Ruth Leon recommends…Caruso’s Pyjama Cast PartyRuth Leon recommends
Jim Caruso’s Pyjama Cast Party
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July 21 at 8pm ET and then available on Jim Caruso’s Cast Party YouTube page
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a New York institution. Every Monday evening at the legendary Birdland jazz club in Manhattan, every cabaret singer who happens to be in town drops in for a chat with Jim and sings a song or two. No rehearsal, no preparation, and it’s always wonderful. When I’m in my ‘other’ hometown, I never miss it.
When the pandemic hit and closed Birdland, along with every other music venue including my own Pheasantry in London, that didn’t stop the ebullient host, Jim Caruso, for a heartbeat. He simply moved his Cast Party online and renamed it Pyjama Cast Party.
This week is the 67th edition of the online version and the great thing is, if you’re not in New York this week, and sadly, many of us are not, you can watch whoever turns up to the show as if you were there. This week will include performances by two-time Tony winning composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, Shereen Pimentel who stars as Maria in the upcoming West Side Story Broadway revival, and jazz vocalist and trombone virtuoso Hailey Brinnel and probably a bunch of others. This show is catnip for cabaret lovers.
It’s free to watch but any donations go to The Actors Fund and/or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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