Dyana Neal Sings “Retro Mezzo”
Sep 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Dyana Neal, mezzo, film and stage actor and popular midday host at WBJC-FM, treats us to an evening of Tin Pan Alley songs, Broadway show tunes, and standards. Jim Harp will be Ms. Neal’s accompanist; the program includes old favorites by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Jule Styne, Jerome Kern, and more.
Dyana Neal has been the midday host at WBJC-FM since 1993. In addition, Ms. Neal has performed in operas, plays, and musicals throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. She was a member of the Baltimore Opera Chorus from 2002-09. Last summer, she received rave reviews as Sympathy the Learned and other characters in “The Arabian Nights” at Theatre Hopkins. Other favorite roles include the Fairy Queen (“Iolanthe”), Anne Boleyn (“Royal Gambit”), Peep-Bo (“The Mikado”), Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn (“The Music Man”) and the title character in “Move Over, Mrs. Markham”. Ms. Neal has done commercial and voice-over work for clients including Xerox and the American Visionary Art Museum. Her film and TV work includes two John Waters movies (“Pecker” and “Cecil B. DeMented”) and the role of Dorothy Dorr in an episode of “Arrest & Trial”. When not on-air or otherwise performing, she enjoys attending arts events, reading, travel, collecting vintage jewelry, spending way too much time online, and relaxing with her husband, Jim Knost, and their two cats, Winston & Carmen.