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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE #051104 -
If it's anything to do with cabaret, you'll
probably read it here first!
What a weekend I have had - a "double
header" and two "triple headers" in a row
followed by a full day off (sort of).
On Thursday, after finishing the newsletter
and catching a nice nap, I hopped the subway
into town to catch Seth Rudetsky's 6:00 pm
BROADWAY CHATTERBOX show at DON'T TELL MAMA
(343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788
). Seth interviewed Sara Ramirez, the
Tony-winning featured actress from "Spamalot."
These shows are
amazing - you simply must try to attend one.
Best of all, all proceeds (cover is just
$10) go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
Then I headed over to the piano bar at THE
ENCORE (266 West 47th Street, NYC -
) and went over some of the plans for the
two CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE Christmas shows
with booking manager Lennie Watts.
By 11:00 pm (it was a long chat with Lennie)
I was back at DON'T TELL MAMA for Joan
Freed's "Chocolate Confessions" show. As
many of you know, in another lifetime I was
part of a family business that imported
chocolates and other products from Holland,
where I worked for 23 years, so chocolate is
sort of part of my heritage and history. Ms.
Freed was in town for the 8th annual
CHOCOLATE SHOW (http://www.chocolateshow.com/
) at the METROPOLITAN PAVILION & ALTMAN
BUILDING (125 West 18th Street, NYC).
Joan, who is based in Oregon, has been
touring the Northwest for some time with the
show, including an astonishing 21-week run
at the Portland Art Museum's theatre to rave
sold-out audiences. I discovered why. The
show is a non-stop collection of songs (many
special lyrics), stories and gags about
chocolate with more puns and jokes than a
Ron Poole convention. It was so much fun
(and she handed out free chocolates) I
returned for a second helping on Friday!
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