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'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."
I 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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