Broadway Cabaret Series
featuring Karen Mason and Master of Ceremonies John McDaniel
Mason is a 13-time MAC Award winner, winning the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years, and has starred on Broadway, off-Broadway, and on television. On Broadway, Mason originated the roles of Tanya in Abba’s “Mamma Mia!” and the Queen of Hearts in 2011’s “Wonderland.” Other Broadway performances include Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” Velma von Tussel in “Hairspray” among many others. Mason has performed on concert stages across the globe with collaborators like Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti, and others.
KAREN MASON has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on television. Her TV credits include playing Mrs. Marsh on Ryan Murphy’s “HALSTON” on Netflix, and appearances on “Law&Order:SVU”. On tour, Ms. Mason was last seen as “Madame Giry” in the North American Premier of LOVE NEVER DIES — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.On Broadway, she garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in “Wonderland,” and she originated the role of Tanya in “Mamma Mia!” For her portrayal of Tanya, Mason received a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the final Broadway company of “Hairspray”; “Monotony” singer, Mazeppa in “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”; Rosalie in “Carnival” (Drama Desk nomination). In regional theater, Karen starred in the first National Tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY as Miss Shields, in the world premiere of the stage production of WHITE CHRISTMAS, (playing the Rosemary Clooney role at St. Louis Muni Opera), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida), GYPSY (Sundance Theatre in California), the world premiere of ONE TOUGH COOKIE (Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago), HEARTBEATS (Goodspeed Opera House in NY) and COMPANY (Huntington Theatre in Boston). Most recently in New York, Karen starred in the one-woman musical about Dorothy Parker YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE
Mason won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in “And The World Goes ‘Round,” and starred Off-Broadway in her own show “Karen Mason Sings Broadway, Beatles and Brian.” She is a 14-time MAC Award winner, including the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year in six consecutive years. She was the recipient of the 2019 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Mason also won 3 Bistro Awards.
Her highly acclaimed recordings include her newest single, IT’S ABOUT TIME, written by Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham; her 2009 MAC AWARD-winning Right Here/ Right Now, 2005’s The Sweetest of Nights, the MAC Award-winning When The Sun Comes Out, as well as three other CD’s: Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!, recorded live at the West Bank Café;Better Days, featuring songs by her longtime composer/arranger, Brian Lasser (including the 1998 Emmy Award-winning song “Hold Me“); and Not So Simply Broadway. Karen has been featured on the soundtrack of the original cast CD of Wonderland; Jeffrey (Varese Sarabande), the studio cast recording of Wonderful Town (JAY Records), the original cast album of And The World Goes Round (RCA Victor), The Child In Me, Vol. 1 (Harbinger Records), and Lost in Boston ll (Varese Sarabande).
Master of Ceremonies
JOHN McDANIEL is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning Music Director, Composer, Director, Arranger, Orchestrator & Producer and is an Artistic Director at the Tony Award winning O’Neill Theater Center. Recently he directed Sondheim Originals at 54 Below, Piano Men at Birdland, Into The Woods & Hair in Concert at the historic Patchogue Theater. On Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Orchestrations), Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (Producer and Orchestrator), Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway and Company – the Original Cast in Concert at Lincoln Center. On Television: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (2 Emmy Awards & 8 nominations). John has collaborated with Cab Calloway, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Joel Grey, Carol Burnett, Betty Buckley, Bette Midler and has guest conducted at 15 Symphony Orchestras across America, including 5 concerts with his hometown St. Louis Symphony. John received a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon
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Lee Roy Reams
Wrapping up the Series is Tony-nominated actor and Broadway legend Lee Roy Reams, who can be seen from Oct. 28 through 31. Reams made his debut on Broadway in the 1966 production of “Sweet Charity” and received a Tony nomination for his performance in the original Broadway production of “42nd Street.” Reams has also been seen on Broadway in “Hello, Dolly!”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Producers” and many more.
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