Monday, November 5, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for November 4, 2018: "Something Sweet"

The theme was "Something Sweet" -- and how sweet it was!  Jeff Macauley was our wonderfully talented host for the evening.  He serenaded us with great tunes, some of which even Mark hadn't heard before!  He started the first set with "Won't Someone Please Belong To Me?"  He started the second set with the moving "It Happened Once Before," and then the swingin' and jazzy "Jack & Jill" and "The Three Bears."  Jeff closed the show with the tender and lovely "Just The Way I Am."  All of his songs for the night were Bobby Troup ("Route 66") songs.

Jeff will be returning to Pangea (178 2nd Avenue, NYC) in "Where Did the Gentlemen Go: The Songs of Bobby Troup/The Life of Scott Bowers" on Tuesday, November 13th and Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 7pm.


Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight was none other than the incredible Raissa Katona Bennett!  Raissa's credits include "Phantom of the Opera" (Broadway), "Cats" and "Parade" (National Tours).  She started with a song that (jokingly) had nothing to do with her upcoming shows, but was so touching, "Stop Time."  She followed with "I Had a Dream About You," and then a song from her Jerome Kern show, "All The Things You Are/They Didn't Believe."

Raissa will be at Green Room 42 (570 10th Avenue, NYC 10036 [inside Yotel -- 4th Floor]) in "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" on Tuesday, November 13th and Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm.  She will ALSO be at The Magnolia Room (57 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06851) in "What A Wonderful World" with Kenneth Gartman on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th at  8pm And Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at 3pm.


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

We had a special guest for Classical Corner tonight, the remarkably talented Heather Bobeck.  Heather was selected in 2017 as a winner for the Milton Cross Award performing Verdi's Sempre Libera, as well as a New York district winner in this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council competition. She was previously the recipient of the prestigious Mary Ann and Spencer Everett Scholarship in Voice, as well as the Choir Scholarship at the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk. As the winner of the Richard Deas Concerto Competition, Ms. Bobeck sang Johann Strauss’ Fruhlingsstimmen with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra February 2012.  And these are just some of her accomplishments -- and when you hear her voice, you know why.  It's so pure and lovely.  Mark and Heather shared some wonderfully sweet lieds (literally meaning song -- usually describing romantic German poems set to music in the 19th century) with us tonight.  She first sang Franz Schubert's "Du fist die Ruh."  Next was Robert Schumann's "Widmung," followed by Schubert's "Au die Muisk" and "Nacht und Träume."  Mark shared a couple interesting facts with us, too.  Schubert (known for lied-ing ;) ) was in complete awe of Beethoven and was invited to see him.  But when he saw Beethoven, he was so devastated by the magnitude of what was before him that he fled the room.  Now, on Beethoven's death bed, he was given a book of Schubert's (then deceased) music, and he pronounced him a genius.  Not bad for old Schubes, eh? ;)



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 Jon Weber unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Jeff Macauley
Ira Lee Collings
Barbara Malley
Bob O'Hare
Ariana and Evangeline Johns (with Darryl Curry on piano)
Evangeline Johns (with Darryl Curry on piano)
Ariana and Evangeline Johns (with Darryl Curry on piano)
Rian Keating
Jonathan Kuhn
Richard Eisenberg
Candice Oden
Kathleen France
Salon Spotlight: Raissa Katona Bennett
Classical Corner: Mark Janas and Heather Bobeck
BREAK
Co-Host: Jeff Macauley
Tanya Moberly
Michael Colby
Dorian Woodruff
Bob Simonello
Carol Sue
Frans BloemDavid Ballard
Bennett Silverstein
Bob Diamond
Julie Reyburn
Dawn Derow (with herself on guitar)
Special thanks to musicians Darryl Curry and Dawn Derow, David Ballard on lights and sound, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon:

Friday, November 9, 2018 (7pm): Bob O'Hare is performing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018 (5:30pm): Bob Simonello presents "Rollin' A 7" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, 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.

Monday, November 13, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett celebrates the release of her CD, with a reprise of the show "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern," at Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, NYC.

Thursday, November 15, 2018: Bennett Silverstein will be performing "Born To Be Bennett."

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

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (8pm): Michael Colby presents "The Algonquin Kid," at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 24, 2018: Dawn Derow will be performing at the Beach Cafe.

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

Monday, November 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Marnie Klar perform in "Hidden Treasures VI: Songs of Larry Kerchner" at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett celebrates the release of her CD, with a reprise of the show "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern," at Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, 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 "Great Ladies Great Songs" with Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (4pm): Rian Keating performs "Sentimental Melancholia: Songs for the Lost and Lonely" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (7pm): Dorian Woodruff will be at Pangea.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (4pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, NYC.

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018 (7pm): Dorian Woodruff will be at Pangea.

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (7pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular," at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, 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.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 (3pm): Jonathan Kuhn presents "Groovin' On A Sunday."

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.

January, 2019: Candice Oden is presenting "Bitch Is Crazy" with The Seeing Place Theater at Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th St, NYC.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (4pm): Ira Lee Collings is performing his encore presentation of "NAKED From the Neck Up at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 (3pm): Barbara Malley presents her final performance of "From Brooklyn To Broadway" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

Our next Salon will be November 11th on the theme "The Personal Is Political" with Co-Host Tracy Stark and Salon Spotlight Heather Villaescusa. So...come and come sing with us!

- Candice Oden
Blogette for The Salon
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Monday, October 29, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for October 28th, 2018: "The World Is A Scary Place – Halloween Traditions Around The Globe"

It has been one of the most popular evenings of the year, and last night met expectations for our Halloween Salon: the top floor was filled with talent, ghouls, scary parodies, and inventive ways to interpret the theme of "The World Is A Scary Place – Halloween Traditions Around The Globe." Mark Janas popped the musical coffin open with a minor version of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," complete with scary parody lyrics. Our Producing Witch for the evening (and admittedly every evening of the year) Tanya Moberly, gave us the spooky schpiel of how the evening was going to go, and Mark introduced our Co-Hosts for the evening: Fifth Time Halloween Co-Hosts Janice Hall and Adam Shapiro! We also had amazing decorations by David Gillam, with table settings, hanging ghosts and skeletons, and some candy to make the place properly festive.



Janice came to the stage first, dressed in gothic Romanian dress, carrying a massive book entitled "Ye Olde Halloween Traditions" to teach us a few things about the October 31st celebration, starting from the old Gaelic Harvest traditions. Games, fortune telling, and bonfires were a part of the celebrations, so she (with the help of Sarah Rice on vocals) performed the dramatic song "Fires at Midnight" with Matthew Martin Ward on the piano and vocals. Janice went on to discuss the somewhat dismissed Halloween practices in France (which they seem to poo-poo like American fast food chains). But not everything in France is scary, as Co-Host Adam Shapiro entered in full French Mime costuming, and sang "La Vie En Rose" in both French and English. 

For the mid-show set Janice, this time dramatically cross-dressed in a top hat and cape, went back to her book to read about Romania's Halloween, and how Vampires are not only found in this country - she sang the appropriately moody "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by the rockstar singer-songwriter Sting. We then got a History of the Jewish Mother lesson in two parts: first, a visit from Adam straight from Anatevka (appropriately so, since he is currently performing in the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof): he entered dressed head to toe as a frumpy Jewish Mother, singing "A Yiddishe Mame" alongside a photo of Bobbie Horowitz. Part 2 then happened, providing Adam a moment to quick-change into vibrant gold lame dress and digging into all my half-Jewish nightmares with the frantically-paced "Where's the Bathroom?" (with myself as her daughter) from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

At the end of the evening (and another delightful costume change later) Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Adam) did thank you's to Etcetera Etcetera and the crew of The Salon in her typical deadpan way, when suddenly Kellyanne Conway (Janice) raged in with a glass of white wine in hand, and together they wound down our jam-packed evening of fun and frightening frivolity, with the end-of-the-world scenario song, "Political Science." The two of them, and all their wonderful songs and Co-Hosting skills, again proved that this Halloween evening is a never-to-miss event of the year (view all their Halloween Costumes at the end of this blog)!

Salon Spotlight: Dr. Bradley Jones
Our Salon Spotlight was Dr. Bradley Jones, a psychotherapist with a musical theater tenor voice and a wicked sense of humor regarding the human mind and psychology. With Music Director Mike Pettry at the piano, the smartly-dressed Doctor started out with the jazzy "You Mustn't Kick it Around." After asking us "what is more terrifying than a card-carrying narcissist?" he went into his history with Showbiz itself and into the psychology of a smitten and obsessed musical theater performer, with almost deadly thoughts behind his motivations. He then introduced us to his own "Fabulous Functional Narcissism" - and the upcoming show with the same name Directed by KT Sullivan (whose birthday is on Halloween!) - with the song "Life is Absolute Perfection." Speaking of Dr. Freud and those who disagreed with him on the sources of narcissism, Bradley broke into "You Gotta Have Me Go With You." Digging into a reparative fantasy about fatherhood, he then dedicated his final song, "Very Soft Shoes" from Once Upon a Mattress to his father, complete with a softshoe tapping break.

"Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism," a show to benefit the American Songbook Association (ASA) will be presented on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7pm. Reservations highly recommended via Don't Tell Mama or by calling (212) 757-0788. You can also visit the Facebook Event Page for more information.



Classical Corner:
For the Halloween Classical Corner this year, Mark introduced an interesting and dark piece by Franz Schubert: "Erlkönig" or his Opus 1, which is unique in that a single singer performed four different roles. It's also interesting in that the piano arrangement is set it in a way that "makes every pianist want to kill Schubert". With an evil-sounding left-handed bass (Mark described it as a darkly Dudly Do-Right mustache-twirling theme) and a freakishly fast right hand, the pianist backs up a vocal soloist, who has has 4 roles to play: The Narrator, The Father and the Son (both on a horse) and an Evil Spirit (the Earl King, or "Fairy-King"). However, this fairy is not sparkles and wands, but a Grimm version of the magical creature. The story is definitely in the vein of a dark German fairy-tale: The Son keeps hearing a voice as he and his father ride horses home. This voice is the Elf-King, who taunts and tempts the Son with glorious delights, while the Father dismisses him countless times until they start to panic and decide to ride one horse home like the wind (the music speeds up then slows down like a horse at this time). However, when they arrive at their destination, the father finds his son dead in his arms, a victim of the Elf King's powers. To aid in bringing this dramatic and tragic cautionary tale to life, Zach Wobensmith first read the English text first, then sang the piece with great dramatic and vocal power. There's a cool animated version of this on YouTube to watch, if you want to get further into the Halloween mood!

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: Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Co-Host: Adam Shapiro (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Sarah Rice (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano and Janice Hall on vocals)
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Michael Colby (with Paul Katz at the piano and vocals)
Cathy Cavender
Susan Mack
Marnie Klar
Raissa Katona Bennett
Richie Eisenberg (with the help of Adam and Janice as dressers!)
Rian Keating
Angela Leone
Sierra Rein
Salon Spotlight: Dr. Bradley Jones (with Mike Pettry at the piano)
Classical Corner
BREAK
Co-Host: Janice Hall
Co-Host: Adam Shapiro (with Sierra Rein)
Tanya Moberly
Maria Corsaro (with Jon Cook at the piano)
Ira Lee Collings (with Jon Cook at the piano)
Josephine Sanges (with Jon Cook at the piano)
Ben Boecker (self on guitar)
Bobbie Horowitz
Louisa Lee Poster
Mark Dundas Wood
Janet Laing
Joan Jaffe
Donald Martin
June Kamerling
Steve Bustamente
David Ballard
Zach Wobensmith
Mark Watson
Co-Hosts: Janice Hall and Adam Shapiro

Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Mark Janas, Mike Pettry, Ben Boecker, Jon Cook, and Matthew Martin Ward. Also thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, our videographer Steve Bustamente, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.

Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Performances: 


Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm: take a break from the stress of the city, and immerse yourself in beautiful music, with "Peaceable Hour," with Sarah Rice, Janice Hall, and Mark Watson.  At either                 St. Clement's Church or St. Malachy's Church, NYC. Check St. Clement's website for location and time each week. (FREE!)

Upcoming Shows:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (7pm): "Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism," with Music Director Mike Pettry and Director KT Sullivan will benefit the American Songbook Association (ASA) 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.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (2pm): Mark Dundas Wood and Janet Laing in Kevin Scott Hall's "That Singing Feeling" presentation at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (8pm/9:30pm curtain): Josephine Sanges (with Jon Cook at the piano) in "I Hear Music...The music of Harold Arlen, Richard Whiting, Ann Hampton Callaway & more!!!" at The Beech Cafe, 1326 2nd Avenue, NYC.

Monday, November 5, 2018 (7pm): Mark Dundas Wood and Janet Laing in Kevin Scott Hall's "That Singing Feeling" presentation at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Monday, November 5, 2018 (7pm):  Matthew Martin Ward, with director Peter Napolitano. in "A Musical Revue: Urban Stages' 35th Season Retrospective" at Urban Stages for the Patron's Night. 259 West 30th Street, 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.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7pm): Maria Corsaro with MD Jon Cook in "Love: It's Complicated" 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.

Saturday, November 10, 2018: Cathy Cavender at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (4pm): Maria Corsaro with MD Jon Cook in "Love: It's Complicated" 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.

Monday, November 13, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett celebrates the release of her CD, with a reprise of the show "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern," at Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, 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.

Friday, November 16, 2018 (7pm): Maria Corsaro with MD Jon Cook in "Love: It's Complicated" 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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (8pm): Michael Colby presents "The Algonquin Kid," at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (7pm): Louisa Lee Poster's CD Release Party for "Steppin' Out in High Heels" at The Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, NYC.

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

Monday, November 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Marnie Klar perform in "Hidden Treasures VI: Songs of Larry Kerchner" at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett celebrates the release of her CD, with a reprise of the show "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern," at Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, NYC.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (7pm): Susan Mack's debut show "Nobody Else But Me" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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 (4pm): Rian Keating performs "Sentimental Melancholia: Songs for the Lost and Lonely" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (3:30pm): Angela Leone in "All My Tomorrows" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (4pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, NYC.

Monday, December 3, 2018 (7pm): Susan Mack's debut show "Nobody Else But Me" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 (5:30pm): Susan Mack's debut show "Nobody Else But Me" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 (3:30pm): Frances O'Flynn and Matthew Martin Ward perform their 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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (7pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular," at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, 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.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz presents her Holiday version of "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 (3pm): Sally Darling reprises her Bea Lillie show, with Matthew Martin Ward, at Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Festival, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 (7pm): Zach Wobensmith will be in Sue Matsuki's "People You Should Know" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, 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! November 4th, 2018:
Our Theme for the first Salon of November will be something sweet....as in: "Something Sweet!"
Our Co-Host will be song man and multiple MAC and Broadway World Nominee Jeff Macauley, and our Salon Spotlight will be Broadway alumna Raissa Katona Bennett.

And now...the costumes:

Janice, opening look
Adam, opening look, trapped in a box
Janice in top hat and cape
Part 1: Yiddish Mom
Part 2: Jewish Mom, Modern
Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders
-Sierra Rein
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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for October 21st, 2018: "High Hopes!"



Well, the weather outside was frightful-ly cold, but Salon, as always, was warm and welcoming. perhaps especially so tonight, since the theme was "High Hopes."  Our co-host was 2-time MAC nominee Michael Kirk Lane: actor, singer, puppeteer, film maker, emcee, and who knows what else. Host Mark Janas introduced Michael, then joined him to harmonize on the opening number, the song that was a must for this evening, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen's "High Hopes."




Michael Kirk Lane

For his set at the opening of the second half, Michael chose three songs from his critically acclaimed 2015 show, "Now You Know." He opened the set with "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City" (Harry Nilsson), then proceeded to tell us about how, after six exciting months in the Big Apple, he was wrongly accused of a crime, and subsequently had to spend seven years of his life clearing his name, and then suing the people responsible. But, as artists do, he took these experiences and turned them into Art, creating this show. As his show's title song--Stephen Sondheim's "Now You Know," from Merrily We Roll Along--explains, "Now you know...now you grow." And as Michael so aptly put it, these experiences change us, but they don't define us. To close this set, he offered the song "I Have Found," by William Finn.
As the final number to close out the evening, and his first Salon experience, Michael gave us the bittersweet, but ultimately hopeful, "Laughing Matters" (Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, from When Pigs Fly).

BREAKING NEWS: Michael Kirk Lane's new show, "Glass Half Full," is at Don't Tell Mama tomorrow night (10/22), 7 pm!

Salon Spotlight: Marnie Klar

 Tonight, the spotlight was on Salon favorite Marnie Klar, who presented a taste of her upcoming show, "Marnie Klar sings Bobbie Gentry," directed by Salon producer Tanya Moberly. Tanya introduced Marnie and her accompanist, Steven Ray Watkins, and told us that this show was her fifth collaboration with Marnie. She also let us know that, while most of us know Bobbie Gentry's big hit, "Ode to Billie Joe," Bobbie wrote a lot of other great material, and Marnie wowed us with a few of those wonderful songs. She opened with the lively "Poppa, Won't You Let Me Go to Town with You?" A hilarious version of "Ace Insurance Man" followed, giving both Marnie and Steven a chance to show off their acting chops. Next came a beautiful ballad, "I Saw an Angel Die," and, of course, to close it out, Marnie treated us to a great rendition of "Ode to Billie Joe."

"Marnie Klar sings Bobbie Gentry" opens on November 5th at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC, at 7pm, followed by performances on November 10th and 16th, and December 7th. Musical Director is Steven Ray Watkins, featuring Matt Scharglass on bass and Don Kelly on drums.



Marnie Klar


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner


Host Mark Janas opened tonight's Classical Corner with an observation: if your mind is occupied with something in particular, you will often find references to, or reminders of, that thing wherever you turn. His case in point: he had just been thinking that he didn't play enough Brahms, and should make him the focus of tonight's Classical Corner, when, lo and behold, there in today's New York Times, was an article about Brahms and his use of polyrhythm! So, that became the subject for this evening.
Brahms used rhythms, accents, syncopations, and hemiolas (not a blood disease!) in unexpected ways in his music, as well as utilizing unexpected harmonic changes. He liked to write in bars of six because they could be divided in various ways, making the accents irregular. To illustrate, Mark enlisted the audience in an exercise: while the audience kept a steady 3 beat, with a strong accent on one, Mark played a passage from Brahms's Second Symphony, so that we could really feel how often the accents shifted.
After our rhythmic discussion, Mark played Brahms's Two Rhapsodies, Opus 79, pieces written in the composer's youth. Mark noted that often, the "younger" pieces of a composer may be less subtle and more mainstream than his fully mature works, but they are usually full of passion, and hint at the music to come. Rhapsodies, in particular, are passionate, emotionally open works. The first of these beautiful pieces showed us Brahms's youthful, fiery spirit; the second one a more somber, mysterious tone that builds in intensity.


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.

Michael Kirk Lane
Sally Darling
Ira Lee Collings
Richie Eisenberg
Jaye Maynard
Jared Gilmore (at the piano)
Heather Villaescusa (with Steven Ray Watkins at the piano)
Bennett Silverstein
Janice Hall
Meg Flather
Salon Spotlight: Marnie Klar (with Steven Ray Watkins at the piano)
Tanya Moberly (with Steven Ray Watkins at the piano)
Classical Corner

BREAK

Co-Host Michael Kirk Lane
Tanya Moberly
Dawn Melody
Sally Darling
Ira Lee Collings
Raissa Katona Bennett
Heather Villaescusa
Jaye Maynard
Bennett Silverstein
Richie Eisenberg
Jared Gilmore(at the piano)
Michael Kirk Lane


Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Mark Janas and Steven Ray Watkins. Also thanks to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, our videographer Ruben Olvera, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Upcoming performances by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Performances:


Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm: take a break from the stress of the city, and immerse yourself in beautiful music, with "Peaceable Hour," with Sarah Rice, Janice Hall, and Mark Watson.  At either                 St. Clement's Church or St. Malachy's Church, NYC. Check St. Clement's website for location and time each week. (FREE!)

Upcoming Shows: 

Monday, October 22, 2018 (7pm): Michael Kirk Lane in "Glass Half Full," at
Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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, October 29, 2018, (7pm): Mama's Next Big Act winner Heather Villaescusa reprises her show, "The Happiness Project," with Steven Ray Watkins, musical director, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, 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.

Friday, November 9, 2018, (7pm): Mama's Next Big Act winner Heather Villaescusa reprises her show, "The Happiness Project," with Steven Ray Watkins, musical director, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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.

Monday, November 13, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett celebrates the release of her CD, with a reprise of the show "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern," at Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, NYC.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 (7pm): 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.


Monday, November 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly performs in "Hidden Treasures VI: Songs of Larry Kerchner" at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

 Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Raissa Katona Bennett celebrates the release of her CD, with a reprise of the show "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern," at Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave, 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.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (4pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, NYC.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (6 pm): Meg Flather teams up with Lisa Viggiano for some "Real Joy," Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 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.

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (7pm): See Janice Hall and Tanya Moberly in "Lennie Watts and Those Girls Holiday Spectacular," at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 402 W 42nd, 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.

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 (3 pm): Sally Darling reprises her Bea Lillie show, with Matthew Martin Ward, at Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Festival.

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, October 28th, 2018: 


  Dust off those costumes and scary masks, bring your candy corn and a song, and join co-hosts Janice Hall and Adam Shapiro for the annual Halloween Salon! This year's theme is "The World is a Scary Place: Halloween Traditions Around the Globe," and Salon Spotlight will be Dr. Bradley Jones.

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