Ricky Ritzel News

Lesli Margherita & More Set for CABARET CARES Gala, Honoring BC/EFALesli Margherita & More Set for CABARET CARES Gala, Honoring BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

It has been 10 years since MAC and Bistro Award-winning producer, Joseph Macchia, founded of the 501c3 non-profit, Help Is On The Way Today. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 30th Annual MAC Awards!Photo Coverage: Inside the 30th Annual MAC Awards!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 31, 2016

At a ceremony held earlier this week in New York, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the winners of the 2016 MAC Awards. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amanda McBroom. Also honored with a Board of Directors award was Maryann Lopinto. Jamie deRoy received the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award on behalf of her work with The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & Friends Cabaret Initiative. Sally Darling received the Hanson Award. The show was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, with musical direction by Matt Baker. (more...)

Breaking News: 2016 MAC Award Cabaret Winners Announced!Breaking News: 2016 MAC Award Cabaret Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

At a ceremony held last night in New York, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the winners of the 2016 MAC Awards. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amanda McBroom.  Also honored with a Board of Directors award was Maryann Lopinto.  Jamie deRoy received the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award on behalf of her work with The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & Friends Cabaret Initiative.  Sally Darling received the Hanson Award. The show was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, with musical direction by Matt Baker. (more...)

2016 MAC Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony Set for BB King's Next Month!2016 MAC Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony Set for BB King's Next Month!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs has just announced the 2016 MAC Award nominees and complete list of honorees for the 30th Annual MAC Awards. (more...)

LIZA LIVE! Extends Through March at Don't Tell Mama; Adds Special 'Happy Birthday' ShowLIZA LIVE! Extends Through March at Don't Tell Mama; Adds Special 'Happy Birthday' Show
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

New York's multi-award-winning Rick Skye is extending his internationally acclaimed show, 'LIZA LIVE!' through March at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, New York New York, 10036) on Saturdays, March 5th, 12th and 26th. (more...)

Rick Skye to Bring LIZA LIVE! to Don't Tell Mama This WinterRick Skye to Bring LIZA LIVE! to Don't Tell Mama This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

New York's multi-award-winning Rick Skye is extending his internationally acclaimed show, 'LIZA LIVE!' through March at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, New York New York, 10036) on Saturdays, February 13th and 20th, March 5th, 12th and 26th. Shows are at 8:00pm except for Saturday, March 12th, which is a special 'Happy 70th Birthday, Liza' evening beginning at 5:00pm. Musical Direction is by the brilliant Ricky Ritzel. (more...)

BWW Awards: Cast Your Ballots For 2015 New York Cabaret Awards in 14 Categories; Voting Ends 12/31BWW Awards: Cast Your Ballots For 2015 New York Cabaret Awards in 14 Categories; Voting Ends 12/31
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 27, 2015

On Thanksgiving Day, BroadwayWorld announced the nominees in 14 categories for the 2015 BWW New York Cabaret Awards. BroadwayWorld's cabaret editors and reviewers congratulate all the deserving nominees and everyone who performs in the great art of cabaret in New York. But today, as you munch on the leftovers from last night's dinner, it's time to actually vote for that one performer who you think is the absolute best in each category. Voting ends on December 31 and after a review of the ballots, winners will be announced officially early the week of January 4, 2016. (Note: There will not be a BWW Awards Show this year.) (more...)

BWW Announces 2015 New York Cabaret Awards Nominees; KAREN MASON and MARK NADLER Named Year's Best Performers; JEFF HARNAR (4) and MARILYN MAYE (3) LEAD NOMINEESBWW Announces 2015 New York Cabaret Awards Nominees; KAREN MASON and MARK NADLER Named Year's Best Performers; JEFF HARNAR (4) and MARILYN MAYE (3) LEAD NOMINEES
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Cabaret Fans! Here's some breaking news you can discuss and debate in between courses at tonight's dinner: It's the final nominees for the 2015 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards. This year, the cabaret editors and writers at BWW have cited 116 nominees (including duos and variety show/recurring series producers) in 14 categories. In addition, this year six performers or musicians have been cited for special “Editor's Choice Awards,” led by veteran New York cabaret stars Karen Mason and Mark Nadler who have been named “Performers of the Year.” (more...)

Ricky Ritzel Returns to Don't Tell Mama TonightRicky Ritzel Returns to Don't Tell Mama Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Announcing the return of the hilarious 'Ricky Ritzel's Broadway tonight, Nov. 19 at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th. (more...)

Ricky Ritzel Returning to Don't Tell Mama, 11/19Ricky Ritzel Returning to Don't Tell Mama, 11/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Announcing the return of the hilarious ??Ricky Ritzel?'s Broadway on Thurs. Nov. 19 at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th. For reservations contact: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/home or call 212.757.0788 after 4pm weekdays. (more...)

URBAN STAGES Announces 20 Shows & 100-Plus Broadway and Cabaret Stars for 12-Day WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, December, 2-13URBAN STAGES Announces 20 Shows & 100-Plus Broadway and Cabaret Stars for 12-Day WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, December, 2-13
by Stephen Hanks - Oct 29, 2015

Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director, Peter Napolitano, Producer/Director of Musical Programming) today announced the line-up for this year's Award-Winning Musical event WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, which will begin Wednesday, December 2 and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through December 13, 2015 at Urban Stages Theatre. WINTER RHYTHMS 2015 marks the seventh year that Urban Stages has brought noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period. The mission of Winter Rhythms is to bring the talents of known and unknown singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York theater community while performing at Urban Stages Theater. Winner of the 2015 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award, WINTER RHYTHMS benefits Urban Stages' acclaimed Outreach Program, which brings more than 200 free “arts in education” presentations to libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs. This year's event features 20 shows and more than 100 artists. (more...)

Klea Blackhurst, Tony Sheldon & More Set for Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS 2015Klea Blackhurst, Tony Sheldon & More Set for Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Urban Stages announces the line-up for this year's Award Winning Musical event WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, which will begin Wednesday, December 2and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through December 13, 2015 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30thStreet, just East of 8th Avenue). Tickets are $25 per show and may be purchased by visiting urbanstages.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. For complete schedule information, visit urbanstages.org. (more...)

THE BARRY Z SHOW to Honor Chip DeffaaTHE BARRY Z SHOW to Honor Chip Deffaa
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

'The Barry Z Show,' which has been covering the New York theater scene on cable TV for more than 20 years, will salute ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa's theatrical productions, on a show being taped for future broadcast 10 pm, October 1st at the midtown club Don't Tell Mama. Host Barry Z, who's often saluted Deffaa's productions over the past 20 years, will be celebrating the release of Deffaa's 12th cast album, 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue.' And he will present an array of performers doing numbers from an assortment of Deffaa's shows. (more...)

RICKY RITZEL's BROADWAY Set for Don't Tell Mama, 10/4RICKY RITZEL's BROADWAY Set for Don't Tell Mama, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

Ricky Ritzel's Broadway returns to Don't Tell Mama on Sunday, Oct. 4th at 8PM with music and laughs from 'Ben Franklin in Paris,' 'Damn Yankees' and 'Gypsy.' The series, running since summer, is fashioned after Sylvia Fine Kaye's 'Musical Comedy Tonight' PBS programs from the 1970s. Each installment of Ricky Ritzel's Broadway, lauded as 'extraordinary' by Theater Pizzazz, highlights songs and stories from Broadway musicals with a star studded revolving cast. Ritzel, a widely admired performer and denizen of New York piano bars and the Cabaret world, gives wry commentary as well as accompanying the performers on piano. (more...)

Eadie Scott Returns to New York Cabaret Stage with Tribute to Frank Sinatra, 10/4Eadie Scott Returns to New York Cabaret Stage with Tribute to Frank Sinatra, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

Manhattan Cabaret Arts proudly presents Eadie Scott in That's Life! The music of Frank Sinatra at Don't Tell Mama (more...)

Photo Coverage: Cabaret Cares Celebrates 10 Years with Stacy Sullivan, Doreen Montalvo, and MorePhoto Coverage: Cabaret Cares Celebrates 10 Years with Stacy Sullivan, Doreen Montalvo, and More
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 19, 2015

The Metropolitan Room hosted two simultaneous events last night. The 10th year of the MAC Award Winning Benefit Series Cabaret Cares, and the 3rd 40th Birthday of the charities creator Joseph Macchia. The non profit Joseph started 10 years ago has raised over $100,000 to help children living with HIV and AIDS. It was a cabaret spectacular and Broadwayworld was there to catch all the action. Check it out below! (more...)

MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT! Trims Down CompetitorsMAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT! Trims Down Competitors
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The stakes and the excitement just keep getting bigger as the list of competitors grows shorter… On Tuesday night "Mama's Next BIG Act!" trimmed down to 16 competitors in front of a packed house filled with raucous fans. (more...)

BACK TO BACHARACH Set for Metropolitan Room, Begin. 7/12BACK TO BACHARACH Set for Metropolitan Room, Begin. 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Back to Bacharach opens July 12 at the Metropolitan Room for two shows only! (more...)

Dawn Ward Lau Comes to Don't Tell Mama This WeekendDawn Ward Lau Comes to Don't Tell Mama This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Dawn Ward Lau returns to the cabaret stage in 'F@#$in' 50!  at Don't Tell Mama tonight, May 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00pm. Sharing the stage will be multiple-time MAC Award-winning musical director Ricky Ritzel. (more...)

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...)

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