Back on stage: Luann de Lesseps exclusively chatted with DailyMail.com about her upcoming Countess Cabaret tour ad the highly anticipated OG reboot of Real Housewives of New York
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The Countess Cabaret is hitting the road this spring with tour dates across the U.S. and Canada and Luann de Lesseps promises to put on a ‘fun, fun show’ at every stop.

Luann exclusively chatted with DailyMail.com about her upcoming performances (which will, of course, include several new Jovani looks) and the highly anticipated OG reboot of Real Housewives of New York.

Bravo is completely overhauling the east coast franchise by bringing back fan favorite Manhattanites for a RHONY all-stars season and the Countess revealed her dream cast of Housewives.

Back on stage: Luann de Lesseps exclusively chatted with DailyMail.com about her upcoming Countess Cabaret tour ad the highly anticipated OG reboot of Real Housewives of New York

Back on stage: Luann de Lesseps exclusively chatted with DailyMail.com about her upcoming Countess Cabaret tour ad the highly anticipated OG reboot of Real Housewives of New York

Fans are gearing up for big changes in the Big Apple with RHONY being split into two different series:  a spin-off featuring past beloved stars and a completely recast version of the original show.   

‘I’d love to see Dorinda come back, I’d love to see Kelly Bensimon, I’d love to see Jill Zarin – even Aviva Drescher,’ Luann dished, adding with a laugh: ‘I think she got a bad shake from the last shake.’

While the Countess was quick to list her favorites, when pressed to name the women who she didn’t want to return to the cast, Luann played coy. 

‘I’ve been doing this a long time darling and I’m gonna have to plead the fifth,’ she demurred. 

'I'd love to see Dorinda come back, I'd love to see Kelly Bensimon, I'd love to see Jill Zarin - even Aviva Drescher,' Luann dished, adding with a laugh: 'I think she got a bad shake from the last shake.'

‘I’d love to see Dorinda come back, I’d love to see Kelly Bensimon, I’d love to see Jill Zarin – even Aviva Drescher,’ Luann dished, adding with a laugh: ‘I think she got a bad shake from the last shake.’

The Real Housewives of New York premiered in 2008 with Bethenny, Luann de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona, and Jill Zarin. Season 13, starring Luann, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, and Eboni K. Williams, saw declining ratings, and did not receive the all-important reunion episode.    

‘You know that we’re at a crossroads for RHONY,’ Andy Cohen previously told the Variety. ‘We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we’ve come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans.’ 

As for Luann herself, she revealed that she has not yet been officially asked to join the OGs cast and was surprised when Cohen made the announcement that Bravo was making over the show. 

‘I was not mad at it,’ she said. ‘I was surprised, obviously … not expecting that left hook.’

‘I still don’t have a contract – no official ask,’ Luann explained. ‘But, to do the OG show would be great fun.’  

'I was not mad at it,' she said of the reboot. 'I was surprised, obviously ... not expecting that left hook. I still don't have a contract - no official ask. But, to do the OG show would be great fun.' (Pictured: Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, and Bethenny Frankel)

‘I was not mad at it,’ she said of the reboot. ‘I was surprised, obviously … not expecting that left hook. I still don’t have a contract – no official ask. But, to do the OG show would be great fun.’ (Pictured: Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, and Bethenny Frankel)

After the reboot was announced, DailyMail.com readers were polled on who they would like to see return for the new cast. Carole Radziwill was the top choice with 32% of the votes, followed by Bethenny Frankel, Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin and Luann de Lesseps in that order. Other options received lees than 3% of the votes.

Carole was on RHONY from 2012 to 2018, Bethenny was on the show on-off from 2008 to 2019, while Dorinda was fired from the show after six seasons in 2020.    

While waiting for the final word from Bravo, Luann has her plate full and, as she says, ‘a busy Luann is a happy Luann.’  The star is set to embark on a spring tour of her popular Countess Cabaret show following the success of her sold-out Christmas tour. 

‘It’s a great, great new show,’ Luann said, describing it as ‘a beautiful mixture of the songs I love personally’ which get their own special Countess twist.

For this tour Lu even has some new originals inspired by her recent time filming season two of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. 

Epic! While waiting for the final word from Bravo, Luann is set to embark on a spring tour of her popular Countess Cabaret show following the success of her sold-out Christmas tour

Epic! While waiting for the final word from Bravo, Luann is set to embark on a spring tour of her popular Countess Cabaret show following the success of her sold-out Christmas tour

Luann says she is working very hard in rehearsals to put the final touches on the Cabaret with the iconic Richard Jay-Alexander – who she has dubbed the ‘diva whisperer. Richard is directing the spring tour and has worked with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler.

Rather than inviting special guests on stage as has been done in the past, these next few performances will be all Countess, all the time. 

‘I’m doing it on my own because I would notice people would start looking away,’ she laughed. ‘I work really hard on my shows.’ 

The RHONY alum said many of her former Housewives co-stars have all promised to make an appearance in the cabaret crowd.

‘It’s a fun, fun show,’ she teased of the show which is part fashion show and part cabaret with an audience Q&A. ‘Get ready for the ride!’ 

The Cabaret tour kicks off Saturday, April 16th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The show will then head to New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and end with a string of performances in June in Los Angeles.

On tour: The Cabaret tour kicks off Saturday, April 16th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut

On tour: The Cabaret tour kicks off Saturday, April 16th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut

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