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APRIL 2015


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NYC-QUEENS: KAREN MASON HEADLINES STAR STUDED CAST TO BENEFIT SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Broadway and cabaret star Karen Mason joins a host of MAC and Bistro Award-winning artists singing to benefit the special needs children of PS177Q, to be held at THE ROBIN SUE WARD SCHOOL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN (56-37 188th Street Fresh Meadows, NY) on Saturday, April 25th. Other first-time performers at this benefit, now in its sixth year, are Karen Oberlin, Marcus Simeone and Susan Winter. Returning this year are 2015 Bistro Award Winner, Marissa Mulder and long-time NYC cabaret favorite Phyllis Pastore. The cast is completed by returning performers Tom Gamblin, master of ceremonies Warren Schein, and Robert Gino, a PS177Q therapist who is the driving force behind this event, which has raised over $60,000 to date. Tracy Stark is musical director with Marco Brehm on bass. The night also includes a raffle with prizes including tickets to Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, a champagne sunset cruise on a 47-foot sailboat yacht a music basket including signed CDs from the evening's performers plus many more raffle baskets. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling the school at 718-357-4650.
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CHICAGO: MENZIE - MICHAEL DUO WITH "IT'S ABOUT TIME"

Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael's brand new annual April Show 'It's About Time' moves into DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) every Saturday in April, April 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at 8:00 pm. In this shiow the multi-award winning duo explores songs about the many concepts of TIME. Time • some people waste it, some try to reverse it, some don't have nearly enough of it and some can't keep it at all. A show with songs by such writers as Cyndi Lauper, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Webb, Stephen Schwartz, Miranda Lambert, Sammy Cahn and many more. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: SPECIAL EVENT IN NYC TODAY - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE DUKE!
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Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Ellington Statue in the outdoor plaza at the junction of 110th Street & 5th Avenue, NYC. The event will also celebrate this year's birthdays of five deceased music legends: Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn and Billie Holiday, whose centennial birthdays are being celebrated this year; the 98th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald; and the 92nd birthday of Tito Puente. The celebration will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the outdoor plaza at the junction of 5th Avenue and 110th Street - The Gateway to Harlem - beneath the towering statue of Duke Ellington standing besides his piano, a majestic work of art erected in 1997 with funds raised by Bobby Short. Saturday's celebration will be hosted by noted dancer/ choreographer Mercedes Ellington, the Duke's granddaughter who founded DECFA in 2004. The entertainment will be provided by legendary jazz vocalists Antoinette Montague and Marion Cowings, tap dancers Tony Waag and students from The American Tap Dance Foundation/ Tap City and Alec Cowings. They will perform to the music provided by famed percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his Grammy nominated Manhattan School of Music Big Band. Other notables from the jazz world will be on hand to introduce the tributes to the six music legends being honored. Admission is free! For further information see http://www.thedukeellingtoncenter.org

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NYC: CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW TO BE PRESENTED BY THE METROPOLITAN ROOM ON TUESDAY, JULY 7th
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THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) will produce and present the 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE on Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00 pm as part of their 'This is Your Night' series. Co-Producers will be Bernie Furshpan and Sue Matsuki. The show will also celebrate the 76th Birthday of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE Editor/ Writer/ Reviewer/ Stu Hamstra. Tickets are $20 for all - plus a 2-drink minimum. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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NYC: JULIE WILSON TO BE CELEBRATED AT THE TOWN HALL IN FREE, OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC MEMORIAL CONCERT
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

The Mabel Mercer Foundation will honor Cabaret Legend Julie Wilson on Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929). Wilson, who died at age ninety on April 5th, will be celebrated and remembered by her peers in a special, one-time-only performance. The concert is being underwritten by MABEL MERCER FOUNDATION. The all-star homage is free and open to the general public. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 12 noon on Monday, April 27th, at the Town Hall box office. There is a limit of six tickets per customer.

Wilson's career spanned eight decades, and she was widely-held as the exemplary interpreter of the classic, Great Popular Songbook. In addition to motion picture, television, recording, and theater credits on Broadway, in the West End, and on tour, she dazzled nightclub, supper club and cabaret audiences as the glamorous embodiment of superlative lyric interpretation, showmanship, and savvy. Wilson is perhaps best described as "an actress who sang" - a rare classification for a rare talent, who coalesced drama, romance, humor, and a frequently sassy, self-deprecating sophistication.

The Wilson tribute will be offered as a one-act, ninety-minute show with a cast of her coworkers, admirers, and friends. The roster is headed by Wilson's son, actor Holt McCallany, along with Karen Akers, Christine Andreas, Jeff Harnar, Mark Hummel, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, Sally Mayes, Sidney Myer, Steve Ross, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Deborah Grace Winer, and Carol Woods.

Those offering recollections about Wilson and/or songs associated with her career will be joined by eight representative recipients of The Julie Wilson Award, endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Peter O. Hanson and presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation since 2004. These participants include Shana Farr, Nicolas King, Sue Matsuki, Jeanne McDonald, Marissa Mulder, Julie Reyburn, T. Oliver Reid, and Jennifer Sheehan.

Until her passing, Wilson was a constant, tireless advocate of other cabaret entertainers. Her indefatigable support and multiple-times-weekly attendance at the shows of those she encouraged or befriended has passed into legend. The Mabel Mercer Foundation honored her on her ninetieth birthday last October 21 by dedicating an evening of their annual Cabaret Convention to her repertoire. Wilson beamingly watched from a box seat as those she had championed endeavored to express their appreciation.

The Mabel Mercer Foundation was created exactly thirty years ago to promote and advocate the singers, melodies, and lyrics of both the past and present Great Popular Songbook, and they welcome contributions in memory of Julie Wilson. Such gifts are tax-deductible; a list of those who donate will be included in a special section of the Foundation's 26th New York Cabaret Convention program at The Town Hall, October 13-16, 2015.



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NYC: ROBYN MCCORQUODALE "DIARY OF A PIANO GIRL"
NOTE TIME OF SHOW HAS CHANGED FROM 7:00 TO 9:00 PM

Robyn McCorquodale returns to NYC with her show "Diary of a Piano Girl", which will be performed at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) Final performance was scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 pm, but the time has been changed to 9:00 pm to allow everyone to attend the special memorial to Julie Wilson at 6:00 pm at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC - 212-997-1929). Robyn's show is a multi-media presentation featuring songs, stories and seven continents! celebrating her latest CD, Sleep With Angels and more. She will be joined on stage by NYC's musical talents: Peter Calo (guitar), Ritt Henn (bass) and Chris Marshak (drums)!
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CHICAGO: A LITTLE TRAVELING MUSIC, PLEASE!
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

"The British are Coming to Broadway", the fourth and final concert of the 2014-15 season in the CCP (Chicago Cabaret Professionals) highly successful Musical Mondays series, will be presented at VICTORY GARDENS BIOGRAPH THEATER (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-871-3000) on Monday, April 27th at 7:30 pm. Mark Burnell is music director and Joan Curto directs a cast of eight acclaimed local cabaret performers. The roster includes Anne Burnell, Mark Burnell, John Eskola, Hilary Feldman, Scott Gryder, KT McCammond, Suzy Petri and Cheryl Szucsits. Tickets at $30 are available at the Victory Gardens Box Office at 773-871-3000, by email to tickets@victorygardens.org or online at http://www.victorygardens.org
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NYC: "DUET" CD RELEASE SET FOR SUBCULTURE NYC

MIDANDA MUSIC will release a new CD "Duet" featuring pianist Ian Herman and guitarist Sean Harkness with a special event on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm at SUBCULTURE NYC (45 Bleaker Street, NYC). As fun as they are serious, these two stellar musicians rip it up with piano and acoustic guitar duets. Both are A-List arrangers, music directors, and accompanists for name brand artists and productions. This show is Ian and Sean sharing with you the music they compose on their own for the pure pleasure of creating. The all-original instrumental pieces are mostly composed, with ample room for improvisation. Sean & Ian met in the environment of accompanying great singers and theatre productions. Their musical and personal chemistry inspired them to explore their respective original compositions as duets. The results are extraordinary. If nothing else, it's a complete blast! Miranda Music is releasing their brand new CD both in physical CD and digital downloads: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ianhermanseanharkness
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CHICAGO: ANDREA MARCOVICCI IN CHICAGO

PianoForte Foundation celebrates their tenth anniversary with a gala benefit at the RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO - CONCORDE ROOM (160 East Pearson Street , Chicago, IL - 312-266-1000), on Friday evening, May 8th. Their 2015 Standing Ovation Award will be presented to Andrea Marcovicci for her longtime dedication to philanthropy in the arts. Performers will include Chicago jazz pianist George McRae and vocalist Lisa Zane. A PianoForte scholarship student will also perform. The evening begins with a 6:00 pm reception followed by 7:00 pm three-course dinner and program. Auction and raffle include a 1 week stay in Paris and your own concert at PianoForte Studios with live web streaming. Broadcaster Bill Moller will emcee. Tickets are $175.00 per person and are required in advance - available at http://www.pianofortefoundation.org or by calling 312-291-0291.

MEDIA, PA: KELLY BRIGGS IN HELLO DOLLY IN PENNSYLVANIA

Kelly Briggs opens tomorrow night (April 22nd) at the MEDIA THEATRE (104 East State Street, Media, PA - 610-891-0100) in their production of Hello Dolly as Horace Vandergelder and starring Andrea McArdle as Dolly. The show runs from April 22nd through May 24th. There are a few dates that Andrea will not be in the show due to previous commitments but those dates are posted on the website.



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APRIL 2015


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SATURDAY, APRIL 25th

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NYC: STEVEN BRINBERG - SIMPLY BARBARA

Steven Brinberg, the premier Barbra Streisand impressionist, will bring the latest version of his acclaimed one-man show, Simply Barbra, to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 pm. Musical director is Christopher Denney. Brinberg will literally transform on-stage into Barbra Streisand – both physically and vocally – in an extraordinary musical experience not to be missed! The show will also feature Jared Zirilli (Wicked, Rock of Ages) as special guest star. Brinberg has been praised for his live vocal performance of Barbra Streisand for over a decade around the world. In addition to touring all over America he has also played extensively in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Thailand, Spain, Mexico and Canada - more cities than the real Barbra! He appeared regularly in symphony concerts with the late Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar-winning composer of "The Way We Were." Steven was hired by Streisand's management to perform at her friend Donna Karan's birthday party. He has recorded two CDs ("Simply Barbra Duets" and "Live in London") and has appeared in several feature films ("Boys Life," "Camp") and on television ("Blue Bloods") as well as onstage at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and on Broadway in the benefit production of Funny Girl which featured Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Whoopi Goldberg. There is a $28 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SUSAN CAMPANARO'S 5 MINUTES MISS DRAPER

Susan Campanaro stars as Lavinia Draper at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 pm. Enter the life of Lavinia Draper, boozy Broadway understudy. Lavinia Draper is a New York Nightlife entertainer and now we learn her life story. How this diva arrived where she is today. Created by Susan Campanaro, Mark Nayden and Richard D. Kennedy, the show features original music by Lynn Portas. There is NO cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: 3 VOICES THEATER PRESENTS TASTY BITCH, TRIBUTE TO A FOOD DADDY

The company members of 3 Voices Theater celebrate the love, light, laughter and joy of Cas Marino at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438 - ) on Saturday, April 25th at 9:30 pm. Cas Marino was a dear friend and collaborator of the 3V Family, as well as the Off and Off-Off Broadway community. His frequent rants and bits of wisdom doled out almost daily through the internet kept all laughing, thinking and loving him. Come celebrate the joy he gave unconditionally toall in every rehearsal room and on every stage he shared. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: BENDELACREME'S COSMOS AT THE BEECHMAN

After an acclaimed and often extended premiere last year, RuPaul's Drag Race favorite BenDeLaCreme returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) with the debut of her latest blend of burlesque, comedy, performance art and music. "BenDeLaCreme's Cosmos" will begin performances on Thursday, April 23rd and run nightly through Monday, April 27th, all shows at 7:00 pm plus a special drag brunch performance on Sunday, April 26 at 1pm. For centuries our greatest minds have tried to unlock the mysteries of our universe and the life within it. But who holds the key to their secrets? BenDeLaCreme sure doesn't. And neither will you after spending an evening under the influence of "BenDeLaCreme's Cosmos," a dizzying deliberation on space, time, and the cocktails that best accompany them. Whether showing off her knowledge of black holes or inviting you to explore her inner space, BenDeLaCreme blends song, spectacle, razor wit, high-camp hijinks and alcohol to create a raucous evening of entertainment certain to delight and misinform. As a performer, emcee, party hostess, and event promoter BenDeLaCreme has appeared in theaters and nightclubs from coast to coast ever since the fateful day in 2002 when s/he realized that normally unsavory behavior could be dressed up in fancy clothes and called "Performance Art." Formerly based in Chicago, but with lucite heels now planted firmly in Seattle, BenDeLaCreme combines his/her background in the performing & visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamour, and Saturday morning cartoons to create a thick sludge of sparkly entertainment certain to stick to your ribs! BenDeLaCreme can be found Emceeing and Performing in various venues throughout Seattle, as well as teaching with the Acadamy of Burlesque. In 2014, the premiere of Terminally Delightful wowed audiences nationally, including an encore engagement in New York. There is a $22-$40 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN

NYC's longest running burlesque variety show, LE SCANDAL CABARET, continues on Saturdays, at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). In its fourteenth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra. For tickets, visit Smarttix at http://www.smarttix.com/ or 212-484-4444. There is a $25-$60 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MARIA ELENA INFANTINO: "FROM PIAF TO MAMBO"

Maria Elena Infantino presents her one woman show "From Piaf to Mambo", impersonating legendary french singer Edith Piaf, in occasion of the artist's upcoming 100th anniversary at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 25th at 1:00 pm. She will be inging 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. 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 her audience on a journey all over Italy with the passionate 50's 60's Italian repertoire, starting with Mambo Italiano, Volare, and most 50's Italian hits that were sung in english too! There is a $222.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: NORA DAVIS & CARLOS KNAUTH: A MARVELOUS MOMENT

Carlos Knauth and Nora Davis will present their show "A Marvelous Moment" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 pm. They 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, CA, and a 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! Accompanist: James Horan. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "MIDNIGHT MAGIC" WITH JACKSON RIDD

Using 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 at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 25th at 11:00 pm. You can expect 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. There is a $5 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: YOUNG PEOPLE'S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Nunez, will sing the world premieres of five compositions commissioned for its Radio Radiance broadcast/digital new music series on April 25th at 7:00 pm at SUBCULTURE NYC (45 Bleaker Street, NYC). The music is being recorded that evening for later broadcast by WWFM, The Classical Network, other public radio stations, and digitally through podcasts. The series was created by YPC in 2009 to excite and challenge the music perceptions of young people by reaching them through the kinds of audio technology they use every day: iPods, iPhones, sound pods, MP3's, laptops, as well as the time-honored medium of radio. In their compositions, each of the composers 0 Samuel Adler, Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), Caroline Mallonee, Frank J. Oteri, and Aaron Siegel - have been challenged use new ideas and ways of thinking to write for today's young people and in the way they are most likely to enjoy music, not in concert halls only, but on the go. The April 25th concert/recording session will be hosted by YPC's longtime radio colleague, Soundcheck's John Schaefer, and attended by all of the composers, who will meet audience members at a Meet-The-Artist reception afterwards. Young People's Chorus of New York City is internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Nez, a MacArthur "genius" Fellow, YPC is also well known as a groundbreaker in invigorating the repertoire for young singers with more than 80 compositions YPC has commissioned from the most distinguished established and emerging composers of our time through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music series. In residence at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, each year YPC benefits almost 1,400 children from 7 to 18 musically, academically, and socially through its after-school and in-school programs. YPC has received America's highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. There is a $25 cover.

NYC: 80'S VS 90'S PARTY WITH STIFLER'S MOM (THE ULTIMATE 90'S EXPERIENCE) & BONJOURNEY (ROCKIN THE 80'S) AT THE CUTTING ROOM

Stifler's Mom: The 90s. No Doubt to Pearl Jam, Spice Girls to Biggie, plus our Band Camp Horn Section perform at THE CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) on Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 pm. The music, movies, and baggy neon clothes are back. BonJourney is a New York based Tribute Band paying tribute to Rock Icons, Bon Jovi and Journey. Their high energy show has been exciting and entertaining fans throughout the Tri-State area since 2010. BonJourney is a unique Tribute Band that blends the music of both Bon Jovi and Journey within each set. They not only capture the sound of each group, but their energy and spirit as well. BonJourney's set includes all the classic hits that fans have enjoyed for over three decades, including but not limited to Living on a Prayer, Don't Stop Believing as well as their tender ballads Faithfully and I'll Be There for You.

NYC: MARILYN MAYE SINGS SINATRA AT 54 BELOW IN 8 SHOW RUN

Popular vocalist Marilyn Maye performs a Sinatra-themed show at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for 8 show, opening on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 pm with additional appearances on Saturday, April 18th at 2:00 pm; Thursday, April 23th at 7:00 pm; Friday, April 24th at 8:30 pm; Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 pm; Monday & Tuesday, April 27th & 28th at 7:00 pm; and Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 pm. Marilyn Maye is an artist for connoisseurs and her powerhouse delivery and chatty rapport with the audience is what holds the evening together and electrifies the proceedings. The aptly named production is an unabashed valentine to the late superstar, from the Super Singer that pays tribute to Sinatra's career with an immensely talented peer's interpretations of the songs that made Sinatra famous. It's a full-scale labor of love for another performer that is rarely seen from an artist of Maye's stature, and that is exactly what makes the show a must-see experience. There is a $55-$110 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DONNA VIVINO: CONFESSIONS OF A BROADWAY BABY

After her sold out show at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ), Donna Vivino returns on Saturday, Aopril 25th at 9:30 pm for another witty evening of songs and stories as she shares the stage with former co-stars and castmates from Wicked, Submissions Only, Hairspray, Les Miserables and many more. Broadway fell in love with Donna when, in 1987, she created the role of Young Cosette in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables. Since then, she's danced through the 70s (Saturday Night Fever), sung with the nicest kids in town (Hairspray), laughed it up with Martin Short (Fame Becomes Me), and defied gravity as one of Wicked's most beloved Elphaba's. There is a $30-$70 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LESLI MARGHERITA: ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!

Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Zorro) takes the "reigns" from the likes of Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli in her show All Hail the Queen at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday, April 25th at 11:30 pm and Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 pm. An evening of sheer entertainment, All Hail the Queen is totally more than a cabaret. It's a Vegas-style nightclub act. Commanding the room with sass and bawdiness - plus some self-deprecating humor for good measure - Miss Margherita sings and struts her way through the 70-minute set, which includes twists on old songs and new favorites (courtesy of musical director/arranger Brett Ryback). With hilarious storytelling and showstopping numbers, the evening offers something for everyone. There will be feathers. There will be sparkles. And you better believe there will be worshipping. All Hail the Queen, written and conceived by Margherita, will be directed by Lauren Bass with musical direction & arrangements by Brett Ryback (Murder for Two) and produced by Jordan Bass & Lauren Bass. There is a $25-$55 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE LOSERS LOUNGE TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL

The Losers Lounge is back at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555) on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm; Friday, April 24th & 25th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm with all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics, and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge. This weekend they will pay tribute to the songs of Joni Mitchell. The Losers Lounge is a collective of NewYork City•s finest performers who have been selling out live shows every other month for twenty years. Founded in 1993 by former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Joe McGinty, the band continues to canonize the great songwriting catalogues of the '60s, '70s and '80s in its own unique way. "From Abba to the Zombies". The Losers Lounge is in the business of redemption; honoring pop stars from these eras and validating the zeal of music fans. From well known composers like Neil Diamond and David Bowie to more obscure artists like Serge Gainsbourg and Harry Nilsson, The Losers Lounge walks the line between sincerity and irreverence to recreate the meticulous arrangements of the classic song books that you love, live. A Losers Lounge performances often include strings, horns, Theremin, extensive vocal arrangements and a backing band made up of the best musicians in New York. Along with a parade of up and coming singers, some past celebrity guest performers have included Richard Dreyfuss, Moby, Parker Posey, Debbie Harry, Lee Hazlewood, Paul Williams, Cyndi Lauper, John Cameron Mitchell, Fred Schneider, Joey Ramone, John Flansburg of They Might Be Giants, Ronnie Spector, Anne Magnuson, Michael Cerveris, Joan Jett, Ian Hunter, Fred Armisen, Antony, Santi Gold and many more, proving that you never know who you might see at The Losers Lounge. There is a $25 cover.

NYC-QUEENS: KAREN MASON HEADLINES STAR STUDED CAST TO BENEFIT SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL
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Broadway and cabaret star Karen Mason joins a host of MAC and Bistro Award-winning artists singing to benefit the special needs children of PS177Q, to be held at THE ROBIN SUE WARD SCHOOL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN (56-37 188th Street Fresh Meadows, NY) on Saturday, April 25th. Other first-time performers at this benefit, now in its sixth year, are Karen Oberlin, Marcus Simeone and Susan Winter. Returning this year are 2015 Bistro Award Winner, Marissa Mulder and long-time NYC cabaret favorite Phyllis Pastore. The cast is completed by returning performers Tom Gamblin, master of ceremonies Warren Schein, and Robert Gino, a PS177Q therapist who is the driving force behind this event, which has raised over $60,000 to date. Tracy Stark is musical director with Marco Brehm on bass. The night also includes a raffle with prizes including tickets to Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, a champagne sunset cruise on a 47-foot sailboat yacht a music basket including signed CDs from the evening's performers plus many more raffle baskets. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling the school at 718-357-4650.
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CHICAGO: MENZIE - MICHAEL DUO WITH "IT'S ABOUT TIME"

Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael's brand new annual April Show 'It's About Time' moves into DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) every Saturday in April, April 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at 8:00 pm. In this shiow the multi-award winning duo explores songs about the many concepts of TIME. Time • some people waste it, some try to reverse it, some don't have nearly enough of it and some can't keep it at all. A show with songs by such writers as Cyndi Lauper, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Webb, Stephen Schwartz, Miranda Lambert, Sammy Cahn and many more. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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SAN DIEGO, CA: SATURDAYS WITH CAROL CURTIS

Carol Curtis performs at MARTINI'S ABOVE FOURTH (3940 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA - 619-400-4500) pm Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The musical road from Riverside, California to San Diego rambles through Nevada, Oklahoma and almost every state in between, where Carol Curtis traveled as a musician. With a degree in music education from Oklahoma State University, she inspired young minds for several years, only to return to her true calling: cabaret-style singing. Playing the audience as skillfully as she plays piano and guitar, Carol weaves an eclectic mix of torch songs, Broadway and standards into an evening of fun repartee. No cover charge.

LOS ANGELES: BILLY COBHAM'S SPECTRUM 40 AT CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

Billy Cobham;s SPECTRUM 40 moves into CATALINA JAZZ CLUB (6725 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-2210) on Friday through Sunday, April 24th through 26th at 8:30 pm. Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s - as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/ leader whose recordings (such as Spectrum) and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer. Panamanian by birth, a New Yorker by upbringing, and a resident of Switzerland for more than 25 years, Cobham has pursued an ever-broadening, ever-deepening engagement with the world not only as a master drummer and percussionist but as a composer, producer, educator, and clinician who gives service through music even as he constantly expands his personal creative expression. There is a $30 cover.

SAN FRANCISCO: LENA HALL AT FEINSTEIN'S

Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee, Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Kinky Boots) makes her debut at FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) on Friday, April 24th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 pm, with her one-woman show, Sin and Salvation, featuring an eclectic mix of soulful rock, pop and blues. Lena Hall is currently starring as Yitzhak in the hit Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for which she won the 2014 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical. Prior to Hedwig, she starred as Nicola in the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots. Previous Broadway and Off Broadway roles include starring in the award winning Toxic Avenger at New World Stages, Tarzan (Original Cast), Dracula (Original Cast), 42nd St (Anytime Annie), Cats (Demeter), Beg Bugs (NYMF) and Green Eyes ( Fringe). TV and Film roles include "Young Miranda" in the Sex and the City film, "The Stepford Wives," "The Graduates," "All My Children" and "Legally Blonde, the Search for the Next Elle Woods." Born and raised in San Francisco, Lena Hall traveled the world performing and received her first big break singing for Pope John Paul II at Candlestick Stadium for over 50,000 people at the young age of 7. Hall was a member of the Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company in San Francisco and at the age of 17, joined the national tour of Cats. When not on the Broadway stage, Lena performs with her band The Deafening. There is a $40-$55 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

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LONDON: AMANDA MCBROOM AT THE CRAZY COQS

One of our most popular and well-loved artists, Amanda McBroom, returns to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 21st through 25th at 8:00 pm with her new show NOIR - SONGS OF LOVE. The show promises to be a magical blend of personal anecdotes, humour and songs by highly acclaimed songwriters including Johnny Mercer (That Old Black Magic), Harold Arlen, Tom Waits (Blue Valentine) and Jacques Brel, as well as some of her own well-known, self-penned numbers, including "The Rose", which was an international hit for Bette Middler. McBroom's talent for witty, profound and emotionally charged songwriting sets her apart from her from her comtemporaries and makes this a residency not to be missed! Musical Director is Michele Brourman. Call for cover/minimum information.

LONDON: JESSE SMITH & FRIENDS AT THE CRAZY COQS

Jesse Smith, a singer-songwriter currently starring in Thriller Live in London's West End, as well as taking the town by storm with rock band The Quotes, will perform at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Saturday, April 25th at 10:30 pm as part of the club's Late Night Series. In tonight's special and intimate performance, JESSE SMITH AND FRIENDS, he performs original solo material alongside well-known songs from Thriller Live and beyond. In 2014 Jesse released his debut solo album Acoustic Anthems and tonight will be the first time these songs are performed live. Jesse has put together an all star band featuring Mike Lindup from Level 42 on Keys, Johnny Copland (The Crystal Fighters, Barry Manilow) on Bass, Francesco Mendolia (Incognito/Chaka Khan) on drums and James Ashby (T'Pau/The Quotes) on guitar. Call for cover/minimum information.

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