Monday, November 6, 2017

The Salon Wrap Up for Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Only in the Movies

Salon Wrap-Up for November 5th 2017

Tonight's Theme: Only in the Movies, co-host Toddy Phillips

 Lights...Camera... Sing! Tonight's Salon was all about Hollywood, courtesy of our host, the dynamic Toddy Phillips.  Toddy was one of the five finalists in the "Mama's Next Big Act" competition at Don't Tell Mama last summer, and tonight he showed us why.  After an introduction from Mark Janas--newly returned from San Francisco and London--Toddy opened the show with "Where You Are," from Kiss of the Spider Woman.  After the break, he returned to serenade us with a trio of well-known film songs. beginning with "As Time Goes By," from Casablanca. He then paid tribute to Diane Keaton in one of his favorite films, Annie Hall, with a soulful "It Had to Be You." Toddy rounded out the three song set with Harry Connick, Jr.'s  "A Wink and a Smile," from Sleepless in Seattle. He closed the show with a pull-out-the-stops "New York, New York."     See below for Toddy's upcoming gigs.

Salon Spotlight

The Salon Spotlight tonight was Amy Beth Williams, singing some numbers from her upcoming show, A Thousand Beautiful Things, which will premiere at Don't Tell Mama on November 13th. With the fabulous Ian Herman at the piano, Amy gave us the show's exquisite title song, written by Annie Lennox, a charming "When You're Traveling from Nantucket," in which she explored the confusing nature of time zones, and the eternally moving "I'll Be Seeing You," by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal. The show is directed by Salon's producer, Tanya Moberly.


Amy Beth Williams

 Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Tonight, Mark Janas wrapped the Hollywood theme into Classical Corner, discussing the nature of film scores, and the use of classical music in the movies. He started by recommending a film he had recently seen, the documentary Score, which features interviews with many of today's top film composers. They talk about how the music in films serves to build tension in a scene (how much less effective would Psycho or Jaws be without the music that accompanies pivotal scenes?).
Film scores also incorporate classical music; Mark singled out the use of a Spanish dance form, the Sarabande by Handel, in the film Barry Lyndon, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now, and Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Mark then relayed a touching personal story involving a classical piece that was composed especially for the 1940's British film Dangerous Moonlight, the Warsaw Concerto: As a student, Mark played the piece for a wealthy man who had a very emotional connection to that particular piece, and the man ended up paying for Mark's tuition at Rice University! 
Mark closed Classical Corner by playing Mendelssohn's Scherzo in E minor, which is featured in The Wizard of Oz.

 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: Toddy Phillips
Rian Keating
Richie Eisenberg
Ira Lee Collings
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Angela Leone
Joan Jaffe
Lennie Watts
Janice Hall
Zach Wobensmith
Marnie Klar
Tanya Moberly
Salon Spotlight: Amy Beth Williams (with Ian Herman)

Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-Host: Toddy Phillips
Mimi
Ruby Rims
David Ballard
Jen Bradley
Mike Roberts
Co-Host: Toddy Phillips
Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Ian Herman and Matthew Martin Ward.

Thank you, also, to Janice Hall on lights and sound, (yes, I was busy tonight), David and our amazing waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera. Thanks to Michael Stever for providing video service for us!

Ongoing:

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

Lennie Watts is part of the new non-profit, Singnasium, which offers classes and workshops to artists of all levels.  For more info, check out their website (linked above).

Upcoming Shows:

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 8, 2017: Angela Leone joins Bill Zeffiro for an evening at La Rivista restaurant, 313 W 46th St, NYC.8pm until midnight.

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 (5:30pm): Andrea Bell Wolff will perform "Prisoner of Love" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 (7pm): Frances O'Flynn will perform (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (6:30pm): Rian Keating will perform his show "there is a time: songs of love and life" as a benefit for the Lower East Side Preparatory High School MeiLing Tse - Virginia Yu Scholarship Fund 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 will perform his show "there is a time: songs of love and life" as a benefit for the Lower East Side Preparatory High School MeiLing Tse - Virginia Yu Scholarship Fund at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017(8:30 pm): "Swingin' for The Maestro: A Barry Levitt Foundation Cabaret, featuring Janice Hall and many others; launch event for the Barry Levitt Foundation, at the Iridium, 1650 Broadway, NYC.

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

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 (7pm): Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can Can, a benefit for Rauschenbusch Ministries Food Pantry, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St., NYC. Also featuring Ira Lee Collings; pianist is John McMahon. $20 and some canned food will get you in.

Friday, December 8, 2017 (7pm): Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (8 pm): Joan Jaffe is the star of Parnell's Spotlight Night, at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd St, NYC. Bill Zeffiro is at the piano. (Also, you can see Joan on episodes of Mozart in the Jungle, and Orange is the New Black!)

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.

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 (7pm): Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can Can, a benefit for Rauschenbusch Ministries Food Pantry, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St., NYC. Pianist is John McMahon. $20 and some canned food will get you in.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017: "Mama's Next Big Act Reunion Show" will feature the five finalists from three years of the contest.  This includes Wendy Russell and Toddy Phillips, and
Lennie Watts will be there, too.  Winter Rhythms festival at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC. 

 Friday, December 15, 2017 (8pm): Lennie Watts and Wendy Russell are bringing Christmas cheer in "The Lennie Watts Those Girls Christmas Extravaganza," at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W. 46th St., NYC

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (3pm): Janice Hall will perform "The Opera Show With No Opera" with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano as part of "Winter Rhythms" at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC. 3 pm

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (9pm): 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.

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 (7pm): Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can Can, a benefit for Rauschenbusch Ministries Food Pantry, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St., NYC. Pianist is John McMahon. $20 and some canned food will get you in.

Monday, December 18, 2017: Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing and Ian Herman at the piano, 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 with Stephen Ray Watkins at the piano) 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 Luker - 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 SUNDAY at SALON:
Next week's guest host is actor-singer David LaMarr, with Salon Spotlight Deborah Stone. The theme will be "Heaven and Hell," so get ready to rejoice and/or suffer!


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