Cabaret

“Put on a Happy Face” featuring Julie Kurzava & Diane Kinsley

If you find yourself battling the constant stream of negative news, this program will lift your spirits with great music, old and new. Focusing on things that really matter, Julie Kurzava & Diane Kinsley promise there will be no tragedy, politics or other current events. Instead, you can expect irresistible melodies, lush harmonies, insightful turns of phrase and a good bit of humor. This eclectic program includes music by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, and much more. Julie and Diane’s seamless collaboration can’t be beat, and with Julie’s crystal clear vocals and Diane’s smooth accompaniment, audiences know they’ll leave smiling.

“Love in Bloom” featuring Annie Gill & Andrew Stewart

Join dynamic duo Annie Gill, vocals, and Andrew Stewart, piano, for the debut of their new cabaret, Love in Bloom, a musical journey that wends its way through all the feels – excitement, enchantment, exhilaration, and (just a little) heartbreak. Featuring songs from the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood, and from Paris to New York, Love in Bloom will leave you elated by the promises of spring and all that it has to offer. Be prepared to laugh, get a little teary, and enjoy a beautiful evening of cabaret!

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

 

Director of Operations Jennifer Blades Interviews Annie Gill!

“This Broad’s Way” featuring Sue Matsuki

Please join Bistro, Julie Wilson and Multi-MAC Award Winning Cabaret/Jazz performing artist Sue Matsuki in a program of all Broadway songs (Sue’s guilty pleasure). Songs from: Wonderful Town, Damn Yankees, Dr. Dolittle, Sweeny Todd, City of Angels, Cinderella, The King & I, How to Succeed in Business, Kiss Me Kate, Wicked…and MORE! Written by Comden & Green, Bernstein, Bricusse, Sondheim, Zippel, Coleman, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Porter to name a few These are songs Sue would never be cast to sing, songs sung totally out of context from the show, songs with a “new take”, American Songbook standards that came out of a show, great songs cut from shows and other surprises all done This Broad’s Way! Special Guest: Christine Thomas-O’Meally. This show is an example of what Cabaret can be and how to interpret all songs in a personal, connected way. This will be the main topic in the interactive, Master Class on Saturday.

“Joyful Song: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney” Janet Paulsen

Jazz/Pop vocalist Janet Paulsen is known for her carefully curated shows, thoughtful interpretation of lyrics, and passionate delivery. “Joyful Song, A Tribute To Rosemary Clooney”is a true labor of love, celebrating Rosemary’s glorious voice, her love of the Great American Songbook, and Janet’s deep personal connection to her artistry.

Thoughtfully curated, the set list is comprised of song selections that reflect Clooney’s life and love of music. Favorites from both her pop and jazz repertoires, movie moments, and engaging storytelling take a deep look into the history that made her who she was.

Featured songs include Tenderly, the opening number on Clooney’s 1950’s television show, the novelty tunes (such as Mambo Italiano) which brought her fame, and the sultry love ballads she was best known for. A definite highlight is an exciting medley of songs from her classic film, White Christmas. After hearing her sing, Irving Berlin wrote the song “Love: You Didn’t Do Right By Me” specifically for Clooney; this song is a favorite of Janet’s, who will be wearing a stunning copy of the iconic dress Clooney wore in the film.

An evening of entertainment with Janet Paulsen is always a joyful, swinging, and inspiring occasion. With her sparkling stage persona and warm, welcoming style, she brings her heart and soul to every performance. With a strong lyrical focus, Janet connects deeply with her audiences, making every show an experience to remember.

Janet lives in the Baltimore area and headlines all over the East Coast, either leading her own ensembles or performing with The Hotel Paradise Orchestra.

 

J. Ernest Green Interviews Janet Paulsen About "Joyful Song: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney"

Kevin Cole: Cole in Your Stocking

World-renowned pianist, Kevin Cole performs all your seasonal favorites! This is a show the entire family will love. Kevin’s sparkling, original piano arrangements will take you on a Sleigh Ride through a Winter Wonderland of the best holiday music. You’ll hum along as he plays your favorite Christmas tunes and his lightning fast fingers dashing across the keyboard will leave you awestruck!

Here’s what two of America’s best songwriters say about Kevin:

“Kid, if I could play piano like that, I wouldn’t have become a songwriter!”

IRVING BERLIN (Composer of the number one holiday song of all-time WHITE CHRISTMAS.)

“My three favorite singers are Judy Garland, Mel Torme and Kevin Cole. Like Judy Garland, someone like you comes along once in a century. And I do mean it!”

HUGH MARTIN (Composer of HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.)

Marissa McGowan

Marissa McGowan most recently appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Revival of Kiss Me Kate at Studio 54, where she performed the role of Lilli Vanessi/Kate, appeared on the Tony Awards and on the original cast recording. Marissa had the honor to be chosen by Mr Marvin Hamlisch to star as Stella Purdy in the world premier of Marvin’s last musical THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis), for which she won the “best leading actress” award in Nashville for her performance. Marissa has appeared on Broadway in the A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Revival alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury (Original Cast Recording), BONNIE AND CLYDE (Original Cast Recording) and LES MISERABLES (Revival and National Tour) where she performed both the roles of Eponine and Cosette. Other Favorite credits include Mother in RAGTIME at Music Theatre Wichita, ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at The Roundabout Theatre Company, CHESS at the Kennedy Center, Heather in the World Premiere of HUMAN ERROR at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Magnolia in SHOW BOAT at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Guinevere in CAMELOT at the Goodspeed Opera House, & Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS at the Weston Playhouse. Concert work includes Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh Symphony, Sun Valley Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, New Albany Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, New Jersey Festival Orchestra. For more information please visit marissamcgowan.com.

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

Out of This World: Susan Gabriel Lights Up Annapolis

Songs & Satire by The SuzeMuze

If past is prologue by rave review, get ready for “a lift out of the flat world blues.” Tony and  Emmy awarded talent have acclaimed working with Susan Gabriel. Celebrated also as The  SuzeMuze, Gabriel makes her debut at Live Arts Studio Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm.  The notably “ineffable” singer, writer, storyteller and TV talent takes the audience on a  “mesmerizing” song and satire storied musical adventure titled Out Of This World.  At a time  we could all use a boost, Gabriel offers up a playful, at times poignant, refreshing take on  life.  The solo driven performance opens with American songbook jazz favorites that give  way to industry recognized original songs by the “captivating” songstress.  The production  emerged from Los Angeles to New York encore performances, evoking a coast to coast  music arts concert series. All star surprise guests engage in the fold of Gabriel’s seamless  entertainment and inspired community enrichment. Though new to Annapolis, Gabriel is a  St. John’s College Graduate Institute alum and hosts a community TV awarded master class  student program.   

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

The Man and His Music: A Glimpse Into the Music of Marvin Hamlisch

Song writers tend to be among the most prolific composers. Often writing at an incredibly fast pace, they strive to contain the emotion and essence of the text they’re setting in a very short amount of time. To be able to mine this type of musical gold once or twice is impressive. To do it multiple times is incredible. To do it over and over is almost unheard of except by the greatest musicians. Marvin Hamlisch was one of those rare people who hit gold over and over and over. His vast catalogue of music features song after song that are examples of how a composer at the peak of his power can fuse a melody and harmony to words so they become one.

Join us in the Studio on September 7 at 7:00 PM when six performers who knew and worked with Marvin share these unforgettable songs and the strong connection that remains with them and their composer. I hope you’ll join us for this rare opportunity to meet, hear and talk with these artists, the music and the extraordinary man who wrote it.

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The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

Todd Marcus Quintet featuring Don Byron

The clarinet once held a key role in early New Orleans jazz but later fell out of favor to the saxophone as jazz progressed with bebop and louder, faster styles. Today, Baltimore bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus pairs with New York clarinetist Don Byron, a trailblazer for over three decades, to present a unique jazz concert. Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to give voice to the bass clarinet in modern jazz and together, they will present two generations of artists showcasing the potential for the instrument. Join us as the Todd Marcus Jazz Quintet featuring Don Byron comes to The Studio on September 30!

The Live Arts Studio is located on the Bestgate Road side of Westfield Annapolis. Use the main entrance between Offenbacher’s and The Container Store, turn left at the main corridor, and we are located on the right hand side of the hallway next to Loft.

Gabriel Taylor: So Far

Gabriel Taylor is a New York Based Actor who is thrilled to be apart of the Friday Night Cabaret Series at Live Arts Maryland. Performance Credits Include: Sunday in the Park with George (George), Avenue Q (Nicky), Crucible, PA (Miner/ Swing), RENT (Ensemble/ Principal Understudy), The Phantom of the Opera (Phantom), and Gabriel Taylor: So Far @ Green Room 42 NYC. Gabriel Taylor: So Far takes an artist’s experiences and remarks on the ups and downs of life, love, relationships, traumas, and plenty of showtunes along the way.

“Thank you so much for coming to hear me tell my story. I dedicate this performance to my amazing fiancé Joshua Perez Leduc.”

This show is Rated R for Language and Discussions on Adult Themes.