Recent Playbill On-Line chat-room guest Karen Mason will bring her world-acclaimed cabaret act to Rainbow & Stars, March 4-22. Mason has been the "standby Norma Desmond" in Sunset Boulevard since the show opened Dec. 9, 1993 in Los Angeles. She's played the role more than 125 times.
The singer/actress will be backed by Dick Gallagher (tunemeister for Off Broadway's When Pigs Fly) and a three-piece combo as she sings standards and songs dedicated to her late, long-time partner, Brian Lasser. Her latest CD, "Better Days," on Zevely Records, will be receiving a special 1996-97 Back Stage Bistro Award for honoring and preserving Lasser's work.
Mason's most recent gig was with Skitch Henderson and the NY Pops Orchestra -- on a sold-out tour of Japan. In 1996, she appeared in three separate engagements at Rainbow & Stars, twice as part of the ASCAP Sunday Cabaret Series and once as a substitute for Rosemary Clooney.
Mason's engagement comes during "Cabaret Month," officially designated as such by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. --By David Lefkowitz