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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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Diversionary Theatre Announces 2023/2024 Season

Diversionary Theatre has announced its 2023/2024 season: the San Diego premiere of Dragon Mama (September/October 2023) by Sara Porkalob and directed by Andrew Russell; the legacy revival of The Glass Menagerie (November/December 2023) by Tennessee Williams and directed by Lisa Berger with Shana Wride taking on the iconic role of Amanda Wingfield; the West Coast premiere of Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members (May/June, 2024) a co-production with Moxie Theatre by Mara Vélez Meléndez and a director to be announced; the world-premiere musical TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (May/June, 2024) by EllaRose Chary and Brandon Gwinn, directed by Sherri Eden Barber.

See HANDS ON A HARDBODY Reunion Concert, Jenn Colella, Shaun Cassidy & More at 54 Below in June

This month, 54 BELOW will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

Carolee Carmello, Stephen Schwartz & More to Join Charles Strouse's 95th Birthday Celebration at 54 Below

Celebrate the 95th birthday of Broadway legend Charles Strouse at 54 Below on June 5, 2023!

Chelsea Community Church Launches Children's Book Reading Group Series, With Karen Mason, June 3

Books, pizza and singer-actress-cabaret star Karen Mason! A great combination for the launch of the Chelsea Community Church's first Children's Book Reading Group on Satur​​​​​​​day, June 3 at 1 PM in the Rectory.

Tovah Feldshuh Joins The American Popular Song Society To Celebrate Marilyn Maye

THE AMERICAN POPULAR SONG SOCIETY has announced that special guest Tovah Feldshuh – the Tony and Emmy-nominated actress currently starring on Broadway in Funny Girl – will join their “Second Annual Benefit Evening” to honor the legendary Marilyn Maye on Monday, June 12 at 6:00 PM at Theater 555.

Lauren Patten, T. Oliver Reid, Hilary Kole & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS

Tony Award winner Lauren Patten, T. Oliver Reid, jazz vocalist Hilary Kole, Jack Bartholet, and rising star Jae W.B. have joined the cast of the 11th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys'. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Marieann Meringolo Residency Extends at Chelsea Table and Stage

After a very successful 3 month residency in March, April & May, 2023 at Chelsea Table + Stage, Marieann Meringolo will extend her monthly residency through August, 2023.

Julie Benko, Telly Leung & More to Star in 11th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS

The 11th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre – will take place at Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 12. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Marilyn Maye to be Honored at The American Popular Song Society Benefit

THE AMERICAN POPULAR SONG SOCIETY will honor the legendary Marilyn Maye at their “Second Annual Benefit Evening” on Monday, June 12 at 6:00 PM at Theater 555.

Lorna Dallas Returns To NYC Stage With GLAMOROUS NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Award winner Lorna Dallas is making a welcome return to the New York Stage in Barry Kleinbort/Christopher Denny helmed new musical cabaret.

Steven Brinberg's SIMPLY BARBRA to Celebrate YENTL & THE WAY WE WERE at Chelsea Table + Stage

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE will present the return of “Simply Barbra,” written and performed by Steven Brinberg, on Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 PM.

Photos: Penny Fuller & Anita Gillette Return To Birdland With 'Sin Twisters: The Next Frontier!'

Two of Broadway’s most beloved performers, Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller, took to the stage at Birdland on Monday, April 17 for their latest song and story compilation: “Sin Twisters: The Next Frontier.”

A Video Roundup Showcasing The Talent In The APSS BENEFIT HONORING MARILYN MAYE at Theater 555

The American Popular Song Society will present their second annual benefit evening, this year honoring Marilyn Maye.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of WALKING WITH BUBBLES

See photos from opening night of Walking With Bubbles!

Lorna Dallas to Bring GLAMOROUS NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS to The Laurie Beechman Theatre

The Laurie Beechman Theatre will present Lorna Dallas in her latest musical feast, “Glamorous Nights and Rainy Days,” in a two-night engagement - Saturday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 17 - both shows at 7pm.


54 BELOW presents JEFF HARNAR & ALEX RYBECK: OUR 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOW on Tuesday June 13th, 2023 at 7pm. Harnar and Rybeck made their cabaret debuts together at Palsson's Supper Club (now The Triad) on June 13th, 1983.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for the 37th Annual MAC Awards

Check out photos from the red carpet of the 37th annual MAC Awards!

American Popular Song Society Will Honor Marilyn Maye June 12th

This year the APSS has chosen The Marvelous Marilyn Maye to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award as she continues celebrating her 95th Birthday.

Nikki M. James, John-Andrew Morrison, Jackie Cox & More to Take Part in 37th MAC Awards

Presenters and performers have been revealed for the 37th Annual MAC Awards! See who is taking part, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Karen Mason Returns To Birdland!

See photos of Karen Mason's return to Birdland!


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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