Don't Tell Mama

Todays Date: 06/28/22
Last Update: 03/27/18 05:17:30 PM
Address: 343 West 46th Street
New York, NY    10036

Location: (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

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LIZ ROBERTSON SINGS "LERNER WITHOUT LOEWE"  | Open: 04/13/18 Close: 04/15/18
West End & Broadway star and Olivier Award-nominee Liz Robertson returns to New York in “Lerner Without Loewe,” an affectionate musical tribute to her late husband, Alan Jay Lerner, the internationally acclaimed author of My Fair Lady, currently in previews at The Vivian Beaumont Theatre and opening on April 19. Having debuted the show in a one night engagement last April, she now returns for three (3) performances -  Friday, April 13 at 7pm, Saturday, April 14 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 15 at 6pm. The evening is directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Ron Abel.

Amongst Alan Jay Lerner’s many hits is the classic My Fair Lady, written with Frederick Loewe. It was whilst playing Eliza in the West End production that Liz and Lerner met, and subsequently married. The partnership of Lerner and Loewe is recognized as one of the greats, but Lerner also wrote shows with Burton Lane (On a Clear Day…, Carmelina), Andre Previn (Coco), Kurt Weill (Love Life), John Barry (Lolita, My Love), Charles Strouse (Dance a Little Closer) and Leonard Bernstein (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue). In these special performances, Liz will sing an array of numbers from these shows -  from little known songs - to ones that everyone can hum along to. A very personal and fitting tribute to her late husband in his centenary year.

Carey Test Show  | Open: 05/01/12 Close: 05/01/12
Carey Test Show  | Open: 05/01/12 Close: 05/01/12

The Testing Show  | Open: 02/10/12 Close: 02/12/12
The Testing Show is coming back! Don't miss this exciting event.


The Testing Show  | Open: 02/10/12 Close: 02/12/12
The Testing Show is coming back! Don't miss this exciting event.



a Benefit Concert for the HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Featuring the songs of SETH BISEN-HERSH

The Second Annual Broadway Meows: a Benefit Concert for the Humane Society of New York will be presented at Don't Tell Mama, one night only, Monday, July 19th at 7pm.  The evening will feature the songs of composer/ lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh.  Bisen-Hersh will be joined on stage by a stellar cast including Brian Childers (Helen Hayes Award Winner, Danny & Sylvia), Sean Patrick Doyle (La Cage aux Folles), Bryan Fenkart (Memphis), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny & Sylvia), Autumn Hurlburt (Legally Blonde), Lara Janine (Rock of Ages), Brianne Moore (The Visit), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Wild Party), Olivia Oguma (Mamma Mia), Mary Orzano, Kate Rockwell (Hair), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Brandon Ruckdashel (Co-Ed Confidential), Kevin Vortmann (A Little Night Music), Correy West (South Pacific) and Kristen Beth Williams (Promises, Promises).  
The concert will be produced by Dennis Fowler, directed by Laura Pestronk, choreographed by Erin Porvaznika and stage managed by Livia Hill.
The audience can expect to hear 18 songs from Bisen-Hersh's catalog featuring songs from his critically acclaimed children's musical, Stanley's Party (which just finished a run at Manhattan Children's Theatre), his new song cycle, Love Quirks: a song cycle of unconventional devotion, and his new musical, What If...?  The evening will be comprised of pet themed songs as well as songs of relationship hardships, which pets help get you through.  Songs will include "So You Wanna be Feline?", "Losing a Pet", "I'm Not Interested in You", "This is Awkward",  "Can You Believe I Was Ever Sad We Broke Up?" and the popular youtube hit, "Hey!".
All the proceeds for the evening will go to the Humane Society of New York, which has "cared for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes" for over 100 years.  The Humane Society saved Bisen-Hersh's cat, Smee's, life last year, and this benefit is his way of saying thanks.
For more information or to donate to the cause, please click:
I'll Relax When I'm Dead  | Open: 05/15/10 Close: 05/17/10
Seth Bisen-Hersh, composer of six cabarets including "Neurotic Tendencies," "Why Am I Not Famous Yet?" and "Writer's Block" returns to Don't Tell Mama this May to premiere his 7th cabaret: "I'll Relax When I'm Dead." With direction by Laura Pestronk and co-starring Elyse Beyer, Allison Linker, Gordon Maniskas, Ryan Neller, Jace Nichols, Rori Nogee, Mary Orzano & Brian Shaw, "I'll Relax When I'm Dead" features 10 new songs as well as 2 mini-musicals developed at The Small Pond Musical Theatre Writing Lab last fall.

"My New Computer" (book by Zachary Drummer) explores the exciting and exhilarating journey switching from PC to Mac.

"What If...?" (book and co-lyrics by Michael DiGaetano) follows the loves and lives of 4 New Yorkers at a crossroads.

The ten new songs include both comedy numbers and tearjerkers: "Um, Yeah..." about an awkward okcupid first date, "Can You Believe I Was Ever Sad We Broke Up?", "To My Grandparents" and "The Wedding Song" which was dedicated to and performed at Bisen-Hersh's best friend's wedding last summer.


With: Elyse Beyer, Allison Linker, Gordon Maniskas, Ryan Neller, Jace Nichols, Rori Nogee, Mary Orzano & Brian Shaw
Then Comes Marriage  | Open: 12/28/09 Close: 12/29/09
 The ladies are back! Brenda Jean Foley and Audrey-Maeve Hager are back by popular demand and proud to present two more performances of their cabaret Then Comes Marriage, a journey into the joys and aggravations of marriage.  The shows take place on December 28 and 29 @7PM at Don’t Tell Mama and feature musical direction by Tracy Stark and direction by Julie Reyburn. Call (212) 757-0788 for reservations. For more info visit

Minnie Pearl Does Broadway  | Open: 10/06/08 Close: 10/06/08
Grand Ol' Opry and Hee Haw legend Minnie Pearl is down from Heaven for one night only to sing all the Broadway songs she never got a chance to perform. From A Chorus Line to The Wiz, Minnie belts out show tunes like only she can. She'll tell stories and jokes and there will even be a door prize! There is also a question and answer period where Minnie answers questions from the audience. Assisting her onstage is the often talked about but never before seen Uncle Nabob. Cabaret artist Mark Alan Jones stars as Minnie Pearl with Darron Cardosa as Uncle Nabob.
Classic Cole  | Open: 07/14/08 Close: 07/28/08
"In "Classic Cole," writer-performer Dan Callahan sings a selection of the best known Cole Porter songs loosely in the order that they were written, from "What is This Thing Called Love?" to "True Love" and many more. Paying close attention to the sensual images in the Porter lyrics as well as their complex musicality, Callahan stresses the erotic longing of these great standards, expressing both their humor and their lust for the kind of worldly pleasures that make up for all loss.
Enter Night--an exploration of bedtime  | Open: 04/17/08 Close: 05/03/08

Contact: J.B. Redish

La Red Productions presents

An exploration of bedtime

We never know what the night may bring...a dream or a nightmare. Award-winning versatile soprano, Deanna Neil ( weaves together an edgy, evocative story of the human experience of night through nocturnally themed songs and audio interviews. From Metallica to Brahms and themes from lust to death, these aren't just your mother's lullabies.

The songs in ENTER NIGHT span genres from The White Stripes to Cole Porter and even an original number by Ms. Neil. A self-professed "sleep addict," Ms. Neil explores how evening moods change as we get older—from gentle lullabies to screaming nightmares, to seductive selections for lovers—and how some feelings of night remain universal. Interspersed audio interviews with strangers highlight this universal element, adding a fresh multicultural and multimedia dimension to accompany Ms. Neil's personal stories and humorous banter.

5 Performances only!

Sunday, April 6th 7pm; Monday, April 7th 8:30pm; Thursday, April 17th 8:30pm; Friday, May 2nd 8:30pm; Saturday, May 3rd 8pm
@ Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St (bet 8th and 9th aves)
$15.00 cover, 2 drink minimum.
Call 212-757-0788 or write for info and reservations.
Director: Jessica Redish
Musical Direction, Accompaniment: Brian Gelfand
Bass: Dave Romano
Drums: Dan Vonnegut

Ms. Neil is a singer, actress, writer and radio go-to girl. With a four-octave range, full, rich high notes (to a high F) and a powerful belt, Ms. Neil has been called "one of the greatest undiscovered sopranos," by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer David Richenthal and "the tip of the iceberg in talent" by Terrence Mann.

Ms. Neil's theatrical credits include: a workshop of The Night of the Hunter at The Goodman Theater in Chicago under the direction of Robert Falls and Hidden Voices in New York City under the direction of Terrence Mann. For 3 years she's toured the United States with the repertory company of Storahtelling, creating original scripts and music based on dramatic interpretation of biblical text. She recently completed a residency at BRIClab with Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and has been collaborating for over 6 years with the modern opera/rock ensemble (think Dawn Upshaw meets Radiohead) Jason Cady and the Artificials at locations around New York City ranging from The Tea Lounge to Tonic (R.I.P). She was the recipient of the IES vocal scholarship for study in Milan, Italy and the winner of the Wesleyan University Concerto Competition.


"quite wonderful...Ruby at the drugstore will never be bettered."
- Robert Falls, Artistic Director of the Goodman Theatre

"The tip of the iceberge in talent...something should be written for her."
- Terrence Mann, Tony Award winning Broadway performer

"One of the greatest undiscovered sopranos."
- David Richenthal, Tony Award winning Broadway producer

"Beautiful to see this songbird flying high. Deanna is an absolute joy to work with. The voice of an angel and an attitude to match. If you get the chance to see this young lady sing, you better do it to yourself... because you owe it to yourself. Her voice is a gift that we are all fortunate to witness and share. She's the cat's pajamas baby.... the cat's pajamas!!"
- Kyle "Ice" Jason, Slam Jamz R&B and jazz singer, The Revolution of the Cool (2005)

"Deanna Neil is a talented performer with an eclectic and accessible repertoire. Her versatile singing shifts gracefully from intimate to huge, while her charming stage presence is both comfortable and engaging. Her well-conceived shows are both humorous and moving."
- Jason Cady, composer for The Artificials

"vocalists Deanna Neil and Michael Cohen add to the powerful breadth of the sound."
- Review of Mayim Rabim in All About Jazz

Friends in Song: An Evening with Giulia Blanco, Joe Venice and Gina Gentile. This one-night engagement will feature pop and Broadway songs performed by the three twenty-somethings, in solos, duets and trios. Monday, July 16th at 8 pm at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, New York. Tickets are $15 with a two-drink minimum (cash only). For information or reservations, please call Don't Tell Mama at 212-757-0788 after 4pm daily.
The Best of Pagoda Girl  | Open: 05/13/07 Close: 06/05/07
Back Stage raves that "it's a significant story she has to tell...she has a gentle voice that swells to a belt".

The Best of Pagoda Girl masterfully blends the best hits and reminisces from the three previous sold-out Pagoda Girl shows with new songs and material. The hilarious and moving cabaret show chronicles the life of Pagoda Girl, who is "too polite for America, yet too outspoken for Japan". In between songs, performed in both English and Japanese, Pagoda Girl expounds on what it's like to live between two cultures, confronts the beauty standards of both the United States and Japan, and pokes fun at her ideas about America and her homeland. Yuriko Hoshina, New York City's only female Japanese cabaret performer, stars as Pagoda Girl.

Joseph P. McDonnell directs.

Redefined  | Open: 10/22/06 Close: 10/23/06
Gretchen Reinhagen returns to Don't Tell Mama (, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, 212.757.0788) on Sunday October 22nd @ 5:30 PM and Monday, October 23rd @ 7:00 PM with her hit show "REDEFINED". She is joined once again by Musical Director Steven Silverstein at the piano.

The show debuted at Don't Tell Mama in April, under the direction of Michael Perreca, and has continued to be redefined ever since. What began as a one-night workshop performance in 2004 under the title of "Undefinable" has become a finely tuned hit for Reinhagen that audience members called "a redefining experience" and "one of their favorite hours spent at Don't Tell Mama." The score features something for everyone with selections ranging from "The World Goes Round" to contemporary comedic hits such as Christine Lavin's "What Was I Thinking", to two original songs by Steven Silverstein.

While still fairly new to the world of cabaret, Reinhagen is no newcomer to the stage. She received a degree in music from Pepperdine University and has gone on to perform in venues ranging from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Room in Edinburgh, Scotland. As an actress, she's enjoyed such roles as Miss Hannigan in "Annie", Nancy in "Oliver", the Narrator in "Joseph..." and Janis Joplin in "Beehive".

Don't miss your chance to catch this amazing singer in what promises to be a definably entertaining evening! For more information visit

Neurotic Tendencies: an abnormal act of original songs  | Open: 09/07/06 Close: 09/10/06
-starring Nicholas Cobey, Julie Goldin, Rori Nogee & Jessica Scuteri, Neurotic Tendencies explores quirky neuroses in a mostly comical light. With 16 new songs about everything from unrequited love (sometimes for inanimate objects) to incessant insomnia to overwhelming anxiety, Neurotic Tendencies is sure to amuse anyone who has ever been neurotic.
Witches In Bikinis  | Open: 05/05/06 Close: 07/14/06
Rock 'n roll theater cabaret show with songs such as "Horror Flick Chicks", "Witches In Bikinis", "Video Vixen Vampires", "Calling King Kong" and "Moonlight and Romance." Bring your best chimp imitation for "Party Like a Chimpanzee" and win a t-shirt - audience selects winner of the group's newly released CD.
A Very Bette Christmas  | Open: 11/17/05 Close: 01/08/06
The setting is a 1962 Christmas television special starring Miss Bette Davis. 6 time MAC Award-winner Tommy Femia stars as Miss Davis. Fuller speculates: "Naturally Bette would be holding court and dominating the entire TV show, especially when her special guest star was to be her co-star in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?—Joan Crawford. "A VERY BETTE CHRISTMAS," is fictional, but I imagine it depicts Bette exactly as she would have acted, butting heads with her director, slinging icy zingers at Crawford, and mingling with the audience as a sly method to take full control of the television special. There is no doubt about it, Bette Davis was explosive, intimidating, and always the star!"
The Misadventures of the Wholesome Twins  | Open: 10/30/05 Close: 12/19/05
Join us this holiday season for the most dysfunctional, controversial, wildly outrageous Christmas musicals of all time!

When a boyfriend reveals a conjoined birth secret, a series of events unfolds that will threaten all the infamous Wholesome Twins have ever known. Sisterhood and a billion dollar empire hang in the balance, driving them to a dramatic breakup. As one pursues a sister-less career, the other accidentally induces a Christmas Eve coma, where three unlikely spirits attempt to show her what is worth more as she is offered a life changing decision which could alter the course of Hollywood history forever.


So Many Tangents...So Little Time  | Open: 10/31/05 Close: 11/13/05
Teresa will perform an eclectic array of music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amanda McBroom and Dory Previn among others.
Broad, Bimbo, Brunette  | Open: 10/19/05 Close: 10/21/05
...a peek inside an addled mind... Starring Cara Burdick
Featuring original music by Joel B. New
With special guest Maria Pendolino
Cocktails With Coward  | Open: 07/19/05 Close: 07/27/05
Grab your highballs for an evening of swellegant sophistication: COCKTAILS WITH COWARD, the all-new, divinely witty, deliciously irreverent musical revue makes its New York debut this July! Fresh from a critically acclaimed New England run, LivelyArts and TheatreRats present this high-spirited, high-class, highly entertaining song and dance soiree that revitalizes the wit and witticisms of "The Master" with some savory twists. It's one part classic melody, two parts top-notch talent – garnished with a splash of contemporary glamour.
COCKTAILS with COWARD  | Open: 07/19/05 Close: 07/27/05
An Intoxicating Mix of the Words & Music of Noel Coward

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Daniel T. Lavender
Musically directed and vocally arranged by Seth Bisen-Hersh

O'Connor & Vogel: How To Be Perfect  | Open: 02/06/05 Close: 02/28/05
A New Cabaret Musical Comedy Revue