Karen Mason will present 30…. AND CASH at Birdland in August
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the return of Karen Mason – honoring her three-decade collaboration with musical director Christopher Denny in the new show “30…And Counting” – on Monday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. Mason performed his first gig with Denny on August 5, 1992 and they have continued to work together to this day. A few years later, director Barry Kleinbort was added to the mix, and this triad of talent has been creating brand new arrangements and performances ever since. This evening will highlight some of their favorite arrangements, including “Help/Being Alive”, “Watch What Happens/I Will Wait for You” and “Pick Yourself Up”, along with many more surprises. There is a music fee of $40. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York City.
Karen Mason was recently seen playing Mrs. Marsh in Ryan Murphy’s “Halston” on Netflix. On tour, was last seen as Madame Giry in the North American premiere of Love Never Dies (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic sequel to The Phantom of the Opera). On Broadway, she starred as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland and originated the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia! (2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress). Her other major roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the Broadway company of Hairspray; Singer “Monotony” and Mazeppa in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. In regional theatre, Karen has starred in Chasing Rainbows (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Christmas Story as (Miss) Shields; White Christmas (St. Louis Muni Opera); Side by Side by Sondheim (Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida); Gypsy (Sundance Theater in California); Company (Huntington Theater in Boston). Off-Broadway, she won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in And The World Goes’ Round.
She has won the MAC Award 14 times and was the recipient of the 2019 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also won 3 Bistro Awards. His eight recordings include the single ‘It’s About Time’, written by Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham; its 2009 MAC Award winner Right Here/Right Now, The Sweetest of Nights, When the Sun Comes Out, Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!, Better Days (with the song “Hold Me”, winner of an Emmy Award in 1998); and Not So Simply Broadway. Also, Wonderland (original cast); the film Jeffrey (Varèse Sarabande); Wonderful Town (JAY Records); the cast album of And The World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor). www.karenmason.com
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Karen Mason on Monday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. There is a music fee of $40 and a minimum of $20 for food and beverages. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com. In accordance with New York City rules for indoor activities, Birdland requires proof of vaccination or a verified medical exemption from all guests, staff and performers.
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$30 + $20 minimum food/beverage
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$40 Table/Bar +$20 food/drink minimum
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$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum
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$30 tables + $20 food/beverage minimum
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$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum
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$40 tables + $20 food/drink minimum