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Stephen Holden of The New York Times called Carole J. Bufford “a sizzling performer” and noted that she “has a bright, rangy voice and big blue eyes that emit snapping electrical charges. She can be dangerous, but she is also funny."  

Carole J. Bufford has become one of the most sought after new performers since first appearing in the Metropolitan Room’s MetroStar Talent Challenge. Immediately following, she was asked to perform at the Cabaret Convention at Jazz@Lincoln Center presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation where she also received specific praise from The New York Times. 

Carole's recent sold out and extended show, "speak easy." featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks earned her rave reviews across the board, including The New York Times, and Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal said, "Despite decades of repeated admonitions to the contrary, it turns out that the great Sophie Tucker was not, in fact, the last of the Red Hot Mamas. That title now can be claimed by the young Ms. Carole Bufford, who, more than any other singer of the last 90 years, digs down into the meat and the substance of the Prohibition Era.”

In addition, Carole has been featured in numerous “Broadway By The Year” concerts, both at The Town Hall and in California. She has also performed in “All Singin’, All Dancin’” as well as the recent Tribute to Judy Garland and The Art of American Dance at The Town Hall where she shared the stage with Lorna Luft and Susan Stroman in an all-star cast. Carole recently starred in Scott Siegel’s “11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock” at Feinstein’s at The Loew’s Regency along with Christina Bianco and Scott Coulter. The show played every Thursday and enjoyed a nine month run, one of the longest in Feinstein’s history.

As for Carole’s other solo cabarets, both “Carole J. Bufford sings Randy Newman” and “intro,” a collection of music from the Great American Singbook, received rave reviews and return engagements. Carole has also been seen at The Colony in Palm Beach, the National Arts Club’s “Cabaret on Mondays” series, Upright Cabaret in L.A., Simply Streisand at The Laurie Beechman, and The Tudor City Greens Concerts. Carole received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. New York theatre credits include “Junie B. Jones” (Lucille Lortel), “A Christmas Carol” (Lucille Lortel), and “Trouble in Shameland” (NY Fringe Festival.) Carole originally hails from Lincolnton, GA. For more information on Carole's upcoming performances, please visit:

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54 CELEBRATES MEL BROOKS, Alan H. Green, and More To Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. 

Photos: The Marvelous CAROLE BUFFORD Is Back With YOU DON'T OWN ME: THE FEARLESS FEMALES OF THE 1960S at 54 Below

Powerhouse Carole Bufford is back at 54 Below again with a tribute to great women of the 1960s like Carole King, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. Catch her next performance on January 24th, 2024 and see photos of her January 3rd show here.

Carole J. Bufford Returns To 54 Below With YOU DON'T OWN ME

Carole J. Bufford returns to 54 Below with her show 'You Don't Own Me' on January 3rd & 24th. Don't miss this incredible performance!

Photos: The Gasp Collection

After four years at Broadway World Cabaret, quite a collection of photos has been amassed. These are the gasp-worthy pics.

Photos: The Broadway World Cabaret Studio Portraits

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Cabaret Photographers: Conor Weiss

Broadway World Cabaret gets photographic content from some of the best shutterbugs in the business. Here's a look at some of the captures they've shared with us.

Florida Studio Theatre Announces Cast of TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT Beginning November 29

Florida Studio Theatre presents 'Take it to the Limit,' a high-energy tribute to the rebel musicians of the 1970s. This all-new Cabaret features iconic songs and begins playing on November 29. Get your tickets now at

Photos: AS TIME GOES BY: TIMELESS TUNES at Rose Theater Brings Cabaret Convention 2023 To A Close

Conoro Weiss gives Broadway World readers another beautiful photo flash of the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Convention.

Photos: The Palm Beach Cabaret Season Launches at Cafe Centro

Entertainer Rob Russell, aka Mr. Palm Beach entered a room full of cheering music devotees at Cafe Centro last night and hosted the unofficial start of the Cabaret season at the popular Palm Beach dinner/music venue. Check out photos here!

Star-Studded One Night Only Returns to The Mccallum Featuring Blackhurst, Snyder, Stritch, Bufford and More

Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center announces the return of “One Night Only' for the 17th year at the McCallum Theatre produced by Michael Childers with returning director Scott Coulter and musical director Todd Schroeder along with choreographer Jonathan Sharp. This year’s theme is “Las Vegas: The Golden Age, 1950-1970.” Patrons will take a step back in time for “Las Vegas: The Golden Age, 1950-1970” starring Debby Boone, Clint Holmes, Jennifer Leigh Warren (all 3 pictured) Klea Blackhurst, Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Jason Graae, Valarie Pettiford, , Nita Whitaker, Seth Sikes, Nicholas King, Kelli Rabke, Gary Shaw, Scott Coulter, Julie Garnye’, Alex Getlin, Tamika Lawrence, Aaron Lazar, Debbie Gravitte, Jessica Hendy, Daniel LeClaire, Chris Mann, Lesli Margherita, Anthony Murphy, Jonathan Sharp, James Snyder and Nickerson-Rossi Dance.

Review: Carole J. Bufford Exemplifies DIVINE DECADENCE at Birdland Theater

If there’s one takeaway from an evening with Carole Bufford, it is that I’ll be looking forward to her next show, open mic appearance, or wherever she might appear.

Photos: Carole J. Bufford Displays DIVINE DECADENCE at Birdland Theater

Carole J. Bufford has a new show that combines the music of the past, modern-day sensibilities, and her personal vintage style.

Birdland to Present DREAMING OF A SONG: THE MUSIC OF HOAGY CARMICHAEL With Klea Blackhurst and Billy Stritch

Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of Hoagy Carmichael as Klea Blackhurst and Billy Stritch take the stage at Birdland. Don't miss this unforgettable night of 'Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael' with two incredible performers.

Champian Fulton, Wayne Tucker, and More to Play Birdland This Month

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater have announced all jazz programming running July 17 through July 30.

Caramoor's Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Season Features Cellist Abel Selaocoe, Singer-Songwriter Allison Russell, The English Concert, and More

Caramoor’s longstanding commitment to adventurous programming – encompassing an expansive range of genres and outstanding artists – continues indoors all year round in the intimate setting of the Rosen House Music Room.

THE VOICE's Wendy Moten to Return to Birdland in August

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present return of Nashville vocalist Wendy Moten – best known for her 2021 run on NBC’s “The Voice” – on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 PM.

Monty Alexander, David DeJesus Sextet, and More to Play Birdland This Month

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater have announced jazz programming running July 10 through July 23.

Julie Benko, Daniel Reichard, and More to Play Birdland in July

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this July with a full slate of nightly performances! 

Carole J. Bufford to Present DIVINE DECADENCE for Six Shows at Birdland Theater

BIRDLAND THEATER will present the return of Carole J. Bufford in the world premiere of her new show “Divine Decadence” for a special six-performance engagement from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23 with shows each night at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

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