After a swinging good time with a jazz set by Godspell's Lindsay Mendes and pianist Marco Paguia, Birdland was the place for a rollicking Cast Party, hosted by Jim Caruso. Lisa Lampanelli, "The Queen of Mean," tried out a new comic song written for her upcoming Logo special, which brought the TMZ cameras onto the scene! Broadway funny lady Julie Halston was there to cheer on Lampanelli, and took a hilarious turn at the mic discussing her Streisand meeting. The club was packed with singers, instrumentalists and their fans - all celebrating the last weekend of summer.
Jim Caruso's Cast Party is an extreme open mic that has been running every Monday for the past eight years at Birdland, the historic music room in Manhattan's Theater District. It's also a bi-monthly event at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Stars like Martin Short, Carol Channing, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Manchester and Tony Bennett have all joined in on the fun and impromptu performances - sharing the stage with Broadway chorus cuties, jazzers and composers.
Photo Credit: Derek Storm
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