This Weekend at Germano’s

January 26, 2010

Upcoming at Baltimore’s favoite cabaret…

Germano’s Proudly Presents International Performing Artists, Sophie Louise Roland and Simone Luti, in “Cabaret Fantasy”

Jan 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Cabaret at Germano’s is thrilled to host international opera, film and recording artist, Sophie Louise Roland, and conductor and pianist, Simone Luti, as they perform the songs of Weill, Brel,and Piaf in the American debut of “Cabaret Fantasy.” Ms. Roland’s lush voice,dazzling coloratura, engaging stage presence, and deeply expressive musicality have captivated audiences throughout North America and abroad. Maestro Luti, recognized for his “musical instincts and sensitivity,” continues to collaborate with the most significant directors, singers, and conductors of the operatic world. Both artists are appearing in American Opera Theater’s Le Cabaret de Carmen at Baltimore Theater Project January 21-24, 2010, in which Ms. Roland is the leading lady.

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Stephen Holden on Steve Ross

January 22, 2010

The NYTimes reviezs the soignee balladeer: “A singer and pianist and not a dancer, he is the personification of the bygone dream world that his music summons. Dapper and quick witted with a knowledge of his idols that suggests a lifetime of scholarship in an imaginary 90th-floor Park Avenue aerie, he channels their spirits in brittle, fleet performances whose quickened pace evokes ballroom dancing as a challenging aerobic sport.”

This Weekend at Germano’s

January 19, 2010

Upcoming at Baltimore’s favoite cabaret…

Meredith Seidel and “Soul Fusion”

Jan 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Meredith Seidel and Soul Fusion perform music from all eras and genres. As they effortlessly fuse their authentic talent and organic style, they will captivate and send you with the originality of their soulful sounds.


Russ Moss Performs “Delicious Songs”

Jan 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The exciting jazz vocalist and musician, Russ Moss, performs his original cabaret “Delicious Songs,” including favorites, What a Beautiful World, Georgia, and Stormy Weather. He is joined by jazz greats Stefan Scaggiari on piano and Mark Russell on bass.

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Sally Martin at Germano’s

January 18, 2010

It was great to see Sally Martin’s new show at Germano’s last night.  Since it’s a work-in-progress I won’t really comment on it, but Sally has obviously been hard at work, adding some great new material to her repertoire.  Last night also saw Sally selectively accompanying herself on the accordion, renewing a childhood talent.  I especially enjoyed Sally’s tribute to Martha Schlamme  — an artist about whom I seem to be woefully ignorant.

James Fitzpatrick provided his usual superb brand of music direction and Deb Brudvig’s contribution was ever-solid, and kind of fascinating with the organ.  And needless to say, Sally looked every inch the cabaret diva with a new dark Louise Brooks-ish bob and a decollete gown of black satin.

  • First Set
    • I Know a Place
    • I Had a Dream About You
    • Sentimental Journey
    • Sound of Music Sequence
    • My Romance / So Many People
    • Irish Song Sequence
    • America
  • Second Set
    • Pigalle
    • J’Ai Deux Amours
    • Another Time, Another Place
    • My Wooden Heart
    • Marieke
    • Carousel
    • La Vie en Rose
    • The Chance to Sing (encore)

Thanks, Joe!!!

January 17, 2010

From a note from Joe Peck…

…Just for the heck of it, though, I’m attaching a copy of the song list from the 1/14 performance of Joe Peck: Noche Caliente! with Alex Tang at the piano and Tim McKay on percussion at the Arts Club. We had a great time, and the folks really seemed to enjoy the show.

 Joe Peck

  • Como Fue
    • Words & Music by Ernesto Duarte Brito
  • Quando, Quando, Quando
    • Words by A. Testa / Music by Tony Renis
    • English Words by Pat Boone
  • Oye Mi Canto
    • Words by Gloria Estefan
    • Music by Gloria Estefan, Jorge Casas & Clay Ostwald
  • Beautiful Maria Of My Soul
    • Words by Arne Glimcher / Music by Robert Kraft
    • Spanish Words by Antonio Banderas
  • Summer Samba
    • Words & Music by Marcos Valle & Paul Sergio Valle
    • English Words by Norman Gimbel
  • On A Clear September Night
    • Words & Music by Joe Peck / Arranged by Alex Tang
  • Guantanamera
    • Words & Music by Jose Fernandez Dias
    • Music Adaptation by Pete Seeger /
    • Add’l Words adapted by Hector Angulo based on a poem by Jose Marti
  • You Sang To Me
    • Words & Music by Corey Rooney & Marc Anthony
  • Ever Since We Met
    • Words & Music by Bob Levy
  • I Yi Yi Yi Yi Like You Very Much
    • Words by Mack Gordon / Music by Harry Warren
  • Cuanto Le Gusta
    • Words & Music by Gabriel Ruiz / English Words by Ray Gilbert
  • What A Difference A Day Made
    • Words & Music by Maria Grever / English Words by Stanley Adams

Stephen Holden on Jay Leonhart

January 16, 2010

The NYTimes reviews the musical satirist at the Metropolitan Room: “What distinguishes Mr. Leonhart’s musical comedy from everyone else’s is the degree to which his relationship with his instrument suggests a ventriloquist act; the hyper-articulate singer and the bass carry on an edgy dialogue in which the bass registers the songs’ unspoken subtext; Mr. Leonhart is the father, and his instrument a child with a mind of its own.”

Road Trip !!!!

January 13, 2010

JustinJustin Ritchie is doing his terrific show On My Way Here at the Metropolitan Room in New York, Saturday February 6th & Saturday February 20th at 5:00pm.

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Nightlife Award Winners

January 13, 2010

Cheyenne Jackson and Michael FeinsteinMichael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson (pictured), Christine Ebersole and Baby Jane Dexter are among this year’s Nightlife Award winners.  Here’s the list.

Open Mic Report

January 12, 2010

OK, it was a chilly evening at the heatless Warehouse Theater, but I am happy to say that many of the performances sizzled ! 

It was great to finally hear Jonathan Tuzman at the keyboard after hearing so much about him!  I always think that playing these must be a bit hellish (especially the first time)  for the pianists given the dicey instrument, uncertain lighting, esoteric material, and quirky tics of a lot of the performers (this blogger certainly included) but Jonathan handled it all with great aplomb.

Here’s a rundown of what people sang:

  • Terri Allen
    • Why Did I Choose You?
  • Chris Cochran
    • Part of a Painting
  • Emily Everson
    • All God’s Critters
    • The Time Has Come
  • Lucille Froelich
    • How Are Things in Glocca Morra ?
  • Matt Howe
    • Losing My Mind
    • But The World Goes ‘Round
  • Michael Miyazaki
    • Much at All / I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You
    • Fifty Percent
  • Byron Murray
    • Easy to Be Hard
    • Mood Indigo
  • Kathy Reilly
    • I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore
    • There’s No Such Thing As Love
  • Justin Ritchie
    • You’ll Never Walk Alone
    • I Am the Luckiest
  • Adele Russell
    • Smile
    • Why Did I Choose You?
  • Lonny Smith
    • I Have Dreamed / Where or When
    • Unexpected Complication
  • Ron Squeri
    • Kiss of Fire
  • Maris Wicker
    • Bill
    • The Best of Times Is Now / It’s a Good Day

Sally Martin at Germano’s

January 12, 2010

Sally Martin writes…

Hi everyone,

This coming Saturday, January 16, I’m presenting my show, “My Favorite Things” at Germano’s in Baltimore. James Fitzpatrick is the musical director, and Deborah Brudvig will play cello.

Germano’s is located in the heart of Baltimore’s Little Italy at 300 S. High Street.

The Cabaret Room opens at 6:00 p.m. for pre-show dining, with a full menu and specials. There is a $10 cover for cabaret performances. Please note that contrary to my earlier email, there is NO food and drink minimum. However, the food here is wonderful so I urge you to indulge. Show begins at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited and early reservations are encouraged. For reservations and information please call GERMANO’s at (410) 752-4515 or email