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Photo Flash: JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY at Birdland with Tovah Feldshuh, Christine Lavin & MorePhoto Flash: JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY at Birdland with Tovah Feldshuh, Christine Lavin & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is where the brightest Broadway, jazz and cabaret stars hang out, celebrate and entertain each other until the wee hours of the morning. Birdland has been the Manhattan home to the 'extreme' open mic for twelve successful years, and with a newly signed 20-year lease, there are many, many nights of madcap, shocking and musically thrilling impromptu performances in store. (more...)

Kevin Dozier to Play The Metropolitan Room This SpringKevin Dozier to Play The Metropolitan Room This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM presents Kevin Dozier in 'A NEW YORK ROMANCE' on March 17, 2015, April 8 2015, and May 13, 2015. (more...)

Jazz Vocalist Lainie Cooke's New CD The Music Is the Magic' to Be Released 3/17Jazz Vocalist Lainie Cooke's New CD The Music Is the Magic' to Be Released 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Given the deep jazz feeling and serious vocal chops displayed by Lainie Cooke on her new CD 'The Music Is the Magic,' it's hard to believe that the disc is only Cooke's third. But this masterpiece of vocal jazz, which will be released March 17 by Ralph Peterson's Onyx Music Label, affirms her standing in the front ranks of jazz singers performing today. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in CabaretCABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in Cabaret
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 21, 2015

As the days dwindled down to a precious few in 2014, a few cabaret goers and performers in what is affectionately but also self-mockingly called the “cabaret community” would sidle up and ask if I was planning my annual end-of-the year “Best Of” column, similar to the “Top 20 Bests and Favorites” piece over the first half of the year I posted back in early July. I would respond in the negative with very reasonable and believable excuses, but the truth is I didn't want to reveal my “Bests” of the year until the voting for the 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards had ended. There's enough baggage and backstage whispering that comes with administering the BWW Awards, so I wasn't about to publish any opinions that might influence the vote while it was in process. I may be crazy but I'm not masochistic. But now all bets are off. You want lists? I'll give you lists. (more...)

Karen Akers, Tom Wopat, Mary Testa, Christina Bianco, and More Lead Scott Siegel's All-Star Fundraising Festival, 1/13-19Karen Akers, Tom Wopat, Mary Testa, Christina Bianco, and More Lead Scott Siegel's All-Star Fundraising Festival, 1/13-19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2015

Don't Tell Mama presents Scott Siegel's All-Star Fundraising Festival, January 13, 19, starring Karen Akers, Tom Wopat, Mary Testa, Christina Bianco, Barbara Walsh, Jason Gotay, Steve Ross, John Bucchino, Julie Gold, Sidney Myer, and more to be announced. (more...)

Photo Flash: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Play BirdlandPhoto Flash: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Play Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented Alysha Umphress, currently starring as "Hildy" in the Broadway revival of On The Town, and Tony-nominated songwriter Jeff Blumenkrantz, on Monday, January 5 at 7pm. The duo celebrated the release of their new CD, "I've Been Played," which features Jeff's swinging songs and arrangements performed as only Alysha can! "I've Been Played" is on the Yellow Sound Label, and available now for pre-order on Amazon.com. (more...)

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...)

Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Release New Album 'I'VE BEEN PLAYED' TodayAlysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Release New Album 'I'VE BEEN PLAYED' Today
by BWW News Desk - 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 celebrate the release of their new album, 'I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz.' The pair appeared in a release concert at Birdland last night. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top Cabaret Picks for January 5-11 Featuring Alysha Umphress, Amy Spanger, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top Cabaret Picks for January 5-11 Featuring Alysha Umphress, Amy Spanger, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jan 4, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz: 'I've Been Played,' Amy Spanger: This Must Be the Place, Broadway Loves Celine Dion, Starring Jeremy Jordan, Taylor Louderman, and More, The Best of Ann Hampton Callaway, and Starry Starry Night: An Evening of Mini-Concerts. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show HoppingCABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show Hopping
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 26, 2014

If you've been a regular reader of this particular reviewer's musings, you know that every year there are long stretches of time where I just haven't been able to critique all the shows I've seen that deserve commentary. So I end up playing what they call in sports, 'Catch-up ball,' and post a mash up of belated reviews from past shows. It's kind of like a critic's version of the song 'Six Months Out of Every Year,' from Damn Yankees. Give or take a month or two, that's usually the time period during which I store unpublished reviews in my fevered brain and then unload them all in one seemingly endless column-like this one is going to be. If my cabaret-show reviewing days will be over (as chronicled here), I might as well go out with a bang-and relieve my procrastination guilt during holiday season. Now I can scratch one New Year's resolution off the list. (more...)

Birdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Barbara Carroll and More Set for Birdland's End-of-Year LineupBirdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Barbara Carroll and More Set for Birdland's End-of-Year Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its end-of-year schedule, running December 31 - January 18, including: The Birdland Big Band featuring Jane Monheit on New Year's Eve, Dave Stryker Group, Barbara Carroll, Joe Lovano, and more! (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Set for 54 Below This WinterChristine Ebersole, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Set for 54 Below This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

This January and February 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...)

BWW CD Reviews: John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Will Make Your Christmas BrightBWW CD Reviews: John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Will Make Your Christmas Bright
by David Clarke - Dec 22, 2014

It seems like Christmas albums are truly a dime a dozen. Everyone has one, and most of them get relegated to the $4.99 bins at Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart the season after they come out. Fortunately for consumers, John Schneider and Tom Wopat have released HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, a Christmas album that is sure to become a staple in the holiday collection of any discerning music lover. With snazzy, jazzy arrangements, the electric duo is bringing back 'The Rat Pack' aura for our Holiday enjoyment. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings HAPPY HOLIDAYS to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings HAPPY HOLIDAYS to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 20, 2014

This holiday season, Birdland Jazz Club presents a special two-week engagement with beloved performer Michael Feinstein through December 27, 2014. A long-time friend of the club and frequent special guest at Cast Party, this NYC holiday tradition kicks off a year-long, global, centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra with a program of Ol' Blue Eyes favorite standards from the great American songbook. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show! (more...)

BWW Interview: Jeff Blumenkrantz Discusses Upcoming Jazz Album Featuring Alysha Umphress!BWW Interview: Jeff Blumenkrantz Discusses Upcoming Jazz Album Featuring Alysha Umphress!
by Louisa Brady - Dec 20, 2014

Tony nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz chats with BroadwayWorld about his upcoming album I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ. (more...)

John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Album Hits Billboard Top 10John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Album Hits Billboard Top 10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

John Schneider and Tom Wopat -- the original stars of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' -- have hit the Billboard Top 10 with their new album Home for Christmas. For the week of December 20, the recording debuts at #10 on the 'Traditional Jazz' chart. (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Cabaret AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz to Celebrate Release of New Album at BirdlandAlysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz to Celebrate Release of New Album at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Alysha Umphress, currently starring in the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, and Tony Award-nominated composer and performer Jeff Blumenkrantz will celebrate 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) on January 5, 2015 at 7pm. Tickets are available now at www.birdlandjazz.com. (more...)

Lindsay Mendez, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in JanuaryLindsay Mendez, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its January 2015 schedule, featuring The Birdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Beegie Adair Trio, Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart Trio, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Dena DeRose, Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia, and MORE! (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards - Chrysten Peddie, Jim Caruso Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards - Chrysten Peddie, Jim Caruso Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

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