Showing posts with label METROPOLITAN ROOM. Show all posts
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Friday, April 10, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Gloria Reuben

REUBEN GOOD --- I really love nothing more than being invited to a show—not really knowing what to expect—and being totally blown away. It doesn't happen all that often. Happily, that was not the case last night when we saw actress Gloria Reuben’s debut in NYC at The Metropolitan Room.

The twice-nominated Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress has a new album out (her second one, actually) called Perchance to Dream, which is just sensational. Sultry, moody, atmospheric jazz that’s just a pure delight, this is one of those albums that you can’t help but fall in love with as soon as you hear it. Its level of performance, production, and song selection is spot-on and delightful.

Her delicate, yet soulful voice (with echoes of Al Jarreau and Michael Franks in the air) immediately grabs you and doesn't let go; but it’s a delightful ride for sure.

In her performance, Reuben pretty much followed the sequence of songs on the album, beginning with the lush and enticing “Change Partners” and then shifting seamlessly to the song “Poor Girl” (based on a Maya Angelou poem, with music by Jay Ashby).

The packed audience (which included Debbie [David – you’d know better than me, but doesn’t she prefer “Deborah” as her first name these days?] Gibson and actor Robert Funaro from HBO’s The Sopranos) was totally in sync with Gloria from start to finish.

Another high point of the show was the final song (in which Reuben accompanied herself on piano) called “Here’s To Life.” The song left the audience breathless as they beheld the end of a night’s performance that was very nearly perfect in every way. Reuben’s band, fronted by her producer Marty Ashby on a beautiful hollow-bodied guitar, was exceptional. Kudos!

It really was an extraordinary show; one of the best that we’ve seen so far this year.

DIVAS UNITE --- Legendary dance divas Martha Wash, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Linda Clifford have formed the new diva super-group—First Ladies of Disco—and released their first collaboration, the single “Show Some Love.”

The initial release also features a B-side “bonus mix” – a dance remix by John LePage and Brian Cua.

“What I like about ‘Show Some Love’ is the song and its cross-genre appeal gave all of us a chance to use our talents and range in an uplifting song that I know is going to inspire,” says two-time Grammy nominee Martha Wash, who gained fame in the 1970s as a member of Two Tons of Fun, and who was also the back-up vocalist for the late disco legend Sylvester.

She also, as it turns out, recorded “It’s Raining Men” (1979) as one of The Weather Girls, and is the voice heard on No. 1 dance-track hits by C&C Music Factory and Black Box. (Fun fact: Did you know that “It’s Raining Men” was written by Paul Jabara and none other than David Letterman’s longtime music-director sidekick Paul Shaffer?

Wash is joined by Evelyn “Champagne” King (her classic hit, “Shame, “cracked the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1977) and five-time Grammy nominee Linda Clifford. The three plan to tour as well.

Listen to The First Ladies of Disco single “Show Some Love” on Soundcloud:

BILLIE HOLIDAY CENTENNIAL --- As a special birthday gift to the woman widely considered to be one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is proud to welcome Billie Holiday as its newest inductee on the centennial anniversary of her birth in the City of Brotherly Love.

Billie Holiday was also known as “Lady Day,” a beloved name given to Holiday early in her career. The name was further immortalized in pop culture by original Four Seasons member/songwriter Bob Gaudio and co-writer Jake Holmes, whose song “Lady Day” was then sang with great affection by Frank Sinatra on his 1971 album Sinatra and Company). Holiday is only the first of this year’s inductees to be announced. The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will hold a press reception in late May to announce the rest of the Walk of Fame’s Class of 2015. Holiday and the rest of the new honorees will be formally inducted together in October during ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts.

"The Philadelphia Music Alliance wanted to present what we think is a 'perfect' birthday gift to an extraordinary vocalist, Billie Holiday, and announce her induction on her 100th birthday," said Alan Rubens, Chairman of the PMA. "It will be an absolute pleasure to be able to walk down Broad Street and see her name where it rightfully belongs, on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, with other homegrown jazz giants like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington Jr.”

Holiday was born Elinore Harris on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia General Hospital in West Philadelphia. As the official marker on Lombard Street (west of Broad Street from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum and Commission) says, “[S]he was called the greatest jazz vocalist of her time. Starting in 1933, she recorded with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and others. Notable songs include ‘Lover Man,’ ‘Strange Fruit.’”

As Philadelphia’s own Jill Scott tells Vanity Fair: “Billie Holiday is guts. She is guts, and pain, and challenges. She is the sweetest pain…. Her voice gave me permission to have pain on a record. To convey the heart’s heart. To be able to sing songs about what is happening in society, as well. She did all this with a lot of freedom. There wasn't a bunch of production. It was just Billie Holiday, being herself. All the miseries and all the wounds, and then reporting it, basically, to society. That is an artist. There is a difference between being an entertainer and an artist, and Billie Holiday is a true artist.”

CLOSING NOTES --- Great to see photographers Bobby Bank, Derek Storm; PR-pasha David Salidor; and, writer Brad Balfour at the Gloria Reuben event last night . . .

Well, concert albums in Japan may be a rock-band cliche (see Deep Purple’s Made in Japan or Cheap Trick’s 1978 live album recorded at Budokan) . . . but within two minutes of listening to the new Van Halen live album Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, it’s clear that Van Halen (with original frontman David Lee Roth standing front and center, and speaking fluent Japanese at certain quiet points in the show) is back with a vengeance. Recorded in June 2013 before 44,000 adoring fans, this is as much proof as anyone might need to know that the VH machine is ready to do some fairly incredible shows this summer. Roth may not be able to hit some of the high notes, or yelp out that banshee cry, but he sure knows how to give one hell of a show. Glad to have the band back . . .

We work right near where Hillary Clinton is about to open her new campaign HQ in Brooklyn and it’ll be interesting to see what happens. I predict a mess, for sure . . .

Monday, March 02, 2015



Ellyn Harris

New York City's hot ticket is Ellyn Harris, as she Returns to The METROPOLITAN ROOM - 34 West 22nd St. for the 7pm show on  Thursday, March 5th.

You can make your ONLINE RESERVATIONS: or RESERVE BY PHONE at  212-206-044.Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 and there is a two drink minimum.

You can also listen to Ellens songs by visiting


DMR Magazine: "Ellyn Harris is a stunning beauty with an equally gorgeous

Jamie Drew, Nickelodeon: "Ellyn, your voice was amazing! You were so natural,
charming and charismatic. And I was the biggest fan of your song selection, so
many of my faves! Such a great night and can't wait to come see you again!"

Adam Buckman, TV Columnist, (formally TV Critic, NY Post): "Wow!
You can really sing, Ellyn! Many, many congratulations. 'A Song for You' is one
of my all-time favorite songs... You do a GREAT job with it!"

Joy Weber, Casting Director, TV, Film (former): "Your voice, the arrangements,
your charisma, your presence on stage, everything was perfect. I am so glad I
was there for this very special evening!"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Ellyn Harris

In her new, intimate Cabaret act called "Back to You," Ellyn performs songs from
the 70's through the present with her own twist, sprinkled with original songs. Ellyn will be at the Metropolitan room on November 5th.

To preview songs please go to:

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th
Ave.) in New York City. Doors open at 9 PM and the show starts at 9:30 PM.

Reservations are required.

Tickets are $20 and there is a two drink minimum at the venue.

RESERVE BY PHONE: 212-206-0440


Ellyn Harris is a pop singer who started her career as a teenager and signed
with the William Morris Agency at 18 years old. Performing in TV commercials and
shows, she joined SAG-AFTRA and Equity. With a diverse career - from touring
with multi-platinum selling recording artist, Dan Hartman, singing Alka Seltzer
"plop plop fizz fizz" commercial, performing at an Emmy Awards Dinner, touring
with her own rock band, performing in off-Broadway shows and summer stock,
opening act for Rodney Dangerfield (held over several times) - to performing her
top charting dance music songs on Megatone Records for thousands of people.
Ellyn was nominated for Best New Artist at dance music's Hi-NRG Music Awards. 

After Dark Magazine: "Ellyn Harris sings from the hip and from the heart."

Our Town: "Ellyn Harris sang and artfully performed for a captivated audience.
Her repertoire of songs includes old favorites as well as some she has written
herself. With a wry wit, she covers such topics as love, life and personal
aspirations. Funny, talented and entertaining Ms Harris charms her audience." 

The New York Daily News: "Song thrush Ellyn Harris is being hailed as a young
Barbra Streisand."

Billboard Magazine: "An artist to watch, creating her own musical forum is vixen
Ellyn Harris with the house flavored "Got A Green Light."

DMR Magazine: "Ellyn Harris is a stunning beauty with an equally gorgeous voice.
She is certainly one of this industry's girls-to-watch for."

Rodney Dangerfield: "What a voice, what a talent." 

DMA Magazine: "Ellyn Harris stole most of the attention at this year's Winter
Music Conference. With her winning smile and fabulous live rendition of "I
Specialize In Love" on Megatone Records, she is poised for major industry

Photo Courtesy Of: Ellyn Harris

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Tomaczek Bednarek

Star entertainer Tomaczek Bednarek brought the house down as he performed at TV broadcast legend Joe Franklin's Memory Lane show recently at the historic Metropolitan Room in New York City.

The award-winning singer and songwriter performed a riveting rendition of "That Old Black Magic,' a favorite Sinatra song, before a packed house of celebrities and other VIPs. Among those invited for this special night: comedians Billy Crystal and Pat Cooper, along with actress Julia Roberts.

Tomaczek has performed at The White House, U.S. Capitol and The Kennedy Center. During his career, he’s worked with such talents as Michael Jackson, Cher, Dolly Parton, Tony Orlando, Keith Urban, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick and Amy Grant.

In his early days, he opened for music icon Frank Sinatra and most recently, headlined at sold out events with country stars Charlie Daniels and Aaron Tippin in honor of our troops, debuted his song “Players Of The World” at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 World Championships in Poland and headlined at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Jackie Joseph

RICHARD SKIPPER is a Storyteller! He is also a popular entertainer, theater historian and pop culture blogger. He has conducted over 500 interviews for his daily blog celebrating people in the arts and is currently writing a book to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!, based also in part on his award-winning website chronicling the Broadway classic. He has covered several opening nights as the voice of Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and has conducted on-stage interviews for Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Ron Young and Peggy Pope at Barnes & Noble and Queensboro Community College.

 2013 has been a breakout year for Richard. Richard was the associate producer of the 2010, 2012, 2013 Bistro Awards. He recently produced Peggy Herman’s CD Release Party at Feinsteins, directed by Peter Glebo and Tommy Tune, and it was an SRO success. He also Pamela Luss’ run at The Metropolitan Room, NYC. Richard can be seen in Dori Berenstein's CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE. Richard is now focused mostly on his writing and producing this year. He has a highly successful blog called RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES, focusing on Artists and their body of "Worth" and what makes a great UNIQUE entertainer!

Jackie Joseph is an American character actress, voice artist, and writer known for portraying Alan Brady's niece Jackie on the Dick van Dyke Show, as well as the film characters of: Audrey Fulquard in the original The Little Shop of Horrors, Sheila Futterman in both Gremlins films, and the voice of Melody in the animated television series Josie and the Pussycats and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space. She was a regular on The Doris Day Show portraying Doris' friend, Jackie Parker and also famously played the love interest of Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show as well as Imogene Harris, the eccentric love-interest of Mario (Bob Denver) in Who's Minding The Mint…THAT’S JUST FOR STARTERS!

Fifty percent of every cover will benefit Actors and Others For Animals 

$20.00. Cover ($10.00 of every cover goes to Actors and Others for Animals)/Two drink minimum. Reservations a MUST: 34 W 22nd St New York, NY 10010 You can also call (212) 206-0440 for more info.

Photo Courtesy Of: Richard Skipper

Friday, February 08, 2013



Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora performed her Opening Night engagement 'Pia Zadora - Back Again and Standing Tall' at The Metropolitan Room in New York City last night.

Photo By: Walter McBride

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The Metropolitan Room

34 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010

Marcus Goldhaber

Critically acclaimed jazz-pop singer-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER has decided to dedicate his performance tonight at the Metropolitan Room in New York City to raising funds and collecting non-perishables for the American Red Cross to help his fellow New Yorkers and the rest of the tri-state area victimized by Hurricane Sandy.

The "wonderfully imaginative" (JazzTimes) artist, whose acclaimed new CD of all original standards, ALMOST LOVE, is getting radio airplay in a number of major markets around the country, including WBAI in New York, is donating a portion of proceeds from ticket sales and all CD sales at the event to the American Red Cross. He also will be collecting non-perishables: coats, gloves, scarfs, toothbrushes/toothpaste, canned food, plastic bins, backpacks, batteries, flashlights, and the like.

"After a crisis, our immediate response is crucial,," says Goldhaber, whose show, "When You're Smiling: The Songs of 1928," will salute such songwriters as Fats Waller, Richard Rogers and Larry Shay. "But it is equally if not more important to sustain our relief efforts in the weeks and months that follow.We can't afford to let the news cycle dictate what is worthy of our attention, especially when it comes to taking care of those in need."

Photo Courtesy Of: Randex PR

Friday, September 21, 2012



Eric Comstock And Barbara Fasano

ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, the popular husband-and-wife team equally respected in both the pop and jazz worlds, return to The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC, for a one-week engagement beginning October 15th and continuing through October 20th. The newly conceived evening, called “THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES”, is a celebration of the intimacy and truth-telling that defines the best nightclub experience. Comstock and Fasano make the case for the validity and relevance of this music in this setting in our digital 21st Century. Their musical repertoire reflects the varied and ever-growing pop and jazz songbooks, from Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter to Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim and Tom Waits. They will be accompanied by Sean Smith on bass. There is a $25 cover charge plus a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 206-0440. For more information visit

The performance schedule for “THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES” is:

Monday, October 15 @ 9:30 PM
Tuesday, October 16 @ 7 PM
Wednesday, October 17 @ 7 PM
Thursday, October 18 @ 9:30 PM
Friday, October 19 @ 7 PM
Saturday, October 20 @ 9:30 PM 

Comstock said: “Barbara and I want to create an evening that celebrates coming together by being together in a small room sharing great songs.” Fasano adds: “I think it is a primal need right now – the coming together around the campfire to share stories, laughs, truths.”

Comstock and Fasano's combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them a celebrated team in the nightclub world. This Metropolitan Room run will be their first major NY engagement since their 2011 show, "HELLUVA TOWN" at the Algonquin’s Oak Room (“Exhilarating” -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times). Of their previous sold-out Metropolitan Room engagement, The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raved, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy."