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Karen Mason

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [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
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Queen of Hearts
  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
St. Louis MUNY Production, 2006
Rose
  [New York]
World Premiere, 2005
Dorothy Parker
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Tanya
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Norma Desmond (Standby)
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
The Incomparable Rosalie
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1993
The Incomparable Rosalie
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1991
Performer
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Rosalia [Replacement]
Singer [Replacement]
Mazeppa [Replacement]
Hildy [Replacement]
Company Member of "...Forum" [Replacement]
Bathing Beauty [Replacement]
Golde (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983
Performer
  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1982
Frances

Photos

Paul Rolnick and Karen Mason Photo

Paul Rolnick and Karen Mason

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Date:
05/18/2022
Natalie Douglas, Mark Hummel, Adam Feldman, Karen Mason, Will Friedwald  Photo

Natalie Douglas, Mark Hummel, Adam Feldman, Karen Mason, Will Friedwald

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Date:
05/15/2022
Karen Mason Photo

Karen Mason

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04/13/2022
David Friedman, Karen Mason and Paul Rolnick Photo

David Friedman, Karen Mason and Paul Rolnick

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04/13/2022
Marta Sander and Karen Mason Photo

Marta Sander and Karen Mason

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Date:
04/13/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [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

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Queen of Hearts

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

  [New York]
World Premiere, 2005
Dorothy Parker

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Tanya

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Norma Desmond (Standby)

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
The Incomparable Rosalie

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1993
The Incomparable Rosalie

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1991
Performer

Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Rosalia [Replacement]

Singer [Replacement]

Mazeppa [Replacement]

Hildy [Replacement]

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

Bathing Beauty [Replacement]

Golde (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983
Performer

  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1982
Frances

Karen Mason Biography

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).

Karen Mason Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical
Karen Mason, Carnival

Karen Mason News

THE BEE-MAN - A New Family Musical Announces Two Staged Readings Photo THE BEE-MAN - A New Family Musical Announces Two Staged Readings
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022

IndieWorks Theatre Company and Judith Manocherian will present two private staged reading presentations of the new family musical, The Bee-Man.

Julie Benko & Holt McAllany to Join Steven Brinberg's SIMPLY BARBRA at Chelsea Table  Photo Julie Benko & Holt McAllany to Join Steven Brinberg's SIMPLY BARBRA at Chelsea Table + Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE will present ‚ÄúSimply Barbra‚ÄĚ written and performed by Steven Brinberg, to celebrate Barbra Streisand‚Äôs landmark 80th Birthday on Monday, July 18 at 7:00 PM.

DORIS DEAR'S GURL TALK Lights Up The Theatre District In NYC And Is Awarded The Silve Photo DORIS DEAR'S GURL TALK Lights Up The Theatre District In NYC And Is Awarded The Silver Communicator Award
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2022

On Saturday, the team that brought you the award-winning streaming series, ‚ÄúDoris Dear's Gurl Talk‚ÄĚ, was presented with the Silver Communicator Award at Gallaghers Steakhouse in the heart of the Theater District in New York City.

Photos:  AMERICAN POPULAR SONG SOCIETY TRIBUTE TO LEE ROY REAMS at The Cutting Room b Photo Photos: AMERICAN POPULAR SONG SOCIETY TRIBUTE TO LEE ROY REAMS at The Cutting Room by Bowie Dunwoody
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 17, 2022

The American Popular Song Society recently hosted a gala benefit honoring Tony Award nominee Lee Roy Reams and guest photographer Bowie Dunwoody captured it all in their camera's lens.

Tracie Bennett and Laiona Michelle Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Photo Tracie Bennett and Laiona Michelle Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2022

Olivier winner and Tony nominee Tracie Bennett (Hangmen, End of the Rainbow) and Laiona Michelle (Little Girl Blue, Amazing Grace) have joined the line-up for the 10th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys.'

Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Photo Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

Tony nominee¬†Sally Mayes, Bistro winner¬†Nicolas King,¬†Shereen Pimentel, and Bistro winner¬†Amy Jo Jackson¬†(Joe‚Äôs Pub) have joined the line-up for the 10th¬†annual¬†‚ÄúNight¬†Of A¬†Thousand¬†Judys‚Ä̬†‚Ästthe Pride concert to benefit¬†The Ali Forney Center¬†written and hosted by¬†Justin Elizabeth Sayre¬†‚Äď at¬†Joe‚Äôs Pub¬†on¬†Sunday, June 5.

Karen Mason to Bring KANDER & EBB AND & ALL THAT JAZZ! to The Bradstan Cabaret Fest Photo Karen Mason to Bring KANDER & EBB AND & ALL THAT JAZZ! to The Bradstan Cabaret Fest
by Marissa Tomeo - May 22, 2022

KAREN MASON opens THE BRADSTAN CABARET FEST! ¬†On MAY 29, 2022 at 8 PM for one night only, with her show KANDER & EBB‚ĶAND ALL THAT JAZZ! Karen Mason shares her love of songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb in her new show,¬†Kander & Ebb‚ĶAnd All That Jazz!¬†¬†As one of the original stars of the off-Broadway production of¬†And The World Goes ‚ÄėRound, Mason has a personal connection to these legends and their music. A night of unforgettable stories, laughter, and music, Including ‚ÄúRing Them Bells,‚Ä̬† ‚ÄúMy Coloring Book,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúGo Back Home.‚Ä̬† This new show highlights Mason‚Äôs vocal prowess, charisma, and overall versatility. Her storytelling is as stellar as her vocals.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of ROMEO & BERNADETTE Photo Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of ROMEO & BERNADETTE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

The Off-Broadway production of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, with book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, directed and choreographed by Justin Ross Cohen, and starring the original cast,  officially opened on Monday, May 16 at Theater 555 (555 West 42nd Street - between 10th and 11th Avenues).

BWW Interview: Scott Evan Davis of CONNECTION UNSTABLE at The Triad May 21st Photo BWW Interview: Scott Evan Davis of CONNECTION UNSTABLE at The Triad May 21st
by Stephen Mosher - May 18, 2022

Award-wining songwriter, Broadway-bound composer, and viral TikTok creator Scott Evan Davis has the need to make some connections... stable or not - and that's exactly what he is going to do this Saturday at The Triad

Karen Mason to Open The Bradstan Cabaret Fest With KANDER & EBB…AND ALL THAT JAZZ! Photo Karen Mason to Open The Bradstan Cabaret Fest With KANDER & EBB…AND ALL THAT JAZZ!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

Karen Mason will share¬†her love of songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb in her new show,¬†Kander & Ebb‚ĶAnd All That Jazz!¬†¬†As one of the original stars of the off-Broadway production of¬†And The World Goes ‚ÄėRound, Mason has a personal connection to these legends and their music.

Karen Mason Videos

VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser! VideoVIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser!
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2021

Notables from President Bill Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg to musicians Wynton Marsalis and Sting joined together on Sunday, Jan 24th to 'Save Birdland'.

BWW TV: Cabaret Corner with Karen Mason VideoBWW TV: Cabaret Corner with Karen Mason
by Ari Axelrod - May 20, 2020

Welcome to 'Cabaret Corner', a series devoted to having meaningful conversations with change-making cabaret artists.

VIDEO: Connecticut High Schoolers Get Special Messages From Former MAMMA MIA! Broadwa VideoVIDEO: Connecticut High Schoolers Get Special Messages From Former MAMMA MIA! Broadway and Tour Cast Members
by Stage Tube - Nov 30, 2019

As the high schoolers in the Staples Players drama club prepared to open their production of Mamma Mia!, they got a special surprise organized by their directors.

BWW Flashback: Celebrate MAMMA MIA!'s Anniversary With a Look Back at Opening Night! VideoBWW Flashback: Celebrate MAMMA MIA!'s Anniversary With a Look Back at Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 18, 2019

My, my! It's officially been eighteen years since the dancing queens of Mamma Mia! opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the show's opening night to see Louise Pitre, Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, and more having the time of their lives! Check it all out below!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Paper Mill's CHASING RAINBOWS VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Paper Mill's CHASING RAINBOWS
by Alan Henry - Oct 3, 2019

Don your ruby slippers and grab Toto as you take a peek inside Paper Mill Playhouse's New Jersey premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, featuring a book by Marc Acito, musical adaptation & additional music by David Libby and conceived by and additional lyrics by Tina Marie Casamento.

VIDEO: Get a First Look at Footage From CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Paper Mil VideoVIDEO: Get a First Look at Footage From CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Sep 28, 2019

Performances are underway for Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz at Paper Mill Playhouse! News12 New Jersey recently gave us a first look at footage from the production! Additionally, they sat down with some of the cast and creatives to talk about the show.

BWW TV: The Cast Of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ Meets The Press! VideoBWW TV: The Cast Of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ Meets The Press!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2019

The company just met the press and BWW correspondent Richard Ridge is taking you inside the big day below!

BWW TV: Go Inside Cabaret's Biggest Night at the MAC Awards! VideoBWW TV: Go Inside Cabaret's Biggest Night at the MAC Awards!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2019

The 33rd Annual MAC Awards were handed out on Tuesday night, March 26, during a glitzy evening at New York City's SONY Hall.

BWW TV: Karen Mason Introduces Old and New Favorites in FOR THE FIRST TIME at Birdlan VideoBWW TV: Karen Mason Introduces Old and New Favorites in FOR THE FIRST TIME at Birdland
by Eugene Ebner - Mar 18, 2019

Award-winning Broadway and cabaret star Karen Mason will debut a brand-new show entitled FOR THE FIRST TIME at the Birdland Theater.

Danny Kravitz Releases New Single LETTING GO WHILE HOLDING ON VideoDanny Kravitz Releases New Single LETTING GO WHILE HOLDING ON
by Julie Musbach - Jul 11, 2018

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/ musician/producer Danny Kravitz new single new single Letting Go While Holding On has just been released on iTunes, Amazon and all digital and streaming outlets. Danny premiered the song at two sold-out concerts with three-time Grammy Award winner Shaun Colvin at Evanston's The S.P.A.C.E. in June.


Karen Mason Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Karen Mason been in?
Karen Mason has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Karen Mason been in?
Karen Mason has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Karen Mason been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Carnival .