Birdland Jazz Club presents the special 19th anniversary edition of JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY with Billy Stritch

Birdland Jazz Club will present a special edition of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party – the weekly celebration of talent in residence every Monday for nearly two decades – to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the event on Monday, July 11 at 9:30 p.m. Caruso will host a roster of show business luminaries to help mark this unprecedented run. The evening will also mark one year since the legendary music venue reopened after the nationwide arts shutdown. There is a music fee of $30. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York City.

“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” is a hugely popular open mic party that has brought a dash of glitz and urban spirit to Broadway in New York every Monday night since 2004. It’s a cool open mic party and show hilarious, impromptu variety show in which showbiz superstars take to the stage alongside newcomers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general awe. “Cast Party” is the perfect place to mingle with talented artists and their fans. The dynamic, lively and charming Caruso guides the whole affair, while the musical genius Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett) holds court at the ivories and leads the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on battery). The best part is that the public is invited to join in the musical festivities. More information is available at www.CastPartyNYC.com

Jim Caruso made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in Tony Award-winning Liza’s At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. He’s won six MAC Awards and eight BroadwayWorld Awards for his nightclub work, performed with the New York Pops in a tribute to Kander & Ebb, with Rosemary Clooney celebrating Bing Crosby, and sang the songs of Hope & Crosby with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie. Hall. Jim had the honor of singing with Barbara Cook, Lauren Bacall and a host of Broadway stars at President Clinton’s first State Dinner at the White House. For seventeen years, he hosted the weekly showbiz “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” at Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center and across the country. Most recently, he took YouTube by storm with “Pajama Cast Party.” He also books and produces the “Broadway at Birdland” concert series and performs regularly with Billy Stritch at the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. Jim’s two CDs, The Swing Set and Caruso Live and In Person are available online. www.Jim-Caruso.com

The Birdland Jazz Club presents “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” every Monday at 9:30 p.m. There is a music fee of $30 and a minimum of $20 for food and beverages. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com. In accordance with New York City rules for indoor activities, Birdland requires proof of vaccination or a verified medical exemption from all guests, staff and performers.

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