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Adam's Call: Karen Mason: Mason at Mama's: One Show to Definitely Go See!!

Karen Mason's new show Mason at Mama's at Don't Tell Mama's in NYC is one to definitely go see! Directed by Barry Kleinbort and Musical Direction/Arrangements by Christopher Denny, Mason at Mama's is a mixture of showtunes, standards and original songs (written by her very talented husband, Paul Rolnick and longtime collaborator and friend Brian Lasser). This show is fresh as a daisy, yet deeply rooted in a history one only wishes they could have been a part of! What makes this show so special is that the room Karen performs in at Don't Tell Mama's is the very room she helped open with the legendary Nancy LaMott in 1982. The backstory that Karen tells for this show is quite fascinating!

Karen Mason, "Mason at Mama's", Photo Creidt: Maryann LopintoKaren's voice is unparalleled! She can take any song and make it her own and boy did she ever make these songs her own! One of my favorite moments was when Karen sang a terrific mash-up of The Beatles' "Help" combined with Sondheim's "Being Alive." What a great coupling of songs. Two songs I would never think to put together, Karen did and it was brilliant! To hear Karen's control on these two songs was amazing! Another favorite moment of mine was getting to hear Karen sing "As If We Never Said Goodbye," from Sunset Boulevard, in which she played the lead role of "Norma Desmond" in over 200 performers during the show's three year Broadway when she covered for the show's stars Glen Close, Betty Buckley, and Elaine Paige. These two songs were moments that especially captivated the audience! Karen also did a great rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend." This version was a bit slowed down which made for a wonderful interpretation of this song. One more favorite moment of mine was getting to hear Karen sing "I Made A New Friend," a song written by her long-time collaborator and friend Brian Lasser. I adore this simple song about making new friends. A few of my other favorites songs were "Something's Coming," "Almost Like Being In Love," and Karen's very own marriage equality anthem (written by her husband Paul Rolnick) "It's About Time."

Karen Mason, "Mason at Mama's", Photo Creidt: Maryann LopintoI strongly encourage going to see Karen Mason at Don't Tell Mama's. Not only will you enjoy an evening of unbelievable talent, but you will also be taken on a carpet ride through time that no one can fully re-create, but Karen has managed to bring us back through as close to it's original form as one can get. With a powerful voice some fun, juicy, heartwarming stories, Mason at Mama's will take you to another world you wish could exist forever! Mason at Mama's has just two shows left, Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue)! Tickets are $20 + a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call 212-757-0788 (after 4pm)!

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Adam's Call: Sutton Foster: New York Pops: One Night Only: A Night I Will Remember Forever

Sutton Foster, Photo Credit: Laura Marie DuncanLast week I got to attend Sutton Foster's solo Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops, lead by the talented Steven Reineke. Joining Sutton for this concert was two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry and Broadway's Megan McGinnis.

This is one night I will remember forever! Sutton was on fire! Her voice filled Carnegie Hall well beyond the rafters! From the moment Sutton took the stage, she captivated the audience all the way through until the very end and that still was too short of a time to be at this concert.

Sutton Foster and Steven Reineke, The New York Pops' Music Director/Conductor, Photo Credit: Call Me AdamThe New York Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, opened up this magnificent night with the Overture of Anything Goes followed by "I've Got You Under My Skin." It's always a treat to hear this very talented orchestra play, especially when it's a score to a Broadway show, because these days, it's rare to have a full orchestra at a Broadway show.

My favorite moments from Sutton's solo numbers were "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Anyone Can Whistle/Being Alive," "Rose's Turn," and "Gimmie Gimmie." Not only did Sutton sound fantastic during these numbers, she told some pretty great stories. For "Sunshine On My Shoulders," Sutton told the story of how her mom would always play country/folk music around the house and her favorite album was John Denver's Greatest Hits. It was very heartwarming to hear this next part of the story. Sutton unfortunately lost her mom about a year and a half ago, so as a tribute to her mom, she sang "Sunshine On My Shoulders." This is one of my favorite John Denver songs, but Sutton made it her own. The other story Sutton told that I enjoyed was right before she sang "Rose's Turn," she mentioned how she was about to turn 40 years old and it was about time she started going for some of those older roles she always wanted to play. Well, that lead into "Rose's Turn," which lead into a huge standing ovation and one audience memeber shouting "Do it again!" I have heard many versions of "Rose's Turn," but Sutton gave it a whole new life. My thought throughout the whole song was "Broadway needs another Gypsy revival with Sutton as "Rose." 

Sutton Foster after her New York Pops concert, Photo Credit: Call Me AdamMy favorite Stephen Sondheim song is "Being Alive," which Sutton coupled with "Anyone Can Whistle." Once again, Sutton brought the house down with this mash-up. I loved her rendtion of these songs, especially "Being Alive" which she ended on a high note! I was over the moon when Sutton sang "Gimmie Gimmie,' her big 11'oclock number from her Tony Award winning turn in Thoroughly Modern Millie, one of my all time favorite shows. She really left the audience wanting more, but it was wonderful she ended the concert with this song.

Throughout the evening, Sutton had some special guests join her on stage. First up was two-time Tony Award winner Joshua Henry. Joshua has an amazing and to get to hear him belt it out at Carnegie Hall was something special. Joshua killed it with "A Change Is Gonna Come." His vocal quality is unreal and everyone at Carnegie Hall agreed as the crowd went wild after he sang. Not only did we get to hear Joshua's grand voice, but we then got to watch him dance with Sutton Foster when they dueted on "Fit as a Fiddle (and Ready for Love). Get these two on Dancing with the Stars and let's really show the world what dancing is all about! After Joshua Henry, Sutton's Little Women co-star Megan McGinnis graced the stage with a beautiful version of "Neverland" from Peter Pan. Megan has a terrific voice and when it's paired with Sutton as it was on "Flight," magic really happened!

Steven Reineke, Megan McGinnis, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Photo Credit: Call Me AdamAs the whole evening unfolded, I was just so excited to get to hear The New York Pops on every single number. They are so talented and really make every concert of theirs a special evening. My two other favorite New York Pops moments during this concert was getting to hear them play the Overture from Thoroughly Modern Millie which brought back so many great memories from seeing the show. They also played a fantastic medley entitled "The History of the TV Overture," (celebrating Sutton's return to television with TV Land's Younger, starting March 31 at 10pm).

It's too bad this was a one night only concert because I literally could listen to Sutton sing every night backed by The New York Pops! If you didn't get a chance to see Sutton with The New York Pops, then you should make sure to attend The New York Pops Gala on Monday, May 4 at 7pm when she is part of a host of talent celebrating Rob and Kathleen Marshall. Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Sutton Foster about this one night only concert, click here to read it!

Check out Alex Pearlman's video highlights of this incredible evening:

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Adam's Call: DISENCHANTED!: A very enchanting evening, well worth your time

UPDATE: After a successful run at St. Clements, DISENCHANTED is now playing an open-end run at NYC's Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenue)! So you have a second chance to this hilariously fun show! Click here for tickets!

From the moment "Snow White" stepped onto the stage at St. Clements in NYC and belted her first note, I knew I was in for a treat at DISENCHANTED!, the hilarious Off-Broadway musical about how some well known princesses feel they've been depicted over the years. Written by Dennis A. Giacino and directed by Fiely A. Matias, DISENCHANTED! is a twistedly funny show with a lot of heart, soul, and talent!

Cast of "DISENCHANTED!": Lulu Picart, Becky Gulsvig, Michelle Knight, Jen Bechter, Soara-Joye Ross, Alison BurnsFrom vocal talents to comedic timing, there was not one weak link in this cast of six very talented actresses, each one getting to showcase their own distinct qualities. Taking a comedic look at the popular stories of "Snow White," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Belle," "The Little Mermaid," "Rapunzel," "Mulan," and "Pocahontas," Dennis has written a show that provoked thought, in a fun and entertaining way, as to how these women have been portrayed through movies and society. I haven't laughed continually for as long as I did at DISENCHANTED! Each story I found myself saying, "Yes, what a great way to look at this tale. It's so obvious, but yet I never thought about this story in this particular way." 

"DISENCHANTED!" cast: Jen Bechter ("Sleeping Beauty"), Alison Burns ("Belle"), Becky Gulsvig ("Cinderella")Dennis' songs were poignant and funny, moving the story along nicely. Some of my favorites were "One More Happ'ly Ever After," "Without The Guy," "Two Legs," "Finally," and "Perfect." If I had to pick one song to represent my absolute favorite, it would be "Perfect," sung by "Sleeping Beauty." The lyrics, theme of the song, and "Sleeping Beauty's" performance were definitely the highlight for me.

Fiely did a great job directing this show. I felt the choices he made for these characters worked well. I think his vision helped shape the show.

Cast of "DISENCHANTED!": Becky Gulsvig ("Cinderella"), Michelle Knight ("Snow White"), and Jen Bechter ("Sleeping Beauty")In addition to the fun and laughter of DISENCHANTED!, I think its core message is what made this show so wonderful. It reinforced the fact that you are enough just the way you are. While that is a message that has been communicated over and over again, DISENCHANTED! brings a fresh view to this message. Through music, song, a well written script, and excellent direction, DISENCHANTED! is a very enchanting evening well worth your time!

"DISENCHANTED!" cast: Michelle Knight ("Snow White"), Becky Gulsvig ("Cinderella"), Alison Burns ("The Little Mermaid"), Lulu Picart ("Milan")With just a few shows left, DISENCHANTED! limited run will be disappearing on January 25! So, click here to get your tickets now!

For more on DISENCHANTED! be sure to visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

If you missed "Call Me Adam's" interview with Dennis and Fiely, click here to check it out!

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Adam's Call: The New York Pops Holiday Concert: Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays: Winter Wonderland

Matthew Morrison and Kelli O'Hara at The New York Pops Holiday Concert, Photo Credit: Adam RothenbergOne of my new favorite holiday traditions is getting to attend The New York Pops Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall. I am very lucky to get to attend year after year. Getting to see Matthew Morrison and Kelli O'Hara back on stage together, in their first joint concert together at Carnegie Hall, was something very special. Having them backed by the incredibly talented New York Pops, conducted by the one and only Steven Reineke, added a depth to this concert that would not have been if The Pops weren't there. The added bonus was the collaboration with Judith Clurman's Essiental Voices USA whose combined vocals is like hearing angels sing!

The concert opened up with The New York Pops playing a holiday melody and Judith Clurman's Essentail Voices USA singing "We Need a Little Christmas" from Broadway's Mame. As someone who sees a lot of musical theatre, it's a rarity these days to hear a full orchestra play, so that is why I love attending The New York Pops. Steven Reineke does such a great job conducting this orchestra. They always sound great!

Matthew Morrison, Kelli O'Hara, and Steven Reineke at The New York Pops Holiday Concert, Photo Credit: Adam RothenbergSome of the other songs The New York Pops played that I loved was "Winter Wonderland," "Carol of the Bells," and "Jingle Bell Rock." There is a moment in the movie Home Alone where "Kevin" is by himself and "Carol of the Bells" is playing. So, every time I hear this song, I think of that moment in the movie. Then Steven Reineke took us into a new version of "Jingle Bell Rock" that he wrote the arrangements for. It was one of the highlights of the evening for me! I loved this even more rockin' version and to watch Steven dance around while conducting only proved to me just how much he enjoys his version too.

Matthew Morrison, Kelli O'Hara, Santa, Steven Reineke at The New York Pops Holiday Concert, Photo Credit: Adam RothenbergWhen Matthew Morrison and Kelli O'Hara took the stage, that was the moment I was waiting for! They started off with a great rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." To hear Matthew and Kelli's voices together again was phenomenal. They blend so well together. They then went into another one of my favorite holiday songs "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Matthew took a break and Kelli delighted the audience to her first solo of the night with "I Wonder as I Wander." With a new arrangement by Steven Reineke, Kelli hit all the right notes. This was followed by Matthew's solo number, "I'll Be Home for Christmas/Mele Kalikimaka," which payed homage to his Hawaiin marriage and wife's herritage. I could sit and listen to Matthew sing for hours! He has such an incredible voice. The highlight of this number was getting to see Matthew play the ukulele. He played it perfectly! Another great moment was when Matthew sang "Younger Than Springtime" from South Pacific (which he and Kelli co-starred when it was at Lincoln Center a few seasons back). Matthew prefaced this song by saying he sang this song shirtless 8 times a week and then said he could sing it shirtless now and he started to undo his bowtie. Unfortunatley, the lack luster applause for that, forced Matthew to perform this song fully clothed. I mean, I'm not sure who was in this audience, but who wouldn't want to see Matthew Morrison shirtless. But I digress. Kelli and Matthew then teamed back up for a beautiful duet of the Balcony Scene (Tonight) from West Side Story. This lead into another duet, one of Steven Reineke's favorite holiday songs, "Believe" from The Polar Express, which starred Tom Hanks (this reference is for my friend Lauren). I have never seen The Polar Express, but after hearing Matthew and Kelli sing this song, it makes me want to watch it. Then it was time for Kelli's next solo, "O Holy Night." Kelli really raised the roof on this song as she was bestowed with a several mintue standing ovation. 

Matthew Morrison, Kelli O'Hara, Steven Reineke, Judith Clurman and the Essential Voices USA at The New York Pops Holiday Concert, Photo Credit: Adam RothenbergGetting to hear Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA was terrific! Judith has picked some of the most talented singers to be part of her chorus. Another number they sang, which I enjoyed, was an original holiday tune called "Wishes and Candles," a beautiful song about holiday wishes. This was the first time they performed this song at The New York Pops Holiday Concert since its 2011 debut. Another one of my favorite parts of The New York Pops Holiday Concert that featured Essential Voices USA was the Chanukah medley. There are so many holiday shows and not everyone includes Chanukah, so it was really nice to see The New York Pops represent my holiday. Judith Clurman stepped in to conduct this part of the concert which featured soloist Arlo Hill in addition to Essential Voices USA. I have never heard of Arlo Hill, but I can now say, I am a fan! He has a terrific voice! I wanted to get to hear more from him.

Matthew Morrison at The New York Pops Holiday Concert, Photo Credit: Adam RothenbergThe New York Pops Holiday Concert always puts me a smile on my face. This year's concert was no exception! It was a real treat to see Matthew and Kelli together again! Separately, they are fantastic, but united, they are something unreal! I'm thrilled they were the focus of this year's New York Pops Holiday Concert and I'm delighted they got to sing with one of the greatest orchestras in the country, conducted by the brilliant Steven Reineke!

With just one concert to go tonight (Saturday, December 20), I would highly recommend getting one of the very few tickets left! Click here to purchase! Carnegie Hall is located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

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Adam's Call: The Elephant Man on Broadway: Left Me Breathless

Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" on BroadwayThe Elephant Man on Broadway awakened me in a way I have not been in a long time. With a strongly talented cast and powerful story, all under the direction of Scott Ellis, this show left me breathless.

I was so moved by the show’s tale about how one man’s differences made him more of an outsider and spectacle to society than allowing him to just be….that is until one doctor takes him in and while he’s using him for a study, he treats "The Elephant Man" with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

Bradley Cooper’s performance was mesmerizing! I have only seen a few Bradley Cooper movies, but after seeing Bradley on stage in The Elephant Man, I want to see more. Bradley’s dedication to this story is inspiring. From his hand gestures and posture to his vocalization, I was not seeing Bradley Cooper up on that stage, I was seeing "Joseph Merrick," a.k.a. "The Elephant Man." Bradley embodied this character.

Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson in "The Elephant Man" on BroadwayThere are so many plot points that I was able to relate to in this show. Similar to "Joseph Merrick," I know what it’s like to be on the outside and looked at as a spectacle. While I’ve never been caged up in a traveling freak show, I have felt like a caged animal people look at and make fun of. Pick any day from elementary school through high school, and I can give you the name of a kid who made fun of me. While I’ve finally found the self-esteem and confidence I lacked as a child, I still have my days of feeling like a joke, but now I just laugh along with everyone instead of getting upset.

Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola in "The Elephant Man" on BroadwayI also identified with "Joseph’s" struggle to survive. Being born premature in 1975, I literally had to fight for my life. Technology wasn’t what it is today, and no one thought I would survive, especially the nurse who was by my mother’s side and told her it was okay they didn’t have a name picked out for me because I wouldn’t make it anyway. But I did survive and surprised the doctors over and over again. With a diagnosis of being deaf, I somehow miraculously regained my hearing about age 3. The first time I heard the phone was quite a day for my family and later in life I overcame my learning disability. "Joseph Merrick" may not have been as lucky as me, but he fought the best fight he could.

Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in "The Elephant Man" on BroadwayThe other part of the play I found very interesting was the similarity between Bradley Cooper and "Joseph Merrick’s" life in relation to the fact that "Joseph Merrick" was put on display for all to see and every night when Bradley Cooper leaves the stage door, he is put on display by the hundreds of fans waiting to get a glimpse of him, an autograph, or even a picture. I wonder if Bradley brought any part of this experience into his portrayal of "Joseph Merrick?"

Alessandro Nivola was terrific as "Dr. Treves," the doctor who takes in "Joseph Merrick" to study him. Patricia Clarkson took my breath away as "Mrs. Kendell," the actress who is one of the few genuine people to take a real interest in "Joseph Merrick." It was quite touching watching their relationship unfold. Patricia brought a nice mix of comedy/drama to her role. I love when a character can make me laugh one minute and then have me emotional the next. She had some really beautiful scenes that Scott had directed perfectly.

Scott Lowell in "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, Photo Credit; Scott LowellScott Lowell, Paul C. Focazio, and Call Me Adam on the set of Broadway's "The Elephant Man"My other favorite part of seeing The Elephant Man was getting to see Scott Lowell live on stage. I have been a big fan of Scott’s since being introduced to him through Showtime’s Queer As Folk where he starred as "Ted Schmidt." Scott played a variety of roles in The Elephant Man, which gave a wonderful glimpse into the many talents of Scott Lowell. I hope to get to see Scott in more stage productions, especially on Broadway! (If you missed my interview with Scott Lowell about The Elephant Man, click here to read it!)

This production of The Elephant Man is truly one of the best Broadway shows I’ve seen. From the acting to the staging to the direction, everything worked seamlessly! The Elephant Man, which plays at the Booth Theatre (245 West 45th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue), has a limited run through February 15 only, so get your tickets while you can! This is the one show you need to see!! Click here for tickets!

Cast of "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, Photo Credit: Walter McBrideFor more on The Elephant Man be sure to visit and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!

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