Russ Weatherford has been a mainstay in the cabaret community for sometime. A writer, director and photographer, his presence is well known and received in all the venues. Wherever there’s a cabaret show, there’s Russ and his camera to capture the moment. TheaterPizzazz is proud to announce Russ’ new affiliation with us and his column “Making the Rounds with Russ” – a compilation of videography and photography bringing life to the many evenings of entertainment in the New York City club scene and more.
Russ was at opening night at Urban Stages where it is presenting “Winter Rhythms” from Dec. 2 – 14. The first evening, December 2nd, was a Tribute to Bing Crosby. An evening of songs made famous by the legendary giant of popular song, film, TV and radio. The evening featured Steve Ross, Jeff Harnar, Marissa Mulder, Mary Foster Conklin, Julie Reyburn, Anna Marie Sell, Marissa Miller, Susan Winter. Renowned musical director Bill Zeffiro curated and co-hosted with Crosby biographer Gary Giddins.
Here are up-coming evenings:
Friday, December 5
7PM Marissa Mulder in Living Standards
One of nightlife’s bright new stars brings back her celebrated tribute to contemporary songwriters. Conceived and directed by Tom Toce with musical direction by Nate Buccieri.
9PM Open Mic
Bring your sheet music, poems, original songs and stories and perform on our stage! Hosted by Peter Napolitano. Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward. ($10)
Saturday, December 6
3PM Sailing Thru the Sixties by Those Who Missed the Boat
Teen and twenty-something cabaret artists put their own spin to standards from the decade that gave us The Beatles, Jerry Herman, Henry Mancini, etc. With special guests TBA. Conceived and hosted by Rob Lester for All Ages/All Stages Productions.
7PM New World Waking by Steve Schalchlin
The multi-award winning composer/lyricist of The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman has written a dramatic, victorious and often witty song cycle proposing a non-violent response to school bullying and violence in the world, framed by two real life stories of PFLAG moms. With Jeremy Abram, Maria Fernanda Brea, Jim Brochu, Natalie Dixon, Brian Dorais, Stephen Elkins, David Fuller, Bill Goffi, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Cindy Marchionda, Steve Schalchlin, Lucia Spina, Jake Wesley Stewart, Eileen Tepper, Clayton G. Williams. Directed by Andy Gale. Musical Director: Mark Janas and Steve Schalchlin. Creative Consultant: Jim Brochu.
Sunday, December 7
3PM Furthermore: Excerpts from New Musicals
Five of NY’s finest musical theatre songwriters present excerpts from their exciting shows. Featuring work by Beth Falcone (Wanda’s World), Kathy Lombardi (The Yellow Wallpaper), Mary Liz McNamara (The Good Girl), Tracy Sallows (Curious and Rare), Sara Wordsworth (In Transit) and their collaborators, performed by a cast to be announced.
7PM Daryl Sings Steve: Songs by Sondheim
Multiple award-winning cabaret artist Daryl Glenn brings back his successful tribute to the genius composer/lyricist of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Follies, etc. Musical Director: Karen Dryer
Monday, December 8
7PM A Solo Trio: Excerpts from One Person Plays & Musicals
Selections from outstanding solo theatre shows performed by Len Cariou, Rita Gardner and Phil Geoffrey Bond.
Wednesday, December 10
7PM Adam B. Shapiro in Nothing Normal
Direct from HBO’s The Normal Heart, MAC Award winner Adam B. Shapiro shares his new show that explores the hilarious and precarious sides of life. Directed by Peter Napolitano. Musical Director: Barry Levitt.
9PM Barry’s Jazz Jam
Celebrated jazz composer/pianist Barry Levitt and his trio perform with special guests Hilary Kole, Sunny Leigh and Michele Bautier.
Thursday, December 11
7PM Sean Harkness in Broadway by Guitar
One of NY’s most talented jazz guitarists turns his arranging and performing talents to classic and contemporary show tunes. With special guests Karen Akers, Janice Hall, Stearns Matthews, Scott Morgan, Nina Hennessey and Karen Oberlin.
Friday, December 12
7PM MAC Award Winning Songs
Lyricist/Director/Producer Tom Toce continues his commitment to the “Living Songbook” with this selection of songs that have won cabaret’s highest honor. With Julie Gold, Barry Kleinbort, Sidney Myer, Mary Liz McNamara, Tom Gamblin, Kristoffer Lowe, Devon Yates, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Minda Larsen, Sue Matsuki, Andrew Sotomayor, Jason Wynne, Tom Toce, and more. Musical Director: Tracy Stark.
9:30PM Open Mic (See Dec. 5th for details; tickets only $10)
Saturday, December 13
3PM The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Jim
A celebration of the life and works of Jim Henson in honor of the 45th birthday of “Sesame Street.” Featuring Rob Langeder, Stacie Perlman, Sierra Rein, Samantha Northart, Andrea Prestinario, Russell Fischer, Becca Green, Zach Wobensmith, and special guest Stephanie D’Abruzzo. Conceived and hosted by Adam B. Shapiro. Musical Director: Matthew Russell.
7PM Salute to Singer/Songwriters of the Seventies
The songs of Elton John, Carole King, James Taylor and others, performed by Carole J. Bufford, Natalie Douglas, Meg Flather, Lauren Fox, Laurie Krauz and Barbara Porteus. Conceived and directed by Stephen Hanks. Musical Director: Jon Weber.
Sunday, December 14
7PM “From All of Us to All of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney, Too!
Our traditional holiday closing concert, mixing holiday standards with songs from Disney movies. Hosted by Jim Brochu with Clint Holmes, Stacy Sullivan, Janice Hall, David Vernon, Sue Matsuki, Edd Clark, Mary Lahti, Helena Grenot, Joanna Morton Gary, Nick Levin, Gretchen Reinhagen, Lennie Watts, Dana Lorge, Adam B. Shapiro, Doreen Montalvo and more. Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward. ($40, includes Champagne Reception with the artists)