Karen Mason: 30… And Counting
NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2022
54 Below is proud to present the return of Karen Mason – in an encore performance of 30… And Counting, her critically acclaimed show honoring her three-decade collaboration with music director Christopher Denny. Mason performed her first concert with Denny on August 5, 1992 and they have continued the working together to this day. A few years later, director Barry Kleinbort was added to the mix, and this triad of talent have been creating brand new arrangements and shows ever since. This evening will highlight some of their favorite arrangements including “Help/Being Alive,” “Watch What Happens/I Will Wait for You,” and “Finding Wonderland,” with many more surprises. Tom Hubbard joins on bass.
Karen Mason was recently seen playing Mrs. Marsh on Ryan Murphy’s “Halston” on Netflix. On tour, she was last seen as Madame Giry in the North American premiere of Love Never Dies (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic sequel to The Phantom of the Opera). On Broadway, she starred as The Queen of Hearts in Wonderland and originated the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia! (2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress). Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the Broadway company of Hairspray; and “Monotony” singer and Mazeppa in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.
Could it be possible that the wondrous Karen Mason could outdo herself on the cabaret stage? Anyone present for her recent triumph with 30…and Counting would have to vote a resounding “yes!”
Marilyn Lester, NiteLifeExchange
Mason gathered intensity, breathing the lyric, devouring it, moving ever outward, in a performance that brought down the house!
Sarah Downs, The Front Row Center
Karen Mason has been collaborating with MD/pianist Christopher Denny for 30 years, her director (and writer of special material), Barry Kleinbort, almost that long. They were lucky to find one another. We were lucky they found one another.
Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town