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Photo Coverage: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso Continue Residency at The CarlylePhoto Coverage: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso Continue Residency at The Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 24, 2014

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, continues to be home court for Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch. They are back at Bemelmans Bar for an extended Sunday night residency. The performances build upon their recent run of shows in the intimate, storied New York City lounge, favorites not only of music fans and critics, but also of fellow artists. Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch shows are a place where some of the city's foremost entertainers go to commune with their own-and sometimes sit-in for a song or two-on their nights off. The pair will be at Bemelmans with their evening of swinging standards Sunday nights, through Dec. 31st. Dropping in Sunday night were Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan creators of 'Hazel' a new musical bound for Broadway. Jane Monheit joined Billy & Jim for some great vocals as Giselle Wolf and Eda Sorokoff looked on approvingly (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings 'Turning Point' to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings 'Turning Point' to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 24, 2014

During her musically spectacular performance at 54 Below last night Ann playfully introduces her pianist as George Gershwin. Ted Rosenthal may probably be able to play Gershwin's music with more accuracy than the composer did. However, I'm sure George Gershwin would never be able to accompany Ann as good as Ted Rosenthal does. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy & Friends Play The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Jamie deRoy & Friends Play The Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 16, 2014

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy presented another edition of her Multi MAC award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends last night, at The Metropolitan Room. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the evening below! (more...)

Lucie Arnaz to Direct Broadway-Bound Musical HAZEL Based on 1960's TV ComedyLucie Arnaz to Direct Broadway-Bound Musical HAZEL Based on 1960's TV Comedy
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 13, 2014

HAZEL, an NBC comedy which aired from 1961 - 1966 and followed a live-in maid who lovingly wreaked havoc on the home of the Baxter family, is now a Broadway-bound musical. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Andrea Frierson Brings ME & ELLA to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Andrea Frierson Brings ME & ELLA to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 6, 2014

Wetrock Entertainment presented performer/writer/jazz vocalist Andrea Frierson in 'me & ella,' at 54 Below last night. "me & ella," is a musical journey back to the beginnings of a young singer enamored with Ella Fitzgerald, set against a backdrop of New York City in the 1960's. Part memory play and part tribute, 'me & ella' is both a singer's coming of age story, as well as a valentine to the First Lady of Song. Written and performed by Ms. Frierson with musical arrangements and musical supervision by Ron Abel and direction by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel, 'me & ella' (more...)

Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below this WeekPatti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 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, Jeremy Jordan, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below in Coming MonthsPatti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

This November and December 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Jamie deRoy & Friends Set for Metropolitan Room, 11/15Jamie deRoy & Friends Set for Metropolitan Room, 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she presents another edition of her Multi MAC award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, on Saturday, November 15th (7:30PM) at New York's wonderfully-appointed cabaret hot-spot The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street ~ btw. 5th & 6th Avenues). (more...)

Andrea Frierson to Bring ME & ELLA to 54 Below, 11/5Andrea Frierson to Bring ME & ELLA to 54 Below, 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Wetrock Entertainment is pleased to present performer/writer/jazz vocalist Andrea Frierson in 'me & ella,' a musical journey back to the beginnings of a young singer enamored with Ella Fitzgerald, set against a backdrop of New York City in the 1960's. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Amanda McBroom & George Ball Bring SOME ENCHANTED EVENING to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Amanda McBroom & George Ball Bring SOME ENCHANTED EVENING to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 9, 2014

Amanda McBroom - American international cabaret performer and writer of the hit song, 'The Rose,' and her husband, multi-award winning musical theater lion George Ball - presented the New York debut of their show, 'Some Enchanted Evening - Love Songs for Grownups' earlier this week, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the evening! (more...)

Lucie Arnaz to Helm 'HAZEL' Reading Starring Klea Blackhurst at Abingdon This MonthLucie Arnaz to Helm 'HAZEL' Reading Starring Klea Blackhurst at Abingdon This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Stage and screen star Lucie Arnaz will direct a reading of Hazel: A Musical Maid in America, a new musical composed by Ron Abel with lyrics by Chuck Steffan, and book by Lissa Levin, Edward Kleban Award-winning playwright and Emmy Award-nominated producer. The special two-day event will take place on October 23rd and 24th at the June Havoc Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City. Klea Blackhurst will play the title role. (more...)

Lucie Arnaz Will Direct NYC Reading of HAZEL MusicalLucie Arnaz Will Direct NYC Reading of HAZEL Musical
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

One of the most beloved and enduring characters in the history of American popular culture could be headed for the stage. Hazel - the saucy maid whose wry attitude, infallible wisdom and heart of gold has captured the hearts of millions for more than 60 years - will soon get a New York City reading, directed by stage and screen star Lucie Arnaz. The special event will take place on October 23 and 24 at the June Havoc Theatre. (more...)

MNN to Air Jamie deRoy Birdland Concert, Featuring Stephanie J. Block & More this MonthMNN to Air Jamie deRoy Birdland Concert, Featuring Stephanie J. Block & More this Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Jamie deRoy & friends on TV is seen every other Sunday at 7:30pm on Manhattan Neighborhood Network: Time Warner Cable Channel 56, RCN Channel 83, and Verizon FIOS Channel 34. (more...)

Photo Coverage: LES GIRLS Plays The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: LES GIRLS Plays The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 30, 2014

The Friars were a mens only club until 1988. Last night some great women Friars entertained their fellow members in the newly named Jerry Lewis Monastery. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A VERY SPECIAL JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS Plays Broadway at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: A VERY SPECIAL JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS Plays Broadway at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 23, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present a Very Special Jamie deRoy & friends on Monday, September 22 at 7pm. The one-night-only event benefited the Actors Fund. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephanie J. Block, Joy Behar, Bryce Pinkham & More Join Jamie deRoy at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Stephanie J. Block, Joy Behar, Bryce Pinkham & More Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present a Very Special Jamie deRoy & friends on Monday, September 22 at 7pm. The one-night-only event benefited the Actors Fund. (more...)

Photo Flash: Natalie Douglas Brings HELLO DOLLY to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Natalie Douglas Brings HELLO DOLLY to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

On Monday, September 15, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented Natalie Douglas in 'Hello Dolly,' an all-new concert celebrating the music of Dolly Parton. (more...)

Joy Behar, Stephanie J. Block, Bryce Pinkham and More Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland TonightJoy Behar, Stephanie J. Block, Bryce Pinkham and More Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy presents a special evening of her multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie de Roy & friends tonight, September 22nd (7PM) at the famed New York jazz hot-spot Birdland (315 West 44th Street ~ between 8th & 9th Avenues) for its acclaimed 'Broadway at Birdland Series.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, and More Featured in PBS Taping of AMERICAN SONGBOOK at NJPACPhoto Coverage: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, and More Featured in PBS Taping of AMERICAN SONGBOOK at NJPAC
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 21, 2014

NJTV, New Jersey's Public Television Network and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) have collaborated on a second season of American Songbook at NJPAC. The six part series, is being taped in NJPAC's Victoria Theater and broadwayworld was there for last nights concert, which was hosted by Ted Chapin and written and produced by Will Friedwald. Performing last night were Maureen McGovern, Marilyn Maye, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the evening below! (more...)

Jamie deRoy & Friends Return to Birdland, 9/22Jamie deRoy & Friends Return to Birdland, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy presents a special evening of her multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie de Roy & friends on Monday, September 22nd (7PM) at the famed New York jazz hot-spot Birdland (315 West 44th Street ~ between 8th & 9th Avenues) for its acclaimed "Broadway at Birdland Series." Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Actors Fund's newest program, The Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. The program has been created to assist people working in the cabaret industry who seek help for medical needs and concerns made available through the comprehensive services and programs at The Actors Fund. (more...)

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