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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #010205
Thursday, February 22, 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!


Well, I'm back from Miami - and what a glorious time I had! The temperature in Miami was 87 degrees when I arrived on Saturday afternoon - it was 27 degrees here in NYC when I left, with a "wind chill" measurement of about 5 degrees, because of heavy winds. The winds gave us all a very bumpy ride on the plane for the first hour or so, but by the time we got to Atlanta to switch planes, it was smooth sailing. The wedding of my niece was outdoors, and I had a blast. I got a chance to see my three sisters and members of their families, too.

The return trip, however, was not so much fun - the plane was delayed in Miami for over two hours awaiting arrival of the aircraft from Atlanta, and so I missed my connection in Atlanta, and had to wait another two hours there - with an additional delay of about 40 minutes on the runway waiting to take off! I finally arrived at Newark at 7:30 pm - and got back into the city well after 8:30 - missing Angela LaGreca's "Monday Nite Madness" show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) , as well as the private birthday party at CABARET@1050 (Tenth Avenue, NYC - 212-956-9456)!

I am hoping to go to Boston on Monday, the 26th for a special "Cabaret Month" preview show at LYRIC STAGE (140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA - 617-437-7172) at 7:00 pm - and I plan to take AMTRAK - as usual. It is a media showcase, and the press is invited free - and you know that I hate to miss those "free" events. It is sponsored by BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists).

One of my resolutions, now that CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE is independent, is to try to continue to attend as many cabaret events around the country as I can - as before. But to do so, I need your support - especially your advertising on my website at http://www.svhamstra.com/. The initial response has been fantastic, and I urge you to visit my website often - I just added a bunch of new pages and refurbished a bunch more - there are more than 700 pages of information to be found there - including all the past issues of the email CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE issues for 1999, 2000 and 2001. And there is a search setup that will let you find every mention of any particular name or word on the site! Banner Ads appear - at random - on nearly all the pages. If you want information about advertising, just send me an email at banners@svhamstra.com with the single word "Banner" in the subject line. My computer will automatically send you all the information.

The site keeps growing, and the reviewers and correspondents all over the USA and in Australian are starting to send me reviews, stories, and their own "Picks of the Week" choices, which are also posted on the opening page of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website (http://www.svhamstra.com/)!

I am really happy to see so many folks taking advantage of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE "no password - no membership" message board, where anyone can post information about their show, their CD - and even their opinions - absolutely free.

And a large number of people have already sent me their link information, too. 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 once had a link on my website, I am completely rebuilding the pages, so I need to hear from you now in order to include your link on the website.

One last item - if you have been observant, you have probably noticed a change of address on all my emails and on the website. Please make note of the change. All items should now be sent to me at 676A Ninth Avenue #120, New York, NY 10036. There is always someone there during the day to accept FedEx and UPS articles, as well as Express Mail and large packages - saving me weekly hikes to the various offices around town to retrieve things that could not be delivered. It is just around the corner from my apartment.


IMPORTANT NOTE TO NEW YORKERS: Our spies tell us that the Cabaret, Jazz and Comedy Listings will no longer be a regular feature of the Friday NY POST, and I urge you all to send a note of your feelings on this, via email to letters@nypost.com - be sure to include your name, address and daytime telephone number - they do not publish unverifiable letters. Performers and venues depend on these listings to promote their shows. Be sure to express your own personal feelings on this - and try not to show too much anger. The goal is to get these listings returned on a weekly basis. Your letter will help.


CABARET ON THE RADIO

NEW YORK CITY - This Sunday, February 25th from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on WBAI-FM (99.5)'s EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, host David Kenney will feature the music of Count Basie & His Orchestra with vocal performances by Jimmy Rushing and Helen Humes. Some of the songs are "Somebody Stole My Gal" with a scat vocal by Count Basie, "Don't Worry 'bout Me" (Rube Bloom and Ted Koehler), Cole Porter's "April In Paris" and, of course, "One O'clock Jump," the band's theme song. Dave will also play four renditions of Lieber & Stoller's "Some Cats Know," with performances by Peggy Lee, Liza Minnelli, Connie Bryson and a most recent recording by Paula West. The show can be heard on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/. You can send your suggestions and song requests to: davidkenney@oldisnew.org.

By the way, on Sunday, March 4th, as a kick-off to "Cabaret Month," Dave's show will feature a Cabaret Press Panel discussion Scott Siegel of BACK STAGE and www.theatermania.com, Wayman Wong of the NY DAILY NEWS, and your's truly from Cabaret Hotline Online.

CHICAGO - This Saturday, February 23rd, "Words & Music," hosted by Spider Saloff and broadcast on Saturdays at 7:00 pm on WFMT-FM (98.7) in the Chicago area, as well as radio stations around the world and on the internet at http://www.wfmt.com/, will feature the songs of Harry Warren, who wrote such famous songs as "42nd Street," "I Only Have Eyes For You," and "September In The Rain." The annual WFMT-FM fundraiser will be in action during the program and Spider will be on the air live during the broadcast.


Speaking of Spider Saloff, she will be performing in a character comedy piece, with some music, that is being presented in workshop for possible theater debut later this year. The show also features Jeremy Kahn at the piano and is directed by NY stage veteran, Greg Fellows and will run at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/) on Fridays, March 2nd, 16th and 23rd at 8:00 pm.


A big congratulations to Pam Munter who just got back home to Portland, OR, after accepting two Angel Awards from "Excellence in Media" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood! One was for "Best CD," and the other was for "Best Stage Show." Both are the same title, "Sentimental Journey: Celebrating Doris Day." The judges apparently saw the show at THE CINEGRILL at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-7000) when Pam performed there last August. The awards were presented in the same room that hosted the very first Academy Awards, which added to the thrill. Pam will be headed to NYC in April for a month-long run of the show at DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM (342 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-265-8133 - http://www.dannysgrandseapalace.com/).


Jonathan Segal will be performing this Saturday, February 24th starting around 10:15 pm at SAM'S DREAM STREET CABARET (263 West 45th Street, NYC - 212-719-5416). He'll be singing a little of everything, with the emphasis on jazzy standards. It's also open mike, and a lot of Broadway performers are usually on hand to join in.


Following Dave Gallagher's successful sold-out show "I'll Take Romance," GENTRY ON STATE (440 North State Street, Chicago, IL - 312-836-0933) has just added two additional performances, on Monday February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th - both shows at 9:00 pm. The show includes the romantic music of Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Jane Olivor and Jim Brickman. Mark Burnell is musical director.


David Sabella asked me to let everyone know that he will not be doing that last-minute gig with the LA OPERA, but will be doing his shows at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410 - http://www.judyschelsea.com/) as originally scheduled, Sundays at 8:30 pm on February 25th, March 4th, 11th and 18th. Last Sunday's opening show was completely sold out, so reserve early. Mark Hartman is musical director.


Speaking of Mark Hartman, he was one of the winners of the 2001 BACK STAGE Bistro Awards, and tickets are selling fast for the Bistro Awards Gala at THE SUPPER CLUB (240 West 47th Street, NYC) on Monday, March 5th. The Awards Gala kicks off "Cabaret Month" in New York City. It begins 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 very 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/).


The Annual MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards show always comes at the close of "Cabaret Month," and will be held this year on Sunday, April 1st at 7:30 pm at TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC). 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/). By the way, the final deadline for ads in the MAC Awards Program has been extended to March 1st.


LAST CHANCE TO SEE, DEPT.

This is you last chance to catch several shows currently running:

George Pellegrino is appearing on Friday & Saturday, February 23rd & 24th at 11:00 pm to close his run at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-929-5410 - http://www.judyschelsea.com/). It's a really exciting show, and I urge you to catch this young man's show before it closes.

Lumiri Tubo is appearing on Saturday, February 24th at 9:00 pm at THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244 - http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com/) in the final show of her appearance there. This gal is a delight - I plan to catch her show this week, and you should try to make it, too.

By the way, in a "stealth" appearance, hardly announced anywhere, Natalie Douglas is at THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244 - http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com/) tonight, Thursday, February 22nd at next Thursday, March 1st, both shows at 9:00 pm. This is a reprise of her highly acclaimed "Bewitched" show - which I have already seen twice! Check it out - the gal is incomparable - or as TIME OUT NY says "phenomenal!"

Meantime, Carol Woods closes out her current run at ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370 - http://www.arcisplace.com/) with shows tonight, the 22nd at 9:00 pm, and Friday & Saturday, the 23rd & 24th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. If you have not yet seen this show, you should be ashamed of yourself. It is true cabaret at its very, very best! Ms. Woods is absolutely the best!

Also at ARCI'S, Deborah Bean closes her Monday night run at this elegant supper club on the 26th at 8:00 pm. Steven Lutvak has one show left as well here, on Sunday, the 25th at 8:00 pm, but there is a rumor going around that he may be extended - stay tuned.


MAJOR ENGAGEMENTS, dept.

Songwriter Dave Frishberg is at THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-840-6800) through March 10th - call for Showtimes.

The delicious Nell Carter is at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) through March 3rd.

Buddy Greco opens a month-long run at ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370) on Tuesday, the 27th of February through March 24th.

Paula West continues at THE PLUSH ROOM at the York Hotel (940 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-885-2800) through April 1st.

Craig Rubano returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) with "FINISHING THE ACT AGAIN: Act One Finales from Broadway" Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm - opens March 8th through March 24th.

Baby Jane Dexter returns to THE FIREBIRD CAFE (363 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-586-0244) on Friday, March 9th - with shows on Fridays at 9:00 pm and Saturdays at 9:00 & 11:00 pm through March 24th - with Ross Patterson at the piano.

Varla Jean Merman is back in NYC and will be appearing for three nights at JOE'S PUB (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - Tele-Charge: 212-239-6200 - Box Office: 212-539-8778 - http://www.joespub.com/) on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Thursday through Saturday) at 8:30 pm. The show is called "The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman" and is a multi-media experience. I saw a preview of this show at THE FIREBIRD a few weeks ago - and was seated at the only table in the place that did not have a view of the video screen! You'll find me at this show - maybe all three nights!

"The Season," the critically acclaimed, award winning cabaret series is returning for a limited run at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) for two performances only beginning Friday, March 2, 2001 at 10:30 pm. A tribute to the golden era of Broadway, each episode of "The Season" takes a look back, through song and anecdote, at a different season in Broadway history. Performing in repertory with "The Season" will be "That Broadway Frolics Show," a "Mickey and Judy" take on the Broadway musicals of the 1940s. Originally scheduled to open at MICHAEL'S PUB at the Renaissance Hotel (Seventh Avenue between 47th & 48th Streets, NYC - 212-758-2272) "Broadway Frolics" was one of last years most talked about cabaret shows. "The Season" and "That Broadway Frolics Show" will both feature Brady Schwind, Kate Jetmore, and Brian Hurley.


"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.


BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) has another "Open Mike" event scheduled for this coming Friday, February 23rd at the CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR ADULT EDUCATION (56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-547-6789 - Ext. 1). Sign up is at 7:30 pm and the singing will begin at 8:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 for BACA members, and $7.00 for non-members (those who become members on the spot can get the reduced fee). Brian Patton will be pianist for the evening. Please bring a memorized song and sheet music.


Scott Barbarino & the Bev-Naps (Ruth-Anne Bender, Michael Litchfield & Bill Morgan) along with Musical Director Mark Hartman will appear one night only, Monday, February 26th at 8:00 pm at FEZ ABOVE TIME CAFE (2330 Broadway @ 85th Street, NYC - 212-579-5100).


Washington DC area auditions for the EUGENE O'NEILL THEATRE CENTER'S CABARET SYMPOSIUM have been scheduled for March 20th at THE BIRCHMERE (3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA - 703-573-7328). Auditions will be seen by appointment only. The symposium is a one of kind intensive training program for cabaret artists. Those selected for participation in the symposium are expected to have significant professional experience. Those who wish to audition for the CABARET SYMPOSIUM on the 20th in Washington DC should call Ellie Ellsworth at 1-800-8-BISTRO for appointment. (Auditions in Los Angeles are set for March 30-31 and in San Francisco for March 28-29 - call Ellie for details and appointment.)

In order to help local performers prepare for the O'Neill auditions, the DCCN (DC Cabaret Network) will sponsor a Master Class on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 am. The fee for the class will be $30.00 for Network members and $40.00 for nonmembers. For further information call the Network at 703-960-3098.


Julie Corbett Leon's cabaret show "Strong Woman Number" has just one more performance scheduled at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) on Monday, February 26th at 7:00 pm. He band includes Rick Leon, Lou Tucci and Dave Barkow, and the show is directed by Lennie Watts. I saw this show a few weeks ago when it opened - it is a bit of country, a bit of rock and a lot of fun! Go see it!


Tommy Femia's guest on this Saturday night's "JUDY LIVE!" show at 11:00 pm is the award-winning Scott Coulter. Tommy is at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) nearly every Saturday at 11:00 pm, with special guests and the best Judy Garland impersonation in town - and probably the world!


Folks in the Los Angeles area are in for a special treat this weekend, when Michael Feinstein appears with Barbara Cook at THE CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, CA - 800-300-4345) on Friday & Saturday, February 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm.

Meantime, Bonnie Franklin is at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on the 23rd & 24th at 9:00 pm. And Sharon McNight is at THE CINEGRILL at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-7000) on Saturday, the 24th at 10:30 pm, with Karen Morrow presenting a benefit in the same room on the 24th at 8:00 pm.


"Jamie deRoy & friends" returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) for two Saturdays in March, the 3rd & 10th, at 8:30 pm, with Rod Hausen, Musical Director and Barry Kleinbort, Director. On Saturday March 3rd guests are Mark Coffin, Jenifer Kruskamp, Sidney Myer, Paige Price, Gregg Rodeheffer and Sal Viviano. Guests on Saturday March 10th are Mario Cantone, Kim Cea, Colette Hawley, Craig Rubano, Karen Saunders and Marcus Simeone.


A few issues back I advised everyone to set aside Sunday, February 25th to catch performances at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) by two Washington DC performers - George Wall and Wendy Lane Bailey. Well, Mr. Wolf had to cancel his appearance, but I still urge you to catch Wendy Lane Bailey at 7:00 pm on the 25th, 9:00 pm on the March 6th and 7:00 on the 11th of March. Wendy's show is directed by Sally Mayes, with musical direction by Tex Arnold, with Julie Halston as creative consultant.


Goldie Dver, who made her cabaret debut last season with her unique interactive cabaret, "Goldie's Broadway Diner," opens tonight, Thursday, February 22 at 10:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmama.com/) with her new show "After Today...". She continues her run every Thursday in March at 8:00 pm, with a special press opening on Sunday, February 25 at 8:00 pm. Goldie's show will explore the dreams we all have for our lives, for love, for career, and for self-realization, through an eclectic mix of standards and original, contemporary songs by such composers as Sondheim, Brian Lasser, Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn. The show is directed by BACK STAGE Bistro Award winner and multi-MAC Award nominated artist James Beaman, with Musical Direction by David Lewis.


Wow! What a long issue this has become - and I still have about a dozen items to write about. I don't know if I will have time this weekend to send out another issue - and don't forget, fast-breaking stories can be found nearly every day on the website at http://www.svhamstra.com/. Please keep sending in your items and I will try to either post them on the web or include them in a future issue - or both!

And that is just about the way it was.

Hugs & Stuff,

STU


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