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Raising a Glass to Elaine Stritch

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Elaine Stritch, dead at 89 but neither gone nor forgotten, was celebrated on the evening of August 7 at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd.

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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Goes to the Movies,
With Billy Stritch – Style Lives!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
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Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch have become standard bearers for the kind of intimate panache found more often in the boites and supper clubs of

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Red, Hot and Blue – Froth and Vaudeville, a Tonic

Sunday, October 7th, 2012
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Red, Hot and Blue is a perky musical featuring far-fetched plot, ba-dump-dump lines, and social satire. It’s also the home of Cole Porter’s iconic “It’s

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Sensational CDs For This Season

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
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If you’re a theater or movie lover, there are some must-have CDs for you this autumn. Remember those great Doris Day movies, the ones where

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Woman Around Town: Anita Gillette—
After All, a Working Actress

Monday, September 17th, 2012
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At 18, Anita Luebben had a GS4 Government rating with security clearance. She was a medical stenographer. If you had suggested that three years later,

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Sullivan and Woodard: Comrades

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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The only thing sure about an appearance by KT Sullivan is her hat. During an evening with old friend and occasional club partner, singer/pianist Larry

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Noel & Company

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
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In early February 2012, actor/singer/writer/director Keith Merrill approached friend Mary Ellen Ashley, herself a singer/actress/producer with the idea of establishing what would eventually become a

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Extra! Extra Anita Gillette: After All…

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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Baby June* had nothing on this 5’2” (well almost) red headed bundle of dynamite. With fifty years in theater, television, and film under her pave

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