Go see a show !!!

June 7, 2011

Part of what got me back to the blog is that there’s such a plethora of great stuff happening in the next week or so that I would feel bad if people weren’t aware of it!

Broadway Duets at Signature Theatre

Signature closes its cabaret season with a program featuring Felicia Curry, James Gardiner, Jake Odmark and Bayla Whitten (6/7 – 6/12).

An Evening with Julie Halston

The Atlas Theater presents that funny lady who has creating so many enduring characters in Charles Busch plays as well as inspiring so many students at the Cabaret Conference at Yale.  (Thursday, June 9)


Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret

The amazing Emily Everson does the adult version of her Sing Books with Emily gig at Maggie’s Cabaret (Friday, June 10)

 Mary Reilly in Here We Are at Last

Mary finally makes her long-awaited solo cabaret debut at Germano’s with music direction by the great Christopher Denny and direction by the amazing Barry Kleinbort. (Sunday,  June 12)

Two Guys: A New Cabaret of Songs By Mark Braswell

Local songwriter Mark Braswell has his work sung by Ryan Burke and Sam Ludwig with a special guest appearance by Jacqueline Grabois with music direction by Alex Tang at the Black Fox Lounge (Sun June 12/ Monday June 18)

And the list above doesn’t even include Side by Side by Sondheim or Follies!

Thank you, Emily…

September 13, 2010

It was very sweet of Emily Everson in her SingBooksWithEmily blog to send her good wishes for the third anniversary of this blog.  (Frankly, I had forgotten and it was lovely to be reminded.)

Better for everyone, Emily, whose amazingly thorough process is the foundation of her exquisite song interpretations, shares her working process in a wonderful piece called The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!.

Good News From Emily Everson !

August 1, 2010

Emily Everson just announced on her blog that her my project “Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” has been awarded a 2011 Individual Artist Spotlight Grant from the Arlington County Commission for the Arts.  The grant includes the recording of a CD with vocal tracks of songs in the show, a booklet with information on each song and its Singable Picture Book, and instrumental tracks so that children, parents, caregivers, and educators can sing the books themselves. 

Congratulations to Emily !!! 

I saw her do a Sing Books with Emily session a couple weeks ago at a library in Arlington, and she certainly worked harder and more graciously in that 40-minute show than most performers I’ve seen at the Algonquin or Carlyle !

More info on her blog

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

Emily Lethea Everson at Maggie’s Cabaret

June 25, 2009

From what I heard from Ron, I seemed to be the only person in town who wasn’t at Emily Lethea Everson’s debut cabaret, It’s a Jungle Out There, at Maggie’s Cabaret last Friday.  (Which would explain out house at Mother Courage.)  Needless to say, from his report, that a great time was had by all and Emily and music director, Howard Breitbart, put together quite a show.

Here’s hoping she does it again, so I can see it!

Here’s the set list:

  • I’m Late
  • I Wish It So
  • It’s a Jungle Out There
  • Lost in Wonderland
  • Heart’s Desire
  • Defying Gravity
  • She’s Always a Woman
  • You Can’t Go Home Again
  • I Wish
  • Play Me
  • The Time Has Come
  • The Owl and the Pussycat
  • One Woman’s Story (Elves)
  • Here’s to Life
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe (Encore)

  • Emily Everson this Friday

    June 16, 2009


    Emily Lethea Everson premiers her show IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE at Maggie’s Cabaret

    Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8 PM

    Directed by Judy Simmons and Music Directed by Howard Breitbart, the show includes songs by Marc Blitzstein, Babbie Green, Marshall Barer, Beckie Menzie and Neil Diamond.

    Mark your calendars for an evening of fantastical adventures!

    Maggie’s Cabaret at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Doors open at 7:15 PM, show begins at 8 PM / $20 Tickets include show, a beverage and snack

    No reservations

    Showcase Rehearsal

    February 25, 2009

    I had a rehearsal last night for the DC Cabaret Network showcase on Sunday at the Arts Club with Alex Tang and Judy Simmons.

    I think all veteran performers have their own tricks and secrets for working with a music director and stage director in these situations.  Click here for mine.

    And here’s the secret behind the secret.

    Before the rehearsal, I prepped with Mary Sugar to put my thoughts together about how I want to do the songs I chose.  After we got through with At Long Last Love (bell tone before the intro, two verses cutting the “love” at the end of the verses, modulation into the third verse, tag after the third verse, “three and out” at the end), I said to her, “Well, you must go through this a  lot.”  Her  response was, “You know, most people just want to  sing things the way they’re written.”   So much said  in one little statement.

    In my Helen Hayes round-up column, I forgot to congratulate Judy Simmons on being Helen Hayes nominated for Goodnight, Moon.  When we were discussing the Helens, I couldn’t help but pass along the bit of gossip that a local performer, directing a recent project, several times during the process was heard to say, “You know, I was nominated for a Helen Hayes award!”  Mercifully, I wasn’t there, because it would have been too tempting to use the Ann Hampton Callaway line from  Sibling Revelry, “Who won that year?”

    Anyway, it’s shaping up to be a great show.  Ron’s two songs are looking good.  Mary Reilly who had the rehearsal slot before Ron and me sounded wonderful and Emily Everson is planning two songs I love.

    Here’s ticket info:

    The DC Cabaret Network is delighted to present the fourth DC CABARET NETWORK MEMBERS ONLY SHOWCASE.  Please join us for a wonderful evening of Cabaret featuring our own DC Cabaret Network Members on Sunday, March 1st at 8:00pm at The Arts Club located at 2017 I Street, NW.  These talented Cabaret performers will be accompanied by the extraordinary Musical Director Alex Tang and directed by Judy Simmons.  Wine and sodas will be available for a small fee (cash only bar).
    Reservations are highly recommended and should be sent to:  (please include your name, phone number and address) info@dccabaretnetwork.org
    $10 for non-members and $5 for members (cash only)

    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

    Googling My Ex — Now on CD!!!

    December 8, 2008

    Googling My Ex (And Other Obsessions)

    Somehow I missed the memo that Jill Leger was going to commercially release a CD version of her revue, Googling My Ex, that I was priviledged to be a part of earlier this year. 


    The CD contains the great numbers from the show.  And as cabaret people are constantly looking for that next up-tempo or specialty song — this recording is chock-a-block with them: Annie in My Room talks about memories of singing along to the Annie cast album.  Or My Life Is a Lifetime TV Movie (pretty self-explanatory, that).  A certain selfish portion of me has to admit that I’m not sure I totally love the idea of any other Sondheim cabaret queen having access to The Sondheim Blues, but I just need to deal.  (I’m sure Steven Lutvak felt the same way when he sent me the sheet for his brilliant song The Dinner Party.)

    Other DC performers featured on the CD include Barbara Papendorp, Justin Ritchie, Ron Squeri, and Emily Everson.

    1 Overture
    2 Annie In My Room
    3 Go Team Go!
    4 Always There
    5 Best Friend
    6 To Roger On My Wedding Day
    7 Tom The IT Guy
    8 Googling My Ex
    9 So Much More
    10 Markie Post
    11 She’s Got Nothing On My Life
    12 My Life Is A Lifetime TV Movie
    13 Seminar On Cabaret
    14 My Superfun Downer Show
    15 False Starts
    16 You Tell Em, Carolyn!
    17 Thank You, Mr. Turner
    18 I’ve Been Lucky Myself
    19 My Safe Harbor
    20 I Need Help, Not A Bitchslap!
    21 The Sondheim Blues
    22 What’s With All These People?
    23 Another Taxi
    24 Thanks From Jill
    25 Halfway

    Those scene stealers!

    August 1, 2008

    Congratulations to Judy Simmons, Emily Everson, and Michael Sazonov for making the cut of Joel Marcowitz’s Fringe Festival Scene Stealers.  Joel does a great set of write-ups and interviews.