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Friday, December 07, 2007

Happy December!

Hey Folks!
Well, you can tell it's the holidays, because I've been super busy and have had NO time to write! So, apologies for the delay...but apologies aside, I've seen some great shows since I last wrote and just had a fantastic birthday bash last weekend!
On Monday, November 19th, I had the privilege of seeing Broadway Unplugged at Town Hall. Produced by Scott Siegel and featuring some of the most amazing voices on Broadway, this annual event is so much fun to watch! With "sound design by God," the audience is treated to hearing the singers without amplification - just like in the old days of Broadway. The singers for the event included Sarah Uriarte Berry, David Burnham, Bill Daugherty, Willy Falk, Darius de Haas, Marc Kudisch, Aaron Lazar, Beth Leavel, Michael McElroy, Sarah Jane McMahon, William Michals, Paul Schoeffler, Emily Skinner, Martin Vidnovic, Max Von Essen, Barbara Walsh, and Michael Winther - what an absolute treat to be in that audience!
The following night found me at the Laurie Beechman Theatre to see my good friend Sue Matsuki in her annual birthday show. The room was PACKED with some of the biggest cabaret names in the city, all of whom had an absolute blast helping Sue celebrate the big day. The set I saw was great - the birthday girl was raring to go and backed by an awesome band!
On Friday, November 30th, I saw Liz Callaway at the Metropolitan Room and was simply blown away - what an amazing performance! The show was aptly called "Between Fights," since she was squeezing this run in between a concert in Korea and another performance in Iowa! The entire show was beautifully sung, so it's really hard to pick a favorite, but I do have to go with "Meadowlark." If you've never heard Liz Callaway sing this song, I encourage you to do your darndest to get to the Metropolitan Room in January when she'll be back for a few more shows. That song alone is worth the price of admission!
The night after Liz's show, I was back at the Metropolitan Room - and this time it was for my own birthday bash! A BIG thank you to everyone who performed and everyone who came to see it - I had an absolute blast! There were so many amazing performances that night - I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present. The performers included Joe Bachana, Hector Coris, Scott Coulter, Fortune Esposito, Kelly Esposito-Broelmann, David Goldman, Rob Langeder, Sue Matsuki, Miles Phillips, Michael Quinn, Shaynee Rainbolt, Ben Rauch, Gretchen Reinhagen, Maureen Taylor, Lennie Watts and, of course, ME! Such a fun night - can't wait till next year's birthday bash!
On Tuesday, 12/4 I headed over to the Laurie Beechman to catch the aforementioned Ben Rauch at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in his hilarious show, "Ben Rauch is Horace Vanderveer." Co-written by Ben himself, Melissa Rauch, and Winston Beigel and directed by the wonderfully talented Miles Phillips, this laugh-a-minute show features "Horace," a "musical theatre obsessed community theatre outcast from New Jersey whose dream is to one day be on Broadway," singing all kinds of showtunes for characters he was "born to play." I have to say, my favorite is "Defying Gravity" from Wicked! Horace has a few performances left; if you haven't seen him yet, I'd highly encourage you to get there - you'll have a great time! Remaining performances are Saturday December 8th at 2 p.m., Monday December 10th at 9 p.m., and Saturday December 15th at 2 p.m.
I've got a bunch of shows booked myself - you can get all of the details on my website ( or my myspace page ( Also, my CD is now available on CDBaby ( and itunes (
That's about all the news for now - check back for more soon!