Karen Mason will bring KANDER & EBB…AND ALL THAT JAZZ to Birdland
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will feature Karen Mason in their show “Kander & Ebb…And All That Jazz” on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. The evening pays tribute to John Kander and Fred Ebb, the Tony Award-winning songwriters behind Broadway’s Cabaret, Chicago and more. As one of the original stars of the Kander & Ebb off-Broadway revue of And The World Goes’ Round, Mason has a personal connection to these legends and their music. This night of unforgettable stories, laughter, and music includes “Ring Them Bells,” “My Coloring Book,” “Go Back Home,” and more. There is a music fee of $40. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York City.
Karen Mason stars in Broadway’s Mamma Mia!, Wonderland, Hairspray and Sunset Boulevard, as well as the first US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. She is also a recipient of the 2019 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Few artists can transition from Broadway to recording, performing and on television as easily as Karen Mason. She graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below and Drury Lane Oakbrook, as well as the Royal Albert Hall in London. Karen has eight albums, including her latest release Let The Music Play, featuring the new song by Paul Rolnick and David Friedman. She was recently featured alongside Ewan McGregor in the hit Netflix miniseries “Halston.”
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will feature Karen Mason in their show “Kander & Ebb…And All That Jazz” on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. There is a music fee of $40 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.
BIRDLAND THEATER AND BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB
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Jim Caruso’s Actors Night
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party,” a New York institution for nearly two decades, is a hugely popular weekly open-mic variety show/party that has brought a dash of glitz and urban spirit to Birdland since 2004. Called ” “show business heaven” by The New York Times and “the gold standard of open-mic parties” by The Wall Street Journal, “Cast Party” will take advantage of the city’s post-pandemic nightlife renaissance to continue to showcase a potent mix of Broadway stars, jazz swingers and cabaret legends, plus new faces and emerging talent from all genres. 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).
$30 + $20 minimum food/beverage
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Programming with Susie Mosher
“The Lineup with Susie Mosher” is a wild and versatile variety show featuring performers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes, ranging from today’s hottest headliners to top rising stars. of tomorrow. Mosher – the famous actress and singer from Broadway and beyond, called “one of those talents that has to be seen to be believed” by Time Out New York – hosts the spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday, and each lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of New York City’s premier entertainment.
$20 + $20 food/beverage minimum
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Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano
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$30 + $20 minimum food/beverage
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Mark Mackillop – “Duets”
MacKillop, star of West Side Story, Anastasia and Dirty Dancing, makes his Birdland debut. He’ll take the stage with an evening of duets with Broadway artists Jelani Remy, Joy Franz, Telly Leung, BrittMack, Ed Staudenmayer, Alex Newell and Ari Groover, singing songs from musical theatre, pop, country and more. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Mark grew up performing in musical theatre. At 17, he began studying ballet and after summer training with Boston Ballet and ABT in New York, he was hired by the nation’s oldest company, Atlanta Ballet. After starring in On Your Toes as part of New York City Center’s Encores series, he spent a year playing Riff on the West Side Story International Tour. Mark has also toured the United States performing on the Dirty Dancing National Tour and most recently playing Prince Siegfried on Anastasia’s first national tour.
$45/$75 VIP + $20 food/drink minimum
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Artemisia LeFay – “Ghosts of Weimar’s Past”
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$30 Table/$20 Bar + $20 food/drink minimum
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The sick of Kinsey
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$40 tables / $30 bar + $10 food/drink minimum
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Debbie Gravitte with Stephen Schwartz
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$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum
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Steve Ross dives into great American and international songbooks for some old favourites, and some songs by contemporary writers, including himself, from America (Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael), England (Noel Coward), from France (Charles Trenet) and Germany (Friedrich Hollaender). Ross has been an integral part of the Manhattan cabaret community for over forty years. In 1981, he reopened the legendary Oak Room of Manhattan’s famed Algonquin Hotel, where he disserted for over 15 years. He appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter and off-Broadway in his tribute to Fred Astaire, I Won’t Dance. Internationally he has performed in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Sydney as well as in cabarets and theaters across America and on the high seas.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum
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$40 tables + $20 food/drink minimum
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$30 tables + $20 food/beverage minimum