KAREN MASON (Singer) Most recently seen on Broadway as the conniving Velma von Tussle in Hairspray, Ms. Mason originated the role of Tanya on Broadway in Abba?s Mamma Mia!,and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress.
Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, which she performed on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Mazeppa in Jerome Robbin?s Broadway; Rosalie in Carnival ( Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway?s Torch Song Trilogy; and Play Me a Country Song. Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in And the World Goes Round, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show Karen Mason Sings Broadway, Beatles and Brian.
Karen is an 9-time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and thr ee Bistro Awards. Karen has headlined Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein?s at The Regency, Rainbow & Stars, the Algonquin, Arci?s Place, The Supper Club and The Ballroom in NYC; The Cinegrill and the UCLA/ASCAP Concert Series in Los Angeles; The Plush Room in San Francisco; and Davenport?s in Chicago.
Her symphonic performances include The New York Pops with Skitch Henderson, The Oklahoma Philharmonic with Joel Levine, the premier performance of The Chicagoland Pops, The Indianapolis Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony with John McDaniel.
Karen just released her 6th CD, Right Here/Right Now, which won the 2009 MAC Award for Best CD. Other CDs include Sweetest of Nights; When the Sun Comes Out (2002 MAC Award for Major Female Recording of the Year); Better Days (featuring the 1998 Emmy winning song ?Hold Me? by Brian Lasser); Not So Simply Broadway; and her live recording Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! (all on Zevely Records). Visit her website at www.karenmason.com.