Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Wednesday, April 20, at 7 pm
For the past eight years, Academy alumnus Jim Caruso ’76 has been hosting Cast Party, a wildly popular weekly open mic night that brings both showbiz superstars and up-and-comers to the legendary Birdland in New York City.
Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It’s the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. This past year, Caruso and Stritch have taken the Party to Austin and Provincetown, as well as their bi-monthly residence at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Host Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director, musical director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities! It’s the party that would happen if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the piano!
On April 20, Caruso, along with musical director Billy Stritch, will host a hilarious impromptu variety show where local Pittsburgh superstars will showcase their Broadway, musical, and comedic talents. Soprano extraordinaire Anna Singer ’76 and dancer Judith Mikita ‘76 – both Academy alums – are just a couple of the acts lined up for the evening!