In Full Light at Germano’s on Friday

March 23, 2009

fulll light pixLonny Smith, Terri Allen, and Justin Ritchie reprise their terrific In Full Light show Friday night, March 27th, at Germano’s in Baltimore.  From what I understand from Lonny, the group has restructured the show a bit and also added new material.

Additional information

Two great shows this week!!! (Or, if a good man is hard to find, look in full light)

January 13, 2009
A Good Man Is Hard to Find

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

In Full Light

In Full Light


 When it rains, it pours.  Lonny Smith is involved with two shows and sends the following details:

A Good Man is Hard to Find – “an evening of cabaret about lassoing, leaving, and lamenting good men” – will play at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, and Sat., Jan 17 at 1409 Playbill Cafe at 1409 14th Street NW. Tickets are $10 – reservations can be made by email at  The show features Lonny Smith, Alicia Steffman, and Elizabeth Keyes.
In Full Light – “a humorous but honest look at our world as it falls apart in plain view” – will play at 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 and 10 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Playbill Cafe. Tickets are $15 – reservations may be placed by email at  The show features Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, and Justin Ritchie.
Musical direction is for both is by Mary Sugar, who recently appeared as pianist for the show, Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center.
Cabaret fans who wish to make a double feature of both shows may do so on Saturday for a discounted admission of $20.
Photos by Matt Howe. 

What are you doing New Year’s ???

January 2, 2009

I hope everyone is primed for a great 2009.  The project that I am determined to accomplish in 2009 is to digitize various content at home.  What this means is that I want to get the 400ish CDs into iTunes that we don’t already have loaded, digitize material from LPs and cassettes that haven’t been issued onto CDs, and scan the sheet music collection.  I’ve also got a couple songs in the pipeline — including Playbill and Madeleine — and I am working on writing a new English translation for an Edith Piaf song.

Now I know a couple of people out there are planning shows, but I’m sure we’d all love to hear what’s on everybody’s “to do” list.  So please comment freely.

And once again, as the Susan Werner song (now being beautifully performed around town by Terri Allen) says, “may I suggest this is the best time of your lives.”

VoixDeVille — Past and Future

December 18, 2008

Burgess Guitar & Fork

I went to VoixDeVille at Indigo at the Atlas Theater last Saturday.  I got my cheese plate and a Diet Coke!!!!  So things are looking up service-wise.

It was great to see Terri Allen, Lonny Smith, and Justin Ritchie do their In Full Light piece.  The three are terrific performers and I loved them singing their songs.  I also love a show where Help is the second-oldest song in the line-up.  And Mary Sugar provided fabulous musical support (but what else would one expect). I feel that these terrific performers have not yet achieved their full potential with this piece, especially in terms of show structure and connective  tissue.  So it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a next edition.

The rest of the evening was more of a mixed bag than the previous time I went.  But there was a pleasantly mixed crowd, so let’s hope we see more!!!  Congratulations to Scott Burgess — host and producer — to how far you’ve gotten this so far!

Here’s the line-up for Saturday:*

martin&lewisTHE CROONER AND THE COMIC – pays tribute to America’s beloved show business duo, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Bringing this comical duet back to the stage are Eric Richardson as Dean Martin and Matt Macis as Jerry Lewis.  With their impeccable timing, world class vocals and over-the-top antics, this Martin & Lewis tribute will leave audiences caught up in this wild pair’s hijinx, begging for more!

ERIC RICHARDSON (The Crooner) –  is an actor, vocalist, celebrity impersonator and an overall master of “character” having played diverse roles ranging from Fagin in Oliver, to Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, to that homespun lawyer, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. He has appeared on stage, in film and on several TV series. His approach to any character lies in his pursuit of detail, which makes every one of his characters unique and whole.
MATT MACIS (The Clown) –  began his professional career at age 16 in Ken Davenport’s Awesome 80s Prom. At age 19, he was deemed “a genuine find” by the Washington Post for his work in Bat Boy (Landless Theatre Co., DC). Now 20, his resume includes a national tour, TV, film, and work as the “Lewis” half of the Martin & Lewis Tribute. He is also the world’s youngest working professional Michael Jackson tribute artist. GOOGLE him!

John McBride
John McBride
John is half-black, half-Italian, mixed with a little Jewish, and probably some other stuff, but he is 100% funny. At least that’s what his mom says. John’s material inspired by the stupid things his friends say, his romantic misadventures, and food he doesn’t like – has been quoted in the Washington Post. McBride was a finalist in DC Improv’s Funniest Person in DC contest 2007. He has worked with comics Ted Alexandro, DC Benny, and Tony Rock, and is a regular at the DC Improv. He co-writes the popular blog “Not Hating Just Saying,” featured on

 Don’t Miss this on-going one ring circus of quality shows featuring performers who are making a different kind of noise. Experience something you cannot get in your living rooms, on any TV set, home theater or computer. VoixDeVille the voice of the city.

DISCOUNTS!: Check out for our special December Button Discount.

The Indigo Room
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Box Office 202-399-7993 x2
For booking information call Scott Burgess
202-399-7993 x121
The Atlas is accessible by MetroBus, Rail and Taxi
Contact the Box Office for Tickets and More Details or


Doors: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Tickets: 15.00 (buy on line at

Variety on a Saturday Night

November 25, 2008

Burgess Guitar & Fork

Ron and I caught the second installment of the VoixDeVille series at Indigo at the Atlas Theater Saturday night.  Scott Burgess (left) is the emcee and put together a terrific lineup for the evening.

After Burgess played and sang a couple of numbers, Vijai Nathan, a terrific storyteller did a piece about trying, as an Indian-American girl, to adapt to her Jewish fiance’s family.  Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater did a lovely set of early 20th century songs.  Later Jaster played the musical saw accompanied by Burgess on guitar.  Karen Bariss did some delightfully un-slick magic*, and Terri Allen, Lonny Smith, and Justin Ritchie performed selections from their forthcoming show (which at present seems to be titled In Full Light), accompanied by Alex Tang.

Burgess has expressed the fact that he was influenced by Ed Sullivan as a child and it clearly shows in the variety of the assembled talents.  And of course, the best part is that if an act isn’t to your taste it will soon be over and something new will be up.** A series like this ultimately depends on the taste of the booker, and from what I saw, this venture seems to be off to a good start.

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If I can ever get a link to promotional Web site or a contact e-mail address, I will happily provide it so that the show can find an audience (which is always difficult if an audience can’t find the show).The one disappointing aspect of the evening was the food/beverage service in the room itself.  I can understand being out of the cheese plate and not making coffee/tea available but NO DIET COKE????!!!!  After Ron tried ordering 3 reasonably common drinks and being told they weren’t available, he settled for bottled water, and he never got the cheesecake he ordered.  On an economic front, I hardly begrudge a room a $10 minimum per person; but I find it irksome when the offerings are this limited and scattershot.

* I am long-inured to the fact that if I want to see stage magic, I have to go without Ron.  However, he really enjoyed her act.

** I always think of Charlene James-Duguid saying that in the bygone days of the Source Theater Festival she could always get her husband Jim to the evenings of ten-minute plays for this very reason. 

Report: Arts on Foot

September 16, 2008

I scared the child.

It seems that the sight of a large 40-something man writhing on the floor, screaming “It Must Be Him” into a microphone will indeed frighten a 4 year old enough to make her cling to her father and start to cry.  I wish I could express greater contrition about the situation, but I’ll accept strong audience reaction to my work whereever I can get it.

At the DC Cabaret Network concert at the Warehouse Theater Saturday afternoon there were a lot of terrific performances* all with the terific support of Mary Sugar at the keys:

  • The Tale of the Oyster — David McMullin
  • We Can Be Kind — David McMullen
  • I’ll Remember April — Kathy Reilly
  • Yellow Days — Kathy Reilly
  • Sway — Ron Squeri
  • One More Walk Around the Garden — Ron Squeri
  • A Wonderful Guy — Joanne Schmoll
  • Lazy Afternoon — Joanne Schmoll
  • I Had a Dream About You — Michael Miyazaki
  • It Must Be Him — Michael Miyazaki
  • There Will Be a Miracle — Emily Lethea Everson
  • I Want Them Bald — Emily Lethea Everson
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find — Lonny Smith, Alicia Steffman, Elizabeth Keyes
  • 100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man — Elizabeth Keyes
  • Lonely Town — Lonny Smith
  • You Go To My Head — Alicia Steffman
  • Marry the Man Today — Alicia Steffman and Elizabeth Keyes
  • From Time to Time — Terri Allen
  • What the World Needs Now — Terri Allen

*although none inspired the strong reaction from the 4 year old that mine did.

Photos — Top Row — Terri Allen; Ron Squeri; Elizabeth Keyes, Alicia Steffman & Lonny Smith

Bottom Row — Kathy Reilly; David McMullen; Mary Sugar

(Click on picture for larger version)

Going Psycho (Cabaret)

July 19, 2008

I finally caught Psycho Cabaret, the DC Cabaret Network entry in this year’s Fringe Festival.  What a terrific show!  From the moment Chris Cochran, Lonny Smith and Michael Sazonov launch into Stress at the top of the show to the time that the company concludes with As We Stumble Along, the show is 55 minutes of delights.  They’re too numerous to list here, but special favorites include Emily Everson’s take on Don’t Touch Me (from Young Frankenstein), Lonny Smith’s Run Away with Me, Judy Simmon’s Another Winter in a Summer Town (from Grey Gardens), and Terri Allen’s Saturday Night.  I always love Michael Sazonov’s work — his What Is It About Her? was up to his usual standard of excellence; and even though I didn’t quite buy The Lies of Handsome Men told from a heterosexual male perspective, it’s thrilling to watch an artist make fascinating, bold, risky choices.  Also, Jeff Tucker was doing an amazing job mixing sound throughout the show.

I do have to take whoever is doing the marketing for this show to task.  The communications I’ve seen from the DC Cabaret Network have a “please support us” / floss your teeth rationale as the argument why people should see this show.  And I think that does a disservice to the people performing.  People should see this show because it’s a terrific show!

The songs…

  • Stress  — Ensemble
  • Don’t Touch Me — Emily Everson
  • You Wnna Be My Friend — Arlene Hill
  • Twisted — Terri Allen
  • What Is It About Her? — Michael Sazonov
  • I’m Not My Mother  — Chris Cochrane
  • Run Away With me — Lonny Smith
  • Another Winter in a Summer Town — Judy Simmons
  • Sweet Dreams — George Fulginiti-Shkar
  • Shattered Illusions — Ensemble
  • Lies of Handsome Men — Michael Sazonov
  • I Don’t Remember Christmas — Chris Cochrane
  • Would You Let Me — Roy Zimmerman
  • What Am I Doin’? — Lonny Smith
  • Saturday Night — Terri Allen
  • Ghost of a Chance — Arlene Hill
  • The Best Thing to Happen to Me — Judy Simmons
  • As We Stumble Along — Ensemble

Cabaret Heaven at Artomatic

May 19, 2008

I was very fortunate to be part of a terrific group show at Artomatic, Friday night and tonight.

Thank you to all the great folks who came out to see us — it was great having you there!  And it was great to be singing with the terrific Reenie Codelka at the keys.

Artomatic has really done a terrific job !  In addition to 10 floors of a huge variety of visual arts, there’s a whole schedule of performances also taking place.  The building is a block from the NY Avenue Metro station on the red line and there is ample parking close by.  And best of all, it’s all free!

Here’s the line-up of what people sang:

  • Terri Allen
    • Music
    • Ordinary Miracle
    • You’ve Got a Friend
  • Emily Everson
    • Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise
    • Surprise Me
    • Let’s Talk Dirty to the Animals
  • Michael Miyazaki
    • Let’s Do It
    • The French Song
    • The Sweetest of Nights
  • Justin Ritchie
    • I’d Rather Be Sailing
    • Someone to Fall Back On
  • Lonny Smith
    • I Could Be In Love With Somebody Like You
    • When the Earth Stopped Turning
    • The Song Remembers When
  • Ron Squeri
    • Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat
    • Sway
    • Strange Sensation
  • Christy Trapp
    • New Words
    • Please Make a Decision
    • The Spark of Creation

(Pictured l-r Christy Trapp, Terri Allen & Emily Everson — I’m finally using the camera Ron got me for Christmas and appreciating Matt Howe’s terrific photographic talent even more! )

Report: DC Cabaret Network Board Showcase

March 4, 2008


The board of the DC Cabaret Network presented a showcase at the Arts Club Sunday night in celebration of March as Cabaret Month.  The evening had a terrific concept — each member presented an “old” song and a “new” song.  As always with a group cabaret, it was fascinating to see how a concept like this was interpreted.  Some chose chronology of songs, while others explained a chronology in their lives.

George Fulginiti-Shakar provided his usual expressive music direction — but it was also terrific to see him get up from the piano to deliver his numbers standing at the microphone (with superb accompaniment by Mary Sugar for his two numbers).

It was also great to see so many DC cabaret performers turning out for the concert!  Many congratulations to Judy Simmons for her work as director and producer of this apparantly seamless evening! 

  • Judy Simmons
    •  I’m Old Fashioned (Kern / Johnny Mercer)
      The Best Thing To Happen To Me (Green)
  • Chris Cochran
    • What’ll I Do (Berlin)
    • Everyone Wants To Do Sondheim (Chapman)
  • Terri Allen
    • Make Me A Kite (Brourman / McBroom)
    • As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)
  • Cindy Hutchins
    • Putting Things Away (McBroom)
    • In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Mann / Hillard)
  • George Fulginiti-Shakar
    • The Fig Leaves Are Falling (Hague / Sherman)
    • Sweet Dreams (Bucchino)
  • Emily Leatha Everson
    • I Wish (Green)
    • Surprise Me (Menzie / Coons)  
  • Sally Martin
    • So Many People (Sondheim)
    • The Chance To Sing (Thalken / Jones)

 (Top — l-r, Terri Allen, Sally Martin, Judy Simmons, Emily Everson / Bottom — l-r Christy Trapp, Joanne Schmoll, Matt Howe — Photos courtesy of Matt Howe.  More here.)

The place to be February 2nd…

January 23, 2008

roof_top_photo_1.jpgroof_top_photo_1.jpgroof_top_photo_1.jpgOn February 2, a host of outstanding cabaret performers, all DC Cabaret Network members — Terri Allen, Davey Brown, Chris Cochran, Deborah Davidson, Emily Everson, Michael Miyazaki, Joe Peck, Kathy Reilly, Ron Squeri and Eileen Warner — are teaming up to bring you good music and good fun while benefiting scholarships for disadvantaged DC-area youth through a College Access Fund.

I’m looking forward to this, not just because I’m in it, but from the rehearsal I heard, some of my favorite area performers are going to be delivering knock-out performances — this is a show not to be missed!!!!

From heart-felt to stand-and-belt, this show pulls no punches when it comes to providing the kind of excellent entertainment DC audiences have come to expect.

Curtain is 7:30 pm at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD.

Ticket prices range from $10 for students to $60 for “family” admittance, and includes a cold supper with a cash bar.  A special admission price of $ 20 for DC Cabaret Network members can be had by contacting Kathy Reilly at; or for general admission tickets and directions go online to

Above right, the lovely Kathy Reilly, the organizer of the event