Benefit for Open Circle, July 23rd !

July 20, 2010

Great performers for a great cause !!!

DC Cabaret Network Open Mic

July 20, 2010

I had to miss the DC Cabaret Network open mic due to the first reading for the Scena Theater production of Sink the Belgrano that I’ll be in, opening next month.  Ron, however, contributed (slightly incomplete) notes of who sang what:

  • Marianne Glass Miller
    • Cooking in the Kitchen with You (Jill Leger)
    • Anyone Can Whistle
  • Mary Jane Raleigh
    • I’ve Learned To Let Things Go  (Bucchino)
    • How Can I Learn
  • Lucille Froelich
    • Broadway Baby
    • S’Wonderful
  • Charlene James Duguid/Marilyn Bennett
    • Sentimental Journey/Mairsie Dotes/chickaree chick
    • I Got the Sun in the Morning / Buttons and Bows
  • Paul Pompeo 
    • What More Can I Say?
    • Here’s that Rainy Day
  • Christie Trapp
    • Stay (just a Little Bit Longer) little big town
    • In my daughter’s eyes
  • Stephanie Dailey
    • Get Happy     
    • Papa Can You Hear Me?
  • Dorie Hightower
    • Time Heals Everything
    • Walking the Wrong Way Down a Street (Blumenkranz)            
  • Matt Howe
    • Can You Read My Mind?
    • Showtune     
  • Terri Allen
    • Music 
    • Come In From The Rain
  • Ron Squeri
    • An American Hymn 
    • Leaving on a Jet Plane     

Somewhere There’s Music… in Ellicott City

July 18, 2010

That’s Barry Abel, Kathy Reilly, Mary Reilly, Eileen Warner and me performing excerpts from our show Somewhere There’s Music as the pre-show for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s matinee of Hamlet.

No microphones, outdoor venue on a warm Saturday afternoon, sparse audience.  But we got to sing, so it was fun.

I have to admit being oddly out of step with my esteemed colleagues on one issue concerning the gig.  Others were complaining about being out in the hot, direct sun; I was happy that we had good lighting.

For the full show (with a real piano, amplification, and air conditioning) , see us at Germano’s in Baltimore this Saturday !

Totally off the subject…

July 18, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan in Islamabad.

Am I the only one who gets nervous when Hilary’s coiffure is in flux ?

Stephen Holden on Harry Connick Jr.

July 17, 2010

The NYTimes reviews Harry Connick Jr.’s current Broadway concert: “Taking control of everything has meant singing, playing, songwriting, arranging, orchestrating and bandleading, all pointed toward the goal of embodying something like a fusion of Frank Sinatra (and Sinatra’s greatest arranger, Nelson Riddle); Elvis Presley; Peter Allen (by way of Professor Longhair); and Frank Loesser reconceived in the spirit of New Orleans. And that ignores his movie career as a sympathetic leading man who can pivot on a dime and play a scary sociopath.”

Catch Me If You Can Preview

July 17, 2010

Michael Riedel’s NY Post column details some of the travails of the new musical Catch Me If You Can by the Hairspray team of Mark Shaiman and Scott Whitman: “This show’s been circling Broadway longer than a plane over La Guardia in a snowstorm.”

Gotta admit, though, that the material that has already been surfacing is quite impressive.

DC Cabaret Network Open Mic on Monday

July 16, 2010

Somehow it’s not on the DCCN Web site or newsletter, but the next DC Cabaret Network Open Mic is this Monday, July 19, ath the Atlas Theater (1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002).

Sign-up is at 7:30 and singing starts about 8:00pm.  The singular Alex Tang will be at the keys!

Since there hasn’t been a lot of publicity about this, please tell your friends !

Three interviews in Playbill…

July 16, 2010

Elaine Stritch and Bernadette PetersVery pleasant publicity interview online in Playbill with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch :”Stritch also believes she and Peters are “very much alike, and we’re finding things every day in playing the parts. She’s got the same kind of humor that I do. Our sense of humor – I love that expression – it’s a sense of humor, a deep sense of humor, and I see it in her.””Alice Ripley with her Tony Award

Also, the Playbill Diva Talk column profiles Alice Ripley as she ends her Broadway engagement in Next to Normal: “When asked how she believes her performance has changed during her 16-month Broadway run, Ripley says, “Well, all I can say is I can tell you what people have told me about my performance or just tell you how it makes me feel. People have said that it has changed and then, I feel like I’ve changed, so if I’ve changed, the performance has changed. So, it probably has, and I’m hoping it’s grown because you’re always looking to fill in details.””

Finding your key…

July 15, 2010

A great discussion of finding your key by that extraordinary jazzman, Robert Vetter: “There are lots of misconceptions and misplaced embarrassment on this matter. I believe I can explain the process in a way that some of you might find helpful. There will not be a test at the end. I will teach you some basic music theory in order to give you the right perspective and then give a little practical advice at the end…”

This Weekend at Germano’s

July 15, 2010

Doings at Charm City’s favorite cabaret…

Russ Moss Performs “Delicious Songs”  — Jul 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The exciting jazz vocalist and musician, Russ Moss, performs his original cabaret “Delicious Songs,” including favorites by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and the Beatles. He is joined by jazz great Stefan Scaggiari on piano.

Russ Margo in “Schizophrenic Music Epidemic” — Jul 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The marvelous Russ Margo accompanies himself on the baby grand in a cabaret of classics from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Russ Margo (we love “You Bother Me”)–with a few surprises!

Bernard Mavritte in “Keeping Good Music Alive and Well” — Jul 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Bernard Mavritte, considered The Singer’s Singer, will perform some of the great songs of the 20th and 21st Century by Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern, Victor Young, Lorenz Hart & Richard Rogers, Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, Jeffery Osborne, Berry Gordy and some of his own –he is a marvelous composer with over 300 songs to his credit–in an unforgettable evening.

Germano’s Trattoria — 300 South High Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, 410.752.4515
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