Christine Andreas, who recently completed an acclaimed run in the national tour of The Light in the Piazza, is now performing through Oct. 14, and she will be followed by KT Sullivan (Oct. 16-21), Elaine Joyce (Oct. 22-24) and Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill, who will entertain audiences Dec. 27-31. Rrazz Entertainment, which has produced the evenings of cabaret at the Plush Room, will launch a new cabaret space, The Rrazz Room at The Hotel Nikko, which is located in San Francisco at 222 Mason Street. The 190-seat cabaret will be designed by architect Gregg DeMezza and will feature sound and lighting by Matt Berman.
Dame Cleo Laine, who was part of the original cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will inaugurate the new room with husband Sir John Dankworth. The twosome will play a two-week engagement at The Rrazz Room beginning Jan. 8, 2008. The new season will also boast Little Women's Maureen McGovern and stage and screen star Lainie Kazan.
In a statement Rrazz Entertainment president Robert Kotonly said, "This is truly a wonderful opportunity for us to create the next best entertainment destination center for both the public and artists alike with the creation of The Rrazz Room at The Hotel Nikko. With new ownership at the historic York Hotel, we felt it was the right time to push forward on our plans for the West Coast. We will carry forward the great cabaret tradition long associated with the Empire Plush Room, that wonderful celebration of the Great American Songbook, but we will also continue to expand our offerings to include so many other singers and comedians who represent a greater part of the entertainment spectrum, both past and future."