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Jim CarusoJim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the smash hit Liza’s At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers.  For his nightclub work, Caruso has won four MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci’s Place; and has also performed in runs at the Gardenia and Cinegrill in Los Angeles, The Vic Theater in Chicago, Libby’s in Atlanta, the Colony Palm Beach Hotel and the Connaught Room in London.  He sang with the New York Pops in an all-star tribute to Kander & Ebb at Carnegie Hall, and returned to “The Hall” this year in a tribute to Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, hosted by Michael Feinstein.  On the small screen, Jim was seen co-starring with Kathie Lee Gifford on Showtime Television in “Personal Assistant,” and co-starred on the Nostalgia Network variety sit-com, “Café DuArt” for two seasons. Jim and his vocal trio, Wiseguys, were invited to sing at President Clinton’s First State Dinner at the White House, and celebrated Bing Crosby in concert at Carnegie Hall with Rosemary Clooney.  He guest-hosted “Broadway On Broadway 2000” in Times Square for a crowd of 100,000 theater fans, hosted the 2000 MAC Awards at Town Hall in Manhattan and has co-hosted the Drama Desk Awards webcasts for the past four years.  His debut recording, “Caruso Live and In Person” is available on the LML Music label.  For the past six years, he has hosted a Monday night showbiz bash called “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party,” which was honored with a New York Nightlife Award, as was his Broadway at Birdland concert series.  Check out www.Jim-Caruso.com or www.CastPartyNYC.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was obsessed with Carol Burnett and Dick Van Dyke as a kid – their humor was right up my proverbial alley!

2. What was your first professional performance? When I was in high school, I entertained and annoyed children of all ages as Jimbo the Clown with music, magic and ventriloquism. I also did a mean balloon animal giraffe. Happily, I have taken ‘Birthday Parties’ off of my business card.

3. What is your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience has to be the opening night of “Liza’s At The Palace” on Broadway. It’s a night I’ll never forget as long as I live. To sing Kay Thompson’s brilliant vocal arrangements with one of the best bands in the world, on the Palace stage along with my best friends and LIZA MINNELLI? Are you kidding? It just can’t get better than that! The worst experience has to be performing as a singing/dancing tampon for the Kimberly Clark convention in Dallas, Texas. You can’t make that up.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?
Carol Burnett. Come on…it has to happen!

5. Favorite Musicals? “Dreamgirls” and “The Light In The Piazza”

6. Favorite Play? “Full Gallop”

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks! Fred Ebb even co-wrote a parody of “Coffee In A Cardboard Cup” with me and Johnny Rodgers, thanks to my obsession with the Grande Skim Cappucino!

8. Boxers or Briefs? Spanx

9. Favorite Day of the Week? Monday – thanks to the Broadway at Birdland series and Cast Party!

10. Favorite Holiday? I’m forced to admit that my birthday is something I always look forward to. I was an only child, so a big deal was always made. I do everything but send out a press release when it’s about to happen…which is clearly kind of pathetic. And it’s February 5, if you’re wondering.

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