Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Josephine Sanges, Sally Darling, Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism...and More!

All your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched.
-Seneca
as told to his mother in his extraordinary letter on resilience in the face of loss.

Happy Tuesday, October 30th, 2018!
October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 62 days remaining until the end of the year.
I'm listening to I'll Get By by The Ink Spots.
"You'll learn as you live a bit longer that there are very few people who are really interested in who you are and what you're doing:
That handful who do care and who do want to see you do well are treasures. Hold them very dear and very close to you.
Forgive them almost anything. Be there for them. But most of life is solitary and hard--you work and you study and you fail and you do the damned things over and over again.
And this is your responsibility. Most people, as I've said, are stupid and lazy and really only concerned with getting through the next couple of hours with silliness and stimulation and something to eat. Be polite. Look ahead. Ignore them. Do the work. Move forward."--Katharine Hepburn/Interview with James Grissom

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Thinking of Pittsburgh.
"May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwells in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants-while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid."
~ George Washington

I am beginning today's blog by introducing you to my new feature in Cabaret Hotspot. My first feature is Josephine Sanges. Click HERE to see the article.

And at her request, next Monday, I will celebrate Sally Darling. She will be returning to Don't Tell Mama on December 16th with her amazing celebration of Beatrice Lillie.
Here are a few things happening around town as we slip into November.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Don’t Tell Mama and Dr. Bradley Jones will present a special performance of the hilarious and moving coming-of-age story, "Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism," to benefit the American Songbook Association (ASA) on October 31, 2018* at 7pm at the legendary theater district cabaret, where Dr. Bradley has been packing in SRO audiences for months. The ASA is committed to sustaining and forwarding this living legacy of American song and its many genres, which is loved and performed in every corner of the earth.
“The music of the Great American Songbook is imbued with our deepest longings and wishes,” says Dr. Jones.

“As a child I sought refuge there and as I say in ‘Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism,’ these songs have the power to repair! Their preservation and promotion are critical, and I’m compelled - and delighted - to support the efforts of the ASA.”

Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism…The Psychoanalytic Odyssey of a Once Glorified Chorus Boy regales us through 70 minutes, with Jones applying a rapier wit to true tales of his early childhood as a budding theater queen, nearly ten years on Broadway in A Chorus Line, backstage life and excessive drug use, living through the AIDS pandemic and making his decision to pursue a new career. The show features mainly the music of Jones’ milieu: Broadway standards including the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Ray Heindorf, Brian Yorkey and more.

“Dr. Bradley wielded his psychological prowess like a surgeon’s scalpel, with the exquisite timing of a Borscht-Belt comic.” – David Sabella, CabaretHotSpot

Tickets for this special event are $50, with all of the proceeds going to support the ASA.
Reservations are absolutely required for this performance. Don’t Tell Mama is at 343 West 46th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
For online reservations visit: https://donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/4880-dr-bradley-s-fabulous-functional-narcissism-10-31 or call 212.757.0788. Don’t Tell Mama is a CASH ONLY room.

Happy Early Birthday, KT Sullivan
The show is directed by *KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, and an internationally renowned performer. Jones is supported by The Freudians, a quartet led by Mike Pettry. *Yes it is Halloween, and it is also KT Sullivan’s Birthday.
"The Doctor is IN. IN-sync. IN-spiring. And just the teeniest bit IN-sane. Dr. Bradley Jones (yes, that shingle is real) has just the right amount of observation, rhythm and razzle-dazzle to charm anyone within earshot.” - Tulis McCall, The Front Row Center

The American Songbook Association Inc. (ASA)—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in New York State—seeks to preserve, promote and advance the legacy of American popular music, the Great American Songbook (classic and new), and the unique art form of cabaret.
The ASA publishes the long-established Cabaret Scenes magazine, conducts educational programs in New York City public schools, and creates performances serving its audience of seniors, students and others.
We strive to inspire, transform, empower and create torchbearers for future generations so they may understand, appreciate and embrace the historical and cultural importance of America's rich musical heritage.

Established in 1982, Don’t Tell Mama is celebrating over 35 yeaworld-famousd famous entertainment destination. Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s theater district, Don’t Tell Mama is one-of-a-kind – a veritable nightlife mall with four individual spaces: a piano bar, a restaurant and 2 separate cabaret showrooms: a cineplex of cabaret! Countless luminaries have come through our doors such as Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell, Chita Rivera, Kathy Griffin, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Mario Cantone, & Cuba Gooding Jr., to name but a few.

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced additional
special guests for its 35th Annual Benefit Gala: A Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring film, television, theater icon and three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. Celebrating Nathan Lane’s career in theater, film and television, including this last season’s Broadway revival of Angels in America, the gala will feature a one-night-only musical tribute in Mr. Lane’s honor – the new additions to the roster of program participants are Terrence McNally, Andrea Martin, Billy Eichner, Santino Fontana, Jarrod Spector, Teal Wicks, and Jerry Zaks. Previously announced gala participants include host Matthew Broderick, Christine Baranski, Mark Linn-Baker, Alex Newell, Ernie Sabella, and Susan Stroman.
The Drama League of New York, since 1916, has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs. Visit www.dramaleague.org for more information, or contact The Drama League at 212.244.9494.
Source: www.richardhillmanpr.com

I have exciting news to share!!! Marieann Meringolo's critically acclaimed album Marieann Meringolo “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman” is being considered for 2 GRAMMY Awards for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Album Notes.” If you are a voting member and/or have friends who are voting members...I wanted to share this very exciting news with you!!! The voting for the 1st round for eligible voting Grammy members ends on October 31st.

On Monday, November 12 at 7 pm, Sandi Durell be hosting composer David Friedman who'll
be talking about and reading from his new book How They Met (which I am in!)(for sale with a 17
song CD), and then providing entertainment with some singers.

The event is FREE, but it's always nice if you can make a $5 donation to The Lambs
Foundation. However, since space is small on the 5th fl. at 3 West 51 Street, where
The Lambs has its offices and rooms, reservations are essential. Please RSVP to
212 586-0306 or email: RSVP@The-Lambs.org and write David Friedman, Nov 12th in the
subject line with your name.

SO IN LOVE:
A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH FUND
IN HONOR OF MARIN MAZZIE

November 14th 7pm and 9:45pm

Featuring-
Kelli Rabke (Joseph, Les Miserable, Children of Edeb)
Todd Buonopane (Spelling Bee, On the 20th Century)
Brian Charles Rooney (Pal Joey)
Dara Paige Bloomfield
Dara Paige Bloomfield (Ragtime original company) ,Rachel Zatcoff (Phantom of The Opera, Fiddler)
Maggie Hollinbeck (Once), Adam B. Shapiro (Fiddler)
Sean Patrick Murtagh
Carly Ozard
Christian Sineath 
Les Grant

Garrett Taylor, Musical Director 
More casting to come
(Performers are subject to change)
Tickets: $30 + $10 food & drink minimum
www.birdlandjazz.com
SO IN LOVE:
A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH FUND
IN HONOR OF MARIN MAZZIE
An evening of music inspired by one of Broadway most beautiful and beloved leading lady, Marin Mazzie.
Marin Mazzie with Daniel Dae Kim in a revival of “The King and I” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2016. It was her last appearance on Broadway.CreditCreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund works tirelessly to provide hope, treatment, resources and community for those dealing with Ovarian Cancer while at the same time leading the charge to affect change in the field of research.
If you are unable to go and would like to make a donation, or if you CAN come and would still like to make a donation, please follow this link:
http://give.ocrfa.org/soinlove
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! 

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