Monday, February 28, 2011

Update from Producer Tanya Moberly - February 28, 2011

SALON, that unique, Bistro & MAC Award winning Weekly Open Mic Event created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to Etcetera, Etcetera - 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 – on Sunday, March 6th from 7-10:30PM.

The optional theme for the evening is “Rock On!”



Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon.

Our Co-Hosts will be Hey Guy! Boris Pelekh, Leo Pelekh & Tommy Shull (Jake Hertzog & Daniel Jakubovic are unable to attend) will rock the house with tunes from their debut CD 'Hey Guy' on NBino Records. For more information and a sneak preview of their music: www.myheyguy.com.

There will be a $10 cash cover collected at the door by Blogette, Sierra Rein, and a $15 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For further information visit www.etcrestaurant.com or call 212-399-4141). There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm with Etceterette, Jan Brennan.

Salon continues every Sunday!

March 13th:
Theme: Blues in the Night
Guest Host/Pianist: Dan Furman
Co-Host: Joan Crowe

March 20th:
Theme: It's In The Stars
Co-Host: Maureen Taylor

March 27th:
Theme: TBA
Co-Host: TBA

Visit our website at www.markjanasthesalon.com and look for us on Facebook!

Here's some important information about the Salon you should know. The Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. We are currently enjoying our new venue, Etcetera, Etcetera where there is a $10 COVER (cash) AND a $15 FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM (cash or credit). You may sign up to perform starting at 6:15 by seeing one the evening's 'Etceterettes' to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether it's a ballad or an up tempo,(up tempos and comic songs are greatly encouraged!) and any upcoming events you'd like the co-host to announce. Please remember that we do not present performers in order of sign-up and, due to our time restraints and other variables, filling out a card does not guarantee you will perform, but we do our very best to get you up! It is usually a good idea to bring a few different song choices to avoid duplication. All types of material including spoken word are welcome at the Salon but please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length and please bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. If you would like to add a (or remove your) name from our list, e-mail me at tanya@tanyamoberly.com

Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday, March 6th!

Thanks,

Tanya Moberly
Producer

-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Update - NO SALON February 27th! (Watch them Oscars if you wish!)

THERE WILL BE NO SALON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH

SALON, that unique, Bistro & MAC Award winning Weekly Open Mic Event created and hosted by Mark Janas will return to Etcetera, Etcetera - 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 - on Sunday, March 6th from 7-10:30PM.

Meanwhile, come see PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW, this Saturday, February 26th at 6pm at Don't Tell Mama. (343 West 46th St, NYC, 212-757-0788, www.donttellmamanyc.com. $15 Cover Charge ($10 for MAC & Cab Hotline Members)/2 drink minimum). In collaboration with Stu Hamstra's Cabaret Hotline, Hosted by Sue Matsuki, Musical Director Mark Janas, Special Guest Tanya Moberly and featuring David Ballard, Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, and Marnie Klar!

March 6th:
Theme: Rock On!
Co-Hosts: Hey Guy (Boris Pelekh/Leo Pelekh/Tommy Shull)

March 13th:
Theme: Blues in the Night
Guest Host/Pianist: Dan Furman
Co-Host: Joan Crowe

March 20th:
Theme: It's In The Stars
Co-Host: Maureen Taylor

March 27th:
Theme: TBA
Co-Host: TBA

Visit our website at www.markjanasthesalon.com and look for us on Facebook!

-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
Spelling mistakes? URL's I missed? Did I mess up? Please email me.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 13, 2011: "Love and Desire”

Love was in the air and on the stage last Sunday, as The Salon welcomed Valentine's Day-esque revelry and joy, as well as some heartache. The Etcetera Etcetera restaurant was packed to the gills as well, and looking gorgeous and surprisingly young for its age. Part of this had something to do with the 11 amazing Manhattan School of Music students that Mark Janas invited to co-host for the evening: Adam Behlen, Juliana Curcio, Hannah Fuerst, Andy Klima, Anna Lawrence, Rachel Policar, Mitch Roe, Chris Sierra, Christian Sineath, Sarah Smith & Costas Tsourakis. Throughout the night, they performed selections from their Valentine's Day revue "Single in the City: Or, the Bumpy Road to Love." Cleverly structured around the lyrics of "They Can't Take That Away From Me," the show is the first part of the MSM's "Discover Opera Program" (the second being the opera-based educational show, this year entitled "The Secret Music Garden"). They opened up with a quick medley that included songs from On The Town (with the wonderful bass solo "I Feel Like I'm Not Out of Bed Yet"), "Manhattan Madness," "Another Hundred People" from Company and "What More Do I Need?" Then solos from West Side Story, She Loves Me, and a hilarious parody of "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" entitled "Boy Wanted/Match.com."

Elaine St. George next sang the hilarious "Old Fashioned Love Story" from Wild Party, brilliantly executed with less-than-innocent panache. Following this came a sweepingly romantic rendition of "My Funny Valentine" by Joey Infante, accompanied by Michael McDonald on piano. Culling from his Cubano roots, Joey will be performing his show "Babaloo" at The Metropolitan Room on June 21st with music director Barry Levitt. Next, Sunny Leigh sang a beautiful soprano aria "Mon Coeur Souvre Ta Voix" (French!) from the opera Samson et Dalila. Her show "Strong Enough" continues with Barry Levitt on February 27th at the Triad. Next, Stephen Hanks lovingly sang Don McLean's "Birthday Song"in honor of his wife, who was in attendance. Stephen is keeping busy as the President, Board of Directors for Musical Mondays Theater Lab, writing for CabaretScenes.org, and will help produce The Fartiste (based on the real-life flatulence-performer Le P├ętomane) Off-Broadway this Summer!

Then we had welcome newcomer Barbara Malley, who performed a crowd-pleasingly funny song of her own, entitled "Wait 'Til You're 65." A recent addition to the MAC community, Barbara is working on future solo shows and continuing her composing skills. After Barbara, Ashley King sat at the piano to sing/play through her own song "Sunday Matinee," which she considers her "love song to New York." This is from her new musical, Pigeons. Then Stephanie Zagoren sang the popular favorite, Jerome Kern's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" from Show Boat. We then heard Rachel Wood sing the ultimate story-of-love-song, "Meadowlark." Before the MSM students took to the stage again, myself, Tony Imgrund, and Erin Cronican celebrated love and Tony's birthday by singing the an Andrew Lloyd "Webber Trio" (you can view video of it here), which was a mashup of "Love Changes Everything," "An Unexpected Song" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him." I stayed on stage and invited Bill Zeffiro to duet on the acerbic "The Little Things" from Company.

Our glorious co-hosts, the Manhattan School of Music students, then brought in another medley of love songs, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Strangers in the Night," the hilarious "Good News" (set on a subway train), "Standing on the Corner" (awww love those guys!), a powerhouse rendition of "You Don't Own Me," a heartfelt "Where is Love" that morphed into "When I Fall in Love," and a frenetically brilliant "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup."

After the break, we eagerly sat down to hear a third set of the MSM students, who opened the second act with some sexy, sexy talk. First, the delightfully dirty "Can That Boy Fox-trot!" and the powerful "Cry Me a River," then the flirty "The Tennis Song" from City of Angels. Next, a gorgeous combination of "They Say It's Wonderful" and a loving duet of "Song on the Sand" from La Cage Aux Folles. Finally, all the ladies got up to sing through a clever Mark Janas arrangement of "Frankie and Johnny" (lovingly donated by Julie Reyburn from her Feinstein's show).

Producer Tanya Moberly (who will be featured with Mark Janas at Sue Matsuki's "People You Should Know" show on February 26th, Don't Tell Mama, 6pm) then sang Jonatha Brooke's "At The Still Point." Then, the ever-lovely Janice Hall sang an aria from Russalka, in which a water sprite performs an invocation to the moon (it caused many of the MSM opera students to gasp in glee!). Janice is soon to perform her Marlene Deitrich show "Grand Illusions" in the "Musical Legends" series starting February 24th - more info at UrbanStages.org. We then had a treat - literally and figuratively - as Mary Lahti (with Jim Lahti at the piano) tossed Valentine's Day sugary treats and hilariously sang "Candy." Mary will have two shows in April - the first on April Fools' (4/01/2011) at the Third Street Music School, and then on April 6th with soprano Ellen Weiser. We then heard the Marissa Malder (with Bill Zeffiro at the piano) sing through the belterrific "The Lorelei."

Fellow Blogette Erin Cronican sang the incredible "And I Will Follow" by Jason Robert Brown. Erin will perform in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, opening March 30th. She was followed by Jane Glick, who sang "When You're Old and Grey" by Tom Lehrer. Her show, "About Time," will next perform at the Metropolitan Room, Sunday the 20th at 4pm and Thursday the 24th at 7pm. Louisa Poster sang "They Ain't Done Right By Our Nell" from her Betty Hutton Tribute show, Richard Eisenberg sang his Bistro award-winning love song "Two Again," and composer Donna Stearns rocked the room with her original song "Dinosaur Days." To fill out our rock ballad quota, Zach Wobensmith sang "I've Been" from Next To Normal, and Steve Schachlin brought in the tears with his amazingly personal "Going it Alone." We have much to congratulate Steve for - he just signed a record deal for his work, and has received a 100% success rate in Australia (all who use his work in auditions have booked the job, according to one vocal coach there!). Bill Zeffiro returned to the piano to sing Randy Newman's biting "Better Off Dead" - his Kennedy assassination comedy (his description!) will have a reading at Simple Studios for just a $5 cover fee this week. Rounding out our regulars for the evening was David Ballard, who sang "Way Ahead of My Time" (David will sing a number of songs, including an original, at Sue Matsuki's "People You Should Know" series with Tanya, Mark, and Marnie Klar!).

To complete the evening's love-fest, our glorious co-hosts performed the last set of the evening, a beautiful combination of solos and duets, including "Story of My Life," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Oh, Happy We," "It's Never That Easy/I've Been Here Before," the catchy social-media-referencing "Be My Friend," and ending on "They Can't Take That Away From Me." We thank the MSM students for sharing their immense talents, humor, soulful angst, and wonderful performances!!!

NEXT WEEK! Miles Phillips (renown singer and director) will co-host a President's Day Weekend, appropriately themed "That's Historical!" Sing from musicals based on historical events or people (1776, Evita, Barnum, etc), maybe a song featured in movies like Back to the Future, or perhaps songs that have been dusted off from one's own personal performance history...it all works! Get in your time machine, and we'll see you then!

-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
Spelling mistakes? URL's I missed? Did I mess up? Please email me.

Next Saturday, Feb 26th - "People You Should Know" featuring members of The Salon!!!

Stu's Hamstra's
Cabaret Hotline On Line

in collaboration with

Sue Matsuki

is proud to present….
PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW…
This month featuring People from The Salon (& Environs!)

Saturday, February 26th @ 6:00 pm
DON’T TELL MAMA
343 West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th)
$15 Cover Charge (just $10 for MAC & Hotline Members)
2 beverage minimum – No credit cards

Hosted by Sue Matsuki

Musical Director – Mark Janas
Special Guest – Tanya Moberly

Starring:

David Ballard
Broadway Star in the Making!

Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen
Jazz Vocalist & Trombone Player!

Marnie Klar
Broadway’s Next Super Star!

If you are coming to see one of the three performers in particular and want to "give them credit" for your ticket sales please send an Email to: SueMatsuki@aol.com with the Subject Line reading: "Tickets for Feb. 26" or leave a message at: 917-821-4342 and let Sue know how many will be in your party, whether anyone in your party is a MAC or Hotline member and who it is you are coming to see. You may also make a reservation by calling Don’t Tell Mama at: 212-757-0788 (after 4:00 pm) or on-line at: www.donttellmamanyc.com Please visit: www.CabaretHotlineOnLine.com for show discounts and a guide to all things Cabaret around the country and to read my column:
Sue’s Views, Reviews & News


-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
Spelling mistakes? URL's I missed? Did I mess up? Please email me.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Update from Producer Tanya Moberly - February 17, 2011



SALON, that unique, Bistro & MAC Award winning Weekly Open Mic Event created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to Etcetera, Etcetera - 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 – on Sunday, February 20th from 7-10:30PM.

The optional theme for the evening is “That's Historical!”

Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon.

Our Co-Host will be the Marvelous, Multiple Award winning Miles Phillips! Miles just performed his two act Valentine's Concert to a sold-out house in Darien, CT. He also recently finished directing his first film. He is looking forward to celebrating all things Presidential, Historical and Hysterical! For more information: www.milesphillips.com

There will be a $10 cash cover collected at the door by Blogette, Sierra Rein, and a $15 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For further information visit www.etcrestaurant.com or call 212-399-4141). There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm with Etceterette, Erin Cronican.

Salon continues every Sunday!
(except February 27th)

February 27th: NO SALON

March 6th:
Theme: Rock On!
Co-Hosts: Hey Guy (Boris Pelekh/Leo Pelekh/Tommy Shull)

March 13th:
Theme: Blues in the Night
Guest Host/Pianist: Dan Furman
Co-Host: Joan Crowe

March 20th:
Theme: It's In The Stars
Co-Host: Maureen Taylor

March 27th:
Theme: TBA
Co-Host: TBA

Visit our website at www.markjanasthesalon.com and look for us on Facebook!

Here's some important information about the Salon you should know. The Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. We are currently enjoying our new venue, Etcetera, Etcetera where there is a $10 COVER (cash) AND a $15 FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM (cash or credit). You may sign up to perform starting at 6:15 by seeing one the evening's 'Etceterettes' to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether it's a ballad or an up tempo,(up tempos and comic songs are greatly encouraged!) and any upcoming events you'd like the co-host to announce. Please remember that we do not present performers in order of sign-up and, due to our time restraints and other variables, filling out a card does not guarantee you will perform, but we do our very best to get you up! It is usually a good idea to bring a few different song choices to avoid duplication. All types of material including spoken word are welcome at the Salon but please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length and please bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. If you would like to add a (or remove your) name from our list, e-mail me at tanya@tanyamoberly.com

Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday, February 20th!

Thanks,

Tanya Moberly
Producer

-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
Spelling mistakes? URL's I missed? Did I mess up? Please email me.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 30, 2011: "Mental Health or Lack Thereof!”

Jay Rogers

It was all about the straightjackets on Sunday, as Mark Janas and co-host Jay Rogers opened the sanitarium doors and let the theme of “Mental Health or Lack Thereof" commence! Jay is a MAC & Bistro Award-Winning performaer and Drama Desk Nominee, director of Philip Fortenberry's Broadway My Way and Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories. Mark was in full crazy regalia, wearing a West Side Story covered in "flair," including a pin that mentioned "Sorry I don't date outside my species." Jay started the evening out with what can only be described as a dirty ditty, "Como Te Gusta Mi Penga"...those who speak Espanol might understand the literal meaning of that!

Sunny Leigh brought a Carrie Underwood song, "Before He Cheats" to life first, voicing the crazed female mind. Sunny is bringing her show Strong Enough to The Triad on February 18th and 27th with Musical Director Barry Levitt at the piano - check brownpapertickets.com for more info. After Sunny, the sunny-dispositioned Adam Shapiro sang "One More Minute," a hilariously dark Weird Al Yankovic song about the final wishes of a brokenhearted lover. Not to be outdone on the romantic side of things, Mary Lahti sang the lovely "Paris Reminds Me of You" by Igor Novella. Next, Richie Eisenberg sang "The Grand Old Game," a song of his which certainly highlighted the insanity of the political system.

Mary Lahti

Luckily for us, Steve Schachlin was able to bring in some sanity as he sang his beautiful piece "Every Day a New Amen," which was only crazy in that it has the word "karaoke" in the first line of the lyric. Jane Glick then sang "I Never Do Anything Twice" - her show, About Time (in which she "remembers and anticipates different times of life") is directed by Eric Michael Gillett and Musical Directed by Dan Furman, will be at the Metropolitan Room on February 20th and 24th. Fake martini in hand, the Blogette of the evening (me, Sierra Rein) sang a Hector Coris original, "Lowering My Standards," about the crazy lengths a lady might go towards finding a date. Then, the Etceterette of the evening, Liz Ulmer, sat at the piano and beautifully played/sang "Gravity" by Sarah Bareilles.

Liz Ulmer

Chopin was the man of the hour for Mark Janas' Classical Corner. This time, Mark worked through the concept of the relationship of keys, and how the form of something (which is the balance between what's new against what's been established). Each note on the piano has a cycle of vibrations - each note contains a chord that is so imperceptible in softness, that it is hard to hear. But the partial floats like an angel above the note when a piano is in tune. He then played through Chopin's Ab Ballade, explaining that the key of Ab is the principal harmony, but as a good composer, Chopin was able to take this key into other areas (relative minor keys, for example) to twist expectations and bring the audience on an aural journey. Changes in key build tension until it's released in a cathartic manner when the chord comes back home. Chopin is known to go through the entire circle of 5ths before returning back to the original theme, and combines themes in the Coda to build into the finish. He spoke through the Ballade the first time through, then repeated it so we could emotionally connect with all the lovely key changes.

After the break, Jay Rogers grabbed a spotlight moment and picked up his ukelele to sang with Aaron Morishita on an adorable duo, "Tonight You Belong to Me" (with Aaron on kazoo!). Jay then sang a song from the Archy and Mehitabel-based Broadway show Shinbone Alley about a typewriting cockroach. Finally, Jay sang from the 1996 show When Pigs Fly, of which Jay starred in.

Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita

We then had the trill of finally seeing our Producer, Tanya Moberly, put in a literal straight jacket (with Nurse Liz Ulmer helping out), as she sang "Lost Mind." She will be a featured performer at the "People You Should Know" showcase event on February 26th, hosted by Sue Matsuki at Don't Tell Mama, 6pm. She is also available for directing and coaching. We then were able to see the zany Bill Zeffiro take to the piano once more, this time singing "Mommy's Watching You," from his brand new musical about Hollywood, decapitated heads, and aliens. Talk about crazy! He also will offer a reading of his straight, non-musical/alien play about the Kennedy assassination at the Sink or Swim Theater Company in late September, 2011. After Bill, we were treated to Stephen Wilde singing "Great Big Stuff" from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a rock anthem about physical desires. Stephen is busy with recording CD's for cabaret artists, as well as working with his vocal group VOCE.

Jane Glick

Insanely, some of the people were allowed a chance to perform an encore (haha)! Richard Eisenberg brought a sweet waltz about allowing oneself to fall in love, " Now That I Know." Jane Glick sang about hearing things - bells in particular - with "I Hear Bells." Adam Shapiro next sang the gorgeously positive David Friedman piece, "We Can Be Kind," certainly an instructional song about how to battle the craziness of life's problems. Adam was also excited to share that he recently recorded Richard Eisenberg's song "Good Old American Hamburger." Then, Liz Ulmer returned to sing of her insane infatuation with Julie Andrews with "The Sound of Music." Sierra Rein (that's me, nuttily typing in the third person) performed the mind-bending lyrics to "I've Got You Under My Skin." Jay Rogers then thanked the audience and fellow performers and sang the delicious Keith Thompson song "Eat, Drink and Be Merry."

NEXT SALON! Bring your hearts, broken or throbbing, on your sleeve or in your throat - next week the theme is “Love & Desire”! Our Co-Hosts will be a plethora of heartthrobs from the Manhattan School of Music - Students of Mark Janas: Adam Behlen, Juliana Curcio, Abbey Harr, Andy Klima, Anna Lawrence, Rachel Policar, Mitch Roe, Chris Sierra, Sarah Smith, Irene Snyder & Costas Tsourakis!!! Bring your songs of love, heartbreak, lust, jealousy, tenderness, or all the wonderful in-between emotions of the human heart.

Adam Shapiro

-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
Spelling mistakes? URL's I missed? Did I mess up? Please email me.

Update from Producer Tanya Moberly - February 7, 2010

SALON, that unique, Bistro & MAC Award winning Weekly Open Mic Event created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to Etcetera, Etcetera - 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 – on Sunday, February 13th from 7-10:30PM.
The optional theme for the evening is “Love & Desire”!

Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon.

Our Co-Hosts will be The Fabulous Manhattan School of Music Students of Mark Janas - Adam Behlen, Juliana Curcio, Abbey Harr, Andy Klima, Anna Lawrence, Rachel Policar, Mitch Roe, Chris Sierra, Sarah Smith, Irene Snyder & Costas Tsourakis!



There will be a $10 cash cover collected at the door by Blogette, Sierra Rein, and a $15 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For further information visit www.etcrestaurant.com or call 212-399-4141). There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm with 'Etceterette', Maureen Taylor.

Salon continues every Sunday!
(except February 27th)

February 20th:
Theme: That's Historical!
Co-Host: Miles Phillips

February 27th: NO SALON

March 6th:
Theme: Rock On!
Co-Hosts: Hey Guy (Boris Pelekh/Leo Pelekh/Tommy Shull)

March 13th:
Theme: Blues in the Night
Guest Host/Pianist: Dan Furman
Co-Host: Joan Crowe

March 20th:
Theme: It's In The Stars
Co-Host: Maureen Taylor

Visit our website at www.markjanasthesalon.com and look for us on Facebook!

Here's some important information about the Salon you should know. The Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. We are currently enjoying our new venue, Etcetera, Etcetera where there is a $10 COVER (cash) AND a $15 FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM (cash or credit). You may sign up to perform starting at 6:15 by seeing one the evening's 'Etceterettes' to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether it's a ballad or an up tempo,(up tempos and comic songs are greatly encouraged!) and any upcoming events you'd like the co-host to announce. Please remember that we do not present performers in order of sign-up and, due to our time restraints and other variables, filling out a card does not guarantee you will perform, but we do our very best to get you up! It is usually a good idea to bring a few different song choices to avoid duplication. All types of material including spoken word are welcome at the Salon but please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length and please bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. If you would like to add a (or remove your) name from our list, e-mail me at tanya@tanyamoberly.com

Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday, February 13th!

Thanks,

Tanya Moberly
Producer

-Sierra Rein
The Blogette for The Salon
Spelling mistakes? URL's I missed? Did I mess up? Please email me.