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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Cast Party makes its St. Louis debut at Blue Strawberry!
Every Monday at New York's legendary Birdland, Jim Caruso hosts Cast Party, fusing Broadway glitz and sharp wit into what has become the worldwide gold standard of Open Mic nights. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. With Billy Stritch at the piano, Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show/open mic where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle. You just never know WHO will show up!
Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan, while musical genius Billy Stritch holds court at the baby grand. But the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Theatrical legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment awaits.
All the energy and high hilarity of Cast Party in New York - (maybe absent a Broadway star or two - but you never know) - comes to Blue Strawberry on May 17th and 18th to celebrate St. Louis talent. 
Interested open mic participants should email Performance slots are very limited. Buying a ticket to the show does not guarantee a performance slot. You may come to the show and sign up to perform. A few slots will be reserved for those coming to the door.
Cast Party has been honored with nine BroadwayWorld Awards, four MAC Awards, a Bistro Award, a Summit Award, a Nightlife Award, and in 2022 received “Show of the Year” from Manhattan Association of Clubs. Cast Party has been taken on the road to London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Dallas, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Provincetown, Miami and now...St. Louis!

“Cast Party is show business heaven!” The New York Times

“Cast Party is a freewheeling, off-hours Broadway playground.” The New York Times

“Cast Party is showbiz mecca.” The LA Times

“The gold-standard of open mic nights.” Wall Street Journal

“A vital pulse point of the musical-theater bloodstream. Every week, a star or a standard might be born.” Time Out New York

“The King of Showbiz hosts the mother of all open mic nights…Jim Caruso has some of the slickest and quickest commentary I’ve ever heard.” London Jazz News

“Ace pianist Billy Stritch and funny, fast-thinking Jim Caruso pool their talents for a nimble, nonstop, musical show-biz bonanza with as much rhythm and class as the feet of Astaire.” The New York Observer

“A few years ago my friend Jim Caruso created something called Cast Party, a cross-section of Broadway singers, actors, producers and fans, who have the communal experience of getting up to perform. Cast Party is so different from reality shows or American Idol. I’ve never seen anybody treated cruelly, and people are appreciated for who they are. From someone arriving in New York just off the bus all the way to Liza Minnelli; people get to express themselves without artifice. I never stop learning there! When kids ask me for advice, I say the best thing you can do is to find a place to perform and do it on a regular basis.”

– Michael Feinstein, Michael Feinstein's American Songbook, PBS

“Cast Party is a success because of Jim Caruso and the affection the theatrical community feels for him. He’s talented and funny and tenacious and bright. Cast Party is exactly how I pictured New York nightlife when I dreamed of being on Broadway!”

- Liza Minnelli

“You kids are helping keep the American Songbook alive!”

- Tony Bennett

“Cast Party is cabaret church, and Jim Caruso is its Irreverent Reverend.”

- Ann Hampton Callaway

“It's rare to be in a lively room where performers cheer each other on. Welcome to Cast Party!”

- Melissa Manchester

“My heart exploded over all the aspiring singers having their moments! Jim made me realize that honoring the history of this music will never get old, that what I do is more important than I realized, and that there’s endless room for humor, wit and joy alongside serious artistry.”

- Jane Monheit

“There are certain kinds of cars you cannot take on the racetrack, because they just won’t respond to the curves. The Cast Party Symphony Orchestra is like a high-class, high-tuned Lamborghini-style automobile. They can do it all.

- Kurt Elling