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Tanya Moberly, Frank Dain & More to Judge MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT!Tanya Moberly, Frank Dain & More to Judge MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

'Mama's Next BIG Act!' a 12-week talent competition that mixes styles and genres, is announcing its celebrity judges panel today. Featuring a mother lode of entertainers, critics and notable personalities, the jury pool is also reflective of the contest's diversity, pitting -- in direct competition -- solo, duo and group acts in music, magic, drag, burlesque and variety. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Russ Weatherford Honored in THIS IS YOUR NIGHT at the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Russ Weatherford Honored in THIS IS YOUR NIGHT at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 13, 2015

New York Cabaret Community Honors Actor/Director/Photographer RUSS WEATHERFORD With All-Star Show at Metropolitan Room. (more...)

Full Lineup Set for Help Is On The Way Today Gala at the Metropolitan Room, 5/17Full Lineup Set for Help Is On The Way Today Gala at the Metropolitan Room, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Help Is On The Way Today will hold its annual fundraising Gala on Sunday, May 17th, at Metropolitan Room.   (more...)

Full Lineup Set for Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Gala, 5/17Full Lineup Set for Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Gala, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Help Is On The Way Today will hold its annual fundraising Gala on Sunday, May 17th, at Metropolitan Room.  Help Is On The Way Today is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2005 by MAC AWARD winning producer, Joseph Macchia, to assist children and youth living with HIV and AIDS. The full lineup of incredible talent has been confirmed. Solo performers include: (more...)

BWW Reviews: Enjoyable Revue at the Metropolitan Room Showcases the Prodigious Songbook of Composer NICHOLAS LEVINBWW Reviews: Enjoyable Revue at the Metropolitan Room Showcases the Prodigious Songbook of Composer NICHOLAS LEVIN
by Andrew Martin - May 4, 2015

Somewhere In This Song: The Music and Lyrics of Nicholas Levin, which premiered this past Saturday afternoon at Metropolitan Room is a hit show that will undoubtedly find its legs for a much-deserved extended run there, or possibly on an Off-Broadway stage. Levin, a prodigious songwriter, has never achieved the recognition he deserves, in spite of getting a handful of award nominations, his stellar contributions to the 2006 hit Off-Broadway musical That Time of the Year at the York Theatre, and his long participation in the acclaimed ASCAP/MAC Songwriters Showcases. But with this latest revue featuring his songbook, Levin--and his work--may finally get his chance to shine. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna HayesBWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes
by Billie Roe - Mar 12, 2015

When Cole Porter wrote, 'Anything Goes,' he could have easily been referring to New York cabaret circa the 2000-sies. One of the joys of attending and reviewing cabaret shows in the Big Apple these days is that every performing style, show theme, cultural perspective, political point of view, race, gender, and sexual preference is represented on a stage. Some cabaret purists may not agree, but the genre seems to have no boundaries in terms of what is acceptable and what is not. And as long as a show is entertaining, who cares about boundaries and strict definitions of what works in the art form? Here are reviews of three recent shows from Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes that reflect the delicious diversity that is cabaret. (more...)

ROBIN BAXTER'S BEAUTY TIPS & CHAINSAW REPAIR SHOW Set for Metro Baptist Church, 2/8ROBIN BAXTER'S BEAUTY TIPS & CHAINSAW REPAIR SHOW Set for Metro Baptist Church, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

She's baaaack! Broadway's Robin Baxter (Mamma Mia, Footloose) will present Robin Baxter's Bipolar Beauty Tips & Chainsaw Repair Show, her tumultuous journey on and off Broadway with bipolar illness, for one night only at Metro Baptist Church (410 West 40th Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) on Sunday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. Directed by Jay Rogers (When Pigs Fly, Whoop-Dee-Doo!)with Musical Direction by Doug Katsaros (Somewhere in Time, The Toxic Avenger) the evening will include a mix of cabaret, music, song - and power point, as Ms. Baxter literally and figuratively takes a chainsaw to the stigma of mental health. Tickets are free, although donations will be accepted at the door. There will be a live chainsaw present. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/r-b-s-bipolar-beautytips-chainsaw-repair-show. (more...)

The Metropolitan Room to Attempt 60-Hour Variety Show for Guinness World Record, 1/01-4The Metropolitan Room to Attempt 60-Hour Variety Show for Guinness World Record, 1/01-4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2014

For 60 continuous hours, from 7pm on Thursday January 1 to 7am on Sunday January 4, New York's Metropolitan Room is staging what it is billing as "The Longest Variety Show Ever." Featuring approximately 160 performers and 15 emcees, the entertainment will span music, burlesque, comedy, drag, theatre/opera, magic and puppetry. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Carolyn Montgomery-Forant Triumphantly Rises Again in Cabaret With Life-Affirming Show VISIBLE PHOENIX at the BeechmanBWW Reviews: Carolyn Montgomery-Forant Triumphantly Rises Again in Cabaret With Life-Affirming Show VISIBLE PHOENIX at the Beechman
by Billie Roe - Nov 26, 2014

According to mythology, the 'Phoenix' was a bird of great beauty, said to have lived 1,000 years in the Arabian wilderness. The Phoenix burns itself to ashes on an ancient funeral pyre, only to rise again from those ashes with the renewed exuberance of youth. Its renewed life cycle symbolizes the immortality of the spirit, the rebirth of idealism, the essence of creativity, and the aura of eternal hope. With her new show at the Laurie Beechman, Visible Phoenix (which opened October 17 and returned last Friday night), multi-award winner Carolyn Montgomery-Forant has returned to the cabaret stage (after a 14-year hiatus to raise her son and run a cafe business) as the very personification of that rare beautiful bird. (more...)

THIS IS YOUR NIGHT! to Honor Joseph Macchia at the Met Room, 10/27THIS IS YOUR NIGHT! to Honor Joseph Macchia at the Met Room, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

THIS IS YOUR NIGHT! will honor Joseph Macchia at the Metropolitan Room on October 27, 2014 at p.m. (more...)

Ben Platt, Tony Yazbeck, NYC Cabaret Festival & More Set for 54 Below this WeekBen Platt, Tony Yazbeck, NYC Cabaret Festival & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

This August and September 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

PREVIEW: LinuxCon and CloudOpen Will Include Linux Quiz Show, Comic Book Hero Costume Contest and 5K Fun Run PREVIEW: LinuxCon and CloudOpen Will Include Linux Quiz Show, Comic Book Hero Costume Contest and 5K Fun Run
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today released a preview of onsite activities, keynotes, co-located events and more taking place at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America August 20-22, 2014 at the Sheraton, Chicago. Late-breaking keynote confirmations being announced include Douglas Balog of IBM, Michael Enescu of Cisco, and Imad Sousou of Intel. (more...)

Local Motors to Be Featured at White House Maker FaireLocal Motors to Be Featured at White House Maker Faire
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

In February 2014 the White House announced its intent to celebrate America's students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future at its first-ever Maker Faire. The event will take place at the White House on Wednesday, June 18th. It will feature “makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.” (more...)

AllSeen Alliance Reaches 50 Members; Expands Smart Home, Connected Car and Security Focus AllSeen Alliance Reaches 50 Members; Expands Smart Home, Connected Car and Security Focus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The AllSeen Alliance, the broadest Internet of Everything open-source project, today announced strong momentum in its mission to drive connectivity among devices, systems, services and the people they serve with the addition of six new members GEO Semiconductor, Local Motors, Octoblu, Razer, Red Bend Software and Symantec. (more...)

NYMF to Stage Reading of IDAHO!, 4/25NYMF to Stage Reading of IDAHO!, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Theatre professionals who missed IDAHO! at NYMF will have an opportunity to see it in staged reading this Friday, April 25th only. The new musical, named 'Best of Fest' was met with cascades of laughter during its sold-out run, prompting the festival to add extra performances. The show has been described as "a rollicking satire that takes the sexually-charged subtext of the classic musical and puts it front and center." One four-time Tony winning producer called it simply, "A hoot and a half!" (more...)

The Linux Foundation Announces Keynote Speaker Line Up for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America The Linux Foundation Announces Keynote Speaker Line Up for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the keynote speakers for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America, taking place August 20-22 at the Sheraton Chicago. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DIRTY LITTLE SONGS Plays 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: DIRTY LITTLE SONGS Plays 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 1, 2014

Award-winning theater and cabaret performers Eric Michael Gillett (Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs, Kiss Me, Kate), Carolyn Montgomery-Forant (MAC/Bistro/Nightlife Awards), Sidney Myer (MAC/Bistro/Mabel Mercer Award-winner,Grandma Sylvia's Funeral) & Drama Desk nominee Jay Rogers (Whoop-Dee-Doo, When Pigs Fly) joined forces to present an evening of sly songs with titillating tunes & lascivious lyrics from the present to days of yore. Sondheim, Flanders & Swann, Coward & Porter mixed with just a dash of Tom Lehrer & even Pete Townshend, Dirty Little Songs was performed with a wink & a nudge by four of cabaret's funniest & most prolific performers. Check out photos from the special performance below! (more...)

Judy Kaye 54 Sings Funny Girl & More Set for 54 Below this WeekJudy Kaye 54 Sings Funny Girl & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

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...)

DIRTY LITTLE SONGS Encore Performance at 54 Below, 3/30DIRTY LITTLE SONGS Encore Performance at 54 Below, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2014

Award-winning theater and cabaret performers Eric Michael Gillett (Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs, Kiss Me, Kate), Carolyn Montgomery-Forant(MAC/Bistro/Nightlife Awards), Sidney Myer (MAC/Bistro/Mabel Mercer Award-winner,Grandma Sylvia's Funeral) & Drama Desk nominee Jay Rogers (Whoop-Dee-Doo, When Pigs Fly) join forces to present an evening of sly songs with titillating tunes & lascivious lyrics from the present to days of yore. Sondheim, Flanders & Swann, Coward & Porter mixed with just a dash of Tom Lehrer & even Pete Townshend, performed with a wink & a nudge by four of cabaret's funniest & most prolific performers. (more...)

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