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Photo Coverage: Christine Ebersole Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below With AFTER THE BALLPhoto Coverage: Christine Ebersole Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below With AFTER THE BALL
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 20, 2017

Christine Ebersole returned to Feinstein's/54 Below last night for a limited engagement of her concert After The Ball and BroadwayWorld was there.  In this performance, which is jut a few weeks before Christine returns to Broadway for the premiere of the new musical War Paint! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Mott & Friends Play The Astor RoomPhoto Coverage: Michael Mott & Friends Play The Astor Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 19, 2017

In the 1920's Hollywood's counterpart was the Kaufman Astoria Studios.  The historic movie studio produced silent films as well as the first 'talkies'.  The Astor Room which sits 'Below' the sound stages was the original studio commissary and it has been lovingly preserved in all it's glory…. complete with the same Mason & Hamlin 1923 Grand Piano used by the musicians of the day.  Where Rudolph Valentino dined with other silent film stars, studio executives, and extras you now enjoy a great meal while being entertained every Wednesday by host Michael Mott and his group of talented friends.  This weeks guest vocalists were Morgan Assante (Les Miserables), Josh Tolle (Kinky Boots), and Haley Swindal ) Jekyll & Hyde).  Composer, Lyricist, singer Michael Mott is a bit like Astoria's answer to Seth Rudtsky and it's one of the few places where prices are probably lower than in the 1920's.  There's no cover or minimum.  Seeing new talent in this historic setting is like going back to the future.  (more...)

2016 BWW Cabaret Awards: Celia Berk and Sidney Myer Win Top Show Honors; Betty Buckley and Tony Yazbeck are Top Celebs2016 BWW Cabaret Awards: Celia Berk and Sidney Myer Win Top Show Honors; Betty Buckley and Tony Yazbeck are Top Celebs
by Ashley Steves - Jan 19, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: The votes are in and the results are official for the fifth annual BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards. More than 32,000 votes were cast this year for the excellent performers and shows in 16 categories. BroadwayWorld would like to extend congratulations to all of this year's winners and nominees. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Draws at Jim Caruso's Cast PartyPhoto Coverage: Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Draws at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 11, 2017

Some of the "best singers on the planet" are on Jim Caruso's list at his Cast Party at Birdland and last night they all had their performances memorialized by famed Broadway artist Justin "Squigs" Robertson.  Justin, a caricaturist in the tradition of Al Hirschfeld had to work fast since it's against Cast Party rules to sing a ballad. After each performer zipped through a swinging tune they were presented with a quickly drawn "Squigs" caricature.  Marilyn Maye, who is currently appearing at the Metropolitan Room dropped in and sang one of her great medley's and even though it gave Justin enough time to do an oil painting, she too got a quick drawing.  All donations made for the artwork were given to Justin "Squigs" designated charity, Convenant House. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Composer David Yazbek Brings His Music To Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Composer David Yazbek Brings His Music To Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 10, 2017

Composer David Yazbek performed music from his Broadway shows and albums last night at Feinstein's/54 Below and BroadwayWorld was there. The composer/lyricist of The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Boardwalk Empire and Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego also was joined by special guest Anais Mitchell, the acclaimed singer-songwriter recently represented off-Broadway with Hadestown (more...)

Photo Coverage: NYC Opera's Starry CANDIDE Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Coverage: NYC Opera's Starry CANDIDE Celebrates Opening Night
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 7, 2017

Last night Leonard Bernstein's Candide, directed by legend Broadway visionary Harold Prince was presented by the New York City Opera and BroadwayWorld was at the opening night festivities. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Continues Her Party at The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Marilyn Maye Continues Her Party at The Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 6, 2017

It isn't just her New Year's Eve Party that launched the start of a great new New York City Cabaret year.  Marilyn Maye is also keeping the musical festivities going at the Metropolitan Room on Jan. 6,7,11,12,13, and 14th.  It's become one of the hottest tickets in town.  Her song selection may be a little different than New Years but the excitement and excellence of her performance are the same.  The Metropolitan Room is also launching their new menu selections for 2017. (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 Coverage: Marilyn Maye with Billy Stritch Start The New Year On A Great NotePhoto Coverage: Marilyn Maye with Billy Stritch Start The New Year On A Great Note
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 2, 2017

It may not have been Times Square, but 22nd street was the place to be for a celebration as Marilyn created the greatest New Years party ever. You just don't attend a Marilyn Maye performance, you live it, feel it, and it embeds itself in your musical soul forever. We don't know what's going to happen this year, but seeing Billy Stritch & Marilyn perform started it off in a wonderfully optimistic way. They re-create the excitement on Jan 5,6,7,11,12,13,& 14 at the Metropolitan Room (more...)

Photo Coverage: Shawn Moninger Brings His 'Second Addiction' to the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Shawn Moninger Brings His 'Second Addiction' to the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 30, 2016

See Shawn Moninger in his second foray onto the cabaret stage BECAUSE I CAN 2 'SECOND ADDICTION' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christine Pedi Gets 'Sirius' About Christmas at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Christine Pedi Gets 'Sirius' About Christmas at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 29, 2016

All the sold out Christine Pedi Show's audience got for Christmas last night at Feinstein's 54/Below was Barbra Streisand, Patti Lupone, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing and her favorite divas stuffed into one big Christmas stocking and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Metropolitan Room Celebrates Chanukah With ElliPhoto Coverage: The Metropolitan Room Celebrates Chanukah With Elli
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 29, 2016

I don't know who proclaimed him King, but Elli, known as 'The king of Broadway' was lighting the Menorah candles last night on at his 4th annual Chanukah Show on the 5th night of The Festival of Lights at Bernie Furshpan's temple of Cabaret.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler Celebrate Alan Jay Lerner at The Laurie Beechman TheatrePhoto Coverage: KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler Celebrate Alan Jay Lerner at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 24, 2016

KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler brought their show "Almost Like Being In Love" to the Laurie Beechman Theatre last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (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...)

Photo Coverage: Feinstein's/54 Below Celebrates the Holidays with Michael Feinstein & Norm LewisPhoto Coverage: Feinstein's/54 Below Celebrates the Holidays with Michael Feinstein & Norm Lewis
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 21, 2016

Six Grammy Award nominations, Two Emmy Awards, Nominations for Drama Desk, Tony Award, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award.  The recipients were on 54's stage yesterday in two separate shows and if there is another award for great nights at Feinstein's/54 Below it would be given to Michael Feinstein's A Holiday to Remember at 7PM and Norm Lewis's 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' at 9:30.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Danny Aiello Christmas Party at The TriadPhoto Coverage: Inside the Danny Aiello Christmas Party at The Triad
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 20, 2016

Danny Aiello had his annual Christmas party at The Triad last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY! Alumni to Celebrate Show's 53rd Anniversary with Richard SkipperHELLO, DOLLY! Alumni to Celebrate Show's 53rd Anniversary with Richard Skipper
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

It all began 53 years ago when Carol Channing opened HELLO, DOLLY! on January 16, 1964, at The St. James Theatre. To celebrate this milestone, Richard Skipper Celebrates the 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! on January 16, 2017, at 7pm at the Triad on 158 West 72nd Street in NYC. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside The New York Pops After Party With Maestro Steven Reineke & GuestsPhoto Coverage: Inside The New York Pops After Party With Maestro Steven Reineke & Guests
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 17, 2016

It was cold in NYC last night but the warmth of the music created by The New York Pops and guest artists, sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway ,and brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata carried over to the after party across the street from Carnegie Hall. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The New York Pops Open Rehearsal for Make The Season Bright ConcertPhoto Coverage: The New York Pops Open Rehearsal for Make The Season Bright Concert
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 16, 2016

Music director Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra tonight and tomorrow night at the sold-out holiday concerts of The New York Pops featuring Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Will Nunziata and Anthony Nunziata. Judith Clubman will also be conducting Essential Voices USA. BroadwayWorld was at this afternoon's open rehearsal. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Among ASCAP Foundation HonoreesPhoto Coverage: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Among ASCAP Foundation Honorees
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 15, 2016

The 2016 ASCAP FOUNDATION HONORS were given out last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

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