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Date Time Event Description
Sep-19-17 07:00 PM Walter Willison WALTER WILLISON: MUSIC IN MY HEART

Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner WALTER WILLISON, Broadway star of shows including Grand Hotel, Two By Two, and Pippin, celebrates his 50th year in Show Business with MUSIC IN MY HEART, his first solo cabaret appearance since 1978! He'll sing iconic songs and share personal anecdotes and reminiscences about of the legendary songwriters he has known and worked with over his vast career; Richard Rodgers, Martin Charnin, Irving Berlin, Robert Wright & George Forrest, Stephen Schwartz, Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse and more. "Walter Willison provides a tangible example in song of what it means to be a Broadway star." (Marilyn Lester, Cabaret Scenes). "A showman down to his toes!" (Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town) Don't miss this intimate evening of first class entertainment.



Musical Direction by
IAN HERMAN

with SAM LAZZARA on drums



About the Artist

WALTER WILLISON, a Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner, is a true Renaissance man. The singer, actor, writer, director and producer celebrates his 50th year in Show Business in 2017. He starred on Broadway in shows including Robert Wright & George Forrest’s GRAND HOTEL directed by Tommy Tune, Richard Rodgers & Martin Charnin’s TWO BY TWO directed by Joe Layton, Stephen Schwartz’ PIPPIN directed by  Bob Fosse, NORMAN, IS THAT YOU? directed by George Abbott, WILD AND WONDERFUL with Ann Reinking, A CELEBRATION OF RICHARD RODGERS with Mary Martin, Gordon Mac Rae, A TRIBUTE TO JOSHUA LOGAN with Ethel Merman, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and A CELEBRATION OF GEORGE ABBOTT, with Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli. Other New York appearances include Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Madison Square Garden, directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Stephen Sondheim’s ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Carnegie Hall, starring Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters, directed by Herb Ross, Lt. Cable in The 25th Anniversary of SOUTH PACIFIC directed by Joshua Logan, and the title role in Robert Wright & George Forrest’s KEAN. He was The Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Schwartz’ MASS, the opening production at The Kennedy Center in Washington directed by Gordon Davidson; appeared with Tony Bennett, Florence Henderson and an All-Star cast in Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse’s IT’S A MUSICAL WORLD at the Hollywood Palladium; El Gallo in The First International Japan Tour of THE FANTASTICKS, directed by and costarring authors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt. 

His films include the Emmy winning Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women, for which he was personally chosen by Irving Berlin to croon his iconic “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” and Harry and Walter Go to New York directed by Mark Rydell and staged by Joe Layton, in which he sang lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman and music by David Shire. He also wrote the lyrics to Jeffrey Silverman’s music for the songs he sings in Fantasies starring Bo Derek. On TV, he starred in NBC’s hit 1976 series McDuff, The Talking Dog, as Clyde Griffiths in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy on PBS' The Great Novelists, as Dr. George “Buck” Wheaton on Days of Our Lives.

Mr. Willison has written and directed musicals across the US from San Diego’s Old Globe to Off-Broadway and nightclub acts including Steve Ross & Karen Oberlin in CHEEK TO CHEEK: The Songs of Astaire & Rogers at 54 Below and The Crazy Coqs in the West End. In 2015 he conceived, wrote & directed the critically acclaimed GRAND HOTEL: The 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert at 54 Below also costarring opposite fellow original Broadway cast members including Karen Akers and Liliane Montevecchi. He is the recipient of A Special William Inge Award and in 2016 he wrote and directed A SALUTE TO THE OSCARS for the 35th Annual William Inge Festival starring Marcy De Gonge Manfredi, Daisy Eagan and John Schuck. Earlier this year, for The Ziegfeld Society, he conceived and directed ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF THE AIR: The New 1934 Live from Broadway Broadcast Revue at Birdland, also starring with Liliane Montevecchi, Loni Ackerman and Lee Horwin; THE UNSINKABLE TAMMY GRIMES: A Musical Life in Revue, also starring with Adrienne Angel, Patricia Bosworth, Chris Orbach, Lee Roy Reams, and Jane Summerhays; and WE’LL TAKE A GLASS TOGETHER!: The Songs of Robert Wright & George Forrest, also starring with Karen Akers, Marcy DeGonge Manfredi, Lee Horwin, Heather Mac Rae, Lynnette Perry and Liliane Montevecchi.

His many CDs include his original cast recordings and he produced and performs on the studio cast recordings of Wright & Forrest’s A BAG OF POPCORN AND A DREAM: an intimate bigscreen revue with Karen Akers, Judy Kaye, Diane J. Findlay; Wright & Forrest’s ANASTASIA: The Musical starring Judy Kaye, Len Cariou, Marcy DeGonge Manfredi and Regina Resnick; and he produced the legendary Marcia Lewis’ best-selling CD, Nowadays.

Mr. Willison’s costars with a cast of Broadway Legends in Rick McKay’s new documentary Broadway: Beyond The Golden Age, to be released in 2018.
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For more visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Willison

Sep-19-17 09:30 PM Annie Ross Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
Sep-20-17 07:00 PM Eddie Sarfaty Eddie Sarfaty ~ Playing in Traffic   

Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

Sep-20-17 09:30 PM Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show Show Details

When: Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 9:30 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM)
Ticket Price: $12.00 - $115.00
Door Time: 9:00 PM
Show Type: Comedy
Restrictions: 2 Drink Minimum
See some of the funniest professional comics and some up and coming talents that are the next rising starts. 
Sep-21-17 07:00 PM Thursday Piano Bar at the Underground Lounge Thursday Piano Bar at the Underground Lounge

The Metropolitan Room is proud to present their Underground Lounge Piano Bar. Jared Svoboda hosts our new piano bar downstairs. $10 Cash Entrance which includes one drink as well. So come on down bring your sheet music and lets bang out some tunes and have a great time.

Bring Sheet Music if you want to sing.

Piano Bar is from 7-11 PM



Sep-21-17 07:00 PM Janelle Show Details

When: Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:15 PM)
Ticket Price: $22.50 - $435.00
Door Time: 6:15 PM
Show Type: Jazz
Restrictions: $25 Menu Minimum
Join us for the love of great music that is passed down through the generations. American jazz began in the 19th century, but we are most familiar with the music from the 1920s to the 1960s, the era where Janelle prefers to live as an artist.   Each American Songbook jazz standard is its own story. It also is a slightly different story for each listener as we remember the first time we heard that ballad, or with whom we first danced to this rhumba.   Hear some of the songs that were originally performed -- and then covered -- by great singers like:   • Louis B. Armstrong • Bing Crosby • Frank Sinatra • Billie Holiday • Ella Fitzgerald • Peggy Lee • Nat "King" Cole • Sarah Vaughan • Julie London    "All the Things You Are," "But Not For Me," and even the much more recent "Girl From Ipanema" remind us of special people and places even as they create new memories each time we hear them.   Artists like Nina Simone, Esther Phillips, and Carmen McRae were classically trained pianists-turned-jazz-and-blues singers. These musician-singers and many others brought their mastery to songs that defined decades, events, and social movements.   The show on will be special because Jerry, her retired music teacher father, will join her on the piano. He is a classically trained master pipe organist and flautist, but has taught generations of private music students, choirs and concert bands for over 50 years. He will be playing the piano at The Metropolitan Room, including a few short solo classical numbers.    Marc Daine (guitar) and Mike Weatherly (bass) will be the other half of the show's quartet. They have been performing with Janelle since March 2011. Daine is also the composer of two songs on Janelle's debut CD. 
Click HERE for one of them: 
 
Sep-21-17 09:30 PM Bella Lemay Show Details

When: Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 9:30 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM)
Ticket Price: $24.00 - $435.00
Door Time: 9:00 PM
Show Type: Cabaret
Restrictions: $25 Menu Minimum
[title of drag show] ~ Bella Lemay

Hailing from geriatric (Google it, twinks) Fort Myers, Florida, Bella Lemay was born in 2012 when a shy young boy named Ben Lamoureux understudied Alyssa Lemay in the role of Mary Sunshine for a production of Chicago in Fort Myers, Florida. Unashamedly a part of the RuPaul's Drag Race baby boom, Bella shortly thereafter began honing her craft and kiki-ing in Gainesville, Florida at The University Club in 2013.   After graduating from college (Florida School of the Arts c/o 2015, Musical Theatre) and moving back to Southwest Florida, Bella became a part of the hugely successful Rauschenberg Project at the Laboratory Theater in Fort Myers, Florida, that benefitted Southwest Florida LGBT teens and youth, telling their stories, raising awareness, and providing classes and creative outlets in the community. In 2016, Bella decided to truly pursue her career girl dreams and hoofed it to New York City - Astoria, to be exact - where she now lives and werks.   In March of 2017, Bella entered her first drag competition: New York's Next Top Drag Queen at Metropolitan Room. She was honored with the winner's crown in April.   Bella Lemay was born in the theatre, and that is truly where she lives. At heart, Bella is theatre queen through and through, drawing much of her inspiration from Broadway and beyond. She features live singing in the majority of her shows, from raunchy rewrites to heartfelt ballads, and can grip an audience with one look.   Just don't ask her to do ballet.
Sep-22-17 12:00 AM Friday Piano Bar at the Underground Lounge Show Details
  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Show Type: Piano
Friday Piano Bar at the Underground Lounge

The Metropolitan Room is proud to present their Underground Lounge Piano Bar. "Yaz" Yasuhiko Fukuoka hosts our new piano bar downstairs. $10 Cash Entrance which includes one drink as well. So come on down bring your sheet music and lets bang out some tunes and have a great time.   Bring Sheet Music if you want to sing.   Piano Bar is from 8:30pm-Midnight

Sep-22-17 07:00 PM Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism

Join us for an evening "CABARANALYSIS" where I dare to bring my two passions, musical theater and psychoanalysis, together to the stage all at one time! A few songs, some dish about the old days, total laughs, and some fascinating psychobabble. Magnificent veterans Sandy Rosenberg, and KT Sullivan will be my guests, along with fabulous (I MEAN FABULOUS) newcomers Tyler Jent and Clay Singer! Let’s spend yet another evening together talking about ME! Dr. Jones’s Broadway debut was in 1978 in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He also danced in the original run of A CHORUS LINE at The Shubert Theater for almost a decade. He is now a psychotherapist in private practice here in NYC.
Sep-22-17 07:00 PM Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism Show Details

When: Friday, Sep 22, 2017 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:15 PM)
Ticket Price: $24.00 - $435.00
Door Time: 6:15 PM
Show Type: Cabaret
Restrictions: $25 Food/Bev Min
Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism

Join us for an evening "CABARANALYSIS" where I dare to bring my two passions, musical theater and psychoanalysis, together to the stage all at one time! A few songs, some dish about the old days, total laughs, and some fascinating psychobabble. Magnificent veterans Sandy Rosenberg, and KT Sullivan will be my guests, along with fabulous (I MEAN FABULOUS) newcomers Tyler Jent and Clay Singer! Let’s spend yet another evening together talking about ME! Dr. Jones’s Broadway debut was in 1978 in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He also danced in the original run of A CHORUS LINE at The Shubert Theater for almost a decade. He is now a psychotherapist in private practice here in NYC.