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BWW TV Exclusive: Linda Lavin, Klea Blackhurst & More Celebrate Jim Caruso's Birthday at Birdland!

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly Open Mic Night that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night at 9:30pm. It's a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. BroadwayWorld was on hand for a recent edition of the show, which also happened to fall on Caruso's birthday! Below, check out exclusive highlights from the special night, which included performances by Linda Lavin, Klea Blackhurst and more!

For the past twelve years, it's been the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with Manhattan show folk and their fans. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director, the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra accompanies, and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities! It's the party that would happen if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano!

Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10036. Students (with current ID) & Broadway Theatre-Goers (with Broadway ticket stub from same day of performance): 50% off music charge at 11PM shows only. Birdland serves American Fare with a Cajun Flair nightly from 5PM until Midnight and until 1AM on Friday and Saturdays. Parking is available across the street at 332 West 44th Street. For more, visit

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