November 2010 Concerts Announced For The RRazz Room at Hotel Nikko
The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko is a night club offering the finest in cabaret, jazz, comedy and popular music entertainment.
Celebrity Comedian, Political Satirist
Mon, Nov 1, 8pm
In A State Of Confusion
Reigning as C-SPAN's favorite comic, Durst is a six-time Emmy nominee and recipient of seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He is the first comic invited to perform at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the show "Myth America." He has racked up more than 400 television appearances in 14 different countries, while slinging jokes around the globe in his one-man crusade to make people laugh out loud on purpose, against their will. Hobbies include the never-ending quest for the perfect cheeseburger, while his heroes remain the same as when he was 12: Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. Will Durst's performances are made possible by the First Amendment.
Will Durst runs for 1 performance only Monday, November at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $25 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Will Durst:
YouTube Sensation, Comedy, Theatre
Tue, Nov 2, 8:00pm
**$25 ($35 Limited VIP)
**Special 18 and under discounted tickets $17.50
Colleen Ballinger is a classically trained singer and actress that is best known for her wildly popular YouTube character, "Miranda Sings." The character is a satire of common YouTube videos featuring mediocre or even bad singers who film themselves singing as a form of self-promotion. Miranda Sings comically off-key, and when confronted by viewers who take the videos seriously, uses the catchphrase "Haters back off!" Ms. Ballinger's character has enjoyed worldwide popularity with over 6 million views on YouTube, and has recently appeared as "Miranda Sings" at theater venues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Australia. Special guests have included the Broadway casts of "Mamma Mia," "Billy Elliott," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Rock of Ages," Ann Hampton Callaway, Shoshana Bean, Daniel Reichard, Seth Rudetsky, Christopher Sieber and Scott Alan.
YouTube Sensation Miranda Sings runs for 1 performance only Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are **$25 ($35 Limited VIP) **Special 18 and under discounted tickets $17.50 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to YouTube Sensation Miranda Sings
Broadway, Theatre, Celebrity Actress, Pop, R&B, Soul Singer
Wed-Fri, Nov 3-5, 8pm; Sat, Nov 6, 9pm; Sun, Nov 7, 7:30pm
Sheryl Lee RALPH
"Deena Jones" Of Broadway's Original Dreamgirls
"Deidra 'Dee' Mitchell" Of TV's Moesha
Spend the evening with the Tony nominated star of Broadway's original Dreamgirls, television's Moesha, and everyone's favorite simply singing DIVA! Miss Ralph will take her audience on a musical journey of songs ranging from the disco hit "We Are Family" to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," to Broadway show-stoppers like Sunset Boulevard's "As If We Never Said Goodbye, Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You" and "One Night Only."
Sheryl Lee Ralph runs for 5 performances only Wednesday-Friday, November 3-5 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, November 6 at 9:00 PM; and Sunday, November 7 at 7:30 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $40-45 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Sheryl Lee Ralph
Australian Idol, Drag, Pop, Theatre, GLBT
Thu, Nov 4, 8pm
Maybe She's Born With It
Australian Idol alumni and gender-bending sensation Courtney Act and Australia's most glamorous diva lands at the RRazz room stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY Thursday, November 4. Hot on the high heels of a performing her sell out show on the ATLANTIS GAY CRUSIES, Courtney Act will bring some glamour to the RRazz toom and will take you on a musical journey through some familiar waters, albeit with a fresh Courtney twist. This witty show, written and directed by Dean Bryant, (Priscilla Queen of The Desert) will appeal to everyone from twinks to twunks, trannies to grannies. Come and enjoy the sheer cover of entertainment that is Courtney Act in "Maybe She's Born With It."
Courtney Act runs for 1 performance only Thursday, November 4 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $20 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Courtney Act
Cabaret, Theatre, GLBT
Fri-Sat, Nov 5-6, 10:30pm
JEFFREY JOHNSON as EDIE BEALE
Little Edie Beale's Infamous 1978 Cabaret Act "Live At Reno Sweeey" Re-Staged With Jeffrey Johnson
"Little Edie" Beale, of Grey Gardens fame, performed a cabaret act at Reno Sweeney in New York City over the New Year's week of 1978. Gerald Duval, Edie's producer during the time of her appearance at Reno Sweeney, has re-created the essence of those magical nights using dialogue, songs, and text from the historic event resulting in a not-to-be-missed, intimate evening of theatre. Enjoy, experience, and witness what happened when Edie Beale was LIVE at Reno Sweeney. Presented in association with Ganymede Arts, DC's complete GLBT Theatre/Arts company.
Jeffrey Johnson as Edie Beale runs for 2 performances only Friday and Saturday, November 5-6 at 10:30 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $25 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Edie Beale
Pop, Great American Standards, Cabaret, Celebrity Father: Dean Martin
Sat, Nov 6, 7pm
Sun, Nov 7, 5pm
Mon, Nov 8, 8pm
$35 ($45 Limited VIP)
Deana Sings Dino - Memories Are Made Of This
Deana performs many of her father's greatest and most enduring hits, including: "Memories Are Made Of This," "That's Amore," "Everybody Loves Somebody," and many more of the world's favorites. Her on-stage performance treats the audience to an intimate repartee, sharing with them a look into Dean's life, by way of, her personal anecdotes and a video montage, comprised of rare never-before-seen home movies and private photos. You will relive with Deana some of the most treasured moments from Dean Martin's long and illustrious career. Deana sings the most famous hits of her musical family, including "Uncles" Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., plus Judy Garland, and many others. The show is a combination of musical treasures intertwined with personal reflections and private recollections, from a lady who grew up having a family-like relationship with the people to whom she is paying tribute. Since the show's inception three years ago, Deana has enjoyed rave reviews and has been performing internationally to sold-out audiences on three continents. Treat yourself and those you love to an evening of a lifetime. See and enjoy Deana Martin, live!
Deana Martin runs for 3 performances only Saturday, November 6 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, November 7 at 5:00 PM; and Monday, November 8 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $35 ($45 Limited VIP) with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Deana Martin
Cabaret, Comedy, Celebrity Pianist: Brad Ellis of Glee
Tue, Nov 9, 8pm
DiAnne Fraser has performed her hit cabaret show, PART TIME DIVA, to sold-out crowds in her native Los Angeles. Her unique path to the cabaret scene includes a successful career behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Ms. Fraser spent fifteen years in the ranks of Hollywood agents and is now a partner in management company Industry Entertainment. At the same time, she has thrived in her role as wife and mother. Prior to her rise in the world of professional representation, she performed in a variety of Off-Broadway productions... an endless stream of musicals from Manhattan to Monrovia. She even appeared on Broadway... as a waitress at the Saloon Restaurant (64th & Broadway). Recently Ms. Fraser made her triumphant return to New York Theatre as a Producer of the musical GLIMPSES OF THE MOON in the Oak Room at the Algonquin. Among future producing ventures is the upcoming revised version of the musical WORKING which opens next winter at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Tales of her experiences create a fun-filled and poignant evening of music and comedy. Directed by Clifford Bell. Musical Director **Brad Ellis. Special Material by Jeff Cohn.**Brad Ellis is an Americancomposer, musical director, orchestrator and jazz pianist. Ellis is perhaps most visible as the quiet teacher/piano accompanist for the high school kids on Glee, the Fox television show for which he is part of creator Ryan Murphy's musical production team.
DiAnne Fraser runs for 1 performance only Tuesday, November 9 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $20 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to DiAnne Fraser
Comedy, Drag, Great American Songbook, GLBT, Theatre
Wed, Nov 10, 8pm
All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead
Matthew Martin is keeping Hollywood history alive and well, and he will be conjuring the Late Greats of the Silver Screen in his new show ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING, ALL DEAD! Come see his incomparable incarnation of Bette Davis which has received critical acclaim in multiple stage productions in San Francisco, New York, London and Los Angeles. Martin also resurrects Katharine Hepburn in her full majestic glory; breathes life into Miss Peggy Lee's sultry song styling; revives Judy Garland's inimitable voice and presence, and as a dynamic dancer, Martin sizzles the stage with the tornado tapping of the legendary Ann Miller. Martin memorializes the immortals in tribute to the timeless classics when stars were truly stars!!! Special guests include Tom Shaw on piano and Roberta Drake on drums.
Matthew Martin "All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead" runs for 1 performance only Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $30 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Matthew Martin "All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead"
Instrumental, Smooth Jazz: Classical, New Age, Jazz, R&B, Ambient
Thu-Fri, Nov 11-12, 8pm; Sat, Nov 13, 7pm and 9:30 pm; Sun, Nov 14, 7pm
$35-40 ($45-47.50 Limited VIP)
An Evening With...
A true icon of contemporary jazz with over 20 albums to her credit since the release of A Drop of Water in 1986, the versatile performer has sold over 1.2 million units in the U.S. alone and packs concert halls around the world. Her subsequent albums, including Under Northern Lights, No Borders, Night Waltz, Cherry Blossom, Doll, Sapphire and Dream Walk further cemented her reputation as an innovator of a style fusing elements of classical, new age, jazz, R&B and ambient music.
Keiko Matsui runs for 5 performances only Thursday-Friday, November 11-12 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM; and Sunday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $35-40 ($45-47.50 Limited VIP) with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Keiko Matsui
Broadway, Theatre, Celebrity Actress, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, R&B Singer
Fri, Nov 12, 8pm
the RRazz room Concert Series at The Historic Castro Theatre
MISS Jennifer Holliday
One Night Only With "Effie White" Of Broadway's Original Dreamgirls
Jennifer Holliday, who comes to San Francisco's Castro Theatre for a rare concert appearance this November, is a performer too multi-talented to be easily categorized. She is a Broadway legend who took The Great White Way by storm in "You Arm's Too Short to Box with God" and later changed theatre history with her iconic, Tony Award winning performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls. She is an unparalleled R&B songstress who scored smash hits with classic tunes such as "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "Hard Time for Lovers, "No Frills Love," and "Heart on the Line." She is a spiritually thrilling gospel singer who performed powerful duets with the likes of Luther Vandross, delivering a rendition of "His Eye is on The Sparrow" that is said to have left Paul Simon speechless. She is an indelible contributor to many of television's greatest moments, offering astonishing performances of her signature tunes on the Grammy and BET awards, and creating memorable characters on shows such as Touched by An Angel and Ally McBeal. She is a dedicated and tireless humanitarian, dedicating countless hours (and countless performances) to the fight against AIDS. Miss Holliday's concert is sure to be a thrilling experience for any fan who has been touched by any of Miss Holliday's many gifts.
Jennifer Holliday runs for 1 performance only Friday, November 12 at 8:00 PM. The Historic Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Tickets are $29.50-79.50. For tickets call 415.392.4400 or visit:
Dedicated link to Jennifer Holliday
American Idol, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Theatre
Wed-Sat Nov 17-20, 8pm; Sun, Nov 21, 7pm
The Velvet Teddy Bear Live And Up Close!
In 2003, Ruben Studdard's life changed in an instant with the winner of the second season of American Idol, and it's been changing ever since. Ruben fourth album, Love IS (Hickory Records/19 Recordings/2009) was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Love IS has been celebrated for its collection of love songs. Vibe says "The "velvet teddy bear" can belt billowing love songs" and Entertainment Weekly called the album a "mix of crafty originals and sturdy covers." The album features Ruben's versions of Extreme's classic hit "More Than Words" and Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It." The first single, "Together," produced by Stargate, reached Top 15 on the Urban AC chart. "Don't Make 'Em Like U No More", the follow up to "Together," is a sleek and soulful R&B ode to everyone's special someone. It also was one most added at Urban AC Radio. Another original song on the album is "A Song For Her," a very personal song co-written by Ruben for his wife, Surata Zuri McCants, whom he met at a Wal Mart signing in 2006. RuBen Starred in a 30th anniversary production of the Fats Waller musical, "Ain't Misbehavin'." It was Ruben's first musical theater work since he was in a high school production of "Grease." "Fats was a cool cat," says Ruben. "I loved getting dressed up, sitting at the piano and winking at the girls, just like he did." Ruben also loved being on the road with fellow American Idol contestants Frenchie Davis and Trenyce.
Ruben Studdard runs for 5 performances only Wednesday-Saturday, November 17-20 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $40-45 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Ruben Studdard
Celebrity Comedy, GLBT, LGBT
Fri-Sat, Nov 19-20, 10:15pm; Sun, Nov 21, 4pm
JASON STUART & MICHELE BALAN
Two Jews Walk Into the RRazz room ... And Tell Jokes!
Jason Stuart has performed at all of the top Comedy Clubs & comedy festivals and hundreds of gay events & prides, colleges & universities, and even on Broadway. Since Stuart makes such a strong connection with his audience, he is in high demand by corporate programs with his lecture, Coming Out In Hollywood, on being openly gay in the workplace. Most recently, he appears in Logo's new comedy series, One Night Stand-Up.Although his semi-celebrity came via stand-up, Stuart is also well-known for his work as an actor playing gay & straight roles on over forty popular television shows. Stuart has wowed audiences on the TV screen with guest roles in hits such shows as The Closer, Will & Grace, George Lopez, Everybody Hates Chris, House, M.D., It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Charmed, to name a few. He is best known playing "Dr. Thomas", the gay family therapist on My Wife and Kids.As a character actor, filmmakers say his talent is a cross between the depth of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the comedy timing of John Ritter and the quirkiness of Steve Buscemi. He has worked with heavy hitters George Clooney, Faye Dunaway, Angelina Jolie, Damon Wayans, Drew Carey, George Lopez, David Spade and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stuart was featured in the comedy hit A Day Without a Mexican and the HBO award winning drama Gia. Among the big studio pictures he appeared in, Kindergarten Cop and Vegas Vacation are favorites among TV fans.
Michele Balan is a brash, New York Stand-up comedian who was one of the four finalists on NBC's 2006 "Last Comic Standing" and she is "The Last Woman Comic . . .. " She has recently appeared on Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed and the OUTlaugh festival on MTVs LOGO, opened for the Smothers Brothers, and is headlining all over the country in Comedy Clubs, cruises, corporate events, JCC's country clubs and more! She is appropriate for all audiences...well, maybe not children's parties! She writes for Life & Style magazine, contributor in many books and writes comedy for other well-known comedians. Often told she was naturally funny, the Brooklyn native left a high-paying executive position at a computer company to pursue comedy - even though comedy has never proved as lucrative - and she has been performing ever since. She has recorded "Neurotic by Nature" at the LA Improv in 99 (it features Nell Carter), in 2004 she recorded "Live Just Barely" at the famed Joe's Pub... and soon to be released "Is it hot in here? or is it me!" recorded at the Triad Theater. Voted one of the "Top 10 Comics" by Backstage Magazine in 2004.
Jason Stuart & Michele Balan runs for 3 performances only Friday-Saturday, November 19-20 at 10:15 PM and Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 pm. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $30 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Jason Stuart & Michele Balan:
Instrumental, Smooth Jazz: Flamenco, Jazz, Bossa Nova, World
Fri, Nov 26, 8pm
Sat, Nov 27, 7 & 9:30pm
Sun, Nov 28, 7pm
An Evening Of Solo Guitar
Ottmar Liebert returns to the RRazz Room for a series of solo guitar performances. Liebert's incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, he began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams, first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. By 1989, he had founded the first incarnation of his new band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local Indian artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version. Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings, including the remix collection Euphoria (1995), the live album Viva! (1995), the double CD Opium (1996) and the classical-oriented orchestral album Leaning into the Night (1997). He wrapped up his decade with Epic with 2001's Little Wing and went back to Higher Octave Music, releasing a lush album of lullabies called In the Arms of Love in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra XL called The Santa Fe Sessions (2003). La Semana (2004) was the first all-new band album in five years, followed by Winter Rose (2005), which featured original pieces, classical music and Christmas songs. In 2006 Liebert's record label SSRI released One Guitar, his first solo guitar recording, which received Liebert's fourth nomination for a Grammy. His newest releases are Up Close (2008), which is a binaural dummy head surround sound recording, and The Scent of Light (2008) a labor of five years. The Scent of Light was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age Album Category.
Ottmar Liebert runs for 4 performances only, Friday, November 26 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, November 27 at 7:00 & 9:00 PM; and Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $42.50 with a two-drink minimum. For tickets call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Ottmar Liebert
The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is San Francisco's premiere nightclub, offering the finest in world-class Cabaret, Jazz, Comedy and Popular music entertainment. This intimate and acoustically perfect venue has been the home for past performers such as: Ashford & Simpson, Oleta Adams, Larry Carlton, Bobby Caldwell, Spyro Gyra, Hiroshima, Diane Schuur, Ben Vereen, Martha Reeves, Miki Howard, The Zapp Band, ConFunkShun, Pete Escovedo, Freda Payne, Sally Kellerman, Lil' Kim, Angela Bofill, Australia's Thunder From Down Under, All-4-One, Taylor Hicks, Marlena Shaw, Mary Wilson, Janis Paige and Stefanie Powers. Host-escorted seating assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open 90 minutes prior to show. The Rrazz Room is a two-drink minimum, all-ages venue, and tickets are non-refundable. Limited Club R VIP Memberships available: 415.394.1189 or Kris@TheRrazzRoom.com
Additional helpful information: The RRazz room Lounge and Bar is open daily at 2 pm. Dress Code is upscale casual. Inappropriate attire is: ripped jeans, flip-flops, baseball caps and jerseys. No audio nor video recording without prior approval. Please silence cell phones and refrain from use during performances. With a RRazz Room validation, parking at the Mason O'Farrell Garage is $10 (up to five hours) and $15 (up to ten hours). Enter the garage from Mason or O'Farrell Streets.