Singer-actress Karen Mason, who stepped into the role of Norma Desmond for 150 performances of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and New York, will resurrect her beloved Christmas cabaret concert 7:30 PM Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at the Laurie Beechman Theater.
Mason created the act in the 1980s with the late arranger-pianist-singer Brian Lasser, and the concert was a favorite in the New York cabaret scene. She put the show away for a few years while occupied with other projects (as Glenn Close's standby and a recurring Norma, among other projects) and now returns in a yule mood with musical director Christopher Denny. Barry Kleinbort is the show's creative consultant.
Additional arrangements are by Denny and Dick Gallagher.
All three performances will be recorded live at the club for a new holiday disc, which will be Mason's third recording, following "Not So Simply Broadway" and "Better Days."
The Laurie Beechman Theater, named after the late cabaret and Broadway star, is at the West Bank Cafe, 407 W. 42nd St. (West of 9th Ave.), in Manhattan. Cover charge is $30 with a one drink minimum. For reservations, call West Bank Cafe at (212) 695-6909. -- By Kenneth Jones