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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #010204
Friday, February 16, 2001

Since 1990 Your First, Best, and Only Source of Cabaret News

It it's anything to do with cabaret, you'll probably read it here first!


It has been a while since the last issue of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE and I have started getting emails from folks who think there is something wrong. Not to worry. I have just been very busy restructuring the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website (http://www.svhamstra.com/). I urge you all to take a look - and send me your comments, advice, etc. If you find a broken link, please let me know at once.

I have also been busy adding banner ads to the site, and I hope you all will click on a banner or two each time you visit, just to let my advertisers know that their ads are seen and appreciated. Banners are available, and are displayed randomly on nearly all 700+ pages of the website, and if you want information about advertising, just send a note to banners@svhamstra.com with the single word "Banner" in the subject line. My computer will automatically send you all the information.

I did take my first peek at the website logs on Wednesday and was really happy to find that we are now getting over 3000 visits each day - before February 4th, we were only getting about 700 visits a day. In fact, there was one day last week when there were nearly 4000 visits! Don't forget, we add new pages to the website nearly every day. And the reviewers and correspondents all over the USA and in Australian are starting to send me their own "Picks of the Week" choices, which are also posted on the opening page of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website (http://www.svhamstra.com/)!

Speaking of reviewers, Barb & Scott Siegel have graciously agreed to serve as Chief New York City Reviewers on the new site - their first CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE review is already posted. David M. Schwartz will be covering Australia, Todd Shuman is our man in Chicago, and Wendy Kupferman is our Boston reviewer, with Charles Wixson in San Francisco. Richard Edgcomb will be covering Eastern Pennsylvania, and Art Hilgart will continue to provide his jazz CD reviews. I am always looking for someone to cover the Los Angeles area, so drop me a line if you are interested. Of course I rely on all the readers of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE to send me their news and cabaret information.

We also have our own resident poet, A. Nonymous, giving a lighthearted look at cabaret in rhyme. Maryann Lopinto is back on staff, as well as a new writer, David McMann, who calls himself a "cabaret gadfly." We look forward to his first contribution soon.

I have added a "search engine" to the website, meaning you can search for pages on a particular topic. And please feel free to make use of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE Message Board - no passwords, no membership, and absolutely free!

The change back to becoming an independent publication will mean fewer email issues of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - this is pretty much a one-man operation now, and there is just so much typing that these nimble fingers can accomplish in one day, especially since I do not plan to cut back on my cabaret-going. But any really important news will be found on the opening page of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website (http://www.svhamstra.com/), so check it out each day.

I am off to Miami tomorrow morning (Saturday, February 17th) to attend the wedding of my niece, so there won't be any updates over the weekend. I had to promise my sister Ann, who's daughter is the bride, that I would not attend any cabaret shows while there. It is a family reunion type of thing - first time I will be getting together with all three of my sisters in about five or six years, and they have a complete schedule of "family things" lined up for just about every hour that I am there! I will fly back on Monday afternoon.


I actually will arrive back just in time to catch a bit of Angela LaGreca's "Monday Nite Madness" show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) on Monday the 19th at 7:00 pm. Angela's guests are Joy Behar (TV's THE VIEW), Jim Gaffigan (co-star of CBS' "Welcome to NY") and the fabulous Karen Saunders (fresh from her critically-acclaimed show at ARCI'S PLACE). Of course, Lenny Babbish will be at the piano, with the overworked Leslie Foglesong on backup vocals if she feels like it. Then I am off to a private party at CABARET@1050 (Tenth Avenue, NYC - 212-956-9456)!


The BACK STAGE Bistro Awards Gala kicks off Cabaret Month in New York City and this year will be held on Monday, March 5th at THE SUPPER CLUB (240 West 47th Street, NYC - 212-921-1940), beginning with a reception at 5:00 pm with Jerry Scott at the piano, followed by the awards presentation and show at 6:30 pm. BACK STAGE Editor-in-Chief Sherry Eaker is producing and hosting the event along with Back Stage cabaret critics John Hoglund, David Finkle, and Barbara & Scott Siegel. Comedian Jim David is guest emcee, and the show is under the direction of Thomas Mills. I'll be there with one or two special friends, and I hope to see many of my readers there as well.

The Bistro Awards Gala is the premiere cabaret awards show in NYC, and a limited number of tickets are available at $60.00. You can purchase them at the offices of BACK STAGE (770 Broadway, 6th Floor, NYC), by credit card (646-654-5740) or via their website (http://www.backstage.com/).


Lynn DiMenna is the host and producer of "Welcome to the Club," heard live on Fridays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on WRTN-FM (93.5) in the greater NYC area. The show features music and interviews with many of Broadway, jazz and cabarets' legends, hottest stars and brightest newcomers. Tonight's guest will be Carol Woods, currently appearing at ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370 - http://www.arcisplace.com/). Recent guests have included Kaye Ballard, David Allyn, Sally Mayes, Karen Oberlin, Scott Howard, Ron Ramsey and Alison Fraser. And more good news! Our own Barbara and Scott Siegel will be contributing reviews to "Welcome to the Club" on an alternating schedule with Lesley Alexander.


Speaking of Scott Siegel, he is the writer, producer and host of two very exciting shows planned for TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC) in the next few weeks. On Monday, March 19th at 8:00 pm he will present "The Broadway Musicals of 1943" with Sally Mayes, Heather Mac Rae and Jason Graae, with numbers from OKLAHOMA, SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS, ZIEGFIELD FOLLIES, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS, CARMEN JONES and other shows. Musical director is Ross Patterson. Then on Monday, April 16th, also at 8:00 pm, Scott will present "The Broadway Musicals of 1957" with Michele Pawk, Alix Korey and Eric Michael Gillett, celebrating such musicals as WEST SIDE STORY, THE MUSIC MAN, NEW GIRL IN TOWN, JAMAICA, COPPER & BRASS and SHINBONE ALLEY. For more information check out http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/. Tickets are $35 and $30 - and if you look around town you may find a flier which offers a 20% discount of order is placed before March 5th.


Speaking of TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC), The 15th ANNUAL MAC AWARDS SHOW, which sort of officially closes CABARET MONTH, will be held on Sunday, April 1st at 7:30 pm at TOWN HALL. The show will feature a special appearance by Rosemary Clooney, who will be honored with the 2001 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Rosie O'Donnell and John McDaniel will be honored with the 2001 MAC Board of Directors Award. You can read all the details at the MAC website, including program advertising at the MAC website (http://www.macnyc.com/).


Speaking of MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), there still seems to be a bit of confusion about the rules for nominations on the preliminary ballot. While everyone was told that the deadline for entering one's name for the preliminary ballot was January 19th, I hear that MAC officials and others were scurrying around, making phone calls, etc. to try to line up a few more names for some categories a week or so later! It seems that a number of folks either forgot or decided not to enter their names for a MAC AWARD this year, and MAC needed to "beef up" a few of the categories. Everyone was also told that all who entered their names would appear on the preliminary ballot, but now I hear that at least one performer was actually "screened" off the ballot! Let's hope they get their act together in time for the final ballot mailing!


You have only two more chances to catch "BUTCH IT UP 2: Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at THE DUPLEX (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) - Mondays, February 19th and 26th at 7:00 pm. The show features six men singing songs traditionally sung by women, from Petula Clark to Dionne Warwick and stars Chris Andersson, Steve Friday, Scott Gilmore, Steve Lavner, Jeff Seabaugh and Craig Skelton. Conceived by Scott Gilmore & David Leventhal and directed by David Leventhal, the show has Musical Direction by Steve Friday and Steve Lavner.


The ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in NY, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz, is currently accepting submissions of the April/May 2001 program. Deadline is March 16th. If you have a musical to submit, send a tape of four songs with lyric sheets, plus a brief description of each song as to its plot placement, plus a brief synopsis of the musical, along with your biographical information (don't forget address and phone number) to Michael A. Kerker c/o ASCAP, One Lincoln Plaza - 7th Floor, New York, NY 10023. Mark the label "Attn.: Musical Theatre Workshop."


You have only two more chances to catch "BUTCH IT UP 2: Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at THE DUPLEX (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) - Mondays, February 19th and 26th at 7:00 pm. The show features six men singing songs traditionally sung by women, from Petula Clark to Dionne Warwick and stars Chris Andersson, Steve Friday, Scott Gilmore, Steve Lavner, Jeff Seabaugh and Craig Skelton. Conceived by Scott Gilmore & David Leventhal and directed by David Leventhal, the show has Musical Direction by Steve Friday and Steve Lavner.


Barbara Good is back at the STIFEL FINE ARTS CENTER (1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV - 304-242-7700) this Saturday night, February 17th with the 5th on her 3rd series of "Wine, Women & Songs" shows for America's oldest arts organization - The Oglebay Institute. The show is called "Grammy Greats. And on March 24th she is back with "More Crooner's Tunes."


Friday, March 9th is the date of "A Cabaret Celebration II" presented by the DC Cabaret Network and Arlington Arts. The show will feature a number of DC's most accomplished cabaret performers including Terri Allen, Wendy Lane Bailey, Doug Bowles, Bev Cosham, Russel Fox, and Tim Tourbin. They will be joined by special guest host, MAC award winning performer Richard Skipper as Carol Channing. DC favorite George Fulginiti-Shakar provides musical direction. The show begins at 8:00 PM at the SPECTRUM THEATRE (1601 Kent Street, Rosslyn, VA). Tickets are $15.00 and may be obtained by calling 703-218-6500 or by visiting http://www.tickets.com/. I was at "A Cabaret Celebration I" last November, and hope to get to DC for this one as well.

Meantime, one of the folks I saw at the November celebration, Mark Brooker, will be appearing at TWINS LOUNGE (5516 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-882-2523) on February 23rd and 24th. Mark is in the process of celebrating his new CD called "Influences," and will be performing songs from the CD during his sets at 9:30 & 11:30 pm.


David Sabella was scheduled to appear at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410 - http://www.judyschelsea.com/) this coming Sunday, March 24th at 8:30 pm, with a series of shows to follow. Now it looks like this week's show will be the only one - he got a call from the Los Angeles Opera, where they are performing "Giulio Cesare" with David Daniels in the lead. It seems that his understudy dropped out and David may have to fly out to cover the role! We will give an update as soon as we can.


THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244 - http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com/) saga seems to go on and on. There has been a notable lack of communication, and absence of press information, and even no updated schedule from this club for some time. Meantime, several acts originally booked for the venue were cancelled, some performers had their dates cut back, and at least one was told that their shows would be cancelled if there were not at least 25 reservations. TIME OUT NY and the NY TIMES both listed the wrong information last week for this week's shows. Fortunately, I live a few doors down the street and can check the window display of upcoming acts - but as of Tuesday, this also was hopelessly out of date!

By the way, today's (Friday, February 16th) NY POST contains no Jazz, Comedy or Cabaret listings at all! Last Friday's listings were also lacking these listings, but I assumed that all the extra Valentine's day ads forced the POST to cut back the listings. Folks in the NYC area might just want to drop the listings editor at THE POST a note: Calendar Section, NY POST, 1211 Sixth Avenue, NY, NY 10036.


Save the date: Lina Koutrakos and her band return to BOTTOM LINE (15 West 4th Street, NYC - 212-228-6300) on Thursday, March 1st - details to follow!


The very delightful Ida Zecco (with Jim Rice at piano) will be performing on Friday, February 23rd at THE SUPPER CLUB at STEFANO'S (Worcester, MA - 508-752-6660) at 9:00 pm. This is the club that Boston-area cabaret performer Valerie Sneade brought into being - and sells out nearly every show! You had better get your reservation early for this one. The $20 cover includes dessert and coffee, priority seating given to people having dinner.


Judy Stadt will be performing at the HO-HO-KUS INN (One Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ - 201-445-4115) on Sundays, February 25th and March 11th & 25th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. I used to live in that area, and they have great Italian food - and even dancing. Check it out.


I am going to see DC Anderson tonight at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) - he has been performing every Friday at 11:00 pm this month, and also introducing his new CD. For folks who can't stay out that late, DC has added a performance at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 25th at THE HIGH SPIRITS ROOM at St. Famous Bakery (369 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-245-6695), just down the street from MAMA'S.


DOWNSTAIRS CABARET THEATRE (20 Windsor Street, Rochester, NY - 716-325-4370 - http://www.downstairscabaret.com/) is currently presenting I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE on stage and this now they will be opening a new, second space (approximately 60 seats) where they will feature their Improv Company, as well as cabaret acts and less commercial, issue-oriented dramas and new works. Anne Marie Sanders is looking for cabaret acts and small shows to play in the room. Just email her at ams@downstairscabaret.com for information.


Stan Martin will soon be back on the radio, with a new live show from ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370) called "STAN MARTIN ON BROADWAY." It starts on March 2nd and will air at 3:00 pm on Fridays on WRTN-FM (93.5) in Westchester. The first show will feature Ann Hampton Callaway and Deborah Bean (Deborah is currently appearing at ARCI'S PLACE on Mondays at 8:00 pm.


Tommy Femia's guest tomorrow night at 11:00 pm (Saturday, February 17th) at his JUDY GARLAND LIVE show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) is Eric Millegan from Broadway's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. You had better reserve early - the last few Saturday nights Tommy's show has sold out. Scott Coulter is Tommy's guest on the 24th.


Well gang, I have to quit now - and there is so much more news to tell! But if I don't get this newsletter off right away, I won't have time to do my laundry and pack my suitcase for the Miami trip tomorrow.

Meantime, check out the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website (http://www.svhamstra.com/) and send in those suggestions and ideas. The website and these email newsletters are currently totally supported by the banner ads on the website - CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE is now an independent entity, and is no longer connected or supported by any organization.

Thanks to all who sent in words of encouragement, and requested information on placing banner ads. I would never be able to answer all the messages personally, but I am grateful. I am now looking at a few more ideas to raise funds so that I can continue to cover the cabaret scene - not just here in NYC, but all over. I have even been looking into the possibility of selling cabaret CDs on my website. More on this soon.

Meantime, don't tell my sister, but I am taking my trusty Apple Newton Emate 300 along, just in case some writing ideas enter my brain while on the airplane or at the hotel. You can take me away from cabaret - but you can't take cabaret away from me!

And that is just about the way it was.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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