Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for March 26, 2018: "Weather or Not"

It was a beautiful, cozy night at The Salon with a full house hungry for some wonderful music! And tonight's singers did not disappoint. With a fantastic theme, "Weather or Not", the crowd was serenaded by young people, stage veterans, cabaret stalwarts, and out-of-town visitors. There was a very special vibe in the room throughout the evening - one of the hallmarks of our community oriented weekly event.

The Co-Host for the evening was Margaret Whiting Award Winner Josephine Sanges! To kick off the evening, Josephine brought us what she called the #1 song of the 20th century, belonging to Harold Arlen - "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." For her midshow set, Josephine commanded the stage (with subtle and smooth backing vocals by John Cook), starting with the swinging and playful, "Satan's Little Lamb." She followed that with a perfect song for her jazz soprano voice - "Gotta Have Me Go With You." She capped the set with what she called a Harold Arlen Nor'easter, a powerful mashup of "Stormy Weather" and "When The Sun Comes Out." The finish off the evening, Josephine sang the finger-snapping and uplifting, "Hip To Be Happy." It was a wonderful collection of songs that had the audience humming along.

Our Co-Host: Josephine Sanges

Josephine will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 West 42nd St, NYC 10036 – in COME RAIN OR COME SHINE - JOSEPHINE SANGES SINGS HAROLD ARLEN on April 8th at 7pm. For more information: www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre / www.josephinesanges.com


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

For this week's Classical Corner Mark Janas was excited to invite to the stage a student from Manhattan School of Music. He asked her to sing through an impressive and fun project the students are working on - a sung-through musical/opera with book and lyrics crafted using familiar musical theater and opera music as a base. Tonight's lead vocalist, Rachel Querreveld, was joined on backing vocals by Salon sight-readers Adam Shapiro and yours truly (Erin Cronican!) who sang through songs to the tune of "Good Morning Baltimore," "Skid Row," snippets from The Magic Flute, and "Be A Dentist." The audience was having a great time hearing these inventive lyrics! And because she is a student in opera, Mark asked Rachel to stay for to sing one more song, the famed aria from Gianni Schicchi - "O Mio Babbino Caro."


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: Josephine Sanges (with John Cook on piano)
Ira Lee Collings (with John Cook on piano)
Angela Leone (with John Cook on piano)
Carol Sue Gershman
Rian Keating
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Sebastian
Ava Vukic
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Adam Shapiro
Classical Corner: Mark Janas on piano, with Rachel Querreveld on vocals (and Erin Cronican & Adam Shapiro on backups)
BREAK
Co-Host: Josephine Sanges (with John Cook on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Louisa Poster Lee (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Carol Sue Gershman (encore)
Angela Leone (encore)
Adam Shapiro (encore - with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Frances O'Flynn (encore - with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling (encore - with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (encore - also on piano)
Ira Lee Collings (encore - with John Cook on piano)
Co-Host: Josephine Sanges (with John Cook on piano)



Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 (4pm): "Lisa Viggiano sings Bruce on Christopher" with Lisa Viggiano (Directed by Tanya Moberly and Musical Director Matt Scharfglass) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday April 21-May 13, 2018 (various times) - Erin Cronican is appearing in the one woman play, "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" and is also directing the play "I Am My Own Wife" - both with The Seeing Place Theater @ the Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (6pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (7pm): Rian Keating can be seen in "When You Go Down To The Sea" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 (7pm): Raissa Katona Bennett is doing a CD release concert, "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" at The Laurie Beechman Theater,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (4:30pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 (7pm): Raissa Katona Bennett is doing a CD release concert, "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" at The Laurie Beechman Theater,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, May 4, 2018 (7pm): "Lisa Viggiano sings Bruce on Christopher" with Lisa Viggiano (Directed by Tanya Moberly and Musical Director Matt Scharfglass) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

Our next journey into musical wonder will be March 25th on the theme "Weather if Not" with Co-Host Josephine Sanges. So...come and come sing with us!

- Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon
Email me with additions and questions

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for March 18, 2018: "When The Spirit Moves You."

This week's Salon started off with a bang when the choir from St Clement's Church popped up one by one to envelop the audience in the rollicking spiritual, "Righteousness, Peace and Joy." It was a perfect start to the theme of the evening, "When The Spirit Moves You."

Our Co-Host for the evening was Mark Watson! Mark studied opera at Julliard on full scholarship and has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher & Alice Tully Halls, has appeared on National Television and has traveled the world (Japan, Israel, Italy & The Bahamas) winning several International Competitions.

Mark started the evening by bringing his booming baritone to a swinging version of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." To kick off his mid show set, he sang the beautiful southern spiritual, "Deep River." He followed that by asking Sarah Rice and David Ballard to join him on voice and flute respectively on a haunting, "In The Bleak Midwinter." He then told a beautiful story about singing at the services of a young cancer patient, and sang for us a song in his memory, "On Eagle's Wings." He finished the evening with a stunning and delicate, "If", a song with the words of Emily Dickinson.

Mark is currently training to become a Registered Rodenburg Teacher - Patsy Rodenburg is a world-famous British voice teacher best known for her work with the greatest classical actors of our time. To prepare for his final set of courses he is offering FREE classes on breath and support. If you would like to participate, you can chat with him at Salon or send him a private message on Facebook.

Co-Host Mark Watson

Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight featured longtime Salon regular and fellow Blogette, Sierra Rein! She started her set with an at once hilarious and heartbreaking, "Table 3." She followed that by a delicious honky-tonk number, "Take The Filter Off". She finished the Spotlight with a quote by Quentin Crisp about longterm relationships, segueing into a beautiful and powerful, "By Myself." 

Sierra will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 West 42nd St, NYC 10036 – in her debut solo cabaret show RUNNING IN PLACE on Thursday, April 12th at 7pm, Sunday, April 29th at 7pm & Saturday, May 12th at 2pm. For more information: www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre / www.sierrarein.com 
 
Salon Spotlight: Sierra Rein

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

In honor of St Patrick's Day, Mark dedicated Classical Corner to Celtic music, naming it Celtic Corner. He invited up the incomparable, Sarah Rice, to sing, and started the segment reading descriptions of symbols in tonight's music. A few that were mentioned:

Unicorn - beautiful and healing for all cultures/traditions
Pomegranate - symbol of fertility, life, marriage, rebirth
Four Leaf Clover - each leaf has a meaning: hope, faith, love, luck

The first song was, "Courtyard Lullaby" by Lorenna McKennitt. Sarah's second song was affectionately classified as a typical "dead bride song": "She Moved Through The Fair." For the final song of the segment, Sarah and Mark invited David Ballard to the stage to lend a flute solo to the stunning traditional ballad, "The Voice."

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: Mark Watson
Bobbie Horowitz
Louisa Lee
Barb Malley
Joan Jaffe
Richard Eisenberg
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Carole Demas (with Ian Herman on piano)
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Jaye Maynard
Salon Spotlight: Sierra Rein (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas, Sarah Rice, David Ballard (on flute)
BREAK
Co-Host: Mark Watson
Tanya Moberly (with Ian Herman on piano)
Christopher Whipple (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bill Zeffiro (also on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Deborah Offner
Carole Demas (with Ian Herman on piano) - encore
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano) - encore
Bobbie Horowitz - encore
Barb Malley - encore
Louisa Lee - encore
Joan Jaffe (with Bill Zeffiro on piano) - encore
Richard Eisenberg - encore
Co-Host: Mark Watson


Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, and the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer, Jose Pena.


Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams gets "Carried Away" with Daryl Kojak on piano, Ritt Henn on bass, Will Holshouser on accordion, and John Henry Williams on violin. Directed by Tanya Moberly at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (6:30/7pm): Matthew Martin Ward will play The MAC Open Mic at The Laurie Beechman Theater,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 (7pm): Louisa Lee will be Parnell's Spotlight with Bill Zeffiro as Musical Director and special guests - no cover, $25 food/drink minimum at Parnell's, 350 E. 53rd Street, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (3pm): Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her next show, "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (7pm): Sondheim Unplugged featuring Sarah Rice at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC.

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (7pm): 
"Cabaret Campaigns: Ride the Blue Wave," a fundraising series to support 2018 Progressive/Democratic candidates begins. With Producer/Host: Stephen Hanks, Musical Director Ian Herman and featuring Lisa Viggiano, Dawn Derow, Kathleen France, Sandra Bargman, Remy Block at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (7pm): Christopher Whipple in "F@$k it, Yes!" with Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 (4pm): "Lisa Viggiano sings Bruce on Christopher" with Lisa Viggiano (Directed by Tanya Moberly and Musical Director Matt Scharfglass) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7pm): Joan Jaffe will be Parnell's Spotlight with Bill Zeffiro as Musical Director and special guests - no cover, $25 food/drink minimum at Parnell's, 350 E. 53rd Street, NYC.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (6pm): Christopher Whipple in "F@$k it, Yes!" with Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 (7pm): Raissa Katona Bennett is doing a CD release concert, "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" at The Laurie Beechman Theater,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 (7pm): Raissa Katona Bennett is doing a CD release concert, "Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern" at The Laurie Beechman Theater,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, May 4, 2018 (7pm): "Lisa Viggiano sings Bruce on Christopher" with Lisa Viggiano (Directed by Tanya Moberly and Musical Director Matt Scharfglass) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

Our next journey into musical wonder will be March 25th on the theme "Weather if Not" with Co-Host Josephine Sanges. So...come and come sing with us!

- Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon
Email me with additions and questions


Monday, March 12, 2018

The Salon Wrap-up for March 11, 2018: "Songs That Have Bazazz"

With a Theme like "Songs that Have Bazzaz," it was no wonder the evening was full of energy and spunk. The term "Bazzaz" is from a song Kay Thompson wrote, something to do with joie de vivre, and we had a lot of joyful living on the stage! The joy we felt for each other was also passed on to the memory of the late Dana Lorge, Barry Levitt, and Charlotte Patton, all of whom certainly had bazzaz, and Mark made sure to dedicate the evening's musical joy to them.

The originally scheduled Co-Host Rick Skye was taken ill, so we had the pleasure of having Ann Kittredge as our Replacement Co-Host Extraordinaire, who stepped into Rick's heels for the evening. She was up to the last-minute challenge: "All you need is Pizzaz!" as her dad used to tell her. Well, close enough! Ann is a 2018 MAC Female Debut Nominee, and with her rich soprano and effortless belt (she reminds me of the late Jan Maxwell in look and talent!), coupled with her energetic spirit, she made for a great Co-Host!

Ann began the bazzaz by singing "Everybody Wants to Do a Musical" from Nick and Nora, and expertly threw in a little Rocky Horror Picture Show and South Pacific as well. For the second act set, Broadway pianist Larry Yurman took over for Mark at the piano to play for Ann. She began in a lilting French with the waltz "Chanson." from The Baker's Wife by Stephen Schwartz, and cleverly got the audience to sing the "la la la" section of "Sing a Song" to end it! She then opened up her tender side to croon "Strangest Thing" from Kander and Ebb's The Act, showing off her rich mix and supple, fully-controlled voice. She continued with the Kander and Ebb theme with "And the World Goes Round," starting in a deep alto and then rising into end in a fiery belt. At the end of the evening, Ann graciously returned at the end of the evening to encourage support, love and musical joy within our community, and then left us with the hilariously frantic "The Last Song." And indeed, it was!

Ann Kittredge
You can see why Ann was nominated for a MAC Award by seeing "Another Night Only" on Monday, March 19th at 7pm - directed by Richard Jay-Alexander with music direction by Larry Yurman, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

When Mark considered the concept of bazzaz, he interpreted it as music that inherently contained an "outward kind of drama," pieces with sharp corners and interesting colors, stops and starts, fits and spurts of dramatic flair to its personality. So he found a piece with a lot of sparkle, "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona. Mark played this solo on the piano, and one could hear the fireworks and raging waters within its Spanish tonalities and flowing melodies.

Then Mark brought to light the ultimate lady with bazzaz, the titular heroine of Carmen. Janice Hall sang the ultimate aria from this ultimate opera, "Habanera." The Habanera rhythm itself emerged from an African rhythm, and once it came through the island of Cuba, it eventually became the Tango. Carmen the opera was written in French but takes place in Spain, and the "Habanera" aria took advantage of the combination of the romantic French language of "l'amour" with the hot, sensual pulse of this Afro-inspired rhythm. In this piece, Carmen (a seductress in every sense of the word), sings about a rebellious bird; one cannot control it, just like one cannot control Love. In her rendition, Janice made us all feel the heat of Spain and the flutter of the wings of love equally.

Mark then brought Dawn Derow to the stage, to sing "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide, a parody of the Old Operetta English Form, but with a Bernstein twist. You can hear opera, musical theater, and English Operetta modes all mixed into this one piece. as it is one of the more infamous coloratura songs in modern operatic-infused works. Dawn opened up by lying prostrate on the piano in abject disgust of being in "Paris, Fraaaaaaaaance!" but ended up at the end of the song with as many twinkles in her eye as on her diamond bracelets.

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: Ann Kittredge
Bobbie Horowitz
Christopher Whipple
Carolyn Montgomery (with Jeff Cubeta at the piano)
Eileen Lacy (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at piano)
Rian Keating
Maya Ben-Meir
Angela Leone
Marnie Klar
Charles Baran
Sierra Rein
Sarah Rice
Janice Hall
Classical Corner: Mark Janas, Janice Hall, Dawn Derow
BREAK
Co-Host: Ann  Kittredge (with Larry Yurman at the piano)
Tanya Moberly
Ira Lee Collings
Joan Jaffe
Dawn Derow - ride the blue wave
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Robin Kradles (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Eileen Lacy (encore)
Marnie Klar (encore)
Bobbie Horowitz (encore)
Rian Keating (encore)
Charles Baran (encore)
Sierra Rein (encore)
Co-Host: Ann Kittredge (with Larry Yurman at the piano)

Special thanks to Janice Hall on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer Steve Bustamante.

Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Ann Kittredge sings "Another Night Only," directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, music direction by Larry Yurman, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams gets "Carried Away" with Daryl Kojak on piano, Ritt Henn on bass, Will Holshouser on accordion, and John Henry Williams on violin. Directed by Tanya Moberly at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (6:30/7pm): Matthew Martin Ward will play The MAC Open Mic at The Laurie Beechman Theater,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (3pm): Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her next show, "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (7pm): Sondheim Unplugged featuring Sarah Rice at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC.

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (7pm): 
"Cabaret Campaigns: Ride the Blue Wave," a fundraising series to support 2018 Progressive/Democratic candidates begins. With Producer/Host: Stephen Hanks, Musical Director Ian Herman and featuring Lisa Viggiano, Dawn Derow, Kathleen France, Sandra Bargman, Remy Block at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (7pm): Christopher Whipple in "F@$k it, Yes!" with Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 (4pm): "Lisa Viggiano sings Bruce on Christopher" with Lisa Viggiano (Directed by Tanya Moberly and Musical Director Matt Scharfglass) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7pm): Joan Jaffe will be Parnell's Spotlight with Bill Zeffiro as Musical Director and special guests - no cover, $25 food/drink minimum at Parnell's, 350 E. 53rd Street, NYC.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (6pm): Christopher Whipple in "F@$k it, Yes!" with Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 4, 2018 (7pm): "Lisa Viggiano sings Bruce on Christopher" with Lisa Viggiano (Directed by Tanya Moberly and Musical Director Matt Scharfglass) at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (3:30pm): Rian Keating raises money for The Lower East Side Preparatory High School's Golden Door Scholarship Fund with his show "When You Go Down To The Sea: Songs of Wandering/Songs of Home" with Music Director Woody Regan at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Musical Director Bill Zeffiro, directed by James Beaman with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

Our next journey into musical wonder will be March 18th on the theme "When the Spirit Moves Me" with Co-Host Mark Watson and Salon Spotlight...me...Sierra Rein! So...come and come sing with us!

-Sierra Rein

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Salon Wrap-up for February 25, 2018: "Sing Happy"

"I love this place!" Mark happily opened up the evening, which exemplified the fun that was about to happen. Tanya Moberly, complete with bedazzled "joyful" lettering on her blouse, introduced Stephen Ray Watkins to the piano, who played for our Co-Host for the night: 2017 Mama's Next Big Act Winner, Heather Villaescusa! The theme of "Sing Happy" kept us smiling to the very end of the evening, as we "sang happy" all night long.

Heather started out by crooning "Sing Happy" itself, which started quiet and intense, building in urgency as she joyously showed off her clear, bell-like belt. During her Co-Hosting duties, she asked each performer "one word that makes you happy," and we got answers that included "Music," "my Son," "this Community," "Life," "Everything," "Steak," "Grandchildren," "Bourbon," "Harmony," "Purring" and "Boys." For her Act II set, Heather started up with a spritely mashup of "Shakin' The Blues Away" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," featuring backup vocals by Music Director Steven Ray Watkins and Rachel Hanser. Her second song in the mid-show set was an "awwww"-inspiring samba combo of "Sweet Child of Mine" and "You Are My Sunshine." She then hilariously tried to resist her carnal urges in "Bacon"...to no avail...but Tanya said it was the best rendition of the song ever performed! To close the show, Heather went into "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line in a different musical mode than I've ever heard! To hear this and all her work...go see her show!

Heather Villaescusa 
Heather Villaescusa will bring her voice and smile to Don't Tell Mama in "The Happiness Project (A 10-Week Guide)" on Saturday, March 3rd at 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 7th and Friday, March 16th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 24th at 8:00pm. Musical Direction by Steven Ray Watkins. Directed by Lennie Watts. For more information and tickets: www.donttellmamanyc.com


Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

As I watched him rehearse for Classical Corner before the doors opened today, I heard Mark ask "What have you got to be happy about, Mr. Mozart?" rhetorically to his sheet music. Turns out, despite Mozart's sad pauper ending, good old Wolfgang created some of the most joyous music in Classic history. His most famous work, The Magic Flute, exemplifies this joy, and Mark showed how. He started out with a slow, stately theme to the The Magic Flute's Overture, which then bust its buttons open with a bouncy, joyous melody that had Mark's fingers flying across the keyboard. A few "problems" in dramatic musical form arose in a middle section, but then it flowed joyously into a upbeat happy tune to the end. Then the downward Bb chord led to a section fraught with a minor version of the original "happy" theme. As Mark explained, a sense of harmony is the quickest way to create happiness; turn it on it's ear into a minor chord, and you may find the other side of the coin.

In The Magic Flute, Mozart introduces the character of Papageno, the Bird Catcher. "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" is his introductory song, a simple one which is very "musical theater" in it's strophic (or verse-repeating) structure. Zach Wobensmith was brought up to sing through this solo, the lyrics of which includes:


The bird-catcher, that's me,
always cheerful, hip hooray!
As a bird-catcher I'm known
to young and old throughout the land.
I know how to set about luring
and how to be good at piping.
That's why I can be merry and cheerful,
for all the birds are surely mine.


He then introduced a solo from an operatic version of "Hamlet" by French composer Ambroise Thomas, libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier. This piece, a drinking song sung by Hamlet to the visiting Players, is a plea from him that they'll distract him from his brooding. Well, judging from a very brooding middle section, he's only pretending he needs the distraction...

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: Heather Villaescusa (with Steven Ray Watkins on piano)
Marnie Klar (with Steven Ray Watkins on piano)
Eillen Lacy
Bobbie Horowitz
Richie Eisenberg
Kevin McMullan
Frances O'Flynn
Zach Wobensmith
Angela Leone (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Christopher Whipple (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Sierra Rein (with Bill Zeffiro on piano)
Bill Zeffiro (self on piano)
David Ballard
Kathleen France
Zach Wobensmith
Co-Host: Heather Villaescusa (with Steven Ray Watkins on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Tanya Moberly
"Those Girls": Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack & Wendy Russell (with Steven Ray Watkins on piano)
Sidhant
Bobbie Horowitz (encore)
Frances O'Flynn (encore)
Angela Leone (encore)
Richie Eisenberg (encore)
Kevin McMullan (encore)
David Ballard (encore)
Kathleen France (encore)
Co-Host: Heather Villaescusa (with Steven Ray Watkins on piano)

Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer Michael Stever.

Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Monday, March 5, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Mark Janas on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 9, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone has a CD release party with Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard will be Kit-Katting around in "Bazazz - A Sequined Variety Rick Skye As Liza Minnelli" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (3pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (7pm): "Those Girls": Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack & Wendy Russell (Musical Director, Steven Ray Watkins) perform unplugged at Pangea, 178 Second Avenue, NYC.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams gets "Carried Away" with Daryl Kojak on piano, Ritt Henn on bass, Will Holshouser on accordion, and John Henry Williams on violin. Directed by Tanya Moberly at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (3pm): Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her next show, "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (7pm):
 "Those Girls", Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack and Wendy Russell (with Musical Director, Steven Ray Watkins), perform unplugged at Pangea, 178 Second Avenue, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (7pm): Christopher Whipple in "F@$k it, Yes!" with Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (6pm): Christopher Whipple in "F@$k it, Yes!" with Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (7pm): "Those Girls": Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack & Wendy Russell (Musical Director, Steven Ray Watkins) perform unplugged at Pangea, 178 Second Avenue, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

There is NO SALON on 
March 4th, so don't come that day and instead enjoy the Oscars! Our next Salon with be on March 11th on the Theme "Songs That Have Bazazz" with Co-Host Rick Skye!

-Sierra Rein

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Salon Wrap-up for February 18, 2018: "Everybody Has a Hungry Heart"

What a wonderful theme to prepare for this week, as we welcomed songs related to, "Everybody Has a Hungry Heart." Some brought in songs of longing, some brought rock music, and some brought songs from Bruce Springsteen himself. This evening's Co-Host was the effervescent Leanne Borghesi, with Bryan Sommers on piano! Leanne started the evening with a swinging and powerful, "Mambo Haliano." For her mid-show set she started with a great story-song medley of "Tap Your Troubles Away" (from Mack and Mabel) and "Lighten Up" with some exciting vocals and fun audience participation. She then wooed and seduced us with a sensational rendition of "Bring On The Men" from Jekyll & Hyde. At the end of the night, Leanne asked Mark Janas to accompany her on her thrilling version of "Come Rain or Come Shine" which absolutely wowed the audience. We were so lucky to have this talent with is this evening!

Co-Host Leanne Borghesi!

Leanne will be at The Triad – 158 West 72nd St, NYC 10023 – in MOOD SWINGS on Monday, March 19th & Monday April 16th. Both shows at 7pm. For more information: www.thetriadnyc.com / www.leanneborghesi.com


Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight was lovely Lisa Viggiano! This sweet voiced soprano started her set with a medley of "Hungry Heart" and "Dancing in the Dark." She then took a departure from Bruce Springsteen to sing a delicate and tantalizing mix of, "Good Morning Heartache" and "Think." She finished her set telling a story about her history with Bruce before giving us a fun and nostalgia-inspiring, "Born To Run."

Lisa will be at The Duplex – 61 Christopher St, NYC 10014 – LISA VIGGIANO SINGS BRUCE ON CHRISTOPHER on Saturday, February 24th & Sunday, February 25th. Both shows at 6:30pm. For more information: www.theduplex.com

Salon Spotlight Lisa Viggiano!

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark Janas, who teaches at Manhattan School of Music, told us about his wonderful class in the current 2018 program. The students are charged with creating an opera blending musical theater and opera themes, in an effort to make opera more accessible to a wider audience. First, they started with the tunes of shows like, "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Hairspray", and then knew they needed to add something from opera. Mark was taken back to the time when he became familiar with a certain trio from the opera, Cosi Fan Tutte (which was featured prominently in the Glenda Jackson "Sunday, Bloody Sunday.") So they took inspiration from its aria, "Soave il Vento" (translated roughly as "O Gentle Wind Blowing") and added new lyrics to suit this new hybrid show. To illustrate, Mark invited Zach Wobensmith up to the piano who sang through the baritone line of the song. He also played through a few sections of the song while talking about elements of Mozart's music - including deceptive cadences that never resolve the way you expect them to! And to cap the segment, he plugged his phone into some speakers and played a version of the song fully orchestrated with 3 voices. It was wonderful!


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: Leanne Borghesi (with Bryan Sommers on piano)
Bryan Sommers (also on piano)
Kit
Rian Keating
Barb Malley
Carol Sue Gershman
Ira Lee Collings
Angela Leone
Sally Darling
David Auxier-Loyola
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Zach Wobensmith
Co-Host: Leanne Borghesi (with Bryan Sommers on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Salon Spotlight: Lisa Viggiano (with Matt Scharfglass on guitar)
Tanya Moberly
Bobbie Horowitz
Bennett Silverstein
Joshua Lance Dixon
Sally Darling (encore)
Barb Malley (encore)
Rian Keating (encore)
Ira Lee Collings (encore)
Zach Wobensmith (encore)
David Ballard (encore)
Lisa Vigianno (encore, with Bryan Sommers on piano)
Bryan Sommers (encore, also on piano)
Co-Host: Leanne Borghesi (with Bryan Sommers on piano)

Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer Steve Bustamante.


Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows


Thursday, February 22, 2018 (7pm): David Auxier-Loyola and Joshua Lance Dixon will be performing in "Hey, I Care!", a Cabaret Cares show, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (6:30pm): Kit will be performing his show at 53rd Above, 318 West 53rd Street, NYC

Saturday, February 24, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Monday, February 26, 2018 (6pm): Erin Cronican is appearing in the fun cabaret "An Ode To Coffee"  at the Indian Road Cafe, 600 W 218th St, NYC.

Monday, March 5, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Mark Janas on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 9, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone has a CD release party at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (3pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (5pm): Joshua Lance Dixon returns with "Pack of One" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC - 50% of proceeds will go to TBD charity.

Friday, March 16, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, March 17, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Leanne Borghesi is bringing her show "Mood Swings" to the The Triad – 158 West 72nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward plays for the monthly MAC Open Mic at the Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, March 24, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 (3pm): Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her next show, "It's Just a Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.


Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 6, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, April 7, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, April 13, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, April 14, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm): Leanne Borghesi is bringing her show "Mood Swings" to the The Triad – 158 West 72nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (6pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (7pm): Rian Keating in "When You Go Down To The Sea" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (4:30pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

-Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 11, 2018: "High Anxiety"

While the rain outside caused others to stress and fret, inside Etcetera Etcetera it was dry and warm, and a great environment to sing and talk about the things that make us go "unnnggggghhhh!" The theme was "High Anxiety," and our Co-Host for the evening was a 2018 Mama’s Next Big Act Finalist, Justin Nastro! In his black-rimmed glasses, shiny suit and black tie, Justin confidently stepped out on the stage to sing the title song "High Anxiety" from the Mel Brooks movie of the same name, complete with a palm-sweating panic attack in the middle. Justin is youthful, with a rich bari-tenor that fluidly expressed both his anxious emotions and his wry sense of humor. For the middle set, he went in an angsty and regretful "Again", then swung into "For Once in My Life," which matched his 50's eyeglasses and suit. With Valentine's Day coming up, Justin then crooned the ultimate 50's warning-to-the-silly-lovers with "Fools Fall in Love." To round out the evening, Justin brought us into his movie theater routine and belted out "Same Old Saturday Night."

Justin Dylan Nastro, courtesy of 54 Below
Justin Dylan Nastro's show "The Good Life" will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (use the "JDN5" discount code!) at 9:30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 West 54th St, NYC 10019 – For more information: www.54below.com

Salon Spotlight

Bill Dyszel was the spotlight performer, although if you had ever read any of the "Microsoft Office for Dummies" books of the past, his name would already be familiar to you. Bill took to the stage to sing an excerpt of his show, "The Internet Ate My Brain," which revealed Bill's savvy humor and geek insights. After all, "when the Internet eats your brain, you're the last to know." Bill started his spotlight by taking a selfie before gushingly sang "What's the Fuss About?" in a deep baritone, all the while snapping shots of himself (and us!). It was clear what the fuss was all about after all those selfies! Bill had us get our cell phones out and admit to ourselves that we all have pretty strong feelings about them. So strong, they could also lead to love, as he admitted thru song that he fell in love with his "GPS Lady." We then texted him some of our feelings about our cell phones, and Emily won a big yellow "The Internet Ate My Brain" tote bag. Bill then went into the idea of online shopping, the ups and downs of it, and mainly into the kingly power- parody of "Camelot" called "King of Shopping."

Bill Dyszel stars in "The Internet Ate My Brain" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC, on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4pm.

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Nothing creates high anxiety more than performing, whether one is in the creative arts, stepping up to the plate at a Baseball game, or giving a presentation in front of the CEOs. Anxiety can be experienced by singers and pianists and musicians and speakers alike for a number of reasons, including a lack of technique or lack of preparation. Mark Janas started the conversation by playing a simple section of a sonata which contained a series of double-thirds; while simple to hear, this opening few bars are actually quite anxiety-producing for a pianist. Mark went on to tell us about his experience at the LA Philharmonic workshop of conductors, which included Leonard Bernstein and Herbert Bloomstead, during which Mark naively raised his hand to choose to conduct Beethoven's 5th. This piece is written in 2/4 and allows only one beat per bar, meaning that the tempo has to be communicated by the conductor in 1 beat only! Mark exemplified this by trying to get us in the room to start the 5th with only a beat of introduction, and it was hard! Imagine getting 95 musicians together in one moment - it an indeed be anxiety-inducing! Matthew Martin Ward also chimed in about his anxiety-ridden leg that controlled the volume of the keyboard for "Blood Brothers" on Broadway. Mark also told us about some anxiety-filled story about one particular Julliard teacher who in practice played the Schuman Concerto beautifully, but when it came to performance, she played the piece (which starts in E with the orchestra and then features a cascading piano part) in a clanking of chords before fainting off the piano bench. Woof. Mark then gave us some great advice; in his knowledge, anxiety is almost always created when you fixate about how you're doing something, not why you're doing it. His advice was always to stay with lyrics, stay with the story, keep the imagination running, and be fully committed to what you're saying, singing and/or playing. Mark then performed a Mendelssohn scherzo piece in E minor (scherzo is a piece played quickly with no room for thought) which he has played since he was a small kid, but which nonetheless still gives him a bit of agita! Many of us recognized this work as the Flying Monkey Theme from "The Wizard of Oz" but we were thrilled to hear the intricacies played in full!

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: Justin Nastro
Bobbie Horowitz
Rian Keating
Ann Kittredge
Christopher Whipple
Frans Bloem
Angela Leone
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward at the piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at piano)
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Marnie Klar
Salon Spotlight: Bill Dyszel
Classical Corner: Mark Janas
BREAK
Co-Host: Justin Nastro
Tanya Moberly
Joshua Lance Dixon
Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano)
Ruperta Nelson

Encores:
Bobbie Horowitz
Frans Bloem
David Ballard
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Angela Leone (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Sierra Rein (with Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at piano)
Co-Host: Justin Nastro

Special thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff - Joey and Alex - and management at Etcetera Etcetera, and our videographer Steve Bustamante.

Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (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, February 18, 2018 (4pm): Bill Dyszel in "The Internet Ate My Brain" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 (4pm):
Bill Dyszel stars in "The Internet Ate My Brain" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 (7pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (7pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 (7pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (4pm): Emily Ellet (with Jeff Cubeta on piano) brings "Uncharted" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Monday, March 5, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Mark Janas on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 9, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone has a CD release party at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (8pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (3pm): David Ballard sings with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in "Big Gay Sing X" at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, NYC

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (5pm): Joshua Lance Dixon returns with "Pack of One" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC - 50% of proceeds will go to TBD charity.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (9:30pm): Justin Nastro's show "The Good Life"  (use the "JDN5" discount code!) at Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 West 54th St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 18, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (7pm): Ann Kittredge at the Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward plays for the monthly MAC Open Mic at the Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, March 24, 2018: Matthew Martin Ward and Janice Hall in "Opera Show with No Opera" at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th St, NYC.

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (7pm): Christopher Whipple's debut NYC show with Bill Zeffiro, MD, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," premieres with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 (7pm): Frans Bloem in "Beyond Borders" at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (6pm): Christopher Whipple's debut NYC show with Bill Zeffiro, MD, at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (6pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (7pm): Rian Keating in "When You Go Down To The Sea" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (4:30pm): Sally Darling sings Beatrice Lillie with Matthew Martin Ward at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2pm): Sierra Rein's solo debut show, "Running in Place," with Bill Zeffiro, Music Director, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre,  407 West 42nd St, NYC.

NEXT SALON!

This coming Sunday, February 18th, will bring about the theme "Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart" with Co-Host Lisa Viggiano! Hope to see you there to feed your heart with music, joy, and some great cocktails at Etcetera, Etcetera!

-Sierra Rein
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 28, 2018: "Broadway Legends"

It was a a completely packed room at Salon this Sunday night, as singers and cabaret fans opted to celebrate Grammy night with us. We were thrilled to welcome back producer Tanya Moberly after she was away directing a show in Los Angeles. And she leapt back into action, as you can see from this photo where she's fixing our piano bench!

Producer: Tanya Moberly

After getting the evening under way, Tanya and Mark ushered in tonight's theme: BROADWAY LEGENDS. Our Co-Host was Bistro & Julie Wilson Award Winner Shana Farr, with her pianist Jon Weber! Shana started the evening with a beautiful, "Till There Was You" from The Music Man. Between verses of the song Shana began to tell us about the legendary Barbara Cook, the subject of her upcoming show and inspiration for our theme. For her mid-show set, she began with a medley which included songs like "This Is All Very New To Me," from Plain and Fancy, "Goodnight My Someone" from The Music Man, and "Will He Like Me" from She Loves Me. She followed that with a delicate and expressive "Anyone Can Whistle" from the musical of the same name. To complete this set she told us a story about Barbara Cook's ability to take the troubles of her life and pour them into her art - and then sang a heartbreaking, "Losing My Mind" from Follies. To end the evening, she sang an upbeat (and aptly-placed-in-the-show), "It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish" which sent us home in the best of moods. 

Shana will be at Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 West 54th St, NYC 10019 – in THE SONGBOOK OF BARBARA COOK on Saturday, February 3rd at 9:30pm. For more information: www.shanafarr.com / www.54below.com

Co-Host: Shana Farr

Salon Spotlight

Our Salon Spotlight features Carole Demas (the original Sandy in GREASE) and Sarah Rice (the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD)! Carole and Sarah have also both played Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS. They started their set with the lovely, "My Cup Runneth Over" in duet form. Then we had a real treat - both lovely ladies gave us songs they originated - Sarah sang "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" from Sweeney Todd, and Carole sang "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife. They finished their set with the Jones/Schmidt tune, "Celebration," with Joe helping on backing vocals.

Carole and Sarah return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 West 42nd St, NYC 10036 – in THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, their critically acclaimed tribute to Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt on Sunday, February 4th at 1pm & Thursday, February 8th at 7pm. For more information: www.westbankcafe/laurie-beechman-theatre.com / www.caroledemas.com / www.sarahrice.com


Salon Spotlight: Carole Demas and Sarah Rice

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Mark Janas kicked off this week's Classical Corner by introducing us to baritone Mark Watson and composer Robert Cohen. Robert shared the history of the songs we were about to hear - for most of his music, he chooses poems from the 18th and 19th century and puts them to music. Tonight's songs were poems by Shelley and Wordsworth and were absolutely stunning.


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: Shana Farr (with Jon Weber on piano)
Bobbie Horowitz
Becca Kidwell
Marnie Klar
Gretchen Reinhagen
Dawn Derow
Justin Nastro
Joe Goodrich (also on piano)
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Candice Oden
Janice Hall
Salon Spotlight: Carole Demas and Sarah Rice (with Joe Goodrich on piano)
Classical Corner: Mark Janas, with Mark Watson and Robert Cohen on vocals
BREAK
Co-Host: Shana Farr (with Jon Weber on piano)
Tanya Moberly
Michael Colby
Richie Eisenberg
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Barb Malley (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Ira Lee Collings (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Robin Kradles (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Jenny Lynn Stewart (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Jon Weber (also on piano)
Co-Host: Shana Farr (with Jon Weber on piano)


Special thanks to Janice Hall on lights and sound, the amazing David Ballard & our waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera.


Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

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

Upcoming Shows

Monday, January 29, 2018 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz's next "It's Only A Number" tribute is honoring Michael Colby and is happening at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (7pm): Robin Kradles is bringing back her show, "Gambling On Love" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday February 1, 2018 (7pm): Marcia Roney is bringing back her show, "Letting Go", one more time to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 (9:30pm): Shana Farr is bringing back her show, "The Songbook of Barbara Cook," to Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 (1pm): Carole Demas & Sarah Rice are bringing their show, "Thank You For The Love: a Tribute to Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt" to the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (7pm): Dawn Derow is doing an encore of her show, "My Ship" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 (7pm): Carole Demas & Sarah Rice are bringing their show, "Thank You For The Love: a Tribute to Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt" to the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 9, 2018 (8pm) & Saturday, February 10, 2018 (2pm): Erin Cronican is going on for the role of Samantha in the Off-Broadway musical, THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS, at St Luke's Theater on West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue.)

Saturday, February 10, 2018 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams, with Tanya Moberly directing, performs "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, February 12, 2018 (7pm): Gretchen Reinhagen is doing an encore of her show, "I Blame Paleo" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (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, February 24, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 (6:30pm): Lisa Viggiano is performing her show, "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Christopher" (with Tanya Moberly directing) at The Duplex, 61 Christopher St, NYC.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018: Michael Colby's musical, "Charlotte Sweet" is being revived in concert form at Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NYC.

Monday, March 5, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Mark Janas on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (7pm): Becca Kidwell is bringing her show, "A Song and Its Girl" to Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, March 26, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ian Herman on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Jon Weber on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Steven Ray Watkins on piano at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Sean Harkness on guitar at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (7pm):  Tanya Moberly sings "Six Different Shows, Six Different Musicians, Six Monday Nights" with Ritt Henn on bass at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.


NEXT SALON 

We are off next week for the Super Bowl, but we will see you again on February 11, 2018 with our theme: "High Anxiety" with our Co-Host: Justin Nastro. Looking forward to it!


Written by Erin Cronican
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