Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 19, 2017 - "My New York"

"...Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will." 
- Ezra Pound
From a distance, the city of New York has been described in this, as well as many other ways. Up close, we were able to find our own unique connections to The Big Apple with the theme of "My New York." And it's no quirk that I began this paragraph the way I did, for our Co-Host was none other than the Grammy Award-winning songwriter (Song of the Year) of "From A Distance," Julie Gold! She has also won (BIG BREATH) The 2007 Richard Rogers Award, multiple MAC and Bistro Awards (including the 2012 MAC Board of Directors Award), BMI's 3 Million Airs Award, the Rising Star New York Music Award, BPME and CTAM awards for her work on HBO, the Minute Man Award in the Persian Gulf War, The Seven Seals Award from The Department of Defense, and Citations from the Mayor of Philadelphia and the Governor of Pennsylvania.

The city of New York means a lot to Julie and her family. Although Julie grew up in Philadelphia, her mother came from Moscow in 1930 and immigrated through the New York Harbor, so Julie herself can't help but love the city in all it's glory over the years. She started up the evening with the song "Love is Love is Love" a pulsating ballad full of hopeful images and thoughts, and we felt as warm as the spring-like New York "Winter" weather outside for it. If you'd like to hear it, you're in luck; singer-songwriter Christine Lavin made a video of the song along with other friends of Julie's, which can be seen on YouTube.

As Co-Host throughout the evening, Julie Gold was effervescent and fun! After the Intermission, she took to the piano again to describe her own personal history. She came to New York in 1978, moved into Queens, and eventually migrated to Manhattan in '83. She lived on West 4th street, in the village, and her experience living there inspired her rock song, "The Real World," which features the lovely lyric "my heart is like a metronome." Julie never thought she'd live in New York (or really, live at all) quite so long...as she said, "once I moved here, that was it." Julie also noted how New York is so fantastic, because your neighbor or the person next to you in the subway could be a ballerina, a doctor working towards curing cancer, or a Broadway chorus boy. She then noted how storefronts come and go, statuses on Facebook change, haircuts evolve, and high-rises grow up throughout New York, which were all expressed in the sweetly funny song, "Discontinued." She then ended her set with "Good Night, New York"; this was dedicated to her mother who (as the lyrics explained) "sailed through the harbor of hopes and of dreams." As an immigrant, Julie explained, "she came with her dreams, and made our American dreams come true." The lyrics were lovely and heartbreakingly poignant.

After Julie introduced all the remaining singers for the evening (and after reminding us that we should drink alcohol "never before, always after" singing), she then sat at the piano and performed the song that changed her life, "From A Distance." Julie had been a secretary at HBO, and has been submitting the cassette taped version of herself singing it...and had it rejected by everyone in the music business for what seemed like years. Then, fortune turned around, and after many people recorded it, someone recommended Bette Midler to put her vocals to it. The rest is history. It was an honor to listen to those words be brought to life by the original composer, and at her own accompaniment. What a fantastic experience!

For more information : www.juliegold.com

Co-Host Julie Gold
Salon Spotlight

The Salon Spotlight tonight was the punky Kim Sutton, who brought Steven Ray Watkins to the piano to sing a few songs made famous by Madonna. Kim started out with the resonant ballad "Live to Tell", which then swankily and unexpectedly swung into "Hanky Panky" (from Madonna's Dick Tracy-inspired "I'm Breathless" album)... she certainly had us all thinking naughty thoughts. Kim ended with the Material Girl's "Take a Bow," featuring backup vocals by Steven.

Kim's Madonna-themed (but very personal) show "Live to Tell" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 W 42nd St, NYC.) on March 2nd, 5th and 16th, with Steven Ray Watkins on piano. Lennie Watts is directing this fun show, which will include some spankin' hot dancer-singer backup boys to keep Kim on her toes all show long. And almost 50 songs are sampled in this show, so there's a favorite for everyone.

For more information about Kim's show, head here.

Kim Sutton
Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." 
-Tom Wolfe
The song that created Salon is quintessentially New York, although Mark learned it as as an undergrad in Texas, while he was performing at "The Great Caruso," a supper club that included singers throughout the night. Mark would play for the singers, and when the time for a break came about, Mark would need to find 15 minutes of music to fill the time. It didn't hit him how "New York" the piece was until he started to play it at the Algonquin Hotel after "Talk of the Town" performances. One night, after one particular performance, Mark saw the Oak Room Grand piano sitting by itself in the lobby and played this 17 minute piece on a whim....he finished and looked up and saw the lobby had filled with singers and audience members drinking and enjoying the music. The manager of the Algonquin said Mark could do this "any evening he wanted." And thus, The Salon was born, a now proud New York Cabaret Institution! It was in 1924 and just 8 blocks away on 42nd that this famous piece premiered. It was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé (writer of The Grand Canyon Suite). who offered up a middle section to piece on composer George Gershwin's request for inspiration - and some would say it's quite obvious where the second pair of composing hands invades the melody.

That piece? "Rhapsody in Blue," which Mark played from memory with gusto and snazzy New Yawk style. While he played, we envisioned the classic New York skyline rising into our view.

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: Julie Gold (self on piano)
Robin Westle
Kit
Jerome Weinstein
Josh Tepar
Barbara Malley (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Bob Diamond (Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling  (Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Adam B Shapiro
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Linda Rodolitz and Steven Ray Watkins (Steven on piano)
Salon Spotlight: Kim Sutton (with Steven Ray Watkins on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-Host: Julie Gold (self on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Roxanna B.G.
Ira Lee Collings
Ann Kittredge
Lou Iacovino
Joan Jaffe
Angela Leone
Mary Sue Daniels
Rebecca Kidwell
Deborah Zecher
Richard Eisenberg
Chris Stockslager & Kory
Co-Host: Julie Gold (self on piano)

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Julie GoldMark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, and Steven Ray Watkins, and to my fellow Etceterette, Lorinda Lisitza.

And thank you to Becky Balin on lights and sound, our amazing waitstaff, and James Eden, tonight's videographer.

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

Upcoming Shows:

Friday, February 24, 2017 (7pm): Ira Lee Collings is performing his new show, "Simply Ira Lee: ! An 80th GAY GEEZER Celebration Through the Looking Glass-Warts and All," with John Cook at the piano, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 (8:30pm and 9:30pm, Dinner 8-11pm): Joan Jaffe, with special guests and Bill Zeffiro on piano, at Parnell's Spotlight Night; Parnell's on 350 E. 53rd St, NYC.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 (2pm): Gary Crawford is holding his weekly "Church with a 2 Drink Minimum" (with Reverend Yolanda and Adam Shapiro) at Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village, NYC.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 (2pm): Mary Sue Daniels in "Straight Outta 'Conda" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Monday, February 27, 2017 (7pm): Robin Westle  in "The Adventures of Taffy Longview" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Barbara Malley is bringing back her show, "OMG! Am I a Diva?" with Matthew Martin Ward to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, benefitting American Rivers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 (7pm): Kim Sutton's Madonna-themed show, "Live to Tell," with Steven Ray Watkins on piano and Lennie Watts as Director, will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, March 3, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Nilsson With Weber" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 (1pm): Kim Sutton's Madonna-themed show, "Live to Tell," with Steven Ray Watkins on piano and Lennie Watts as Director, will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (7pm): 
Ann Kitteredge in "It's About Time" with pianist Wendy Cavett and Maryann McSweeney on bass, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward will be playing with Wendy Scherl at her Metropolitan Room show, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 (7pm): Robin Westle  in "The Adventures of Taffy Longview" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, March 10, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings the Blues with Ian Herman" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm): Adam B Shapiro is bringing back his MAC Award winning show, "Guide to the Perfect Breakup," to The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm): 
Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" 
at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.


Thursday, March 16, 2017 (7pm): Kim Sutton's Madonna-themed show, "Live to Tell," with Steven Ray Watkins on piano and Lennie Watts as Director, will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC. 

Friday, March 17, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Amy, Ani, Rickie and Joni with Ritt Henn" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 (7:30pm): Deborah Stone is presenting her show "Still Exactly Where I Belong" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (7pm): Kit is appearing for one night only in "Look Out I'm Back" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 31, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Kenny Loggins with Steven Ray Watkins" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (7pm): 
Ann Kitteredge in "It's About Time" with pianist Wendy Cavett and Maryann McSweeney on bass, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (7pm): Rebecca Kidwell sings in "A Song and It's Girl" with Tracy Stark on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 (4pm): Deborah Stone is presenting her show "Still Exactly Where I Belong" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Sally Darling's new show, with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, June 4, 2017: Sally Darling's new show, with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, June 9, 2017: Sally Darling's new show, with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017: Sally Darling's new show, with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Reminder - NO SALON next Sunday, February 26th (who's having an Oscar party instead? Send me an invite). We'll return on March 5th with the theme "Around The World," with Co-Hosts Michael Garin and Mardie Millit, and Salon Spotlight Robin Westle!

See you then!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 12, 2017 - "Fun and Fancy Free"

Mark Janas, The Salon's founder and host, opened the evening talking about our theme, "Fun and Fancy Free." He looked up the definition and was surprised to learn that "fancy free" is first described as, "free of amorous connections" but the second usage is "having an open imagination." I had never thought of the phrase either way - I had always assumed it meant, "carefree," so it was exciting to hear this evening's songs with this new understanding.

Our Co-Host was Broadway Veteran Bret Shuford! Bret is currently appearing in the Broadway production of PARAMOUR at the Lyric Theatre. Other Broadway credits include AMAZING GRACE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

Bret launched this evening's show with a charming song of the same name as our theme - "Fun and Fancy Free"! He came back in the second half of the evening with a three-song set, starting with a lyrical and inventive medley called, "Spooky/Ghostbusters." He followed that with the great, actor-centric story song, "Skipper Dan" by Weird Al Yancovic. He finished the set with a hilarious, "Way Ahead of My Time" by Peter Mills. And for the final song of the evening, he inspired us with a very moving, "Fighting the Dragons."

For more information : www.bretshuford.com

Co-Host Bret Shuford
Our Salon Spotlight featured Hanson & Bistro Award Winner Meg Flather, Hanson Award Winner & Broadway Veteran Rosemary Loar, and Bistro, Dottie Burman & Multiple MAC Award Winner Tracy Stark! Meg, Rosemary & Tracy will be performing their original songs at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – in UNEXPECTED TRIO on March 12th at 5pm.

The first song of their set was a beautiful and inspiring, "Love Is All That Matters," an original tune written/performed by Meg Flather, with Tracy on piano/backing vocals and Rosemary on backing vocals. The second song, "All I Could Do Was Sigh" was written/performed by Rosemary Loar with Meg on backing vocals and Tracy on piano/backing vocals. Rosemary started by mentioning her time as a backup singer for Sting, which inspired the writing of the song (which gave such a wonderful context for this heartfelt performance.) The final song of their set was a sultry and swinging, "Coffee," written/performed with verve by Tracy Stark, with Meg and Rosemary on backing vocals.

Our Salon Spotlight (from left): Meg Father, Tracy Stark and Rosemary Loar

For more information and to get tickets to the show, visit www.donttellmamanyc.com



Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark started Classical Corner by saying, "Fun and Fancy Free, hmmm..." He played a little bit of Chopin's "Butterfly Etude" - which he remarked sounds fancy free, but it's actually quite difficult to play. Mark said he started to think about what makes music fancy free - is it that the song feels fancy free for the performer to play, or is it that it sounds fancy free to the listener? As mentioned earlier, there's another definition of "fancy free" which is "unlimited imagination." Mark started talking about pieces that have inspired the imagination over the ages. He then began to play a bit of Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody," slowing it down at times to demonstrate the complexity of certain passages (flourishes which Liszt was known for doing to all pieces he played.) After talking about more about Liszt's career trajectory, he outlined how these pieces were conceived by Liszt. Mark said that these Hungarian tunes would be played by bands around town, and Liszt was inspired to write piano transcriptions of what he was hearing. Mark demonstrated a few sections slowly to point out how the piano was mimicking several instruments and overlapping ideas to become wilder and wilder until it hits the 2nd theme (which, as he pointed out, was used in a Bugs Bunny cartoon!)

He then talked about pianist/composer Vladimir Horowitz, who took this already challenging piece of  music and made his own transcription MAKING IT EVEN HARDER (this emphasized by Mark!) And with that, Mark grabbed his phone held it to the microphone, and played for us a version of Horowitz's transcription. This allowed him to point out certain features of the song as the song was being played via the recording.It was such a master class in music appreciation - amazing! We're so lucky to be exposed to this learning week after week.


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: Bret Shuford (with Tracy Stark on piano)
Gary Crawford
Bobbie Horowitz
Marnie Klar
Charles Baran
Ira Lee Collings
Rian Keating
Becca Kidwell
Barbara Malley (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Adam B Shapiro
Salon Spotlight: Meg Flather, Rosemary Loar and Tracy Stark (with Tracy on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co Host: Bret Shuford (with Tracy Stark on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Kit
Angela Leone
Deborah Stone
David Gillam (also on piano)
Steve Bustamante (also on guitar)
Kathleen France
Co-Host: Bret Shuford (with Tracy Stark on piano)


Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Tracy Stark, Matthew Martin Ward, David Gillam, and Steve Bustamante.

And thank you to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and Steve Bustamante, tonight's videographer.


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


Upcoming Shows:


Friday, February 24, 2017 (7pm): Ira Lee Collings is performing his new show, "Simply Ira Lee: Through the Looking Glass-Warts and All! An 80th GAY GEEZER Celebration," at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 (2pm): Gary Crawford is holding his weekly "Church with a 2 Drink Minimum" (with Reverend Yolanda and Adam Shapiro) at Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village, NYC

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Barbara Malley is bringing back her show, "OMG! Am I a Diva?" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, benefitting American Rivers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

March 2017: Keep your eyes open for an announcement of dates for Rian Keating's next show, "Woman Songs" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 3, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Nilsson With Weber" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 10, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings the Blues with Ian Herman" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm): Adam B Shapiro is bringing back his MAC Award winning show, "Guide to the Perfect Breakup," to The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm): 
Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" 
at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.


Friday, March 17, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Amy, Ani, Rickie and Joni with Ritt Henn" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Monday, March 20, 2017 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz is bringing is her next installment of "It's Only A Number" in honor of The Salon's Sponsor, Father Jeff Hamblin, at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC

Thursday, March 23, 2017 (7:30pm): Deborah Stone is presenting her show "Still Exactly Where I Belong" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Kit is appearing for one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 31, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Kenny Loggins with Steven Ray Watkins" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (4:30pm)Becca Kidwell is premiering her show, "A Song and Its Girl" (with music director Tracy Stark) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 (4pm): Deborah Stone is presenting her show "Still Exactly Where I Belong" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Save the date for Sally Darling's new show (music directed by Matthew Martin Ward) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.


We will be back next week with the theme,"My New York" with your Co-Host, Julie Gold and Salon Spotlight, Kim Sutton. 

See you then!


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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 29, 2017 - "Great Expectations"

The room darkened, the piano belted a thunderous intro, and we all were excited to expect some fabulous music last night. And our prospects were met with enthusiasm! "Great Expectations" was the theme, and our with your Co-Host, Wendy Scherl, the runner-up of the MetroStar competition this past year. She took the theme to the starting line by belting out the vampy and swingin' "They Just Keep Movin' the Line" from the musical TV series Smash. For her Act II set, she revealed how much her return to cabaret (and getting very close in MetroStar) meant to her; she sang the free-flowing "A Way Back to Then" with this in mind. With romance in mind, Wendy then sang the wistful "Where've You Been?" as recorded by Kathy Mattea (co-written by Jon Vezner and Don Henry). She then flipped into a different kind of "great expectation" by singing the comedic marching song "Viagara in the Water," which painted *quite* an interesting number of images in the audience's mind. At the end of the evening, she performed a song David Friedman's anthem to being nice to one another, "We Can Be Kind," which included a lovely singalong chorus by the end.


Wendy Scherl
Wendy Scherl will perform a yet-untitled show on April 28th, May 11th, May 24th, and June 15th, 2017, and will also open with a short set of songs for the 2017 MetroStar winner David Baida on March 8th and April 24th (7pm both shows) - all shows at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Salon Spotlight: Marta Sanders

Marta Sanders burst on to the stage, bringing with her the vivaciousness that earned her MAC and Bistro Awards, as well as a coveted role in the original cast of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  With a low and sultry alto, she started with the hilariously vampy "Hunk on the Bus." Taking a sharp turn into loveliness, she then sang a healing and sweeping "What a Wonderful World." She then introduced the theme of her new show, "Follow Me," which features songs inspired by all the travel throughout the years. Beyond the experiences, she explained, what's more important is to discover the person you became through it. Marta then went into the the epic "I'm Still Here" from Follies.
Marta Sanders
Marta's show "Follow Me" will take place on February 2nd, 11th, 16th, and 25th (all at 7pm) with musical direction by John McMahon, direction by Mark Nadler and Debra Zalkind, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Mark got a call from a good friend of his, David Shenton (pianist and violinist extraordinaire), that he'd be at Salon, and Mark jumped at the idea of having David perform for Classical Corner.

Bedrich Smetana was a Czek composer (1824-1884) who wrote a lot of patriotic music, including the orchestral wonder Má vlast, his first fully orchestral piece. The Vltava movement (aka "The Moldau/My Country") of this work is beautifully orchestrated and translates well to violin and piano. Smetana was proud of his homeland, and David wanted to play something on behalf of his Dentist. She is from Iran and has been in the US for 20 years after fleeing persecution in her homeland. In the spirit of wanting to preserve some pride in our nation, David and Mark played violin and piano, respectively, in two parts of the piece. 

Upon thunderous applause, they then sight-read (!) the second movement of Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Opus 22 for violin and piano, by early1800s romantic Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski  (who is well known for his violin literature). It was marvelous, and indicative of their enormous musicianship to have sight-read it so well.

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: Wendy Scherl
Bobbie Horowitz
Lynda Rodolitz
Marnie Klar
Natasha Castillo
Jerome Weinstein
Ira Lee Collings
Richard Becker
Robin Westle
Adam Shapiro
Elaine Mitchell (with David Shenton at the piano)
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Jaye Maynard
Salon Spotlight: Marta Sanders
Classical Corner: Mark Janas and David Shenton
BREAK
Co Host: Wendy Scherl
Tanya Moberly
Kit
Barbara Malley
Emily Ellet
Cathy Cavender
Susan Mack
Richard Eisenberg
Susan Neuffer
Angela Leone
Jen Bradley
Co Host: Wendy Scherl

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas and David Shenton!

And thank you to Becky Balin on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and James Eden, tonight's videographer.

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

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, February 2, 2017 (7pm): Marta Sanders in "Follow Me," with musical direction by John McMahon, Direction by Mark Nadler &; Debra Zalkind at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly (and more!) in Cabaret Scenes benefit concert at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 (4pm): "Lynda Rodolitz is Off Her Rocker" performs at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 (7pm): Marta Sanders in "Follow Me," with musical direction by John McMahon, Direction by Mark Nadler and Debra Zalkind at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7pm): Marta Sanders in "Follow Me," with musical direction by John McMahon, Direction by Mark Nadler and Debra Zalkind at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Friday, February 24, 2017 (7pm): Ira Lee Collings and John Cook in "Simply Ira Lee: Through the Looking Glass-Warts and All! An 80th "GAY GEEZER" Celebration" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 (7pm): Marta Sanders in "Follow Me," with musical direction by John McMahon, Direction by Mark Nadler and Debra Zalkind at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Monday, February 27, 2017 (7pm): Robin Westle in "The Adventures of Taffy Longvue" with Director Eric Michael Gillett and music director Andrew David Sotomayor, at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W 42nd St, New York. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Barbara Malley is bringing back her show, "OMG! Am I a Diva?" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, benefitting American Rivers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 3, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Nilsson With Weber" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (7pm): Wendy Scherl will open with a short set of songs for the 2017 MetroStar winner David Baida at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 (7pm): Robin Westle in "The Adventures of Taffy Longvue" with Director Eric Michael Gillett and music director Andrew David Sotomayor, at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W 42nd St, New York. 

Friday, March 10, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings the Blues with Ian Herman" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm): 
Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" 
at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm):
Adam Shapiro in "Guide to the Perfect Breakup" at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.


Friday, March 17, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Amy, Ani, Rickie and Joni with Ritt Henn" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 (3pm): Susan Neuffer in "Apocalypse Wow" with Director Lennie Watts, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Monday, March 20, 2017 (7pm): Bobby Horowitz presents "It's Just a Number," with Mark Janas, Tanya Moberly, Julie Reyburn, and honoring Shawn Moniger, Carol Ostrow, and the Choir of St. Clement's Church's (and Salon Producer) honoring Father Jeff Hamblin.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (7pm): Kit is appearing for one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (7pm): Richard Becker brings a new show, "Gambling for Love," to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 31, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Kenny Loggins with Steven Ray Watkins" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 (7pm): Richard Becker brings a new show, "Gambling for Love," to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 24, 2017 (7pm): Wendy Scherl will open with a short set of songs for the 2017 MetroStar winner David Baida at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, April 28, 2017 (7pm): Wendy Scherl will perform a yet-untitled show May 23th, and June 15th, 2017, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7pm): Wendy Scherl will perform a yet-untitled show at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, May 19, 2017: Jaye Maynard in the choir performance of "Art Mob."

Friday, May 20, 2017: Jaye Maynard in the choir performance of "Art Mob."

Friday, May 21, 2017: Jaye Maynard in the choir performance of "Art Mob."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (7pm): Wendy Scherl will perform a yet-untitled show at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 (7pm): Wendy Scherl will perform a yet-untitled show at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

We will NOT be back next week, as there is NO SALON on February 5, 2017. Instead, we'll be returning on February 12, 2017 with the theme "Fun & Fancy Free," with Guest Co-Host Bret Shuford and a Salon Spotlight featuring the triple-threat Meg Flather, Rosemary Loar & Tracy Stark.

Ciao for now!

Sierra Rein
Blogette for The Salon

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