Up Close and Unpredictable starring Carol O’Shaughnessy on Friday, June 2 at 8 pm in the Great Room of the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street in Westfield.
For her show, Ms. O’ Shaughnessy, who has been dubbed “Boston’s First Lady of Cabaret.” will mix music, impressions and comic characters, like “Mama Scugliachi,” as she did when she also a popular fixture on the bill during the cabaret series at the former Piccolo’s restaurant in Westfield.
With several awards to her credit including Boston’s “Cabaret Entertainer of the Year,” she has taken her one-woman shows from Town Hall in New York City to Boston’s Jordan Hall, The Regattabar, Scullers Jazz Club and Club Café. She has also appeared with such stars, as Joan Rivers, David Brenner and Pat Cooper; and as an actor, has portrayed “Mama Morton,” the show-stopping prison matron in the musical Chicago for the Worcester Foothills Theatre Company.
Ms. O’Shaughnessy has three CD’s, “The Way I See It“ “Live At Scullers” and “Ring-A-Ding-Ding: The Music of the Rat Pack” all of which have been received positively.
Her pianist/arranger Tom LaMark is a respected musician in the Boston area, who has accompanied such notables as Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer and the Smothers Brothers and has played with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods and Buddy Rich.
The Tom LaMark Orchestra are frequent performers at The Ritz Boston Common, The Four Seasons Hotel, The Seaport Hotel, The Boston Harbor Hotel, The Copley Plaza and The Taj Boston.
Tickets for the “WOW… It’s Cabaret” series are $25 for an individual show with a series subscription package, available at $65. Reservations may be made by calling 413- 579-5967, by visiting Westfield Creative Arts at 105 Elm Street during store hours or at the door. Tickets can also be reserved below.. Doors will open at 7:15. Coffee and desserts will be available for sale at intermission. Funding for the series has been provided in part with a grant from the Westfield Cultural Council, a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and with the assistance of the Westfield Council on Aging.
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