Don't Tell Mama LA

Our Story:

New York City’s iconic entertainment venue don't tell mama has dramatically swung open the doors to a welcoming west coast audience, transporting The Great White Way to the heart of Los Angeles in West Hollywood. Famed for our staff of Broadway caliber performers, don't tell mama los angeles offers a nightly entertainment roster of the country’s most talented singers, pianists, cabaret and performance artists.  The notoriety of don't tell mama includes the infamous “open mic” – the predecessor to reality television competitions. As well, don't tell mama is legendary for the surprise appearances and performances of visiting Broadway and Pop singers, whether touring in major theatrical productions or just out of the recording studio.  These musicians have found a beloved home at don't tell mama for more than thirty years, and return often to soak up the atmosphere, and to occasionally grace our stage with their talents!  You never know who you will see, or hear, at don't tell mama!

The Name:

Origin of the name: In the award-winning 1966 Broadway musical "Cabaret" by John Kander & Fred Ebb, the heroine Sally Bowles performs at The Kit Kat Club. She sings a racy, flirtatious song entitled don't tell mama explaining to the audience that her mama thinks she is living in a convent but actually she is working in a nightclub in a pair of lacy pants! All the implied naughtiness, high spirits and fun in the lyrics suggests this is indeed the place to be!

In the Media:

Much media coverage from "Saturday Night Live" and "Friends"on television to The New York Times and "Vanity Fair" in print!

"don't tell mama is tucked under a black awning on leafy West 46th Street and hosts the city's leading combination of cabaret room and piano bar
Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

"Delicious camp" "Always fun" "Great Performers"
Zagat, New York 1

"What good is sitting alone in your room? Cabaret is a steal. A show at don't tell mama costs less than parking your car. And don't tell mama offers a separate piano bar with no cover. Not that cheap comes at the expense of quality. Many people working in this club have Broadway credits."
Erik Peipenburg, The New York Times

"The Algonquin and other major rooms are populated by artists who got their first major break here."
Ruth Leon, Applause New York's Guide to the Performing Arts