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After more than a year in the North American premier tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber?s LOVE NEVER DIES, playing Madame Giry to standing ovations, Karen is thrilled to be home in NYC. Previously on Broadway, she garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in WONDERLAND and she originated the role of Tanya in Abba?s MAMMA MIA! For her portrayal of Tanya, Ms. Mason was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the final Broadway company of HAIRSPRAY; ?Monotony? singer, Mazeppa in JEROME ROBBINS? BROADWAY; Rosalie in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway?s TORCH SONG TRILOGY; and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG. Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in AND THE WORLD GOES ?ROUND, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show KAREN MASON SINGS BROADWAY, BEATLES AND BRIAN. Karen has headlined Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein?s ,Rainbow & Stars, The Algonquin, Arci?s Place, The Supper Club and The Ballroom in NYC; The Plush Room, The Fairmont Hotel, The Orinda in San Francisco; and The Park West, Davenport?s in Chicago. Her highly acclaimed recordings include IT?S ABOUT TIME; her 2009 MAC Award-winning Right Here/ Right Now, The Sweetest of Nights, the MAC Award-winning When The Sun Comes Out; Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!,; Better Days, (including the 1998 Emmy Award-winning song ?Hold Me?); and Not So Simply Broadway. Karen has been featured on the soundtrack of the original cast CD of Wonderland; Jeffrey (Varese Sarabande), the studio cast recording of Wonderful Town (JAY Records), the original cast album of And The World Goes Round (RCA Victor), The Child In Me, Vol. 1 (Harbinger Records), and Lost in Boston ll (Varese Sarabande).

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[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Playhouse World Premiere, 2019
Ma Lawlor/Kay Koverman

[US Tour]
First National Tour, 2017
Madame Giry

[US Tour]
National Tour, 2011
Miss Shields

Original Broadway Production, 2011
Queen of Hearts

[St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
St. Louis MUNY Production, 2006

[New York]
World Premiere, 2005
Dorothy Parker

Original Broadway Production, 2001

Original Broadway Production, 1994
Norma Desmond (Standby)

The Incomparable Rosalie

Off-Broadway Revival, 1993
The Incomparable Rosalie

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1991


Original Broadway Production, 1989
Rosalia [Replacement]

Singer [Replacement]

Mazeppa [Replacement]

Hildy [Replacement]

Company Member of "...Forum" [Replacement]

Bathing Beauty [Replacement]

Golde (Understudy) [Replacement]

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983

Unknown, 1982

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Bay Area Cabaret has announced the 2023-24 season starring five exceptional and critically acclaimed cabaret, jazz and Broadway artists, all to be presented at the famed Venetian Room, Fairmont San Francisco, beginning Sunday, October 29 through Sunday, April 14. Learn more about the full season lineup here!

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Photos: September 12 THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER Overwhelms With Talent

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Broadway star Karen Mason celebrates her collaboration with longtime music director Christopher Denny at Chelsea Table + Stage this month.

Karen Mason to Present Encore Presentation of 30… AND COUNTING at Chelsea Table + Stage

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Feature: More About Man About Town, Charles Kirsch, Broadway's BFF - Part Two

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Karen Mason and Christopher Denny to Celebrate 30 Years of Collaboration at Chelsea Table + Stage

Join in at Chelsea Table + Stage as we celebrate 30 years of collaboration between Karen Mason and music director Christopher Denny. Get ready for an unforgettable night of music and memories. Book your tickets now!

Ari Axelrod to Present A PLACE FOR US: A CELEBRATION OF JEWISH BROADWAY at White Heron Theatre Company

Join Ari Axelrod at White Heron Theatre Company for a special 2-night only event, 'A Place For Us: A Celebration Of Jewish Broadway.' Experience the timeless songs and stories of Jewish composers and their impact on the American Musical. Limited engagement running on August 18th and 19th. Get your tickets now!

Photos: Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates Twenty Years With Proclamations and Thrilling Talent!

On Monday, July 24, Birdland Jazz Club celebrated the landmark 20th Anniversary of its wildly popular weekly open mic night/variety show “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party.” The evening featured regular favorites, as well as special surprise guests. As usual, music director Billy Stritch held court at the ivories, along with Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums. Check out photos here!

Review: Whereas JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With Elegance at Birdland

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Acclaimed singer and songwriter Nellie McKay, along with dancers Daniel Booda and Wyatt Slone, have joined the cast of the 11th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys'.

Review: CHARLES STROUSE'S 95th BIRTHDAY SHOW! at 54 Below Shares Legendary Theatrical Legacy

How can you fit Broadway composer Charles Strouse’s entire career into a 90-minute show?


Karen Mason has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Karen Mason has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Carnival .

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