The Stars of Tomorrow, Today!
Don't Tell Mama
Transplanting a 30-year old entertainment stalwart from one coast to another is always going to be tricky, but when the cities involved are New York and Los Angeles, alarm bells could start to ring.
Happily, in the case of piano bar and restaurant Don’t Tell Mama, the transplant seems to have rooted and is already bearing fruit. Famously a showcase for rising Broadway talent, this year DTM has thrown open its doors to give its Hollywood counterparts a toot on the future fame flute, bringing together a veritable chorus line of singers, musicians and performers to the 187-seat Santa Monica Boulevard venue.
With an interior of muted, rich burgundy and warm woods, the Piano Bar features bar-side seating and banquettes for ringside views of the regular scheduled and open mic performances.
The separate dining room has seats for 50, a full bar with dedicated cocktail list and a US/European cuisine menu, which, in the true performer’s spirit of ‘my body is a temple’, offers gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, along with the more classic dry aged sliders, lobster crab cakes and Mama’s meatballs.
Ah, the tinkling of ivories, the shimmering vocal tones of singers with their eyes fixed on the silvery stairway to stardom, the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd... life is a cabaret, old chum!