WBAI Listener Gathering
This Life: The Songs of Portia Nelson

Next week should be a fun week in New York for cabaret enthusiasts. Two of Talkin' Broadway's friends are doing shows. David Kenney will be hosting an event and Tom Andersen will be performing at another. And both are on October 3rd, but fortunately Tom's show will also play the following week on the 10th and 11th. So, you can catch both if you want to.

Reserve now for the Everything Old is New Again LISTENER GATHERING hosted by David Kenney. In celebration of their new Website, YOU ARE INVITED, as in past gatherings, to meet, eat, drink and be entertained. This year, the festivities are being held at New York City's Newest Cabaret Room. Named after owner Timothy Gray's most successful Broadway musical The High Spirits Room is located behind St. Famous Bread, Wine and Cheese at 369 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue).

The event is taking place on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2000 between 6-9 PM. The $25.00 donation collected at the door includes food/beverage/entertainment (no credit cards). All proceeds will go to benefit non-commercial listener supported WBAI-FM. So far, on the schedule to perform are: Barbara Fasano, Rick Jensen, Laurie Krauz with Daryl Kojak. More performers to be announced. The performances will be scattered thru-out the evening.

Email your reservation to oldisnew@earthlink.net or Call 212 209 2916 please give your full name, your phone number and/or email address and the number of people in your party. Your reservation will be confirmed.

Visit the website for details and updates. Everything Old is New Again can be heard every Sunday 9-11PM(EDT) over WBAI 99.5FM and on the Internet at: www.wbai.org, www.wnbaifree.org or www.pacifica.org.

This Life: The Songs of Portia Nelson, a musical tribute starring Tom Andersen, Terri Klausner and Deborah Tranelli, will open Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St., NYC. Directed by John Znidarsic and music directed by Paul Katz, it will also play Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.

Portia is a cabaret legend renowned for her recordings from the '50s and she has appeared in many movies (playing a nun in ''The Sound of Music''), but ''This Life'' will celebrate her songs. Among her best-known tunes are ''Sunday in New York'' and ''Make a Rainbow,'' which was sung by Marilyn Horne at President Clinton's inaugural ceremony. She has written for Carol Burnett, and her songs have been performed by Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway and Nancy LaMott. Her ballad ''As I Remember Him'' won the 1997 MAC Award for Song of the Year.

As for the cast, Tom is a five-time MAC Award-winning singer-songwriter who has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Algonquin; Terri was the alternate Eva (to Patti LuPone) in the original production of ''Evita'' and was a Drama Desk nominee for ''Goblin Market'' and ''Bed and Sofa,'' and Deborah played Phyllis for 11 seasons on the TV hit ''Dallas'' and has sung nationally and internationally with Dionne Warwick, Vince Gill and Johnny Mathis.

Sponsored by the Howard Gilman Foundation, This Life is not charging any cover, but there is a two-drink minimum. Reservations: (212) 757-0788.

Why not attend both events and support our Talkin' Broadway friends!

See you Sunday!

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