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Date of Birth: October 13, 1945 (69)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Female
THE MEETING to Kick Off Fall 2015 Season with Whitney Houston Tribute, 9/27THE MEETING to Kick Off Fall 2015 Season with Whitney Houston Tribute, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, September 27 at 9:30 PM to open the Fall 2015 Season. (more...)

Peggy Lee & James Gavin Featured on SPARKLE & CIRCULATE PodcastPeggy Lee & James Gavin Featured on SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted the ninth episode, which features an in-depth conversation with James Gavin, author of the acclaimed biography 'Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee' and previous books on Lena Horne, Chet Baker and New York nightlife. The show is available on iTunes here. Previous episodes- featuring interviews with Randy Harrison, Justin Vivian Bond, Michael Musto, Frank DeCaro, Kim David Smith, Jeffery Self and R&B legend Sarah Dash - are also available. SPARKLE & CIRCULATE is produced by Dan Fortune and Tyrus Emory. (more...)

Maureen McGovern to Play George Street Playhouse, 9/16Maureen McGovern to Play George Street Playhouse, 9/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

George Street Playhouse announced today that award-winning vocalist MAUREEN McGOVERN will make a special appearance at the New Brunswick theatre on Wednesday, September 16 at 8pm. Joined on stage by her music director JEFF HARRIS, Ms. McGovern will offer selections from her newest show and upcoming CD, Sing, My Sisters, Sing! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jacob Storms Thunders Through Metropolitan Room; Arthur Pomposello Pops Up Again With Blues/Jazz Sets at Don't Tell MamaBWW Reviews: Jacob Storms Thunders Through Metropolitan Room; Arthur Pomposello Pops Up Again With Blues/Jazz Sets at Don't Tell Mama
by Andrew Martin - Jul 28, 2015

In his new show at the Metropolitan Room, Give My Regards to Broadway (which opened on July 18),Jacob Storms wholeheartedly disproves the perception that a singer making their debut in the cabaret arena need a director or more than just a pianist to prove their greatness. Over at Don't Tell Mama, former Oak Room show producer Arthur Pomposello has re-emerged with a new regular blues supper club show. (more...)

Cabaret Convention Returning to Town HallCabaret Convention Returning to Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

It's an undeniable, outstanding, and extraordinary musical milestone, to be sure: 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of The Mabel Mercer Foundation! Not only has the organization survived the ongoing and vastly fluctuating public tastes in music, lyrics, and performers, it has proliferated and burgeoned in its three decades of commitment to the classic, "Great Popular Songbook" -- both past and present. (more...)

Justin Vivian Bond Appears on Justin Sayre's SPARKLE & CIRCULATE PodcastJustin Vivian Bond Appears on Justin Sayre's SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted the eighth episode, which features an in-depth conversation with Justin Vivian Bond. The show is available on iTunes here. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: RAY JESSEL - NAUGHTY OR NICE Is The Result Of Decades Of Unrecognised BrillianceBWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: RAY JESSEL - NAUGHTY OR NICE Is The Result Of Decades Of Unrecognised Brilliance
by Barry Lenny - Jun 24, 2015

From the heights of hilarity, to deeply meaningful ballads, Jessel captivated the audience. (more...)

THE MEETING, Hosted by Justin Sayre, to Return to OASIS, 8/1THE MEETING, Hosted by Justin Sayre, to Return to OASIS, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) on Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 PM after a sold out debut show in April. (more...)

5th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Tributes Judy Garland Tonight5th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Tributes Judy Garland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Michael Feinstein, Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Jonah Verdon, Julie Hill, Molly Pope, Josh Sharp,Aaron Jackson andBrendan Macleanheadline the fifth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - tonight, June 1. (more...)

Australian Singer-Songwriter Brendan MacLean Joins NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/1Australian Singer-Songwriter Brendan MacLean Joins NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Brendan Maclean - the acclaimedAustraliansinger/songwriter - will joinMichael Feinstein, Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, MichaelMcElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee,Rachel York, Adam Kantor, RandyGraff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Jonah Verdon, Julie Hill,Molly Pope, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson toheadline the fifth annual 'NightOf A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - onMonday, June 1. (more...)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Liliane Montevecchi Sings from GRAND HOTEL at 54 Below!IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Liliane Montevecchi Sings from GRAND HOTEL at 54 Below!
by Walter McBride - May 27, 2015

On Sunday night,members of the original Broadway cast of Grand Hotel, including Tony winnersLiliane Montevecchi,Tony nomineeKaren Akers,Tony nomineeTim Jerome, Tony nomineeWalter Willison,Brent Barrett,Ben George,David Jackson,Ken Jennings,Hal Robinson,Meg Tolin Piper,David White,Penny Worth,Chip Zien,withMichael Choi,Bill Coyne,Joshua Dixon,Erin Marie,Nathan Meyer,Chelsie Nectow,Michael Jayne WalkerandJackie Washamreunited to salute of this aristocratic score by Robert Wright & George Forrest, with additional music & lyrics by Maury Yeston (and a book by Luther Davis).1,017 Broadway performances don't lie, Ol' Socks; neither do five Tonys:Grand Hotelhas earned an indelible place in the pantheon of Broadway's most beloved musicals.Who Couldn't Danceto tunes such asMaybe My Baby Loves Me, Love Can't Happen&I Want to Go to Hollywood?With musical direction byAlex Rybeckanddances supervised byYvonne Marceau,originalcast member and Tony nomineeWalter Willisondirects when this landmark musical finds new life on the 54 Below stage. Don'tWaltz Alone. We'll Take a Glass Together! (more...)

Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS LINEUPMichael Feinstein, Molly Pope & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS LINEUP
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope, John Early and Jonah Verdon will join the previously announced headliners Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson to headline the fifth annual "Night Of A Thousand Judys" - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - on Monday, June 1. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called "a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert" by The Wall Street Journal, "Night Of A Thousand Judys" will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: Steve Ross Salutes Long Career and Legendary Songwriters at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Steve Ross Salutes Long Career and Legendary Songwriters at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to host the return of pianist/singer Steve Ross in "An Evening With Steve Ross" on Monday, May 25 at 7pm. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

BWW Reviews: With It's Delicious 25th Anniversary Tribute to GRAND HOTEL, '54 Below Sings' Raises the Bar On Cabaret Concert RevuesBWW Reviews: With It's Delicious 25th Anniversary Tribute to GRAND HOTEL, '54 Below Sings' Raises the Bar On Cabaret Concert Revues
by Alix Cohen - May 26, 2015

On Sunday evening, 54 Below celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the musical Grand Hotel on Broadway in high style with two performances crackling with energy and featuring a talented roster of performers including 13 from the original cast. Splendidly Directed (and Written) by Walter Willison, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck, Bass Accompaniment from Ray Kiddain, and Dance Supervision by Yvonne Marceau, the delicious production (one really can't call it a concert despite lack of dialogue) was fluid, polished, and imaginative in its use of the room. From leads to the chorus, voices were strong, commitment thorough. In the audience, Tommy Tune must've had a helluva time. We did. (more...)

James Monroe Iglehart, Melba Moore & More Set for 54 Below This WeekJames Monroe Iglehart, Melba Moore & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

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...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for May 18-24, Featuring James Monroe Iglehart, Jason Kravits, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for May 18-24, Featuring James Monroe Iglehart, Jason Kravits, and More!
by Louisa Brady - May 17, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including:James Monroe Iglehart: How the Heck Did I Get Here?;Jason Kravits: I...A Life;Melba Moore;Brady vs. Partridge: The Bardy Bunch; and 54 Sings Grand Hotel: The 25th Anniversary Concert at 54 Below. (more...)

The Skivvies, Cyrille Aimee & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/1The Skivvies, Cyrille Aimee & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

The Skivvies, Cyrille Aimee, Adam Kantor, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson will join the previously announced headliners Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Rachel York, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith and Danielle Grabianowski for the fifth annual "Night Of A Thousand Judys" - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - on Monday, June 1. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called "a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert" by The Wall Street Journal, "Night Of A Thousand Judys" will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. (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...)

Carl Siciliano Featured on Latest Episode of SPARKLE & CIRCULATE PodcastCarl Siciliano Featured on Latest Episode of SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted the seventh episode, which features an in-depth conversation with Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center, which provides shelter and services for homeless LGBT youth. The show is available on iTunes here. Every June, Sayre's event Night of a Thousand Judys honors Judy Garland for Pride and raises money for the organization. Carl explains how the center was formed, who Ali Forney was and the challenges they face with fundraising. The first six episodes of the show - featuring interviews with Randy Harrison, Michael Musto, Frank DeCaro, Kim David Smith, Jeffery Self and R&B legend Sarah Dash - are also available. SPARKLE & CIRCULATE is produced by Dan Fortune and Tyrus Emory. (more...)

Amber Martin, Edgar Oliver, Tammy Faye Starlight & More to Honor The Scissor Sisters at Joe's Pub with THE MEETING, 5/17Amber Martin, Edgar Oliver, Tammy Faye Starlight & More to Honor The Scissor Sisters at Joe's Pub with THE MEETING, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, May 17 at 9:30 PM to conclude the Spring 2015 Season. The Meeting* has been called 'delicious and delightfully droll' by The New York Post and 'hilarious and sardonic' by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening 'so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight.' The Fall 2014 shows sold out after a New York Times 'Arts & Leisure' piece ran last September. The May show will be a celebration of The Scissor Sisters with special guests Amber Martin, Edgar Oliver, Tammy Faye Starlight, Michael Cavadias, Bridget Barkan, Jamie Wright, Angela DiCarlo, Philip Taratula and Brendan Michael. David Nagler serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

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