Most recently musical theater superstars, Shirley Jones, Kristin Chenoweth, Eden Espinosa and Megan Hilty have all dropped by. Wow.
I was able to chat with ringmaster Mr. Ryan Black about his weekly musical extravaganza. Enjoy.
How is your new home for Ryan Black's 88s at Don't Tell Mama?
Great! They're very receptive & we're growing and improving the venue weekly!
How do you get such great singers to drop by?
Beg, plead, & beg. They call me a producer, but I'm more like a professional beggar.
What will the audience expect at the show?
TOP NOTCH talent. I can only take credit for having good taste. The performers are absolutely amazing. Broadway, Pop stars singer/songwriters and the audience members are often some of L.A.'s swankiest in "the biz". We see a lot of celebs in the audience as well as in the shows. It makes for a really cool mix of people.
Does it cost to see the show?
No it's FREE (although we can only stay alive if you buy drinks and food!)
The audience can get into the fun with Open mic?
There's always an Open Mic after the show & we have a strict NO JUDGING policy. We just want people to have fun!! We don't care how you sound, if you like to sing we think you should sing!
Are there drink or food specials for the audience?
3 courses for $24 bucks! Half off Happy Hour from 4-7 and we're constantly changing and improving the deals and menu.
How long has 88s been going on?
I started on Mondays at Eleven Nightclub in April of 2007 so over 6 years now!
Can you tell me your favorite moment of 88s?
That's tough! It's always thrilling to have the stars in the room when you're doing their music like when we had Stephen Schwartz or Babyface. Oscar winner Shirley Jones & Kristin Chenoweth (who recently came) were amazing to have in the room. Most of all I think it's just when the singers really connect with the audience. You can hear a pin drop and then the roaring applause is unbeatable!
What's the funniest thing that has happened at 88s?
Lots of funny moments for sure. One that sticks out was when Eden Espinosa & Megan Hilty were currently starring in Wicked and they sang their duet from that show and Megan sang Eden's lyrics and they stopped dead in the middle. The audience howled.
How about the most embarrassing 88s moment ever?
Hmmm well it's always tough to watch a singer forget their lyrics. That's why I rarely sing at the shows! We're not a snooty bunch though so it's always understandable.
Do people need to make reservations for the show?
It's always a good idea in order to get a good seat, but no anyone is welcome to walk right in.
Where can people find the lineup for the upcoming shows?
Always on our facebook page www.facebook.com/ryanblacks88s
Event: Ryan Black's 88s
Where: Mama Don't Know
Date: Every Wednesday
Address: 8279 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046