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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland Jazz Club & Birdland Theater
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Every Monday from 9:30pm (sign up at 9:00)
“To the oldest, established, permanent Open Mic in New York! This is the ultimate Open Mic. Jim Caruso is a show all unto himself but then add in Billy Stritch and the incredible band and all the AMAZING talent (famous and “other people”) who pop in and there is no place else you should be on a Monday night! If you want to hone your craft and sing to a large and sophisticated audience, this is the Open Mic for you…it’s in a league all itself!” – Sue Matsuki
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is the best thing to happen to nightlife since prohibition ended.”
Think “American Idol” meets “The Tonight Show.” Imagine Martin Short and Liza throw a hip house party around the baby grand…and you’re invited!
Cast Party is a wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle.
Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan. Musical Director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, along with Steve Doyle on bass, and Daniel Glass on drums…but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Broadway legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment just might be at hand.
Caruso and Stritch have also taken the show on the road, and celebrated talent in London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Dallas, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Delray Beach, as well as very special all-star events at The Town Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Cast Party has been honored with three BroadwayWorld Awards, a MAC Award, Bistro Award, and a Nightlife Award.
“…the place to be for those with a song on their lips.”
New York Times
“It’s a showbiz mecca.”
Los Angeles Times
“The gold standard.”
Wall Street Journal
“Every week, a star or a standard might be born.”
Time Out New York
“A hot spot where Broadway and Hollywood tip, twirl and hit the mic.”
Tickets: $30 – $10 minimum – food available