Karen Mason has lent her big, beautful voice to a variety of Broadway musicals, including Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray and Wonderland. This holiday season, the Christmas-loving singer will make her way to 54 Below on December 10 and 17 to perform her critically acclaimed annual holiday cabaret. Below, the P!nk-loving star reveals her penchant for nightclubs, discusses the troubled musical Rebecca and extends an invitation to Hugh Jackman to sing a duet.
What record/album was your favorite growing up?
John Gary singing "My Foolish Heart." I spent a lot of time in front of my parents' stereo dreaming about falling in love to this song!
What concert most influenced you as a performer?
I never saw too many concerts when I was growing up! My parents did take me to nightclubs! Funny, right? And I guess I was hooked!
What song are you most excited to perform in your show?
Singing the title song from Rebecca, the show that I was supposed to be doing right now. Maybe my only time!
What song gets you in the holiday spirit?
What musical theater track is the most played on your iPod?
"Funny Girl." Oy! What a gorgeous score!
If you can invite any performer onstage for a duet at 54 Below, who would it be?
Hmmmm! That is a tough one because there are so many amazing people in this town! Maybe Hugh Jackman, because he is dreamy!
What musical theater performer from the past do you wish you can collaborate with?
What album was the soundtrack to your 20s?
AJA by Steely Dan.
What’s your favorite love song?
"It Had to Be You." Absolutely makes me cry.
What is your favorite workout track?
Anything by Michael Jackson!
What song most makes you smile?
"I'm Coming Out" by P!nk! Love it so much!
When this song plays, I can’t help but dance:
The same [as above]! That song makes me smile and dance!