Monday, November 22, 2021

 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Salon Wrap-Up for November 21, 2021: 

 


Deborah Zecher

"Favorite Carols": with Deborah Zecher

Deborah Zecher brings her new cabaret show—Jewish Caroling:  The Music of Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager and Carolyn Leigh to Don’t Tell Mama on December 1 at 7 pm, December 5 at 4 pm and December 8 at 7 pm.


Jewish Caroling celebrates the work of these three extraordinary songwriters who are all Jewish women with (more or less) the same first name.  Carole King’s Tapestry celebrates the 50th anniversary of its release in 2021 and the songs are as beloved today as they were 50 years ago.  Carole Bayer Sager is renowned for having collaborated with just about everyone in show business and Carolyn Leigh has given us some great American standards like Witchcraft and The Best is Yet to come.  Despite the name, Jewish Caroling is not about all the Jewish songwriters who have written Christmas carols.


Don’t Tell Mama is located at 343 West 46th Street.  Reservations online at donttellmamanyc.come or 212-757-0788 after 4 PM.  Proof of vaccination required.  There is a $20 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.  Cash only.  $15 for MAC members.  Lennie Watts directs and music direction is by Tracy Stark.  Joining Deborah and Tracy on stage is Matt Scharfglass on bass and David Silliman on drums.


For 35 years, Deborah Zecher served as a rabbi and often cantor in Reform congregations in NY, Washington, DC and the Berkshires. She was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NY in 1982, becoming one of the first 50 women rabbis.  She has recorded two CDs of liturgical music with her synagogue choir in Great Barrington, MA.  Years ago, she enrolled in an adult cabaret class at the Berkshire Music School and her love for the world of cabaret was born.  Her first NYC cabaret show, ON PURPOSE, was nominated for a MAC Award and broadwayworld.com award for best debut.  


She has created and performed a number of Jewish-themed cabaret shows for her synagogue and other Jewish communities around the Northeast and was the producer and one of the performers in Warm Up the Winter, an annual concert that has raised almost $100,000 for fuel assistance for the Southern Berkshire community since its inception in 2009.  She participated in the National Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2006 where she was mentored by such cabaret luminaries as Julie Wilson, Amanda McBroom and Sharon McNight; in 2017, she was chosen as a Senior Fellow at the O’Neill Conference Center.  She is an enthusiastic student at Singnasium, a cabaret and performance program directed by Lennie Watts.


Lennie Watts is a 14 time MAC, 5 time Backstage Bistro, 3 time Nightlife and a 2014 Broadway World Award winner.  He is the only person ever to receive awards as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer and booking manager.  He has been active in the New York cabaret scene for over 25 years.  In addition to directing many cabaret shows, he is the artistic director of Singnasium.


Tracy Stark is an award-winning music director and composer, having worked with an extensive list of NY singers.  She has released three CD’s of her original compositions.  


Deborah Zecher performs her solo cabaret show Jewish Caroling:   The Music of Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager and Carolyn Leigh at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street on Wednesday, December 1 at 7 PM,2 Sunday, December 5 at 4 PM and Wednesday, December 8 at 7 PM.  Donttellmamanyc.com or 212-757-0788 for reservations.

To start tonight's event...

Our Co-Host: Deborah Zecher
Roster of Performers for the Evening (in order of appearance): 
Click the link to visit the performer’s website or other links, as available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Followed by: 
Michael Colby
Scott Raneri 
Graeme Lister
Mary Lahti
Jaye Maynard-blogette
Marnie Klar-mamette
Mark Janas Classical Corner*
Second Set:
Deborah Zecher
Jeff  Flaster with Matthew Martin Ward
Matthew Martin Ward
Goldie Dver
Marge Helenchild
Lynda Rodolitz
Debby Zecher

*Mark Janas/Classical Corner 

Cherubundi/Cherry Juice-super powers chased his arthritis away! 

Mark  spoke of his  self-coaching and working on his musical chops to keep limber during the pandemic. In particular:

Three Etudes
Fantasie Impromptu
Black Keys Etude
Revolutionary Etude

Studying Chopin's etudes, and these three in particular Mark has curated them into a perfect set.  Playing without interruption. 

The strife was present  and palpable in the last piece in particular.  This bass and lower end notes connected to him with feelings of social and political unrest then and realized in present day as he was practicing in his Greenwich Village home studio, he heard the strains of the Black Lives Matter marches wending their way up and down the avenues.  Prescient, indeed. 

Mark will be  bringing back "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" - a full show of teaching and celebration of classical music - to Don't Tell Mama in the new year. 

Special thanks to Salon Host and lead pianist Mark Janas, Producer Tanya Moberly, and additional fantastic pianists 
Thanks also to David Ballard on lights and sound, and to the wonderful waitstaff (KJ!) and thoughtful management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, a big thank you to our videographer for the evening, the amazing Ruben Olvera.

Upcoming Shows


Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Marnie Klar in "Marnie Klar: A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (7pm)-Deborah Zecher's "Jewish Caroling: The Music of Carole King,Carole Bayer Sager and Carolyn Leigh," at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday,  December 3, 2021 (7pm) Graeme Lister's "Femme Fatale's and Other Distractions" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 5, 2021 ( 3pm ) Scott Raneri's "Extra, Extra!" at The Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, NYC. 

Sunday, December 5, 2021 (4pm)-Deborah Zecher's "Jewish Caroling: The Music of Carole King,Carole Bayer Sager and Carolyn Leigh," at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (8:30-10:00 pm) Birdland 2, 315 West 44th Street, NYC, Jaye Maynard sings in Susie Mosher's Lineup hosted by Klea Blackhurst. 

Thursday, December 8, 2021 (7pm)-Deborah Zecher's "Jewish Caroling: The Music of Carole King,Carole Bayer Sager and Carolyn Leigh," at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (7pm)-Michael Colby and Gerald Jay Markoe's "Ludlow Ladd" In Concert, Urban Stages, Ovation Tickets.

Friday, December 10, 2021 ( 7pm)-Matthew Martin Ward music directs Christine Ped's in "Snowbiz" at The Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street.

Sunday, December 11, 2021 (2pm)-Michael Colby and Gerald Jay Markoe's "Ludlow Ladd" In Concert, Urban Stages, Ovation Tickets.

Sunday, December 11, 2021 (4pm) - Matthew Martin Ward is appearing in "Life Hack with Cathy Taylor" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Marnie Klar in "Marnie Klar: A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (8:30-10:00 pm) Birdland 2, 315 West 44th Street, NYC  Marge Helenchild sings in Susie Mosher's Lineup hosted by Klea Blackhurst. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Marnie Klar in "Marnie Klar: A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 16, 2021 ( 7pm)-Matthew Martin Ward music directs Christine Ped's in "Snowbiz" at The Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street.

Thursday, December 16, 2021 Mark Janas with Kathleen Turner, " Finding My Voice. at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, NYC.

Friday, December 17, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 18, 2021 (5pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

January 25, 2022  Lynda Rodolitz sings in Susie Mosher's Lineup at Birdland 2, 315 West 44th Street, NYC 

January 27, 2022, Lynda Rodolitz, performs in Singnasium's CabLab at Don't Tell Mama,  343 West 46th Street, NYC.


Mark will be  bringing back "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" - a full show of teaching and celebration of classical music - to Don't Tell Mama in the new year. 

Mary Lahti will be performing her show: "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" at Don't Tell Mama in February.

Jeff Flaster will be performing his show: "Take The Moment" with Matthew Martin Ward, music director in February.

March & April 2022 - Jeff Flaster is doing a show at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Next Up at The Salon


We will return on Sunday,  December 12th  as we truly usher in the holidays with Co-Host Stone & Stone on the theme, Stoned For The Holidays

We'll see you then!

Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Salon Wrap-Up for October 31, 2021: "It's a Jungle Out There: Halloween with the Animals"

 


Janice Hall and Adam B Shapiro, Co-Hosts

"It's a Jungle Out There: Halloween with the Animals" with Co-Hosts Janice Hall and Adam B. Shapiro 


One of my very favorite events of the whole year is The Salon's Halloween celebration, because NYC audiences get to see the amazing creativity and talent that comes from the brains and bodies of co-hosts Janice Hall and Adam B. Shapiro. Adam informed us that this is the 6th time they have co-hosted the Halloween Salon, and in doing the mental math I'm estimating that we've seen 20+ costumes from the duo in those years. (Some of those were tear-away costumes, morphing from one costume to another in a quick-change flash!) The only interruption in their 6 year legacy was the pandemic, but even then they found a way to create a special online show (which included some Salon favorites as special guests!) You can see that incredible, fully costumed, variety show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPOxpEXZXrY

To start tonight's event...

Dressed like a farmer, Adam started with "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals" (made famous by Gilda Radnor) which, with such language, would NOT have been able to have been sung at the Salon's original home - the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel. (We had to be mindful of passing guests!) Adam's performance was complete with visual aids, including a butt. (Don't ask...) He then quickly changed into a bear costume (a Bear in a bear costume!) to begin co-hosting the evening. 

For our mid-show co-host entertainment, Janice - dressed as a cheetah (her newly discovered patronus from the Harry Potter universe), invited Matthew Martin Ward to join her on the piano to sing a wonderful Chita (Cheetah?) Rivera medley. The medley included snippets from "A Boy Like That" (West Side Story), "Spanish Rose" (Bye Bye Birdie), "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (Kiss of the Spider Woman), "Love and Love Alone" (The Visit), and All That Jazz (Chicago). She then changed into a gorgeous peacock costume to continue co-hosting duties. 

To finish out the night, Adam and Janice came back to the stage - Janice (as the aforementioned peacock, the "NBC" peacock, presumably, as the familiar tones were played by Mark on piano!) and Adam (as a not-so-balding eagle) - with a tribute to their fine-feathered friends. But which song? There are so many songs about birds! Not to worry, they said. Lucky for us, they have created a (faux) album of songs all about birds ("Now That's What I Call Birds!"), and sang a medley of it including "Skylark" (Janice), then "Meadowlark," (Adam), then "White Bird in a Golden Cage" (Janice), then "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Adam), then "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" (Janice), then "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" - interrupted by "Feed the Birds" (Adam), with a big finish of "If We Could Talk to the Animals" - with both Adam and Janice in glorious harmony!

You can download Adam B. Shapiro's debut album, "Let Love In" via all digital music platforms.

Mark Janas/Classical Corner 


When Salon Host, Mark Janas, heard about tonight's theme, immediately what came to mind was "Carnival of the Animals", a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French composer Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns. But then he thought, "Perhaps something a little less obvious." Mark then reminded us of the adage - that if you hear "clopping coming over the hill, think horse not zebra." So, what is a zebra's most prominent feature? Stripes (black and white of course!) This led Mark to think of black and white keys, the stripes on a piano. 

A "C" Scale, and also a song in C Major, has all of its whole steps using the white keys with no black keys played. And example of this is Mozart's Piano Sonata #16, which Mark demonstrated beautifully. He then talked about Mozart's Piano Sonata #5, in G Major, which "starts with C sharp so you already know we're onto something different." He demonstrated a bit of that next.

During the pandemic, Mark felt the need to practice as much as possible to keep his hands agile. There is a piece by Chopin, an Etude - which is not only a study (piano scales) but a "harmonically fascinating piece of art." He introduced us to what is known as the "Black Keys Etude" which is a fast, 3-minute song that is only played with black keys except for one in the right hand (in the middle of a chord, which Mark calls the "middle voice.") Mark finished Classical Corner by playing this amazingly beautiful song, fully from memory. Mark never ceases to amaze me.

Mark is bringing back "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" - a full show of teaching and celebration of classical music - to Don't Tell Mama November 8 and December 6, 2021. It's a must see!

Roster of Performers for the Evening (in order of appearance): 
Click the link to visit the performer’s website or other links, as available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host Adam B. Shapiro
Gerrilyn Sohn
Julia Landon
Barb Malley (a cappella)
Maria Corsaro (with Gregory Toroian on piano)
Kati Neiheisel (with Gregory Toroian on piano)
Ann Talman (with Gregory Toroian on piano)
Gregory Toroian (also on piano)
Classical Corner
Co-Host Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward in piano)
Jeff Flaster (with Matthew Martin Ward in piano)
Goldie Dver (with Matthew Martin Ward in piano)
Bobbie Horowitz (with Matthew Martin Ward in piano)
Stew Frimer (with Matthew Martin Ward in piano)
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward in piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Michele Herman (unaccompanied poetry)
Jonathan Kuhn
Richard Eisenberg
Kimberly Dawn Neumann
Mark Corpron 
Scott Raneri
Bennett Silverstein

Special thanks to Salon Host and lead pianist Mark Janas, Producer Tanya Moberly, and additional fantastic pianists Gregory Toroian and Matthew Martin Ward. Thanks also to David Ballard on lights and sound, and to the wonderful waitstaff and thoughtful management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, a big thank you to our videographer for the evening, the amazing Steve Bustamante

Upcoming Shows


ONGOING! Adam B. Shapiro's debut album, "Let Love In," is now available on all digital music platforms.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 (4pm) - Matthew Martin Ward is appearing in "Life Hack with Cathy Taylor" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 (2pm) - Maria Corsaro is performing her show, "You Taught My Heart To Sing," with the Gregory Toroian Trio, at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 (3pm) - Scott Raneri is appearing in "Extra! Extra!" at the Triad Theatre, 158 W 72nd St, NYC.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 (4pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Bruce Sabbath in "Searching for Tevye" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, November 8, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 14, 2021 (4pm) - Mark Corpron is doing his show "Moving On - Songs of Journey" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2022 (7pm) - Kati Neiheisel is appearing in "Yesterday Once More" with the Gregory Toroian Trio, at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Bruce Sabbath in "Searching for Tevye" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Bruce Sabbath in "Searching for Tevye" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Friday, November 19, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged", 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Marnie Klar in "Marnie Klar: A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 5, 2022 (1pm) - Kati Neiheisel is appearing in "Yesterday Once More" with the Gregory Toroian Trio, at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Monday, December 6, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - Bob Brady performs "Wonderful, If You Insist" in Naples, FL. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021 (2pm) - Maria Corsaro is performing her show, "You Taught My Heart To Sing," with the Gregory Toroian Trio, at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Saturday, December 11, 2021 (4pm) - Matthew Martin Ward is appearing in "Life Hack with Cathy Taylor" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Marnie Klar in "Marnie Klar: A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Marnie Klar in "Marnie Klar: A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 17, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 18, 2021 (5pm) - Tanya Moberly directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

December 30, 2021 - January 16, 2022 (16 performances) - Erin Cronican is producing and starring in WIT, with The Seeing Place Theater, 64 East 4th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - Gerrilyn Sohn is bringing her new show to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, March 10, 2022 - Gerrilyn Sohn is bringing her new show to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 - Gerrilyn Sohn is bringing her new show to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, March 21, 2022 - Ann Talman is debuting a new show, with the Gregory Toroian Trio (about Elizabeth Taylor) at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.

March & April 2022 - Jeff Flaster is doing a show at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Next Up at The Salon


We will return on Sunday, November21, 2021, as we usher in the holidays with Co-Host Deborah Zecher, on the theme, "Favorite Carols."


We'll see you then!

- Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon
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Monday, September 27, 2021

The Salon Wrap-Up for September 26, 2021: "Morning, Evening, Noon & Night"



Danny Bacher. Photo: John Abbott


"Morning, Evening, Noon & Night" with Co-Host Danny Bacher


Singer/Songwriter/Saxophonist, international Jazz singer/writer/player Danny Bacher was our illustrious Co-Host for the evening. A Margaret Whiting Award winner,  he was named in the top 3 best vocalists in the United States in a 2019 National Jazz Times reader’s poll. As Co-Host, he worked the crowd with witty New Jersey-esque humor and jokes, and made sure to get some good banter from all the performers in between numbers. He whipped the theme into action at the top of the evening with a spicy rendition of "Early in the Morning" (by Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, and Louis Jordan), switching between smooth and dexterous bari-tenor vocals and sax instrumental breaks. 

Stepping into the "noontime hour"-themed mid-set section, Danny played "Cloudy" and "Nuages" (= Clouds) by Django Reinhardt. He whipped out and gloriously played his soprano saxophone in this wonderful instrumental piece, first playing one melody, and then the other. The sax sang in an expertly smooth tone, like a cloud bouncing and bobbing above Mark's grounded piano. The songs came together in the second half of the piece so wonderfully, a musical rainbow made of water and sun. 

For the last number, Danny sang from the album he created as a tribute to three Louis - a combination of "Just a Gigolo" (composed by Leonello Casucci with lyrics by Julius Brammer adapted by Irving Caesar into English) and "I Ain't Got Nobody" (Roger A. Graham on lyrics, composed by Spencer Williams). He expertly swung vocals and sax equally and got us singing out choruses and in a glorious call and response at the end!

Catch Danny in many of his events throughout the Fall of 2021 and into 2022, and head next door to neighbor Swing 46 on Thursday, September 30th to watch him play from 5:30pm-8:30pm with The Early Set Jazz Quartet. 

Mark Janas/Classical Corner 


Before starting the Classical Corner, Mark made sure to honor one of the greats of Broadway and the American Songbook by having us all sing "Happy Birthday" to George Gershwin, who would have been a s'wonderful 123 years old. HBDGG!

During the Pandemic, Mark knew that he had to keep his hands moving, so he made sure to pull and practice classical pieces that were basically workouts for the hands. Two that he felt were required works to use were by Chopin; The Black Etude - a workout for the right hand, which plays only black keys, and  the "Fantasy Impromptu," which is sort of an etude with left hand playing in 3 and the right hand playing in 4. He also wanted to work on Chopin's famous piece, the 1831 "Revolutionary Etude," which works the left hand almost completely through in 16th notes. Mark also spoke of the need for Classical instrumentalists to find a way through the interpretation of a classical piece without the use of lyrics. Musicians, rather than singers, have to create own their subtext as anchors for their performances, especially when the subtext isn't spelled out by the composer. Chopin wrote this while his homeplace of Poland was full of uprisings, during a time full of uncertainty. Those left-handed 16th notes reflected this uncertainty and unrest. During the last year, Mark would hear the strife and powerful agitation from the Black Lives Movement as they literally marched outside his window, and while he practiced the sounds and rhythm of these marches melded with his private rehearsal. The piece has a gorgeous melody (played simply it has a regal and proud presence, passion and yearning) and to Mark it evoked feelings of struggle and reaching for a new reality. Hairpins of crescendos and decrescendos and swells are emotional feelings, plus the three-beat pulse of the words "Black Lives Matter" helped Mark set his interpretation of Chopin's music into a modern march of protest. He then played the number so we could hear those consistent and agitating 16th notes mixed with that beautiful melody and pulsing notes.

Mark is bringing "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" back to Don't Tell Mama as a full show October 4th, November 8th, and December 6th, and is excited to introduce Robert Schwartz (concert pianist from San Francisco) who will join to perform some of the hardest work of Ravel's (amongst other pieces) to the October 4th performance.

Roster of Performers for the Evening (in order of appearance): 
Click the link to visit the performer’s website or other links, as available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host Danny Bacher
Graeme Lister
Bob Brady
Charlotte Libov
Johnathan Kuhn
Alicia Terry
Bob Simonello
Richie Eisenberg (self on piano)
Annie Lebeaux (self on piano)
Maureen Taylor
Classical Corner
Co-Host Danny Bacher
Goldie Dver
Michael Colby
Scott Mayfield (self on piano)
Sara Laursen
Co-Host Danny Bacher

Special thanks to Mark Janas, and pianists Annie Lebeaux, Scott Mayfield, and Richard Eisenberg. Thanks also to David Ballard on lights and sound, and to the wonderful waitstaff and thoughtful management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, a big thank you to our videographer for the evening, the amazing Steve Bustamante

Upcoming Shows


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021 (4pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, October 4, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 8, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, October 11, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Stephanie Trudeau in "Becoming Chavela: Songs & Stories of Chavela Vargas" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 15, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 17, 2021 (3pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Friday, October 22, 2021 (9:30pm) - Scott Mayfield is Music Director for "Feelin Myself: A Musical Journey with Cheyenne Walent" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 24, 2021 (4pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, October 25, 2021 - Graeme Lister with Music Director David Pearl performs "Femmes Fatales and Other Distractions" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 29, 2021 (7pm) - Goldie Dver will be a part of "Ricky Ritzel's Broadway" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 (2pm & 7pm) - See Michael Colby's show "Mrs McThing", a benefit for TADA Theater, 15 W 28th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged," 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, November 8, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Friday, November 19, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged", 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Monday, December 6, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 6, 2021 - Michael Colby will present as part of "Winter Rhythms."

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - Bob Brady performs "Wonderful, If You Insist" in Naples, FL. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - Michael Colby's musical, "Ludlow Ladd," will be performed at Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 17, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 18, 2021 (5pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Next Up at The Salon

We will return on Sunday, October 31st, 2021, with our favorite Halloween costume-a-thon Co-Hosting duo, Adam Shapiro and Janice Hall on the theme, "It’s A Jungle Out There – Halloween With The Animals."

We'll see you then!

-Sierra Rein
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