Appearances

6/13/15: Our concert at Birdland was completely sold-out and an absolute joy from beginning to end! The 12-piece band played Ben Lanzarone's arrangements with energy, style, and great musicality. Our host, Jim Caruso, is the best in the business. We thank everyone who made this evening unforgettable!


8/27/16 8pm: I will be singing a TV theme song that is very dear to my heart with the REMOTES, which is a terrific cover band that specializes in music from television. There is always lots of fun, games and general craziness at their gigs, and I'm sure this one will be no different. We'll be at BRENNAN'S PUB, 4089 Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA. (310) 821-6622
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9/4/16 Doors: 5:30 Show: 7:00 I'll be singing a couple of songs that I performed on Broadway as a guest artist in Kritzerland's Labor Day Weekend Show at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. There will be a terrific line-up of singers for this 6th anniversary show, which is produced and hosted by Bruce Kimmel. Address: 5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood CA. Phone: (818) 754-8700
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9/27/16 We will be bringing our MAKING THE SONG YOUR OWN-VOCAL PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP singers to The Village at Sherman Oaks for a musicale. We love the residents there and have doing a play-reading group with them for a few years. Now, it's our turn to entertain them! This is a private show.


10/14/16 and 10/15/16: Watch for an announcement about the annual Cabaret Weekend in support of The Actors Fund. I'll be singing at The Gardenia, and look forward to joining some of my favorite performers and friends.


PAST APPEARANCES

I'm so excited to be joining some of the greatest ladies of cabaret in a benefit concert for The Actors Fund:

Together at Last for the Second Time
Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 9 pm 
Tom Rolla’s Gardenia
7066 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood


Scheduled to appear: Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, Ilene Graff and Ben Lanzarone, Jane A. Johnston, Karen Morrow, Madison Claire Parks, Lisa Passero, Charlotte Rae, Marcia Rodd, Beverly Sanders, and Jo Anne Worley. Musical Director – Gerald Sternbach.

Doors open at 7pm for dinner. Advance dinner reservation required for premium seating. Please call the club to make your dinner reservation: 323.467.7444. Otherwise, the two-drink minimum applies. Tickets also available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2405822


Ilene joins Todd Sherry and Heather Olt as a guest in their long-running cabaret series, UP WITH A TWIST on March 23, 2015 at Rockwell in Los Feliz. Link for tickets coming soon!


ILENE WILL BE PERFORMING UPSTAIRS AT VITELLO'S ON SATURDAY NIGHT, JULY 12th at 8 P.M. RESERVATIONS AND INFO: 818-769-0905 Tickets from $20-$45. Doors open at 7:00 for dinner, valet parking is available. Vitello's is located at 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA.  www.vitellosjazz.com/event/ilene-graff


Ilene and Ben join the company of  STARR QUALITY: A RICK'S PICKS CONCERT FOR THE ACTORS FUND on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8pm at The Catalina in Hollywood. Please support The Actors Fund and honor our late great Rick Starr, legendary icon of Hollywood Sheet Music. Rick is missed by the scores of singers, musicians and friends with whom he shared his expertise in classical, popular song and theatre music. In this special tribute, an A-List cast of top cabaret and musical theatre performers will sing in honor of Mr. Starr.

Reservations: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/456412


MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 7PM

THE GRAFF FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECIAL AT 54 BELOW

A Tony winner, an Emmy winner, a Grammy-nominee, and a triple-threat third generation rising star, all of whom have appeared on Broadway…it's the Graffs! Randy, Todd, Ilene, and Nikka Graff Lanzarone, bring you a Holiday Special you'll love. With Musical Direction by Ben Lanzarone (ASCAP Award-winner), this show is a fond, modern re-creation of the fabulous Christmas Specials of the 1960's and 1970's. There will be lots of great singing, laughs, and memories. Let the Holidays begin!

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54 Below
254 W 54th St, Cellar - New York, NY 10019
General Information: (646) 476-3551
To purchase tickets visit TicketWeb.com
or call (866) 468-7619


Friday, March 8, 2013 "8 at 8 on the 8th at The Coterie"

Ilene and Ben will be appearing at the glamorous Hollywood venue The Coterie, which is located in the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Highland Ave, just north of the Hollywood and Highland Complex. Happening Mar. 8, 2013. Click here for tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/346088


MARCH 22-24, 2013 VARIETY KIDS TELETHON WEEKEND

Ilene and Ben are thrilled to be back in Buffalo, NY for the Variety Kids Telethon, benefiting the Variety Club Children's Charity, which funds countless programs for children in need in Western New York. This is one of the longest-running telethons in the US raising many millions of dollars over the past 50 years.

On Friday, March 22, Telethon weekend kicks off with the cast featured on WKBW channel 7's Good Morning Buffalo. On March 23rd, a 7 pm gala concert is being staged at the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, starring Vegas Entertainer-of-the-year Clint Holmes, Buffao and Vegas stars, the Scintas, one of the country's favorite Elvis tribute artists Terry Buchwald, and Ilene. The Telethon itself starts at 7am on Sunday, March 25th and runs until 7pm on WKBW, channel 7. Please tune in!

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Join me and these wonderful performers in Palm Springs on December 5th for SPARKLE! AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT at the beautiful Annenberg Theatre. www.SparklePalmSprings.com.

SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert features an ensemble of your favorite performers from today’s hottest Broadway and Television shows. Mitzi Gaynor is currently scheduled to appear along side Tony and Emmy Award® Winning Broadway Diva Lillias White (“The Life”, “Dreamgirls”, “Fela!”), Grammy nominated singer & beloved TV/Broadway actress Ilene Graff (“Promises, Promises”, “Mr. Belvedere”), two-time Emmy nominated soap star Bobbie Eakes (“All My Children”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Tony Award® Nominee Sharon McKnight (“Starmites”, “Red Hot Mama”), Nick Adams  (“Priscilla: Queen of the Desert”, “Guys & Dolls”, “A Chorus Line”), Milena Govich (“Law & Order”, “Cabaret”), Wilson Cruz (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “My So Called Life”, “RENT”), Ginifer King (Co-starred in Bernadette Peter’s “GYPSY”, Chris Colfer’s film “Struck By Lightning” and lead in the upcoming Nickelodeon Pilot “Haunted Hathaways”),  Erin Quill (Original Cast Member from Broadway’s “Avenue Q”), Julie Garnye (“Hair: In Concert”, “Tinkerbell: the movie”), Dionne Gipson (“Black Dynamite”, “For the Record…”) and Lexi Lawson (“American Idol”, “RENT”) adding up to an all-star lineup for this star-studded Holiday spectacular! In addition to being the show’s co-Producer, Scott Nevins will also be hosting the evening, which is made possible by the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Integrated Wealth Management as well as LULU California Bistro, The Saguaro Hotel, LIVE Magazine from Palm Springs and other area businesses.


On SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th at 7p.m., Ilene and Ben will perform FIRST YOU DREAM at the lovely new venue, STERLING'S UPSTAIRS AT THE FEDERAL located in the vibrant North Hollywood Arts District. Doors open for dinner at 5:30, and the food is good!

For general information, please go to Sterling's website:  http://www.msapr.net/Sterling-s-at-The-Federal.html. (Make sure you check out the dress code.)

For reservations, please call 818 754-8700.

$38 tickets  includes VIP Reserved Seating, Entertainment Cover, and a $10 Food and/or Beverage Minimum.  
$28 tickets includes General Admission Seating, Entertainment Cover and a $10 Food and/or Beverage Minimum.

Valet parking is available, and there is also street parking


This July Ilene will be sailing on Crystal Cruises to the North Cape of Norway as a Master Teacher with winners of the Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards. She will also be performing her cabaret show while on board the beautiful Crystal Symphony. Bon Voyage!


ILENE AND BEN AT THE CATALINA JAZZ CLUB IN LOS ANGELES in "OUR NAME IS BARBRA 2012 ~ To Benefit Songs For Isabella"

Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:00pm

6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Proceeds from the evening will go to "Songs For Isabella", a grass roots fundraising campaign that was initiated by Belle Zwerdling and Clifford Bell in 2010. Please feel free to check out Isabella's page and The Songs For Isabella Fund website through this link: http://www.talbertfamilyfoundation.org/pages/Isabella.html. For a list of performers, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/362715367078416


ILENE PERFORMS IN "RICK'S PICKS" TO BENEFIT THE ACTORS FUND.

On 3/25/12 Ilene will appear at a private party with other musical performers such as Nancy Dussault and Julie Garnye in a program called MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY: THE HAPPY SONGS OF JULE STYNE. For tickets and information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/231401


ILENE LANDS RECURRING ROLE ON THE CW’S “HART OF DIXIE”

Ilene has been cast as Mrs. Tucker, mom to Scott Porter’s character George, on this new series starring Rachel Bilson and Jaime King Her episodes have aired on 10/17/11 and 11/28/11 and she will be shooting one more in January of 2012.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/hart-of-dixie


December 7, 2011

ILENE RE-UNITES WITH “PROMISES, PROMISES” SINGERS AT HOLIDAY CONCERT

Bruce Kimmel brought together 3 of the original orchestra voices and Ilene, who was a replacement in the pit, for a rousing version of “Turkey Lurkey Time,” at the Gardenia in Hollywood.


November 26, 2011

ILENE AND NIKKA PERFORM AT THE MBAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Hollywood’s favorite music man, Rick Starr, was honored in a special concert at the Mbar. Presented by Clifford Bell, Ilene and Nikka was thrilled to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” together, with Ben Lanzarone at the piano.


November 12, 2011

ILENE APPEARS AT THE COTERIE IN HOLLYWOOD FOR MAKE-A-WISH

Ilene sings Disney songs in a concert entitled “When You Wish Upon a Star,” presented at this new club at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.


August 28, 2011 ILENE IS GUEST ARTIST WITH THE TOPANGA SYMPHONY

Ilene narrated the original work by Jerome Kessler, “How the Aardvark Lost His Voice.” The Topanga Symphony was conducted by Mr. Kessler. (http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?ArticleID=4655).


Book, music and lyrics are by Frederick Keeve (writer/director/producer of the film “From Russia to Hollywood,” starring Gregory Peck), director is Lance Roberts ("All Night Strut") and the Musical Director is Jason Tucker.

I play Amanda Fields, the number two talk show host, who interviews the reclusive award-winning singer-songwriter Rick Johnson (Ben Hensley) for his first live network talk show in hopes of becoming the new queen of talk show television. Bound and determined to be number one, Amanda interviews an assortment of colorful characters from Rick’s past, including his ex-wife (Zarah Mahler) and ex-boyfriend. 


July 8-20, 2011 ILENE SAILS ON CRYSTAL CRUISES WITH MUSIC CENTER EMERGING ARTISTS

A trip to Alaska on the luxurious Crystal Symphony was the setting for the Emerging Artists Theme Cruise, featuring 3 winners of the prestigious Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. A judge in the non-classical voice division of this competition, Ilene was chosen to travel with the young performers as their Master Teacher, teaching a master class onboard, emceeing the Emerging Artists headline show, and performing almost nightly in the Avenue Saloon. 

http://www.musiccenter.org/education/spot_index.html


June 5-6, 2011 ILENE STARS IN READING OF NEW MUSICAL, “FIRST KIDS”

This new show with book and lyrics by Abraham Tetenbaum, and music by Norman L. Berman, was produced and directed by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel. (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/151471-Ken-Page-Ilene-Graff-Elizabeth-Gillies-Set-for-NYC-Reading-of-First-Kids-About-Presidential-Offspring)


May 8, 2011 ILENE CO-STARS IN EVE ENSLER’S “VAGINA MONOLOGUES”

Popular talk radio host Sheena Metal produced and directed this run of the powerful play to benefit VDAY.ORG and protect.org. Also in the cast of the show which ran at the CAP Theater in Los Angeles, were Lee Meriwether, Susan Olson, Daisy Egan, Marcia Wallace, Alison Arngrim and Beverly Sanders.


March 3-6, 2011 VARIETY CLUB TELTHON WEEKEND, BUFFALO, NY

Ilene and Ben returned for their 7th straight year to Buffalo, NY to raise money for the kids of Western New York. The event started with a concert at the historic Riviera Theater and culminated in the 49th Annual Telethon on W-KBW. Over $1.2 million was raised for Variety’s kids.

Ilene will be appearing at the beautiful Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida on February 14th and 5th at 8 pm. 

Performing her cabaret concert, "First You Dream," Ilene will be accompanied by a trio led by her husband Ben Lanzarone. Tickets are $42 and can be purchased by calling the Crest box-office: 561-243- 7922. Theatre address: 51 Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. For more information: www.oldschool.org/performances.asp


JULY 16th, 17th & 18th: WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW MUSICAL, "THREE: SONGS FROM THE HEART"

Presented by the Festival of New American Musicals, at the Electric Lodge/Scott Kelman Theater in Venice, CA. for three performances

Friday, July 16, 8:00 PM, Electric Lodge

Saturday, July 17, 8:00 PM, Electric Lodge

Sunday, July 18, 7:00 PM, Electric Lodge

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at brownpapertickets.com.

Book, music and lyrics are by Frederick Keeve (writer/director/producer of the film “From Russia to Hollywood,” starring Gregory Peck), director is Lance Roberts ("All Night Strut") and the Musical Director is Jason Tucker.

I play Amanda Fields, the number two talk show host, who interviews the reclusive award-winning singer-songwriter Rick Johnson (Ben Hensley) for his first live network talk show in hopes of becoming the new queen of talk show television. Bound and determined to be number one, Amanda interviews an assortment of colorful characters from Rick’s past, including his ex-wife (Zarah Mahler) and ex-boyfriend. 

Electric Lodge Theatre (more)

1416 Electric Avenue

Venice, CA 90291

Festival of New American Musicals: www.lafestival.org


MONDAY, JUNE 14th, 2010 7:30 p.m. THE SONGS OF OUR LIVES, VOLUME III, 

A Concert to Benefit the Fulfillment Fund at The Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood, CA. The songs are all performed by the songwriters who wrote them, which makes it a unique and great evening. Scheduled to appear are Stephen Bishop, L. Russell Brown, Mac Davis, Dean Pitchford, Neil Sedaka and Charles Fox. I'll be singing with L. Russell (Larry) Brown who wrote "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," and "Knock Three Times," among many others. The evening is hosted by Paul Reiser, and Tony Orlando will be a special guest. Ben is playing for Larry and Dean. TICKETS AND INFORMATION: 310-201-5033 OR fulfillmentfund.org.


MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010 7 p.m. 

ONE SHOW ONLY at BROADWAY ON BIRDLAND

Ilene will be performing her show, "First You Dream," at BROADWAY ON BIRDLAND, presented by Jim Caruso. Please join us for this extra-special evening at the legendary Manhattan club Birdland, for one show only at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and there is a 2-drink or $10 minimum. For reservations call 212-581-3080 or go to www.birdlandjazz.com. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th St, NYC 10036. This is our first New York appearance in over a year, and we couldn't be more excited. Jim Caruso is the creator and host of the Monday night series as well as the incredibly popular Cast Party (www.castpartynyc.com) which follows immediately after the show. Please come out and have a great time!


March 27-28, 2010

Ilene and Ben return to Buffalo for our 6th straight year to perform for the Variety Club. This great organization raised over $1.1 million up through Telethon weekend 2009 for children in need in Western New York State. This year should be even better!


March 27th, 7p.m. Concert at Bishop Timon 

St. Jude Auditorium 601 McKinley Pkwy • Buffalo, NY 14220 Tickets: ONLY $20.00 General Admission For More information or to order tickets, please call: 854-7577

Cast includes, BRANDON BARASH: Johnny Zacchara from ABC’s “General Hospital”, BOB ANDERSON: People Magazine’s Best Singing Impressionist In America, NYC FIRE CHIEF DAN DALY: First Responder at Ground Zero on 9-11, NEAL E. BOYD: 2008 Winner of America’s Got Talent, TERRY BUCHWALD: Buffalo’s Own Greatest Elvis, MR. FOOD: The Guru of Ohh It’s So Good, SARAH PACHECO: Ontario Canada’s Female Artist Of The Year, MICA ROBERTS: Nashville Country Music Artist - “Days You Live For”, MARK WILLS: Multi-Platinum selling Country Artist • “19 Somethin” “Don’t Laugh At Me” 

March 28th is Telethon Day! Join us on WKBW-TV Channel 7 starting at 7 a.m. for a great day of entertainment and touching personal stories from the families whose lives have been changed for the better through their relationship with Variety. For more info, go to www.varietykidstelethon.com.