Lorna Luft Makes Birdland Debut With Two Special Shows

Mondays, February 11 and 18 at 7pm

Lorna Luft 

New York: The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Emmy Award-winning actress/singer Lorna Luft will make her Birdland debut in two very special shows on Monday, February 11 and Monday, February 18 at 7pm. 

 Lorna Luft makes her Birdland debut in “Lorna’s Living Room,” where old friends show up, sing, make merry, and anything can happen!  Lorna will be hostess-with-the-mostess for two shows in February: On Monday February 11, it’s boy’s night at “Lorna’s Living Room,” with Broadway leading men James Clow and Tony Yazbeck helping salute the men in Lorna’s musical life, including Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hart and Burt Bacharach.  On Monday February 18, it’s the girl’s turn as award-winning jazz/cabaret diva Ann Hampton Callaway and Billboard Top-25 hit-maker Kelly King drop by to help Lorna salute the female composers who continue to inspire.  Expect songs from the great Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden and Laura Nyro. 

 At age 11, Lorna Luft made her television debut singing on her mother’s series, “The Judy Garland Show.”  Since then, she has had starring roles in both television and film.  Most recently, Lorna joined Alan Cumming and Margaret Cho as part of the talented voice cast of Logo Network’s animated series “Rick & Steve.” 

 Lorna is no stranger to the stage and has enjoyed numerous successes across the globe, including Broadway and the West End.  She starred in the 2006 blockbuster UK premiere production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical.  She quickly followed that success with the 2007 hit revival of Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms at the prestigious Chichester Festival Theatre.  Lorna reprised her role in White Christmas: The Musical for the 2007 and 2009 winter seasons and most recently in 2011 at the Papermill Playhouse.  Concurrent with her theatrical career, Lorna is a gifted live performer frequently featured as a concert artist at the world’s most prestigious venues including: The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The London Palladium, and L’Olympia in Paris…just to name a few.  One of her most ambitious projects to date is the highly acclaimed multi-media production Songs My Mother Taught Me—The Judy Garland Songbook.  This theatrical extravaganza melds one of the world‘s most familiar songbooks with personal memories of a loving daughter.  Songs My Mother Taught Me, which Variety called “a rousing, dramatically riveting musical event,” was awarded two Los Angeles Theatre Alliance Ovation Awards (Best World Premiere Musical & Best Musical Direction). The Los Angeles Times called her performance “heart-stopping and thrilling… an incandescent revelation not to be missed.”  A CD based on the concert, produced by Barry Manilow and Colin R. Freeman, was released on October 22, 2007 from First Night Records.

 Lorna Luft in “Lorna’s Living Room”
Monday, February 11 and Monday, February 18 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street


$35 cover (Center Seating), $25 cover (Side Seating), $10 food/drink minimum per person

Michael Nelson Memorial

Award-winning cabaret singers will pay a Memorial Tribute to Michael J. Nelsen, beloved longtime supporter and
champion of cabaret, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. at Etcetera, Etcetera, 352 W. 44th St., NYC (212-399-4141).

Julie Reyburn will host the evening, which will include performances by:

Tom Andersen
Scott Coulter
    Baby Jane Dexter
Tim Di Pasqua
  Natalie Douglas
  Terese Genecco
Daryl Glenn

        Carolyn Montgomery
Miles Phillips
   Shaynee Rainbolt
    John Patrick Shutz
  Marcus Simeone
Stacy Sullivan

Mark Janas will be the musical director.

There will be no cover charge, but donations will be accepted (cash or check) for the Michael J. Nelsen Scholarship Fund, which will recognize an up-and-coming talent. There is a $15 food-drink minimum per person.

For reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: (646) 637-2806.









New York:  Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS, a one-night-only musical performance produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. This year's edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS will be at 8 PM on Monday, March 18 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway).

BROADWAY BACKWARDS is an annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, performed by their favorite Broadway performers.

Tickets are available exclusively at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. Prices start at $75.

VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show party with the cast. A limited number of “Backstage & Beyond” ticket packages also are available, which include the opportunity to see the dress rehearsal, exclusive backstage access, a “meet and greet” with some of the stars of Broadway Backwards, premium seats for the show and more.

This year's special guest performers will be announced later this month. Creator Robert Bartley will again direct and choreograph. Amy Jones serves as co-choreographer.

Last year’s sold-out show featured dazzling performances from an impressive line-up of stars who collectively boasted three individual Tony Awards and 13 Tony nominations.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS began as a grassroots concert performed at the Center in 2006. In subsequent years, the event grew quickly, performing Off-Broadway, then on Broadway for the last four years.

The presenting sponsor of BROADWAY BACKWARDS is Lifetime Networks with generous support from The New York Times and United Airlines.

ABOUT Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/BCEFA, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BCEFA, watch us on YouTube at youtube.com/BCEFA, and pin us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/BCEFA.


Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is at the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. We strive to serve the LGBT community with a full-service, multi-faceted approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and family gatherings to offering youth, recovery and overall wellness programs. Each year, the Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. We are proud to be your community Center. To learn more about our work, please visit gaycenter.org.


Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, and The Shubert Organization


Bette Midler

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starring in

A Chat With Sue Mengers

A new play by John Logan
Directed by Joe Mantello
Opening on Broadway April 24, 2013

New York: Bette Midler will star in John Logan’s new play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, directed by Joe Mantello, opening on Broadway on Wednesday, April 24 at a Shubert theatre to be announced. I’ll Eat You Last is produced by Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, and The Shubert Organization.

Ticketing information will be announced at a later date.

Appearing on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Tony and Grammy Award-winning superstar Bette Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932-2011) in the new, one-character play.

Sue Mengers was an American original. She was the first female “superagent” at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn't exist, she invented that as well: “Superagent.” It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970's, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess.

Su Mengers - Dunaway - Evans - Getty ImagesSue Mengers (center) with Faye Dunaway & Robert Evans - 1971
Photo: Getty Images

Playwright John Logan, who won a Tony Award for Red and wrote the screenplay for the last James Bond movie, Skyfall, said, “I met Sue Mengers only once, at a dinner party. The kaftan, constant cigarettes, tinted glasses, and perfect blond hair were much in evidence; so too the deliciously wicked wit and stevedore language. But something else fascinated me just as much: a sense of sadness, a deep resignation; a woman whose time had passed her by. At one point I asked her what had changed most about Hollywood since she had arrived. She didn't hesitate for a second: ‘Honey, we used to have fun…’ Later in the evening she settled back and lit up a joint. There she was: a joint in one hand and a cigarette in the other. At that moment I knew I had to write the play.”

Producer Graydon Carter said, “I adored Sue, and no trip to Los Angeles was complete without a dinner at her place. To work with Bette, John, Joe, and my fellow producers Ari, Jimmy, Phil, and Bob to bring her to the Broadway stage is something that I believe would have pleased Sue greatly.”

Producer Arielle Tepper Madover said, “The last show I worked on with John was his Broadway debut, Red, which won six Tony Awards and is now being presented all over the world. It is a joy to be continuing our collaboration with this new play.”


BETTE MIDLER (Sue Mengers) has earned three Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award, and sold 30 million records worldwide in a career that spans more than four decades. She has played memorable film roles in The Rose, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Beaches, and The First Wives Club, among many others. Miss Midler made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Fiddler on the Roof. Other stage performances include Tony Award-winning Clams on the Half Shell, Experience the Divine, for which she holds the all-time record for a six week engagement at Radio City Music Hall, The Divine Miss Millennium Tour, Kiss My Brass, and The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Outside the spotlight, she is the proud founder of the New York Restoration Project (www.nyrp.org), a non-profit organization that revitalizes abandoned and neglected public spaces across New York City. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BetteMidler.

JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle, and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Red has subsequently been seen in more than 80 productions across the United States and in over 30 foreign countries. He is the author of over a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. His newest play Peter and Alice will premiere in March in London. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar. His film work includes Skyfall, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include: The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky…, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, and Imagining Brad. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.

GRAYDON CARTER (Producer) has been the award-winning editor of Vanity Fair for more than two decades. He was also the co-founder and editor of Spy magazine. In non-magazine-related work, he has produced a number of iconic documentaries including The Kid Stays in the Picture, Public Speaking, and 911, for which he won both a Peabody and an Emmy Award. This is his first professional experience in the theater.

ARIELLE TEPPER MADOVER (Producer) is a Tony Award-winning producer. Broadway: Lucky Guy, Annie, Red, Hamlet, Hair, Mary Stuart, Equus, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Frost/Nixon, The Pillowman, A Raisin in the Sun, James Joyce's The Dead, John Leguizamo’s Freak. West End: Piaf, Spamalot, Frost/Nixon, Guys and Dolls, Mary Stuart, A Voyage Round My Father. Off-Broadway: De La Guarda, The Last Five Years. Madover founded the Summer Play Festival and the Tepper Center for Careers in Theatre, is on the board of the Public Theater, the Broadway League is an emeritus member of the Syracuse University board. Crain's “40 under 40” and Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females.

JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer). President of Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). Various producing credits include: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Evita, Lewis Black: Running on Empty, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Million Dollar Quartet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Movin’ Out. Concerts: Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., Pink Floyd, U2, the Rolling Stones, and Billy Joel at Yankee Stadium.

THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer) owns and operates 21 theatres in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the firm continues its tradition of producing distinguished theatrical attractions. These include Sister Act, That Championship Season, Passing Strange, Equus (with Daniel Radcliffe), A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, Amour, Dirty Blonde, Dance of Death (with Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren), Cats, Dreamgirls, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Lettice & Lovage, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George, the original production of Amadeus and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The Shubert Organization is dedicated to the revitalization of the American theatre. Its activities include the restoration and modernization of its theatres and participation in civic and community affairs. Shubert Ticketing provides superior box office, call center and marketing services, as well as online products for live entertainment venues across the country.



Pippin at A.R.T. 2

40th Anniversary Production of ROGER O. HIRSON and STEPHEN SCHWARTZ’s
Tony Award-Winning Musical Directed By DIANE PAULUS


New York: Producers Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan are pleased to present the American Repertory Theater’s 40th Anniversary production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN, directed by Diane Paulus, on Broadway in the Spring of 2013.

PIPPIN will begin preview performances on Broadway Saturday, March 23, 2013 and officially open Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Beginning January 8 Audience Rewards members will have access to an exclusive pre sale. For more details please visit www.AudienceRewards.com.

PIPPIN is currently playing through January 20, 2013 at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director.

The beloved coming-of-age musical PIPPIN, with a book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is directed by Diane Paulus with circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers) and choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse.

Set design for the A.R.T. production of PIPPIN is by Tony Award-winning designer Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award-winning designer Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Tony winner and A.R.T. Resident Sound Designer Clive Goodwin. Orchestration is by Larry Hochman (Tony winner for The Book of Mormon), Music Supervision by Nadia Di Giallonardo, and the Music Director is Charlie Alterman.

Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.” The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “l Guess I’ll Miss The Man,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”


Roger O. Hirson was nominated for a Tony Award for both his books of Pippin and Walking Happy. He has written extensively for original television anthology series episodes since the 1950s, including contributions for the Dupont Show of the Week, Philco Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Alcoa Hour, and Goodyear Television Playhouse, among others.

Creator Stephen Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden, My Fairytale, and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted, as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He has released two CDs of new songs entitled Reluctant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory. His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera. A book about his career, Defying Gravity, has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists’ Guild. Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.

Director Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. At the A.R.T.: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (winner of Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Director), Prometheus Bound, Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera, The Donkey Show, Johnny Baseball, and Best of Both Worlds. Her other recent work includes Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation which had its world premiere in Montreal in April 2012; The Public Theater's Tony-Award winning revival of HAIR on Broadway (2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical, nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Director, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Musical), and London’s West End; Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic.) Her opera credits include The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company), Il mondo della luna (Hayden Planetarium in New York); Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn Of The Screw, Cosi fan tutte, and the Monteverdi trilogy Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo (Chicago Opera Theater). She is a Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory. Paulus received The Drama League’s 2012 Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

Gypsy Snider cofounded Les 7 doigts de la main in Montreal in 2002 with 6 other co-directors. Born into the circus ring as daughter of the founders of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, Gypsy began her artistic career at age four. She has been performing ever since. She performed internationally (Cirque du Soleil; Cirque Knie; Pomp Duck and Circumstance; Teatro Zinzanni). An original performer in Loft, Mistress of Ceremonies in Cabaret des 7 doigts de la main, co-creator of Loft and co-director of Traces (nominated Outstanding Choreography, New York Drama Desk Awards, TOP 10 TIME Magazine in 2011, Special Guest in America’s Got Talent). She teaches and directs at multiple circus centers.

Choreographer Chet Walker was a close collaborator of Bob Fosse, co-created and choreographed the Tony and multi-international-award-winning musical Fosse, and appeared in Fosse’s musicals The Pajama Game, Pippin, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity. Other Broadway credits include Lorelei, The Ambassadors, and On the Town. He is the recipient of the L.A. Dramalogue Award for Best Choreography for Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for Annie Get Your Gun; and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of Pal Joey at the Goodman Theatre. He has also choreographed and directed works for Cirque du Soleil, Compania Internacional de Teatro Musical in Buenos Aires (where he is co-Artistic Director), Jacob’s Pillow (where he serves as Director of the Jazz Program), for television in the US and internationally. He is also Artistic Director of WALKERDANCE, a nonprofit Musical Theatre Dance Company.




Rebecca Luker 2

New York, NY  -- The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, has announced the first performers for the 2013 spring season at the legendary Café Carlyle. In the upcoming season, the Café Carlyle will host Howard McGillen and Rebecca Luker, Amanda McBroom, and John Lloyd Young for back to back exclusive one week engagements. Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band will also be returning as a Carlyle favorite.

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The spring season will commence with Tony Award Nominees Howard McGillen and Rebecca Luker who will bring their program entitled “Broadway Romance” to the Carlyle January 16 through January 26. Following that dynamic duo, Amanda McBroom returns to the Carlyle from January 29 to February 9 to perform her program “A Valentine Rose”. Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young will introduce his program “My Turn” which will focus on songs from his new album of the same title and other classic songs from the 60s era (February 12-February 23). Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band will once again perform on Monday evenings from January 14 through June 17.

The 2013 Spring Season:

Ted Sperling, Musical Director
Tuesday, January 15 – Saturday, January 26
Tuesday – Saturday, 8:45pm
Tuesday-Thursday, $65pp ($45, Bar)
Friday & Saturday, $75pp ($45, Bar)

AMANDA MCBROOM – “A Valentine Rose”
Michele Brourman, Musical Director
Tuesday, January 29 – Saturday, February 9
Tuesday - Saturday, 8:45pm
Tuesday-Thursday, $65pp ($45, Bar)
Friday & Saturday, $75pp ($45, Bar)

Tommy Faragher, Musical Director
Tuesday, February 12 – Saturday, February 23
Tuesday – Saturday, 8:45pm
Tuesday-Thursday, $65pp ($45, Bar)
Friday & Saturday, $75pp ($45, Bar)

Monday, January 14 – Monday, June 17
Mondays, 8:45 pm, $145 pp ($100, Bar)

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Sunday, January 13th at 7:00PM at Joe's Pub 
Tickets: $20
Justin Vivian Bond: "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" – New Yorker
Lea DeLaria: "Every inch a star!" – NY Times
Jackie Hoffman: "Savagely funny!" – NY Times
Natalie Joy Johnson: "One of the top 10 Downtown Divas" – Time Out NY
JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, LEA DELARIA, JACKIE HOFFMAN & NATALIE JOY JOHNSON! For one night only, find New York's best solo performances in one show. Join Justin, Lea, Jackie & Natalie as they present highlights of their critically-acclaimed solo performances. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, LEA DELARIA, JACKIE HOFFMAN & NATALIE JOY JOHNSON! will be performed at Joe's Pub on Sunday, January 13th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available by visiting www.joespub.com or calling 212-967-7555. Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street, New York City.
MX JUSTIN VIVAN BOND is a writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Mx Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, published by The Feminist Press and Susie Says… a collaboration with Gina Garan (Powerhouse Books, 2012). V’s debut CD DENDRPOPHILE was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011 and was followed by SILVER WELLS in 2012. In 2011 Justin Vivian’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy was presented at Participant Inc. in New York City. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50 Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Other films include Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Fanci’s Persuasion (1995). Mx Bond is a recipient of The Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater, an Obie and a Bessie. Please visit www.justinbond.com to download and enjoy v’s music and blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living!
LEA DELARIA Broadway: On the Town (Obie, Theatre World & Drama Desk nominee), The Rocky Horror Show. Off-Broadway/Regional: Prometheus Bound (ART), On the Town, Midsummer Night's Dream (McCarter Theater), As You Like It (Williamstown Theater Festival), Happy Days (Drama League Honoree), Little Fish, Cinderella (NY City Opera), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Encores! and Reprise! Li'l Abner, Boys from Syracuse (Ovation nominee) National tour: Chicago. Film: Edge of Seventeen, The First Wives Club, Sgt. Bilko, Rescuing Desire, Mercury in Retrograde, Fat RoseSqueaky, Sister Spirit. Television: "Orange is the New Black," "Californication," “One Life To Live,” “The Oblongs,” “Law & Order: SVU,” "Friends," "Further Tales of the City," “Matlock,” “Saved By The Bell: The New Class.” Misc: Featured Vocalist for the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival; Four CD’s on the Warner Jazz label; “Lea’s Book of Rules” is in its 3rd printing with Dell Publishing. www.delariadammit.com
JACKIE HOFFMAN can currently be seen in the recurring role of David's mother on NBC's "The New Normal." She has been in the original Broadway casts of The Addams Family, Xanadu, and Hairspray, for which she won the Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut. Other Off-Broadway plays include A Chanukah Charol, The Tribeca Theatre Festival, The Gingerbread House, The Book of Liz, for which Jackie won the Obie award for best actress, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob (Lincoln Center Theatre Festival) and One Woman Shoe. Regional Theatre: The Sisters Rosensweig at the Globe Theatre. Jackie starred in six revues at The Second City theatre in Chicago, where she won the Jeff Award for Best Actress. Jackie’s solo shows at Joe’s Pub, all directed by Michael Schiralli, have all received tremendous critical acclaim. Her show “The Kvetching Continues” won Time Out New York’s outstanding achievement award and was the longest running show in Joe’s Pub’s history. Other solo shows: “Jackie Five-Oh!,” “Chanukah at Joe’s Pub” (Bistro Award), “Scraping the Bottom,” and “Jackie with a Z.” Jackie won a Mac Award in 2009 for Best Female Stand Up. She can be seen in the films The Sitter, The Extra Man, How to Seduce Difficult Women, A Dirty Shame, Garden State, Legally Blonde II, Kissing Jessica Stein, and Mo’ Money. Her television appearances have included “The New Normal,” “Raising Hope,” “Melissa and Joey,” "On We Go,” “30 Rock,” “Starved,” “Hope and Faith,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Strangers with Candy,” “TV Funhouse,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Soulman,” “Cosby,” as well as the voices for the cartoons “Dilbert” and “PB & J Otter,” and the film Robots. Website: www.jackiehoffman.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialjackiehoffman Twitter: @jackiehoffman16
NATALIE JOY JOHNSON made her Broadway debut originating the role of Enid Hoopes in LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL. She then went on to play Paulette, the UPS loving manicurist in the First National Tour of LEGALLY BLONDE. Other credits include the role of Nadia in the original off-Broadway production of BARE: A POP OPERA, Cori in the NY premiere of SOUTHERN COMFORT, and SILENCE: THE MUSICAL. Natalie is also featured on the cast recording of the 2001 National Tour of GODSPELL singing "Bless The Lord" and as Madge in the feature film, WHEN IN ROME. Natalie has performed her one-woman show to sold out audiences in various clubs all over Manhattan, including 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's at the Regency and Ars Nova earning her the distinction of being named one of TIME OUT NEW YORK's top 10 Downtown Divas. Natalie does a free weekly show every Tuesday night at 11PM at Therapy Bar on 52nd street, for which she was recently described by the Village Voice as "zingy, throaty, campy and fun...Bette Midler meets Courtney Love." www.nataliejoyjohnson.com


Pete Sanders




Pete Sanders, veteran Press Agent and former President of The Pete Sanders Group, has joined O&M Co., it was announced today by Rick Miramontez, President. Sanders will handle an eclectic client list that includes Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, dining and nightlife venues, as well as individuals.

“Pete and I go back longer than either of us cares to admit, and I know that his wealth of experience and unique point of view will greatly enhance my office,” said Rick Miramontez. “He is one of the greats in this business and I’m delighted he’s on the team.”

Sanders joins a team that also includes Chief Relations Officer Jon Dimond, Creative Director Andy Snyder, Senior Account Executives Molly Barnett, Philip Carrubba and Ryan Ratelle, and Account Executives Scott Braun, Chelsea Nachman, Marie Pace, and Elizabeth Wagner.

Pete Sanders has been in the business for over 20 years and has handled over 50 Broadway, off-Broadway and touring shows, many Tony Award winning, including Spring Awakening; Chicago; Xanadu; Thurgood with Lawrence Fishburne; Journey’s End; Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire Wonderful Town, Peter Pan, Falsettos, Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show, Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore, Nunsense, Full Gallop, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Private Lives, Another American Asking & Telling, Tommy Tune Tonight and A Tuna Christmas . He has worked with Jewish Repertory Theatre, MCC, The Actors Fund, and handled the launch of Broadway .com. Pete represented designer Tommy Hilfiger for 12 years and also ate at and represented restaurants including Triomphe, Bond 45, Thalia and Les Halles. His current clients include personal clients, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Lynda Carter, Marsha Mason, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, the Magnet Theatre, the Storm Theatre Company, and the upcoming Allegiance which just closed a record breaking run at the Old Globe Theatre. After closing his own company, The Pete Sanders Group after 13 years, Pete went on to open Howard Bragman’s 15 Minutes PR office in NYC, then became VP at JS2 Communications, a bi-coastal public relations company.

William Blake

WILLIAM BLAKE to Debut New Accoustic Show

At SideWalk Café

In New “Landmark Wednesdays” Series

Wednesdays, November 21 and 28 at 8 and 10pm

New York: Blues/jazz singer William Blake will kick off the new “Landmark Wednesdays” series of concerts at the historic SideWalk Café in the East Village on November 21 and 28.  Blake, along with Randy Napoleon on guitar, Mike Karn on bass and Danny Young on percussion, will perform sets at 8 and 10 pm.

 Blake will present an acoustic set of his favorite pop and jazz standards by artists like Michael Jackson, Sting, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell and Ann Hampton Callaway.  He plans to dedicate these performances at the SideWalk in loving memory of his friend and mentor, Buddy Shanahan.

 "A blues and soul belter of uncommon skill," according to The Wall Street Journal, Blake has played such notable NYC venues as Birdland, Feinstein’s At The Regency, Don't Tell Mama, The Metropolitan Room, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Rose Hall at Lincoln Center.  Last year, he released an album with Cavern Records, Live From New York City, which was recorded at Birdland.

 The Landmark Wednesdays series, curated by Jim Caruso, who has hosted Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland since 2002, is a new addition to SideWalk Café’s weekly roster of live entertainment.   The series will present established blues and jazz artists in SideWalk’s intimate performance space, which traditionally has been one of the city’s most supportive incubators for emerging talent. 

 In addition to live entertainment, the East Village stalwart that has anchored the corner of Avenue A and 6th since 1985 is known for its tasty, modestly priced food – particularly its signature burgers – and a thriving bar culture.  

 William Blake
Wednesdays, November 21 and 28 at 8 and 10 pm
SideWalk Café, 94 Avenue A, at the corner of 6th
212- 473-7373
$20 cover, 1 food or beverage item per person minimum

Reservations can be made via www.sidewalkny.com

THE 1st Annual MAC presents THEY WRITE THE SONGS
Sunday November 18th, 4:00 PM
Baruch College - Engelman Recital Hall
55 Lexington Ave at 25th Street

Rebecca LukerKaren Mason

and more set for

New York: The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs is proud to announce the performers for the upcoming November 18th show “MAC presents THEY WRITE THE SONGS.” Performers scheduled to appear include Rebecca Luker, Penny Fuller, Karen Mason, Alysha Umphress, Liz Lark Brown, The Marquis Five, Colleen McHugh, Lennie Watts, and Jonathan Whitton.

These singers will perform the work of the previously announced songwriters that the event is intended to feature. They are Jeff Blumenkrantz, Barry Kleinbort, Johnny Rodgers, Mary Liz McNamara, Nate Buccieri and Scott Evan Davis. The host for the evening will be Grammy award winning songwriter Julie Gold. Nate Bucchieri will be the musical director.

MAC presents They Write The Songs is a new annual event established by MAC to present the work of selected songwriters, highlighting both those who are well-established, as well as those who are on the rise.
In addition, at this show MAC will announce this year’s recipients of the two annual songwriting awards bestowed by MAC each year – the Dottie Burman award, and the John Wallowitch award. Songs written by these recipients will also be performed at the show.

The evening will culminate with an interview of songwriter Jeff Blumenkrantz conducted by host Julie Gold, and a performance of songs written by Jeff.

The inaugural show will be held Sunday, November 18th at 4pm at Baruch College’s Engelman Recital Hall (Lexington Avenue at 25th Street).

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. There will be a reception with the songwriters and performers immediately following the performance at 6pm at no additional charge for MAC members, and $10 for non-members.

Tickets are available through Ovation tickets at this link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9732293

MAC presents THEY WRITE THE SONGS becomes the second annual event to be presented each year by MAC. The 27th Annual MAC Awards Show will take place on Thursday March 21, 2013 at BB King Blues Club & Grill, where MAC will announce live the winners of the 27th annual MAC Awards. For more information about MAC, visit www.macnyc.com

URL: www.macnyc.com


Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy & Friends
presents An Evening At Metropolitan Room

Kenny Ascher * Myq Kaplan *
* Mary Liz McNamara *
Tony Sheldon * John Tartaglia

Wednesday, November 28th at 7PM

New York: Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she hosts an evening of her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends, on Wednesday, November 28th (7PM) at Manhattan’s cabaret hot-spot Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street ~ btw. 5th & 6th Avenues).

Joining Jamie on this autumn evening will be Oscar and Golden Globe Award-nominated ("Rainbow Connection" --The Muppet Movie) composer & arranger Kenny Ascher; comic Myq Kaplan (The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Show with David Letterman); two-time MAC Award-winner, singer-songwriter Mary Liz McNamara; acclaimed Australian, West End and Tony Award-nominee sensation Tony Sheldon ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert); and John Tartaglia, Tony Award and Emmy Award-nominated actor and puppeteer (Avenue Q, ImaginOcean). Ron Abel will serve as musical director and Barry Kleinbort will direct.

The colorful cabaret series, which has been thrilling New York City audiences for the past 21 years and serves as the basis for deRoy's award-winning cable television show, spotlights a wide variety of well-known entertainers and newcomers lighting up the cabaret, theater, and comedy worlds.

JAMIE deROY has won eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards, ten Telly Awards and CaB Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work on both stage and screen. Jamie has appeared onstage with Joan Rivers and has headlined at many of New York’s major clubs. She has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends series on Harbinger and PS Classics labels. Her theatre producing credits include the upcoming productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway and My Name is Asher Lev Off Broadway. Other credits include: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mother F**ker with a Hat, Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, Lend Me A Tenor, Finian's Rainbow, Ragtime, Enron, A Behanding In Spokane, The Norman Conquests (TONY, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner for Best Play Revival), Desire Under the Elms, All About Me, Blithe Spirit, Impressionism, Speed-the-Plow, Arthur Miller's All My Sons,The Seagull, George Steven Jr.'s Thurgood, Clifford Odets' The Country Girl, David Mamet’s November, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, and Say Goodnight Gracie; Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway – Alive and Kicking; Harrison, TX (Primary Stages), Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, Dividing The Estate (Outer Critics Circle Award), Opus, Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell, Athol Fugard’s Exits and Entrances, Christopher Durang’s Adrift in Macao, A.R. Gurney's Black Tie, Buffalo Gal and Indian Blood (Outer Critics Circle Award), Terrence McNally’s Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Her London credits include: Marguerite, Make Me a Song and The King’s Speech. Other TV and film producing credits include the Emmy-nominated "The Biggest Little Operas in Town" for Channel 13 and Rick McKay’s documentary Broadway: The Golden Age. Her acting credits include appearances on the television shows “Alice,” “Spiderman” and “Knight Rider,” and in the films GoodFellas, Raging Bull, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Married to It. Onstage, Jamie appeared with Rene Auberjonois in The Threepenny Opera, as well as in The Drunkard with musical direction by Barry Manilow.

Jamie deRoy & friends at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street ~ btw. 5th & 6th Avenues) on Wednesday, November 28th (7PM) has a $30 cover charge plus a 2 beverage minimum. For reservations, please call 212-206-0440. 

Giselle Wolf



NOVEMBER 9th, 14th and 15th at 7:00 pm

New York: Beginning this week is a special engagement of Giselle Wolf Journeys: A Celebration at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC. There will be three performances at 7:00 pm beginning this Friday, November 9th; and then next Wednesday, November 14th; and Thursday, November 15th. The musical direction and arrangements for the trio are by Ron Abel, and it is directed and developed with Karen Ludwig.

There is a $20 cover charge and a 2-beverage minimum. For reservations please call (212) 206-0440 and on the web at www.metropolitanroom.com.

Life is not about reaching a destination; it’s about finding joy along the way. In Journeys: A Celebration, Giselle Wolf’s performance of soulful singing and humorous life stories reveal that joy that draws one into an enchanting, witty and touching musical celebration. The versatile show includes songs from Leonard Bernstein, Jones & Schmidt, Jule Styne, Comden & Green and Lionel Bart as well as songs in French, Spanish, Italian and Yiddish.

When Giselle was 19 she was accepted at the Drama Studio London and moved to the UK to pursue her love of British theatre. Her first role was in the West end musical “Bar Mitzvah Boy” by Jule Styne and Jack Rosenthal at the historic Her Majesty’s Theatre. Since then, Giselle has continued to play leading and principal roles in television and theatre. These include: Leah in “The Dybbuk”; Bianca in “Women Beware Women”; “Nancy Astor”; “2 Point 4 Children” and “Too Much Sun” all for the BBC and Gabrielle in the series “Bognor” for Thames Television. Some of the leading theatre roles include; Jean Cocteau’s one woman play “The Human Voice”; Emily in “Anatol”; Marguerite in “A Cuckoo in the Nest”; Joanne in “Company”; Louise in “Gypsy”; multicast in “Oh What a Lovely War”; Molly Grant in “One Touch of Venus”; Dolly in “The Angel” and her one-woman show – “Voices from the Heart”. In California, Giselle has recently played the title roles in “Molly” by Simon Gray and “Celedine” by Charles Evered. Her cabaret appearances have been at the prestigious Pizza on the Park in London and Langan’s Brasserie. In Los Angeles she has appeared at The Gardenia and has had several guest appearances with Ron Abel at Birdland (NYC). Giselle has performed her cabaret show at the Rubicon International Theatre Festival and the California International Theatre Festival.

Tommy Tune-3

Feinstein's At Loews Regency
presents The Solo Debut Of Nie
Time Tony Award Winning Broadway Legend


With Michael Biagi at the piano


New York, Oct. 18: FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post will continue its Fall 2012 season with the New York solo debut of Broadway legend TOMMY TUNE. Broadway's tallest tapper takes to the city's smallest stage, dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big time showmanship, all on only 4 square feet! "You've got to see it to believe it" – P.T. Barnum. This intimate evening – featuring Musical Director Michael Biagi on piano – will run for six shows on three nights: November 18, 25, and 26 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

TOMMY TUNE is known as one of the most prolific director/choreographers of the twentieth century. He has enchanted audiences for 50 years with his charisma, vision, and innovation. Tune has been honored with nine Tony Awards celebrating him as a performer, choreographer and director (Best Actor in a Musical for My One and Only, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Seesaw, Best Choreography for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies, and Best Direction of a Musical for Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies). In addition, Tune has been awarded eight Drama Desk Awards, three Astaire Awards and the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement.

His film credits include Hello, Dolly!, The Boy Friend, and Mimi Bluette…fiore del mio giardino. In 2009, Mr. Tune was designated as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Tune is the recipient of the National Medal Of Arts, the highest honor for artistic achievement given by the President of the United States, and he has been honored with his own star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. For the past three years Mr. Tune been touring around the country in his musical memoir Steps In Time, A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance.

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present TOMMY TUNE, Sundays, November 18 and 25, and Monday, November 26 at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM. All shows have a $30.00 cover with $45.00 premium seats. In addition, there is a $25.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

Jazz Museum In Harlem 10-12



Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm
at El Teatro, located in El Museum del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
in New York City

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem today announced the lineup of its fall benefit concert on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm at El Teatro, located in El Museum del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in New York City.  The concert will be headlined by two of the most exciting young jazz artists in the country, Christian McBride and Jonathan Batiste. Christian McBride is the Artistic Advisor of the Museum and one of the most acclaimed jazz bassists of the last 20 years, recently winning a Grammy Award for his album “The Good Feeling.” Also involved with the Museum as Associate Artistic Advisor, Jonathan Batiste is a gifted young musician, entertainer, and educator who will lead his hugely entertaining Stay Human Band. There will be a first-time jam with McBride and Batiste joining forces what will surely be one of the season’s musical highlights. The concert will also feature The National Jazz Museum All-Star Big Band, the virtuoso “house band” led by conductor/saxophonist and NJMH Artistic Director, Loren Schoenberg, with special guest, vocalist Janis Siegel
Proceeds from the concert will advance the Museum’s mission to preserve, promote, and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally, and internationally.  Since its founding in 1997, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been dedicated to celebrating and interpreting the rich history of jazz as a quintessential American art form. This not-for-profit arts organization offers a comprehensive array of free programming all of which are outlined on the Museum’s website: www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org
Ticket prices are as follows:
§  $250 for prime seating, admission to the pre-concert reception with the artists, and a one-year NJMH membership.
§  $150 for preferred seating and admission to a pre-concert reception with the artists;
§  $100 for orchestra seating for the concert only;
§  Additionally there are $40 student tickets (with student ID) for balcony seats.
For event information please visit the Museum’s website at
www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org or contact Dan Beaudoin, the Director of Development, at 212-348-8300 (ext. 106) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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