Upcoming Events Upcoming Events available at metropolitanroom.com http://metropolitanroom.com/rss.cfm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:34:12 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[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
About Gretchen
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, 01 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173027
<![CDATA[Comedy Night]]> Filling the Hole's April Fools Open Mic
 
Hosted by Rachel Joan
Filmed by Fursh Media
 
$5 cover, no minimums
 
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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200534
<![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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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172681
<![CDATA[Eleganza Eggstravaganza]]> Eleganza Eggstravaganza: A Pagan Easter Burlesque
 
Starring Bunny Buxom as the Easter Bunny, Poppy Tart as the chick who broke the eggshell, Minx Arcana as the pagan high priestess, and Tiger Bay as the spring lamb, with host Iris Explosion. Come celebrate spring and fertility and paganism with us! 

$20 per person
$30 for two people
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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194771
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]>
Join Eddie and his special guests, the hysterical Nancy Witter (finalist in Nick at Nite's search for the "Funniest Mom in America") and hilarious newcomer Chris Arruda at NYC's Metropolitan Room this Friday, April 3rd for an evening of laughs and free Easter candy (Yum!)


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, 03 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197095
<![CDATA[The Mark McCombs Progr'um]]>


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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183029
<![CDATA[Darnelle Whitfield]]>


I am dedicating my show "Down Memory Lane" in my mother's honor.  Everything I learned about the Jazz Standards I learned from her.  My mother grew up during The Big band era when Jazz was America's popular music.  She danced at The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and heard Chick Webb and Benny Goodman live!
 
in addition she heard Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan live as well.  I remember as a child listening to the recordings of these amazing female vocalists, but I took it all in my stride.  It wasn't till I decided to pursue music as a professional career that I realized the great talent that I had been privileged to hear.
 
Consequently, these three women are my heroes and have greatly influenced my vocal style.  Nevertheless, I have striven to be unique in my interpretations and I feel I have succeeded.
 
I am now making my debut at The Metropolitan Room as a solo performer.  I have performed live in many cabarets in Manhattan, but I have always had an accompanist.  This time I'll be at the piano singing some of my favorite songs from The Great American Songbook as well as some original compositions that I have written.
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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188748
<![CDATA[NYCC]]>

Celebrating our first anniversary, the members of New York Cabaret Club (NYCC) pulled some of their all time favorite songs for a soulful, funky cabaret review. Accompanied by a 5-piece band, the show will make you dance in your seat. You’ll be dazzled by the singers and musicians in these energetic and rockin' performances.



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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191781
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
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]]>
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193846
<![CDATA[PEGGY KING & THE ALL-STAR JAZZ TRIO]]>
PEGGY KING & THE ALL-STAR JAZZ TRIO





Vocalist Peggy King, one of the best-loved stars of TV’s Golden Age, as well as stage, screen and nightclubs, continues her amazing resurgence after nearly a 30-year absence, with a series of performances at the Metropolitan Room, accompanied by musical director Andy Kahn on piano. She was re-discovered last year in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” in which Michael Douglas and Matt Damon watch a lengthy 1955 video clip of Peggy singing “When Liberace Winks at Me,” accompanied by the real Liberace on piano. It also became a popular YouTube video and is included on the Elektra soundtrack album.
 
“Pretty, perky Peggy King” has worked in films and television with nearly every star imaginable, from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme (with whom she co-starred on a 50s TV series) to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Andre Previn, and her dozens of recordings through the years show just why she remains a favorite of America’s finest composers and lyricists.
 
Her major credits include film roles in the Vincente Minnelli classic “The Bad and the Beautiful” with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, “Zero Hour” with Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell, three years as a television regular on “The George Gobel Show,” and guest-starring stints with Steve Allen, Pat Boone, James Garner, Bob Hope, Nat “King” Cole, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas, among many others. And yes, that’s Peggy King with Abbott and Costello in the cult favorite, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.” She also co-starred with Tab Hunter in the original Hugh Martin musical “Hans Brinker” and with Joel Grey, Celeste Holm and Cyril Ritchard in a TV musical version of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
 
King had a string of hits on Columbia Records, including “Make Yourself Comfortable,” “You Better Go Now” and “Learning to Love” and her albums include “Wish Upon a Star,” “Girl Meets Boy,” “Lazy Afternoon,” “Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight” and “Peggy King Sings Jerome Kern.”
 
Joe Regan Jr., reviewing a recent performance, noted “Her voice has lost none of its special purity. When she sang ‘Where or When,’ the years melted away in front of your eyes and she was suddenly the young Peggy King we remembered.” Syndicated columnist Rex Reed commented, "What a delectable talent she was and still is.” Jazz Times wrote, “Her intonation, interpretive powers, subtle sense of swing and range are all intact, and better than ever.” And Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote that "Peggy King delivers the same goods she delivered more than 40 years ago."
 



THE ALL-STAR JAZZ TRIO

ANDY KAHN (PIANIST/MUSICAL DIRECTOR)
Andy Kahn is an acclaimed, successful pianist/vocalist who performs throughout the Tri-State area. He appears regularly in Philadelphia venues like World Café Live and Hedgerow Theatre.  At Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City last summer, he headlined his own solo stage show in their Starlight Room. Andy Kahn is a performing "Artist in Residence" for Jacobs Music Company, representing Steinway & Sons pianos. Andy's special musical interest is presenting his “Great American Songbook" concert series, "Music by Intention." His shows are flavored with personal jazz interpretations of these 20th century popular standards. A gifted pianist, composer, arranger and record producer, Kahn has achieved international notoriety. He wrote, arranged and produced the Number 1 dance hit "Hot Shot" performed by vocalist Karen Young, earning him his first gold record in 1978. Andy continues to write, perform and lecture on jazz and popular standards, America's unique contribution to music and the arts.
 
BRUCE KLAUBER (DRUMMER)
Klauber comes from the tradition of showmanly and swinging technicians ala Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, and for good reason: Not only did he perform with Krupa and Rich saxophonist Charlie Ventura, he is the biographer of Gene Krupa, producer/writer of the Warner Bros. “Jazz Legends” DVD series on Krupa, Buddy Rich and dozens of others. And also outside of drumming, Klauber serves as the Public Relations Director of the non-profit “Jazz Bridge,” an organization devoted to helping jazz and blues musicians in need; and is the Entertainment Editor and jazz columnist, for the award-winning monthly magazine, ICON. 
 
BRUCE KAMINSKY (BASSIST)
Bruce Kaminsky remains one of the most versatile and in-demand bassists in the east. An incomparable and inventive soloist and showman, Kaminsky is a respected educator, serving in the music departments of Drexel University, University of the Arts and Montgomery County Community College; was a pioneer in the area of World Music; and is the inventor of the acoustic/electric bass hybrid, the KYDD bass, used by dozens of touring and recording artists all over the world. 
 

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187579
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR EASTER]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192318 <![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, 06 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173079
<![CDATA[Stage Time Open Mic]]> Stage Time Open Mic 9pm-11pm

Never A Cover Charge Open Mic
with Maestro Yaz and Michael Lewis Mejia

Come and get some Stage Time in front of other performers and some audience members In a relaxed, piano lounge environment.  Make sure to bring your sheet music and you can sing more than one song.  
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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200186
<![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, 07 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=184034
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189506
<![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, 08 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185751
<![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, 08 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178314
<![CDATA[Gloria Reuben]]>
Ticket prices  $25 online; $30 at the door

Gloria Reuben is an actress, jazz singer and social activist with an impressive list of credentials in television, film, theater and music.  She portrayed “Elizabeth Keckley” in the Steven Spielberg film LINCOLN and starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in REASONABLE DOUBT.  Her debut Jazz album PER CHANCE TO DREAM is out April 9th on MCG Jazz Label]]>
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188752
<![CDATA[Sly Young]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190621 <![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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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=180700
<![CDATA[The Mark McCombs Progr'um]]> Nightlife and Bistro Award Winner for Outstanding Characterization.


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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183030
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: ALICE FISHER, Director of Community Outreach at the office of NYS Senator Liz Krueger. Alice is the founder of The Radical Age Movement who’s first meeting was held January 13, 2015. Attendance was way beyond predicted. The energy in the room was astounding!
  • Top Cabaret stars of all ages, including:
  • Jim Brochu & Steve Shlachlin
  • Adam Shapiro
  • Carly Ozard         
  • Warren Schein
  • Barbara Malley & Bob Diamond
  • Timothy Oliver Reid
  • Kelly Karel as Hillery
  • Ken Gartman & Raissa Katona Bennett
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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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191658
<![CDATA[Larry Storch]]>


Legendary entertainer Larry Storch makes a triumphant return to the NY stage having recently returned from Southern California where he performed to a full house at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He also received a Star on the coveted Palm Springs Walk of Stars. In this intimate Q&A setting, for the first time, Larry will be interviewed on stage by his step daughter, Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and author, June Cross. Larry's friend, writer and author, Matt Beckoff will moderate. Don't miss this once in a lifetime event. 

Larry Storch is best known for his role in the popular TV Sitcom, "F-Troop"


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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194411
<![CDATA[Christie Belanger]]> EP RELEASE PARTY!

Christie has been writing and playing music for several years and has developed into a powerful singer and lyricist.  Born and raised in New York City, she taught herself how to play guitar from the young age of thirteen and has been writing narratives of her life and other’s ever since.  During the summer of 2010 she recorded her first full-length album, Bare, and has recently released her first EP After, which is a testament to her genuine talent and power as a performer.  Christie’s music displays her emotion-filled and passionate voice in the most intimate way that allows the listener to fully connect to on a much deeper level.  Her songs are subtle stories of her life that act as a form of escape and salvation for herself and her audience.

Christie will be joined by Kane Dulaney.

Kane Dulaney
Whether you’re hitching a ride in an old-time boxcar across America or a Brooklyn-bound F train, Kane Dulaney Balser provides the perfect solitary soundtrack for the ride home – wherever that may be. His reflective, and purely poetic lyric writing brings you into his corner of the world where there is always a 12-string guitar hanging on the wall. 
 
 
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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=179196
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively 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” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183636
<![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, 11 Apr 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191849
<![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, 12 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182391
<![CDATA[NiCori Youth Cabaret Showcase]]> NiCori Studios and Productions presents:
Youth Cabaret Showcase
 
Featuring:
Julia Maskin
Samy Cordero
Kevin W. Bergen
Lauren Barr
Zoe Gelman
Talia Wynzel
 
 
Special Guest: Gerry Mastrolia 
 
Hosted By, Corinna Sowers Adler
Accompanied By, Deborah Martin
 
 
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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189229
<![CDATA[Diomi Cordero]]>
Diomi Cordero (Vocals)
 
Mitchell Cheng ( Piano) 

Connor Schultze (Bass)
 
Miles Laven ( Drums & Percussion)
 
Diomi Cordero is based in New York, NY. 

With my voice I want to take people to places they know and to places they dream about.
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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=184716
<![CDATA[Daryl Glenn & Jo Lynn Burks]]> DARYL GLENN & JO LYNN BURKS SING ROBERT ALTMAN’S “NASHVILLE” is the proud recipient of the New York cabaret “TRIPLE CROWN” (2009 Bistro, MAC and Nitelife Awards). The show features a full, authentic country band and faithfully recreates all of the songs from the soundtrack album of Robert Altman’s 1975 cinematic masterpiece, “Nashville” including Keith Carradine’s Academy Award winning song, “I’m Easy”.
 
DARYL GLENN is an award winning performer who has appeared on the stages of New York's finest and most famous cabaret venues including Don't Tell Mama, The Triad, Iridium Jazz Club,  The Metropolitan Room and Feinstein's at the Loews Regency Hotel in his own full length productions. He has also appeared as a guest in shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, The Galapagos Arts Center, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and the fabulous new 54 Below at Studio 54. Mr. Glenn (with his co-star JO LYNN BURKS) is best known for his "Triple Crown" (MAC, Bistro and Nightllife awards) winning tribute to Robert Altman's classic 1975 film NASHVILLE, which was Mr. Glenn's NY cabaret debut and the first ever to win all three coveted awards for a single show. Daryl presented a highly regarded tribute to Stephen Sondheim (DARYL SINGS STEVE-SONGS BY SONDHEIM) at Feinstein's to honor the year of Mr. Sondheim's 80th birthday in January of 2010. Mr. Glenn is currently recording his debut cd which will be released in the fall of 2012. 

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Jo Lynn Burks now wears many hats as a musical director, orchestrator, singer, and pianist. As a keyboard player and singer, Jo Lynn Burks has toured with Gladys Knight, Lead Singers of the TEMPTATIONS, Leslie Gore, Roger Daltrey of The Who, and many lesser known but GREAT rock and country bands.
 
On Broadway, she originated a principal role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Other Broadway credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, The Full Monty, All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer, The Color Purple, and Hairspray. Jo Lynn’s national tours include Fame, Mamma Mia, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and as a singer/dancer for Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians.
 
As a singer/pianist, Jo Lynn played a prestigious engagement in New York City at The Carlyle., as well as other notable nighteries such as the Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, The Ritz-Carlton, and Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans.
 
She recently won three New York Awards: “Nightlife Award”, Backstage Magazine’s “Bistro Award,” and the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for her and Daryl Glenn’s show, “Nashville” (containing songs from the Robert Altman film of the same name).

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192623
<![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, 13 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173083
<![CDATA[Melba Moore]]> Melba Moore Live Covering Iconic Legends
Diana Ross, Lena Horne,Ella Fitzgerald,Babs,Nancy Wilson  & More
 
Special Invited Guest Broadways Clifton Davis (Never Can Say Goodbye)
 
Photo Credit: Willis Roberts



American Rhythm & Blues singer and actress Melba Moore (b. New York, NY, 29 October 1945) is a four-time Grammy nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie. With a total of eleven top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, both singles and albums, Melba Moore continues into the 21st century as one of pop music’s most enduring artists.
 
Moore was born Beatrice Melba Hill to the popular R & B singer known as Bonnie Davis (originally named Gertrude Melba Smith) and saxophonist Teddy Hill, who managed the influential Harlem jazz club Minton’s Playhouse in its heyday. The first nine years of the child’s life in Harlem were difficult; her mother was single, and distracted with her busy career (she had a Number One R & B hit, “Don’t Stop Now,” in 1943, before Melba was born). In 1954 Bonnie Davis married her long-time accompanist, pianist Clement Moorman, and the family moved permanently to Newark, New Jersey. 
 
Clem Moorman, and the large family of siblings, aunts, and uncles to which he belonged, transformed Melba’s life. He insisted that she and the other children learn to play the piano (although her primary interest was dance) and kept a watchful eye over her musical development. At the High School for Performing Arts in Newark she studied piano and voice, and went on to Montclair State College (New Jersey) for a bachelor's degree in music education. 
 
After graduation she worked briefly as a music teacher, but a life in the classroom was not what she had envisioned for herself. Moorman was in a position to introduce her to several agents, and soon Melba Moore (a name she chose in honor of her stepfather, abbreviating it slightly) was on track for a singing career, making backup tracks (with Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson on Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” in 1966), some of them for stars as prominent as Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin – although she was not actually working in the same space with them. 
 
During one recording session for a commercial voice-over in 1967 she met Galt MacDermot, composer of the musical Hair. (It is reported that he was not wearing shoes at the time.) Offhandedly, he invited her to join the cast of his new show off-Broadway, and she jumped at the chance. Melba Moore moved to Broadway with the original cast of Hair as the character named Dionne, and after several months she replaced Diane Keaton in the role of Sheila. (Keaton had started as a “Waitress” and had moved to “Sheila” a month or so after the Broadway opening. The interchangeability of cast members in this highly unconventional show made it possible for Moore to become the first African-American actress to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway.) 
 
In a very short time, Moore was cast as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, opposite Cleavon Little, in the musical Purlie (1970). Having absolutely no training in acting, she found that working in such company was very scary, and yet she had no fear of being rejected, since stage acting had never been her own ambition. Originally she was assigned only one song, “Purlie,” in the show, but she had such success with it in previews that songwriters Gary Geld and Peter Udell gave her another, “I Got Love.” This song was such a smash hit that it shot her to stardom. Not only did it supply the title to her debut album with Mercury Records, which earned her a 1971 Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, but it boosted her to the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, a 1970 Theatre World Award, and a 1970 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.
 
In much later interviews, Moore has revealed that she considers this Broadway period, despite the three top awards, a hiatus, an interruption in her pilgrimage toward becoming a lead singer in the world of Rhythm and Blues. Still, it led to her first recording contract (three albums with Mercury Records: I Got Love 1970; Look What You're Doing to the Man 1971; Melba Moore Live! 1972) and a firm foothold as a guest on television (Ed Sullivan, David Frost, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett, Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, and thirteen appearances within three years on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show). 
 
In the summer of 1972, Melba Moore and actor Clifton Davis co-starred in their own television series. It was intended as a temporary replacement for Carol Burnett’s variety show, but was so successful that it would have continued, had not the couple’s off-screen relationship come to an end. Moore’s career began to slump when her managers and accountants abandoned her in 1973, and she returned to Newark, singing only for benefits. 
 
Following a performance at the Apollo Theater in 1974, she met manager and business promoter Charles Huggins, and her career began to pick up again, with a leading role in a film version of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s Lost in the Stars, opposite Brock Peters and Raymond St. Jacques. Moore and Huggins married in 1975 and formed their own company, Hush Productions, signing several other R & B artists, including Freddie Jackson and Meli’sa Morgan. 
 
Melba Moore’s next four albums (Peach Melba 1975; This Is It 1976; Melba ’76; and A Portrait of Melba 1977) were recorded by Buddah Records. Peach Melba brought her a second Grammy nomination. 
Nineteen seventy-six was a banner year for her, with five singles approaching the top of the charts, and one of them, “Lean on Me,” earning her third Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Female. As a single, “This Is It” reached Number Two on the U.S. dance charts. Moore also returned to television with a serious acting assignment, playing Harriet Tubman in The American Woman: Portraits of Courage, and emerging with an Emmy nomination.
 
In 1978 Moore returned to Broadway, starring as Marsinah in Timbuktu! with Eartha Kitt. The cast of Timbuktu!, “A Musical Fable based on Kismet,” was all black, with the Robert Wright/George Forrest score supplemented by African folk music, and with direction and choreography by Geoffrey Holder. Despite its success, Moore left the show after only a few weeks.
 
Moving to Epic Records, she had another big hit with the disco track "You Stepped into My Life," in 1979. Three albums later, she signed with Capitol EMI and reached the top five on the R & B charts in 1982 with the dance single, "Love's Comin' At Ya." This was also a considerable hit in Europe and the UK. A string of successes followed ("Keepin' My Lover Satisfied" and "Love Me Right" in 1983, "Livin' For Your Love" in 1984, "When You Love Me Like This" in 1985), climaxing with "Read My Lips" (1985), which brought Moore a fourth nomination for a Grammy, for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
 
Meanwhile, Melba Moore had not entirely abandoned acting. She had another brief Broadway appearance in May 1981 in the title role of Inacent Black, a play for which she wrote incidental music and lyrics. She also guested on several TV series – The Tim Conway Show, The Love Boat, Ellis Island, Hotel, two specials (The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf and Charlotte Forten’s Mission: Experiment in Freedom) – and a TV movie version of Purlie (1981) in which she reprised her Tony-winning role of Lutiebelle. 
 
In 1986, she scored two number-one R & B hits, "Falling," and a duet with Freddie Jackson, "A Little Bit More." The same year she headlined her own TV sitcom, Melba. Unfortunately the premiere was the same night as the Challenger explosion and the remaining five episodes of the series had to be postponed, so that the project fizzled. The following year she appeared on four episodes of Falcon Crest. From 1987 to 1990, Moore released seven more singles: two reached the Top Twenty, and three were Top Ten hits, including "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which featured many well known artists (Freddie Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Baker, and Stephanie Mills among others) and was entered into the Congressional Record as the “African-American national anthem.”
 
Then in 1991 Melba Moore suffered a huge blow: her husband and manager of fifteen years abruptly divorced her without warning. Suddenly she was broke, and her career went into a worse slump than before. At one point she even went on welfare and was estranged from her daughter, who went to live with Bill Cosby’s family. But she managed to rebound: she toured with the Atkins sisters in Michael Matthews’s Gospel Play Mama I'm Sorry (Moore is both a Catholic and a born-again Christian), and began to perform the one-woman musical autobiography, variously titled, that would become Sweet Songs of the Soul. 
 
A Broadway agent who caught her solo act somewhere in the provinces realized that Melba’s voice would be a perfect fit for the part of Fantine in Les Misérables, and in due course, in January 1995, Melba Moore was back on Broadway again, the first black actress to play the role. In 1996 she released her first album in six years, Happy Together, with the Lafayette Harris, Jr., Trio. 
 
By calculations that may not be altogether reliable, Melba Moore has recorded about seventy singles and EPs overall, appears on fourteen compilations, and has made nineteen albums – among the more recent are Solitary Journey (1999), A Very Special Christmas (2001), I’m Still Here (2002), Night in St. Lucia (2002), Nobody but Jesus (2004), Live in Concert (2007), and, with singer Phil Perry, her first R & B album in nearly 20 years, The Gift of Love (2009). 
 
In 2003, Moore was featured in the film The Fighting Temptations, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. In 2006 she toured with American Idol star Diana DeGarmo in the musical Brooklyn. 
 
Other TV series, movies, and voiceovers for animated features to which Melba Moore has contributed her talents are ABC Afterschool Specials
(1987), The Cosby Show (1988), Mother's Day (1989), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), Monsters (1989), Def by Temptation (1990), Mathnet (1992), Square One TV (1992), and Loving (1992).  
 
Melba Moore has received honorary degrees in Humanities from Florida A&M University and from her alma mater, Montclair State.
 
After her success at the Café Carlyle in April 2011 in a cabaret act called Forever Moore, she has a new R&B album forthcoming, her first in twenty years, by the same title. Her single, “Love Is,” is now available on iTunes. She continues to perform and work on her one-woman play (a development of Sweet Songs of the Soul) called Still Standing: The Melba Moore Story. 
 
Melba Moore is remarkably forthcoming about herself and the trials she has borne. In a recent (2012) interview she reveals, “I have been low more than once, and I want people to know that it won’t happen just once, it will happen many times. I guess if you have a dream, and you have something that you want to live for, that makes you think about more than the devastation that you are experiencing …maybe people that you love that need you, or maybe you have a question like why did that happen, or am I going to live through this? Sometimes you really feel like you want it to be over and even contemplate suicide, but for some reason you don’t, so you wait a minute, and wait a minute, and wait another minute, then after a while you just get the heck up! [She laughs.] Then you’re so shocked you can laugh about it, because life is a mystery.” 
 
– Lucy E. Cross
 
 
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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188100
<![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, 14 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183459
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189507
<![CDATA[Delphi Harrington and Woody Regan]]> Cowardly Swann

Cowardly Swann was first devised as a benefit for THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE.  It was so successful that we decided to develop it further and pursue commercial venues for it.
 
A word or two about the performers. Woody Regan feels his proudest achievement was writing the score for Sam Shepard’s WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN,  presented to comemorate the the 100 Anniversary of the Moscow Art Theatre.  A regular on the Cabaret Circuit, he has performed at Don’t Tell Mama since its inception in 1982, and has been “packing them in” in his monthly show there for a year, GROOVIN” ON A SUNDAY. Woody has charmed the workshop with his renditions of both Coward and Flanders and Swan and has performed them often in his many Cabaret engagements. Delphi Harrington, a classically trained actress,  was introduced to NY audiences by the renowned impressario, Julius Monk, in BAKER’S DOZEN, one of the fabled Plaza Nine Revues at the Plaza Hotel. She has had considerable success doing Coward. Delphi was nominated for a Drama Guild Award for her portrayal of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. She has sung and played Judith Bliss several times both for TACT and the Playmakers Theatre in Raleigh, NC .  Just this summer, she performed with Blythe Danner, sang and did a duet with Simon Jones in TONIGHT AT 8:30 at the John Drew Theatre in Easthampton, NY.  The NY Times deemed her “delicious”!
 
In an effort to keep the evening a manageable length, we have avoided adding a great deal of biographical material, but our hope is to add a soupcon of both gossip  and interesting detail about all three men. We both saw AT THE DROP OF A HAT, performed by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann years ago on Broadway, were enchanted with it, and went home with their records. We feel that their joyous wit and charming music has been underperformed.  The combination of Coward and Flanders and Swann came to us because they seemed to have a natural affinity and because we want to share the joy we have doing this material.
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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173016
<![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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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189222
<![CDATA[Victor Neufeld]]> "A Night of Wonderful Musical Fun"]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183623 <![CDATA[Sophia Loren Coffee]]>
Actress, and Singer, a member of JOSIAH THEATRE WORKS, Sophia Loren Coffee of "THE EXCHANGE" stage and film.]]>
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189820
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
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Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172940
<![CDATA[Gloria Reuben]]>
Ticket prices  $25 online; $30 at the door

Gloria Reuben is an actress, jazz singer and social activist with an impressive list of credentials in television, film, theater and music.  She portrayed “Elizabeth Keckley” in the Steven Spielberg film LINCOLN and starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in REASONABLE DOUBT.  Her debut Jazz album PER CHANCE TO DREAM is out April 9th on MCG Jazz Label]]>
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188754
<![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, 18 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178816
<![CDATA[Ellen Joy Hoffman]]> Ellen Joy Hoffman ~ Menken, Schwartz & Me

 
Ellen Joy Hoffman celebrates the works of two beloved composers, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz... from Little Shop of Horrors and Pippin to Sister Act and Wicked. Come join us and celebrate the magical works of these two great artists! Directed by Lennie Watts with musical direction by Tracy Stark.
 
Ellen Joy Hoffman is a cabaret singer based in NY who has been performed many solo shows in NY. She participated in the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University and has studied singing and cabaret performance at Juilliard, Singer's Forum and 92nd Street Y.
 
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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169909
<![CDATA[The Frank DiBussolo Group]]>

Since 1965, guitarist Frank DiBussolo has been gracing concert halls and studios alike with his technical proficiency and smooth, emotionally astute style across the fretboard throughout a fortuitous career that includes collaborations and appearances with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dizzy Gillespie. The eight-time Grammy-nominated artist has also developed a wide reputation as an expert educator with a genuine interest in the up-and-comers of the jazz world. Thus the Frank DiBussolo Group was born.
 
Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the band’s members share a likeminded vision for cutting across generation gaps, proving those gaps arbitrary in the process by turning the tried and true into freshness incarnate. It was in this spirit bassist Steven Liu and drummer Bryan Tuk were recruited when, after hearing them play together in another group, the veteran performer approached them about being his new rhythm section.  With rising-star vocalist Tiffany Grochowski’s talent on board, the picture was complete. The group quickly became aware of a shared affinity for WWII-era swing, of which many gems inevitably made their way onto the debut album, Songs to Write Home About.
 
For its debut album, the Frank DiBussolo Group has assembled a well-chosen program of standards from the swing era that best showcases each member’s strongest colors. From the cool greens of the bandleader’s picking and vocalist Tiffany Grochowski’s swatch of lavenders to bassist Steven Liu’s earthen tones and drummer Bryan Tuk’s cobalt timekeeping, there is much to soak in along the album’s 12-song spectrum, which is a model of economy and grace in jazz arranging. 
 
The group’s approach exemplifies what is already inherent to these songs, an inner soul that adapts to any configuration and context. And it’s no wonder, for human connections are what this intimate cabaret for the new millennium is all about.
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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=164806
<![CDATA[Fierce Females Benefit Concert]]>
Performers TBA]]>
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194759
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196009 <![CDATA[Andrea Bell Wolff]]> Andrea Bell Wolff ~ Back to Basics



Andrea Bell Wolff, the delightful singer-actress, has appeared in Broadway shows, on Las Vegas stages, on television; she was even the audience warm-up girl for the “Ed Sullivan Show” in the late 1960’s!  Miss Bell Wolff has been in real show biz for the past 50 (yes!) years, yet she looks and acts incredibly youthful – and sounds, it, too.
 

While Andrea Bell Wolff stands at a diminutive 4’-11,” she has a soaring professional career which began at age 17 and never stopped until she received the role of a lifetime—wife and mother. Her countless credits include her performing on stage, on television, and in Las Vegas – appearing in the renowned Bottoms up Revue at Caesars Palace.  Her theatre credits include a record-setting number of performances as Ermengarde and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly!, (Broadway and National Tours) where she worked with Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable and Phyllis Diller. Other credits include: The Imaginary Invalid with E.G. Marshall and Ruby Dee; and Grease, opposite Andrea McArdle.  From appearing on the Ed Sullivan show with Your Fathers Mustache Band to fronting several rock bands, Andrea Bel Wolff proved to be quite talented and limitless. Upon coming back to (off-) Broadway, Miss Bell Wolff starred in her co-written and self-produced show Loose Screws,, where she appeared at the Laurie Beechman Theater in June, 2011 in the musical about the fictional and risqué biographical journey of also-ran entertainer named Chelsea Sutton Place.

Going from a wild ride with imaginary characters in “Loose Screws” to “Back to Basics”, Miss Bell-Wolff is philosophical, yet full of mirth about her career, what she has seen then, and what she is seeing and doing now:

“When I was first in show business, I was a singer. I sang torch songs. Standards. A lot of Broadway show tunes. I then got away from show tunes. I danced. Then I started acting. I did many character voices. Singing went by the wayside. So, I decided, it is time that I got back to what I should be doing, get “Back to Basics”, Andrea says.

Andrea Bell Wolff will sing beautiful torch songs, great songbook standards and some solid Broadway fare when she brings “Back to Basics” to New York’s Metropolitan Room on Saturday, October 25th at 4 PM. Miss Bell Wolff is also proud and happy to be singing three songs written by Francesca Blumenthal: “Lives of Handsome Men”, “Move in with Me” and “How is it for you?””, all words and music that explore relationships. Miss Bell Wolfe knows the story behind these songs:  “I will be singing and telling stories about love and relationships. Life takes you there, to love and relationships, as you get older.” she explains.

“People have asked me, ‘Why, at this age, are you singing again? Are you doing this?’ I just say ‘Because I can. And I think that I should. I have a lot to give and I have loved to entertain my entire life. If my audience can forget their troubles when they join me for a moment in time, why not?”  Miss Bell Wolfe asks.

Barry Leavitt is joining Andrea Bell Wolff as her Musical Director and accompanist. The veteran Musical Director and arranger has played for such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn Michaels, Debbie Gravitte and Jack Jones. Rounding out the quartet led by Mr. Leavitt will be Tom Hubbard on bass, Jack Cravale on guitar and Jerome Jennings on drums.

The event promises to be a spirited one, and it is suggested to make your reservation early. Getting “Back to Basics” with Andrea Bell Wolfe sounds just like the thing to do on a Saturday afternoon.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182647
<![CDATA[T Oliver Reid]]>


Singer and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. In this new show, Reid performs each number with the unmistakable dramatic flair of a musical theater veteran, and he also provides an overview of the clubs, musicians, and social context of the music. Funny, informative, and a consummate showman, Reid will transport you back to the heyday of iconic venues like the Cotton Club. “In 1934, on a Saturday night in New York City, if you were boozin’ and jazzin’, you were doing it in Harlem.” 80 years later, we’re doing it right here at Metropolitan Room.

T. Oliver Reid - "Take The 'A' Train/Drop Me Off In Harlem" - Live At The Metropolitan Room 11.09.14 from T. Oliver Reid on Vimeo.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183021
<![CDATA[Lindsey Holloway]]> Lindsey Holloway ~ Make Someone Happy
 
Award-winning actress and singer and 2014 MetroStar Finalist Lindsey Holloway presents an evening of story and song chronicling the search for and the discovery of true personal happiness, with songs from both chapters of the Great American Songbook, as well as classic favorites from the Golden Age of Broadway.
 
 
Lindsey Holloway began her professional performing career as a teenager doing theatre in her native Dallas, Texas, and has since relocated to New York City to pursue show business.  Performing highlights since arriving in the city are singing and dancing in the chorus of the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids benefit Broadway Backwards 5 at Lincoln Center, performing as Rachel in the reading of "Work: The Musical" at the Metropolitan Playhouse, and singing in both the 2011 and 2013 Drama League Benefit Galas, honoring Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, respectively.  Some of her favorite regional theatre roles include Alaura Kingsley in "City of Angels", Roberta in "Zanna, Don't!", for which she won Dallas' Column Award, and Fraulein Kost in "Cabaret", for which she won Dallas' Leon Rabin Award.  During last year's 2014 MetroStar Talent Challenge, Lindsey rounded out as a Top 5 finalist.  Lindsey looks forward to continuing to pursue the work she loves so much in the city she loves so much.
 
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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194736
<![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, 20 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173080
<![CDATA[Stage Time Open Mic]]> Stage Time Open Mic 9pm-11pm

Never A Cover Charge Open Mic
with Maestro Yaz and Michael Lewis Mejia

Come and get some Stage Time in front of other performers and some audience members In a relaxed, piano lounge environment.  Make sure to bring your sheet music and you can sing more than one song.  
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201121
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares ~ A Night of Disney]]> Cabaret Cares concludes its monthly series of shows on April 21 this will be the finale monthly show before the big Gala on May 17th. The evening entitled "A Dream Is A Wish" will feature some of the best cabaret singers from New York singing your favorite Disney Tunes. The monthly series benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps and assists children living with HIV and AIDS. 
 
Performing on April 21st will be Joshua DixonNatalie Arneson, Beau Howard Samara Ariel Carolyn Montgomery-Forant KristofferStearns Matthews and Adam B. Shapiro
 
Tracy Stark musical directs the evening.

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.  ]]>
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188824
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189508
<![CDATA[Beau Howard]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198839 <![CDATA[Cary Nokey]]> Cary Nokey

 
Cary Nokey is the space where high intensity electronic dance music intersects with emotionally-charged rock, a hybrid of grit and glam. “I think of it as if Kurt Cobain had been a DJ” says the man at the center of the collective, the multi-hyphenate musical ringleader 8bit. 
 
The idea to restructure the musical experience came to 8bit (named for a type of distortion, a production effect that warms a sound by lowering its fidelity) a short time into Cary Nokey’s musical life. Making music shouldn’t have a format. Instead, why not reimagine Cary Nokey as a platform, featuring carefully curated acts rotating for however long, governed only by what makes sense for the music; think of it as karoake of Cary Nokey music.“With Cary Nokey, you’re never going to get one thing.” 
 
Above all, 8bit feels the current musical landscape is suffering from a condition, and Cary Nokey can treat it. It’s not so much that Cary Nokey is anti-radio, but pro-experience, and what’s on offer for audiences today pales in comparison to the exploration and creativity present in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
 
To truly move someone, be it bodily or emotionally, is Cary Nokey’s only goal. “You’re going to want to do something to it,” says 8bit. “You might want to do a line. You’re going to want to dance. You might want to fall in love.”
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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201176
<![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, 23 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175938
<![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]]>
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=184623
<![CDATA[Peter & Will Anderson Trio]]>

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times)  
 
“You dudes are the future. You have made my soul smile!” (Quincy Jones)   
 
“These guys flood the room with joy” (Seattle Times)
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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=180703
<![CDATA[Joseph 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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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200189
<![CDATA[Maria Elena Infantino]]>



In the show "From Piaf to Mambo", Maria Elena portrays the life , philosophy and songs that made Edith Piaf the Icon of French Music, of whom 2015 marks her 100th birthday...
Then, when you least expect it, Maria Elena , transforms into the Mambo Italiano section of the show...taking you on a journey all over Italy with the passionate 50's 60's Italian repertoire.
 
Maria Elena Infantino does her one woman show impersonating legendary french singer Edith Piaf, in occasion of the artist's upcoming 100th anniversary....singing hits in French and English that made Piaf famous around the world in the 50's! Famous repertoire includes
"La vie En Rose" "No regrets ""Milord" and more recognizable tunes...in between songs there are also some spoken extracts , taken from what Edith Piaf said in her own show at the Carnegie Hall on January 13th 1957.
 
Maria Elena then transforms in front of the audience and switches the show into an Italian vibe, starting with Mambo Italiano, Volare, and most 50's Italian hits that were sung in english too!
 
It can be defined as a Multicultural European show...giving the spectrum of colors of Europe in the late 50's

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195950
<![CDATA[Blake Rice]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194295 <![CDATA[Nora Davis & Carlos Knauth]]>
Carlos Knauth and Nora Davis tell the story of two strangers in the big apple looking for love in all the wrong places. With lots of laughter along the way, their unique friendship develops after they discover that the love they have been searching for has been there all along. Through their avid belief in one another they find the strength to believe in themselves. Join us for an evening of love, longing, and self-discovery that celebrates the journey we all face in staying true to ourselves!
 
Nora Davis is a native of Los Angeles, California.  She is a proud graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied theater, music, and psychology.  She went on to study abroad in London at British American Drama Academy where she had the time of her life! Favorite roles include Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown,” The Witch in “Into the Woods,” Sally DeBanis in “Reefer Madness, and Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof" with Calos Knauth as Perchik of course!

- "Anything you do let it come from you then it will be new. Give us more to see..."   ~ Stephen Sondheim
 
Accompanist: James Horan 




Carlos Knauth has performed in numerous cabarets in NYC Area since his graduation from SUNY New Paltz, where he earned his B.A. in Fine Arts in Theatre. He is proud to be have attended the prestigious International Cabaret Conference at Yale. Favorite roles include: The Mikado, Charlie Brown, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, etc. ]]>
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169907
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170091 <![CDATA[The Magic of Jackson Ridd]]> "Midnight Magic” (Sat. April 25) & “Magic for Fun and Deception” (Sun. July 19)
 
An eclectic collection of magical pieces sure to equally puzzle and inspire, Jackson Ridd connects his magic to the audience through both mental and physical interaction.  Come ready for magic to take place on stage, in your mind, and maybe even in your hands!
 

Jackson Ridd is a “Magician.”  In addition to being a performing member of the Magic Castle of Hollywood, some of his magic has been featured on internationally televised commercials, music videos for top 10 Billboard artists, and most recently at a TEDx conference in New York City.  Jackson stays engaged with the psychological principles underlying magic, and loves to splash around in the unifying moments of mystery during his shows.  

 

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192798
<![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, 26 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182392
<![CDATA[Mar Salá]]> Mar Salá ~ I Am The Forest



Mar Salá is pure energy, like a volcano in control"
(Jose Miguel López. Radio 3.RNE)
 
Based in Brooklyn, Marta Hernández, (aka Mar Salá) is an international singer songwriter, a self taught musician from Seville, Spain. With the collaboration of many accomplished musicians from all over the world, she mixes Latin sounds such as Rumba Flamenca, Brazilian rhythms and Spanish Pop, with Swing and Rock. Marta's original compositions are a cross over between the Flamenco air of Seville and the eclectic sounds of New York City. She has three albums in the market: Primavera (2009), Take Me To Bahia(2009) and Entre 2 Rivers (2014).
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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182857
<![CDATA[Brenda Braxton]]> Act 2... Now What?
 
Tony Nominee BRENDA BRAXTON is happy to finally be taking the stage at the Metropolitan Room! She was last seen as Velma Kelly in Broadway’s hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a performance that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago’s Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. She co-directed and co choreographed the acclaimed 2001 Actors’ Fund Benefit Concert of Dreamgirls. Other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original production of Dreamgirls. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award given by New York Gov. George Pataki and the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women for her work as founder of Leading Ladies Just for Teens, seminars geared to empowering teenage girls.
 
In November 2006, she launched BBRAXTON; Exceptional Grooming for Exceptional Men, a men’s grooming salon located in Harlem. The first salon of its kind, BBRAXTON offered men’s grooming services for the discriminating customer. In 2009 Ms. Braxton was the only woman honored with the “Men of Style Award ” presented by Gillette Fuzion and BBRAXTON salon hosted the Gillette Fuzion Tour in New York City for a second year. 
 
In realizing the importance of giving back, Ms Braxton founded a not -for-profit organization called, Leading Ladies Just for Teens (LLJFT), seminars geared toward empowering young girls to be the best they can be. Leading Ladies began in 1996 at the Virginia Theater with a series of seminars designed to encourage, challenge and inspire young girls to dream and set goals. For her work as founder of LLJFT Ms. Braxton has received the Dr. Martin Luther King “Living the Dream” award given by New York’s Governor Pataki, the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women, and the Community Service award given by the National Association of Negro Business Women
 
“Act 2…Now What?! is a journey of realization, gratitude and a salute to a few of the Ladies who came before me.”  
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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185269
<![CDATA[Maria Elena Infantino]]> Maria Elena Infantino




In the show "From Piaf to Mambo", Maria Elena portrays the life , philosophy and songs that made Edith Piaf the Icon of French Music, of whom 2015 marks her 100th birthday...
Then, when you least expect it, Maria Elena , transforms into the Mambo Italiano section of the show...taking you on a journey all over Italy with the passionate 50's 60's Italian repertoire.
 
Maria Elena Infantino does her one woman show impersonating legendary french singer Edith Piaf, in occasion of the artist's upcoming 100th anniversary....singing hits in French and English that made Piaf famous around the world in the 50's! Famous repertoire includes
"La vie En Rose" "No regrets ""Milord" and more recognizable tunes...in between songs there are also some spoken extracts , taken from what Edith Piaf said in her own show at the Carnegie Hall on January 13th 1957.
 
Maria Elena then transforms in front of the audience and switches the show into an Italian vibe, starting with Mambo Italiano, Volare, and most 50's Italian hits that were sung in english too!
 
It can be defined as a Multicultural European show...giving the spectrum of colors of Europe in the late 50's
 

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195951
<![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Broadway Artists Connection Open Mic hosted by Jersey Boys' Peter Gregus
 
Winner Crowned by Casting Agent Jason Styres
 
Buy Tickets Here.
 
To Sign up, contact joseph@broadwayconnects.org

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194205
<![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, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173081
<![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, 28 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=180532
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189509
<![CDATA[Matthew Lee Robinson]]>



Helpmann Award-nominated composer, lyricist and bookwriter Matthew Lee Robinson has won the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, the UTAS Stephen Schwartz Songwriting Award, the Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship and most recently the $100,000 Australia Council Music Fellowship. 
 
Matthew has developed his latest musicals Atlantis and Happy People across Australia and the U.S. with mentorship from multi Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and representatives from Disney Theatrical Group, Manhattan Theatre Club and Ambassador Theatre Group. Most recently, Atlantis – In Concert played to sell-out audiences in Melbourne, Australia, winning the 2014 TheatrePeople Pro Choice Award for Best Concert Presentation, and Happy People was workshopped by Village Theatre, Washington state.
 
Matthew’s writing credits also include songs for the Emmy-nominated television series Dance Academy, the musical revue Sing On Through Tomorrow (2011 Glug Award, Original Cast Recording available through iTunes), the five time Helpmann-nominated musical Metro Street (State Theatre Company of South Australia and Daegu International Musical Festival), the Shirley Bassey biographical cabaret Where Do I Begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey and the Australian national tours of three music showcases featuring Helpmann Award-winning actress Lucy Durack. In the corporate sphere, Matthew has penned songs for the events of Coca-Cola, Nintendo, Bosch, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Nokia Siemens Networks and the Australian Open Tennis Championships.
 
 
Photo Credit: Jennifer Stenglein
 
 
 
 
 
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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199997
<![CDATA[Kai Hoffman]]>
Kai Hoffman: Hot Rockin’ Diva!


 
 
With her feet firmly fixed in 1950s nostalgia, Kai Hoffman comes to you direct from Ronnie Scott’s in London with her brand new show Hot Rockin’ Diva! With a selection of Kai’s favourite songs from the Hot Rockin’ Divas of early fifties rhythm and blues, swing, rock and roll and country, this is Kai’s personal tribute to ladies like Big Mama Thornton, Rosemary Clooney, Ruth Brown, Patsy Cline and more.  With her own inimitable style, Kai brings you a fun-filled show with a dash of exotica and just a peppering of kitsch, with great rockin’ tunes, beautiful slow numbers and Kai’s own originals - taking you on an interactive cabaret journey with the gals who made rock and roll, before the phrase was even coined!
 
With an on-going residency at Ronnie Scott’s in London, now in it’s seventh year, Massachusetts-native Kai Hoffman has travelled the world, with shows ranging from the Blue Note Milano to the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, with the Sheraton Hotel Bangladesh and the European Jazz Expo in between! A cabaret compere, jazz singer, rock and roll diva and recording artist, with three studio albums under her belt,  “[Kai] is the whole package from head to toe” (Jazzwise Magazine) and also has a bit of a cheeky side: think Mae West meets Marilyn Monroe meets that very strict high school Latin teacher that you kind-of always had a crush on!  Kai has been featured in countless magazine articles and radio, including Time Out London, The Stage, Classic Car Magazine, BBC Radio & Jazz FM - and is thrilled to be back at the Metropolitan Room. See ya at the show!
 
“[Kai] is the whole package from head to toe”
- Jazzwise Magazine
 
"..a TRUE entertainer, and we don't see so many of those anymore!"
- Jim Caruso, Birdland, NY, NY
 
“Kai Hoffman ensures that a good time is exactly what's on offer, crafting a set of songs that makes the most of her personality, her slightly tongue-in-cheek naughtiness and her effortless joie-de-vivre.”
- Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz
 
“The Queen of Swing!”
- Ian Shaw, BBC Radio
 
Kai Hoffman Do It While You Can Showreel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1y4Ym7bLrg
 
Kai Hoffman at the Metropolitan Room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIG4BD3D6sk
 
Kai Hoffman: Let The Good Times Roll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmMR5lU92s
 
Kai Hoffman sings ‘Old Cape Cod’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b68_FXAXzio

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191259
<![CDATA[Abigail Rockwell]]> Abigail Rockwell will be sharing her songs and her story after a long battle for truth.


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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183739
<![CDATA[Gloria Reuben]]>
Ticket prices  $25 online; $30 at the door

Gloria Reuben is an actress, jazz singer and social activist with an impressive list of credentials in television, film, theater and music.  She portrayed “Elizabeth Keckley” in the Steven Spielberg film LINCOLN and starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in REASONABLE DOUBT.  Her debut Jazz album PER CHANCE TO DREAM is out April 9th on MCG Jazz Label]]>
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188755
<![CDATA[Giselle Wolf]]>
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Fri, 01 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183724
<![CDATA[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 
 
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, 01 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182305
<![CDATA[Delphi Harrington and Woody Regan]]> Cowardly Swann

Cowardly Swann was first devised as a benefit for THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE.  It was so successful that we decided to develop it further and pursue commercial venues for it.
 
A word or two about the performers. Woody Regan feels his proudest achievement was writing the score for Sam Shepard’s WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN,  presented to comemorate the the 100 Anniversary of the Moscow Art Theatre.  A regular on the Cabaret Circuit, he has performed at Don’t Tell Mama since its inception in 1982, and has been “packing them in” in his monthly show there for a year, GROOVIN” ON A SUNDAY. Woody has charmed the workshop with his renditions of both Coward and Flanders and Swan and has performed them often in his many Cabaret engagements. Delphi Harrington, a classically trained actress,  was introduced to NY audiences by the renowned impressario, Julius Monk, in BAKER’S DOZEN, one of the fabled Plaza Nine Revues at the Plaza Hotel. She has had considerable success doing Coward. Delphi was nominated for a Drama Guild Award for her portrayal of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. She has sung and played Judith Bliss several times both for TACT and the Playmakers Theatre in Raleigh, NC .  Just this summer, she performed with Blythe Danner, sang and did a duet with Simon Jones in TONIGHT AT 8:30 at the John Drew Theatre in Easthampton, NY.  The NY Times deemed her “delicious”!
 
In an effort to keep the evening a manageable length, we have avoided adding a great deal of biographical material, but our hope is to add a soupcon of both gossip  and interesting detail about all three men. We both saw AT THE DROP OF A HAT, performed by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann years ago on Broadway, were enchanted with it, and went home with their records. We feel that their joyous wit and charming music has been underperformed.  The combination of Coward and Flanders and Swann came to us because they seemed to have a natural affinity and because we want to share the joy we have doing this material.
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Sat, 02 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189151
<![CDATA[Nicholas Levin]]>
Six-time MAC Award nominee and off-Broadway composer Nicholas Levin brings an evening of his witty, irreverent and poignant songs to the Metropolitan Room stage, directed by MAC and Bistro Award winner Peter Napolitano. Full cast and musical personnel details to follow!]]>
Sat, 02 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189306
<![CDATA[Tom Pappas]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183963 <![CDATA[Eric Stone]]>




A PORTION OF THE PROCEDES WILL BE PROVIDED TO  "Doctors Without Borders" and " The Soldiers Project"]]>
Sat, 02 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175856
<![CDATA[Laney ~ Mr. Eagle 2015]]> Laney - Mr. Eagle 2015 
 
Present An Evening of Leather and Lace 
 
A Cabaret Benefit for Help Is On the Way Today
 
Laney Mr Eagle 2015 will present a very special evening of Cabaret featuring some of the hottest singers from Broadway and LGBT Leather  Community. We will be rocking the roof off The Metropolitan Room while we raise funds for Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS in New York City. 
 
Joseph Macchia is the founder of Help Is On The Way Today and Laney is Mr. Eagle 2015. The two met while competing for the title of Mr. Eagle and have become great friends and believe in giving back to the community. This will be the first benefit the two will be working on together. And they promise not to disappoint you. 
 
Cast TBA 
 
$20.00 cover if tickets are bought by April 15th 
 
Price goes up to $22.50 after April 15th 
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Sat, 02 May 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190868
<![CDATA[Debra Allee & Joan Petrella]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192463 <![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, 03 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=181298
<![CDATA[Brenda Braxton]]> Act 2... Now What?
 
Tony Nominee BRENDA BRAXTON is happy to finally be taking the stage at the Metropolitan Room! She was last seen as Velma Kelly in Broadway’s hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a performance that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago’s Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. She co-directed and co choreographed the acclaimed 2001 Actors’ Fund Benefit Concert of Dreamgirls. Other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original production of Dreamgirls. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award given by New York Gov. George Pataki and the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women for her work as founder of Leading Ladies Just for Teens, seminars geared to empowering teenage girls.
 
In November 2006, she launched BBRAXTON; Exceptional Grooming for Exceptional Men, a men’s grooming salon located in Harlem. The first salon of its kind, BBRAXTON offered men’s grooming services for the discriminating customer. In 2009 Ms. Braxton was the only woman honored with the “Men of Style Award ” presented by Gillette Fuzion and BBRAXTON salon hosted the Gillette Fuzion Tour in New York City for a second year. 
 
In realizing the importance of giving back, Ms Braxton founded a not -for-profit organization called, Leading Ladies Just for Teens (LLJFT), seminars geared toward empowering young girls to be the best they can be. Leading Ladies began in 1996 at the Virginia Theater with a series of seminars designed to encourage, challenge and inspire young girls to dream and set goals. For her work as founder of LLJFT Ms. Braxton has received the Dr. Martin Luther King “Living the Dream” award given by New York’s Governor Pataki, the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women, and the Community Service award given by the National Association of Negro Business Women
 
“Act 2…Now What?! is a journey of realization, gratitude and a salute to a few of the Ladies who came before me.”  
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Sun, 03 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185270
<![CDATA[Kenny Karen]]> A leading singer of New York's jingle community for over thirty years, and a six-time NARAS MVP award recipient, Kenny Karen’s accomplishments, which include the music composed for the McDonald’s “You Deserve A Break Today” campaign, are legendary.
 
Kenny’s most formidable strength has always been as a singer/songwriter. Combining a variety of musical genres, Kenny presents open, down-to-earth expressions of his life experiences through a montage of love songs, comedy, country and Cantorial compositions.
 
In this, his first appearance at The Metropolitan Room, Kenny demonstrates the writing skills, vocal interpretations, and timeless storytelling of a lifelong troubadour.
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Sun, 03 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196765
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
About Gretchen
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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Mon, 04 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173028
<![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 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173082
<![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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Tue, 05 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183984
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 05 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189510
<![CDATA[Susan Garson]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=184900 <![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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Wed, 06 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189223
<![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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Thu, 07 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=181299
<![CDATA[Arlo Hill]]> I'VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser
 
Hailed at Carnegie hall as a "powerhouse baritone" with a "stunning voice and stage presence," Lotte Lenya Award winner Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the Opera, The Most Happy Fella) makes his Metropolitan Room debut with the music of Frank Loesser.
 
I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the writer of Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and much, much more.  A musical journey from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way.
 
Discover the joys of Loesser’s music, and explore the little-known gems that are too rarely in the limelight.
 
"A triumphant success on every level... not only for Arlo Hill, but for Frank Loesser's legacy." 
--ShowBizChicago
 
Musical Direction by Rick Hip-Flores (Beautiful, Rocky, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot)
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Thu, 07 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185808
<![CDATA[Champagne Pam]]> Pamela Lewis’ (a.k.a .Champagne Pam) show DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL earned her the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award for “Best Female Vocalist.” The smooth, sassy vocalist from Long Island Pamela has truly become one of the rising female stars of New York cabaret. 
 
Now she is back with her new show that she’s been dreaming about since she was a young girl growing up in Floral Park, Long Island, where she treasured the music of fellow Long Island native Billy Joel. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: THE SONGS OF BILLY JOEL is Pamela Lewis' stunning interpretation of what she describes as “The soundtrack of her life”--selections from the iconic Billy Joel repertoire.
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr (renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements). 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.
 
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND will present Pamela just the way she is . . . a cool chick who is extroverted and accessible, and who can stand out among the women in this industry and also be “one of the guys.” Lewis is a singer who conveys an on-stage confidence and down-to-earth personality through her smooth, sensual vocals.
 
Of her Award-winning show, Daddy's Little Girl, BroadwayWorld.com reviewer Stephen Hanks wrote: “Champagne Pam's show has body, heart, spirit and soul . . . it was everything an entertaining cabaret show should be--warm, funny, intimate, engaging, well-structured, and occasionally surprising--and performed by a confident entertainer and sultry singer who is totally comfortable in front of an audience and in her own skin.”
 
 For more information on Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
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Fri, 08 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169673
<![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: 
 
 
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 : 
 
 
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.
 


Stephen Sorokoff's review of Cynthia Farrell's show at the Metropolitan Room on December 7th:

http://www.t2conline.com/my-view-stephen-sorokoff-cynthia-farrell-a-voice-to-be-heard/]]>
Fri, 08 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189204
<![CDATA[Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup]]> Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup
 
Be Careful - Contents May Be Hot!
 
Each month featuring a different and exciting mix of some of the best jazz artists around.
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Sat, 09 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188265
<![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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Sat, 09 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187058
<![CDATA[Giselle Wolf]]>
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Sat, 09 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183725
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170093 <![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, 09 May 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191850
<![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 May 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182393
<![CDATA[Teresa Eggertsen Cooke]]>
Mother's Day Martini Matinee
Starring Teresa Eggertsen Cooke 

Teresa Eggertsen Cooke returns to the Metropolitan Room for a special Mother's Day program, a "Mother's Day Martini Matinee"
 
Contemporary jazz singer-pianist Teresa Eggertsen Cooke returns to the Metropolitan Room after her Christmas program "Joy!". The lady from Park City, Utah, who is a proud mom, is making Mother's Day special for her fellow mom's, moms to be and other parents with  "Mother's Day Martini Matinee".
 
Teresa says, "I am doing this show for all the Mothers that enjoy their kind of music. I am so looking forward to playing their songs. I hope we can all kick back, have a dry martini, or a drink that we may like, and have some fun for a while." 
 
Likened to the afternoon cocktail shows of the past, the Sunday "Mother's Day Martini Matinee"  evokes a great wave of nostalgia for the ladies in the audience. The shows of past times like Mother's Day were just for them. The era was one of the perfect mixed drink, the most beautiful hat, when ladies wore glove and couture dresses. We may be in 2015, but we still love to be entertained.
 
Teresa Eggertsen Cooke is an entertainer who bridges many eras. She brings a wonderfully curious hybrid to her performance: Her voice has a beautiful husky translucence, steeped in the 1970s. She is a Cabaret artist, who is equally adept performing the standard from the Great American Songbook and the Classic Rock canon of Neil Diamond, Elton John, Carole King and Joni Mitchell.  
 
Teresa will be performing several songs in honor of Mothers on Mothers Day: "Sing me down a Song", by Neena Freelon, "Circle", an original song by Miss Eggertsen Cooke, which was written in memory of a dear friends Mother; "Tea for Two" by Vincent Youmans (from "No, No, Nanette"); and tunes by Sir Elton, Joni Mitchell, The Gershwins, Cole Porter and Marvin Gaye.
 
Just in case you have not heard Teresa yet, and would like to listen before coming over to the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, May 10th at 3:30 PM to celebrate your special Mother's Day, click on the links below and view one of her videos from her Metropolitan Room performances. You will be glad you did!
 
 
 






 
 
 

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Sun, 10 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189117
<![CDATA[Briana Davis]]>









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Sun, 10 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199215
<![CDATA[Magician Matias]]>

 
Have you ever been in a party and witnessed a magician perform with hundreds of people surrounding him; they are unable to turn their heads away from him, totally focused on every trick, every illusion, wanting to be amazed ove and over again? Have you ever experienced that before? If your answers are no then you haven’t seen Matias Letelier because that is precisely what he does! 
 
Matias’ charming accent and great hair along with his unique blend of magic, mentalism, clean comedy, high energy, and lots of audience participation will make you have a fun and also memorable night.
 
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Sun, 10 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193507
<![CDATA[Sara Zahn]]> TBA]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199115 <![CDATA[Eva Richards]]>
TAKE A TRIP FROM BROADWAY TO BRAZIL WITH EVA RICHARDS AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM 


 
 
Join Eva Richards as she sings songs from award winning Broadway musicals, Latin standards such as "Besame Mucho" and "Guantanamera" as well as Bossa Nova hits including "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Dindi" at the Metropolitan Room on May 11 at 9:30pm.
 
Eva takes you on a musical excursion starting at the Great White Way heading down the East Coast, through the Caribbean and ending in Brazil. This highly versatile singer-actress has worked with best of the best in the industry from Tony nominee John Tartaglia to Broadway veteran Shannon Lewis.  Previously she played the role of Dorothy in the seven time Tony award winning musical, The Wiz. Eva was interviewed by Cameron Diaz herself for her new best-seller, The Body Book. Internationally acclaimed, Eva performed the roles of Fredrika and Mrs. Segstrom in the Japanese production of A Little Night Music and Ninya Petrova in the national tour of Ellis Island. 
 
Recognized for her talent at an early age, Eva attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She starred in a one night special with Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall and sang choral masterworks at Alice Tulley Hall. An adept comedienne, Ms. Richards studied improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and worked with award winning improvisers, Shannon O'Neill, Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke and Christian Capozzoli. A native of Queens, New York, Eva is an alumna of SUNY Fredonia from which she graduated Cum Laude and with honors in liberal arts, completing her B.A. in Vocal Music.
 
Eva’s band is made up of four top tier musicians. Bassist Irio O’Farrill. He has been performing and recording in the New York City area and internationally for many years. He has worked with artists like Juan Carlos Formell, Bobby Sanabria and worked on Broadway musicals like Cats, The Rocky Horror Show and Hairspray. 
 
Guitarist Peter Calo is most recognized for his work with Carly Simon, Peter Calo has recorded and performed with such legendary Grammy Award winning artists as James Taylor, Hall and Oats, and renowned record producer Phil Ramone, to mention only a few.
 
Percussionist Doug Hinrichs, an accomplished member of the New York percussion community, Doug's performance experience includes positions in several Broadway shows -- including a full-time position in the hit musical "In The Heights", and concerts with artists from a multitude of styles and settings.
 
Lastly Musical Director, Phil Hall whom has a string of Broadway Credits including conducting Play Me A Country Song and was associate conductor for the Broadway revival of Mame, which starred Angela Lansbury. He also conducted the third national tour of Cats. 
 
Eva has also had success with numerous TV roles and is fluent in Spanish.  She is also skilled in piano, African drumming and Latin percussion and has extensive experience performing Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova and Jazz Big Band styles.  
 
 No stranger to the cabaret musical world, Eva has headlined at several chic New York City  cabaret venues including the Laurie Beechman Theatre and B.B. King’s Lucille’s Bar & Grill. In every performance she whips out a mean pop-rock showstopper with her high belt and melts audiences with her velvety phrasing in lyrical ballads. 



 
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Mon, 11 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193504
<![CDATA[This is Your Night! Russ Weatherford]]> HONOREE: Russ Weathorford

LINE UP (alphabetical order)

Bob Blume
Carole Bufford
Dean Regan 
Elizabeth Sullivan Betty
Eric Michael Gillett
Eric Rudy
Ian Herman
Jamie deRoy
Joe Sirola
Karen Oberlin Hajdu
Karen Wyman 
Kristine Mills
Marya Coburn 
Merrill Stone
Raissa Katona Bennett
Randie Levine-Miller
Sandi Durell
Shana Farr
Sidney Myer
Steve Ross 
Valerie Lemon 
 

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 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169802
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189511
<![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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Wed, 13 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=160030
<![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, 13 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185752
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs

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, 14 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159914
<![CDATA[Arlo Hill]]> I'VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser
 
Hailed at Carnegie hall as a "powerhouse baritone" with a "stunning voice and stage presence," Lotte Lenya Award winner Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the Opera, The Most Happy Fella) makes his Metropolitan Room debut with the music of Frank Loesser.
 
I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the writer of Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and much, much more.  A musical journey from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way.
 
Discover the joys of Loesser’s music, and explore the little-known gems that are too rarely in the limelight.
 
"A triumphant success on every level... not only for Arlo Hill, but for Frank Loesser's legacy." 
--ShowBizChicago
 
Musical Direction by Rick Hip-Flores (Beautiful, Rocky, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot)
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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185809
<![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, 15 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172941
<![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, 16 May 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178817
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Sat, 16 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175917
<![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, 16 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183360
<![CDATA[The Frank DiBussolo Group]]>

Since 1965, guitarist Frank DiBussolo has been gracing concert halls and studios alike with his technical proficiency and smooth, emotionally astute style across the fretboard throughout a fortuitous career that includes collaborations and appearances with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dizzy Gillespie. The eight-time Grammy-nominated artist has also developed a wide reputation as an expert educator with a genuine interest in the up-and-comers of the jazz world. Thus the Frank DiBussolo Group was born.
 
Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the band’s members share a likeminded vision for cutting across generation gaps, proving those gaps arbitrary in the process by turning the tried and true into freshness incarnate. It was in this spirit bassist Steven Liu and drummer Bryan Tuk were recruited when, after hearing them play together in another group, the veteran performer approached them about being his new rhythm section.  With rising-star vocalist Tiffany Grochowski’s talent on board, the picture was complete. The group quickly became aware of a shared affinity for WWII-era swing, of which many gems inevitably made their way onto the debut album, Songs to Write Home About.
 
For its debut album, the Frank DiBussolo Group has assembled a well-chosen program of standards from the swing era that best showcases each member’s strongest colors. From the cool greens of the bandleader’s picking and vocalist Tiffany Grochowski’s swatch of lavenders to bassist Steven Liu’s earthen tones and drummer Bryan Tuk’s cobalt timekeeping, there is much to soak in along the album’s 12-song spectrum, which is a model of economy and grace in jazz arranging. 
 
The group’s approach exemplifies what is already inherent to these songs, an inner soul that adapts to any configuration and context. And it’s no wonder, for human connections are what this intimate cabaret for the new millennium is all about.
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Sat, 16 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=164807
<![CDATA[Elgin Giles]]>
Elgin Giles, a native North Carolinian, was born Dec. 11th, 1991, in Raleigh, NC.  He grew up leading the choir in church and soon began to write/arrange his own music at the young age of 10. With such a powerful ear and soul, Elgin has a level of creativity and showmanship  that is rarely seen in today’s musical pop culture.
     
Elgin is a talented singer and song writer who is an undiscovered pioneer in acting and many other forms of visual entertainment. Support this young star by simply adding him to your social media sites right above the page menu. Check out his music and trust me you won't be disappointed, look out for this talented young man to be a hit sensation in the mainstream media and be the first to say you knew him before his career blew up to the masses.
 

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Sat, 16 May 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197578
<![CDATA[Parents of PS 9]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194975 <![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, 17 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188825 <![CDATA[Beau Howard]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198840 <![CDATA[Lindsey Holloway]]> Lindsey Holloway ~ Make Someone Happy
 
Award-winning actress and singer and 2014 MetroStar Finalist Lindsey Holloway presents an evening of story and song chronicling the search for and the discovery of true personal happiness, with songs from both chapters of the Great American Songbook, as well as classic favorites from the Golden Age of Broadway.
 
 
Lindsey Holloway began her professional performing career as a teenager doing theatre in her native Dallas, Texas, and has since relocated to New York City to pursue show business.  Performing highlights since arriving in the city are singing and dancing in the chorus of the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids benefit Broadway Backwards 5 at Lincoln Center, performing as Rachel in the reading of "Work: The Musical" at the Metropolitan Playhouse, and singing in both the 2011 and 2013 Drama League Benefit Galas, honoring Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, respectively.  Some of her favorite regional theatre roles include Alaura Kingsley in "City of Angels", Roberta in "Zanna, Don't!", for which she won Dallas' Column Award, and Fraulein Kost in "Cabaret", for which she won Dallas' Leon Rabin Award.  During last year's 2014 MetroStar Talent Challenge, Lindsey rounded out as a Top 5 finalist.  Lindsey looks forward to continuing to pursue the work she loves so much in the city she loves so much.
 
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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194737
<![CDATA[Nathan Lee Graham]]>


The multi-talented Nathan Lee Graham of stage, screen and film is very excited to debut his songbooks at Metropolitan Room!  PERFECTLY PORTER! Mr. Graham explores the clever and classy music of Cole Porter. The effervescent, the bon vivant, the timeless. We invite you too come do hear the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom when the jungle shadows fall! 

Nathan’s New York credits include the Broadway productions of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert  and The Wild Party.  Off-Broadway he was recently seen in Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre) and Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre- Drama League nomination).  National Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat.  Regionally Nathan has just recently done a star turn as the “Emcee” in Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis& Cincinnatti Playhouse in The Park), he has made appearances in The Wild Party (Blank Theatre- LADCC Award, Ovation nomination)  Gift of the Magi (Capital Rep), Once On This Island (O’Keefe Center), The Rabbit Foot (Illinois Theatre Co), Riverview The Musical (Goodman Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC), Division Street (Minnesota Rep) Henry IV: Part I (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).  On television he has been seen as a recurring role on HBO’s.  “The Comeback” with guest star roles on “Absolutely Fabulous”, “It’s All Relative”, “Scrubs”, “Quintuplets” and “Law & Order SVU”.  Nathan is fondly remembered for his film appearances in Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch.  Other films include: 818. Trophy Kids and Migraine.  Nathan was a featured soloist on the 2005 Grammy Award winning “Best Classical Album” of William Bolcom’s Song of Innocence and of Experience.   Nathan is a consummate cabaret artist and a proud graduate of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.  
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Tue, 19 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175852
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 19 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189512
<![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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Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199195
<![CDATA[Lauren Fox]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189788 <![CDATA[Bernie's Sing Your Heart Out Talent Showcase]]>
If you'd like to see up-and-comining talent from the NYC area, this is the show to see.  Hear some of the hottest performers sing their heart out at our New Talent Showcase.   This show is videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR.  Be part of history and maybe one day you'll say, "I knew them when..."




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If you'd like more information about auditioning and performing, or if you're a booker, manager, agent or producer and are interested in reviewing our talent, please contact joanne@metropolitanroom.com]]>
Thu, 21 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192277
<![CDATA[Arlo Hill]]> I'VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser
 
Hailed at Carnegie hall as a "powerhouse baritone" with a "stunning voice and stage presence," Lotte Lenya Award winner Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the Opera, The Most Happy Fella) makes his Metropolitan Room debut with the music of Frank Loesser.
 
I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the writer of Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and much, much more.  A musical journey from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way.
 
Discover the joys of Loesser’s music, and explore the little-known gems that are too rarely in the limelight.
 
"A triumphant success on every level... not only for Arlo Hill, but for Frank Loesser's legacy." 
--ShowBizChicago
 
Musical Direction by Rick Hip-Flores (Beautiful, Rocky, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot)
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Thu, 21 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185810
<![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 Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly on drums.


 
 
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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Fri, 22 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182944
<![CDATA[Sybil Gage]]>


Born and raised in New Orleans Sybil Gage had front row schooling  in what makes that city great.  Now living in Florida, Sybil is spreading  New Orleans music to the rest of the world.  The  “Little Dynamo”  is slinky in sequins, and funky in fishnets and has become the darling of the East Coast from New Orleans (  Old U.S. Mint Theater )  to New York City ( Triad Theater W. 72nd St. Broadway ).. Witness “Sybil Gage and Her  Mighty Catahoulas” and a typical evening will include the legendary music of Professor Longhair and James Booker, fun tunes from Smiley Lewis and Jesse Hill and Eddie Bo, blues from  Elmore James, Little Willie John,  Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Etta James, Gus Cannon, as well as many of her own award winning  original contributions. On  intimate evenings , with only piano  to accompany, she sings Pre War Blues, Hokum ,Traditional  New Orleans inspired Jazz  and original tunes that fit seamlessly into her vast repertoire. “I think it’s time we heard the words Sybil Gage and Grammy in the same sentence.”  ~Gentleman Jack Simpson, Jazz on the Beach WUCF. Sybil has opened for such diverse acts as John Waite, Zydeco Queen Rosie Ledet,  Dave Mason, Big Bill Morgenfield, Pat Travers and also has shared the stage with  Glen David Andrews and Marc Stone.  Her stage is decorated with boas and hat boxes. She says  they remind her of her  days working in the Chris Owens Club on Bourbon St. as a costume valet .  Gage  has 2 outstanding CD’s of original material.  Her debut CD RED (2007) , rose to critical acclaim. NOLA CALLING (2010)  was nominated for  “Best Self Produced CD” by the  International Blues Competition ( IBC) in Memphis. WWOZ’s Gentilly Jr. says of NOLA Calling “ I was eagerly awaiting it’s release and I wasn’t disappointed. Great songwriting and musicianship”. Blues 411  says about NOLA Calling : ” Perfectly capturing the nuances, and soft yet harsh dichotomy that is New Orleans, Ms. Gage takes folks back for a visit. Those who have never been, can be introduced by one the cities very own”.
 
Sybil is a New Orleans performer who has filled rooms and hearts with her blues brand. She has performed at Earl’s Hideway in Sebastian Florida, The Downtown Blues Bar and Grille in Palatka, The Beach Shack in Cocoa Beach,  The Delancey in New York City , The Funky Pirate  on Bourbon St. On the jazzy side, she has also held her own , recently completing a 3 year residency at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach. She often performs in the Space Coast Jazz Society Concert Series in the Southeast.  She is a regular at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, and  The Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival in Deland and  attributes her  success to the unique experience of growing up in New Orleans .  “When you are exposed to  good music , all the time, it’s bound to rub off on you.”  A very rare performer,  Sybil is available work in the most audacious of blues joints, to the most sophisticated of jazz venues.  “Sybil Gage is a superstar in our own backyard” ~ Joel Greenblatt, President , Space Coast Jazz Society.
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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=177654
<![CDATA[Sharon Rae North]]>
A blend of traditional jazz standards with a taste of smooth/contemporary jazz mixed in for good measure. BIO: • “Line up all the female jazz vocalists you can think of and Sharon Rae North can sing them all under the table.” Jay Edwards, DJ WCLK-FM, Atlanta, GA


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Sat, 23 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=164003
<![CDATA[Nancy Seabold]]>
"Love and How it Grows You," Story Two... A Musical Revue, through the eyes of Sara  
Steve Ross, Musical Director, piano; Sean Harkness, guitar








About Nancy Seabold
Nancy Seabold received her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has performed as a solo artst throughout the United States and Canada in Community Concerts and has sung leading roles for the Opera Company of Boston, Ford’s Theater in Washingtn DC, Goodspeed Opera in East Haddam, Connectcut and for The Spoleto Festval, Italy 2nd Soprano soloist for Handel’s “Messiah” with the Boston Symphony, Radio City Music Hall, Christmas and Easter shows and was on radio for “Opera Stars of Tomorrow," NYC.
 
The last few years she has sung for hire in classical church concerts in CT.  Nancy performed at the Metopolitan Room for the Guinness World Record Event, as well as her show, “Love and How It Grows You," February 21st and now has added the second of a trilogy on the subject, Through the eyes of Sara.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194227
<![CDATA[Erin Cross]]>



Erin Cross  brings a unique stylistic viewpoint to whatever she sings, and in this program, she gives voice to 20th century classics with a sound that is as fresh as it is sensuous.
 
In her Art, she has a need that she cannot deny: to allow her soul to speak through whatever music she sings  
 
As has been the way with artists such as Patsy Cline, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt, Erin has found her authentic voice despite a string of stops, starts and diversions.
 
What once seemed challenging and unreachable has proven to lead to her to destiny's door.
 
Erin's debut at The  Metropolitan Room  promises a night of music that is sure to touch a part of your soul while paying homage to the music that has touched hers.
 
Erin Cross Bio
Over a year in the making, Erin Cross at The Metropolitan Room is pinnacle event enroute to Erin’s destiny, the absolute need to sing.
 
The show has taken many directions, always returning to the same core artists and their work.  Patsy Cline, Carole King, KD Lang and Billy Joel to name a few, have served as Erin’s inspiration through her artistic exploration. It is the honesty of their soul through music that moves us and compels to hear what they have to say.
 
Armed with not only a solid vocal foundation, Erin holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education.  Simply put, when Erin is not on the stage performing, you may walk into her classroom and find her working, or “performing” with her middle school students as Choral and Drama Director.
 
Although trained classically, Erin is very passionate about musical theatre and the music that moves her. Erin has studied tirelessly to execute the seamless vocal transition through not only classical repertoire and musical theatre, but jazz, pop and rock as well as other contemporary styles.
 
Erin’s future plans include new cabaret productions exploring various genres. 
 
What speaks to her soul is what Erin must sing. 
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Sat, 23 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192354
<![CDATA[Collin Marrero]]> Collin Marrero cannonballed into the fabulous waters of singing by age 8 and hasn’t come up for breath since.

 


With a range that encompasses all octaves, Collin enjoys the thrill of rendering his audiences speechless by visiting glass-shattering highs and the guttural basement-dwelling lows. In addition to his dynamic range, his voice is full of warmth, emotion and a graceful power that has been found in the legendary performers of yester-year. From pop to R&B, soul to jazz, and even the theatrical, his voice combines elements of these genres fluidly, with the end result a spectacularly broken mold.
 
He began his professional music career on the stages of the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, working his way up the ranks from chorus boy to leading man, continually wowing crowds with his scale straddling. Collin has played well over two dozen roles and counting, allowing his stage presence to develop steadily stronger.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188747
<![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 May 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182394
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday Elizabeth Sullivan]]> Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Sullivan: Mother of Singers, Mistress of Song

RIchard Skipper's article about Elizabeth... http://richardskipper.blogspot.com/2014/05/elizabeth-sullivan-celebrating-mothers.html



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Sun, 24 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173077
<![CDATA[Alberto Carrión]]>

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Sun, 24 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201273
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sun, 24 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199259
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192319 <![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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Tue, 26 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187059
<![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 26 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189513
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: EDYTHE EISENBERG
 
Performing will be Top Cabaret stars of all ages:

Richard Skipper
Sarah Rice
Jana Robbins
David F. Slone, Esq
Stacy Sullivan
Chuck Karel 
Tanya Moberly
LeRoy Reams
 
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 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191659
<![CDATA[Filup Groft]]>


Filup Groft is a singer songwriter, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently he resides in New York City; performing his original music around the city, with a monthly show at The Metropolitan Room. Ranging from original scores for theater to customized work for yoga and dance studios, Filup’s music has no limits. He writes to spead the stories of undying love! Keep on the look out for his debut album, "Coming Through" and the new musical, Piano Bar. 

PRESS RELEASE:

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Wed, 27 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200532
<![CDATA[Arlo Hill]]> I'VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser
 
Hailed at Carnegie hall as a "powerhouse baritone" with a "stunning voice and stage presence," Lotte Lenya Award winner Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the Opera, The Most Happy Fella) makes his Metropolitan Room debut with the music of Frank Loesser.
 
I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the writer of Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and much, much more.  A musical journey from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way.
 
Discover the joys of Loesser’s music, and explore the little-known gems that are too rarely in the limelight.
 
"A triumphant success on every level... not only for Arlo Hill, but for Frank Loesser's legacy." 
--ShowBizChicago
 
Musical Direction by Rick Hip-Flores (Beautiful, Rocky, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot)
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Thu, 28 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185811
<![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>



"She is an actress-singer who takes a fresh perspective on nearly every song she tackles, and she does so deftly, with lightness and grace—but also with considerable assurance. She knows what position she wants to take on each selection and how to put her point across. Song after song, I found myself with such thoughts as 'I've never heard that take before,' or 'the song works so well this way,' or 'what a terrific line delivery.'" - Roy Sander, Bistro Awards]]>
Thu, 28 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190770
<![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, 29 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=160065
<![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, 29 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182596
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 30 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199260
<![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: 
 
 
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 : 
 
 
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.
 


Stephen Sorokoff's review of Cynthia Farrell's show at the Metropolitan Room on December 7th:

http://www.t2conline.com/my-view-stephen-sorokoff-cynthia-farrell-a-voice-to-be-heard/]]>
Sat, 30 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190890
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively 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” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 30 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183734
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182740 <![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196010 <![CDATA[Debra Allee & Joan Petrella]]> Debra Allee and Joan Petrella are back at the Metropolitan Room with a new show—it’s about MEN. The two singers explore this enticing subject from a woman’s point of view, through a wide range of songs, from jazz standards, musical theater tunes, and rollicking rock/disco. Teri Ralston directs and Dan Furman is musical director and leads the trio—piano, bass and drums. ]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199696 <![CDATA[Val Moranto]]> "Val Moranto: At Last~ A Night of Acoustic Blues"   will be me in my raw, real & unplugged state. where my blues and soul singing is where my voice lives.  I will be putting my own blues, soul and r&b spin on classic pop, musical theatre, blues and jazz songs!

Val Moranto is thrilled to be making her 2nd appearance at the Metropolitan Room!  She recently finished a highly successful run of Les Miserables at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Fl.   That was Val’s 2nd time at the Les Miz rodeo~ the first being at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.  Other favorite Broadway Benefit, Touring, Recording and Regional credits include:  The Who’s Tommy as the Acid Queen on tour, Fiddler on the Roof as Fruma Sarah at both the Ogunquit Playhouse and the Fulton Theatre, Beehive in the Janis Joplin track directed by the one and only Donna Drake, The Actor’s Fund Benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with an all star cast performed at the August Wilson Theatre, Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway 101 and Only Make Believe Benefits and the NYC reading/demo/promotional recording of Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey’s Helen Hayes Award Nominated Brother Russia.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Joseph Macchia, Kevon Morin, Will Perez, Dana Iannuzzi and my amazing husband Tom Janus for his ongoing support. This and every performance is dedicated to the loving memory of my mom…who is watching tonight from the best seat in the house!]]>
Sun, 31 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=179911
<![CDATA[T Oliver Reid]]>


Singer and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. In this new show, Reid performs each number with the unmistakable dramatic flair of a musical theater veteran, and he also provides an overview of the clubs, musicians, and social context of the music. Funny, informative, and a consummate showman, Reid will transport you back to the heyday of iconic venues like the Cotton Club. “In 1934, on a Saturday night in New York City, if you were boozin’ and jazzin’, you were doing it in Harlem.” 80 years later, we’re doing it right here at Metropolitan Room.

T. Oliver Reid - "Take The 'A' Train/Drop Me Off In Harlem" - Live At The Metropolitan Room 11.09.14 from T. Oliver Reid on Vimeo.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183022
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185249 <![CDATA[Carla Stickler]]>
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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=186292
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185250 <![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", "Jackie" and many others.
 
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.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189514
<![CDATA[Shepley Metcalf]]>
Shepley Metcalf:  Going Places 

 
Described by The Boston Globe as the "superb cabaret/jazz singer and her ace piano accompanist," Shepley Metcalf and Ron Roy return to the Metropolitan Room with a new show, GOING PLACES, a tour from Rhode Island to the Riviera, and beyond, via song.  The duo will take you from London to New York to New Orleans, and from heartache to hilarity, with music by Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cole Porter, and other terrific songwriters.  GOING PLACES explores travel in all its guises...and journeys by plane, by train, and by automobile. 
 
Metcalf and Roy presented “The Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace” at the Metropolitan Room in 2010.  The show earned a favorable New York Times review, and their album of these songs garnered a four-star/excellent rating from Britain’s top jazz magazine, JazzWise.  In 2013 Shepley released “The Songs of Laura Nyro,” an 8-song album recorded live at the Metropolitan Room with Janice Friedman on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Willard Dyson on drums.  And last fall Metcalf and Roy celebrated their new album, “Don’t Bother to Knock,” little-known gems unearthed from the Great American Songbook, at – where else? – the Metropolitan Room.  Reviewing that show, Stage Buddy wrote “possessing a velvety voice with a ragged edge…Ms. Metcalf is musically joined at the hip with her one-man band, extraordinary pianist and arranger Ron Roy.”  Roy is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory and at The Tuscany Project, a vocal workshop held each summer in Italy.  He and Metcalf met at The Tuscany Project (she was a student), and the Boston-based duo have performed together since 2008.  
 
 “Her achingly beautiful interpretation of Cole Porter’s “Who Said Gai Paree?,” a song cut from his musical Can-Can and only recorded by Cole himself, was given an equally heartbreaking arrangement by Mr. Roy, who wove in strains of the familiar “I Love Paris.”  Stage Buddy
 
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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183723
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185251 <![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185252 <![CDATA[Analisa Bell]]> Perthonality: Analisa Bell

 
Music Director: Alex Rybeck
 
“Incredible voice” - Julia Hern, Australian Stage Online
 
“Bell belts out her songs with gusto and great comedic timing” - Victoria Laurie, ABC Australia 

No, she hasn’t got a lisp. Analisa Bell is from the most isolated city on earth. It’s in Australia, and it’s called Perth. She also has a whole lot of personality! Put that together and you get a Perthonality! She’s also known for producing great cabaret in her hometown, but who is she now? Join Analisa as shares her observations on her new life in New York, and sings some of her favorites – think Ethel Merman, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and even Marilyn Monroe!
 
Analisa Bell graduated from the Certificate of Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2000. 
 
As one of Australia's rising cabaret stars, Analisa has performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Short + Sweet Cabaret, Sydney Cabaret Showcase, Perth’s Fringe World Festival, as well as making her New York City debut at The Duplex in 2012 after participating at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale. She is a featured regular at Perth's premier cabaret venue Downstairs at the Maj and The Butterfly Club in Melbourne.
 
She has devised and performed in a number of sell-out one woman shows including: The Fat Lady Sings, Gold-digger, Two Weeks in Paris, Strange Fruit: A Billie Holiday Tribute, Gershwin and Other Men: Songs to Warm the Heart and Diamonds: Marilyn Monroe Lives Inside Me. Her collaborative cabarets have also had successful runs, including You’ve Got That Thing! – A Tribute to Cole Porter, for which she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Ethel Merman.
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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191035
<![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, 05 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=174213
<![CDATA[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 
 
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, 05 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182306
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199262
<![CDATA[Tribute to Karen Carpenter]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon,Now and Forever an evening of Karen Carpenter. 
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194502
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182741 <![CDATA[Steve D'Agostino]]> Steve D'Agostino,


Steve D'Agostino has been performing the songs from the "Great American Songbook" for over 30 years. His journey to a commitment of "expression" through the music and lyrics made popular in the United States and around the world by vocalist such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash took root a long time ago.
 
At the age of 8, Steve responded enthusiastically to the opportunity of attending weekly guitar lessons. Playing the guitar and listening to classic vocal performances of standard tunes with his dad at a young age provided Steve with the essential experience and exposure that began to mold his understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm. 
 
At the age of 14, while attending St. Joseph's high school in Trumbull, Steve began to study guitar with Tony Purrone and Sal Salvador at the University of Bridgeport. During his course of study with these university professors, Steve secured a position playing guitar with the University of Bridgeport Big Band under the direction of Gary Riggerio. 
 
In the early 80's, Steve started playing guitar and singing "live" with his first band "Finesse". The band experienced quite a following and established themselves as a successful GB (general business) group in Connecticut performing an average of 100 engagements a year. As Steve continued to evolve, his voice began to be an essential skill that his band began to rely on. As a result of his vocal development, in the the late 80's, Steve began to dedicate himself more on the development of his singing skills.
 
Today, Steve's 30 plus years of experience are evident with every performance as he tenderly delivers melodies on ballads or relaxes the placement of a lyric on any "medium" to "up-tempo" swing tune. This vocal artistry has taken Steve from "coast to coast" and through the dedication of he and his live band, Steve has become "the standard" of this genre of music on the local scene. 
 
In addition to regular engagements at some of the finest restaurants and night clubs in Connecticut, Steve's performing credits include appearances in Las Vegas at The Paris Casino Hotel, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, The Pequot Room at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT and the MGM Grand Theatre. 
 
Steve continues to honor and maintain the tradition of the Great American Songbook today by humbly interpreting the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Every time he stands in front of an audience, his interpretations of these great american songs reminds his audience about the skill and importance of the "art and craft" of songwriting and public performance.
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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176232
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 07 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196011 <![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
About Gretchen
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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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173029
<![CDATA[Tony Awards Party]]> Join us for a fun evening watching the Live Telecast of The Tony Awards
 
Seats are Limited.  Reservation by Phone Only 212.206.0440
 
6pm Red Carpet 
8pm Awards Telecast

The first ever Metropolitan Room TONY Awards Party. Join us on June 7th as we celebrate Broadway's Best. Doors will open at 5:45 PM when we do our very own Red Carpet Arrivals interviewed on the Red Carpet and the enter the beautiful Metropolitan Room, as you watch the TONY Awards Red Carpet Arrivals from 7-8 and then at 8PM we switch over to The TONYS. 
 
We'll be featuring Live Music and Broadway Entertainment as well. 
 
Everyone will have the chance to be winners as well. You will receive a ballot to select who you think will win. We'll be giving away prizes. and offer a special Tony Cocktail.

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 06:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195804
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185253 <![CDATA[Alicia Taylor Tomasko & Christie Prades]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197554 <![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185254 <![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, 09 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189515
<![CDATA[Tom Culver]]>


An artful musicality and an assuring optimism light up Lucky To Be Me, Tom Culver's new CD. With a burnished voice and impeccable phrasing, he reinvents songs from a roster of brilliant American songwriters -- from Cole Porter to Randy Newman -- but the title tells his truth. "It's how I've got to feel," he says, "I'm lucky to do what I've wanted to do all my life."]]>
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=184917
<![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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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185729
<![CDATA[Jonathan Saraga]]>



Manhattan, NYC native, trumpeter and composer Jonathan Saraga has been said by All About Jazz to possess the musical “wisdom and maturity of veterans more than twice his age,” and that “his chops, lust for musical life and don't-box-me-into-a-stylistic-corner mentality make him seem like the musical offspring of trumpeters Dave Douglas and Ambrose Akinmusire."
 
As the winner of the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition, and one of
five finalists in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Jonathan
has been proving that his original voice “...is one that is indeed worthy of attention,” (as
bassist Todd Coolman proclaims), and that he is emerging as  “...a force...” (as pianist
Pete Malinverni calls him) within the jazz community. To further cement proof of his
unique abilities, note that Saraga was one of two trumpeters selected from an
international pool to participate in the 2010 School of Improvisational Music Intensive
Program, and was one of only two trumpeters considered for the 2014 Juilliard Artist
Diploma.
 
Since obtaining his Masters degree as a performing artist in 2011, he has
been featured as part of the Young Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next
Doorat La Lanterna Cafe, and as part of the Emerging Players Series for
Festival of New Trumpet Music.  He has been subject to interview by
Festival of NewTrumpet Music, The Trumpet Blog, and Fluke Productions
in London. Jonathan has been presenting his original music around
NYC, at the Shapeshifter Lab, Seeds, Sycamore, the Douglas St. Music
Collective, iBeam, the University of the Streets, and Smalls Jazz Club
where the music from his debut album, First Vision, was premiered
in 2012.
     
The record features all Saraga-penned original works, and has
been stated by All About Jazz to be "...a skillfully conceived and
exquisitely realized debut that brings to mind the edgy,
envelope-pushing hard bop of many a Blue Note record in the
early 1960s." They have even hailed it as a "...stand up and
take notice musical offering...," and speak of it's "...rare blend
of individuality and maturity..." First Vision has received air-
play throughout the east-coast on stations like 90.3
FM the Core, Weaa 88.9, and BreakThru Radio's show
the Jazz Hole. It has since been adopted by the Blue
Truffle Music record label, and continues to circulate
around the U.S.
 
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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200190
<![CDATA[Lauren Fox]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189789 <![CDATA[A Tribute to Sarah "Sassay" Vaughan - Featuring Indigo Love]]> Indigo Love – A performing artist with over twenty years of enthralling audiences, Love is a naturally gifted performer with a four octave vocal range and has been described as "easily captivating and able to enthrall an audience with her extraordinary talent, honest emotions and flawless delivery, a truly gifted and all around performer.
 
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, recipient of Delta Sigma Theta’s Young Artist Award and a semi-finalist in Baltimore's 14th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, Indigo has performed as an opening act for artists such as Peabo Bryson, Miki Howard, Joyce Cooling, Paul Traylor, Roy Ayers and several other national artists.
 
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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=179236
<![CDATA[Adam Shapiro]]>


Adam B. Shapiro, the bearded, leather-loving teddy bear Bella from HBO’s The Normal Heart is a 2013 MAC Award winner for Musical Comedy performer.  Adam premieres his newest show Nothing Normal, an eclectic mix of songs and stories celebrating the hilarious and precarious sides of life, including some anecdotes from behind the scenes of the movie. Working with MAC and Bistro Award winners Barry Levitt (Musical Director) and Peter Napolitano (Director), with the Barry Levitt Trio, Adam promises an evening of smiles and surprises, showing that, while he might not be normal, he’s got a lot of heart.]]>
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195996
<![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, 13 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196292
<![CDATA[Sylvia Mims]]> Sylvia Mims returns to the Metropolitan Room with an eclectic jazz set including a medley of Michel Legrand compositions, Stevie Wonder, an ode to the music of Brazil, and a few surprises.
 
“You are a f*cking good singer. Excuse my language, but I have no other words to express just how good you are”
Gene Bertoncini, jazz guitarist
 
“She has a beautiful voice, a wide range, and a powerful delivery, hitting the center of every note. She puts a lot of feeling into the lyrics of each song, has very attractive jazz phrasing, and swings at every tempo.”
Scott Yanow, Jazz Reviewer


 
Sylvia is a legit vocalist with classical training and a jazz sensibility, capable of weaving intricate stories with an exquisitely colorful voice. Her rare gift of singing moving renditions is simply captivating. Sylvia Mims is a rare talent, seamlessly blending a deeply rooted jazz sensibility with classical training. Sylvia s alluring voice was perhaps best described by renowned jazz pianist Les McCann, who lauded it for its beauty, effortless range, and the rare gift of storytelling through song. Sylvia’s timbre is like a signature: unique and making each song personal and each story genuinely lived; her extraordinary vocal range is matched by that of her favorite genres: the Great American Song Book, early and contemporary Jazz, Bossa Nova, Broadway, R&B, and Blues.
 
Sylvia recently released her debut CD “Where Lovers Live”. Where Lovers Live explores the multi-layered complexity of love; from the beginning of a new romance to the enduring love after years of life experiences, Sylvia Mims tells each tale with captivating honesty, exquisite storytelling and breathtaking vocals. Recorded with legendary musical director/jazz pianist, Donn Trenner, whose color filled playing is the perfect compliment to Sylvia's impressive emotive presentation. Jazz reviewer, Scott Yanow, stated that “Listeners who enjoy hearing first-class interpretations of classic lyrics should consider Sylvia Mims’ Where Lovers Live to be a must.”
 
Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was extremely active in southern California, being the featured vocalist of the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Karen Hammack, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Putter Smith, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia's warm, breathtaking vocals are a conduit to a uniquely appealing and engaging live experience. She is equally compelling singing jazz legend Horace Silver's Nica's Dream as she is performing Your Daddy's Son from the musical Ragtime. Each of her performances has a full range of emotional shades that captivate and enthrall listeners, and her adeptness at singing diverse styles appeals to a broad audience; indeed, to anyone who loves music and wants to be moved.
 
Website:   sylviamims.com
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sylvia-Mims/282600555230877?ref=hl
 
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/sylviamims
 
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaqhCG4f8D-2FQfDkHGlv2Q
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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185961
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170095 <![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, 14 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182395
<![CDATA[Quarter 2 Four]]> The new jazz-pop-show quartet “Quarter 2 Four” (Q2IV) featuring the vocal talents of Liz McKendry, Jody Mullen, Erika Banks and songwriter Rick Knight will present their premiere set of original jazz, pop and show tunes.


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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193187
<![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:.

CONFIRMED (In alphabetical order):
Alex Rybeck  
Andy Kahan 
Barry Levitt     
Billy Stritch 
Bill Zeffiro 
Bryon Sommers   
David Alpher  
David Shenton 
Don Rebic  
Frank Ponzio 
Ian Herman 
Jeff Cubeta  
Jeff Franzel 
Jeffrey Klitz
John McMahon 
Jon Delfin
Kathleen Landis 
Mark Janas 
Matt Baker
Michael McAssey
Nate Buccieri
Paul Chamlin
Paul Greenwood
Paul Stephan
Peter Calo
Rick Jensen 
Ricky Ritzel   
Ron Abel 
Sean Harkness      
Steve Ross
Tedd Firth  
Tex  Arnold 
Tracy Stark       
Yasukiho Fukuoka 
 
INVITED & UNCONFIRMED OR UNABLE TO ATTEND:
Bobby Peaco 
Chris Grasso  
Christopher Denny 
Chuck Mymit 
Daryl Kojak  
David Budway 
David Pearl 
David Snyder 
Douglas Cohen 
Earl Wentz 
Ed Alstrom 
Emiko 
Fred Barton  
Greg Pliska 
Greg Schlotthauer
James Followell  
Jason Teborek  
Jay Leonhart  
John McDaniel 
Johnny Rodgers 
Jon Weber
Lanny Meyers  
Mark Hartman           
Matthew Ward 
Michele Brourman  
Nate Buccieri  
Patrick Degennaro                     
Ross Patterson  
Russ Kassoff  
Ryan Shirar 
Sheldon Forrest  
Steve Doyle  
Steven Lowenthal
Steven Ray Watkins 
Tardo Hammer  
Ted Stafford  
William TN Hall  
 
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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183990
<![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, 15 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169803
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers-Adler]]>


Fresh from debuting at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Corinna Sowers-Adler will star in “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy”, which is an evening of American popular song filled with funny songs with "crazy words that roll along" to make you laugh, "sad refrains of broken hearts that loved in vain", to make you cry and "crooning blues" that start you tappin’ your feet and lift you out of your seat!

Ms. Sowers-Adler is the latest voice of the American Songbook. She has performed her solo shows to rave reviews at The Metropolitan Room, Stage 72 at the Triad, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre and is the host of the critically acclaimed, MAC award Nominated “Music at the Mansion” series.

Corinna will be joined on stage by Markus Hauck on piano, Colleen Clark on drums and Christian Fabian on bass.  From Berlin to Broadway to The Beatles, Corinna brings a new face to the sound of old favorites and a classic twist to new standards. “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” is an evening not to be missed.
 
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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192553
<![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187243 <![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, 16 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189516
<![CDATA[Tony Corrao]]>

Prepare yourself for a night of swingin jazz delivered by Tony Corrao and his band as he croons the music of the Great American song book. Sit back, relax and enjoy this special evening.
 
Brooklyn born jazz singer Tony Corrao makes his triumphant return to the Metropolitan Room. The Times Square Chronicles said “Tony Corrao has a gorgeous voice” and called him “a perfect choice for cabaret entertainment.” 
 
His love of music is evident in the passion he delivers with each of his performances. His elegant sense of swing and style will transport you back to the era of high society and sophistication
 
Tony has performed at a number of jazz venues in NYC/NJ/Philadelphia, private events and weddings. He also appeared on the TV show “Dublin Housewives”, where he sang lakeside in a most romantic scene at the Boat House in Central Park. The episode and season finale aired in Ireland January, 2013. 
 
Tony was a cast member of the 2012 “Sinatra Birthday Bash” at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. On December 7, 2012, Tony took the stage backed by the 17-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra. He made a return appearance this year at the “Sinatra Tribute Gala Concert” performing with Bob Tuzzo and Champian Fulton.
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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=186293
<![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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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189224
<![CDATA[Melanie Goerlitz & The Bianco Martinis]]> Melanie Goerlitz & The Bianco Martinis


 
 
The Bianco Martinis is a NYC based gypsy jazz band that covers all four corners of the world. Whether it's from South America to Italy, New York to Paris, The Bianco Martinis masterfully blend these sounds into a unique style of a true gypsy. Their music can be best listened to accompanied by their signature drink, "The Bianco Martini" on a crisp evening in New York or Paris, Buenos Aires or Rome. The Bianco Martinis are delighted to be playing this legendary NYC cabaret showroom, The Metropolitan Room. Melanie Goerlitz will start out the evening in a classic cabaret style, and then bring on The Bianco Martinis for a delightful set of gypsy jazz. The Metropolitan Room will be serving The Bianco Martinis signature drink, and as always with The Bianco Martinis, the last sip is the sweetest.
 
Melanie is a lyric soprano based out of New York City. She was delighted to recently make her European debut in a concert tour throughout Poland. This concert highlighted the works of contemporary and traditional musical theater, and she was accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Additionally, she just recorded her first album, “Broadway After Midnight” to be released in Poland in March 2012. 
 
Melanie is also extremely proud to have made her Carnegie Hall debut this past December 2011. She recently joined the New York Choral Society which has led to other similar endeavors, with Carnegie Hall being a major highlight. “Everyone always asks, ‘Where is the best place to perform in New York?’ I’ve always heard it was Carnegie Hall, and now I know without a doubt it is true! What a thrill to sing on that stage.” This was one of many concerts performed in New York this season with the New York Choral Society, and Melanie is looking forward to many more.  
 
Music has always been the breath of life for Melanie. From a very young age, everyone around her noticed that she had a special gift, and so she began to cultivate it at the age of 8. She started with piano lessons, and naturally excelled in music. She had a knack for all sides of music and entertaining. "I remember singing along to my tape recorder and imagining that I was on a stage. At night, my parents would tell me to go to sleep, but I just couldn't turn the music off! I also used to direct my childhood playmates in imaginary garage performances!"  At the age of 10, she auditioned for an exclusive group called Marywood College Children's Choir. Coming from a one-stoplight town, she was up against all the "city" girls of Scranton, PA.  She sang her first solo with this group, and from that moment on, she knew she belonged on a stage. 
 
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Fast forwarding several years, it was apparent that Melanie was going to have a promising future in music. In high school, she competed statewide at PMEA music festivals and was awarded first place soprano in the entire state--the biggest achievement she'd made up to that point. Soon after, she was admitted into her top choice school, Carnegie Mellon University. While studying at CMU, Melanie managed to sing her way to the top. "I suddenly felt like a tiny fish in a huge ocean, so I knew I had to work my hardest." She performed in many concerts, but a few of the highlights included the role of "Val" in A Chorus Line, "Nancy" in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, "Second Lady" in scenes from The Magic Flute, soloist in Bach's Magnificat, and fabulously featured ensemble in Candide. 
 
After graduating with the highest honors, Melanie spent the summer studying opera in Italy. This experience had a great influence on her. "I absolutely fell in love with everything about Italy. The music, the culture, the beautiful terrain, the sun, the food, the people, and of course the wine," she said with a laugh. "I wanted to stay there and just sing forever." After spending the rest of the year on a national tour of "Swing! The Musical" she returned to Italy to spend another summer studying and performing. This wonderful experience led her to make her operatic debut as the prize role of "Nannetta" in Falstaff at the Crested Butte Music Festival. 
 
Ironically, after making the big move to New York City she had a series of jobs that took her right back out of the city. She booked the part of lead singer on a luxury cruise line, where she also developed her own one-woman cabaret act. She even had the pleasure to sing back up for Florence Henderson. Traveling the world while singing was an incredible and life-changing experience for Melanie. She was able to ride a camel at the pyramids, see penguins in Antarctica, and swim with sting rays in Bora Bora. Then something began to gently tug her; she knew it was time to come back to New York City. 
 
"In this field, you do not always know what the next step is until you're about to take a huge jump. I have this incredibly strong faith that each step leads me closer to my ultimate goals," she said. Now that she is planning to stay in New York, she is exploring the many performing opportunities the city has to offer. "I'm constantly inspired by the world around me, and I feel blessed that I have seen so much.” Instead of finding inspiration at the pyramids, now she now finds it daily in New York City. “If I can make it actually around the world and back again, I can make it here,”  said with a huge grin.


 

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193689
<![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, 18 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190622
<![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, 19 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172942
<![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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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187060
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199264
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers-Adler]]>


Fresh from debuting at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Corinna Sowers-Adler will star in “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy”, which is an evening of American popular song filled with funny songs with "crazy words that roll along" to make you laugh, "sad refrains of broken hearts that loved in vain", to make you cry and "crooning blues" that start you tappin’ your feet and lift you out of your seat!

Ms. Sowers-Adler is the latest voice of the American Songbook. She has performed her solo shows to rave reviews at The Metropolitan Room, Stage 72 at the Triad, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre and is the host of the critically acclaimed, MAC award Nominated “Music at the Mansion” series.

Corinna will be joined on stage by Markus Hauck on piano, Colleen Clark on drums and Christian Fabian on bass.  From Berlin to Broadway to The Beatles, Corinna brings a new face to the sound of old favorites and a classic twist to new standards. “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” is an evening not to be missed.
 
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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192554
<![CDATA[Veronika Rodriguez Jazz Quintet]]>



Le Duo
Allo J-Philippe et Vero:
 
Voici c'est plusiers paragraphes que j'ai
compose pour plaider pour ton spectacle:
 
 
Le Jazz Hot!
 
         Singer Veronika Rodriguez and saxophonist Jean-Philippe Vidal bring sexy energy to their interpretation
of jazz classics like Dizzy Gillespie’s Night In Tunisia -as well as selections from the Great American Songbook,
Gershwin, Porter et al.
 
         Influenced by progenitors like Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, Veronika enriches the Scat tradition with her sensual, honey-voiced stylings.         

As leaders of the jazz community in France, 
their annual concert, Nuit du Jazz, has become the hottest fall 
attraction in their hometown of Nantes. 
 
         Rodriguez has won numerous honors on the Continent, including Best Jazz Recording, Hamburg, and London’s Foreign Jazz Music award.
 
         A specialty of the Big Band is Jean-Philippe’s recreation of the arrangements that orchestrators such as Nelson Riddle and Billy May provided for people like Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
 
Ca marche pour toi?
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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185201
<![CDATA[The Frank DiBussolo Group]]>

Since 1965, guitarist Frank DiBussolo has been gracing concert halls and studios alike with his technical proficiency and smooth, emotionally astute style across the fretboard throughout a fortuitous career that includes collaborations and appearances with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dizzy Gillespie. The eight-time Grammy-nominated artist has also developed a wide reputation as an expert educator with a genuine interest in the up-and-comers of the jazz world. Thus the Frank DiBussolo Group was born.
 
Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the band’s members share a likeminded vision for cutting across generation gaps, proving those gaps arbitrary in the process by turning the tried and true into freshness incarnate. It was in this spirit bassist Steven Liu and drummer Bryan Tuk were recruited when, after hearing them play together in another group, the veteran performer approached them about being his new rhythm section.  With rising-star vocalist Tiffany Grochowski’s talent on board, the picture was complete. The group quickly became aware of a shared affinity for WWII-era swing, of which many gems inevitably made their way onto the debut album, Songs to Write Home About.
 
For its debut album, the Frank DiBussolo Group has assembled a well-chosen program of standards from the swing era that best showcases each member’s strongest colors. From the cool greens of the bandleader’s picking and vocalist Tiffany Grochowski’s swatch of lavenders to bassist Steven Liu’s earthen tones and drummer Bryan Tuk’s cobalt timekeeping, there is much to soak in along the album’s 12-song spectrum, which is a model of economy and grace in jazz arranging. 
 
The group’s approach exemplifies what is already inherent to these songs, an inner soul that adapts to any configuration and context. And it’s no wonder, for human connections are what this intimate cabaret for the new millennium is all about.
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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=164808
<![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, 20 Jun 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197272
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199265
<![CDATA[Veronika Rodriguez Jazz Quintet]]>



Le Duo
Allo J-Philippe et Vero:
 
Voici c'est plusiers paragraphes que j'ai
compose pour plaider pour ton spectacle:
 
 
Le Jazz Hot!
 
         Singer Veronika Rodriguez and saxophonist Jean-Philippe Vidal bring sexy energy to their interpretation
of jazz classics like Dizzy Gillespie’s Night In Tunisia -as well as selections from the Great American Songbook,
Gershwin, Porter et al.
 
         Influenced by progenitors like Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, Veronika enriches the Scat tradition with her sensual, honey-voiced stylings.         

As leaders of the jazz community in France, 
their annual concert, Nuit du Jazz, has become the hottest fall 
attraction in their hometown of Nantes. 
 
         Rodriguez has won numerous honors on the Continent, including Best Jazz Recording, Hamburg, and London’s Foreign Jazz Music award.
 
         A specialty of the Big Band is Jean-Philippe’s recreation of the arrangements that orchestrators such as Nelson Riddle and Billy May provided for people like Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
 
Ca marche pour toi?
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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185862
<![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, 21 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159843
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]> The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Rebekah Lowin celebrates the incomparable legacy of the late singer Eva Marie Cassidy in this stunning, powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction by Peter Calo, and loving input from Eva's family. Full band announced soon.
 
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In 2013, Stephen Holden of The New York Times dubbed Lowin “one of the most promising [young singers]...impressive for her freshness and lack of self-dramatization." Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes writes that "Rebekah Lowin, disarming cabaret newbie, glows," while Alix Cohen of Woman Around Town declares that "Lowin is a perfect ingénue - extremely pretty, seemingly innocent, with a light, sweet soprano that must make the angels smile." The Bistro Awards, meanwhile, notes her "startling depth of understanding and maturity."
 
A recent graduate of Columbia University, Rebekah is a two-time recipient of the Lott Award for Outstanding Service to the Musical Organization, the winner of the Dorothy Dakin Pine Award for the Artist Scholar, a finalist in the 2013 Noël Coward Award Competition sponsored by The Noël Coward Foundation London, and the inaugural winner and two-time Audience Favorite at 54 Below's 12-week "Callback" singing competition. Her performance resumé includes Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, sold-out solo engagements at 54 Below, Radio City Music Hall, Birdland, the New York Cosmopolitan Club, the Beechman, regular appearances with The Mabel Mercer Foundation, and many more.
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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193123
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173066 <![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]>
“It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: PEGGY EASON
 
Performing will be Top Cabaret stars of all ages:

Natasha Castillo
Adam (comedy)
Jim Speake
Ricky Ritzel
Richard Skipper
Karl Ellman 
Dana Lorge
 
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, 23 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191660
<![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, 23 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189517
<![CDATA[Carly Ozard]]>

Carly presented her one-woman show Midler On the Roof - One Singer's Journey of Divine Intervention to both coasts in Fall 2014. She recalled her childhood and adolescent years as a young performer and finding self acceptance through Bette Midler's music including "From a Distance," "Friends," "Married Men" and more. Midler on the Roof was directed by Broadway performer and comedian Kristine Zbornik and featuring musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins and back up vocals by The Coker Sisters. The show played at the The Triad, New York City, October 7 and at Feinstein's in San Francisco November 7.
 
"The piece is a perfect showcase for her big, rich voice and natural charisma," reported Leslie Delio of Hi! Drama. "She in no way imitates Bette Midler--she doesn't need to. Her talent and personality are unique and very appealing. Her back-up band (Steven Ray Watkins, Tim Lykins, Daniel Fabricatore) and singers (Karen Mack, Rain Collazo) are snapping, lively and fantastic--a perfect match for this personal, outrageous and upbeat show." 
 
"Wonderfully music directed by Steven Ray Watkins..." wrote Buddy Beaverhausen. With a nod to the Halloween season, singing "I Put a Spell on You" from Hocus Pocus, the chanteuse clearly had her LGBT fans in love with her act from the starting gate, witness the thunderous calls, comments, hoots and hollers from last night's crowd. None of this was performed with slavish mimicry but with fresh approaches taken to each song."
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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190785
<![CDATA[Nathalie Schmidt]]> Nathalie Schmidt ~ "Forgotten Lovers" 

with Jason Yeager on Piano

"Greta is getting married next week in Paris. She wants to say goodbye to all her ex-lovers, by dedicating a love song to each of them. Her only problem is she can not remember their names."

Nathalie Schmidt has written and will be performing a bitter-sweet comedy for this one-time engagement, "Forgotten Lovers," a Cabaret about Love and Regret.  
 
Nathalie is a French actress, comedian, singer, writer, director and artist.  She has worked throughout Europe and in the USA

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193510
<![CDATA[THE BROADWAY FOUR]]> The Broadway Four is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic individuals - Thomas DieterTom GuthrieJohnny Hager and Michael Osso - who each bring unique experiences to their performances. They showcase a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan.  Produced and directed by veteran actor Skie OcasioThe Broadway Four is known for its ability to connect with audiences and tell stories through song. Watching a show by The Broadway Four is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. .  Funny, exhilarating and powerful 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 The Broadway Four connect with each other and sound glorious together. 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.
 
http://www.broadwayfour.com
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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196771
<![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187244 <![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187245 <![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200925 <![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: 
 
 
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 : 
 
 
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.
 


Stephen Sorokoff's review of Cynthia Farrell's show at the Metropolitan Room on December 7th:

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190891
<![CDATA[Jillian Laurain]]>
JILLIAN LAURAIN - A Touch of Class ~



Jillian Laurain will be bringing the “Met” to the “Met.”
 
Arias you would hear sung at the Metropolitan Opera, for the first time brought to the stages of the Metropolitan Room.
Opera composers -  Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, Broadway classical composers Rodgers & Hammerstein,
Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with songs by Harold Arlen, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and many more.
What an Evening!  What an Event!
 
Black-Tie, Red Carpet, Pre-Show Champagne Reception
 
Music Director
Maestro Barry Levitt
Howie Gordon on drums
John DiPinto on accordion
Jon Burr on bass 
 

“Jillian Laurain, a class act whose talent runs as deep and wide as a mighty river.  Her latest show allows her to display a tremendous range of musical styles, emotions and characters. Her singing is almost without peer and her acting has great power.  She has a little sass and plenty of sex appeal.  Jillian Laurain is the kind of performer that the waves of young actors and actresses new to our city should be coming to see, to learn from a master”.

Kevin Scott Hall, BistroAwards.Com

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“Jillian Laurain is a knockout both visually and vocally.  Her new show featured a set of songs right in the former opera singer’s powerful vocal wheelhouse that attained her many “bravas!”  She displayed her nightingale-like sound that has a soothing quality.  Levitt guided her into pitching a tantalizing complete-game musical victory that wowed the Metropolitan Room audience from the opening notes”.

Stephen Hanks, BroadwayWorld.Com

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"A rare blend: A beautiful classically trained voice and classic supper-club elegance, meshed with perceptive interpretations, a flare for the dramatic, and the ability to be equally persuasive whether singing with exquisite delicacy or getting down and wailing."

Roy Sander, critic for BistroAwards.com

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161912
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182742 <![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, 28 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182396
<![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187246 <![CDATA[Daniel Bennett]]>
The Mystery at Clown Castle - New York CD Release



New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Insite Magazine calls Bennett's music, "refreshingly capricious and trippy." The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repetition." The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism." Timeout New York raves, "Daniel Bennett airs his lilting, potentially hypnotic compositions!"  Daniel Bennett has been featured on NPR's "Here and Now" radio program and hundreds of major media outlets. The Daniel Bennett Group was recently nominated "Best Jazz Group" in the New York City Hot House Jazz Awards. The band has released five critically-acclaimed albums in the last ten years: A Nation of Bears, The Legend of Bear Thompson, Peace and Stability Among Bears, Live at the Theatre, and Clockhead Goes to Camp.  
 
Daniel Bennett recently composed and performed the original musical score for the stage adaptation of Frankenstein at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan. Recent off-Broadway theater performances include the North American premier of Legacy Falls and a revival of Swingtime Canteen at Cherry Lane Theatre. Daniel Bennett recently played woodwinds in Blank! The Musical, the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. Entertainment Hour raved, "Mike Descoteaux (piano), Daniel Bennett (reeds) and Al Vetere (drums) accompanied the cast expertly and twisted from our randomly chosen notes an impressive score WITHOUT an active conductor or sheet music!"  The New York Times called the show, "Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!"  
 
Daniel Bennett Group is releasing the new album, The Mystery at Clown Castle (Manhattan Daylight Media) at the concert. The band is returning from promotional tours in Chicago, St. Louis, West Palm Beach, Topeka, and Cincinnati.  Daniel Bennett will be joined by Nat Janoff (guitar), Eddy Khaimovich (bass), and Matthew Feick (drums), and special guests! Learn more about the Daniel Bennett Group at www.danielbennettgroup.com

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189549
<![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194206 <![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>



"She is an actress-singer who takes a fresh perspective on nearly every song she tackles, and she does so deftly, with lightness and grace—but also with considerable assurance. She knows what position she wants to take on each selection and how to put her point across. Song after song, I found myself with such thoughts as 'I've never heard that take before,' or 'the song works so well this way,' or 'what a terrific line delivery.'" - Roy Sander, Bistro Awards]]>
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190771
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189546 <![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, 30 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189518
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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191782
<![CDATA[Dave Anthony Vogel]]>


 "An evening of music, friends, and laughs with Dave Anthony Vogel and Friends"
 
Come join David and many of his talented friends serenade you with beautiful music from such theater classics as "Carousel", "She Loves Me", and "Into the Woods" while also dazzling you with some of New York's best up and coming composer/songwriter's! Not to mention some raucous laughs along the way. Definitely not a night to miss!!

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199727
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199267
<![CDATA[Angelo Hart]]> Intrepid: A Jazz Sonata



Angelo Hart has always had a unique and expressive approach to his instrument. Angelo has spent personal time studying jazz and classical legends such as Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, Cecil Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and many more. Time spent with the great educators and musicians in Chicago, along with his natural innovative musicianship has molded him into the great musician that he is today. He approaches the piano with command and finesse, displaying a unique relationship and connection between the two of them.
Angelo's most recent musical endeavors have immersed him in the vastness of improvisation and compositional freedom. Whether he is pushing the boundaries, breaking through, or carefully treading within the lines, Angelo's music is sure to take you on a musical journey!
 
- See more at: 
http://angelohartmusic.com/bio/#sthash.lg3OMNTM.dpuf
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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199070
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192329 <![CDATA[Robbi Kumalo]]>
For over 30 years, she's been healing audiences thru music, delivering impassioned, heartfelt vocals, spiced with improvised wit & humor.  Backed by a dynamic band, often w/hubby Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon Band), Robbi performs original music,  jazz, pop classics, soulful grooves, & melodies in many languages.  As a Teaching Artist, she performs interactive educational concerts & residencies. This is her last season touring for young audiences, she's 'retired' in 2015 to focus on new artistic endeavors!
 
 
Robbi Hall Kumalo's an artist with an electrifying & engaging personality.  She's honed her chops performing, recording, & touring with artsts like Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Arif Mardin, Deepak Chopra, Rod Stewart, Eileen Ivers, and Harry Belafonte among others.  TV appearances with these artists include Oprah, 60 Minutes, Rosie, The View, VH-1 Storytellers, The Today Show, & Late Night with David Letterman.
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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200138
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173084
<![CDATA[This is Your Night, Stu Hamstra!]]> HONOREE:  Stu Hamstra, Celebrating 25 years of Cabaret Hotline publication and Stu's 76th Birthday.



Lineup: TBA

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, 07 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199724
<![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, 07 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189519
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]> The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Rebekah Lowin celebrates the incomparable legacy of the late singer Eva Marie Cassidy in this stunning, powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction by Peter Calo, and loving input from Eva's family. Full band announced soon.
 
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In 2013, Stephen Holden of The New York Times dubbed Lowin “one of the most promising [young singers]...impressive for her freshness and lack of self-dramatization." Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes writes that "Rebekah Lowin, disarming cabaret newbie, glows," while Alix Cohen of Woman Around Town declares that "Lowin is a perfect ingénue - extremely pretty, seemingly innocent, with a light, sweet soprano that must make the angels smile." The Bistro Awards, meanwhile, notes her "startling depth of understanding and maturity."
 
A recent graduate of Columbia University, Rebekah is a two-time recipient of the Lott Award for Outstanding Service to the Musical Organization, the winner of the Dorothy Dakin Pine Award for the Artist Scholar, a finalist in the 2013 Noël Coward Award Competition sponsored by The Noël Coward Foundation London, and the inaugural winner and two-time Audience Favorite at 54 Below's 12-week "Callback" singing competition. Her performance resumé includes Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, sold-out solo engagements at 54 Below, Radio City Music Hall, Birdland, the New York Cosmopolitan Club, the Beechman, regular appearances with The Mabel Mercer Foundation, and many more.
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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193124
<![CDATA[Magician Matias]]>

 
Have you ever been in a party and witnessed a magician perform with hundreds of people surrounding him; they are unable to turn their heads away from him, totally focused on every trick, every illusion, wanting to be amazed ove and over again? Have you ever experienced that before? If your answers are no then you haven’t seen Matias Letelier because that is precisely what he does! 
 
Matias’ charming accent and great hair along with his unique blend of magic, mentalism, clean comedy, high energy, and lots of audience participation will make you have a fun and also memorable night.
 
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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193508
<![CDATA[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 
 
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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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197485
<![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]>

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190850
<![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, 11 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199701
<![CDATA[Artie Thompson]]>

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193848
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170099 <![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, 12 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182397
<![CDATA[Kinzie Kerce]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196755 <![CDATA[Lisa Ellex]]>
Working as a writer and performer on the New York and Provincetown cabaret circuit led Lisa to a long-term gig as lead vocalist for THE NEW VIPER JAZZTET. A singer by night, Lisa's day job had her selecting programming for the launch of HBO's, COMEDY CHANNEL, where she also wrote and produced numerous junkets. Moving to HBO DOWNTOWN PRODUCTIONS, Lisa wrote guest segments for comedian Alan Havey's talk show, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT on COMEDY CENTRAL. She worked on the staff of numerous NYC TV productions, including NIGHT MUSIC with David Sanborn and Jools Holland. A prolific playwright, Lisa is in presently developing STATEN ISLAND EXPRESS, a piece examining the relationships between riders of a commuter bus and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She is currently writing and directing, MUSIC ON THE MENU, a half-hour episodic concerning Jazz and food.]]>
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196186
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173085
<![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199705
<![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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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193686
<![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, 14 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189520
<![CDATA[Gregory Nalbone]]>
Gregory Nalbone, the man with the pulse-raising looks and heart-melting voice, returns once again to Metropolitan Room. Inspired by a spectrum of emotions, he presents The Sounds of My Heart, bringing his magnificent vocals and a sexy vibe to a raw, soul-bearing journey that features a wide array of musical styles. He’s appeared at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, The Box, and more, all to rave reviews. Now he’s backed by the inimitable Kenneth Gartman on piano and directed by award-winning Lennie Watts.  Experience first hand why Times Square Chronicles gushed that “Nalbone does romantic ballads better than any other male singer around.”
 
Photo: www.ClecioLira.com


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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193774
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189547 <![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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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198138
<![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, 17 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172943
<![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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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189206
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199268
<![CDATA[Beverly Taki]]> Musical Director: David Shenton
 
Beverly Taki has performed at the Plaza Hotel, Theater East, Delmonico Hotel, Caroline's Comedy Club on Broadway, and The United Nations, all in New York City, and in major hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe besides touring extensively in Europe. She has 3 upcoming shows at the Metropolitan Club in NYC in 2013 and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190953
<![CDATA[Gregory Nalbone]]>
Gregory Nalbone, the man with the pulse-raising looks and heart-melting voice, returns once again to Metropolitan Room. Inspired by a spectrum of emotions, he presents The Sounds of My Heart, bringing his magnificent vocals and a sexy vibe to a raw, soul-bearing journey that features a wide array of musical styles. He’s appeared at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, The Box, and more, all to rave reviews. Now he’s backed by the inimitable Kenneth Gartman on piano and directed by award-winning Lennie Watts.  Experience first hand why Times Square Chronicles gushed that “Nalbone does romantic ballads better than any other male singer around.”
 
Photo: www.ClecioLira.com
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193775
<![CDATA[The Magic of Jackson Ridd]]> "Midnight Magic” (Sat. April 25) & “Magic for Fun and Deception” (Sun. July 19)
 
An eclectic collection of magical pieces sure to equally puzzle and inspire, Jackson Ridd connects his magic to the audience through both mental and physical interaction.  Come ready for magic to take place on stage, in your mind, and maybe even in your hands!
 

Jackson Ridd is a “Magician.”  In addition to being a performing member of the Magic Castle of Hollywood, some of his magic has been featured on internationally televised commercials, music videos for top 10 Billboard artists, and most recently at a TEDx conference in New York City.  Jackson stays engaged with the psychological principles underlying magic, and loves to splash around in the unifying moments of mystery during his shows.  

 

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192799
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196012 <![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 Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly on drums.


 
 
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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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191655
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173086
<![CDATA[Carol McCann]]> Singer/Songwriter Carol McCann has been has been seen and heard in the New York clubs for over two decades, and has been a writer member of ASCAP since 1991.  Venues include The Metropolitan Room, The Firebird, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, the former Eighty Eight’s, Upstairs at Greene Street and the West Bank Café.  
 
A celebrated singer/songwriter, Carol’s music synthesizes different elements of country, jazz, rock and blues to create a unique, compelling, and very human sound, with just a breath of theatricality.  She performs a mix of standards, original songs and an occasional twisted, re-worded classic.
 
Carol’s music has been featured in a series produced for the BBC, called BORDER CAFE, and is included on the album of the same title.  Additionally, her songs have been performed by such popular performers as Mary Foster Conklin, Lisa Asher, Lena Koutrakis, and Catherine DuPuis.   She performs with long time accompanist, arranger and collaborator, John DiPinto.
 
Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline stated: “Carol McCann has fans aplenty – and rightfully so.  Her show was fantastic, with a great band, great arrangements, and those great Carol McCann songs.” 
 
In a review for BACKSTAGE, critic Roy Sander described Carol as: A “a songwriter of impressive variety and depth  . . . Her work is filled with inventiveness, little surprises and impressive quirks.@”
 
Critic John Hoglund declared Ms. McCann to be “ A respected interpreter of the heart, and a great interpreter of her own material . . . This material is so good you wonder why it isn’t recorded by everybody. . .Carol McCann delivers one heck of a package!”
 
Carol also spent many years as a working actress in both regional and Off Broadway Theatre. Favorite productions include, Assassins, Annie Get Your Gun, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Charley’s Aunt, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Song is Kern, The Male Animal, and A Flea in Her Ear, among others. She is co-owner of the award winning New York based production company, Grandview Island Productions, and is married to her partner-in-life-and-business Michael Lesser.  Together they have also produced two fabulous daughters, Emily and Julia.  
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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195684
<![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, 21 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189521
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]>
“It’s Just a Number”
 
HONOREE: PHYLLIS WEIS HASEROT
 
Performing will be Top Cabaret stars of all ages (TBA)
 
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, 22 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191661
<![CDATA[Elli The King of Broadway Birthday Show]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188112 <![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]>

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190851
<![CDATA[The Frenchie Davis Experience]]> THE FRENCHIE DAVIS EXPERIENCE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
 
“I genuinely love to sing. When I am singing I feel free, like I'm flying. I can't imagine my life without music.”
 
Growing up listening to her parent’s extensive record collection and watching musical movies everyday after school, Frenchie Davis naturally knew she was born into a life of music. By seventh grade, Davis began to hone her musicianship and vocal ability by way of the invested interest of her seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Young.
 
When it came time for college, Davis knew she wanted to study the arts, so the only logical decision was Howard University. Not only because she was born in Washington D.C. and three generations of Davis’ have graduated from Howard but it was also important for Davis to follow in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad.
 
 
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
 
In 2011 Davis was asked to audition for The Voice. Davis joined Christina Aguilera’s team of elite eight and again made it all the way to the semi finals. During this competition Davis was told “You may very well have the best voice in this whole competition.”
 
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
 
 
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
 
 
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
 
With a loyal fan base that increases everyday and a passionate love for live, Frenchie is a beacon of positivity wherever she goes.
 
"I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous", says Davis,
"To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer."
 
Twitter: @frenchiedavis
 
Facebook: OfficialFrenchie​
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193952
<![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, 25 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196927
<![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: 
 
 
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 : 
 
 
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.
 


Stephen Sorokoff's review of Cynthia Farrell's show at the Metropolitan Room on December 7th:

http://www.t2conline.com/my-view-stephen-sorokoff-cynthia-farrell-a-voice-to-be-heard/]]>
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190892
<![CDATA[The Frenchie Davis Experience]]> THE FRENCHIE DAVIS EXPERIENCE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
 
“I genuinely love to sing. When I am singing I feel free, like I'm flying. I can't imagine my life without music.”
 
Growing up listening to her parent’s extensive record collection and watching musical movies everyday after school, Frenchie Davis naturally knew she was born into a life of music. By seventh grade, Davis began to hone her musicianship and vocal ability by way of the invested interest of her seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Young.
 
When it came time for college, Davis knew she wanted to study the arts, so the only logical decision was Howard University. Not only because she was born in Washington D.C. and three generations of Davis’ have graduated from Howard but it was also important for Davis to follow in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad.
 
 
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
 
In 2011 Davis was asked to audition for The Voice. Davis joined Christina Aguilera’s team of elite eight and again made it all the way to the semi finals. During this competition Davis was told “You may very well have the best voice in this whole competition.”
 
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
 
 
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
 
 
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
 
With a loyal fan base that increases everyday and a passionate love for live, Frenchie is a beacon of positivity wherever she goes.
 
"I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous", says Davis,
"To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer."
 
Twitter: @frenchiedavis
 
Facebook: OfficialFrenchie​
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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193953
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170101 <![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, 26 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182398
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196013 <![CDATA[The Frenchie Davis Experience]]> THE FRENCHIE DAVIS EXPERIENCE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
 
“I genuinely love to sing. When I am singing I feel free, like I'm flying. I can't imagine my life without music.”
 
Growing up listening to her parent’s extensive record collection and watching musical movies everyday after school, Frenchie Davis naturally knew she was born into a life of music. By seventh grade, Davis began to hone her musicianship and vocal ability by way of the invested interest of her seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Young.
 
When it came time for college, Davis knew she wanted to study the arts, so the only logical decision was Howard University. Not only because she was born in Washington D.C. and three generations of Davis’ have graduated from Howard but it was also important for Davis to follow in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad.
 
 
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
 
In 2011 Davis was asked to audition for The Voice. Davis joined Christina Aguilera’s team of elite eight and again made it all the way to the semi finals. During this competition Davis was told “You may very well have the best voice in this whole competition.”
 
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
 
 
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
 
 
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
 
With a loyal fan base that increases everyday and a passionate love for live, Frenchie is a beacon of positivity wherever she goes.
 
"I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous", says Davis,
"To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer."
 
Twitter: @frenchiedavis
 
Facebook: OfficialFrenchie​
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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193954
<![CDATA[Lucy Shropshire]]>



Once in a great while, an entertainer comes along with such fine vocal abilities and stage presence, she literally brings the house to tears.  Singer/songwriter/actor/producer Lucy Shropshire is that kind of performer.  Like many fine singers, Lucy's musical roots were nurtured in church singing gospel.  She also played piano and organ for her church choirs.  After studying music and voice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, Lucy performed in venues along the east coast forming numerous bands and musical organizations.In 1981 Lucy moved to the west coast performing in many major performance venues in Reno, Nevada and surrounding areas.  
 
​Spreading her artistic wings, Lucy sang with a host of celebrities including jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, eventually winning the RENO AREA MUSIC AWARD in 1985 for "Best Jazz Vocalist", later to win an ADDY AWARD for her contribution to TV advertisement musical performances.It was 1986 while on the island of Bermuda that Lucy wrote, produced and recorded a stirring piece of music called "Come Together World".  The song became the United Nations Song of Peace for 1986 winning first place in the UNITED NATIONS YEAR OF PEACE SONGWRITING CONTEST, beating out 40 other entries from 12 countries. 
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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201281
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173087
<![CDATA[Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup]]> Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup
 
Be Careful - Contents May Be Hot!
 
Each month featuring a different and exciting mix of some of the best jazz artists around.
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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188857
<![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, 28 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189522
<![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185279
<![CDATA[Carol McCann]]> Singer/Songwriter Carol McCann has been has been seen and heard in the New York clubs for over two decades, and has been a writer member of ASCAP since 1991.  Venues include The Metropolitan Room, The Firebird, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, the former Eighty Eight’s, Upstairs at Greene Street and the West Bank Café.  
 
A celebrated singer/songwriter, Carol’s music synthesizes different elements of country, jazz, rock and blues to create a unique, compelling, and very human sound, with just a breath of theatricality.  She performs a mix of standards, original songs and an occasional twisted, re-worded classic.
 
Carol’s music has been featured in a series produced for the BBC, called BORDER CAFE, and is included on the album of the same title.  Additionally, her songs have been performed by such popular performers as Mary Foster Conklin, Lisa Asher, Lena Koutrakis, and Catherine DuPuis.   She performs with long time accompanist, arranger and collaborator, John DiPinto.
 
Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline stated: “Carol McCann has fans aplenty – and rightfully so.  Her show was fantastic, with a great band, great arrangements, and those great Carol McCann songs.” 
 
In a review for BACKSTAGE, critic Roy Sander described Carol as: A “a songwriter of impressive variety and depth  . . . Her work is filled with inventiveness, little surprises and impressive quirks.@”
 
Critic John Hoglund declared Ms. McCann to be “ A respected interpreter of the heart, and a great interpreter of her own material . . . This material is so good you wonder why it isn’t recorded by everybody. . .Carol McCann delivers one heck of a package!”
 
Carol also spent many years as a working actress in both regional and Off Broadway Theatre. Favorite productions include, Assassins, Annie Get Your Gun, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Charley’s Aunt, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Song is Kern, The Male Animal, and A Flea in Her Ear, among others. She is co-owner of the award winning New York based production company, Grandview Island Productions, and is married to her partner-in-life-and-business Michael Lesser.  Together they have also produced two fabulous daughters, Emily and Julia.  
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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195685
<![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>



"She is an actress-singer who takes a fresh perspective on nearly every song she tackles, and she does so deftly, with lightness and grace—but also with considerable assurance. She knows what position she wants to take on each selection and how to put her point across. Song after song, I found myself with such thoughts as 'I've never heard that take before,' or 'the song works so well this way,' or 'what a terrific line delivery.'" - Roy Sander, Bistro Awards]]>
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190772
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199269
<![CDATA[Shane Baker]]>
Mugs like Jolson, mimes like Chaplin! – New York Times
 
Laugh out loud funny … Baker delivers! – Jewish Standard
 
This guy’s got the stuff!! – Fyvush Finkel

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199738
<![CDATA[Kevin Hill]]>



A Summit Records recording artist, Hill is a seasoned performer equally at home in jazz, rock, blues and classical guitar settings, he has shared stages and billings with Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Mintzer, Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts, Levon Helm, Booker T. Jones, Johnnie Johnson, Gov't Mule, Keller Williams and Stanton Moore. He has performed at a wide variety of venues from The Stone Pony to the Knitting Factory, from the Trump Taj Mahal to the Zinc Bar NYC. He holds a B.A. in Music from Kean University specializing in classical guitar. 
 
Among Kevin's numerous musical experiences, he has shared the stage with the Bob Mintzer big band and his guitar was played by Ritchie Blackmore. A guitar player and vocalist of surprising skill, he has studied with eminent guitarists such as jazz masters Ted Dunbar and Dave Stryker, as well as classical virtuoso Christopher Kenniff. He performs regularly in a solo acoustic capacity as well as with his projects The Kevin Hill Trio, Secret Sound, and The Hub Kings. A composer and educator, he has written many works for ensemble as well as solo guitar, and his teaching methods have helped shape the musical lives of many people both young and old.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199995
<![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185280
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199270
<![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, 01 Aug 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197273
<![CDATA[Shane Baker]]>
Mugs like Jolson, mimes like Chaplin! – New York Times
 
Laugh out loud funny … Baker delivers! – Jewish Standard
 
This guy’s got the stuff!! – Fyvush Finkel

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199739
<![CDATA[Boys Night Out]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196203 <![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194207 <![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173088
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189548 <![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, 04 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189523
<![CDATA[Tammy Faye]]>
Downtown New York's most provocative chanteuse-performance artist, Tammy Faye Starlite has shocked, thrilled, and appalled audiences across the country. On the heels of her acclaimed tribute to Nico, Chelsea Madchen, Starlite presents a new concert, performing Marianne Faithfull's classic 1979 LP Broken English in its entirety.

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192204
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199271
<![CDATA[Beverly Taki]]> Musical Director: David Shenton
 
Beverly Taki has performed at the Plaza Hotel, Theater East, Delmonico Hotel, Caroline's Comedy Club on Broadway, and The United Nations, all in New York City, and in major hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe besides touring extensively in Europe. She has 3 upcoming shows at the Metropolitan Club in NYC in 2013 and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190954
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]> The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Rebekah Lowin celebrates the incomparable legacy of the late singer Eva Marie Cassidy in this stunning, powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction by Peter Calo, and loving input from Eva's family. Full band announced soon.
 
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In 2013, Stephen Holden of The New York Times dubbed Lowin “one of the most promising [young singers]...impressive for her freshness and lack of self-dramatization." Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes writes that "Rebekah Lowin, disarming cabaret newbie, glows," while Alix Cohen of Woman Around Town declares that "Lowin is a perfect ingénue - extremely pretty, seemingly innocent, with a light, sweet soprano that must make the angels smile." The Bistro Awards, meanwhile, notes her "startling depth of understanding and maturity."
 
A recent graduate of Columbia University, Rebekah is a two-time recipient of the Lott Award for Outstanding Service to the Musical Organization, the winner of the Dorothy Dakin Pine Award for the Artist Scholar, a finalist in the 2013 Noël Coward Award Competition sponsored by The Noël Coward Foundation London, and the inaugural winner and two-time Audience Favorite at 54 Below's 12-week "Callback" singing competition. Her performance resumé includes Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, sold-out solo engagements at 54 Below, Radio City Music Hall, Birdland, the New York Cosmopolitan Club, the Beechman, regular appearances with The Mabel Mercer Foundation, and many more.
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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193125
<![CDATA[Madeline Kahn]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of Madeline Kahn.
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199248
<![CDATA[Ali Grieb]]>




Having never been confirmed, batmitzvah-ed, baptized or christened as well as growing up in the deep south with her Jewish Mother from the Bronx, Ali is definitely the well rounded ticket for advice you have been looking for.  Need some advice? Ask Ali!
 
Regularly performing in the New York cabaret scene, Ali has also appeared Off-Broadway, and even headlined at New York's Comic-Con! 
 
A mix of creamy vocals and stories that will make you laugh and cry, she is someone who can charm a room and make anyone leave a little happier than they came in.
you.
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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189716
<![CDATA[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 
 
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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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197486
<![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, 09 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182399
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196014 <![CDATA[Renee Porcella Legendre]]> Shall We Swing a Little?

A vocalist who has a sincere passion for the lyrics and the meaning that they hold- Renee Legendre is a classically trained singer who holds experience in a variety of genres from Jazz standards and Cabaret to Liturgical and Sacred music. Renee also enjoys her work as a vocal coach and marvels in the accomplishments her students have made.

"I feel extremely blessed to be able to share the gifts that have been so freely given to me. My hope is that all children and adults embrace their own gifts, for it is the key to living a truly fulfilling life."
-Renee Legendre
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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194734
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173089
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cookies & Cocktails]]> Cabaret! Cookies!and Cocktails! 
Help Is On the Way Today Songwriting Contest
 
Help Is On the Way Today is looking for an official song for their Charity. After months of submissions, the top ten songwriters have been narrowed down and will perform their songs for the chance to have their song represent Help Is On The Way Today. Joseph Macchia who is an award winning Cabaret Producer and the founder and president of Help Is On The Way Today. After meeting a young boy over 8 years ago living with HIV and Cerebral Palsy who was in need of a new wheelchair and was over looked by several government agencies. He founded this organization which has raised over $104,000 just from cabaret benefit shows. 
 
Joseph is very excited to see who's song will win, so come down on August 12th and help him and a panel of judges make that decision. The Audience will vote along with a panel of singers,writers and more. 
 
The Evening will also feature fabulous cookies by baker Brittany Angélica González. she will be featuring a special cookie created for Help Is On The Way Today. Which can then be ordered that night. 
 
 
$10 Cover 2 Bev Min 
 
Help Is On The Way Today is a 501c3 New York Non Profit corporation.  None of the staff or board members take a salary.  Which means all of the money donated goes to programmatic activity to help children and young adults living with HIV. 
OUR MISSION
 
Our mission at Help Is On The Way Today is to raise and distribute funds to NYC based organizations that support children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS; particularly, those with little or no medical coverage and/or financial support. We accomplish this mission, by producing events that promote awareness and raise funds.
 
OUR VISION
Our vision is that organizations like Help Is On The Way Today are no longer necessary; due to our work, children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS will be self sufficient, never denied support and living productive lives.


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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200173
<![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, 11 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189524
<![CDATA[Brazil + Jazz ~ Jeanne Gies with Choro Das]]>
A funny thing happened on the way to Sao Paulo:  the exciting young Brazilian group Choro das 3  jammed with innovative vocalist Jeanne Gies.  The result:  musical magic, a unique collaboration of genres never before heard on either continent, and a mutual commitment to record and perform together across the globe.   The Metropolitan Room is proud to host an evening of this  inspiring stylistic explosion.   
 
Choro is a 100 year old Brazilian music that gave rise to Samba and Bossa Nova.  Sisters Corina, Lia, and Elisa put their own spin on this traditional style with a variety of string and wind instruments; their father Eduardo provides a fiery percussive accompaniment on the  pandeiro.  Unite this group with the freedom of expression exemplified by a seasoned jazz singer such as Gies, and the result is nothing short of electrifying.  
 
Dubbed 'a pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, JEANNE GIES is recognized  for her full-bodied, emotionally expressive voice and distinctive phrasing.  She has performed and recorded with a stunning array of jazz greats, and is increasingly lauded for her original compositions worldwide.   Her recent tours include Germany, Italy, Scotland, France, England, and Brazil, where she penned the lyrics and recorded the music of composer Manu Lafer.  UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up:  'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .'
 
CHORO DAS 3 have recorded and toured for several years, and frequently appear on popular television and radio shows across Brazil.  Lauded by music critics, they have been described as ‘the newest and most talented music in the Brazilian landscape . . .’(Bom dia, Nov, 2012.)

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196770
<![CDATA[Bernie's Sing Your Heart Out Talent Showcase]]>
If you'd like to see up-and-comining talent from the NYC area, this is the show to see.  Hear some of the hottest performers sing their heart out at our New Talent Showcase.   This show is videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR.  Be part of history and maybe one day you'll say, "I knew them when..."




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If you'd like more information about auditioning and performing, or if you're a booker, manager, agent or producer and are interested in reviewing our talent, please contact joanne@metropolitanroom.com]]>
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173138
<![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, 14 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172944
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - What Do You See in Me? –with Seph Stanek
 
"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 (www.cabaretexchange.com)
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN ME? 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.
 
The Artists:
 
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.  
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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198161
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199272
<![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, 15 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190491
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170103 <![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195952
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196015 <![CDATA[Sandy Taylor]]> Sandy Taylor ~ Standard Deviations

My name is Sandy Taylor and I'm a New York-based singer/actor and a proud member of Actors' Equity.  When it comes to musical theatre, take the poise and strength of Marin Mazzie, add a generous portion of Kelli O'Hara moxie, and you've got me!  A classic leading lady with something up her sleeve.  I am versatile in style and range with a lyric soprano, a strong mix, clear belt, and warm mezzo that allow me to sing anything from legit and contemporary musical theatre to jazz, folk, and pop. 
 
Favorite regional credits include Little Edie in Grey Gardens (Chester Theatre Group),  Lucille in Parade (4th Wall Theatre Company), Martha in 1776 (Plays in the Park), Cinderella in Disenchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom (New Jersey Playwrights Contest), Susan in Company (Plays in the Park), and Woman #2 in And the World Goes 'Round (The Womens' Theatre Company).   
 
I also LOVE to sing jazz with my trio, the Sandy Taylor Band! My first studio-recorded album, 'Standard Deviations' was released last June and features a killer trio with Benito Gonzalez on piano, Alex Claffy on bass, and Kyle Poole on drums. Album available on iTunes and CDBaby.com.
 
Another great joy of my life is singing with Kinnara Ensemble.  This group of 28 professional singers comes together a few times a year to create some of the highest quality choral singing you'll ever hear, with a special spirit that will fill your heart with the pure joy of music.  I know that's true because that's how I feel every time I get to sing with them!  Keep an eye on my newsfeed for upcoming concerts.
 
In addition to performing, I'm also a private voice instructor as well as an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Montclair State University.  I am most thankful for my wonderful parents, my family, my friends, my mentors, and all of the people who have loved, taught, supported, and inspired me to build a life in the arts. ?
 
As artists, our greatest joy and responsibility is to share our gifts freely and in good faith.  And if we are lucky, we might offer some beauty and light in this troubled world. 
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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200112
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173090
<![CDATA[Nathan Lee Graham]]>


The multi-talented Nathan Lee Graham of stage, screen and film is very excited to debut his songbooks at Metropolitan Room!  PERFECTLY PORTER! Mr. Graham explores the clever and classy music of Cole Porter. The effervescent, the bon vivant, the timeless. We invite you too come do hear the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom when the jungle shadows fall! 

Nathan’s New York credits include the Broadway productions of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert  and The Wild Party.  Off-Broadway he was recently seen in Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre) and Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre- Drama League nomination).  National Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat.  Regionally Nathan has just recently done a star turn as the “Emcee” in Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis& Cincinnatti Playhouse in The Park), he has made appearances in The Wild Party (Blank Theatre- LADCC Award, Ovation nomination)  Gift of the Magi (Capital Rep), Once On This Island (O’Keefe Center), The Rabbit Foot (Illinois Theatre Co), Riverview The Musical (Goodman Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC), Division Street (Minnesota Rep) Henry IV: Part I (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).  On television he has been seen as a recurring role on HBO’s.  “The Comeback” with guest star roles on “Absolutely Fabulous”, “It’s All Relative”, “Scrubs”, “Quintuplets” and “Law & Order SVU”.  Nathan is fondly remembered for his film appearances in Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch.  Other films include: 818. Trophy Kids and Migraine.  Nathan was a featured soloist on the 2005 Grammy Award winning “Best Classical Album” of William Bolcom’s Song of Innocence and of Experience.   Nathan is a consummate cabaret artist and a proud graduate of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.  
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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175853
<![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, 18 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189525
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - What Do You See in Me? –with Seph Stanek
 
"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 (www.cabaretexchange.com)
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN ME? 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.
 
The Artists:
 
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.  
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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198162
<![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>



"She is an actress-singer who takes a fresh perspective on nearly every song she tackles, and she does so deftly, with lightness and grace—but also with considerable assurance. She knows what position she wants to take on each selection and how to put her point across. Song after song, I found myself with such thoughts as 'I've never heard that take before,' or 'the song works so well this way,' or 'what a terrific line delivery.'" - Roy Sander, Bistro Awards]]>
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190773
<![CDATA[Champagne Pam]]> Pamela Lewis’ (a.k.a .Champagne Pam) show DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL earned her the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award for “Best Female Vocalist.” The smooth, sassy vocalist from Long Island Pamela has truly become one of the rising female stars of New York cabaret. 
 
Now she is back with her new show that she’s been dreaming about since she was a young girl growing up in Floral Park, Long Island, where she treasured the music of fellow Long Island native Billy Joel. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: THE SONGS OF BILLY JOEL is Pamela Lewis' stunning interpretation of what she describes as “The soundtrack of her life”--selections from the iconic Billy Joel repertoire.
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr (renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements). 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.
 
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND will present Pamela just the way she is . . . a cool chick who is extroverted and accessible, and who can stand out among the women in this industry and also be “one of the guys.” Lewis is a singer who conveys an on-stage confidence and down-to-earth personality through her smooth, sensual vocals.
 
Of her Award-winning show, Daddy's Little Girl, BroadwayWorld.com reviewer Stephen Hanks wrote: “Champagne Pam's show has body, heart, spirit and soul . . . it was everything an entertaining cabaret show should be--warm, funny, intimate, engaging, well-structured, and occasionally surprising--and performed by a confident entertainer and sultry singer who is totally comfortable in front of an audience and in her own skin.”
 
 For more information on Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169674
<![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, 22 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196928
<![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195953
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199273
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively 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” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198597
<![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, 23 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182400
<![CDATA[Lisa Ellex]]>
Working as a writer and performer on the New York and Provincetown cabaret circuit led Lisa to a long-term gig as lead vocalist for THE NEW VIPER JAZZTET. A singer by night, Lisa's day job had her selecting programming for the launch of HBO's, COMEDY CHANNEL, where she also wrote and produced numerous junkets. Moving to HBO DOWNTOWN PRODUCTIONS, Lisa wrote guest segments for comedian Alan Havey's talk show, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT on COMEDY CENTRAL. She worked on the staff of numerous NYC TV productions, including NIGHT MUSIC with David Sanborn and Jools Holland. A prolific playwright, Lisa is in presently developing STATEN ISLAND EXPRESS, a piece examining the relationships between riders of a commuter bus and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She is currently writing and directing, MUSIC ON THE MENU, a half-hour episodic concerning Jazz and food.]]>
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196187
<![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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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=174214
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192723 <![CDATA[Angelo Hart]]> Intrepid: A Jazz Sonata



Angelo Hart has always had a unique and expressive approach to his instrument. Angelo has spent personal time studying jazz and classical legends such as Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, Cecil Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and many more. Time spent with the great educators and musicians in Chicago, along with his natural innovative musicianship has molded him into the great musician that he is today. He approaches the piano with command and finesse, displaying a unique relationship and connection between the two of them.
Angelo's most recent musical endeavors have immersed him in the vastness of improvisation and compositional freedom. Whether he is pushing the boundaries, breaking through, or carefully treading within the lines, Angelo's music is sure to take you on a musical journey!
 
- See more at: 
http://angelohartmusic.com/bio/#sthash.lg3OMNTM.dpuf
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194754
<![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, 25 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189526
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: ALICE FISHER, Director of Community Outreach at the office of NYS Senator Liz Krueger. Alice is the founder of The Radical Age Movement who’s first meeting was held January 13, 2015. Attendance was way beyond predicted. The energy in the room was astounding!
 
Top Cabaret stars of all ages, including, Jim Brochu, Steve Shalchlin,  Adam Shapiro, Carly Ozard, David F. Slone, Esq, Warren Schein  (more to TBA) will perform in Alice’s honor. 
 
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, 26 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191662
<![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]>

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190852
<![CDATA[Yoav Shlomov]]>

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 taught Ear Training and Jazz improvisation in Mizmor school of Music and Instructed ensembles as well in Muzot School of Arts while playing in the National Orchestra and the Tel-Aviv Jazz Big Band.
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200586
<![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]>

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190853
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199274
<![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, 29 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192314
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170105 <![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]>
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, 30 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198447
<![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[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[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199275
<![CDATA[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 
 
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 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197487
<![CDATA[Lavenia Nesmith]]>


A native Washingtonian, Lavenia Nesmith has performed locally and nationally, including Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, LaPortas, Jazz Night at Westminster, Oakland Mills Jazz Series, Henley Park Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Mandarin Hotel, Tuskegee Airmen Gala, The Arc of The Capitol, The Hart Senate Office Building, The Library of Congress, The Gaylord Hotel at The National Harbor and The Martin Luther King, Jr., International Chapel in Atlanta, Georgia.

A promising musician since an early age, Lavenia suspended a professional musical career after college in order to start a family, raise two sons and follow a successful career path dedicated to public service, inspired to help others. Today, Lavenia is renewing the pursuit of her passion as a vocalist full time.

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March 2009) Lavenia was invited by The State Department to perform with an all-female jazz quartet for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, garnering rave reviews. Other members of her quartet were pianist Janelle Gill; bassist, Amy Shook and percussionist, Tovia Bradley.

At the invitation of The White House, Lavenia, along with The Metropolitan Baptist Church Music Ministry performed at The Day of Prayer Service for the Katrina Hurricane victims at The Washington National Cathedral (September 2005).
Festival credits include: Maryland Museum of African Art Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival and The Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival where she has been invited to perform for three consecutive years to sold out audiences. Lavenia has been accompanied by the phenomenal music artistry of Pianists Eric Byrd, Chris Grasso, Janelle Gill, Bob Butto, Jon Ozment, Stephen Key; Bassists James King, Michael Bowie, Zack Pride, Bhagwan Kalsa, Wes Biles, Harry Jackson; Saxophonists Paul Carr and Lyle Link; Trumpeters Thad Wilson and Kenny Rittenhouse; and Percussionists Lenny Robinson, Terron Whitehead and Alphonso (Al) Young.

Lavenia’s stage credits include her recent performance in the production, “Washington’s Greatest Slave Escape: In the Spirit of the Pearl”, written and directed by D. Marietta Williams at The University of the District of Columbia. Lavenia has also given a powerful performance in the production, “Never Turn Back” written and directed by Curtis King at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (2004).  In February 2004, she was the recipient of an award for “Outstanding Performance” in Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, presented by The Department of Commerce, Blacks in Government.

One of her greatest rewards was being invited as a featured soloist at The 40th Anniversary of The Martin Luther King, Jr., March on Washington at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, where she shared the stage with the legendary actor Ozzie Davis (Aug. 2003). Another notable performance was as a backup vocalist for Diana Ross at The Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

Lavenia is also the Creator, Executive Producer, Actor and Vocalist in two original productions: 1. “Sista’s Can Sang” – A Tribute to Female Legends in Jazz.  This production is a poignant, soul searching, hand clapping, toe tapping journey down memory lane; and 2. “A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson”, a one woman show told in dialogue and song where Lavenia weaves historical information with praise, humor, seriousness and humility.
“Lavenia Nesmith gave a tour de force performance in her one woman show”, says Sarah Hearn of DC Gospel Music Examiner.

Her debut CD, “Introducing Lavenia Nesmith” releases in winter 2014.
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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193799
<![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[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[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[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs

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 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159915
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - What Do You See in Me? –with Seph Stanek
 
"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 (www.cabaretexchange.com)
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN ME? 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.
 
The Artists:
 
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.  
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Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198163
<![CDATA[Norm Drubner]]> Norm Drubner is a jazz vocalist who started singing late in life and has produced five CD’s to date which have been reviewed on several websites, i.e. Jazz Corner, etc.  His latest CD, It Could Happen To You, will be reviewed in the March/April edition of Cabaret Scenes Magazine.  
 
He performs the Great American Songbook, both ballads and upbeat tunes, and his style is quite similar to Chet Baker which represents a soft, smooth and light jazz interpretation.  He has appeared at several venues in Connecticut, where he is from.  Most notable, in the summer of 2014 he made half a dozen appearances in the Tap Room at the famed Mayflower Inn.  At the Metropolitan Room he will be accompanied by pianist Jim Santucci, who is a well-known jazz pianist having played with a number of groups in Connecticut.  In addition, the upbeat songs will be supplemented by live tracks taken directly from the various CD’s.  He has been and is currently working with Eric Michael Gillett, who will assist in directing and producing the show.
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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193964
<![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, 11 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182597
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199276
<![CDATA[Elvis Presley Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of Elvis Presley. 
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199245
<![CDATA[Steve D'Agostino]]> Steve D'Agostino,


Steve D'Agostino has been performing the songs from the "Great American Songbook" for over 30 years. His journey to a commitment of "expression" through the music and lyrics made popular in the United States and around the world by vocalist such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash took root a long time ago.
 
At the age of 8, Steve responded enthusiastically to the opportunity of attending weekly guitar lessons. Playing the guitar and listening to classic vocal performances of standard tunes with his dad at a young age provided Steve with the essential experience and exposure that began to mold his understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm. 
 
At the age of 14, while attending St. Joseph's high school in Trumbull, Steve began to study guitar with Tony Purrone and Sal Salvador at the University of Bridgeport. During his course of study with these university professors, Steve secured a position playing guitar with the University of Bridgeport Big Band under the direction of Gary Riggerio. 
 
In the early 80's, Steve started playing guitar and singing "live" with his first band "Finesse". The band experienced quite a following and established themselves as a successful GB (general business) group in Connecticut performing an average of 100 engagements a year. As Steve continued to evolve, his voice began to be an essential skill that his band began to rely on. As a result of his vocal development, in the the late 80's, Steve began to dedicate himself more on the development of his singing skills.
 
Today, Steve's 30 plus years of experience are evident with every performance as he tenderly delivers melodies on ballads or relaxes the placement of a lyric on any "medium" to "up-tempo" swing tune. This vocal artistry has taken Steve from "coast to coast" and through the dedication of he and his live band, Steve has become "the standard" of this genre of music on the local scene. 
 
In addition to regular engagements at some of the finest restaurants and night clubs in Connecticut, Steve's performing credits include appearances in Las Vegas at The Paris Casino Hotel, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, The Pequot Room at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT and the MGM Grand Theatre. 
 
Steve continues to honor and maintain the tradition of the Great American Songbook today by humbly interpreting the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Every time he stands in front of an audience, his interpretations of these great american songs reminds his audience about the skill and importance of the "art and craft" of songwriting and public performance.
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176233
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170106 <![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]]> 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[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192724 <![CDATA[Boys Night Out]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196204 <![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 Jazz Awards Night 2015
 
Hosted by: TBA
 
Hot House celebrates its 32nd anniversary! The Metropolitan Room is celebrating its 9th anniversary! Together, we're celebrating the reason why we exist - the 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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This Event is Dedicated to:  TBA

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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 372 issues and helped promote over 9,000 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[The Biggest Drag Show Ever]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196842 <![CDATA[Lauren Fox]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189790 <![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

Featuring: TBA]]>
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[Jillian Laurain]]>
JILLIAN LAURAIN - A Touch of Class ~



Jillian Laurain will be bringing the “Met” to the “Met.”
 
Arias you would hear sung at the Metropolitan Opera, for the first time brought to the stages of the Metropolitan Room.
Opera composers -  Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, Broadway classical composers Rodgers & Hammerstein,
Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with songs by Harold Arlen, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and many more.
What an Evening!  What an Event!
 
Black-Tie, Red Carpet, Pre-Show Champagne Reception
 
Music Director
Maestro Barry Levitt
Howie Gordon on drums
John DiPinto on accordion
Jon Burr on bass 
 

“Jillian Laurain, a class act whose talent runs as deep and wide as a mighty river.  Her latest show allows her to display a tremendous range of musical styles, emotions and characters. Her singing is almost without peer and her acting has great power.  She has a little sass and plenty of sex appeal.  Jillian Laurain is the kind of performer that the waves of young actors and actresses new to our city should be coming to see, to learn from a master”.

Kevin Scott Hall, BistroAwards.Com

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“Jillian Laurain is a knockout both visually and vocally.  Her new show featured a set of songs right in the former opera singer’s powerful vocal wheelhouse that attained her many “bravas!”  She displayed her nightingale-like sound that has a soothing quality.  Levitt guided her into pitching a tantalizing complete-game musical victory that wowed the Metropolitan Room audience from the opening notes”.

Stephen Hanks, BroadwayWorld.Com

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"A rare blend: A beautiful classically trained voice and classic supper-club elegance, meshed with perceptive interpretations, a flare for the dramatic, and the ability to be equally persuasive whether singing with exquisite delicacy or getting down and wailing."

Roy Sander, critic for BistroAwards.com

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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161913
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199277
<![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[THE BROADWAY FOUR]]> The Broadway Four is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic individuals - Thomas DieterTom GuthrieJohnny Hager and Michael Osso - who each bring unique experiences to their performances. They showcase a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan.  Produced and directed by veteran actor Skie OcasioThe Broadway Four is known for its ability to connect with audiences and tell stories through song. Watching a show by The Broadway Four is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. .  Funny, exhilarating and powerful 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 The Broadway Four connect with each other and sound glorious together. 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.
 
http://www.broadwayfour.com
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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[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173067 <![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]>
More information about this show TBA.  Stay tuned.]]>
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[Lauren Fox]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189791 <![CDATA[Robyn Spangler]]> RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN

 
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nelson Riddle / Linda Ronstadt collaboration of the Great American Songbook Broadway World Award Winner ROBYN SPANGLER sings selections from the three platinum certified albums: “What’s New”, “Lush Life” and “For Sentimental Reasons” at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Ms. Spangler will be joined by her Musical Director and fellow Broadway World Winner Todd Schroeder.
 
When Linda Ronstadt decided she wanted to do an album of American standards, she wanted the moon. She wanted Nelson Riddle to do the arrangements. It turned out to be an exceptional pairing and some of the last arrangements of Riddle’s career. “I can think of no better way to honor the 30th anniversary of this music” says Spangler.
 
Robyn grew up on the ‘Nelson Riddle Sound’ although she didn’t think of it that way as a child. Linda Ronstandt’s dominance in pop music was added to her musical psyche in middle school and the two have been writing on the musical slate of who she is ever since.
 
ROBYN SPANGLER is a fourth generation professional performer who has appeared in prestigious rooms internationally and across the US including Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Lyceum Theatre in San Diego, Carnegie Hall in New York and The Pheasantry in London. 
 
Robyn is frequently seen singing convention dates, benefits and private events. Robyn is also a songwriter and has charted #1 on ReverbNation with her song “Second Wind” co-penned with collaborator and friend Todd Schroeder. She has two solo albums “On A Liquid Afternoon” and “Why I Love Linda Ronstadt” both of which are receiving play on Delta Airlines inflight Hello Music Channel and available on Amazon and iTunes.
 
“Leaving the audience wanting more is the sign of a truly great artist and Robyn Spangler fills the bill.” Don Grigware -Broadway World. 
 
 
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196539
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199278
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199279
<![CDATA[Basia Moore & Friends]]>

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201269
<![CDATA[Marcus Goldhaber]]>


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[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[Billie Roe]]>


Billie Roe returns to the Metropolitan Room to examine in music and story the most fascinating of all the celestial bodies – the MOON – and how she affects us as human beings in all her magical, mystical splendor.  Inspired Musical Direction is by the multi-award winner, Tracy Stark. 
 
“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly then your love would also change.”  ~ William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
 
“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ~ Carl Sandburg

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  ~ Mark Twain
 
“To the moon, Alice, to the moon!”   ~ Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners
 
2012 METROSTAR WINNER, Billie Roe, is the recipient of the 2014 MAC Award for ‘Female Vocalist’ as well as the 2014 Bistro Award for ‘Outstanding Tribute Show’ for ‘1978 NYC Underground – A Tribute to Tom Waits’ where she performed the repertoire of her favorite singer-songwriter, Tom Waits. This act was the price for her 2012 MetroStar win, and was named to the ‘Top 13 List of 2013’ of Edge Magazine.  Named to the list of the ‘Top 50 Most Influential People to watch in NY Cabaret’ by NiteLifeExchange.com, Billie is also the recipient of the 2012 Bistro Award for ‘Outstanding Theme Show’ for her highly acclaimed show ‘Dangerous Women: Life In Film Noir’ performed at Don’t Tell Mama in New York. 
 
Billie played most of the New York clubs in the late 70’s and early 80’s including The Grand Finale, Reno Sweeney’s, Trax, The Copa, and her favorite club, Les Mouches where she debuted her critically acclaimed act ‘The Heat Is On’,
opening for Gloria Gaynor in the cabaret room. Ms. Roe sung with the San Diego Symphony in a salute to Cole Porter, and as a professional actress performed in regional theaters throughout the country.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA., and a MFA in Playwrighting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York as well as being a founding member of the Playwrights Directors Workshop (PDW) at the Actors Studio in NY where she continues to workshop her plays.
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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=181637
<![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194208 <![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, 28 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183070
<![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 Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly on drums.


 
 
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=191656
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199280
<![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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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199238
<![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[Kristine Mills]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188756 <![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199281
<![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[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: 
 
 
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, 05 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[Boys Night Out]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196205 <![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]]>
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 
 
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 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197488
<![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[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[Billie Roe]]>


Billie Roe returns to the Metropolitan Room to examine in music and story the most fascinating of all the celestial bodies – the MOON – and how she affects us as human beings in all her magical, mystical splendor.  Inspired Musical Direction is by the multi-award winner, Tracy Stark. 
 
“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly then your love would also change.”  ~ William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
 
“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ~ Carl Sandburg

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  ~ Mark Twain
 
“To the moon, Alice, to the moon!”   ~ Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners
 
2012 METROSTAR WINNER, Billie Roe, is the recipient of the 2014 MAC Award for ‘Female Vocalist’ as well as the 2014 Bistro Award for ‘Outstanding Tribute Show’ for ‘1978 NYC Underground – A Tribute to Tom Waits’ where she performed the repertoire of her favorite singer-songwriter, Tom Waits. This act was the price for her 2012 MetroStar win, and was named to the ‘Top 13 List of 2013’ of Edge Magazine.  Named to the list of the ‘Top 50 Most Influential People to watch in NY Cabaret’ by NiteLifeExchange.com, Billie is also the recipient of the 2012 Bistro Award for ‘Outstanding Theme Show’ for her highly acclaimed show ‘Dangerous Women: Life In Film Noir’ performed at Don’t Tell Mama in New York. 
 
Billie played most of the New York clubs in the late 70’s and early 80’s including The Grand Finale, Reno Sweeney’s, Trax, The Copa, and her favorite club, Les Mouches where she debuted her critically acclaimed act ‘The Heat Is On’,
opening for Gloria Gaynor in the cabaret room. Ms. Roe sung with the San Diego Symphony in a salute to Cole Porter, and as a professional actress performed in regional theaters throughout the country.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA., and a MFA in Playwrighting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York as well as being a founding member of the Playwrights Directors Workshop (PDW) at the Actors Studio in NY where she continues to workshop her plays.
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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=181638
<![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[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192792 <![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[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[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively 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” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198600
<![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[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[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[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 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183071
<![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, 20 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189534
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs

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=197036
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]>
More info coming soon.]]>
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197556
<![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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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199239
<![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]>
More information about this show TBA.  Stay tuned.]]>
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200124
<![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]]> 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[Billie Roe]]>


Billie Roe returns to the Metropolitan Room to examine in music and story the most fascinating of all the celestial bodies – the MOON – and how she affects us as human beings in all her magical, mystical splendor.  Inspired Musical Direction is by the multi-award winner, Tracy Stark. 
 
“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly then your love would also change.”  ~ William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
 
“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ~ Carl Sandburg

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  ~ Mark Twain
 
“To the moon, Alice, to the moon!”   ~ Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners
 
2012 METROSTAR WINNER, Billie Roe, is the recipient of the 2014 MAC Award for ‘Female Vocalist’ as well as the 2014 Bistro Award for ‘Outstanding Tribute Show’ for ‘1978 NYC Underground – A Tribute to Tom Waits’ where she performed the repertoire of her favorite singer-songwriter, Tom Waits. This act was the price for her 2012 MetroStar win, and was named to the ‘Top 13 List of 2013’ of Edge Magazine.  Named to the list of the ‘Top 50 Most Influential People to watch in NY Cabaret’ by NiteLifeExchange.com, Billie is also the recipient of the 2012 Bistro Award for ‘Outstanding Theme Show’ for her highly acclaimed show ‘Dangerous Women: Life In Film Noir’ performed at Don’t Tell Mama in New York. 
 
Billie played most of the New York clubs in the late 70’s and early 80’s including The Grand Finale, Reno Sweeney’s, Trax, The Copa, and her favorite club, Les Mouches where she debuted her critically acclaimed act ‘The Heat Is On’,
opening for Gloria Gaynor in the cabaret room. Ms. Roe sung with the San Diego Symphony in a salute to Cole Porter, and as a professional actress performed in regional theaters throughout the country.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA., and a MFA in Playwrighting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York as well as being a founding member of the Playwrights Directors Workshop (PDW) at the Actors Studio in NY where she continues to workshop her plays.
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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=181639
<![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[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[Dianne Fraser]]>


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[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[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[Corinna Sowers Adler]]>
More info coming soon.]]>
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197557
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192725 <![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[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[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 
 
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, 06 Nov 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197489
<![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=199198
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173068 <![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[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

Featuring: TBA]]>
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[Corinna Sowers Adler]]>
More info coming soon.]]>
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197558
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively 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” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198601
<![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[THE BROADWAY FOUR]]> The Broadway Four is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic individuals - Thomas DieterTom GuthrieJohnny Hager and Michael Osso - who each bring unique experiences to their performances. They showcase a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan.  Produced and directed by veteran actor Skie OcasioThe Broadway Four is known for its ability to connect with audiences and tell stories through song. Watching a show by The Broadway Four is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. .  Funny, exhilarating and powerful 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 The Broadway Four connect with each other and sound glorious together. 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.
 
http://www.broadwayfour.com
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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200115
<![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]>
More information about this show TBA.  Stay tuned.]]>
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200125
<![CDATA[Doreen Montalvo]]>
Doreen celebrates her Birthday and CD Release in one amazing show. 

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200174
<![CDATA[Nathan Lee Graham]]>


The multi-talented Nathan Lee Graham of stage, screen and film is very excited to debut his songbooks at Metropolitan Room!  PERFECTLY PORTER! Mr. Graham explores the clever and classy music of Cole Porter. The effervescent, the bon vivant, the timeless. We invite you too come do hear the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom when the jungle shadows fall! 

Nathan’s New York credits include the Broadway productions of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert  and The Wild Party.  Off-Broadway he was recently seen in Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre) and Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre- Drama League nomination).  National Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat.  Regionally Nathan has just recently done a star turn as the “Emcee” in Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis& Cincinnatti Playhouse in The Park), he has made appearances in The Wild Party (Blank Theatre- LADCC Award, Ovation nomination)  Gift of the Magi (Capital Rep), Once On This Island (O’Keefe Center), The Rabbit Foot (Illinois Theatre Co), Riverview The Musical (Goodman Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC), Division Street (Minnesota Rep) Henry IV: Part I (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).  On television he has been seen as a recurring role on HBO’s.  “The Comeback” with guest star roles on “Absolutely Fabulous”, “It’s All Relative”, “Scrubs”, “Quintuplets” and “Law & Order SVU”.  Nathan is fondly remembered for his film appearances in Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch.  Other films include: 818. Trophy Kids and Migraine.  Nathan was a featured soloist on the 2005 Grammy Award winning “Best Classical Album” of William Bolcom’s Song of Innocence and of Experience.   Nathan is a consummate cabaret artist and a proud graduate of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.  
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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175854
<![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[Bernie's Sing Your Heart Out Talent Showcase]]>
If you'd like to see up-and-comining talent from the NYC area, this is the show to see.  Hear some of the hottest performers sing their heart out at our New Talent Showcase.   This show is videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR.  Be part of history and maybe one day you'll say, "I knew them when..."




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If you'd like more information about auditioning and performing, or if you're a booker, manager, agent or producer and are interested in reviewing our talent, please contact joanne@metropolitanroom.com]]>
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173139
<![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[Champagne Pam]]> Pamela Lewis’ (a.k.a .Champagne Pam) show DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL earned her the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award for “Best Female Vocalist.” The smooth, sassy vocalist from Long Island Pamela has truly become one of the rising female stars of New York cabaret. 
 
Now she is back with her new show that she’s been dreaming about since she was a young girl growing up in Floral Park, Long Island, where she treasured the music of fellow Long Island native Billy Joel. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: THE SONGS OF BILLY JOEL is Pamela Lewis' stunning interpretation of what she describes as “The soundtrack of her life”--selections from the iconic Billy Joel repertoire.
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr (renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements). 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.
 
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND will present Pamela just the way she is . . . a cool chick who is extroverted and accessible, and who can stand out among the women in this industry and also be “one of the guys.” Lewis is a singer who conveys an on-stage confidence and down-to-earth personality through her smooth, sensual vocals.
 
Of her Award-winning show, Daddy's Little Girl, BroadwayWorld.com reviewer Stephen Hanks wrote: “Champagne Pam's show has body, heart, spirit and soul . . . it was everything an entertaining cabaret show should be--warm, funny, intimate, engaging, well-structured, and occasionally surprising--and performed by a confident entertainer and sultry singer who is totally comfortable in front of an audience and in her own skin.”
 
 For more information on Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169675
<![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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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199241
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]> 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[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194209 <![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, 23 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183072
<![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, 23 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188828 <![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 an