A week of Broadway

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!

2012 MetroStar Talent Challenge – submitted

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 CD of the show – last year’s winner was Marissa Mulder (read about her win here).

If you would like to join me in the submission process and potentially sing in the MetroStar Talent Challenge, fill out the form here and email your MP3 in!

Next Marquee Five Appearance – Mark Janas’ Birthday Bash June 9th


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 Reyburn, Sarah Rice, Maureen Taylor, Steve Schalchlin & Jim Brochu, Wally Usiatynski, Ann & Carroll Van Cleave, Tony Yazbeck, Bill Zeffiro, Christ Church Bay Ridge Choir, ***Marquee Five***, Pinochio of Chelsea, PoesCrypt, The Lone Star, The Big Voice – God or Merman, The Cuban and the Redhead, Finian’s Rainbow, Talk of the Town, Manhattan School of Music, and Salon (artists subject to change)

RSVP to: tanya@tanyamoberly.com – LIMITED CAPACITY!

Bring a date… bring a friend… Just let us know how many will be in your party. Confirmations will be emailed to all those responding.


On March 26, 2012, Mark Janas underwent emergency brain surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. His strong and speedy recovery is a testament to his will to live and positive attitude. He does however still have issues with partial eye and facial paralysis that have resulted in double vision and some speech difficulties which we hope, with time, will improve. But there will be weeks or even months of recovery and therapy ahead limiting his work load and thus, his income.

If you can give even one dollar for every year Mark has been alive, it will make a world of difference – but any contribution will be a greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD, and Christ Church Bay Ridge (where Mark is currently Minister of Music) for sponsoring this event. This means all contributions are tax deductible. All you need do is make the check payable to Christ Church Arts Fund, write “Mark Janas” on the memo line, and mail it to:

Mark Janas
332 Bleecker Street, #K101
New York, NY 10014

….or just bring it to the party.

Finally, please spread the good news about Mark’s party. Forward this email to anyone you know who would like to be invited to this exciting event and/or post it on your Facebook page.

Don’ t forget to RSVP… ASAP!

Your help and good wishes will be instrumental in Mark’s recovery and are much appreciated.


The Mark Janas 60th Birthday Party Committee:
David Gillam, Tanya Moberly, Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD

Two upcoming performances – June 8th and July 8th

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.

FREE and OPEN to the Public!
New Dramatists
424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Info: www.newdramatists.org

Number Two: Sunday, July 8, 2012 – Return of Scott Evan Davis‘ “Cautiously Optimistic” in Asbury Park, NJ:
This concert is a continuation of the show I did this past March of songs from Scott’s new CD and other pieces he is currently working on. Come see myself and Kay ThePal – along with Vicky Modica, Joshua Dixon, Erik Sisco, Nicole Johndrow, Erin Lindsey Krom, NIkki Van Casselle, as well as local talent Amy Fredericks, and Kelly Jo Wise – at Tim Mcloons Supper Club in Asbury Park NJ – 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. Tickets are $15.00. Please call 732-774-1155 for reservations. 7pm showtime. More information/connections on the Facebook Event Page

Marquee Five at the 2012 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, PA

May 18, 2012
Marquee 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 – May 18th FREE Marquee Five Concert in PA

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.

New Headshots by Ken Weingart

I took new headshots with Ken Weingart Photography in Los Angeles, CA – www.kenweingart.com. Check out my Headshot page to view all of them!

Audition Psych 101 Workshop with Michael Kostroff – highly recommended

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 do what I’m/they’re there to do – perform a role and tell a story. “Audition Psych. 101” is an actors’ workshop that addresses the mental challenges of auditioning, offering new ways to approach the dreaded process. It’s been presented all over the U.S., receiving raves from actors at all levels. I went to one at the Actor’s Equity Association a number of years back, and re-took it last week for a refresher.

He’s got a few more dates coming up: Friday, May 18th and Thursday, June 7th from 6-10pm at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 44th Street, Room 1208. Because Michael is a working actor and knows the financial deal, the fee is pay-what-you-can (with a suggested amount of $45).

For more information you can email Michael at info@auditionpsych101.com or visit the Audition Psych 101 Facebook page.