Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night at the Birdland TheaterPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night at the Birdland Theater
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 18, 2018

Gianni Valenti, the music world's gift to New York City, has created another venue for the performing arts. Jim Caruso made it official last night as he introduced Lucie Arnaz, who with her longtime friend and music director Ron Abel thrilled a celebrity filled opening night audience. (more...)

Broadway Loses Another Great with the Death of Shirley CallawayBroadway Loses Another Great with the Death of Shirley Callaway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2017

Today the Broadway world mourns the passing of another artist who made remarkable contributions to the world of performance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Celebrates Birthday at Feinstein's/54 Below & Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Ella's 100th at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 19, 2017

It might require a bit of stamina but if you can move fast you can hear Marilyn Maye at a 7PM show at Feinstein's/54 Below… only stay for one standing ovation and then scoot down to Birdland at 44th street just in time for Ann Hampton Callaway's taking the stage to another standing ovation at 'The Jazz Corner of The World'.  Is there another place on the planet where 2 of the greatest female jazz/pop vocalists are appearing within 1/2 mile?  Marilyn's show is called 'Carrying The Torch' and as the world knows she is capable of running with that torch and lighting the flame at the Olympics but in this case she is keeping the flame of the American Songbook burning. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside The New York Pops After Party With Maestro Steven Reineke & Guests
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 17, 2016

It was cold in NYC last night but the warmth of the music created by The New York Pops and guest artists, sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway ,and brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata carried over to the after party across the street from Carnegie Hall. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gianni Valenti & Birdland Celebrate 32 Years with Ann Hampton Callaway's JAZZ MEETS BROADWAY
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 2, 2016

Gianni Valenti has guided the 'Jazz Corner of the World' for the past 32 years.  Birdland, the most well known jazz music venue on the planet has been successfully chaperoned by his masterly artistic, restaurant, and business skills for over three decades. That is exactly double the amount of time the original Birdland on 52nd street existed.  Entertainment and menu trends have metamorphosed many times over the last 32 years, but Birdland has consistently been the destination point for New Yorkers and world travelers seeking great music, performed by exceptional artists.  For the past decade, the club has integrated the stars of  the adjacent Broadway Theatre into it's performance schedule under the guidance of Jim Caruso.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Amanda McBroom & Ann Hampton Callaway Bring DIVALICIOUS to Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 26, 2016

Ann Hampton Callaway & Amanda McBroom, two of the most celebrated song-writing Divas, brought their show Devalicious to Barrington Stage Company last night and Broadwayworld was there. The Divas are taking the show to London and the Pittsfield audience was treated to an exciting evening of original and Great American Songbook tunes.  Ann and Amanda are also known for their wit and humor as well as their beautiful music and the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage had it all last night. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Concludes 'But Beautiful' Run at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 8, 2016

Last night many beautiful people came to the concluding night of Ann Hampton Callaway's new show 'But Beautiful' at Birdland. BroadwayWorld was there for the final performance. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tommy Tune & Michael Feinstein Celebrate with Marilyn Maye at Feinstien's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 11, 2016

? Marilyn Maye returned to Feinstein's/54 Below and celebrated her birthday with a new show last night and BroadwayWorld was there. Highlights will include some of the best musical moments of Marilyn's enduring career over the past decade, during which she reigned as Manhattan's Queen of Cabaret. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Performs at LEGENDS RADIO Concert
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 26, 2016

Dick Robinson and his Legends Radio Station broadcasting out of Palm Beach to a world wide audience presented Ann Hampton Callaway in a concert which supported the Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook at Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Florida last night and BroadwayWorld was there.  Check out the photos below. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters at Feinstein's 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 23, 2015

For her annual Thanksgiving week show at 54 Below, Callaway crafted an exciting world premiere night of music centered on the songs of women songwriters who have inspired her. BroadwayWorld was there along with Michael Feinstein, Ginny Mancinni, Arlene Dahl, Clint Holmes, Marc Cherry and others. Billie Holiday's 'God Bless the Child,' Carole King's 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?', and Dorothy Field's 'The Way You Look Tonight' are among the gems carefully chosen by he Platinum-selling composer and lyricist. Classics by Peggy Lee, Joni Mitchell, and Cynthia Weil, as well as songs by friends Michelle Brourman and Amanda McBroom reflect the unique female perspective on love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Birdland Hosts Ann Hampton Callaway's THIS IS CABARET with Guest Christine Ebersole
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 28, 2015

'This Is Cabaret', the NPR Radio Program hosted by Ann Hampton Callaway taped two segments before a live audience at Birdland yesterday and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Joanna Strand & Jacqui Tate Play 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 17, 2015

Broadway's Supper Club presented Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate last night and BroadwayWorld was there.  Ann Hampton Callaway was a surprise guest and gave the British duo her Diva Blessing. Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate bridge the worlds of musical theatre, jazz and popular song. Infinitely versatile and with a host of West End and touring credits between them, including The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, Jekyll and Hyde, Evita and My Fair Lady as well as the Broadway transfers of Master Class and South Pacific, they captivate audiences with their unique harmonies and original arrangements. Embracing everything from the ridiculous to the sublime, their shows are guaranteed to entertain and delight. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway's Live Radio Taping Features Steve Tyrell in the Inaugural Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 17, 2015

Some more music history was made on the Birdland stage last night and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was there. Two entertainers who have never performed together were on the Birdland stage last night.  For those of us who were in the audience for this under the radar/radio event, it turned out to be a not to be forgotten evening that added to the long list of Birdland historic musical moments.  Ann Hampton Callaway taped the first segment of her new radio program "This Is Cabaret" and had as her guest at the inaugural show none other than Steve Tyrell, a legend in the world of male pop/jazz singers.  His unique sensual voice is unmistakable and loved by millions via his recordings, movie soundtracks, and live appearances.  Steve is also a walking Wikipedia of the recording industry because of his career as a recording executive and producer.  He was there for many momentous musical creations as head of A&R for Scepter Records. Tyrell's singing "The Way You Look Tonight" in the Father of the Bride movie starring Steve Martin made him a household name.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2015

Birdland was the scene of a very special show last night as friends and family gathered for the Wedding Celebration of Ann Hampton Callaway and Kari Strand. Broadway at Birdland and Jim Caruso's Cast Party have seen many famous and talented people on that legendary stage but it will be hard to top last night's list of guests. Broadwayworld was there and here are some of the friends and relatives of Ann and Kari. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings ON MY WAY TO YOU TO 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 26, 2015

Marilyn Maye was an audience member at Ann Hampton Callaway's final performance of her show 'On My Way To You' at 54 Below last night and Broadwayworld was there. Marilyn joined Ann for some spontaneous improvising and signing as did sister Liz Callaway who was also in the house. 'On My Way To You' just completed a sold out run. (more...)

Photo Flash: TACT Spring Gala Honors Cynthia Harris with Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham and More
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre celebrated its 22nd Anniversary at its annual Spring Gala last night, May 11th at The University Club (One East 54th Street @ 5th Avenue). The celebratory evening kicked off with a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction and the popular 'Pick-a-Prize' Raffle, followed by dinner and live auction featuring celebrity auctioneer David Silverman. Scroll down for phtoos of honoree Cynthia Harris and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the After Party of A TRIBUTE TO POLLY BERGEN
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 27, 2015

Show business' brightest stars memorialized one of their own yesterday, at A Tribute to Polly Bergen, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd Street). An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Ms. Bergen's career spanned more than six decades in films, TV, Broadway musicals and concerts. She passed away from natural causes September 20 at age 84. A Tribute to Polly Bergen, produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer, celebrated her life and career with a star studded lineup of participants. They included Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Dahl, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara and cast members from the 2001 revival of Follies. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show Hopping
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 26, 2014

If you've been a regular reader of this particular reviewer's musings, you know that every year there are long stretches of time where I just haven't been able to critique all the shows I've seen that deserve commentary. So I end up playing what they call in sports, 'Catch-up ball,' and post a mash up of belated reviews from past shows. It's kind of like a critic's version of the song 'Six Months Out of Every Year,' from Damn Yankees. Give or take a month or two, that's usually the time period during which I store unpublished reviews in my fevered brain and then unload them all in one seemingly endless column-like this one is going to be. If my cabaret-show reviewing days will be over (as chronicled here), I might as well go out with a bang-and relieve my procrastination guilt during holiday season. Now I can scratch one New Year's resolution off the list. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Liz Callaway Brings THE STORY GOES ON to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 26, 2014

'The Story Goes On', and Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire were in the audience as Liz Callaway ended her Christmas show with one of their songwriting masterpieces. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chronicling Her Life's Turning Points In Story and Song, Ann Hampton Callaway Produces Yet Another Stunning Show at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Nov 24, 2014

Last year at this time, Ann Hampton Callaway beamed love from the stage. This November, she's a newlywed. Though the musical life journey she shared last night at the opening of her new 54 Below show, Turning Points, contains a couple of dark numbers, on the whole it's celebratory. Callaway is incandescent. You'll feel it in your bones. (more...)

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