Monday, January 22, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 21, 2017- "Your Cheating Heart"

We were thrilled to have a full roster of singer for tonight's Salon event! Mark Janas acknowledged the crowd and shared that we had a great executive board meeting recently that will be bringing some exciting changes and update to Salon. More information will be given out in the coming weeks. One big push is that we're actively welcoming new members to Salon, so please invite people you know who might enjoy our open mic with a family feel. 

Our producer Tanya Moberly is away directing a sho in LA, so we were honored to have board members Sue Matsuki as our guest producer (and she did a FANTASTIC job keeping the full night of singing running smoothly.)

Our Co-Host was Andrea Bell Wolf, with Matthew Martin Ward on piano! Andrea is a Broadway veteran and has performed on various TV shows like the Ed Sullivan show among others. To start her set, Andrea brought her powerful and sultry alto to the hilarious comedy song, "If." For her mid show set, she started with a sassy tune written for her by the late, great Barry Levitt with lyricist Peter Napolitano - "Prisoner of Love." She followed that with a heartbreaking, "Guess Who I Saw Today?" Then the audience got very quite for her powerful, "Could I Leave You" from Follies. To close the evening, she gave us a song from the Broadway show she's best known for, "So Long Dearie" from Hello, Dolly!

Andrea will be at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – with her show PRISONER OF LOVE on February 3rd at 8pm. For more information: www.donttellmamanyc.com

Co-Host Andrea Bell Wolff

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark Janas started this week's Classical Corner by playing through a bit of Musetta's famous melody from the opera, La Boheme. He then invited the lovely Shana Farr to join him on the stage to explain the plot and sing the aria. They then moved on to The Merry Widow, with the delicate and beautiful, aria "Vilia." For the last song of Classical Corner, Shana sang a song that was written as a parody of an opera aria from the musical, Candide - the virtuoso "Glitter and Be Gay."


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: Andrea Bell Wolff (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Rian Keating
Becca Kidwell
Bruce Clough
Marcia Roney (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Ira Lee Collings (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (with Mark Janas on piano)
Carol Sue Gershman
Angela Leone
Zach Wobensmith
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Janice Hall
Classical Corner: Mark Janas, with Shana Farr on vocals
BREAK
Co-Host: Andrea Bell Wolff (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Richie Eisenberg
Stu Frimer
Kati Neiheisel
Frans Bloem
Michael Fairbairn (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Bobbie Horowitz
Todd Monroe
Alfredo Wilson
Bennett Silverstein
D'Vorah Bailey
Jen Bradley
Sue Matsuki
Co-Host: Andrea Bell Wolff (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)

Special thanks to Zach Wobensmith on lights and sound, the amazing David Ballard & our waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Monday, January 22, 2018 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, January 22, 2018: Shana Farr is appearing with Steve Ross at Birdland, 315 West 44th St, NYC.

Monday, January 29, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz's next "It's Only A Number" tribute is happening at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday February 1, 2018 (7pm): Marcia Roney is bringing back her show, "Letting Go", one more time to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 (9:30pm): Shana Farr is bringing back her show, "The Songbook of Barbara Cook," to Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NYC.

Thursday February 8, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 9, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, February 10, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Saturday, February 10, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 (3pm) - Bruce Clough is appearing in "Silver Linings" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (7pm): Kati Neiheisel (with Greg Tororian on piano) will be bringing her show "Among The Stars" to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (4pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (7pm): Becca Kidwell is bringing her show, "A Song and Its Girl" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018: Angela Leone is having a Champagne CD release party for her album, "All My Tomorrows" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.



NEXT SALON 

We'll see you January 28, 2018 with our theme: "Broadway Legends" with our Co-Host: Shana Farr, with Salon Spotlight: Sarah Rice and Carole Demas.  Looking forward to it!


Written by Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon

Questions, changes or additions? Email me!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 14, 2018: "ancestry.song"

At the start of tonight's Salon found and host Mark Janas bounded to the stage to welcome his chosen family to the warm and loving evening. Tonight's theme was "ancestry.song" (a riff on www.ancestry.com) and I was excited to hear what choices people came up with. Would they regale us with songs from their homeland or sing about family? Would there be humor in addition to pathos? One thing was for certain - there were many surprises!

Our Co-Host was Ari Axelrod, with Multiple MAC Award Winner Alex Rybeck on piano. Ari explained that there were three pillars to hemself - Judaism, musical theater, and family. And what better way to celebrate those things through song? Ari started his three song set with a lovely rendition of "Something's Coming" from Bernstein's West Side Story. He followed that by an excellently told story song, "Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years. He finished the first set with a slow and contemplative, "Will You Still Love Me?" In the second half he sung of dreams and hopes with, "Who I'd Be." He closed the show with moving, personal story about what he's most proud about being Jewish - generation to generation, "L'Dor Vador."

What was also fun about the evening is that Ari asked all of the performers to share some stories about their ancestry, so we got to know Salon guests at a much deeper level than ever before. Thanks for the great idea, Ari!

Co-Host Ari Axelrod

Ari will be workshopping a new one man show at The Jewish Heritage Museum in Battery Park in February and performing his solo show TAKING THE WHEEL, directed by Tony Award Winner Faith Prince and musically directed by Alex Rybeck, in St. Louis in March. He will also be at 54 Below – 254 West 54th St, NYC 10019 - on March 17th at 11:30pm with WEBSTER CONSERVATORY MUSICAL THEATRE CLASS OF 2018. For more information: www.ariaxelrod.com



Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight featured Mama’s Next Big Act Top Five Finalist Gracie Lee Brown, with her bestie Thomas Hodges on piano. They began with "Sunlight", a beautiful tune written by Thomas and powerfully performed by Gracie. She followed that with a hilarious parody medley from Les Miserables called, "One Gay More" - all about a straight girl falling for gay men time after time. She finished her set with a delicate, original tune, "Brick by Brick" with lyrics by Gracie and music by Thomas, with Thomas adding additional vocals.

Gracie will be at The Duplex – 61 Christopher St, NYC 10014 – in GOODNIGHT, GRACIE – THE MANY FACED GODDESS on January 28th at 4:30pm. For more information: www.theduplex.com

Salon Spotlight: Gracie Lee Brown

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark started Classical Corner by holding a mic up to a mini speaker system playing the beginning of Bach's 5th Brandenberg Concerto - a piece produced for a solo instrument with a large group of instruments behind it. Mark said that the 6 concerti Bach wrote essentially noted the beginning of what we know as the orchestra. Back in Bach's day, the harmonies were played much like a jazz player does now - the musician uses the written symbols on the score to know the chord and then fills in the harmony with his own interpretation.

Mark said that there are many unique aspects to Bach's pieces. First, in these concerti there were many solo instruments throughout. Mark demonstrated different ways that notes would be emphasized - either by making them loud or soft, or by changing the tempo of the music at specific times. Also with Bach, the pianist's hands have to talk to one another rather than being independent, because both hands are as busy as one another - there is no dominant hand.

After speaking a bit more about the background of the music, Mark played one of the cadenza's live for the audience to enjoy (which he said that for many years he used as a warm up!) And while he had 6 note-filled pages of music laid out in front of him, he often looked away as the feeling of music went throughout his body. It was thrilling to watch!

He finished the segment by playing a recording of the orchestra leading into the cadenza he just played, with the harpsichord taking the lead. I have a new appreciation for how impressive the musicianship is. He also capped the segment by letting us know that this is the perfect music to play while trying to clean your house - it's THAT rousing!


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: Ari Axelrod (with Alex Rybeck on piano)
Bobbie Horowitz
John Fitzgerald
Kit
Sue Matsuki
Raissa Katona Bennett
David Ballard
Zach Wobensmith
Erin Cronican
Shana Farr
Salon Spotlight: Gracie Lee Brown (with Thomas Hodges on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-Host: Ari Axelrod
Tanya Moberly
Laurel Kallen
Kati Neiheisel
Bill Dyszel
Mark Cummings
Marcia Roney
Lucille Karr-Kaffashan
Angela Leone
Susan Mack
Lisa Yaeger
Barb Malley
Steve Bustamante (also on guitar)
Richie Eisenberg
Jen Bradley
Vince Fazzolari
Co-Host: Ari Axelrod

Special thanks to Zach Wobensmith on lights and sound, the amazing David Ballard & our waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Ongoing:

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

Upcoming Shows:

Friday, January 19, 2018 (7pm): Lisa Yaeger is bringing back her show "Jersey Girl" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, January 19, 2018 (8pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Eden in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Monday, January 22, 2018 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, January 22, 2018: Shana Farr is appearing with Steve Ross at Birdland, 315 West 44th St, NYC.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 (4:30pm): Gracie Lee Brown will performing "Goodnight Gracie - The Many Faced Goddess" at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Monday, January 29, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz's next "It's Only A Number" tribute is happening at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday February 1, 2018 (7pm): Marcia Roney is bringing back her show, "Letting Go", one more time to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 (9:30pm): Shana Farr is bringing back her show, "The Songbook of Barbara Cook," to Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NYC.

Thursday February 8, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday February 10, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (7pm): Kati Neiheisel (with Greg Tororian on piano) will be bringing her show "Among The Stars" to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (4pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 (4pm): Bill Dyszel is bringing his show, "The Internet Ate My Brain" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (8pm): Kit is appearing at Broadway 53rd Above, 318 W 53rd St, NYC. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018: Angela Leone is having a Champagne CD release party for her album, "All My Tomorrows" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 26, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett is doing a CD release show, "Can't Hep Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Thursday, May 3, 2018Raissa Katona Bennett is doing a CD release show, "Can't Hep Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.


NEXT SALON 

We'll see you January 21, 2018 with our theme: "Your Cheating Heart" with our Co-Host: Andrea Bell Wolff. Looking forward to it!


Written by Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon

Questions, changes or additions? Email me!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 7, 2018: "Let's Hear It For The Girls"

This week the Salon's founder, Mark Janas, was a little under the weather, so filling in was Guest Host was the wonderful Jeff Cubeta! Our Co-Host was the effervescent Niki Sorrentino! The first song she brought in for our theme, "Let's Hear It For The Girls" was the Taylor Swift song, "Style" with Heidi Siegell on backups. For her mid-show set, she gave us a medley joined together by comedic stories about her fascination with Stevie Nicks. She completed the evening with a lovely rendition of the song, "Jazzman."

Niki will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 West 42nd St, NYC 10036 – in FILTHY GORGEOUS on Saturday, January 20th at 6pm. For more information: www.nikisorrentino.com

Co-Host Niki Sorrentino
Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight featured Kati Neiheisel with Gregory Tororian on piano! She began her set with a silky smooth "It Happened to Me", followed by a contemplative "Devil and Miss Jones" with music by Barry Levitt. She finished her set with a song perfect for the theme, "Woman in the Moon."

Kati will be at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – in AMONG THE STARS on Thursday, February 15th at 7pm. For more information: www.donttellmamanyc.com

Salon Spotlight: Kati Neiheisel
Quick Wrap - Cubeta's Corner

Jeff, a charming singer and songwriter, started Cubeta's corner with a wistful and fun, "Minor Changes." He followed that with a tune that Amy Winehouse made famous - "Valerie." He finished the set, and the first half with a sweet and gentle, "Blue Moon."

Guest Host: Jeff Cubeta

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 Jeff Cubeta unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Niki Sorrentino
Wendy Scherl
Bennett Silverstein
Marnie Klar
Richard Eisenberg
Heidi Seigell (also on piano)
Marcos Sanchez
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Adam B Shapiro
Salon Spotlight: Kati Neiheisel (with Greg Tororian on piano)
Cubeta's Corner: Jeff Cubeta
BREAK
Co-Host: Niki Sorrentino
Tanya Moberly
Tanya Moberly (encore)
Marnie Klar (encore)
Heidi Seigell (encore)
Bennett Silverstein (encore)
Richard Eisenberg (encore)
Marcos Sanchez (encore)
Adam B Shapiro (encore)
David Ballard (encore)
Co-Host: Niki Sorrentino


Special thanks to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, the amazing David Ballard & our waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Ongoing:

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

Upcoming Shows:

Saturday, January 13, 2018 (4pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, January 19, 2018 (8pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Eden in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Saturday, January 20, 2018 (6pm): Niki Sorrentino is performing her show, "Filthy Gorgeous" (with Heidi Siegell on vocals and Jeff Cubeta music directing) at the Laurie Beechman, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8pm): Wendy Scherl is bringing back her show for one more performance of "New Scherl in Town" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, January 22, 2018 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Wendy Scherl will be a part of Richard Skipper Celebrates.

Thursday February 8, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday February 10, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Adam B Shapiro is performing in a concert for the National Yiddish Theater at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (7pm): Kati Neiheisel (with Greg Tororian on piano) will be bringing her show "Among The Stars" to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (4pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.



NEXT SALON 

We'll see you January 14, 2018 with our theme: "ancestry.song" with our Co-Host: Ari Axelrod and Salon Spotlight: Gracie Lee Brown.

Written by Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon

Questions, changes or additions? Email me!