Karen Mason Warms Up for June 10 Rrazz Room Concert

Cabaret & Concert News   Karen Mason Warms Up for June 10 Rrazz Room Concert
The 12-time MAC Award winner will perform numbers from her solo CD and Rebecca.
Karen Mason

Twelve-time MAC Award winner and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Karen Mason will sing Mason’s Makin’ Music June 10 in The RRazz Room at the Clarion Hotel in New Hope, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

Mason told Playbill that she will be performing songs from her new solo CD It’s About Time, plus other selections. The playlist includes “It’s About Time,” “Just in Time,” “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “Finding Wonderland,” and “Mr. Snow.”

“Gonna be a fun show!“ she said. “Doing some from [the] CD and also a whole section of theatre songs including the title song from my first Broadway show, Play Me a Country Song. Also doing the title song from Rebecca, that show that didn’t happen here.”

Rebecca, in which Mason had be scheduled to co-star, closed in rehearsals in 2012, and became the subject of a lawsuit between the producers and press agent.

In addition to winning the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award as Major Female Vocalist for six consecutive years, Mason originated the role of Tanya in Broadway’s Mamma Mia!, replaced in the roles of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and of Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, and created the role of the Queen of Hearts in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland in 2011. Among her other MAC awards, she won two in 2016: Show of the Year and Celebrity Artist.

Tickets ($40) for the 7:30 PM Rrazz Room concert can be ordered by clicking here.

It’s About Time is available via iTunes, Amazon, and KarenMason.com. The album’s title track was written by Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham for a wedding of Mason’s friends after Marriage Equality legalized in New York State. She said, “I was thrilled to be asked to sing at their beautiful day and told my husband Paul Rolnick, he should write this custom song for the happy couple. It continues to inspire me because I still feel the power of love and truth! It’s about time for us all to stand up for what we believe.”

A special highlight of the disc is the debut pop recording of the song “Finding Wonderland” from Mason’s stint in the 2011 musical Wonderland by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy, Mason’s most recent appearance on Broadway. “It’s a wonderful song,” Mason said, “and it brings back great memories of performing in the show. This number is about finding ourselves and finding our truths, which fits in beautifully with the album’s themes.”

Other songs on the disc include “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?,” “A House Is Not a Home,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “The Man That Got Away.”

Click here to order the recording.

Mason has been a special guest performer on two of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Playbill’s Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Santino Fontana. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 2017, also featuring Carmen Cusack, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.


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