Friday, January 28, 2011

Liza Minnelli To Star In The Best Of "JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY" At Town Hall

Show business superstar Liza Minnelli has announced that she will be performing at Town Hall on Thursday, February 17th in the All-Star, Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, a major benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In its eight year history, Caruso's famous open mike night at Birdland has seen a huge number of major stars drop in unannounced. Fans pack the place hoping it might be the night that Michael Feinstein, Liza, Chita, Tony Bennett, Larry Gatlin, Lucie, Marilyn Maye, Paul Schaffer, Cheyenne Jackson, might pop in and sing a song or two. At Town Hall, on February 17th, the fans packing the place won't have to wonder who's coming to sing: it's the big guns, the big talent, the big stars in all their multitude that are coming to perform in The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

For this special show produced by Scott Siegel as part of his first "Siegel Season at Town Hall," the iconic Liza Minnelli will be re-united with her pal, Broadway legend Chita Rivera, as well as Country Superstar Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers. Also in the cast, Broadway and Nightclub star Lucie Arnaz, Marilyn Maye (Johnny Carson’s favorite singer, who holds the record for most appearances by a vocalist on “The Tonight Show”), YouTube sensation “Miranda Sings,” Broadway star and Tony nominee Christopher Sieber, Two-Time Tony nominee Sally Mayes, international jazz star Hilary Kole, R&B tenor William Blake (on the heels of his Carnegie Hall debut), Nightlife Award-winning jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein, multi-award-winning cabaret artiste Natalie Douglas, Klea Blackhurst (Merman afficianado and star of the new IFC Comedy Series “The Onion News Network”), acrobat and comedian Rudi Macaggi (direct from “America’s Got Talent”), and the rocking Dueling Fiddlers. There will be more special guest stars announced over the next few weeks! And you can count on a special surprise performer or two that night, as well!

The evening will be hosted by the multi-award winning Jim Caruso, with Billy Stritch at the piano, Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums.

About Jim Caruso’s Cast Party:
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is an extreme open mic that has been running every Monday for the past eight years at Birdland, the historic music room in Manhattan’s Theater District. It’s also a bi-monthly event at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Stars like Martin Short, Carol Channing, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Manchester and Tony Bennett have all joined in on the fun and impromptu performances – sharing the stage with Broadway chorus cuties, jazzers and composers. Playbill put it best: "Starrier than the Hayden Planetarium…a hot spot where Broadway and Hollywood tip, twirl and hit the mic. It's become the place to cruise, schmooze, sing and be seen."

Scott Siegel presents…
The Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Thursday, February 17, 8PM
Town Hall Box Office is located at 123 West 43rd StreetTickets are $25 -$50 - $75
And can be purchased NOW by visiting or calling 800-982-2787
or at The Town Hall Box Office, open noon to 6 PM every day but Sunday.

THE SIEGEL SEASON at The Town Hall is supported, in part, by The Edythe Kenner Foundation, ASCAP, Jill & Irwin Cohen, Peter & Barbara Leavy,, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Steve & Eda Sorokoff, Thoroughbred Records, Peter Hanson, and Steven T. Ernst.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Benefit Production of Doric Wilson's "The West Street Gang" Saturday, January 29th

TOSOS celebrates the opening of the 10th season after its revival in 2002
with a pay-what-you-can benefit reading of Doric Wilson’s


...directed by Mark Finley
Eric C. Bailey - Alex Bond - Christopher Borg - Ron Bopst - J.Stephen Brantley - Marc Castle - Jonathan Cedeano - Desmond Dutcher - Rick Hinkson - Oliver Houser - Robert Locke - Nick Mathews - Jim Nugent - Aaron Tone - Chris Weikel - Elizabeth Whitney

Saturday, January 29th
The Mitchell Room, ART/NY
520 8th Ave., 3rd Floor

7 PM

A political satire, The West Street Gang was produced as environmental theater at the Spike Bar in 1977. The patrons of a shabby waterfront gay club are forced to band together to defend themselves against a variety of fag bashers — from street punks to political opportunists to media raptors—and then Anita Bryant walks through the door.

"Uproarious" – Cue magazine
"Rapid-fire comedy" – Vito Russo, The Village Voice
"Daringly theatrical and hilariously funny" – Jerry Fitzpatrick, The Advocate
"I laughed till my stomach hurt" – Arthur Bell, The Village Voice
"The best gay play ever written" – After Dark magazine (back in 1977)
"If you really insist, I might have to admit it may have been mildly amusing" – Michael Feingold

(Reviews for the original production presented by TOSOS in the Spike Bar in June of 1977)


email: or call 212-563-2218
at ART/NY, 3rd floor, 520 8th Ave. (between West 36th & 37th Streets)
Contributions to TOSOS are tax deductible

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Broadway Backwards 6 Coming to the Longacre on Feb. 7th

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6, the only Broadway event custom-made for the gay and lesbian community, our friends and families, takes to the stage again for a star-studded, one-night only event, February 7 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street).

"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken (Spamalot), HBO's "True Blood" star Denis O'Hare (Tony winner for Take Me Out) and Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret, CBS's "The Good Wife") join a line-up of performers that also will include Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Len Cariou (Tony winner for Sweeney Todd), Robin De Jesus (La Cage aux Folles), Jose Llana (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony winner for In the Heights), Debra Monk (Curtains), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera) and Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy). Additional performers will be announced soon.

The show is produced by Broadway Cares and will benefit BC/EFA and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS will feature some of Broadway's biggest names singing songs originally written for the opposite gender: women singing songs written for men and men singing songs written for women. By keeping all of the lyrics intact, including the original pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension, sometimes with hysterical results and sometimes with immensely touching results. BROADWAY BACKWARDS will give its audience a chance to see and hear some of the most treasured songs of the Great White Way in a whole new key.

Creator Robert Bartley will again direct and choreograph with co-choreographer/associate director Kathryn Kendall and musical direction by Chris Haberl. The creative team also includes lighting designer Paul Miller, costumer designer Philip Heckman and musical supervisor Patrick Vaccariello.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS began as a grassroots concert performed at the Center in 2006. In subsequent years, the event grew quickly, performing Off-Broadway at 37 Arts, followed by Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre and last year at Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont.

For more information or to order tickets, visit the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS website.