Upcoming Events Upcoming Events available at metropolitanroom.com http://metropolitanroom.com/rss.cfm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:15:36 PST en-us Upcoming Events https://s3.amazonaws.com/webassets.ticketmob.com/TS/templates/images/logos/metropolitanlogonew.png http://metropolitanroom.com/rss.cfm Copyright 2015 metropolitanroom.com http://metropolitanroom.com/ <![CDATA[Forest VanDyke]]>




 “Breaking Free” is an introduction to the golden voiced performer Forest VanDyke who hails from Austin, TX.
 
This emotional musical journey will help you discover your inner truth, and find the courage to break free of whatever is binding you. But most of all – its gonna be a heck of a great time!
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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192484
<![CDATA[Alison Burns & Lulu Picart]]> For Alison Burns the passion for performing began at the early age of 2 when her parents say she began harmonizing with them as they rehearsed songs with their church band. Following in her parent’s footsteps, Alison’s first solo was in church, as well as her first tour. At the ripe age of twelve Burns booked a southern tour with gospel group, The Young Continentals, and recorded her first album with Generation Blessed just a few years later. It was clear, her career had started but she insisted on developing her talent, and so she moved to New York City to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Just two months after graduation Burns booked her first Broadway National Tour with RENT! where she stepped into the swing position. After a year on tour she re-signed as Maureen where she "jumped over the moon" for audiences all over the US. and Canada.

LULU PICART
Lulu Picart (@lulupicart) recently starred in the Off Broadway Production of Disenchanted!, for which she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award. She also tours with composer David Friedman presenting his music in Listen to My Heart: the Songs of David Friedman. She has sung with Toxic Audio, The Voices of Liberty, and the Orlando Philharmonic and has been featured in the Orlando Cabaret Festival and the Avignon Jazz Festival. Her favorite roles include Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Susie (Wit), and Joanne (Rent). Lulu was a judge for The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World and has adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association. She serves as clinician for small vocal ensembles and large choirs and holds masterclasses in performance and working with accompanists. As a musical director, she has worked for freeFall Theatre, Mad Cow Theater, and Walt Disney World. Lulu can currently be seen as Gooch in feeFall Theatre's production of Mame! ]]>
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212056
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197277
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189527
<![CDATA[Gary Crawford]]>
SECRET DREAMS: GARY CRAWFORD SINGS THE BARRY LEVITT SONGBOOK
 
Vocalist Gary Crawford burst onto the New York cabaret scene like a “thunderbolt” in October 2014 with his debut show In Love With Love at the Metropolitan Room. With the veteran Music Director and Arranger Maestro Barry Levitt at the piano, Crawford produced a captivating show that earned him rave reviews from BroadwayWorld.com and Cabaret Scenes Magazine and ultimately a 2014 Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs Award (MAC) for “Best Male Vocal Debut.” (Crawford had already performed a “CD Release” show of In Love With Love at the Metropolitan Room that April).
 
After spending the past year and a half performing as a guest singer in variety shows throughout city at venues such as Iridium, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama, and Urban Stages, Crawford has again teamed up with Levitt for a new show, this one featuring songs composed by Levitt himself. Crawford will star in Secret Dreams: Gary Crawford Sings The Barry Levitt Songbook at the Metropolitan Room on September 2 at 7 pm. The show will feature the Barry Levitt Quartet, including Jon Burr on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, and Jack Cavari on guitar, as well as special guest vocalists. The set list will feature songs with lyrics by Crawford, as well as many of Barry’s past and present collaborators, including his wife Brenda Levitt, his daughter Dori Levitt, Peter Napolitano, Jack Wrangler, Ari Dane, and Sunny Leigh.
 
 
Gary Crawford made his public singing debut in October 2011 at Dana Lorge’s Wednesday Night at the Iguana Open Mic show, surprising everyone with his smooth baritone, natural rhythm, keen ability for phrasing, and engaging stage presence. Less than three years later, Gary was posing for pictures at B.B. King’s while holding a MAC Award for his show In Love With Love.
 
During a career that has spanned four decades, Barry Levitt has been an award-winning composer, pianist, conductor, music director, arranger, producer, and educator. As a ubiquitous presence within the New York music, cabaret, and theater communities, Levitt has served as music director and arranger for two Broadway shows, four Off-Broadway shows, and countless recording stars and iconic concert performers, including Marilyn Maye, Ben Vereen, Benadette Peters, Eartha Kitt, Rosemary Clooney, Sergio Franchi, Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson, Marilyn Michaels, Karen Mason, and many more. Levitt has also conducted the New York, Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Detroit, and Indianapolis Pops Orchestras, and from 1998-2003 he was the Producing Artistic Director for the 92nd Street Y’s world renowned Lyrics & Lyricists series.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211007
<![CDATA[Joe Pino]]>

Joe Pino, performer, composer, and educator, has always pushed for musical excellence. In High School, he was acknowledged for his achievements early on while playing in The Beverly High School Jazz Band that competed at jazz festivals all over the United States. From these festivals, Joe won many outstanding soloist awards including two given by Herb Pomeroy and Greg Hopkins. In Joe’s senior year of high school, he won an outstanding soloist award from a jazz competition in New York City competing with over 20 jazz bands in the country. Joe was off to a great start.
 
In May 2008, Joe earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the world-renowned music school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Years later, his talent has taking him far. His extensive performance career lead him into performing at some of the best concert halls and clubs around New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. 
 
The hard working Boston native stays busy with gigs and sessions around NYC, particularly in the Jazz scene. Joe’s reputation as a jazz trumpet player has also led him playing with such greats as The Temptations, and The Happenings while also performing with the legend TV star, Vicky Lewis. 
 
Joe leads his organ trio, and quartet that have an extensive performing schedule playing at many of the great jazz venues all over the map; Smalls Jazz Club, The Garage, Why Not Jazz Room, Chris’s Jazz Café, Tea Lounge, Shape Shifter Lab, Piano’s Lounge, Treme Jazz and Blues Club, The Sugar Bar, Trumpets Jazz Club, Twins Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Fat Cat, House of Blues Foundation Room, Chianti Jazz Lounge, Ryles Jazz Club, The Zeiterion Theatre, and The Wilbur Theatre. Joe has also transcribed many jazz artist solos, one which is featured in a Bugles Media Publications Book called The Improvisation Style of Jim Rotondi By: Eric Siereveld. 
 
Performed and Studied with These Artists and Bands: The Temptations, The Happenings, Jim Rotondi, Brian Lynch, George Garzone, Matt Wilson, Livingston Taylor, Jeremy Pelt, Mark Walker, The John Hoppin’ Jazz Orchestra, The Hot Shim Sham Orchestra, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The Brooklyn Big Band, Oscar Stagnaro, Lin Biviano, Charlie Lewis, Jeff Galindo, Jeff Stout, Victor Mendoza, The Boston Horns, James Montgomery, Big Sam from Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Musical Theatre Productions: Gypsy, South Pacific, Annie, Hot Mikado, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Once Upon A Mattress, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Curtains, Music Man, Oliver, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and The Pajama Game 
 
Teaching: Joe has been on faculty teaching students all ages, private and group lessons for Berklee College of Music’s City Music Outreach Program, Music and Arts, Harborlight Montessori School, The Beverly Public School System, and online Skype lessons.
 
Endorsements/Family of: Stomvi USA, and Adams Musical Instruments.
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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212628
<![CDATA[Abigail Rockwell]]> GRANDDAUGHTER OF BELOVED AMERICAN ILLUSTRATOR NORMAN ROCKWELL
CONTINUES HER NYC CABARET DEBUT
 
“BRING IN THE SPRING!”
DIRECTED BY BILL CASTELLINO
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY SEAN HARKNESS



Jazz singer/songwriter Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of beloved American illustrator Norman Rockwell, will continue her New York cabaret debut on Thursday, September 3rd at 7 pm at the Metropolitan Room in “Bring In The Spring!”.  Her first show was in late April and now she returns this fall with two more shows.  Ms. Rockwell will take the stage to share her songs – an eclectic mix of standards and original compositions – and her story after a long battle for truth contending with the recent fraudulent biography of her grandfather.  Sean Harkness, her musical director, will accompany her on guitar.  The show is directed by Bill Castellino.
“I accepted Metropolitan Room’s gracious offer to do a show, but I knew I couldn’t just sing my torch and swing music as usual without acknowledging what it’s been like to journey through this controversy,” Ms. Rockwell promises, “It’s time to leave scandal behind – a bit of sauce, the fight for truth, bring on the fun!”
 
Abigail Rockwell is a torch & swing singer/songwriter.  She has been deeply influenced by the jazz singers of the past – Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald; as well as Fado and Brazilian singers like Elis Regina and Amalia Rodrigues.  She trains with Gary Catona, the renowned voice coach in Los Angeles.  Abigail co-produced her debut CD, Union Station, with Bill Brendle, the pianist/arranger/composer who has worked with many artists, including Sergio Mendes, Lamont Dozier and Erykah Badu.  Her CD was mixed by Grammy award-winning Mauricio Guerrero and mastered at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster.
 
www.abigailrockwell.com
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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207749
<![CDATA[Savannah & Chase]]> “Too Blondes”- A one woman show featuring Savannah Brown and Chase O’Donnell
 
Chase and Savannah are two recent college grads navigating their way through life. Let them entertain you May 23rd with a show full of songs and sketches to inform you on the ups and downs of being a twenty something girl in the Big Apple
 
Sheridan Stevens, Music Director
Oliver Switzer-Guitar
 
SAVANNAH BROWN: Savannah Brown, a 2014 graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, is thrilled to be living, working, and studying in New York City. Theatre credits include: “Desire Under the Elms,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis,” among others. She recently made her network television debut on The Lifetime Movie Network and is excited to begin filming her first feature this month. 
 
CHASE O’DONNELL: Chase O'Donnell recently made the move to New York City from Los Angeles to make her off-Broadway debut in One Day the Musical. Chase graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in acting. Theater credits include, Inappropriate (Odyssey Theater), Metamorphoses (Ensemble Theater Company), and Meet Me in St. Louis (Cabrillo Music Theater). She is thrilled to be writing and creating new material with Savannah Brown.
 
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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209500
<![CDATA[Willie-Mae Perry]]> ABOUT WILLIE-MAE PERRY
 
A vocalist, in the American Standard genre, Willie-Mae is equally comfortable singing Jazz, Broadway Show tunes, and Inspirational music. She frequently teams up with noted Musical director and pianist Frank Owens and more recently with Richard A Cummings.  She has also worked with bassists Paul West and Lisle Atkinson; trumpeter Michael Lewis; pianist Ishmael Wallace; drummers Jackie Williams, Greg Bufford, Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks and the late Earl Williams.
 
Legendary radio and talk show host Joe Franklin said, “Willie-Mae is a fine singer; a great voice and a real lady.” Brazilian pianist and singer Luiz Simas says, “Willie-Mae is a great singer.”  Concert patrons have said, “She tells a story when she sings and you want to see what happens next”, “You’re never bored.  Songs don’t sound the same. She pulls you into the action.”
 
Her major concerts include: “A Sentimental Journey” at Klavierhaus/Parker Meridien,“My Funny Valentine” at the Metropolitan Room in NYC, “Someone to Watch Over Me” at the Metropolitan Room in NYC, “Willie-Mae Sings Harold Arlen”, "Willie-Mae Perry at the Lenox Lounge", "Seasons of Love Live at Saint Peter's Jazz”; a  One-woman show written by her blending drama and song, Loch Lomond and Love Songs, Prynhawn da; for the New York Welsh Women, An Evening with Willie-Mae Perry at Cobi’s Place, Help Japan; Benefit Concert to aid Earthquake and Tsunami victims of Japan, Stand Up to Parkinson’s; Benefit Concert to aid Parkinson's Disease Research, "Six in the City"; with the Cabaret Workshop, and A Night at Dillon’s with ASG.
 
Guest performances include:  Special Musical guest, “The 180th Annual Dinner Dance of the Saint David’s Society of New York 2015, The Yale Club in NYC, “Saul Rubin & Cobi Narita’s 9/11 Remembrance”, "Jazz Center of New York Tribute to Abbey Lincoln", “Celebration of Song; Open House New York”, Episcopal Actors Guild Variety Program at Guild Hall, “ Jazz Center of New York All Star Tribute to Dakota Staton”, 30th Anniversary Gala; Council on Culture and Arts at Flushing Town Hall, “Marian Anderson”;portrayal of the singer in music with FAPC , Manhattan College honoring Blacks in Jazz History, Jamming at numerous Open Mic night spots in New York including the Cotton Club, performances for civic groups, and private engagements.
 
Willie-Mae has also been a member of the New York Metro Mass Choir and the Great Day Chorale under the direction of the late Livonia Pointer.  An aspiring actress, she was the lead character, Elisa, in the play, “What Happened”, a featured character in FAPC Theatre Group productions of “Better than Broadway”, and has presented her talents in monologues and staged readings, the most recent, “Under Milkwood”, a Welsh Radio drama.  She has also performed background work in “Law and Order”, the pilot of “Cashmere Mafia” and the documentary Doku”.
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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203065
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!






"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197487
<![CDATA[Yoav Shlomov]]> Born in Israel, Yoav attended the prestigious Thelma Yellin School of Arts, graduating with excellence from the jazz department at age 18.
 
Yoav received the New School’s  Scholarship for study abroad to attend The New School in New York, where he is completing his BFA in performing arts in May 2015.
 
Yoav Recently Recorded his Debut Album with the upcoming Musicians: Ofri Nehemya and Tomer Bar. The Album is released in Digital Format, divided in 2 parts.





 
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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200586
<![CDATA[Sharón Clark]]>
 
 
 
Premiere of “Sharón Clark Misbehaves” – One Night Only! 
 
 
DC’s remarkable jazz vocalist Sharón Clark returns to the Metropolitan Room with a whole new show – “Sharón Clark Misbehaves,” a collection of songs based on her overseas tours and domestic adventures. 
 
This is Clark’s sixth Met Room engagement, and her latest collaboration with music director Chris Grasso. Will Friedwald raved about “Blame It On My Youth,” their 2013 show, calling it “new and amazing… an absolute triumph.”  The New York Times’ Stephen Holden concurred:  “You can’t underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharón Clark tears it apart and looks inside.”
 
Clark has toured worldwide, from Europe to Israel, as well as multiple tours of Russia, where she is a major concert draw. A winner of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and the American Traditions Competition, Clark appears regularly in DC at Blues Alley and Loews Madison Hotel. A featured soloist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, Clark has headlined the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the Cape May Jazz Festival and the Savannah Music Festival where she earned the festival’s Gold Medal.
 
Clark and Grasso are joined by Eric Wheeler, bass, and Lenny Robinson, drums.  Showtime is 7pm
 
Artist website:
 

http://www.chrisgrassomusic.com/sharon_clark/index.htm
 
Link for Video:
 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1EE5F289C48158E0
 
 
 

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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195562
<![CDATA[Taiger Apana-Williams]]>


Taiger Williams started comedy at the age of 10yrs old, when he performed comedy at his elementary school talent show. Taiger Williams won first place and was pick-up by a talent scout and talent agent. He starting performing in Elementary School Tours,  Junior High School Tours, High School Tours, and College Tours. He was pick to go on a 45 State Tour with a comedy troop; from Washington D.C. to Miami, Florida. Taiger then was pick up by HBO & Showtime for 3 seasons, then Comedy Central & SNL. 
 
Taiger Williams first movie was Ghostbusters II at the age of 13yrs, he continues to act in various films and television shows, such as; Paid In Full as Calvin, Rachel Getting Married, Superman 3, Spinning Into Butter, Brooklyn Finest, Music & Lyrics, Brooklyn to Manhattan, Third Watch, NYPD Blues, Whoopi, Jonny Zero, Six Degrees, Kidnapped, Law & Order, Canterbury’s Law and many more....
 
Taiger Williams has also performed stand-up comedy at NY Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, Comic Strip Live, The Comedy Store, Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines on Broadway, Tea Bag and others. 
 
This show is Entitled Taiger Presents: LaughOutLoud Comedy Series. This is the Funniest comedy show you will ever see. These are a collective group of comedians that have different flavors of comedy, that will keep you in stitches. You will go home after the show wanting more. You will enjoy this Show. The headliner Doc Livingston is Hilarious, his unique style of comedy will keep you laughing, you will enjoy him. 
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Sun, 06 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216898
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Sun, 06 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198028
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192330 <![CDATA[Cabaret Stars of Tomorrow]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219537 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189528
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197278
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - "The EnGAYgement" –with Seph Stanek
 
THE ENGAYGEMENT is an original musical adventure through the joys and tribulations of two men in New York City; the thrall of the first date, the bliss and the challenges of domestic partnership, and the victories of marriage. With music and lyrics by David Auxier-Loyola and musical arrangements by Mark York, you will take delight in the storytelling, both poignant and hilarious, through a wealth of classic musical theater style with a modern sensibility.
 
Featuring: Chris-Ian Sanchez, Eliott Mattox, Jason Whitfield and Colleen Harris
 
CHRIS-IAN SANCHEZ made his solo debut with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall this pass fall.  Internationally, Mr. Sanchez has sung tenor soloist in mainland China with the American Hollywood Film Orchestra.  Musical Theatre credits include Thuy in Miss Saigon in Miami, FL (Carbonell Award nomination for (Best Supporting Actor),  Passin’ It On with Len Cariou, at Coconut Playhouse,Thoroughly Modern Mille (Ching Ho), Aida (Mereb), Grease! (Roger), Joseph…Dreamcoat  (Judah) and Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler) at Surflight Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar (James, the Elder) at K.C. Starlight and has performed all of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire with NYGASP.  Mr. Sanchez has also performed as soloist in Broadway Backwards! 3 benefitting GMHC at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway and has sung back up for Broadway veterans Telly Leung and Disney Princess voice herself, Lea Salonga.  He is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music.
 
ELLIOTT MATTOX A Kentucky boy, Oklahoma transplant and N.Y.C. resident, Elliott is excited to be part of The EnGAYgement! Regional: Patsy in Spamalot, Hugo in Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror Show (Lyric OK); Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins and eight others (MTWichita); Hello, Dolly! (MUNY). Favorites: Jack in Into the Woods, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd. Proud Oklahoma City University grad and AEA member. Thanks to David for having me be a part of this labor of love. Endless thanks to the most incredible family and friends in the universe for their constant love and support. Cheers!
 
JASON WHITFIELD has cruised the Seas with Celebrity Cruises and performed at Disney in Orlando, Fl and Tokyo, Japan.  Along the way Jason has performed many roles with some favorites being Ko-Ko in The Mikado and Frank in Annie Get Your Gun. Jason musical directs and sings with PartySingers NYC. He is currently a member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and a member of the St. Bart’s Choir, NY.  Jason would like to thank his son Dawson and wife Christina for all of their support.
 
COLLEEN HARRIS is an actor, singer, composer, and teacher whose work has been seen and heard in theaters of all sizes across the country.  She holds a degree in Theater Performance from the University of Evansville and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.  Her original music was commissioned by the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.  She is a performance coach for university students and circus performers. She can be seen every week hosting Thoroughly Modern Mondays and Mostly Sondheim at the Duplex, and her band SIREN plays all around town: Sirenmusicnyc.com
 
David Auxier is a 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Special Musical Material and is the creator of the 2009 Bistro Award winning Gilbert & Sullivan cabaret I've Got a Little Twist, which continues to tour the country. Outside of cabaret, David is a principle performer with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as the company's choreographer and co-director. He can regularly be seen playing the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. David also choreograph's and performs with The Ziegfeld Society. www.davidauxier.com]
 
It's about time Seph Stanek made his Metropolitan Room debut! Hailed by the New York Times as "lovable and very charming," Seph's musical career runs the gamut from pop to grand opera. Recent performances include a solo concert at San Francisco City Hall, I am Harvey Milk (with Kristin Chenoweth) at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Wolf Trap with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Every weekend you can find him on 42nd Street starring in Off-Broadway's Naked Boys Singing! Seph looks forward to originating the role of the Scribe in Akhenaten the Musical, which is slated for Broadway in 2016. AEA. @SephStanek www.SephStanek.com
 
Mark York (Musical Director/Arranger) has been David Auxier's personal pianist since 1992. Mark is currently the pianist and co-arranger for Just Jim Dale, which recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Roundabout, and now London's West End. He’s the Executive Producer for The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and was Cy Coleman’s Music Assistant. New York credits:Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate, Busker Alley starring Jim Dale/Glenn Close, director - Tony Walton, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007, 2008 and 2010 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays, Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice. Composer/lyricist: Galveston!-The Vegas Before Vegas, Rest In Peace directed/choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Porker Sisters and 11 children’s musicals. Mark’s a native New Yorker from Oklahoma. 
 
"David Auxier is a triple-threat - no, make that a triple-TREAT - well, maybe both. He's a singer, an actor and a song-writer; plus he's nice, attractive and a totally engaging performer." - Jan Wallman
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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198163
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> "They Wrote the Songs... Remembering Mr. Sinatra" 
 
Julie Budd Pays tribute to Americas greatest musical legend Frank Sinatra. Remembering Mr. Sinatra is Julie Budd's personal Valentine to not only Mr. Sinatra, But to the music as well. When Julie Budd was only 16 years old, Mr. Sinatra personally invited Julie to be His guest artist at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.,. These Songs are filled with wonderful memories of the glorious concerts that Julie Budd shared with Mr. Sinatra on stage At Caesars Palace. . Songs from America's greatest composers , With lush Orchestrations... They Wrote The Songs... ' Remembering Mr. Sinatra " is an evening Of the classic American standards, passed down To Julie, by a great legend . Memories that Julie will cherish forever. " Remembering Mr. Sinatra "

For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper Celebrates at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720

 
JULIE BUDD .. sings;
“ They Wrote The Songs “
The Music Of Our Lives
 
CD on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby
 
WINNER  of  “The Broadway World Award  “ Best Show!
 
Do You Remember When That Special Song was first played for us?  It meant so much & still does.
That meaningful song took you back to a special time & a  place.  When hearing those lyrics & the caressing melodies transported you to a place where only music can take you to.
 
“ They Wrote The Songs “ … the music of our lives…  compilation of the greatest songs , from the most celebrated writers , are now sung by a truly beloved entertainer.
 
Songs that are the heart of our generation and the music soundtrack of our lives.  Julie Budd sings selections from, Elton John , Burt Bacharach & Hal David , Andrew Lloyd Weber , Anthony Newly , Paul Anka , Ann Hampton Callaway & More!
 
Along with  some great American Classic Composers & Classic selections from great shows as well.  These memories are lasting forever and so is this music.
 
Julie Budd shares her memories with you as she explores the grand talents behind the music.  The Nationally-loved Julie Budd ,  hailed by  “The New York Times “  …”The Consummate Performer “  gives a warm & Touching interpretation  on... Julie Budd Sings  “They Wrote The Songs “ The music of our lives.
 
JULIE BUDD
Celebrity Artist In Resident
Metropolitan Room Concert Dates For 2015
MAY 14
SEPT. 10
OCT. 21
DEC 10
 
JULIE BUDD .... The CD  ‘ They Wrote The Songs “
Is now in it’s Fourth Pressing & Is available for Download on all on line retail sites.
 
Julie Budd on YOUTUBE  





JULIE BUDD CD Reviews 
 
ABOUT JULIE BUDD
Julie Budd Has Been entertaining since the Tender age of 12.  After Meeting Merv Griffin at a recording studio in NYC, Merv immediately took Julie under his wing, and put her on his show, where Julie appeared over 100 times.
 
From there, this Mini Girl With The Maxi Voice went on to perform on every major TV show, and began to perform with Orchestras  all over the country.
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today, and enjoys a multi- faceted  career on the concert stage, in films & on Television.
 
Julie Budd has appeared at;
Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center , The London Palladium & in venues & Symphony Orchestras,  all over the world.
 
You Can Follow Julie On Her Website  www.juliebudd.com
And Visit Her On FACE BOOK as well
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Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215165
<![CDATA[John Malino Band]]> John Malino Band
 
 
John Malino is based in New York City but has played from coast to coast, from Birdland and the Kennedy Center to the Santa Monica Pier. A singer-guitarist he has worked with the best jazz musicians in the world, playing everything from Harold Arlen to Hank Williams. In his 20 years as a bandleader, NYC-born Malino has played L.A. nightclubs and inaugural balls. John Malino has shared the stage with jazz legend Lionel Hampton, and sax great David Sanborn has played sax on Malino’s original tune, “If I Had a Genie.”
 
Malino, called a “velvet-voiced baritone,” has been described as a cross between Harry Connick, Jr. and John Pizzarelli.
 
Born John William Scheuer in Manhattan, Malino spent much of his childhood in Washington, D.C. His father, James H. Scheuer, was a Congressman for New York City for 27 years. His mother was interior designer Emily Malino. John studied at Bennington College and then came back to NYC to pursue music. A passionate fan of the Great American Songbook, Malino includes Gershwin, Johnny Cash, and Jimmy Hendrix in his varied repertoire. John Malino has played Birdland, Friday Night Jazz at Sardi’s, the Santa Monica Music Festival, the Sacramento Jazz Festival, Garage, the Back Fence, CBGB and the Kennedy Center.
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Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208867
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
Stacy Sullivan ~  Since You've Asked

Stacy Sullivan, one of the top working singers in Cabaret, will challenge preconceptions with her new show, “Since You’ve Asked.” Whether you’re a fan of The Great American Songbook or VH1, you’ll find something to love within this eclectic evening of music and story. With musical director Troy Fannin, Sullivan has created her most personal, thought-provoking evening to date. #Randy Newman #Nina Simone #Ray LaMontagne #Hoagy Carmichael #Judy Collins #Ed Sheeran #Woodie Guthrie #Stevie Nicks #Cole Porter #George Harrison #Noel Coward #David Hajdu #Fred Hersch #Jonsi #Stephen Schwartz

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217976
<![CDATA[The Final Callback]]>

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210484
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room Variety Show]]> Metropolitan Room will present the best in several genres, from Magic, to Comedy, to Musical.  It's a great way to start a weekend and we can't wait to entertain you!
 
 
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205528
<![CDATA[Madeline Kahn Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of Madeline Kahn.

William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), will host a musical tribute to the late singing actress as part of the Metropolitan Room’s “Gone Too Soon” series, produced by Joseph Macchia. Following the performance on Saturday, September 12, at 4:00 pm, Madison will sign copies of his book, which has been called “illuminating” (Huffington Post), “well-researched and thoughtful” (Associated Press), “wonderful” (Michael Musto, Outmagazine), and “necessary” (The Movie Addict Headquarters). Directed by Peter Napolitano, “The Music of Madeline Kahn” will feature several friends and colleagues of the comic legend, including her co-stars from Richard Rodgers’Two by Two, Walter Willison and Joan Copeland. They’ll be joined by performers from theater, cabaret, and opera who have been inspired by Kahn, including Ann Harada of Avenue Q and Smash. Jeff Cubeta is music director.
 
The hit series Gone Too Soon returns in September at The Metropolitan Room. This final installment of the series for 2015 pays tribute to the great Madeline Kahn. Produced by Joseph Macchia and directed by Peter Napolitano. The series will feature some of the most talented performers from Broadway and Cabaret. Performing are
 
Ann Harada
Walter Willison
Joan Copeland
Adam Shapiro
Michael Cohen
Janice Hall
Sarah Rice 
Rosa Bettancourt
Hanna Burke 
Lawrence Leritz
Minda Larsen

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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199248
<![CDATA[Jimmie Bush Jr.]]> Jimmie Bush Jr. ~ Good Times Revue
 
Jimmie Bush Jr. was born in St.Petersburg, Florida on January 16th 1991. He's played sports and sang all his life. Jimmie grew up playing 3 instruments, the guitar, saxophone, and drums. He attended and played football at Northeast high school in St.Petersburg , FL. He also played football for the Merced Blue Devils in the NCAA at Merced College in CA. His music is now being played on these radio stations - The Pete O'shea Show on WTIS 1110 AM, The Jim Hendrick Show WONN 1230 AM, and The Mom and Pop Shop With George Bettinger on Dream Stream Radio. Jimmie's music ranges anything from Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, to The Temptations, and a little bit of country, standards and ballads. 

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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212768
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170106 <![CDATA[Alessandra Clemente & Sandro Gaspar]]>


ALESSANDRA CLEMENTE
Already shows a passion for the art of music in the early years of adolescence and starts the first studies of piano and singing at the age of fifteen.
He attended various schools of music, to learn the basic technique of pop, including Vanguarde School .
 
Since 1996 enters a new dimension of classical music with the study of the "bel canto" as lyric soprano, with renowned teachers (Giuseppe Murmura, baritone; Elisabeth Smith, dramatic soprano; Gabriella Ravazzi lyric soprano and teacher at the Conservatory Paganini; Music Liric’s Academy)
 
In 1997 during a course organized by International Singing "Spazio Musica" in Orvieto, singing as a chorister at the premiere of Madama Butterfly, as lyric soprano at the Teatro Mancinelli. Performing since the age of eighteen in live concerts and festivals and occasionally collaborates with the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa as a special set.
 
In 2009 he enrolled in the three years of singing jazz and popular music at the Conservatorio A. Vivaldi in Alessandria (Italian Music Academy), where she graduated in jazz singing and vocal improvisation in 9 July 2013.
Encounter with jazz and passion for this kind arise from various projects in the Brazilian bossa nova, always in a jazz, tribute to Anita O'Day jazz concerts with the most famous musicians on the national italian scene: Giovanni Sanguineti, Dino Cerruti, Rodolfo Cervetto and many others.
 
Songwriter wrote “Dragonfly wings” a pop single in 2015.
 
She has performed with Sandro Gaspari (pianist) since 2010
 
 
SANDRO GASPARI
He graduated in classic piano at the Conservatory of Novara ( Italy) in 1997.
 
He recorder his album “  Reflex “, disk production consist of ten instrumental pieces of rafined musical taste jazz and new age.
 
Partecipates in jazz workshop Città di Castello in Perugia ( Italy) arranging their songs and jazz standards with the cooperation of John Arnold, Ramberto Ciammarughi, Fabio Zeppetella, Massimo Moriconi and Umberto Fiorentino proposing in a final concert.
 
He graduated in jazz piano at the Conservatory of Alessandria ( Italy) with Luigi Bonafede in 2012.
 
Music teacher in state secondary schools and private schools.
 
He collaborates with many musicians, singers and songwriters in Italy and Switzerland has performed in numerous concerts as a pianist.
 
Partecipates in Italy to broadcast radio and television theater.
 
He has performed since 2010 with the italian singer Alessandra Clemente.
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220011
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182401
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]>
Peter Calo on Guitar
Skip Ward on Bass
Mark Leitz on Percussion
 
Directed by Lennie Watts 
 
Two of today's most honored and prolific performers present a first in cabaret: On Sacred Ground: The Songs of Janis Ian.
 
Janis Ian learned the truth at seventeen. 
 
With influences from folk pioneers like Joan Baez, Odetta and a bevy of activists and artists, she began writing songs at a very young age. When she released "Society's Child" in 1967, she received hate mail and death threats in addition to a radio station (in Atlanta) being burned down due to the controversial nature of the song's lyrics about an interracial romance. Many stations refused to add the song to their play lists. The song won her the first of two Grammy awards. After two previous attempts, the song became a runaway hit after Leonard Bernstein featured it in a CBS television special. It was only the beginning. At 16, she met Bill Cosby while touring with a chaperone (due to her age.) The shy teen often slept with her head on the chaperone's lap. Mr. Cosby petitioned television stations not to allow her on the air due to her bad influence as a result of her "lesbianism." A few years later, she would be the very very first musical artist to appear on the debut of Saturday Night Live. Hers has been a remarkable, outspoken, non-stop career that remains active to this day. Revered artists like Barbara Cook, Dame Shirley Bassey, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Nina Simone – and Cher have all recorded Janis Ian's songs to great acclaim. She remains one of today's most respected female songwriters in a crowded field. Ms. Ian wrote that first hit single ("Society's Child") when she was only 13 years old. It won the Grammy in a year opposite Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John and Helen Reddy. 
 
For the first time in cabaret, On Sacred Ground... starring Marcus Simeone and Tracy Stark, pays overdue tribute to the lady who broke glass ceilings and made a lasting impact on generations. Her best selling autobiography (At Seventeen) won a Grammy (Best Spoken Word.) This homage to Janis Ian will feature familiar and rarely heard songs, including "Between The Lines," "Matthew," "Getting Over You," "This Train Still Runs," "Silly Habits," "When Angels Cry," "Jesse," "She Must Be Beautiful," "At Seventeen," "Stars" - and "Society's Child." 
 
Marcus Simeone is one of today's brightest lights in cabaret. Renowned for his multi-octave, expressive tenor  and his unique ability to sing in many genres, he has received countless accolades. He recently made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Also a respected songwriter and recording artist, he will soon be releasing his sixth album on Miranda Music.
 
Tracy Stark has won numerous awards for her distinguished work as a pianist, arranger and songwriter. She has accompanied a plethora of artists, including Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Tovah Feldshuh and Barb Jungr.  Her upcoming CD, on Miranda Music, is a collection of original songs titled "Shades of Beautiful." 
 
Lennie Watts is a highly regarded director who has won many awards for his solo shows as well as directorial work. He is also a respected teacher who produces seminars, performance classes and workshops. He is also president of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. 
 
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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194746
<![CDATA[Pat Holley]]>

People who know Pat Holley call her a Musical Renaissance Woman. She has successfully proven herself in at least seven musical disciplines.
 
As demonstrated in her new musical, Me and Caesar Lee, she is a playwright, composer, and lyricist.
 
For the Metropolitan Opera's superstar, Shirley Verrett, she arranged, structured, accompanied, and co-orchestrated for a 24-piece orchestra, Franco Zeffirelli's presentation of "Verrett Sings Gershwin." This concert was performed live in Positano, Italy, and many major cities throughout the world. It was telecast throughout Europe by RAI/TV.
 
She was a contributing composer for OFF-OFF-Broadway's hit musical, "Mama I Want to Sing."
 
For the Wiz's Stephanie Mills, Pat Holley wrote songs for five commercial recordings, three of which were re-released in 1999 by Universal and MCA Records.
 
 
 
As a vocal teacher and coach, she has worked with a multitude of singers in the fields of Theater, Pop, and R&B music and with such diverse talents as pioneer Rap Artist, Doug E. Fresh, three time Tony winner, Hinton Battle, supermodel and television personality Iman, as well as Stephanie Mills and Shirley Verrett.
 
Throughout the years she has logged hundreds of hours in recording studios as a producer and arranger of her own compositions.
 
Pat Holley is also a singer who does and does not accompany herself. The New York Times' John Wilson described her singing as sensitive, fascinating, and beautiful.
In 2009 and 2010, she performed at New York's Iridium, The Triad, and The Metropolitan Room. Her first full CD, "Invitation," was released in 2007.
 
Pat studied composition and theory at City College and The Juilliard School. She is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
 
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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194488
<![CDATA[Shirley Gifford]]>
" ...a winsome singer...Miss Gifford has a romantic mezzo-soprano voice that easily takes to a variety of song. She sings in eight languages...Her diction is clear, her smile ineradicable, her personality attractive."
Richard F. Shepard, New York Times
 
"Soothing sounds...she moves from high clear notes to soft, low long tones.."
Don Nelson, The Daily News
 
"...highly talented...one of just a few females who do justice to the music of Jacques Brel."
Bruce Sinclair, Midtown TV Shopper and Restaurant Guide.
 
Shirley has been a singer since she was 5 years old, when she sang her first solo at the Rock Presbyterian Church in Fair Hill, Maryland. Growing up, Shirley, a mezzo, and her sister, Rosalie, who has a beautiful soprano voice, loved to sing duets together, everything from pop to country, to classical.
 
After majoring in Music with a B.A. degree from Florida State University, Shirley moved to New York City, where she gathered a musical following during her years singing at The Gaslight Club on East 56th Street, near Park Avenue. She also performed with The Myer Davis Orchestras, and was a soloist for the New Jersey Pops Orchestra. Additionally, she performed at cabaret clubs in Manhattan, including La Chansonnette, Mickey's, and the Magic Pan.
 
During an extended "gig" at La Cave Henri IV, A. M. Rosenthal of the New York Times was in the audience one night, and was surprised when Shirley could sing his request, "Plaisir D'Amour." His group enjoyed it very much, Mr. Rosenthal sent the NY Times reviewer, Richard Shepard, to the restaurant to review Shirley's performing. She received a rave review.Shirley has been a singer since she was 5 years old, when she sang her first solo at the Rock Presbyterian Church in Fair Hill, Maryland. Growing up, Shirley, a mezzo, and her sister, Rosalie, who has a beautiful soprano voice, loved to sing duets together, everything from pop to country, to classical.
 
After majoring in Music with a B.A. degree from Florida State University, Shirley moved to New York City, where she gathered a musical following during her years singing at The Gaslight Club on East 56th Street, near Park Avenue. She also performed with The Myer Davis Orchestras, and was a soloist for the New Jersey Pops Orchestra. Additionally, she performed at cabaret clubs in Manhattan, including La Chansonnette, Mickey's, and the Magic Pan.
 
 
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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214891
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]>
Presents: Julie Reyburn ~ Fate is Kind

For the first time in 15 years, cabaret star Julie Reyburn brings back her award-winning show, Fate Is Kind, to a New York nightclub stage. Reyburn and her celebrated Musical Director Mark Janas (Producer of the Award-Winning Open-Mic show Salon) first performed the show in February 2000 at The Singer's Forum as a benefit cabaret for their scholarship program. It then moved to Judy's Chelsea in March 2000 for its official cabaret debut, and the show ran off and on there for most of the year. Fate Is Kind world earn Reyburn MAC and Bistro Awards in 2001 for “Outstanding Female Cabaret Debut.” A CD recording of the show was released in the summer of 2000 and generated raves:
 
“When a cabaret show moves from cabaret room to CD, very often much is lost in the translation. But Julie Reyburn's Fate Is Kind CD, based on a powerful and inspiring debut show in which she revealed all of her many talents, follows in precise order the song list from her cabaret show. While this is a studio recording (except for the final track) the excitement and charm of the show is preserved. --Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline
 
“Putting Julie Reyburn's CD, Fate Is Kind, into one's CD player is like slipping into your most comfortable clothes, pouring a cup of hot chocolate and reliving your favorite memories of childhood. --Jonathan Frank, Talkin’ Broadway
 
Cabaret Life Productions Producer Stephen Hanks first discovered Fate Is Kind in March 2014 when Reyburn performed the show at a church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Reviewing for BroadwayWorld.com at the time, Hanks wrote: “The show's title, Fate Is Kind, may sound like it's telegraphing one of those eclectic cabaret sets built on existential self-examination, but it's actually a line in "When You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio. The wonderfully savvy and creative combination of songs and stories Reyburn features in this show (including a reading of Kahlil Gibran's prose poem "On Children" from The Prophet, and sections of Margery Williams' children's book classic, The Velveteen Rabbit), not only forces you to flip the pages of your mental scrapbook all the way to early childhood, it also tugs on your heartstrings if you're a parent, especially if your child has recently left the nest . . . Reyburn and her Music Director Mark Janas—with his sensitive and intricate-yet-accessible arrangements, and rich, orchestral piano--have taken fanciful notions of childhood and beautiful pieces of music and crafted them into a magical work of cabaret art.”
 
Read Hanks’ full review here: 
http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/CABARET-LIFE-NYC-Even-At-a-Brooklyn-Church-Julie-Reyburns-Award-Winning-FATE-IS-KIND-Is-Enchanting-Cabaret-as-Musical-Bedtime-Story-20140316
 
“It was actually seeing Julie’s show last year, as well as catching Karen Oberlin’s Doris Day show at Birdland almost two months later, that gave me the idea for launching this New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits series,” Hanks says. “I figured there were a lot of cabaret fans out there like me that wanted to see wonderful former shows they’ve missed or would like to see again.” 
 
Reyburn admits that 15 years since the show’s debut she will bring a much different perspective to Fate Is Kind. “When I first put this show together I was on a very introspective journey of looking at my life, questioning my path and how I got there; basically trying to make sense of it all,” Julie admits. “This show was a way of exploring all that and asking, 'What is real?' Fast-forward to the present, and marriage and parenthood have a way of pulling you into 'real' whether you are ready or not. It's humbling, at times hilarious, and often scary. Singing this show now is a different experience because my husband and children have become my greatest teachers on how to be real."
 
Julie Reyburn is a four-time MAC Award-Winner and two-time Bistro Award Winner, who has appeared in many of the top clubs in Manhattan. Her ability to connect to a lyric with unique interpretations has established her as one of New York’s celebrated female vocalist. She is the first ever Nightlife Award recipient for Outstanding Female Vocalist (2003) and was also a finalist for the award again in 2005 and 2009. In 2007, Julie was presented with the coveted Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation “in joyful gratitude for the vocal majesty and lyrical interpretation she continually manifests in her classic presentations of the Great Popular Songbook.”
 
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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192724
<![CDATA[Mathieu Blue]]>



Born in a small town in New Hampshire, singer, songwriter, Mathieu Blue was raised by a contemporary gospel singer mother and construction industry entrepreneur father.
 
Demonstrating a gift for music early in his childhood, Blue’s adolescence was spent in talent shows, rehearsals and performances that further fueled his love affair with music.
 
Influenced by vocalists ranging from Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight to Phil Collins and Garth Brooks, Blue has gradually developed a distinctly unique sound infused with hints of urban pop, soul, R&B and deep country tones.
 
Now living in New York City, Blue is currently preparing his first project – a 4-track EP entitled, “Here” – filled with smooth vocals that reflect his soulful, country inspirations, as well as carefully crafted lyrics that invoke the feelings of love, despair and individualism that he has experienced in his musical journey.
 
“Here” will be released on iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL, and other music platforms on September 14th.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212424
<![CDATA[Rosemary Loar]]> "Stingchronicity"  
Songs and Monoglues : Stories taken from the music of Sting 
 
Musical Director/Arranger, Frank Ponzio
Tom Hubbard, Bass
Barry Kleinbort ­Director
 
Following up on the success of her critically acclaimed show, “Sting, Stang, Stung...Swinging the Music of Sting,” Rosemary Loar returns to the music of Sting and The Police for her newest offering, “Stingchronicity,.. Swinging the Stories of Sting” 
 
Although his background was in the machismo of the English working class shipyards, Sting has a unique ability to capture the stories and emotions of women through his lyrics. Rosemary uses Sting’s music to paint a pastiche of the trials and triumphs of today’s women. 
 
“...she's got the intelligence and wit to match his in an entirely different mood and mode.” Finkle - Village Voice 
 
“Loar has made me view the music of Gordon Sumner—otherwise known to the world as “Sting”-in a whole new light.— Hanks - Times Square Chronicles
 
Rosemary Loar has been a cabaret artist for over 30 years and last year was awarded MAC’s coveted Hansen Award for continuing excellence as a performer. She has sung at Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, Town Hall (Cabaret Convention), Symphony Space, Upstairs at Sardi’s, Hotel Pierre, in LA at the Gardenia and MBar, in Chicago at The Tambourine Room and most recently in Paulo’s Munich. Ms. Loar has released two cabaret recordings: The Quando Swing and a live recording of her critically acclaimed show Sting, Stang, Stung! Swingjn’ The Music Of Sting.
 
Ms. Loar has four national tours and six Broadway credits to her name including CATS (critically acclaimed as Grizabella), Sunset Boulevard, and Once Upon A Mattress. 
 
She was awarded a Phoebe Award for her portrayal of Ivy Rowe in Fair And Tender Ladies. Rosemary also created the role of Gladys Fritts in the off-Broadway musical, Radio Gals.
 
Rosemary was the featured vocalist for the Cabaret Convention, Lyrics and Lyricist series at the 92nd Street Y, the PBS-TV production, New Year’s Eve With Guy Lombardo, at Town Hall with Prairie Home Companion and at Carnegie Hall (concert version of the Broadway show Chess) and has sung with the North Carolina, Orlando, Nelson Riddle and Peter Duchin Orchestras. 
 
Rosemary and Robert Atwood’s musical Spoolie Girl was presented as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival winning the award for best lyrics and music. 
 
Rosemary is also a recording artist and has released 4 CD’s of her original music and 3 CD’s of her jazz cabaret work (most recently When Harry Met The Duke.) For more info go to www.rosemaryloar.com
 
Frank Ponzio, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, has performed and collaborated with a variety of well-known artists, including Ben Vereen on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, David Amram, Phil Donahue, Joe Beck, Nancy LaMott, Baby Jane Dexter and Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter). Frank has enjoyed a 15 yearlong association with Jacques d'Amboise’s National Dance Institute as Music director and as a teacher and composer. He also worked as vocal coach at the New School's Actors Studio for three years as well as the William Riley Vocal Studio. He has created original scores for The Silver Swing, a film directed by Martha Parker, and for a production of David Mamet's radio play The Water Engine and for the full-feature film A Level Field. In television and radio, he has written music for several commercials including Dunkin' Donuts, Kmart, and Campbell’s Soup. Recent recordings include, Sting, Stang, Stung, Swingin’ The Music Of Sting and Quando Swing, featuring the vocalist Rosemary Loar, A Song About Forever, Songs of Kurt Weill, and Duo Piano Concert, featuring Alex Wu and Frank Ponzio (All4One Piano duo). 
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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220006
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189529
<![CDATA[Hot House NYC Jazz Awards Night 2015]]>
Hot House NYC Fans Decision 2015 Jazz Awards Night
 
Hosted by: Antoinette Montague

HONORING:  JACK KLEINSINGER

FINALISTS:

Guitar
   Bill Frisell
   Tom Dempsey
   Russell Malone
   Jonathan Kreisberg 
   James Chirillo
 
Bass
   Kevin Hailey
   Christian McBride 
   Boots Maleson
   David Ephross
 
Clarinet
   Ken Peplowski
   Anat Cohen
   Don Byron
 
Flute
   Lew Tabackin
   Andrea Brachfeld 
   Jamie Baum
   Don Braden
 
Alto_Saxophone
   Daniel Bennett
   Lou Donaldson
   Loren Stillman
   Vincent Herring
 
Baritone Saxophone
   Scott Robinson
   Claire Daly
   Joe Temperly
   Ronnie Cuber
 
Tenor Saxophone
   Sonny Rollins
   Melissa Aldana
   Ted Nash
   Eric Alexander
   Willie Williams
 
Trombone
   Wycliffe Gordon
   John Allred
   Clifton Anderson 
 
Trumpet
   Bria Skonberg
   Roy Hargrove
   Wynton Marsalis
   Avishai Cohen
   Duane Eubanks
 
Piano
   Lee Tomboulian
   Ehud Asherie
   Michael Cabe
   Danny Mixon
   Isaac Ben Ayala
 
Organ
   Dr Lonnie Smith
   Akiko Tsuruga
   Brian Charette
 
Drums
   Matt Wilson
   Roy Haynes
   Jeff Watts
   Lewis Nash
 
Vibes
   Warren Chiasson
   Joe Locke
   Stefon Harris
   James Shipp
   Chuck Redd
 
Best Group
   Trio da Paz
   Manhattan Transfer
   Duchess
   String of Pearls 
 
Ensemble
   The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet
   George Gee Big Band 
 
Rare Instrument
   Regina Carter
   Edmar Castaneda
   Hendrick Murkens 
   David Ostwald
   Ben Russell
 
Jazz Artist
   Daniel Bennett
   Russell Malone
   Anat Cohen
   Marylin Maye
 
New Jazz Artist
   Daniel Bennett
   Duchess
   Nicolas King
   Robbi Kumalo
 
Female Vocalist
   Melissa Hamilton 
   Nicki Parrott
   Melissa Stylianou 
   Bria Skonberg
   Daryl Sherman
 
Male Vocalist
   Tony Bennett
   Allan Harris
   Theo Bleckmann
   Marcus Goldhaber 
   Oleg Frish


HONORING:  JACK KLEINSINGER
Jack Kleinsinger has been the producer/director of Highlights in Jazz, New York City's longest-running jazz concert series, currently produced at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan for more than 35 years. In addition, he designs and structures each of the programs, coordinates publicity, public relations, technical assistance and fund-raising and is solely responsible for its smooth operation.
 
Jack's Highlights in Jazz has hosted the likes of Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Freddy Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, Jay Leonhart, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Bobby Sanabria, Steve Turre, Sonny Fortune, David "Fathead" Newman, Ken Peplowski, Dave Valentin, Lewis Nash, and many others just this season alone.
 
Jack is also an attorney, teacher and lecturer, and a former candidate for public office; in August 1991, he retired as Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York.

Between April 1st and June 30th, 2015, artists were nominated in each of the categories below. The top five most popular nominations are listed and between July 1 and August 31, 2015, you can vote for your favorite artist(s) per category. We are planning an Awards Evening at Metropolitan Room on September 16th, 2015 that will include special guests, VIPs and press coverage to celebrate the winners of the NYC JAZZ FANS DECISION 2015.
 
Together, Hot House and Metropolitan Room celebrate NYC Jazz Artists. In the spirit of fairness and democracy, we are asking fans of NYC jazz artists who have performed in NYC in the past year, to come out, nominate and vote for their favorite jazz artists. The categories cover a wide range of styles and specialties. We hope you help us celebrate and acknowlege the hard working performers we so love and appreciate at venues around NYC.

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About Hot House
The first publication dedicated to jazz in New York, since its creation in 1982 Hot House has put together hundreds of issues and helped promote over 10,000 artists. You too, give your career and events the exposure they deserve.
 
The oldest jazz magazine in New York, Hot House is the only publication in the New York metro area devoted solely to previews of upcoming jazz events.
 
Month after month, year after year since 1982, Hot House has offered insight and enthusiasm to both longtime jazz fans and newcomers to the scene reaching its goal to inform each readers, help promote events and bring audience to the performances.
 
Who’s playing where this evening? What recent CD releases are particularly stimulating and enjoyable? Which new group is especially worth catching live? Hot House is the answer. For musicians, club owners, concert promoters and record labels eager to get out the word on what’s coming up, Hot House is the ideal advertising medium. Through the publication, they’re reaching knowledgeable, discerning and affluent readers with money to spend.
 
Over nearly three decades, Hot House has built a loyal and responsive readership. Some are subscribers who receive their copies in the mail. Others pick up the magazine at New York’s leading clubs, concert halls, hotels and music outlets. Still others check out our expanded website. Larger, livelier and more comprehensive than ever before, Hot House continues to serve as New York’s jazz Bible! Visit our website at http://www.hothousejazz.com/

2015 Hot House NYC Jazz Award winners  TBA:

 

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176830
<![CDATA[Devin Bing]]> Devin Bing & The Secret Service returns to the Metropolitan Room with "MIXOLOGY"



 

 
Indulge in “Mixology,” a unique live performance where you, the audience, helps curate the show.  
 
Known for “his mixture of original material with popular standards arranged in a post-Stevie Wonder style,” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), DEVIN BING puts it all on the table - literally - allowing patrons the opportunity to order up songs both familiar and new. 
 
Choose from the Mixology “drink” menu of songs  spanning the Great American Songbook (with a twist) to this year’s newbie’s. And if you like those, you’ll love the “House Specials”- original songs written by Bing spanning from his debut, self-titled album to his forthcoming new LP, “Shaken Not Stirred.”  
 
Become a part of this singular experience, never to be repeated after that night, and savor the exquisite tastes of -
Devin Bing & The Secret Service!
 
Want to put your “drink” order in early? Hashtag #DBmixology along with @devinbing on Twitter prior to show and get your favorite song heard! 

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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217941
<![CDATA[Kyoko Saegusa]]> "Pieces Of Dreams" - the musical magic of Michel Legrand

KYOKO SAEGUSA (vocals)
KEITH INGHAM (piano)
TIM GIVENS (bass)
 
Keith Ingham/ three time Grammy Award nominee
Kyoko Saegusa/ working with Keith Ingham since 2009. Bobby Porcelli(alto), John Eckert (tpt),Arnold Wise(d) and Taro Okamoto(d) are also her collaborators. 
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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206122
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
Barry Levitt on piano  
Jon Burr on bass
 
Friday Evening, Sept 18, 2015 @ 7pm
“Dana surrounds herself with incredible talent, show after show.”
“Where else in New York City can you get to see such a variety of performers from the world of comedy, opera, musical theater, television and film.”
Performing Artists
 
Meg Flather
Singer/Songwriter – She has produced six albums of her original songs, many of which are available on iTunes. She is Brand Ambassador/Spokesperson at QVC and The Shopping Channel of Canada. Meg recently released her first book on amazon.com, “Home Shopping Diva...Lessons, Lyrics, and Lipstick,” and she’ll be performing her new show "Carly and Me" at Don't Tell Mama on September 27 at 6:30 and bringing back her 1993 show “Portraits” as part of Stephen Hanks' "New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits Series” on December 14 at the Metropolitan Room
 
Tony Babino
Singer/Songwriter – He has appeared at Showboat Casino Hotel, Trump Taj Mahal, Bally’s Grand and many more. Tony’s song “Swingin’ Around” was featured in the movie “The Crew” and his song “The Little Drummer Boy” in “The Ice Harvest”. He has shared the stage with Milton Berle, Les Paul, Patti Labelle, Pat Cooper, Danny Aiello and many other well known performers as well as adding his voice to numerous commercials.
 
Lisa Jason
Singer/Songwriter – She earned rave reviews from Provincetown to New York to the Caribbean. Lisa is a favorite at the annual CabaretFest in Provincetown, MA and the Cape Cod Jazz Festival. She has also been a featured singer with the Cape Cod Symphony and performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park. Her latest show, The Wish: The Art of Judy Garland recently played at an major Arts Center in Cape Cod and in August she performed at the Iridium with Denny Dias, founding member of the rock group Steely Dan. Lisa will be at the Metropolitan Room on October 26 at 7 pm with a new show called "Bullied to Beautiful" directed by Stephen Hanks. 
 
Ellen Karis - “The Greek
Goddess of Comedy”
Comedian – She is a highly successful stand-up comedian who has performed alongside comics as Drew Carey and Tom Papa. She has been a guest host on cable TV and radio shows. Ellen can be seen in the upcoming Tina Fey feature film “Sisters” due out this December.
 
Gloria Waldman
Singer - She is a charismatic cabaret singer with a sultry, jazzy sound who has performed to standing room only audiences in New York City at Don’t Tell Mama, The Village Gate, Sweetwater's, The Triad, Jason's on the Park, The Red Blazer, La Place, Steve McGraw’s, the legendary Cotton Club and in Puerto Rico at Café del Puerto, Alejandro’s and Café de Artistas.
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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172945
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188826 <![CDATA[Children's Cabaret]]>

Join us once a month for our very special Children's Cabaret - it's never the same thing twice! Once a month on a Saturday morning, you'll meet a unique lineup of storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and other skilled entertainers who can't wait to share their talents with you and your family. It's a show for kids that adults love too - the best of both worlds!





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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196929
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216100 <![CDATA[Jillian Laurain]]> An Evening With Jillian Laurain - a Trilogy", the second show "The Broadway Stage"

Ian Herman on piano
Tom Hubbard on bass
Ed Ornowski on drums

Opera Singer/Musical Theatre and Concert Stage artist brings her award winning vocal talents back to the Metropolitan Room in her new show “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”
 
Having won the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist for her highly successful tribute show, “My Broadway – 100 Years Of The Great White Way” Jillian sings songs by our great composers and lyricists Leonard Bernstein, John Kander & Fred Ebb, “Yip” Harburg & Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields, Duke Ellington…
Jillian brings not just her voice but her acting abilities to the songs that best fit “the rhythms of her life”
 
Don Rebic on piano
Tom Hubbard on bass
Sean Harkness on guitar
Ed Ornowski on drums
Emedin Rivera on percussion
Directed by Nikki Saed



*(This Video includes Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ed Ornowski on drums and Rob Thomas on violin)
 
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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161913
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]> Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207860
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197279
<![CDATA[Industry Workshop]]> Presents a Workshop Series, hosted by Academy President, Bernie Furshpan.

This Workshop:  How to produce an amazing, robust hour-long show on a shoe-string budget and not break the bank.
Presented by Joseph Macchia, Bernie Furshpan and guests

This workshop is essential for new and seasoned entertainers in the Cabaret and Nightclub industries and perfect for singers, comedians, jazz groups, etc and crucial for producers, promoters and managers as well.  

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Seminar Leaders:

Bernie Furshpan has had a successful run of marketing firms, concert productions and professional practice before his venture into a NYC Nightclub, The Metropolitan Room.  He brings to the business his cummulative experiences in several businesses, including business consulting, and helps NYC talent reach their potential in one of the most acclaimed venues in the world.  

Joseph Macchia 
Award-Winning Producer, Joseph Macchia has been a producer of Cabaret shows for the past twenty years in New York City. He has learned over those years how to produce a quality show on the smallest of budgets. Giving his audience a night they will never forget. 


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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216019
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200114 <![CDATA[Janine Gilbert-Carter]]>


Janine Gilbert-Carter Vocals - www.janinecarter.com
Eric B. Byrd - Piano  www.ericbyrd.com
Wes Biles - Bass
Jeff Neal - Drums www.jeffnealdrum.com
Marshall Keys - Sax  www.marshallkeys.com

Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!  This will be an intimate evening of Jazz and Blues standards paying tribute to many of our Jazz legends. Be prepared to go on an amazing musical journey.  You will not be disappointed!

The MC for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, the daughter of world renowned and one of the most prodigious and prolific bassists of the postwar era, the late Earl May.  Mrs. Tyson is the producer at Robyn's Place hosted by another New York native Robyn Holden at WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC
 
"Her poignantly warm, rich, soulful voice lovingly and profoundly penetrates the soul of all who are blessed to hear her. From the first note, the listener becomes spellbound. Not only her voice, but her delivery captivates." - Dr. Diane Brenda Williams
 
 
Janine Carter was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa, PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church; this celestial songbird has been flying ever since. 
 
Audiences have been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as: The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival  and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events.  She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel
Janine has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians; pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Allyn Johnson, Glenn Douglas, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonists Paul Carr, Brian Settles and Marshall Keys and percussionist Nasar Abadey Jeff Neal and the late Ricky Loza and Mike Smith. 
 
In 2006 Janine join the cast of "Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends" where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington. 
 
With the Release of "At Last" this will mark Janine's seventh exploration. She has released six previous CD's in two different genres; (Jazz) In the Moment, A Song For You, Inside A Silent Tear and Sailing (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert. 
 
Janine's “prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her music and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music”. 
Tours:
 
Oct /Nov  2009 Torino Italy: 19th Edition Blues Al Femminiel Centro Jazz Torino 10 City 10 Concert Tour,
2010 Russia
2011 Russia 
2013 Russia 
2013 Israel 
 
Honors and Awards: 
2013 - Inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame receiving the Henry Mancini Award 
2006 - 2008 - Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2006 - Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "A Song For You" 
2006- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance 
2005- Quarter Finalist- Americas Traditions vocal competition Savannah, GA 
2004- Finalist - Baltimore MD Mayor's Billie Holiday competition 
2003 - Finalist - FMJS East Coast Jazz competition 
2002 - Winner of The Absolute Jazz competition Wash. D.C.
2014 Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2014 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "At Last"
 
“...smooth, soulful and affectionate sound!...experienced songstress!...straight ahead delivery!...” 
- Vanguard Jazz Society, Vanguard Jazz Society (Apr 17, 2010) 
 
. Gilbert-Carter just swings and could teach a few new divas a thing or two about how to sell a song...” 
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
 
 “When it comes to singers like Gilbert-Carter, you can't help but just smile and go along for the voyage she wants to take you on, because not only will it be entertaining, but it can be soothing and fun.” 
- John Book, Music for America Review 
 
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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159841
<![CDATA[William Waldrop]]>
Still, And Still Moving: The Music of William Waldrop

Composer and pianist William Waldrop presents an evening of original songs featuring guests from Broadway and beyond, including:

Caroline Bowman
Cara Michelle Fish
Sarah Hunt
Sean MacLaughlin
John Riddle
Angie Marie Smith
Katie Thompson
Robert Williamson
 
William Waldrop is a New York City-based music director, conductor, pianist, arranger and composer.  Most recently, William conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, D.C. for the final national touring engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita.  William served as the Music Director/Conductor for the tour as well as the Associate Conductor for the Broadway production, starring Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris.  
 
William was the conductor and pianist for the first New York City revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Peccadillo Theatre Company) and has conducted or played in the pits of many other productions around the city including The Phantom of the Opera, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, On The Town, and Donnybrook!.
As a composer, William’s music has been heard in such NYC venues as Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and New World Stages.  His frequent lyricist and collaborator Robert Williamson comprises the other half of the songwriting team Waldrop and Williamson.  Their first musical Pandemic! A Killer Flu-sical premiered at the Las Vegas Fringe Festival in 2011.
 
William received a Masters of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Mississippi.  A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, William has called New York City his home since 2010.

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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210597
<![CDATA[Gary Lizardo]]>
Gary Lizardo will be singing songs written for leading men of stage and screen.  He has appeared in several NYC productions including: "Victor Victoria" (King Marchand), "Jekyll And Hyde - The Musical" (Sir Danvers Carew), "Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens" (Mitch and Nat), "Bare - The Pop Opera" (Priest),  "The Importance Of Being Earnest" (Frederick Chasuble), "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (Sir George Crofts), "Saint Joan" (Robert DeBeaudricourt), "702 Punchlines N Pregnant" (Nelson Zee), and his own Cabaret show, "Pieces Of Dreams".

Proceeds from the event will be donated to "Help Is On The Way" 
 

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Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217909
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173067 <![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]> Kristoffer Lowe  ~  You're Getting to be a Habit with Me | The Songs of Harry Warren

Music director Tracy Stark on piano leads a 3-person combo that includes Tom Hubbard on bass, and Jonathan Kantor on reeds.

2014 MetroStar, 2015 Bistro Award winner and 2015 MAC Award winner Kristoffer Lowe premieres his new show YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME: The Songs of Harry Warren. Directed by the multi-award-winning singer, director and producer Lennie Watts, “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” explores American composer Harry Warren, who had more hits on the hit parade than Irving Berlin, won 3 Academy Awards (with 11 nominations), and composed more than 800 songs. Despite Warren’s prolific success, name-brand celebrity eluded him, making him one of the Great American songbook’s unknown heros.
 
This time, the composer once referred to as “the invisible man” will be seen and heard as Lowe’s lush tenor, with its expansive harmonic colors, gives the author of “At Last,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “You’ll Never Know,” and “42nd Street” his long-awaited due. Named one of the 25 people to watch in cabaret in 2015 by NiteLife Exchange, Lowe’s self-effacing humor and sensitive, thoughtful take on the American songbook are quickly garnering praise and acclaim in the NYC cabaret scene. 
 
“Lowe taps into the emotional content of the songs and expresses lyrics with an apparent effortlessness. The voice itself is truly exceptional.”   ~Mark Dundas Wood, BistroAwards.com
 
“Sweet sustained high notes are glorious. . . he refreshingly radiates sincerity. He sparkles. . . put the Lowe show high on the must see list”  ~Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
 
“An artist that possesses the natural ability to so completely interpret a theatrical time in history, capturing the very essence, you feel almost transported. . . Whether crooning softly or showing great emotional acting chops it is an exquisite vocal instrument that soars high and clear.  ~Billie Roe, BroadwayWorld.com
 
“A thrilling tenor voice made of honey and burnished gold, using it to wonderful touching and comic effect. . . ineffably moving.”  ~Steve Ross, International cabaret legend 
 
 
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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200123
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189530
<![CDATA[The Highland Divas]]> THE HIGHLAND DIVAS | MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia Johnson, Margaret Kelly, and Marla Kavanaugh are a long way from home. Although these talented young women are enjoying careers that landed them in New York, they all hail from well outside of the Big Apple.

A MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia, Margaret, and Marla are The Highland Divas: three women from different parts of the world, with diverse musical backgrounds and a common heritage. These uniquely talented artists will take you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand, and culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. It is a journey from the most achingly spare Celtic ballads, to the most thrilling, harmonized interpretations of popular and classical music.
 
Georgia Johnson is an alumni of Glasgow’s prestigious Musical Theatre Course at Knightswood Secondary School, as well as a Scottish actress, singer, and dancer who moved to the US in 2004 when she was accepted with scholarship into The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating in 2006, she successfully landed the role of Orange Girl, in the 2007 national tour of Shout! The Mod Musical. Following that, she was offered the role of Sharon in the funny and successful off Broadway show Girls Night The Musical. A jack-of-all-trades in the performing industry, this well trained singer, dancer, and actress has been branded a “true triple threat” by some of Broadway and television’s top producers. In 2008, Georgia served as the first non-American USO girl for two years, performing for productions such as Dick Clarks’ New Years Rockin’ Eve Show. Performing to over 22.6 million viewers, she also sang the national anthem at New York’s City Field and various other patriotic events across the US. In 2012 she sang the national anthem for the NASDAQ ringing of the bell. Georgia is beyond delighted to be tuning back into her roots and joining the Highland Divas, singing the songs most true to her heart - the songs she was born to sing.

Margaret Kelly has wowed audiences in her native Scotland and in the United States with her stirring powerhouse voice that has been described as "cathartic." She received a scholarship to the prestigious AMDA in New York and established herself immediately in performing the role of Grizabella in three productions of Cats - The Musical, including the Broadway 25th Anniversary Tour, and procuring a Green card based on exceptional musical ability. After establishing herself as an artist to watch in Scotland, and recording and starring in multiple musicals, she sang the national anthem at the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in New York. Most recently, Margaret is proud to have performed on Broadway in The Minskoff Theatre 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
 
Marla Kavanaugh has captivated worldwide audiences with her angelic soprano. Originally from New Zealand, she is a critically acclaimed leading lady in opera and musical theatre. Marla sang in the Los Angeles Opera Gala welcoming Placido Domingo as Artistic Director. She starred in the post Broadway West Coast premiers of Terence MacNally's Masterclass and Paul Gordon's Jane Eyre. She has been a guest soloist with symphonies in New Zealand, The US, Japan, and The Netherlands. In 2004, she was humbled to be the soprano soloist in New York’s Central Park to commemorate the victims of 9/11. As a recording artist, she has been a guest on three albums with international tenor, Daniel Rodriguez, and her debut album “Songbirds”, with identical twin sister Marissa, is available worldwide. Marla is currently touring the US with the show Boy Meets Girl alongside Daniel Rodriguez.
 
 
 

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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178315
<![CDATA[Layla Angulo Latin Band]]>



Sizzling hot live salsa performance led by Seattle-based sax player and vocalist Layla Angulo... A totally  unexpected surprise... One of the best live performances we have come across in a while.  - Editor's Pick, Descarga
 
Angulo's band's version [of "Things to Come"] aims for what Dizzy and Co. were doing a half century ago, which is make smart dance music that moves the mind and behind. - Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger
 
Her performance reveals depth in both jazz and Latin idioms, allowing her to make a strong statement. - Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner
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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189206
<![CDATA[Nicholas Levin]]>
SOMEWHERE IN THIS SONG
The Music and Lyrics of Nicholas Levin
a new revue starring
Marissa Mulder
Mick Bleyer
Kristin Maloney
and Adam B. Shapiro, 
 
Director:  Peter Napolitano
Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson
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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206372
<![CDATA[David Vernon]]> LOVE…The Concert starring David Vernon
 
In anticipation of the forthcoming album titled LOVE, witness the true and intimate story of a love triangle come full circle as told through the compositions of the world’s most sensitive love songs. Alex Leonard is Music Directing this concert and it will include material from my forthcoming album "LOVE". The LOVE album is a collection of favorite love songs rearranged and given a contemporary and cutting edge vibe. This concert at the Metropolitan Room will include many of these pieces in an acoustic and intimate setting. The album and concert are 2 thirds in the LOVE trilogy project that we're launching this year. The project will culminate to Beloved which is a musical theatre piece. I hope that you'll come along for the ride through our examination and expansion of LOVE.
 
"I was taken by Vernon's distinctive voice, If it were not such a cliché, I would say he casts a spell."- Roy Sander, Backstage
 
"He sings for all the lost souls who don't have an easy time fitting in and could well be their president. And maybe even their hero. "- Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway
 
"Vernon is a fascinating performer, definitely someone to keep an eye on"- Barbara and Scott Siegel, 
 
"The Divine David Vernon ... WOW! This is a singer like no one else I have ever heard. He is just so totally "in" his music. To me he's "other worldly" and a very special talent. "
- Sue Matsuki, Stu Hamstra's Cabaret Hotline
 
Music Director Alex Leonard:  All Music Guide calls Alex Leonard, “an important mainstay of the Big Apple” and Show Business writes, “superb piano playing… a class act”. Recently featured in the 25th Annual Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center he has been featured in venues from Manhattan to Europe and Japan.  A two time MAC Award nominee he has performed in the Cabaret Series at the National Arts Club hosted by Donald Smith. He has been a featured guest on many programs including Bloomberg Radio’s The Business of Show Business.
 




David Vernon is a "natural talent" and his interpretations and delivery of song come from the center of his soul. Born in the Midwest but living on the east coast David Vernon has always followed his own direction. He has created and produced many of his own conceptual concerts and has been given rise to lauded performances at The Algonquin Hotel, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama, the Laurie Beechman Theater and many other swell spots in New York City. Whether performing pop,art songs, showtunes, jazz or the great American songbook David embodies a genre of musical interpretation and casts his spell on a wide diversity of listeners. Called “other worldly” by his critics, David has produced an extensive recording collection and he holds a keen sense of focus and deliberation in his work.David has been featured in theatre, clubs and on Radio and Television. But to truly capture his full essence one must experience him live. David pays close attention to the integrity and meaning of a song and weaves a spell through each piece he approaches.
 
David has appeared at clubs in NYC over the last 10 years. His performances have been lauded at Iguana NYC, Don't Tell Mama's, The Vesta Lounge and The Laurie Beechman Theater.
 
David's performances have been described as magical experiences. From the time David hits his first note the audience knows this is something special. His attention to detail in both material and staging is impeccable. There is only one word to describe David Vernon "Incomparable". Once you've seen David in person you will agree.
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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209449
<![CDATA[Robyn Spangler]]>
Robyn Spangler: “Why I Love Linda Ronstadt”
 
Over the past few years, there’s not a concert performer or cabaret singer in the country who has paid greater tribute to pop/rock icon Linda Ronstadt—and to rave reviews--than Los Angeles-based vocalist Robyn Spangler. 
 
Robyn debuted her show “Why I Love Linda Ronstadt” in 2011 and the performance earned her the award for “Los Angeles’ Best Female Cabaret Artist” from BroadwayWorld.com. “. . . Spangler delivers a truly stunning tribute to Linda Ronstadt,” wrote the site’s LA-based reviewer Don Grigware. “Robyn is a vibrant singer who fully engages the audience. I had such a good time that when the show was over I wanted to cry out for more. Leaving an audience wanting more is a sign of a truly great artist and Robyn Spangler fills the bill.”
 
“Spangler cleverly balanced her own story with that of her subject Linda Ronstadt in a delightful evening of genre-crossing music,” wrote Cabaret Scenes Magazine reviewer Les Traub. “Surveying Ronstadt’s hits in styles including pop, rock, country, operetta and standards gave Robyn the opportunity to showcase her own strong vocal abilities across a wide range of music.” 


 
Later in 2011, Spangler released a CD based on the show that was highly praised from coast to coast. 
 
“One can feel how Spangler allows the lyrics to work their magic on her,” wrote Don Grigware of BroadwayWorld. “Robyn pays attention to every lyric and sings from the heart. Stellar artistry.” In his review of the CD for Cabaret Scenes, Jerome Elliott observed that Spangler has “A soaring range, a deft understanding of lyrics, and a well-articulated attention to emotional transitions.” After Robyn brought “Why I Love Linda Ronstadt” to New York’s Metropolitan Room in July 2012, she was nominated for a BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Award for “Best Tribute Show.” 
 
Three years later, Robyn Spangler brings her very personal Linda Ronstadt tribute show back to the Metropolitan Room, featuring critically acclaimed Musical Director Jon Weber on piano. In “Why I Love Linda Ronstadt,” Spangler explores the various musical styles and greatest hits of Ronstadt’s songbook, from the award-winning pop songs to the big band tunes, from twangy country to a dash of spicy Mexicali. Robyn’s show is a musical journal of a young woman growing up and how her life’s emotional experiences mirrored those depicted in Ronstadt’s wide array of material. There’s great music, fun stories; a show that’s highly evocative and identifiable for all audiences.
 
Actress/singer/songwriter Robyn Spangler has wowed audiences around the world performing concert and convention dates, benefits, private events and clubs including: The Gardenia, Rockwell Table + Stage, Don’t Tell Mama, and MBar in Los Angeles; The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama in New York; Davenports in Chicago; Below Zero in Cincinnati; Blame It On Midnight in Palm Springs; and at The Pheasantry in London.  
 
In concert she has guested with the San Diego Ballet Symphony at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego, the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Symphony Symphony in Laguna Beach, the with New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles.

 
 
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196539
<![CDATA[Sacha Boutros]]>


Recognized by music critics, peers, celebrities, and musical legends, Sacha is one of the top jazz artists today. Introduced by the great American entertainer Frankie Laine as his “ingénue,” and as Protege of the Legendary Red Holloway Sacha has opened for and performed with Patti Austin, James Moody, Karrin Allyson, Julio Iglesias, Marvin Hamlisch, Chubby Checker, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Page, Kay Starr, and so many others.
 
San Diego native, Sacha, has gone from gigging at a few San Diego clubs and U.S. festivals to touring the world and back, to having her recordings hit the top of the charts in Japan and on e-music, to even receiving a Grammy nod for best jazz and Latin jazz album in 2008 and 2013.
 
Growing up in San Diego, Boutros had music coursing through her veins. Her grandparents instilled a love of music and a facility for composition and harmonies at an early age. Her mother once marveled, “She has been singing from the time she was two.” At four, she’d sit on a pillow for her first piano lessons. She sang in church with her grandfather, who taught her how to play with lyrics and harmonies. And, she learned fast, adding songwriting to her piano and vocal skills. 
 
Unbelievably, she didn’t pursue singing as a career until the last year of her studies at the University of San Diego, there on a sports and academic scholarship. “I finished My business and marketing degree and flipped over to music,” she explained. “I always felt like I was born in the wrong time. Growing up, I loved Sinatra, the ‘20s, ‘30s and the whole golden age of Hollywood. I always fantasized about the music and living in those times.” 
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205262
<![CDATA[Christian Frazier]]> Black Don't Crack Comedy Show

Black don't crack unless you smoke it....I am going to talk about everyone's favorite subject...family, sex, drugs, money, men, religion, women and music. (Got you covered ??)
 
I am a 45 Year Old Grandfather of 3, Father of 4 
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218502
<![CDATA[Chrysten Peddie]]> Chrysten Peddie ~ Idols & Icons

What makes an idol and and what makes an icon?  How do they differ? What does that difference mean?  In her second solo cabaret show, Broadway World Award Winner Chrysten Peddie returns to the Metropolitan Room to explore just that.  Featuring a blend of pop, rock, sacred music and musical theatre, Chrysten Peddie will take you on a personal and poignant musical journey, examining her musical roots and discovering what it means to be an idol or an icon.
 
Chrysten Peddie has been performing professionally in NY and on regional stages for the past 15 years.  Since her cabaret debut back in 2013, she has been a regular at the Metropolitan Room.  She has appeared on the Metropolitan Room stage as a part of Broadway on 22nd Street, It's Only Love, Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Whitney Houston, and most recently Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter.  Other cabaret venues include Stage 72, the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Joe's Pub.  She debuted her first solo cabaret show, TOO DAMN TALL, last year at Metropolitan Room and received glowing reviews as well as the Broadway World Award for Best Cabaret Debut!  "Displaying great comic timing and killer vocals...Peddie wins you over with her onstage charm and intelligence." - Billie Roe, Broadway World.com

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214870
<![CDATA[Basia Moore & Friends]]>
Featuring India Czajkowska, singer and pianist


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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201269
<![CDATA[Marcus Goldhaber]]>
Guest Vocalist: Melissa Stylianou
Michael Kanan: Piano
Paul Gill: Bass
Marcello Pellitteri: Drums
Evan Schwam: Saxaphone/Flute



MARCUS GOLDHABER has been called “wonderfully imaginative” (JazzTimes) and “exciting and fresh” (Jazziz) as he quickly gains a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting and intimate approach to straight-ahead jazz. His first two albums garnered tremendous critical acclaim, with PEOPLE Magazine, in a four-star review of his most recent, saying the New Yorker “will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.” 
 
On his third CD, ALMOST LOVE (Fallen Apple), Marcus will have you thinking about love in ways you may not have considered, and others which bear reminding. He’s written 13 new songs and each introduces a unique perspective toward love, a different journey through love or a moment inside love. 
 
“Some of these songs have been inspired by moments in my life, but I also wanted to write from a place that is equal parts conviction and uncertainty,” says Marcus.  “This album explores the paths from possibility to bliss … heartbreak to acceptance ... anxiety to anticipation ... and denial to rediscovery.  Each tune tells its own story and sets its mood.”
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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191249
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170108 <![CDATA[Courtney Scheer & The Boyz]]>
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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214930
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182402
<![CDATA[Sandra Bargman]]> Sandra Bargman in THE EDGE of EVERYDAY
“An enchanting mosaic of cabaret, performance art, and ritual”.




 
Sacred Stages LLC presents The Edge of Everyday, which explores our fear of change and ultimately, our acceptance of the dichotomies of Life. “The Edge” is where our resistance, our reluctance to embrace the diversity of life, collides with the inevitability of change in all the corners of our lives. Sandra considers the tension between these seeming paradoxes with poignancy and comedy, and with music ranging from David Bowie and Eric Clapton to Georgia Stitt and David Cantor, the show is a rowdy ride!
 
“Bargman ….providing some genuine musical thrills.”- Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway
“A very different kind of cabaret show…her voice has great power, most commanding on her golden alto notes. Memorable” - Bistro Awards
 
Sandra Bargman has appeared in the Madison Square Garden's Broadway National tour of CINDERELLA starring Eartha Kitt. She has appeared Off-Broadway, has played leading roles in regional theaters and summer stock productions across the country, and has sung in many of the cabaret rooms of NYC. She holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mello University. Her distinct voice can be heard in numerous radio and television commercials. Member AEA, SAG/AFTRA
 
Sandra is a seminary trained Ordained Interfaith Minister and is the founder of Sacred Stages, LLC, an organization that combines her performing background and ministry. (Or as she likes to say, “Sacred Stages combines my desire to serve and lead in a spiritual capacity and to shake my booty on stage.”) Sacred Stages is dedicated to encouraging everyone to explore our big questions about life and to re-discover timeless universal truths through the venue of live theater, music, media and workshops.
 
For more information visit:
 
www.SacredStages.org
 
Sandra Bargman in THE EDGE OF EVERYDAY is directed by multi MAC Award and Bistro Backstage Award winner Shawn Moninger.  Musical Director, Ian Herman will accompany Sandra at the piano. Dave Silliman is on percussion and Jerry DeVore is on bass.  Sandra and Ian debut their original tune, “Who’s To Say?” and Sandra debuts her original rap “beat poet” tune, “Lean In Edgy Ones
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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209377
<![CDATA[The Kinsey Sicks]]>

A Sensation! With a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, eight albums, and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, The Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For over 20 years America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.]]>
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216121
<![CDATA[LaShonda Reese]]> A Night Of Music with LaShonda
 
LaShonda Reese is a multi-talented entertainer!  She has been described as an electrifying singer, stylish songwriter, and sensational actress with Southern lady charm and graceful sophistication. Since leaving Dallas, Texas, she has dazzled music and theatre audiences all over the world with her sultry, captivating voice & presence, commanding lyrics and convincing character portrayals. LaShonda had the honor and privilege of being playing Sarabi, The Queen Of The Pridelands & other ensemble parts in Disney's "The Lion King" on Broadway & on tour, has shared the stage as a leading lady in shows with Malik Yoba, Darren Henson and Jackee Harry and in supporting roles with Tommy Ford and the great Stephanie Mills. LaShonda performed as the opening act in Washington D.C. during the Unique Lives and Experience Tour, featuring Maya Angelou, has toured internationally as lead vocalist with jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti, recorded with 98 Degrees on Motown Records, sang background with recording artist JT Taylor formerly of Kool & The Gang, Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Michelle Williams, and many others. Keep your eyes opened and ears tuned for LaShonda, because the best is certainly yet to come!
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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214902
<![CDATA[This is Your Night! Ruby Rims]]> HONOREE:  DRAG ICON AND THE FOUNDER OF TEDDY CARES RUBY RIMS!

*A portion of the revenue will be given to a charity of Ruby’s choice
 
LOOK AT THIS CAST! IT IS AN ALL-STAR, “A” TEAM, MULTI-AWARD WINNING 88’S REUNION!
 
Helen Baldassare - Jeff Harnar - Lina Koutrakous - Karen Mason - John McMahon - Jay Rogers - Marta Sanders-Cooper - Rochelle Seldin - Rick Skye - Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan with Ruby closing the show! GUEST SPEAKERS: Mignon Gillen & Micah Bucey & MORE SURPRISES to be announced! Musical Direction: JOHN McMAHON Hosted by BERNIE FURSHPAN!  
 
THIS IS YOUR NIGHT!™ is based on a classic premise that profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors and producers. This event is co-produced by Bernie Furshpan, Metropolitan Room & Sue Matsuki, Matsuki Productions.
 

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183070
<![CDATA[Michael Garin]]>


 
If you've spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you're already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine's. He has been hailed in the press as "a virtuoso musical wit" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who "presides over the best party in town" (David Finkle, The Village Voice).
 
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine's for the last three years of the restaurant's life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he's known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him "perhaps the most extreme polymath I've ever encountered."
 
Michael's other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, "The Song of the Alpha Male" and "Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards," are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical SONG OF SINGAPORE, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202695
<![CDATA[MAC Roving Open Mic]]> MAC ROVING OPEN MIC
 
A NEW monthly open mic for MAC members!!
 
SINGERS
Come try new material, plug your upcoming show,
or just sing your favorite song!
 
SONGWRITERS
This is a great way to get your music out to a room full of SINGERS!
 
Hosted by Lennie Watts, with Ricky Ritzel at the piano.
 
Each month, a different MAC Award-winning artist is spotlighted.
 
FREE for MAC members
Non-MAC members may watch for $10.00
(Each club's minimum applies)
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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196840
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189531
<![CDATA[Donna Hayes]]> Donna Hayes returns to the Metropolitan Room with her newest show "Ordinary Miracles" directed by Gretchen Reinhagen with musical direction by Justin Stoney.  Added to the mix for this show are Matt Scharfglass on bass and Donna Kelly on drums.

NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST PERFORMANCE OF THIS SHOW.
For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact
Richard Skipper Celebrates at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720.


 
 
Donna shares her stories through songs ranging from brand new R&B, classic rock, show tunes, oldies to reggae -- by artists and songwriters such as Carole King, John Legend, Stephanie Mills, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Kander & Ebb, Phillip Phillips, and more.  These are Donna's personal accounts, and the songs that remind her that the world around us is not so ordinary after all.
 
“Donna Hayes is a forceful performer in many areas. She can captivate with her soulful interpretation of ballads and her acting skills.” -- Edie Stokes, Times Square Chronicles
 
“Donna is very funny, a really good actress and sings with a commitment to her lyric.” -- Sue Matsuki, Cabaret Hotline Online

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217840
<![CDATA[Rose Kingsley]]>
From
“The Met to the Met”
Rose Kingsley
Opera Great Turns Jazz Great
 
Presents “Through the years
with JOHNNY MERCER”
 
Songs Specially arranged by the Legendary Bob Corwin,
son-in- law, pianist, and collaborator for Johnny Mercer.

Opera House (the “Met”) for 15 years and wowed audiences throughout Europe singing with opera companies everywhere from the UK to Italy, Germany and Austria. Throughout her extraordinary career, she has performed throughout the U.S. and aboard delivering her arias in the classic operas “Aida,” “Tosca,” “Electra,” “La Boheme” and “Salome” in her longtime signature title role. She has also appeared in concert with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212423
<![CDATA[Barbara Fasano]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219522 <![CDATA[Michael Hajjar]]> Michael Hajjar recently graduated NYU Steinhardt’s Vocal Performance Program studying Musical Theatre in the studio of Michael Ricciardone. For the past four years, Michael has been a part of more than 10 productions at and outside of NYU. Some of his favorite theatre credits include: Anselmo in Man of La Mancha, Brett in 13!, Agwe in Once On This Island, Japheth in Children of Eden, Singing Soldier in Fiorello. He has also studied roles such as Homer in the character study of Floyd Collins, Joseph Cable in the character study of South Pacific, and Warner/Edward in the character study of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. On May 23rd, he starred in the cabaret "Hajjar Hooligans" with his twin brother Brian to a sold out crowd at 54 Below.
 
Michael has been seen on ABC's One Life To Live, and The Dancing Man at Tisch Film.  He placed 1st in the NATS musical theatre singing competition back in 2011. He is a proud alumni of the Yale Drama Summer Conservatory for Actors. 

For more media, visit michaelhajjar.com and follow @michaelhajjar on Twitter and Instagram.
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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211044
<![CDATA[Luiz Simas]]>

Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas is a genuine Carioca! A New Yorker since ‘89, he has led original groups in jazz festivals and clubs in the US, in Europe and in Brazil. Luiz' voice and music have warmed major venues including Birdland, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bargemusic. His CDs include Cafune, Impromptu, Luiz Simas Live in NYC, New Chorinhos from Brazil, Recipe for Rhythm and Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite.
 
The repertoire includes Luiz's infectious original tunes as well as beloved Brazilian music standards by Jobim, Caetano Veloso and others.
 
"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him, we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours!" - Judy Carmichael, pianist
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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191882
<![CDATA[Amy Schwegel]]>
Director: Barbara Grecki

Musical Director: Don Rebic

Once In Love With Amy...
 
Amy will lead you through her rabbit hole of detours.  She slips, slides and gets jolted into life choices that are full of surprises.  Roads that twist and turn yet always lead her back to where she belongs, the stage.  Once in Love with Amy...Always in Love with Amy.  

Amy has performed regionally, as well as in New York and most recently worked with director Lonny Price on Sweeney Todd at London's English National Opera. 
 
Her love for the Great American Songbook and the golden age of musical theater combined with her sheer joy for performing makes her a shoe-in to reemerge to the theater world with a vengeance after a fun detour with the Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  
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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217037
<![CDATA[Ann Dawson]]>
Ann Dawson ~ TRAVELING SOLO
 
ANN DAWSON returns to the Metropolitan Room in her terrific new show Traveling Solo.  Directed by Barry Kleinbort and with music direction by Don Rebic, it is comprised of humorous and poignant tales and tunes celebrating life on and off the road.  Roy Sander, reviewer for BistroAwards.com, wrote, “Polished and charming, Ann Dawson knows her way around a song, a stage and an audience.  Traveling Solo is an entertaining and thoroughly satisfying show.”
 
As a singer Ann has performed internationally in leading supper clubs and hotels winning critical acclaim in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, South America and Australia where the Prime Minister was so impressed with her act, he requested to meet her.  She has also appeared Off Broadway in Literary Disruption, Mamaleh! and Dorothy Parker: A Montage and in regional/stock productions of Follies, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba, My Fat Friend, Fiddler on the Roof and her favorite, Funny Girl.  Playing Fanny inspired her to write her one-woman show, The Ladies with Talent, Taste & Chutzpah, A Tribute to Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Molly Picon and Sophie Tucker, which she has performed to enthralled audiences in theatres and concert halls all across the country.  Other credits include television appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (where one of her performances moved Richard Rodgers to write a fan letter), Last of the Ninth (HBO Pilot/David Milch) and Ryan’s Hope as well as the feature film Sordid Things. 
 
Now she once again joins New York’s cabaret scene.  From the moment she steps on stage and hits her first notes, Ann invariably reveals why one critic observed, “…she belts out big songs from a diminutive frame and just captures your heart.”
 

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203139
<![CDATA[Kristine Mills]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188756 <![CDATA[Cynthia Farrell]]>
Cynthia Farrell ~ Crossing Bridges
 

 

Crossing Bridges is a show comprised of arrangements of musical theater, pop, standards and some surprise genres...   There is always a true dramatic arc in Cynthia’s shows, and an emotional journey that makes for a very exciting night. 
 
This show debuts at The Metropolitan Room on May 8th, 2015 ! Cynthia Farrell is a singer from Los Angeles who has built a career performing off-Broadway, in Europe and in Mexico City. She has toured and worked with iconic artists such as Stevie Nicks, who brought her on after claiming her rendition of “Has Anyone Ever Written” was the best execution of one of her songs she’d ever heard.  She was then discovered by the legendary record producer and president of Blue Note Records Don Was, which led to recording re-interpreted Latin Standards for mainstream America. 
 
Cynthia has also built a strong career in commercial voiceovers in English and in Spanish and is well known for her role of “Catalina”, the Puerto Rican gangster in Grand Theft Auto 3 and San Andreas. To nourish her love of writing and song delivery, Cynthia explored the intimate world of cabaret with her show “Cynthia Farrell, For Real” at the legendary club Don’t Tell Mama in NYC, and received a rave full page review by Mark Dundas Wood in Bistro Awards Magazine: 
 
http://www.bistroawards.com/reviews/404-cynthia-farrell.html.  
 
The follow up to that show was “Cynthia Farrell, For Real 2.0”, at The Metropolitan Room, which also received acclaim, such as this review by Stephen Sorokoff in Broadway world : 
 
http://t2conline.com/my-view-stephen-sorokoff-cynthia-farrell-a-voice-to-be-heard/
 
Cynthia was born in Mexico City and is from Spanish and Costa Rican descent on her mother’s side, which has provided her with the gift of fluency in Spanish and a culture to draw from in her music and story telling ability in song.  Her father is Robert Farrell, the conductor, arranger and keyboard player for The Temptations.  
 
Cynthia grew up recording in his studio, learning the craft and the various genres that came through his door from R&B, to Pop and Latin music.  Look out for Cynthia’s new show “Crossing Bridges” in 2015, and her EP “For Real” from the show of the same name, sold at the show and on itunes.
 
http://CynthiaFarrellNYC.Com
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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207796
<![CDATA[Robbi Kumalo]]>
Robbi Kumalo's a performing artist with an electrifying smile and engaging personality!  She's honed her stage chops singing background for Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Arif Mardin, Ashoford & Simpson, Deepak Chopra, Patti Austin, Rod Stewart, Eileen Ivers, and Harry Belafonte among others.   For over 30 years, she's been motivating audiences thru music, but this time around, she's backed by a dynamic trio fronted by her hubby, Bakithi Kumalo (long time bassist of Paul Simon) performing original music, classics with soulful grooves, and melodies in many languages, sharing stories thru songs with heartfelt vocals and witty, ribald humor.  An interesting one woman show indeed!  www.RobbiKumalo.com
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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200138
<![CDATA[Wren Marie Harrington]]> Wren Marie Harrington is that relatively rare breed of musical performer, equally adept in opera, musical theatre and more recently Latin jazz/world beat.   In her new recording, Light Travels, she explores the riches of popular Latin American, Brazilian, Italian and American classics from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s with the subtle blending of diverse musical elements.  The result is a virtual tapestry of song gems, unconfined by idiom or country.
 
Wren was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting –as so many did—as a teenager in a church choir, she studied opera, both in college and then in postgraduate opera training in Germany, Italy and Austria. Professionally, she sang leading soprano roles throughout the US and Europe, including roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Der Rosenkavalier, A Chekhov Trilogy (NY premiere), as well as lighter opera and musical theatre works such as The Merry Widow, Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, The Fantastiks, No No, Nanette, and Man of La Mancha. Several years after establishing herself in New York City, Wren landed a role in the ensemble in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera and sang as a frequent understudy for the tempestuous opera diva role, Carlotta. Here she roosted for a decade, before deciding to branch out into the musical sounds that drifted past her window from the busy street below. Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian melodies haunted her and she developed a style of singing that fused her elegant classical vocal phrasing with the infectious rhythms of Latin jazz. She soon became a frequent invited guest artist of Mexican and Italian music festivals and recorded with jazz pianist and composer Toto Torquati.
 
Ms. Harrington stays busy in popular world music venues, is a frequent guest artist in Mexico and Italy, and has just completed a recording of Latin tinged world standards, Wren Marie Harrington/Light Travels, singing in five languages and drawing on a wide range of world music influences.  At the helm is arranger/producer/jazz pianist Art Bailey, a wunderkind on the improvised and world scene.   Mr. Bailey has skillfully fused a variety of musical genres into a well-woven tapestry which explodes with color and light. Joining Mr. Bailey is a well seasoned group of notable New York based jazz/world musicians and guest artists from New York's thriving global music scene.
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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198027
<![CDATA[The Mantini Sisters]]>


"…a class act… they delivered a stellar performance that can only be topped by a return…The Mantini Sisters will guarantee you an event to remember….we were proud to have them as part of our annual series and endorse them as one of the best.”  - Elizabeth Detlor, President & Artistic Director, Niagara Concerts Association
 
"The Mantini Sisters are an incredibly gifted group of singers and this is the perfect vehicle to showcase a marvellous trio of beautifully blended voices." - Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director, Drayton Entertainment


 

Everywhere The Mantini Sisters go, rave reviews and standing ovations follow. Described as “Canada’s contribution to the great female trios”, Sandra, Barbara and Ann have been captivating audiences across North America with their powerful voices, humour, musical versatility and style.
 
With a career spanning nearly three decades, The Mantini Sisters continue to win the hearts of music lovers of all ages. Their concerts feature popular songs from Swing-Jazz to Broadway and from Folk to Country. Their smooth harmonious sound brings freshness to the popular songbooks and pays tribute to the great artists of our time.
 
As independent artists, The Mantini Sisters have co-written and produced their critically acclaimed productions of “Moments to Remember”, “The Ladies of Broadway”, “Home For the Holidays”, “The Mantini Sisters - Christmas!” and most recently, “The Mantini Sisters - Pretty World”. And if that weren’t enough, they have co-produced three CD recordings on their own label, Trio Music. “Moments to Remember”, released in 1997, was recorded at the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto; followed by “The Mantini Sisters – Christmas”, released in 2004; and most recently, “Pretty World”, released in 2012.
 
Recognized for their showmanship, they were recipients of the Niagara Music Awards for Best Theatrical Performance, and have had the opportunity to work and share the stage with some of Canada’s best artists, musicians and symphony orchestras.
 
This dynamic trio along with their cohort of phenomenal musicians, continue to perform for concert-series, out-door music festivals, private, corporate and special events, including performances at Bryant Park in New York City at the invitation of Ontario Tourism and the City of Niagara Falls. Most recently, they were featured in Drayton Entertainment‘s smash-hit, Big Band Legends and in December, have been invited back with their “Mantini Sisters Christmas” and encore performances in Big Band Legends for their 2013 season.
 
Learn what thousands of people already know, The Mantini Sisters are a polished and professional act that sing with beauty, power, humour and theatrical drama. You are sure enjoy an extraordinary evening of musical entertainment and laughter as only presented by the charismatic, Mantini Sisters.
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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195791
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]>
Rebekah Lowin ~ I Know You By Heart: The Songs of Eva Cassidy
 
Manhattan-based singer Rebekah Lowin celebrates the legacy of the late singer Eva Cassidy in this powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction and guitar by Peter Calo, cello by Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, and input from Eva's own family. Benefiting the Melanoma Research Foundation.
 
"For any singer, it is a challenge to put a strong enough personal imprint on songs as familiar as “Over the Rainbow,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Blues in the Night” that you are drawn to consider the personality behind the voice. But in this show, directed by Lauren Fox, Ms. Lowin who last year earned a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing from Columbia, infused a wistful authority into the lyrics and made you hear the songs from her perspective. At times, it felt as though she had already absorbed life lessons that most of us don’t begin to consider until much later. In other words, she’s a natural." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
 

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215886
<![CDATA[Jason Graae]]> A Night at the Opera
Jason Graae, Host

Singers from Opera New York will be making their Met (Room) debuts!

The New York Times recently said, “Nowadays, probably no other performer could infuse (that song) with the manic mischief that Jason Graae, a frisky clown with a real tenor, pumped into it…”
 
Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?”. Off- Broadway shows include “Forever Plaid”, “Olympus on My Mind”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more.
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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203819
<![CDATA[Joanna Morton Gary]]>
Joanna Morton Gary has enjoyed a very eclectic career. Joanna is one of the last performers standing in what was formerly known as the Catskills. Many years ago, lured by fresh mountain air, and a steady income, she came (for the summer) to the Nevele Hotel, which was her home for many years. There she had an unbelievable wealth of creative opportunities, and was privileged to open for and, perform with many of the people she grew up watching on “The Tonight Show”.
 
She began her career with a traveling children’s theater troupe, playing “Nana” the sheepdog in “Peter Pan. She’s sung jazz and blues at Casey’s Red Pheasant in Billings Montana. She’s brought her “Country Honky Tonk Experience” to dude ranches as well as five star resorts. Her musical lecture series “Music through the Ages” has been well received by audiences young and old. She’s had a blast bringing back the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to car shows up and down the east coast. She’s sailed the world with her one woman show. She’s done shotgun mystery dinner theater where she played a virgin, a detective, Mother Goose, and a Man. She performed with the USO, where later Joanna and her beaded gown served as a as a substitute beauty queen. She’s appeared on the bill with luminaries such as Robert Kline, Shecky Greene, Mal Z. Lawrence, Freddie Roman, Sue Matsuki, Sarah Rice, and the late great Red Buttons.
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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204647
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: Stephen Hanks  
Owner/Producer at Cabaret Life Productions, writer BroadwayWorld.com
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201298
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189532
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202484
<![CDATA[Alex Leonard]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211807 <![CDATA[The Songs of Brian Gari]]>
Featuring:
Steve Ross
Shauna Hicks
Jeff Harnar
Tom Lucca

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About Brian Gari

Brian Gari has written almost 900 songs. He had his first song published at 15 and recorded at 17. He signed with Vanguard Records in 1975 recording for them through 1976. For the next few years he performed his songs in New York comedy and cabaret clubs such as the Ballroom, Reno Sweeney, Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comic Strip and the Copa. All along he was writing what was to become his first Broadway musical, LATE NITE COMIC , which debuted in October of 1987 at the Ritz Theatre (now the Walter Kerr.) The album made Top 10 for film and show albums at Tower Records. His songs have been performed and/or recorded by such artists as Margaret Whiting, the Tokens, Jana Robbins , Kaye Ballard, Lesley Gore & Andrea Marcovicci. Brian conceived A HARD TIME TO BE SINGLE , a musical revue which premiered in October of 1990 and had successful runs at Don't Tell Mama, Eighty-Eights and Steve McGraw's in New York City with a CD released as well. Brian has produced over a dozen CDs & DVDs on his grandfather, Eddie Cantor, as well as writing a new musical about him which is previewed in Brian's CD SONGS FOR FUTURE MUSICALS . LOVE ONLINE was Brian's 1997 CD about a romance that ensues via the online-computer experience. The long awaited follow up, I CAN'T MAKE YOU FREE , was released in 1999. His next release, BRIAN SINGS WILSON , was a salute to Beach Boys composer Brian Wilson and has received rave reviews. Coincidentally, Brian became the consulting producer and composer for the E True Hollywood Story of the Beach Boys for the Entertainment Television Network. He even recorded a Christmas CD entitled THE MAN WITH ALL THE TOYS in true Beach Boys tradition with songs from both Brians. His next release was entitled PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED and featured songs that were written and recorded over a period of fifteen years. Brian renewed his friendship with the great NEIL SEDAKA and produced a collection of Sedaka rarities released under the title THE BROOKLYN DEMOS. His dedication to Sedaka continued with writing the book for the box set for The Bear Family label in Germany. Brian also completed a new album of his own songs for YVONNE ROOME . His longtime appreciation of the music of Brazil resulted in an exciting collection of songs (including 11 by Brian) called HERE I COME BRAZIL . His next CD celebrated the music of "WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN" songwriters ROGER NICHOLS & PAUL WILLIAMS .
 
Brian's first book, WE BOMBED IN NEW LONDON The Inside Story of the Broadway musical Late Nite Comic, was published by Bear Manor Media. To coincide with this publication, a 20th anniversary all star edition of LATE NITE COMIC was released featuring 17 of the biggest names of Broadway.
 
2010 saw the release of a collection of songs that were getting enormous amounts of attention on YouTube & Facebook. HE'S AN OLD CAT features guest artists Pete Anders (The Trade Winds/Innocence/Videls) and Don Ciccone (The Critters/4 Seasons.)
 
In 2012 with the success of his first book, Brian had his second book published by Bear Manor almost by accident. He had just remarried and within six months, his wife (a nurse) recognized some disturbing signs of heart trouble. In just two days, he was undergoing open heart surgery which saved his life. The book, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO MY STRESS TEST, tells that story and its connection to his famous grandfather.
 
Later in the year, Brian was reminiscing about all the famous people he had encounters with during his lifetime & decided to write a book about those experiences. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE CELEBRITY KIND (Bear Manor Media) has over 30 stories that include people like Brian Wilson, Neil Sedaka, Little Richard, Dick Clark, The Beatles (including a special John Lennon story), Johnny Mathis, Robin Williams, Soupy Sales and of course, Eddie Cantor!
 
Early in 2014, Brian was going thru some old tapes & found a near perfect concert from 1978 that featured many rare songs he performed, including the first version of "The Coffee Shoppe" that Margaret Whiting later recorded. LIVE AT UNCLE LULU'S was released to rave reviews on Amazon.
 
In 2015 Brian released a collection of 27 tracks on a CD entitled COVER ME--THE SONGS OF BRIAN GARI that features major artists who have done his songs from 1967 to 2014. These include Kaye Ballard, The Tokens, Karen Ziemba, Leah Kunkel, Lesley Miller, Steve Ross, Arthur Siegel & Don Ciccone (from The Critters & The Four Seasons.)
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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214916
<![CDATA[Kiki Ebsen ~ Tribute to Buddy Ebsen]]>


KIKI EBSEN, daughter of legendary TV/Film/Theater star Buddy Ebsen will be appearing live in New York City on Thursday, October 8th at 9:30 PM at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM jazz club in a multimedia concert tribute to her dad.  The live show, entitled “TO DAD, WITH LOVE – A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY EBSEN”, will feature Kiki performing at the piano and singing with her jazz band including saxman David Mann, keyboardist Henry Hey and drummer Clint de Ganon.  Songs performed will include music  from her latest cd, “Scarecrow Sessions”, featuring standards from her father’s illustrious stage and screen career including  Kiki’s re-workings of  “Over The Rainbow”, “Laura”, “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, “Moon River” and “If I Only Had a Brain”.     In addition to Buddy Ebsen  having starred on TV for 9 years as patriarch Jed Clampett in “The Beverly Hillbillies” as well as TV detective “Barnaby Jones”, Ebsen was hired as the original scarecrow in the Judy Garland film “The Wizard Of Oz”, hence the cd’s title.
 




Kiki will also be showing videos and photos of her dad’s career and talk about special moments in Buddy’s life and career.  She will also be signing copies of her cd after the show.   Kiki has toured throughout the world as a backup keyboardist and vocalist and worked with recording artists including CHICAGO, Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs, Dolly Parton, Christopher Cross, Melissa Etheridge, Gloria Estefan and Wilson Phillips.  She herself is a prolific songwriter and pianist/keyboardist.
 
Tickets for the concert can be purchased at www.metropolitanroom.com.   I have also attached a link to the show’s website.  The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street in Manhattan.
 
For an interview or to cover the show, contact Lydia Lilli in New York at 212-244-9600 or at this e-mail.
 

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212207
<![CDATA[Karen Wyman]]>
KAREN WYMAN 


 
A national sensation for a short time in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s Karen Wyman is electrifying the music world.  Her thrilling comeback took off here in October in a show that sold out weeks before.  Now you can witness this phenomenon yourself, but you must act quickly…
 
Wyman was just 16 when she astonished Dean Martin and his national television audience. In short order she made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, Glen Campbell, Dick Cavett, David Frost, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas.  She performed in nightclubs and recorded two albums and several singles for Decca Records, and had another on the way.  Then circumstances changed.  Karen began to raise a family, performing infrequently.  Her last full show was a one-off in Atlantic City in 1989.
 
Now 24 years later, Wyman -- with John Oddo on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, and Eddie Caccavale on drums --  is back for more and back to stay.
 
“It feels different than when I broke in,” the Bronx native points out.  “I was a kid, I was intuitive, but now I know what the songs are really about.  I’ve lived.  I’m not a kid, I’m a woman!”  And luckily she can still sing!

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195049
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!






"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197488
<![CDATA[Rebecca Holtz]]>
EP Release Party




“Whatever ‘IT’ is – she has it.”
 
Another frequent audience response to the vocal stylings of this pint-sized redhead is, “Where does all that sound come from?” Born with lungs more commonly found in someone twice her size, Rebecca Holtz has been belting it out since first taking the stage at four years old.
 
Her continued exposure to - and appreciation of - a variety of styles and genres has influenced her creative interpretation and electrifying stage presence. Vocal studies at the Vermont Jazz Center with the likes of Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, and Peter Eldridge have honed her skills as an artist while stage time with greats like Samirah Evans, Charles Neville, and Houston Person have inspired and humbled her.
 
From 2011-2014 she was the feature vocalist with the Compaq Big Band, performing in and around the New England area. Matching her in volume and brassiness, this 20-piece swing orchestra provided Rebecca with the opportunity to reach a wider audience and try out the big band world. She has acquired a taste for big band jazz that will never be satisfied and over the last year has made frequent appearances with the Keene Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Scott Mullett. Reaching beyond the jazzier regions of the music world into the indie rock genre with guitarists Jon McAuliffe and Jeremiah Millay, the three form The Once Hollow. Together the trio has played at venues like Club Passim in Cambridge and Roots on the River in Vermont, respectively.
 
As Rebecca prepares to depart her beloved Northeast for the opposite coast she is very excited to announce the release her debut EP “Take Me There,” a collection of her work from the jazz, folk, and swing genres.  
 
Andrew Tyson Trio
 
The Andrew Tyson Trio consists of Andrew Tyson on piano, Dimitri Moderbacher on bass, and Jason Holmes on drums.
 
Active since 2011, the trio plays original music written by Tyson as well as jazz standards. The trio released their first album, Six PM, in May of 2014.

 
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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217176
<![CDATA[Private Event]]> The Metropolitan Room is a unique space that offers the perfect spot for creating unforgettable events, from a fashion photo shoot to a product launching ceremony, from a different kind of board meeting to a special sort of party. We have a great location in the Flatiron district, within walking distance to Madison Square Park, Madison Square Garden, Chelsea, and the Flatiron Building. This unassuming space transforms into a jazz club by night, and would be the perfect place to host your upscale corporate event or gala. The room can comfortably hold 115 people for an intimate gathering. There is a stage as well as a baby grand piano available for use, which adds charisma to the elegantly decorated interior.   There is also a lounge in the downstairs area with its own bar that can comfortably host a party of 20-25 people.
 
workshops
lectures
poetry readings
fundraisers
community meetings
corporate functions
receptions
private parties
 
Surround your guests with an exceptionally beautiful ambiance in our stylish and sophisticated venue and create an extraordinary experience that will be talked about for months to come.
 
For information about rental rates and requirements, please email our rental manager joanne@metropolitanroom.com



 
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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190630
<![CDATA[Gerard Esposito]]>


Gerard Esposito was born and raised in Newark, N.J. Gerard began his entertainment career during the early 1980's. He has developed a loyal following that catapulted his career and reaffirmed his ability as a vocalist. What began as 'singing to the waiters' quickly became 'reservations recommended'.
Gerard enjoys a loyal following and his dedication to his fans is evident, as he "works the room" in between sets, as well as, acknowledges the person(s) who walk in during a performance.
 
Gerard is considered among his peers as a "singers singer"
Since 1998, Gerard has over 4,000 performances under his microphone. Gerard performs songs of Great Artists, such as, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bobby Darin,
Barry Manilow, Frankie Valli the Four Seasons, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, along with many other great artists. But don't let these crooner's fool you, Gerard pleases the ear of each fan, performing songs from Vegas to Broadway,as well as what have now become his signature songs, placing an ageless presence.
 
He has performed throughout the Metropolitan area including the most recent legendary Jilly's in New York City, where he then became known as the house favorite, also including Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, Bermuda, St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands and throughout the Palm Beach area, where he enjoys an enthusiastic following, in addtion to Norwegain Cruise Line.
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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189821
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170110 <![CDATA[Sophia Loren Coffee]]> Sophia Loren Coffee
 
Actress, and Singer, a member of JOSIAH THEATRE WORKS, Sophia Loren Coffee of "THE EXCHANGE" stage and film.
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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218629
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182403
<![CDATA[Suzanne Dressler]]>
Directed by Eric Ulloa
Music Direction by Eddie Schnecker

Suzanne has performed across the country in regional theatre, national tours and in NYC at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Fringe Festival, among others. She has participated in the Metropolitan Room's Broadway on 22nd Series and was a soloist at the Laurie Beechman in May for the annual Cabaret Cares benefit.]]>
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203850
<![CDATA[Francesca Amari]]>
A musical biography of Gilda Radner... her loves, life and brave battle with cancer told through song and Gilda's own words!
 
​“Francesca Amari has accomplished something truly remarkable with her "Love Song to Gilda Radner". Because of her sunny disposition, her clear, strong voice and her thoughtful spot-on song selections, this heartfelt loving tribute will surprise you, delight you, and leave you laughing and crying at the same time.”  Andrea Marcovicci, “Queen of Cabaret” 
 

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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190615
<![CDATA[Richard Holbrook]]>
Singer Richard Holbrook presents this musical tribute to the celebrated composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979). Throughout his brilliant career, Rodgers wrote unforgettable songs for the Broadway stage and Hollywood film musicals with such gifted and prolific lyricists as Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim.   Holbrook, a two-time MAC Award nominee, will be singing Rodgers songs from such classic Broadway shows as A Connecticut Yankee, Spring Is Here, Jumbo, Babes in Arms, Too Many Girls, Carousel, No Strings, and Do I Hear A Waltz?  Also featured are songs from memorable movie musicals such as Love Me Tonight and Mississippi.
 
Holbrook will be accompanied by the fabulous Tom Nelson Trio – Tom Nelson on piano; Tom Kirchmer on bass; and Peter Grant on drums. Tom Nelson is Musical Director. Veteran Broadway and cabaret performer Richard Barclay will direct the show. 

THE TOM NELSON TRIO
Tom Nelson, pianist and musical director, holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop and has created many original compositions. He is also active in New York City as a composer and as an arranger. 
 
Bassist Tom Kirchmer began his musical life studying the double bass with a member of the NY Philharmonic and then going on to receiving a conservatory degree. Over the years, Tom has worked with some of the greatest musical artists, such as Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlich, Nancy Wilson, and Cy Coleman.
 
Drummer Peter Grant, a free-lance Broadway and Studio musician is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and has played with such performers as Tom Wopat, Peggy Lee, and Astrud Gilberto. 
 
The Tom Nelson Trio has produced a CD entitled “Who Cares If Dreams Come True”. They were recently featured on singer Richard Holbrook’s debut CD “Richard Holbrook Steps Out” which is available through Richard’s e-mail at singing-cabaret@nyc.rr.com.

ABOUT RICHARD HOLBROOK
Born in New York City, Richard grew up in the small town of Congers, New York, as the middle child in a family of nine -- just enough players for a baseball game.  However, Richard found a different game to play -- show business.  At an early age he became addicted to watching old films, especially the great Hollywood musicals.  He dreamed of becoming a movie star. He literally taught himself how to sing by listening to the recordings of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby and by watching their films.  Richard’s chance to see whether he could really sing happened when he was a freshman in high school.  He believed enough in himself to audition for the school production of  How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with the song “I Believe In You.”  The result was “they” believed in him and gave him a role in the show.  This began a life-long love affair with performing. After high school he studied music and drama at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. Returning to New York, he found success as an actor on such hit television series as The Sopranos and Spin City.  No stranger to daytime television, he frequently appeared in All My Children and One Life to Live.  Regional theatre productions included leading roles in Deathtrap and The Subject Was Roses.
 
In 1985 Richard began performing his cabaret act to enthusiastic audiences. In 2003, backed by the Tom Nelson Trio, he did a tribute to Fred Astaire by focusing on the legendary dancer’s other talents ... that of a singer and a musician. The act Richard Holbrook: The Untapped Fred Astaire, directed by Rex McGraw, received critical acclaim.  In August, 2004, Richard released his first CD entitled Richard Holbrook Steps Out. This recording features several well-known songs from his Astaire show and other selections by such composers as Portia Nelson, Ronny Whyte, and Kander & Ebb. Over the past several years, Richard has appeared at such popular Manhattan night spots as Danny’s Skylight Room, Don’t Tell Mama, The Hideaway Room @Helen's and guest appearances at the Cafe Pierre. He has also been a guest on two WOR Radio programs - The Joe Franklin Show and The Joey Reynolds Show. In 2008 and 2009, Richard successfully performed his cabaret act Richard Sings Burton - The Songs of Burton Lane at Don't Tell Mama. The show was directed by Richard Barclay. Tom Nelson was the musical director, and Richard was accompanied by the Tom Nelson Trio. In June, 2011, he made his debut at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. In 2012, Richard again reprised the show at The Metropolitan Room for a successful centennial salute to Burton Lane. In 2013,. In 2014, Richard was booked to perform an updated version of his Fred Astaire show at Don’t Tell Mama as well as his holiday show, Christmas In New York. In March, 2015, Richard reprised his Burton Lane show at 54 Below in Manhattan. His upcoming show on composer Richard Rodgers will be presented at The Metropolitan Room in the fall of 2015. He has been nominated twice for a MAC Award as Best Male Vocalist His CD, Richard Holbrook Steps Out, is available through his e-mail at singing-cabaret@nyc.rr.com. Richard currently lives in Manhattan on the West Side and loves being a New Yorker. 

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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211806
<![CDATA[Todd Murray]]>


During an era when there is a shortage of significant male jazz and cabaret singers, Todd Murray has emerged as a notable interpreter of standards, newer material, and his own originals. Blessed with a deep baritone voice, Todd is an intimate performer who excels on romantic ballads, swings at every tempo, and does justice to the lyrics that he sings. His 2010 recording, Stardust & Swing, is filled with his subtle creativity and sincere emotions. The repertoire ranges from such vintage tunes as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” to his own “Patricia” and “The Girl From Waco.”
 
Born in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, Murray sang as a child in church, chorus, and school plays. He listened to the pop music and light rock of the time. As a junior in high school, he learned many older standards from his aunt who played stride piano. Driven to succeed and determined to raise money for his college education, Todd auditioned successfully for the group Re-Creation.
 
"We traveled around the nation singing at fairs, concerts, VA hospitals and a wide variety of venues,” remembers Todd. “We performed 300 times a year and the shows were fully choreographed with costumes, scenery and sound. We had a sacred show for churches that included contemporary Christian and gospel music, and a secular one of American pop music and country. It was a great education for me.”
 
While attending a private university in central Pennsylvania  Todd learned a great deal about the music business. After graduating, he worked as a singer and actor in many different settings. Todd performed regularly at Opryland USA, spent six months singing at Disneyland in Tokyo, and did summer stock theatre in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York, performed many roles at Paper Mill Playhouse including the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and was in the first Broadway touring company of THE SECRET GARDEN. Todd also was a lead singer on the luxury cruise line Royal Viking, sang backup for many Nashville singers and had his own country act. After moving to Los Angeles, he owned his own successful bread bakery. 
After selling his business and returning to music on a fulltime basis, Todd Murray has gained a strong reputation in the musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret world.
 
“I did a production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING that was set in the 1920s. They wanted me to sing in a Bing Crosby style, and it gave me the opportunity to perform many older standards. It was there that I met Dennis McCarthy, who arranged and conducted the music for my two CDs.” Todd’s first cabaret show, “Let’s Face the Music,” was followed by “When I Sing Low: Romance In A Different Key.”
 
His debut solo CD, also titled When I Sing Low, features Murray’s baritone accompanied by an orchestra that is essentially a big band with strings. McCarthy and Tom Ranier (who contributed three charts) wrote the arrangements and most of the songs are timeless standards.  Sue Raney interacts happily with Todd on a vocal duet version of “Just In Time.” “Where Or When” is given a particularly inventive and beautiful arrangement by McCarthy. The catchy “Could ‘Ja,” which has Todd joined by three background singers, is one of his favorite numbers on the set. He is only the third vocalist to perform the superior obscurity, following Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Another highlight is Todd’s original “When I Sing Low.” “Since I have a baritone voice and the tenor became king during the past couple of decades, there are not a lot of roles in new productions for me because so many are geared for high voices. It led to me writing ‘When I Sing Low.’” The witty piece sums up the virtue of baritone singers.
 
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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207737
<![CDATA[Michael Garin]]>


 
If you've spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you're already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine's. He has been hailed in the press as "a virtuoso musical wit" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who "presides over the best party in town" (David Finkle, The Village Voice).
 
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine's for the last three years of the restaurant's life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he's known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him "perhaps the most extreme polymath I've ever encountered."
 
Michael's other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, "The Song of the Alpha Male" and "Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards," are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical SONG OF SINGAPORE, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202696
<![CDATA[We Are Nexus]]>
If you are into the sounds of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and are already informed about one of the finest new EDM groups in recent times, then you know the outstanding new group called (We Are) Nexus is beginning to acquire a sizeable fan following for their ingenious original club mixes. Composer and producer Nick Gunn and vocalist Carmen Rainier are the names behind the (We Are) Nexus team, both of which are professional artists famous for their albums in the instrumental and world music genres. (We Are) Nexus is quickly gaining speed in the EDM market by their innovative sound, plus numerous press articles by respected news outlets are publicizing more than positive reviews of the group including articles by CBS News, NBC News, Boston Globe and Miami Herald. These reliable news sources have made a unanimous assessment to the effect that (We Are) Nexus is one of the hottest new groups in Electronic Dance Music. ]]>
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212718
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189533
<![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>
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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205415
<![CDATA[Todd Murray]]>


During an era when there is a shortage of significant male jazz and cabaret singers, Todd Murray has emerged as a notable interpreter of standards, newer material, and his own originals. Blessed with a deep baritone voice, Todd is an intimate performer who excels on romantic ballads, swings at every tempo, and does justice to the lyrics that he sings. His 2010 recording, Stardust & Swing, is filled with his subtle creativity and sincere emotions. The repertoire ranges from such vintage tunes as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” to his own “Patricia” and “The Girl From Waco.”
 
Born in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, Murray sang as a child in church, chorus, and school plays. He listened to the pop music and light rock of the time. As a junior in high school, he learned many older standards from his aunt who played stride piano. Driven to succeed and determined to raise money for his college education, Todd auditioned successfully for the group Re-Creation.
 
"We traveled around the nation singing at fairs, concerts, VA hospitals and a wide variety of venues,” remembers Todd. “We performed 300 times a year and the shows were fully choreographed with costumes, scenery and sound. We had a sacred show for churches that included contemporary Christian and gospel music, and a secular one of American pop music and country. It was a great education for me.”
 
While attending a private university in central Pennsylvania  Todd learned a great deal about the music business. After graduating, he worked as a singer and actor in many different settings. Todd performed regularly at Opryland USA, spent six months singing at Disneyland in Tokyo, and did summer stock theatre in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York, performed many roles at Paper Mill Playhouse including the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and was in the first Broadway touring company of THE SECRET GARDEN. Todd also was a lead singer on the luxury cruise line Royal Viking, sang backup for many Nashville singers and had his own country act. After moving to Los Angeles, he owned his own successful bread bakery. 
After selling his business and returning to music on a fulltime basis, Todd Murray has gained a strong reputation in the musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret world.
 
“I did a production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING that was set in the 1920s. They wanted me to sing in a Bing Crosby style, and it gave me the opportunity to perform many older standards. It was there that I met Dennis McCarthy, who arranged and conducted the music for my two CDs.” Todd’s first cabaret show, “Let’s Face the Music,” was followed by “When I Sing Low: Romance In A Different Key.”
 
His debut solo CD, also titled When I Sing Low, features Murray’s baritone accompanied by an orchestra that is essentially a big band with strings. McCarthy and Tom Ranier (who contributed three charts) wrote the arrangements and most of the songs are timeless standards.  Sue Raney interacts happily with Todd on a vocal duet version of “Just In Time.” “Where Or When” is given a particularly inventive and beautiful arrangement by McCarthy. The catchy “Could ‘Ja,” which has Todd joined by three background singers, is one of his favorite numbers on the set. He is only the third vocalist to perform the superior obscurity, following Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Another highlight is Todd’s original “When I Sing Low.” “Since I have a baritone voice and the tenor became king during the past couple of decades, there are not a lot of roles in new productions for me because so many are geared for high voices. It led to me writing ‘When I Sing Low.’” The witty piece sums up the virtue of baritone singers.
 
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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207738
<![CDATA[Jonathan Karrant]]>


Jonathan Karrant was born in the heart of America at the foothills of the Ozarks in the old western town of Fort Smith, Arkansas east of the Arkansas River. 
 
The joyous home in which Jonathan grew up was filled with art, music, and dance. He spent a lot of time at his grandfather Bill and grandmother Goldia’s home where there was always much comedy and performance appreciation. His mother, Nancy, danced and taught for a local ballet company. She is an artist, writer, teacher, and an avid music lover. As a college student in Memphis, Tennessee, she sang with a girl’s band in the 1960’s. Jonathan’s father, John, is a business man and a broker who has a passion for farming and gardening, and owns a ranch just southwest of Fort Smith. While growing up, Jonathan spent many hours helping on the farm, enjoying the outdoors, the livestock and wildlife. Jonathan’s sister, Indra, studied dance from an early age and later excelled as a dancer/ choreographer. 
 
His mother says Jonathan began singing from the time he was born! One day when he was eight months old and swinging in his wind-up mechanical swing while listening to music with huge earphones on his little ears, his mother noticed that his eyes were closed and he was turning his head from side to side in that recognizable musician’s horizontal nod. She gasped, “A Musician!” To her, that was a good thing, and she was not at all surprised as time went on and he continued to show musical ability and love of music. 
 
Jonathan sang for hours every day, honing-in on his own type of music and style. When he was seven he began singing publicly. His first solo was at his church with Nancy Vernon, musical director and organist, directing and accompanying him. Then, that summer in Eureka Springs, he walked into a nightclub, made his way to the stage, and asked the band to accompany him while he sang “Stormy Monday”. The band agreed, and he was a big hit with the audience, as well as with the band. 
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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198337
<![CDATA[Jerome Kern Tribute]]>
Bill Zeffiro & Marissa Mulder

Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg.]]>
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202461
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172946
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202641
<![CDATA[Strawberry Fields]]>

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211011
<![CDATA[Children's Cabaret]]>

Join us once a month for our very special Children's Cabaret - it's never the same thing twice! Once a month on a Saturday morning, you'll meet a unique lineup of storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and other skilled entertainers who can't wait to share their talents with you and your family. It's a show for kids that adults love too - the best of both worlds!





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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196930
<![CDATA[Johnny Hager]]> Johnny Hager ~ Revealed

Johnny Hager loves singing a variety of styles. In addition to his performance of Broadway tunes, standards and pop, Johnny has sung several operatic roles: Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, among others. Operetta includes Nanki Poo in The Mikado, and Ralph Hackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore. Currently, Johnny also performs with the singing quartet Forte, which had its debut show last year at the Metropolitan Room. Forte will return to the Metropolitan Room in June 2015. For Johnny's 2012 sold-out debut show “The Way I See it”, Stuart Hamstra for Cabaret Hotline wrote: “Mr. Hager is a truly interesting and entertaining performer, and his debut solo cabaret show was simple, honest and fun. One could detect classical vocal training, but not the "show-offy and off-putting" type . . . there were times when the sound was truly magical.”  Daniele Miceli for the Time Square Chronicle wrote: “Some songs Hager sang with a straight face which really helped the audience focus on the beauty of his sound.  However, he is a formidable actor and knew how to express the meaning of the lyrics in all of the numbers presented.  His cool look and lovely and versatile voice make this show a winner.” In addition to being a performer, Johnny teaches Spanish and Theater at St. Bernard's in New York City. His upcoming solo cabaret show, "Revealed",  will feature various styles ranging from standards to pop, and explore the singer's personal journey in pursuit of happiness.
 
Reviews:
 
http://www.cabarethotlineonline.com/REVSTU/RevStu121013.shtml
 
Scroll down to read Mr. Hamstra's review of my show.
 
 
http://t2conline.com/johnny-hager-the-way-i-see-it/
 
Ms. Miceli review of the same show
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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203120
<![CDATA[Francesca Amari]]>
A musical biography of Gilda Radner... her loves, life and brave battle with cancer told through song and Gilda's own words!
 
​“Francesca Amari has accomplished something truly remarkable with her "Love Song to Gilda Radner". Because of her sunny disposition, her clear, strong voice and her thoughtful spot-on song selections, this heartfelt loving tribute will surprise you, delight you, and leave you laughing and crying at the same time.”  Andrea Marcovicci, “Queen of Cabaret” 
 

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190616
<![CDATA[The Michele Vallone Show]]>
 
"Nothin' But Attitude"
A New Comedy Show
starring MICHELE VALLONE
 
Menopause. Entitled teenagers. The elderly.
 
Her gynecologist's receptionist. The crossing guard on the street where she lives. Lesbians with bad hair. Her neighbor's Chihuahua. Her family.  People who drive in
both lanes. Her spiritual advisor. Her therapist. Her life coach.
 
Her massage guru. Her bookie....she is on a unregulated hormonal rant about all of them and more...you don't want to miss thisnight of non-stop laughter!

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191863
<![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197274
<![CDATA[Rebekah Ruiz]]>


Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, jazz vocalist Rebekah Ruiz has been destined to be in the spotlight. Singing since she was a child, Ruiz was exposed to and developed a great love for the genre at a very young age by her father, who always had Sinatra, Nat King Cole, or Johnny Mathis playing.  By the age of 15, it was undeniable that Rebekah possessed a unique gift: her vocal range and raw, natural talent shown through at local venues. Shortly thereafter, Ruiz moved to California, where her dream of performing jazz for a broader audience came true.

 
 Rebekah has been performing consistently at jazz clubs and local restaurants in the Sacramento area.  She went on to perform in the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee for a several years. To date, Ruiz continues to reach out to other festivals and venues in general throughout the country to broaden her exposure and fan base.
 
 Rebekah has performed with renowned pianist, Jeff Franzel at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City. The venue was staged for a kick-starter campaign benefiting The Ali Forney Center, an organization that focuses on housing homeless youth. She was excited to perform yet again, a couple of months later, for the Ali Forney Center annual black tie gala “A Place at the Table”, that took place in New York City on October 25, 2013.  
 
Currently, Rebekah  is looking forward to another trip to NYC, as she will be performing at the Metropolitan Room, July 9th, 2014.  She is excited to be playing yet, another wonderful evening of music with  some very talented musicians.
 
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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220668
<![CDATA[Dorian Woodruff]]> Standard Time
Dorian Woodruff, Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer
 
Classic, Contemporary & New Standards.  Enjoy "Classics" from the American Songbook intertwined with 'Contemporary' and 'New' Standards





 


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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201685
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]> Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202290
<![CDATA[Deb Silver]]> DEB SILVER JAZZ CABARET
 
Deb Silver Swings an impressive range-bending take on the Classics of the Great American Songbook and introduces New Classics from her Off-Broadway musical "THIS LIFE!" Premiering November 2015




DEB SILVER – JAZZ VOCALIST
“..Smooth, sweet vocals blend Jazz, Standards and Originals with cool Blues..”
 
Deb has a career as a live performer and recording artist in England, New York City, and the Palm Beaches of Florida and is a published songwriter.
 
During her 13-year residency at Manhattan's Zinc Bar, Deb has steadily established herself as a swinging jazz vocalist with a smooth, pop cross-over appeal. She is recognized as both a sensual and witty interpreter and a highly accessible composer in her own right. 
 
"With a successful sneak preview to hundreds of Prince William’s VIP guests at Kensington Palace, Deb Silver's EP, “In Spring” is a striking collection of original songs and unique interpretations of favorite Standards” – PALM BEACH DAILY POST
Delivering her impressive take on the classics or contributing memorable songs of her own, Deb's focus remains on singing truly unique melodic interpretations with beautiful lyricism, whether she is on the road playing with world class musicians or with her core group of downtown NYC jazz players, infusing each song with the textured contours and lived-in familiarity that only the best long-term musical experience can provide.
 
“Deb Silver is a singers singer with her seemingly endless range and exciting vocal styling, aswell as a dynamic and fearless performer in the true Jazz tradition.” – JILL SWITZER – LEGENDS RADIO
 
Booking Contact: debsilver@gmail.com 917-859-7792
www.debsilver.com
 
 
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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216504
<![CDATA[Shana Farr]]> Shana Farr  ~  In the Still of the Night
 
Frank Scheck of the New York Post said Shana Farr's performance at New York City Center was "Best of all. In the leading role, this beautiful performer delivered a polished and vocally radiant turn." After opening "Whistling Away The Dark at Feinstien's at The Regency, Roy Sander of Bistro Awards wrote "we had the pleasure of listening to an exquisite and exquisitely pure voice, emanating from a lovely, elegant young woman. The opening set our expectation high: it prepared us for an hour of beauty - and that is what we got." Described by Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal as "excellent",  Elizabeth Ahlfors of Cabaret Scenes has said of Ms. Farr "she encourages inspiration with a healthy strain of humor."​​
Ms. Farr began her career in operetta and musical theater performing critically acclaimed leading roles with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and most recently, she has been enjoying the intimate world of cabaret.
In March 2015, she received the Bistro Award for Outstanding Concept Show for her one-woman musical monologue "In The Still Of The Night." She has been lauded in many reviews for bringing "...something surprisingly new" (Wall Street Journal) to the art of cabaret. She is an intelligent performer who not only has an excellent singing voice, but she proves to be "a first-rate actor who is exciting to watch" (Bistro Awards).
 
In October 2012, Shana was awarded with the Julie Wilson Award at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's 23rd Annual Cabaret Convention held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This award is given to a singer who the Foundation sees as "a rising star in the world of cabaret" and is an outstanding interpreter of song. She has performed at the convention for the past three years and will be singing in the closing show for the 2016 run at Town Hall, NYC.
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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218613
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183071
<![CDATA[Ergin Oda]]>
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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204084
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs, Volume Two

Media Contact:  Richard Skipper    www.richardskipper.com
 
JULIE BUDD .. sings;
“ They Wrote The Songs “
The Music Of Our Lives
 
CD on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby

WINNER  of  “The Broadway World Award  “ Best Show!
 
Do You Remember When That Special Song was first played for us?  It meant so much & still does.
That meaningful song took you back to a special time & a  place.  When hearing those lyrics & the caressing melodies transported you to a place where only music can take you to.
 
“ They Wrote The Songs “ … the music of our lives…  compilation of the greatest songs , from the most celebrated writers , are now sung by a truly beloved entertainer.
 
Songs that are the heart of our generation and the music soundtrack of our lives.  Julie Budd sings selections from, Elton John , Burt Bacharach & Hal David , Andrew Lloyd Weber , Anthony Newly , Paul Anka , Ann Hampton Callaway & More!
 
Along with  some great American Classic Composers & Classic selections from great shows as well.  These memories are lasting forever and so is this music.
 
Julie Budd shares her memories with you as she explores the grand talents behind the music.  The Nationally-loved Julie Budd ,  hailed by  “The New York Times “  …”The Consummate Performer “  gives a warm & Touching interpretation  on... Julie Budd Sings  “They Wrote The Songs “ The music of our lives.
 
JULIE BUDD
Celebrity Artist In Resident
Metropolitan Room Concert Dates For 2015
MAY 14
SEPT. 10
OCT. 21
DEC 10
 
JULIE BUDD .... The CD  ‘ They Wrote The Songs “
Is now in it’s Fourth Pressing & Is available for Download on all on line retail sites.
 
Julie Budd on YOUTUBE  





JULIE BUDD CD Reviews 
 
ABOUT JULIE BUDD
Julie Budd Has Been entertaining since the Tender age of 12.  After Meeting Merv Griffin at a recording studio in NYC, Merv immediately took Julie under his wing, and put her on his show, where Julie appeared over 100 times.
 
From there, this Mini Girl With The Maxi Voice went on to perform on every major TV show, and began to perform with Orchestras  all over the country.
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today, and enjoys a multi- faceted  career on the concert stage, in films & on Television.
 
Julie Budd has appeared at;
Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center , The London Palladium & in venues & Symphony Orchestras,  all over the world.
 
You Can Follow Julie On Her Website  www.juliebudd.com
And Visit Her On FACE BOOK as well
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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215166
<![CDATA[Jesse Posa]]>
Jesse Posa sings while Bill Gulino swings!
 
A fun-filled musical celebration starring Jesse Posa that brings the songs, the laughs and the charisma of Frank Sinatra back to life with the Bill Gulino trio and featuring very special guest Dani Elle.




Jesse Posa, a graduate of the Tisch school of the arts at New York University, studied acting at the Lee Strasberg institute. He appeared in Phillip Carlo’s off-broadway production of “East of Evil” starring Frank Vincent and Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos”. Jesse is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as “Frank Sinatra” on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the off-broadway production of “Sinatra and Friends” and at BB King’s in Times Square NYC in “Party with The Rat Pack”. He recently flew to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to appear at a surprise 80th birthday party…It was a gas, baby!
 
Jesse Posa performs his impression of a young Frank Sinatra when he performs as the Chairman of the Board singing Sinatra’s biggest hits – New York New York, Summer Wind, Strangers in the Night, Fly Me to the Moon, My Way and more Frank Sinatra classic standards. See this live young Frank Sinatra performed by this actor look-alike impersonator. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the New York City/ New York, NY/NYC area and has been a big hit with audiences of all ages. Jesse Posa has also been performing as Frank Sinatra In New Jersey (NJ), Connecticut (CT), and Pennsylvania (PA) on stage as well as on television.
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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220402
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> High Standards, starring Corinna Sowers Adler, Musically Directed by Alex Rybeck


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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197556
<![CDATA[Barbara Lusch]]>



Barbara Lusch has a unique and compelling way with a song that goes straight to your heart. Her new recording, "Rock Me Sweet" (Slim Style Records), is a surprising and magnetic reinterpretation of some of the best loved rock anthems of the 80's. Well-known hits of male rock icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bono have been transformed by Barbara into sophisticated, sexy, and soulful songs. You can hear "Dancin' in the Dark" sparkling with seductive style and U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" becoming a cry of despair that evolves into a statement of triumph.
 
"I wanted to do these songs my way, and bring out the vulnerability and emotional depth of the lyrics", Barbara explains. She is an interpreter of both jazz and pop, as well as a producer, actress and model with a gorgeous vocal instrument that recalls singers such as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Eva Cassidy, Doris Day, Julie London. There is smoke, there is fire, there is honey. "Lusch isn’t one to settle for ordinary; she sings with a deeply sensual vibrancy that gets right to the heart of the matter. One listen and you may feel as if you’ve known Barbara Lusch all your life." (Jim Santella, All About Jazz). 
 
 Barbara's major influence was her grandmother, Alice Warren, a member of the Warren Sisters Quartet who performed and recorded during the 20's and 30's. "When Grandma Warren taught me to harmonize, I was hooked. I would practice with her and with my sisters whenever I could," recalls Barbara. "Often we were accompanied by my grandfather playing accordion and my father playing harmonica." Later, this experience would lead her to Los Angeles and New York where she worked as a petite model, appeared in commercials, and acted in television shows such as Coach and The Trials Of Rosie O'Neil. In addition to these pursuits, Barbara also worked in musicals, memorably playing opposite Theodore Bikel in Fiddler On The Roof during its Atlantic City run. 
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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209282
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - "The EnGAYgement" –with Seph Stanek
 
THE ENGAYGEMENT is an original musical adventure through the joys and tribulations of two men in New York City; the thrall of the first date, the bliss and the challenges of domestic partnership, and the victories of marriage. With music and lyrics by David Auxier-Loyola and musical arrangements by Mark York, you will take delight in the storytelling, both poignant and hilarious, through a wealth of classic musical theater style with a modern sensibility.
 
Featuring: Chris-Ian Sanchez, Eliott Mattox, Jason Whitfield and Colleen Harris
 
CHRIS-IAN SANCHEZ made his solo debut with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall this pass fall.  Internationally, Mr. Sanchez has sung tenor soloist in mainland China with the American Hollywood Film Orchestra.  Musical Theatre credits include Thuy in Miss Saigon in Miami, FL (Carbonell Award nomination for (Best Supporting Actor),  Passin’ It On with Len Cariou, at Coconut Playhouse,Thoroughly Modern Mille (Ching Ho), Aida (Mereb), Grease! (Roger), Joseph…Dreamcoat  (Judah) and Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler) at Surflight Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar (James, the Elder) at K.C. Starlight and has performed all of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire with NYGASP.  Mr. Sanchez has also performed as soloist in Broadway Backwards! 3 benefitting GMHC at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway and has sung back up for Broadway veterans Telly Leung and Disney Princess voice herself, Lea Salonga.  He is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music.
 
ELLIOTT MATTOX A Kentucky boy, Oklahoma transplant and N.Y.C. resident, Elliott is excited to be part of The EnGAYgement! Regional: Patsy in Spamalot, Hugo in Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror Show (Lyric OK); Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins and eight others (MTWichita); Hello, Dolly! (MUNY). Favorites: Jack in Into the Woods, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd. Proud Oklahoma City University grad and AEA member. Thanks to David for having me be a part of this labor of love. Endless thanks to the most incredible family and friends in the universe for their constant love and support. Cheers!
 
JASON WHITFIELD has cruised the Seas with Celebrity Cruises and performed at Disney in Orlando, Fl and Tokyo, Japan.  Along the way Jason has performed many roles with some favorites being Ko-Ko in The Mikado and Frank in Annie Get Your Gun. Jason musical directs and sings with PartySingers NYC. He is currently a member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and a member of the St. Bart’s Choir, NY.  Jason would like to thank his son Dawson and wife Christina for all of their support.
 
COLLEEN HARRIS is an actor, singer, composer, and teacher whose work has been seen and heard in theaters of all sizes across the country.  She holds a degree in Theater Performance from the University of Evansville and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.  Her original music was commissioned by the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.  She is a performance coach for university students and circus performers. She can be seen every week hosting Thoroughly Modern Mondays and Mostly Sondheim at the Duplex, and her band SIREN plays all around town: Sirenmusicnyc.com
 
David Auxier is a 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Special Musical Material and is the creator of the 2009 Bistro Award winning Gilbert & Sullivan cabaret I've Got a Little Twist, which continues to tour the country. Outside of cabaret, David is a principle performer with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as the company's choreographer and co-director. He can regularly be seen playing the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. David also choreograph's and performs with The Ziegfeld Society. www.davidauxier.com]
 
It's about time Seph Stanek made his Metropolitan Room debut! Hailed by the New York Times as "lovable and very charming," Seph's musical career runs the gamut from pop to grand opera. Recent performances include a solo concert at San Francisco City Hall, I am Harvey Milk (with Kristin Chenoweth) at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Wolf Trap with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Every weekend you can find him on 42nd Street starring in Off-Broadway's Naked Boys Singing! Seph looks forward to originating the role of the Scribe in Akhenaten the Musical, which is slated for Broadway in 2016. AEA. @SephStanek www.SephStanek.com
 
Mark York (Musical Director/Arranger) has been David Auxier's personal pianist since 1992. Mark is currently the pianist and co-arranger for Just Jim Dale, which recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Roundabout, and now London's West End. He’s the Executive Producer for The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and was Cy Coleman’s Music Assistant. New York credits:Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate, Busker Alley starring Jim Dale/Glenn Close, director - Tony Walton, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007, 2008 and 2010 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays, Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice. Composer/lyricist: Galveston!-The Vegas Before Vegas, Rest In Peace directed/choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Porker Sisters and 11 children’s musicals. Mark’s a native New Yorker from Oklahoma. 
 
"David Auxier is a triple-threat - no, make that a triple-TREAT - well, maybe both. He's a singer, an actor and a song-writer; plus he's nice, attractive and a totally engaging performer." - Jan Wallman
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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220702
<![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]> Kristoffer Lowe  ~  You're Getting to be a Habit with Me | The Songs of Harry Warren

Music director Tracy Stark on piano leads a 3-person combo that includes Tom Hubbard on bass, and Jonathan Kantor on reeds.

2014 MetroStar, 2015 Bistro Award winner and 2015 MAC Award winner Kristoffer Lowe premieres his new show YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME: The Songs of Harry Warren. Directed by the multi-award-winning singer, director and producer Lennie Watts, “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” explores American composer Harry Warren, who had more hits on the hit parade than Irving Berlin, won 3 Academy Awards (with 11 nominations), and composed more than 800 songs. Despite Warren’s prolific success, name-brand celebrity eluded him, making him one of the Great American songbook’s unknown heros.
 
This time, the composer once referred to as “the invisible man” will be seen and heard as Lowe’s lush tenor, with its expansive harmonic colors, gives the author of “At Last,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “You’ll Never Know,” and “42nd Street” his long-awaited due. Named one of the 25 people to watch in cabaret in 2015 by NiteLife Exchange, Lowe’s self-effacing humor and sensitive, thoughtful take on the American songbook are quickly garnering praise and acclaim in the NYC cabaret scene. 
 
“Lowe taps into the emotional content of the songs and expresses lyrics with an apparent effortlessness. The voice itself is truly exceptional.”   ~Mark Dundas Wood, BistroAwards.com
 
“Sweet sustained high notes are glorious. . . he refreshingly radiates sincerity. He sparkles. . . put the Lowe show high on the must see list”  ~Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
 
“An artist that possesses the natural ability to so completely interpret a theatrical time in history, capturing the very essence, you feel almost transported. . . Whether crooning softly or showing great emotional acting chops it is an exquisite vocal instrument that soars high and clear.  ~Billie Roe, BroadwayWorld.com
 
“A thrilling tenor voice made of honey and burnished gold, using it to wonderful touching and comic effect. . . ineffably moving.”  ~Steve Ross, International cabaret legend 
 
 
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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200124
<![CDATA[An Evening of Poe]]> Join us for a Halloween-themed show celebrating the of life of Edgar Allan Poe.  The evening will include readings of Poe's works by actors Thomas G. Waites (The Warriors, The Thing), Stefan Arngrim (Land of Giants, Class of 1984), and Elizabeth Shepherd (The Tomb of Ligeia, Omen II).  Elizabeth will do a special reading of Ligeia.  Fans will recall her for her starring role alongside Vincent Price in the Roger Corman film adaptation.
 
You are strongly encouraged to attend in Poe-themed attire.  A prize will be given for the best dressed.
 
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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219378
<![CDATA[Chrysten Peddie]]> Chrysten Peddie ~ Idols & Icons

What makes an idol and and what makes an icon?  How do they differ? What does that difference mean?  In her second solo cabaret show, Broadway World Award Winner Chrysten Peddie returns to the Metropolitan Room to explore just that.  Featuring a blend of pop, rock, sacred music and musical theatre, Chrysten Peddie will take you on a personal and poignant musical journey, examining her musical roots and discovering what it means to be an idol or an icon.
 
Chrysten Peddie has been performing professionally in NY and on regional stages for the past 15 years.  Since her cabaret debut back in 2013, she has been a regular at the Metropolitan Room.  She has appeared on the Metropolitan Room stage as a part of Broadway on 22nd Street, It's Only Love, Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Whitney Houston, and most recently Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter.  Other cabaret venues include Stage 72, the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Joe's Pub.  She debuted her first solo cabaret show, TOO DAMN TALL, last year at Metropolitan Room and received glowing reviews as well as the Broadway World Award for Best Cabaret Debut!  "Displaying great comic timing and killer vocals...Peddie wins you over with her onstage charm and intelligence." - Billie Roe, Broadway World.com

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214871
<![CDATA[Tracey O'Farrell]]>



Tracey O’Farrell 
Bless The Broken Road Synopsys
 
Tracey O’Farrell is thrilled to be making her NYC solo debut at the world renowned Metropolitan Room.  After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School in the mid 90s and spending several years performing professionally, life threw Tracey some hard and fast curve balls, resulting in a decade long break from the stage.  Her new Cabaret Show, titled, “Bless The Broken Road,” tells the story of Tracey’s journey through unimaginable tragedy and loss, her triumphant return to performing, and a love story that rivals box office blockbusters.   
 
A musical mix of pop, country, Broadway and standards are combined with Tracey’s unforgettable delivery of a modern day, grown up fairy tale. Under the brilliant guidance of legendary composer and director David Friedman, “Bless the Broken Road” will have you crying, laughing and believing in happy endings!
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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200135
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]>
Peter Calo on Guitar
Skip Ward on Bass
Mark Leitz on Percussion
 
Directed by Lennie Watts 
 
Two of today's most honored and prolific performers present a first in cabaret: On Sacred Ground: The Songs of Janis Ian.
 
Janis Ian learned the truth at seventeen. 
 
With influences from folk pioneers like Joan Baez, Odetta and a bevy of activists and artists, she began writing songs at a very young age. When she released "Society's Child" in 1967, she received hate mail and death threats in addition to a radio station (in Atlanta) being burned down due to the controversial nature of the song's lyrics about an interracial romance. Many stations refused to add the song to their play lists. The song won her the first of two Grammy awards. After two previous attempts, the song became a runaway hit after Leonard Bernstein featured it in a CBS television special. It was only the beginning. At 16, she met Bill Cosby while touring with a chaperone (due to her age.) The shy teen often slept with her head on the chaperone's lap. Mr. Cosby petitioned television stations not to allow her on the air due to her bad influence as a result of her "lesbianism." A few years later, she would be the very very first musical artist to appear on the debut of Saturday Night Live. Hers has been a remarkable, outspoken, non-stop career that remains active to this day. Revered artists like Barbara Cook, Dame Shirley Bassey, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Nina Simone – and Cher have all recorded Janis Ian's songs to great acclaim. She remains one of today's most respected female songwriters in a crowded field. Ms. Ian wrote that first hit single ("Society's Child") when she was only 13 years old. It won the Grammy in a year opposite Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John and Helen Reddy. 
 
For the first time in cabaret, On Sacred Ground... starring Marcus Simeone and Tracy Stark, pays overdue tribute to the lady who broke glass ceilings and made a lasting impact on generations. Her best selling autobiography (At Seventeen) won a Grammy (Best Spoken Word.) This homage to Janis Ian will feature familiar and rarely heard songs, including "Between The Lines," "Matthew," "Getting Over You," "This Train Still Runs," "Silly Habits," "When Angels Cry," "Jesse," "She Must Be Beautiful," "At Seventeen," "Stars" - and "Society's Child." 
 
Marcus Simeone is one of today's brightest lights in cabaret. Renowned for his multi-octave, expressive tenor  and his unique ability to sing in many genres, he has received countless accolades. He recently made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Also a respected songwriter and recording artist, he will soon be releasing his sixth album on Miranda Music.
 
Tracy Stark has won numerous awards for her distinguished work as a pianist, arranger and songwriter. She has accompanied a plethora of artists, including Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Tovah Feldshuh and Barb Jungr.  Her upcoming CD, on Miranda Music, is a collection of original songs titled "Shades of Beautiful." 
 
Lennie Watts is a highly regarded director who has won many awards for his solo shows as well as directorial work. He is also a respected teacher who produces seminars, performance classes and workshops. He is also president of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. 
 
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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194747
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170112 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182404
<![CDATA[Madelaine Warren]]> MOVING FORWARD BY LOOKING BACKWARD
at the Great American Songbook

Following a career on the diverse stages of opera, musical comedy, resort hotels, luxury cruises, concerts and worldwide corporate events, Madelaine Warren now makes her debut on the intimate stage of the Metropolitan Room. 
 
In collaboration with Music Director Christopher Denny, and Director, Barry Kleinbort, Madelaine’s new cabaret show, a remarkable line-up of terrific tunes, harkens back to the hey-day of the American Songbook, including a few long-forgotten gems that are sure to delight.
 
Honored composers and lyricists represented: Rodgers, Hart, Mercer, Styne, Arlen, Coleman, Bernstein, Porter, Kern, Hammerstein, Lewis & Young, Comden & Green, Henderson.

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210450
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188827 <![CDATA[Sammy Crawford]]>
Hailing from rural Louisiana, singer-songwriter Sammy Crawford moved to New York in 2010 and has spent the past few years showcasing his songs in a number of Manhattan venues. He is spirited, raw, emotional and most of all driven by his connection with the piano, which has been his true love since he began playing at age eight.
 
In "Write Your Own Reality" Sammy shares the evolution of his experience as a songwriter and performer in NYC, including songs from his previous commercial releases as well as newly penned songs from his forthcoming album "Harder."

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215916
<![CDATA[The Lisa Jason Show]]>

Boston's Lisa Jason can't wait to bring her new cabaret show to New York's Metropolitan Room. Earning rave reviews from Provincetown to New York to the Caribbean, Lisa has worked with the likes of Denny Dias from Steely Dan, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, John Morelle from Cyndi Lauper's band Blue Angel, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dinky Dawson and more. She has opened for the original cast of The Jersey Boys, Huey Lewis and the News, KC and The Sunshine Band, Otis Day, The Bonnie Raitt band, John Cafferty, The Hooters, Molly Hatchett and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch. She has performed as a guest with the No Rules Theater Company at the Signature Theater in Washington DC.  Her original show "Meeting Judy", a tribute to Judy Garland, was performed to sold out audiences. Her one woman 2013 Cabaret Show, “Hotflash" is a spirited tribute to the legendary women of song, including her mentor and friend, Ellie Greenwich, as well as songs written for her by originator of the band Steely Dan, Denny Dias. She is a favorite at the annual CabaretFest in Provincetown, MA and the Cape Cod Jazz Festival. A multi-faceted artist/songwriter, Lisa has also been a featured singer with the Cape Cod Symphony and performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park.]]>
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199236
<![CDATA[Mathieu Blue]]>



Born in a small town in New Hampshire, singer, songwriter, Mathieu Blue was raised by a contemporary gospel singer mother and construction industry entrepreneur father.
 
Demonstrating a gift for music early in his childhood, Blue’s adolescence was spent in talent shows, rehearsals and performances that further fueled his love affair with music.
 
Influenced by vocalists ranging from Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight to Phil Collins and Garth Brooks, Blue has gradually developed a distinctly unique sound infused with hints of urban pop, soul, R&B and deep country tones.
 
Now living in New York City, Blue is currently preparing his first project – a 4-track EP entitled, “Here” – filled with smooth vocals that reflect his soulful, country inspirations, as well as carefully crafted lyrics that invoke the feelings of love, despair and individualism that he has experienced in his musical journey.
 
“Here” will be released on iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL, and other music platforms on September 14th.

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212425
<![CDATA[Fraser Entertainment Group]]>
A Benefit for The Actors Fund

Michael Lavine, Host and Musical Director
 
Featuring:
   Dianne Fraser
   Julie Garnye
   Stacy Sullivan
   Eric Michael Gillett
   Walter Winston ONeil
   Tonya Pinkins
   Jen Malenke





Following spectacular performances at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table and Stage, Upstairs at Vitello's, The Catalina Jazz Club and the El Caballero Country Club, Fraser Entertainment Group comes to The Metropolitan Room with the critically-acclaimed AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY. This show welcomes a new cast of superb singers from Broadway, television and film with each new appearance of the concert series.  If you love show tunes, you will relish Fraser Entertainment Group’s dazzling evening of songs from landmark musicals. You’ll get goose-bumped and teary-eyed hearing dynamic renditions of your favorite numbers from classic shows, as well as classics from smaller/lesser-known Broadway musicals - always peppered with fun and laughs! 
 
The evening will be musically directed by Michael Lavine, who has worked as a musical director, pianist, vocal coach and singer all over the world. He gives master classes on auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Australia, Martha's Vineyard and other locations and has worked several times at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  He works regularly with Heather MacRae on her show about her father, Gordon and has accompanied Broadway and television star Bryan Batt in New Orleans, at 54 Below, Feinstein's and the Metropolitan Room.  He musically directed Bryan's show BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia, touring subsequently to Melbourne and Sydney.  He regularly plays for the Outer Critics Circle Awards and musically directed the Broadway Cares Teddy Bear Auction for its entire 15-year run.  Michael has conducted orchestras in Wichita, Kansas, Traverse City, Michigan, and Beverly, Mass., among other cities.  He co-produced and musically directed the American premiere recording of HONK!  At the York Theatre, Michael served as musical director for the Comden & Green musical BILLION DOLLAR BABY starring Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte and the Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner musical CARMELINA.  He shared the stage with Mimi Hines and Peter Howard (his mentor) at the Kennedy Center in a Rodgers & Hart revue, THIS FUNNY WORLD. Michael is known for owning one of the largest privately held sheet music collections in the world.
 
Other shows presented by Fraser Entertainment Group include Starr Quality, Actors Fund Benefit and Tribute to Rick Starr, and Gifts of Love: the Words and Music of Stephen Schwartz, both at the Catalina Jazz Club, as well as the 4-night, 4-venue Actors Fund benefit concert event, CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES directed by David Galligan, which will return for a second engagement this fall. The Metropolitan Room presentation will mark the ninth installment of AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY.
 
BWW Review: An Evening of Classic Broadway Features Performers Who Can REALLY Sing!!! on www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles at:
http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Reviews-An-Evening-of-Classic-Broadway-Features-Performers-Who-Can-REALLY-Sing-20150317
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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194738
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189535
<![CDATA[Ann Dawson]]>
Ann Dawson ~ TRAVELING SOLO
 
ANN DAWSON returns to the Metropolitan Room in her terrific new show Traveling Solo.  Directed by Barry Kleinbort and with music direction by Don Rebic, it is comprised of humorous and poignant tales and tunes celebrating life on and off the road.  Roy Sander, reviewer for BistroAwards.com, wrote, “Polished and charming, Ann Dawson knows her way around a song, a stage and an audience.  Traveling Solo is an entertaining and thoroughly satisfying show.”
 
As a singer Ann has performed internationally in leading supper clubs and hotels winning critical acclaim in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, South America and Australia where the Prime Minister was so impressed with her act, he requested to meet her.  She has also appeared Off Broadway in Literary Disruption, Mamaleh! and Dorothy Parker: A Montage and in regional/stock productions of Follies, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba, My Fat Friend, Fiddler on the Roof and her favorite, Funny Girl.  Playing Fanny inspired her to write her one-woman show, The Ladies with Talent, Taste & Chutzpah, A Tribute to Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Molly Picon and Sophie Tucker, which she has performed to enthralled audiences in theatres and concert halls all across the country.  Other credits include television appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (where one of her performances moved Richard Rodgers to write a fan letter), Last of the Ninth (HBO Pilot/David Milch) and Ryan’s Hope as well as the feature film Sordid Things. 
 
Now she once again joins New York’s cabaret scene.  From the moment she steps on stage and hits her first notes, Ann invariably reveals why one critic observed, “…she belts out big songs from a diminutive frame and just captures your heart.”
 

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203140
<![CDATA[Barbara Lusch]]>



Barbara Lusch has a unique and compelling way with a song that goes straight to your heart. Her new recording, "Rock Me Sweet" (Slim Style Records), is a surprising and magnetic reinterpretation of some of the best loved rock anthems of the 80's. Well-known hits of male rock icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bono have been transformed by Barbara into sophisticated, sexy, and soulful songs. You can hear "Dancin' in the Dark" sparkling with seductive style and U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" becoming a cry of despair that evolves into a statement of triumph.
 
"I wanted to do these songs my way, and bring out the vulnerability and emotional depth of the lyrics", Barbara explains. She is an interpreter of both jazz and pop, as well as a producer, actress and model with a gorgeous vocal instrument that recalls singers such as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Eva Cassidy, Doris Day, Julie London. There is smoke, there is fire, there is honey. "Lusch isn’t one to settle for ordinary; she sings with a deeply sensual vibrancy that gets right to the heart of the matter. One listen and you may feel as if you’ve known Barbara Lusch all your life." (Jim Santella, All About Jazz). 
 
 Barbara's major influence was her grandmother, Alice Warren, a member of the Warren Sisters Quartet who performed and recorded during the 20's and 30's. "When Grandma Warren taught me to harmonize, I was hooked. I would practice with her and with my sisters whenever I could," recalls Barbara. "Often we were accompanied by my grandfather playing accordion and my father playing harmonica." Later, this experience would lead her to Los Angeles and New York where she worked as a petite model, appeared in commercials, and acted in television shows such as Coach and The Trials Of Rosie O'Neil. In addition to these pursuits, Barbara also worked in musicals, memorably playing opposite Theodore Bikel in Fiddler On The Roof during its Atlantic City run. 
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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209283
<![CDATA[Teresa Eggertsen Cooke]]>

This show is dedicated to our dear departed friend Pete Barquin, who passed away from  ALS (Lou Gehrig ’s disease).  Any support to the ALS Association is welcome. Thank you.
 
Back in April, 2014, April 23rd to be exact, Teresa Eggertsen Cooke made her New York City debut at our very own Metropolitan Room. She sang a combination of tunes dating from Irving Berlin’s 1924 classic “What’ll I Do?” to Carol King’s pensive “It’s Too Late”. Both are standards from distant eras, crossing decades. When the venue asked Teresa back this coming fall, Teresa thought, “I’ll do this again. These are the songs I love, the songs my audience loves.  When I see how happy my music makes people and the emotion that ensues, I am so humbled.”
And so, “Decades of Song” is coming to the Metropolitan Room, Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM.
 
And songs they are! “My Baby Just Cares for Me” penned in 1930 is one of the ditties Teresa will be singing. Another will be “Your Song” the very first hit from Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The songs will cross eras, moods and genres. From the 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s; up-tempo tunes and soft rock ballads and how they translate into a jazz motif, including “The Rose” and “Songs of Life” from Neil Diamond’s 1978 film “The Jazz Singer”. Teresa will include tunes written in the earliest days of popular song. Teresa remembers her father singing these songs to her to her, and this is what taught her to appreciate singing and performing.
 
Possessing a versatile vocal range and piano skills, Teresa Eggertsen makes each and every song her own.
 
Although new to New York City, Teresa is not new to performing. She currently resides with her family in Park City, Utah. She has been performing in Park City and in the surrounding area for many years. In 2013 she performed at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. She began playing piano and singing at a very young age and continued for many years until she took a break to become an internationally ranked Mountain Bike racer. She then retired from racing in 2003 and came back to music. “It really is one of two of my FAVORITE things to do, the other is riding my mountain bike!”
 
And what about coming back to New York? Teresa says, “I can’t wait to come back! The Metropolitan Room took a chance on someone from Utah whom they had never met or seen perform. It has given me a lot of confidence. They are wonderful!”
 
Taking influences from jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style. She will be joined by Ben Lepley on trombone and Lou Vito, guitar.
 
Here’s what’s being said about Teresa Eggertsen Cooke:
 
“Teresa Eggertsen Cooke has the unique ability to present and perform  songs they you may have heard over the years and make one feel as if they are hearing them for the very first time in your life. The combination of her beautiful voice and style of musical presentation set her apart from the rest of the crowd.  She stands alone in this field. Just an outstanding performer with amazing talent and charisma.  One of the very best I have ever heard”
—Alissa Grimaldi, New York City, NY
 
“Taking influences from Jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style.”  “Teresa’s voice is liquid velvet and her soothing piano arrangements bring new life to a repertoire of hundreds of songs across many genres”
—Dr. Isaac Hurtado, Utah Vocal Arts Academy
 
“Teresa’s gentle intention possesses that touch of magic which carries many of us to tears by the sheer beauty of her message and her warmth.”
— Debra Cook, Utah Conservatory
 

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190492
<![CDATA[Caroline Nin]]> NEW-YORK PREMIERE 
« HYMNE A PIAF »
A BILINGUAL TRIBUTE TO EDITH PIAF






Fresh from a phenomenally successful two-year run in her home town of Paris, French chanteuse Caroline Nin is ready to thrill New York audiences with her globally-acclaimed, bilingual tribute to France’s most beloved musical icon, Edith Piaf.
 
For more than a decade the Parisian cabaret star has enthralled and uplifted audiences around the world at Sydney’s prestigious Opera House to London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Edinburgh Festival and theatres throughout Europe with her mesmerizing interpretation – rather than impersonation – of Piaf’s œuvre.
 
Miss Nin’s seductively smoky, jazz-inflected voice transports audiences to the streets of old Paris as she weaves stories in English effortlessly between spirited singing of the world-renowned anthems such as La Vie en Rose, Padam, Je Ne Regrette Rien and many more that made Piaf a darling of the world’s stage.
 
Described as a « classic femme fatale » with an electric stage presence, Miss Nin’s « HYMNE A PIAF » was awarded a prestigious 2012 Helpmann Award nomination for Best Cabaret Performer. She was also honoured with the Best Female Jazz Vocalist Award in France.
 
After conquering Paris, she is thrilled to finally present « Hymne a Piaf » 
at the prestigious Metropolitan Room in New York for the first time, paying tribute to France’s Little Sparrow during this, the 100th anniversary year of her birth.
 
« I’m so honoured to be presenting HYMNE A PIAF in New York City.   Growing up with Piaf, nothing could make me prouder than to perform and share the music and life of the most famous of all French chanteuse in a city where she, herself, performed, lived and loved for many years. » says Miss Nin.
 
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Caroline Nin is a classic femme fatale, one who charms, intrigues and fills your imagination with a plethora of images, stories and memories through her mesmerizing personality.
 
Born in France, the Parisian-based Nin’s debut in the late 80s at The Hollywood Savoy in Paris’ glamorous Opera district, quickly garners her a loyal following.
 
She moves to London in the early 90s to, as she admits, improve her English and become and “International Jazz Singer”.
  
A strong French backgroung nevertheless always transpires in Caroline Nin’s oeuvre and it is at the Pleasance Theatre for the 1998 Edinburgh Festival, that she continues to captivate and entice her audiences, subsequently winning a Herald Angel award for her cabaret spectacular “The Last Show” featuring scores from Piaf, Dietrich, Minelli and Brel.
 
In 2001, Nin moves back to Paris to take up a residency at the City of Light’s most famous cabaret venue Le Lido on The Champs Elysées.
 
In 2002, Caroline is invited to perform her “HYMNE A PIAF” show for the first time in Australia at the world renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Both Nin and her show are met with great success.
 
Delving deep into Piaf’s unfortunate, joyous but ultimately memorable life, Nin’s smoky, jazzy and sensitive interpretation – rather than impersonation – of The Little Sparrow’s works, includes showstoppers such as Milord, Non, je ne regrette rien and Padam.
 
Since its inception the show has been presented as far as the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall  in London.
 
A two-month tour of the UK in early 2011 culminates in an invitation by Ronnie Scotts to perform her signature and by now, much acclaimed show.
 
In June 2011, Caroline returns to the Melbourne Recital Centre, where the show receives multiple standing ovations from the 1200-strong audience at the Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, and is nominated for HELPMANN AWARDS 2012 – Best Cabaret Artist.
Requests to take her shows to New York and Canada, are deferred with Nin taking up a one-year exclusive residency at the Lido de Paris, where she has performed 6 nights a week.
 
Caroline presents for the first time in Paris, her show "Hymne A Piaf" in early 2013. After a 2 years sold-out season in her home town, the show can now Premiere in New York City at the prestigious Metropolitan Room in late October this year.
 
www.carolinenin.com www.hymneapiaf.com
 
 
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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203845
<![CDATA[Melba Moore's Birthday Celebration]]>


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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188099
<![CDATA[Caroline Nin]]> NEW-YORK PREMIERE 
« HYMNE A PIAF »
A BILINGUAL TRIBUTE TO EDITH PIAF






Fresh from a phenomenally successful two-year run in her home town of Paris, French chanteuse Caroline Nin is ready to thrill New York audiences with her globally-acclaimed, bilingual tribute to France’s most beloved musical icon, Edith Piaf.
 
For more than a decade the Parisian cabaret star has enthralled and uplifted audiences around the world at Sydney’s prestigious Opera House to London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Edinburgh Festival and theatres throughout Europe with her mesmerizing interpretation – rather than impersonation – of Piaf’s œuvre.
 
Miss Nin’s seductively smoky, jazz-inflected voice transports audiences to the streets of old Paris as she weaves stories in English effortlessly between spirited singing of the world-renowned anthems such as La Vie en Rose, Padam, Je Ne Regrette Rien and many more that made Piaf a darling of the world’s stage.
 
Described as a « classic femme fatale » with an electric stage presence, Miss Nin’s « HYMNE A PIAF » was awarded a prestigious 2012 Helpmann Award nomination for Best Cabaret Performer. She was also honoured with the Best Female Jazz Vocalist Award in France.
 
After conquering Paris, she is thrilled to finally present « Hymne a Piaf » 
at the prestigious Metropolitan Room in New York for the first time, paying tribute to France’s Little Sparrow during this, the 100th anniversary year of her birth.
 
« I’m so honoured to be presenting HYMNE A PIAF in New York City.   Growing up with Piaf, nothing could make me prouder than to perform and share the music and life of the most famous of all French chanteuse in a city where she, herself, performed, lived and loved for many years. » says Miss Nin.
 
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Caroline Nin is a classic femme fatale, one who charms, intrigues and fills your imagination with a plethora of images, stories and memories through her mesmerizing personality.
 
Born in France, the Parisian-based Nin’s debut in the late 80s at The Hollywood Savoy in Paris’ glamorous Opera district, quickly garners her a loyal following.
 
She moves to London in the early 90s to, as she admits, improve her English and become and “International Jazz Singer”.
  
A strong French backgroung nevertheless always transpires in Caroline Nin’s oeuvre and it is at the Pleasance Theatre for the 1998 Edinburgh Festival, that she continues to captivate and entice her audiences, subsequently winning a Herald Angel award for her cabaret spectacular “The Last Show” featuring scores from Piaf, Dietrich, Minelli and Brel.
 
In 2001, Nin moves back to Paris to take up a residency at the City of Light’s most famous cabaret venue Le Lido on The Champs Elysées.
 
In 2002, Caroline is invited to perform her “HYMNE A PIAF” show for the first time in Australia at the world renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Both Nin and her show are met with great success.
 
Delving deep into Piaf’s unfortunate, joyous but ultimately memorable life, Nin’s smoky, jazzy and sensitive interpretation – rather than impersonation – of The Little Sparrow’s works, includes showstoppers such as Milord, Non, je ne regrette rien and Padam.
 
Since its inception the show has been presented as far as the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall  in London.
 
A two-month tour of the UK in early 2011 culminates in an invitation by Ronnie Scotts to perform her signature and by now, much acclaimed show.
 
In June 2011, Caroline returns to the Melbourne Recital Centre, where the show receives multiple standing ovations from the 1200-strong audience at the Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, and is nominated for HELPMANN AWARDS 2012 – Best Cabaret Artist.
Requests to take her shows to New York and Canada, are deferred with Nin taking up a one-year exclusive residency at the Lido de Paris, where she has performed 6 nights a week.
 
Caroline presents for the first time in Paris, her show "Hymne A Piaf" in early 2013. After a 2 years sold-out season in her home town, the show can now Premiere in New York City at the prestigious Metropolitan Room in late October this year.
 
www.carolinenin.com www.hymneapiaf.com
 
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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203846
<![CDATA[The Final Callback]]>

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210485
<![CDATA[Sandra Piller]]>


Sandra Piller has always been a country girl at heart despite being raised in Southern California. She was named “Best New Female Country Artist of 2009″ by New Music Weekly, who honored her again as ”Best Female Country Artist of 2010.” Her single, “I Cross That Bridge,” was #1 on the NMW Country music charts for three straight weeks and her music videos have received major airplay across the country as well as internationally.
  
Whether she’s accompanied by her full country band, The Wild Cards, or by a single guitar player, Sandra’s honey-tinged voice and award-winning music always connected emotionally with audiences of all ages. Venues have included world-famous stages, Toys for Tots fund-raisers, and large-scale gatherings such as Star Trek conventions.
 
 
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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214892
<![CDATA[Tom Pappas]]> All his life, Tom has loved singing....He grew up listening to Glen Campbell, Sinatra, Cole & Charles.
 
"There's something special about being up on stage, with a good little band, in front of a group of aficionados, exploring the great American songbook....."
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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209400
<![CDATA[Ron Torres]]> Ron has been a regular in New York’s top nightspots for over 35 years: The Supper Club, Caroline’s, Don’t Tell Mama, Jan Wallman's, Judy’s, The Duplex, The Grand Finale, Freddy’s Supper Club, Johnny’s Pub, Club Ibis and The Tijuana Cat. The Laurie Beechman Theater. He has garnered enthusiastic reviews from The New York Times, Variety, Backstage, The New York Daily News and inspired New York Post critic Curt Davis to dub Torres “The
Rocky of Cabaret”. Ron won Backstage Stage's Bistro award for best theme for Havana B. C. 
 
Ron's new show "Another Opening Another Show" is a celebration of 35 years in cabaret. Ron will talk about the people he met along the way. The music evokes the mood of the period from the different New York cabarets. 
 
Ron's last cabaret show was "Destination Nat King Cole", a musical journey of Nat's travels, with stops in Chicago, L.A., Europe, Japan and finally in Nat's favorite place, "Havana". Ron performed "Destination Nat King Cole" at The Laurie Beechman Theater. 
 
 enjoyed success with his show “Havana B.C.", an historical 
 
"Havana B.C." premiered at Don’t Tell Mama in New York. After a year, the show was hijacked to the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, where it ran for three months (nine shows per week) to sold-out audiences. While at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Ron had the privilege to choreograph the tango scenes in the off-Broadway show “Bermuda Avenue Triangle”, written by and starring Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, and also starring Beatrice Arthur. While he was at The Coconut Grove Playhouse, Ron was invited to sing “America The Beautiful” in center court at the Miami Heat basketball arena "Havana B.C." returned to New York’s Supper Club and enjoyed continued successRon sang at the premiere season of Miami's Carnival sang in the chorus of the Florida Grand Opera's productions of "Aida" and "Samson and Delilah".
 
Some of Ron's theater credits include: The Steel Worker in “Working”, Prince Nikki in "My One and Only”, Manolo Costazuela in "The New Odd Couple”, Cocky in "Bound East for Cardiff”, Tevye in "Fiddler On The Roof", Gil Marshall in "The Royal Family", Lt. Rooney in "Arsenic and Old Lace", Ruben in "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", and chorus roles in "Gypsy", "The King and I", "Zorba" and "Showboat". 
 
Ron’s career began as a ballroom dancer, with his sister Debbie as his partner. They took first honors in the Rumba at the Harvest Moon Ball in Madison Square Garden. As champions they danced their way to Carnegie Hall for “The Puerto Rican Discovery Concert”, hosted by Ed Sullivan and starring Rita Moreno, Liz Torres and Tito Puente. 
 
A New York native, Ron earned a B.F.A. at the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts (CCNY)
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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212681
<![CDATA[JayCee Driesen]]> Musical Director: Lydia Sabosto 



“To Experience a “JayCee” show is to love her"!  —Variety
 
JayCee Driesen— Dynamic vocalist, songwriter and producer from Long Island, New York performs globally. Whether in an intimate cabaret house or a full scale concert venue, her bold signature voice embraces the youthful freshness of the present with the true effervescence of America’s rich musical past, captivating audiences with classic standards, hit Broadway show tunes, contemporary favorites and her own originals.

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Musical Director, Lydia Sabosto has been performing for over 30 years in various venues all over the country. According to QonStage Review, Lydia’s musical arrangements are inventive and have unusual twists in mood and tempo. She studied music at Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts.]]>
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215889
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> High Standards, starring Corinna Sowers Adler, Musically Directed by Alex Rybeck


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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197557
<![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>
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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205416
<![CDATA[Louvel]]> Sun, 01 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218724 <![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192725 <![CDATA[Kelli Rabke]]>


Kelli received her first “big break” playing Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself selected her to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kelli went on to play Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway, and has performed extensively in regional theatres around the country.]]>
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216101
<![CDATA[Todd Murray]]>


During an era when there is a shortage of significant male jazz and cabaret singers, Todd Murray has emerged as a notable interpreter of standards, newer material, and his own originals. Blessed with a deep baritone voice, Todd is an intimate performer who excels on romantic ballads, swings at every tempo, and does justice to the lyrics that he sings. His 2010 recording, Stardust & Swing, is filled with his subtle creativity and sincere emotions. The repertoire ranges from such vintage tunes as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” to his own “Patricia” and “The Girl From Waco.”
 
Born in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, Murray sang as a child in church, chorus, and school plays. He listened to the pop music and light rock of the time. As a junior in high school, he learned many older standards from his aunt who played stride piano. Driven to succeed and determined to raise money for his college education, Todd auditioned successfully for the group Re-Creation.
 
"We traveled around the nation singing at fairs, concerts, VA hospitals and a wide variety of venues,” remembers Todd. “We performed 300 times a year and the shows were fully choreographed with costumes, scenery and sound. We had a sacred show for churches that included contemporary Christian and gospel music, and a secular one of American pop music and country. It was a great education for me.”
 
While attending a private university in central Pennsylvania  Todd learned a great deal about the music business. After graduating, he worked as a singer and actor in many different settings. Todd performed regularly at Opryland USA, spent six months singing at Disneyland in Tokyo, and did summer stock theatre in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York, performed many roles at Paper Mill Playhouse including the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and was in the first Broadway touring company of THE SECRET GARDEN. Todd also was a lead singer on the luxury cruise line Royal Viking, sang backup for many Nashville singers and had his own country act. After moving to Los Angeles, he owned his own successful bread bakery. 
After selling his business and returning to music on a fulltime basis, Todd Murray has gained a strong reputation in the musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret world.
 
“I did a production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING that was set in the 1920s. They wanted me to sing in a Bing Crosby style, and it gave me the opportunity to perform many older standards. It was there that I met Dennis McCarthy, who arranged and conducted the music for my two CDs.” Todd’s first cabaret show, “Let’s Face the Music,” was followed by “When I Sing Low: Romance In A Different Key.”
 
His debut solo CD, also titled When I Sing Low, features Murray’s baritone accompanied by an orchestra that is essentially a big band with strings. McCarthy and Tom Ranier (who contributed three charts) wrote the arrangements and most of the songs are timeless standards.  Sue Raney interacts happily with Todd on a vocal duet version of “Just In Time.” “Where Or When” is given a particularly inventive and beautiful arrangement by McCarthy. The catchy “Could ‘Ja,” which has Todd joined by three background singers, is one of his favorite numbers on the set. He is only the third vocalist to perform the superior obscurity, following Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Another highlight is Todd’s original “When I Sing Low.” “Since I have a baritone voice and the tenor became king during the past couple of decades, there are not a lot of roles in new productions for me because so many are geared for high voices. It led to me writing ‘When I Sing Low.’” The witty piece sums up the virtue of baritone singers.
 
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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207739
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189536
<![CDATA[Rochelle & Paul Chamlin]]>
All at Sea: Songs on the Theme of Water explores the vast repertoire of music inspired by oceans, rivers, boats, ships, and our relationship to the aqueous world around us. From soul-searing torch songs to timeless folk ballads and more contemporary selections, Rochelle and Paul will cover a wide range of musical styles and traditions.
 
About Rochelle Breyer Chamlin and Paul Chamlin
 
Rochelle and Paul met several years ago at a gig and went on to form a romantic relationship that has evolved into an inspired musical partnership. Their delightful, informative shows feature an eclectic mix of Songbook and musical theater standards along with more rarified material and under-appreciated gems. Paul has been a vital part of the New York-area cabaret scene for years, serving as Musical Director and pianist for hundreds of cabaret shows and concerts, as well as several full-stage musicals. Cabaret-world legend Jan Wallman has praised Pauland Rochelle’s “beautifully blended voices” and noted that “you would do well to discover their artistry,” and columnist and critic Roy Sander called From Hollywood to Hay market "Tuneful, witty, charming, and very entertaining—with a delightful dose of rarely performed material."
 
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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208304
<![CDATA[Soul Showcase]]> Soul Showcase ~ Natalie Forteza and Akie Bermiss
 
Influenced by the music of artists like Sade, Sting, Bebel Gilberto, Emily King, India.Aire, Norah Jones & Jamiroquai, this chanteuse’s musical & songwriting pursuits embrace a variety of genres.  
 
Though her influences are many, her singular vocal talent is hard to miss. She can purr at the microphone, but there’s an underlying vocal power there. Praised by the Poughkeepsie Journal as,”an act you don’t want to miss,” Natalie has opened for artists such as Banda Magda, KJ Denhert, Mose Allison, Frank Vignola [Madonna, Ringo Starr, Wynton Marsalis] & Stephane Wrembel [Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona & Midnight in Paris]. 
 
Natalie and her co-writing conspirators and band mates, who she fondly names, "the gents," look forward to releasing an EP in 2015.  Produced by Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy.  The EP will feature original music written by Natalie & her band.  The music is comprised of  layers of R&B, Soul, Electronica and World Music with piquant Pop sensibility . 
 
THE BAND: Akie Bermiss/Keys: Has opened for George Clinton, and for the Grammy nominated Emily King with his Brooklyn based band Aabaraki. Anthony Candullo/Bass: Has played with many of Westchester's beloved; Gil Paris, Bernie Williams, Chris Vitarello, Will Van Sise, Live Society and "Petey Hop" Hopkinson. Erik Perez/Drums: Has played in the company of Jazz/Pop greats, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Porter Carroll Jr, The Wali Ali Band and Live Society.
 
https://youtu.be/Ecl0jfvIjO4
http://www.natalieforteza.com
 
AND
 
Akie Bermiss is a pianist, composer, and singer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Bard College with degree in music composition. While there he also studied American Music (read: tin pan alley, broadway musicals, and jazz) and writing (read: wrote some bad poetry and called it good). To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order; to his enemies — a musical charlatan of the basest variety. Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.
 
http://akiemusic.com
https://youtu.be/MIc9UMy0u4Y
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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217905
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202486
<![CDATA[Eric Yves Garcia]]>

Eric Yves Garcia up in Red Bank, NJ, started playing piano when I was 7, need to visit the beach year-round but basically live there in summer, I'm a Virgo on the cusp with Leo (if you can make sense of such things), I'm a snob about booze and would sooner not drink than drink cheap so if you offer me a glass while I'm performing vodka and whiskey are my friends (specific labels, I'll tell you one on one, no endorsements), and I sing sentimental love songs late at night for a living.
 
For the rest, I trained as an actor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and am fortunate enough to perform consistently in a variety of film projects (independent features, commercials, web/corporate), which genuinely fascinate me, and have treated me pretty damn well.
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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199240
<![CDATA[Louis Vanaria & Lucy Caracappa]]>


New York City’s cabaret duo, The L-Train is coming to Metropolitan Room!
The L-Train, featuring vocalists Louis Vanaria and Lucy Caracappa, will be performing toe tapping renditions of some of your favorite duets and heartwarming pop and theater solos from a range of artists such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Streisand, Buble, Cher, Sinatra and much, much  more! 
 
Louis Vanaria is a television/movie actor/vocalist whose credits include A Bronx Tale (role of Crazy Mario), recurring roles on TV’s Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire and a role in the upcoming film Friends and Romans starring Michael Rispoli and Annabella Sciora.  Louis has performed cabaret at Foxwoods Casino with Jay Leno and Connie Francis and at the 4 Triple 5 Café in Niagara Falls.  
 
Lucy Caracappa is an accomplished vocalist who performs with club date acts such as The Tony T Orchestra and has graced numerous stages including New York’s Empire City Casino and Florida’s Empire Stage.  She is also a comedic actress and improve performer with Murder Mystery Manhattan and has performed in many musical theater productions such as THE KING AND I as Tuptim and in KISMET as Lalume.
 
The L-Train will perform with the live musicians of The Tony T. Orchestra with Tony Traina himself on the drums, a seasoned Broadway musician.
 
The L-Train will leave you wanting more!  You will walk away humming your favorite tunes and will fall in love with songs you never heard before!  A magical night of music and memories you won't soon forget!
 
 
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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=174215
<![CDATA[Late Night Adult Puppet Cabaret]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216500 <![CDATA[Chrysten Peddie]]> Chrysten Peddie ~ Idols & Icons

What makes an idol and and what makes an icon?  How do they differ? What does that difference mean?  In her second solo cabaret show, Broadway World Award Winner Chrysten Peddie returns to the Metropolitan Room to explore just that.  Featuring a blend of pop, rock, sacred music and musical theatre, Chrysten Peddie will take you on a personal and poignant musical journey, examining her musical roots and discovering what it means to be an idol or an icon.
 
Chrysten Peddie has been performing professionally in NY and on regional stages for the past 15 years.  Since her cabaret debut back in 2013, she has been a regular at the Metropolitan Room.  She has appeared on the Metropolitan Room stage as a part of Broadway on 22nd Street, It's Only Love, Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Whitney Houston, and most recently Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter.  Other cabaret venues include Stage 72, the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Joe's Pub.  She debuted her first solo cabaret show, TOO DAMN TALL, last year at Metropolitan Room and received glowing reviews as well as the Broadway World Award for Best Cabaret Debut!  "Displaying great comic timing and killer vocals...Peddie wins you over with her onstage charm and intelligence." - Billie Roe, Broadway World.com

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214872
<![CDATA[Shawn Moninger]]> Rev. Shawn is an ordained Unity Minister. He has been the Senior Minister at Unity Center For Practical Spirituality since September 2004. Rev. Shawn is the Founding President of The Unity Church of New York in New York City. He began his spiritual journey in earnest twelve years ago after a twelve year career as a lighting and sound designer in New York nightclubs. He’s won four MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and a Backstage Bistro Award all for outstanding Technical Direction. To top it all off, several years ago he began performing stand-up comedy for which he was nominated for a MAC Award. (Becoming a minister was the only thing left to do after that.)
 
Rev. Shawn and his partner David Friedman are in high demand as speakers in the New Thought and Unity movements. They travel extensively speaking at prominent events such as the International New Thought Alliance Conference, Unity International Conference, retreats, and leading churches throughout the country.
 
He is also the host of the increasingly popular radio show THE GOOD SHOW with Rev. Shawn, airing Wednesday mornings at 11am on, WDJZ 1530 AM Radio. (Westport, Ct-Providence, RI) Or on the web at www.thegoodshow.com.
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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212682
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194254
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170114 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182405
<![CDATA[Maria Guida Quartet]]> Maria Guida Swings the Standards 
 
A very appealing singer with a warm voice and the ability to express the hidden beauty found in superior lyrics, Maria Guida recently recorded her debut CD, Soul Eyes.  Throughout this impressive and highly enjoyable set, the beauty of Maria’s voice is equaled by her understanding of the words and the creative spirit of her musicians.  In fact, there was such an immediate communication between all of the participants that Soul Eyes was recorded in its entirety in one day.
 
“I was blessed with some of the best musicians around,” recalls Maria, “and they made it easy, fun and relaxed.  I love pianist James Weidman’s playing.  He’s very lyrical, his harmonic sense is beautiful, and he plays wonderful ideas that inspire and support my singing.  I’ve known bassist Dean Johnson for 20 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever played together.  I love his full, rich tone – and his solos are always beautiful and often capture a spirit of fun. Drummer Tony Moreno and I did a couple of gigs together over the years, and I’ve always loved his tasteful playing. He puts a lot of fire and excitement into the music and, at the same time, his drumming is very sensitive with singers.  Ron Horton is a phenomenal trumpeter and flugelhorn player.  I love his soulful sound, his musical ideas, and his emotional intensity.  I am so thrilled that they are all on this CD.”
 
 
 
While most of the standards on Soul Eyes are familiar, these versions are unique. “It was very important to include a bit of myself and my take on the world, because so many people have recorded standards.  I wanted to create a CD that brings these beautiful tunes to life in a way that was a bit different from the way other people have done them, with my point of view.”  Certainly this version of the opening “How Little We Know” differs from previous renditions. It is given a gentle interpretation as Maria sings about the mystery of love, and it becomes quite touching near its end when the tempo slows down.
“The thing I love about ‘Inside A Silent Tear’, a beautiful song written by Blossom Dearie, is how it allows the message to shine.  Love can be tearful and love can be sad.  We sometimes make wrong choices in love, but the feeling behind this tune keeps it from being depressing.  It’s a very truthful song.”  Maria digs so deep into the lyrics that eventually the words are not even necessary to express her feelings and she sings wordlessly for a chorus.  Ron Horton’s flugelhorn blends beautifully with her in several spots.
 
The next two songs pay tribute to John Coltrane.  On “Bessie’s Blues”, Maria sings Coltrane’s memorable solo in addition to the melody.  The most famous version of Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes” was recorded by Coltrane in 1962. “I have always been very moved by the beauty of this song. I was surprised to discover that, in addition to the gorgeous melody, Mal Waldron also wrote the lyrics.”
 
“Let’s Get Lost” is closely identified with Chet Baker and is given a joyful, swinging and carefree rendition. “I really love Chet Baker and I used to memorize a lot of his solos.  This song always brings a smile to my face.” Also quite happy is “East Of The Sun”, which is described by Maria as “a beautiful picture of an ideal situation.”
On “Spring Is Here”, Maria perfectly balances the sadness of not being loved with the happiness generated by the arrival of spring.  In addition to its opening theme, “The Way You Look Tonight” was given a new set of lyrics and a fresh melody composed by Maria that fits in with the vintage piece’s original plot.  “Jay Clayton suggested that I sing ‘The Night We Called It a Day’.   I love its play on words and the way that it expresses feelings through visions of nature.”   This heartfelt version really shows off the beauty of Maria’s voice.
The singer’s playful side is displayed on “No Moon At All”, which (with its sly wit) hints at what could happen in the darkness of the night when no moon is shining. Maria sings Miles Davis’ solo with Jon Hendricks’ lyrics on “Four”.  A quietly emotional version of Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing”, taken as a duet with Weidman’s piano, serves as a perfect close for Soul Eyes.
 
Maria Guida grew up on Long Island.  As a child, she heard her parents’ opera, pop, and musical theater records and her mother singing American popular songs around the house. Growing up, Maria played violin for eleven years with a string quartet and all-state orchestra and sang solos in a chorus.  She then chose a career in the theater and trained as an actor (with Olympia Dukakis as one of her mentors/teachers).  Over a fifteen year period,  Maria acted on Broadway and television, was featured in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Tennessee Williams, worked in new productions, had roles in soap operas, and did TV commercials. “I was fortunate to work on stage with many wonderful actors, including Kevin Kline and Estelle Parsons, and to be directed by James Earl Jones and Tom O'Horgan.”  She was also cast by Joseph Papp for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park.
 
The turning point of her professional life occurred when she saw pianist Bill Evans play live. “Once I got hooked on jazz, I became passionate about singing this music.  I started listening to Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Lester Young, and Charlie Mingus.”  Very important in Maria’s career were the lessons that she received from singers Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, and Janet Lawson.  “Jay Clayton, who is a real innovator and was my first teacher, gave me the courage to be as inventive as I can be.  She’s helped me to see that there are no sounds that are off limits.  And it is impossible to overemphasize the impact that Sheila Jordan had on my singing.  She opened my ears and helped me get in touch with how to bring myself to any given song.  Honesty is first and foremost; music and lyrics are a way into the soul.  And Janet Lawson was another generous teacher who helped me with harmony and other aspects of singing this music.”
Over the years, Maria has sung in many clubs with such top musicians as pianists Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner, and Pete Malinverni; bassists Essiet Essiet, Cameron Brown and Ed Schuller; drummers Ron Vincent and Tom Rainey -- as well as the musicians featured on Soul Eyes.  She has also performed on stage with acclaimed singers, including Linda Ronstadt and Maureen McGovern.
 
Maria Guida looks forward to the future with enthusiasm. “I have been expanding my repertoire and my sound, becoming a more explorative singer, and searching for the core meaning of each song.  I am very interested in the musical interplay between the instrumentalists and myself, and want to keep expanding as a singer.  I love the songs that I’ve recorded and hope that listeners will have as much joy when they hear these songs as I have when I sing them.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to sing this music.”
The release of Soul Eyes promises to raise the visibility of Maria Guida in the jazz world, making it possible for many new fans to discover the beauty, sincerity, and joy of her singing.
 
 
 
 
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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219957
<![CDATA[Celia Berk]]>
A special reprise of CELIA BERK's critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut. Join the 2015 Bistro and MAC Winner as she celebrates her first album YOU CAN'T RUSH SPRING and previews what's coming next.
 
Directed by Jeff Harnar, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck, featuring what Celia calls her "hidden gems: lesser-known songs from great songwriters."  With Sean Harkness on Guitar.  Jered Egan on Bass.  Come discover what AMANDA McBROOM calls Celia’s "velvet intelligence."
 
“Charm, sophistication, good taste and a titanic talent are all rare gifts in cabaret…Ms. Berk displays them all, setting the bar very high indeed for every girl singer who follows...Intimate, exquisite, understated, her facial expressions are as exciting to watch as her lyrics are to hear…Where has she been all my life?”  Rex Reed, New York Observer



 
"Beautiful sound, style and taste in song choices."  MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
 
"Grace, imagination, a sense of humor and TALENT. This is a terrific show."  ALIX COHEN, TheaterPizzazz.com
 
"Lovely, understated elegance."  ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
 
"Celia Berk proved that one's "second act" can be most satisfying, that singing was her destiny."  MELODY BREYER-GRELL, Cabaret Scenes
 
"It's not every day that a cabaret artist emerges for her first solo show with a critically lauded album in tow. Then again...why not enter with a bang?"  KEVIN SCOTT HALL, Edge Media Network
 
GramercyNightingale.com
Facebook.com/CeliaBerkMusic
Twitter.com/CeliaBerkMusic

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202787
<![CDATA[Brad Simmons]]> Brad Simmons - "In The Company of Strangers".  Brad brings the iconic music of Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Room. Along with percussionist Mike Lunoe and director Barb Jungr, Brad will take us on a groovy journey through the Simon & Garfunkel years!  
 
Brad Simmons is a singer/pianist seen in the cult film Camp, Broadway's Lysistrata Jones and the late night show Backstage at 54 Below with Susie Mosher, where NPR named Brad "The Man".  He has shared the stage with Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Carolee Carmello, Christina Bianco and The B-52's Kate Pierson. thebradsimmons.com 

 
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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208313
<![CDATA[Christine Reisner & Don Rebic CD Party]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216119 <![CDATA[Brad Simmons]]> Brad Simmons - "In The Company of Strangers".  Brad brings the iconic music of Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Room. Along with percussionist Mike Lunoe and director Barb Jungr, Brad will take us on a groovy journey through the Simon & Garfunkel years!  
 
Brad Simmons is a singer/pianist seen in the cult film Camp, Broadway's Lysistrata Jones and the late night show Backstage at 54 Below with Susie Mosher, where NPR named Brad "The Man".  He has shared the stage with Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Carolee Carmello, Christina Bianco and The B-52's Kate Pierson. thebradsimmons.com 

 
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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208314
<![CDATA[Rob Davis]]> The Rob Davis Big Birthday Cabaret Show 

Celebrating Rob’s 70th and Frank & Billie’s 100th Bdays with talented guest artists and Incredible music to represent all three
 
$5 discount for MAC Members at the door
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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204086
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189537
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204648
<![CDATA[Coby Koehl]]>
Downton favorite, singer/songwriter Coby Koehl makes a special, one-night only appearance.

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207741
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE:  RANDY JONES
Randy Jones was brought to everyone's attention as The Cowboy in the original Village People
 
Everyone knew "YMCA" which was released in 1978
 
Randy never stops singing all around the world He 'Keeps on Keepin' On!'
 
Randy went on his own for good reason:
 
Read this wonderful interview with Randy: http://www.punkglobe.com/randyjonesinterview409.html







 
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This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205400
<![CDATA[Victoria Edwards]]> Victoria Edwards

 

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212635
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172947
<![CDATA[The Swingaroos]]> The Swingaroos Territory Band

 
The Swingaroos are NYC's underground jazz band. With a suitcase full of original 1940's-inspired songs and Hit Parade covers from the '20s to the 2010s, the 'Roos continue the tradition of the swing-era Territory Bands. Fronted by award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/lyricist, Kimberly Hawkey, and pianist/arranger, Assaf Gleizner, this sextet of swingin' hot noise has been heard all over the Empire City and beyond; from the seediest roadhouses to the stateliest of music halls.
 
The Swingaroos' debut album, "All Aboard!", features the same great original tunes heard at their live shows and is available now at www.theswingaroos.bandcamp.com. Visit them on the web at www.theswingaroos.com, or keep track of their travels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@theswingaroos).
 
A little kitschy, a little classy and a lotta fun: The Swingaroos are NYC's Midwestern-Born, New Orleans-bound, Hollywood-exploited 1940s Territory Band. ALL ABOARD!
 
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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182598
<![CDATA[Sayera Reza]]> SAYERA REZA 



Sayera Reza is a well-groomed, seasoned and enormously talented Bangladeshi female singer. 
 
She has a rare and unique voice signature with a glorious music career for a period over 30 years. 
 
Especially she is exquisite in Sufi and Lalon songs. 
 
She became an enlisted artist in national TV channel -BTV and Bangladesh Radio since 1997. 
 
Her first solo album ‘Shukher Omil’ was published in 2008. It immediately got the attention of the music lovers. ‘Dhar Dharina..’ is a very popular and hugely appreciated song of this album. 
 
The music video of this song was one of the top sellers in Bangladesh in 2008-2009. Her second solo album ‘Ak Nimishe’ was 2010. She has also been featured in numerous mixed albums. She contributed as a playback singer in several successful Bengali films, including “Common Gender,” a transgender-Hindu romance film, that garnered national and international acclaim. 
 
Sayera has also earned a reputation for being a very strong live-stage performer. Apart from touring all over Bangladesh, she has performed live musical shows in places like London, Birmingham, Swindon, Brighton, Paris, Brussels, Bangkok, Florida, New York and New Jersey. Sayera is regularly invited to perform at state-level cultural programs and diplomatic functions. She is often invited in UN Secretariat organized high level cultural programmes in New York.
 
In addition to singing, Sayera was a popular teen-television anchor on several of BTV’s hit programs. She has also been featured in Bangla movies and TV operas as well.
 
Sayera has enjoyed both national and international acclaim for her Modern, Folk, and Tagore songs. 
 
As a singer of extra-ordinary ability, she won several prestigious national awards and was named the 1988 Ministry of Education’s top folk singer and was awarded gold medals in both Tagore and Folk Songs by the National Cultural Institute in 1991.

TANVIR SHAHEEN
Born in Dhaka City, Tanvir Shaheen is a popular singer from Bangladesh.  Tanvir started learning music since 1984 and formed a band with a few Bangladeshi musicians in 1986 named “Survivors” and performed all over Bangladesh.  
 
In 1994, Tanvir Shaheen migrated to the United States where his singing career spiraled to another height.  He started singing as the lead vocalist with the Agaaz and Gemini bands.  In 2000, he was managed by the Farook Juman promotions where he performed all over the United States, Canada and South America. In 2004 he received best singer Dallywood Award from show time at Manhattan Center. In Year 2005, he got the best North American Bangla vocalist award. In 2006, Tanvir Shaheen performed at the Bollywood Award in Trump Casino in Atlantic City with renowned Indian performers. In 2011, he went to Guyana and performed with Dobby Dobson.
 
Inspired by Shanaz Rahmattulah, Tanvir Shaheen recorded his first CD - Moner Bondor in 2012 which was produced by LASER VISION.  The second album “Moner Ghor” was released in 2014 which was produced by CD CHOICE. He also worked in a few mixed albums. 
 
Tanvir Shaheen numerous music videos are available online in itunes, youtube, vimeo, twitter and in facebook.  The song Shokhi received over 5 million viewers. His fan page was also verified by Facebook because of his popularity.
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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220164
<![CDATA[Sylvie Boisel]]>



About a French Singer! Chanteuse you mean? Oui Where? Well everywhere like a songbird, New-York New-Jersey Europe Australia wherever they like American Traditionals and French music and ...The Great Edith Piaf
 
Ms Boisel crooning la vie en Rose
 
Sylvie Boisel Opera House Sydney
French Vocalist, Sylvie Boisel grew up in Marseille and moved to Paris aged 18 where she studied drama, dancing and singing at Compagnie Catherine Brieux, Ecole Jacqueline Duc, Studio Alice Dona and Studio des Variétés over the next 9 years.
After working as an actress, Sylvie’s passion for music and singing lead her to perform on stage in Paris for the next 10 years as a comedian-singer in concerts, cabarets, festivals, piano bars and theatres all over France, as well as recording CD’s and performing on television and in radio studios including Radio France and Europe 1 & Europe 2.
During this period she won many awards and competitions and received critical acclaim from the French Press.
 
Sylvie has performed at many prestigious events in Australia including the opening night of the 2007 Sydney Film Festival to promote La Vie En Rose (the film about the life of Edith Piaf, starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) where she was accompanied by Monsieur Camembert Band. Other recent events include Brisbane French Festival, Sydney French Festival,  the opening of La Vie En Rose at Sydney’s Dendy Cinema, performances at Alliance Francaise de Sydney, The Melba Festival, The Sydney Multicultural Festival, Carols in The Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park, Royal Sydney Golf Club, The French Lion’s Club, French Rugby Lunch at Guillaume at Sydney Opera House,The Wallabies Farewell Lunch at the Sydney Town Hall in front of special guest, former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, International Great Waiter Race and the Bright Festival and Moe Jazz Festival both in Victoria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214979
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> High Standards, starring Corinna Sowers Adler, Musically Directed by Alex Rybeck


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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218504
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
Stacy Sullivan ~  Since You've Asked

Stacy Sullivan, one of the top working singers in Cabaret, will challenge preconceptions with her new show, “Since You’ve Asked.” Whether you’re a fan of The Great American Songbook or VH1, you’ll find something to love within this eclectic evening of music and story. With musical director Troy Fannin, Sullivan has created her most personal, thought-provoking evening to date. #Randy Newman #Nina Simone #Ray LaMontagne #Hoagy Carmichael #Judy Collins #Ed Sheeran #Woodie Guthrie #Stevie Nicks #Cole Porter #George Harrison #Noel Coward #David Hajdu #Fred Hersch #Jonsi #Stephen Schwartz

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192315
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202642
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200115 <![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]> Kristoffer Lowe  ~  You're Getting to be a Habit with Me | The Songs of Harry Warren

Music director Tracy Stark on piano leads a 3-person combo that includes Tom Hubbard on bass, and Jonathan Kantor on reeds.

2014 MetroStar, 2015 Bistro Award winner and 2015 MAC Award winner Kristoffer Lowe premieres his new show YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME: The Songs of Harry Warren. Directed by the multi-award-winning singer, director and producer Lennie Watts, “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” explores American composer Harry Warren, who had more hits on the hit parade than Irving Berlin, won 3 Academy Awards (with 11 nominations), and composed more than 800 songs. Despite Warren’s prolific success, name-brand celebrity eluded him, making him one of the Great American songbook’s unknown heros.
 
This time, the composer once referred to as “the invisible man” will be seen and heard as Lowe’s lush tenor, with its expansive harmonic colors, gives the author of “At Last,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “You’ll Never Know,” and “42nd Street” his long-awaited due. Named one of the 25 people to watch in cabaret in 2015 by NiteLife Exchange, Lowe’s self-effacing humor and sensitive, thoughtful take on the American songbook are quickly garnering praise and acclaim in the NYC cabaret scene. 
 
“Lowe taps into the emotional content of the songs and expresses lyrics with an apparent effortlessness. The voice itself is truly exceptional.”   ~Mark Dundas Wood, BistroAwards.com
 
“Sweet sustained high notes are glorious. . . he refreshingly radiates sincerity. He sparkles. . . put the Lowe show high on the must see list”  ~Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
 
“An artist that possesses the natural ability to so completely interpret a theatrical time in history, capturing the very essence, you feel almost transported. . . Whether crooning softly or showing great emotional acting chops it is an exquisite vocal instrument that soars high and clear.  ~Billie Roe, BroadwayWorld.com
 
“A thrilling tenor voice made of honey and burnished gold, using it to wonderful touching and comic effect. . . ineffably moving.”  ~Steve Ross, International cabaret legend 
 
 
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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200125
<![CDATA[Lorraina Marro]]>
The Music That Makes Me Dance -  
Recently honored as a Jazz Living Legend by the Living Legend Foundation in Los Angeles, California, Lorraina Marro makes her return to New York with a collection of smokey ballads, blues, latin and swing numbers that have inspired her throughout her life and career; some emotional and some that will make you dance in your seat.  She is genuinely charming, witty, emotional and passionate about interpreting songs in her own style. She takes her fans on a personal journey, for all to capture the essence of the silver lining of her soul. 

 
 
In 2004, she released her debut CD “You Must Believe In Spring,” encompassing songs from some of her favorite composers: Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley, Ann Hampton Callaway, George & Ira Gershwin, Lerner & Lowe and Maury Yeston.
 
 
Lorraina is a very perceptive woman, she see’s the common denominator in all of us from our life’s experiences, the highs and lows of love evolving and ever-changing. As a seasoned lyricist, Marro put pen to paper for her new CD “Mixed Emotions” released February 1, 2015. Her original songs are so telling of a woman who has loved, nurtured and experienced sincere heart tugs; and yet despite the heartaches, has persevered with confidence in beginning life anew.  “She takes her fans on a personal journey, for all to capture the essence of the silver lining of her soul, from love, to the triangles of relationships and starting over, much ado that we all can relate to in our lives. Her original lyrics exude honest and pure expression that is ever present to her audience when she is on stage” says Jaijai Jackson, Owner of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
 
 
Marro credits such extraordinary singers such as Nancy Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Della Reese, Dinah Washington, Dionne Warwick, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra for inspiring her to develop and share her gift with the world.  Marro takes to heart the influences that have guided her to her own musical expression. In May of 2014 she celebrated her reverence to songstress Nancy Wilson with a tribute performance at The Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. Clifford Bell, Marro’s musical director who has shared stages with many luminaries worldwide stated “Catalina had stayed the whole night...something she literally almost never does and she LOVED the show....I have known Catalina for ten years and she is the last gal standing from the great Jazz Scene of the past, present and future...She has seen and heard everyone….” This performance was only the precursor of what was to show up for Lorraina in 2014. Not only did she complete her second recording, she has kept the momentum of her musical offerings in front of her fans.
 
 
Lorraina has performed her own shows at multiple venues in Los Angeles, including The E Spot Lounge at Vitello's Restaurant, The Catalina Jazz Club, Preston’s, The House of Blues, Nola’s LA, The M Bar, The Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, The Holly St. Bar & Grill, The Cinegrill, The Gardenia, The Bel Age Hotel, the Marriott Hotels, and Wyndham Hotels. In Las Vegas for The Special Operations Warriors Foundation at the Four Seasons, The Aladdin, and The Las Vegas Hilton Hotels as well as Danny’s Skylight Room in New York.

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219660
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202629 <![CDATA[Michael Garin]]>


 
If you've spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you're already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine's. He has been hailed in the press as "a virtuoso musical wit" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who "presides over the best party in town" (David Finkle, The Village Voice).
 
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine's for the last three years of the restaurant's life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he's known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him "perhaps the most extreme polymath I've ever encountered."
 
Michael's other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, "The Song of the Alpha Male" and "Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards," are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical SONG OF SINGAPORE, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202697
<![CDATA[Yvonne Constant]]> Yvonne Constant ~  "What Now? A Tribute to Mike"

Tony Award Winner for "La Plume De Ma Tante", One of a Kind: Yvonne Constant.



Yvonne Constant was born on the left bank of Paris. She began her career as a ballet dancer, but because of her comedic flair and charismatic personality, the other dancers urged her to become a musical comedy performer instead.

Yvonne was cast to play multiple roles for the Broadway production of "La Plume de Ma Tante" and won a Tony award. When she did "The Gay Life" with Barbara Cook, Yvonne received a New York Drama Critics Citation as on of the season's Most Promising Actresses.

Because of her quick wit, dynamic personality, and ability to do repartee, Johnny Carson had Yvonne on his show a record 45 times! Richard Rodgers saw her on the Tonight Show and immediately chose her for a principal role in "No Strings". After "No Strings" Yvonne played the French au pair in the Broadway Comedy, "Come Live With Me".

In the movies, Yvonne Constant is best remembered in Disney's "Monkeys, Go Home!" with Maurice Chevalier. More recently, she played the French chanteuse, Annette, in the television mini-series "Sins" with Joan Collins. All of Yvonne's movie performances are now available on DVD.

In addition, she has narrated or dubbed over 20 French movies including the much acclaimed, "Parfait", and was also the voice of Simone de Bauvoir.

In 2007, Yvonne was one of the stars in the City Center rival of "Follies" in New York. She received 14 rave reviews for her rendition of "Ah, Paris!"

Yvonne's memorable one woman show, "Yvonne Constant Sings Yves Montand" was standing room only in theatres and concert halls in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Yvonne has sung in cabarets, hotels, and supper clubs in Europe and many American Cities to consistently outstanding reviews.

In recent years Yvonne has performed in several cabaret venues in the New York Metropolitan area including The Reprise Room, Danny's Skylight Room, The National Arts Club and the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Room where she appears regularly always with constantly updated shows. For many years her shows have been presented by Cabaret Legend Jan Wallman and her music director since 2006 has been the multi faceted Russ Kassoff.

Yvonne was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, and she maintains residences in both New York and Paris.]]>
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220430
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189538
<![CDATA[Ruth Carlin]]>
Dick Sarpola on bass
John Redsecker on drums

 
Ruth Carlin is a New York born singer-songwriter and poet. In her 20s, Ruth studied acting and singing while performing in children's theatre and Off-Broadway shows.  After a few years, she married,  left NYC, and devoted herself to being a full-time mother to her two children.  During that time, she wrote poetry and began writing songs, eventually participating in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop as a lyricist.  
 
After years of singing her children to sleep each night, Ruth's passion to sing and communicate through song drew her to the cabaret stage. She has performed at the Laurie BeechmanTheater, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, the Metropolitan Room,  and other venues in the NY area. She is at home singing folk, pop, musical theatre, and standards as long as the song serves the purpose of communicating something true. Ruth gets to the heart of a song, makes it her own, and shares it lovingly with her audience.
 
In 2013, Ruth released her debut CD, Moon Song.
More at: ruthcarlin.com

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“It is unquestionably one of the best cabaret shows of the year,” 
- Joe Regan, Jr. in "Theater Pizzazz!"
 
Ruth Carlin pays tribute to Judy Collins, bringing her unique approach to songs by Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Cohen, Kurt Weill and others, as well as several by Judy Collins herself.
 
Directed by Scott Barnes
Musical Director Paul Greenwood on piano
 
Rave reviews for "A Light in the Window - Songs of Judy Collins"....
 
“Carlin is an extraordinary actress-singer and each new show is an event.”
"Carlin sang [Both Sides Now] tenderly and meaningfully, making you think you had never heard all those great lyrics ever before."
- Joe Regan, Jr. in Theater Pizzazz!
 
" Her singing voice...is ideal for communicating the meaning of lyrics"
"Her performance was unimpeachable." 
- Roy Sander in Bistro Awards
 
“She breathed fresh air into Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." 
"Pirate Jenny" was amazing"
- Daniel Micelli in NY Cabaret Today
 
 
“There is assuredly a light here, and the appeal resides in just how softly comforting it is.” 
- Jack Mauro in Stagebuddy.com
 
"Carlin is a light in the window." 
“The song selection is lovely...yet, what sells the show isn't the material, but Carlin's sincerity.”
- Dustin Fitzharris in NiteLife Exchange
 
“Ruth offered an evening that would delight any fan of Ms. Collins - and any lover of the songs of the great 'singer-songwriter' era."
- Stu Hamstra in Cabaret Hotline
 
More at: ruthcarlin.com


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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212421
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204649
<![CDATA[Tish Rabe]]>
 

Tish Rabe and Friends is a jazz quartet headlined by Tish Rabe, a graduate of Ithaca College School of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance, who sings classic and contemporary jazz favorites by Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Michael Buble. The band recently performed to a sell-out crowd at The Side Door Jazz Club  www.thesidedoorjazz.com and Ms. Rabe sings as a guest artist at local jazz festivals. To learn more go to:
 

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199801
<![CDATA[Shawn Moninger]]> Rev. Shawn is an ordained Unity Minister. He has been the Senior Minister at Unity Center For Practical Spirituality since September 2004. Rev. Shawn is the Founding President of The Unity Church of New York in New York City. He began his spiritual journey in earnest twelve years ago after a twelve year career as a lighting and sound designer in New York nightclubs. He’s won four MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and a Backstage Bistro Award all for outstanding Technical Direction. To top it all off, several years ago he began performing stand-up comedy for which he was nominated for a MAC Award. (Becoming a minister was the only thing left to do after that.)
 
Rev. Shawn and his partner David Friedman are in high demand as speakers in the New Thought and Unity movements. They travel extensively speaking at prominent events such as the International New Thought Alliance Conference, Unity International Conference, retreats, and leading churches throughout the country.
 
He is also the host of the increasingly popular radio show THE GOOD SHOW with Rev. Shawn, airing Wednesday mornings at 11am on, WDJZ 1530 AM Radio. (Westport, Ct-Providence, RI) Or on the web at www.thegoodshow.com.
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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212683
<![CDATA[Pamela Lewis]]>
After performing two sold-out shows in mid-January and another one in March that garnered rave reviews from New York cabaret critics, singer/songwriter Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), again brings her unique interpretation of Long Island icon Billy Joel’s songbook to the Metropolitan Room!
 
In "New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel," you'll hear the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award Winner for "Best Female Vocalist" deliver unique and stirring interpretations of classic Joel songs.
 
Pamela considers the songs of Billy Joel to be the soundtrack of her life and has been dreaming about performing them since she was a little girl growing up on Long Island. Pamela’s understanding of Joel’s Long Island roots, and passion for American popular song make her an ideal performer of this material. 
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr. With Musical Director Bill Heller on piano, Lewis’ husband John Hurley on guitar, bass player Ritt Henn, and Marcus Parsley on trumpet, you’ll hear Pamela transform the classic songs of Billy Joel into a sound all her own....
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Here’s what the critics have to say about her new show:
 
“Pamela Lewis offered new, vibrant, self-created arrangements of 15 Joel compositions, performing them in her own self-confident style . . . If you care at all about the art of cabaret and its ability to illuminate a life we beg you not to miss it . . . “ – BistroAwards.com
 
“A zestful romp through the early catalogue of one of New York's most prolific songwriting native sons . . . It's cool when a woman sings an entire show of songs written by a man and puts her own spin on them by changing the feel, the tempo, and the arrangements. Lewis does all that with verve and then some in this show . . . Lewis is an entertainer, as she gestured with her hands in a way that one audience member told me afterward, “Cast a spell.” . . . – BroadwayWorld.com
 
“Lewis delves into the passion and pain that infuses [Billy Joel’s] work. It’s a touch of the new, a bit of the old and a lot of soul. She has a rich voice with the touch of a twang that is equally effective in Billy Joel’s rock/pop style.” – TheaterPizzazz.com
 
For more information on Pamela Lewis, go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
Along with paying homage to Billy Joel, she recently released her original song "DREAMS COME TRUE" 
 
check out the video below! to purchase the single "Dreams Come True" on iTunes http://tinyurl.com/o2zlnl9

 

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169675
<![CDATA[Adrienne Haan]]> Hailed as “an all-round entertainer of the highest caliber,” award-winning Adrienne Haan is one of Europe’s and America's most electrifying concert and cabaret stars. With a diverse repertoire that ranges from chanson to jazz, blues, klezmer and broadway, Ms. Haan has a special passion for the music of the 1920s and 30s. 

 
Equally at home on large concert stages and intimate cabaret rooms, Haan has performed with the Cologne Philharmonic, Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest German Philharmonic, Frankfurt Symphony, Jacques Offenbach Orchestra Cologne, WDR Symphony, WDR Big Band, Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, Cologne Concept Big Band, WDR Broadcast Choir, Deutz Choir and German Television Ballet. 
 
Recent and upcoming engagements include Haan’s debut with the Jerusalem Symphony and The Israel Netanya Orchestra, as well as an appearance with the WDR Funkhausorchester, Café Sabarsky at Neue Galerie in NY and the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. She is returning to Washington DC with her band to be performing at the Kennedy Center Opera Ball as well as the National Arts Club in NY and 404 NY to celebrate Bastille Day with her Cabaret Français . Haan will make her Carnegie Hall debut on October 29, 2015 with her production of Tehorah, a tour de force sung in German, Hebrew and Yiddish, featuring Heinz Walter Florin as Musical Director and an Isreali string quartet to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations.
 
In 2016, a US National Tour is planned in collaboration with The Capital Dance Orchestra from Germany, featuring Adrienne Haan as solo performer.  She has toured Berlin, Mon Amour and Between Fire&Ice throughout Germany for which she received rave reviews including Berlin and Bonn and at the National Theatre of Luxembourg as well as at venues in Vienna, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, and Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. This season will also see the debut her new show, a Robert R. Blume production, Rock le Cabaret!, a rock interpretation of French Chansons by Brel, Piaf and Aznavour, newly arranged for Haan and her five piece rock band.
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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215152
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]>
Peter Calo on Guitar
Skip Ward on Bass
Mark Leitz on Percussion
 
Directed by Lennie Watts 
 
Two of today's most honored and prolific performers present a first in cabaret: On Sacred Ground: The Songs of Janis Ian.
 
Janis Ian learned the truth at seventeen. 
 
With influences from folk pioneers like Joan Baez, Odetta and a bevy of activists and artists, she began writing songs at a very young age. When she released "Society's Child" in 1967, she received hate mail and death threats in addition to a radio station (in Atlanta) being burned down due to the controversial nature of the song's lyrics about an interracial romance. Many stations refused to add the song to their play lists. The song won her the first of two Grammy awards. After two previous attempts, the song became a runaway hit after Leonard Bernstein featured it in a CBS television special. It was only the beginning. At 16, she met Bill Cosby while touring with a chaperone (due to her age.) The shy teen often slept with her head on the chaperone's lap. Mr. Cosby petitioned television stations not to allow her on the air due to her bad influence as a result of her "lesbianism." A few years later, she would be the very very first musical artist to appear on the debut of Saturday Night Live. Hers has been a remarkable, outspoken, non-stop career that remains active to this day. Revered artists like Barbara Cook, Dame Shirley Bassey, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Nina Simone – and Cher have all recorded Janis Ian's songs to great acclaim. She remains one of today's most respected female songwriters in a crowded field. Ms. Ian wrote that first hit single ("Society's Child") when she was only 13 years old. It won the Grammy in a year opposite Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John and Helen Reddy. 
 
For the first time in cabaret, On Sacred Ground... starring Marcus Simeone and Tracy Stark, pays overdue tribute to the lady who broke glass ceilings and made a lasting impact on generations. Her best selling autobiography (At Seventeen) won a Grammy (Best Spoken Word.) This homage to Janis Ian will feature familiar and rarely heard songs, including "Between The Lines," "Matthew," "Getting Over You," "This Train Still Runs," "Silly Habits," "When Angels Cry," "Jesse," "She Must Be Beautiful," "At Seventeen," "Stars" - and "Society's Child." 
 
Marcus Simeone is one of today's brightest lights in cabaret. Renowned for his multi-octave, expressive tenor  and his unique ability to sing in many genres, he has received countless accolades. He recently made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Also a respected songwriter and recording artist, he will soon be releasing his sixth album on Miranda Music.
 
Tracy Stark has won numerous awards for her distinguished work as a pianist, arranger and songwriter. She has accompanied a plethora of artists, including Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Tovah Feldshuh and Barb Jungr.  Her upcoming CD, on Miranda Music, is a collection of original songs titled "Shades of Beautiful." 
 
Lennie Watts is a highly regarded director who has won many awards for his solo shows as well as directorial work. He is also a respected teacher who produces seminars, performance classes and workshops. He is also president of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. 
 
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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194748
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194255
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170116 <![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197275
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182406
<![CDATA[Charles Baran]]>

Charles Baran is a rising actor and performer who in 2013 left a successful career in Design Management to become a full time actor. His career thus far has been marked with many successes in many prestigious roles, among which have been Larry Foreman in The Cradle Will Rock at Theater 80 St. Marks in NYC, Geoffrey in the new comedy Geoffrey and Jeffrey in the Thespis Festival at Cabrini Rep in NYC, (nominated for 2013 Best Actor Award), a featured role in Harold Rome's Pins and Needles at Theatre 80 St. Marks and LaMama in NYC, The Kingdom at Mabou Mines, Walkabout Yeolha at Columbia Stages, Clyde Tolson in The File on J. Edgar Hoover in the 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival, Emmet Watson in Juan and Emmet and his favorite role to date Burke Kendall in 2013's revival of Stand Up Tragedy. On February 14, 2014 Charles debuted his first club act - Charles Baran's Saint Valentine's Day Massacred! at Sophie's on West 53rd Street, NYC. His film credits include A Foreign Heart of Hope and the independent short Perspective. His upcoming projects include Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly at the Interlakes Theater in Meredith, New Hampshire, Artie in the new play The Home, and Sam Male in the webseries Watercooler Madness. Follow Charles on Twitter @chuckieNY www.charlesbaran.com]]>
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205974
<![CDATA[Molly Ryan]]>
(Photo by: Collette Lash)

A critic’s favorite” – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. He goes on to say, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.” Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.
 
Since moving to New York City from Roseville, CA in 2003, she has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room, Birdland, Iridium, The New York Historical Society Museum and The Player’s Club. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s-style orchestra, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. She is a member of Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers, and appears on the band’s Christmas album, released in November 2012. Molly is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, which performed to a sold-out audience at Midsummer Night Swing and is currently appearing monthly at the Rainbow Room . Molly also performs periodically with the gypsy jazz group Fête Manouche.
 
Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and parties throughout the U.S. and abroad including North Carolina Jazz Festival, New York Hot Jazz Festival, Old Jazz Meeting “Zlota Tarka” in Ilawa, Poland, Winter Jazzfest in New York City, Jeff and Joel’s House Party, Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, CT, the Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival, Orange County Classic Jazz Festival in Southern California, Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, at which she has appeared both with her own group and with a band led by her friend and mentor, pianist Bob Ringwald. She has headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi, and has been featured as a guest vocalist with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra throughout Germany in a monumental tribute to clarinet legend Benny Goodman.
 
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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218960
<![CDATA[Cheryl Segall & Harvey Granat]]> CHERYL SEGALL AND HARVEY GRANAT
HOW LUCKY CAN WE GET
2 GENERATIONS IN SONG AND STORY
 
This popular father/daughter team combine Broadway old and new in both song and story.  Harvey is a singer and music historian who regularly appears at various supper clubs and resorts and does a very successful series at 92d St Y.  Cheryl is a singer and vocal teacher who has appeared with Harvey numerous times.  This is the kickoff of their new supper club show which they hope will be the first of many
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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210741
<![CDATA[Tom Toce]]> TOM TOCE ~ SONGWRITER IN THE HOUSE

Songwriter in the House represents veteran cabaret songwriter Tom Toce’s solo debut as a performer. In addition to musical theater and cabaret songs, Tom has always written other songs, in a different style. You can call them acoustic songs, or singer-songwriter songs, or folk-rock songs; if they were easy to pin down, they might have been recorded by now! 
 
All his life, Tom has identified as a songwriter, not a performer. But emboldened by good reviews at open mikes and songwriter camps, Tom is stepping up to the mic and putting on a solo show. Accompanying himself on guitar, with Jon Burr on bass, Tom will take you through an eclectic collection of witty, tuneful, and sometimes moving new songs. 
 
 
Tom Toce is a veteran theater and cabaret songwriter. He won the MAC Award for Comedy Song for “Shalom, Santa” in 2014. He most recently directed, produced, and hosted The Harvard-Yale Cantata at 54 Below. Earlier this year, he directed and produced Mr. Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Last year, he produced and hosted MAC Award Winning Songs at Urban Stages and Living Standards, starring Marissa Mulder, at the Metropolitan Room. Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce was one of the most successful shows at the Metropolitan Room in 2012 and 2013. The HIL recording was also nominated for a 2014 MAC Award. Tom has written a number of shows for children, and his cabaret songs have been sung and/or recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Tovah Feldshuh, Maude Maggart, KT Sullivan, and many others. Tom is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (his encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook helped) and a member of the Jeopardy Hall of Fame, for high score in a single game. More at www.tomtocemusic.com
 
 
“Tom Toce not only knows how to put over a song, but he seems to be everywhere at once and a master of all trades. (He) did a wonderful job on “This is My Birthday” by Carol Hall (and his own) “Shalom, Santa,” which contains the immortal line my daddy is a lapsed Catholic and my mother is a cultural Jew.” Jerry Osterberg, The New York Sheet Music Society Newsletter
 
“Mr. Toce has a distinct way with the language and writes lyrics with a twist of humor as he explores life’s universal sufferings. He should be most proud of his work.” John Weatherford, Times Square Chronicles
 
“The Toce touch with words employs varied techniques and vocabularies while remaining casually conversational and modern.“ Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219657
<![CDATA[Gary Crawford]]>
SECRET DREAMS: GARY CRAWFORD SINGS THE BARRY LEVITT SONGBOOK
 
Vocalist Gary Crawford burst onto the New York cabaret scene like a “thunderbolt” in October 2014 with his debut show In Love With Love at the Metropolitan Room. With the veteran Music Director and Arranger Maestro Barry Levitt at the piano, Crawford produced a captivating show that earned him rave reviews from BroadwayWorld.com and Cabaret Scenes Magazine and ultimately a 2014 Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs Award (MAC) for “Best Male Vocal Debut.” (Crawford had already performed a “CD Release” show of In Love With Love at the Metropolitan Room that April).
 
After spending the past year and a half performing as a guest singer in variety shows throughout city at venues such as Iridium, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama, and Urban Stages, Crawford has again teamed up with Levitt for a new show, this one featuring songs composed by Levitt himself. Crawford will star in Secret Dreams: Gary Crawford Sings The Barry Levitt Songbook at the Metropolitan Room on September 2 at 7 pm. The show will feature the Barry Levitt Quartet, including Jon Burr on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, and Jack Cavari on guitar, as well as special guest vocalists. The set list will feature songs with lyrics by Crawford, as well as many of Barry’s past and present collaborators, including his wife Brenda Levitt, his daughter Dori Levitt, Peter Napolitano, Jack Wrangler, Ari Dane, and Sunny Leigh.
 
 
Gary Crawford made his public singing debut in October 2011 at Dana Lorge’s Wednesday Night at the Iguana Open Mic show, surprising everyone with his smooth baritone, natural rhythm, keen ability for phrasing, and engaging stage presence. Less than three years later, Gary was posing for pictures at B.B. King’s while holding a MAC Award for his show In Love With Love.
 
During a career that has spanned four decades, Barry Levitt has been an award-winning composer, pianist, conductor, music director, arranger, producer, and educator. As a ubiquitous presence within the New York music, cabaret, and theater communities, Levitt has served as music director and arranger for two Broadway shows, four Off-Broadway shows, and countless recording stars and iconic concert performers, including Marilyn Maye, Ben Vereen, Benadette Peters, Eartha Kitt, Rosemary Clooney, Sergio Franchi, Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson, Marilyn Michaels, Karen Mason, and many more. Levitt has also conducted the New York, Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Detroit, and Indianapolis Pops Orchestras, and from 1998-2003 he was the Producing Artistic Director for the 92nd Street Y’s world renowned Lyrics & Lyricists series.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220094
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189539
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183072
<![CDATA[Savannah & Chase]]>
“Too Blondes”- A one woman show featuring Savannah Brown and Chase O’Donnell
 
Chase and Savannah are two recent college grads navigating their way through life. Let them entertain you May 23rd with a show full of songs and sketches to inform you on the ups and downs of being a twenty something girl in the Big Apple
 
Sheridan Stevens, Music Director
Oliver Switzer-Guitar
 
SAVANNAH BROWN: Savannah Brown, a 2014 graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, is thrilled to be living, working, and studying in New York City. Theatre credits include: “Desire Under the Elms,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis,” among others. She recently made her network television debut on The Lifetime Movie Network and is excited to begin filming her first feature this month. 
 
CHASE O’DONNELL: Chase O'Donnell recently made the move to New York City from Los Angeles to make her off-Broadway debut in One Day the Musical. Chase graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in acting. Theater credits include, Inappropriate (Odyssey Theater), Metamorphoses (Ensemble Theater Company), and Meet Me in St. Louis (Cabrillo Music Theater). She is thrilled to be writing and creating new material with Savannah Brown.
 

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217914
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192336 <![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]>
Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 


" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 

 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=160068
<![CDATA[The Final Callback]]>

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210486
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194256
<![CDATA[Late Night Nightlife Awards]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212172 <![CDATA[Dawn Derow]]> LEGIT ~ A Classical Cabaret
 
DAWN DEROW
 
Musical Director: Mark Janas 
Director: Lina Koutrakos
 
Photo by Takako Suzuki Harkness
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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212429
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]> Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207861
<![CDATA[Miranda Music Holiday Special]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220727 <![CDATA[Liz Callaway]]> Liz Callaway ~ CD Release Show
 

 
"Bright sunshine on a clear spring morning: that upbeat weather report describes the voice of Liz Callaway. She exudes the kind of optimism, tinged with yearning, that can’t be faked. A natural upper, she conveys the confidence of a romantic of whatever age who is certain that someday her prince will come. You can’t help feeling a little more hopeful.  – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
  
“The always impeccable Liz Callaway surpasses herself with breathtaking vocalism.”  – New York Magazine
  
“A sublime soloist.”  - Variety
  
“One of the best I've ever seen! She has a passionate, gleaming-eyed poignancy.” – The New York Post


*Photo Credit: Bill Westmoreland
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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220005
<![CDATA[Allan Sherman Turns 91]]>
Elli The King of Broadway will be singing Allan's songs.

Allan Sherman was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer, became the fastest-selling record album up to that time.


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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188111
<![CDATA[We Can Be Kind ~ World AIDS DAY]]>
Joseph Macchia Cabaret producer brings you this very special evening of song. We have come so far in the fight against HIV and AIDS. And we have so far to go. Tonight we remember those we have lost and those we are fighting for. This evening will feature some of the most talented Broadway and Cabaret performer]]>
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217906
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189540
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202487
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204650
<![CDATA[Harold Sanditen]]> Harold Sanditen

 
"Sanditen’s honey-toned vocals, along with Roulston’s stunning arrangements, make this world trip a joy!"   Cabaret Scenes
 
London-based Sanditen is delighted to return to the Metropolitan Room on the WORLD TOUR of his exciting show, FLYIN’ HIGH, seen at the Metropolitan Room last October. 
 
An intrepid traveller, having visited every continent except Antarctica, Harold finds the humour amongst it all, from Albuquerque to the Zambezi, with songs ranging from Bacharach and The Beatles to Jobim and Weill. 
This is a 65-stop world tour, packed with laughs, great music and exciting new jazz-infused arrangements.  You’ll probably even shed a tear or two.  Come find out who asked Harold “Bloody hell, mate!  Aren’tcha gonna take me back to the tent and take advantage of me?!!!”
 
For 20 years Sanditen was a London-based theatre producer, and since bursting onto the cabaret scene in 2008, has created and performed six shows in as many years, which have played to sell-out houses from London to LA.  
He is probably best known at the host of the hugely popular Open Mic Night now in its third year, at London's hottest music venue, The Crazy Coqs.
 
“Plenty of treasures… a dreamlike rendition of 'Up On The Roof', an amusing 'Crazy', a yearning 'The Look of Love', a refreshingly different 'I Got the Sun in the Morning', an honest and poignant 'Waters of March' and my favourite Lennon/McCartney song, 'In My Life.'" Musical Theatre Review
 
"a better match than Harold Sanditen, his music his vocals and his elegant panache would be hard to find anywhere."  LA Talk Radio
 
 More info:  haroldsanditen.com     Follow Harold:  @haroldsanditen

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194579
<![CDATA[Mary Bogue]]>



Review:  
 

On April 30, 2015 International Jazz Day, Mary received the Living Legend of Jazz Honor. 
 
When the great blues diva, Linda Hopkins heard Mary Bogue sing a song of hers, she told everyone around, "You sang that song better than I ever did. You were bluesy and wonderful, and you sang it nice and slow!" High praise from an amazing talent! And when Los Angeles blues mega-talent Barbara Morrison heard Mary belt, she made her one of her "Official Blues Mamas." CabaretScenes Magazine said her performance "nearly blew the roof off with electrifying performance," and referred to her music as sexy and sassy. Holding nothing back, they had previously said "Bogue is a big woman with a big talent — a kind of throwback to the “red-hot mamas” of another era who could belt with the best of them, then pull back and score on a solid heartbreaker of a song." 
But hey, that was so last week. Check out these liner notes from the extraordinary L.A. Jazz Program Host, Bubba Jackson of KKJZ FM88.1 and make up your own mind.
 
"Passion comes from a personal wellspring of emotional feeling about something, something that comes from deep inside of you and finds its way to your voice. That voice is Mary Bogue. Mary’s selection of tunes are portraits of times gone by, yet they live in her positive attitude about “something” that sets her free; free to embrace life and what it brings. She has lived a remarkable life with her feet planted firmly on planet earth. 
 
On the journey to this release she was no stranger to the world of film, TV and then art. (Her portrayal of Mae West is astounding.) Mary and her late husband shared a dream. When it ended she climbed out of her grief and learned to embrace life through oil paints. This was just the beginning of her passage in the world of art. Her imaginative paintings and watercolors have done her well. Then, just as she picked up her brushes, Ms. Bogue picked up the microphone to sing. And sing she did! That musical journey has been remarkable. In a short period of time the Los Angeles jazz scene found a great new voice in town and embraced her with a lot of love. 
 
Mary is a reflection of the Ladies of Jazz who set the bar with distinction. Each song mirrors her love of musical standards that swings and rejoices in the blues. Songs that are standards like “Don’t Go to Strangers,” “Mood Indigo” and “Black Coffee/Heartbreak Hotel” have become Mary’s “tour de force,” drenched in a healthy appreciation of the blues. She approaches her songs with a fresh understanding of the lyrics. I quote, "...Hell, I didn't just sing “Heartbreak Hotel,” I was a resident!” And you will enjoy her seductive rendering of the title track. Listen to the call and response with Les McCann on “Hot, Strong & Black,” and feel her humor. Mary Bogue is a compilation of yesterday’s divas swinging today in real time. She is the real deal! 
 
She is supported by artists who swing with a down home sense of the jazz vernacular. Karen Hernandez with her piano solo on the title track amazes, while Nolan Shaheed on flugelhorn and trumpet transcends the sky on “Sack Full Of Dreams.” Rickey Woodard’s solo on “Blue Champagne” floats on a cloud. Add the masterful licks of bassists Jim DeJulio and Lou Shoch, drummer Jack LeCompte, and other fine artists - all guided by gifted producer, arranger and pianist Steve Rawlins and creative consultant Les McCann – and, well, you can hear their chemistry.
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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212394
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194257
<![CDATA[Francesco Paladino]]>
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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216227
<![CDATA[Tom Toce]]> TOM TOCE ~ SONGWRITER IN THE HOUSE

Songwriter in the House represents veteran cabaret songwriter Tom Toce’s solo debut as a performer. In addition to musical theater and cabaret songs, Tom has always written other songs, in a different style. You can call them acoustic songs, or singer-songwriter songs, or folk-rock songs; if they were easy to pin down, they might have been recorded by now! 
 
All his life, Tom has identified as a songwriter, not a performer. But emboldened by good reviews at open mikes and songwriter camps, Tom is stepping up to the mic and putting on a solo show. Accompanying himself on guitar, with Jon Burr on bass, Tom will take you through an eclectic collection of witty, tuneful, and sometimes moving new songs. 
 
 
Tom Toce is a veteran theater and cabaret songwriter. He won the MAC Award for Comedy Song for “Shalom, Santa” in 2014. He most recently directed, produced, and hosted The Harvard-Yale Cantata at 54 Below. Earlier this year, he directed and produced Mr. Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Last year, he produced and hosted MAC Award Winning Songs at Urban Stages and Living Standards, starring Marissa Mulder, at the Metropolitan Room. Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce was one of the most successful shows at the Metropolitan Room in 2012 and 2013. The HIL recording was also nominated for a 2014 MAC Award. Tom has written a number of shows for children, and his cabaret songs have been sung and/or recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Tovah Feldshuh, Maude Maggart, KT Sullivan, and many others. Tom is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (his encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook helped) and a member of the Jeopardy Hall of Fame, for high score in a single game. More at www.tomtocemusic.com
 
 
“Tom Toce not only knows how to put over a song, but he seems to be everywhere at once and a master of all trades. (He) did a wonderful job on “This is My Birthday” by Carol Hall (and his own) “Shalom, Santa,” which contains the immortal line my daddy is a lapsed Catholic and my mother is a cultural Jew.” Jerry Osterberg, The New York Sheet Music Society Newsletter
 
“Mr. Toce has a distinct way with the language and writes lyrics with a twist of humor as he explores life’s universal sufferings. He should be most proud of his work.” John Weatherford, Times Square Chronicles
 
“The Toce touch with words employs varied techniques and vocabularies while remaining casually conversational and modern.“ Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219658
<![CDATA[Bennett Silverstein]]>

Bennett has been singing for ten years and has been a member of Christopher Cabaret, the organization that started him on his journey.  Bennett performed at the Triad Club, Broadway Comedy Club and New York's historic Cotton Club while appearing with Christopher.

After joining MAC, Bennet has really stepped up to the plate, having performed his MAC debut in October, 2013 at Don't Tell Mama, singing a tribute to the legendary Jimmy Van Heusen.

And after scoring another triumph with Bennet Sings Bennett, a moving tribute to the one and only Tony Bennett, our Bennett takes his Tony Bennett show to the Metropolitan Room on June 13th.  Bennett performswith passion and love as he continues to grow in the cabaret community, and fulfills his membership in MAC with compassion and generosity.



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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218579
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]>
Peter Calo on Guitar
Skip Ward on Bass
Mark Leitz on Percussion
 
Directed by Lennie Watts 
 
Two of today's most honored and prolific performers present a first in cabaret: On Sacred Ground: The Songs of Janis Ian.
 
Janis Ian learned the truth at seventeen. 
 
With influences from folk pioneers like Joan Baez, Odetta and a bevy of activists and artists, she began writing songs at a very young age. When she released "Society's Child" in 1967, she received hate mail and death threats in addition to a radio station (in Atlanta) being burned down due to the controversial nature of the song's lyrics about an interracial romance. Many stations refused to add the song to their play lists. The song won her the first of two Grammy awards. After two previous attempts, the song became a runaway hit after Leonard Bernstein featured it in a CBS television special. It was only the beginning. At 16, she met Bill Cosby while touring with a chaperone (due to her age.) The shy teen often slept with her head on the chaperone's lap. Mr. Cosby petitioned television stations not to allow her on the air due to her bad influence as a result of her "lesbianism." A few years later, she would be the very very first musical artist to appear on the debut of Saturday Night Live. Hers has been a remarkable, outspoken, non-stop career that remains active to this day. Revered artists like Barbara Cook, Dame Shirley Bassey, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Nina Simone – and Cher have all recorded Janis Ian's songs to great acclaim. She remains one of today's most respected female songwriters in a crowded field. Ms. Ian wrote that first hit single ("Society's Child") when she was only 13 years old. It won the Grammy in a year opposite Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John and Helen Reddy. 
 
For the first time in cabaret, On Sacred Ground... starring Marcus Simeone and Tracy Stark, pays overdue tribute to the lady who broke glass ceilings and made a lasting impact on generations. Her best selling autobiography (At Seventeen) won a Grammy (Best Spoken Word.) This homage to Janis Ian will feature familiar and rarely heard songs, including "Between The Lines," "Matthew," "Getting Over You," "This Train Still Runs," "Silly Habits," "When Angels Cry," "Jesse," "She Must Be Beautiful," "At Seventeen," "Stars" - and "Society's Child." 
 
Marcus Simeone is one of today's brightest lights in cabaret. Renowned for his multi-octave, expressive tenor  and his unique ability to sing in many genres, he has received countless accolades. He recently made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Also a respected songwriter and recording artist, he will soon be releasing his sixth album on Miranda Music.
 
Tracy Stark has won numerous awards for her distinguished work as a pianist, arranger and songwriter. She has accompanied a plethora of artists, including Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Tovah Feldshuh and Barb Jungr.  Her upcoming CD, on Miranda Music, is a collection of original songs titled "Shades of Beautiful." 
 
Lennie Watts is a highly regarded director who has won many awards for his solo shows as well as directorial work. He is also a respected teacher who produces seminars, performance classes and workshops. He is also president of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. 
 
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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194749
<![CDATA[Paul Binder]]>
Paul shares songs and a few stories from his life and career. Friends Lainie and Bradley will each sing a solo and then a duet with Paul. Proceeds will be donated to help support the Big Apple Circus’s award-winning community programs— Clown Care, Circus of the Senses, Circus After School, Vaudeville Visits, and Circus for All.
 
This is a Benefit Performance

PAUL BINDER — street juggler, talent booker for Merv Griffin, floor manager for Julia Child, Sesame Street regular, and founder of the Big Apple Circus—has lived and worked with the finest circus artists from around the globe. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Paul trained with the San Francisco Mime Troupe before travelling across Europe with Michael Christensen as street jugglers. He returned to New York with the dream to create a theatrically excellent, yet artistically intimate American circus, and in 1977, the Big Apple Circus was born. In July of 2009, Paul stepped out of the ring, but he continues to work with the Big Apple Circus as a senior advisor. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has designated him a “Living Landmark.” Paul recently published his memoir Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion and Other Uncommon Tales from the Founder of the Big Apple Circus, with a foreword by Glenn Close. Paul’s first singing triumph was performing as Mitt Romney’s Dog in the Thalia Follies at Symphony Space in 2008. For more information, visit PaulBinderCircus.com.]]>
Sat, 05 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216230
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212604 <![CDATA[Lina Orfanos]]>
Lina Orfanos ~ Gypsy Romance




Bring together three internationally acclaimed performing and recording artists and one great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and you create a special evening of song and music populated by the shadows of lovers, children dreaming, insomniac women on high balconies, and dark Andalusians galloping through moon-bathed olive groves. 
 
The fiery guitar of Hernan Romero with Latin and flamenco strains, the elegant guitar of Spiros Exaras with Mediterranean and New York jazz traditions, and the passionate voice of Lina Orfanos with her Greek, Spanish, and Middle Eastern musicality all combine to create thrilling interpretations foe some of the deep love porn of Federico Garcia Lorca and other poets from Latin America and the West. Join us for an evening of lyrical exuberance that will make you tremble. 

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Lyric soprano Lina Orfanos was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She is an international star who sings in various languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. She sings in classical, contemporary and jazz styles. 
 
In September 2013, Lina released her first Spanish CD – Ay Amor (www.CDBaby.com). She has two critically acclaimed Greek recordings Songs for Romantics and Realists and Enchanted Night. She has toured throughout the United States and Greece, and has performed in Israel and Spain. Her shows range from tributes to the Broadway songbook, Ella Fitzgerald, and the legendary Greek composers like Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. 
 
In Greece, Lina is a regular guest star with the orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis. The great Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri says that Lina is not only an “artist” but she has the “tragic element in both the high ranges and the low ranges.” Theodorakis, who has coached Lina, finds her performances “thrilling” and her interpretations “perfect... mature and sensational!” Recently, composer Dimitris Maramis created Spanish songs specifically with her voice in mind. The song cycle Ay Amor bridges the Mediterranean with Latin America and highlights Lina’s lyricism, passion and musicality.
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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194577
<![CDATA[Janine Gilbert-Carter]]>


Janine Gilbert-Carter Vocals - www.janinecarter.com
Eric B. Byrd - Piano  www.ericbyrd.com
Wes Biles - Bass
Jeff Neal - Drums www.jeffnealdrum.com
Marshall Keys - Sax  www.marshallkeys.com

Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!  This will be an intimate evening of Jazz and Blues standards paying tribute to many of our Jazz legends. Be prepared to go on an amazing musical journey.  You will not be disappointed!

The MC for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, the daughter of world renowned and one of the most prodigious and prolific bassists of the postwar era, the late Earl May.  Mrs. Tyson is the producer at Robyn's Place hosted by another New York native Robyn Holden at WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC
 
"Her poignantly warm, rich, soulful voice lovingly and profoundly penetrates the soul of all who are blessed to hear her. From the first note, the listener becomes spellbound. Not only her voice, but her delivery captivates." - Dr. Diane Brenda Williams
 
 
Janine Carter was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa, PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church; this celestial songbird has been flying ever since. 
 
Audiences have been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as: The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival  and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events.  She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel
Janine has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians; pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Allyn Johnson, Glenn Douglas, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonists Paul Carr, Brian Settles and Marshall Keys and percussionist Nasar Abadey Jeff Neal and the late Ricky Loza and Mike Smith. 
 
In 2006 Janine join the cast of "Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends" where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington. 
 
With the Release of "At Last" this will mark Janine's seventh exploration. She has released six previous CD's in two different genres; (Jazz) In the Moment, A Song For You, Inside A Silent Tear and Sailing (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert. 
 
Janine's “prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her music and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music”. 
Tours:
 
Oct /Nov  2009 Torino Italy: 19th Edition Blues Al Femminiel Centro Jazz Torino 10 City 10 Concert Tour,
2010 Russia
2011 Russia 
2013 Russia 
2013 Israel 
 
Honors and Awards: 
2013 - Inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame receiving the Henry Mancini Award 
2006 - 2008 - Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2006 - Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "A Song For You" 
2006- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance 
2005- Quarter Finalist- Americas Traditions vocal competition Savannah, GA 
2004- Finalist - Baltimore MD Mayor's Billie Holiday competition 
2003 - Finalist - FMJS East Coast Jazz competition 
2002 - Winner of The Absolute Jazz competition Wash. D.C.
2014 Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2014 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "At Last"
 
“...smooth, soulful and affectionate sound!...experienced songstress!...straight ahead delivery!...” 
- Vanguard Jazz Society, Vanguard Jazz Society (Apr 17, 2010) 
 
. Gilbert-Carter just swings and could teach a few new divas a thing or two about how to sell a song...” 
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
 
 “When it comes to singers like Gilbert-Carter, you can't help but just smile and go along for the voyage she wants to take you on, because not only will it be entertaining, but it can be soothing and fun.” 
- John Book, Music for America Review 
 
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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159842
<![CDATA[Lauren White & The Quinn Johnson Trio]]>
LAUREN WHITE & THE QUINN JOHNSON TRIO "EXPERIMENT: Inspired By The Recordings of IRENE KRAL"
 
Lauren is a popular Los Angeles vocallist, who has performed extensively in venues throughout the city such as Catalina Jazz Club, Upstairs At Vitello's, Feinstein's At The Cinegrill and the Legendary Cinegrill at The Hollywood Roosevelt. "Experiment" is the second collaboration for Lauren with Quinn Johnson producing. Their previous cd, "Meant To Be", is highly regarded for it's adventurous spirit and exquisite arrangements and received considerable airplay.
 
Quinn Johnson is the longtime Musical Director for Steve Tyrell and frequently appears in the Clare Fischer Band, playing the Claire Fischer parts in their various incarnations, for which they won a recent Latin Grammy for best album. 


 
 
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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207863
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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187111
<![CDATA[Gary Lizardo]]>
Gary Lizardo will be singing songs written for leading men of stage and screen.  He has appeared in several NYC productions including: "Victor Victoria" (King Marchand), "Jekyll And Hyde - The Musical" (Sir Danvers Carew), "Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens" (Mitch and Nat), "Bare - The Pop Opera" (Priest),  "The Importance Of Being Earnest" (Frederick Chasuble), "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (Sir George Crofts), "Saint Joan" (Robert DeBeaudricourt), "702 Punchlines N Pregnant" (Nelson Zee), and his own Cabaret show, "Pieces Of Dreams".

Proceeds from the event will be donated to "Help Is On The Way" 
 

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216867
<![CDATA[Elli the King of Broadway]]> Elli the King of Broadway & Friends celebrate Chanukah at the Metropolitan Room


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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187112
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189541
<![CDATA[Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show]]> She’s a multi-MAC Award winner and he’s a Bistro Award winner; together Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark are three time MAC Award Nominees for this show! They are ringing in the holiday season in JULY! This special event is being taped for promotional purposes so, if you feel like hearing some songs that are traditional, non-traditional and some that are a little naughty but nice, come join us for Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas in JULY!
 
Music Director Paul Stephan has created all the highly acclaimed arrangements.
 
“Like old friends hanging around the tree, singing favorites . . . these two genial singers would be welcome presences at any party or show celebrating the season.” – Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway
 
“Sue and Edd held the room in the palms of their hands from the very beginning. What a tremendous show! If you think Suzy’s an ordinary snowflake, - it’s a Sweeney Todd Christmas! Pure theatre-lovers delight, especially when Sue becomes a Mrs. Lovett-like comic foil –attend the tale of Edd and Sue! The final group of songs showcased the range and power of both vocalists with Edd taking the lead with “The Little Road to Bethlehem.” His classical voice and training made the flow and phrasing breathtaking. Sue then took the helm with another Stephan arrangement, this time of “Mary, Did You Know.” The minor key and pathos of this Lowry and Greene song cut through the fun and frolic of the earlier parts of the show with another strong reminder of the purpose, for Christians, of the season. The passion in Sue’s voice and the delicacy and dynamic range in such an intimate space, made the show feel more like an impromptu living room concert.- Sherri Rase, Qonstage.com
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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193702
<![CDATA[Alex Leonard]]> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211808 <![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs, Volume Two

Media Contact:  Richard Skipper    www.richardskipper.com
 
JULIE BUDD .. sings;
“ They Wrote The Songs “
The Music Of Our Lives
 
CD on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby

WINNER  of  “The Broadway World Award  “ Best Show!
 
Do You Remember When That Special Song was first played for us?  It meant so much & still does.
That meaningful song took you back to a special time & a  place.  When hearing those lyrics & the caressing melodies transported you to a place where only music can take you to.
 
“ They Wrote The Songs “ … the music of our lives…  compilation of the greatest songs , from the most celebrated writers , are now sung by a truly beloved entertainer.
 
Songs that are the heart of our generation and the music soundtrack of our lives.  Julie Budd sings selections from, Elton John , Burt Bacharach & Hal David , Andrew Lloyd Weber , Anthony Newly , Paul Anka , Ann Hampton Callaway & More!
 
Along with  some great American Classic Composers & Classic selections from great shows as well.  These memories are lasting forever and so is this music.
 
Julie Budd shares her memories with you as she explores the grand talents behind the music.  The Nationally-loved Julie Budd ,  hailed by  “The New York Times “  …”The Consummate Performer “  gives a warm & Touching interpretation  on... Julie Budd Sings  “They Wrote The Songs “ The music of our lives.
 
JULIE BUDD
Celebrity Artist In Resident
Metropolitan Room Concert Dates For 2015
MAY 14
SEPT. 10
OCT. 21
DEC 10
 
JULIE BUDD .... The CD  ‘ They Wrote The Songs “
Is now in it’s Fourth Pressing & Is available for Download on all on line retail sites.
 
Julie Budd on YOUTUBE  





JULIE BUDD CD Reviews 
 
ABOUT JULIE BUDD
Julie Budd Has Been entertaining since the Tender age of 12.  After Meeting Merv Griffin at a recording studio in NYC, Merv immediately took Julie under his wing, and put her on his show, where Julie appeared over 100 times.
 
From there, this Mini Girl With The Maxi Voice went on to perform on every major TV show, and began to perform with Orchestras  all over the country.
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today, and enjoys a multi- faceted  career on the concert stage, in films & on Television.
 
Julie Budd has appeared at;
Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center , The London Palladium & in venues & Symphony Orchestras,  all over the world.
 
You Can Follow Julie On Her Website  www.juliebudd.com
And Visit Her On FACE BOOK as well
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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215167
<![CDATA[Steven Chera]]> STEVEN CHERA ~ A Vintage Style All His Own

From the Standards to Early Rock 'n Roll




Steven Chera is a singer/song stylist of traditional pop, jazz, & easy listening. Over his life-long career as a singer he has developed an eclectic range of shows featuring music from the 1930s/1940s jazz standards, 1950s rock, to the swinging hits of the 1960s & 70s.

Singing since the age of 12, his first public performance was his own rendition 
of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" sung at a community event that gave the audience chills.
The Brooklyn born Chera spent his early years listening and studying music legends like 
Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin,Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley. Even though he has 
responsibilities of working in the family retail business he never stopped pursuing music.
His friends jokingly refer to him as "Elvis."

Lately Steven has been working on his NEW album "Smile".  He will be debuting "Smile" on this lovely evening from New York's #1 Caberat Room The Metropolitan Room.

The title song "Smile" is a classic composed by Charlie Chalpin and made famous by the great Nat King Cole. Steven also does Mr. Cole's "Mona Lisa", another all time classic. He will also be performing "All The Way" and "Birth of The Blues" both made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles's "Georgia on My Mind", and "Hallelujah I Just Love Here So".  You will hear many other classic tunes at the show from his new album    


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Steven’s new arrangements of mostly early Beatle hits add a jazzy tone and somewhat different sound to songs that are known by all. From his opening number I Saw Her Standing There to his very moving closing number Imagine, Chera’s very pleasant baritone provides a somewhat different sound to these classic songs. His up-tempo swinging version of Something and his performances of Yesterday and In My Life were among the evening’s highlights. A swinging trio, led by pianist and musical director Bob Kaye, backed Mr.Chera for the evening of Beatlemania.

Written by Ron Forman for Broadwayshowbiz.com


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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200922
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188829 <![CDATA[Florencia Cuenca & Jaime Lozano]]> Florencia Cuenca & Jaime Lozano

In the past, the jazz repertoire was nurtured by musical theatre shows. From the 20’s to the 40’s composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, among others contributed with some of the most popular jazz standards, being played and performed by million of singers and musicians around the world creating all kind of versions and arrangements.
 
Based on this, Mexican musical theatre composer and arranger, Jaime Lozano, joins musical theatre and jazz singer Florencia Cuenca and together they take songs from contemporary musical theatre shows from the 60’s to the present making their jazz versions, creating what they have called “The New Standards”.


 
JAIME LOZANO
 
A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Jaime Lozano earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and Composition from the School of Music at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and was the recipient of a full TSOA academic scholarship while earning his Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, Jaime is the first Mexican to be accepted and graduate from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
 
Jaime’s works have been produced at various important theatres such as Goodspeed Opera House, Juilliard School of Music, The Triad Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Merkin Concert Hall, St. George Theatre, Soho Playhouse, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (Off Broadway), The Players, Town Hall, Minskoff Theatre (Broadway), Lucille Lortel Theatre (Off Broadway), as well as many other venues around the country and in Mexico.
 
An accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer and musical director, Jaime has staged well-known musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Jekyll & Hyde and The Fantasticks. Jaime adapted, produced and directed the Spanish world premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s musicals The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World. 
 
Jaime has also authored/composed various musical works. To date, he has co-written The Yellow Brick Road (music and lyrics with Tommy Newman, book by Mando Alvarado), which had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere in the Summer of 2011 followed by a successful national tour, as well as the new Latin musical Children of Salt, (book and lyrics by Lauren Epsenhart, direction and choreography by Luis Salgado) which had a staged reading in May 2009 at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Children of Salt is currently being developed to début in New York City. Jaime also co- wrote the one-act musical Lightning Strikes Twice (book and lyrics by Noemi de la Puente) premiered Off-Broadway at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in June 2010, The Yehuatl (book and lyrics by Sara Cooper), read in May 2008 at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, followed by a second reading in January 2009 at the Dramatist Guild. Jaime is the composer, lyricist and librettist of the musical Tlatelolco, which premiered in October 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico, and was revived in 2002 and 2004. 
 
As an arranger, Jaime has worked with the cast of In the Heights and with Tony and Grammy award-winner Alex Lacamoire on the Christmas recording Carols for a Cure 2010. Jaime is also the arranger, orchestrator and music director for the album of the non-profit organization R.Evolución Latina Dare to Go Beyond, featuring various prominent Broadway performers including High School Musical’s star Corbin Bleu.
Jaime was Alex Lacamoire’s musical director assistant for the Stephen Schwartz Gala Making Music, produced by The Harbor Lights Theatre Company at The St. George Theatre and directed and choreographed by Chet Walker. He worked as a composer, arranger and music director for the 2010 HOLA Awards honoring Rita Moreno. He was an arranger for the concert To Mexico from New York with Love organized by Broadway actress Bianca Marroquín.
 
Other professional associations include his affiliation with the non-profit organization R.Evolución Latina, based in New York City, where he functions as an activist, teacher, music arranger and head composer. He is the artistic director and music producer of La Casita Recording Studio, and he also serves on the Partnership and Promotion Committee for the NYU Musical Theatre Writer’s Collective.
He's a proud member of BMI and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217150
<![CDATA[Chrysten Peddie]]> Chrysten Peddie ~ Idols & Icons

What makes an idol and and what makes an icon?  How do they differ? What does that difference mean?  In her second solo cabaret show, Broadway World Award Winner Chrysten Peddie returns to the Metropolitan Room to explore just that.  Featuring a blend of pop, rock, sacred music and musical theatre, Chrysten Peddie will take you on a personal and poignant musical journey, examining her musical roots and discovering what it means to be an idol or an icon.
 
Chrysten Peddie has been performing professionally in NY and on regional stages for the past 15 years.  Since her cabaret debut back in 2013, she has been a regular at the Metropolitan Room.  She has appeared on the Metropolitan Room stage as a part of Broadway on 22nd Street, It's Only Love, Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Whitney Houston, and most recently Gone too Soon: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter.  Other cabaret venues include Stage 72, the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Joe's Pub.  She debuted her first solo cabaret show, TOO DAMN TALL, last year at Metropolitan Room and received glowing reviews as well as the Broadway World Award for Best Cabaret Debut!  "Displaying great comic timing and killer vocals...Peddie wins you over with her onstage charm and intelligence." - Billie Roe, Broadway World.com

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=214873
<![CDATA[Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show]]> She’s a multi-MAC Award winner and he’s a Bistro Award winner; together Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark are three time MAC Award Nominees for this show! They are ringing in the holiday season in JULY! This special event is being taped for promotional purposes so, if you feel like hearing some songs that are traditional, non-traditional and some that are a little naughty but nice, come join us for Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas in JULY!
 
Music Director Paul Stephan has created all the highly acclaimed arrangements.
 
“Like old friends hanging around the tree, singing favorites . . . these two genial singers would be welcome presences at any party or show celebrating the season.” – Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway
 
“Sue and Edd held the room in the palms of their hands from the very beginning. What a tremendous show! If you think Suzy’s an ordinary snowflake, - it’s a Sweeney Todd Christmas! Pure theatre-lovers delight, especially when Sue becomes a Mrs. Lovett-like comic foil –attend the tale of Edd and Sue! The final group of songs showcased the range and power of both vocalists with Edd taking the lead with “The Little Road to Bethlehem.” His classical voice and training made the flow and phrasing breathtaking. Sue then took the helm with another Stephan arrangement, this time of “Mary, Did You Know.” The minor key and pathos of this Lowry and Greene song cut through the fun and frolic of the earlier parts of the show with another strong reminder of the purpose, for Christians, of the season. The passion in Sue’s voice and the delicacy and dynamic range in such an intimate space, made the show feel more like an impromptu living room concert.- Sherri Rase, Qonstage.com
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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193703
<![CDATA[Teresa Eggertsen Cooke]]>

This show is dedicated to our dear departed friend Pete Barquin, who passed away from  ALS (Lou Gehrig ’s disease).  Any support to the ALS Association is welcome. Thank you.
 
Back in April, 2014, April 23rd to be exact, Teresa Eggertsen Cooke made her New York City debut at our very own Metropolitan Room. She sang a combination of tunes dating from Irving Berlin’s 1924 classic “What’ll I Do?” to Carol King’s pensive “It’s Too Late”. Both are standards from distant eras, crossing decades. When the venue asked Teresa back this coming fall, Teresa thought, “I’ll do this again. These are the songs I love, the songs my audience loves.  When I see how happy my music makes people and the emotion that ensues, I am so humbled.”
And so, “Decades of Song” is coming to the Metropolitan Room, Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM.
 
And songs they are! “My Baby Just Cares for Me” penned in 1930 is one of the ditties Teresa will be singing. Another will be “Your Song” the very first hit from Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The songs will cross eras, moods and genres. From the 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s; up-tempo tunes and soft rock ballads and how they translate into a jazz motif, including “The Rose” and “Songs of Life” from Neil Diamond’s 1978 film “The Jazz Singer”. Teresa will include tunes written in the earliest days of popular song. Teresa remembers her father singing these songs to her to her, and this is what taught her to appreciate singing and performing.
 
Possessing a versatile vocal range and piano skills, Teresa Eggertsen makes each and every song her own.
 
Although new to New York City, Teresa is not new to performing. She currently resides with her family in Park City, Utah. She has been performing in Park City and in the surrounding area for many years. In 2013 she performed at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. She began playing piano and singing at a very young age and continued for many years until she took a break to become an internationally ranked Mountain Bike racer. She then retired from racing in 2003 and came back to music. “It really is one of two of my FAVORITE things to do, the other is riding my mountain bike!”
 
And what about coming back to New York? Teresa says, “I can’t wait to come back! The Metropolitan Room took a chance on someone from Utah whom they had never met or seen perform. It has given me a lot of confidence. They are wonderful!”
 
Taking influences from jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style. She will be joined by Ben Lepley on trombone and Lou Vito, guitar.
 
Here’s what’s being said about Teresa Eggertsen Cooke:
 
“Teresa Eggertsen Cooke has the unique ability to present and perform  songs they you may have heard over the years and make one feel as if they are hearing them for the very first time in your life. The combination of her beautiful voice and style of musical presentation set her apart from the rest of the crowd.  She stands alone in this field. Just an outstanding performer with amazing talent and charisma.  One of the very best I have ever heard”
—Alissa Grimaldi, New York City, NY
 
“Taking influences from Jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style.”  “Teresa’s voice is liquid velvet and her soothing piano arrangements bring new life to a repertoire of hundreds of songs across many genres”
—Dr. Isaac Hurtado, Utah Vocal Arts Academy
 
“Teresa’s gentle intention possesses that touch of magic which carries many of us to tears by the sheer beauty of her message and her warmth.”
— Debra Cook, Utah Conservatory
 

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190493
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187213
<![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197276
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182407
<![CDATA[Dorian Woodruff]]> Dorian Woodruff's Christmas Special on behalf of Help is on the Way]]> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211013 <![CDATA[Lina Orfanos]]>
Lina Orfanos ~ Gypsy Romance




Bring together three internationally acclaimed performing and recording artists and one great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and you create a special evening of song and music populated by the shadows of lovers, children dreaming, insomniac women on high balconies, and dark Andalusians galloping through moon-bathed olive groves. 
 
The fiery guitar of Hernan Romero with Latin and flamenco strains, the elegant guitar of Spiros Exaras with Mediterranean and New York jazz traditions, and the passionate voice of Lina Orfanos with her Greek, Spanish, and Middle Eastern musicality all combine to create thrilling interpretations foe some of the deep love porn of Federico Garcia Lorca and other poets from Latin America and the West. Join us for an evening of lyrical exuberance that will make you tremble. 

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Lyric soprano Lina Orfanos was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She is an international star who sings in various languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. She sings in classical, contemporary and jazz styles. 
 
In September 2013, Lina released her first Spanish CD – Ay Amor (www.CDBaby.com). She has two critically acclaimed Greek recordings Songs for Romantics and Realists and Enchanted Night. She has toured throughout the United States and Greece, and has performed in Israel and Spain. Her shows range from tributes to the Broadway songbook, Ella Fitzgerald, and the legendary Greek composers like Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. 
 
In Greece, Lina is a regular guest star with the orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis. The great Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri says that Lina is not only an “artist” but she has the “tragic element in both the high ranges and the low ranges.” Theodorakis, who has coached Lina, finds her performances “thrilling” and her interpretations “perfect... mature and sensational!” Recently, composer Dimitris Maramis created Spanish songs specifically with her voice in mind. The song cycle Ay Amor bridges the Mediterranean with Latin America and highlights Lina’s lyricism, passion and musicality.
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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194578
<![CDATA[Denise Spann Morgan]]> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211563 <![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192726 <![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE:  GARY CRAWFORD
 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205401
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189542
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204651
<![CDATA[The Highland Divas]]> THE HIGHLAND DIVAS | MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia Johnson, Margaret Kelly, and Marla Kavanaugh are a long way from home. Although these talented young women are enjoying careers that landed them in New York, they all hail from well outside of the Big Apple.

A MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia, Margaret, and Marla are The Highland Divas: three women from different parts of the world, with diverse musical backgrounds and a common heritage. These uniquely talented artists will take you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand, and culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. It is a journey from the most achingly spare Celtic ballads, to the most thrilling, harmonized interpretations of popular and classical music.
 
Georgia Johnson is an alumni of Glasgow’s prestigious Musical Theatre Course at Knightswood Secondary School, as well as a Scottish actress, singer, and dancer who moved to the US in 2004 when she was accepted with scholarship into The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating in 2006, she successfully landed the role of Orange Girl, in the 2007 national tour of Shout! The Mod Musical. Following that, she was offered the role of Sharon in the funny and successful off Broadway show Girls Night The Musical. A jack-of-all-trades in the performing industry, this well trained singer, dancer, and actress has been branded a “true triple threat” by some of Broadway and television’s top producers. In 2008, Georgia served as the first non-American USO girl for two years, performing for productions such as Dick Clarks’ New Years Rockin’ Eve Show. Performing to over 22.6 million viewers, she also sang the national anthem at New York’s City Field and various other patriotic events across the US. In 2012 she sang the national anthem for the NASDAQ ringing of the bell. Georgia is beyond delighted to be tuning back into her roots and joining the Highland Divas, singing the songs most true to her heart - the songs she was born to sing.

Margaret Kelly has wowed audiences in her native Scotland and in the United States with her stirring powerhouse voice that has been described as "cathartic." She received a scholarship to the prestigious AMDA in New York and established herself immediately in performing the role of Grizabella in three productions of Cats - The Musical, including the Broadway 25th Anniversary Tour, and procuring a Green card based on exceptional musical ability. After establishing herself as an artist to watch in Scotland, and recording and starring in multiple musicals, she sang the national anthem at the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in New York. Most recently, Margaret is proud to have performed on Broadway in The Minskoff Theatre 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
 
Marla Kavanaugh has captivated worldwide audiences with her angelic soprano. Originally from New Zealand, she is a critically acclaimed leading lady in opera and musical theatre. Marla sang in the Los Angeles Opera Gala welcoming Placido Domingo as Artistic Director. She starred in the post Broadway West Coast premiers of Terence MacNally's Masterclass and Paul Gordon's Jane Eyre. She has been a guest soloist with symphonies in New Zealand, The US, Japan, and The Netherlands. In 2004, she was humbled to be the soprano soloist in New York’s Central Park to commemorate the victims of 9/11. As a recording artist, she has been a guest on three albums with international tenor, Daniel Rodriguez, and her debut album “Songbirds”, with identical twin sister Marissa, is available worldwide. Marla is currently touring the US with the show Boy Meets Girl alongside Daniel Rodriguez.
 
 
 

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178316
<![CDATA[Skie Ocasio]]>
Skie Ocasio was last seen at the Metropolitan Room in 2009 in At Last an evening of song, since than he has been working as the VP of Operations at Luxury Attaché.  He is a producer, director and creator of Broadway4 and Forte. His recent endeavors include a partnership with Joseph Macchia and Rival Productions.  As a performer Skie found his love of performing at the Lower East Side Boys Club of New York, making his debut as the lead in Pinocchio at 11. That part lead to other roles (including the lead in Oliver!) and the opportunity to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts on a full academic scholarship. After high school, Skie studied musical theater at Syracuse University followed by a career as a ‘theme park/cruise line’ entertainer. Skie joined the National tours of Jekyll & Hyde, South Pacific starring Robert Goulet and Bombay Dreams; as well as singing offstage during performances of both Gypsy of the Year and The Easter Bonnet Competition. In Dallas he performed the roles of Frankie in Forever Plaid, Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Black in The Wild Party, The American in Chess and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. He understudied Paolo Montalban as Prince Charming in the Papermill Playhouse production of Cinderella, where he performed the role opening weekend. As a Director Ocasio has staged 2 concerts for the NYCGMC as well as several cabaret shows, he studied the Art of Cabaret with artists Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Lenny Watts and Christopher Denny.  This show marks his birthday and come back to performing.]]>
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201847
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172948
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187054
<![CDATA[The Final Callback]]>

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=210487
<![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217876
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> High Standards, starring Corinna Sowers Adler, Musically Directed by Alex Rybeck


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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218505
<![CDATA[Jillian Laurain]]> “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”

Opera Singer/Musical Theatre and Concert Stage artist brings her award winning vocal talents back to the Metropolitan Room in her new show “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”
 
Having won the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist for her highly successful tribute show, “My Broadway – 100 Years Of The Great White Way” Jillian sings songs by our great composers and lyricists Leonard Bernstein, John Kander & Fred Ebb, “Yip” Harburg & Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields, Duke Ellington…
Jillian brings not just her voice but her acting abilities to the songs that best fit “the rhythms of her life”
 
Don Rebic on piano
Tom Hubbard on bass
Sean Harkness on guitar
Ed Ornowski on drums
Emedin Rivera on percussion
Directed by Nikki Saed


*(This Video includes Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ed Ornowski on drums and Rob Thomas on violin)
 
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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161914
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187055
<![CDATA[Stacy Lee Tilton]]>
Musical Director: Steven Silverstein


 
Stacy Lee Tilton -  Broadway: Jane Ashton in Brigadoon.  International: Not What It Seems To Be in Kiev, Ukraine and With Fairest Flowers in Shanghai, China. Selected New York and Regional stage credits include: Elizabeth Beaconsfield (Jekyll & Hyde), Augusta Gein (The Butcher of Plainfield), Sue (Help Wanted - Downtown Urban Theatre Festival), Martha Yarrington (Poe - Cherry Lane), One Woman Show (Midway Point), Witch (Into the Woods), Woman 2 (Closer Than Ever), Mazeppa (Gypsy), Nancy (Oliver), Maria (The Sound of Music), Miss Hannigan (Annie), Narrator (Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). New York Club appearances at Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad, Danny’s Skylight Room, Back Fence, The Supper Club, Cornelia Street Café, Duplex. V0G for Americans for the Arts. Two time winner in the New York Singing Teacher’s Association Musical Theatre Competition.  Training: B.A. Acting/Directing, California State University, Long Beach; AMDA, NY. Proud member of AEA since 1998. On The AMDA Musical Theatre Faculty since 2001.
 

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218529
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187056
<![CDATA[Molly Ryan]]>
(Photo by: Collette Lash)

A critic’s favorite” – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. He goes on to say, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.” Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.
 
Since moving to New York City from Roseville, CA in 2003, she has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room, Birdland, Iridium, The New York Historical Society Museum and The Player’s Club. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s-style orchestra, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. She is a member of Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers, and appears on the band’s Christmas album, released in November 2012. Molly is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, which performed to a sold-out audience at Midsummer Night Swing and is currently appearing monthly at the Rainbow Room . Molly also performs periodically with the gypsy jazz group Fête Manouche.
 
Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and parties throughout the U.S. and abroad including North Carolina Jazz Festival, New York Hot Jazz Festival, Old Jazz Meeting “Zlota Tarka” in Ilawa, Poland, Winter Jazzfest in New York City, Jeff and Joel’s House Party, Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, CT, the Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival, Orange County Classic Jazz Festival in Southern California, Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, at which she has appeared both with her own group and with a band led by her friend and mentor, pianist Bob Ringwald. She has headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi, and has been featured as a guest vocalist with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra throughout Germany in a monumental tribute to clarinet legend Benny Goodman.
 
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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218961
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200116 <![CDATA[Mathieu Blue]]>



Born in a small town in New Hampshire, singer, songwriter, Mathieu Blue was raised by a contemporary gospel singer mother and construction industry entrepreneur father.
 
Demonstrating a gift for music early in his childhood, Blue’s adolescence was spent in talent shows, rehearsals and performances that further fueled his love affair with music.
 
Influenced by vocalists ranging from Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight to Phil Collins and Garth Brooks, Blue has gradually developed a distinctly unique sound infused with hints of urban pop, soul, R&B and deep country tones.
 
Now living in New York City, Blue is currently preparing his first project – a 4-track EP entitled, “Here” – filled with smooth vocals that reflect his soulful, country inspirations, as well as carefully crafted lyrics that invoke the feelings of love, despair and individualism that he has experienced in his musical journey.
 
“Here” will be released on iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL, and other music platforms on September 14th.

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212427
<![CDATA[Christopher Brossman]]>
Christopher Brossman makes his solo Metropolitan Room debut!  Fresh off his memorable appearances in this year's Metro Star Competition, comes a holiday party not to be missed!  Step into "Chris" mas and enjoy holiday classics with a twist along with Brossman's signature humor- class, sass, and a bit of crass!  Are you bored by that other Christmas spectacular in town?  Then this show is just what the jolly fat man ordered! ]]>
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218500
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189543
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187214
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS]]> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192335 <![CDATA[Lina Orfanos]]>
Lina Orfanos ~ Gypsy Romance




Bring together three internationally acclaimed performing and recording artists and one great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and you create a special evening of song and music populated by the shadows of lovers, children dreaming, insomniac women on high balconies, and dark Andalusians galloping through moon-bathed olive groves. 
 
The fiery guitar of Hernan Romero with Latin and flamenco strains, the elegant guitar of Spiros Exaras with Mediterranean and New York jazz traditions, and the passionate voice of Lina Orfanos with her Greek, Spanish, and Middle Eastern musicality all combine to create thrilling interpretations foe some of the deep love porn of Federico Garcia Lorca and other poets from Latin America and the West. Join us for an evening of lyrical exuberance that will make you tremble. 

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Lyric soprano Lina Orfanos was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She is an international star who sings in various languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. She sings in classical, contemporary and jazz styles. 
 
In September 2013, Lina released her first Spanish CD – Ay Amor (www.CDBaby.com). She has two critically acclaimed Greek recordings Songs for Romantics and Realists and Enchanted Night. She has toured throughout the United States and Greece, and has performed in Israel and Spain. Her shows range from tributes to the Broadway songbook, Ella Fitzgerald, and the legendary Greek composers like Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. 
 
In Greece, Lina is a regular guest star with the orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis. The great Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri says that Lina is not only an “artist” but she has the “tragic element in both the high ranges and the low ranges.” Theodorakis, who has coached Lina, finds her performances “thrilling” and her interpretations “perfect... mature and sensational!” Recently, composer Dimitris Maramis created Spanish songs specifically with her voice in mind. The song cycle Ay Amor bridges the Mediterranean with Latin America and highlights Lina’s lyricism, passion and musicality.
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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212066
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182408
<![CDATA[Porter Carroll, Jr.]]>


Performer:
Atlantic Starr: As drummer and one of four singers, Porter Carroll Jr. helped make the hits that made Atlantic Starr and its amazing vocals, tight production and energetic stage performances famous worldwide in the 1970s and 1980s. Porter performed with them from the late seventies through the early eighties, contributing his musicianship to classic hits like Circles, Send for Me, Am I Dreaming, Let’s Get Closer, Touch a Four Leaf Clover and others. During that stretch, he was also the drummer on the Disco Classic “This Time Baby” for Jackie Moore.
 
Soloist:
Porter branched out on his own in the mid-1980s and, under contract to Island Records, produced a critically acclaimed album, Porter Carroll II, in 1986.
 
Porter’s vocals have enriched Lavar Burton’s Reading Rainbow television show and the hit children’s show Puzzle People. Porter’s also an in-demand backup vocalist for recording artists including Shania Twain, Spyro Gyra, Melba Moore, Donnie Osmond, Michael Bolton, Howard Hewitt and Bob Baldwin.
 
Songwriter:
As a songwriter for Sony Music Publishing from the mid-1980s through early 1990s, Porter plumbed the heart of R&B and pop with thought-provoking lyrics, catchy melodies and great hooks. Top names lined up for Porter Carroll compositions including Luther Vandross, The Temptations and Grover Washington. He wrote for Will Downing, Bob James, former Atlantic Starr lead vocalist Sharon Bryant, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Dana Dawson (currently on Broadway in “Rent”), England’s Jaki Graham, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jane Fonda among others. He co-wrote and co-produced Taj Mahal and also co-wrote music for the animated cable TV movie “People,” performed by Peabo Bryson. He’s written theme songs for Video Vibrations and Midnight Love on the BET cable TV network.
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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220008
<![CDATA[Tom Toce]]> TOM TOCE ~ SONGWRITER IN THE HOUSE

Songwriter in the House represents veteran cabaret songwriter Tom Toce’s solo debut as a performer. In addition to musical theater and cabaret songs, Tom has always written other songs, in a different style. You can call them acoustic songs, or singer-songwriter songs, or folk-rock songs; if they were easy to pin down, they might have been recorded by now! 
 
All his life, Tom has identified as a songwriter, not a performer. But emboldened by good reviews at open mikes and songwriter camps, Tom is stepping up to the mic and putting on a solo show. Accompanying himself on guitar, with Jon Burr on bass, Tom will take you through an eclectic collection of witty, tuneful, and sometimes moving new songs. 
 
 
Tom Toce is a veteran theater and cabaret songwriter. He won the MAC Award for Comedy Song for “Shalom, Santa” in 2014. He most recently directed, produced, and hosted The Harvard-Yale Cantata at 54 Below. Earlier this year, he directed and produced Mr. Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Last year, he produced and hosted MAC Award Winning Songs at Urban Stages and Living Standards, starring Marissa Mulder, at the Metropolitan Room. Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce was one of the most successful shows at the Metropolitan Room in 2012 and 2013. The HIL recording was also nominated for a 2014 MAC Award. Tom has written a number of shows for children, and his cabaret songs have been sung and/or recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Tovah Feldshuh, Maude Maggart, KT Sullivan, and many others. Tom is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (his encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook helped) and a member of the Jeopardy Hall of Fame, for high score in a single game. More at www.tomtocemusic.com
 
 
“Tom Toce not only knows how to put over a song, but he seems to be everywhere at once and a master of all trades. (He) did a wonderful job on “This is My Birthday” by Carol Hall (and his own) “Shalom, Santa,” which contains the immortal line my daddy is a lapsed Catholic and my mother is a cultural Jew.” Jerry Osterberg, The New York Sheet Music Society Newsletter
 
“Mr. Toce has a distinct way with the language and writes lyrics with a twist of humor as he explores life’s universal sufferings. He should be most proud of his work.” John Weatherford, Times Square Chronicles
 
“The Toce touch with words employs varied techniques and vocabularies while remaining casually conversational and modern.“ Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219659
<![CDATA[Ryan Mascilak]]>
Ryan Mascilak is a singer, songwriter and his music is acoustic by nature with shots of folk, pop, and a small hint of country inbetween. Ryan is a New England native and a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and loves getting to know his audience.

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219984
<![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]> Kristoffer Lowe  ~  You're Getting to be a Habit with Me | The Songs of Harry Warren

Music director Tracy Stark on piano leads a 3-person combo that includes Tom Hubbard on bass, and Jonathan Kantor on reeds.

2014 MetroStar, 2015 Bistro Award winner and 2015 MAC Award winner Kristoffer Lowe premieres his new show YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME: The Songs of Harry Warren. Directed by the multi-award-winning singer, director and producer Lennie Watts, “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” explores American composer Harry Warren, who had more hits on the hit parade than Irving Berlin, won 3 Academy Awards (with 11 nominations), and composed more than 800 songs. Despite Warren’s prolific success, name-brand celebrity eluded him, making him one of the Great American songbook’s unknown heros.
 
This time, the composer once referred to as “the invisible man” will be seen and heard as Lowe’s lush tenor, with its expansive harmonic colors, gives the author of “At Last,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “You’ll Never Know,” and “42nd Street” his long-awaited due. Named one of the 25 people to watch in cabaret in 2015 by NiteLife Exchange, Lowe’s self-effacing humor and sensitive, thoughtful take on the American songbook are quickly garnering praise and acclaim in the NYC cabaret scene. 
 
“Lowe taps into the emotional content of the songs and expresses lyrics with an apparent effortlessness. The voice itself is truly exceptional.”   ~Mark Dundas Wood, BistroAwards.com
 
“Sweet sustained high notes are glorious. . . he refreshingly radiates sincerity. He sparkles. . . put the Lowe show high on the must see list”  ~Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
 
“An artist that possesses the natural ability to so completely interpret a theatrical time in history, capturing the very essence, you feel almost transported. . . Whether crooning softly or showing great emotional acting chops it is an exquisite vocal instrument that soars high and clear.  ~Billie Roe, BroadwayWorld.com
 
“A thrilling tenor voice made of honey and burnished gold, using it to wonderful touching and comic effect. . . ineffably moving.”  ~Steve Ross, International cabaret legend 
 
 
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Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215153
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189544
<![CDATA[Shawn Moninger]]> Rev. Shawn is an ordained Unity Minister. He has been the Senior Minister at Unity Center For Practical Spirituality since September 2004. Rev. Shawn is the Founding President of The Unity Church of New York in New York City. He began his spiritual journey in earnest twelve years ago after a twelve year career as a lighting and sound designer in New York nightclubs. He’s won four MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and a Backstage Bistro Award all for outstanding Technical Direction. To top it all off, several years ago he began performing stand-up comedy for which he was nominated for a MAC Award. (Becoming a minister was the only thing left to do after that.)
 
Rev. Shawn and his partner David Friedman are in high demand as speakers in the New Thought and Unity movements. They travel extensively speaking at prominent events such as the International New Thought Alliance Conference, Unity International Conference, retreats, and leading churches throughout the country.
 
He is also the host of the increasingly popular radio show THE GOOD SHOW with Rev. Shawn, airing Wednesday mornings at 11am on, WDJZ 1530 AM Radio. (Westport, Ct-Providence, RI) Or on the web at www.thegoodshow.com.
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Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212684
<![CDATA[THE BIGGEST PARTY EVER! - Early Show]]> THE BIGGEST PARTY EVER!
 
Ring In 2016
With
MARILYN MAYE
 
Show Time 7:30 PM
 
$55 plus 2 Beverage Minimum
 
(No discount or coupons will be accepted for this show)
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Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216030
<![CDATA[THE BIGGEST PARTY EVER - The Late Show]]> THE BIGGEST PARTY EVER
 
Ring In 2016
With
MARILYN MAYE
10:00 PM
 
 
Ticket Includes:
> Open Bar
   > Chicken Francese with Roasted Potatoes & Vegetables
   > Plus a Variety of Exquisite and Heavenly Pastries
   > Coffee & Tea Service
 
> Party Hats and Noise Makers
 
Order today this show promises to sell out!
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Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216031
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY]]> Fri, 01 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192337 <![CDATA[The Annual Cabaret 24 Hr. Marathon Extravaganza]]> Cabaret 24 Hr. Marathon Extravaganza

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Sat, 02 Jan 2016 02:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187955
<![CDATA[Marilyn Maye]]> MARILYN MAYE FOLLOWS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH A SPECIAL FIVE-NIGHT STAND
 
“MARILYN  BY REQUEST”
 
In addition to her hotly anticipated New Year’s Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye plans to keep the party going with three unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year.  “Marilyn By Request,” in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground.
 
Hot on the heels of what is being called “The Biggest Party Ever” on New Year’s Eve (shows at 8pm and 10pm are selling out fast), Marilyn asks her fans to pick her “Marilyn By Request” set list for what is sure to be a surprised-filled, and no doubt high-octane night.
 
“It’s a new year, why not try something new,” says Miss Maye, who reports that she has tried the format in Kansas City but never before in New York.  Please offer your song suggestion when making your reservations.
 
“The years have done little to diminish her amazing abilities!” -- Frank Scheck, NY Post
 
“She’s singularly gifted!" -- Michael Musto, Village Voice
 
“Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear!” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Sun, 03 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216032
<![CDATA[Doreen Montalvo]]> A very special Cabaret Cares On November 24th as Sprirt Award Winner and Drama Desk Award Winner Doreen Montalvo Mann celebrates her Birthday with a bash and some great Ladies Who Rock!. 
 
The evening will benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that Doreen has raised money for in the past on this very special night we will raise money for children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. 
 
Joining Doreen on this very special night will be some Rockin Ladies, erika amato stephanie klemons, Elizabeth Acosta, Susan Winter, Liz McEndry, Kim Dunbar, Ilene Kristen, Gretchen Reinhagen Sue Matsuki, Alicia Tomasko, Christie Prades Jennifer Sanchez,Nancy Ticotin. 
 
Yaz The Maestro musical directs




Doreen is a theatre/television/film performer and recording artist.  MOst recently she performed the role of "Abuela Claudia" at Actors Playhouse in Miami to rave reviews. 
 
Doreen made her Broadway Debut in the new musical "In The Heights" at the Richard Rogers Theatre. Performing as Crazy Cuca in the ensemble,the Bolero Singer, as well as understudying the roles of Daniela, Camila, and Abuela Claudia respectively. Doreen can be heard singing on many cd's including Broadway Cares Chirstmas Albums, Dare To Go Beyond, for Revolucion latina, the original cast recording of "In The Heights", "Giant", "Desiree" "Frida", and in 2004 released her solo debut cd, "Volvere" with Meme Solis. Which was selected for 2005 Latin Grammy and American Grammy consideration. Doreen is currently recording her latest cd "Alma Americana/Corazon Latina.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219519
<![CDATA[Marilyn Maye]]> MARILYN MAYE FOLLOWS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH A SPECIAL FIVE-NIGHT STAND
 
“MARILYN  BY REQUEST”
 
In addition to her hotly anticipated New Year’s Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye plans to keep the party going with three unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year.  “Marilyn By Request,” in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground.
 
Hot on the heels of what is being called “The Biggest Party Ever” on New Year’s Eve (shows at 8pm and 10pm are selling out fast), Marilyn asks her fans to pick her “Marilyn By Request” set list for what is sure to be a surprised-filled, and no doubt high-octane night.
 
“It’s a new year, why not try something new,” says Miss Maye, who reports that she has tried the format in Kansas City but never before in New York.  Please offer your song suggestion when making your reservations.
 
“The years have done little to diminish her amazing abilities!” -- Frank Scheck, NY Post
 
“She’s singularly gifted!" -- Michael Musto, Village Voice
 
“Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear!” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216033
<![CDATA[Marilyn Maye]]> MARILYN MAYE FOLLOWS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH A SPECIAL FIVE-NIGHT STAND
 
“MARILYN  BY REQUEST”
 
In addition to her hotly anticipated New Year’s Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye plans to keep the party going with three unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year.  “Marilyn By Request,” in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground.
 
Hot on the heels of what is being called “The Biggest Party Ever” on New Year’s Eve (shows at 8pm and 10pm are selling out fast), Marilyn asks her fans to pick her “Marilyn By Request” set list for what is sure to be a surprised-filled, and no doubt high-octane night.
 
“It’s a new year, why not try something new,” says Miss Maye, who reports that she has tried the format in Kansas City but never before in New York.  Please offer your song suggestion when making your reservations.
 
“The years have done little to diminish her amazing abilities!” -- Frank Scheck, NY Post
 
“She’s singularly gifted!" -- Michael Musto, Village Voice
 
“Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear!” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216034
<![CDATA[DODO Orchestra]]>


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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217827
<![CDATA[Marilyn Maye]]> MARILYN MAYE FOLLOWS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH A SPECIAL FIVE-NIGHT STAND
 
“MARILYN  BY REQUEST”
 
In addition to her hotly anticipated New Year’s Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye plans to keep the party going with three unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year.  “Marilyn By Request,” in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground.
 
Hot on the heels of what is being called “The Biggest Party Ever” on New Year’s Eve (shows at 8pm and 10pm are selling out fast), Marilyn asks her fans to pick her “Marilyn By Request” set list for what is sure to be a surprised-filled, and no doubt high-octane night.
 
“It’s a new year, why not try something new,” says Miss Maye, who reports that she has tried the format in Kansas City but never before in New York.  Please offer your song suggestion when making your reservations.
 
“The years have done little to diminish her amazing abilities!” -- Frank Scheck, NY Post
 
“She’s singularly gifted!" -- Michael Musto, Village Voice
 
“Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear!” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216035
<![CDATA[Witti Repartee]]> Witti Repartee's Broads, Bawds and Bachelorettes; an evening of song, story and striptease!
 
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO  http://wittireparteebroads.brownpapertickets.com
 
An evening of song, story and striptease to benefit Iris House: a Center for Women with HIV
 
Following on the heels of her radically successful third annual 39th Birthday Party and last winter's Dowager's Bachelorette Party, Witti Repartee is back with some of her dearest broads, bawds and bachelorettes to thrill, tickle, titillate and tease you through an evening of live singing, story and striptease!  Join Witti and her friends from the worlds of cabaret, burlesque and leather including Robusta Capp, Natasha Jewel Dennis Carrington, MargOH! Channing, Dandy Darkly, La Diva, Iris Explosion, Robin Kradles, Ermine Muff, Mr. Eagle 2015 Boy Laney and more to be announced!
 
Proceeds benefit Iris House and their support services for women and families living with HIV.
 
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO http://icny.org/
 


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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203772
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182409
<![CDATA[Marilyn Maye]]> MARILYN MAYE FOLLOWS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT METROPOLITAN ROOM WITH A SPECIAL FIVE-NIGHT STAND
 
“MARILYN  BY REQUEST”
 
In addition to her hotly anticipated New Year’s Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye plans to keep the party going with three unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year.  “Marilyn By Request,” in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground.
 
Hot on the heels of what is being called “The Biggest Party Ever” on New Year’s Eve (shows at 8pm and 10pm are selling out fast), Marilyn asks her fans to pick her “Marilyn By Request” set list for what is sure to be a surprised-filled, and no doubt high-octane night.
 
“It’s a new year, why not try something new,” says Miss Maye, who reports that she has tried the format in Kansas City but never before in New York.  Please offer your song suggestion when making your reservations.
 
“The years have done little to diminish her amazing abilities!” -- Frank Scheck, NY Post
 
“She’s singularly gifted!" -- Michael Musto, Village Voice
 
“Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear!” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216036
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183073
<![CDATA[Molly Ryan]]>
(Photo by: Collette Lash)

A critic’s favorite” – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. He goes on to say, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.” Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.
 
Since moving to New York City from Roseville, CA in 2003, she has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room, Birdland, Iridium, The New York Historical Society Museum and The Player’s Club. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s-style orchestra, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. She is a member of Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers, and appears on the band’s Christmas album, released in November 2012. Molly is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, which performed to a sold-out audience at Midsummer Night Swing and is currently appearing monthly at the Rainbow Room . Molly also performs periodically with the gypsy jazz group Fête Manouche.
 
Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and parties throughout the U.S. and abroad including North Carolina Jazz Festival, New York Hot Jazz Festival, Old Jazz Meeting “Zlota Tarka” in Ilawa, Poland, Winter Jazzfest in New York City, Jeff and Joel’s House Party, Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, CT, the Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival, Orange County Classic Jazz Festival in Southern California, Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, at which she has appeared both with her own group and with a band led by her friend and mentor, pianist Bob Ringwald. She has headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi, and has been featured as a guest vocalist with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra throughout Germany in a monumental tribute to clarinet legend Benny Goodman.
 
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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218962
<![CDATA[Ladies Day Jazz Ensemble]]> The Ladies Day Jazz Ensemble 



The Ladies Day Jazz Ensemble celebrates the compositions of classic and contemporary jazz women. Founded by vocalist MJ Territo, the group is dedicated to discovering and performing the largely unsung but invaluable contributions of women to the jazz repertoire. Ladies Day offers swinging, elegant, and witty interpretations of tunes by jazz greats such as Mary Lou Williams, Peggy Lee, Blossom Dearie and Marian McPartland; showcases the work of contemporary composers and lyricists such as Meredith D'Ambrosio and Lorraine Feather; and plays their own compositions and collaborations. Fast-paced, fun, and illuminating, Ladies Day performances never fail to open ears, eyes, and hearts. 
 
Ladies Day is: MJ Territo, vocals; Linda Presgrave, piano; Iris Ornig, bass; Barbara Merjan, drums

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217988
<![CDATA[Peñas, Gurvich & Cancura]]> Oscar Peñas
Spanish jazz guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas makes his Metropolitan Room debut playing his unique style of music that has been described as "transnational cool," fusing traditional jazz with hints of flamenco and South American grooves.
 
www.oscarpenas.com
 


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Uri Gurvich
Uri Gurvich is a saxophonist and composer originally from Israel, currently residing in New York City, where he is an in-demand saxophonist and a critically acclaimed bandleader and composer. 
 
http://www.urigurvich.com

 


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Petr Cancura
Petr Cancura’s musical pallet is as wide as it is. A saxophonist with knowledge of Jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions, Petr performs on banjo and mandolin, all of which influences each other into a Roots Song & Improvising music machine with a visual sensibility.
 
http://www.petrcancura.com/gallery




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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216646
<![CDATA[Johnny Boyd]]>



“If Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash had a love child, it would be Johnny Boyd.” –NPR
 
Cliffdive recording artist and world-renowned vocalist Johnny Boyd’s “Cocktails with the Crooner” performance seamlessly blends jazz, swing, pop, country, gospel and rock, bringing back the nostalgic charisma of a bygone era. Boyd and his five-piece ensemble perform original and favored songs in the classic American Songbook style, ranging from torch-filled ballads to raucous rock-n-roll.
 
His performance will feature classic Johnny Boyd favorites and selections from his critically acclaimed new release “Someday Dreams of You”.
 
 

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218649
<![CDATA[John Gabriel]]> Introduction to this show will be made by Charles Grodin


John Gabriel was born in Niagara Falls and raised in Los Angeles, multi-talented actor-singer John Gabriel enjoys a career that spans a variety of media and genre. John is truly as gifted a singer as he is an actor. He is blessed with movie star good looks as well as a charming sense of humor. He got his first taste of show business as a student at U.C.L.A.. But Gabriel's stint in the Air Force provided the solid foundation needed to "learn the ropes." Based in Alamagordo, New Mexico and charged with the responsibility of providing entertainment for the troops, by the end of his military service, he knew where he was headed next — Hollywood!
 
Hearing that Fox Studios was looking for leading man types, John sent in a photo. He was signed by Fox, making his feature film debut in "The Young Lions" starring Marlon Brando followed by a featured role in "The Hunters" with Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner. John was the original professor in "Gilligan's Island." He played Pedro the Mexican bandito in Howard Hawk's "El Dorado" starring John Wayne for which he also wrote the title song with Nelson Riddle. Then, bi-coastal John played the lead on Broadway in "The Happy Time" and "Applause." While in New York cabarets he landed his first soap opera, "Love of Life" (Linc Morrison).
 
Gabriel was chosen for the reoccurring role of Andy Rivers, Mary Richards' sportscaster boyfriend on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but the part for which he is best known is that of Dr. Seneca Beaulac, on the enduring and memorable ABC soap, "Ryan's Hope." John spent 10 years in that role, garnering an Emmy nomination and 20 million faithful fans. He went on to another ABC soap, "Loving," playing ace lawyer Zack Conway. While at ABC daytime, he continued the pursuit of his music. He gathered other musically inclined soap actors and recorded "John Gabriel and Friends" (Cadence).
 
John hosted his highly successful radio show on the RKO network, was the host of American Movie Classics, host and creator of King World's "Soap Spot" and producer/on air talent for his long time friend Charles Grodin's talk show on CNBC and MSNBC. He was also commercial spokesman for The Wall Street Journal for three years and ten years, Oldsmobile.


As someone who watched soap operas in the seventies when my children were babies and I was tied to a daily routine of "burps and baths," John Gabriel, aka. Dr. Seneca Baeaulac, from the popular ABC soap “Ryan’s Hope,” was a most welcomed distraction. He was strikingly handsome and there was a quiet charm and elegance about him that endeared him to millions of other faithful fans and won him an Emmy nomination. Throughout a long career that spans almost every facet of show business, he never lost his love for singing songs from the Great American Songbook. He recently presented an evening of favorite songs from favorite songwriters, entitled, “The Songs and Stories of Some Great American Songwriters” to a full house of ardent admirers and enthusiastic colleagues at The Metropolitan Room in New York.
– Lynn DiMenna, "AT THE RITZ!"

"A winner. In short he's got what it takes."
— Daily Variety

"He sings honestly, sincerely and quite beautifully."
— New York Post

"John's ability to tell the story of the song has now placed him among that select group of singers who can transport you by reaching deep within themselves." 
— Charles Grodin

John Gabriel may be the best Actor-Singer around
- TV News

"Gabriel's strong baritone... shines. He has a rich, legit sound recalling the likes of John Raitt and Gordon MacRae."
— John Hoglund, Backstage

To date, John has appeared in 16 feature films, and 54 television programs. One of his best friends is renowned songwriter Ervin Drake (I Believe, It Was A Very Good Year, Good Morning Heartache). John teamed with Drake on a recently released CD "From John With Love" on Harbinger Records. Currently, John has joined with his actress wife Sandy (All My Children) and daughters Melissa and Andrea, also actors, on a new CD - "The Gabriels" (BCI).
Gabriel's career has spanned almost every facet of show business: films, Broadway, off-Broadway, prime-time TV, daytime TV, recordings, cabaret, Atlantic City, commercials, producing and songwriting.
 
John and Sandy divide their time between The East Coast, where Melissa and her husband Chris and their sons Mikey and Brendan reside, and Los Angeles, Andrea's home base.
 
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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216597
<![CDATA[Howard Ashman Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of Howard Ashman.
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215045
<![CDATA[Fourth Annual Artist Appreciation Gala Event]]> BY INVITATION ONLY.   

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211966
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE:  ROB DAVIS
 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211952
<![CDATA[The James Zeller Trio]]>

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219383
<![CDATA[Kelli Rabke]]>


Kelli received her first “big break” playing Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself selected her to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kelli went on to play Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway, and has performed extensively in regional theatres around the country.]]>
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217250
<![CDATA[The Biggest Drag Show Ever]]> Joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196842
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]> Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217832
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215117
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182410
<![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>
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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220165
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211970 <![CDATA[Dora Rubin]]>
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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212057
<![CDATA[Blake Rice]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220589 <![CDATA[Pamela Lewis]]>
After performing two sold-out shows in mid-January and another one in March that garnered rave reviews from New York cabaret critics, singer/songwriter Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), again brings her unique interpretation of Long Island icon Billy Joel’s songbook to the Metropolitan Room!
 
In "New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel," you'll hear the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award Winner for "Best Female Vocalist" deliver unique and stirring interpretations of classic Joel songs.
 
Pamela considers the songs of Billy Joel to be the soundtrack of her life and has been dreaming about performing them since she was a little girl growing up on Long Island. Pamela’s understanding of Joel’s Long Island roots, and passion for American popular song make her an ideal performer of this material. 
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr. With Musical Director Bill Heller on piano, Lewis’ husband John Hurley on guitar, bass player Ritt Henn, and Marcus Parsley on trumpet, you’ll hear Pamela transform the classic songs of Billy Joel into a sound all her own....
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Here’s what the critics have to say about her new show:
 
“Pamela Lewis offered new, vibrant, self-created arrangements of 15 Joel compositions, performing them in her own self-confident style . . . If you care at all about the art of cabaret and its ability to illuminate a life we beg you not to miss it . . . “ – BistroAwards.com
 
“A zestful romp through the early catalogue of one of New York's most prolific songwriting native sons . . . It's cool when a woman sings an entire show of songs written by a man and puts her own spin on them by changing the feel, the tempo, and the arrangements. Lewis does all that with verve and then some in this show . . . Lewis is an entertainer, as she gestured with her hands in a way that one audience member told me afterward, “Cast a spell.” . . . – BroadwayWorld.com
 
“Lewis delves into the passion and pain that infuses [Billy Joel’s] work. It’s a touch of the new, a bit of the old and a lot of soul. She has a rich voice with the touch of a twang that is equally effective in Billy Joel’s rock/pop style.” – TheaterPizzazz.com
 
For more information on Pamela Lewis, go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
Along with paying homage to Billy Joel, she recently released her original song "DREAMS COME TRUE" 
 
check out the video below! to purchase the single "Dreams Come True" on iTunes http://tinyurl.com/o2zlnl9

 

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220724
<![CDATA[In Wine, Truth]]> In Vino Veritas
 
“In wine, truth.”
 
This isn't a standard theatrical experience.  A bell rings.  An attractive stranger sits across from you and your friends.  They're going to bring you something intimate, thrilling, and hysterical.  They know the joys of new love and the pains of love lost and they'll bring all of that tension and excitement in a performance that's just for you.
 
Then the bell rings again.  Another attractive stranger sits across from you.  And do they ever have a story for you...
 
We'd love to have you join us for some drinks, live jazz, and innovative storytelling.
 
"In Vino Veritas" is directed by Giacomo Rocchini and produced by Janine Lee Papio in association with CloseUp NYC.
 
 
Featuring performances by:
Ellen Ko
Jai Raphael
Lisa Nava
Tracey Hassel
Shannon Mann
Valois Mickens
Kathy Biehl
Jamie Hartmann
Frank Logan
Arnaud Spanos
Danny Wilfred
Daniel Taylor
Cole Cook
Vaughn Bergen
Anatole Odolant
Matthias Goldstein
José Andres Sibaja
Ian Cramer
 
Jazz Ensemble:
Pat Firth
Ryan Vaughn 
Dan White 
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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219385
<![CDATA[It's Only Love ~ An Evening of Broadway Love Songs]]> Celebrate Valentines Day with some of your favorite Broadway Love Songs. Joseph Macchia cabaret producer brings back this successful evening of cabaret for a third year. And what better way to celebrate Valentines Day with Broadway and Love. 
 
Broadways Brandi Massey(Wicked) Liz Mckendry(The Producers) Dave August(Naked Boys Singing,Broadway Bares), Will Perez Beau Howard Sly Young Suzanne Dressler Tracy Stark musical directs the evening.
 
$20 Cover if reservations are made before Feb 1st $25 after plus a two bev minimum. 
Doors open at 6:15 PM Showtime is 7:00 PM

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194053
<![CDATA[Kelli Rabke]]>


Kelli received her first “big break” playing Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself selected her to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kelli went on to play Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway, and has performed extensively in regional theatres around the country.]]>
Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217251
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE:  JOAN LIMAN

Joan Liman, "Queen of Networking", retired from NYMC in 2008 to devote more time to her passion: Entertainment. She founded and runs "LimanAde Productions" and recently wrote and produced two benefit performances of her musical memoir  "A LimanAde Life".  She was president of the Board of Amas Musical Theatre and serves The Museum of Jewish Heritage.   
 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217926
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211927
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211971 <![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217877
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]> Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220132
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212142
<![CDATA[Jeff Macauley]]> Jeff Macauley is a Backstage Bistro Award winning New York based cabaret singer whose last show "It Was Me, The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel" garnered Jeff a nomination for the 2012 Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Male Vocalist. "It Was Me" has been performed in both Los Angeles and New York and is now a studio recording available on CDBaby and Amazon.  In his previous shows, Jeff Macauley explored the rich world of early musical films in "Hollywood Party--Movie Songs 1928-1934," and paid tribute to the most popular female singer of the 40's and a beloved Hollywood icon in "MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show," for which he received Backstage magazine's Bistro Award. Jeff continues his exploration of great american popular song of the last century through legendary film composer Henry Mancini's rich musical legacy under the musical direction of the superbly talented Tex Arnold, who also wrote the arrangements.

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Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217984
<![CDATA[Christopher Brossman]]> Indulge Me: An Intimate Evening with Christopher Brossman
 
Christopher Brossman returns to the Metropolitan Room stage following his Christmas Spectacular!  You may also remember him from his memorable appearances in the 2015 Metro Star Competition.  Join Brossman for an intimate evening of story and song- and of course a whole lotta' humor!  Don't miss the performer who's mother says, "I should have eaten his bones when they were soft" or who's roommates have heralded, "Where's your rent?!"  If you like your nights classy, sassy, and just a little bit crassy, don't miss this humorous romp! 
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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218501
<![CDATA[Maria Guida Quartet]]> Maria Guida Swings the Standards 
 
A very appealing singer with a warm voice and the ability to express the hidden beauty found in superior lyrics, Maria Guida recently recorded her debut CD, Soul Eyes.  Throughout this impressive and highly enjoyable set, the beauty of Maria’s voice is equaled by her understanding of the words and the creative spirit of her musicians.  In fact, there was such an immediate communication between all of the participants that Soul Eyes was recorded in its entirety in one day.
 
“I was blessed with some of the best musicians around,” recalls Maria, “and they made it easy, fun and relaxed.  I love pianist James Weidman’s playing.  He’s very lyrical, his harmonic sense is beautiful, and he plays wonderful ideas that inspire and support my singing.  I’ve known bassist Dean Johnson for 20 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever played together.  I love his full, rich tone – and his solos are always beautiful and often capture a spirit of fun. Drummer Tony Moreno and I did a couple of gigs together over the years, and I’ve always loved his tasteful playing. He puts a lot of fire and excitement into the music and, at the same time, his drumming is very sensitive with singers.  Ron Horton is a phenomenal trumpeter and flugelhorn player.  I love his soulful sound, his musical ideas, and his emotional intensity.  I am so thrilled that they are all on this CD.”
 
 
 
While most of the standards on Soul Eyes are familiar, these versions are unique. “It was very important to include a bit of myself and my take on the world, because so many people have recorded standards.  I wanted to create a CD that brings these beautiful tunes to life in a way that was a bit different from the way other people have done them, with my point of view.”  Certainly this version of the opening “How Little We Know” differs from previous renditions. It is given a gentle interpretation as Maria sings about the mystery of love, and it becomes quite touching near its end when the tempo slows down.
“The thing I love about ‘Inside A Silent Tear’, a beautiful song written by Blossom Dearie, is how it allows the message to shine.  Love can be tearful and love can be sad.  We sometimes make wrong choices in love, but the feeling behind this tune keeps it from being depressing.  It’s a very truthful song.”  Maria digs so deep into the lyrics that eventually the words are not even necessary to express her feelings and she sings wordlessly for a chorus.  Ron Horton’s flugelhorn blends beautifully with her in several spots.
 
The next two songs pay tribute to John Coltrane.  On “Bessie’s Blues”, Maria sings Coltrane’s memorable solo in addition to the melody.  The most famous version of Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes” was recorded by Coltrane in 1962. “I have always been very moved by the beauty of this song. I was surprised to discover that, in addition to the gorgeous melody, Mal Waldron also wrote the lyrics.”
 
“Let’s Get Lost” is closely identified with Chet Baker and is given a joyful, swinging and carefree rendition. “I really love Chet Baker and I used to memorize a lot of his solos.  This song always brings a smile to my face.” Also quite happy is “East Of The Sun”, which is described by Maria as “a beautiful picture of an ideal situation.”
On “Spring Is Here”, Maria perfectly balances the sadness of not being loved with the happiness generated by the arrival of spring.  In addition to its opening theme, “The Way You Look Tonight” was given a new set of lyrics and a fresh melody composed by Maria that fits in with the vintage piece’s original plot.  “Jay Clayton suggested that I sing ‘The Night We Called It a Day’.   I love its play on words and the way that it expresses feelings through visions of nature.”   This heartfelt version really shows off the beauty of Maria’s voice.
The singer’s playful side is displayed on “No Moon At All”, which (with its sly wit) hints at what could happen in the darkness of the night when no moon is shining. Maria sings Miles Davis’ solo with Jon Hendricks’ lyrics on “Four”.  A quietly emotional version of Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing”, taken as a duet with Weidman’s piano, serves as a perfect close for Soul Eyes.
 
Maria Guida grew up on Long Island.  As a child, she heard her parents’ opera, pop, and musical theater records and her mother singing American popular songs around the house. Growing up, Maria played violin for eleven years with a string quartet and all-state orchestra and sang solos in a chorus.  She then chose a career in the theater and trained as an actor (with Olympia Dukakis as one of her mentors/teachers).  Over a fifteen year period,  Maria acted on Broadway and television, was featured in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Tennessee Williams, worked in new productions, had roles in soap operas, and did TV commercials. “I was fortunate to work on stage with many wonderful actors, including Kevin Kline and Estelle Parsons, and to be directed by James Earl Jones and Tom O'Horgan.”  She was also cast by Joseph Papp for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park.
 
The turning point of her professional life occurred when she saw pianist Bill Evans play live. “Once I got hooked on jazz, I became passionate about singing this music.  I started listening to Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Lester Young, and Charlie Mingus.”  Very important in Maria’s career were the lessons that she received from singers Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, and Janet Lawson.  “Jay Clayton, who is a real innovator and was my first teacher, gave me the courage to be as inventive as I can be.  She’s helped me to see that there are no sounds that are off limits.  And it is impossible to overemphasize the impact that Sheila Jordan had on my singing.  She opened my ears and helped me get in touch with how to bring myself to any given song.  Honesty is first and foremost; music and lyrics are a way into the soul.  And Janet Lawson was another generous teacher who helped me with harmony and other aspects of singing this music.”
Over the years, Maria has sung in many clubs with such top musicians as pianists Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner, and Pete Malinverni; bassists Essiet Essiet, Cameron Brown and Ed Schuller; drummers Ron Vincent and Tom Rainey -- as well as the musicians featured on Soul Eyes.  She has also performed on stage with acclaimed singers, including Linda Ronstadt and Maureen McGovern.
 
Maria Guida looks forward to the future with enthusiasm. “I have been expanding my repertoire and my sound, becoming a more explorative singer, and searching for the core meaning of each song.  I am very interested in the musical interplay between the instrumentalists and myself, and want to keep expanding as a singer.  I love the songs that I’ve recorded and hope that listeners will have as much joy when they hear these songs as I have when I sing them.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to sing this music.”
The release of Soul Eyes promises to raise the visibility of Maria Guida in the jazz world, making it possible for many new fans to discover the beauty, sincerity, and joy of her singing.
 
 
 
 
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Sat, 12 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219956
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211972 <![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215118
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]> Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220133
<![CDATA[Gone Too Soon Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of TBA
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
 
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215046
<![CDATA[Linda Purl]]> Linda Purl ~ Midnight Caravan



Linda Purl is thrilled to be back on the road with her new concert tour Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era. Midnight Caravan salutes the great women singing stars of the 1940s and '50s - from Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland to Rosemary Clooney - as they reign over the swanky, sexy supper clubs of the era. From sultry ballads to hot Latin jazz arrangements of Broadway tunes, the show features classic standards like My Romance, Shall We Dance and Caravan, and conjures a nighttime world where the surroundings are posh, the drinks keep flowing, and nobody goes to bed before three.
 
Purl has toured extensively with her solo concert Come Rain or Come Shine, with Lee Lessack in tributes to both Berlin and Mercer as well as with Gregory Harrison in A Night to Remember. Her recordings include the solo albums Alone Together and Out of this World—Live with special guest Desi Arnaz, Jr. 
 
Linda is currently recurring on the new CBS drama Reckless; has recently been seen in recurring roles on True Blood as Barbara Pelt, The Office as Helene Beasley and on the Emmy Award winning Homeland as Elizabeth Gaines. She has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies, and is especially known for her series roles Charlene Matlock on Matlock and Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, on Happy Days.
 
Her performances on Broadway include the Tony nominated musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and The Baby Dance. She has toured regional theatres extensively. Credits include The King and I, Oliver, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Three Penny Opera, The Merchant of Venice, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Road to Mecca and The Year of Magical Thinking.
 
Midnight Caravan, the CD, is released on LML Music.
 
CONTACT: Please go to www.lindapurl.com
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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=218789
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211928
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE:  FRAN HANDMAN

Fran Handman – 92! Still does volunteer grant writing work for the Episcopal Actors Guild
 
"I would probably fit the keepin on keepin on, though grant writing is sort of a new trade, while I continue to write musicals - 5 in the last 10 years.  Before that I was a floater at the New York Times, including writing Book Reviews in brief and formulating quizzes for the Education Supplement, while learning the trade of writing musicals at the BMI workshop.  Before that I was in Toronto, writing TV shows for Polka Dot Door, a kid's show and writing textbook material for Open Court Publishing.  Before that, married to an ad man with the big agencies, BBDO, Foote, Cone, etc., bringing up Susie and Doran in Toronto, Detroit, New York, Englewood, NJ and Westport, Ct, where we got divorced.  Before that, at Wayne U in Detroit, studying theatre, and on scholarship at Irwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop, connected with the New School.  And before that, vegetating in Windsor, Ontario, where I grew up, waiting for things to start happening."  ~  Fran Handman 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217980
<![CDATA[Kelli Rabke]]>


Kelli received her first “big break” playing Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself selected her to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kelli went on to play Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway, and has performed extensively in regional theatres around the country.]]>
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217252
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206512
<![CDATA[Christa Whitlow]]>
Christa Whitlow ain’t nobody’s fool.  This April Fool’s Day, join Christa in an evening of story telling and song as she chronicles her journey from naïve, country bumpkin to sassy, street-wise New Yorker who only sometimes cries when homeless people yell at her.  With all the charm of a southern belle, the wit of a drag queen, and the honesty of a politician, Christa is sure to put on a show that won’t disappoint.  She may yodel, she may play an instrument, she may hit a high C.  You’d be foolish to miss this show (see what I did there)!]]>
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219298
<![CDATA[Sonya Perkins]]> Sonya Perkins ~ Get Ready To Swing!  
 
“Sonya’s unique brand of emotional and swinging storytelling is a joy that needs to be experienced.” - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist
 
Sonya returns to the Metropolitan Room bringing somethings new along with unique interpretations of favorite jazz standards. Bob Albanese, musical director/piano, John Benitez, bass, Dwayne ‘Cook’ Broadnax, drums and John Bailey, trumpet.
 
 At her last performance here, "There was great joy in all her selections and she delivered refreshingly unique interpretations of familiar lyrics…which left this audience wanting more and more…Her great comic bit was her autobiographical song about her transition from psychotherapist to jazz vocalist. These special lyrics, written by Sonya and set to the classic, "I Will Survive" had the crowd roaring." -Joe Regan, Jr., Jazz Jounalist
 
“…Sonya, a veteran jazz vocalist takes… Great American Songbook chestnuts… and molds them in her own image. She digs deep into each song, rethinks the lyrics and melodies in the context of today's world, and…with the impeccable assistance of her fine accompanists, including her pianist/arranger Bob Albanese - bends and shapes them into wholly new listening experiences."
 -Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Journalist
 
"Sonya has a fine sense of time and phrasing that makes her readings of these standards worth revisiting to hear her versions." 
-Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
 
"Just when you were ready to write these songs off as ones you didn't need to hear again, along comes Sonya Perkins to freshen up the songbook classics ….JAZZ VOCAL FANS HAVE A WINNER HERE." -Chris Spector, Midwest Record.
 
"Sonya's voice is trumpet bright"…"she hit's it just right…" "easy on the ears."  George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
 
“Sonya Perkins is a great artist and she never fails to amaze me with her selections and unique interpretations of the Great American Songbook.” 
 -Joe Regan Jr., Jazz/Cabaret  Journalist
 
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Sat, 02 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215891
<![CDATA[Celia Berk]]> Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated second album, 2015 Bistro and MAC Winner CELIA BERK returns to the Metropolitan Room every Sunday in April.  Directed by Jeff Harnar, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck.
 
“Charm, sophistication, good taste and a titanic talent are all rare gifts in cabaret…Ms. Berk displays them all, setting the bar very high indeed for every girl singer who follows...Intimate, exquisite, understated, her facial expressions are as exciting to watch as her lyrics are to hear…Where has she been all my life?”  Rex Reed, New York Observer
 
GramercyNightingale.com
Facebook.com/CeliaBerkMusic
Twitter.com/CeliaBerkMusic
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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212723
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206513
<![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]>
Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 


" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 

 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217910
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212143
<![CDATA[Celia Berk]]> Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated second album, 2015 Bistro and MAC Winner CELIA BERK returns to the Metropolitan Room every Sunday in April.  Directed by Jeff Harnar, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck.
 
“Charm, sophistication, good taste and a titanic talent are all rare gifts in cabaret…Ms. Berk displays them all, setting the bar very high indeed for every girl singer who follows...Intimate, exquisite, understated, her facial expressions are as exciting to watch as her lyrics are to hear…Where has she been all my life?”  Rex Reed, New York Observer
 
GramercyNightingale.com
Facebook.com/CeliaBerkMusic
Twitter.com/CeliaBerkMusic
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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212724
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211909 <![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206514
<![CDATA[Irenka Jakubiak]]>
Info TBA]]>
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219963
<![CDATA[Steve Washington]]>



Steve Washington, singer-actor and native Washingtonian, has been performing since 1981 and has appeared in numerous productions including West Side Story, Oklahoma, and Godspell. He became a member of Actors' Equity, the exclusive Broadway actor’s union, when cast in the Arena Stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Forays into dramatic theater landed him a role as Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger. As a principal in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Hey Mr. Producer, Steve appeared as the Engineer of Miss Saigon, Valjean of Les Miserables, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Steve has said, "tackling those roles under the guidance of Sir Mackintosh himself remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career."]]>
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216014
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York Cabaret Community.  ]]> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219418 <![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=220007 <![CDATA[Celia Berk]]> Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated second album, 2015 Bistro and MAC Winner CELIA BERK returns to the Metropolitan Room every Sunday in April.  Directed by Jeff Harnar, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck.
 
“Charm, sophistication, good taste and a titanic talent are all rare gifts in cabaret…Ms. Berk displays them all, setting the bar very high indeed for every girl singer who follows...Intimate, exquisite, understated, her facial expressions are as exciting to watch as her lyrics are to hear…Where has she been all my life?”  Rex Reed, New York Observer
 
GramercyNightingale.com
Facebook.com/CeliaBerkMusic
Twitter.com/CeliaBerkMusic
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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212725
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206515
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211929
<![CDATA[Celia Berk]]> Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated second album, 2015 Bistro and MAC Winner CELIA BERK returns to the Metropolitan Room every Sunday in April.  Directed by Jeff Harnar, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck.
 
“Charm, sophistication, good taste and a titanic talent are all rare gifts in cabaret…Ms. Berk displays them all, setting the bar very high indeed for every girl singer who follows...Intimate, exquisite, understated, her facial expressions are as exciting to watch as her lyrics are to hear…Where has she been all my life?”  Rex Reed, New York Observer
 
GramercyNightingale.com
Facebook.com/CeliaBerkMusic
Twitter.com/CeliaBerkMusic
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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212726
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206516
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE:  JIM SPEAKE

 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217981
<![CDATA[Kelli Rabke]]>


Kelli received her first “big break” playing Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself selected her to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kelli went on to play Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway, and has performed extensively in regional theatres around the country.]]>
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217253
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 02 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206517
<![CDATA[Irenka Jakubiak]]>
Info TBA]]>
Thu, 05 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=219964
<![CDATA[Jeff Macauley]]> Jeff Macauley is a Backstage Bistro Award winning New York based cabaret singer whose last show "It Was Me, The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel" garnered Jeff a nomination for the 2012 Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Male Vocalist. "It Was Me" has been performed in both Los Angeles and New York and is now a studio recording available on CDBaby and Amazon.  In his previous shows, Jeff Macauley explored the rich world of early musical films in "Hollywood Party--Movie Songs 1928-1934," and paid tribute to the most popular female singer of the 40's and a beloved Hollywood icon in "MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show," for which he received Backstage magazine's Bistro Award. Jeff continues his exploration of great american popular song of the last century through legendary film composer Henry Mancini's rich musical legacy under the musical direction of the superbly talented Tex Arnold, who also wrote the arrangements.

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Thu, 12 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217985
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 14 May 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215119
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares Gala]]> The Tickets are $100 until MAy 1st and then go up to $125 
For tickets call 718-672-6714 or go to Brownpapertickets.com
 
Anita Gillette to Receive Ruth Kurtzman Lifetime Achievement Award 
Gary Lizardo and Ricky Ritzel to Receive Spirit Awards 
 
After eight years of terrifically entertaining, monthly fundraisers at The Laurie Beechman Theater, Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Today is on the move! The 501c non-profit organization that assists children and youth living with HIV/AIDS is relocating to new digs. The first event of 2015 will be held on January 25th at Metropolitan Room, where the charity's founder, Joseph Macchia, is the co-booking manager with owner Bernie Furshpan. Metropolitan Room is in the fashionable Flatiron District at 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.
 
The 2015 annual fundraising gala will be held on May 17th at the Metropolitan Room, honoring special award recipients: Help Is On The Way Today will honor superb actress/singer Anita Gillette with The Ruth Kurtzman Lifetime Achievement Award. Perfomers Gary Lizardo and Ricky Ritzel will each receive a Spirit Award, designated for individuals who have shown unusual support of the charity throughout the previous year.
 
On May 17th doors will open for Cocktail hour at 5PM,after mingling and conversations at 6:00 PM a lovely buffet dinner will be served. 7:30 the live auction begins and at 8:00 PM starts. Gift Bags and Unlimited Beer,Wine,Soda,and Specialty Cocktail. 
TICKETS ARE $100.00 up until April 30th 
TICKETS go up to $125.00 after April 30th
 
The Gala will be hosted by MAC award nominee Tom Gamblin Tracy Stark musical directs the Gala. 
 
For tickets call 718-672-6714 or go to Brownpapertickets.comInline image 1
 
Help Is On The Way Today was founded by Joseph Macchia in 2005 to assist children and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Since then, the organization has raised over $100,000 and assisted more than 700 children in need. Fundraising is undertaken primarily through monthly performances by many of New York's finest nightclub and theater performers, and supports annual Backpack and School Supply Drive, scholarships for summer camp and an annual Holiday Toy and Gift Drive. The charity also helps families and organizations with special and immediate needs. Help Is On The Way Today is currently working on a new mentoring initiative.
 
At the 2014 gala, two Lifetime Achievement awards were given to honor beloved cabaret star Julie Wilson, and to Sidney Myer, hilarious actor/singer and long time manager of the cabarets at Don't Tell Mama. Arsenio Amadis (2013 Mr. Eagle Leather and Founder of Leather Cares) was bestowed the Spirit Award.
 
Hors d’eouvres:
 
Crudités  Herb Sauce
 
Variety of International Cheeses   Carr Biscuits, Strawberries, Grapes, Apricots
 
Miniature Vegetable Spring Rolls   Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
 
Chicken Canapés rolled in Toasted Almonds
 
Bacon Chutney Canapés
 
Sesame Cones filled with Smoked Salmon Tartar
 
On The Buffet:
 
Chicken Marsala
 
Cold Poached Salmon   Sauce Verte
 
Tortellini with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
 
Melange of Vegetables
 
Roasted New Potatoes with Herbs
 
Salad of Baby Greens  Vianigrette
 
Rolls   Butter
 
Variety of Cookies
 
 
For more information about Help Is On The Way Today or to donate, visit the website at www.helpisonthewaytoday.org

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Sun, 15 May 2016 05:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211973
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Tue, 17 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211930
<![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Thu, 19 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217878
<![CDATA[Gone Too Soon Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of TBA
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
 
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 21 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215047
<![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]>
Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 


" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 

 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 

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Fri, 27 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217911
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217937 <![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
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Sat, 04 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212144
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215098 <![CDATA[Celebrating our Musical Directors]]>
We have compiled a list of our Musical Directors that have worked at Metropolitan Room and other Cabaret venues around NYC and we'll be taking this opportunity to thank them.  Some will speak, some will play, some will just attend.  Below is a list of those that have committed to attending as well as those that have been invited and attendance:

It’ll be a symphony orchestra of music directors… They’re the Svengalis, the coaches, and enablers of all the stars in our cabaret firmament.  And for one night only at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, an unprecedented collection of maestros will take center stage in a love-fest we feel is long overdue.  “Bravo Music Directors” occurs on Sunday June 14 at 6pm.
 
“We’re all keyed up,” says the Metropolitan Room’s placid owner Bernie Furshpan, who hosts the evening.  “Without these the musicians, a good many of the singers we love and admire would fall flat!”
 
Appearing to either speak, play, or simply bask in the glow of gratitude of their peers are these incredible MDs:
 
Though the lion’s share of these musicians play piano, many serve as music directors playing other instruments.  Nearly all write their own arrangements.  Observes Furshpan: “It takes all kinds and this show will present all kinds!”  Some of the featured MDs pursue solo careers in addition to playing for others.  Many are songwriters; many are singers; some work on Broadway, while others tour with orchestras or major headliners around the country.  “Every single one of them is loved for working closely with singers and helping them be the best they can be,” Furshpan adds.

LINE UP

TBA
 
 
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Sun, 05 Jun 2016 06:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211938
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211931
<![CDATA[Gone Too Soon Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of TBA
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
 
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215048
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217938 <![CDATA[Steve Washington]]>



Steve Washington, singer-actor and native Washingtonian, has been performing since 1981 and has appeared in numerous productions including West Side Story, Oklahoma, and Godspell. He became a member of Actors' Equity, the exclusive Broadway actor’s union, when cast in the Arena Stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Forays into dramatic theater landed him a role as Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger. As a principal in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Hey Mr. Producer, Steve appeared as the Engineer of Miss Saigon, Valjean of Les Miserables, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Steve has said, "tackling those roles under the guidance of Sir Mackintosh himself remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career."]]>
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216015
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215099 <![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 07 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215100 <![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215101 <![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217879
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215120
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211910 <![CDATA[CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217933 <![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
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Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212145
<![CDATA[Gone Too Soon Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of TBA
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
 
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215049
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215121
<![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]>
Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 


" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 

 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217912
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=212146
<![CDATA[Steve Washington]]>



Steve Washington, singer-actor and native Washingtonian, has been performing since 1981 and has appeared in numerous productions including West Side Story, Oklahoma, and Godspell. He became a member of Actors' Equity, the exclusive Broadway actor’s union, when cast in the Arena Stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Forays into dramatic theater landed him a role as Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger. As a principal in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Hey Mr. Producer, Steve appeared as the Engineer of Miss Saigon, Valjean of Les Miserables, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Steve has said, "tackling those roles under the guidance of Sir Mackintosh himself remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career."]]>
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=216016
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=211911 <![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217880
<![CDATA[Jeff Macauley]]> Jeff Macauley is a Backstage Bistro Award winning New York based cabaret singer whose last show "It Was Me, The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel" garnered Jeff a nomination for the 2012 Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Male Vocalist. "It Was Me" has been performed in both Los Angeles and New York and is now a studio recording available on CDBaby and Amazon.  In his previous shows, Jeff Macauley explored the rich world of early musical films in "Hollywood Party--Movie Songs 1928-1934," and paid tribute to the most popular female singer of the 40's and a beloved Hollywood icon in "MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show," for which he received Backstage magazine's Bistro Award. Jeff continues his exploration of great american popular song of the last century through legendary film composer Henry Mancini's rich musical legacy under the musical direction of the superbly talented Tex Arnold, who also wrote the arrangements.

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217986
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]> A new-breed jazz and blues vocalist, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a regular performer at the Metropolitan Room. An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B.
 
“Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards) 
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisations and scat singing, and adds interesting stories and facts about each the music. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.  
“One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. 
 
“…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards) 
 
Don’t miss this great evening of entertainment!
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Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215122
<![CDATA[Gone Too Soon Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of TBA
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
 
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=215050
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217935 <![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]>
Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 


" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 

 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217913
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS]]> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=217934 <![CDATA[Experience The Best Cabaret Night Club in All of NYC]]> GET A TASTE OF THE EXCITEMENT!  COME SEE A SHOW.

Metropolitan Room - It's where the action is! 
This Flatiron "class act" aims to revive the "golden age of cabaret" as "up-and-coming stars" and "renowned performers" alike take the stage in an "intimate" room with "great acoustics"; run with "professionalism" by a "gracious staff", it's "worth every penny" for a "sophisticated" night out.
 - ZAGAT 2014









 

For Tickets: Use this website, MetropolitanRoom.com  

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THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING TRUE CABARET ROOMS IN AMERICA

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 ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING EVENINGS OF YOUR LIFE

Voted #1 Jazz Cabaret Club by New York Magazine, The Metropolitan Room is one of the most critically acclaimed venues in NYC and is known as the "Home" for big name talents and rising stars.  This famed, Flatiron District, 22nd Street bastion for singers, is located in the heart of Manhattan in the Flatiron/Chelsea District. A high-end cabaret and jazz club, the Metropolitan Room brings the best in live music to New York City. Every night of the week, at 7pm, 9:30pm and 11:30pm.  Fabulous award-winning Broadway, TV, Film and Radio performers take the stage in an intimate 115-seat atmosphere reminiscent of the golden age of cabaret.  Our renowned Chelsea club and performance space provides an intimate for a range of entertainments as diverse as New York itself. From spectacles like “The Sophisticates: Strip as it was Meant to be Teased” to performances by drag comedienne Hedda Lettuce, side-splitting comedy acts and moving cabaret sets by top Broadway stars, the 115-seat room provides the perfect setting for audience-pleasing shows, night after night. 

Metropolitan Room hosts the Broadway World Awards Night.(Video)

 
While enjoying the performers, guests enjoy nibbles like cheese and antipasti plates and a menu of delicious desserts, like cheesecake and dark-chocolate mousse. There are also a number of coffee drinks to keep the crowd fueled, not to mention cocktails like the Seasonal Pumpkin Pie, made with vanilla vodka, pumpkin-spice liqueur and Coole Swan cream liqueur. 
 
Along with a full slate of performances, the Metropolitan Room is a prime space for private parties and special events.  Whether you’re visiting to catch your favorite artist, or want to partake in the craft yourself, you’ll find the entertainment you’re after at this special venue.
The Metropolitan Room offers additional programming that appeal to the local and tourist markets, and includes late-night jazz spots and Classic Burlesque Variety Show almost every night of the week.
 
Aside from the great, highly professional artistic shows and ambience, we provide an exceptional appetizer and dessert menu as well as exotic and specialty drinks by our top NYC bartenders.  You'll enjoy the service as well, because we believe that you are the most important person to us when you visit our club.   

Trivia:
  • Cabaret performances are a combination of music, comedy, song, dance or drama.
  • The word "cabaret" was used for the first time in 1655.
  • A historic cabaret in Paris, France inspired an entire film-- Moulin Rouge.
  • Cabaret the musical completed 1,165 performances during its first run in 1966.

At The Metropolitan Room, celebrities are both performers and audience members.  Watch this video of David Brenner's Homecoming at The Metropolitan Room >>

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WE RECOMMEND:

PARKING:  

  • ICON PARKING : 51 W. 22nd Street - Bet 5th and 6th Aves on the North side of the street

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TOURISM, GROUPS, CATERING & PRIVATE PARTIES

The Metropolitan Room is a unique space that offers the perfect spot for creating unforgettable events, from a fashion photo shoot to a product launching ceremony, from a different kind of board meeting to a special sort of party.

workshops / lectures / poetry readings / fundraisers / community meetings / corporate functions / receptions / private parties / tourist groups

Surround your guests with an exceptionally beautiful ambiance in our stylish and sophisticated venue and create an extraordinary experience that will be talked about for months to come. 

CATERING AND EVENTS: For information about rental rates and requirements, please email joanne@metropolitanroom.com  

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What our patrons say about their experience:

"The Metropolitan Room is got to be one of New York’s finest gems.  It has a lovely, intimate ambience, a warm, gracious staff, and a heaping portion of quality entertainment.  If you enjoy real cabaret, where the audience really listens and the performers really shine… this is THE place.  I brought a bunch of my friends to  “Bernie’s Sing Your Heart Out” talent showcase and we got to see and hear some truly amazing up and coming stars.   This place is a New York treasure. “
 - Bill , Montclair, NJ

"Kudos to your excellent customer service. Because of our wonderful experience, I know we will be back again to the Metropolitan Room. Thank you!" - Nancy N, Brooklyn, NY

"Food great.  Drinks great.  Ambience great.  Service great.  Show, FABULOUS!!!"  - Marty C., Florida

"Warm and intimate atmosphere... a wonderful soul searching experience.  It felt so good, I didn't have to take my medication!"  - Gene W, Brooklyn, NY

"Wonderful, sensitive-to-the-show service.  Beautiful sound and lighting.  FANTASTIC performance!" - Maude M., NYC

"Excellent experience and service!!" - Gary P., Bronx, NY

"Outstanding!" - Karen N., Long Island, NY

"Beautiful atmosphere and amazing music.  Everything was great, from the food to the service." - Christine C., Jersey City, NJ

"Extraordinary!" - Alan N., Queens, NY

"...That was as an amazing Cabaret experience !  The room, the lights, sound, the band, and the extraordinary Raven O combined for a perfect experience.  I can't thank you enough." - Rose, NYC


"The Metropolitan Room is a warm & welcoming room in all ways -- for performers and audiences alike.  It's a classy, upscale club with very reasonable prices-- considering the above average, excellent shows that they book. The staff is very accomodating. I've seen some of the performers play "uptown" & they don't project the way they do at the metro room --  there's an intimacy here that no one else duplicates in town, plus the lighting is fabulous & very flattering. And, the sound system is phenomenal! This has become my favorite room." - Randie L-M, NYC
 

"My girlfriends and I attended your Comedy night on Saturday June 23. It is hard to please 6 women but we had a fantastic time. The food was great, not at all expected. We are from Canada and Yuk Yuks food is terrible, so the girls were leery about ordering anything but we LOVED it! The red velvet cake was to die for. The comedians were spot on. And we really enjoyed the variety and the number that we saw. It was like a "tapas" of comedy, wonderful. Service was quick and everyone was so pleasant. Our server kept the drinks flowing and I think that must be hard in a comedy atmosphere. I had called ahead to make sure everything would be perfect and spoke with Joseph, who was just great. I was worried because I was planning this event for the group. He was very informative and helpful, gave me his email! When we got to the door he welcomed me like I was an old friend. Wow! Is all I have to say. That, and thank you. We loved it! I am back in August and I think I will try your Cabaret."  - Laurie B, Toronto, Canada
 

 
 

Owner and Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan has been leading his team of talented individuals in building a name for the club as one of the most outstanding and extraordinary experiences in NYC.  Below are some recent articles about the club:











 











 

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<![CDATA[Corporate Rentals & Private Events]]> The Metropolitan Room is a unique space that offers the perfect spot for creating unforgettable events, from a fashion photo shoot to a product launching ceremony, from a different kind of board meeting to a special sort of party. We have a great location in the Flatiron district, within walking distance to Madison Square Park, Madison Square Garden, Chelsea, and the Flatiron Building. This unassuming space transforms into a jazz club by night, and would be the perfect place to host your upscale corporate event or gala. The room can comfortably hold 115 people for an intimate gathering. There is a stage as well as a baby grand piano available for use, which adds charisma to the elegantly decorated interior.   There is also a lounge in the downstairs area with its own bar that can comfortably host a party of 20-25 people.
  • fundraisers
  • corporate functions
  • organization functions
  • holiday parties
  • private parties
  • receptions, weddings, barmitzvahs, etc.
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • poetry and theatrical readings
Surround your guests with an exceptionally beautiful ambiance in our stylish and sophisticated venue and create an extraordinary experience that will be talked about for months to come.

Our venue is available for events daily from 9am to 2am.  Booking your event is subject to availability.  We can:
  • Cater Your Event
  • Provide Hosts, Servers, Bartenders
  • Provide Any Kind of Entertainment
For information about rental rates and requirements, please email our rental manager joanne@metropolitanroom.com

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<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room is Official Guinness World Record™ Holder]]>


On January 1, 2015, Metropolitan Room attempted to break a Guinness World Record™ for The Longest Variety Show and succeeded with the participation of a total of about 320 people that included staff, witnesses, stewards, timekeepers, registrars, promoters, publicists, sponsors, staffers, stage directors and performing artists.  Below is a list of all those that participated in making this an incredible historic event that has been entered into the record books.

Aaron Kominos-Smith
Aaron Morishita 
Aaron Weinstein
Adam and Todd Stone
Adam Shapiro 
Adriane Hamilton
Afterbirth Monkey / Charles Stunning
Afterbirth Monkey / Mark Robert Turner 
Alex Leonard
Amy Friedl Stoner
Andrea Wolff
Andrew Kotliar / LIVAMP.COM
Andrew Schiavone 
Anthony Cinelli
Anthony Nunziata
Antonique Smith
April Brucker      
Ari Teman
Artie Thompson
Avery Sommers
Baby Jane Dexter
Bar Asolin and May Ben 
Barbara Porteus
Barry Levitt
Beck Lee
Ben Conrad        
Ben Rosenfeld
Bernie Furshpan
Bettina May
Bill Boggs
Billy Root
Billy Stritch
Bill Zeffiro
Bobbie Horowitz
Bobby de Leon
Bobby  Peaco
Bob Greenberg 
Brandon Portelli
Briana Davis
Brian Gari
Brian Grossi
Brittany Dombrowski
BXL Restaurant
Carlo Bellario
Caroline Kearney
Carol Sue
Carrie Gravenson
Cary Hoffman
Celia Berk
Charles McBee
Charlotte Patton
Cherry Pitz
Christine Pedi  
Christine Schisano
Chrysten Peddie
Cole Rumbough
Corinna Sowers-Adler
CuBa AKA Madis Haugasm
Cynthia Crane
Dana Friedman
Dana Lorge
Dan D'Agnes 
Dan Manjovi
Dan McGinnity / GroundLink Black Car Service
Danny Bacher
Danny Cohen
Danny Lofaro        
Daryl Glenn
Dave Rosner
David Alpher
David Slone
Dawn Derow
Deborah Tranelli
DeLance Minefee
Delilah
Denise Pizzo
Devin Bing
Dino Sossi 
Doreen Montalvo
Dorian Wallace
Dorothy Bishop
Doug Adler
Douglas J. Cohen
Edd Clark
Eddie Brill 
Eddy Khaimovich 
Ellen Karis
Elli The King of Bdwy
Elya Vasiliev  
Emily Bergl
Eric Rudy
Eric Yves Garcia
Erik Levi
Evan Leslie Jones
Flor Bromley
Francine Evans
Frank Dain
Frans Bloem 
Fred Cohen
Fred Gefen
Gabrielle Lee
Gary Crawford
Gary Lizardo
Gerry Mastrolia
Gianna Messina
Gladys Nilsen
Gregory Korostishevsky
Gregory Levine 
Gwen Kelley
Harold Sanditen
Harrison Greenbaum
Hedda Lettuce
Howard Alden 
Howard Feller
Iris Williams
Jack Fuld
Jackson Ridd
James Followell
Jamie and Wade Preston
Jamie deRoy
Jamie Hartmann
Jamie Salzano
Jane Condon
Jane Glick
Janice Hall 
Jason Morris
Jason Taylor
Jay Rogers
Jean Hanks
Jeanne Gies
Jeff Franzel
Jeff Harnar
Jeff Macauley
Jeffrey Gurian
Jennie Litt
Jennifer Bassey
Jeremy Zoma
Jim Brochu 
Joanne Furshpan
Joanne Tatham 
Joe Alfano
Joe Franklin
Joe Lipari
Joel Zelnik
Joe Peri
Joe Pontillo
Joe Regan
Joe Sirola
Joey Infante
John Crenny
Jonathan Ellers
Jonathan Furshpan
Jonathan Mastro
Jon Fisch
Jon Weber
Jordan Siwek
Joseph Macchia
Joshua Lance Dixon 
JP Perreaux
Judi Mark
Julie Ann Earls
Julie Miller
Karen Oberlin 
Katherine Butigieg
Kathleen France
Kelley Lynn
Ken Dashow
Kevin Allen
Kevin Berrey 
Kevin Dombrowski
Kevin Dozier 
Kevin Gootee
Kevin Keith
Kimberley Hellem
Kita St Cyr
KT Sullivan
Kyra Miller
Laurie Krauz
Lawrence A. Florek
Lee Torchia
Lina Koutrakos
Linda Amiel Burns
Linda Elizabeth
Lisa Harmon        
Lisa Yaeger
Liz Barrett      
Liz McKendry
Lori Sommer
Lou Iacovino       
Luba Mason
Luke Thayer
Lynn Henderson
Manny Morales
Marcus Simeone
Maria Ottavia
Marieann Meringolo
Marilyn Maye
Marissa Mulder
Mark McCombs
Marya Coburn
Maryann Lopinto
Marya Zimmet
Mary Foster Conklin
Matias Letelier
Matthew Martin Ward
Matt Nagin
Maureen Taylor
Max Cohen
Maxine Linehan 
Melanie Kann
Mel Garlick
Melissa E. Heche
Melody Breyer-Grell
Merrill Grant
Michael Six Muldoon
Michelle Beautier
Michelle Butigieg
Michelle Collier
Michelle DellaFave 
Mike Gillerman
Mikel Mafaro  
MJ Territo 
Nancy Seabold
Natalie Arneson
Natasha Castillo 
Natti Vogel
Neal Bennington 
Nicky Sunshine
Oni Francis
P&W Press Printers
Patrick Holbert
Paul Stephen
Peaches & Crime
Peggy Eason
Peter Leavy / Cabaret Scenes
Peter Napolitano
Phil O'Reilly
Phil Sweet
Pin-Up Squirrels
Rachel Joan
Rachel Menconi
Randie Levine-Miller
Rembert Block
Rev. Yolanda
Richard Becker
Richard Holbrook
Richard Pryor Jr
Richard Purcell
Rich Grasso
Rick Jensen
Ricky Ritzel
Rob Davis
Robert Driemeyer
Rob Langeder
Rob Lester
Ron Dabney
Ronnie Giles
Rosebud Baker        
Rosemary Loar
Run Jenny
Russ Weatherford
Sandi Durrell
Sandip Buch 
Sandra Benee
Sandy Chansamone        
SantaJaca
Sarah Ferro
Sara Zahn
Sari Schorr
Scott Siegel
Sean Harkness 
Seth Bisen-Hersh
Shana Farr 
Shane Baker
Sharik Hasan
Shauna Hicks
Shellen Lubin
Shelly Colman
Stephen Hanks
Stephen Sorokoff
Steve "The Whistler" Herbst
Steve Marden
Steven Scott
Steve Schalchlin 
Stu Hamstra
Sue Matsuki
Sunny Leigh
Susan Jeffries
Sylvia Mims
Taiger
Tamara Furshpan
Tedd Firth
Teresa DeGaetano
Tess O'Brien
Tina deVaron
Tom Gamblin
Tom Ragu
Tom Toce
Tom Waters
Tony Danza
Tracey Hassel
Tracy Stark
Travis Moser
Tym Moss
Vickie Phillips 
Vicki Sander 
Vicky Kuperman
Victoria Paulin
Victor Neufeld 
Victor Starsky 
Virginia Jimenez
Wae Messed
Wambui Bahati  
Warren Schein
Will Shuler
Witti Repartee
Zoe Kuhnen
 
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