Christy Trapp at Maggie’s Cabaret

April 7, 2010

Lina Koutrakos / Rick Jensen Workshop Concert

March 29, 2010

OK, we spent the workshop today putting the final show together.  Lina and Rick shared the process they use to assemble a show, demonstrating it on the one for the class.  Then it was the nitty-gritty of actually doing it all.  Particular congratulations to Daryl Anderson, ToniRae Brotons, Emily Everson, and Jennifer Blades who at 12:30 were informed that they were doing duets and had them ready by the 6:00pm show under the brilliant guidance of the teaching team.

For anyone interested, here’s a link to the recording I made of the concert.  (Unfortunately we were seated in front of the cafe area, so you also get the hum of the kitchen equipment.)

Here’s what people sang:

  • Hooray for Love — Jennifer Blades
  • Come In From the Rain / Why Did I Choose You ? — ToniRae Brotons / Darryl Anderson
  • I Never Say Anything / My Superman– Chris Cochrane
  • I’ll Get Up Tomorrow Morning — Christy Trapp
  • All of My Life — Darryl Anderson
  • Baby, You Can sleep While I Drive — Marianne Glass Miller
  • When I Fall In Love — Elcindor Johnson
  • It’s a Jungle Out There — Emily Everson
  • Do Right Woman, Do Right Man — Jean McMahon
  • Sleepy Man — Emily Everson & Jennifer Blades
  • Yard Sale — Michael Miyazaki
  • How Did We Come To This ? — Christy Frye
  • On the Other Side of the Tracks — ToniRae Brotons
  • Bye Bye Blackbird — Company

The problem with high heels in the snow…

February 11, 2010

Sadly, the snow is forcing the cancellation of Christy Trapp’s show, Red High Heels at Maggie’s Cabaret Friday night.  I’ll post the date when it gets re-scheduled.


Christy Trapp at Germano’s

November 22, 2009

Christy Trapp performs "Red High Heels" cabaret @ Germano's (Baltimore) by DCMatt.

It was so great to see Christy Trapp’s debut show at Germano’s last night.  It was quite an event, with the room over-capacity and the crowd a-buzz.  And Christy more than delivered on the expectations.

Looking fabulous (as you can tell from Matt Howe’s terrific picture above), Christy opened with a sassy rendition of Red High Heels.  Her selection of material was touching (When I Was a Boy), fizzy (It’s Oh So Quiet), deep-felt (When Love Grows Up), and utterly charming (I Wish You Love).  After seeing her young children scamper around the restaurant before the show, it was especially touching to get Christy’s poignant reading of Maury Yeston’s parental song New Words.

Christy’s biggest asset is an immediate likability that establishes a connection with her audience.  She then builds on the connection with unique song choices and highly personalized interpretations.  And although everything is grounded in her own experience, she shares in a way that is both insightful and unthreatening.  By her encore, you feel you’ve just been out for coffee with a friend.

Ron Chiles provided superb support and they felt like a cohesive, melded team.  Judy Simmons’s directoral hand was unapparent — one of the best things you can say about a cabaret director’s work.

More of Matt Howe’s terrific pictures here.

Set list:

  • Red High Heels
  • When I Was a Boy
  • I Enjoy Being a Girl / 59th Street Bridge Song
  • It’s Oh So Quiet
  • Slightly Perfect
  • When Love Grows Up
  • Decisions
  • Stealing Kisses
  • I’ll Get Up Tomorrow Morning
  • New Words
  • In My Daughter’s Eyes
  • His Rocking Horse Ran Away
  • I Wish You Love

Christy Trapp at Germano’s

November 16, 2009

Christy Trapp in “Red High Heels”

Nov 20 – 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm

D.C. Cabaret Network favorite, Christy Trapp, makes her Baltimore debut in “Red High Heels,” a realistic journey of the good, the challenges and the funny stuff life throws at you. The show includes songs by Paul Simon, Maury Yeston, Dar Williams, and Maltby & Shire. “Red High Heels” is directed by DC’s Judy Simmons and Musical Directed by Ron Chiles.

At the Cabaret at Germano’s

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Lina Koutrakos and Rick Jensen at Indigo

January 18, 2009

The amazing teacher / performer Lina Koutrakos and renown music director Rick Jensen bring their Cabaret Intensive workshop to town this coming weekend.  The workshop features two public performances at Indigo at the Atlas Arts Center that promise to be incredibly entertaining events at amazing prices:

Lina Koutrakos in Concert — Saturday, January 24th, 8pm.

The NYTimes writes, “In her heated interpretations of classic torch songs sensitively accompanied on piano by Rick Jensen, Ms. Koutrakos implies that the war between Venus and Mars may have reached a stalemate. ” 

TWO FOR ONE DISCOUNT – Jan 24th  8 p.m. performance with LINA KOUTRAKOS
at The Indigo Room.  2 tickets for $20 ($10 food/drink minimum applies). Rick
Jensen, music director. Tim Schall opens the evening. Available at door, night
of show.

Participant Showcase — Sunday, January 25th, 7pm.

The terrific line-up of local talent participating in the Cabaret Intensive put on a show directed by Lina Koutrakos with music direction by Rick Jensen.  Participants scheduled to appear include Debbie Barber-Eaton, Marilyn Bennett, Christy Frye, Emily Gleichenhaus Everson, Char James-Duguid, Justin Ritchie, Lonny Smith, Christy Trapp, and Steve Spar. 

$10 available at the door. (Food/drink minimum applies).

Indigo at the Atlas Arts Center, 1333 H St, NE, Washington DC