Monday, November 20, 2017

The Salon Wrap Up for Sunday, November 19th, 2017: There's No Tune Like a Show Tune

Salon Wrap-Up for November 19th 2017

Tonight's Theme: There's No Tune Like a Show Tune, co-host Ricky Ritzel


    Just off to the side of the Great White Way, Salon theatre lovers united to celebrate our theme of the evening, There's No Tune Like a Show Tune, where our co-host for the night, Ricky Ritzel and his partners in crime, joined together for an unstoppable musical theatre experience highlighting songs from some of Broadway's most well known and obscure shows.  Mr. Ritzel has graced the New York Cabaret circuit for over 35 years.  Lovingly referred to as a, "Cabaret Warhorse," he's put his experience and love for all things musical into his latest venture, a show entitled, Ricky Ritzel's Broadway, which returns to Don't Tell Mama on Friday, January 26th at 7pm.


 
                                              Ricky Ritzel

    Each month, his show features different Broadway shows, and interesting facts about each musical, and he selects a new cast each month to play the characters, (sometimes including non-traditional casting), that wow the audience with their vocal ability and some amazing, sometimes hysterical, entertainment.  Tonight was no exception, as his cast including MAC President Lennie Watts, Kristine Zbornik, Jay Rogers, Aaron Morishita, Alison Nusbaum, Tommy Dose, and Tara Martinez opened with, "Comedy Tonight," from the musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.  This was followed by Debut MAC Award-Winning Tommy Dose singing a beautiful rendition of, "I Don't Remember You," from Kander & Ebb's The Happy Time, and Tara Martinez with, "I Belong Here," from the musical The Grand Tour, which unfortunately was a Broadway flop, but has some beautiful music written by Jerry Herman.  

    As usual, our Salon regulars and newbies followed up with some great tunes!  Some highlights included Marni Klar's, "When I Look At You," from The Scarlett Pimpernel, she's bringing back her show Bedtime Stories to Don't Tell Mama on December 9th at 4pm.  Ira Lee Collins sang the lovely song, "Who Are You Now," from Funny Girl, to his partner which  pulled on all of our heart strings.  Deborah Zecher regularly performs a show called Broadway Bible, where she rewrites songs from Broadway musicals and combines them with her love of spirituality.  Her new version of, " That's Entertainment," from The Band Wagon, was a big hit!  Jeff Cubeta, who is accompanying Lucille Kaffashan in her show Unwritten December 2nd at Don't Tell Mama's, sang Christine Lavin's song, which has the longest title in the history of songwriting, " Regretting What I Said To You When You Called Me at Eleven O'Clock on a Friday Morning to Tell Me That at One O'Clock Friday Afternoon You're Gonna Leave Your Office, Go Downstairs, Hail a Cab to Go to the Airport to Catch a Plane to Go Skiing in the Alps for Two Weeks.  Not That I Wanted to Go With You, I Wasn't Able To Leave Town, I'm Not a Very Good Skier, I Couldn't Expect You to Pay My Way, But After Going Out With You for Three Years, I Don't Like Surprises," or more simply, "A Musical Apology."  The fabulous Sidney Myer was joined by Tommy Dose for a duet entitled, "A Certain Girl," again from The Happy Time.  And the Etceterettes rounded out Act I with David Ballard singing a gorgeous version of, "On The Street Where You Live," from My Fair Lady, Janice Hall singing, "Ladies Who Lunch," from Company, and Maureen Taylor, paying tribute to her mother with a beautiful rendition of, "Climb Every Mountain," from The Sound of Music.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
    Mark Janas was joined by Co-Producer, Tanya Moberly this week for my favorite part of Salon - Classical Corner, where we learn a little something new about music each week!  This week was no exception, as we spoke about Steven Sondheim, and his ability to use dissonance in his chord structures to create tension in music, which adds to the lyrics, storyline, and character development in shows.  Song cited were, "Sunday in the Park with George," from the musical of the same name, and also, "Last Midnight," from Into the Woods.  After playing the chords straight, and having Ms. Moberly sing the selection, Mr. Janas then added the dissonance to the chord structure that Sondheim had written, and the audience could hear the difference of what musical intervals can do to add excitement and feeling to a character's development.

    Act II was another tour de force, beginning with the hilarious Jay Rogers (playing Archy the Cockroach), and Kristine Zbornik (portraying Mehitabel the Cat), singing, "Flotsam & Jetsam," from the 1956 musical Shinbone Alley, a musical transition of Don Marquis stories.  Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita kept us laughing with the duet, "All 'Er Nuthin'," from Oklahoma.  Sally Burns made her Salon debut singing, "Who's Been Sitting In My Chair," from the musical Goldilocks.  Carly Ozard, who will be performing her show Chasing Cameron Mackintosh at The Friar's Club this Tuesday, November 21st at 8pm, sang, "All That Jazz."  Alison Nusbaum did an amazing rendition of, "The Revolutionary Costume for Today," as Edie from the musical Grey Gardens.  MAC President Lennie Watts joined in as PT Barnum with rapid-fire lyrics in, "The Museum Song," from Barnum and spoke about his new venture, Singnasium.  Bob Diamond made us cry with, "One More Walk Around the Garden Gate," from Carmelina.  Matthew Martin Ward sang, "A Quiet Evening at Home," from a musical that he has written with Peter Napolitano entitled The Lady in Penthouse B.  Sidney Myer wowed us with the song, "World Take Me Back," which Jerry Herman originally wrote for Ethel Merman for the production of Hello, Dolly, but when she initially declined the part, it was cut from the show.  Later, when she did play the role, the song was reinstated.  Tonight's show was closed out again with Ricky Ritzel and his cast of musical characters singing from You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, with Sally Darling playing Sally with, "My New Philosophy," and leaving us with the cast singing, "Happiness Is."  It was a great night had by all!

    Remember, there is no Salon next week.  Everyone from Salon wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!   You can also see many of our performers in the upcoming holiday shows at Urban Stages.  Happy Holidays to all!

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: Ricky Ritzel & Company
Tommy Dose
Tara Martinez
Ira Lee Collins
Ronni Faust
Angela Leone
Lucille Kaffashan
Jeff Cubeta
Sidney Myer & Tommy Dose
Janice Hall
Maureen Taylor


Classical Corner: Mark Janas (with Tanya Moberly)

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Co-Host:  Ricky Ritzel
Kristine Zbornik & Jay Rogers
Jay Rogers & Aaron Morishita
Tanya Moberly
Sally Burns
Richard Eisenberg
Gretchen Reinhagen
Carly Ozard
Alison Nusbaum
Lennie Watts
Barbara Malley
Bob Diamond
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Sidney Myer
Co-Host: Ricky Ritzel & Company

Special thank you, to Janice Hall on lights and sound,  David Ballard and our amazing waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera. Thanks to Steve Bustamonte for providing video service for us!

Ongoing:

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

Upcoming Shows:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (8:00pm): Carly Ozard performs her show "Chasing Cameron Mackintosh," with direction by Deborah Kym and music direction by John Fischer.  Milton Berle Room @ The Friar's Club, 57 East 55th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 pm): Sally Darling will be appearing in "Together," with the four other 2017 MAC nominees for Female Vocalist. The show benefits The Meatloaf Kitchen at University Community Social Services. Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St. NYC.

Saturday, November 25th, 2017 (4 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 (7 pm):  Shana Farr and Steve Ross team up for "Our Favorite Things," featuring Great American Songbook and holiday favorites, at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 (7 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 1st, 2017 (8 pm): Audrey Appleby will perform her show "Ladies Cheap Cocktails," at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave. NYC. Daryl Kojak is music director.

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 (4:30 pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (9:30 pm): Matthew Martin Ward will be accompanying the amazing Christine Pedi in her annual holiday show, "Snow Bizness," at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St., NYC

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (8:30pm):  "Swingin' for The Maestro: A Barry Levitt Foundation Cabaret, featuring Janice Hall and many others; launch event for the Barry Levitt Foundation, at the Iridium, 1650 Broadway, NYC.

Friday, December 8, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (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.

December 12-23, 2017 (Times Vary):  WINTER RHYTHMS CONCERT SERIES at Urban Stages.  20+ Shows, 100+ Artists.  Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and more to Benefit arts & Education.  Come celebrate the holidays by giving to a good cause and seeing some of your Salon friends perform!  Peter Napolitano, Producer/Director.  Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (9:30 pm): Matthew Martin Ward will be accompanying the amazing Christine Pedi in her annual holiday show, "Snow Bizness," at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St., NYC.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (7 pm):  "A Celebration of Barry Levitt: His Life & Music" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 (7 pm):  "Mama's Next Big Act Reunion Tour!  Home for the Holidays" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 (7 pm): "Siren Song", starring Deborah Stone, is presented at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St. NYC.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (7 pm):  "Together: Celia Berk, Sally Darling, Meg Flather, Josephine Sanges, & Lisa Viggiano" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (3pm): Janice Hall will perform "The Opera Show with No Opera" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 (4 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (9pm): Andrea Bell Wolff will perform "Prisoner of Love" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano and Peter Napolitano as Director as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 18, 2017: 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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (4pm): "Bedtime Stories" with Marnie Klar (Directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 pm):  "Famous Duets II" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (9 pm):  Will Friedwald Presents "ELLA @ 100: The Legendary 1960 Concert" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (9 pm):  Stearns Matthews in "December Songs & other works of Maury Yeston" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward will present his show "After the Fair" at the Winter Rhythms Festival - at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (9 pm):  Karen Oberlin & Sean Harkness in "Heart Strings" Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Saturday, December 23, 2017 (7 pm):  "From All of Us to All of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney Too!"  Hosted by Stephen Hanks.  Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert Series, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017: Sally Darling and Matthew Martin Ward bring back her show "Love, Lust, and Longing" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 29, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SUNDAY at SALON: 

*** NO SALON NOVEMBER 26th - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ***

Join December 3rd for "Days of Wine & Roses" - with Mark Janas out of town for the holidays, our Guest Host will be Bill Zeffiro, with Co-Host Sarah Hayes, and Salon Spotlight Janice Hall.


Posted by Kathleen France, Salon Blogette

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Salon Wrap Up for Sunday, November 10th, 2017: Heaven and Hell

  Salon Wrap-Up for November 10th 2017

Tonight's Theme: Heaven and Hell, co-host David LaMarr

   It was a cold night, but we warmed it up with some hot music, reflecting tonight's theme, "Heaven and Hell."  Our host was powerhouse actor/singer David LaMarr--second place winner in the Metropolitan Room's Metrostar competition, one of the finalists in the "Mama's Next Big Act" competition at Don't Tell Mama, and recently, a member of the national touring company of Jersey Boys. David opened the evening with a fast and furious version of "I Put a Spell on You."
   After the break, David returned with some more sass: first, "Random Black Boy (Singin' the Soul),"
originally written as "Random Black Girl," by Kooman & Dimond for their show Homemade Fusion. Abruptly changing the mood, David delivered a beautiful, soulful take on "You Are my Sunshine," going into "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone." He wound up the evening with a lively, interactive version of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher."


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David LaMarr

Salon Spotlight: Deborah Stone

Dressed, appropriately, in black sequins, our Salon Spotlight, Deborah Stone, gave us a few songs from her show "Siren Song." She opened the set with "Whatever Lola Wants," from the musical Damn Yankees. (There seemed to be a lot of tangos sung tonight--coincidence? Considering tonight's theme, I think not.) Her second number was the sultry "Sooner or Later," from the film Dick Tracy. She closed her set with a song from a silent screen siren: Norma Desmond's "With One Look," from Sunset Boulevard. Deborah will be performing "Siren Song" this Wednesday, November 15th, at 7 pm at Don't Tell Mama.

 Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Tonight Mark Janas opened Classical Corner with some tales of musical mishaps (Hell!) that have plagued various musicians over the years. He then segued to talk about "program music," a term which denotes music designed to evoke a particular idea or feeling.  As Exhibit A, he chose Beethoven's  Symphony Number 6, The Pastoral Symphony.  Mark was joined at the piano by Matthew Martin Ward, and together they gave us excerpts from each movement of this wonderful piece, along with the evocative title of each: Arrival in the Country, Singing by the Brook (featuring the sounds of a nightingale, a quail, and a cuckoo), Merry Gathering of Country People, The Storm, and Shepherd's Song.

 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: David LaMarr
Richie Eisenberg
Audrey Appleby
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Brendan Eprile
Rachel Ann Weiss 
Shana Farr
Salon Spotlight: Deborah Stone
Classical Corner: Mark Janas (with Matthew Martin Ward)

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Co-Host:  David LaMarr
Tanya Moberly
Rian Keeting
Mike Roberts
Gretchen Reinhagen (accompanying herself)
Richie Eisenberg
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Co-Host: David LaMarr
Special thanks to Matthew Martin Ward!

Thank you, also, to Zach Wobensmith on lights and sound,  David Ballard and our amazing waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera. Thanks to Michael Stever for providing video service for us!

Ongoing:

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

Upcoming Shows:

Monday, November 13, 2017 (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.

Monday, November 13, 2017 (7:30 pm): David Lamarr will be part of the reading of a new musical, "The Naked Truth," at The West End Lounge, 955 West End Ave, NYC 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (6:30pm): Rian Keating will perform his show "there is a time: songs of love and life" as a benefit for the Lower East Side Preparatory High School MeiLing Tse - Virginia Yu Scholarship Fund at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 (7 pm): "Siren Song", starring Deborah Stone, is presented at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St. NYC.

Friday, November 17, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Mark Janas are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (4:00pm): Rian Keating will perform his show "there is a time: songs of love and life" as a benefit for the Lower East Side Preparatory High School MeiLing Tse - Virginia Yu Scholarship Fund at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 (5pm): Bobbie Horowitz will present "It's Just a Number" featuring Sally Darling and Bob Diamond at The Triad, 158 W. 72nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 pm): Sally Darling will be appearing in "Together," with the four other 2017 MAC nominees for Female Vocalist. The show benefits The Meatloaf Kitchen at University Community Social Services. Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St. NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017(8:30 pm): "Swingin' for The Maestro: A Barry Levitt Foundation Cabaret, featuring Janice Hall and many others; launch event for the Barry Levitt Foundation, at the Iridium, 1650 Broadway, NYC.

Saturday, November 25th, 2017 (4 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 (7 pm):  Shana Farr and Steve Ross team up for "Our Favorite Things," featuring Great American Songbook and holiday favorites, at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 (7 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 1st, 2017 (8 pm): Audrey Appleby will perform her show "Ladies Cheap Cocktails," at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave. NYC. Daryl Kojak is music director.

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 (4:30 pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (9:30 pm): Matthew Martin Ward will be accompanying the amazing Christine Pedi in her annual holiday show, "Snow Bizness," at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St., NYC

Friday, December 8, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC

Saturday, December 10, 2017 (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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (9:30 pm): Matthew Martin Ward will be accompanying the amazing Christine Pedi in her annual holiday show, "Snow Bizness," at Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St., NYC 

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 (7 pm): "Siren Song", starring Deborah Stone, is presented at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St. NYC.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (3pm): Janice Hall will perform "The Opera Show with No Opera" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 (4 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (9pm): Andrea Bell Wolff will perform "Prisoner of Love" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano and Peter Napolitano as Director as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 18, 2017: 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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (4pm): "Bedtime Stories" with Marnie Klar (Directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 pm): Gretchen Reinhagen's new show, "#iblamepaleo," will premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. Tracy Stark is musical director.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward will present his show "After the Fair" at the Winter Rhythms Festival  - at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017: Sally Darling and Matthew Martin Ward bring back her show "Love, Lust, and Longing" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 29, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SUNDAY at SALON:
Join us next week for "There's No Tune Like a Show Tune," with co-host Ricky Ritzel, and Ricky Ritzel's Broadway.


Posted by Janice Hall, Salon Blogette
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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Salon Wrap Up for Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Only in the Movies

Salon Wrap-Up for November 5th 2017

Tonight's Theme: Only in the Movies, co-host Toddy Phillips

 Lights...Camera... Sing! Tonight's Salon was all about Hollywood, courtesy of our host, the dynamic Toddy Phillips.  Toddy was one of the five finalists in the "Mama's Next Big Act" competition at Don't Tell Mama last summer, and tonight he showed us why.  After an introduction from Mark Janas--newly returned from San Francisco and London--Toddy opened the show with "Where You Are," from Kiss of the Spider Woman.  After the break, he returned to serenade us with a trio of well-known film songs. beginning with "As Time Goes By," from Casablanca. He then paid tribute to Diane Keaton in one of his favorite films, Annie Hall, with a soulful "It Had to Be You." Toddy rounded out the three song set with Harry Connick, Jr.'s  "A Wink and a Smile," from Sleepless in Seattle. He closed the show with a pull-out-the-stops "New York, New York."     See below for Toddy's upcoming gigs.

Salon Spotlight

The Salon Spotlight tonight was Amy Beth Williams, singing some numbers from her upcoming show, A Thousand Beautiful Things, which will premiere at Don't Tell Mama on November 13th. With the fabulous Ian Herman at the piano, Amy gave us the show's exquisite title song, written by Annie Lennox, a charming "When You're Traveling from Nantucket," in which she explored the confusing nature of time zones, and the eternally moving "I'll Be Seeing You," by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal. The show is directed by Salon's producer, Tanya Moberly.


Amy Beth Williams

 Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Tonight, Mark Janas wrapped the Hollywood theme into Classical Corner, discussing the nature of film scores, and the use of classical music in the movies. He started by recommending a film he had recently seen, the documentary Score, which features interviews with many of today's top film composers. They talk about how the music in films serves to build tension in a scene (how much less effective would Psycho or Jaws be without the music that accompanies pivotal scenes?).
Film scores also incorporate classical music; Mark singled out the use of a Spanish dance form, the Sarabande by Handel, in the film Barry Lyndon, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now, and Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Mark then relayed a touching personal story involving a classical piece that was composed especially for the 1940's British film Dangerous Moonlight, the Warsaw Concerto: As a student, Mark played the piece for a wealthy man who had a very emotional connection to that particular piece, and the man ended up paying for Mark's tuition at Rice University! 
Mark closed Classical Corner by playing Mendelssohn's Scherzo in E minor, which is featured in The Wizard of Oz.

 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: Toddy Phillips
Rian Keating
Richie Eisenberg
Ira Lee Collings
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Angela Leone
Joan Jaffe
Lennie Watts
Janice Hall
Zach Wobensmith
Marnie Klar
Tanya Moberly
Salon Spotlight: Amy Beth Williams (with Ian Herman)

Classical Corner: Mark Janas
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Co-Host: Toddy Phillips
Mimi
Ruby Rims
David Ballard
Jen Bradley
Mike Roberts
Co-Host: Toddy Phillips
Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Ian Herman and Matthew Martin Ward.

Thank you, also, to Janice Hall on lights and sound, (yes, I was busy tonight), David and our amazing waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera. Thanks to Michael Stever for providing video service for us!

Ongoing:

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

Lennie Watts is part of the new non-profit, Singnasium, which offers classes and workshops to artists of all levels.  For more info, check out their website (linked above).

Upcoming Shows:

Monday, November 6, 2017 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs the return of "A Life Behind Bars," written and performed by Dan Ruth, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (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, November 8, 2017: Angela Leone joins Bill Zeffiro for an evening at La Rivista restaurant, 313 W 46th St, NYC.8pm until midnight.

Friday, November 10, 2017 (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.

 Saturday, November 11, 2017 (5:30pm): Andrea Bell Wolff will perform "Prisoner of Love" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 (7pm): Frances O'Flynn will perform (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 13, 2017:
 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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (6:30pm): Rian Keating will perform his show "there is a time: songs of love and life" as a benefit for the Lower East Side Preparatory High School MeiLing Tse - Virginia Yu Scholarship Fund at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 17, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Mark Janas are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (4:00pm): Rian Keating will perform his show "there is a time: songs of love and life" as a benefit for the Lower East Side Preparatory High School MeiLing Tse - Virginia Yu Scholarship Fund at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017(8:30 pm): "Swingin' for The Maestro: A Barry Levitt Foundation Cabaret, featuring Janice Hall and many others; launch event for the Barry Levitt Foundation, at the Iridium, 1650 Broadway, NYC.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 (7pm): Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can Can, a benefit for Rauschenbusch Ministries Food Pantry, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St., NYC. Also featuring Ira Lee Collings; pianist is John McMahon. $20 and some canned food will get you in.

Friday, December 8, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (8 pm): Joan Jaffe is the star of Parnell's Spotlight Night, at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd St, NYC. Bill Zeffiro is at the piano. (Also, you can see Joan on episodes of Mozart in the Jungle, and Orange is the New Black!)

Saturday, December 10, 2017 (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, December 10th, 2017 (7pm): Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can Can, a benefit for Rauschenbusch Ministries Food Pantry, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St., NYC. Pianist is John McMahon. $20 and some canned food will get you in.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017: "Mama's Next Big Act Reunion Show" will feature the five finalists from three years of the contest.  This includes Wendy Russell and Toddy Phillips, and
Lennie Watts will be there, too.  Winter Rhythms festival at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC. 

 Friday, December 15, 2017 (8pm): Lennie Watts and Wendy Russell are bringing Christmas cheer in "The Lennie Watts Those Girls Christmas Extravaganza," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W. 46th St., NYC

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (3pm): Janice Hall will perform "The Opera Show With No Opera" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC. 3 pm

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (9pm): Andrea Bell Wolff will perform "Prisoner of Love" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano and Peter Napolitano as Director as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 (7pm): Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can Can, a benefit for Rauschenbusch Ministries Food Pantry, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St., NYC. Pianist is John McMahon. $20 and some canned food will get you in.

Monday, December 18, 2017: 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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (4pm): "Bedtime Stories" with Marnie Klar (Directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward will present his show "After the Fair" at the Winter Rhythms Festival - starring Rebecca Luker - at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017: Sally Darling and Matthew Martin Ward bring back her show "Love, Lust, and Longing" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 29, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SUNDAY at SALON:
Next week's guest host is actor-singer David LaMarr, with Salon Spotlight Deborah Stone. The theme will be "Heaven and Hell," so get ready to rejoice and/or suffer!


Posted by Janice Hall, Salon Blogette
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