Marilyn Monroe, Mary Martin, Montgomery Clift, Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, W.C. Fields and Ronald Reagan have all seen and been seen inside it, but after Sept. 28, the Cinegrill as they knew it and as it's known to the Los Angeles cabaret world, will be no more. The popular jazz club, opened back in 1936, will undergo a major remodeling along with its home, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in anticipation of the opening of the new Kodak Theatre, future home to the Academy Awards.
Sending the current Cinegrill off will be L.A. cabaret luminaries Eileen Barnett, Jason Graae, Gregg Marx, Michael Maguire, Lisa Mordente and Elmarie Wendel in Sept. 28's Cinegrill — A Tribute. Clifford Bell will direct, with musical direction by Michael Orland.
Barnett and Graae are frequent Cinegrill performers — his recent shows there include An Evening of Self-Indulgence and An Evening of Self Indulgence...The Sequel!!!. Marx is a soap star who has taken lead roles on "Days of Our Lives" and "As the World Turns." Maguire created the role of Enjolras in the original Broadway company of Les Miserables. Mordente is the actress-dancer daughter of Chita Rivera. Wendel stars as Mrs. Mamie Dubcek in "Third Rock from the Sun."
Joining the headliners are Jan Abrams, Jonn Philip Allman, Rob Blaney, Anne Bushnell, Couglin/Reed, Daniella, Vicky Dummer, Michael and Mandy Farrell, John Ferdenzi, Kim Gardner, Ken Hirsch, Paul Jacek, J.D. Kessler, Kostroff & Richwood, Craig Laforest, Terry S. Larson, Miriam Little, Lotte Trouble, Sharn McNight, Mark Marthur Miller, Susie Mosher, Erin Quill, Dolores Scozzesi, Samnatah Sidley, Orville Stoeber, Joanne Tanham, Kirby Tepper and Teresa Tudury.
Tickets are $25. The Cinegrill is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 466-7000. — By Christine Ehren