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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #010203
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2001

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Well, things are settling down a bit after the explosive events of last week! A big thank you to all who sent in notes of encouragement. I tried to answer as many e-mails as I could personally, but the onslaught of messages was just a bit overpowering. I have been working every day on reviving the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (http://www.svhamstra.com) website and I invite all of you to take a look - and let me know what you think of some of the new designs. I have also reopened the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE BULLETIN BOARD - no membership, no passwords necessary. You can post your message for free!

I also realized that my "links" pages are terribly out of date, so I am going to rebuild them completely from "scratch." If you want to have your website included in the new links pages on my site, you must send me an e-mail with the full URL of your site - as well as your name and home town. I also require that you have a link on your website that leads back to CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (http://www.svhamstra.com) and will be checking each link to make sure. Remember, if you currently have a link on my website - even if it is correct - I need to hear from you now in order to include your link on the new pages.

I am also starting to get some inquiries about BANNER ADS on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (http://www.svhamstra.com) website and you can receive full information by sending me an e-mail with the single word "BANNER" in the subject line. My e-mail program will automatically send you all the details including costs, sizes, format, etc. Remember, your BANNER ADS are needed if CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (http://www.svhamstra.com) is to continue to provide you the latest, up-to-the-minute news on cabaret - all over the world.

Meantime, I have contacted all the writers who were contributing to the Cabaret.Org (http://www.cabaret.org/) website, and several will be sending news, reviews and columns to the updated CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (http://www.svhamstra.com) site. It will take a bit of time, and your suggestions and ideas for the new site are most appreciated.


SPECIAL REMINDER - to folks in the Los Angeles area: One of NYC's brightest rising stars, singer/songwriter Bobby Belfry, will be doing one show only at THE CINEGRILL at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-7000) on Monday night, February 12th at 8:00 pm. The show is directed by James Luzar and, at the piano, musical director, Michael Orland, along with a terrific rhythm section. Bobby will be performing several cuts off his CD "Imperfect Rhymes," sone familiar classics, and some new songs from his forthcoming CD.


SPECIAL REMINDER - to folks in the Boston area: Valerie Sneade reports that Carol O'Shaughnessy's show at THE SUPPER CLUB at STEFANO'S (Worcester, MA - 508-752-6660) on February 10th show is nearly sold out. So, if you were planning on attending, please call and order your tickets today. Tickets are $20 and include dessert. Dinner is available prior to shows as well. There is a great article about Carol O'Shaughnessy in THE WORCESTER MAGAZINE which is published weekly.


With the departure of Erv Raible as booking manager at THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244 - http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com/), there have been several changes made in their schedule. Natalie Douglas has been asked to return with her "Bewitched" show, which will reopen on Thursday, February 15th at 9:00 pm and will continue for the next two Thursdays, the 22nd and March 1st at 9:00 pm. She will be accompanied once more by 2001 Bistro Award winning Musical Director Mark Hartman. "Bewitched" is a collection of new audience favorites as well as Natalie's signature tunes, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "Satan's Li'l Lamb."


Folks who attended the MAC/ASCAP Songwriters' Showcase at THE LIGHTHOUSE (111 East 59th Street, NYC) on Tuesday night, the 6th, were disappointed to discover that there were no programs available listing the songs, songwriters and performers. There was a mix-up in dates and the programs were not delivered in time for distribution at the show. Jamie deRoy, who hosted the show, just e-mailed me that the programs are available in the flier rack at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/). Also, Jamie will be televising the event (which included performances of all the songs listed on the preliminary MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Award Ballot) in two segments of her "Jamie deRoy & friends" cable TV show, with the first to air next Tuesday, February 13th at 8:00 pm on Channel 67 (MNN) and 107 (RNN) here in NYC.


If you haven't been downtown to catch Carol Woods highly acclaimed show, currently in a four-week run at ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370 - http://www.arcisplace.com/), what are you waiting for? I saw it last week, and certainly want to see it again - it is one of the finest cabaret shows presented in NYC in a long time. The show is written and directed by Jack Wrangler, with James Sampliner as musical director. This gal simply delightful! When this run is finished, Carol opens on Broadway in the ROUNDABOUT THEATRE'S revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies."


The next edition of "Cabaret Central, starring Laura Roth" will be on Wednesday, February 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 pm (EST). The show is broadcast on the web at http://www.wamc.org/ and the following FM stations in New York State: 90.3 Albany, 90.9 Kingston, 91.7 Middletown, 91.9 Plattsburgh, 93.3 Canajoharie, 103.9 Ticonderoga, 93.1 Troy, 88.9 Oneonta, 107.7 Newburgh, and 105.1 Great Barrington Mass. It will be the Valentine's month edition, featuring unconventional love songs, with ten talented vocal and instrumental performers working live. Both familiar and unfamiliar will be heard, with more than a hint of comedy, which is a part of every love story.

Laura's next show, coming up on March 21st, will feature performances by talent who contacted her as a result of the write-up on the show in CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE! Laura can be contacted at Talent@together.net


SPECIAL REMINDER - to folks in the Chicago area: DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/) and past Chicago area Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Symposium fellows are presenting "Blue Gene's Night" to benefit the Cabaret Symposium. The show is at 10:30 pm on Saturday, February 10th. Performers are all past symposium attendees: Tracy Adams, Anne Pringle & Mark Burnell, Joan Curto, Colleen McHugh, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Patty Morabito, Suzanne Petri, Stephen Rader, Rus Rainear, Johnny Rodgers, Morgan Sturges, and MaryMonica Thomas.


SPECIAL REMINDER - to folks in the NYC area: 2001 BACK STAGE Bistro Award Winner Julie Reyburn is presenting her fantastic in "Fate is Kind" show at DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM (342 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-265-8133 - http://www.dannysgrandseapalace.com/) for two time only, Thursday, February 22nd and Wednesday, February 28th - both shows at 7:00 pm. The show features Mark Janas as musical director. This is the debut show that received all the rave reviews when it played an extended run at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410 - http://www.judyschelsea.com/) last year.


SPECIAL REMINDER - to folks in the Atlanta, GA area: NY recording artists Kevin Scott Hall and Clare Cooper bring their pop sounds to Atlanta for the first time. They will be appearing at THE RED LIGHT CAFE (533 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC - 404-874-2720) on Sunday, February 18th at 7:00 pm. Hall and Cooper have been working together for several years at UPSTAIRS AT ROSE'S TURN (55 Grove Street, NYC - 212-366-5438).


Singing sensation Eric Pickering will be the special guest on this week's JUDY GARLAND LIVE show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/). Eric will be having his NYC Cabaret Debut in his own show, "From Every Side," directed by Lennie Watts and featuring musical direction by David Maiocco this month, also at DON'T TELL MAMA. He will be performing on Tuesdays, February 14th, 20th & 27th, and Friday, February 16th - all shows at 9:00 pm. An additional show on March 5th is at 7:00 pm.


Cabaret's leading lady, Miss Julie Wilson, will be performing, with Mark Hummel on piano, on Valentine's Day, February 14th at W - Union Square (201 Park Avenue South, NYC) in a benefit performance of the Gay Men's Health Crisis. The $200 per couple ticket includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and show. For information and reservations, call the GMHC at 212-367-1531.


Speaking of Valentine's Day, Brad Conners & Benjamin Sears will be continuing the tradition of Valentine's Day Cabaret at UPSTAIRS AT THE PUDDING (10 Holyoke Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA - 617-864-1933) on Sunday February 11th & Monday February 12th - dinner at 6:30 and show at 8:00 pm. The restaurant is moving this summer and this will be the last cabaret act in the charming venue of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club building.


Speaking of Valentine's Day, Jack Donahue will host a special Valentine's show at CABARET@1050 (Tenth Avenue, NYC - 212-956-9456) at 9:00 pm called "Jack Donahue & Friends" featuring Diane D'Angelo D.C. Anderson, Jeff Macauley, Pat Gorman, Joanna Parson, and others. Jack just finished a run at THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244 - http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com/) and also just won a 2000 BACK STAGE Bistro Award! And his new CD "Lighthouse" is one of my favorites.


You have just one last chance to catch award-winning singer Annie Hughes' show at THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244 - http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com/). Annie will perform her popular show, "Short Stories" this Saturday, February 10th at 9:00 pm. The show includes an eclectic mix of songs from off-Broadway shows and contemporary composers, as well as a few of Annie's favorite standards. At the piano will be Daryl Kojak, with John Loehrke on bass and Elliot Peper on percussion.


Mary Stout is one of the stars of Broadway's hit show JANE EYRE appearing tonight, Thursday February 8th at 6:00 pm on Seth Rudetsky's "Broadway Chatterbox" show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). Also appearing will be co-stars James Barbour and Marla Schaffel. Mary will show two amusing video clips of her performing with Eddie Murphy -- one from "Saturday Night Live" and one from the film "Holy Man." Proceeds go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS.

Then, on Sunday, February 11th, Miss Stout will join Heather MacRae, Bryan Batt and Janet Metz in the opening musical number at "THE BROADWAY BARES IV," the grand auction of one-of-a-kind theatrically costumed teddy bears. Richard Simmons will host the event at THE HUDSON THEATRE (145 West 44th Street, NYC) For ticket information call 212-840-0770 or http://www.broadwaycares.org/.


Sandy Jordan sings, Michael Edelstein is at the piano and a psychic simply named Hollis will perform "All About Love" on Thursday, February 15th from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm at LETIZIA AMORE (1374 First Avenue, NYC - 212-517-2244).


Over in Cambridge, MA, Dave Hardy has been presenting "Cabaret Corner" for three years on his long running "Second Stage" show heard every Friday night from 8:30 to 10:30 PM on MIT's WMBR-FM (88.1-FM). Now he has been given permission to get a real piano for live performances. If you know where he might obtain one in good working order for not a lot of money, contact him at toonces@mit.edu. Since floor space in the studio is limited, a spinet is preferred. Dave hopes to celebrate Cabaret Month in March with actual live performances on the show.


"Here and Now" featuring the songs of Lincoln Mayorga & Melissa Greene, John Bucchino, Karen Benedetto and others, will be performed by Christine Kelley Karel and Charles Karel in two shows at DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM (342 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-265-8133 - http://www.dannysgrandseapalace.com/) on Tuesday, February 27th and Friday, March 2nd - both shows at 9:15 pm. I met this delightfully talented couple at the EUGENE O'NEILL CABARET SYMPOSIUM last year and can't wait si see their new show.


When I was in Washington DC in November for the "Cabaret Cavalcade" I was really impressed by all eight performers in that show. Now two of them are coming to NYC to perform shows in February and March. Both shows are at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/). In a sort of "DC Double-Header" George Wall will be appearing on Sunday, February 25th at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 11th at 5:00 pm. Meantime, Wendy Lane Bailey will be performing on those same dates, but at 7:00 pm on the 25th, 9:00 on the 6th and 7:00 on the 11th. Both shows are directed by Sally Mayes, with musical direction by Tex Arnold, with Julie Halston as creative consultant.


This Sunday, January 28th, on WBAI-FM, David Kenney EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN will offer a four hour retrospective of past broadcasts as he presents his "Winter Fund Raiser" to support the program. If you choose to become a supporting member of WBAI, you will receive a commemorative CD called "The Best of Everything Old Is New Again." The show can be heard here in NYC every Sunday from 9:00 until 11:00 pm over WBAI-FM (99.5) and also on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/. You can send your suggestions and song requests to: davidkenney@oldisnew.org.


Christopher Howatt, who leads the vocal group "Eastern Standard Time" is now the full time Marketing and Press Associate for the GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE (9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ - 732-246-7717 - www.georgestplayhouse.org/). Cabaret is taking off at the theater now and they are always looking for performers for other upcoming shows. You can contact him at CandC1@aol.com


The very lovely Karen Oberlin continues at DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM (342 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-265-8133 - http://www.dannysgrandseapalace.com/), with shows on Fridays, February 9th & 16th at 9:15 pm. Wes McAfee is the musical director with Sean Smith will appear on bass. Director is Scott Barnes will direct. I saw Karen's show last year at THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM and it was as delightful as her new CD, "My Standards."


Bob Stewart's Jazz Cabaret Series resumes at THE NEW ROCHELLE PUBLIC LIBRARY THEATER (Lawton Street, New Rochelle, NY - 914-632-7878 ext. 33) on Friday, February 23rd at 8:00 pm. Bob will be presenting Miss Cristina Fontanelli, who has performed in the series previously, will be returning with a program of Italian, cabaret and operatic favorites. Future bookings are: March 9th - Adam Makowicz & Trio; March 30th - Bob Stewart & the Bob Thoesen Swing Band; April 27th - Marlene VerPlanck and trio; June 1st - Lisa Passaro, Bob Stewart & The Aaron Sachs Quintet; June 15th - The Smith Street Society Jazz Band featuring Lynne DiMenna; June 29th - Claiborne Cary, Giacomo Gates and the Ted Firth Trio.


Sarah Dacey Charles is performing at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) with her new show "Wrong! Songs My Mother Wouldn't Approve Of!" on Sundays, February 11th (3:00 pm), 18th (7:00 pm) and March 25th (3:00 pm) as well as Fridays, March 2nd & 9th at 6:00 pm. Currently appearing in LES MISERABLES on Broadway, Ms. Charles began her cabaret career on the West Coast, with shows at THE ROSE TATOO, THE GARDENIA and THE PLUSH ROOM. The show is directed by Marc Sabin, with Carl Danielsen at the piano.


Making his JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410) debut is the sensational George Pellegrino. His show is called "More." I saw this show on opening night last week, and found this talented young man as exciting as ever. His vocals are delectable! You can catch him at JUDY'S on Fridays, the 9th, 16th and 23rd at and Saturdays, the 10th, 17th and 24th - all shows at 11:00 pm. Also at the Sunday brunch show at 3:00 pm on the 18th. The show is directed by Nicole Halmos, with musical direction by Jess Jurkovic.


Parker Scott's CD, "Company Of Strangers" is here, just in time for his return to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) on Friday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. Additional shows are scheduled for Sunday, February 18th (5:30 pm), Friday the 23rd (7:00 pm) and two Saturdays in March - the 10th and 24th, at 6:00 pm.


Now, please, check out the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (http://www.svhamstra.com) website and let me have your link address.

And that is just about the way it was.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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