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  • Robin’s Nest

    Robin’s Nest

    1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    May/Sun/2017

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    ROBIN’S NEST RETURNS TO THE LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE ON MAY 7th WITH ITS TENTH EDITION!

    Robin’s Nest to support helpusadopt.org is thrilled to return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre on May 7th at 1pm with a stellar cast. This tenth edition of Robin’s Nest stars Broadway’s MANDY GONZALEZ (HAMILTON, WICKED, IN THE HEIGHTS). Mandy is known for her current role as “Angelica Schuyler” in HAMILTON, for playing “Elphaba” in WICKED, and for creating the role of “Nina Rosario” in IN THE HEIGHTS.

    Joining Mandy in this edition of Robin’s Nest are JOSHUA LANCE DIXON (Bistro Award, Broadway World Cabaret Award, winner of Mama’s Next BIG Act), singer/songwriter BEAU HOWARD, JOHN KOPROWSKI (Treasurer of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), WENDY SCHERL (Metrostar finalist), and DON SCIMÉ (producer, writer and star of the multi award winning film THE DAVID DANCE).

    HelpUsAdopt.org, founded in 2007, is a unique, national 501c3 grant program which helps families complete their adoptions, a process that’s often financially draining for many. HelpUsAdopt.org supports all types of families (married couples, single parent and LGBT families), all types of adoptions (domestic, international, foster care), and all religions, without requiring a statement of faith. There is never a charge for applicants to apply. Helpusadopt awards grants of up to $15,000, making it possible for families to complete the adoption process and bring children home to a loving family.

    Robin’s Nest is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by Tracy Stark.

    There is a $25 cover charge and a $20 food and beverage minimum. All proceeds are donated to helpusadopt.org.

    For reservations, call 2123523101 or visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com

  • SALON

    SALON

    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    May/Sun/2017

    Etcetera Etcetera, West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Etcetera Etcetera, West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

    SALON

    May 7, 2017
    Theme: It’s a Jersey Thing: Sinatra To Springsteen
    Co-Host: Lisa Yaeger

    www.markjanasthesalon.com

    Sign-Up Begins at 6:15pm

    SALON is a unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas that happens at Etcetera, Etcetera – 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 every Sunday.It is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. There is a $10 cash cover collected at the door and a $20 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For more information about Etcetera, Etcetera’s delicious menu: www.etcetcnyc.com. A 20% gratuity is added to all checks.) There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/first served basis, Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm. The evening begins at 7:00, has a 15-minute break at 8:30 and ends promptly at 10:00. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Etceterettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.  ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including introductions). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

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  • THOSE GIRLS

    THOSE GIRLS

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    May/Wed/2017

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

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  • Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman at Milford Arts Center

    Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman at Milford Arts Center

    8:00 pm-10:00 pm
    May/Sat/2017
    Center for the Arts 40 Railroad Ave South Milford, CT 06460

    Center for the Arts 40 Railroad Ave South Milford, CT 06460

    Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman, “What a Wonderful World”

    May 13 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm

    $30.00

    Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman, “What a Wonderful World”

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8 pm

    Raissa and Kenneth celebrate the songs that have inspired and uplifted us for decades.  You’ll enjoy popular standards and show tunes by America’s greatest composers – Rogers & Hammerstein, Berlin, Sondheim and more – plus the best of a new generation of popular songwriters.  Forget your troubles and just get happy with these two good friends, superb singer and musicians.  Raissa and Kenneth are nominated for this year’s MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) for “Outstanding Duo Show”. You’ll think to yourself, “What a Wonderful World!!”

    For more information, go to http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/  and http://www.kennethgartman.com/.

    For tickets, go to http://milfordarts.org/about-us/tickets/ or call 203-878-6647 (Tuesday- Friday, 10- 5 pm).

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  • Church with a 2-Drink Minimum

    Church with a 2-Drink Minimum

    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    May/Sun/2017
    94 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, USA

    94 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, USA

  • SALON

    SALON

    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    May/Sun/2017

    Etcetera Etcetera, West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Etcetera Etcetera, West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

    SALON

    May 14, 2017
    Theme: Mother, Daughter, Sister, Wife
    Co-Host: Nancy McGraw

    www.markjanasthesalon.com

    Sign-Up Begins at 6:15pm

    SALON is a unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas that happens at Etcetera, Etcetera – 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 every Sunday.It is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. There is a $10 cash cover collected at the door and a $20 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For more information about Etcetera, Etcetera’s delicious menu: www.etcetcnyc.com. A 20% gratuity is added to all checks.) There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/first served basis, Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm. The evening begins at 7:00, has a 15-minute break at 8:30 and ends promptly at 10:00. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Etceterettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.  ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including introductions). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

  • The Doris Dear Mother’s Day Special

    The Doris Dear Mother’s Day Special

    9:30 pm-10:30 pm
    May/Sun/2017

    Feinstein’s/54 Below, West 54th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Feinstein’s/54 Below, West 54th Street, New York, NY, United States

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  • SPOOLIE GIRL

    SPOOLIE GIRL

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    May/Mon/2017
    520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA

    520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA

    Atlor Music invites you to a Staged Reading of Spoolie Girl

    (Spoolie Girl is the winner of MITF’s “Best Of The Fest” Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.)

    Book by Robert W. Atwood and Rosemary Loar
    Music and Lyrics by Rosemary Loar (Sunset Boulevard, Chess)
    Directed by Joe Barros (Gigi, Cagney)
    Musical Direction/piano Jeff Cubeta (MAC and Bistro Award)
    Percussion Mark Henry (True Groove All Stars)

    Spoolie Girl is a sophisticated fractured rock fairytale with an all-female cast. A teenaged orphan finds herself thrown into the frantic world of New York high fashion. The magic begins when Spoolie discovers she can hear people’s thoughts as songs. With the help of her Fairy Rock Mother she eventually discovers that she is special even without her magic spoolies. Spoolie Girl is the winner of MITF’s “Best Of The Fest” Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.

    Monday | May 15, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
    Ripley Grier Studios / Studio 17B (520 8th Ave., NYC, 17th Floor)

    Raissa Katona Bennett (Phantom Of the Opera), Antoinette DiPietropolo (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas), Inga Ballard, (Ragtime) Amy Griffin (Forbidden Broadway), Rosemary Loar, (Sunset Boulevard) Claire Lilley, (Helldrivers of Daytona), Sarah Michelle Cuc (Sister Act), Esco Jouléy, (Marvelous Wonderettes), Emily Briggs,(Water From The Moon), Lauren Delgenio, (Sound Of Music), Sydney Kane, Allie Radice (Speakeasy)

    ”Rosemary Loar’s songwriting mixes theatre, jazz and pop in a truly effective and original style” – Stephen Flaherty (Composer of Annastasia, Ragtime,Once On This Island, Seussical)

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  • THOSE GIRLS

    THOSE GIRLS

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    May/Wed/2017

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

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  • SALON

    SALON

    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    May/Sun/2017

    Etcetera Etcetera, West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Etcetera Etcetera, West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

    SALON

    May 21, 2017
    Theme: Secret Dreams
    Co-Host: Gary Crawford

    www.markjanasthesalon.com

    Sign-Up Begins at 6:15pm

    SALON is a unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas that happens at Etcetera, Etcetera – 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 every Sunday.It is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. There is a $10 cash cover collected at the door and a $20 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For more information about Etcetera, Etcetera’s delicious menu: www.etcetcnyc.com. A 20% gratuity is added to all checks.) There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/first served basis, Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm. The evening begins at 7:00, has a 15-minute break at 8:30 and ends promptly at 10:00. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Etceterettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.  ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including introductions). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

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  • MAC ROVING OPEN MIC

    MAC ROVING OPEN MIC

    7:00 pm-9:30 pm
    May/Tue/2017

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    Laurie Beechman Theatre, West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    The MAC Roving Open Mic

    Doors open at 6:30, Open Mic is from 7:00-9:30

    Free for MAC Members
    2 drink minimum
    10.00 for non members

    Tues Jan 31: 53 Above — Steven Ray Watkins, MD (Host: Lennie Watts)
    Tues Feb 28: Laurie Beechman – Ian Herman, MD (Host: John Koprowski)
    Tues Mar 21: The Duplex – William TN Hall, MD***
    Tues Apr 25: Don’t Tell Mama – Andrew Sotomayor, MD
    Tues May 30: Laurie Beechman – Tracy Stark, MD

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  • Amy Beth Williams Carried Away

    Amy Beth Williams Carried Away

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    May/Wed/2017

    Don’t Tell Mama, West 46th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Don’t Tell Mama, West 46th Street, New York, NY, United States

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