's Cast Party continues to dazzle packed houses of showbiz insiders and the folks who love them every Monday night at the historic music room, Birdland. This past week, Carol Woods
, currently Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway, delighted the audience with a soulful performance of "God Bless The Child," and her co-workers, Amra-Faye Wright
(Velma Kelly) and Patrick Rinn
led the applause. Scroll below for photos from the concert!
The Company Men, a slick vocal quartet from California, charmed the house with one of their famous mashups, Leslie Spencer
, a singer with the Brian Setzer
Orchestra, sang a swinging ditty, actor David Rasche
performed a new and original Cast Party theme song, and Australian star Matthew Newton
crooned an impromptu jazz standard. Colleen McHugh
and William Blake
brought disco back with a hilarious "Enough Is Enough," and Vegas performer Dre rocked the crowd's socks off. There were great performances by cabaret darling Jenna Esposito
and Baby, It's You star Liz Byrne
, and the musical fun went on into the wee hours.
As they have for the past ten years, Tedd Firth
, Steve Doyle
and Daniel Glass
(The Cast Party Symphony Orchestra) accompanied all of the singers in high style.
Jim Caruso's Cast Party takes place every Monday evening at 9:30 at Birdland (315 West 44 Street) in New York City.
Photo Credit: Seth Walters
Daniel Tatar and Jim Caruso
Tedd Firth, Steve Doyle and Daniel Glass
The Company Men
William Blake and Colleen McHugh
Patrick Rinn, Amra-Faye Wright and Carol Woods