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Liz Rubino Returns to NY with MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE Debut at Don't Tell MamaLiz Rubino Returns to NY with MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE Debut at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Singer/Actress, Liz Rubino, will return to the NY cabaret stage with her debut at the well known establishment, Don't Tell Mama, in 'Make Yourself Comfortable' opening Saturday, February 11th @ 7:30 p.m. Additional shows are 3/11 and 4/08. Music Charge is $15.00, Two Drink Min. $5.00 MAC member discount. (more...)

Photo Flash: Randy Rainbow Brings Outrageous Political Humor to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Randy Rainbow Brings Outrageous Political Humor to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

For the second time, the Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed internet sensation Randy Rainbow on the historic stage, this time with his Pre-Inaugural Situation. The show was awash in political parodies, news updates, outrageous humor, non-partisan insults and special guests, including Ryan Raftery, Molly Pope and Brian Nash, Gerard Salvador, and Hannah Rose DeFlumeri. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Randy Rainbow Hosts Pre-Inaugural Situation at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Randy Rainbow Hosts Pre-Inaugural Situation at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 3, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented internet sensation Randy Rainbow hosting a Pre-Inaugural Situation at the historic music room last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Flash: Birdland Presents 7th Annual A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMASPhoto Flash: Birdland Presents 7th Annual A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2016

Birdland is proud to present the seventh consecutive year of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch.  This is a limited engagement of 3 performances, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 23, 24 and 25.  All shows are at 6pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Santa Swings Into Birdland With A Early Present - Blackhurst, Caruso and StritchPhoto Coverage: Santa Swings Into Birdland With A Early Present - Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 24, 2016

You might think of Bing, Andy or Perry when you think Christmas Music Specials, but for the past seven years it's been BIlly, Jim, and Klea with an an extraordinary presentation of swinging Holiday music.  This year it's only on the Birdland schedule for 3 nights because the the trios sleigh took them to folks on the other side of the country too.  You can still get this present  on Sat. 12/24 and Sunday 12/25 at Birdland.  (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Leslie Odom Jr. Will Be Home for ChristmasJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Leslie Odom Jr. Will Be Home for Christmas
by Jim Caruso - Dec 22, 2016

I'm pretty sure there's nothing Leslie Odom, Jr. can't do. This recording of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" perfectly shows off his good taste, style and that exemplary voice. The song is, of course, an American classic, with lyrics by Kim Gannon and a melody by Walter Kent. Gannon wrote it from the point of a World War II soldier stationed overseas, telling his family that he'll be home for the holidays, and to prepare the Christmas fun. Of course, the last lyric is one of the most melancholy ever written - "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams." When the song was first pitched to folks in the music business, it was roundly refused, since it all seemed incredibly sad. But Bing Crosby smartly threw caution to the wind and recorded the tune, with immense success. Interestingly, after the lyricist's death, he left the royalty rights to the American Heart Association, which has benefitted greatly ever since. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Barbra Streisand Reinvents a ClassicJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Barbra Streisand Reinvents a Classic
by Jim Caruso - Dec 21, 2016

Love it or hate it, this souped-up arrangement of 'Jingle Bells?' has become an iconic recording by the one and only Barbra Streisand. Of course, it's from her first Christmas album, which came out in 1967, but I was introduced to it in 1970 when it was released on a special promo album for Maxwell House coffee, along with cuts by Doris Day and (yes) Jim Nabors. I thought it was funny then, and I think it's funny now. I especially love the Brooklyn-ese reading of the word 'upsot.' It was all very sophisticated and slightly oddball to the young Jimmy Caruso, and takes me right back to Wexford, Pennsylvania, where I'd listen over and over on my little record player. (Google that word, kids.) (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Nat King Cole Wishes You a Merry ChristmasJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Nat King Cole Wishes You a Merry Christmas
by Jim Caruso - Dec 20, 2016

I don't care how old you are, I'm pretty sure this recording sounds like home. Nat King Cole, with his velvety croon, sings one of the more perfect songs ever written with simplicity and good taste. It's been recorded thousands of times, in every conceivable style - with riffs and shrieks and all kinds of dazzlement. But this arrangement and performance is the only one I want to hear. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Miranda Sings Gets Into the Holiday SpiritJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Miranda Sings Gets Into the Holiday Spirit
by Jim Caruso - Dec 19, 2016

If you have spent more than twelve minutes with me, you know that I am in love with a fake person named Miranda Sings. I first saw her on YouTube when she gave a 'free voice lesson' to the interwebs. I thought she was a neo-Florence Foster Jenkins, as did most everyone. I wrote to 'her,' inviting her to Cast Party, my weekly open mic night at Birdland. I heard back from her creator, Colleen Ballinger, a wildly intelligent and brilliantly funny actress. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and subsequent business relationship. 'Miranda' became a regular on my Broadway at Birdland concert series, until our walls couldn't hold her fan base. Now, she's playing the biggest theaters in the world (Kennedy Center!), just signed for the second season of her Netflix sit-com 'Haters Back Off,' had a #1 book on the New York Times Bestseller List, has guested on the Tonight Show, and hangs with Jerry Seinfeld. Colleen's online following rivals the Catholic Church (almost a billion hits), yet she's still as funny and normal and adorable as ever. This insane video clip makes me hysterical, as do most of her awkward shenanigans. (more...)

Jim Caruso's Sixth Day of Christmas... Get Jolly with the Carpenters!Jim Caruso's Sixth Day of Christmas... Get Jolly with the Carpenters!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2016

This ravishing song has an interesting history. The lyric was written in 1946 by a nineteen-year old Frank Pooler, as a gift to a girlfriend he was missing. Twenty years later, a nineteen-year old Richard Carpenter set it to music. In four years, this recording by The Carpenters went to #1, which it did for three consecutive holiday seasons. It sounds as fresh today as it did in 1970, partly because of Richard's lush arrangement and backup vocals, and that famous tenor sax solo. But honestly, it's all about Karen. For my money, Karen Carpenter had one of the warmest and truest voices in the history of popular music. Sometimes the universe makes a terrible mistake and we lose someone way too soon…long before they've finished. That's how I feel about Karen Carpenter. (more...)

92Y's 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Season Opener GET HAPPY to Celebrate Harold Arlen92Y's 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Season Opener GET HAPPY to Celebrate Harold Arlen
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

January may bring 'Stormy Weather' and only a 'Paper Moon' but we've 'Got the World on a String' and are 'Over the Rainbow.' Lyrics & Lyricists 2017 season opens with 'Get Happy: Harold Arlen's Early Years,' celebrating the composer of those American Songbook classics, and hundreds more. The show will run January 21-23, 2017 at 92Y. (more...)

SWINGIN' BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS and More Coming Up This Month at BirdlandSWINGIN' BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS and More Coming Up This Month at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for December 19-25, featuring Freddy Cole, Swingin' Birdland Christmas, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano 'Downton Abbey Road: The Best of Britain,' and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Classic Tale Gets Reimagined in NUTCRACKER! THE MUSICAL Readings This WeekClassic Tale Gets Reimagined in NUTCRACKER! THE MUSICAL Readings This Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab in association with Marc L. Bailin, are presenting readings of Nutcracker! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Nancy Holson, music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky, with arrangements and additional music by Bruce Kieslieng and Peter Rigano. (more...)

WINTER RHYTHMS 2016 Launches This Week at Urban Stages with KT SullivanWINTER RHYTHMS 2016 Launches This Week at Urban Stages with KT Sullivan
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Urban Stages has confirmed the line-up for this year's award-winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2016, which will begin tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue). (more...)

Photo Flash: Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Draws the Stars at Jim Caruso's Cast PartyPhoto Flash: Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Draws the Stars at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

On Monday, November 14, Birdland was excited to host Justin 'Squigs' Robertson as special guest artist-in-residence at Jim Caruso's Cast Party. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway at Birdland Presents Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins with Billy StritchPhoto Flash: Broadway at Birdland Presents Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins with Billy Stritch
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Broadway performers Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins, who joined forces with pianist/singer/musical director Billy Stritch in 'Stritch, Trouble & More Trouble.'  The very special one-night-only event took place on the stage of the historic music room on Monday, November 14. (more...)

James Barbour, Daniel Reichard, Klea Blackhurst and More to Bring the Holidays to Birdland This DecemberJames Barbour, Daniel Reichard, Klea Blackhurst and More to Bring the Holidays to Birdland This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its December 2016 schedule, featuring Stacey Kent, A Swingin' Birdland Christmas, Daniel Reichard's 'Guide to Christmas,' The Birdland Big Band, Freddy Cole, Karrin Allyson, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, James Barbour, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Classic Tale Gets Reimagined in NUTCRACKER! THE MUSICAL Readings This DecemberClassic Tale Gets Reimagined in NUTCRACKER! THE MUSICAL Readings This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab in association with Marc L. Bailin, will present staged readings of Nutcracker! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Nancy Holson, music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky, with arrangements and additional music by Bruce Kieslieng and Peter Rigano. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Corinna Sowers Adler brings Music Over Manhattan To The Appel RoomPhoto Coverage: Corinna Sowers Adler brings Music Over Manhattan To The Appel Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 6, 2016

One of the most gorgeous voices in New York belongs to Corinna Sowers Adler, who offered  the premiere of 'Something Beautiful' at Jazz at Lincoln Center's majestic Appel Room on Saturday November 5 at 7pm and Broadwayworld was there (more...)

Judy Kuhn, Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker and More Tapped for 92Y's 2017 LYRICS & LYRICISTS SeasonJudy Kuhn, Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker and More Tapped for 92Y's 2017 LYRICS & LYRICISTS Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

92Y announces casting for Lyrics & Lyricists new season. Having garnered audience and critical acclaim, the country's premier American Songbook series begins 2017 with Judy Kuhn, Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker, Christiane Noll and Lauren Worsham among the performers. (more...)

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