The stories in my mind
ANNOUNCING A NEW REVUEWhatTHE STORIES IN MY MIND: THE SONGS OF DENNIS LIVINGSTONWhenSaturday, Oct 8Saturday, Oct 15Saturday, Oct 29Sunday, Nov 27All at 4:00 PMWhereMetropolitan Room34 West 22d St (Between 5th & 6th Avenues)New York, NY 10010WhoPerformers: Julie Reyburn, Scott Coulter, Kenneth Gartman, Christina Connors, Alex GoleyDirector: Scott CoulterMusic Director: Kenneth GartmanTickets: $15 + 2 beverage minimumTo purchase tickets online: http://www.
metropolitanroom.com(click on Calendar, click to October, click on the show title to see my ticket page)To purchase tickets at the door: Please call the Metropolitan ahead of time to let them know you are coming at 212-206-0440Note that the Metropolitan has no reservations as such. Doors open 30 minutes before a show and it’s first come, first served in getting seats. The room is arranged with tables facing the stage, booths at the rear. Tables can be moved together if you have a group to seat.THE SHOW: Three cats from New Orleans discover what’s really on the other side of the moon… a loner is compelled to make a commitment to a lover he fears he will lose… a modern Fairy Godmother gives Cinderella advice appropriate for a 21st century woman… a smitten character wrestles with the neurochemicals turning his brain to mush… a NY apartment dweller finds himself in danger of being entombed by a book collection grown too large. These are some of the diverse stories in the mind of Dennis Livingston featured in a first-time revue of his songs at the Metropolitan Room in New York.Sometimes surreal, always compelling, Dennis’ songs are known for their witty lyrics, theatrical flare, vivid imagery and intricate melodies. A touch of the blues here, a soaring ballad there, the sudden breakout of a samba or tango, a chorus that echoes the 19th century art song – you never know what’s around the corner in these musical tales of life in our time.
DENNIS LIVINGSTON: The songs of Dennis Livingston have been performed by some of the leading cabaret artists and have been chosen to appear in numerous group shows, including four productions of the MAC-ASCAP Songwriters Showcase, three of the New Songwriter Series (NY Sheet Music Society), two Cabaret Songwriters Showcases (Boson Association of Cabaret Artists), two Stop the Presses! (Washington, DC, Cabaret Network), two Tru Faces Cabaret shows (Theater Resources Unlimited) and the 2010 Festival of New Vocal Music (Catholic University of America). He was the composer/lyricist for two children’s musicals, The Cretaceous Cabaret and The Weaver and The Sea. Recordings of his songs can be heard on CDs from Chris Coleman (It’s Time For Roses), Lua Hadar (It’s About Time), Robyn Spangler (On A Liquid Afternoon) and Dane Vannatter (Me & My Friends: The Songs of Bob Levy). In earlier incarnations, Dennis served as a professor of political science at several universities, policy analyst for Massachusetts state government and feature writer at computer trade magazines. Dennis’ father, Jerry Livingston, was a prominent composer of pop songs in the Tin Pan Alley era, honored by his peers by election in 1981 to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. For more on Dennis and his music, please go to http://www.dennislivingston.
JULIE REYBURN (Performer): Julie is a multi-award winning singer, actor and recording artist. She was most recently given the 2011 MAC Award for Major Artist (her fourth from MAC) and has been the recipient of Nightlife and Backstage Bistro Awards, as well as the Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. She has appeared in many of the top clubs and venues in Manhattan including Feinstein’s, Town Hall for the Broadway By The Year® series and Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre. Off-Broadway musicals in which she performed include I Prefer To Dream (The Triad), Character Breakdown (Abington Theatre), The Atrain Plays (Neighborhood Playhouse) and Africa & Plumbridge (NY International Fringe Festival). She is also a member of the Marquee Five vocal group. Please visit http://juliereyburn.com and look for her recordings on iTunes and Amazon.com.
SCOTT COULTER (Director/Performer): Scott Coulter has received five MAC, five Bistro and two Nightlife Awards for his performance work in cabaret. A regular in Town Hall’s Broadway By The Year® series, Scott tours with Stephen Schwartz, Debbie Gravitte and Liz Callaway in the revue Stephen Schwartz & Friends, and with Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in The Marcy & Zina Show. Theater: Floyd Collins (World Premiere), Forever Plaid (National Tour) and Wicked (Workshop). Film: Disney’s Enchanted. Director: Stephen Schwartz Tribute, BBTY 1954, Broadway’s Rising Stars 2008-09-10-11 (Town Hall) and Broadway Jukebox (Birdland). He is director and co-star of 11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock currently running at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Producer: Michael Feinstein’s Standard Time (Carnegie Hall). His self-titled debut CD is available on LML Music. He is also co-owner/co-founder of Spot-On Entertainment and creator of SONGBOOK, the group vocal coaching series.
KENNETH GARTMAN (Music Director/Performer): Kenneth is makinghis cabaret debut at Don’t Tell Mama on September 10th & 14th, October 23rd & 28th, and November 2nd. He performed in the National Tour of The Music Man and throughout Ireland in Side by Side by Sondheim, Simply Sondheim LIVE! (BBC Broadcast) and A New York Songbook: Way Off Broadway. Kenneth is currently music directing Time Between Us starring Kristy Kates and Anthony Federov in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011. Other Music Director credits include: Once Removed, a new musical with music by Graham Russell of Air Supply; Show Choir! the Musical (NYMF2010); The ToyMaker (NYMF2009) and subsequent cast recording featuring Christiane Noll (Ragtime) and Zachary James (The Addams Family); Trouble in Shameland (FringeNYC) starring Evita’s Florence Lacey and subsequent cast recording; and Demo for the new musical, Welcome to Shoofly. For more information, visithttp://www.KennethGartman.com
CHRISTINA CONNORS (Performer): As a headline vocalist, Christina toured throughout Europe and Brazil for over three years with Costa Cruise Lines. In the US, some of her favorite roles in regional theaters have included Mary in The Life, Sara Brown in Guys and Dolls and Marion in The Music Man. In Florida she has performed a one-woman show, Journey to the Past, and was one of three women in the award-winning Respect. New York has seen her in Home Is Where The Heart Is (Don’t Tell Momma and The Duplex). Most recently, she shared the stage with Lucie Arnaz, David Friedman and Laurence Luckinbill for the Hear Our Song Benefit Concert (Norwalk Concert Hall). More information can be found at http://www.christinaconnors.com.
ALEX GOLEY (Performer): Alex is a multitalented singer, pianist and songwriter who won attention most recently in Town Hall’s 2011 production of Broadway’s Rising Stars and as Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical (MMAC Theatre). He has also appeared in showcase productions of the songs of Will Van Dyke (Le Poisson Rouge), Joey Contreras (Joe’s Pub) and Shaina Taub (Rockwood Music Hal) and, with his own material, in Lincoln Center’s Broadway Holiday Songwriter Series.
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