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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #000108 - Saturday, January 22, 1999
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Brrrrr. It's cold outside! The temperature display on Eighth Avenue says 9 degrees (f) but the Weather Channel says, (wind chill included) -17! I must remember not to listen to the Weather Channel before I go outside. I just got back from breakfast, where I lingered an extra 15 minutes or so, pretending to read the newspaper, to delay by return to the frigid streets of New York City.

Cabaret-wise, it has been a very warm week, starting with Eric Michael Gillett's new "Hook, Line & Singer" show at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410) on Monday the 17th (Eric is performing there the next 4 Monday nights, and I urge you to see this show, if you have a chance.)

I missed shows on Tuesday and Wednesday because my pal Victor had a brief "medical emergency." Nothing too serious - just a misplaced kidney stone - but I wanted to be there to watch him suffer.

Thursday, the 20th, I made it through the snow to Melissa Wolfe's delightful show, also at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410) at 8:30 pm - she was singing songs from the big band era, with the Ross Patterson Orchestra to lend that special "big band" sound to the show. The audience included Baby Jane Dexter, Teri Lynn Paul (she is performing her show saluting Dusty Springfield the next two Sunday nights at THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244), Julie Nemitz, and the fabulous Thomas.

Friday night the city became a frigid zone, with high winds and sub-zero "wind chill" temperatures. So I just slipped (well nearly slipped on the icy steps) down to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) to see a "double-header," with Gina Caruso doing songs made famous by Bea Lily and Elsa Lancaster at 7:00 pm, and Lisa Viggiano's CD-release show at 9:00 pm. Imagine, in that bitter cold, the wonderful Julie Wilson schlepped all the way in from Jersey City, alone, to catch Gina's show! Courtenay Day, also currently doing a run at MAMA'S, as well as Baby Jane Dexter, were there as well.

By the way, Julie's "DIXIELAND" show opens at THE OAK ROOM at the Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-840-6800) on Thursday, the 3rd of February. She'll be there with The Smith Street Society Jazz Band on Thursdays through Saturdays at 9:00 pm, with 11:30 pm shows added on Fridays and Saturdays, through March 4th. I have often said that if every performer who had Julie as an audience member would go see Julie's shows, she would have a sold-out house every night!

Finally, as evidence that I am fully recovered from my recent bout with the flu, I headed downtown to ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370) to catch Wesla Whitfield's 11:00 pm show - "I'm In The Mood for Love," featuring the songs of Jimmy McHugh. This is actually the first time I have seen this cabaret legend in her own show - up to now I have only seen her perform at the CABARET CONVENTION and at a few benefits. This lady deserves every accolade ever given her - it was her second show for the night, the audience was small, there was one particularly noisy table that distracted us from time to time, but Wesla simply sang the songs - true to the lyric, true to the notes, with warmth and love. There were lots of great love songs, and I regretted the fact that I attended alone. I shall return, next time with a date! Wesla is at ARCI'S through the 12th of February, which just happens to be the birthday of a pal of mine (no, not Abraham Lincoln).

By the way, Marilyn Volpe's "New Year's 1949" show has been extended at ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370), with performances on Monday nights, there are two more, on the 24th and 31st. I loved that show as well.

Speaking of New Year's eve, some folks are especially fortunate - people like Erv Raible, Cynthia Crane and that lovely chanteuse Greta - the have apartments in Paris and get to visit there at the most interesting times. If any of you watched the millennium TV specials that showed the celebration at the Eifel Tower, you will be as envious as I am over this letter:


Dear Stu,

Happy New Year, 2000. We wish you success and good health in this exciting millennium year.

Sorry that we were unable to contact you sooner, but we just returned from a fantastic trip to Paris, where we celebrated the new Millennium. Paris exploded in a cosmic celebration of lights. It was glorious and breath-taking. It would have won best award for "Lights and Sound," if there was a universal contest.

We rounded off this journey with a visit to Ireland where the celebrations continued both in the cities and the ancient Celtic sites. Thank you for your consistent up to date information on the Cabaret World, We enjoy your "Hotline."

Lots of love,

Greta and Connell

And, from London, comes this brief letter from a man of few words but of great voice, John Barr:



Hi ya!

I'm so manic getting ready to go away for 3 months, but really wanted you to know that my new CD "A Different Corner" has just been released today. Its not a cabaret CD, more of an easy listening experience - including 4 new songs, one by Stephen Schwartz & Dean Pitchford. It will be on sale asap in the states or people can order it through dress circle.

Hope you're well. I hate this computer thing, but it will have to do till we can actually speak.

Take care,

Jonny Barr

Please remember, I no longer send out the "Stu's Cabaret Picks" via e-mail, but the picks are now posted on my website at:


And, since this is an on-line web page, I will be adding new shows and cabaret events as they are brought to my attention, and adding days to the list as the month progresses. This means that it would be a good idea to check the "PICKS" page every few days, to see what has been changed, added or deleted.

Also, if you want to check on new pages added to the website, just look at the "Cabaret In The News" page, updated almost daily. I also post news items and pages of unique interest not covered by the other pages of the website here.


Here are the dates and cities where Lee Lessack and Joanne O'Brien will be appearing with their show "An Enchanted Evening: The Music of Broadway" in addition to their appearance on February 5th and 6th at ODETTE'S (South River Road, New Hope, PA - 215-862-3000):

Monday, February 7, 2000 - Seaford, DE
Monday, March 6, 2000 - Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - Reno, NV
Friday, March 10, 2000 - San Bernardino, CA
Saturday, March 11, 2000 - Redondo Beach, CA
Sunday, March 12, 2000 - Glendale, CA
Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - Lancaster, CA
Wednesday, March 15, 2000 - Paso Robles, CA
Thursday, March 16, 2000 - Lompoc, CA
Thursday, April 6, 2000 - Morgan City, LA
Saturday, April 15, 2000 - Modesto, CA
Saturday, April 1, 2000 - Washington, NC
Monday, January 17, 2000 - Albemarle, NC

If you live in or near those cities, you can get more details about time and venue from Lee's website - just check:


I received a note from the very lovely Mary Foster Conklin, who got a gig but little or no time to get the word out:


Dear Stu -

I got a last minute call from the folks at CAVIARTERIA (310 West Broadway, NYC - 212-925-5515), that new music room at the Soho Grand Hotel, and I wonder if you could put a mention in the next Hotline about it. There is no cover, but a $20 food/drink minimum.

I'll be there playing two sets, 8:15 and 9:45 February 2nd, and will be accompanied by the Jeff Klitz trio. Also, my friend Jan Leder (jazz flutist and songwriter) will also be sitting in. Her latest CD "Nonchalant" has just been released and on A Records and includes vocals by Angela DeNiro, Cleve Douglass and myself.

Hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Mary Foster Conklin

And another pal also got a last minute gig - so last minute she never even mentioned it to me - someone else told me about it!

Check out the Sunday Jazz Brunch show at CHELSEA LOBSTER CO. (156 Seventh Avenue, NYC - 212-243-5732) starting around 2:00 pm this Sunday, January 23rd, vocalist Phyllis Pastore is performing! (The Lounge-O-Leers are here every Tuesday night starting around 10:00 pm.)

Be sure to head down to the news stand on Wednesday night, January 26th, after 11 pm to pick up your own personal copy of the new issue of BACK STAGE magazine - the BISTRO AWARD winners will be announced. If you can't get a copy in your town, tune in to my website after midnight - Editor-in-Chief Sheri Eaker has given me permission to post the winners on CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE -

Advance notice: and CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE will be at this year's BACK STAGE Bistro Awards at the SUPPER CLUB (240 West 47th Street, NYC - 212-921-1940) on Monday night, February 28th (starts around 6:30 pm), and not just to report on the proceedings! More details will follow after Wednesday night. Tickets for this event will go on sale soon - the past winners and current winners get first chance to purchase tickets, with the rest available to the public. This is the finest cabaret awards event in town - because the winners actually are asked to perform a sample from their act at the ceremony!

Don't forget: Monday, February 7th - 7:30 pm at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-799-4599), The GENESIUS GUILD presents "Y2K Valentine's Cabaret" featuring: Mark Bradley Miller, Gina Lamparella, Holly Ann Kling, Kristopher McDowell and 14 Yr. Old Newcomer Sensation Rory Kress-Weisbord. This is a SPECIAL FUND RAISER EVENING including some of the best Broadway and Cabaret Stars currently scheduled to attend/perform: Paige Price, Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner, Mark Nadler, Stephanie Pope, Georga Osborne, Richard Skipper, Julie Wilson, Alix Korey, Alison Fraser & many others! Michael Lavine will be the Musical Director. $20.00 donation at the Door - Food & Beverage Available (No Minimums).

Here's a note for gay recording artists: GLAMA is the first and only national music awards program to honor the work of out gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender recording artists. Through its activities, GLAMA works to bring the music of such artists to a wider acceptance thereby encouraging other artists to more freely express themselves through their music.

The 4th Annual Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards will take place on Monday, April 24th at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Nominees will be announced mid-March in Los Angeles. The ceremony will again be broadcast live via the Internet by, a leader in bringing live gay content to the web.

GLAMA has made the call for submissions for the Music Awards and that the deadline is approaching fast. They've added several new categories this year that reflect the growing number of out musicians in the industry. In an effort to streamline the process, the submission form is available at (click on the word "submissions" at the bottom of the screen). All eligibility requirements and information regarding the submissions is there. Deadline for electronic submission has been extended to midnight, February 9; materials must reach GLAMA by 5:00 pm, February 11, 2000.

This issue is a little shorter than usual, and I have lots more to write - so look for another issue to follow this one soon. We have lots of banner-ad space available on the website for February, just drop me a line if you need information about promoting your show, your CD or you special cabaret-related services. Website hits are up - with the colder weather keeping many folks indoors more hours - some days we get as many as 2,500 hits! Your banner ad can appear, at random, on the more than 600 pages currently loaded on the site!

And that is just about the way it was.

Hugs & Stuff,


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