Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 15, 2017 - "By The Book"

With the theme of "By The Book," one would think of strict adherence to rules. However, rules were broken and stretched and thrown out the window this past Sunday, as Tommy J. Dose brought his signature bari-tenor brilliance and fantastic hosting skills to the Salon stage. Tommy is the 2016 MAC Award Winner for Best Piano Bar Vocalist, and could be seen hitting glorious notes (sung with a mixture of opera and musical theater vocals) at Don't Tell Mama. His take on the theme was to sing songs about storytelling, narratives and the tales we try to tell when we want to have an affect on the world and on the future. He started out by singing the soaringly romantic "Almost Like Being in Love" from Brigadoon, a show steeped in myth and legend. For his Act II set, Tommy sang a song originally cut from his show "by. the. book."; "I Was Here" from the musical The Glorious Ones by Flaherty & Ahrens. This song features an actor questioning "what are we hoping for?", and trying to figure out what he will leave behind for history to know him by. He then went into Into the Woods'  "Giants in the Sky," a story-driven song featuring Tommy's beautiful and pitch-perfect tenor notes. He also reavealed that his descended from giants, being a relative of Angus MaCaskill, a 7'10'' real-life "giant" who used to tour with Tom Thumb. He finished his mid-show set with "If I Sing" from Maltby & Shire's Closer Than Ever, a moody song also cut from his show, but perfectly in tune with the theme. At the end of the evening, Tommy spoke of the importance of storytelling, and how "the most important story to tell is your own, even if you don't know how it ends... and then sang "How it Ends" from the story-centric musical Big Fish.


Tommy J. Dose
Tommy can be seen in "by. the. book." directed by Lennie Watts with musical direction by Nate Buccieri on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00pm, at Don't Tell Mama (343 W. 46th Street, NYC). This is a repeat of his debut cabaret from last Fall. Go to www.donttellmamanyc.com for more information or call (212) 757-0788. $15 cover/two drink minimum (Cash only); MAC members get $10 ticket cover price.

Our Salon Spotlight: Mark Hartman


The Salon Spotlight was Bistro and MAC-Award winner singer-pianist Mark Hartman, whose show "Late Breaking Stories" will play at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00pm. After singing "Short People" by Randy Newman, which brought a lot of ironic chuckles, he revealed at the piano that in his new show "I don't want to be terribly entertaining...I want to do something that means something." In fact, in his current show, he's bringing in artists who have purpose, like Natalie Douglas, Ricky Alan Saunders, Nicholas Rodriguez and Nilan Johnson. Along with himself on piano, Mark will be joined by John Miller on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums. To complete his set, Mark sang the late George Michael's "One More Try" with fiery gospel piano accompaniment, and then asked the audience "anyone depressed?" After a few murmurs of agreement from us, Mark went into the positive "Beautiful City" with full-chorded rock blues piano break. For more information on "Late Breaking Stories," visit his event on Facebook.

Mark Hartman


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

The Classical Corner featured a friend of mine and stellar young Opera singer, Heather Hobeck. Tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th at around 2pm, Heather will be singing in the Regional level of the Metropolitan Opera Competition at Merkin Hall at 129 West 67th Street, NYC. In preparation for her entry, Heather sang a combination from La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini of "Ah! non credea mirarti" and "Ah! non giunge uman pensiero." At first, her character is a sleepwalker, dazed and singing about her rejected lover and the flowers in her hands while walking across a treacherous bridge. Once on the other side, she breaks out of her reverie, and finds her lover on the other side with a ring for her; she then sings her absolute joy and happiness in her newfound love. On a side note, Mark revealed that he used to be a sleepwalker as a child, and once locked his father out of a room with the door chain!

Heather Bobeck
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: Tommy J. Dose
Kit
David Gilliam 
Bob Diamond (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Marnie Klar
Classical Corner: Heather Bobeck
Salon Spotlight: Mark Hartman (self on piano)
BREAK
Co Host: Tommy J. Dose
Jen Bradley
Nick Miller
Steve Bustamante (self on guitar)
Encores:
Sally Darling
Barb Malley
Bobbie Horowitz 
Kit
David Ballard
Heather Bobeck
Co Host: Tommy J. Dose

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, Steve Bustamante, and Mark Hartman.

And thank you to Becky Balin on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and Steve Bustamante, tonight's videographer.

Ongoing Shows: 

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

Upcoming Shows:

Monday, January 16, 2017 (7pm) - Bobbie Horowitz is continuing her series, "It's Just a Number" at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 (7pm): Mark Hartman & more in "Late Breaking Stories" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, January 20, 2017 (7pm): "Sondheim Unplugged" featuring music from Assassins and more, with appearance by Sierra Rein as part of Marquee Five. Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 (2:30pm):
 Nick Miller in Bronx Opera's "Sire John in Love" for ARE Opera at Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, NYC.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (7pm): Bob Diamond is bringing back, "The Gift of Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, January 27, 2017 (7pm): Ricky Ritzel's Broadway presents Barbara Malley, Bob Diamond, and more at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (7pm): Bob Diamond is bringing back, "The Gift of Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Barbara Malley is bringing back her show, "OMG! Am I a Diva?" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, benefitting American Rivers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 3, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Nilsson With Weber" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Friday, March 10, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings the Blues with Ian Herman" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (7pm): 
Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "Carried Away" 
at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.


Friday, March 17, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Amy, Ani, Rickie and Joni with Ritt Henn" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Kit is appearing for one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 31, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings back "Tanya Moberly Sings Kenny Loggins with Steven Ray Watkins" one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St, NYC.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Save the date for Sally Darling's new show at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs Dan Ruth in "A Life Behind Bars" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SUNDAY! The theme will be "Transformations" with Co-Host and current Cabaret Scenes cover-boy Joshua Lance Dixon. Joshua won the 2016 competition of Mama's Next Big Act and became NiteLife Person of the Week for it! Feel free to bring songs about growing up, finding a new love or new life direction, or perhaps songs from a musical version of Metamorphosis (it exists!). 


- Sierra Rein
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 8, 2017 - "Second Chances"

We were welcomed back to the 2017 Salon Open Mic by our founder, Mark Janas. He said something so true and simple: "It's the start of a crazy year, but Salon will keep us sane." Yes it will!

Our theme tonight was "Second Chances" - a theme which inspires all kinds of ideas. It could be about second chances in love, work, or life, or giving a song a second chance, or repeating a theme. It was exciting to hear how many creative choices were brought to the table - how I love being a part of this amazing community!

Our Co-Host was the elegant Deborah Stone, with pianist Woody Regan! Deborah kicked off the night by charming us with "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress. For her mid-show set, she started with a gentle and amusing, "Garbage." She continued with a delicate medley of "I'm Old Fashioned" with "Simple Little Things." She finished this set with the hilarious patter song, "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer." For the final song of the evening, Deborah sang a lovely and contemplative, "In My Life" while accompanying herself on the acoustic guitar. It was a fitting end to an inspiring evening.

Deborah will be at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – in STILL EXACTLY WHERE I BELONG on January 14th at 4pm. For more information: www.donttellmamanyc.com

Co-Host Deborah Stone
Our Salon Spotlight featured Sue Matsuki with Greg Toroian on piano! To start the three-song set, Sue wooed us with her velvety mezzo with, "Devil May Care." After the applause died down, Sue reminded us that in the wake of the tragedies and difficulties our world faces, every moment should be embraced, and then sang an apropos, "Here's To Life." She finished her set with a charming and swinging, "Too Young for the Blues."

Sue & Greg will be celebrating their 23rd year of making music together at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – in THE PILE OF TUNES ON THE SIDE OF THE PIANO on January 20th at 7pm and in LOVE STORIES on February 18th at 7pm. For more information: www.donttellmamanyc.com

Salon Spotlight Sue Matsuki!

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark started by playing the opening notes of "Almost Real" from The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown (which I happened to sing this very evening.) He began to talk about how the beginning of this song has a distinctly classical feel, where JRB layers both classical and folk themes together and repeats them again and again. He said that it reminded him of the Italian "passacaglia" where the bass is repeated - a second chance of sorts!

To continue his point, he invited up Maria Fernanda Brea to sing Elvira's aria, "Qui La Voce" from Bellini's I Puritani. In the song she thinks that her lover has taken another lover and has deserted her. In the end she discovers she's incorrect - he has been away as a revolutionary. But by the time she discovers this she has already lost her mind - no second chance possible. It was a thrilling performance by this talented young lady.

Maria than sang several folk songs from her home country of Venezuela with the help of her father, Fernando, who accompanied her on the guitar. It was a heartfelt and stunning performance - we were so lucky to have her here with us again!


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: Deborah Stone (with Woody Regan on piano)
Rian Keating (with Woody Regan on piano)
Ira Lee Collings
Bob Diamond
Kit
Jerome Weinstein (with Greg Toroian on piano)
Joan Jaffe (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Charles Baran
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Kathleen France
Salon Spotlight: Sue Matsuki (with Greg Toroian on piano)
Classical Corner: Maria Fernanda Brea (with special guest, Fernando Brea - her father - on guitar)
BREAK
Co Host: Deborah Stone (with Woody Regan on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Bobbie Horowitz
Barbara Malley
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bill Zeffiro (also on piano)
Ailan
Zach Wobensmith
Mikeala Simon
Amanola Bressler
Madeleine Blossom
Co Host: Deborah Stone (also in guitar)


Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Woody Regan, Greg Toroian, Deborah Stone and Bill Zeffiro.

And thank you to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and James Eden, tonight's videographer.


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

Monday & Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, January 12, 2017 (6:30pm): Bill Zeffiro's musical, "Houdini Among The Spirits" is being presented as a reading at Five Angels Theater, 789 10th Avenue, NYC.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 (4pm): Deborah Stone is presenting her show "Still Exactly Where I Belong" (with music director Woody Regan) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, January 16, 2017 (7pm)Bobbie Horowitz is continuing her series, "It's Just a Number" at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Friday, January 20, 2017: Sue Matsuki is beginning a monthly series, "Coming Home to Mama" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, January 20, 2017: Ira Lee Collings is appearing in "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (7pm): Bob Diamond is bringing back, "The Gift of Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (7pm): Bob Diamond is bringing back, "The Gift of Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 18, 2017: Sue Matsuki is continuing her monthly series, "Coming Home to Mama" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 25, 2017: Joan Jaffe is appearing in Parnell's Spotlight Night (with music director Bill Zeffiro) at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (7pm): Barbara Malley is bringing back her show, "OMG! Am I a Diva?" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Kit is appearing for one night only at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.


We will be back next week with the theme,"By The Book" with your Co-Host, Tommy J Dose. 

See you then!

Erin Cronican
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Monday, December 19, 2016


The Salon Wrap- Up for December 18, 2016 - "Merry, Happy, Oy!"

Our final Salon of 2016 was--what else?--a holiday celebration!  Our spirited co-hosts were Those Girls--Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, and Wendy Russell, accompanied by the always wonderful Steven Ray Watkins.
The Girls opened with an Andrews Sisters-style treatment of Kim Wilde's  Hey, Mister Snowman, and explained that they were happy to help us celebrate whatever we wanted to celebrate--even if we were holiday haters! (And they let us in on one of their own pet peeves, as they took a "fruitcake poll."  Amazingly enough, I think the Fans outweighed the Haters on this one.)
For their three-song set, they opened in a mellow mood, singing 'Bout This Time Each Year, a song written by their music director, Steven Ray Watkins. The second song was a Hanukkah song, Maoz Tzur, sung in Hebrew, and featuring Rachel Hanser.  They closed the set with a hilarious nod to carols sung in "original foreign language," by clucking (yes, really) their way through Carol of the Bells.
For their final number, they presented an inspired mash-up of Foreigner's hit Cold as Ice, with You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, featuring Eve Eaton front and center.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
In tonight's Classical Corner, Mark talked about holiday music, traditional carols, and Christmas music composed by classical composers. He pointed out certain musical ideas and patterns that these songs have in common: for example, repetitive phrases, bell-like sounds (as in Carol of the Bells), droning patterns, (Little Drummer Boy), and phrases based on chant      (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel). 
Another approach is to base a new work on an ancient carol melody. Case in point tonight: Geistliches Wiegenlied (Holy Lullaby), by Johannes Brahms, performed  with Mark at the piano, Arthur Cook on cello, and yours truly (Janice Hall) as vocalist. The song weaves together the traditional melody of the German carol Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, (cello) with a new melody for the singer, who, as the Virgin Mother, pleads with the angels to silence the wind in the trees so that her baby can sleep.
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.
Ira Lee Collings  
David Gillam (spoken word)
Kit
Sam Novick
Richard Eisenberg

Dawn Derow 

David Ballard
Classical Corner (Mark Janas with Janice Hall, soprano, and Arthur Cook, cello) 
Those Girls (with Steven Ray Watkins)
Tanya Moberly  (with Steven Ray Watkins)
Angela Leone
Ben Rauch
Michael Colby and friends (with Steven Silverstein)




Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Steven Ray Watkins, Arthur Cook, and Steven Silverstein.
Thank you to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, videographer James Eden, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style.
Ongoing Shows: 
Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shangai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC. www.shanghaimongnyc.com

Upcoming Shows

Monday, January 16th, 7:00 pm: Bobbie Horowitz continues her series, "It's Just a Number," at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St., NYC

No Salon on December 25th or January 1st! 

The Salon will return on January 8th, 2017, with the theme "Second Chances," featuring co-host Deborah Stone.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!  
Happy Holidays! 

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Janice Hall 
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