Set those TiVos

August 30, 2011


The great Karen Mason will be singing on the Today show on September 1st —


“This Thursday Morning (10 AM EST hour), I will be singing a brand new Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman song for the “Everyone Has A Story” segment of THE TODAY show!


An Irene Playlist

August 27, 2011

Everyone, please be safe.  But here are some song ideas while you’re keeping safe and sound…

  • Gonna Be Another Hot Day — 110 in the Shade Cast
  • Soon It’s Gonna Rain — Mandy Patinkin, Kristen Chenoweth
  • Hurry, Here Comes The Hurricane — Phillip Melancon
  • Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season — Jimmy Buffett
  • Little Drops Of Rain — Judy Garland
  • Irene — Lazy Lester
  • No Time At All — Irene Ryan
  • Stormy Weather — Lina Koutrakos
  • Hurricane Eye — Paul Simon
  • Singing In The Rain — Cliff Edwards
  • Ride Out the Storm — Seesaw Original Cast
  • Down at the Twist and Shout — Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • It’s Raining Men — The Weathergirls
  • When the Sun Comes Out — Eileen Farrell
  • When It Dries — Two By Two Cast
  • Goodnight Irene — The Weavers

(Yes, Over the Rainbow really should be on this.)

Thinking of Jeanette MacDonald…

August 23, 2011

… for obvious reasons…

Smoky Joe’s Cafe just got dimmer…

August 23, 2011

Sad news — one of the greatest pop composers of the 20th Century, Jerry Leiber, passed away Monday.

Catching Up With Cabaret Scenes

August 22, 2011

My reviews of the Julia Murney and Colleen McHugh shows at Signature are now available through the Cabaret Scenes review page.

On charisma…

August 22, 2011

The NYTimes had a great article this weekend on the role of charisma in musical performance.  Quoting the great Aprillo Millo:

“Hemingway gave us a haunting clue to it,” she replied. “In his obsession with the Spanish bullfights, he spoke of the lust of the crowd and its desire to feel something special, a raw authenticity, even in so brutal a setting. What he mentions is the hush that would come over the crowd at the entrance of the toreadors. The people could sense the difference between those who did it for the fame, the paycheck, and those who had the old spirit: the nobility, bravery, heart, ‘duende.’ I believe this also happens in the theater. The crowd can sense the one with the authentic message, the connection to the truth.”

Goldrich & Heisler at Signature

August 19, 2011

Caught Goldrich & Heisler do their show at Signature last night.  (Info in the next post below.)

I’ll link to my full Cabaret Scenes review, but the duo really is must-see viewing for cabaret practioners.  Not only are they one of the most distinctive songwriting voices in the world of cabaret, but their ease on stage is phenomenal.

Signature Theater Cabaret Series

August 18, 2011

Signature Theatre opened its 2011-12 cabaret series on Tuesday, August 16th with “The Marcy and Zina Show” starring Helen Hayes Award nominees Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. A tremendous hit at Signature’s 2010 Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret series, the duo make their much-anticipated return with some of their wittiest, romantic, and most sophisticated songs, including “Taylor, the Latte Boy.” “The Marcy and Zina Show” will play from August 16 – 20, 2011 at 8:30pm.

Signature’s cabaret series also includes:

“Music in the Movies” – October 18 – 22 — Signature sings the very best melodies from the silver screen.

Tracy Lynn Olivera – January 3 -7— Olivera (Fantine in Signature’s Les Miserables) teams up with Emmy Award-winner Lenny Williams in a show displaying her powerhouse voice.

“The Lost Songs of Broadway: 1960’s” – June 26 – 30 — Showcasing the lost songs from a magical decade of musical theater.

For a limited time, ticket-buyers can save $20 on the 4-show cabaret package. Order by August 20th and the package is only $120. Single tickets for individual performances are also available for $35. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT(7328) or the Signature Box Office at (703) 820-9771.

DC Cabaret Network August Open Mic

August 16, 2011

It was a really fun night at the Atlas last night for the DC Cabaret Network August Open mic.  Not only was there the terrific Mary Sugar at the keys, but there was a great mix of new people, people I haven’t seen for a while,  and veterans singing a wide variety of material:

  • Terri Allen
    • On the Sunny Side of the Street
    • Detour Ahead
  • Emily Everson
    • Amoeba Hop
    • Both Sides Now / Here’s to Life
  • Michael Miyazaki
    • Can-Can
    • Much At All
  • Joanne Schmoll
    • In the Heart of the Night
    • Night and Day
  • Lonny Smith
    • Sweet Dreams
    • Someone to Fall Back On
  • Ron Squeri
    • With Every Breath I Take
    • Kiss of Fire
  • Stephanie Daly
    • What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
    • One Note Samba
  • Pam Jackson
    • Take Me the Way I Am
    • I Don’t Remember Christmas
  • Katherine McCann
    • Someone Like You (Adele Adkins & Daniel Wilson)
    • I’m Kissing You
  • Colleen Brown
    • Taylor the Latte Boy
    • Bill
  • Sarah Jebian
    • Magic Man
    • Gravity
  • Wendy Snyder
    • Rhythm in My Nursery Rhymes
    • Miss Otis Regrets

DCCN Open Mic on Monday

August 13, 2011

The next DC Cabaret Network Open Mic is on Monday, August 15, 2011, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

The always-amazing Mary Sugar will be on the piano. Donation requested.

Sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m.

Singing starts at 8:00 p.m.

Atlast Performing Arts Center

1333 H St., NE

Washington, D.C’