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Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party

After Lesli Margherita's sold-out "Broad" concert at Birdland last week, there was a wild, celebrity-filled, super-charged Cast Party! As usual, the weekly event, hosted by Jim Caruso (with Billy Stritch at the piano, Daniel Glass on drums and Steve Doyle on bass) took the words "open mic" to a new level. The entire cast of the Lincoln Center's Merchant of Veniceshowed up to cheer their stars Jonathan Pryce, Giles Terera and Stefan Adigbola in impromptu performances before heading to their run at Kennedy Center. Multi-million record-selling Victoria Shaw, her mother Carol Shaw, and daughter Ruby Locknar all performed. Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry sang her heart out. World-class trumpet player Dominick Farinaccci dazzled the crowd. Folk-singing superstar Christine Lavin had the audience out of their seats and dancing. Hamilton Award-winning singer Avery Raquel showed off her jazz chops. And theater writer Phillip Boroff sang, then proposed marriage to his girlfriend. (She said yes!) Is it any wonder Cast Party is known as the "come what mayhem" of Manhattan showbiz events?

Jim Caruso's Cast Party takes place every Monday at 9:30pm at Birdland (315 West 44 Street, NYC).

Photos by Kevin Alvey

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Andy Van Allsburg

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Avery Raquel

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Billy Stritch and Jonathan Pryce

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Carol Shaw

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Cast of Merchant of Venice

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Domenick Farinacci

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Gabrielle Wilson

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Giles Terera

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Grace Givens

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Jacob Pitts

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Jim Caruso and Nancy G

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Jonathan Pryce

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Justin Van Pelt

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Luke Anthony Neville

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Maria Lane

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Mark Blowers

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Nicole Henry

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Phillip Boroff

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Victoria Shaw

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Ruby Locknar

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Stefan Adigbola

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Christine Lavin

Photo Flash: Merchant of Venice Actors Let Loose at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Steve Doyle, Billy Stritch, Cole Sherratt, Andy Van Allsburg, Jim Caruso, and Daniel Glass

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