Monday, October 9, 2017

The Salon Wrap-up for October 8, 2017: "What's in a Name?"

As Mark laid out at the top of the evening: "language lies." It is symbolism incarnate, and requires a certain kind of leap of acceptance. Indeed, even chimpanzees are able to recognize the name of an apple, and sign “hurt ouch apple” when handed an onion. The theme of this evening, "What's in a Name," allowed us to sing songs with particular names in them, or songs about identity. Our Co-host was the lovely Ruth Carlin (with "Co-Co-Host" Paul Greenwood at the piano), who started the evening's events with a sultry, eyebrow-raised version of "Bill" from Show Boat. After a short intermission, Ruth returned to sing in many languages about her unique love, "Irving," and by the end of the nimble song we were in love with...Irrrrrving...too! Switching gears, she sang "Suzanne," a meditative Leonard Cohen song that was featured in her last show. She then lit up the stage with brimstone and promises of blood with the infamous and well-remembered "Pirate Jenny" from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. At the end of the evening, she put us into a musical trip with "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" as a slow and lovely waltz.

Ruth Carlin
Ruth will premier her new show "Kaleidescope Eyes" for four dates: November 4th, November 12th, November 14th (at 7pm) and November 11th (at 1pm). Lina Koutrakos will be directing with Paul Greenwood at the piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Salon Spotlight!

Amy Engelhardt (arriving here straight from LA but originally from NJ) has a huge smile and a great deal of nostalgia for things that "sucked," which she claims is an East Coast phenomenon. Sitting at the piano herself, she sang some original songs (as World Premieres!) detailing some of these sucky things. Amy began her Spotlight set with her sultry, bluesy "That Minor Third," which highlighted her clever lyrics and ability to turn the melody towards an ironic phrase. As a bridge and tunnel kid growing up, she was excited to then sing "Bridge and Tunnel" (from Triptych, her original set of short musicals commissioned by New York City's New York Transit Museum); it humorously lamented all the tolls, travel, and stuck-in-traffic woes involved in dating between NJ and NYC, with a little nod to Chris Christie. She left us with another new song, the free-flowing and plaintively sweet "Will You Love Me?"

Amy will perform "My Own Devices II" tonight on Monday, October 9th (7pm) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, NYC, and "Triptych," a showcase of three original 10-minute musicals (sponsored through a New York City commission!) at The New York Transit Museum on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 (6pm). Directed by Rene Ruiz with musical direction by Matthew Liu, starring Jennifer Malenke, Rene Ruiz and Evan Ruggerio, it will be set and performed on the Crosstown M42 bus situated there!



Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Tonight's Classical Corner dared to bring in some heavy hitting vocals in a celebration of some well-"named" Diva roles from Opera repertoire. Our stellar guest singer was María Fernanda Brea Moeller, whose soprano voice is preternatural in strength, clarity and expression. Mark first heard her Opera Open mic at Edo Sushi with Matthew Martin Ward years ago, and his jaw dropped at her voice and ability to interpret a lyric. She has studied Opera at Manhattan School of Music, Julliard, and has been seen singing Opera in San Francisco and recently will return to Palm Beach Opera. I've sung with her myself at church, and to hear her voice reverberate against church walls is a more-than-religious experience! Read more about Maria here.

María Fernanda Brea Moeller
Her first number, "Chanson Triste," was written by composer Henri Duparc, who only wrote a few pieces in his life, with French lyrics by Jean Lahor. When she was at Julliard, Maria's teacher assigned this piece to her, and it has blossomed even further as she has worked on it over the years. The French lyrics, which Mark spoke through at the top of the song, have been translated thusly:
In your heart sleeps a moonlight,
a soft summer's moonlight,
and, to flee from this relentless life,
I shall drown myself in your brightness.
I shall forget past sufferings,
my beloved, when you cradle
my sad heart and my thoughts
in the loving peace of your arms.
Oh! Sometimes you will take
my sick head upon your knees,
and will tell it a ballad
which will seem to speak of us;
and in your eyes full of sorrows,
in your eyes then I shall drink
so many kisses and tokens of love,
that perhaps I shall recover.
(translated by Christopher Goldsack)
She then cooed her way through the romantic "Me voilà seule...Comme autrefois" from Les Pêcheurs de Perles by Georges Bizet. A dramatic aria, it is basically the "My Boyfriend's Back" song; in it, a Priestess thinks how she might have seen her ex-boyfriend in the town, and wants/hopes/desires to know if she was simply seeing things or not (spoiler: she wasn't just seeing things, and those particular things get steamy from there on!). Maria's emotional delivery and fully rounded voice kept us on the edge of our seats!

As a final song we heard her native tongue (Maria originally hails from Venezuela) singing "La petenera" from La Marchenera by Spanish composers F. Moreno Torroba and G. del Toro. She sang the role of Valentina, a Countess, who is politically powerful yet at the same time is being snubbed by the man she wants to marry. This song is sung-slash-dictated to the town Balladeer, who is now supposed to take her story and make it well known to her would-be lover and the whole city. The way Maria sang, it was no question that the Balladeer soon had fire, spite, and a very pointed love letter to sing in the streets.

Thank you, Maria, for singing for us last night!

Side Note: Warm-hearted Jen Bradley brought a bouquet of lavendar and yellow roses for the entire group to share and take home!

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: Ruth Carlin (with Paul Greenwood at the piano)
Mark Cummings
Susan Mack
John Carlucci
Rian Keating
Jen Bradley
Marcia Roney (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Barb Malley (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Ira Lee Collings (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at the piano)
Mary Roser
Classical Corner
BREAK
Co-Host: Ruth Carlin (with Paul Greenwood at the piano) 
Tanya Moberly
Leanne Borghesi and David Maiocco (with David Maiocco at the piano)
Ritt Henn (with self on ukulele)
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Andrea Wolff (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Katie McGrath (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Caitlin Fahey
Rod Ferguson
Co-Host:  Ruth Carlin (with Paul Greenwood at the piano)

Thank you to this evening's videographer, James Eden, 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:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (7pm): Ritt Henn performs his original works in the show "Songs From the Great American Rittbook" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 (7pm): Rod Ferguson in "Some Others I've Seen: Stumbling Towards Love" at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MASS.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 (4pm): Marcia Roney is "Letting Go" with the help of Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 16, 2017 (6pm): Opening night of the Cabaret Convention features Tanya MoberlyAdam B. Shapiro, Matthew Martin Ward, Ritt Henn, and others, at the Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (1pm): "Wild About Harry" with Mark Cummings in Tuckahoe, NY.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (7pm): Rod Ferguson in "Some Others I've Seen: Stumbling Towards Love" at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MASS.

Friday, October 20, 2017 (8pm): Mark Janas, Ritt Henn and Sean Harkness will play for Kathleen Turner in "Finding My Voice" at Feinstein's San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 (8pm): Mark Janas, Ritt Henn and Sean Harkness will play for Kathleen Turner in "Finding My Voice" at Feinstein's San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 (4pm): Joana Gray in "Defying Expectations, Defining Dreams" (Director: Faith Prince, Musical Director: Christopher Denny) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 (4pm): Caitlin Fahey is a Party of One" at Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 23, 2017 (6pm): Sierra Rein will perform "Love in the Time of Recession: A Musical" an original 20-minute musical by Peter Saxe as part of "Across a Crowded Room" at The Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC.

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (7pm): Rod Ferguson in "Some Others I've Seen: Stumbling Towards Love" at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MASS.

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

Friday, October 27, 2017 (10pm): Katie McGrath will perform "Significant Others" as a Benefit of Operation Lipstick.

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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 (7pm): Sierra Rein (as part of Marquee Five) will sing in "Sondheim Unplugged: Into Sweeney Todd's Woods" at Feinstein's 54 Below,

Thursday, November 2, 2017: Barbara Malley will perform "Oh My God: Am I a Diva?" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano, as a benefit for Housing Works at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (7pm): "Manhattan Cabaret Arts" featuring Susan Mack, John Carlucci, and Mary Roser - with Direction by Collette Black - at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 (4pm): Marcia Roney is "Letting Go" with the help of Matthew Martin Ward 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.

Monday, November 6, 2017 (7pm): Leanne Borghesi will have "Mood Swings" at The Triad, 158 72nd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017 (9pm): Leanne Borghesi will have "Mood Swings" at The Triad, 158 72nd Street, NYC.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017: Frances O'Flynn will perform with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano.

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 (6:30pm): Rian Keating (with Woody Regan, Musical Director) in "there is a time: songs of love and life" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (7pm): Rod Ferguson and others (Musical Director: Brian Patton) in "The USO Radio Show: A Tribute To The Music Of The World War II Years" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (4:00pm): Rian Keating  (with Woody Regan, Musical Director) in "there is a time: songs of love and life" 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.

Friday, December 1, 2017 (7pm): Caitlin Fahey stars in debut show "Party of One" with Rick Jensen (MD) and Lina Koutrakos (Dir) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 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 with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Monday, December 18, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

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

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

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

NEXT SALON!
On Sunday, October 15th, the theme will be "Livin’ Your Dream" with Co-Host: Barbara BrussellAs the Salon Spotlight, it'll be Heather Mac Rae! Bring your songs about inspiration, goals, the struggles we face, or those who make it all worth striving for!

--Sierra Rein
"Blogette" for The Salon
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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Salon Wrap-up for October 1, 2017: "A Little Bit Off"

Mark bounded back to the Salon stage on Sunday night, back from "playing hookie" from NYC, proud of having performed with Kathleen Turner, Sean Harkness, and Ritt Henn in Philadelphia. In October, they're going to have two shows at Feinstein's in San Francisco (October 20th and October 21st) and next year will be London!

Our theme for this evening was a little bit weird...I mean odd...I mean..."A Little Bit Off" with guest host, Monica Salvi. At the piano, tickling the keys as Ms. Salvi's "psychotherapianist," was the tall and dapper Michael Ferreri. Monica is here from London (via her home country of Italy) to perform at The United Solo Festival: read up all about her solo show, taking place on Saturday, October 7th, at www.madwoman.org.uk. Her inventive show, "Mad Women in My Attic!" is offered as "musical group therapy," and Monica helped each of us as a clever Co-Host by handing out little smile-printed "tranquilizers" to each of us after we sang - within each little pill was a tiny scroll that had her website on it!

Mad props for the Mad Co-Host of the Evening!
Monica began her evening dressed in a top hat and classic "dance hall" corset, singing "Dangerous Cabaret," a tribute to cabaret stars of yesteryear combined with a dramatic warning of what is to be expected of her evening, emblematic of a Kurt Weill song, belted to perfection. After a costume change, Act II was started by Monica transformed into a be-turbaned Diva with a few screws demonstrably loose. After a story about her Italian teen years seeing Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals, she realized her dreams of Divatude, complete with stalkers. In this dazzling garb she sang "With One Look" from the musical Sunset Boulevard, and then went on to note how composers know how write really beautiful songs for mad woman. Monica then flowed into an example of this, the hauntingly beautiful "By The River" by Maury Yeston (from his song cycle, December Songs), featuring Monica's silvery high soprano notes. She then took a 180 and chastised Yeston's heroine for settling on just one man by finishing off her Act II opening set with the comedic Black Widow song "To Keep My Love Alive," handing out (or throwing in turn) roses to each of her tragically chosen "loves" in the audience. With a final costume change into a modest black lace dress, Monica proved her ability to belt out good advice with "The Get Well March" and had us all singing along with zany, mad aplomb to end the evening. You can view Monica's website at www.monicasalvi.com for all future bookings and media.

Monica Salvi
"Mad Women in My Attic!" starring Monica Salvi with Michael Ferreri at the piano and directed by Clare McKenna will take place at the United Solo Theatre Festival at Theater Row (Studio) on Saturday, October 7, 2017 (4pm) 410 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Salon Spotlight!

Ira Lee Collings has been a staple of the Cabaret community for many years, and his joyous 2017 Hansen Award Winner was much deserved this past year. Last night, Ira provided us with the same joy as our Spotlight performer, with help by pianist John Cook. With his high tenor range, spritely attitude and enormous heart, Ira regaled us to his Indiana childhood, the songs that influenced him growing up, and shared a selection of his personal Top 10 songs that most influenced him. Taking advantage of the nimble jazz finger of John Cook at the piano, Ira started out with Nat King Cole's "Route 66" (sung with a few cheeky gay-friendly items added in). Ira then waved a little rainbow flag, detailing how he experienced his first gay pride parade in New York on 5th Avenue in 1970, and expressed the emotion he felt when he witnessed the brave young men and women marching then. From this memory, he powerfully and emotionally belted out "No Matter What Happens." We then got to "the mother of all weed songs" with the samba-comedy song "I'm Too Old to Die Young," complete with maracas and tons of naughty joy!

Ira Lee Collings, with John Cook at the piano, can be seen in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing It? And Weed Songs...” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Last night's theme of "A Little Bit Off" reminded Mark of one particular piece of music, Chopin's Nocturne Opus 9 No 3, which is one of those pieces that Mark has heard since he was 18 years old, but hadn't yet learned to play fully. As Mark continued to explain, this particular piece has so many odd dissonances, even for Chopin. It has an interesting melody, heading down the scale by 1/2 steps, and uses the left hand in bare octaves (which feels a little naked for Chopin); combined with the melody, it all makes for some tritones and disjointed dissonances. Then it suddenly hits an incredibly random series of top notes that seem to flutter around until it reaches a fairly consonant section. A series of cadences, in which they deceptively lead the ear into an unexpected harmony, then appears, leading into a different harmony that finally resolves. There's also an off way that Chopin creates the rhythmic dissonance, by grouping odd combinations of rhythms in the left and right hands (groups of threes against groups of five, then three against seven, then three against four). As a side note,  playing 3 against 4 can be practiced by using Mark's piano teacher's "Pass the Goddamn butter" trick. Mark even pointed out jazz open seventh chords (almost unheard of in Chopin's day) hidden within this piece. Bringing back the concept of "pedal point" from Matthew Martin Ward's corner from last week, Mark showed how the top line changes and floats above the pedal'd bass line and then how the B major key goes to a B minor towards the end, clashing triplets in the bass with a series of eighths in the right hand (with the melody above it all) until another deceptive cadence into C major suddenly jars our ears. Chopin then takes us in and out of keys for a while, keeping us on our toes and "off kilter" until we finally get back to the original (albeit eccentric) B major key melody. A lovely 11 against 4 portion (which Mark admits he has a natural ability to play) leads us into the coda, which has many deceptive cadences until we finally trill ourselves into a cascading series of chromatic two's in groups of threes into a gentle landing. WHEW! What an odd adventure! Mark encouraged us to listen to a recording online (like this one) and hear all these nuances to this piece on our own time.

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: Monica Salvi (with Michael Ferreri on piano)
Carol Sue
Rian Keating
Caitlin Fahey
Becca Kidwell
Sally Darling
Angela Leone (with John Cook at the piano) - PR Church benefit
Salon Spotlight: Ira Lee Collings (with John Cook on piano)
Classical Corner
BREAK
Co-Host: Monica Salvi (with Michael Ferreri on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Richie Eisenberg
Jen Bradley
Becca Kidwell (encore)
Caitlin Fahey (encore)
Sally Darling (encore)
Adam B. Shapiro (encore)
Sierra Rein (encore) 
David Ballard (encore)
Co-Host: Monica Salvi (with Michael Ferreri on piano)

Thank you to this evening's videographer, Michael Stever, 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, October 2, 2017 (7:15pm): Ira Lee Collings with John Cook at the piano in "The Gay Geezer: Life Is A Song – So Why Not Sing It? And Weed Songs...” at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017: Angela Leone will sing at La Rivista Restaurant, 313 W 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.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 (4pm): "Mad Women in My Attic!" starring Monica Salvi with Michael Ferreri at the piano and directed by Clare McKenna will take place at the United Solo Theatre Festival at Theater Row (Studio) at 410 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 (1pm):
 Sally Darling will be a part of "Richard Skipper Celebrates" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC.

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

Friday, October 20, 2017 (8pm): Mark Janas, Ritt Henn and Sean Harkness will play for Kathleen Turner in "Finding My Voice" at Feinstein's San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 (8pm): Mark Janas, Ritt Henn and Sean Harkness will play for Kathleen Turner in "Finding My Voice" at Feinstein's San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.

Saturday October 21, 2017 (4pm): Caitlin Fahey stars in debut show "Party of One" with Rick Jensen (MD) and Lina Koutrakos (Dir) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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.

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (7pm): Marnie Klar performs "Bedtime Stories" (directed by Tanya Moberly with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

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 (6:30pm): Rian Keating (with Woody Regan, Musical Director) in "there is a time: songs of love and life" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (4:00pm): Rian Keating  (with Woody Regan, Musical Director) in "there is a time: songs of love and life" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling will be part of "Together: 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 24, 2017 (7pm): Carol Sue presents "Carol Sue Sings to the Amazing You," with Keith Ingram and Band (a show based on her book!) 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.

Friday, December 1, 2017 (7pm): Caitlin Fahey stars in debut show "Party of One" with Rick Jensen (MD) and Lina Koutrakos (Dir) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 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 with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 15, 2017: Sally Darling will be part of "Together: 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, 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.

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

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

NEXT SALON!
Next Salon will be October 8th, 2017, when our Co-Host Ruth Carlin will ask us all the theme "What's in a Name"? Do you have an answer??? Plus, Amy Engelhardt will be our Salon Spotlight!

--Sierra Rein
"Blogette" for The Salon
See an "oops!" or is something incomplete? Email me.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Salon Wrap-up for September 24, 2017: "Vintage Pop"

Matthew Martin Ward was in for Mark Janas this week, who is playing for Ms. Kathleen Turner's show in Philadelphia (woohooo!). The theme for last night was "Vintage Pop," and at the top of the show, Tanya pointed out that Vintage does not necessarily mean "aged" or "old-fashioned," but in fact reflects on the year or quality of an item, like a good bottle of wine.

And thinking of quality... throughout the evening, there were some wonderful mentions and tributes to a cornerstone of the Cabaret community, Barry Levitt, who passed away suddenly this week. The Salon family remembers Barry for his brilliant musicianship and personality, and sends out condolences to his family.

Our Co-Host for the evening was Sylvia Feldman (Robert Ima), who appears nightly in her shower, singing to her dog, "Cha Cha." Sylvia was a hilarious host, whipping quips and jokes around while graciously supporting each singer who came up. She first revealed her ability to spit jokes right and left by entering with the classic Gypsy song "Let Me Entertain You," which got us all in the mood. After remarking on the 90-degree Fall weather today - describing it as a "crisp day to buy a pumpkin" - Sylvia co-hosted excellently throughout the first act! For the top of Act II, Sylvia flourished on stage to sing the broad song (quite broadly), "Where the Boys Are," defending her right to stalk the male persuasion in any way she wished! At the end of the evening, she regaled us with promises of her nut-cracking thighs and then swung into a belligerently hilarious version of "You Don't Own Me." Well, Sylvia owned the stage with that one, no questions asked!

Sylvia Feldman (singing in a shower near you!)

Salon Spotlight!

Amy Wolk, who has won a Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Comedy as well as two MAC Awards for her sassy and clever cabaret performances, was our Salon Spotlight of the week! She has a trumpet-like voice that perfectly translates funny lyrics and lyric melodies alike. She started out with "Believe it or Not," the theme song from The Great American Hero by Mike Post (music) and Stephen Geyer (lyrics), a song I had never heard the full lyrics of in ages! She then switched into a rawly scathing but jazzily snappy song; "Kiss You Off" by the Scissor Sisters. She completed her set with an original piece of hers that reflected her Anglophilia: "The Brit Song" (music and lyrics by Amy Wolk and William TN Hall) which hilariously paired famous British iconography and pop culture with sexual innuendo (let's just say I'll never think of the Tardis the same way ever again).

Amy Wolk
Amy Wolk (with Stephen Ray Watkins as musical director) will perform "Hungry Like the Wolk" on Sundays, October 1st, 8th, and 15th (all at 7pm). The show (which will include a song written by Wolk and our own Lorinda Lisitza) can be seen at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC

Quick Wrap - Matthew's Corner

In his own little corner at the piano, Matthew Martin Ward discussed his definition of "Vintage Pop," in particular a certain late 1960s vintage song style of sudden shifts of harmony, searching for new and interesting harmonic progression. So, now we know what Matthew's high school years sounded like. He spoke about the concept behind "Common tones," which go from one key to a more distant key by keeping one key in the note in common with the harmony. You can read all about this mind-boggling concept on Wikipedia - it takes quite a while to sink in. Matthew also pointed out the concept of "pedal point"; based on how an organ is played, it occurs when the bass line stays in one repeated place while the higher chords move around above it. Matthew exemplified this, and then showed how many times the bridge will have a surprise (sometimes a tritone-filled) section. He illustrated this with the 1967 song "Lazy Day" (the #14 hit by Spanky and Our Gang) and encouraged us to sing along "baby you and me"/"neath the shady tree" He then brought us to classic "vintage" 1914s with the pre-war song "Down Among the Sheltering Palms," composed by Abe Olman with lyrics by James Brockman and Leo Wood, which was recorded by an incredible number of people including the Lyric Quartet, Al Jolson, the Boswell Sisters, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cain and Bing Crosby. Matthew ended his rendition of this by sliding into a jazzy arrangement originally recorded by Alice May. He then finished his "corner" by pushing even further back into history into truly "vintage" by discussing a famous piece written sometime in the late 1500s about the process of wooing Anne Bolyn (who was known to wear dresses complete with sleeves of green fabric). Gill then took advantage of our speaker system and played Elizabeth Tryon and Matthew's recording of "Greensleeves," which featured beautiful Renaissance accompaniment that morphed into a modern rap!

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 Matthew Martin Ward unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Sylvia Feldman (Robert Ima)
Tym Moss
Eileen Lacy
Frances O'Flynn
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan
Jim Speake (with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano)
Marnie Klar (with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano and on vocals) 
Annie Lebeaux (self on piano)
Richie Eisenberg (self on piano)
Salon Spotlight: Amy Wolk (with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano and on vocals)
Tanya Moberly (with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano)
Matthew's Corner with Matthew Martin Ward
BREAK
Co-Host: Sylvia Feldman (Robert Ima)
Ira Lee Collings
Janice Hall
Marcia Roney
Barb Malley
Angela Leone
Steve Arons
Zach Wobensmith
Jen Bradley
Co-Host: Sylvia Feldman (Robert Ima)

Thank you to this evening's videographer, Michael Stever, 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 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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 (8pm): Tym Moss bring his debut show "Tym Moss (A)live!! Fun! Fabulous! Flamboyant!!!" with Lennie Watts as Director and Andrew Sotomayor to Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 (7pm): Amy Wolk (with Stephen Ray Watkins) will perform "Hungry Like the Wolk" at The Duplex, 61 Christopher 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.

Sunday, October 7, 2017 (8pm): Tym Moss bring his debut show "Tym Moss (A)live!! Fun! Fabulous! Flamboyant!!!" with Lennie Watts as Director and Andrew Sotomayor to Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 7, 2017 (7:30pm): Raissa Katona Bennett will be in "Broadway and Cabaret Sing David Friedman" at the Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 (1pm):
 Sally Darling will be a part of "Richard Skipper Celebrates" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 (7pm): Amy Wolk (with Stephen Ray Watkins) will perform "Hungry Like the Wolk" at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC

Saturday, October 14, 2017 (4pm): Marcia Roney with Director Peter Napolitano and MD Matthew Martin Ward in "Letting Go" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 (8pm): Tym Moss bring his debut show "Tym Moss (A)live!! Fun! Fabulous! Flamboyant!!!" with Lennie Watts as Director and Andrew Sotomayor to Don't Tell Mama,  345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 (7pm):
Amy Wolk (with Stephen Ray Watkins) will perform "Hungry Like the Wolk" at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC

Monday, October 16, 2017 (6pm): Opening night of the Cabaret Convention features Tanya MoberlyAdam B. 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

Saturday, November 4, 2017 (4pm): Marcia Roney with Director Peter Napolitano and MD Matthew Martin Ward in "Letting Go" 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 with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 (7:30pm): Raissa Katona Bennett is opening for psychic Anna Raimondi at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road, Ridgefield CT.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017 (7pm): Frances O'Flynn with Matthew Martin Ward 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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7pm): Sally Darling will be part of "Together: 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists" 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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Lucille Carr-Kaffashan will be at Don't Tell Mama, 345 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 with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (8pm): Lucille Carr-Kaffashan will bring her show "Unwritten" to the Razz Room at The Clarion Hotel, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA.

Friday, December 15, 2017: Sally Darling will be part of "Together: 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, 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.

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

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

NEXT SALON!
The next Salon will be on Sunday, October 1st (ack! it's October already!) and the theme will be the zany or just a wee bit crooked concepts behind "A Little Bit Off" with guest host, Monica Salvi, and with Spotlight performer Ira Lee Collings. See you there!

--Sierra Rein
"Blogette" for The Salon
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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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