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BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest Varla Jean Merman! Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest Varla Jean Merman!
by Ben Rimalower - Jan 20, 2020

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor, singer, and drag legend Jeffery Roberson (aka Varla Jean Merman) about the 1966 cast recording of 'The Mad Show.' They also discuss Coco Peru, Frank DeCaro, Heklina, Joanne Worley, Linda Lavin, 'The First Wives Club,' Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Barbra Streisand, Ann Reinking, Leslie Jordan, Marisol Montalvo, and Charles Busch. Varla talks about performing the role of Mary Sunshine in 'Chicago' on Broadway, and shares stories about working in Provincetown with queens such as Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ, Liza Lott, and BenDeLaCreme. In addition to her hilarious onstage performances, Varla is also known for her work in Richard Day's beloved 2003 comedy film 'Girls Will Be Girls.'

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest Linda Eder! Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest Linda Eder!
by Ben Rimalower - Jan 13, 2020

ce. In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to singer and actress Linda Eder about Barbra Streisand's 1965 album 'My Name is Barbra.' They also discuss Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Whitney Houston, Glenn Close, Frank Wildhorn, 'The Scarlet Pimpernel,' Andrew Lloyd Webber, 'Sunset Boulevard,' Eydie Gormé, Michael Bublé, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, 'Annie Get Your Gun,' Vikki Carr, Eileen Farrell, Betty Buckley and 'Hello, Dolly!' Known for her powerhouse vocals that have drawn comparisons to Streisand, Linda has performed in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall. She has also performed on Broadway, where she originated the role of Lucy in 'Jekyll & Hyde,' for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Winners Announced For The 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards! Photo Winners Announced For The 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020

Following a record number of nominations and votes, winners have been announced for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, brought to you by TodayTix!! The nominees were set, audiences voted, and now we get to recognize NYC Cabaret performers for their outstanding achievement!

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Drag Star Pixie Ave Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Drag Star Pixie Aventura
by Ben Rimalower - Jan 6, 2020

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor and drag star Cesar Villavicencio (aka Pixie Aventura) about Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits. They also discuss Freddie Mercury, Queen, Chita Rivera, Judy Garland, Bohemian Rhapsody, and RuPaul's Drag Race. Pixie talks about working with an audience, her process of creating unique and highly compelling material, and the importance of bringing about more Latinx representation in media. She also talks about being a 'research queen' and shares some of her inspirations from music, television, and film. Pixie performs nightly to packed audiences at NYC clubs like Barracuda, Hardware, Therapy, and Playhouse.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Faith Prince Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Faith Prince
by Ben Rimalower - Dec 30, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony-winning Broadway star Faith Prince about Liza Minnelli's 1972 live album 'Liza with a Z.' They also discuss Tina Landau, Fanny Brice, Funny Girl, Jule Styne, Judy Holliday, Mary Rodgers, Gwen Verdon, 'Fosse/Verdon,' Scott Frankel, Comden and Green, and Marilyn Maye. Faith tells stories of how she landed lead roles in shows like 'Guys and Dolls,' 'Bells Are Ringing,' and 'The First Wives Club,' and shares valuable advice on how to set yourself apart at auditions by bringing your intelligence into the room and onto the stage. She also talks about what it means to be your authentic self and the value of being present as a performer and in life. Faith's fabulous live albums 'Leap of Faith' and 'Total Faith' are available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

BWW Interview: Billy Stritch of LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT at Birdland Photo BWW Interview: Billy Stritch of LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT at Birdland
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 29, 2019

The keeper of the keyboards, Billy Stritch, heads into the busiest month of his year so far.. and it's only the first month of the year! Read his chat with Stephen Mosher to learn how it all started and how he's going to keep it going with a song in his heart.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Carolee Carmello Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Carolee Carmello
by Ben Rimalower - Dec 23, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello about the soundtrack to the 1973 film adaptation of 'Godspell.' They also discuss Julie Andrews, 'The Sound of Music,' Lesley Ann Warren, Marni Nixon, 'West Side Story,' 'Evita,' Mary Testa, 'Oliver,' 'Gypsy,' Barbra Streisand, Barbara Cook, Comden and Green, 'Falsettos,' 'Kiss Me Kate,' Marin Mazzie, and 'Parade.' They talk about Carolee's secret, closeted soprano past and the fact that she has never taken a voice lesson. Carolee is currently starring as America's coast-to-coast Dolly Levi in the national tour of 'Hello, Dolly!'

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Kevin Adams! Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Kevin Adams!
by Ben Rimalower - Dec 16, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to four-time Tony-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams about the soundtrack to the 1973 film 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' They also discuss 'Hair,' Barry Dennen, Barbra Streisand, Sandra Bernhard, 'Without You I'm Nothing,' Jodie Foster, Madonna, Tommy, Rupert Everett, Michael Mayer, Spike Lee, Jennifer Holliday, Stephen Trask, and John Cameron Mitchell. Kevin shares stories from his career, from working as a gogo dancer, to working on music videos, to collaborating with legendary directors and performers at The Mark Taper Forum, The Public Theater, and on Broadway. Kevin's credits include 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'Spring Awakening,' 'Passing Strange,' 'Next to Normal,' 'The Cher Show,' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants.'

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Photo Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Staff - Dec 16, 2019

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Laura Benanti Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Laura Benanti
by Ben Rimalower - Dec 9, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony-winning Broadway star Laura Benanti about Tori Amos's 1992 album 'Little Earthquakes.' They also discuss Patti LuPone, Arthur Laurents, Joni Mitchell, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli, Marni Nixon, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, and Julie Andrews. Laura talks about her starring roles in Broadway hits such as 'The Sound of Music,' 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,' 'Gypsy,' 'She Loves Me,' and 'My Fair Lady.' She shares stories from her career, including her 'up-the-octave' portrayal of Dolly Levi in high school. In addition to the theater, Laura has appeared on TV in 'Supergirl,' 'Nashville,' and 'The Sound of Music Live' opposite Carrie Underwood. She is also a regular on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' and has tickled viewers nationwide with her hilarious portrayal of Melania Trump.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Scott Wittman! Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Scott Wittman!
by Ben Rimalower - Dec 2, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony-winning lyricist and director Scott Wittman about Frank Sinatra's 1966 live album, 'Sinatra at the Sands.' They also discuss Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, Sammy Davis Jr, Edie Beale, Christine Ebersole, Count Basie, Barbara Cook, Dusty Springfield, Ute Lemper, and Bridget Everett. Scott talks about playing 'cocktail lounge' growing up, and how his love for live albums influenced his career in theater and cabaret. Scott has worked on a number of successful Broadway shows such as 'Hairspray,' 'Catch Me If You Can,' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' as well as the TV show 'Smash' and the movie 'Mary Poppins Returns.'

December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW Cabaret Awards!  Photo December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW Cabaret Awards!
by BWW - Dec 2, 2019

It's December! Voting is now underway for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized. Check out the first set of stats below.

Brandi Chavonne Massey, Stephanie Gibson and More to Join THE BELTRESS POWER HOUR CHR Photo Brandi Chavonne Massey, Stephanie Gibson and More to Join THE BELTRESS POWER HOUR CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019

Christopher Metzger-Timson's hit show returns to The Green Room 42 to kick off the holiday season with a peppermint twist! Your favorite all-stars of The Beltress Power Hour are BACK and ready to belt out the most iconic Christmas tunes. The night will be filled with drinking games, audience participation, and, of course, a Power Hour Finale of the fiercest 60 seconds from all your favorite holiday songs! From Mariah to Whitney to Kelly to Babs- the belting is sure to impress while you sit back, relax, and put the 'spirit' in 'holiday spirit!'

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Natalie Douglas Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Natalie Douglas
by Ben Rimalower - Nov 25, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to cabaret superstar Natalie Douglas about Nina Simone's 1961 album 'Forbidden Fruit.' They also discuss The Eagles, 'South Pacific,' Mitzi Gaynor, Roberta Flack, Barbra Streisand, Karen Mason, Joe Williams, and Dolly Parton. Natalie shares stories about moving to New York and working at famous piano bars such as Brandy's and The Duplex. She now sings to audiences around the world and can be seen performing at her monthly residency at Birdland in New York City.

First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Cabaret Awards!  Photo First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Cabaret Awards!
by BWW - Nov 25, 2019

Voting is NOW OPEN and the first votes are in for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The nominees are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized!

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Michael Musto Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Michael Musto
by Ben Rimalower - Nov 18, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to legendary writer and New York nightlife fixture Michael Musto about the 1968 album 'Diana Ross and The Supremes Sing and Perform Funny Girl.' They also discuss 'The Wiz,' Motown, Barbra Streisand, 'Mahogany,' Liza Minnelli, Madonna, 'Evita,' Nancy Walker, Mary Wilson, 'Follies,' and Marilyn Maye. Michael talks about the first time he saw the movie 'Funny Girl,' as well as his attempt to see Diana Ross live in Central Park. Michael can be seen performing live at venues around New York City, and his weekly column can be found on NewNowNext.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Real Housewives of New York City S Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Real Housewives of New York City Star Luann de Lesseps
by Ben Rimalower - Nov 11, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson about Tori Amos's 1994 album 'Under the Pink.' They also discuss Liz Phair, Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, alt rock, Fiona Apple, 'Show Boat,' William Finn, 'In Trousers,' 'Raisin,' Sondheim, 'Company,' 'Rent,' and 'Passing Strange.' Michael talks about how he discovered his favorite songwriters and how they influenced his own writing process. Michael's acclaimed new musical 'A Strange Loop' recently played to sold-out audiences, and the cast recording is now available from Broadway Records.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Telly Leung Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Telly Leung
by Ben Rimalower - Nov 4, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson about Tori Amos's 1994 album 'Under the Pink.' They also discuss Liz Phair, Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, alt rock, Fiona Apple, 'Show Boat,' William Finn, 'In Trousers,' 'Raisin,' Sondheim, 'Company,' 'Rent,' and 'Passing Strange.' Michael talks about how he discovered his favorite songwriters and how they influenced his own writing process. Michael's acclaimed new musical 'A Strange Loop' recently played to sold-out audiences, and the cast recording is now available from Broadway Records.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, A STRANGE LOOP's Mi Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, A STRANGE LOOP's Michael R. Jackson
by Ben Rimalower - Oct 28, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson about Tori Amos's 1994 album 'Under the Pink.' They also discuss Liz Phair, Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, alt rock, Fiona Apple, 'Show Boat,' William Finn, 'In Trousers,' 'Raisin,' Sondheim, 'Company,' 'Rent,' and 'Passing Strange.' Michael talks about how he discovered his favorite songwriters and how they influenced his own writing process. Michael's acclaimed new musical 'A Strange Loop' recently played to sold-out audiences, and the cast recording is now available from Broadway Records.

BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Bridget Everett! Photo BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Bridget Everett!
by Ben Rimalower - Oct 21, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actress and singer Bridget Everett about Prince's legendary 1984 album Purple Rain. They also discuss Bread, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, Little Richard, Lillias White, The Life, Tina Turner, Kiki & Herb, Murray Hill, Allison Janney, Brooks Ashmanskas, RuPaul, karaoke, lowbrow brilliance, and finding solace in music. Bridget talks about growing up with six siblings and how she found her way from Kansas to New York's electrifying downtown scene. Bridget can be seen in a number of TV shows such as Inside Amy Schumer, Lady Dynamite, Unbelievable, and Camping, as well as the upcoming AJ and the Queen on Netflix.

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