Monday, September 27, 2010


Another week is here. Summer is over. Autumn is here. I was in the Hamptons for the weekend and there are pumpkins everywhere.
And as we go into the last week of September, we also celebrate passages and new beginnings this Wednesday night at The Iguana! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I like to celebrate the abundance of shows we have to choose from in NY.
We are blessed at the choices we can make EVERY DAY in NY. Wednesday Night at The Iguana is a chance to see and choose from so many!

One of our entertainers this week is Daryl Glenn. Daryl has a new show opening on the 17th that features our very own Saadi Zain!
Daryl Glenn & Jo Lynn Burks & Friends
with saadi zain (bass)
special guest stars
Joe Iconis and Marty Thomas
scheduled to appear*
Liz Lark Brown/Karen Dryer/Danielle Grabaniowski/Amber Martin
Brad Wills (*subject to change at any moment!)
sunday, oct 17 @ 10 pm

240 west 54th street
(212) 765-5454

$10 cover/no minimum, however… fabulous food and drink available!!!
reservations essential

Marya Zimmet returns this week!Sunday, 10/3, 9:00 pm Marya is doing a 35-minute set, with Tex Arnold on piano, and Jon Burr on bass. Jazz and Latin standards, Stephen Sondheim, Joni Mitchell, as well as more obscure gems that tend toward the bluesy, swinging and/or hauntingly beautiful.
This event is part of the Westbeth 40th Anniversary Arts Festival.

Marya is one of several performers that night. FREE

RITA ELLIS HAMMER RETURNS!You can take Rita home with you!


JANICE HALL RETURNS! Janice Hall, one of the five finalists in this year's Metrostar Talent Challenge at the Metropolitan Room, is debuting her first solo show, "Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich," at the Metropolitan Room.

Janice, an internationally-known opera singer who is now turning her attention to the art of cabaret, will pay tribute to the life and legend of one of the true icons of the twentieth century. Marlene Dietrich’s musical repertoire included songs from the Weimar cabaret, jazz standards,
folk songs, antiwar songs, French chansons, and, of course, her famous film songs.

In Grand Illusions, Janice re-interprets many of Dietrich's famous hits, bringing the beauty and distinction of her own voice as well as her considerable dramatic gifts into play. The show also features many lesser-known but beautiful songs for you to discover. Included are songs by Friedrich Hollaender, Cole Porter, Lerner & Loewe, Fats Waller, Robert Stolz, Charles Trenet, and Pete Seeger.

The show is directed by Bistro and MAC award-winning Peter Napolitano, with musical direction by legendary pianist Paul Trueblood, and featuring Ritt Henn on bass.
Show dates are: Nov 3, @ 9:30PM; Nov 6, @ 4:00PM; Nov 13 @ 4PM; Nov 21 @ 4PM, and Dec 8, @ 9:30PM. There is a $15.00 cover ($10 for MAC and Cabaret Hotline members), and a two-drink minimum.
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd St, NY, NY10010
(Betw. 5th & 6th Ave.)
For reservations: Tel: 212 206 0440 - Fax: 212 206 0433
Online at:

"…sleek, chic and elegant in appearance as well as in the presentation of her songs…pure, unalloyed gold." (Beatrice Williams-Rude, Broadway After Dark)

KEN GREVES RETURNS! Ken Greves is a passionate interpreter of the Great American Songbook and a specialist in the music of Harold Arlen.

“Arlen’s music resonates profoundly with my musical sensibilities,” says Ken. “Arlen considered himself a jazz composer and wanted to be a vocalist himself. He was unique in that he was unafraid to break out of the standard 32-bar form.”

Another important influence on Ken was the voice of Judy Garland.

“My fascination with Garland was her uncanny ability to musically shape a song while acting and telling a story. She demonstrated that a song has a beginning, middle and end.”

Ken grew up in Nassau County, on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Neither of his parents were musicians, but they noted early on their son’s fascination with music, theater, and dance.
JILLIAN LAURAIN RETURNS! Jillian's show "When The Sun Comes Out" returns on Sat. evening, Nov. 13th at 7pm at the Metropolitan Room. Tommy C. James, arranger for the Duke Ellington Orchestra will be bringing down the house once again. Songs by Sondheim, Arlen, Herman. $15 cover charge ($10 for MAC members). For reservations, please call 212-206-0440







EARL LEVIT RETURNS!Earl Levit's JOYEUX NOEL will open on Saturday night, December 4, 2010.
The tickets will be $25 including one beverage. There is a surcharge for credit card reservations, the theatre will be able to tell you the costs.
The tickets will go on sale sometime late October early November. 215-923-0210 for reservations.

SIERRA REIN, who is also part of MARQUEE 5, will also sing a solo! Soaring on the success of their debut show, We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander & Ebb, which earned the group a 2010 MAC Award for Best Vocal/Duo/Group, Marquee Five isn’t leaving any dust in their wake as they forge ahead in this latest creation. 8-Track refers to music on magnetic 8-track sound recordings popular in the ’60s and ’70s, eras that produced many of the greatest hits of all time.
Reminiscent of The Modernaires, the 1940s quintet with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who recorded “Make Believe Ballroom Time” for WNEW, the tight harmonies of Marquee Five are, indeed, top-notch spectacular. Impressive, too, are the talents of the individual singers who comprise the group: soprano Vanessa Parvin; mezzo Julie Reyburn; alto Sierra Rein; and the two smooth-sounding males, Mick Bleyer and Adam West Hemming, the latter responsible for the clever arrangements and musical direction.

From group numbers like “Moondance” and the smart, witty “Copacabana”(that intermingles “Oye Como Va,” “Them from The Pink Panther” and “Theme from Sex and the City”), to individual highlights—including Hemmings’s rich and beautifully phrased “A House Is Not a Home” underscored with “Honesty,” Rein’s strong and expressive “Move Over,” Reyburn’s intense rendition of time and love “Tangled Up in Blue” and the juxtaposing duet of Bleyer and Hemming’s pairing “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” and “All in Love Is Fair”—there isn’t a dull moment. The musicians are a unique combination of talents: Mark Janas (piano); Matt Scharfglass (bass guitar); John Benthal and Tony Romano sharing dates on acoustic/electric guitar.
Joseph Ward directs. Special thanks to Father Jeffrey Hamblin who produces Marquee Five.

Sandi Durell

Cabaret Scenes
September 17, 2010

Video clips from the Labor Day show @ Birdland coming soon! Subscribe now to Youtube: willybsinger's Channel.
Then, of course, there is Dana Lorge!

BARBARA PORTEUS RETURNS!Barbara Porteus is the quintessential cabaret performer who can give you precisely what you came for from Stephen Sondheim to Johnny Mercer. She has performed in such shows as The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying with Donald O'Connor, The Wizard Of Oz with Phillis Diller, Peter Pan with BD Wong and David Ogden Stiers, The Music Man with Gary Sandy, Fidler On The Roof with Jan Peerce. Performing in nightclubs on land and sea, her extensive and impressive resume includes touring with Eddy Arnold and opening for Petula Clark, Sid Ceaser and many others. Currently, her collaboration with musical director Barry Levitt, bassist Eric Udel and Mayra Casales at Don't Tell Mama is packing the house and receiving rave reviews.




Richard, I just unearthed the CD of the radio interview we did 3 years ago, with you on the phone in NYC and Carol Channing on the phone in LA - I hope you still have access to it;we had so much fun and she was just so complimentary of you!
Ginny Wolf, Spotlight On Connecticut,

Richard & Dana, Thank you so much for making Wednesday Night at The Iguana such a memorable occasion. I was honored to be on the program with so many other wonderful, talented singers recently. What a bore Wednesday nights would be without the joy of you two marvelous entertainers and the diverse group of artists you manage to bring each week to the Iguana. May it go on, and on, and on and on.
Alicia Terry Littman,NYC

What a fun and fabulous night of great entertainment at the Iguana! Richard, you and Dana are the King and Queen (you decided who is which) of herding a huge group of crazy singers into a wonderful show. I loved the eclectic mix or performers, the friendly vibe, and the fact I could actually hear myself when singing on stage! Oy! What a relief.
There was never a dull moment, never a lull in the energy, and that's hard to accomplish in this kind of show. Now I understand why Wednesday Night at the Iguana is an award-winning production.
Thank you for including me, and I will definitely be taking that 2-hour train ride from Kingston to the city to be at the Iguana again.
Nancy Tierney,


With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper,

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