Two Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmonds Head to Town Hall

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Both Helen Schneider, who played Norma Desmond in the German production of Sunset Boulevard, and Karen Mason, who played the role on Broadway, will take part in Town Hall concerts in the next few weeks.

Schneider, an American singer-actress who has starred in numerous German musicals, will headline “German Kabarett: Once in a Weill,” a salute to the works of Kurt Weill March 28 at New York’s Town Hall. Schneider will be joined onstage by Sharon McNight, Doug Ladnier, Lorinda Lisitza, Mark Nadler, Julie Reyburn and cabaret legend Julie Wilson. Show time is 8 PM.

Mason, who recently completed an acclaimed run in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia!, will star in “American Cabaret: A Sentimental Journey” April 4 at the famed New York City concert hall. The evening will feature the classic tunes made famous during WWII. Others taking part in the sentimental journey include Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte as well as cabaret stars Marnie Baumer, Scott Coulter, Jonathan Frank, Martha Lorin and Karen Oberlin. Show time is also 8 PM.

Helen Schneider made her Broadway debut in Ghetto and created the title role in Frida: The Story of Frida Kahlo, which was presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In Germany, she has starred in productions of Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Cabaret, Anything Goes and Seven Deadly Sins. Her acclaimed one-woman shows include “A Walk on the Weill Side” and “A Voice and a Piano.” Schneider’s screen credits include “Eddie and the Cruisers,” “Mauritius-Los,” “Havelkaiser” and “Siska.”

Karen Mason recently starred as Tanya in the hit musical Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre. She also received much praise for her performance as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, where she was standby for Glenn Close, Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige. Mason's other Broadway credits include Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Torch Song Trilogy. She appeared in the Off Broadway revue And the World Goes 'Round, and she is one of the top draws on the cabaret scene. Her solo recordings are numerous and include "When the Sun Comes Out," "Not So Simply Broadway" and the aforementioned "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!"

Town Hall is located in New York City at 123 West 43rd Street. Tickets for each of the concerts are $30 or $35. Call (212) 307-4100 for reservations or visit

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