Friday, May 20, 2016

Paul and Rochelle Chamlin in Life Is...

Rochelle Chamlin.
The safety of the people shall be the highest law. 
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Happy Friday, May 20th, 2016!
May 20 is the 141st day of the year. There are 225 days remaining until the end of the year.
As I sit down to write my blog today, I am listening to Patti LuPone sing The Ladies Who Lunch. She makes a song so identified with someone else her own. 
Happy Birthday to the wonderful Jimmy Stewart!
Birthday boy Jimmy Stewart was named by the American Film Institute as the third greatest male screen legend, behind Cary Grant, his co-star in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (‘40), and Humphrey Bogart. 

My horoscope today tells me: 
Depending upon the intensity of your struggle for self-expression, you will likely notice your load lightening during the weeks ahead. 
Not sure if that is good or bad but I'm ready. I'm in heavy prep mode for my upcoming show at The Triad. I hope to see YOU there! Five Days from Tonight! May 25th 8pm On Sale now!  See Adam B. Shapiro and more.
In the meantime, let's celebrate some of the other shows around town that I recommend.
First up, husband and wife team, Paul and Rochelle Chamlin. They return tomorrow afternoon with

Rochelle and Paul Chamlin
Life Is....Rochelle and I sat down recently to discuss her body of "worth". I hope you enjoy! Get your tickets now and spend a nice afternoon with two great pros and selections from the Great American Songbook!
What does Life Is… mean to you?
Rochelle's sixth grade graduation

Life Is…is a musical journey through the ups and downs we all experience. We’ve chosen songs that represent the whole spectrum…with an ultimately hopeful, upbeat resolution. Paul and I have used some of our own experiences to shape the narrative, but emotions are universal.

If you could go back to being any age, what age would it be and why?
My 20s, so I could apply all the things I’ve learned over the past decades to my younger self –well, who wouldn’t?

Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal with your ideas from opposing parties?
Not sure what you’re asking here….if you mean dealing with opposition to my ideas….well, I work as an advertising copywriter, which often means selling your concepts to a Creative Director. Some ideas are worth fighting for more than others!

Finish this sentence, I feel Old When...
I go to my day job in advertising – (most) everyone is a kid!

Book or Kindle? What are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I’ve been using my Kindle a lot, mainly to read the Times and New Yorker. I've been reading the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, who I’ve never read before.

What disappointment ended up teaching you an essential lesson?
I originally set out for a career as an opera singer. It didn’t pan out. It taught me that you have to be have a back up plan. It also taught me that I really enjoy singing other kinds of repertoire.
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If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I think making documentaries would be fascinating.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?
I’ve been singing since I was a child. I started making money professionally doing church/synagogue gigs while I was still an undergraduate at Temple University.

What do you think it is that makes you who you are?
Hah – My DNA. That, and becoming independent as a young age and being resilient through setbacks.

What challenges do you face trying to fill a room?
It’s tough motivating people to come out for a live show, even if they know they’re going to enjoy it. There are scheduling conflicts, financial issues, and some people would rather just stay home and watch one of the hundreds of shows/movies available then venture out. There’s too much to distract people in NYC.

Lorraine Serabian, who originally sang the song Life Is in Zorba on Broadway!
If a million dollars was given to you out of the blue, would you still do what you do artistically?
Yes and I could really focus on it instead of expending so much energy on a day job.
A peek inside the Metro Theater on Broadway and 99th Closed since 2005

If you could do or accomplish ANYTHING and money wasn’t an object, what would that be?
I’d buy the rights to the old Metro Theater on 99th and Broadway and restore it to its former glory, making it a performance space. (Sadly, I hear that it’s going to become a gym!)

Thank you, Rochelle! Here is to a success-FULL show to you and Paul tomorrow afternoon!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Paul Chamlin and Rochelle Breyer Chamlin reprise “Life Is…” at Don’t Tell Mama, Saturday, May 21st at 4pm.
Life a tuneful, irreverent, and ultimately uplifting journey through life's many dimensions. This rich theme allows Paul and Rochelle to explore a wide range of songs that touch on everything from joy and optimism to romance, heartbreak, ambition, disappointment, determination, and resilience. The show is directed by the celebrated cabaret performer Teresa Fischer, and features Tom Hubbard on Bass.

Actress and teacher Lorraine Serabian, who originated the song Life Is on Broadway in Zorba had this to say about the debut performance last fall: "Thank you for a wonderful, life affirming evening. What a joy!"

Over the past 10 years, Paul and Rochelle have presented shows exploring such topics as the sea, traveling, women songwriters from Tin Pan Alley, and their own relationship. More recently, Gems by Jule, their tribute to Jule Styne delighted audiences and received enthusiastic reviews. The couple met in 2005 in the Catskills during a professional singing gig. From those unlikely
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romantic beginnings evolved an inspired musical partnership, and in the last several years they’ve become a familiar and welcome presence on the New York cabaret scene.

Paul Chamlin has established his reputation for over 30 years as a Musical Director, coach, singer, and repertoire specialist. As MD, he has accompanied such Broadway legends as Len Cariou, Anita Gillette, Lee Roy Reams, Beth Fowler, Penny Fuller,  and Richard Skipper. Rochelle Breyer Chamlin comes from a classical singing background, performing as a professional soloist in opera and oratorio. They’ve combined their considerable talents to create supremely entertaining shows that feature witty banter, beautiful harmonizing, eclectic songs choices, and unique chemistry. Visit them online at
There is a $15 cover and a 2 drink minimum. $10 for MAC and all cabaret associations/affiliations. To reserve, call Don’t Tell Mama at 212-757-0788 or reserve online at

For more information contact Rochelle at

In Other Entertainment News:
Tonight in NYC: 
Melba Moore Harlem Breed Comes Home May, 20th,2016
Born at Harlem Hospital, Grew Up On West 108st CPW
She desired to have a CD release party "Here" for that reason
I will never forget where I came from Harlem/Newark NJ.
Love Melba Moore 
Management Contact:Ron Richardson 718-230-1950

Penny Fuller will be the guest on the Michael Masci Live radio show Tuesday, May 24, at noon eastern.
Visit for more information!
Click HERE for more info. 

Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   

Happy Friday! In 5 Days, Let's CELEBRATE! We will celebrate with Adam B. Shapiro and others at The Triad in NYC! Check out our new promo for our show on the 25th! See if you could come up with a great tweet and tweet it, please tag Richard Skipper for a chance to win two comps! What would YOU like to celebrate on May 25th?
Call 888 596-1027 to purchase tickets or YOU can also do it on THEIR website.
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