Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tweets and Treats

It's been a wild week!

On Sunday, I was asked to do an interview for IndieActivity. My friends, Lisa Budwig and Marzy Hart, have already been interviewed, and it's a deep-dive into acting as well as each artist's process.


 On Tuesday, PPI Recording Studios tweeted that I was their Facebook Celebrity of the day:


I love recording there. My last set was for Hell's Belles the Musical. I received the tracks, and they're luscious! I'll post them soon!


Yesterday (Wednesday), I was quoted for an article in NYCastings.com


 And I got paid for the work I did on the indie feature, 39 and 1/2.  This was an incredibly fun day of filming where I played a motivational speaker. The director, Kara Herold, gave me great license to play, and I ended up improvising the last half of my scene, so she had enough material to work. It was a BLAST!






Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Do Re Mi" at Musicals Tonight

The old adage, "Let's put on a show!" could easily be applied to Musicals Tonight, a not-for-profit theatre company Off Broadway.


Mel Miller (below with Izzy and Mo) is our effervescent producer, and he makes it all happen! Check out this article about him called, "It's Miller Time."


Inspired by Encores, which hosts staged concerts on Broadway, Musicals Tonight has been reviving old musicals Off Broadway for the past 19 years.

Since it's a staged concert (actors have scripts in hand), we do a lot in short time! For this production, we had 52 hours of rehearsal, including one dress rehearsal, and were guided along by our fearless director, Donald Brenner!

We do 16 shows in 12 days, whereas Encores does 5 shows performances.

"Do Re Mi" is Musical Tonight's 89th show, and it's an absolute pleasure to be a part of it.


I play Kay, the wise-cracking wife of a small-time con man, Hubie Cram (Patrick John Moran), who has dreams of making it rich quick. They get into trouble with some gangsters who are muscling in on the jukebox racket, which actually happened at the time!

 Patrick John Moran, Michael Scott, Roger Rifkin, and Daniel Marcus try to go "Legitimate" (above).

A side story is that of a music producer who falls in love with a talented waitress Hubie discovers (Tyler Milliron and Beth DeMichele below with Patrick John Moran and me). We all discover how important it is to "Make Someone Happy," which became the big hit song from the show in 1960.


NY Theatre Guide gave us a lovely review, and playwright Michael Small (The It Girl) gave us a warm welcome: "If you are in NYC, there's a little treat you shouldn't miss -- a staged-reading of the 1960 musical Do Re Mi at the Lion Theater on 42nd Street (which runs only through next Sunday, April 3). To be in a tiny theater with super-talented people about five feet away, singing as if they were a few doors down on Broadway...  this is a priceless diversion -- and all for 25 bucks!"

This is last week for "Do Re Mi," so we hope to see you there!

Matinees are at 2 PM: Wed, Fri, Saturday and Sunday
Evenings at 7:30 PM: Wed, Thurs, Sat.
Tickets through Telecharge

Friday, March 18, 2016

Juggling Genres

While I've been in rehearsals for the Off Broadway "staged concert" for "Do Re Mi" (and let me tell you, this is no mere concert! It's ACTIVE theatre! We just have music and scripts in hand), I managed to squeeze in a film-shoot for Kara Herold's indie feature, 39 and 1/2. I played a motivational speaker, which Kara said was type-casting. ;)


We filmed at 80 St. Marks, an old theatre where I did a reading of  a new play by Michael Small a few years ago. Stephen Nachamie was the director, and he just made him Broadway debut with She Loves Me! Go, Stephen!


It was a blast to revisit the theatre, and especially, to film there! Kara's crew was marvelous! She even had me improvise a good chunk of the scene, which was SO fun!


Can't wait to see how it all turns out. :)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Do Re Mi

I've been diving into Jule Styne's marvelous musical, Do Re Mi, prepping for my role of Kay, the wise-cracking wife with a heart of gold to small-time con man, Hubie Kram.


These roles were originally brought to life on Broadway by Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker, two top-rate comedians in the 60s.


Nathan Lane played Hubie in the 1999 staged concert by Encores! and the recording is delicious!

Patrick John Moran plays Hubie in this production by Musicals Tonight, and I can't wait to work with him again! We played sweethearts in the NYMF production of  Sasquatched the Musical, and it'll be fun to play an "old married couple" from 1960 in "Do Re Mi."



Musicals Tonight presents Do Re Mi as a stage concert March 22- April 3. Tickets are only $26.25 and they're already available! https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Do-Re-Mi/Overview

Hope to see you there! ;)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Booking and "Trending" Screening Tonight!

This week has been jam-packed with goodies! I got a callback on Monday for the lead in "Do Re Mi" for Musicals Tonight, got the offer Monday night, and have been flying ever since!


I've also been swept up in promos for Trending: A Series:


The proof of concept is screening tonight at Pop Up Anthology:


My character, Madeline Lich, is a client of this whacky PR Firm that makes me think of Ab Fab meets The Office.


This looks says it all: "I'm trending where?!!"

"Poor CEO Madeleine Lich...(played by Laura Daniel) finds herself Trending for activities she can't even remember.
Let the staff of #Trending (below) get you out of a pickle. CEOs to reality series stars are our specialty! There is no WRONG we cannot REWRITE!"

Monday, February 08, 2016

Making Tracks

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going into PPI Recording Studio to lay down some tracks for Hell's Belles.

Chip Fabrizi is the man who makes it happen! He's the recording engineer. Below, he's with Mary Feinsinger who was our fabulous music director:

Mary is such a trooper! She had hurt her foot at auditions the night before, but she came to the recording anyway because that's how she rolls!

I've recorded demos for Hell's Belles before. Janis, Judy and Godiva are on my website under the Media section:


But I also got to sing Salome's new song, a song for Eve, which was cut from the show, but still super yummy as a stand-alone, and Guenevere's song, if you can picture the queen of Camelot as The Queen of Country:


Y'all come back now, ya hear? ;)

I'll post the recordings once they're mixed and edited. Rock on!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Don't Tell Mama ;)

This week, I got to sing at the Don't Tell Mama cabaret, a legendary space established in the eighties. "Mama's," as everyone calls it, has hosted over 30 years of cabaret, piano bar, and the NY night life experience.

The marvelous Clare Cooper plays and sings there every week, and she invited me to do a mini medley of my characters from the Off Broadway musical, Hell's Belles.

Hell's Belles is about a cabaret in hell which dares to ask, "What is Hell, and how can you get yourself out of it?"

3 actresses play 20 wild women from history and pop culture. I play Salome, Lady Godiva, Janis Joplin, Gunenvere, Alice B. Toklas, Joan Crawford, and Judy Garland.

Here's a small taste:

This is our closing weekend, so if you'd like to join us Belles in Hell, our final shows are this Sunday Dec. 13th at 3 PM and Monday Dec. 14th at 8 PM.

Tickets are through http://www.hellsbellesthemusical.com

Come on down! :)