The Muftee Show, a zany, spontaneous variety cabaret act, debuted to much acclaim in Sydney, Australia, where it ran for seven months. The New Zealand-born Tee will bring the show to Mama Rose's beginning Jan. 4, 2004, and he will be joined by several theatre and cabaret artists. Tee's run kicks off Jan. 4 with Grammy-winning songwriter Julie Gold and vocalist Maude Maggert; subsequent guests include composers Stephen Schwartz and John Bucchino (Jan. 5); cabaret veteran Julie Wilson and vocalists Jim Caruso and Kay Tuckerman (Jan. 11); and entertainer Mark Nadler (Jan. 13). Show time is 9 PM.
Muftee is co-created, produced and directed by Les Solomon and will also feature the talents of Nigel Ubrihien, who will serve as musical director and co-host. Part "Tonight Show," part comedy spoof and part cabaret show, the evenings include such segments as "Tee-sers," a mini-game show; "Tee Mail"; and "The Week That Was," a dishy report of show-biz gossip.
In a statement Hayden Tee explained, "The word 'muftee' is an old army reference that was used when soldiers were allowed to step out of uniform into their own choice of clothing. The Muftee Show is a real potpourri. It's all about stepping out of the normal constraints of cabaret and taking it into a brand-new direction. Each performance of Muftee, like the concept itself, is completely unique with ever-changing guests, song lists and audience."
Mama Rose's is located at 219 Second Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets. There is a $15 cover charge and a two-drink minimum; call (212) 533-0558.
In related new, Hayden Tee will offer his solo cabaret show, also at Mama Rose's, on Jan. 18, 23 and 25.