Monday, July 17, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for July 16, 2017: "The Opposite Sex"

Rick Jensen, seated at the piano, had a bit of fun with the fanfare of the evening, starting with the opening of "Cats," to introduce Mark Janas onto the stage. Mark then got Tanya up onto the stage; after laying out her schpiel of the rules and regulations of the evening, she introduced Mark, who then introduced our Co-Host for the evening. This back and forth from man to woman to man to...well, you get the point...was a perfect segue into the theme of "The Opposite Sex," with versatile drag performer Co-Host Robin Kradles at the helm. As "chanteuse, actress, and emcee," Robin is no stranger to hosting evenings of music and fun. With the excellent support of Rick Jensen at the piano, she started out with the sultry-witty "I Don't Know Enough About You," and then revealed one of the dirty secrets of The Salon: that it's a place where one can choose a song and "shoehorn" it into whatever the theme is, provided you have clever patter (and since she "embodied" the theme itself, she could sing whatever the hell she wanted to!). Robin had lots of clever patter throughout the evening, engaging each singer with sweet repartee and encouragement for the projects they were a part of.

For the mid-show "three razor blade" set, Robin and Rick returned to the spotlight to perform the romantically persistent "You'll See," which featuring witty lyrics and soaring melody. Robin next sang Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," which was written when the composer was only 16 years old, revealing a maturity beyond his age. Robin first heard this piece when she was 16, but for some reason didn't heed the warnings within the song's lyrics. To close out the set, she sang one of my favorite songs (which my grandmother used to sing), the wistful "Say It Isn't So," complete with mid-song comedic monologue that placed this classical wistful tune into a very different light. At the end of the evening, Rick returned to the piano and Robin returned to the performer mic to sing the swinging classic little ditty "If I Had You."

Robin Kradles in "Gambling on Love"
Robin Kradles will star in "Gambling on Love" on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 7pm on the Don't Tell Mama stage, 343 W 46th St, NYC, with Music Direction by Rick Jensen and Direction by Lennie Watts. $15 cover ($10 for MAC/ICNY) plus 2-drink minimum, cash only.

Salon Spotlight: Lina Koutrakos
For our Salon Spotlight, Lina Koutrakos, a multiple award-winning performer, director, and teacher, stepped up to the mic with glamour, sass, and tales of her encounters with men like the one and only Gregory Hines.  With Rick Jensen at the piano, and a grounded, dark, husky voice, Lina started out with her own composition; the rock blues piece, "Gregory Hines Song." Lina has a strong presence, and a soulful rock voice that both soothes and stimulates. She also is a terrific storyteller, and embues her work with a heart-on-her-sleeves and knife-in-her-pocket honesty. After a lovely story about singing the next song at a same-sex wedding, she and Rick sang the moving "Make You Feel My Love" as a beautiful duet. Then, to exemplify her ability to take pop lyrics and transform them into fully invested acting songs, she poured her voice and soul into an introspective and powerful rendition of "Midnight Train to Georgia."

Lina is soon traveling to Mykonos, Greece, to teach her performance workshop, and in the fall, she and Rick will perform the show "Torch" on October 28th at 7pm at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, NYC.

Lina Koutrakos
Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

In 1845, Adolf Bernhard Marx published a book in Germany on musical composition that spread into the musical world the idea of masculine/feminine themes (quoted below). According to him, there is a duality of musical themes within music; one is more forthright than the other; one is more flexible, lyrical...practically more 'curvy' than the other. The masculine cadence ends on the downbeat, where feminine ends on the second beat. While today these terms are somewhat passe (we don't think of those roles necessarily in that way), his idea lived on throughout the following centuries, and influenced German composer and music critic Robert Schumann. Schumann wrote works like Carnavale (as in mardi-gras) and carried with him two characters throughout his life that were considered masculine and feminine: Florestan, the bold and impetuous, and Eusebius, the subtle, introspective, and soft. In fact, Schumann based many of his works upon these two characters, and Mark pointed out how both of these characters are in all of us to some degree. For example, Kreisleriana's opening theme showed off these two in stark contrast, alternating between fast/bold, and flowing/soft movements.

Even harmony and the setting (or accompaniment) can change a piece from the "feminine" to the "masculine." Chopin also engaged in this duality many times. For example, the Chopin Ballades are the most complex and diverse of piano solo pieces, and Mark played thru a number of these works, including the Raindrop Prelude, a piece which is both pleasant and deadly. Mark also remembered how he would play through Chopin's Fm and Gm Ballades while he was in College, and he recreated this experience by playing thru a few sections; one had a dreamy and optimistic mode that melded into a dreamy yet not-so-optimistic feeling. Dramatic sequences with rolling and beautiful canonesque pieces were interspersed within these same dual themes. The final piece he played through, Chopin's 1st Ballade, takes us through the tragically romantic story of Romeo & Juliet, which features a beautiful theme melting into an ominous dissonance, a heart-wrenchingly tragic opening (with plenty of dissonance), and a robust transition that is brought back with new keys, new feelings and both masculine and feminine powers, into crescendo that leads to a deadly finality.
“In this pair of themes… the first theme is the one determined at the outset, that is, with a primary freshness and energy – consequently that which is energetically, emphatically, absolutely shaped… the dominating and determining feature. On the other hand, the second theme… is the [idea] created afterward, serving as a contrast, dependent on and determined by the former – consequently, and according to its nature, the milder [idea], one more supple than emphatically shaped, as if it were the feminine to that preceding masculine. In just this sense each of the two themes is different, and only with one another [do they constitute something] higher, more perfect.”
--Adolf Bernhard Marx (1795-1866)
"A Practical and Theoretical Method of Musical Composition," 2nd edition (1845)

Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.


Co-host: Robin Kradles (with Rick Jensen on piano)
Elaine St. George
Jerome Weinstein
Richard Eisenberg
Monica Salvi
Laurel Kallen
Pam Edgar
Patti Botino-Bravo (with Rick Jensen at the piano)
Fred Aiese (with Rick Jensen at the piano)
Bob Diamond (with Rick Jensen at the piano)
Doris Dear (with Rick Jensen at the piano)
Sally Darling
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Marnie Klar
Salon Spotlight: Lina Koutrakos (with Rick Jensen on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-host: Robin Kradles (with Rick Jensen on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Becca Kidwell
Ira Lee Collings
Joan Jaffe
Newbern and Co. - Meryl and Wade Newbern (with Wade Newbern on piano)
Co-host: Robin Kradles (with Rick Jensen on piano)

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Wade Newbern and Rick Jensen!

Thank you to James Eden for offering his videography services, to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, and to David Ballard and our amazing waitstaff!

Ongoing Shows:

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC.

Monday and Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.

This summer: Tanya Moberly is judging Mama's Next Big Act at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, and a few of our regular Salon members are taking part!

Upcoming Shows:

Friday, August 4th (7pm): Sally Darling and other 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists sing "Together" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, August 10th (7pm): Robin Kradles will star in "Gambling on Love" on at Don't Tell Mama 343 W 46th St, NYC, with Music Direction by Rick Jensen and Direction by Lennie Watts.

Friday, September 15th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 23rd (4pm): Becca Kidwell brings back her show "A Song and It's Girl" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, September 26th: Ira Lee Collings returns with his show "Life is a Song So Why Not Sing it - Plus Weed Songs" to Don't Tell Mama, 45 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 2nd: Ira Lee Collings returns with his show "Life is a Song So Why Not Sing it - Plus Weed Songs" to Don't Tell Mama, 45 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 6th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 7th (4pm): Monica Salvi will bring all her "Mad Women in My Attic" as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival in Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Friday, October 27th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 28th (7pm): Lina Koutrakos, with Rick Jensen at the piano, will perform "Torch" at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, NYC.

Sunday, October 29th: Ira Lee Collings returns with his show "Life is a Song So Why Not Sing it - Plus Weed Songs" to Don't Tell Mama, 45 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 17th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 13th: "The Doris Dear Christmas Special" starring Doris Dear at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, NYC.

Friday, December 8th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 20th: "The Doris Dear Christmas Special" starring Doris Dear at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, NYC.

Thursday, December 21st: "The Doris Dear Christmas Special" starring Doris Dear at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, NYC.

Friday, December 29th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON! Sunday, July 23rd, the theme of the evening will be "Along For The Ride"! So get out your travel bag and roller-coaster-relationship songs and sing with composer-turned-Co-Host Richie Eisenberg at the wheel. In the passenger seat will be our Salon Spotlight, Ann Kittredge! Have fun as only The Salon performers can!

-Sierra Rein
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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for July 9, 2017: "When I Go, I’m Going Like Elsie – Honoring The Songs Of Kander & Ebb"

Mark Janas welcomed everyone back from our 6 week break with a four-bar introduction to the song "All That Jazz." The unmistakable chords were a great introduction to the theme of the evening, "When I Go, I'm Going Like Elsie: Honoring The Songs of Kander and Ebb." Mark then played a medley of some of Kander & Ebb's most famous themes to bring on Co-Host Kathleen Stuart, who stepped up to the mic and sang "Yes" from Kander & Ebb's 70 Girls 70, showcasing her optimistic and bubbly personality and crystal-clear soprano voice. Kathleen is a sincere story-teller, and made sure to take all the moments as a strong actress with the work in front of her. There's no better way to do Kander & Ebb than with such strong acting chops!

After a costume change, Kathleen brought in the second act with "Ring Them Bells," complete with props and hats and glasses and little airplanes to tell the story. Switching to a different mode, she then performed the sweeping "First You Dream" from Steel Pier, which featured her beautiful lyric range. To close her Act II set, she sang "How Lucky Can You Get?" from the movie Funny Lady by Kander & Ebb, where she switched from materialistic joy to desperate and pointed anger. To end the evening, she jumped headlong and full of verve into one of the most famous Kander & Ebb anthems to theater, life, and friends named Elsie...."Cabaret"!

If all goes well, Kathleen will soon return to her home state of Hawaii to play Anna in The King and I. She will soon also recreate a past Bette Midler show from archive materials, to be announced soon (watch her website for news).

Kathleen Stuart

A treat of murderesses - Cell Block Tango!

One fun moment of note last night was a group number - "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago, featuring Tanya Moberly, Sierra Rein, Janice Hall, Marnie Klar, Jaye Maynard, and Lauren Stanford as the six murderesses of Cook County Jail. We had fun!

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Jumping off the melody of "Cell Block Tango," Mark started a discussion of dissonance. After all, the audial journey between the "He" and "ing" of  "He had it coming" flips the melody into dissonance by the end of the sentence. We think of consonance (major chords) as having a positive side, and minor chords tend to play with tension using the minor second against the major, creating a harsh feeling in our ears. This harsh feeling can be found all over jazz, musical theater, as well as classical work. Classical music utilizes this same tension and emotion that Kander used (and still uses), switching between major and minor and adding dissonances to play with our expectations, hopes, and into the disappointment of tragedy and anger. 

To illustrate the classical side of things, Mark played through a Chopin Nocturne that contained a beautifully sad melody that twisted between variant dissonance in both harmony and rhythm. He showed how the lowest common rhythmic denominator began with 16th notes, but then Chopin added a 5 and 7 against the lovely waltz 3/4 beat, creating tension in the rhythmic story.

A Prelude by definition is the use of a single sense by the composer, and Chopin sought to bring harmonic and emotional dissonance to his Second Prelude, especially within the bass line. In a previous Classical Corner, Mark had illustrated how falling seconds create the concept of loss; this time, he played through Chopin's E minor Prelude as an example for the audience of how these fallings seconds can create the despair of dissonance in a truly moving way.

Salon Spotlight: Niki Sorrentino
Our Salon Spotlight was the sassy Niki Sorrentino, who did a fun trio of songs with the help of piano stylings of Jeff Cubeta. With a sweet voice that had a lovely edge to it, she started up with the peppily sarcastic journey through New York City and the perils of Times Square, "I Think of You" by Andrew Koss. Putting a twist on her "8th Grade Audition song," Niki did a jazzy version of "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden, allowing Jeff to show off his walking bass piano skills. She finally raised the roof with a hot rendition of "Filthy/Gorgeous" by the Scissor Sisters.

Niki can be seen being "Filthy Gorgeous" with Jeff Cubeta at the piano at The Metropolitan Room on July 16th at 7pm. Bring your Grindr app and have fun! 

Nikki Sorrentino
Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Co-host: Kathleen Stuart
Bobbie Horowitz 
Barb Malley
Jerome Weinstein
David Auxier-Loyola
Suzanne Sorrentino
Monica Salvi
Eshaka Varshney
Annie Lebeaux (self on piano)
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Zach Wobensmith
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan (with Jeff Cubeta on piano)
Salon Spotlight: Niki Sorrentino (with Jeff Cubeta at the piano)
The Six Merry Murderesses of Cook County: Jaye Maynard, Sierra Rein, Tanya Moberly, Janice Hall, Marnie Klar, and Lauren Stanford
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-host: Kathleen Stuart
Tanya Moberly 
Becca Kidwell
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Marnie Klar
Anne Kittredge
Jeff Cubeta (self on piano)
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bill Zeffiro (self on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Steve Bustamante (self on guitar)
Richard Eisenberg
Jen Bradley
Co-host: Kathleen Stuart

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Jeff Cubeta, Steve Bustamante, Bill Zeffiro, and Matthew Martin Ward.

Thank you to Steve Bustamante for offering his videography services, to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, and to David Ballard and our amazing waitstaff!

Ongoing Shows: 

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC. 

Monday and Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.

This summer: Tanya Moberly is judging Mama's Next Big Act at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, and a few of our regular Salon members are competing!

Upcoming Shows:

Sunday, July 16th (7pm): Niki Sorrentino in "Filthy Gorgeous" with Jeff Cubeta at the piano at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, July 16th (8pm): Matthew Martin Ward plays piano for Christine Pedi in "Great Dames" at Barrington Stage Company (Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center), 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MASS.

Sunday, July 17th (8pm): Matthew Martin Ward plays piano for Christine Pedi in "Great Dames" at Barrington Stage Company (Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center), 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MASS.

Saturday, July 29th (4pm): Anne Kittredge in "It's About Time" with music director Wendy Cavett at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, August 3rd (7pm): Angela Leone, with Bill Zeffiro at the piano, in "Under the August Moon" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, September 15th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, September 18th (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz's "It's Just a Number" at The Metropolitan Room, honoring Meg Flather, Ben Frank Dain, John Krapowski, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 23rd (4pm): Becca Kidwell brings back her show "A Song & It's Girl" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, September 23rd: Steve Bustamante will perform his own show at Don't Tell  Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 6th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 7th (4pm): Monica Salvi will bring all her "Mad Women in My Attic" as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival in Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Friday, October 27th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 17th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 8th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 29th (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON! Sunday, July 16th, Co-Host Robin Kradles will bring wit and undoubtedly some faboo makeup tips on the Theme of "The Opposite Sex." We will also have on Salon Spotlight the lovely Lina Koutrakos. See you there!

-Sierra Rein
Blogger for The Salon
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for May 21, 2017: "Secret Dreams"

Greetings Salonistas! It's the original male etceterette Adam B. Shapiro and this week, the B stands for BLOGGER! It was a treat to be there on Sunday for our final Salon of the season (before we give Mark and Tanya a much needed break). The theme tonight was "Secret Dreams" and our co-host was the master of mirth, Gary Crawford! Gary is a MAC Award winner for Male Debut and recorded a CD of his debut show "In Love With Love". His most recent show sparked our theme for this evening, Secret Dreams: Gary Crawford sings the music of Barry Levitt, in which all of the songs were original compositions by Barry Levitt and various lyricists, including Gary himself. A CD of that show is currently in the works and we are anxiously waiting to hear it. 

Gary began the evening with a favorite, "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here" (and another favorite, Barry Levitt), which I truly think he was singing of our lovely upstairs room at Etc. Etc. At the top of the second half, Gary sang the beautiful Dietz and Schwartz song "I See Your Face Before Me", reminding us that sometimes our secret dream can be someone we long for. He followed it up by a song that has become a bit of a standard in the cabaret world, John Bucchino's "Sweet Dreams" which tells the story of two people who travel together in search of their dreams. To finish his set, he gave us one of the songs that he had written with Barry Levitt, "Dancing Into Love", which reminded us what a great team Gary and Barry are. (Gary and Barry...that rhymes! Tee hee.) To bring the evening to a close, Gary sang one of the signature songs from the show Nine,"Unusual Way", a lovely illustration of how someone or something can come into our lives unexpectedly and change everything. 

Gary Crawford

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

For classical corner, Mark began by playing Ravel's Gaspar De La Nuit, inspired by the poem "Ondine" by Aloysius Bertrand. Mark illustrated the way the music sounded like water and told the story of a mortal man, who had to tell Ondine the mermaid that he could not follow her down into the deep. Ondine's reply: a tear, then laughter, and vanshing forever. 

Continuing to show us how classical composers wrote in dreamlike fashions, Mark then played a recording of lovely soprano Elly Ameling singing  a beautiful Schubert piece, literally called Nacht und Traume (Night in Dreams), which highlights the fact that, often, the dream world is much happier than the real world. 

"Holy night, you sink down;
The dreams flow down too, 
Like your moonlight through the rooms, 
Through the people's silent chests.
They listen softly with desire;
They call when day awakens:
Come back, holy night!
Sweet dreams, come back!"

Continuing our theme of pieces truly written about dreams, Mark showed us how a different instrument can change the feel of the piece altogether, playing us a recording of the magnificent cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing Faure's "Apres en Reve", about someone following a misguided dream. 

"In a sleep which your image charmed
I dreamed of happiness, ardent mirage;
your eyes were sweeter, your voice pure and ringing,
you shone like a sky lit up by the dream.

You were calling me and I was leaving the earth
to flee with you towards the light;
the skies parted their clouds for us,
unknown splendours, divine half-seen gleams...

Alas! Alas! Sad awakening from dreams!
I call on you, o night, give me back your deceits;
come back, come back resplendent,
come back, o mysterious night!"

And, having asked himself what he could end with that could truly illustrate how music can put us into a dreamlike state, Mark closed the evening playing the legendary "Clair de Lune". Sweet dreams everybody. 



Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Co-host- Gary Crawford (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Sonja Stuart
Carol Sue
Lane Bradbury
Todd Monroe
Marta Sanders (with Mark Nadler on piano)
Patti Bottino Bravo (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Debbee May (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Edie Stokes (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Andrea Wolff (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Fred Aiese (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Dawn Derow (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-host- Gary Crawford (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro)
Bill Zeffiro
Sallie Jo Hadley (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Susan Jeffries (with Barry Levitt on piano)
Richard Eisenberg
Julie Jordan
Co-host- Gary Crawford (with Barry Levitt on piano)

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Barry Levitt, Matthew Martin Ward, and Bill Zeffiro!

And thank you to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, and to David Ballard and our amazing waitstaff!

Ongoing Shows: 

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC. www.shanghaimongnyc.com

Monday and Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.

This summer: Tanya Moberly will judge Mama's Next Big Act at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.


Upcoming Shows:

Friday, May 26, 2017 (9:30pm): Sharron Williams presents her new solo show "Girl Crush", with Kevin Ramessar on Guitar at 54 Below, 254 W. 54th Street, NYC

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away," with Daryl Kojak (piano), Ritt Henn (bass), Will Holshouser (accordion), and John Henry Williams (violin) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 (5pm): Sally Darling in "Love Lust and Longing" with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (7pm): Lane Bradbury, Broadway's original Dainty June, in "Let Me Entertain You Again", written by Doug Davita, directed by Elkin Antoniou, with musical director Joe Goodrich at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, June 9, 2017 (7pm): Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) brings "Broadway By The Letter" back to The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, June 9, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling in "Love Lust and Longing" with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 (5pm): Patti Bottino Bravo in "Dreams Come True" with musical director Barry Levitt and Director Lina Koutrakos, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017: "Bastard Jones", the new musical by Mark Acito and Amy Engelhardt opens at the cell theatre, featuring Adam B. Shapiro. The show runs through July 14. www.thecelltheatre.org 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away," with Daryl Kojak (piano), Ritt Henn (bass), Will Holshouser (accordion), and John Henry Williams (violin) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 (7:30pm): Joan Jaffe, with her music director, Bill Zeffiro, is bringing her show "Food" to Pangea, 178 2nd Avenue, NYC.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (7:30pm): Mabel Mercer Foundation presents Marta Sanders and others in "That's Entertainment: Dietz and Schwartz and Friends" at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, NYC.

Tuesday, June 20 2017 (7pm): Maria Corsaro and Linda Kahn in "What the Hell is Cabaret?"  with Kenneth Gartman on piano at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 (7pm): Maria Corsaro and Linda Kahn in "What the Hell is Cabaret?" with Kenneth Gartman on piano  at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, June 26, 2017 (7:15pm): Sue Matsuki's "Coming Home To Mama's" series continues with "Celebrating Food" with special guest Adam B. Shapiro. Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, June 26, 2017: Sally Darling and four other 2017 MAC Nominees for Female Vocalists are doing a show together, Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (7pm): Becca Kidwell will bring "A Song and It's Girl," with Tracy Stark as Music Director and Gretchen Reinhagen as Director, back to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 (7pm): Lane Bradbury, Broadway's original Dainty June, in "Let Me Entertain You Again", written by Doug Davita, directed by Elkin Antoniou, with musical director Joe Goodrich at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

June 30-July 16, 2017: Erin Cronican is starring in the Caryl Churchill play "Cloud 9" with The Seeing Place Theater, NYC.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling in "Love Lust and Longing" with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 (5pm): Sally Darling in "Love Lust and Longing" with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, August 23 (7pm): Andrea Wolff with Barry Levitt, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 23 (9:30pm): Andrea Wolff with Barry Levitt, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 15 (4pm): Andrea Wolff with Barry Levitt, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 2 (7pm): Andrea Wolff with Barry Levitt, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC.


NO SALON UNTIL JULY 9th! I know, I know, it seems like forever, but come on! Mark and Tanya deserve a vacation! Have a great start to the summer and we will be back on July 9th with the theme "When I Go, I'm Going Like Elsie: A tribute to Kander and Ebb" with co-host Kathleen Stuart

Adam B. Shapiro
Blogger for The Salon