PHOTO CALL: Liza Minnelli Visits Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch at Bemelmans Bar Residency at the Carlyle
By Krissie Fullerton
30 Apr 2014
Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch are back at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle for an extended Sunday night residency through April and May where the duo will be joined for impromptu collaborations with showbiz heavy hitters like recent attendee Liza Minnelli.
Other recent guest appearances at Bemelmans have included Michael Feinstein, Bono, Marilyn Maye, Jane Monheit and Linda Lavin. Chita Rivera, Lisa Lambert, David Zippel, Lucie Arnaz, Stephanie J. Block and Lisa Lampanelli.
In addition to performing extensively on their own, Caruso and Stritch gained national exposure together as the host and musical director of the wildly popular, recurring open mic event Cast Party.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.