More to Celebrate a 'Thanks for Giving' November at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Jennifer Kranz, winner of LA's Next Great Stage Star 2014; and Stage Star top finalist Adrienne Visnic make their respective headlining debuts at Sterling's Upstairs November 16th and 23rd. (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs to Celebrate 8th Anniversary this MonthSterling's Upstairs to Celebrate 8th Anniversary this Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2014

Sterling's Upstairs - housed at popular LA hot spot The Federal in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District - has not only been described by the Los Angeles Times as "LA's cabaret destination;" but was just cited by LA Weekly as one of Los Angeles's top five supper clubs, With an arsenal of similar accolades from LA based media, Sterling's Upstairs celebrates its eight-year anniversary this month with Broadway performers Maura Hanlon Smith (June 9), Sandy Bainum (June 22) and Bernard Dotson (June 29-June 30). Kritzerland Records' Nobody Does it Better... The songs of Dorothy Fields kicked off the month-long celebration on June 1st featuring Tara Browne, Cynthia Ferrer, Zachary Ford, Kim Huber, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Sarah Staitman, Robert Yacko and Special Guest... Broadway's Kerry O'Malley. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Singer Cortes Alexander Returns to Sterling's with a Swell NoelBWW Reviews: Singer Cortes Alexander Returns to Sterling's with a Swell Noel
by Don Grigware - Dec 24, 2013

On Sunday December 22 the amazing Cortes Alexander presented his Thou Swell Noel to a packed house at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Alexander has such frenetic energy and charm that, and I've said this before, you just want to wrap him up. What a joyous Christmas present...and with his two glorious backup singers, the Swell Girls Melissa Bailey and Julie Garnye, who could ask for anything more? Yes, a band! There was an electric four-piece band with musical director Norman Ludwin on bass, David Arana at the piano, Mark Converse on drums and Paul Landry on guitar.Paul's 10-year old son Zeut Landry was a very special guest who accompanied Alexander on a Cajon Drum Box during his beautiful composition 'Marguerite'. This 'Little Drummer Boy' is also big on talent! (more...)

2013 Holiday Shows For Your Merry Entertainment!2013 Holiday Shows For Your Merry Entertainment!
by Ellen Dostal - Nov 19, 2013

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit? Check out this list of options to help you have a festive month and bookmark this page for handy reference! (To be updated with new shows as announced). (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Sterling Celebration for a Sterling GentlemanBWW Reviews: A Sterling Celebration for a Sterling Gentleman
by Ellen Dostal - Sep 17, 2013

On September 15th, 1 host, 12 singers, 2 musical directors, 1 comedian, and a packed house of friends and invited guests celebrated Michael Sterling's birthday at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. The night, appropriately titled A Sterling Affair, was a sparkling tribute to the man whose name has come to be synonymous with Los Angeles cabaret. (more...)

Photo Flash: Clarke Thorell Brings SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN to Broadway at Birdland; ANNIE's Faith Prince and More Visit!Photo Flash: Clarke Thorell Brings SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN to Broadway at Birdland; ANNIE's Faith Prince and More Visit!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2013

The Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed Broadway's Clarke Thorell in Songs I Wish I'd Written for one night only, Monday, August 5 at 7pm. The concert featured songs by Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, Adam Guettel, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Elvis Costello, Chris Thile, and Sting. Joining Clarke were Musical Director/pianist Dan Lipton, along with singers Brian d'Arcy James, Cortes Alexander, Haven Burton and Jim Caruso. The band also included Simon Kafka on guitar & other strings, Mark Vanderpoel on bass and Shannon Ford on drums. Scroll down for photos! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2013

Crown City Theatre announces its new season featuring DANGEROUS CORNER by J.B. Priestley Sept. 27th, 2012, COMPANY by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim Feb. 14th, 2013, and THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue May 23rd, 2013. Also, keep a look out for their surprise Christmas show to be announced in October(Dates and shows subject to change.) (more...)

Photo Flash: Cortes Alexander Brings THE SWELL SHOW to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Cortes Alexander Brings THE SWELL SHOW to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2013

On Monday, May 13, Cortes Alexander stormed the Broadway at Birdland stage with 'The Swell Show,' along with Billy Stritch at the piano, Ray Marchica on drums, Norman Ludwin on bass, Clarke Thorell on guitar/ukulele, and Julie Garnye and Melissa Bailey as 'The Swell Girls.' Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Cortes Alexander, BossaBrasil Festival and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, Now thru 5/19Cortes Alexander, BossaBrasil Festival and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their exciting line-up of exceptional talent for today, May 13 - May 19. (more...)

Cortes Alexander, BossaBrasil Festival and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, 5/13-19Cortes Alexander, BossaBrasil Festival and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, 5/13-19
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their exciting line-up of exceptional talent for May 13 - May 19. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2013

Crown City Theatre announces its new season featuring DANGEROUS CORNER by J.B. Priestley Sept. 27th, 2012, COMPANY by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim Feb. 14th, 2013, and THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue May 23rd, 2013. Also, keep a look out for their surprise Christmas show to be announced in October(Dates and shows subject to change.) (more...)

Don Grigware Announces His Best in LA Theatre for 2012Don Grigware Announces His Best in LA Theatre for 2012
by Don Grigware - Dec 24, 2012

The choices I have made are based solely on the plays and performances that I actually saw. I cannot see all the great talent that is out there in LA; it is physically impossible, as there exist far too many theatre/cabaret performances for one person to cover. So if a choice of yours is not on my list, chances are, I did not see that play or performance...or, it just did not make the final cut. I also do not separate Equity from Equity waiver; I consider all the productions/performances I select to be of top-of-the-line quality/professionalism. (more...)

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