Jenna Esposito News

Chita Rivera, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its October 2014 schedule, featuring Chita Rivera, Dave Leibman Big Band, Miss Coco Peru, Benny Green Trio, Kenny Baron and Dave Holland, Barbara Carroll, Ron Carter Nonet, Jane Monheit's Jazz Party, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro to Kick Off 11-Day Run This Thursday in Little Italy
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City's longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival, will begin on Thursday, September 11 and continue through Sunday, September 21, 2014, The Feast is held annually on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for many thousands of Italian immigrants seeking a better life in the early years of the 20th century. (more...)

Chita Rivera, Jessie Mueller & More Set for Broadway at Birdland this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced the Season lineup for Broadway at Birdland, featuring Chita Rivera, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O'Donnell, James Snyder, Andrew Lippa, Jim Caruso, Trevor McQueen and more! (more...)

88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro to Kick Off September 11 in Little Italy
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2014

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City's longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival, will take place for 11 days starting Thursday, September 11 and continuing through Sunday, September 21, 2014, it was announced today by Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro), the not-for-profit community organization which has operated the Feast since 1996. The Feast is held annually on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for many thousands of Italian immigrants seeking a better life in the early years of the 20th century. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jenna Esposito & Jim Van Slyke Perform Music of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 02, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented acclaimed singers Jenna Esposito and Jim Van Slyke in a sold-out celebration of the music of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka in "Where The Hits Are: A Tribute to the Songs of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka" on Monday, December 30. Fortune Esposito was musical director/guitarist, with David Crone on piano, Rob Broelmann on bass, Dan Weiner on drums, Frank Petrocelli on sax, and Kelly Esposito-Broelmann & Rob Langeder were on backup vocals. Check out a look back below! (more...)

Birdland Big Band, Jenna Esposito, Jim Van Slyke and More to Play Birdland, 12/30-1/5
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their thrilling line-up of impressive talent for December 30-January 5, including Jenna Esposito & Jim Van Slyke, Jay Leonhart Duo, The Birdland Big Band, Mentor Monday at Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

Christmas In Little Italy Begins Tonight with Tree Lighting
by BWW News Desk - Dec 07, 2013

The Little Italy Merchants Association (LIMA) will begin its 13th Annual Christmas in Little Italy celebration tonight, December 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM with a gala Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Patio of Most Precious Blood Church, 109 Mulberry Street, between Canal and Hester Streets. (more...)

Christmas In Little Italy to Begin 12/7 with Tree Lighting
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

The Little Italy Merchants Association (LIMA) will begin its 13th Annual Christmas in Little Italy celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM with a gala Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Patio of Most Precious Blood Church, 109 Mulberry Street, between Canal and Hester Streets. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Neil Sedaka Attends Friars Tribute Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 29, 2013

Friar Neil Sedaka, wife Leba and daughter Dara were in the Frank Sinatra Room of the Friars Club last night to attend a Tribute Show to Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka. Jenna Esposito and Jim Van Slyke performed the hit songs of Connie & Neil and the show was produced by Jeff Leibowitz, Laura Slutsky and Jenna. Friar Bill Boggs hosted. A special Tribute Menu was presented by Friars Chef Anatoly Veksler. It consisted of "Stupid Cupid Vegetables, Mama's Potato Crusted Brook Trout, Roasted Loin of Veal Is Hard To Do, Artichoke & Peppers On Your Collar Chicken Breast and Where The Chocoholics Are Pyramid." Connie Francis was present via a wonderful video message. An emotional highlight of the evening was when Neil was "coaxed" to take the piano bench. He sang a song he wrote for his cousin who recently passed away..Eydie Gorme. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Nicholas King Returns to Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 11, 2013

On October 9, Nicolas King, dubbed 'the precociously polished crooner' by the New York Times, returned to Don't Tell Mama and you can check out photos from the performance below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: MUSICAL MONDAYS Continues at Le Cirque Cafe
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 12, 2013

Music continues at Le Cirque on Mondays. The world famous restaurant has an exciting line up of cabaret and Jazz artists appearing in their cafe every Monday starting at 7:30 PM. This week, Danny Bacher was featured. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Concerts for City Greens April Benefit Show Was Cool Kickoff for 6th Season Launching on May 29
by Stephen Hanks - May 26, 2013

Unless the host is particularly warm, funny, and charismatic (think Dana Lorge and her new monthly vehicle at the Metropolitan Room) or the show is a way to champion a good cause (like Joseph Macchia's Cabaret Cares events), for the most part cabaret variety shows are clunky affairs which can be too long, too rambling, give too much time to average talent or not enough of a showcase to outstanding talent. I ran into one of the rare exceptions last month (April 23) in the form of the The Concerts for City Greens' First Annual Gala & 2012 Songwriting Contest Finale, a variety show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre that served as a fund raiser for the launch of a new non-profit called Music and Art for Green which will incorporate Concerts for City Greens within its umbrella. (more...)

Photo Flash: HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast and Creators Perform at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2013

The cast and creators of the Tony nominated musical Hands On A Hardbody were cheered and celebrated when they performed at Birdland on Monday night during the weekly Jim Caruso's Cast Party open mic extravaganza. Co-writer Amanda Green (Tony-nominated for her Hardbody work, as well as Bring It On), Tony nominee Keala Settle, as well as Kathleen Monteleone, Jim Newman, and Jay Armstrong Johnson all sang from the show, guaranteeing some future record sales just from the few hundred folks enjoying Cast Party. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Songwriter David Friedman Headlines Benefit Show for the Concerts at City Greens at the Laurie Beechman Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

The Concerts for City Greens may be a Spring and Summer music extravaganza held in the lovely early evening air of Manhattan's East Side, but Broadway actress and cabaret headliner Raissa Katona Bennett, who is the concert series' founder and producer, is launching the 2013 season indoors-with a gala benefit concert featuring a star-studded lineup of performers, including quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular David Friedman as a special guest performer (with Bennett in photo, left). A celebratory retrospective of the program's first five seasons will be staged at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, tonight April 23 at 7pm. (more...)

Songwriter David Friedman Headlines Benefit Show for the Concerts at City Greens at the Laurie Beechman, 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2013

The Concerts for City Greens may be a Spring and Summer music extravaganza held in the lovely early evening air of Manhattan's East Side, but Broadway actress and cabaret headliner Raissa Katona Bennett, who is the concert series' founder and producer, is launching the 2013 season indoors-with a gala benefit concert featuring a star-studded lineup of performers, including quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular David Friedman as a special guest performer (with Bennett in photo, left). A celebratory retrospective of the program's first five seasons will be staged at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, on Tuesday April 23 at 7pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Marilyn Maye Celebrates 85th Birthday at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2013

It was one of the most love-filled, musically-thrilling birthday parties ever, when the folks at Jim Caruso's Cast Party celebrated the 85th Birthday of the most energetic, vocally dazzling, swinging nightclub divas on Earth, Marvelous Marilyn Maye. Scroll below for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: CHICAGO's Carol Woods and More Perform at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2013

Jim Caruso's Cast Party continues to dazzle packed houses of showbiz insiders and the folks who love them every Monday night at the historic music room, Birdland. This past week, Carol Woods, currently Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway, delighted the audience with a soulful performance of 'God Bless The Child,' and her co-workers, Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly) and Patrick Rinn led the applause. Scroll below for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF's Benjamin Walker, Emily Bergl and More Join Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2013

Cast Party host Jim Caruso turned one year older this past week, so the Monday night 'extreme' open mic was awash in birthday balloons and party hats. The cast of the Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roofshowed up to celebrate their success, and their very own 'Brick,' Benjamin Walker, performed a very blue/bluesy 'New York State Of Mind.' Cast member Emily Bergl showed why she's one of the most popular ladies in cabaret when she sang her heart out, too. Scroll below for photos from the concert! (more...)

Tony Nominee Karen Akers to Kick Off Urban Stages Winter Rhythms 2012, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2012

Urban Stages, in association with producer/director/lyricist Peter Napolitano, announces a series of musical evenings entitled WINTER RHYTHMS 2012, beginning on Tuesday, December 4 and running through Friday, December 15, 2012 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street). (more...)

Urban Stages WINTER RHYTHMS 2012 Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2012

Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director), in association with producer/director/lyricist Peter Napolitano announces a series of musical evenings entitled WINTER RHYTHMS 2012, beginning on Tuesday, December 4 and running through Friday, December 15, 2012 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street). Tickets are $25 per show (both shows in one night, $40). Beer and wine will be available for a $3 donation. Tickets may be purchased on www.smarttix.com or 212 868-4444. (more...)

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