Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mama Said

A New York cabaret classic comes to WeHo

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Ah, LA. Capital of the waiter-actor.
 
While these hopefuls are ever-ready to be discovered, there’s only so much theatricality one can breathe into the soup du jour.
 
Contrarily, at freshly-opened Don’t Tell Mama, they’ll get the chance to audition every shift.

Without being fired.
 
That’s the idea behind this new cabaret, just imported from the 30-year-old NYC institution - along with some of its Broadway-honed staff.

Every night, you can expect to see at least seven stage performances. As for the talent, let’s just say you might recognize someone from Glee or Smash. Auditions for the opening staff (400 strong) were judged by a Tony-winning star of Hairspray, so the tunes ought to be top notch.
 
Make a reservation for one of the tufted banquettes to the east of the velvet curtains and bring your judging panel (aka your friends who tweet most frequently during episodes of X Factor.) Order up lamb chops with ratatouille and keep the martinis flowing. (Hey, it’s not your pipes whistling tonight.)
  
Though don't be surprised if you're inspired to go hit karaoke afterwards.

Don’t Tell Mama donttellmamala.com
8279 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Sweetzer), West Hollywood
(323) 380-7209
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Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet and street
Scene: Showtunes-loving Boystown and WeHo artsy types
Best bets: Lamb chop; pan-seared sea scallops; martinis
Hot seat: Any of the large booths behind the hostess stand
Nearby: Kitchen 24; Barney’s Beanery; The Hudson

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