Jim Caruso's Cast Party Coming to The Dave Koz Lounge, 12/17
This marks the ninth Southern California appearance for the Manhattan mainstay, hosted by Caruso and musical director Billy Stritch. Initially, after a full-page color feature in the Sunday LA Times, along with three hours on the top-rated KTLA Morning Show, the impromptu variety show/open mic had to turn away hundreds of audience hopefuls clamoring to watch a who's who of surprise entertainers, including Melissa Manchester, Carol Channing, Cybill Shepherd, Dave Koz, JoAnne Worley, Taylor Dayne, Jason Graae, Debby Boone, Shoshana Bean, internet sensation Miranda Sings, funny man Bruce Vilanch, and many others.Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly open mic night that has been bringing a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night for the past ten years. 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. 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 like a bubbly cruise director, musical genius Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, 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 a grand piano. Recently, Caruso and Stritch have taken the Party on the road, celebrating talent in San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Austin, and on the high seas. Cast Party was also part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Songbook Series, celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood with an all-star cast.
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Harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment in the heart of Beverly Hills, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge is Los Angeles' newest destination for exquisite food, curated live entertainment, and exemplary service. After over 26 years, Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros of Seal Beach's iconic Italian restaurant and jazz lounge, Spaghettini, are opening the new restaurant with longtime friend, nine-time GRAMMY nominated Dave Koz in fall 2014. The restaurant is led by an excellent culinary team helmed by highly lauded Executive Chef Scott Howard, who will prepare elegant, Italian-inspired California food with the finest available local and seasonal ingredients. After dinnertime, the stylish lounge opens up to guests for world-class, live entertainment. With jazz in the restaurant's DNA, the lounge features a group of critically acclaimed musicians-in-residence that represent a range of talent-including resident musicians Matt Goss, John Stamos, Eric Benét, Michael Lington, Spencer Day, Ariana Savalas, Vincent Ingala, and late-night house band DW3-offering sophisticated "adult music" in an intimate, state-of-the-art music venue. The restaurant is located at 184 N. Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills, CA, and will be open for lunch, dinner, late-night dining, and Sunday brunch, with live musical performances as scheduled. For additional information, please call 310.424.4600, follow the restaurant onFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.spaghettinibh.com.
Jim Caruso's Cast Party will return to the West Coast for one night only, Wednesday, December 17at 10pm. The "extreme open mic" will take place at The Dave Koz Lounge at Spaghettini 184 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.
Photo Credit - Bill Westmoreland