McBroom, Mason and McGovern Set for Bay Area Cabaret Season

News   McBroom, Mason and McGovern Set for Bay Area Cabaret Season The 2006-2007 Bay Area Cabaret season — presented in the Marines Memorial Club ballrooms in San Francisco — has been announced.

Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom, best known for her award-winning song "The Rose," will kick off the season Nov. 12 at 7 PM in the Commandants Ballroom. McBroom, who was seen Off-Broadway last year in A Woman of Will, will be joined by San Francisco jazz singer Sony Holland.

Former Mamma Mia! star Karen Mason, who also received much acclaim for her work as the Norma Desmond standby in the Los Angeles and New York productions of Sunset Boulevard, will follow McBroom. Mason is scheduled to play the Crystal Ballroom Feb. 4, 2007 at 5 PM.

The Bay Area Cabaret season will conclude May 6 with Maureen McGovern, most recently seen in the national tour of Little Women. McGovern will appear in the Commandants Ballroom at 5 PM.

Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom composed the award-winning song "The Rose" as well as the frequently performed "Ship in a Bottle" and "Erroll Flynn." A consummate cabaret performer, she has released six solo CDs as well as the cast album of her musical, Heartbeats. McBroom also starred on Broadway in Seesaw, Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and in the title role of Mame at L.A.'s Cabrillo Music Theatre.

Karen Mason has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Torch Song Trilogy. Her Off-Broadway credits include And the World Goes 'Round and Carnival, and she has also been seen on the small screen in "Law & Order" and "As the World Turns." A seven-time MAC Award-winning performer, Mason has charmed audiences at Carnegie Hall, Rainbow & Stars, Davenport's and L.A.'s The Cinegrill. Her solo recordings include “The Sweetest of Nights,” "When the Sun Comes Out," "Better Days," "Not So Simply Broadway" and "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!" Her most recent CD is titled "The Sweetest of Nights." Maureen McGovern's performing credits are numerous and varied. She appeared on Broadway in Little Women, Nine, The Pirates of Penzance and The Threepenny Opera, and her many recordings include the Grammy nominated "The Pleasure of His Company" and the Academy Award-winning song "The Morning After." She was also seen in the films "The Towering Inferno," "Airplane!" and "The Cure for Boredom," and she appeared at the Sundance Theatre in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Jerry Herman's Dear World.

The Marines Memorial Club ballrooms is located at 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco, CA. Tickets, priced $40-$45, are available by calling (415) 392-4400 or by visiting www.bayareacabaret.org.