Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 10, 2019: "Hellos & Goodbyes"

And warm hello to everyone!  What a great night at Salon.  Our fabulous co-host was the marvelous Jennifer Bangs!  Jennifer has performed all over the world.  Regionally, she has played Eliza in "My Fair Lady," Luisa in "The Fantastiks," and Maureen in "RENT."  She opened the evening sharing from her show and singing sweetly "A Wink and A Smile."  She started the second set intimately sharing more from her show, leading into "Empire State of Mind," "Unthinkable," "I Loved You Once In Silence," and "Fist City."  She closed the evening perfectly with "I Loved You Too Much."


Ms. Bangs will be returning to Don't Tell Mama on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm and Friday, March 1st at 7pm with her NYC debut show, "She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas, & Jesus."  Best of luck, Jennifer!  You're going to be fabulous!

Salon Spotlight

Tonight's Salon Spotlight was the incredibly talented and stunning International Award-Winning Performer Yael Rasooly.  Yael shared the stage with Ilya Magalnyk, and they performed a fabulous arrangement of "La Vie en Rose," a beautiful and dramatic "La foule," and a darling and very skillfully executed "Busy Line."


Yael is currently touring the U.S. in several of her shows, including "Glamour In The Dark" with accordionist Ilya Maganyk.  Her next performance will be "Love Must Have An End" with Daniel Rein at Neue Gallery.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark's brilliance today started with what is now called the Surprise Symphony by Franz Joseph Hiden from the 18th century.  The piece starts pianissimo, and turns into fortissimo chord (with a tympany note) that was quite a shock to the listener.  When asked why he did this, Hiden said he wanted to compose something new and innovative -- and because he noticed people falling asleep during his music.  Ha!  The piece was very well received in London, where he spent parts of his life.  Many parodies were performed at the Hoffnung Festival, where they would lampoon classical music.

Hiden, who composed a whopping 104 symphonies was Beethoven's teacher and Mozart's colleague. He was referred to as Papa Hiden for many reasons, but mainly as he was known as the father of the string quartet.

Mark later shared from the Farewell Symphony, which is in F sharp minor, and happens to be the only symphony in the 18th century to be performed in F sharp minor.  Mark told us that Hiden wanted to communicate something that was going on politically at the time.  Hiden and his orchestra were at this massive estate in the country with the prince -- the prince who was having constant social engagements during the summer and kept staying longer and longer.  Well, all of the orchestra members hadn't seen their wives and families for weeks.  They were about to strike, when they approached Hiden and asked, "Is there anything can you do?"  So he wrote the Farewell Symphony to get the message across.  It started as as a symphony does, and then part of the way through it, three of the players got up and extinguished the candles lighting their music, and put their instruments in their cases and walked out.  Then, a little farther in movement, the bassoon player does the same thing, then a couple of violins -- and this piece is still performed this way.  Nowadays, there is inevitably more shtick involved -- someone will open a bottle of champagne and things like that.  So by the end of the symphony, there were only two violins left, and Hiden and the concert master were the only ones left on stage.  Well, the prince got the idea and, without drama, left the very next day.

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: Jennifer Bangs
Maria Corsaro
Jaye Maynard
Michele Herman
Jonathan Kuhn
Celina Argun (self at the piano)
Sue Matsuki
Patty Ruffner
John Trujillo
Frances O'Flynn
Barbara Malley
Richie Eisenberg
Candice Oden
Zach Wobensmith
Salon Spotlight: Yael Rasooly
Classical Corner
BREAK
Co-Host: Jennifer Bangs
Tanya Moberly
David Ballard
Steve Bustamante (self on guitar)
Liora Michelle
Patty Ruffner
John Trujillo
Barbara Malley
Richie Eisenberg
Michelle Herman
Jonathan Kuhn
Zach Wobensmith
Co-Host: Jennifer Bangs

Special thanks to musicians Mark Janas and Steve Bustamante. More thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, and the astounding waitstaff and management - Joshua, Bryan and Leo - at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, thanks to Steve Bustamante as videographer for the evening!

Upcoming Shows:

Friday, February 15th, 2019 (8pm): Maria Corsaro performs her show "Love ... It's Complicated" at the Magnolia Room, 57 Main Street, Upstairs, Norwalk, CT.

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 (5pm): Maria Corsaro performs her show "Love ... It's Complicated" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Jennifer Bangs - She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas and Jesus" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Amy Beth Williams: Great Ladies, Great Songs" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce" at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Kendra Cunningham - This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (8pm): Steve Bustamante will be a part of Kenneth Gartman's "Sing Your Heart Out" Cabaret Workshop Performance at the Magnolia Room, 57 Main Street, Upstairs, Norwalk, CT.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Jennifer Bangs - She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas and Jesus" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 (3pm): Steve Bustamante will be a part of Kenneth Gartman's "Sing Your Heart Out" Cabaret Workshop Performance at the Magnolia Room, 57 Main Street, Upstairs, Norwalk, CT.

Monday, March 4th, 2019 (7pm): Zach Wobensmith will be performing in the reading of "Going South" by Katya Stanaslavskaya at The Gallery Players, 199 14th St, Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, March 8, 2019 (7pm): Liora Michelle is reprising her show, "The Greedy Soprano," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, March 28th-Sunday, April 14th, 2019: Candice Oden is performing in "Measure For Measure" at The Seeing Place Theater, 64 E 4th St, NYC.

Friday, April 26th, 2019 (7pm): Barbara Malley reprises her show "OMG!  Am I A Diva?" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (4:30pm): Barbara Malley reprises her show "OMG!  Am I A Diva?" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019: Jaye Maynard performs with The Art Mob.

Friday, May 17th, 2019: Jaye Maynard performs with The Art Mob.

Saturday, May 18th, 2019: Jaye Maynard performs with The Art Mob.

NEXT SALON:

Next Salon will be February 17th, 2019!
Our Theme for the evening will be "With A Little Help From My Friends" with Co-Hosts: Marcus SimeoneLina Koutrakos, & Sean Harkness.

-Candice Oden
Blogette for The Salon
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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 20, 2010: "Why We Do What We Do"

Why did the chicken cross the road? What makes the sun set, what makes the moon rise? Why did we all put on our coats and travel to Don't Tell Mama in the cold? We found many answers last night at The Salon on the theme of "Why We Do What We Do." For example, Mark Janas does what he does because of his first toy piano as a child, Leonard Bernstein, a series of great teachers, and lots of help from people along the way. Our Co-Host was Ari Axelrod, a performer and singer who has worked for the York Theater and other prestigious off-Broadway and Regional theaters over the years, who is debuting his show "A Celebration of Jewish Broadway" at Birdland tonight!

Ari started with "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, written by Lenard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, with a beautiful lyric tenor voice and honest lyric interpretation. For his mid-show set, he introduced the concept of his new show celebrating Jewish Broadway writers and creators over the years. Ari's parents played 70s music in the car all the way to and from family get-togethers, and that is how he fell in love with Jewish singer-songwriter Carole King (who, amongst other rock and roll writers, eventually brought their work to Broadway). He sang King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" - and "so sweetly" he did it! Any time Ari sings, he says, he is honoring those who risked a lot to come here to NYC and create a place where they could belong, including those performers and composers of Jewish heritage. He then sang British composer Daniel Cainer's "God Knows Where," a gorgeous song about being connected to those who were once coming from somewhere to land in locations unknown. Ari then revealed that 3 1/2 years ago he had brain surgery, making him feel at that time like a milkcarton (with an expiration date). Now, however, he's feeling grateful for the things that life throws his way, and went into a soaring and powerful "Corner Of The Sky" from Pippin. To end the evening, Ari related how he would always have the Sirius Radio in his car turned on to Broadway during his High School years, so the Football team eventually could sing the lyrics with him to Irving Berlin, Sondheim, and Gershwin tunes. He then went into "Music to My Ears" by Michael Feinstein and Aaron Serotsky, a gorgeous testament to the beautiful affect music has on the spirit. Ari sang it with lovely falsetto notes and passion - music to our ears indeed, and a great reminder of all the reasons we do what we do in this musical world!

Photo: https://www.birdlandjazz.com/attraction/ari+axelrod/
Ari is making his debut at Birdland tonight with "A Celebration of Jewish Broadway": January 21st (doors open at 7:00 pm, show at 8:30 pm). It is Directed by Lina Koutrakos with Music Direction by Rick Jensen.

Salon Spotlight:

After KT last time, this week's Salon Spotlight was another stellar Sullivan - Stacy Sullivan, who graces the current cover of Cabaret Scenes Magazine! Stacy is a multiple MAC and Bistro Award Winner, who has multiple albums - her upcoming Carnegie Hall performance on Thursday, January 24th is in conjunction with her seventh album, "Tornado Alley." She began with what I consider one of the most gorgeous melodies ever written, "All The Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, which was expertly accompanied by Mark Janas. Indeed, one of the reasons Stacy does what she does is to collaborate with other people, and this was no better exemplified than by her next song. During rehearsals, Mark was playing through her next song, "Lullaby of Birdland" by George Shearing and George David Weiss, and said "I hear Mozart." He then added gorgeous Mozart-music-infused backup to this classic jazz song, and it was wonderful to listen to Stacy's cool and smooth vocals bouncing through the classical accompaniment. Taking advantage of The Salon's forgiving nature, Stacy then flawlessly sang the free-flowing but strong-willed "Confound Me" by Renee Rosnes and David Hadju for the first time in front of an audience. To end her set, she reminded us of how big a fan she is of Peggy Lee and then performed "Johnny Guitar," this time in a melodious, dark and brooding key of F#minor, showing off Stacy's fluid lyric interpretations and flawless voice.

Photo: Facebook
Stacy Sullivan's show “Tornado Alley” can be seen at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall this Thursday,  January 24th at 8:00pm, with Troy Fannin on guitar, Matthew Watanabe on piano, Jamie Mohamdein on bass, Bobbie L Crow III on cello, and Gökçe Erem on violin.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

We had a slightly different Classical Corner, as things sometimes conspire to work in the right direction. Mark was supposed to have a cellist today, but the cellist called last week and said he couldn't make it. It happened to be the day Carol Channing -- a definite "classic" -- passed away, so Mark called in Channing's friend and longtime impersonator Richard Skipper to bring Carol's memory to light. He started up with the nostalgic "Looking Back," one of Channing's song in the Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne musical Lorelei. Richard certainly does a lot of  what he does because of Carol, and regaled us with stories about her, complete with photographs of the two of them together. Growing up, both liked to do impressions: him of her, and Carol of the many Theater students in the school she was with. He went into a bit of her history in the early New York scene - how she was fired from eating all of the blueberries in the bakery she was working at, and how she traveled eventually from NYC to SF to LA in 1946, and how she claimed to do a "Uta Hagen" impersonation and took off her shoes in an audition for Gower Champion. He then spoke of how he performed for Channing as Carol for the first time: he was was invited (as Carol Channing) to hobnob in character in a Jerry Herman tribute show's afterparty. Channing herself was there, and she asked "Carol" "Where did you learn to do this?!" - the love was real from then on, and Channing asked where and when she could see Richard's show of her. "Carol"'s answer was "In 10 minutes, upstairs." Channing then stood and announced to the afterparty patrons "In 10 minutes we're going upstairs to see Carol Channing," and a beautiful friendship was born. This month, the world lost an icon, but Richard lost a lifetime friend. Coincidentally, Hello, Dolly! opened 55 years ago this week, so Richard heartbreakingly performed the last monologue and song of Act One "Before the Parade Passes By," invoking Carol herself with heart and gusto.
 
Richard Skipper and Carol Channing
On Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 1pm, Richard Skipper Celebrates in "Love, Aquarian Style" with Meg Flather, Lina Koutrakos, Rosemary Loar, Karen Mack, Stacy Sullivan under the Musical Direction of Chjristine Talbott with Kacey Fassett on sax, and Adi Myerson on bass, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Richard has also been very vocal over the years to get Carol Channing a Kennedy Center Award, a project which he has now transformed into a Posthumous Kennedy Center Award - support him and his work via Facebook.

Photo: RichardSkipper.com
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
Deborah Zecher
Joanne Halev
Dorian Woodruff
Michael Colby
Tim Cahill (with Jim Harder at the piano)
Gracie Lee Brown (with Thomas Hodges at the piano)
Jory Murphy (with Thomas Hodges at the piano)
Thomas Hodges (self at piano)
Madelaine Warren
Betsyann Faiella
Amy Beth Williams
Sierra Rein
Marnie Klar
Salon Spotlight: Stacy Sullivan
Classical Corner: Richard Skipper
BREAK
Co-Host: Ari Axelrod 
Tanya Moberly
David Ballard
Ashlyn Combs
Maya Ben-Meir
Berend
Ann Dawson
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Christopher Whipple (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bill Zeffiro (self on piano)
Steve Bustamante (self on guitar)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Co-Host: Ari Axelrod

Special thanks to musicians Mark Janas, Jim Harder, Thomas Hodges, Bill Zeffiro, Steve Bustamante, and Matthew Martin Ward. And then thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, and the astounding waitstaff and management - Joshua, Bryan and Leo - at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, thanks to Steve Bustamante as videographer for the evening!

Ongoing Shows:

Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista Mondays and Wednesdays with Marissa Mulder, 8pm

Upcoming Shows:

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Amy Beth Williams: Great Ladies, Great Songs" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 (7pm): Christopher Whipple and "bad news bear" music director Bill Zeffiro in "F@&k it, Yes: a quest for irresponsible responsibility" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 (8pm): Stacy Sullivan in “Tornado Alley” with Troy Fannin on guitar, Matthew Watanabe on piano, Jamie Mohamdein on bass, Bobbie L Crow III on cello, and Gökçe Erem on violin, at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, NYC.

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Dan Ruth: A Life Behind Bars" at Carnegie Stage - 25 W. Main St, Carnegie, PA.

Friday, February 1st, 2019 (7pm): Madelaine Warren in "Mad For Romance" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Friday, February 1st, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Dan Ruth: A Life Behind Bars" at Carnegie Stage - 25 W. Main St, Carnegie, PA.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Dan Ruth: A Life Behind Bars" at Carnegie Stage - 25 W. Main St, Carnegie, PA.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 (8pm): Dorian Woodruff's encore performance of "Welcome Home: Everyone Has a Story" at Beach Cafe, 1326 2nd Ave, NYC.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 (9:30pm): Gracie Lee Brown,  Jory Murphy, with Thomas Hodges Music Director at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 (1pm): Richard Skipper Celebrates (with Meg Flather, Lina Koutrakos, Rosemary Loar, Karen Mack, and Stacy Sullivan) under the Musical Direction of Chjristine Talbott with Kacey Fassett on sax, and Adi Myerson on bass, in "Love, Aquarian Style" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 (6pm): Matthew Martin Ward music directs Sallie Jo Hadley in "Stages of Love" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Jennifer Bangs - She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas and Jesus" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 17, 2019: Bill Zeffiro performs with KT Sullivan - details to come!
Thursday, February 19th, 2019 (7pm): Deborah Zecher in "On Purpose" with Musical Director Tracy Stark at the piano and Director Lennie Watts at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Amy Beth Williams: Great Ladies, Great Songs" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce" at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Kendra Cunningham - This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (7pm): Sierra Rein - as part of Marquee Five - performs "Back Porch Swing" with Joe Goodrich on piano and Matt Scharfglass on bass at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (8pm): Steve Bustamante will be a part of Kenneth Gartman's "Sing Your Heart Out" Cabaret Workshop Performance at the Magnolia Room,  57 Main Street, Upstairs, Norwalk, CT.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Jennifer Bangs - She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas and Jesus" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 (3pm): Steve Bustamante will be a part of Kenneth Gartman's "Sing Your Heart Out" Cabaret Workshop Performance at the Magnolia Room,  57 Main Street, Upstairs, Norwalk, CT.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 (7pm): Sierra Rein brings her solo debut show "Running in Place" to a new home at Don't Tell Mama with Bill Zeffiro as Music Director, Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums. James Beaman, Director. Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 (9pm): Gracie Lee Brown presents "Say Goodnight, Gracie" at The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St, NYC.

Friday, May 31, 2019 (7pm): Sierra Rein - as part of Marquee Five - performs "8-Track Throwback" with Dan Pardo on piano, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Rich Huntley on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON:

There will be NO SALON for the next two weeks! Next Salon will be February 10th, 2019 
Our Theme for the evening will be the very interesting "Hellos and Goodbyes" with Co-Host: Jennifer Bangs and Salon Spotlight: Yael Rasooly.

-Sierra Rein
Blogette for The Salon
Email me with quirks and queries

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 6, 2010: "Coming Home"

It was surreal to get out of the subway and walk north instead of west from the 42nd street station, but most of us did to get to the new Home of The Salon - Don't Tell Mama on West 46th Street. A home to many Cabaret artists and piano bar singers, "DTM" has probably been written in the calendars of many of our regular Salon singers over the years, so the theme was indeed "Coming Home." We in the crew exchanged our "Etceterette" title for "Mamette," stuffed as many "Salon Sardines" as we could into the audience, collected cards and got the performances started!

He has done and won and sung everything, and he runs this joint - Sidney Myer, with Tracy Stark at the piano, was Co-Host of the evening. He started out with the cleverly romantic yet quite cheeky "Cream in My Coffee" with the adjusted lyric "...now that Salon's at Mama's Tanya's dream has come true." He returned after the intermission to take the helm and, again with Tracy on the piano, began telling us: "when facing disappointment, you don't escape from life, you escape into life" then going into the ebulliently funny and wit-filled "Between Men." After raucous applause, he sang the lovely reminder to slow down; the ballad "Dance With Me," from the musical Midnight at the Never Get, which started its journey on the Don't Tell Mama stage to the performances in NYMF and the Bistro Awards. Tracy hit a lovely flowery chord, and allowed Sidney to take the stage...and boy he took it! Sauntering, jumping, and hip-thrusting hilariously all over the stage - claiming he'll take anything, as long as you got "Pheromones." To close the evening, Sidney hit us with some raucous "Good Advice," from Model T to Guggenheim.

Sidney Myer (photo: theaterpizzazz.com)

Salon Spotlight:

Broadway Veteran, Artistic Director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, and Cabaret icon KT Sullivan was our Salon Spotlight, presenting pieces from her upcoming show; a tribute to Broadway legend-come-Cabaret-Star Barbara Cook and her specific relation to music director and arranger Wally Harper, "I Can Cook: When Barbara Met Wally." KT admitted that in 1981, when someone suggested she go into Cabaret and listen a Barbara Cook's album for inspiration, KT's very first show contained 5 songs from Barbara's repertoire, so attached she became to Cook. After all, as a soprano in Los Angeles, KT was not aware that high voices could be welcome on Cabaret stages. Cook's inspiration changed her mind, and KT's rise in Cabaret was born after doing a year of midnight Friday performances in Los Angeles. For the Spotlight, KT had the quick-fingered, long-haired Jon Weber at the piano, and first waltzed into "Wait Til You See Him," providing us a romantic rich voice with a high soprano ending. She then did a sultry yet wink-filled "I Love a Piano," quirkily having fun with the "I'd love to meddle..." lyric and opened it up to Jon "long-haired genius" Weber to show off his dexterity on the 88s. To close her spot, KT then showed off how she can musically cook hot and jazzy - but still be funny as hell - with a spitfire rendition of "I Can Cook Too" from On the Town.

"I Can Cook: When Barbara Met Wally" will be presented at the Birdland Theater from February 27th thru March 2nd, 7pm each day - Wednesday thru Saturday. Eric Michael Gillett is her Director, with Jon Weber as music director. Birdland Theater: 315 W. 44th Street, NYC. Tickets can be purchased here.

KT Sullivan (photo: www.ktsullivan.com)
Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

For Classical Corner, Mark indeed went back Home by briefly speaking about the elemental connection between Salon and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." It is the piece that opens up any new venue for The Salon, ever since the grand piano was moved from the Oak Room into the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel years and years ago. Back 11 years ago, Mark played "Rhapsody" from memory after a rehearsal, and the maitre d' came over and told him "you can do this every time you're here" and Salon was born as more and more people came to sing. As Mark said about "Rhapsody": "You spend your whole life learning this piece, and so I'm still working on it." He then hit the Don't Tell Mama piano with such beautiful passion and flowing love for the piece, it sounded gorgeous, and he got a massive standing ovation for his work.

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: Sidney Myer (with Tracy Stark at the piano)
Deborah Stone
Marnie Klar
Ann Kittredge
Robin Westle
Mary Sue Daniels
Renee and Gregory Toroian (with Gregory at the piano)
Katie Neiheisel (with Gregory Toroian at the piano)
Joey Infante and Mike McDonald (with Mike McDonald at the piano)
Raissa Katona Bennet and Linda Kahm (with Kenneth Gartman at the piano)
Kenneth Gartman (self at piano)
Sierra Rein
Candace Oden
Salon Spotlight: KT Sullivan (with Jon Weber at the piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-Host: Sidney Myer (with Tracy Stark at the piano)
Tanya Moberly
Maureen Taylor
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Bob Diamond (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Ann Talman
Debbee May (with Dan Furman at piano)
The Elegant Ivory Duo - John and Ivy Todras (with John Todras on piano)
Linda Rodolitz
Becca Kidwell
Bobbie Horowitz
Barbara Malley
Louisa Lee Poster
Richard Eisenberg
Angela Leone
Allan Yashin
Joann Sicoli
Laurel KallumDawn Melody
Shari Pine
David Ballard
Tracy Stark (self on piano)
Co-Host: Sidney Myer (with Tracy Stark at the piano)

Special thanks to musicians Mark Janas, Tracy Stark, Dan Furman, John Todras, Mike McDonald, Gregory Toroian, Kenneth Gartman, Jon Weber, and Matthew Martin Ward. And then thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, and the astounding waitstaff and management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, thanks to Steve Bustamante as videographer for the evening!

Ongoing Shows:

Tuesday, January 15th - January 20th: Bob Diamond is working for the Metropolitan Opera!

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 (8:15pm): 4 Shorts: Films, Part III, hosted by Shana Farr, featuring work by Ann Talman, at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, NYC.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 (7pm): Louisa Lee Poster is presenting a repeat performance of "Steppin' Out in High Heels One More Time" with her Tin Pan Alley Trio at The Sidewalk Cafe (no cover, 2 item minimum), 94 Avenue A, NYC. Reservations here.

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 (7pm): Blue Wave Victory performance Produced by Stephen Hanks and with Tracy Stark at the piano, featuring Sierra Rein amongst others, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Monday, January 13th, 2019 (7pm): 
Blue Wave Victory performance Produced by Stephen Hanks and with Tracy Stark at the piano, featuring Mary Sue Daniels amongst others, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (3pm): Candice Oden is presenting "B*tch Is Crazy" with The Seeing Place Theater at Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th St, NYC.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (7 pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (5pm): Candice Oden is presenting "B*tch Is Crazy" with The Seeing Place Theater at Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th St, NYC.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 (7pm): Debra Stone hosts the open mic at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd Street, NYC.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Amy Beth Williams: Great Ladies, Great Songs" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Monday, January 28th, 2019 (7pm): "When in Rome" with Kenneth Gartman - Lennie Watts, Director and Troy Fannin, music director/guitar - at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Dan Ruth: A Life Behind Bars" at Carnegie Stage - 25 W. Main St, Carnegie, PA.

Friday, February 1st, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Dan Ruth: A Life Behind Bars" at Carnegie Stage - 25 W. Main St, Carnegie, PA.

Friday, February 1st, 2019 (7pm): "When in Rome" with Kenneth Gartman - Lennie Watts, Director and Troy Fannin, music director/guitar - at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Dan Ruth: A Life Behind Bars" at Carnegie Stage - 25 W. Main St, Carnegie, PA.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz presents "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 (4pm): Becca Kidwell will be a "Fangirl" along with Tracy Stark in her solo show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 (3pm): Don't Tell Mama's Next Big Act, Lynda Rodolitz, in "Animal Magnetism" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 (7pm): Don't Tell Mama's Next Big Act, Lynda Rodolitz, in "Animal Magnetism" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 (8pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Jennifer Bangs - She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas and Jesus" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Kendra Cunningham - This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce" at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Sunday, February 24th, 2019 (3pm): Don't Tell Mama's Next Big Act, Lynda Rodolitz, in "Animal Magnetism" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 13th, 2019 (7pm): Don't Tell Mama's Next Big Act, Lynda Rodolitz, in "Animal Magnetism" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Amy Beth Williams: Great Ladies, Great Songs" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (7pm): Becca Kidwell will be a "Fangirl" along with Tracy Stark in her solo show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (7pm): Sierra Rein - as part of Marquee Five - performs "Back Porch Swing" with Joe Goodrich on piano and Matt Scharfglass on bass at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Friday, March 1st, 2019 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Jennifer Bangs - She Bangs, She Bangs: Marriage, Adultery, Texas and Jesus" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 (7pm): Sierra Rein brings her solo debut show "Running in Place" to a new home at Don't Tell Mama with Bill Zeffiro as Music Director, Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums. James Beaman, Director. Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, March 11th, 2019 (7pm): "When in Rome" with Kenneth Gartman - Lennie Watts, Director and Troy Fannin, music director/guitar - at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019: Ann Kittredge in "Fancy Meeting You Here: The Music of Ahrens and Flaherty," directed by Andrea Marcovicci, at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.

Friday, May 31, 2019 (7pm): Sierra Rein - as part of Marquee Five - performs "8-Track Throwback" with Dan Pardo on piano, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Rich Huntley on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019: Joey Infante with music director Ian Herman, at The Triad, 158 W 72nd Street, NYC

NEXT SALON:

There will be NO SALON on January 13th! Next Salon will be Sunday, January 20th, with the theme of "Why We Do What We Do." Come bring your particular answers to this query, and join Co-Host Ari Axelrod (who is making his debut at Birdland on the 21st), along with Salon Spotlight Stacy Sullivan, renown Cabaret and recording artist!

-Sierra Rein
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