Jim Caruso’s Cast Party comes back to Chicago


Broadwayworld.com has just announced that Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, Manhattan’s “extreme open mic night,” is set to return to Chicago’s Mayne Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 9:30 p.m.

I had the opportunity to interview Caruso prior to his show’s Windy City premiere at the Mayne Stage in April, and he indicated that he hoped it would become a regular thing. Well, with this return engagement, it looks like he may get his wish!

I also attended that packed first show, and while I did have some quibbles (the length, the over-reliance on NY talent and a somewhat arrogant NYC attitude that slipped out on occasion), overall it was a fun, lighthearted experience — both for performer and audience. And with jazz icon Billy Stritch at piano (Stritch will again be joining Caruso in August), how can you go wrong?

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