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Photo Coverage: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Celebrate Album Release at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Celebrate Album Release at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 6, 2015

Alysha Umphress, currently starring in the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, and Tony Award-nominated composer and performer Jeff Blumenkrantz just celebrated their new album, I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz with a concert at Birdland (315 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036). Check out photos from te special night below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy, Stephen Sorokoff, Anthony Nunziata, Wade Preston Perform in THE LONGEST VARIETY SHOW at the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Jamie deRoy, Stephen Sorokoff, Anthony Nunziata, Wade Preston Perform in THE LONGEST VARIETY SHOW at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 4, 2015

New York's Metropolitan Room is in the midst of shocking the entertainment world with an unprecedented, pull-out-the-stops programming initiative to kick off 2015. For three days -- Thursday January 1 at 7pm to Sunday January 4 at 7am -- the intimate concert venue will stage its first 'Marathon Variety Show,' with continuous entertainment for 60 hours straight. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

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...)

Jamie deRoy & Friends Set for Metropolitan Room TonightJamie deRoy & Friends Set for Metropolitan Room Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she presents another edition of her Multi MAC award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, tonight, 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...)

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...)

Andrea Frierson Brings ME & ELLA to 54 Below TonightAndrea Frierson Brings ME & ELLA to 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 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...)

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...)

Lucie Arnaz Helms 'HAZEL' Reading Starring Klea Blackhurst at Abingdon TodayLucie Arnaz Helms 'HAZEL' Reading Starring Klea Blackhurst at Abingdon Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 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 today, October 23rd and tomorrow the 24th at the June Havoc Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City. Klea Blackhurst will play the title role. (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...)

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