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News Brian Gari Salutes Eddie Cantor With Songs From a New Musical Bio Brian Gari, the songwriter grandson of one-time Broadway superstar Eddie Cantor, is planning a concert of songs he wrote for a musical about his grandfather's life.

For his Feb. 18 annual birthday show at Don't Tell Mama nightclub in New York, Gari will perform songs from his latest album, "The Unproduced Eddie Cantor Musical" (Original Cast Records), as well as a mini revival of his musical revue A Hard Time To Be Single with special guests Janet Kirker (original 1990 cast member), Tom Lucca and Manu Lafer. For reservations, call (212) 757-0788 after 4 PM ET. Don't Tell Mama is located at 343 West 46th Street in Manhattan. The album can be ordered from The CD includes an eight-page booklet with the storyline and all the lyrics as well as rare photos. Featured singers include Gari himself as well as cabaret stars KT Sullivan, Lucca and Don Ciccone.

Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) was one of the biggest stars of the period between World War I and World War II. Known for his big eyes and outsized ears, he starred in seven editions of the Ziegfeld Follies as well as toplining his own musicals, Banjo Eyes, Whoopee! and Kid Boots. He also had success in radio and movies.

On March 3 Gari heads west to the Gardenia nightclub in Hollywood, CA, where he will reunite with Teresa Tracy and other original cast members of his 1987 Broadway musical Late Nite Comic. They will be celebrating the 90th birthday of another relative, Gari's uncle, Robert Clary (New Faces of 1952 and "Hogan's Heroes").

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