Just a little warning, readers – the in-laws are in town, and when that happens, we see a bunch of musicals and plays in a row along with accompanying dinners and lunches. So, I’ll be posting mini-reviews and experiences on the blog soon! On the docket for this week: The Best Man, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Evita, and Spiderman And coincidentally, I’ve also won tickets for Clybourne Park via Twitter – the How Stuff Works podcast twitter feed (@howstuffworks) was having a contest, and I won tickets for Thursday night!
Every year for the past four years, the Metropolitan Room has hosted the MetroStar Talent Challenge, an Idol-like singing competition that takes place in the Met Room itself over a series of weeks. This year, the 2012 MetroStar Challenge starts on July 9th and runs until August 20th. The submission process is now going on (ends June 15th), and I hope my submission will be one of those chosen by June 30th! The winner, which will be announced on the final night, will be given a fully produced solo show at the Metropolitan Room and a professionally done live recording
MARK JANAS is 60 YEARS YOUNG! Celebrate MARK JANAS’ 60th BIRTHDAY and his amazing ongoing recovery from brain surgery with a Birthday Party! A Live Cabaret Show! A Fundraiser for Mark’s medical and recovery expenses! Saturday, June 9, 2012 7pm till 2:00am (Show at 8pm) Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association 321 E. 73rd St btw 1st & 2nd New York, NY No Admission – Free Light Party Fare and Snacks – Cash Bar Featured Performers, Groups, and Shows: Len Cariou, Andy Gale, Raissa Katona Bennett, Sean Harkness, Mark Hartman, Marcie Henderson, Ritt Henn, Jodi Keogan, Jodi Letizia, Tanya Moberly, Julie
Number One: Friday, June 8, 2012 – Reading of new musical “String” at New Dramatists: In an interesting turn of events, I have been cast as the flakey temp (no, that’s not the turn) who does too much yoga (no, not that either) named “Sierra,” (ah, there’s the interesting bit!), in the new musical “String.” Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, book by Sarah Hammond, and directed by Kent Nicholson. “String” is a story about THE Greek Fates and a number of Greek Gods mucking about in modern day New York City office life. 2pm FREE and OPEN to the
May 18, 2012Marquee Five returned to the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival with a special performance as part of the “Introducing Contemporary Vocal Arts” at the Ponoco Mountain East High School at Swiftwater. The show features songs from past Marquee Five shows and brand new pieces from their upcoming “swing” show. More information at www.BuckHillSkytopFest.org.
Next week! On May 18, 2012, Marquee Five will return to the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival – a special performance Friday night will commence as part of the “Introducing Contemporary Vocal Arts” series – 7:30pm at the Ponoco Mountain East High School at Swiftwater, PA. The show is FREE and will feature songs from past Marquee Five shows PLUS brand new pieces from our upcoming “swing” show. More information at www.BuckHillSkytopFest.org.
Even the best, professionally-trained actors and singers have mental blocks, issues, worries, hangups, excitements, and passionately discordant thoughts in my/their minds when I/they walk into and out of an audition room. Even Tyne Daly had nerves going into auditions; one day, the assistant casting director told her in the waiting room, “Tyne, it’s a chance to act on a Thursday…” It’s this type of reality-checking advice that Michael Kostroff gives to actors in his “Audition Psych 101” Workshops. Michael Kostroff uses the Tyne Daly quote to illustrate how actors can get out of the mental merry-go-round we/they experience and just