Host and Producer
Mark Janas – Founder, Artistic Director and Host
Mark Janas began his piano studies at age of three, composed a sonatina at 5, and by high school was conducting the Hammond Area Youth Orchestra. At Indiana University he studied with pianist Karen Shaw, composer Bernhard Heiden, and conductors Jan Harrington and Tibor Kozma, among others. While a senior at Indiana, he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to conduct at Bernstein festivals in Israel and Austria. He was twice Bernstein’s assistant, for concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras. After receiving a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University and a brief stint as associate conductor of Texas Opera Theatre, he acquired a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Rice University, while simultaneously founding and conducting a professional group, Orchestra Texas.
In 1982, he was a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, studying with Bernstein, Tilson Thomas, Hogwood, and Blomstedt. In 1984, he jumped the fence to musical theater, composing a score for an historical drama The Lone Star, later recorded in London with members of the LSO, and later conducted the Houston Symphony in a performance of a Suite from the work. Janas music directed the world’s largest production of Hello, Dolly!, creating all-new arrangements for its star, Marilyn Maye. He performed all over the United States as associate conductor for two national tours of Les Misérables, as well as music directing for the Yale Repertory Theatre, Hippodrome State Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and New Dramatists, to name a few. He music directed the Chautauqua Opera Cabarets in 1998 and more recently has performed and released a CD with 2001 Best Debut BackStage Bistro and MAC award winner Julie Reyburn. Performances with Maree Johnson took him to Australia, and last summer two New York readings of his original musical, PoeSCrypt, were very well received; a recording of the work is currently in process.
Mr. Janas won the 2002 BackStage Bistro Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction, and, having taught before at Yale, Barnard, Concordia, and NYU, as well as his Acting The Song class with colleague Andy Gale. He received a special Bistro Award in 2010 for creating Salon and has been awarded eight MAC Awards – six for being Salon’s Founder & Artistic Director, one for Best Host and one for Best Song.
Tanya Moberly – Executive Producer
Tanya has been performing at Don’t Tell Mama since 1998 when she co-created the“The Blonde Leading The Blonde” with partner Susan Hackett and writer/director Ilona Vellios. The show ran for 8 episodes over the course of 5 years and received a MAC Award nomination in 2000 for special production.
Her first solo show was “Moberly Sings Di Franco” in May of 2001. Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline deemed it “The Best Musical Event of 2001”. Solo shows that followed included “For What It’s Worth” (2003), “Tanya Sings Arlen, etc…” (2005), “Tanya Sings Jonatha Brooke” (May 2006), and “Tanya Sings Beck, etc…” (December 2006). In 2007, she did four different shows within the month of May, which she repeated in October and again in April 2008.
Her 2010 show was THEATRE SONGS, which she did three versions of, with Mark Janas at the piano and Ritt Henn on bass. In 2011 she brought back both “Moberly Sings Di Franco” as well as “Tanya Moberly Sings Jonatha Brooke” with Scott Ethier at the piano, Cindy Gooden on bass, Rex Benincasa on drums and Erin Cronican on vocals.
She received a MAC Award Nomination for Best Female Vocalist for her 2012 show TANYA LORRAINE MOBERLY SINGS BARBRA JOAN STREISAND WITH STEVEN RAY WATKINS.
She won a 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Theme Show for her I LOVE NEW YORK SONGWRITERS and received another MAC Award Nomination for Best Female Vocalist.
Tanya won the 2016 MAC Award for Best Female Vocalist for SONGS I FEEL LIKE SINGING – FOUR DIFFERENT SHOWS WITH FOUR DIFFERENT MUSICIANS.
Non-musical New York City appearances include Miriam in “The Exciting Life” by Anthony Penino, which was a finalist in The Samuel French One-Act Festival of 2007; Tina in “Blind Corner” by Bill McMahon for Emerging Artist’s Theatre and multiple roles in Henry Meyerson’s “Java Jive”, a collection of one-act plays set in coffee shops. Java Jive premiered at The Avery Point Playhouse in 2002 and then moved to The Producer’s Club in NYC. In 2008, it was transformed into “Fresh Brewed – Tales From the Coffee Bar” which had since been published by Samuel French, and ran in the fall and spring of 2009 at Don’t Tell Mama. Tanya starred and directed the cast of four.
Theatre credits outside Manhattan include: April in “Company” (Brooklyn), Rizzo in “Grease and Columbia in “The Rocky Horror Show” (Connecticut), Ruby in “Dames at Sea” and Lola in “Damn Yankees” (New Hampshire), Dorothy in “Niteclub Confidential” (Block Island), Petra in “A Little Night Music” (Virginia) and Edwin Drood in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and Hannah and Diana in “California Suite” (Iowa). She has also toured the U.S. For Theatreworks/USA in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Jungle Book”.
She is also the New York Director/Producer for True Colors.
Other directing credits include AMY BETH WILLIAMS (CRAZY TO LOVE YOU), MARNIE KLAR (TUNED IN, HOME, ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS & MARNIE KLAR SINGS…), DAVID BALLARD (HAVING IT ALL & TRUE NORTH), SUSAN GARSON ( WHERE DO I START?) and DAN RUTH (A LIFE BEHIND BARS).
Tanya received a MAC Award Nomination for Director in 2016.
Dr. Garrett Bennett, MD
Dr. Bennett is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Medical Society of the State Of New York, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the New York County Medical Society. He is one of the few double board-certified facial plastic surgeons, with certifications in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.
In addition to publications in numerous medical journals and presentations at national and regional conferences, Dr. Bennett is an avid supporter of the theater. He is married to Broadway actress Raissa Katona Bennett. Dr. Bennett performs surgery at the Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Center for Specialty Care, and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
Dr. Bennett completed specialized facial plastic surgery training at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, where he held a fellowship position in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). He is a graduate of the prestigious Otolaryngology Surgery Program at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City.
Through his work and studies at the New York University Hospital; Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital; and Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Bennett received intensive training in facial plastic surgery procedures, including face-lifting (rhytidectomy), rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping surgery), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), endoscopic brow-lifting, facial rejuvenation surgery, laser resurfacing, functional nasal surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, neck liposuction, facial implants and injectables, otoplasty and others. He completed an internship at the General Surgery Department of the New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He received his medical doctorate from the Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. More info: www.sinussurgeryprocedure.com
Father Jeffrey Hamblin, MD
Raissa Katona Bennett – Board Member
On Broadway, Raissa performed the role of “Christine Daae” in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and appeared in CHESS, as a benefit for the Actor’s Fund. Her First National Tour credits include: “Jellylorum/Griddlebone” and “Jennyanydots” in CATS, “Mother” in the National Theatre of the Deaf’s version of A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, and “Lizzie Phagan” in PARADE, where she worked with the original creative team of director Harold Prince, choreographer Patricia Birch, author Alfred Uhry, and composer Jason Robert Brown.
In NYC, Raissa has headlined at: Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room, Iridium and The Laurie Beechman Theatre. She has guest starred at: The Supper Club, Rainbow Room, 88?s, Don’t Tell Mama, Chita’s, The Algonquin, and Radio City Music Hall. She has soloed with many symphony orchestras and was guest soloist at the estate of the legendary Cal Ripken, Jr. She was featured at the Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble in their Any Wednesday series, performing selections from her first CD, What I Was Dreaming Of.
Her newest CD, Another Kind of Light, is being released by LML Music, during a week long engagement at Feinsteins, August 21st thru the 25th. On this new CD, three songs were written expressly for Raissa – 2 by Michael John LaChiusa: “Torch Song for Raissa” and “Bye, Bye, Ingenue”, and 1 by David Caldwell: “i carry your heart”. Two other songs receive their first commercial recording here: Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan’s “Waiting for a Westbound Train,” and “How Could I Not?” is from the David Spencer/Alan Menken musical, THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ.
Raissa was nominated for a 2009 MAC Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist and received the 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC Award for Outstanding Achievement as the creator, producer and host of THE CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS, which is dedicated to the greening of cities, while introducing new audiences to the artists of the cabaret and theater communities. She writes a blog, “Raissa Recommends”, that highlights performances in the NYC cabaret and theater world, promotes animal rescue and a kinder, more verdant world. She is also a Reiki Master, and Platform Assistant/Chaplain, at Unity Center for Practical Spirituality, in Norwalk, CT.
Raissa lives in New York City with her husband Dr. Garrett Bennett, and their 2 tiny rescue dogs, Phoebe and Otie.
More information at www.RaissaKatonaBennett.com
Nicholas Levin – Board Member
Nicholas is proud to be one of the earliest Salon members from beyond the “Talk of the Town” family itself. As a composer/lyricist, he’s a six-time MAC Nominee whose songs have been performed from Tokyo to the Hoboken Elks Lodge (no joke!) by singers including Marcus Simeone, fellow board member Sue Matsuki, the USO, and the Philadelphia Boys Choir (he co-wrote a song in their permanent repertoire). He was one of the writers of off-broadway’s THAT TIME OF THE YEAR. Other theater works include ENCOUNTERS WITH JOHN O’HARA (Neighborhood Group Theatre), and adaptations of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (pre-Wicked!) and THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE (Edmonton Fringe Festival). Nicholas is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing Workshop, and a former artist-in-residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission and Marymount College/The York Theatre Company.
Sue Matsuki – Board Member
Sue is an 8 time MAC Award Nominee/3 time Winner (in 6 different categories) as follows: 2002 MAC Award Winner for Female Jazz/ Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 MAC Award Nominee for Best Female Recording for her first Jazz CD, A New Take; 2004 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with her partner for that show, Marcus Simeone; 2006 MAC Award Winner for Special Productions for her sold out 7 week run of 10 Years in the Making with her Musical Director Gregory Toroian (a new show every week for 7 weeks); 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with her partner for that show Edd Clark; the 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Matsuki/Toroian) and a 2010 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist.
Her most cherished “award” comes by being selected by Julie Wilson herself as the very first 2005 Julie Wilson Award Recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. She was most recently awarded the 2009 Jeff Matson Award from Stu Hamstra’s CabaretHotOnline which is an award given to a “Jack of all Trades” and to a person who is noted for serving the Cabaret Community.
This 24-year veteran Cabaret/Jazz singer and comedian has played legendary jazz clubs: The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium, Sweet Rhythm; and Cabarets: Feinstein’s at the Regency, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman, Town Hall, Arci’s Place, Don’t Tell Mama, 88’s, Judy’s, Danny’s, Jan Wallman’s, The Duplex, The Triad, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Helen’s Hideaway Room and Broadway Baby in New York; The Cosmopolitan Room and Odette’s in New Hope, PA; The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska; The Gardenia Room in Los Angeles; The Standing Room Only Cabaret in Hartford, CT; The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Voices for Charity, Trumpets & Le Dome at The Manor in NJ; The Rockland Cultural Arts Center & Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Series in Nyack & Town Hall in Terrytown, NY; the CabaretFest in Provincetown, MA; Boothsbay Harbor Opera House in Maine and The Four Seasons in Las Vegas, NV. She was named a “Best of Connecticut” by The Connecticut Magazine and, as such, did a benefit for the March of Dimes sponsored by the magazine in the Foxwood’s Casino room.
She has 3 CDs currently out. Her jazz CD, A New Take, her Christmas CD, Sue & Edd’s FABULOUS Christmas, with Edd Clark and a new CD will be released in November called Christine Lavin present Christmas Angel featuring Sue singing her original song “Christmas Angel”. All CDs may be purchased at: www.cdbaby.com or www.amazon.com or downloaded on iTunes©.
Sue was also a Super and “Diva Double” at the Metropolitan Opera where she was featured in Moses und Aaron (Voice of God); Tristan und Isolde (Braganea double); Norma (Druid Princess); and Il Travatore (Court Lady & Leonora double). She was also invited to sing with the Met chorus in a special presentation of After the Ball by Noel Coward starring the late, great Irene Worth.
Sue is also a producer, writer, reviewer, Cabaret teacher, she has served on the MAC Board of Directors as the Treasurer and she is an award winning songwriter. Please visit her column: Sue’s Views, Reviews & News. To read her press quotes, show descriptions and to take a look at her performance history visit SueMatsuki.com.
Sierra Rein – Board Member
Sierra was christened the first “Blogette” by Sue Matsuki in 2010 and is a Board Member of The Salon. Her vocal group, Marquee Five (www.marqueefive.com) won a MAC Award for Vocal Duo/Group and released their debut CD, “8-Track Throwback,” in 2011. She yearly sings with the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers and has performed in numerous composer showcases in New York. Sierra was last seen at Goodspeed Musicals’ production of “City of Angels” as Angel City 4 Alto and Donna/Oolie understudy. She also has performed with members of the New York City Opera in a reading of the new opera “Strange Fruit” and had her New York City stage debut with Theater Ten Ten’s “Ruddigore.” She has regularly appeared at open mics, for composer showcases, and has shot many videos with her puppet, Kay “ThePal” Pringle. Along with her husband, Pete, they perform online puppetry via www.ThePal.us (his puppet’s name is Jay ThePal).
Other favorite credits: Chiffon in “Little Shop of Horrors” (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Sister Sophia in “Sound of Music” and Nimue in “Camelot” (Fullerton CLO), Nadia in Ovation-winning “bare” (Hudson Theater), Second Soprano in “Master Class” (Odyssey Theater), roles in “The Pajama Game” and “The Boys from Syracuse” (Reprise!), and Ellen Beach Yaw in cult favorite “A Mulholland Christmas Carol” (Theater of N.O.T.E.). In 2007, she premiered “Ridin’ High,” her debut cabaret show (directed by Calvin Remsberg) in Los Angeles.
Learn more at SierraRein.com.
Julie Reyburn – Board Member
Julie was awarded the 2011 MAC Award for Major Artist by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs. She is a 4 time MAC, 2 time Bistro award winner who has appeared in many of the top clubs in Manhattan. Her ability to connect to a lyric with unique interpretations has established her as one of New York¡¯s celebrated female vocalist. She is the first ever Nightlife Award recipient for Outstanding Female Vocalist (2003) and again in 2005 and 2009 as a finalist.In 2007 Julie was presented with the coveted Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation ¡°in joyful gratitude for the vocal majesty and lyrical interpretation she continually manifests in her classic presentations of the Great Popular Songbook.
On the theatre stage, Julie has been featured in the Broadway by the Year series at the famed New York Town Hall. Highlighted in both the “Broadway Musicals of 1940 and 1965,” Julie costarred with some of Broadway’s best. She has been featured in numerous Cabaret Conventions sponsored by The Mabel Mercer Foundation. Most recently at Lincoln Center¡¯s Rose Theatre as well as in Chicago’s famed Park West.
As a member of Actor’s Equity, Julie has performed Off-Broadway in new musicals, “I Prefer to Dream” at the Triad, “Character Breakdown” at Abington Theatre, “War Brides” at The York Theatre, “The Atrain Plays” at Neighborhood Playhouse, “Falsettos” for Storefront Theatre Company and in the award winning musical Africa & Plumbridge at the NY International Fringe Festival.
Recordings include: The Broadway Musicals of 1940 (Bayview Records), Heaven Knows – Cast Recording, War Brides ¨C Cast Recording and her debut solo CD, Fate is Kind and Bistro Award winning recording, Live at Feinstein¡¯s(No Cover Records) and 8 Track Throwback (Cavern Records) with Marquee Five.
Please visit: www.juliereyburn.com and www.nocoverrecords.com
She is also a member of the MAC award winning vocal group Marquee Five: www.marqueefive.com
Roy Sander – Board Member
Roy Sander has been covering cabaret and theatre for nearly twenty-five years. His reviews and commentary have appeared in seven print publications—most prominently Back Stage—and onCitysearch on the Internet and the MAC web site. In addition, he appeared monthly on “New York Theatre Review” on PBS-TV, and weekly on WLIM-FM radio. He is a member of the Bistro Awards committee, a judge for the Nightlife Awards, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of MAC, and he was twice a guest instructor at the London School of Musical Theatre.
He currently writes reviews for www.BistroAwards.com.
Stephen Wilde – Board Member
Stephen Wilde received rave reviews from John Simon of Bloomberg News and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News for his portrayal of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marc Connelly in the Off-Broadway hit Talk Of The Town in The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel.
He graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and The Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia with a Graduate Degree in Acting. He performed for two years on the road in the Broadway Tour of The Music Man, and in concerts with the Chicago, Baltimore and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch.
Stephen earned the title of International Quartet Champion of the Barbershop Harmony Society, as high tenor of the group, Joker’s Wild. He has performed on the stage of the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia in the critically-acclaimed production of Shelter (based on Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths), garnering great reviews by the Moscow press.
Stephen is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The “Grammys”) and is Chief Creative Officer of Niche Music Group (nichemusicgroup.com) and its 5 record labels: Naked Voice Records, (a cappella), No Cover Records, (great American songbook), Broadway Records, (musical theatre), Cavern Records, (pop/rock/R&B) and Monster Jazz Records, (jazz). He produced Julie Reyburn: Live At Feinstein’s, which won a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording in 2010, and the acclaimed recording William Blake: Live From New York City.
He recently completed the independent films “Consequences,” directed by Darren Malone, and “A Life Without Pain,” directed by Jonathan Castro, and most recently was seen on stage in the production of “The Music Man” at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, with John Bolton (Spamalot), Jennifer Smith (The Producers), and Cass Morgan (Memphis).
Website: stephenwilde.tv | Facebook: facebook.com/stephenwilde.tv | Twitter: @stephenwildenyc
William Zeffiro – Board Member
Bill wrote book, music and lyrics for The Road To Ruin (The 1928 Exploitation Musical) which makes its world premier at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) in September 2008. The cast album, available on Original Cast Records (starring George S, Irving, and Ann Morrison) was named one of the Top 10 Show Albums of 2005 by talking.broadway.com. It was a National Alliance For Musical Theatre semi-finalist in 2006 and further developed in cooperation with The Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, East of Doheny, and The Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Recently Bill produced and performed on the debut recording Randy Newman’s song, “Stupid Little Songs” with Brooke Sunny Moriber. Other recent projects: Producer/Music Supervisor of the Original Cast Recording of “JACK An Opera About The Life Of John F. Kennedy” by Will Holt and Tom Sawyer and producing Kitty Carlisle Hart’s final recordings in 2006.
Other writing projects include scripts for USA Television Network’s UP ALL NIGHT and his play ‘The Backseat Of The Lincoln’, a comedy about obsession with the Kennedy assassination. He is regarded as an expert on the music of Kay Swift, and co-produced the legendary Merkin Hall concert in 1986 featuring Ms. Swift, Steve Ross, Julie Wilson and Balcom and Morris. As a vocal coach/ singing teacher his clients have appeared in (to name a few) Billy Elliot, Rent, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Avenue Q and Jersey Boys. . Last year City Lights Youth Theatre honored him at Tavern On The Green for his work as an Artist/Teacher along with Lynne Wilson and Kitty Carlisle Hart.
Blogettes / Etceterettes
Erin Cronican – Blogette / Etceterette
Erin Cronican is a professional actor (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) with over 20 years of experience performing in film, TV, musicals and theater in NYC, LA, and regionally. She recently starred in A Lie of the Mind (Beth), Dying City (Kelly- 1st NY revival), Closer (Anna), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Roberta), Three Sisters (Masha), and Hamlet (Ophelia), with The Seeing Place Theater. She is perhaps best known for originating the role of Cindy in the national tour revival of Suds, The Rockin’ 60s Musical Soap Opera and starring in the first ever revival of the Broadway musical, Subways Are For Sleeping. Regional favorites include: The Last Five Years, Angels in America, South Pacific, Wit, Evita, My Fair Lady, and The Norman Conquests. She starred in a recent workshop reading of North Atlantic opposite Robert Cuccioli, written by Salon member Michael Colby, and appears on demo recordings with Christine Ebersole and Howard McGillan.
She has also appeared on the TV shows Veronica Mars and One Life to Live, and can be seen in Paul Giamatti’s film, Cold Souls. On the indie scene, she’s appeared as the title role in the feature length comedy, Writer’s Block, and starred in the festival favorites WTFU and Peace Aqua (opposite Tony Winner Jarrod Emick and Tony Nominee Andrea Mcardle.)
When not on stage or on set, Erin spends her time creating opportunities for herself and others through producing, most notably as Managing Director of The Seeing Place Theater and consulting producer with City Kid Films. She also is the founding artistic director of the ACTOR-OWN Musical Theater Collective, a group of singers who get togther once a month to read/sing through a musical to sharpen their skill and revel in the joy of musical theater.
As her “day job”, Erin is the founder of The Actors’ Enterprise, a fun and inspiring one-on-one coaching service that provides incredibly affordable business training to actors who want to feel more fulfilled and in control of their careers. Her sessions includes coaching on marketing, branding, business skills, and audition/interview techniques that help actors work SMARTER, not HARDER.
Acting: ErinCronican.com | ErinCronicals.com (blog) | Erin on Twitter | Erin on Facebook
Coaching: TheActorsEnterprise.org | BiteSizeBusiness.org (blog) | TAE’s Facebook | TAE’s Twitter
Producing SeeingPlaceTheater.com | TheSeeingPlaceTheater (blog) | TSP on Facebook | TSP on Twitter
Janice Hall – Etceterette / Blogette
Janice Hall has performed in opera houses all over the world, including the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, London’s Covent Garden, and the Komische Oper Berlin. In the U.S., she has appeared with, among others, the Santa Fe Opera Festival, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and at the Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera.
Janice lived for many years in Germany, and returned to New York five years ago. Since that time, she has begun to include cabaret and theater in her resume, as well as voiceover work. She was a finalist in the 2010 Metrostar Talent Competition, sponsored by the Metropolitan Room. Her first solo cabaret show, Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich, won Janice a 2011 Bistro Award for Tribute Show, and the 2012 MAC Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Janice has appeared as Violetta in an Emmy-winning “Live from Lincoln Center” PBS broadcast of La Traviata, and, in 2012, made her off-Broadway debut in Monica Bauer’s play My Occasion of Sin, at Urban Stages Theater. She has also appeared in Street Scene, at the Kurt Weill Fest in Dessau, Germany, the operatic version of Angels in America, with the BBC Symphony in London, and the world premiere of the opera Before Night Falls, with the Fort Worth Opera.
Janice has been a Salon regular for several years, and credits Salon with helping her to hone the performance skills that serve her so well in her cabaret shows.
www.janice-hall.com / twitter – @jansopran
Candice Oden – Etceterette / Blogette
Bio coming soon
Adam Shapiro – Etceterette / Blogette
Adam has performed three acclaimed NY solo cabarets, It Starts When We’re Kids, No Chestnuts, and Guide to the Perfect Breakup (2013 MAC Award). He has appeared Off Broadway in Gimpel Tam (Gimpel), and Jewsical- The Chosen Musical. National/Intl Tours: ZORRO-The Musical, Henry and Mudge, Pinocchio. Regional: Ragtime (Broadwayworld Award 2013), Joseph…Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie Get Your Gun. Film/TV: “The Normal Heart” (HBO), “30 Rock” (NBC), “My Dirty Little Secret” (ID), Comedy Central. www.adamshapiro.net.
Dawn Derow – Etceterette
Dawn received a 2014 MAC nomination for her CD “MUSIC 4 TWO” with Sean Harkness. She’s been collaborating with Sean in various venues around the city since 2010. She also sings with a contemporary Pop/Rock Jazz band called “Iris”.. From 2004-07 she worked as a Guest Entertainer for NCL cruise Lines. Her resume includes many musical theater productions, operas and concert work, in US & Europe. She studied Vocal Performance at the Boston Conservatory of Music graduating with the 2nd highest vocal score of her class. www.dawnderow.com
Shana Farr – Etceterette
Julie Wilson Award performer, Shana Farr has entertained audiences in lead roles in operetta, musical theater, and in cabaret supper clubs. She has appeared at New York City Center, Feinstein’s at The Regency, Crazy Coqs in London, with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and more. She recently opened a brand new solo show “In The Still Of The Night” – a one act poetical journey in which all words, both sung and spoken were written by Noel Coward or Cole Porter. Next performance: Saturday, May 31st, 7:30pm, Laurie Beechman Theatre. www.shanafarr.com
Kathleen France – Etceterette / Blogette
KATHLEEN FRANCE is a 2006 & 2007 NEW YORK EMMY AWARD NOMINEE for her work as a voiceover artist for BLUEPRINT NYC: an historical documentary series highlighting various New York City landmarks. In 2010, she was nominated for a MAC AWARD (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for her debut cabaret show: THE BOOK OF LOVE, which was recorded live at the Metropolitan Room in New York City and is available on CD. www.kathleenfrance.com
Marnie Klar – Etceterette
Marnie Klar is an actress/singer, originally from Virginia Beach, VA, with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami, where she performed in such productions as Into The Woods (Cinderella), The World Goes ‘Round, Tartuffe (Elmire), Piece of My Heart (Mary Jo) and Mame, directed by the legendary Jerry Herman. Favorite regional credits include Three Tall Women (B), Wild Oats (Jane), A Lie of the Mind (Lorraine), all at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Also, Once Upon A Mattress (Lady Larkin) and The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), with the Hurrah Players, in Norfolk, VA. Favorite New York credits include Love Song (Joan- The Seeing Place Theater), Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis (Venus- HERE Arts Center), Warning Adult Content (Elizabeth- Shetler Studios, TDG), Jewel Thieves! (Lady Lynne Fortescue- Time Square Arts Center), and Fleet Week: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Theatre- Fringe NYC ’05 Winner Outstanding Musical).
In 2009, Marnie co-produced “LIFT: A Concert to Benefit Artists Striving to End Poverty” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Marnie has been seen as a runway model in New York City and Washington, D.C. for designers such as Max Mara, Fernando Sanchez, Tiffany’s and others. She has also been found in print layouts in magazines such as Seventeen, YM, Self, and more. In the fall of 2011, Marnie presented her first all rock cabaret, “Marnie Klar Sings…” Sue Matsuki, of Cabaret Hotline, deemed Marnie’s performance, “A Voice from the Heavens.” Marnie’s 2013 cabaret show, ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS, was called “an artistically commanding and emotionally potent triumph.” (Roy Sander) Her latest show, HOME ran in June 2014 at Don’t Tell Mama. www.marnieklar.com
Lorind Lisitza – Etceterette
Lorinda Lisitza– is from Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan. In New York she has performed as a member of the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, appeared in several of the York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti”, has been a part of the Town Hall “Broadway” series, and is a member of the Joe Iconis Family as well as the Theater 20/20 Family. She has won two MAC Awards, a Bistro Award, a Nightlife Award, and most recently, the Patrick Lee Independent Theater Blogger Award for her one woman show, “Triumphant Baby!”, written by Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock, She is half of the award winning duo, The Ted & Lo Show, with Ted Stafford. Lorinda has appeared on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and has invested her winnings wisely in a combination of the stock market and Texas Hold’em Tournaments.
Jaye Maynard – Etceterette / Blogette
MA Vocal Performance at NYU. BA Univ of Utah, Currently booking her tribute to Blossom Dearie: “Bird Amongst the Blossom” – a vintage styled jazz cabaret. Which she has been producing and developing on both coasts. She is champion for self producing artists with her own PlaidBird Productions. Will consult for food. Just buy me lunch or dinner! Visit: www.jayemaynard.com and www.theblossomdeariesongbook.com. In addition to Etceteretting and enjoying Salon, Jaye volunteers monthly with the MAC award winning group www.vocaleaseinc.org.
Sarah Rice – Etceterette
Off-Broadway: Luisa (FANTASTICKS); Susan (THE WAVES); Elizabeth (SWAN SONG).
leading soprano and dramatic roles performed all over the world with a bunch of great people (Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Leona Mitchell, Marni Nixon, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim among others) and companies including the famed Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy, Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Dallas Opera in the leading soprano roles of DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT; RIGOLETTO; LE NOZZE DI FIGARO; THE BARBER OF SEVILLE; PIRATES; STUDENT PRINCE; NAUGHTY MARIETTA; MERRY WIDOW; DIE FLEDERMAUS; BITTERSWEET; THE MEDIUM; SHOWBOAT; PHANTOM; DESERT SONG; CANDIDE; MUSIC MAN; and HAMLET; to name a few.
2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD winner, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood and voted favorite female cabaret debut performer by Cabaret Hotline Online readers in 2009.
Sarah first played the Theremin at Tom O’Horgan’s house about 10 years ago, on an original RCA model from the 1920s. She has been enthralled with the instrument and its otherworldly sound ever since. www.SarahRice.com
Maureen Taylor – Etceterette
Maureen just returned from Fireside Dinner Theatre’s “Driving Miss Daisy”. Highlights – Opera: Chicago, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Italy with Renata Tebaldi. Theatre/Concerts National & Abroad: Madame Giry in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA –Mother Abbess in SOUND OF MUSIC, award winning CD “Incantation” with Tim Wheater, London Palladium, Bridewell, Hever Castle, Theatre Royal Brighton. Maureen is bringing back her “Cosmic Cabaret” – visitwww.visionsforclarity.com
Zach Wobensmith – Etceterette
Zach is a New York based actor, singer and writer. In September of 2013, his solo cabaret debut show, “Still Upper Lip: Songs of the Brits” (featuring the music of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward) garnered the following praise: “Unapologetically a dear of a balladeer…notably notable and dignified…” (Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes) and “A perfect sense of Britishness…[his] heartfelt performance had me in tears…” (Roy Sander, Bistro Awards). Also in 2013, Zach’s short play DUTY received first prize in the Shawnee Playhouse Original Playwrights Contest. New York theater appearances include: Sweeney Todd (4th Avenue Productions), POPE! An Epic Musical (NYC Fringe Festival), The Flood and Danton’s Death (Prospect Th. Co.), and On The Town, Man of La Mancha and Kiss Me Kate (Staten Island Philharmonic). Regional appearances include The Merry Widow (Manhattan Lyric Opera), The Light in the Piazza (Battery Factory Th.), A Little Night Music (South Mountain TheatreWorks), Princess Ida (Gilbert & Sullivan of North Louisiana), The Music Man (Mill Mountain Th.). Zach also appeared in the world premiere of Troy Herion’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale in Umbria, Italy. Film appearances include: “McDick” (alongside MadTV’s Mo Collins), “How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song?” and “Life Interrupted.”