Season 2: Episode 6: Karen Mason: Cabaret Icon, Broadway Actress, Mamma Mia!, Love Never Dies, Sunset Boulevard, Wonderland, Legacy, Brian Lasser

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Broadway Actress & Cabaret Icon, Karen Mason bares it all about starring on Broadway as well as her legendary cabaret career (she’s a 13-time MAC Award winner).

Karen gives the inside scoop on:

  • Cast Pranks
  • Sunset Boulevard (starring the legendary Glenn Close)
  • Cabaret legacy with long-time collaborator Brian Lasser
  • Working with Award Winning composers Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Michele Brourman, Amanda McBroom, Scott Evan Davis, Billy Goldenberg, her husband Paul Rolnick
  • Rapid Fire Questions


Tune into Mason’s Makin’ Music every Thursday at 5pm on Karen’s Facebook Page

Karen is also teaching a MasterCourse called The Song Is YOU! at Singasium. Sign up here!

This interview has been split into two episodes. The second part of this interview, focusing on Lessons Learned, will be released at a later date.


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Karen Mason was recently seen as “Madame Giry” in the North American premier of Love Never Dies — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic sequel to the Phantom of the Opera. On Broadway, Karen garnered rave reviews starring as “The Queen of Hearts” in Wonderland. She originated the role of “Tanya” in Abba’s Mamma Mia!, receiving a 2002 Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. Her other leading roles include “Norma Desmond” in Sunset Boulevard, which she performed to critical acclaim on Broadway & in Los Angeles for three years; “Velma von Tussel” in the final Broadway company of Hairspray; “monotony” singer, “Mazeppa” in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; ‘Rosalie” in Carnival (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway’s Torch Song Trilogy; & Play Me a Country Song.

Karen won the Outer Critics Circle award for her performance in And the World Goes ‘Round, & starred Off-Broadway in her own show Karen Mason Sings Broadway, Beatles and Brian.

Karen has headlined Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Rainbow & Stars, the Algonquin; The Cinegrill & UCLA/ASCAP Concert Series in Los Angeles; The Plush Room in San Francisco; & Davenport’s in Chicago.

She has shared concert stages with Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, among others.

Her highly acclaimed recordings include her newest single, “It’s About Time,” written by Paul Rolnick & Shelly Markham; her 2009 Mac award-winning Right Here/Right Now, 2005’s The Sweetest of Nights, the Mac award-winning When The Sun Comes Out, as well as three other CD’s: Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!, recorded live at the West Bank Café; Better Days, featuring songs by her longtime composer/arranger, Brian Lasser (including the 1998 Emmy award-winning song “Hold Me“); & Not So Simply Broadway. Karen has been featured on original cast recordings of WonderlandJeffrey (Varese Sarabande), And the World Roes ‘Round (RCA Victor), The Child In Me, Vol. 1 (Harbinger Records), Lost In Boston ll (Varese Sarabande), & the studio cast recording of Wonderful Town (Jay Records),

Her television appearances include the hit dramas ED and Law & Order: SVU. Film credits include Sleeping Dogs Lie & A Chorus Line.

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