Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for September 16th, 2018: "The Secret of Life"


After a two-week hiatus, Salon has returned! To kick us off for the fall, the warm and lovely Barb Malley was our co-host for the very first time. The theme for the evening was "The Secret of Life," and, given Barb's background (she has been both a nun and a psychologist, as well as a performer!), she certainly has some life experience to contribute on this topic. Barb started things off with an appropriately philosophical take on the song Once Upon a Time (Charles Strouse and Lee Adams).

Barb is a MAC Award winner (2016) in the musical comedy category, and her upcoming show at Don't Tell Mama combines two important themes in her personal and performing life: "From Brooklyn to Broadway" opens Thursday, October 4th.  With that in mind, Barb put together a set of songs chronicling the ups and downs of life, Her first selection was Look to the Rainbow (Burton Lane and Yip Harburg, Finian's Rainbow), honoring her Irish heritage. After that song, Barb felt that the Irish were preparing us for something good, so to illustrate, she chose Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) from West Side Story. She closed her set with a charming and hilarious Brooklyn love story, He Had Refinement (Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn).

To close the show, Barb finally supplied an answer to the evening's riddle, singing James Taylor's The Secret of Life.

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 Quick Wrap - Classical Corner 

For tonight's Classical Corner, Mark Janas introduced a piece that he says saved his life when he was in college.  The piece is Kreisleriana, Op.16, a fantasy in eight movements, by Robert Schumann. Schumann wrote this piece in only four days, in 1838, and it is considered one of his best works. (Indeed, Schumann sometimes referred to it as his favorite composition.) Kreisleriana (the title is taken from the name of a character in ETA Hoffmann's stories) is a highly dramatic piece which reflects two sides of Schumann's personality: Florestan, the impulsive side, and Eusabius, the introspective, gentle side.
Mark played the second and third movements for us tonight. One of the chief characteristics of this work is the back and forth between the two "characters."  The second movement begins lyrically, and then alternates with a fast, driving, and chromatically complex theme.These two contrasting natures dominate the fabric of Kreisleriana.

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.

Barb Malley (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Bobbie Horowitz
Kit
Marnie Klar
Becca Kidwell
Rian Keating
Bennett Silverstein 
Michael Colby (Andrea Colby at the piano)
Jared Gilmore
Ira Lee Collings (John Cook at the piano)
Renee Katz (John Cook at the piano)
Andrea Axelrod (John Cook at the piano)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Lauren Stanford
Classical Corner

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Barb Malley (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Tanya Moberly
Rian Keating
Kit
Bennett Silverstein
Becca Kidwell
Lauren Stanford
Sierra Rein
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Bobbie Horowitz
Ira Lee Collings (John Cook at the piano)
Renee Katz (John Cook at the piano)
Andrea Axelrod (John Cook at the piano)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Barb Malley (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)

Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Mark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, Andrea Colby, and John Cook. Also thanks to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, our videographer Zoltan Suhay, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.

Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Performances: 

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm: "Peaceable Hour" is at St. Malachy's (The Actor's Church) in September.   Take a break from the stress of the city, and immerse yourself in beautiful music, with Sarah Rice, Janice Hall, and Mark Watson. 239 W 49th Street, NYC. (FREE!)

Upcoming Shows:

 Saturday, September 22, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein returns to The Laurie Beechman Theater with "Running in Place" with Bill Zeffiro, Matt Scharfglass, and Rex Benincasa - Directed by James Beaman. The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 (5:30 pm): Ira Lee Collings is "Naked from the Neck Up," with musical direction by John Cook, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (9:30pm): Sierra Rein returns to The Laurie Beechman Theater with "Running in Place" with Bill Zeffiro, Matt Scharfglass, and Rex Benincasa - Directed by James Beaman. The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3:30pm): The Cabaret Theater Workshop Showcase, directed by Peter Napolitano with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (4pm): Andrea Axelrod sings "Centenary," celebrating six artists born in 1918. Music director is John M. Cook and Tom Hubbard is on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (7:30 pm): Ira Lee Collings is "Naked from the Neck Up," with musical direction by John Cook, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 (7:00 pm): Ira Lee Collings is "Naked from the Neck Up," with musical direction by John Cook, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 4th, 2018 (7:00 pm): Barb Malley takes us "From Brooklyn to Broadway," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.
 
Saturday, October 6, 2018 (4:00pm): Rian Keating performs "Sentimental Melancholia" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC

Saturday, October 13, 2018 (4pm): Becca Kidwell will be a "Fangirl" in her solo show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 13th, 2018 (2:00 pm): The final NY encore performance of Dan Ruth's award-winning "A Life Behind Bars," directed by Tanya Moberly, will be at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, NYC.

Sunday, October 14th, 2018 (1:00 pm): Marnie Klar and Renee Katz help Richard Skipper celebrate "The Abundant Life," at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd, NYC.

Monday, October 15th, 2018 (7:00 pm): Ira Lee Collings is "Naked from the Neck Up," with musical direction by John Cook, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, October 16 (7pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform a Jimmy Kennedy show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 (7:00 pm): Renee Katz presents "Only from the Heart Can You Touch the Sky," with John Cook at the piano. Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th, NYC.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz presents "It's Just a Number," with Bob Diamond and Marnie Klar performing, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 19, 2018 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (7pm): Sarah Rice and Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) performs in a special Halloween "Into Sweeney Todd's Woods: Sondheim Unplugged" at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC.

Monday, November 5, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (1pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

 Thursday, November 15th, 2018 (7:00 pm): Bennett Silverstein performs "Born to be Bennett," at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC.

Friday, November 16, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 25, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) performs in "Sondheim Unplugged" at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (5pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 7, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 (3:30pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform a Jimmy Kennedy show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 10, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 29, 2018 (7pm): "Sally Darling Sings Beatrice Lillie" with Matthew Martin Ward, Music Director at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Next Salon! September 23rd, 2018:  

The newly crowned winner of "Mama's Next Big Act," Lynda Rodolitz, is our co-host for an evening celebrating "Furry Friends."  Salon Spotlight is Jennifer Bangs.


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Monday, August 27, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for August 26, 2018: "One Hundred Easy Ways to Celebrate Leonard Bernstein"


Wherever he is, Leonard Bernstein probably feels a little miffed about his birthday being upstaged by the deaths of John McCain and Neil Simon's this weekend. "Always a showman!" as Mark said. However, 100 years ago on August 25th, the world was made better by the birth of this Maestro, and we were at Etcetera Etcetera to celebrate his work and life. The tables were festooned with wonderful center pieces, courtesy of David Gillam, and fingers and voices were warmed up to sing some amazing Bernstein work, among others. Many traditions were kept, starting with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, opening the evening with a two-pianist (four-handed) version of the Overture to Candide.

Our Co-Host for this momentous celebration was a tradition for The Salon, for Mark Janas' career, and indeed for the Cabaret world! 20 years back, Mark played for her debut Cabaret show, and tonight he played for her again: our Co-Host was MAC, Nitelife, Bistro, Julie Wilson Award-Winning, and 10-year Bernstein Salon Celebration Hostess, Julie Reyburn! Last night, she sang "Tonight" from West Side Story to get the festivities rolling. Julie has an amazing range, mezzo-soprano with a knack for making old lyrics fresh and in the moment. I always love hearing Julie, as she is pitch-perfect yet enriching every note with emotional clarity and wry humor when it becomes important to bend the pitch or the line of the melody. She also sang as part of Classical Corner (more information below), duetting with Zach Wobensmith on material from Trouble in Tahiti. She returned at the top of Act II to perform again from Trouble in Tahiti, singing the penultimate rage song against schmaltzy romantic cinema, "What a Movie!" (complete with Stephen Wilde, Joseph Di Salle and myself, Sierra Rein, as an enthusiastically hammy backup trio, festooned with strategically-placed spare yarmulkes from last week's bar mitzvah). Julie continued the Bernstein Salon tradition by singing the duet "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" from West Side Story with Tanya Moberly. To finish the evening, Julie brought back Stephen, Joseph, and me, to sing the wonderful parting quartet "Some Other Time" from On The Town, featuring adjusted lyrics to reflect all the amazing Bernstein songs left unsung that night.

Julie Reyburn
Photo by Maryann Lopinto
Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Trouble in Tahiti (1953) has an interesting creation story, which Mark went into a bit for Classical Corner. Written during Bernstein's Honeymoon, the show is about a married couple - seemingly living in a perfect white-picket-fence suburban ideal - who are experiencing a lack of communication and individually struggle with their feelings of intimacy and worth. "Sam" and "Dinah" bicker and struggle with each other throughout the show while a Greek Chorus-like trio of singers pop in and out with backup vocals and commentary. For Classical Corner, Zach Wobensmith sang "Sam," Julie Reyburn sang "Dinah," and Stephen Wilde, Joseph Di Salle and Sierra Rein performed the trio, in an excerpt of the show. You can read a synopsis here of the entire show, but for Salon the following was performed:

Scene II - Young Sam (Zach) works in his Office, while the trio comments on his business savvy
Scene III - "There is a Garden" - Dinah (Julie) at the psychiatrist, talking about a dream she had, while Sam has a moment of discussion with his secretary about an "incident."
Scene IV - Sam and Dinah run into each other in the street and make up reasons why they can't have lunch together. They then part ways, each thinking of their regrets and stuck feeling in relating to the other person, both wanting to "find a way back to the garden, where we we began."

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.

Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward (both on piano)
Julie Reyburn
Rian Keating
Barb Malley (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Bobbie Horowitz
Andrea Levitt (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Andrea Axelrod (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano and Amy Ralske on cello)
Zach Wobensmith (plus Amy Ralske on cello)
Jared Gilmore
Classical Corner (with Sierra Rein, Stephen Wilde and Joseph Di Salle)
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Julie Reyburn (with Sierra Rein, Stephen Wilde and Joseph Di Salle)
Julie Reyburn and Tanya Moberly
Tanya Moberly
Jacqueline Shoda-Iwasaki
Sarah Rice and Janice Hall (with Darryl Curry at the piano)
Julie Reyburn (with Sierra Rein, Stephen Wilde and Joseph Di Salle)

Encores:
Becca Kidwell
Bobbie Horowitz (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Rian Keating (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Barb Malley (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Andrea Levitt (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)

Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Mark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, and Amy Ralske. Also thanks to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, our videographer Steve Bustamante, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.

Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Performances:

Tuesdays, (6-7pm) (Performing August 28th, then on hiatus for 3 weeks): Take a break from the stress of the city, and spend a "Peaceable Hour" with Sarah Rice, Janice Hall, and Mark Watson, in the chapel at St. Clements Church, 423 W 46th Street, NYC. (FREE!)

Upcoming Shows:


Tuesday, August 28, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly helps judge the final "Mama's Next Big Act" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, August 31, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly will be a part of Ricky Ritzel's Broadway at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 (8pm): Zach Wobensmith performs in benefit concert "The Flood" for Puerto Rico at The Times Center, 242 W 41st St, NYC.

Sunday, September 9th, 2018 (7pm): "Opera at Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant," featuring our own Office Manager, Jacqueline Shoda-Iwasaki, at Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant, 352 W. 44th Street Upstairs, NYC.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (7pm)
: Rian Keating, Andrea Levitt, Marsha Roney and others perform in The Cabaret Theater Workshop Showcase, directed by Peter Napolitano, with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 (3pm): Becca Kidwell will be a part of Reverend Yolanda's "Church With a Two-Drink Minimum," at Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, NYC.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 (7pm): Sarah Rice and Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) performs in "Sondheim Unplugged" at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein returns to The Laurie Beechman Theater with "Running in Place" with Bill Zeffiro, Matt Scharfglass, and Rex Benincasa - Directed by James Beaman. The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (9:30pm):
Sierra Rein returns to The Laurie Beechman Theater with "Running in Place" with Bill Zeffiro, Matt Scharfglass, and Rex Benincasa - Directed by James Beaman. The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Thursday, September 27 thru Sunday, September 30, 2018 (6pm): Zach Wobensmith performs in "Into the Woods" in Concert at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3:30pm):
The Cabaret Theater Workshop Showcase, directed by Peter Napolitano with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (4pm): Andrea Axelrod sings "Centenary" with John M. Cook at the piano and Tom Hubbard on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 (4:00pm): Rian Keating performs "Sentimental Melancholia" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC

Saturday, October 13, 2018 (4pm): Becca Kidwell will be a "Fangirl" in her solo show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, October 16 (7pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform a Jimmy Kennedy show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, October 16 (8pm): Sarah Rice and Carole Demas in "Thank You For Your Love" at The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz presents "It's Just a Number," with Bob Diamond and Marnie Klar performing, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 19, 2018 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (7pm): Sarah Rice and Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) performs in a special Halloween "Into Sweeney Todd's Woods: Sondheim Unplugged" at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC.

Monday, November 5, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (1pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm):
Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 16, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 25, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) performs in "Sondheim Unplugged" at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (5pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 7, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 (3:30pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform a Jimmy Kennedy show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 10, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 29, 2018 (7pm): "Sally Darling Sings Beatrice Lillie" with Matthew Martin Ward, Music Director at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON! - Sunday, September 16th, 2018:
Reminder, there will be NO SALON September 2 and September 9, 2018 (instead, on the 9th, go see some Opera in the same space and time!). The next Salon will be on September 16th with our own Barb Malley as Co-Host, giving us the Theme (and hopefully the answer) to "The Secret Of Life."

-Sierra Rein
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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for August 19, 2018: Salon's Bar Mitzvah--13 Years of Music and Magic



 Salon turns 13!  And what better way to celebrate than with its own Bar Mitzvah, complete with commemorative kippahs (aka, yarmulkes), provided by David Gillam. Host Mark Janas wanted to be inclusive, so had given some thought as to whether the event could be both a Bar- and a Bat Mitzvah, but later, co-host Adam B. Shapiro helpfully explained to me that, since Mark is the founder and host, and Mark is a guy, it's a Bar Mitzvah.  Moving on...

As "tradition" has it, the EtCeterettes were the co-hosts for Salon's annual natal celebration. In attendance tonight were Dawn Derow, Shana Farr, Janice Hall, Marnie Klar, Jaye Maynard, Candice Oden, Sarah Rice, Adam B. Shapiro, Lauren Stanford & Maureen Taylor. (Unable to attend: Erin Cronican, Kathleen France, Lorinda Lisitza, Sierra Rein & Zach Wobensmith.) 

Back: Jaye Maynard, David Gillam, Mark Janas, Adam B. Shapiro, Marnie Klar, Candice Oden
Front: David Ballard, Lauren Stanford, Shana Farr, Sarah Rice, Janice Hall, Tanya Moberly, Dawn Derow, Maureen Taylor


Marnie opened the evening in excellent style by singing a Hebrew prayer she had sung at her own Bat Mitzvah, coupled with "Sabbath Prayer," from Fiddler on the Roof. The other co-host numbers were "You're There," by David Friedman (Maureen), "Nella Fantasia" (Sarah and Janice), "Ulterior Motive," by one of Salon's "resident" composers, Richie Eisenberg (Janice),  the beautiful "There's Always One You Can't Forget" (Shana), Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Candice), a humorously personalized version of Gooch's Song from Mame (Lauren), "Peel me a Grape" (Jaye), and Jason Robert Brown's "Stars and the Moon" (Dawn). 

The evening was closed by our own personal Rabbi, Adam B. Shapiro, who rushed to Salon after his performance in the Yiddish Theatre's Fiddler production, to give us the hysterical caveat, "Remember That We Suffer." In the course of the song, Adam also announced that he will be going on as Tevye on September 17th  and October 22nd. (Get your tickets now.  Seriously.)

 

  Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Why is this night's Classical Corner not like the others?  Because Mark performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in its entirety, as he did the night Salon was born. On  August 20th, 2005, Mark was performing a revue, "Talk of the Town," in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel.  After the performance, he and his co-stars repaired to the hotel lobby, and he commenced to playing the Gershwin piece on the grand piano there. Then, others from the group began to sing. Mark thought the hotel might throw them all out, but instead, they asked if they would repeat their musical offerings on other nights, and voila--Salon! Tonight, Mark outdid himself with the beauty of his playing. (It is interesting to note that two of our co-hosts mentioned that Classical Corner was an important part of why they keep coming back to Salon!)


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.

Marnie Klar
Emily Ellet (Jeff Cubeta at the piano)
Jeff Cubeta (accompanying himself)
Maureen Taylor
Michael Colby
Annie Lebeaux (accompanying herself)
Janice Hall and Sarah Rice (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Marsha Roney (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Andrea Levitt (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Bob Diamond (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Sally Darling (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Shana Farr
Ira Lee Collings
Angela Leone

Classical Corner
BREAK

Tanya Moberly
Candice Oden
Bobbie Horowitz
Richie Eisenberg
Lauren Stanford
Barb Malley (Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Jaye Maynard
David Ballard
Ann Dawson
Dawn Derow
Adam B. Shapiro

Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Mark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, and Jeff Cubeta. Also thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, our videographer Jose Pena, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.

  Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Performances:

Tuesdays (6pm-9:30pm): Annie Lebeaux performs at The Townhouse . 236 E 58th St NYC.

Tuesdays, (6-7 pm): Take a break from the stress of the city, and spend a "Peaceable Hour" with Sarah, Rice, Janice Hall, and Mark Watson, in the chapel at St. Clements Church, 423 W 46th Street, NYC. (FREE!)

Now through October 25th: Adam B. Shapiro performs in the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production of "Fiddler on the Roof," at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, NYC. www.nytf.org

Upcoming Shows:

Friday, August 31, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly will be a part of Ricky Ritzel's Broadway at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, September 7, 2018 (7pm): 2017 Metrostar Challenge winner Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta as Musical Director and Stearns Matthews, Director) brings her debut show "Uncharted" back to the Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 9th, (1:00pm): Bob Diamond performs in "Richard Skipper Presents," at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (7pm): Andrea Levit and Marsha Roney perform in The Cabaret Theater Workshop Showcase, directed by Peter Napolitano, with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 (7:00pm): Adam B. Shapiro and 5 other talented gentlemen will "Ride the Blue Wave," in the fourth installment of Stephen Hanks's Cabaret Campaigns, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone returns with her CD Release Presentation at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 (5:30pm): Ira Lee Collings opens his new show, "Naked from the Waist Up," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC

Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3:30pm): The Cabaret Theater Workshop Showcase, directed by Peter Napolitano with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (7:30pm): Ira Lee Collings performs "Naked from the Waist Up," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (7pm): Ira Lee Collings does it "Naked from the Waist Up," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC

Friday, October 12, 2018 (6:00pm): Shana Farr is featured at the Cabaret Convention, at Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 15, 2018 (7pm): Ira Lee Collings closes "Naked from the Waist Up," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, October 16 (7pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform a Jimmy Kennedy show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz presents "It's Just a Number," with Bob Diamond and Marnie Klar performing, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 (7 pm): Shana Farr brings back her Barbara Cook tribute, "It's Not Where You Start," at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, October 19, 2018 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 5, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (1pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (7 pm): Shana Farr brings back her Barbara Cook tribute, "It's Not Where You Start," at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, November 16, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (5pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 7, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 (3:30pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform a Jimmy Kennedy show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 10, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 29, 2018 (7pm): "Sally Darling Sings Beatrice Lillie" with Matthew Martin Ward, Music Director at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.


NEXT SALON! - Sunday, August 26th, 2018:

Next week, we come up with "One Hundred Easy Ways to Celebrate Leonard Bernstein," in the year of his 100th birthday.  Julie Reyburn will co-host.

Submitted by Janice Hall
Blogette for The Salon

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