Tuesday, May 27, 2014

National Asian Artists Project To Present All-Asian Production of Classic Broadway Hit Musical OLIVER!

Production to Have Limited Engagement at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC June 5 - 7 2014

(May 22nd, 2014- New York, NY) - Furthering their mission to showcase the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) has produced over the past four years "Oklahoma", "Carousel", and "Hello Dolly!" as part of their Re-Discover Series using all Asian casts. The setting for this year's production will move across the pond to Charles Dickens' London with the production of the classic award-winning musical, OLIVER!. With book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, OLIVER! has become one of the most popular and best-loved musicals in the world. NAAP's production will be under the direction of Steven Eng with choreography by Broadway legend Baayork Lee, the original 'Connie Wong' in the original cast of "Chorus Line". This multi-talented cast includes Raul Aranas as Fagin, Anthea Neri as Nancy and Bonale Zohn Fambrini as Oliver (photo).

Bart's musical OLIVER!, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist, boasts popular showtunes such as "Food, Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "Where Is Love?", "Consider Yourself," "As Long As He Needs Me," and "Who Will Buy?"

Also joining Fambrini are Raul Aranas (Fagin), Anthea Neri (Nancy), Whit K. Lee (The Artful Dodger), Kendyl Ito (Bet), Scott Watanabe (Mr. Bumble), Mel Sagrado Maghuyop (Bill Sikes), David Shih (Mr. Sowerberry), Tony Romero (Dr.Grimwig), John Haggerty (Mr. Brownlow), Connor Johnston(Noah Claypole), Virginia Wing (Mrs. Bedwin), Cindy Cheung (Widow Corney), Nina Zoie Lam (Old Sally), Fay Ann Lee (Mrs. Sowerberry), and Rebecca Lee Lerman (Charlotte Sowerberry).

Kevin Farrell is musical director; Joe Sheridan, production stage manager; Jimm Halliday, costume designer; Susan Kikuchi, associate choreographer; Kyle Garvin, assistant choreographer; Jose Simbulan; children's musical director; Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick, assistant director; and Kirk Bookman, lighting designer.

NAAP is delighted to be returning to The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street) again this year to present this production of OLIVER! in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. The show will open on Thursday, June 5th at 7:30PM. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday, June 6th at 7:30PM and Saturday, June 7th at 2PM and 7:30PM.

There will be a 65-member cast consisting of 20 children, 25 professional actors and 20 members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus. This benefit production will be fully staged, complete with sets and costumes.

Tickets are $75, $50 & $25 and are on sale now at Ticket Central. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central via  http://www.ticketcentral.com www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200, or in person at 416 W.42nd Street (12 to 8PM daily). 

There is a $250 Opening VIP Package that will include a 3-course meal at West Bank Cafe, prime seating ticket at opening night performance and post-show reception with cast and creative team. These tickets are available only through the NAAP office by emailing naap@naaproject.org naap@naaproject.org or 
calling 646-543-6227

$120 of the $250 is tax deductible. The Pershing Square Signature Center, the permanent home of Signature Theatre, is a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature's three distinct playwrights' residencies and foster a cultural community. The Center is a major contribution to New York City's cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages
collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, a bookstore, and Signature Cafe and Bar, open to public from noon to midnight Tuesdays - Sundays. 

For more information on renting the Center, please visit http://www.signaturetheatre.org/rentals www.signaturetheatre.org/rentals.

NAAP exists to be a leader in educating, cultivating and stimulating audiences and artists - current and future - through showcasing exceptional work by vibrant artists of Asian descent. Art constantly evolves and NAAP strives to command a place at the fore with a uniquely compelling American voice.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Carole J. Bufford's Many "Shades of Blue" Starts Open-Ended Met Room Engagement MAY 8



How many “Shades of Blue”? Hard to say, as Carole J. Bufford
 begins her first open-ended run with a new show at The Metropolitan Room, on Thursday May 8 at 9:30pm. “Shades of Blue,” a throbbing, thrilling show brimming with tempestuous blues numbers spanning a century, plays every Thursday, until further notice!

“Shades of Blue” is another first-class invitation for the versatile Bufford to show her many sides.  The material -- an odyssey of blues made famous by the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Dinah Washington, John Legend, and The Animals -- reels from deep in its southern roots to its far-flung northern heights.  Shadowing Bufford on this kaleidoscopic journey is her music director Ian Herman on piano.

The show is co-created by Carole J. Bufford and Scott Siegel, who is the producer.

The pair teamed up on Bufford’s previous Met Room run, “Carole J. Bufford: Body and Soul,” which was one of the best-reviewed nightclub shows of 2013.  Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal called it “red hot.” The show extended its world premiere engagement, playing eight sold-out performances from January 16 through March 15About Bufford Stephen Holden has said, "The way her voice, with its blues inflections, cut a swath, leaving nothing standing, tempts me to describe her with groveling hyperbole as an earthier, more acerbic 21st-century Barbra Streisand."

Bufford first hit the scene when she was a 2009 MetroStar Talent Challenge runner-up.  After tapping her to appear in several of his “Broadway by the Year” concerts, Siegel cast her in his long-running 11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock” at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency.  Commenting on her 2012 show “Speak Easy,” Holden called Bufford “a sizzling cabaret performer… She can be dangerous, but she is also funny.”

“Shades of Blue” performs Thursdays at 9:30 beginning May 8. There is a $20 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues), at 212/206-0440 or to order online visit www.metropolitanroom.com


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“Janine Gilbert-Carter: Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!” Makes NYC Debut at Metropolitan Room

An intimate evening dedicated to many jazz legends, Sunday June 15th, 2014, 9:30 PM at NYC’s Metropolitan Room.

Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!” 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 dedicated to many musicians that Janine has known so well.  You will not be disappointed.

Janine Gilbert-Carter (www.janinecarter.com) is from Washington DC, where she has been entertaining audiences for over a decade. And her audiences keep coming back for more, having been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laportas, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC Jazz Club Blues Alley, in addition to several prestigious White House Events.  She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel. She has long been recognized in Washington, Baltimore and yes, overseas, by being nominated and receiving awards and accolades, including Washington DCs famous “Wammie” award. She has recently released her seventh CD, “a musical exploration” as she lovingly refers to them, entitled “At Last” which is found on CD Baby . And now, at last, she is finally coming to Manhattan and the Metropolitan Room has got her!

The Janine Gilbert-Carter Quintet features:

Eric B. Byrd - Piano  Wes Biles - BassJeff Neal - Drums  Marshall Keys – SaxJanine Gilbert-Carter, vocals  

The emcee for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, daughter of world renowned and prolific bassist of the postwar era, Earl May.  Mrs. Tyson is a producer of DC Jazz Radio WPFW 89.3’s Robyn's Place, featuring Robyn Holden.

Janine Gilbert-Carter ~ Jazzy and Soulfully Yours
  • When : Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 9:30 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM )
  • Ticket Price : $20.00 - $115.00 (VIP package)
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type : Jazz
  • Restrictions: 2 Beverage Minimum

“...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

"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

Patricia Adams makes her grand debut at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room

“This Joint is Jumpin”, Sunday, May 25th4 PM."

Renowned jazz vocalist Patricia Adams (www.patriciaadams.com) is finally appearing at the Metropolitan Room. After appearing for years at New York’s Triad, Arci’s Place, Kavehaz Jazz Gallery, Chez Suzette in Manhattan, and having been at Cambridge’s famous Ryles Jazz Club since 1999, it was only a matter of time for Patricia to take her microphone to Manhattan’s famous Metropolitan Room on Sunday, May 25th at 4 PM.

Patricia has been a longtime interpreter of not-so-standard vocal standards. She plans on an hour of songs ranging from little gems of Tin Pan Alley, the Harlem Renaissance to the great Fats Waller’s “This Joint is Jumpin, promising a thumping, walloping rendition of the tune! Along with her accompanist Steve Wright, Patricia will entertain her audience with story and song that she has known her entire life, and cannot wait to share it with this new audience.

Patricia grew up in the 1940s in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She sang in her early years but put singing aside and earned a BS and MBA and for the next 35 years worked for several Fortune 500 companies in Human Resources. She rediscovered her voice 20 years ago, finally trading her “day job” for that of a vocalist.

According to Elzy Kolb of Hot House Magazine (04/2012), “Ms. Adams started singing at open mics 20 years ago, with the goal of being the best singer in the room. She noticed that some of the regulars sounded very polished. “And then there were the rest of us”, Patricia said. “Music Education was a big differentiator. I realized I had to go back to school to achieve my singing goals.” And so, at age 54, Adams enrolled at the New England Conservatory, Department of Contemporary Improvisation (where she studied music theory, harmony and improvisation with greats like Ran Blake.)

Patricia Adams made her professional singing debut at Boston’s famous Scullers Jazz Club in 1992 and she has been singing ever since.  She just celebrated her ten-year anniversary at playing Sunday Brunch every firstSunday at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, accompanied by the Ray Santisi Trio.

Patricia, who has fans of her brand of 1930s and 1940s standards in the thousands, has a total of eight CDs available on Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes. You can find them on her website www.patriciaadams.com.

So, just in case you were wondering, “Where has Patricia Adams been?” you can now have a front row seat!

Tickets are now on sale at the Metropolitan Room box office by Direct Link:  (SEE: http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=144992 ) ranging from $20.00, two drink minimum, to a special $115 VIP Package. You may also call the Metropolitan Room directly for tickets at (212) 206-0440.  The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10010.


What the Critics and Fans are saying about Ms. Patricia Adams:

“Patricia Adams Trio is superb. No gimmicks. Just really good music.” – Cadence Magazine

“…a remarkable jazz performer and musicologist.” – Somers Record

“Patricia Adams sings as if she’s been entertaining audiences all her life. How can a woman with this many years in middle management sound so warm and personable, and even a bit like Lena Horne? One doesn’t know but she’s got it! She brings her quartet to Ryles first Sundays. It’ a knockout of a show.” --Weekend Arts, Boston Globe

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Comedian Dana Friedman returns to The Metropolitan Room with LGBT Comedy Soup

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Comedian Dana Friedman returns with LGBT Comedy Soupcelebrating LGBT Pride at New York’s Metropolitan Room, Monday, June 9th, 9:30 PM

New York, May 16, 2014: Truth really is stranger than fiction–and much funnier when it’s in the form of Orthodox Jewish transsexual comic Dana Friedman. On Monday, June 9th she’ll bring LGBT Comedy Soup to world-famous cabaret The Metropolitan Room. What better way is there to celebrate LGBT Pride than fifty shades of gay, lesbian, and transgender laughs?

Ms. Friedman addresses a wide variety of topics, including many outside the very unusual norms of standup comedy. She has performed at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club, theaters and conventions in the New York tri-state area and the Midwest, and is thrilled to be returning to The Metropolitan Room for this one-night-only event!

Joining Dana Friedman at “LGBT ComedySoup” are comics Frank Liotti, Emma Willmann, Kate Hendricks and Danny McWilliams.

Frank Liotti is a stand-up comic living in New York City.  His character-driven act outs and stream of consciousness have won him praise in the prestigious Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival and the Long Island Laugh Off, and he’s been a finalist in every festival he’s entered to date. In addition, he recently filmed a pilot for MTV’s Logo network, and was seen headlining at Carolines on Broadway as part of their “Break Out Artist” series.

Emma Willmann – Originally from a tiny town in Maine, Emma Willmann always wanted to be in entertainment.  Originally she wanted to be a hip-hop music executive, then a casting agent for music video girls (Puerto Rican, specifically).  When that didn’t work out…she got became a comedian!
Emma has performed in The New York Comedy Festival, the Women in Comedy Festival, hosted the Hoboken Comedy Festival, appeared on AxisTV Live at Gotham Comedy Club, and on ComedyTimeTV. She was in the Elite 8 in Carolines Comedy Club 2014 March Madness Competition, actively takes acting and hosting for TV classes, and performs every single night of the week in NYC or Boston.

Kate Hendricks is a comedian and writer living in NYC.  As a stand-up, she has appeared on Nickelodeon’s Nick Mom’s Night Out and on ABC’s The View.  She created and acts in the web series “Kate the Wasp“, which follows a fictionalized white woman as she attempts to experience new cultures.  She is a contributing writer to Cosmopolitan magazine.

Danny McWilliams has been a fixture in the standup comedy world since 1985. He was a founding member of the renowned standup comedy team Funny Gay Males. He has appeared on The Howard Stern ShowThe Joan Rivers Show and many others, and has written special material for comedian Margaret Cho.

Celebrate LGBT Pride with comedy, and ‘LGBTComedySoup’ with pride! $20 cover, two-item minimum. For a 40% discount through June 1, use code SOUPAdvance reservations are suggested.

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 W 22nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in New York City, 10010. Telephone:  (212) 206-0440 for reservations, or reserve on line at www.metropolitanroom.com

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nominations open NOW for The Hot House NYC Jazz Awards

Hot House magazine is celebrating its 32nd anniversary and The Metropolitan Room celebrates its 9 year anniversary and to do this they come together to celebrate the reason they exist - JAZZ!

After a successful first year the Hot House NYC Jazz Awards are back in full swing and ready to crown the best new talents in the world of Jazz as voted by NYC Jazz fans. This is a great night for Jazz sensations to be rewarded for their hard work and their dedication to the craft.

The first stage to this exciting event is the nomination period which goes from now through to the end of June. People can now go to nycjazzcontest.com to nominate their favorite Jazz superstar.

In the spirit of fairness and democracy they are encouraging people to vote for their favorite artists in all areas of Jazz. The categories cover a wide range of styles and specialities.

Succeeding the nomination period is the election period which goes from July through to the end of August.The final winners of each category will be announced at the Awards night which will be held at the Metropolitan Room on September 17 at 9:30pm.

About Hot House
Created in 1982, Hot House is the first and now longest standing publication dedicated to jazz in New York. 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. It offers 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. Hot House is now known as the NYC Jazz Bible.

About Metropolitan Room
Voted #1 Jazz Cabaret Club by New York Magazine, The Metropolitan Room is one of the most critically acclaimed venues in NYC and is known as the "Home" for big name talents and rising stars.  This famed, Flatiron District, 22nd Street bastion for singers, is located in the heart of Manhattan in the Flatiron/Chelsea District. A high-end cabaret and jazz club, the Metropolitan Room brings the best in live music to New York City. Every night of the week, at 7pm, 9:30pm and 11:30pm. Our renowned Chelsea club and performance space provides an intimate for a range of entertainments as diverse as New York itself.

Event Details

  • When : Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 9:30 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM )
  • Ticket Price : $25.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type : Jazz
  • Restrictions: 2 Beverage Minimum