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HEADLINES OF UPCOMING EVENTS SPOTLIGHTED IN THIS ISSUE

MARCUS SIMEONE'S DEBUT CD RELEASE SHOWS OCTOBER 12th & 26th
CYNTHIA CRANE MAKES METROPOLITAN ROOM DEBUT WITH NEW SHOW
KAREN LEVITT SINGS SONGS FROM VIENNA TO BROADWAY OCTOBER 6th
JENNA ESPOSITO CD RELEASE SHOW FOR "13 MEN ... AND ME!"
DEVLIN IS BACK IN TOWN WITH HIT SHOW "WILD WOMEN"
CRAIG POMRANZ AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM TUESDAYS IN OCTOBER
GRETCHEN REINHAGEN GETS BACK TO BASICS IN OCTOBER
ALICE FRAZIER AT THE BEECHMAN ONE NIGHT ONLY OCTOBER 4th
LESLIE OROFINO BRINGS MANHATTAN MADNESS TO MANHATTAN
D'ARCY WITH NEW SHOW AT MAMAS WITH ONE MORE PERFORMANCES
LATEST JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS CD FEATURES SONGWRITERS AS SINGERS
RENDEZVOUS AT FEINSTEIN'S OPENS TUESDAY OCTOBER 2nd
GARY NEGBAUR IS A TRAVELING JEWBADOUR AT METROPOLITAN ROOM
THE COUGAR CABARET ZOOMS IN FOR ONE OCTOBER SHOW AT MAMA'S
BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE IN NEW HOPE TONIGHT
MAUREEN KELLEY STEWART'S "HEART'S DESIRE" EXTENDED
ANY WEDNESDAY CD SHOW GUEST IS JUDY KUHN
WEDNESDAY JAZZARET AT THE TRIAD FEATURES SUE MATSUKI
NEW OPEN MIC VENUE IN TUCSON EVERY WEDNESDAY
THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN AT THE TRIAD IN LIMITED RUN
THREE CAT THURSDAYS FEATURES CABARET VARIETY HOUR
STERLING'S ANNOUNCES ITS OCTOBER HEADLINERS
CABARET CARES PRESENTS THREE BENEFIT EVENTS IN OCTOBER
AMY HANAIALI'I BRINGING THE SOUNDS OF HAWAII TO NEW YORK
BRENDA EARLE MAKES SWEET RHYTHM DEBUT OCTOBER 9th
OSCAR BROWN JR. TRIBUTE & CD RELEASE BY LINDA KOSUT IN CHICAGO
ELAINE ST. GEORGE DOES JAZZ AT CAFFE VIVALDI
JOE PECK SINGS TORCHERED MELODIES AT TWO DC VENUES
HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ FEATURES TRIO TIME ON OCTOBER 11th
ANNA BERGMAN SINGS "WHEREVER LOVE TAKES ME"
LUA HADAR ADDS A TWIST TO JAZZ WITH NEW GENRE-BENDING BAND
NY SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY RETURNS OCTOBER 13th
ESTHER BECKMAN AT IRIDIUM ONE NIGHT ONLY OCTOBER 13th
CHRIS BARRET RETURNS BY REQUEST WITH NEW REQUESTS
CHICAGO CABARET PROFESSIONALS PRESENT GALA BENEFIT OCTOBER 14th
EVY SCHEFF RETURNS TO THE BEECHMAN WITH "NOT FOR THE MONEY"
NEXT JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS TV BROADCAST TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th
ELLEN ROBINSON AT ANNA'S OCTOBER 20th

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HERE & THERE
A lovelier weekend in NYC one would be hard pressed to find (unless you are a fan of the NY METS Baseball team). The past few days were sunny, breezy, with comfortable temperatures and the nights were just cool enough to put on that light sweater or jacket. And it looks like another winner for today. For two days in a row I took advantage of the glorious weather and took in "cabaret in the afternoon" catching two New York themed 4:00 pm shows at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM. On Saturday - "Among Friends: Autumn in NY" - and on Sunday - Leslie Orofino's "Manhattan Madness". It was nice to change my normal cabaret schedule and enjoy both the weather and cabaret. By the way, the area around this venue is a great place to shop - inexpensively - before and after shows.

And a great little restaurant has opened up on 22nd Street just a few doors west of THE METROPOLITAN CLUB and Daniel & I had a chance to dine there last night between Leslie Orofino's 4:00 pm show and the MERCER A to Z show with Leslie Anderson and Ricky Ritzel at 7:00 pm. The place is called CAFE 50 West 22nd Street - and that's the address. Appetizers and sandwiches start in the $5-$7 range, with entrees topping off at around $22, plus they have a very long, fully stocked bar just in case you want to catch a drink before or after the show. The staff is friendly and attentive.

Why am I going far off topic by recommending a restaurant? Well, the place is rather eclectically decorated with memorabilia like old license plates, vintage signs and the like, including old coffee and tea tins - one tea tin bearing the logo "HAMSTRA'S TEA." My grandfather and his brother founded a Dutch food & importing company around 1900 in Chicago (actually the business began in Grand Rapids, MI). They discovered that the folks who immigrated from Holland were looking for a tea blend they were accustomed to drinking in the "old country." The result was HAMSTRA'S TEA, and the recipe was "handed down" for generations - when I was in high school I actually helped "blend" the tea in the family business, by that time located in New Jersey. I even assisted in the annual "tasting" when small samples of tea leaves were combined to create the correct taste for each year's production and then large chests of same purchased for blending and packaging. The tea is no longer available - the family company was sold many years ago and the HAMSTRA line (which also included tea bags and instant coffee) was discontinued.


While at the restaurant yesterday - and this is all connected as you will discover - they were playing old standards in the background, and a couple a few tables down remarked to the waitress how much pleasure they were having from the music. I don't normally butt in on other people's conversations, but I could not resist and mentioned to them that if they liked that kind of music they should come with us at 7:00 pm to attend the MERCER A to Z show, all Johnny Mercer songs. The waitress, in her early 20s asked "Who is Johnny Mercer?"


Now I am one of the folks around who truly believe that the so-called "Great American Songbook" did not cease to add pages in 1945 or so. Some truly great songwriters do live on today and many new pages are added each year. Attending the MERCER A-Z show later made me reflect on the amazing work of Mr. Mercer, who's songwriting skills were truly amazing. I often go to "singer/songwriter" shows which feature the songs written by the performer, and I have become difficult to satisfy when it comes to contemporary songwriters.

I have my own special guide for judging a song. Last year's MAC winner for COMEDY/IMPROV DUO or GROUP was a show called The Next Big Broadway Musical, which played on & off for years at DON'T TELL MAMA. It is a troup of extremely talented, quick-thinking performers who, from suggestions made by audience members, create a half-dozen original songs on the spot, and then take one of the songs and build an entire "mini-musical" around that song. Their creations are clever, witty and truly mind-boggling. They shoehorn extra syllables to make the lines "scan" and generally astound the audiences with their improvisational skills. And the pianist is creating the tune instantly as well! It is all in fun, and the songs are "instantly forgettable."

In contrast, check out some time the songs of folks like Mercer, the Gershwins, Bocchino, Carnelia, Coward, Friedman, Porter, Blumenthal and so many others we have come to love and cherish in cabaret. Their skill and craftsmanship shows in every song. So my guide for the quality of an original song is: "does it sound like something written by my favorite musical improve group?" Too often the answer is yes.

Ricky & Leslie are back at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM on Tuesday October 30th at 7:00 pm. Each show in this series is a totally different show and I have seen two of the three in the monthly run so far. The shows are entertaining while at the same time showcasing Mr. Mercer's extraordinary songwriting skills. If you have been to one of the former A-Z shows, be assured that these shows are totally different - no songs are sung in more than one of the shows, yet nearly every letter of the alphabet is covered (there are a few letters that no Mercer songs start with). Daniel and I are going to try to get the waitress from down the street to come to the October show.


There was a time when, around this town, every hotel lobby and many restaurants had a piano and offered live background music most nights a week. There was a time in this town when you could find a "sing-along" and open-mic piano bar in just about any neighborhood. These days such places are few and far between - probably the reason why the gal in the story above had not heard of Johnny Mercer. Little by little the traditional piano bar is disappearing, and someone mentioned to me just last night that they will soon be a "thing of the past." This would indeed be a sad turn of events. I often take "cabaret newcomers" to an open-mic piano bar - be it THE DUPLEX, DON'T TELL MAMA, CATERINA'S (I used to be able to mention DANNY'S, HELEN'S, THE ENCORE and ROSE'S TURN in this list) and each time we have had a great time. (I wish I could get uptown to BRANDY'S more often).

A new phenomena is emerging here in town - sort of "hosted" piano bar - Mark Nadler started this trend years ago at SARDI'S and Jim Caruso's CAST PARTY at BIRDLAND and Brandon Cutrell's AFTER PARTY at THE LAURIE BEECHMAN continue the movement today with their respective events. I have not been to any of Joe Bachana's METROJAM shows at the METROPOLITAN ROOM (sort of monthly events, not weekly) but I get the impression it follows the same formula: a host - rather than the pianist - collects the names of folks present who want to perform a number and then he/she creates a list and introduces each "act." And the the host usually takes a few turns at the open mic as well. The audiences are usually made up of performers who want a chance to promote their upcoming shows, and their friends. I have noted from my web-wanderings that this formula is being used or has been tried in other cities as well.

Unfortunately, at least from my observations, these events "preach to the converted" rather than reach out to new audiences. In the "hay day" of piano bars, cabaret acts would stop by each room to perform a sample of their shows - many years ago I accompanied a group called "Black Tie" as they toured the clubs to promote their show, and we went from EIGHTY EIGHT'S to THE 5 OAKS, to ROSE'S TURN, to THE DUPLEX, then to midtown and DANNY'S and DON'T TELL MAMA and ended the evening uptown at BRANDY'S. Many tourists and others not familiar with cabaret were exposed to their talents this way. In fact there was a time when a performer could not leave their promotional postcard on a club's display rack unless they actually did a few songs at the open mic! That is how I actually was introduced to cabaret years ago.

So much for nostalgia this issue - to be continued.


OK, one more bit of nostalgia. Remember TEDDYCARE? This was a project started by Mr. Ruby Rims and for many years Ruby hosted a series of Christmas-time shows featuring cabaret and piano bar artists which required a TeddyBear or other stuffed animal toy as part of the admission. Ruby would then distribute the toys to children in local hospitals at Christmas. Well, save the dates - TEDDYCARE returns in December on Sundays, the 2nd & 9th at 7:00 pm at JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH (55 Washington Square South, NYC - 212-477-0351 - http://www.judson.org/ ). John McMahon will be Musical Director. Performers are being signed up and will be announced shortly. Cover is $15 plus a NEW TeddyBear or other stuffed toy. Money will go to The Actor's Fund of America AIDS Project & The Judson Memorial Church.


In case any of you were hoping against hopes (and probably logic) that HELEN'S would reopen, while passing the place last night we noted that large FOR RENT signs are now in the front windows. Anyone want to start a cabaret venue? Check it out.


CORRECTION: Lest anyone got the impression, strictly unintended, that the delay in posting the photo of Craig Coursey being presented his membership card for CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on the 23rd of October because extensive photoshop touchup of his handsome, youthful face was necessary, please note that the wall behind the persons in the photo had been marred with some graffiti and this was the reason for the retouching and the delay. Check the website soon for the posting - which was actually photographed using a new iPhone! (not mine, actually, but by one of the paparazzi attending the gala event). Sorry, Craig, for the misunderstanding.


Speaking of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE memberships, we surpassed the 350 mark and are still going for 400 by Columbus Day (October 8th) just one week away. If you have hesitated to join in the past, follow the lead of Craig Coursey and join us this year. A basic SILVER membership is a mere $20 and if you enjoy these newsletters (since you have read this far I assume you do), why not show your appreciation and support by joining today? Just click on the JOIN HERE button at the top of every page of the website for details - you can even join instantly using a credit card and PayPal. Please remember, all checks should be made out simply to STU HAMSTRA and mailed to 676A Ninth Avenue #120, New York, NY 10036.


Things to watch for on the website: John Hoglund - who has been quite busy on several projects these past few weeks - promises that a new AFTER DARK article is nearly complete and should be on its way to me later today or early tomorrow. Daniel reports that the photo of the HAMSTRA'S TEA tin that he took with his cell phone yesterday at dinner turned out OK and he will be e-mailing it to me as soon as his new internet connection is hooked up (he moved to a new apartment over the weekend). Also, the long-awaited Coursey/Membership Card photo should be up on the site shortly as well.


I got the last of the October cabaret schedules (from the clubs that actually send me schedules) late last night so I have not completed my own personal club-going schedule for October. But there are some really great choices on these lists and it looks like a "banner" month for cabaret. Now I just hope that I can sell a bunch of website banners this month as well. Remember, there is no faster way to get the word out about your show except perhaps by phone. I can have your banner created and up and running in 24 hours if necessary - and not only will your banner be displayed to thousands of visitors to the website each day, your show, CD or other cabaret event will be mentioned in every MONDAY issue of the newsletter - sent to nearly 2500 cabaret fans around the world as long as the banner is running! For details just click on the button marked BANNER INFO at the top of every page on the website - and take a look at the performers and clubs currently advertising! These folks know that an ad or banner on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website is the best "bang for the buck" around.


Enough for today - and lots more news and views already being collected for Thursday's issue. Stay tuned.


AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS
REMEMBER: Each MONDAY issue of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE newsletter includes listings for all the banner advertisers on the website as long as the banner is running. In most cases there are more detailed articles on these items in the CABARET NEWS section of the website.


OUR CHAT BOARD SPONSOR THIS WEEK

MARCUS SIMEONE'S DEBUT CD RELEASE SHOWS OCTOBER 12th & 26th
Miranda Music is proud to announce the release of "At Last," the debut CD of widely acclaimed vocalist Marcus Simeone. A singular voice that captures the romantic magic of Johnny Mathis fused with the jazz sensibilities of greats like Jimmy Scott and Al Jarreau and the raw emotion of Eva Cassidy. At Last is a "live" recording of a concert appearance at The Encore. The CD will have it's release celebration on Fridays October 12th and 26th at 8:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ). The performance on October 12th will benefit Seamen's Society For Children and Families on Staten Island. There will be a $15 music charge and a $12 Food/Drink minimum. See http://www.marcussimeone.com/ for more information and sound-samples of several songs. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071021Simeone.shtml


OUR SUPER SIDE-BAR ADVERTISERS THIS WEEK

CYNTHIA CRANE MAKES METROPOLITAN ROOM DEBUT WITH NEW SHOW
Cynthia Crane sings her mind on life, love and the world in general in her new show scheduled to open on Sunday October 14th at 4:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Additional shows are scheduled for Sundays October 21st & 28th, also at 4:00 pm. This will be Cynthia's METROPOLITAN ROOM debut. A fixture in New York's performing world appearing in nightclubs and cabarets here and abroad, working with some of the last of New England's "Big Bands", in USO shows, acting in stock and off-off-Broadway. Cynthia founded and produced 100 plays, building four different theaters with the highly regarded Impossible Ragtime Theatre (IRT). She was a 2007 MAC nominee and Back Stage Bistro Award winner as outstanding vocalist, as well as a nominee for the very first Mabel Mercer Foundation Award. Her CDs have received national air play & critical acclaim. There is a $20 cover, 2-beverage minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


KAREN LEVITT SINGS SONGS FROM VIENNA TO BROADWAY OCTOBER 6th
Soprano Karyn Levitt's new show, The Age of Romance: From Vienna to Broadway, will be presented on Saturday, October 6th at 8:30 pm at THE WEILL RECITAL HALL at CARNEGIE HALL (154 West 57th Street, NYC - CarnegieCharge 1-212-247-7800 - http://www.carnegiehall.org/ ). She will be joined on stage by Tom LaMark at the piano. Musical director is Terrence Montgomery. In the show Karen explores the romantic sensibility, performing the music of her distant relative, Sigmund Romberg, and other masters of operetta and early Broadway, including Strauss, Lehar, Herbert, Kern, and Forrest & Wright. Her show combines cabaret and classical theatre and includes pieces from early operettas sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071006Levitt.shtml


SPONSORING "AFTER DARK WITH JOHN HOGLUND"

NEW JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS CD FEATURES SONGWRITERS AS SINGERS
PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, has joined forces with prolific cabaret producer Jamie deRoy on a new CD celebrating songwriters from the worlds of Broadway, pop, country and cabaret. But this new album has a twist: the songwriters are also the performers. Entitled IF I SING, after the Maltby/Shire song from Closer Than Ever, the album features 16 songwriters taking on their own material, some of it familiar, some totally unknown, in new performances and new arrangements. The album, produced by Paul Rolnick is available on the web at http://www.psclassics.com/ and http://www.jamiederoy.com/ . It is also available at http://www.amazon.com/ .


SPONSORING HEARTLAND CABARET WITH CARLA GORDON

NEW SECTION ON WEBSITE SEEKING SPONSORSHIP
If you have an event in the MidWest, you might wish to become a sponsor of the new HEARTLAND CABARET section, featuring reviews and articles by our Chicago area reviewer Carla Gordon. Cost is $35 per week, 2-week minimum. After 2 weeks, cost drops to $25 per week. (This is before any MEMBER discounts or rebates) Sponsor 9 weeks continuous and the 10th week is free! Your SUPER SIDE-BAR ad will appear on all pages of this special section of the website - which grows by more pages every time Carla submits a column. It is limited to 2 ads which will appear on the top right corner of each page in this section, and also includes a SUPER SIDE-BAR ad on the HOME page, just below the regular AFTER DARK SIDE-BAR ad. Both spaces are available. Income from this sponsorship will be dedicated to expanding our coverage of Chicago-area live entertainment events.


OUR BANNER ADVERTISERS THIS WEEK

JENNA ESPOSITO CD RELEASE SHOW FOR "13 MEN ... AND ME!"
Singer Jenna Esposito celebrates the much-anticipated release of her debut CD "13 Men ... And Me!" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Monday October 15th at 9:30 pm, Monday October 22nd at 7 pm and Sunday October 28th at 7 pm. Music director/guitarist Fortune Esposito leads the all-star, opening night ensemble of Kelly Park on piano (Kelly is also the CD's producer), Michael Blanco on bass, Brian Broelmann on tenor sax and Brian DeWitt on drums. For the October 22nd & 28th performances, piano duties will be handed over to the capable hands of Richard Schacher, while the bass lines will be more than ably provided by Wayne Batchelor. All those in attendance on October 15th, will receive a free copy of the CD!


DEVLIN IS BACK IN TOWN WITH HIT SHOW "WILD WOMEN"
West Coast singing sensation, Devlin, roars back to New York with her show "Wild Women" on 2 consecutive Saturdays, October 6th & October 13th at 5:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). She is accompanied by Rick Jensen on piano. Lina Koutrakos directs. Devlin will be performing arrangements by Rick Jensen and Tex Arnold, singing jazz, blues and torch songs. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071013Devlin.shtml


CRAIG POMRANZ AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM TUESDAYS IN OCTOBER
Craig Pomranz, will headline at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Tuesdays in October with shows scheduled for October 2nd, 9th & 16th, all at 9:30 pm. Pomranz, along with musical director Steve Bocchino, will offer a one-stop entertainment experience, jazz/saloon singing along with classic standards, songs from the American Popular Songbook and brand-new material. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC0701016Pomranz.shtml


KAREN LEVITT SINGS SONGS FROM VIENNA TO BROADWAY OCTOBER 6th
Soprano Karyn Levitt's new show, The Age of Romance: From Vienna to Broadway, will be presented on Saturday, October 6th at 8:30 pm at THE WEILL RECITAL HALL at CARNEGIE HALL (154 West 57th Street, NYC - CarnegieCharge 1-212-247-7800 - http://www.carnegiehall.org/ ). She will be joined on stage by Tom LaMark at the piano. Musical director is Terrence Montgomery. In the show Karen explores the romantic sensibility, performing the music of her distant relative, Sigmund Romberg, and other masters of operetta and early Broadway, including Strauss, Lehar, Herbert, Kern, and Forrest & Wright. Her show combines cabaret and classical theatre and includes pieces from early operettas sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071006Levitt.shtml


CARLA GORDON REPORTS THAT "THE BRICE IS RIGHT" IN CHICAGO
Chicago vocalist Carla Gordon brings her new show featuring the songs of Fanny Brice called "The Brice is Right" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) on Sunday, October 7th at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Jeff Roscoe. There is a $12 cover and a 2-drink minimum.


GRETCHEN REINHAGEN GETS BACK TO BASICS IN OCTOBER
Gretchen Reinhagen brings her new cabaret show "Back to Basics" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) in October for four performances - on Wednesday the 10th at 9:15 pm, Monday the 15th at 9:00 pm, Sunday the 21st at 8:15 pm and Tuesday the 20th at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Steven Silverstein. The show is a collection of some of the most loved standards as well as a few not so standard gems thrown into the mix. In this show, Reinhagen gets down to the basics of just singing good tunes. "Back to Basics" follows her successful 2006 show "Redefined" which earned rave reviews and a MAC nomination for Steven Silverstein's original song, "A Strong Wind". There is a $15 cover, 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


ALICE FRAZIER AT THE BEECHMAN ONE NIGHT ONLY OCTOBER 4th
Alice Frazier returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) with her show, "Broadway Without Boundaries," on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 pm. Alice will perform songs with music by composers like Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser and more. The show features musical director and renowned pianist, Don Rebic, who has worked with Leslie Uggams, Maureen McGovern, the legendary Margaret Whiting and who is currently working with Karen Akers. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


LESLIE OROFINO BRINGS MANHATTAN MADNESS TO MANHATTAN
2007 Hanson Award Winner, Leslie Orofino and her trio will be weaving their magic again with a brand new show, MANHATTAN MADNESS on Sunday, October 7th at 4:00 at the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). The show features Keith Ingham on piano, Boots Maleson on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums. Louis D. Pietig directs. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071007Orofino.shtml


D'ARCY WITH NEW SHOW AT MAMAS WITH ONE MORE PERFORMANCES
D'Arcy brings her newest show, "I Believe in Love" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ), with one remaining show scheduled for Wednesday October 3rd at 7:00 pm. Rick Jensen is musical director with Dan Martin on bass. Lina Koutrakos directs. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


LATEST JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS CD FEATURES SONGWRITERS AS SINGERS
PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, has joined forces with prolific cabaret producer Jamie deRoy on a new CD celebrating songwriters from the worlds of Broadway, pop, country and cabaret. But this new album has a twist: the songwriters are also the performers. Entitled IF I SING, after the Maltby/Shire song from Closer Than Ever, the album features 16 songwriters taking on their own material, some of it familiar, some totally unknown, in new performances and new arrangements. The album, produced by Paul Rolnick is available on the web at http://www.psclassics.com/ and http://www.jamiederoy.com/ . It is also available at http://www.amazon.com/ .


METROPOLITAN ROOM NOW IN SECOND YEAR OF THE BEST IN NYC CABARET
Combining utmost sophistication and high-end technology, THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) bridges a gap missing in the New York City music scene and nightlife. This vintage space continues to play host to a updated take on the idea of a music club combining state of the art sound and lighting systems with old world charm and style. Manager Lennie Watts brings the best as well as the newest in cabaret entertainment to this new venue. Appearing this week: DC Anderson, Jodi Stevens, Annie Ross, Craig Pomranz, Lynn Loosier, Jimmy James, Susan Winter, Barbara Brussell, Eric Comstock, Micaela Leon, Among Friends, Leslie Orofino, Leslie Anderson & Ricky Ritzel and Suzanne Carrico and more. See http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ for complete schedule of events.


OUR REGULAR HOME PAGE SIDE-BAR ADVERTISERS THIS WEEK

RENDEZVOUS AT FEINSTEIN'S OPENS TUESDAY OCTOBER 2nd
Having entertained highly enthusiastic audiences in and around New York City, the dazzling musical revue "RENDEZVOUS" will be presented in a week-long return engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) Tuesday through Saturday, October 2nd through 6th, all performances at 8:30 pm. "RENDEZVOUS" features the best from French pop icons Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Charles Aznavour, together with Parisian-themed selections from musical "friends" such as Cole Porter, Steven Sondheim, and Michel Legrand. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071006Rend.shtml


ALICE FRAZIER AT THE BEECHMAN ONE NIGHT ONLY IN OCTOBER
Alice Frazier returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) with her show, "Broadway Without Boundaries," on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 pm. Alice will perform songs with music by composers like Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser and more. The show features musical director and renowned pianist, Don Rebic, who has worked with Leslie Uggams, Maureen McGovern, the legendary Margaret Whiting and who is currently working with Karen Akers. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


GARY NEGBAUR IS A TRAVELING JEWBADOUR AT METROPOLITAN ROOM
Singer/songwriter Gary Negbaur brings his new show "Tales of the Traveling Jewbadour" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Wednesdays, October 10th & 17th at 7:30 pm. The show features the music of Jewish American composers like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Billy Joel and ... Gary Negbaur. Highlights will include his innovative Latin jazz take on Fiddler on the Roof's "Sunrise Sunset" as well as his humorous original "Passover in Kansas City". It also features as guest vocalist, Gary's wife Yvette Negbaur. Gary Negbaur is a pianist/singer/songwriter from New York City. His shows feature his original songs combined with unforgettable standards. There is a $20 cover, 2-beverage minimum.


THE COUGAR CABARET ZOOMS IN FOR ONE OCTOBER SHOW AT MAMA'S
Donna Moore stars in an extended run of her acclaimed THE COUGAR CABARET at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ), with an additional performances scheduled for Thursday, October 25th at 8:30 pm. Musical direction is by Stephen Borsuk and direction by Robert Brink. "The Cougar Cabaret" is a comic musical exploration reflecting what's happening today in the world of relationships (ie Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, etc.). Donna uses her experiences as a child performer on the popular children's TV series "Zoom," her life as a single mother, and the embracement of her inner cougar to tell of her 'spiritual awakening.' Original music by Mark Barkan compliments lyrics by Ms. Moore. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071025Cougar.shtml


NOW FOR SOME NEWS ABOUT CABARET
In an effort to cut down on "repeated" events, except for announcements of programs offered by cabaret membership organizations, and shows where guests change regularly, cabaret news items will usually appear just once in the newsletter in abbreviated form and linked to a full article on the CABARET NEWS page of the appropriate location on the website. Events advertised on the website will be mentioned in every MONDAY issue, and events offering discounts to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE are mentioned in every MIDWEEK issue.


CABARET NEWS - EVENTS IN THE WEEKS TO COME

TONIGHT MONDAY OCTOBER 1st

BOB'S BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE IN NEW HOPE TONIGHT
BOB's BIG MONDAY SHOWCASE is back at BOB EGAN'S COSMOPOLITAN CLUB AT THE NEW HOPE INN (6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA - 215-862-5221 - http://www.thecosmopolitanclub.com/ ) every Monday at 7:30 pm. The show usually features 6 to 10 vocalists from the NY-NJ-PA area. On Monday October 1st, Bob's guests are Cari Kassel, Dwayne Dunlevy, Kim Mesiti, Lisa Lindner, Michael Mancini, Ed White, Patty Leone, The Boogie Man, Danny Kean (piano) and special guest Rosie Carlino with Ross Patterson, piano and more. Only $10 cover/$10 minimum.


TUESDAY - OCTOBER 2nd

CRAIG POMRANZ OPENS AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
Craig Pomranz, will headline at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Tuesdays in October with shows scheduled for October 2nd, 9th & 16th, all at 9:30 pm. Pomranz, along with musical director Steve Bocchino, will offer a one-stop entertainment experience, jazz/saloon singing along with classic standards, songs from the American Popular Songbook and brand-new material. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC0701016Pomranz.shtml


RENDEZVOUS AT FEINSTEIN'S THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER
Having entertained highly enthusiastic audiences in and around New York City, the dazzling musical revue "RENDEZVOUS" will be presented in a week-long return engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) Tuesday through Saturday, October 2nd through 6th, all performances at 8:30 pm. "RENDEZVOUS" features the best from French pop icons Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Charles Aznavour, together with Parisian-themed selections from musical "friends" such as Cole Porter, Steven Sondheim, and Michel Legrand. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071006Rend.shtml


WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 3rd

MAUREEN KELLEY STEWART'S "HEART'S DESIRE" EXTENDED
Cabaret performer Maureen Kelley Stewart appeared in September at the THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) for three performances of her newest show, "Heart's Desire." Now the show has been extended for two more dates, Wednesday October 3rd at 7:00 pm and Thursday, October 4th at 9:30 pm. The show is a collection of Broadway classics, standards from the Great American Songbook, and contemporary pop songs. "Heart's Desire" is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with Musical Direction/Arrangements by Don Rebic. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071004MKS.shtml


ANY WEDNESDAY CD SHOW GUEST IS JUDY KUHN
ANY WEDNESDAY, the free in-store concert series that features the best in cabaret, jazz and theater music takes place weekly at THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE (66th Street and Broadway, NYC). Performances are at 6:00 pm. Appearing Wednesday October 3rd: Judy Kuhn. Future performers include: New Voices: Deborah Shulman, Marcus Simeone, Laura Wolfe (October 10), Linda Kosut (October 17), Cynthia Crane (October 24), Jasper Kump (October 31), Andrea Burns (November 7), David Burnham (November 14), Andrea Marcovicci (Tuesday, November 20), B.J. Crosby (November 21), New Voices: Julie Esposito, Barbara Lusch, Lou Watson (November 28), Betsy Ann Faiella (January 2), Allan Harris (January 9), Lynn DeMenna (January 23), Barbara Rossene (February 13). No reservations taken. No cover.


WEDNESDAY JAZZARET AT THE TRIAD FEATURES SUE MATSUKI
Scott Barbarino presents "Jazzaret" at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2511 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ) every Wednesday night at 9:00 pm, featuring special guests and the Barry Levitt Trio. Also featured is comedy mistress Dana Lorge. This week Wednesday, October 3rd, Scott will present award-winning jazz vocalist Sue Matsuki. The guest performances are followed by open mic & jazz jam. There is just a $5 cover and a 1-drink minimum.


NEW OPEN MIC VENUE IN TUCSON EVERY WEDNESDAY
Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm will be CABARET OPEN MIC NIGHT at COLORS FOOD & SPIRITS (5305 East Speedway, Tucson, AZ - 520-323-1840) with the fabulous cabaret diva Liz McMahon introducing Tucson's most talented performers. Liz is well-known in Tucson, appearing as Patsy Cline, Sophie Tucker and Rosemary Clooney, as well as many other theatrical productions at Invisible Theater, Gaslight. Bring your sheet music for Musical Director Marilyn Harris to play and enjoy a great evening of music and fun. The search is on, looking for talented newcomers and experienced singers - from Broadway to jazz to blues to country - all styles are welcome. Bring your party pieces, promote your upcoming show and/or CDs, or try out your new audition song. Whether you come to perform or just enjoy the show, we want as many folks as possible to be a part of Tucson's premier performers showcase. Sign-up at 6:30 pm. Full menu and full bar available. No cover, no minimum.


THURSDAY - OCTOBER 4th

ALICE FRAZIER AT THE BEECHMAN ONE NIGHT ONLY OCTOBER 4th
Alice Frazier returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) with her show, "Broadway Without Boundaries," on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 pm. Alice will perform songs with music by composers like Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser and more. The show features musical director and renowned pianist, Don Rebic, who has worked with Leslie Uggams, Maureen McGovern, the legendary Margaret Whiting and who is currently working with Karen Akers. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


THREE CAT THURSDAYS FEATURES CABARET VARIETY HOUR
CABARET VARIETY HOUR takes place the 1st Thursday each month as part of THREE CAT THURSDAYS on Thursday, October 4th at 8:00 pm at GORILLA TANGO THEATER (1919 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-598-4549 - http://www.gorillatango.com/ ). In the traditions of The Ed Sullivan Show, Carol Burnett and yes, Donnie and Marie Osmond comes an hour of musical variety, featuring some of Chicago's most interesting and diverse performers. A little bit of everything, lot's of fun and surprises. Performers this week TBA. Sound and lighting is by Darin Scott. These weekly cabaret events are presented by Three Cat Media.


FRIDAY - OCTOBER 5th

THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN AT THE TRIAD IN LIMITED RUN
Max Weintraub & Thoroughbred Records bring their 1940's cabaret musical "WHEN THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN" back to THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - TKTS: TheaterMania 212-352-3101 - http://www.Triadnyc.com/ ) for a limited engagement, with performances starting Friday October 5th at 7:00 pm and running Fridays at 7:00 pm & Saturdays at 2:00 pm through December 15th. The show features Bill Daugherty, Christina Morrell and Connie Pachl from last season and joining the cast for this series of shows is Eli Schneider. Musical director & arranger is Doyle Newmeyer with Jim Conant on guitar and John Loehrke on bass. The show us conceived and directed by Bill Daugherty. Tickets are $40.


SATURDAY - OCTOBER 6th

DEVLIN IS BACK IN TOWN WITH HIT SHOW "WILD WOMEN"
West Coast singing sensation, Devlin, roars back to New York with her show "Wild Women" on 2 consecutive Saturdays, October 6th & October 13th at 5:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). She is accompanied by Rick Jensen on piano. Lina Koutrakos directs. Devlin will be performing arrangements by Rick Jensen and Tex Arnold, singing jazz, blues and torch songs. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071013Devlin.shtml


KAREN LEVITT SINGS SONGS FROM VIENNA TO BROADWAY
Soprano Karyn Levitt's new show, The Age of Romance: From Vienna to Broadway, will be presented on Saturday, October 6th at 8:30 pm at THE WEILL RECITAL HALL at CARNEGIE HALL (154 West 57th Street, NYC - CarnegieCharge 1-212-247-7800 - http://www.carnegiehall.org/ ). She will be joined on stage by Tom LaMark at the piano. Musical director is Terrence Montgomery. In the show Karen explores the romantic sensibility, performing the music of her distant relative, Sigmund Romberg, and other masters of operetta and early Broadway, including Strauss, Lehar, Herbert, Kern, and Forrest & Wright. Her show combines cabaret and classical theatre and includes pieces from early operettas sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071006Levitt.shtml


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 7th

LESLIE OROFINO BRINGS MANHATTAN MADNESS TO MANHATTAN
2007 Hanson Award Winner, Leslie Orofino and her trio will be weaving their magic again with a brand new show, MANHATTAN MADNESS on Sunday October 7th at 4:00 at the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). The show features Keith Ingham on piano, Boots Maleson on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums. Louis D. Pietig directs. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071007Orofino.shtml


CARLA GORDON REPORTS THAT "THE BRICE IS RIGHT" IN CHICAGO
Chicago vocalist Carla Gordon brings her new show featuring the songs of Fanny Brice called "The Brice is Right" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) on Sunday October 7th, both shows at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Jeff Roscoe. There is a $12 cover and a 2-drink minimum.


STERLING'S ANNOUNCES ITS OCTOBER HEADLINERS
STERLING'S UPSTAIRS (4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA - 818-769-0905 - http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/ ) is pleased to announce its October roster of headliners including Tiba (Sunday, October 7th), Tam (Bernier) Evans (Sunday, October 14th), Sandy Zacky & Mike Clifford (Saturday, October 20th) and Tricia Kelly (Saturday, October 27th). SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsLA071028Sterling.shtml


MONDAY - OCTOBER 8th

CABARET CARES PRESENTS THREE BENEFIT EVENTS IN OCTOBER
The benefit series CABARET CARES continues at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) on Monday, October 8th at 7:00 pm with "An Evening of The Lovely Ladies of Cabaret." MAC Award winners Jeanne MacDonald, Sue Matsuki, Leslie Orofino, are joined by Cynthia Crane, Marla Green, Erin Shields, Jackie Fornatale, Traci Reynolds, along with Broadway performers Liz Mckendry (The Producers), Aryn Faith (The Producers), Rebecca Kupka (Jersey Boys). Additional shows in October will take place on October 22nd at 9:30 pm, presenting MAC Award winner Sue Matsuki in her acclaimed show "Ella's Greatest Hits" featuring the music of Ella Fitzgerald and on Monday October 29th at 9:30 pm featuring the cast of the Broadway Revival "A Chorus Line" with performances by Heather Parcells, Will Taylor,Nick Adams and many more. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071029Cares.shtml


TUESDAY - OCTOBER 9th

AMY HANAIALI'I BRINGING THE SOUNDS OF HAWAII TO NEW YORK
FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095 - http://www.feinsteinsattheregency.com/ ) will continue their Fall 2007 season with the Grammy Award nominated Hawaiian singer Amy Hanaiali'i from Tuesday through Saturday, October 9th through 13th, all shows at 8:30 pm. The singer - who was picked by Hawaii's Governor Lingle at the official title of "Hawaii's Music Ambassador" - will perform standards such as "Blue Moon," "The Rainbow Connection," "Feels Like Home," as well as traditional songs such as "Kuulei Hoku," "Napua" and "O Waipa Ke Malama Mau Ai." The show features a band led by Honolulu Symphony Pops conductor Matt Catingub - who returns to Feinstein's after performing with Rosemary Clooney - and traditional Hawaiian dancers. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071013Amy.shtml


BRENDA EARLE MAKES SWEET RHYTHM DEBUT OCTOBER 9th
Canadian-born, New York-based jazz pianist/vocalist/composer Brenda Earle will be making her debut at SWEET RHYTHM (88 Seventh Avenue South, NYC - 212-255-3626 - http://www.sweetrhythmny.com/ ) on Tuesday, October 9th with sets at 8:00 & 9:30 pm. Featuring an all-star line-up, the group will perform an eclectic and riveting array of original compositions, jazz standards and modern arrangements of works by Egberto Gismonti, Suzanne Vega, AC Jobim, Keane and Crowded House. Joining Brenda Earle (piano/voice) will be Keith Ganz (guitar), Ike Sturm (bass), Jared Schonig (drums), Lauren Riley-Rigby (cello) and special guests. Call for cover/minimum information.


WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 10th

GRETCHEN REINHAGEN GETS BACK TO BASICS
Gretchen Reinhagen brings her new cabaret show "Back to Basics" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ) in October for four performances - on Wednesday the 10th at 9:15 pm, Monday the 15th at 9:00 pm, Sunday the 21st at 8:15 pm and Tuesday the 20th at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Steven Silverstein. The show is a collection of some of the most loved standards as well as a few not so standard gems thrown into the mix. In this show, Reinhagen gets down to the basics of just singing good tunes. "Back to Basics" follows her successful 2006 show "Redefined" which earned rave reviews and a MAC nomination for Steven Silverstein's original song, "A Strong Wind". There is a $15 cover, 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


GARY NEGBAUR IS A TRAVELING JEWBADOUR AT METROPOLITAN ROOM
Singer/songwriter Gary Negbaur brings his new show "Tales of the Traveling Jewbadour" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Wednesdays, October 10th & 17th at 7:30 pm. The show features the music of Jewish American composers like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Billy Joel and ... Gary Negbaur. Highlights will include his innovative Latin jazz take on Fiddler on the Roof's "Sunrise Sunset" as well as his humorous original "Passover in Kansas City". It also features as guest vocalist, Gary's wife Yvette Negbaur. Gary Negbaur is a pianist/singer/songwriter from New York City. His shows feature his original songs combined with unforgettable standards. There is a $20 cover, 2-beverage minimum.


OSCAR BROWN JR. TRIBUTE & CD RELEASE BY LINDA KOSUT IN CHICAGO
San Francisco jazz and cabaret performer Linda Kosut brings her show and CD Release, "Long As You're Living," a joyous and moving tribute to the late Oscar Brown Jr., to Oscar's hometown, Chicago at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) for two nights, Wednesday & Thursday, October 10th & 11th 11 at 8:00 pm. Linda will be backed by musical director, pianist & trombonist Max Perkoff and Chicago-based musicians Stewart Miller on bass and Frank Parker Jr. on percussion. On October 10th only, Maggie Brown, Oscar's daughter, will join Linda as her special guest and to celebrate Oscar's birthday - October 10th would have been Oscar's 81st birthday! SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsCHIMW071011Kosut.shtml


ELAINE ST. GEORGE DOES JAZZ AT CAFFE VIVALDI
Elaine St. George and her jazz trio will be performing for one night only on Wednesday October 10th at CAFFE VIVALDI (32 Jones Street. NYC - 212-691-7538 - http://www.caffevivaldi.com/ ) with sets at 9:30 & 11:00 pm. Elaine's trio is made up of Frank Ponzio on piano, Mark Peterson on bass and Nick Russo on guitar. No cover charge.


THURSDAY - OCTOBER 11th

JOE PECK SINGS TORCHERED MELODIES AT TWO DC VENUES
Singer/actor Joe Peck is joined by Helen Hayes Award-winning music director George Fulginiti-Shakar in "Torchered Melodies" for a cabaret-style performance celebrating the art of losing in love. On Thursday, October 11th, Joe is appearing at THE ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON (2017 I Street NW, Washington, DC - 202-331-7282) in a "Members Only" performance at 6:30 pm. Then, on Tuesday October 23rd at 8:00 pm he will perform at THE CAPITOL HILL ARTS WORKSHOP (545 7th Street SE, Washington, DC - TKTS: 571-268-2160). SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsPADC071023Peck.shtml


HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ FEATURES TRIO TIME ON OCTOBER 11th
Jack Kleinsinger is pleased to present the opening concert for his 35th season of Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, "Trio Time" on Thursday, October 11th at 8:00 pm at THE TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (199 Chambers Street, NYC - 212-220-1460 - http://www.tribecapac.org/ ). This show will feature two exciting trios: Manhattan Trinity and 3 Guitars. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071011Jazz.shtml


ANNA BERGMAN SINGS "WHEREVER LOVE TAKES ME"
Song stylist Anna Bergman premieres "Wherever Love Takes Me," her first solo show in New York in four years, at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) in an exclusive 2-week engagement, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm starting on October 11th and running though October 20th. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071020Bergman.shtml


FRIDAY - OCTOBER 12th

MARCUS SIMEONE'S DEBUT CD RELEASE SHOWS OCTOBER 12th & 26th
Miranda Music is proud to announce the release of "At Last," the debut CD of widely acclaimed vocalist Marcus Simeone. At Last is an introspective, imaginative collection of soaring ballads, pop songs and American classics brilliantly arranged by musical director Barry Levitt and his quartet featuring: Chip Jackson on bass, Brian Gryce on percussion and Kenny Brescia on electric guitar. This is a "live" recording of a concert appearance at The Encore. The CD will have it's release celebration on Fridays October 12th and 26th at 8:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/ ). The performance on October 12th will benefit Seamen's Society For Children and Families on Staten Island. There will be a $15 music charge and a $12 Food/Drink minimum. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071021Simeone.shtml


LUA HADAR ADDS A TWIST TO JAZZ WITH NEW GENRE-BENDING BAND
Vocalist LUA HADAR and her new genre-bending band, TWIST, will stir up the audience with hot Latin rhythms, sexy Italian ballads, funk a la Francais, and jazz from The Great American Songbook on October 12th at ANNA'S JAZZ ISLAND (2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA - 510-841-5299 - http://www.annasjazzisland.com/ ), on October 18th at THE OCTAVIA LOUNGE (1772 Market Street, SF - 415-863-3516 - http://www.octavialounge.com/ ), and on October 28th at M BAR (1253 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA - 323-856-0036 - http://www.mbarhollywood.com/ ). These evenings feature an original mix of songs, from well-known jazz tunes done in unexpected ways, to international songs - both familiar and not - performed in French, Spanish or Italian. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsSF071030Hadar.shtml


SATURDAY - OCTOBER 13th

NY SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY RETURNS OCTOBER 13th
The New York Sheet Music Society, now in its 22nd season meets the second Saturday afternoon of each month from October through June. You can now register and join the NYSMS on line at http://www.NYSMS.org/ . Membership is $50, and includes free admission to all 9 programs (non-member fee is $10 per meeting) plus a monthly newsletter. The first meeting of the new season will be on Saturday October 13th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC). There is a Flea Market starting at 12:30 pm (a great place to find music, tapes, CD's etc. at bargain prices} followed by a program from 1:45 to 3:30 pm. The opening meeting on October 13th will feature Steve Ross on Noel Coward plus Elizabeth Sharland discussing her new book "Coward in Jamaica."


ESTHER BECKMAN AT IRIDIUM ONE NIGHT ONLY OCTOBER 13th
2007 MAC Winner (Female Debut) Esther Beckman will be appearing at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/ ) on Saturday, October 13th at 6:30 pm with a brand new show "Esther Beckman at Iridium." She is joined by Barry Levitt and his trio and special guest Henry Dee. In her debut show Esther paid tribute to the songs of Henry Mancini. In this show she salutes the best from old and new composers. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


CHRIS BARRET RETURNS BY REQUEST WITH NEW REQUESTS
Chris Barrett returns to NYC with an encore performance of his sold-out August 13th "By Request" show which he performed at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, this time appearing for one night only on Saturday October 13th at 9:00 pm at THE REPRISE ROOM at DILLON'S (245 West 54th Street, NYC - TKTS: 646-491-0987 - http://www.purnimarestaurant.com/ ).There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071013Barrett.shtml


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 14th

CYNTHIA CRANE MAKES METROPOLITAN ROOM DEBUT WITH NEW SHOW
Cynthia Crane sings her mind on life, love and the world in general in her new show scheduled to open on Sunday October 14th at 4:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ). Additional shows are scheduled for Sundays October 21st & 28th, also at 4:00 pm. This will be Cynthia's METROPOLITAN ROOM debut. A fixture in New York's performing world appearing in nightclubs and cabarets here and abroad, working with some of the last of New England's "Big Bands", in USO shows, acting in stock and off-off-Broadway. Cynthia founded and produced 100 plays, building four different theaters with the highly regarded Impossible Ragtime Theatre (IRT). She was a 2007 MAC nominee and Back Stage Bistro Award winner as outstanding vocalist, as well as a nominee for the very first Mabel Mercer Foundation Award. Her CDs have received national air play & critical acclaim. There is a $20 cover, 2-beverage minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


CHICAGO CABARET PROFESSIONALS PRESENT GALA BENEFIT OCTOBER 14th
CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals - http://www.chicagocabaret.org/ ) presents "Jazzin' The Cabaret," a cabaret celebration, on Sunday, October 14th at 7:00 pm at THE PARK WEST (322 West Armitage, Chicago, IL - TKTS: 312-409-3106 - http:www.chicagocabaret.org/ ) - pre-show entertainment from 6:15 till 7:00 pm. This spectacular evening will honor Joe Vito, Dave Green and Dave Frishberg with Lifetime Achievement Awards and will feature a Special Gold Coast Award honor to Judy Roberts. The cast is made up of members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals including Tracy Adams, Anne Burnell, Mark Burnell, Keely Nicole Busteed, Amy Cole, Joan Curto, Elizabeth Doyle, David Edelfelt, Laura Freeman, Carla Gordon, Paul Marinaro, Nan Mason, KT McCammond, Tom Michael, Holly McGuire, Bob Moreen, Daryl Nitz, Jimmy Odom, Suzanne Petri, Kat Taylor, Brad Thacker, 3Girls3, Carolyn Wehner and Robert Whorton. Musical director is Beckie Menzie. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsCHIMW071009Gala.shtml


EVY SCHEFF RETURNS TO THE BEECHMAN WITH "NOT FOR THE MONEY"
Evy Scheff returns to the THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/schedule ) with a reprise of last summer's acclaimed and successful show "NOT FOR THE MONEY" for two nights, Sunday, October 14th and Thursday, October 25th, both shows at 7:00 pm. From folk and jazz to casino and cabaret - from Philadelphia, Provincetown and on to New York - Evy's stories and songs celebrate this veteran saloon singer's bumpy, glorious and intoxicating ride. Musical Director is Ian Herman.There is a $20 cover and $15 food/drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071025Scheff.shtml


MONDAY - OCTOBER 15th

JENNA ESPOSITO CD RELEASE SHOW FOR "13 MEN ... AND ME!"
Singer Jenna Esposito celebrates the much-anticipated release of her debut CD "13 Men ... And Me!" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Monday October 15th at 9:30 pm, Monday October 22nd at 7 pm and Sunday October 28th at 7 pm. Music director/guitarist Fortune Esposito leads the all-star, opening night ensemble of Kelly Park on piano (Kelly is also the CD's producer), Michael Blanco on bass, Brian Broelmann on tenor sax and Brian DeWitt on drums. For the October 22nd & 28th performances, piano duties will be handed over to the capable hands of Richard Schacher, while the bass lines will be more than ably provided by Wayne Batchelor. All those in attendance on October 15th, will receive a free copy of the CD!


FUTURE EVENTS OCTOBER

NEXT JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS TV BROADCAST TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th
The cable TV show "Jamie deRoy & friends" heard locally here in NYC on Time Warner Channel 67 and RCN Channel 109 will next be seen on Tuesday, October 2nd at 8:00 pm. The show is produced by Jamie deRoy & friends, inc. and directed by Barry Kleinbort. Taped and Edited by Applause Video. It is also broadcast in Washington DC and Connecticut - check local listing. For details see http://www.jamiederoy.com/ .


ELLEN ROBINSON AT ANNA'S OCTOBER 20th
Jazz Vocalist Ellen Robinson will appear in concert at ANNA'S JAZZ ISLAND (2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA - 510-841-5299 - http://www.annasjazzisland.com/ ) on Saturday, October 20th from 8:00 to 11:30 pm. She is joined by Jon Herbst on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Bud Spangler on drums. Cover is $12.


THE COUGAR CABARET ZOOMS IN FOR ONE OCTOBER SHOW AT MAMA'S
Donna Moore stars in an extended run of her acclaimed THE COUGAR CABARET at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ ), with an additional performances scheduled for Thursday, October 25th at 8:30 pm. Musical direction is by Stephen Borsuk and direction by Robert Brink. "The Cougar Cabaret" is a comic musical exploration reflecting what's happening today in the world of relationships (ie Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, etc.). Donna uses her experiences as a child performer on the popular children's TV series "Zoom," her life as a single mother, and the embracement of her inner cougar to tell of her 'spiritual awakening.' Original music by Mark Barkan compliments lyrics by Ms. Moore. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071025Cougar.shtml


FUTURE EVENTS NOVEMBER AND BEYOND

2007 NEW YORK CABARET CONVENTION NOVEMBER 5th THROUGH 8th
The 2007 NY MABEL MERCER CABARET CONVENTIONS returns to the FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL (Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th Street, NYC - CenterCharge: 212-721-6500 - http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/ ) for four nights, Monday through Thursday, November 5th through 8th. Tickets are now on sale and available at the box office or CenterCharge. Ticket prices vary - see the website (http://www.mabelmercer.org/ ) for full details. SEE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE at http://www.svhamstra.com/NewsNYC071108Mercer.shtml


BROADWAY UNPLUGGED SHOW SET FOR MONDAY NOVEMBER 19th
The critically acclaimed concert of all Broadway music performed without microphones "Broadway Unplugged" will take place this year on Monday November 19th at 8:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929 - http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/ ). Created, written and produced by Scott Siegel, the annual event always features top stars of Broadway. This year's performers to be announced in the fall. Tickets are now available via TicketMaster at 212-307-4100, www.ticketmaster.com, and (after July 16th) at THE TOWN HALL box office. See http://www.siegelpresents.com/ for further details.


ABOUT CABARET NEWS IN THE NEWSLETTER, BLOG AND WEBSITES
How do you get an item posted in the CABARET NEWS section of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website and in the newsletter? It is really quite simple.

Just e-mail me a press release of at least four or five paragraphs, giving the complete information on your show, CD release or other cabaret related event. Include photos in jpg or gif format if available. Please send me complete information - and do not merely e-mail me a copy of your flier or a reference to a website. By the way, I usually trim quotes from reviews from the press releases I receive before using the item on my website or in the newsletter, so don't count them when putting together the four or more paragraphs. If you don't have a press release, just click here: http://www.svhamstra.com/PressRelease1.shtml and fill out the information as completely as possible - or use the items asked for as a guide to the information I need.

Just send in your press release or listings request in simple txt format if possible (the format I write these issues in and use for the website), and send any photos as attachments, not imbedded within the e-mail. And, please, please don't send, instead of a press release, one of those e-mails with all those annoying html links (with multi-columns, embedded photos, distracting backgrounds, etc.) Do not send simply a .jpg of your post card. Do not send us one of those "e-vite" things that require us to "click to open" and lead to a web page somewhere. I never open them! The more information the better - it is easier for me to trim the release than to hunt and google websites for more information.

We usually run articles about 3 weeks before event date if possible so it is wisest to send your release about 4 weeks in advance. Because of the large number of items received, we can only use news of event just once, so we try not to get too far ahead in the news. There are a few exceptions to the "just once" rule:

> If the event is advertised on the website it will be repeated in each MONDAY issue of the newsletter

> If the event offers a discount to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE it will be included in the DISCOUNTS section of each MID-WEEK issue of the newsletter.

> Major benefits where ALL proceeds are given to the charity named will be mentioned in every issue as well as major cabaret events like cabaret festivals and galas.

We also include at least once each week those regular (monthly, weekly, etc.) events with guests who change each performance, like SETH'S BROADWAY CHATTERBOX, BOB EGAN'S MONDAY SHOWCASE and the like.


IT'S TIME TO GO
At the top of this newsletter I promised that you would read things in this issue you will not find published anywhere else. Did I keep my promise?

I realize that there is probably far more information here than you might be able to digest in one reading, but please keep in mind that for the performers mentioned, CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE is one of the few publications that spread the word about their shows and performances. To them, that item about their show is most important, and the fact that every issue published is also posted on my website and on the blog means two additional places where the show information can be found by fans and search engines (Google, etc.) alike. Your banner ads and membership donations make this all possible.


One more reminder - all current memberships for CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE expired on Thursday, July 5th 2007. You can renew (or get a new) membership almost instantly on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website (http://www.svhamstra.com/ ), using a credit card. Just click on the button at the top of every page of the website marked JOIN HERE. Or you can mail your check, made out simply to Stu Hamstra to 676A Ninth Avenue #120, New York, NY 10036. Memberships are available at several levels with varying benefits. Basic membership (which can be upgraded at any time with full credit) is $20 (SILVER). You membership dollars support the website, the newsletter, the blog and other activities of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. Support CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE as it promotes the art and artists of cabaret.


And that is just about the way it was.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU

 


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