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JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Return to Birdland Jazz Club Beginning in July


Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is held every Monday evening starting July 5 at 8:00 PM.

JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Return to Birdland Jazz Club Beginning in July

Birdland Jazz Club has announced that Jim Caruso's Cast Party - the weekly talent celebration that has been in residence every Monday for seventeen years - will reopen on Monday, July 5 at 8:00 PM. Host Caruso will move his popular virtual variety show "Pajama Cast Party" to Wednesdays at 8:00 PM beginning July 7.

"Jim Caruso's Cast Party" is a wildly popular weekly open mic night that has brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2004. It's a cool open mic night and hilariously impromptu variety show in which showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. "Cast Party" is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair, while musical genius Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett) holds court at the ivories and leads the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums). The best part is that the audience is invited to participate in the musical festivities.

Jim Caruso didn't let last year's pandemic shutdown of Birdland put a halt to his Monday event. Instead, with the technical expertise of producer Ruby Locknar, he went virtual, bringing the popular musical variety show into the homes of viewers everywhere via the YouTube Cast Party Network. With Birdland's return to in-person events, the virtual Party will move to Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern. Jim, Ruby, "Cast Party" and "Pajama Cast Party" recently received five 2020 BroadwayWorld Awards for excellence in online and live entertainment. More information is available at

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is held every Monday evening starting July 5 at 8:00 PM. Birdland Jazz Club is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit

Jim Caruso made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the Tony Award-winning Liza's At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. He has won six MAC Awards and eight BroadwayWorld Awards for his work in nightclubs, performed with the New York Pops in a tribute to Kander & Ebb, with Rosemary Clooney celebrating Bing Crosby, and sang the songs of Hope & Crosby with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. Jim was honored to sing with Barbara Cook, Lauren Bacall and a bevy of Broadway stars at President Clinton's First State Dinner at the White House. For seventeen years, he has hosted the weekly showbiz bash "Jim Caruso's Cast Party" at Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center and across the country. Most recently, he stormed YouTube with "Pajama Cast Party." He also books and produces the "Broadway at Birdland" concert series, and performs regularly with Billy Stritch at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel. Jim's two CDs, The Swing Set and Caruso Live and In Person are available online.

Photo Credit: Christopher Boudewyns

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