Friday, September 22, 2017

The Salon Wrap-up for September 17, 2017; "Let's Misbehave"

Hi Saloners,

It was an evening of surprises, beginning with the surprise that Mark wasn't there. Unfortunately he was a little under the weather, so he decided to get some rest (we all hope you're feeling better Mark!). Instead, we had a very special guest host/pianist, the fabulous Tracy Stark! While we missed Mark, it's always a lot of fun to hang out with Tracy.

Our special guest co-host this week was the fabulous Leslie Orofino! Leslie just finished a run of her show Cocktails With Cole, a tribute to Cole Porter, which she performed in both New York and Connecticut.


She opened the evening with the song that inspired tonight's theme, Cole Porter's "Let's Misbehave" and gave it the appropriate inappropriateness. She opened the second set with "Give Him the Ooh La La", which Cole Porter wrote after moving to Paris, when his first show flopped in America. Paris revealed a lot about Cole Porter, which Leslie then showed us with the song "You Don't Know Paree", before finishing the set with "C'est Magnifique", which was inspired by Cole's walks down the Champs-Élysées watching people fall in and out of love. She closed the evening with "Confession", bringing another evening of Salon fabulousness to a close without anybody misbehaving too badly. 

Salon Spotlight!
Our Salon Spotlight tonight was the always stunning Shana Farr! Shana opened her new show this week at the Players' Club, "Shana Farr sings the Songbook of Barbara Cook". It was a wonderful match of singer and songs. Shana pointed out that Barbara Cook was the quintessential ingenue, but always gave the character depth. She illustrated this with two Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, "A Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific and "Hello Young Lovers" from The King and I. Shana then related how, later in her career, Barbara met and worked with Stephen Sondheim, which changed her life, before closing her set with a haunting rendition of "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music. 


Quick Wrap - Tracy's Corner
Since Mark wasn't here this week to do Classical Corner, the reins were handed over to the marvelous Tracy Stark, who sang three of her own original songs. (Always a treat!). "You Changed Me" was a wonderful song about a "woman of a certain age" (Tracy's words) surrendering to love. She then shared a song that was commissioned for a show dealing largely with midnight. The show didn't end up happening, but Tracy has since recorded the song, so we were all lucky enough to hear "Mr. Moon". She closed with a song that was commissioned for a gala for a women's shelter and was a beautiful song about rising from the ashes, "Find My Strength". 

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 Tracy Stark unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Leslie Orofino
Kit
Bobbie Horowitz
Julia Breanetta Simpson
Marnie Klar
Barb Malley
Kevin Scott Hall
Sally Darling
Michael Colby
Ruth Carlin
Gretchen Reinhagen
David Ballard
Adam B. Shapiro
Dawn Derow
Shana Farr- Salon Spotlight
Tracy Stark- Tracy's Corner

BREAK

Co-Host: Leslie Orofino
Tanya Moberly
Steve Bustamante
Encore: Bobbie Horowitz
Encore: Barb Malley
Encore: Kit
Encore: Gretchen Reinhagen
Encore: Adam B. Shapiro
Co-Host: Leslie Orofino

Thank you to this evening's videographer, Steve Bustamante, to Gill Alexandre on lights and sound, David Ballard and our amazing waitstaff, , and the management at Etc Etc.


Ongoing Shows:


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

Weekly: Bill Zeffiro plays and sings with a rotating list of guests at La Rivista, 313 W 46th St, NYC.

Upcoming Shows:

Monday, September 18, 2017 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz hosts "It's Just A Number" (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano) to honor Meg Flathers, Frank Dain, and John Kropowski at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (7:30pm): Shana Farr is appearing in "Shana Farr Sings the Songbook of Barbara Cook, at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC.

Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Sunday, September 23, 2017 (7:00 PM): Steve Bustamante premieres his debut show "Wholly Possible", directed by Adam B. Shapiro with musical director Kenneth Gartman at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, September 24-25, 2017: Angela Leone is performing in the 24 Hour Cabaret Marathon at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 2, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 4, 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.

Friday, October 6, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

October 10-16, 2017: Abby Hase is directing her first play, "Who I Am" at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, NYC.

Monday, October 16, 2017 (6pm): Opening night of the Cabaret Convention features Tanya Moberly, Adam Shapiro, and others, at the Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street.

Friday, October 27, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ian Herman are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (2pm): 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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (7:00pm): Barbara Malley brings back her show "OMG! Am I a Diva?" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC

Friday, November 3-Sunday, November 19, 2017Erin Cronican and Candice Oden are appearing in the play "Jack Goes Boating" at The Seeing Place Theater, 64 E 4th St (Basement Theater), NYC.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 (7:00pm): Ruth Carlin presents her newest show "KALEIDOSCOPE EYES" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 10, 2017 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 (7:00pm): Ruth Carlin presents her newest show "KALEIDOSCOPE EYES" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 13, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (7:00pm): Ruth Carlin presents her newest show "KALEIDOSCOPE EYES" 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 25, 2017 (4:00pm): Gretchen Reinhagen presents her new show "I Blame Paleo" with musical director Tracy Stark at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017 (4:30pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, 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) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 18, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" 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 SALON!

The next one will be on Sunday, September 24, 2017, and the theme will be "Vintage Pop" with guest host, Matthew Martin Ward and co-host, Sylvia Feldman (Robert Ima)! The Salon Spotlight will the the fabulous Amy Wolk! See you there!

--Adam B. Shapiro
"Blogette" for The Salon

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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for September 10, 2017: "Better Than Nothing"

We've been very lucky in New York City as other cities have been dealing with fires, flooding and hurricane winds. Our Salon founder Mark Janas reminded us of this as he played the audio from video during the hurricane in Puerto Rico last week. It was a very humbling experience and made me even more grateful to be able to gather on a weekly music to make beautiful music with beautiful email.

Our Co-Host was the Multiple MAC Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Bill Zeffiro! The evening doubled as our regular Sunday Salon and an album release party for Mr Zeffiro! We were thrilled to find that the first 20 people to arrive at Salon received a CD absolutely free. What a wonderful gift!

Salon Co-Host Bill Zeffiro
Bill's first song was delivered at the piano, his delicately jazzy original tune, "Better Than Nothing." He told us that this one of the first sings he developed at The Salon, and it was so wonderful to hear it again as a kick off to the evening. For his mid-show set, he invited a few of his favorite singers to join him at the mic. For his first song, he and Sarah Hayes sang what has become my favorite holiday tune, "What The Hell It's Christmas." He then introduced us to something "totally different", an aria from a new chamber opera called, "Truman and Nancy" set during the tie encapsulated in Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood." The touching song was sung by young soprano, Abby Hase. He closed this set with the sassy title tune of his musical, "The Road To Ruin" sung with aplomb by Candice Oden (with Bill and Erin - yours truly - on backups.) For the final song of the night, Bill sang a song that was created back when The Salon was still at the Algonquin: "Universal Truth."

If you're interested in getting a copy of Bill's CD, you can reach out to him via email (they're not on sale online quite yet!) You can catch Bill at La Rivista – 313 West 46th St, NYC 10036 - every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8pm-Midnight and at Parnell’s – 350 East 53rd St, NYC 10022 - every Saturday 8-11pm. For more information: www.billzeffiro.com


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

This week's segment started with Mark asking for the lights to be turned up slightly. He asked the audience for a show of hands: Who has taken voice lessons? (Most people raised their hands.) And who has taught voice? (About 1/4 of the hands stayed raised.) He then told a story about his journey as a musician/teacher and reluctant singer. After being a part of his church choir as a music director for many years, he recently started singing with the choir here and there and now his voice is starting to do things it never did before. He realized that there is sometimes a difference between teaching something and being able to do exactly what you're teaching.

As tonight's Classical Corner approached Mark realized that Bill Zeffiro was going to be co-hosting, and he was reminded of a conversation he and Bill had. Bill has always said that Mark can have a voice lesson anytime. So Mark had the brilliant idea to do a voice lesson with Bill in front of the entire audience this evening!

Bill started by having Mark sing a bit of a song he'd prepared, which allowed Bill to pinpoint a few spots to address. Through Bill's work with Mark, we learned about the trick of using a straw to practice proper breath control. We learned about biting a mint (or your finger) to sing without the (over)use of your jaw. We learned that voiced consonants (doing notes on a song on a "th" "ng", for example) can regulate vocal energy. And we were shown a few vocal eases and body movements that would help bring it all together. Not only did we get to see Bill as a fun, engaging, loving teacher with a great skill set, but we also got to see a Mark as a voice student who showed blind courage, didn't judge himself, and expressed a wonder and joy of learning.

The funny thing? I asked Mark later what it was like to get a voice lesson in front of everyone, because he seems to at ease. But he said he was terrified! This really inspired me because I think most of us feel that way when working on our craft, but Mark and Bill showed us that learning and growing can be quite fun.


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: Bill Zeffiro (also on piano)
Ira Lee Collings
Kit
Richie Eisenberg (also on piano)
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bobbie Horowitz (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Candice Oden (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Abby Hase (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Erin Cronican
Shana Farr
CLASSICAL CORNER with Mark Janas (also on piano, with Bill Zeffiro)
BREAK
CO-HOST: Bill Zeffiro (on piano, with Sarah Hayes on vocals)
CO-HOST: Bill Zeffiro  (on piano, with Abby Hase on Vocals)
CO-HOST: Bill Zeffiro  (on piano and backing vocals, with Candice Oden on Vocals and Erin Cronican on backups)
Tanya Moberly
Father Jeff Hamblin
Joan Jaffe
Frank Loman
Jen Bradley
Zach Wobensmith (with Big Zeffiro on piano)
Blair Alexis Brown
Sarah Hayes (with Big Zeffiro on piano)
CO-HOST: Bill Zeffiro  (also on piano)


Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Bill Zeffiro, Matthew Martin Ward, and Richie Eisenberg!

Thank you to this evening's videographer, Michael Stever, to Gill Alexandre on lights and sound, and to our amazing waitstaff, Mattea and Milan, and the management at Etc Etc.


Ongoing Shows:


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

Weekly: Bill Zeffiro plays and sings with a rotating list of guests at La Rivista, 313 W 46th St, NYC.


Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, September 14, 2017: Matthew Martin Ward is appearing in free cabaret event with Tom White at the SVA Theater, 333 West 23 Street, NYC.

Friday, September 15, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, September 18, 2017 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz hosts "It's Just A Number" (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano) to honor Meg Flathers, Frank Dain, and John Kropowski at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (7:30pm): Shana Farr is appearing in "Shana Farr Sings the Songbook of Barbara Cook, at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC.

Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Monday, September 24-25, 2017: Angela Leone is performing in the 24 Hour Cabaret Marathon at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 2, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 4, 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.

Friday, October 6, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

October 10-16, 2017: Abby Hase is directing her first play, "Who I Am" at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, NYC.

Monday, October 16, 2017 (6pm): Opening night of the Cabaret Convention features Tanya Moberly, Adam Shapiro, and others, at the Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street.

Friday, October 27, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ian Herman are appearing at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (2pm): 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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 3-Sunday, November 19, 2017Erin Cronican and Candice Oden are appearing in the play "Jack Goes Boating" at The Seeing Place Theater, 64 E 4th St (Basement Theater), NYC.

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) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 10, 2017 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 13, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" 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.

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017 (4:30pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, 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) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 18, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" 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 SALON!

The next one will be on Sunday, September 17, 2017, and the theme will be "Let's Misbehave" with your co-host, Leslie Orofino! Hope to see you there, and can't wait to hear what naughty things you bring!

--Erin Cronican
"Blogette" for The Salon
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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for August 27, 2017: "You & Me & Lenny B - Bernstein at Ninety-Nine"

This past week would have been Leonard Bernstein's 99th birthday, and as the most documented musician of all time, there is a plethora of information out there regarding his work, his life, and his influences. One of my favorite things is to hear at this time of year is Mark Janas noodle on the piano in the minutes before the evening starts; before the show began, Mark played a preview of sorts, effortlessly going from Bernstein song to Bernstein from memory, and got the audience to start snapping like gang members during the West Side Story prologue section. As soon as the lights went down, Mark and Matthew Martin Ward did a four-hand rendition of the "Overture" to Candide, which opened in 1956.

Julie Reyburn
As is tradition, the gorgeous singer (and Mark Janas' "musical wife") Julie Reyburn was Co-Host for the evening! She started this yearly celebration to Lennie Bernstein with a gloriously ebullient "Tonight" from West Side Story, and welcomed the full house to this annual event with great aplomb. Julie's silvery mezzo-soprano voice, tinged with steel, aided her innate storytelling prowess as she moved from one moment to the other in Bernstein's often vocally challenging work. She also proved to be a gracious and supportive hostess as well.

For the middle set, Ritt Henn and his bass guitar took a spot on stage to accompany Julie Reyburn and Mark Janas on "What a Movie" from Trouble in Tahiti, along with backup singers Adam Shapiro, Matthew Martin Ward, and (me) Sierra Rein. Julie then sang the lyrical "There is a Garden" from Trouble in Tahiti, which is the aria the wife sings to her psychiatrist about the disturbing dream she had in the midst of her troubled marriage, in which she is trapped in a dead garden and hears a hopeful voice telling her of "a quiet place" of another, more loving garden. We then got another Bernstein Celebration tradition: "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" from West Side Story as a duet between Julie and Tanya Moberly, which was quite emotionally effective.

To close the evening out, Julie adjusted a few opening lyrics and sang the part of Claire in "Some Other Time" from On The Town. On hand to add harmony was (me) Sierra Rein as Hildy, Matthew Martin Ward as Ollie, and Adam Shapiro as Chip. At the end of the Thank You's, Mark hit the piano again to lead us in to a rousing "Happy Birthday" to Lennie, complete with atonal tritoned West Side Story orchestrations sprinkled into the accompaniment.

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!

Lennie Bernstein
b. August 25, 1918
Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
After I (Sierra) sang Bernstein's "My Twelve-Tone Melody," Mark segued into the concept of what "12 Tone" is. In the 12 tone mode of composition, the melody organizes the 12 tones of the scale but in a different order than the do-re-mi we are used to. After the composer goes through all 12 tones, they can then be repeated, sent into "retrograde" and inverted, written backwards and upside-down, and utilized to form chords. It's a somewhat mind-boggling method of composition, but when used effectively, it can keep the audiences' ears on their toes (so to speak). Leonard Bernstein pushed tonality, and used the atonality of 12 tones within many of his works, including West Side Story. However, to maintain the audience's good graces, Bernstein made sure that his music was also intensely tonic; instead, he wrote with snippets of 12-tone within his work. People often forget that West Side Story is classical musical, but it is undeniably atonal from the first chords, with tritone chords (aka an augmented fourth) all over the place, and funny intervals like the jump from the tonic to the tritone within the melody. These tritones add spice to the mambo and cha-cha within the "Dance at the Gym" scene, to the accented and reaching theme of "Maria," and the jump from the E to the Bb in "America."

At times throughout Classical Corner, Mark played a few Bernstein melodies from West Side Story with the tonal instead of the tritones, and it sounded completely off, since we have all memorized the atonal melodies of these classic pieces. Bernstein hid these atonal moments in the orchestration to even the most tonal of his works, as in the harmonic orchestration behind "Somewhere." Mark then played through "Officer Kruptke" and pointed out all the sneaky tritones, and the progression from the starting key to the next arrives at the tritone with only two progressions before eventually returning to the original tonic key, something no one had attempted in modern musicals at the time. Mark then went on to discuss Trouble in Tahiti, which was written while Bernstein was on his honeymoon. It was supposedly about his parents ("Sam," the husband in the piece, was modeled and named after his father). In Trouble in Tahiti, Leonard dealt with the concept of interpersonal things getting lost in materialism, and how the family unit at the time was breaking up even amidst great Wall Street successes.  Mark left us with these thoughts as we took a break into the second act, and got to hear two songs from this lesser-known show in Julie's mid-show set. 

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.


Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward (both at piano)
CO-HOST: Julie Reyburn
Scott Grey
Sue Susman
Michael Colby
Jerome Weinstein
Ira Lee Collings (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Joey Infante and Michael Macdonald (with Michael Macdonald on piano)
Richie Eisenberg (self at piano)
CLASSICAL CORNER
BREAK
CO-HOST Julie Reyburn (with Adam Shapiro, Matthew Martin Ward, Sierra Rein on backups)
Julie Reyburn and Tanya Moberly
Tanya Moberly (with Ritt Henn on bass) 
Ritt Henn (self on guitar)
Amy Beth Williams (Ritt Henn on bass)
Frank Frascati
Angela Leone
David Ballard
Jen Bradley
CO-HOST: Julie Reyburn, Adam Shapiro, Matthew Martin Ward, and Sierra Rein

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, Michael Macdonald, Ritt Henn, and Richie Eisenberg!

Thank you to this evening's videographer, James Eden, to Gill Alexandre on lights and sound, and to our amazing waitstaff, Matea and Phillip!

Ongoing Shows:


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

Tuesday (7:30pm) FINALE *THIS* TUES:
Tanya Moberly is judging Mama's Next Big Act at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, and a few of our regular Salon members have been/are taking part!

Upcoming Shows:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (6pm): Matthew Martin Ward will play the keys at the MAC Open Mic at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (7pm): Sarah Rice performs "Music of the Night: Memories, Dreams & Reflections" at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Friday, September 15, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, September 18, 2017 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz hosts "It's Just A Number" (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano) to honor Meg Flathers, Frank Dain, and John Kropowski at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 (4pm): Becca Kidwell brings back her show "A Song & It's Girl" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017 (7pm): Adam Shapiro directs our own Steve Bustamante in his solo show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (7pm): Frank Frascati in "By Myself" at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Monday, October 2, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 4, 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.

Friday, October 6, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (7pm): Ritt Henn performs "Songs From The Great American Ritt Book," Directed by Barry Kleinbort, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 16, 2017 (6pm): Opening night of the Cabaret Convention features Tanya Moberly, Adam Shapiro, and others, at the Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories"  (Directed by Tanya Moberly) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 27, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 11, 2017 (7pm): Ritt Henn performs "Songs From The Great American Ritt Book," Directed by Barry Kleinbort, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (2pm): 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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (7pm): Ritt Henn performs "Songs From The Great American Ritt Book," Directed by Barry Kleinbort, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing it?” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 10, 2017 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories"  (Directed by Tanya Moberly) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 13, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Ritt Henn on bass and Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017 (4:30pm): Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward) presents "Totally Noël" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, 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) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 18, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Ritt Henn on bass and Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

NEXT SALON!
Reminder there will be NO SALON on September 3rd - the next one will be on Sunday, September 10, 2017, and the theme will be "Better Than Nothing." But, you know what's better than anything?!?! Answer: our Co-Host for that evening, the amazing Bill Zeffiro! Hope to see you there, with whatever you bring!

--Sierra Rein
"Blogette" for The Salon
Questions or Oopsies? Email me: sirein@sierrarein.com