Kate Botello in JUDY'S CHRISTMAS GARLAND at Helen's Cabaret
After a season garnering rave reviews in Judy Garland and Uninvited Company, acclaimed impersonator Kate Botello returns with the holiday extravaganza, Judy's Christmas Garland. The cabaret/musical will play five dates in December (8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd) at Helen's Hideaway Room (169 Eighth Avenue). There is a $15 cover and $15 food/drink minimum.
Kate Botello leads a stellar cast, including Sade Pendarvis as Mahalia Jackson, Benjie Randall as Gene Kelly, and Eric Robinson as Joe, Judy's harried assistant. Choreography is by Broadway veteran Donna Drake and the 14 musical arrangements are by musical director Stephen Bocchino. Songs include "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming To Town," "Get Happy," and "Man With The Bag." There is also a special guest star dropping into visit Judy and the gang each night:
Dec. 8: Rick Crom 9:30pm
Dec. 13: Joey Arias 9:30pm
Dec. 15: Hedda Lettuce 9:30pm
Dec. 20: Billy Stritch 8:00pm*
Dec. 22: Jim Caruso 9:30pm
Long before her Judy Garland escapades, Kate Botello was a television host on the national channel, TechTV (then ZTV), the first network dedicated to technology and the internet. Her first on-air gig was as puppeteer and voice-over talent for "Tilde," the network's virtual host, for which she was awarded a Bay Area Emmy Award and Bronze Medal in the New York Festival. She went on to mastermind and co-host a live, national daily show, "The Screen Savers" with Leo Laporte. Kate sang show-tune technology parodies, did beat poetry about RAM and Operating Systems, experienced an earthquake on camera, and repeatedly put cohost Leo Laporte into a headlock - all during more than 400 episodes of live television. She then became cohost of TechTV's internationally distributed videogame show, "Extended Play." When she wasn't globetrotting to London or Tokyo, she was interviewing the heroes and villians of the videogame industry, sparring with Ultimate Fighters and judging the Consumer Electronic Show. After playing Judy Garland and Katherine Hepburn to sold-out houses Off-Broadway in Christmas with the Crawfords, she formed Love Bomb Productions with Ray Weigel and acclaimed director Donna Drake, producing Judy Garland and Uninvited Company and Judy's Christmas Garland.
WHAT: Kate Botello in Judy's Christmas Garland
Co-starring Sade Pendarvis, Benjie Randall and Eric Robinson
WHERE: The Hideaway Room at Helen's Cabaret, 169 Eighth Avenue, NYC
WHEN: December 8, 13, 15, 22 at 9:30pm
December 20 at 8pm
TICKETS: $15 plus $15 food/drink minimum