Dubbed “Boston’s First Lady of Cabaret,” Carol O’Shaughnessy was recently awarded the “2018 Provincetown Lifetime Achievement Award,” for a career built on hard work and appearances in such prestigious venues such as The Town Hall in New York along with Jordan Hall, The Regatta Bar and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Additionally, Carol has excelled on the stage in her one-woman shows Stuff in the Box … Provincetown, the Early Yearsand Ring-a-Ding-Ding: the Music of the Rat Pack,both named one of the “Top 10 Best Cabaret Shows of the 21st century.”
Carol’s show is a compilation of her favorite songs from Broadway, the Great American Songbook or just tunes with a lot of laughter. You never know just what to expect from Carol and she likes to take risks with her music and her audience. With Tom LaMark as her Musical Director, the duo will leave you feeling the joy they bring to the stage. To quote Carol, “Laughter is the magic for me.”
A sparkling, finely tuned veteran of the cabaret stage, Carol has opened for Herb Reed and The Platters, comedians Pat Cooper and David Brenner and with Joan Rivers at the North Shore Music Theatre. She headlined two wildly successful shows at the intimate Turtle Lane Theatre in Auburndale, Massachusetts and has appeared on ABC/Boston’s Emmy winning magazine show, “Chronicle,” as part of their “My Boston” series.
O’Shaughnessy has four CD’s to her credit; The Way I See It, Live at Scullers, Ring-A-Ding-Ding: the Music of the Rat Pack& Christmas on Huntington Ave, all of which have received rave reviews. She has appeared in Provincetown with her fabulous retro show Stuff in the Box … Provincetown, the Early Yearsand as an accomplished actress, performed as Matron “Mama” Morton in the Worcester Foothills Theatre production of Chicago, directed by Susan Streeter.
Carol currently enjoys a residency at Boston’s only cabaret, the Napoleon Room at Club Café.
Pianist/Arranger Tom LaMark is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in arranging and composition. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hartman, the Buddy Rich Band, Anthony Newley, Aretha Franklin, the Smothers Brothers and many more. Tom served as music director on seven consecutive world cruises with Holland America and Royal Viking Cruise Lines and is the leader of the Tom LaMark Orchestra, performing for private and cultural institutions, both in the Boston area and nationally.