Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tune, Lavin, Others To Bring Cabaret To Philly

The RRazz Room at The Prince in Philadelphia is an intimate venue programmed by the entrepreneurs who created the infamous and iconic RRazz Room in San Francisco. 

The RRazz Room brand has become synonymous with quality entertainment presented at its purest and most intimate form. The unique space allows patrons to experience all their favorite entertainers up close and personal. The RRazz Room venues (also located in Coral Springs, FL, South Miami-Dade, FL, and New Hope, PA) present performances by local and national artists from a wide variety of musical and theatrical genres including Broadway, pop, opera, gospel, drag, comedy, rhythm & blues, and jazz. 

The RRazz Room at the Prince is located within the historic Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 (near the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets on the Avenue of the Arts). 

Inaugural Season Lineup 2015

Friday, September 18 @ 8pm
RRazz Room at the Prince Grand Opening Celebration
featuring One Of Broadway & Cabaret's Greatest Performers
NEXT TO NORMA (Desmond, that is!)
From Beatles To Broadway
Karen Mason's critically acclaimed show from her recent sold-out 8-week run at Don't Tell Mama in NY!
$40.00 Theatre Seating/$50.00 Prime Table Seating/$75.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet and Champagne Toast
Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and recording: and” has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!” (TheatreScene.net) Karen is a ten-time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and has three Bistro Awards.

Saturday, September 19 @ 7pm & 9:30pm
with Tom Judson at the piano
$40.00 Theatre Seats/$50.00 Prime Table Seating/$75.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in QuestionRed Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history.  His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play.   He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Mr. Busch made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention.  He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch

Friday, October 2 @ 8pm Saturday, October 3 @ 8pm
$35.00 Theatre Seating/$50.00 Prime Table Seating/$75.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Paul Mooney wrote many of Richard Pryor’s routines for his appearance on Saturday Night Live. As the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show, he gave many young stand-up comics, such as Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, John Witherspoon, and Tim Reid, their first break into show business. Mooney also wrote for Redd Foxx’s Sanford and Son, Good Times, acted in several cult classics including Which Way is Up?, Bustin’ Loose, Hollywood Shuffle, and portrayed singer/songwriter Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story. He was the head writer for the first year of Fox’s In Living Color, creating the character Homey D. Clown, played by Damon Wayans. Mooney later went on to play Wayans’ father in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled as the comedian Junebug.

Dick Gregory entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago's Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, "Professor" Irwin Corey. Until then Gregory had worked mostly at small clubs with predominantly black audiences (he met his wife, Lillian Smith, at one such club). Such clubs paid comedians an average of five dollars per night; thus Gregory also held a day job as a postal employee. His tenure as a replacement for Corey was so successful — at one performance he won over an audience that included southern white convention goers — that the Playboy Club offered him a contract extension from several weeks to three years. By 1962 Gregory had become a nationally known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums.

Friday, October 9 @ 8pm  Saturday, October 10 @ 6pm & 9pm
$55.00 Theatre Seating/$75.00 Prime Table Seating/$95.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced nine-time Tony Award winner and Broadway icon Tommy Tune as this year’s recipient for the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Tommy Tune is one of the country’s most prolific performer/director/choreographers and is celebrating his golden decade on the great American stage. He has received 9 Tony Awards, The National Medal of Arts, 8 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Astaire Awards, and multiple Life Time Achievement Awards including the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement. In Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, the legendary Tommy Tune, Broadway’s tallest tapper, takes to the stage – dancing, singing and tale-telling. The nine-time Tony Award winner takes an autobiographical stroll, celebrating 50-plus-years of big-time showmanship, from his arrival in New York City as a fresh-faced kid from Texas, through his most popular roles on stage and screen, to his ascension as one of Broadway’s most accomplished director-choreographers.
Accompanied by Michael Biagi, Tune’s music director for nearly four decades, Tune performs personal renditions of standards by Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach, the Gershwins, Carole King, Green Day and more.

Sunday, October 11 @ 7pm
International Concert & Cabaret Star and Songwriter  "THE ROSE"
with MICHELE BROURMAN, Musical Director
$40.00 Prime Table Seating/ $50.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Amanda McBroom has been called “…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song THE ROSE hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda’s performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn’t) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter.

Friday, October 16 @ 8pm
$35.00 Theatre Seating/$45.00 Prime Table Seating/$55.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Nellie McKay is a British-born American singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedian, noted for her critically acclaimed albums, and for her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera (2006). Her music is as versatile as she is, showcasing different genres, from jazz to rap and disco to funk.

Saturday, October 17 @ 8pm Sunday, October 18 @ 3pm
with Billy Stritch, Musical Director
and Special Guest Violinist Aaron Weinstein
$45.00 Theatre Seating/$55.00 Prime Table Seating/$65.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin performs Broadway favorites, standards, and jazz. New York audiences remember her from It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s SupermanLast of the Red Hot LoversBroadway BoundCollected StoriesThe Diary of Anne FrankGypsyThe Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and many others, and the world knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown’s Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD Possibilities.

Friday, November 6 @ 8pm Saturday, November 7 @ 8pm
"POPsiccal" CD Release Concerts
$35.00 Theatre Seating/$45.00 Prime Table Seating/$55.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
The all-male string quartet Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews at 54 Below and all over the world, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. Now join them to celebrate the release of their new CD entitled POPssical. Musical arrangements by Well-Strung, Bruce Carter and Dana Levinson. The foursome features classical musicians who sing and on POPssical the group puts their own spin on the music of Mozart, Ravel, U2, Taylor Swift and more. Highlights include U-2′s “With or Without You,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and the Ravel string quartet in F major.

Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 8pm
$30.00 Theatre Seating/$45.00 Prime Table Seating/$55.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Singer-Songwriter, Rhonda Ross is an African Diasporic Woman of the World. Bilingual in French and in English (and raising her son to be fluent in 4 languages), Rhonda often connects with her audiences through their native tongues. Her original music lives in the gap between Jazz, Neo-soul, Funk and Gospel. Her lyrics live in the pause between life’s most important questions and their answers. Rhonda has the entire package -- as an entertainer, as a poet, and as a human being. She has great power on stage and her refreshingly personal and moving performances set her apart from other vocalists of her era. Rhonda's music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room. With a crown of natural hair, Rhonda graces the stage with the gravitas and glamour of a modern-day queen.  As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination.

Saturday, November 14 @ 7pm & 930pm
Direct From Her Sold Out 10-Week Provincetown Engagement!
$30.00 Theatre Seating/$35.00 Prime Table Seating/$40.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
TICKETS START AT $30!       
Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman starred in the new musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert in spring 2011 prompting The New York Times to rave, “If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent”. Jeffery recently completed shooting the feature film Girls Will Be Girls 2012 and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. He played the title role of Giancarlo Menotti’s opera The Medium in New York at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in October of 2012. He guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty in the final season of the show and was also featured on Bravo’s Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show’s drag challenge. He played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of Chicago on Broadway and also made his network television debut on All My Children in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. He shared the Outfest Film Festival “Best Actor” Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival “Best Actress” Award with his costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in the cult classic film Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2003) directed by Richard Day.

Sunday, November 15 @ 7pm
with SHELLY MARKHAM, Musical Director
$45.00 Prime Table Seating/ $65.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet
Andrea Marcovicci, the Queen of Cabaret, "torch singer, spellbinder, heart-breaker" (People) was hailed as the "most Sinatra-like" of the new generation of cabaret performers by Life Magazine. She "has the capacity to caress a song with a warming embrace…Marcovicci steals the heart …the epitome of elegance and showbiz savvy," declared Variety while Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times, "Andrea Marcovicci has an incandescent enthusiasm and a masterly balance between poignancy and wit".

Friday, December 18 @ 8pm Saturday, December 19 @ 8pm
with JEFF HARRIS, Musical Director
$45.00 Prime Table Seating/ $55.00 Ltd VIP Up Close Table Seating includes post show Meet & Greet

Two-time Grammy nominee, Maureen McGovern, recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of sharing her brilliant voice with the world on her chart-topping song, “The Morning After”, which earned an Academy Award, a Gold Record and her first Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist. 

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