Cabaret at its Best


All styles of music, comedy and spoken word. Shows 7 nights a week. Saturday and Sunday matinees as well.

Performers who began their careers at don't tell mama have gone on to major careers on Broadway and Hollywood and have become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner on "Star Search", win the Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar and The Pulitzer Prize.


Three of Our Long-Running Award-Winning Shows:


Winner of the 2012 "MAC" AWARD as BEST DUO

Tommy Femia and Rick Skye in


Ricky Ritzel (as Mort Lindsey/Pappy) will musical direct.

"Judy and Liza Together Again", starring internationally acclaimed entertainers Tommy Femia and Rick Skye, named "BEST DUO" 2012 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), is the perfect tonic for this season at don't tell mama (343 West 46th Street). Teaming up for an evening of "Just POW!", these MAC and Bistro Award winning performers pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/daughter team in show biz history in "a high energy evening with an abundance of laughs!" (Edge).

Rick Skye is a multi award winning performer, who has written a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka" (Bistro Award winning performance), "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" (performed with his indefatigable co-star - the one and only Madame), "Barbra and Liza LIVE!" (Leicester Theater and Dublin Theatre Festival) and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" (MAC Award - Best Impersonation) which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance".

Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at don't tell mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". The Sunday New York Times did a front page cover story on Tommy Femia in 2011 entitled "The Boy Who Became Judy Garland".

"Judy and Liza Together Again" premiered at The Rising Action Theater in Ft Lauderdale to great acclaim and marked the first pairing of these two remarkable talents.

Judy  Liza



starring Seth Rudetsky and a Cast of Thousands!

Every Thursday at 5:00pm, Sirius Radio Host Seth Rudetsky welcomes another Broadway Star to the Chatterbox. In addition to being heard nationally on the radio, Seth Rudetsky is a Broadway Conductor, Musician, Actor, Author and one-man encyclopedia of The Great White Way! Included in the countless celebrities joining Seth are Betty Buckley, Idina Menzel, Nathan Lane, David Hyde Pierce, Kristin Chenoweth, Donna Murphy, Megan Mullaley, Matthew Broderick, Cheyenne Jackson, Chita Rivera, Audra MacDonald, Sheldon Harnick, Leslie Uggams, Jonathan Lithgow, Kelli O'Hara, Adam Pascal, Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Zachary Levi, Harriet Harris, and Florence Henderson.

Seth Rudetskys Chatterbox





Singers with Seth Bisen-Hersh

SETH BISEN-HERSH is a prolific and versatile New York City based musical theatre composer/ lyricist who works as a pianist, accompanist, musical director and vocal coach.

In the summer of 2002, Bisen-Hersh made his professional cabaret debut at don't tell mama with 'Two Singular Sensations', a battle of the ego through Broadway showtunes, co-starring Rori Nogee.  Starting in 2003, Bisen-Hersh began doing nearly annual cabarets of his own material, commencing with solo acts then expanding to ensemble casts. 

In 2009, Bisen-Hersh developed two annual concerts of his work starring Broadway performers, where the proceeds go to charity: Broadway Meows for The Humane Society of New York, each July and Broadway Can!, a can collecting concert for Citymeals-on-Wheels and City Harvest, each November.  They are now on their 5th years.

Since 2005, he has served as a vocal coach to actors, giving advice on auditions and building repertoires.  In 2006, Bisen-Hersh began offering Audition and Cabaret workshops.  In 2007, Bisen-Hersh began producing/ emceeing/ accompanying weekly talent showcases at don't tell mama.  To date, he has have produced over 260 showcases featuring over 850 singers.

Seth Bisen Hersh



Michael Holland & Karen Mack


Award-Winning Pop Music & Comedy Duo

Michael Holland from Broadway's "Godspell"

Hole-O-Matic 2011 ...the "you pick 'em" random pop show!

Deranged medleys. Soaring harmonies. Drinks & prizes. Pop culture freefall!

Downtown favorites Michael Holland & Karen Mack continue their multi-award winning mix of pop music & madness in midtown! Same rules apply - one guy, one girl, one guitar, and one big set that you get to pick from 130+ tunes from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and beyond. Joni to Journey, Pat Boone to Pat Benatar, Aretha to Madonna to Bon Jovi to Queen. Plus a big dose of comedy, medleys & mashups, and pop culture trivia for cool/ridiculous prizes including Broadway & concert tix if you’re up for the challenge!

"Hilarious! Everybody has fun, everybody Wangs Chung!" - Time Out NY

“Ferociously talented & completely irreverent AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!" - Next Magazine

“A good time is a foregone conclusion! - Village Voice


"For the third year in a row, no one can touch Michael Holland & Karen Mack for sheer entertainment value and undeniable brilliance!" - Show Business Weekly