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! :)

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Slate

I was recently asked to send in a clip for a new web series, and for any video audition, you have to slate: state your name and any other relevant info. Here's mine, as coached by the marvelous Dena Tyler:



CHARLIE_LauraDaniel_Slate from Dena Tyler on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Broadway Sessions

I am so behind on blogging! It's been a whirlwind, opening Hell's Belles Off Broadway, zooming to CA to be in my brother's wedding, and then coming back to NY to go right back into Hell's Belles. In the midst of this, I got to perform in Ben Cameron's Broadway Sessions at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Such a cute space! And the talent is OFF THE CHARTS!!! The night I sang, Thayne Jasperson from Hamilton performed, and Kevin Smith Kirkwood from Kinky Boots rocked the house as Whitney Houston!

I loved singing "Thank you for being a friend" with Kevin and the whole cast that night!


I also performed "The Grand Gesture" by Andy Monroe. Such a fun song!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hell's Belles Opening Night

Hell's Belles had a lovely opening Off Broadway last Saturday Oct. 24. The show is about infamous women in a nightclub "in hell." 3 actresses, myself included, play 20 characters, so it's a lot of quick changes!


The audience was filled with fabulous people, many of whom stayed afterwards to regale us with praise.


I play Judy Garland and Janis Joplin, and it's always such a thrill to hear audience members call out afterwards, "Hey JANIS!" or "It's JUDY!!!!!"


I heard from many folks who'd actually seen Judy Garland LIVE in concert, and it was such an honor to hear that my embodiment of her in "Hell's Belles" was spot on for all of these folks.


I'm out of town this Halloween weekend, but I'll be back with the Belles on Saturday Nov. 7th.

The show runs Saturdays at 2 and 5:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Growing up with Star Wars

When I was a kid, my dad was a big Sci Fi guy. His library was peppered with The Lord of the Rings and 2001 a Space Odyssey. In the summer of '77, he and his friend from work heard about this movie called, Star Wars, so we piled into our respective cars and went to the drive-in. It was $2 per car, so it was a deal!



From the minute John William's music blasted through our speakers, I was hooked! I promptly went home, cut up a white sheet, stole my mom's silver disco belt, and ran around the house as Princess Leia.


Now with Episode 7 coming out for Christmas, the kid in me is so excited to go back to that "galaxy far, far away."


"The Force... it's calling to you...."

Monday, October 19, 2015

Livin' the Dream

When I was a kid, I LOVED "The Wizard of Oz." I could quote it on the playground, and I always pretended I was Dorothy. What kid didn't? ;)


When I was old enough to audition for the community theatre production, I of course was cast as a munchkin. But when I hit high school, our incredibly hip drama teacher teamed up with the music teacher, who LOVED funk, and they picked, "The Wiz." I passionately listened to Stephanie Mills, rocked on with her riffs, and somehow got the role of Dorothy! But in "The Wiz," Dorothy's slippers are silver, just as they are in Frank. L Baum's books. But I didn't care as I eased on down the road! ;) It was a blast!

Now I'm playing Judy Garland in the Off Broadway musical, "Hell's Belles," and the costume designer, Dustin Cross, made me my own pair of ruby slippers. I am livin the dream! :)