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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!
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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/).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/).
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.
TO SEE, DEPT.
This is you
last chance to catch several shows currently running:
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
It's a really exciting show, and I urge you to catch this young man's
show before it closes.
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,
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
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!"
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.
Dave Frishberg is at THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street,
NYC - 212-840-6800) through March 10th - call for Showtimes.
Nell Carter is at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue,
NYC - 212-339-4095) through March 3rd.
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.
continues at THE PLUSH ROOM at the York Hotel (940 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA - 415-885-2800) through April 1st.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
& 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).
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
& 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
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.
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
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
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,
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