Note: Faculty subject to change according to availability
RAIBLE / Executive Artistic Director / Master Teacher
Erv is the Executive Director of Erv Raible Cabaret & Concert
Artists International, and is a NYC based director, coach,
publicist, consultant and talent representative. Erv owned and booked
The Duplex Cabaret & Piano Bar (1978-1985), Brandy's Piano Bar
(1980-1985), Don't Tell Mama Cabaret & Piano Bar (1982-1989),
the legendary Eighty Eight's (1988-1999), was the Entertainment
Director/Public Relations Liason for the FireBird Cafe (1999-2001),
was the Entertainment Director/Public Relations Liaison, and design
consultant for Staten Island’s Lorenzo’s (2005-06),
and through these venues presented over 4,000 performers to the
public. Erv currently serves on the Back Stage Bistro Award
Selection Committee. Erv co-founded the Manhattan Association of
Cabarets & Clubs, served as President for 11 years and producted
the first 9 MAC Award ceremonies. Erv currently serves as the Advisory
Board Chairman for the Washington, DC Cabaret Network and on the
Advisory Boards of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, Chicago
Cabaret Professionals and Cabaret West/ Los Angeles. Erv is the
recipient of the 2004 Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Director.
Erv received a 2002, 2003 and 2004 MAC Award nomination for Director,
received a 2000 Back Stage Bistro Award for the legendary Eighty
Eight's, a 1992 MAC and Back Stage Bistro Award for conceiving,
producing and directing the musical revue Here's To Our Friends
... The AIDS Music Revue, a 1992 MAC Award nomination for Special
Musical Material for the song I Wish I Might with Emmy
Award winning composer Brian Lasser, a 1991 Back Stage Bistro Award
for promoting cabaret and founding the Manhattan Association of
Cabarets & Clubs, and the 1989 Piaf d'Honneur from the french
government for promoting, producing and directing cabaret internationally.
Erv was a Master Teacher for the O'Neill Theater Center's Cabaret
Symposium for 12 years, and served as the Associate Producer for
7 years before becoming the Producer in 2000 at its untimely demise.
Erv has taught cabaret classes for Talent Ventures, Inc. (TVI),
Dreams Come True (DCT) Enterprises, and currently teaches a weekly
adult cabaret class at BizKidsNYC/Pier Studios, and does Master
Classes nationally. As benefits for the Twin Towers Fund, following
the attack on the World Trade Center, Erv conceived, produced, directed
and narrated September 11, 2002 ... The Musical Response
and with long-time associate John Hoglund co-produced the Heart
Song benefits in NYC, Detroit (with Marnie Baumer) and Washington,
DC (with Wendy Lane Bailey). Erv has written the book and lyrics,
and is currently developing Wallis & Edward: The Love Story
of the Twentieth Century? for the musical stage. Erv is currently
developing a holocaust music documentary, Silent Voices: Words
& Music of the Holocaust, Hate, Hope and the Human Spirit
for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Prior to moving to New York City, Erv co-founded the internationally
acclaimed Cincinnati, Ohio School for Creative & Performing
Arts, the first public alternative arts school, where he served
as the head of the Studio Art and Art History departments; and was
the resident set, costume and graphic designer for the schools numerous
drama, music theater and dance productions including Babes in
Toyland, Cinderella, The Music Man, A
Streetcar Named Desire, Carnival, Mame, La
Boutique Fantasque, Little Mary Sunshine, and Ahmal
and the Night Visitors. Erv's illustrious students include:
Rocky Carroll (CBS televisions Chicago Hope / Tony Nominee
for The Piano Lesson), Cy Voris (Tales From the Crypt:
Demon Knight / Bulletproof Monk), Rosa Curry (Broadway's
Chicago and Steel Pier / George C. Wolfe's Harlem
Song), and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City).
ARNOLD / Master Teacher / Pianist
A native of Texas, Hubert "Tex" Arnold holds a master's degree in music composition from Michigan State University. He began his professional career in the late 1960s as a staff arranger for the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. After leaving the military he moved to New York City where he has pursued a career as a pianist, arranger, music director and composer.
For over twenty five years he was musical director for the legendary Margaret Whiting, arranging and conducting for her performances on radio, television, and records, and with major symphony orchestras. He has written orchestrations for the Lincoln Center American Songbook series and for Carnegie Hall tributes to the song-writing teams of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. As a pianist, he has accompanied Broadway stars Melissa Errico at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City, and Barbara Cook in concerts throughout the country, including performances at the Los Angeles Music Center and Carnegie Hall.
His concert music has been commissioned and recorded, including performances of a trumpet concerto by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and works for the New York Saxophone Quartet. In early 2005, his "Texas, Our Texas" Variations was performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a series of concerts. Later that year, A Festival of Carols was premiered by the New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion. Two commissions, the Rhapsodies for Clarinet and Piano and Tax Dodge for Five Doctors, a saxophone quartet, garnered Mr. Arnold an ASCAP Plus Awards for 2009 and 2010.
More of his work can be heard on "Hallways" (LML Music), a CD of songs by the composer/lyricist Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), for which he acted as producer/arranger. The album CD won the Bistro Award as Best Album of 2008. In 2010 they collaborated to write the song cycle Olympic Peninsula Pilgrimage.
He and Laurel Massť have completed a yet untitled vocal and piano album CD scheduled for release in May 2011.
For many years he was an instructor for the Cabaret Symposium held each summer at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and has continued in that capacity for its successor program, the Cabaret Conference at Yale University.
Mr. Arnold is a member of Local 802, American Federation of Musicians.
FELDSHUH / Master Teacher
Tovah began her career when she won the McKnight Fellowship in
acting to the Guthrie Theater where she created over 20 roles in
two seasons. She made her Broadway debut in Cyrano starring
opposite Christopher Plummer, went on the star in Yentl
(Tony nomination), and two additional Tony nominations for Sarava!
and Lend Me A Tenor. Tovah has also received 3 Drama Desk,
4 Outer Critics Circle, the OBIE and the Theater World Awards. Tovah’s
lead roles in New York productions include: She Stoops To Conquer
and Mistress of the Inn for the Roundabout Theater, BAM’s
Three Sisters with Rosemary Harris and Denhem Elliot and
Broadway’s Rodgers and Hart and Dreyfus In Rehearsal.
Two seasons ago Tovah starred in her one-woman off-Braodway show
Talullah Hallelujah! for 4 months at the Douglas Fairbanks
Theater; and was chosen one of USA Today’s 10 Best Plays
of the Year. For Hartford Theaterworks Tovah starred as Diana
Vreeland in Full Gallop, for the Cornell University’s
Center for Theater Arts Tovah starred in The Prime of Miss Jean
Brody. Tovah has portrayed Sarah Bernhardt, Stella Adler, Sophie
Tucker, Katharine Hepburn, 3 Queens of Henry VIII, and 9 Jews from
birth to death off-Broadway in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.
Tovah’s television credits include the NBC miniseries Holocaust
(Emmy nomination), has starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The
Amazing Howard Hughes, James Wood in Citizen Cohn
and Bill Cosby in The Cosby Mysteries and The Bill
Cosby Show, among others. Tovah has a recurring role as Danielle
Melnick on Law and Order played Richard Dreyfus’
sister Sharon in The Education of Max Bickford, Robert
loggia’s love interest Marie Badalamenti in Queens Supreme
and appears as Dr. Bethany Rose on As The World Turns.
Tovah’s film credits include A Walk On The Moon (Miramax)
and the critically acclaimed Kissing Jessica Stein (Golden
Satellite Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress), Happy
Accidents with Marisa Tomei, Friends and Family, 3
Little Wolffs, Toll Booth and Old Love which
was selected for this year’s Venice Film Festival. Tovah has
also appeared in The Corruptor with Mark Wahlberg, Nunzio,
Cheaper To Keep Her, Daniel, Brewster’s
Millions, The Idolmaker, The Blue Iguana,
A Day In October and The Believer. Tovah made
her cabaret debut at the Algonquin’s Oak Room with Tovah!
Crossovah! From Broadway To Cabaret, and the off-Broadway Tovah:
Out Of Her Mind which has toured internationally, with Tovah
making her London West End debut at the Duke of York’s Theater.
Tovah was seen with Billy Crystal in Concert in Los Angeles this
past March. Tovah’s charity work has been acknowledged with
the 2002 Jewish Image Award from the National Foundation for Jewish
Culture, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, Hadassah’s
Myrtle Wreath and the Israel Peace Medal.
GRAAE / Master Teacher
Jason Graae is probably best known for his recurring role as Dennis
in HBO television’s 6 Feet Under. Jason has been
seen in the “mockumentary” film, On Edge, about
Amateur Women’s Figure Skating – with Jason Alexander,
John Glover, and Wendy Mallik – which premiered at The Aspen
Comedy Festival. This past year Jason received rave reviews as Njegus
in Los Angeles Opera’s acclaimed production of The Merry
Widow, as Marcellus in The Music Man at the Hollywood
Bowl, and as Moonface in the acclaimed revival of Anything Goes!
Also in LA, Jason was featured in Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!,
for which he received an LA Ovation Award and an Ovation nomination
for Forbidden Hollywood. This past year, Jason toured the
country with his award-winning, critically acclaimed one-man show,
as well as touring with Hello, Jerry! with the magnificent
Jerry Herman, featuring Karen Morrow, Paige O’Hara and Don
Pippin. Jason has appeared as a guest artist with the Boston Pops
on two broadcasts of Evening Pops on PBS. He has recorded
over thirty original cast albums and studio CDs, including his two
solo CDs You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile –
Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse and Jason Graae LIVE
at The Cinegrill. He hung upside down for a year as Harry Houdini
in the US Premiere of Ragtime at the wonderful and soon
to be demolished Shubert Theater in LA. For Reprise!, he
starred as a twin opposite David Hyde Pierce and Lea DeLaria in
The Boys From Syracuse and played The French Ambassador
in Of Thee I Sing. On Broadway Jason starred in A Grand
Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy,
and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Jason’s
Off-Broadway credits include the original cast of Forever Plaid
and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk nomination),
Olympus On My Mind, All In The Timing, and many
more. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Twyla Tharp’s
Everlast with American Ballet Theater and performed several
shows at New York’s Rainbow & Stars. Jason’s television
appearances include Chad on Showtime’s Rude Awakening
with Lynn Redgrave and many guest-starring roles on Hidden Hills,
Maybe It’s Me, Sabrina The Teenage Witch,
Friends, Frasier, Providence, Caroline
In The City, Living Single, Coach, and many
more. Jason was featured in two Movies Of The Week: Disney’s
Gepetto and The Dukes Of Hazzard Go To Hollywood.
Jason will be heard in the up-coming Disney feature Sweating
Bullets. For five years Jason was the voice-over for the Western
Union Money-Grams and Lucky, the Leprechaun for Lucky Charms Cereal.
Jason will be heard on the up-coming Disney animated feature Home
On The Range.
HALL / Master Teacher
The first Carol Hall song that was ever recorded, was “Jenny Rebecca.”
She had intended it only as a gift for a friend who had just had a baby, but it was immediately picked up and performed by cabaret legend Mabel Mercer, and recorded soon after by a young up-and-coming singer…. Barbra Streisand.
Since then, her songs have been performed by such extraordinary singers as Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Barbara Cook, Lena Horne, Chita Rivera, Michael Feinstein, Mark Murphy, Mabel Mercer, Olivia Newton-John, Maureen McGovern, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Kermit the Frog and Big Bird.
Her classic musical THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS entertained Broadway audiences for almost five years, received a Grammy nomination for its cast album, two Drama Desk Awards for score and lyrics, and became a popular film starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Dolly’s recording of Carol’s song “Hard Candy Christmas” won an ASCAP Most Performed Country Song Award, and the film generated an Oscar nomination for Charles Durning, singing “The Sidestep” as the slippery Governor of Texas. A Broadway revival is scheduled for next year.
A particular joy and specialty of Carol’s has been her work for children. For over ten years, she wrote songs for SESAME STREET and was one of the major contributors to Marlo Thomas’ ground-breaking FREE TO BE… YOU AND ME (Emmy Award and gold album). She also contributed songs to FREE TO BE… A FAMILY, THANKS & GIVING: ALL YEAR LONG, and the musical MAX AND RUBY (TheatreWorks, NYC), which toured the country for four years.
Usually Carol writes both music and lyrics (although she also enjoys collaborating with other writers by contributing either). This is the case with her most recent work as the lyricist for a brand new musical based on Truman Capote’s well-known classic story A CHRISTMAS MEMORY. This show, with a libretto by Duane Poole and music by Broadway veteran composer Larry Grossman, received rave reviews and broke attendance records at its world premiere in December 2010, at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, California.
In 2009, her CD, HALLWAYS: THE SONGS OF CAROL HALL, (LML Music) garnered the ASCAP Award for Outstanding CD at the 24th Annual Backstage Bistro Awards gala, and a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) Award for Special Material.
Carol is a Lifetime Member of the Board of the Dramatists Guild, and Vice-President of the Dramatists Guild Fund. In addition to being on the teaching staff of the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University, she is a moderator at the Playwrights/Directors Workshop at Actors’ Studio, NYC.
Carol is married to media producer Leonard Majzlin and is the mother of Susannah Blinkoff, a songwriter/screenwriter, and Daniel Blinkoff, an actor.
HALL / Master Teacher
George was trained from 1948-51 at the Old Vic Theater School under
Michel St. Denis, George Devine and Glen Byam Shaw. During the 1950’s
Mr. Hall appeared at the Old Vic Theater and in various repertory
theaters, as well as in vaudeville and cabaret. He also composed
incidental music for a number of plays in the theater and on television,
directed musicals, and wrote and staged cabaret acts, as well as
spending 3 years in BBC Light Entertainment. In 1961 he worked with
the Royal Shakespeare Company, composing music for the Michael Elliott
/ Vanessa Redgrave As You Like It. In the 1962-63 season
at the Old Vic he was resident composer and voice coach and during
this time he composed two film scores. From 1963 until 1987, he
worked full-time at the Central School of Speech and Drama as Director
of the Acting Course. He worked with Litz Pisk and Vanessa Redgrave
on the film Isadora, directed the Royal Exchange Company
in Manchester, and was responsible for vocal coaching on a number
of West End musicals, notably Andre Previn’s Good Companions
and The Black Mikado. Mr. Hall composed scores for the
film Private Potter, starring Tom Courtney, the BBC-TV
production of She Stoops To Conquer, starring Sir Ralph
Richardson, and a large number of productions at the Royal Exchange,
Manchester including the Albert Finney / Leo McKern Uncle Vanya.
Ha has worked as a voice coach/singing teacher with a great number
of actors, notably Dame Edith Evans, Sir Laurence Olivier and, more
recently, Leslie Caron. Since leaving Central in 1987, he has returned
to acting and performing after a 30 year gap. In addition to running
his cabaret group, The Swell Party Company, he has taught
and lectured in America, Sweden and Holland, as well as working
at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama, RADA and the British American Drama Academy.
MARKHAM / Master Teacher
Shelly Markham is well known as a arranger, musical director and
pianist in both Los Angeles and New York City. He has produced four
recordings for the noted cabaret singer, Andrea Marcovicci, including
her latest CD release which features the songs of Fred Astaire from
her 20th Anniversary show at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room in New
York City. He arranged and conducted her popular Cole Porter evening,
which toured for two years in concert halls nationally and most
recently at the famed Liceu Opera House in Barcelona. He has worked
with a most diverse roster of performers, including Lanie Kazan,
Michael Feinstein, Margaret Whiting, Nell Carter, Ann Jillian, Gogi
Grant, Julie Wilson, Chad Mitchell, Carol Lawrence and Bonnie Franklin.
As a composer, Shelly has enjoyed a long and successful collaboration
with the acclaimed poet and author Judith Viorst. Their musical
revue, Love & Shrimp, a celebration of Viorst's poetry and insights,
ran at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills
and The Ballroom in New York City and is published by Samuel French.
Their musical Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good
Very Bad Day, based on her best-selling children's book, was
commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now published
by Dramatic Publishing, the show toured for two years and became
one of the most performed children's musicals in the country. Their
sequel Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move
has been touring for nine months and is also being published this
fall by Dramatic Publishing. Shelly has also written songs for the
long-running hit Off-Broadway show Naked Boys Singing and
is currently working on a musical revue about the wonders and terrors
of aging called Too Old For The Chorus which was first
presented at the ASCAP-Disney Workshop, enjoyed a sold-out run at
the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles and is currently being optioned
for an Off-Broadway debut. He scored the PBS production of Charley's
Aunt starring Charles Grodin and has written special musical
material for many popular television series, including Friends,
The Nanny, Golden Girls, Gimme A Break
and Touched By An Angel.
MASSÉ / Master Teacher
Laurel Massé, is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning
group Manhattan Transfer, and toured internationally for
seven years with the group and recorded five albums. Laurel has
toured her solo concerts in the US and Europe. She has released
four solo CDs. The first two, Alone Together and Easy
Living, both hit the Billboard Jazz charts; the third Again,
was a People Magazine Pick. Feather and Bone, her 2000
release was picked by audiophile magazine The Absolute Sound
as “a recording of extraordinary musical and sonic value.”
In the course of her career Laurel has performed at such prestigious
venues as Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium, Salle Pleyel de Paris,
the Hollywood Bowl, the Smithsonian Institute; jazz festivals in
Montreal, Chicago, Syracuse, Detroit and Saratoga Springs; Birdland
and the Blue Note in New York City, the Roxy Nightclub and the Cinegrill
in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Green Mill, and Harrah’s,
Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand and the Hilton in Las Vegas and
Lake Tahoe. Laurel has taught Master Classes nationally in jazz
and cabaret. Since 2002 Laurel has been host and resident artist
of The Laurel Massé Jazz Show, a monthly live concert
performance program broadcast by WAMC Northeast Public radio to
a listening audience of 500,000; also available on line at www.WAMC.org
In 2004, Laurel and the current line-up of Manhattan Transfer
received the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC)
Lifetime Achievement Award.
MAYES / Master Teacher
Sally's most recent critical acclaim comes from Broadway's Urban
Cowboy (Drama Desk Nomination). Sally has appeared on Broadway
in She Loves Me (1993 Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama
Desk nominations), Welcome To The Club (Theater World Award,
Outer Critics Circle nomination), and the national tour of Dirty
Blonde. Off-Broadway she has appeared in Pete 'N' Keely
(2001 Drama Desk nomination), Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics
Circle nomination), Das Barbecue, and most recently in
the revival of David Zippel's It's Better With a Band in
Philadelphia. Sally has received the prestigious Manhattan Association
of Cabarets & Clubs and Back Stage Bistro Awards as Outstanding
Jazz Vocalist. Sally was a Master Teacher at the O'Neill Theater
Center's Cabaret Symposium. Sally has four solo recordings: Boys
and Girls Like You and Me, The Story Hour, The
Dorothy Fields Songbook, and Our Private World: The Comden
& Green Songbook; and an upcoming release of her original
songs. Her film credits include: City Hall and Bye
Bye Birdie. Her cast recordings include: Pete 'N' Keely,
Closer Than Ever, Bye Bye Birdie, Lost in
Boston, Unsung Musicals, and Unsung Sondheim.
McBROOM / Master Teacher
She has been called "...the greatest cabaret performer of
her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a
voice to match." Her name first came to the attention of the
music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song THE ROSE
hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda's performance
of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn't)
and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well
as songwriter. Her songs have have been recorded by the likes of
Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara
Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills,
The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond, the Chipmunks, and the Baby
Dinosaurs in LAND BEFORE TIME (she wrote all the songs for 11 Universal
Cartoon videos). But growing audiences worldwide became convinced
that the best interpretations of McBroom songs are by McBroom herself
and applaud her in concert halls around the world including Carnegie
Hall in New York, the FORD Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Wolftrap
and Kennedy Center (where she sang with the National Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Marvin Hamlisch) in Washington D.C., Angel Recital
Hall in Sydney, Meyer Hall in Melbourne where she headlined the
Festival of the Arts and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan
and Pizza on the Park in London. Amanda's concert career was documented
over two evenings high atop Manhattan's RCA building for release
as AMANDA McBROOM LIVE AT RAINBOW & STARS by the DRG label in
1995 and remains her only live concert recording. Her love of and
background in musical theatre (she starred in the New York, Los
Angeles, San Francisco and European productions of JACQUES BREL
IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, on Broadway in SEESAW, and
in SWEENEY TODD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and MAME) compelled her to
create a musical based on her songs. HEARTBEATS made its debut in
1989 in Los Angeles and the play has enjoyed over 15 regional theater
productions around the U.S. The original cast recording was released
in 1994 on Varese Sarabande Records. The musical is represented
by the Rogers and Hammerstein Music library.
McNIGHT / Master Teacher
Sharon made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites creating
the role of Diva, for which she received a Tony Award nomination
for Best Leading Actress In A Musical, and was the recipient of
the coveted Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut,
which was presented to her by Carol Channing. Sharon has since developed
her one-woman musical Red Hot Mama, about Sophie Tucker,
which was work shopped at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
and Lucille Lortell’s White Barn Theatre, had a successful
three-month run Off-Broadway at the York Theatre, and was seen as
Baroness Greta von Keepsomfromfloppen in Murder At Rutherford
House. Sharon’s regional credits include: Amanda McBroom’s
Heartbeats at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award-winning
Dolly in Hello, Dolly! at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera,
Sister Hubert in Nunsense in Los Angeles and San Francisco
where she was presented with the Bay Area Critics Award for Best
Performance In A Musical, and Audrey in Little shop of Horrors
in Pittsburgh. She is the narrator of the documentary There
That Night the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire,
the film Guinevere with Stephen Rey and Sarah Polly, and
was featured in the recent A&E documentary It’s Burlesque
for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker, as well as episodes
of Seinfeld, Silk Stalkings and The Five Mrs.
Buchanans. Sharon was recipient of the first Manhattan Association
of Cabaret & Clubs Award (MAC), for Outstanding Female Vocalist
of the Year, a Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist,
six San Francisco Cabaret Gold Awards, and has had six, critically
acclaimed, three-month tours of Europe including performances in
Germany, Switzerland, Belguim, France, England, and the Netherlands.
Sharon’s recordings include: Offensive Too, Songs
To Offend Almost Everyone, The Sophie Tucker Songbook,
Now and Then, In The Meantime and The B&B
Years. Miss McNight received her Masters of Arts degree in
direction from San Francisco State College in nineteen … none
of your business. Sharon has been in the forefront in the fight
against AIDS since the early eighties, and was featured in Randy
Shilt’s book And The Band Played On.
|FAITH PRINCE / Master Teacher
Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since she swept the theatre awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in the critically-acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. In 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing (Tony, DD, OCC noms), Nick & Nora (OCC Award), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Tony, DD noms), Little Me, The Dead, Noises Off. She also starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion.
Faith guest starred on Lifetime’s new hit series Drop Dead Diva, in the role of Brooke Elliott’s mother, Elaine. Other guest starring roles this year have included Ugly Betty, Medium and CSI. She was a series regular on Showtime's Huff starring as “Kelly Knippers", the lovable and quirky love interest of Oliver Platt. Prince recurred for five seasons on Spin City. Other television credits include the self-titled series Faith, Sweet Potato Queens, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Monk, Now and Again, Welcome To New York and Law and Order. Film credits include: Our Very Own with Allison Janney and Cheryl Hines, Picture Perfect, Dave, and My Father the Hero.
Prince works often with The Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, The Philly Pops and more. She recently starred in the concert version of Sweeney Todd with the Orlando Philharmonic. Faith toured her one woman show Moving On in Australia to rave reviews. She also toured in Over the Rainbow, a concert celebrating the centennial of Harold Arlen. Faith’s new CD, Total Faith, was recently recorded at the Royal Room in the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach and is scheduled to be released soon. Her award winning CD entitled A Leap Of Faith was recorded at Joe's Pub in New York, and is available on DRG records.
RYBECK / Master Teacher / Pianist
Pianist, composer and arranger well-known for his work in theater,
cabaret and recordings. Alex’s Broadway credits include: Sondheim’s
Merrily We Roll Along, Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel
and the hit revival of Damn Yankees. Highly praised by
Burt Bacharach, Alex conducted the New York workshop and San Diego
premiere of What The World Needs Now. Alex’s concert
and cabaret credits include working with: Tommy Tune, Faith Prince,
Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Lee Roy Reams, Debbie Gravitte, Tovah
Feldshuh, Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters, Rita Gardner of
Fantasticks fame, the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart, Jeff
Harnar, Anna Bergman and the “voice of Hollywood,” Marnie
Nixon. Alex’s original songs include: What A Funny Boy
He Is, recorded by Nancy LaMott and Sing Out, premiered
by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus at Carnegie Hall. Alex
includes among his mentors: Leonard Bernstein, George Abbott, Comden
& Green, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Schwartz.
WILSON / Master Teacher
Barely enrolled at Omaha University, Julie grabbed a chance to
join Earl Carroll’s Vanities. This eventually led
to the chorus line of New York’s Latin Quarter, and finally
the Copacabana. It was war time, and after a Copa USO Tour in Europe,
Julie was promoted to a singing spot in the lavish Copacabana production
numbers. Miami and Hollywood club dates followed, including the
famous Macambo. Lured back to New York Julie fine-tuned her stagecraft
in Broadway musicals like Kiss Me Kate, ultimately replacing
Lisa Kirk as Bianca. When the play moved to London in 1951, Julie
went along. She remained in London for four years and appeared in
South Pacific and Bells Are Ringing while studying
at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, giving up the chance to open
on Broadway as Babe in The Pajama Game. Two years later
she went into the role as a replacement. In 1955 Julie returned
to Broadway in Kismet and then toured in Show Boat,
Panama Hattie, Silk Stockings and Hi Fidelity.
In the 1950s Julie recorded and appeared in films: The Strange
One and This Could Be The Night. With the nightclub
crash of the 60s Julie began performing in the small clubs that
opened in NYC, and had in stage roles in Follies, Company
and A Little Night Music, falling in love with the music
of Stephen Sondheim. In 1967 Julie appeared in Broadway’s
Jimmy before returning to Omaha to raise her two teenage
sons. In 1983 Julie triumphantly returned to NYC with a Cole Porter
show at Michael’s Pub – her legendary shows of the 50s
were remembered – nightspots in NY, Los Angeles and Chicago
opened their doors to her; PBS ran special of her cabaret show in
1992; and Peter Allen wrote a part for her in his Broadway musical
Legs Diamond for which Julie received a Tony nomination.
In 1999 The Mabel Mercer Foundation spotlighted Julie’s 75th
birthday with a special evening in her name. Julie is the recipient
of numerous Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, Back
Stage Bistro, Board of Director and Life Time Achievement Awards,
and was USO Woman of the Year.
BERMAN / Technical Consultant
Matt has just finished working on tour and on Broadway with Bea
Arthur’s Just Between Friends which most recently played in
Canada and Australia, after its run at the the Booth Theater on
Broadway. Matt has designed concerts, shows and/or cabaret acts
for Sam Harris, Polly Bergen, Faith Prince, Karen Mason, Cyndi Lauper,
Liza Minnelli, Jane Olivor, Melba Moore, Ann Hampton Callaway, Billy
Stritch, Cybill Shepherd, Kathie Lee Gifford and the late, great
Nancy LaMott. Matt has designed internationally for Bea Arthur,
La Gran Scena Opera Co., Miss Coco Peru, Cybill Shepherd and Anna
Sokolow’s Players Project. Nationally, Matt has designed shows
on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regionally, and in all but 8 of the United
States. Matt’s industrial and corporate credits include: Loreal,
American Theater Wing, The Mayor’s Dinner (Guilliani), National
College Board, ASCAP, Israel Cancer Foundation, National Alzheimers
Foundation, The Chemotherapy Foundation and Town & Country Magazine.
Matt has installed the technical facilities for The FireBird Café,
rainbow & Stars, Eighty Eight’s, The Algonquin, Caroline’s
Comedy Club, and Davenport’s in Chicago, to mention a few.
Matt is the recipient of an unprecedented 8 Manhattan Association
of Cabarets & Clubs Awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement.
David Finkle is a freelance journalist who has written for numerous
publications over 40 years--including The New York Times, The Village
Voice, The New Yorker, The New York Post, The Daily News, Mirabella,
Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. He is currently the cabaret critic for
Back Stage and chief drama critic for Theatermania.com. He also
worked for many years in cabaret and industrials as one-third of
the award-winning team Weeden, Finkle and Fay.
A. KERKER / ASCAP Director of Musical Theater
Michael has been Director of Musical Theater and Cabaret for ASCAP
(American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 1990.
In addition to coordinating ASCAP’s Musical Theater Workshop
in New York, Michael works with Walt Disney Feature Animation to
produce the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop in Los Angeles.
Michael also co-produces with the Kennedy Center a development program
for new musicals entitled In The Works. Together with Michael Feinstein,
he produces a regular series of concerts featuring contemporary
songwriters at Carnegie hall. Michael has produced showcases and
concerts featuring contemporary Theater and Cabaret songwriters
and singers at Town Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the FireBird Café
and at UCLA. Michael serves as Vice President of both the Manhattan
Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) and the Johnny Mercer
Foundation. In addition, Michael is also a member of the Board of
Directors of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Society of Singers
and serves on the Boards of the Washington, DC Cabaret Network,
Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, Chicago Cabaret Professionals,
and Cabaret West/Los Angeles.
VOELPEL / Image Consultant
Master Teacher in Design 1967-1992. Fred has been designing for
the theater and television since 1953 at Camp Tamiment and Green
Mansions. His first Broadway show in 1960 starred Hermione Gingold.
Since then he has been nominated for two Tony's (No Strings,
Seascape) and received an honorary Tony for the National
Theater of the Deaf, won OBIE's, and major awards for his design
work in New York and regional theater including Esquire Magazine's
Dubious Achievement Award for Oh Calcutta! Fred has designed
original Broadway productions of such artists as Edward Albee, Richard
Rodgers, Tennessee Williams, John Guare, Michael Stewart, Israel
Horowitz, Charles Strouse, Paul Zindell, Woody Allen and Lorraine
Hansberry. For over 25 years Fred was associated with the O'Neill
Theater Center in Waterford, CT, and The National Theater of the
Deaf in Chester, CT where he designed their most recent touring
production of Peer Gynt. Fred was a Master Teacheer with
the O'Neill Theater Center's Cabaret Symposium from 1989-2000. In
1992 Fred received the 25 years citation and the Great Teacher's
Award from the NYU Alumni Association Prior to his retirement from
the Tisch School of the Arts.