Abaracadabra it’s CHAWbaret !!!

August 21, 2009

I’m thrilled that Dean Reichard invited me to participate in the next iteration of CHAWbaret, the fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Art’s Workshop!  We had our first rehearsal this week, and I am awestruck by the talents involved — Katherine McCann, Eileen Warner, Deborah Davidson, Dean Reichard, Dorie Hightower, Ron Squeri, and Matt Howe.  All under the terrific music direction of Amy Conley.

Since the show is in October, the theme this year is Magic To Do and it’s great to see the number of interpretations that the artists are providing. And I always love the creative part of the rehearsal process, where so many things are possible!  It’s the magic that starts the magic.*

So mark your calendars for our shows, October 16,17,23,& 24 at CHAW.  And of course I’ll have more dispatches before then!

*Apologies to those who found themselves with elevated blood sugar after that line.


A Russian Cabaret

February 23, 2009

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Last Monday night I went to see  featuring Katherine McCann, Barbara Pappendorp, and Andrew Wassenich.

The 7- minutes was more a theatre piece than a cabaret, per se, but I know these lines get blurry.  There were a lot of Russian inspired songs and readings of what I took as Russian poetry.  There seemed to be a sort of plot with Andrew and Barbara as correspondents  in love and Katherine as some sort of outside yearning soul.

It was really refreshing to hear a lot of material that one doesn’t generally get to hear in a cabaret theatrical setting.  The muddiness of my comprehension of the evening above reflects the fact that the piece could probably have used a stronger outside eye to organize things for the audience.  Barbara and Katherine both had strong moments in the piece (with Katherine even singing in what sounded like convincing Russian!).  And James Fitzpatrick was his usual solid self on the keyboard.

Here’s the song line-up:

THOSE WERE THE DAYS, MY FRIEND — Music and lyrics by Gene Raskin, based on the Russian song Dorogoi dlinnoyu by Boris Fomin and poem by Konstantin Podravski

STROLLING HOME — Music by Viktor Zakharov, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

WITHOUT LOVE (WHAT IS A WOMAN) — Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

MY HEART — Music by Isaak Dunayevsky, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

DARK EYES — Music by Florian Hermann, Poem by Yevhen Hrebinka

IT WAS IN THE EARLY SPRING — Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

SILENTLY –Music by Eduard Kolmanovsky, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

MOSCOW NIGHTS — Music by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

DOSVEDANYA, MIO BAMBINO — Music and lyrics by Pink Martini

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE — Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart


Katherine McCann on YouTube

April 5, 2008

Katherine McCann has posted excerpts from her show on YouTube.  In addition to I’m Gonna Live Until I Die (above) there are videos of her doing Remind Me and Darkest Before Dawn.

The videos were shot and edited by the wonderful Jill Leger.  More about her services (scroll down).


Reminder: Katherine McCann at Playbill Friday & Saturday

March 18, 2008

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Katherine McCann is premiering her new show Return to Me: An Ode to Joy this weekend at Playbill Cafe:

  • Friday, 21  March, 8:00pm (Sold Out)
  • Saturday, 22 March, 9:00pm
  • Saturday, 22 March, 11:00pm

Click here for ticket info


Preview: Katherine McCann in Return to Me at Playbill

March 6, 2008

Here’s a video preview for Katherine McCann’s show Return to Me playing at Playbill Cafe, March 21st & 22nd.