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Monday
Mar192012

EGOT winning Orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and The Broadway Moonlighters with Special Guest Rebecca Faulkenberry & Jim Caruso's Cast Party March 19, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

 

 

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony-winning orchestrator JONATHAN TUNICK is returning to Birdland with his Broadway Moonlighters on Monday, March 19 at 7pm. 

This is a rare public performance by Broadway’s premier orchestrator, who will be leading a big band of Broadway’s finest musicians in his own arrangements. Tunick’s last appearance with the Broadway Moonlighters (with surprise guest vocalist Barbara Cook) was standing room only.

Rebecca Faulkenberry, the dazzling star of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, will be the Special Musical Guest. Bermuda native Rebecca Faulkenberry took on the role of Mary Ann in Spiderman direct from performing in the Broadway company of Rock of Ages. Her theatre credits include Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court, West End); High School Musical 1 (Hammersmith Apollo, West End) and 2 (Fox Theatre); The Shape of Things(RADA); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Royal Family, Slow Dance With a Hot Pickup, Smoke on the Mountain. TV/film; “Doctors” (BBC1).


Jonathan Tunick is one of the only 12 people in the world who are an EGOT, which means that he won at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The other ones in chronological order are Richard Rodgers, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg…and Tunick has worked with all eleven winners! He won Broadway’s 1997 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Titanic, and was nominated in the same category three other times: in 2000 for Marie Christine, in 2001 for Follies, and in 2003 for Nine The Musical. He won the 1977 Oscar for Best Music/Original Song Score and Adaption for A Little Night Music. The Grammy came in 1988 for his Instrumental Arrangement of No One is Alone, performed by Cleo Laine. His 1982 Emmy was for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction for Night of 100 Stars. Tunick’s principal instrument is the clarinet.

 

Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony-Winning Orchestrator JONATHAN TUNICK And The Broadway Moonlighters

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: March 19, 2012

Tickets: $40

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch takes the Cast Party on the road.

They’ve had the first 2012 LA Cast Party at The Coterie in Hollywood on February 29 and March 1, followed by suceessful Florida Casty Party on March 5 & 8!

There’ll be more to follow - stay tuned!

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: March 19, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com 

 

 

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Thursday
Feb162012

Michael Griffiths' Cabaret Tour Diary Part 10 - Shows and more shows

 

Meeting Petula Clark after her show on Saturday night

 

Wednesday February 15, 2012

It’s the morning of my last show in New York. I have one show in Sydney next Friday 24th and that’ll be the end of my tour and this ‘tour diary’. 

I’m not my usual self today. Whitney Houston’s passing on Saturday has changed the mood here in New York. I must confess I wasn’t a fan of much recent material and it seems she had lost quite a lot of vocal ability, whether through lifestyle or emotional problems - we can only speculate. No one would argue though, that her early talents were simply extraordinary. I loved “How Will I Know” (I still do) and remember when it came out in 1985. I also remember singing along to “The Greatest Love of All” back in the day and thinking the lyric ‘learning to love yourself’ a little peculiar. Granted, I was only about ten years old and perhaps a little young to grasp the pop psychology of it.

I’m a huge Annie Lennox fan too and I think she sums it up perfectly on her fan page:

It’s almost unbearable to think of yet another OUTSTANDING artist being prematurely snuffed out like a light…far too soon. I’m torn between the profound awe I have for the incredible voices of Whitney and Amy, and the horror I feel over the destructive natures of their respective demise. So many phenomenal performers have fallen between the cracks like this. It makes me feel so sad. I’ve been looking at YouTube clips of Whitney today, and reflecting on her tremendous rise to massive fame as a young woman. 
She had it all…Beauty, exceptional talent…fame, wealth… But when the life/work/fame balance gets out of kilter, and you start putting drugs into the mix, it’s completely toxic. What a terrible tragic waste. So sad.

Annie Lennox

On a lighter note, my IN VOGUE performance on Friday was fab. I had a full house and quite a few native New Yorkers had wandered in; I’d love to know how they found out about me! After the show a stranger from the audience grabbed me and wanted to tell me all about living in the same apartment block as Madonna 30 years ago. She told me how she put up a huge black fence around the entire building, much to the horror of all the other tenants! I LOVE hearing stuff like that! She loved the show and we both had a good giggle about it. Jim Caruso also came and now he is my fan, telling esteemed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye on Monday night at Birdland to check out my show tonight! I do hope she comes, I saw her sing and she totally blew me away. More on this later.

On Saturday night, my dear NYC friends Andy and Matt took me out for dinner and to see Petula Clark at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and it was impossibly fancy. Petula’s best known for the song “Downtown” (which coincidentally I sang in my first cabaret show in Sydney with Lenore Munro and Paul Flynn in the Stables Theatre back in 2000). She was fantastic, especially when she accompanied herself at the piano. “La Vie en Rose” was the highlight.

Sunday was FREEZING cold but I braved my way through the icy wind to see Australian cabaret star Kim Smith perform his show Misfit at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. It was a treat to see his ‘neo-Weimar’ persona light up the stage and finally meet him after hearing his name for so many years. Kim sings in different languages and reinterprets pop songs (from Bjork to Minogue) in a cabaret setting. The second part, we have in common.

Unfortunately, on Sunday night the heating went down as I slept. I’d been waking up cold the last few mornings so gave the thermostat a good yank before I tucked in and it obviously didn’t like me cos it slowly shut down during the night and I woke up in a meat freezer early on Monday morning. Those people who say you can’t catch a cold by being cold obviously haven’t spent the night in a freezer (and I do mean that literally, it was about -7C overnight). I’ve been aching and coughing my guts up ever since. I’m a little worried about how my voice will hold up tonight but, thinking about it today, I’ve had a dream run until now! A little cough or sniffle is nothing I can’t handle.

Monday night was another fab night at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party. Was great to see Jim and his bar manager William – he sings most Mondays and absolutely blows the roof off. As I mentioned earlier, Marilyn Maye performed and silenced the room. She sang ‘My Funny Valentine’ (on the stroke of midnight; Happy Valentines!) and I’m now her biggest fan. I have hit Amazon and ordered all her CDs.

Last night was War Horse at The Lincoln Arts Center. I’ve not seen the Spielberg film adaptation; I’d heard it is best to see it on stage and I’m glad I waited. It’s a stunning production. The horses are a visual triumph and the emotional impact is undeniable. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Today is another ‘pre-show’ quiet day. Hoping that a good hour of yoga will scare off these muscle aches and free up my voice from all the coughing.

Here’s to my last NYC show!

 

Reviews:

“He creates a sense of togetherness in the room, reminding audiences that pop songs aren’t popular because they’re ordinary or vacuous, but because of the joy and connectedness that they inspire in the people who hear them. To miss this show would be even more of a crime than Madonna’s cover of ‘American Pie’.”

Click here to read the Four and a half-star review by ArtsHub reviewer Aleksia Barron.

 

Griffiths’ charming and impish performance sheds new light on Madonna’s songs and career…” - Kate Herbert

Click here to read the four-star review by Sun Herald reviewer Kate Herbert.


“With some impressive arrangements for piano, Griffiths gives the music and lyrics a considerable lift, and together with some clever monologues, injects a lot of humour” - Australian Stage

Click here to read the full review by Vito Mattarelli. 


Michael Griffiths in In Vogue: Songs by Madonna

New York season at Don’t Tell Mama: For tickets and show info, click here.

Sydney season as part of the Slide Cabaret Festival: For tickets and show info, click here.

Read his interview with Cabaret Confessional here.

 

Michael Griffiths Bio:

Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a Diploma in Music Composition. Michael is currently performing in Sydney in Jersey Boys. Before this Michael toured Australia and New Zealand in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Michael performed in the Australian and Japanese tour of We Will Rock You!, appeared in the original Australian cast of Shout! and was in the original workshop for the new Australian musical Prodigal. Michael has performed cabaret at Sydney’s legendary Showqueen at the Supper Club and for Koookaburra’s Up Close and Musical series. He enjoyed a sold-out season with his cabaret debut In Vogue: Songs by Madonna at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. 

 

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary series

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 1 - Melbourne debut

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 2 - Preparations

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 3 - Mirror Ball

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 4 - The Audience

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 5 - A Collaboration

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 6 - NYC Bound

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 7 -  The Takeoff

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 8 - New York Debut

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 9 - Priscilla

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 10 - Shows and more shows

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 11 - The homecoming

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 12 - Farewell

 

Related post:

Interview: Michael Griffiths salutes Madonna

 

*If you are interested in having your show featured on Cabaret Confessional, click here for more information.

Find out how YOU can become an exclusive Founding Patron of Cabaret Confessional.

Subscribe to Cabaret Confessional via email.

‘Like’ Cabaret Confessional on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Saturday
Feb112012

Michael Griffiths' Cabaret Tour Diary Part 9 - Priscilla

 

Priscilla on Broadway

 

Friday February 10, 2012

OK I’m gonna try and keep this one brief. 

Second IN VOGUE was a smash; big crowd, big laughs and afterwards in the front bar, it felt like an Australian Musical Theatre Convention. So many Aussies in the biz over here, it’s fantastic! Chris Durling, Ben McHugh and I ducked over to Birdland after the show just in time to catch the start of ‘Jim Caruso’s Cast Party’ - a legendary open mic night. I was determined to get up and sing to give my last two shows a little plug. I spotted Jim at the bar, introduced myself and before I knew it was up singing “Express Yourself’” to an audience who weren’t quite sure what I was going on about! Jim was a wonderful host, very welcoming and invited us all out for late night supper, which was a treat. 

On Tuesday, I walked the ‘highline’, an old raised railway track downtown running along 10th Ave that has been beautifully converted into a open public space and walkway with gardens and woodwork. Then I hit Macy’s (The World’s Largest Store - so the sign boasts out front) and by chance stumbled across their ‘One Day Sale’, doing irreparable damage to my MasterCard. 

The evening was very special; I saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway.

A drink after Priscilla

Back in winter of 2006 I was in the cold and since condemned (on second thought, no I’m pretty sure they’d already been condemned) rehearsal rooms of the former Brent Street Studios in Waterloo, when a creative team, a cast, a crew and a handful of producers got together drinking coffee, throwing mobile phones out of windows, wearing odd socks, tracksuits and cheap red rehearsal heels. We all launched with trepidation and measured steps into what is now a global phenomenon. 

On Tuesday night, I saw the work we (I say ‘we’ with great humility; hell, I was only in the ensemble - a showgirl emu here, a drag cupcake there..) did six years ago light up a Broadway stage. To say I was moved to tears is an understatement. I loved every minute of it! There were a few little changes (some for better, some for worse) but all in all it was still our heartwarming little drag show; just bigger, louder, glitzier and goddamit, on BROADWAY!!

With Tony Sheldon, never more lovely as Bernadette;

I was led backstage afterwards to meet Tony Sheldon (who has never been more lovely as Bernadette), his partner Tony (two Tonys, yes they know that is insane. Tony’s mum is Toni Lamond - have a think about that!), Nick Adams (who plays a very spunky Felicia), his very handsome partner Kyle (in the ensemble) and Keala (Justin Timberlake on my last show next week!) and we all went out for a bite to eat in Times Square.

Wednesday I went to the Guggenheim Museum (it was closed for renovation last time I was in New York) and enjoyed seeing the Kandinsky collection.

Spent an hour in Central Park and ran into Jim Caruso in the Upper West Side right in front of the building where John Lennon was shot and Rosemary’s Baby was filmed (as you do). He’s coming to IN VOGUE tonight, which makes me very excited. I’ve got some other cabaret mates I met at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in tonight too - Mark Nadler and Margarita Pracatan. Can’t wait to see them both! Shortly after running into Jim, I was wandering down Columbus Ave and it started to snow. I’d never seen snow before in my life and I stood there while it danced around me and cried. I’m going to blame all these tears on jetlag.

With Jim in front of the Rosemary’s Baby building

Chris Durling and I did some fabulous Soho shopping yesterday. We bought clothes and souvenirs but the best find was a street vendor selling ‘Warhol style’ screen printed pop images of Manhattan on brown wrapping paper. We bought prints for $20 bucks each. I’ll frame mine back in Sydney and it’ll look like I spent $2000. Awesome!!

Last night I saw Spiderman. Let’s just say it’s a spectacular disaster of epic proportions.

Third IN VOGUE tonight,  so I’m having a restful day. Am about to go through the script again, then its time for some yoga.

 

 

 

Cabaret Confessional’s new guest blogger Michael Griffiths is a critically acclaimed cabaret and musical theatre performer. He made a spectacular cabaret debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival last year with In Vogue: Songs by Madonna. Following his success, he is now touring the show to Melbourne, New York City and Sydney. He will document his time on the road on his tour diary for the next two months.


Reviews:

“He creates a sense of togetherness in the room, reminding audiences that pop songs aren’t popular because they’re ordinary or vacuous, but because of the joy and connectedness that they inspire in the people who hear them. To miss this show would be even more of a crime than Madonna’s cover of ‘American Pie’.”

Click here to read the Four and a half-star review by ArtsHub reviewer Aleksia Barron.

 

Griffiths’ charming and impish performance sheds new light on Madonna’s songs and career…” - Kate Herbert

Click here to read the four-star review by Sun Herald reviewer Kate Herbert.


“With some impressive arrangements for piano, Griffiths gives the music and lyrics a considerable lift, and together with some clever monologues, injects a lot of humour” - Australian Stage

Click here to read the full review by Vito Mattarelli. 


Michael Griffiths in In Vogue: Songs by Madonna

New York season at Don’t Tell Mama: For tickets and show info, click here.

Sydney season as part of the Slide Cabaret Festival: For tickets and show info, click here.

Read his interview with Cabaret Confessional here.

 

Michael Griffiths Bio:

Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a Diploma in Music Composition. Michael is currently performing in Sydney in Jersey Boys. Before this Michael toured Australia and New Zealand in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Michael performed in the Australian and Japanese tour of We Will Rock You!, appeared in the original Australian cast of Shout! and was in the original workshop for the new Australian musical Prodigal. Michael has performed cabaret at Sydney’s legendary Showqueen at the Supper Club and for Koookaburra’s Up Close and Musical series. He enjoyed a sold-out season with his cabaret debut In Vogue: Songs by Madonna at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. 

 

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary series

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 1 - Melbourne debut

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 2 - Preparations

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 3 - Mirror Ball

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 4 - The Audience

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 5 - A Collaboration

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 6 - NYC Bound

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 7 -  The Takeoff

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 8 - New York Debut

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 10 - Shows and more shows

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 11 - The homecoming

Michael Griffiths’ Cabaret Tour Diary Part 12 - Farewell

 

Related post:

Interview: Michael Griffiths salutes Madonna

 

*If you are interested in having your show featured on Cabaret Confessional, click here for more information.

Find out how YOU can become an exclusive Founding Patron of Cabaret Confessional.

Subscribe to Cabaret Confessional via email.

‘Like’ Cabaret Confessional on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

 

Monday
Feb062012

AMAZING SEX – A New Revue & Jim Caruso's Cast Party February 6, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

Anne Gillette

 

W. Jay Hering presents Harman and Herrmann’s AMAZING SEX, featuring the talents of Broadway veterans Alison Fraser (Gypsy, Secret Garden, Romance/Romance), Jason Graae (Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos) and Caesar Samayoa (Sister Act, The Peewee Herman Show).  This event is part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series.

A tuneful, sophisticated look at adult intimacy, this original revue is a jazz-filled orgy of new songs written by Barry Harman and composed by Keith Herrmann, the team which gave us Broadway’s ROMANCE/ROMANCE.  That show garnered them 5 Tony nominations (including Best Music, Lyrics & Book), 4 Outer Critic Circle Awards (including Best Music, Lyrics & Book) and a Drama Desk nomination (Best Lyrics).

Comprised of more than 20 original songs, AMAZING SEX explores adult human sexuality in a manner that viewers have called “witty,” “human,” “compassionate,” “intelligent” and “raucously funny. “  Whether it is a suburban housewife considering her first “Threesome,” a married couple horrified after peeking at their daughter’s private “E-Mail,” or a full-throated jazz celebration of “Raunchy Music;” from its bouncy opening song (“The Guys Who Invented Sex”) to its heartrending finale (“Touch Of Your Soul”), AMAZING SEX tickles the funny bone, caresses the ear and touches the heart.  

AMAZING SEX has a cast of celebrated Broadway performers and musicians.  What it doesn’t have is nudity or profanity, but sensible parental guidance is advised!

 

AMAZING SEX – A New Revue

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: February 6, 2012

Tickets: $30

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

In 2011, the Cast Party was busy being on the road. It premiered in Chicago and in Pittsburgh, where Jim Caruso and a few other alumni partied at Sewickley Academy with Billy Stritch. They also had a fabulous run in Chicago and Las Vegas. Plus, they did their very first Cast Party at Sea on the Dave Koz Jazz Cruise to Alaska. To top it all off, they had their first ever Cast Party in Cleveland in October.

They are having the Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party on the 23rd of February. For bookings, click here

There will be a Cast Party in LA again! The first 2012 LA Cast Party will be at The Coterie in Los on February 29 and March 1! Stay tuned for a special interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

That’s not all - the Cast Party is going to Florida on March 5 & 6 at 8pm!

  The Crest Theatre, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

Tickets: $42  Tel: 561-243-7922


Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: February 6, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com 

 

 

*If you are interested in having your show featured on Cabaret Confessional, click here for more information.

Find out how YOU can become an exclusive Founding Patron of Cabaret Confessional.

Subscribe to Cabaret Confessional via email.

‘Like’ Cabaret Confessional on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Monday
Jan302012

Anita Gillette in After All & Jim Caruso's Cast Party January 30, 2012 @ Birdland (New York)

 

 

After All takes audiences backstage with Gillette as a young showgirl starting out in the original cast of Gypsy with Ethel Merman onwards into the worlds of David Merrick and Gower Champion in Carnival through a building career that leads to a Tony nominated performance in the Neil Simon comedy Chapter Two. From Major Feature films playing roles such as Ms. Mona in Moonstruck, co-starring in hit television shows like Quincy and game show classics, to playing Tina Fey’s Mother in 30 Rock, Gillette will surprise, delight and is certain to entertain!

ANITA GILLETTE is a Broadway veteran with fourteen Broadway shows to her credit, including Chapter Two (Tony Nomination, LA Drama Critics Award) Cabaret, Carnival, Gypsy, and Guys and Dolls.

 
She is Tina Fey’s mom on 30 Rock and Marg Helgenberger’s mom on CSI but she may be best known as Mona, the mistress, in Moonstruck. Now kids know her from the Disney show Shake It Up! She had major roles in the following films: Shall We Dance (with Richard Gere), Boys on the Side, Larger than Life, (Bill Murray’s mother).


Anita now has a recurring role on Law & Order SVU. She was a series regular on Quincy, Almost Grown (by David Chase), The War at Home, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Sex and the City, Cold Case, Frasier, Mad About You, to name a few.

She has appeared on every major gameincluding Pyramid, Password, and What’s My Line. She was a foil for Johnny Carson for at least 50 Tonight shows, and appeared many times on other talk shows.

Direction is by award winning New York cabaret veteran Barry Kleinbort who has also directed and written special musical materials for Kaye Ballard, Regis Philbin, Marcia Lewis, Mary Cleere Haran, John Epperson (aka: Lypsinka), Donna Murphy, the late Jerry Orbach, Karen Mason, Brent Barrett, Harolyn Blackwell, Heather MacRae, and many others. Musical Direction by Paul Greenwood, also an award winning cabaret pro, who has accompanied some of the industry’s most honored performers including George Burns, Elly Stone, Art Garfunkel, Mary Cleere Haran, Ann Hampton Callaway, Nancy Lamott, and Sylvia McNair.

 

Anita Gillette in After All

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: January 30, 2012

Tickets: $25  *There are still a few bar seats available. Online ticket allocation has been exhausted, so call Birdland direct and grab your tickets while you can!

$10 food or drink minimum per person

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com

 

 

Cabaret and Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts the world famous ‘extreme’ open-mic night to remember every Monday night at Birdland in New York City.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars like Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. At the Cast party, the best and the brightest stars and stars-to-be in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between take their turns to sing their favourite tunes. 

Since starting in 2003, it’s become a New York institution where who’s who of cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and everything in between, emerging talents and their fans gather and sing their hearts out.

Jim Caruso runs a tight ship with his brilliant emcee skills. Alongside him are musical directors Tedd Firth or Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass. It’s a party that would happen “if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano.”

 

The Cast Party on tour

In 2011, the Cast Party was busy being on the road. It premiered in Chicago and in Pittsburgh, where Jim Caruso and a few other alumni partied at Sewickley Academy with Billy Stritch. They also had a fabulous run in Chicago and Las Vegas. Plus, they did their very first Cast Party at Sea on the Dave Koz Jazz Cruise to Alaska. To top it all off, they had their first ever Cast Party in Cleveland in October.

They are having the Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party on the 23rd of February. For bookings, click here

There will be a Cast Party in LA again! The first 2012 LA Cast Party will be at The Coterie in Los on February 29 and March 1! Stay tuned for a special interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Click here to read the interview with Jim Caruso on LA Cast Party.

Read Jim Caruso’s interview by Matthew Carey here.

 

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY

Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party “Symphony Orchestra”

Venue: Birdland

315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th), NYC

Tel: 212-581-3080

Date: January 30, 2012

Time: 9:30pm 

$20 admission + $10 minimum

Reservations: Call (212) 581-3080 or click here.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party website: www.CastPartyNYC.com

Birdland website: www.BirdlandJazz.com 

 

 

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