Mary Reilly at the Metropolitan Room October 1st and Germano’s October 8th

September 30, 2011

The lovely Mary Reilly will be at the Metropolitan Room in New york this Saturday, 1 October and Germano’s in Baltimore on October 8th.

Click the illustration to get the full-size poster.

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!

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)
$10 for non-members and $5 for members (cash only)

Report: CHAWbaret 3

April 22, 2008

In my absence from town, the wonderful Marianne Glass Miller provides this report from CHAWbaret.  Thanks Marianne!!!

“CHAWbaret 3: This STILL Isn’t Over,” the cabaret showcase at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, drew friends, family and cabaret aficionados this past Friday and Saturday nights.  
Hosted by Dean Reichard, who was also one of the performers, the showcase featured Lynne Barstow, Matt Howe, Ilene Photos, Kathy Reilly, Mary Reilly, Justin Ritchie and, yes, myself, all under the inspired musical direction of Amy Conley. 

Here are the songs and who sang them:

  • Comes Once in a Lifetime (Styne/Comden and Green) — Kathy and Mary
  • I’d Rather Be Sailing (Finn)–  Justin
  • Woman Be Wise (Wallace) — Ilene
  • Nobody Does It Like Me — Mary
  • Everybody’s Girl (Kander and Ebb) — Matt
  • Finding Home (Gordon/Landau) — Matt
  • Dance (McBroom) — Mary
  • The Last Song (Goldrich/Heisler) — Marianne
  • Apathetic Man  (Goldrich/Heisler) — Dean
  • Kind of Woman (Schwartz) — Ilene
  • Celibacy (Boyd) — Lynne
  • Take Me to the World (Sondheim) — Marianne
  • The Trouble with Men (Tanner) — Dean
  • Someone to Fall Back On (Brown) — Justin
  • Some Other Time/Goodbye for Now (Bernstein/Comden and Green/Sondheim)–Kathy
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Idle) — Company