Raissa’s Fall/Winter Appearances 2014

October 5th – 9:30 pm –  54 Below – Broadway Loves Len:  Cariou at 75.

I’m thrilled to be sharing the stage with this wonderful man and so many friends and stars! Read on….

‘Attend the tale of Broadway legend, Len Cariou! A bevy of Broadway’s best honor this great gentlemen of Broadway on the occassion of his 75th birthday, including appearances fromNathan Lane, Betty BuckleyLiz & Ann Hampton CallawayLiz RobertsonVeanne CoxLee Roy ReamsSarah Rice & many more! From his Tony award-winning role in Sweeney Todd to his creation of roles in A Little Night Music, Applause & Dance a Little Closer among many others, Broadway has been in love with Len for nearly 50 years. Now, 54 Below is delighted to celebrate his 75th year with a star-studded tribute to this great thespian. Expect tributes, musical and otherwise, from some of the many stars who’ve shared the stage & screen with him, & maybe even a tune from the man of the hour himself!

February 10th 12th 17th & 19th at 7 pm and February 21st at 4 pmLaurie Beechman Theatre - Raissa and Kenneth Go to the Movies!

Raissa & Kenneth Go to the Movies

Raissa and Kenneth Go to the Movies

Kenneth and I are excited to be presenting  our first duo show Raissa & Kenneth Go to the Movies  at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with Matt Scharfglass on Bass.  And, this is the first time we are working with Lennie Watts  as our director!

407 West 42nd Street at 9th Avenue (downstairs at the West Bank Cafe) – $25 cover, $15 food/bev minimum.  Call 212-695-6909 for reservations.

October 19th, November 9th & 23rd, December 14th & 21st – 10 am – at Unity Center of Norwalk

I assist Rev. Shawn Moninger as a chaplain and Platform Assistant at Unity Center of Norwalk, where all are welcome and Sundays are Fun!  And how could they not be, with Kenneth Gartman there as musical director as well?


Raissa’s Spring and Summer 2014 Appearances

May 13th, 7:00 pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 42nd Street at 9th Avenue: 


Raissa & Kenneth's "Faux Show"

Raissa and Kenneth’s “Faux Show”

Join us for an evening of casual cabaret and fun as we present highlights of 2 brand new shows: “What a Wonderful World” and “Songs of the Silver Screen”.  The purpose of  the evening is to get a good video recording for our agents. So….there will be no cover charge, but you still need to meet the $15 food/bev minimum.  Call 212-695-6909 soon and make your reservation.

May 28th, June 25th, August 13th & September 10th (rain date is the very next day),  6:30 pm at Tudor City Greens, 41st Street at 2nd Avenue:

I host and perform in our multiple award winning series THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES

June 10th, 9:30 pm at 54 Below, 54th Street at 8th Avenue:

I’m excited to perform in Scott Siegel’s fabulous series:  The Broadway Ballyhoo

There will be approximately 6 performers, each singing 2 famous show tunes.  If the series does well at 54 Below, it will continue there, so please come support it!  I’ve done these shows before and they are WONDERFUL!   I can unreservedly promise that you will enjoy all the top notch performers.

July 20th, 9:30 pm at 54 Below:

I’m thrilled to join the cast of one of Phil Geoffrey Bond’s newest series, Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Weber. The Phantom of the Opera. Evita. Jesus Christ Superstar. Starlight Express. Sunset Boulevard. Aspects of Love. Song & Dance…. the list goes on. 54 Below tip’s their hat to the artistry of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, the celebrated composer who has left an indelible mark on Broadway, the West End & popular music. Featuring a rotating cast of some of Broadway and cabaret’s best, Aspects of Andrew runs the gamut from the humor of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & By Jeeves, to the high flying (adored) diva tunes that populate some of the most beloved musicals of the past half century.

August 24th, 7 pm at 54 Below:



This summer marks the debut of the NYC CABARET FESTIVAL at 54 Below, produced and directed by my good friend and award winning colleague, Phil Geoffrey Bond.  We’ll be musically directed and accompanied

by the Barry Levitt Trio – 3 nights with 2 completely different casts and shows each night – August 17th, 24th, and 31st.  Broadway and Cabaret Royalty are featured in every single show – I’m honored to appear with them on August 24th at 7 pm – check out this link to find out about discounts and multiple show packages – you will want to see them all!

Raissa’s January 2014 Appearances

January 11th and 12th, I’ll be appearing, through the Center Productions, Inc. concert booking agency,  with my musical director/pianist, Kenneth Gartman, and  bass player extraordinaire, Matt Scharfglass,  at the APAP Convention  - Association of Performing  Arts Presenters - at  NYC Hilton Hotel, 6th Avenue at West 53rd Street,  in the Gibson Suite, 2nd floor .  These showcases are free to the public, so please come , bring your friends,and enjoy and cheer! Here are the details:

January 11th  from 9:20 to 9:40 pm,  I’ll be presenting a sampling of my show, “Can’t Help Singing – The Music of Jerome Kern”, which I originally performed at Feinsteins, NYC.

January 12th from 11:00 to 11:20 pm, Kenneth does triple duty as MD, Pianist and Singing Partner as we premiere a sampling of our new duo show, “What a Wonderful World”.    In it, we celebrate the songs that have inspired and uplifted us for decades -

What A Wonderful World

What A Wonderful World

popular standards and show tunes from America’s greatest composers: Rogers and Hammerstein, Berlin, Sondheim and more,  plus the best of a new generation of popular songwriters.  “Forget your troubles and just get happy …” with we two good friends!

January 16th -I’ll be performing a nice role in  a reading of  my dear and talented friends, Rosemary Loar and Robert Atwood’s newest show, “Water From the Moon”, 6:30  pm through the Musical Mondays Theatre Lab, at the Snapple Theatre, Broadway at 50th Street (enter on 50th Street).

There will be more appearances to come – so visit here often, and don’t forget to bookmark, “Raissa Recommends” Calendar of Events, where I let you know where our CFCG Alumni are appearing in the Tri-State Area


Listen to the Commercial


List of Tracks

(Click on the Song to Listen at LMLMusic.com) 1: It’s Possible 2: ▶ I Concentrate On You 3: ▶ Make Me A Kite 4: Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind 5: I Furnished My One-Room Apartment 6: How Could I Not? 7: If I Love Again / Will You? 8: Putting Things Away 9: Torch Song For Raissa 10: I Will 11: ▶ Waiting For A Westbound Train 12: A Tomb With A View 13: Bye, Bye, Ingénue 14: Ordinary Miracles 15: ▶ i carry your heart Texting Translation for “Torch Song for Raissa” RUUP4XNO-ING? – “Are you up for kiss-and-hugging?” UBIN2MUVIGO-ING? – “You into going to a movie?” URHNSA – “You’re hot and sexy-assed.” IMSNF2PSOWYSAM – “I am safe and free to play so would you send me a message.” And, NIFOC – “Naked in front of Computer”



Raissa Katona with Frank Spitznagel on Piano

Listen to a selection from this CD – click on one of the links below: 04 Niagra 06 A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Make Please send $15.00 (which includes s&h) check or money order to: Raissa Katona Bennett 2 Tudor City Place, Suite 15ES, NY, NY 10017

Raissa sings backup for Lucie

Raissa and her singing surgeon husband, Garrett, sing “back up” for Lucie Arnaz on her LATIN ROOTS cd – you must get this wonderful cd – here’s a clip and the link: 05 Johnny Angel Latin Roots

Raissa Katona Bennett:

“Can’t Help Singing”

Raissa & Kenneth Faux Show Excerpts

“The Third Testament”

Raissa’s Scenes from “The Third Testament”

This film is first-time feature producer/writer/director Matt Dallman’s ambitious alternate-present indie thriller, a preposterous, irresistibly compelling car-wreck of a yarn in which, essentially, the Jesus Seminar and Dan Brown fanatic conspiracy theorists win, theologically—and succeed in having the “Third Testament” of the Gnostic gospels canonized.