Jim Brochu Joins Ben Mankiewicz on TCM
By: Sandi Durell
February 16, 2021: One of the theater’s most beloved actors will be a guest host on Turner Classic Movies. Jim Brochu, writer, director and playwright, has won numerous awards including a Drama Desk Award for outstanding solo performance in the Off-Broadway production of Zero Hour (which he wrote) about the life and career of Zero Mostel. He also co-wrote, with Steve Schalchlin, the musical The Big Voice: God or Merman.On Sunday February 28 at 8 pm Est, a long time dream will be coming true, as he introduces two films starring Zero Mostel, in celebration of the great actor’s 100th birthday. The first “Du Barry Was a Lady” and at 10 pm, “The Front.” Jim was asked to choose the films and did, the first showing a young Zero doing his night club act and the other to talk about the blacklist.Come join Jim Brochu and Ben Mankiewicz for an exciting evening on TCM. It’s on my calendar!
Happy 50th Two by Two
Today, November 10th marks the 50th Anniversary of Broadway’s Two by Two. To commemorate, a Virtual Anniversary Concert will premiere on Christmas Day, December 25 at 2 pm and stream thru December 28 starring Tony Award nominee Walter Willison and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The concert will stream FREE on TheaterPizzazz.com where it can be viewed as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Contributions are strongly encouraged. Directed by Walter Willison, the cast includes Nikita Bursheteyn, Carlos Lopez, Marcy Degonge Manfredi, N’Kenge, Michael Notardonato, Sophia Tzougros. The event is produced by Sandi Durell and TheaterPizzazz.com With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Peter Stone, the original cast starred Danny Kaye, Joan Copeland, Walter Willison, Marilyn Cooper, harry Goz, Michael Karm, Madeline Kahn and Tricia O’Neil. It was conceived and directed by Joe Layton and declared a hit of the season.
By: Sandi Durell
September 22, 2020: Different but still remarkable in its unrelenting quest to honor and preserve one of the finest art forms around, the 2020 Cabaret Convention will be a virtual wonder of talent. Beginning Mon. Oct. 19 thru Wed. Oct. 21, you can see the great talent streaming live from some of our most treasured New York City night spots: Don’t Tell Mama, The Green Room 42, West Bank Cafe, The Duplex, Pangea and more, all hosted by the Mabel Mercer Foundations’s Artistic Director KT Sullivan! The dates are FREE (register here) with the hope of your support and donations, all except for closing night Thurs. Oct. 22 when you can purchase a ticket HERE – REGISTER
BROADWAY THEATERS EXTEND SUSPENSION THROUGH 2020
Cabaret 2020! March thru April Listings
By: Sandi Durell
It’s only the beginning of 2020 and we’re all tired of the political scene and rhetoric, craving more fulfilling ‘entertainment’ – like the music and talents in the cabarets and clubs that are the backbone of New York City.
Looks like you may be ready to put away some of that winter gear and think about bright spring colors soon. In any event, you’re sure to warm up at any of the venues below. A small sampling awaits you here!
Upcoming Awards include the Bistro Awards on March 9 at Gotham Comedy Club and the MAC Awards on March 30 at Sony Hall. Early notice about the Actors Temple Annual Spring Benefit on April 27 – “Jerry Herman’s Broadway” with Lee Roy Reams, Klea Blackhurst and James Followell on piano.
Special Event: On March 28 at 8 pm On Stage At Kingsborough, in Brooklyn NY, Tony and Grammy Award-winning film, stage, and concert artist John Lloyd Young, with Tommy Faragher on piano, will interpret spine-tingling, soul-bearing Broadway showstoppers, including hits from Jersey Boys, The Wiz, Chicago, Hair, and Dreamgirls, along with classics by legendary Broadway writers. https://tickets
TheThreeTomatoes ‘Tomatoes Got Talent’ hosted by Randie Levine Miller (Paul Chamlin, Musical Director) – Audiitons March 7, Showtime: April 6, 7 pm The Triad Theater, Judges:Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams, Roma Torre Tickets: https://events
Benefit Event – The Actors Temple Spring Gala– April 27, dinner, cabaret show ‘ Jerry Herman’s Broadway’ with Klea Blackhurst, Lee Roy Reams, Jim Followell (piano) and honorees. For further information call 917-359-1249 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check the club calendars below for complete listings and for schedule changes.
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54 St. (cellar), 646 476-3551 www.54Below.com (Mar) Linda Eder, Alice Ripley, 54 Salutes Sinatra, 54 Sings Streisand, Maurice Hines & DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Harnar, Avery Sommers, Bonnie Milligan/Nancy Walker, Karen Mason (Apr) Klea Blackhurst, Marilyn Maye, Rachel Bay Jones, Sondheim Unplugged, David Yazbek and a whole lotmore– check calendar! Gourmet menu!
The Café Carlyle 35 East 76 St. (Madison Ave.) 212 744-1600 – Woody Allen/Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Bank Mondays (Mar)) Joan Osborne, Betty Buckley, Michael McDonald (Apr) Mario Cantone, Wayne Brady, Bernie Williams – Bemelmans Bar (check roster of entertainers)
Don’t Tell Mama 343 W. 46 St. 212 757- 0788 www.donttellmamanyc.com – featuring the best piano bar in NYC, a sumptuous restaurant, and two cabaret rooms – Salon Weekly Open Mic; Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway –monthly / Seth’s Talent Show/Mama’s Next Big Act – monthly, Tanya Moberley-Monthly…(Mar) Sean Harkness/Marcus Simeone,Lina Koutrakos, Analisa Bell, William Hurwitz, Stew Frimer, Anya Turner/Robert Grusecki, Bruce Clough, Zahary Riopelle, Mark Janas Classical Corner (Apr) Camille Diamond, Richard Holbrook, Rev. Yolanda, Michael Osso, Leslie Orofino, Marnie Klar, Amy Beth Williams, Carol Shedlin and many more. Check Calendar!!
The Triad 158 W. 72 St, 212 362-2590 www.triadnyc.com –Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography – (Mar) Susanna Ross CD Release , Peggy Crane, Matt Yee, Dorothy Bishop’s Dozen Divas, Carrie Jackson, Seth Malkin, Adelaide Mestre (Apr) Darnell White, Houn’ Dawg, Chloe Perrior, and so many more!
Laurie Beechman Theatre – West Bank Café 407 West 42 St. (bet. 9/10 Aves.), 212 695-6909 www.thewestbankcafe.com On-going: Le Scandal Cabaret & Broadway Sessions (Mar) Jennifer Barnes, Jennifer Pace, Pamela Morgan (Apr) Anita Michael, Maureen Kelley, Jeff Harnar, Linda Kahn . . . more. Great restaurant menu! Check Calendar!
Birdland Jazz/Birdland Theater: Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun in Two Classy Rooms – (315 West 44 St. (bet. 8/9 Ave) 212 581- 3080 www.birdlandjazz.com – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party – Mondays, Eric Comstock/Sean Smith/Barbara Fasano Saturdays, The Line Up w/Susie Mosher Tuesdays (Mar) Steve Ross, John Pizzarelli, Leanne Borghesi/Marta Sanders, Constantine Maroulis, Lee Squared, Ronny Whyte Quartet, Natalie Douglas Tributes:Rosemary Clooney/Sammy Davis Jr. (Apr) Elaine Elias, Kat Edmonson, Tierney Sutton, Jason Graae, Nellie McKay, Julie Budd, Christina Bianco, Peter Cincotti, T. Oliver Reid, Big City Songbook & a whole lot more – lots of jazz greats and a terrific menu.
The Green Room 42 – 570 10th Ave & 42nd St. 646 449-7792 www.thegreenroom42.com no minimums – Broadway’s Funky Nightclub Boy Band Brunch, Reeve Carney ongoing (Mar) Ann Kittredge Mark William, Joan Ryan, Jamie deRoy Benefit, GR42 Sings Maury Yeston, Donna McKechnie (Apr) Danny Marin, Eva Noblezada, Scott Siegel’sBroadway Belters – check calendar for many more and a terrific menu!
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St./7th Ave, www.theduplex.com 212 255 -5438 piano bar and cabaret theater – (Mar-Apr) Vira & friends, Guilty Pleasures, David Goldberg, Gotham Rock Choir, Justin Golan, Molly Pope, B Side Disney, Nysell Vega, Katie Birenboim, The Rescignos and many more! Check Calendar!
The Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave. at 70th Street – 212 988-7299 www.TheBeachCafe.com (Mar) Nicole Zuraitis, Katy Richter, Karen Oberlin, Dawn Derow, KT Sullivan, Jan Fellman, Dorian Woodruff, Marieann Meringolo (Apr) Renee Katz
Pangea – 178 2nd Ave (btw 11th & 12th Sts) 212 995 0900 www.pangeanyc.com dinner menu. (Mar-Apr) Tulis McCall, Mary Foster Conklin, Raquel Cion, Carol Lipnik, Deborah Stone, Charles Busch, Jack Bartholet, Hannan Reimann, Open Mic w/Sue Matsuki/Gregory Toroian and more!
Jazz at Lincoln Center www.jazz.org (Mar-Apr) – a sampling below . . .
Dizzys Club Coca Cola – Diva Jazz Orchestra, Judy Carmichael, Emmet Cohen,
Appel Room – Mary Stallings/Emmet Cohen Trio
Two E on Open Table – Pierre Hotel 212 940-8113, email TwoE@tajhotels.com, 2 East 61 Street off 5th Ave. – New Monthly Cabaret Series – check calendar.
Iridium Jazz Club Broadway at W. 51 Street, 212 582-2121 www.iridiumjazzclub.com (dinner menu) – check calendar for schedule.
The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, 212 691-9000 www.thecuttingroomnyc.com See calendar.
The Town Hall – 123 W. 43 St., 212 840-2824 www.thetownhall.org – check calendar.
92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists and More – 1395 Lexington Ave. 212 415-5500 www.92Y.org – George Gershwin (Mar 21-23), Stephen Schwartz (Apr 18-20)
Merkin Concert Hall – 129 W. 67 St. 212 50l-1330 www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org
Salon – Multiple Award Winning Weekly Open Mic at Don’t Tell Mama Sunday evenings, different performers and hosts, created by Mark Janas, Tanya Moberly, Producer www.donttellmamanyc.com 343 W. 46 St., NYC www.markjanasthesalon.com
Hidden Cabaret – The Secret Room, 707 8th Ave, 212 279-4200 www.hiddencabaret.com (Mar-Apr) New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits, All Stats Fight Cancer
The DJango in The Roxy Hotel – #2 Avenue of the Americas, 212 519-6649 www.thedjangonyc.com Jazz artists (small plate menu)
Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge 955 West End Ave. (107th St./West End Ave.) 212.531.4759 www.thewestendlounge.com Open Mic Nites, Bound for Broadway,Comedy, So You Think You Can Belt, Ultimate Drag Pageant, more!
Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave/54 St. Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 212 935-2200 – www.saintpeters.org (Ronny Whyte presents and more)
Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz Cabaret Listings can also be found at: www.thethreetomatoes.com & www.theaterlife.com
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