Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Salon Wrap-Up for March 20, 2016 - "Leap of Faith"

It takes a leap of faith to get things going
It takes a leap of faith you gotta show some guts
It takes a leap of faith to get things going
In your heart you must trust
- Bruce Springsteen

Hi, Saloners!  Candice Oden here.  Erin was ill this week, so ... I'm who ya got! ;)

This was a wonderful week to sub.  The optional theme for this evening's Salon was "Leap of Faith," and our co-host was the wonderful (not to mention famous) Carole Demas.  Her warmth and generosity that she shares with every single person in the room make it clear that the stage is her home.  Carole is most famous for originating Sandy is the musical Grease.  She has also shared her talent by originating the title role in "The Baker's Wife," stepping in for the marvelous Sarah Rice as Louisa in "The Fantastics," and several other productions in musical theater; and she has moved into television, as well.  Maybe she'll take a day off one of these days. ;)

Tonight, Powerful was Carole's middle name.  She opened the evening with the ever-talented Sean Harkness and Ian Herman doing a powerful rendition of "The Angels Sing," and started the second set (with Sean Harkness) with a wonderful arrangement of "The Man Who Sends Me Hone," followed by "Spring Can Really Hang You Up."  She then brought us on a trip to her past with a (What's that word? Yep -- powerful and) very moving "Meadowlark."  To close the evening, the beautiful and talented Sarah Rice joined her to sing an incredible duet of "A Way To Remember" -- harmonies so beautiful, it was the perfectly sweet way to end the evening.

Our Salon Spotlight for the evening was the fabulous, funny and INCREDIBLY talented duo Mark Sonnenblick and Sam Bolen, who performed songs from their show "Midnight At The Never Get," which was conceived by the pair and even written by Mark himself.  Their performance included the show's songs "Mercy Of Love" and "Wallace Falls."  If you enjoyed this night's performance (How could you not?), you MUST go see the show.  They have four performances: Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 9th at 8:00pm; Monday, April 11th at 7:00pm; and Thursday, April 14th at 9:30pm.  Don't miss it. :)

Quick Wrap: Classical Corner

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnd..... Yet again, Mark created another extraordinary one!  He started by playing a recording of Randal Thompson's highly celebrated choral arrangement (this recording was performed by the Berlin Chamber Chorus) of "Alleluia." Thompson's arrangement of the song is actually quite sad and haunting even, so it is incredibly fitting that Mark played and moved us into the Mozart arrangement sung by the always-angelic Sarah Rice.

Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click to visit performers' website or other links when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Barbara Malley
Richie Eisenberg
Bobbie Horowitz
Madeleine Warren
Charles Baran
Steve Bustamante
Ira Lee Collings (with John Cook at the piano)
Josephine Sanges (with John Cook at the piano)
Joseph Mulholland (Poetry!)
Marnie Klar
Tanya Moberly (with Sean Harkness at the guitar)
Ira Lee Collings [encore performance]
Josephine Sanges [encore performance] (with John Cook at the piano)
Barbara Malley [encore performance]
Bobbie Horowitz [encore performance]
Charles Baran [encore performance]
Richie Eisenberg [encore performance]
Sarah Rice

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Ian Herman, Sean Harkness, and John Cook!

Another thank you to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and Steve Bustamante who is providing video footage for people interested in that service!

Upcoming shows:

Ongoing, Tuesdays (8:30pm): Candice Oden (moi) performs every Tuesday night at Millesime Restaurant, 92 Madison Avenue, NYC.

Ongoing, Mondays (7pm): Sarah Rice hosts Open Mic night at The Harp, 729 3rd Avenue, NYC.

Friday, March 25, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly is appearing in "Ricky Ritzel's Broadway" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 8, 2016 (7pm): Marnie Klar is bringing back her show, "Tuned In" (directed by Tanya Moberly), to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, April 20, 2016: Joseph Mulholland is performing at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NYC.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly is performing in the award-winning cabaret benefit series "Cabaret Cares" at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, May 1, 2016: Tanya Moberly and Charles Baran are appearing in a benefit for In God's Love We Deliver at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC.

Sunday, May 1, 2016: Charles Baran is performing in a benefit for Ronni Faust.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016: Marnie Klar is bringing back her show, "Tuned In" (directed by Tanya Moberly), to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 6, 2016: Josephine Sanges is performing at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016: Bobbie Horowitz is performing her popular cabaret, "It's Just a Number," at the Metropolitan Room


We will resume on April 3rd with our Co-Host Wendy Russell and our Salon Spotlight, Natasha Castillo. The theme will be "April In Paris - Favorite Times & Places."

We all hope to see you there!

Candice Oden
Guest Blogette for the Salon

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