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"IF ITS MAY ITS CABARET"

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"IF ITS MAY ITS CABARET"

Enjoyed covering the Cabaret Festival and interviewing Cabaret Star and Recipient of The Cabaret 2024 Bistro Award Jason Henderson in Long Beach NY!  Jason Henderson is Currently performing in his critically-acclaimed cabaret show ‘Getting To Noël You’ in New York City. Also enjoyed interviewing Actress, Broadway Actress and Cabaret Star Margaret Curry.  Ms. Curry performed her cabaret show "The Space In-Between" also winner of Cabaret 2024 Bistro Award.

JASON HENDERSON

Jason Henderson is currently performing Getting To Noël You at the storied New York cabaret institution Don’t Tell Mama in New York City.

Created with Musical Director Christopher Denny and Director Barry Kleinbort, the show has been critically acclaimed.

“…one of Coward’s top interpreters…” raved BistroAward.com as it proclaimed “…the ascendance of a new and hopefully lasting star in the cabaret firmament.”

Cabaret Scenes agreed: “It’s a happy surprise in cabaret when an artist and a saluted composer blend together so well that the pairing seems inevitable.”

His 2018 New York Cabaret debut was enthusiastically greeted by full-houses and rave reviews.

“Henderson obviously belongs on the Don’t Tell Mama list of performers who arrived there as unknowns and left as artists.”
– TheatrePizzaz.com

Jason was nominated Most Promising Emerging Artist at the 2016 New Zealand Fringe Festival where he performed I think you’ll like this… and debuted Cake Tea & Courtship: Songs of the 1920’s and There’s Nothing on TV which he also toured to the 2016 Dunedin Fringe Festival.

With famed New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis, he performed Coward in the Office at Arts Festival Dunedin, 2016

In 2015 Jason made his Cabaret debut in Dunedin, New Zealand with his one-man show I think you’ll like this… The Star reviewed: “Henderson was likeable indeed in an original show filled with self-deprecating humour and music from shows, films and even oratorio.”

Jason is proud to be a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse (class of ’23). He holds a Master of Music (awarded with distinction) in Contemporary Voice – University of Otago, is a former member of the New Zealand Opera Chorus (2012-2016), and an alumna of five New Zealand Singing Schools, the St. Louis Cabaret Conference and The Circle in the Square Theatre School summer workshop.

Jason is based in New York City.  for more info please visit https://jasonhenderson.nz/ 


MARGARET CURRY

An award-winning multidisciplinary performer and creator, Margaret has extensive training and experience on stage, including over 300 performances as Titania in the Off-Broadway hit Fools in Love, The Musical and two Equity National tours playing Karin in the musical Church Basement Ladies. She’s captured attention on screen starring as the grief-stricken Lily in the family drama Starfish, the cutthroat Attorney Andrews in the action film Diamond Ruff, and as the pesky friend Susan Baker in the newly released streaming comedy Merry Good Enough. She's appeared in national and regional commercials, including Carnival Cruises, Spike TV, Jello Mousse and Cuisinart. Favorite directing credits include directing, co-writing and -producing the one-woman short play “An Evening with Eva: Waiting for Adolf”, starring Maxine Muster, as well as directing the US premiere of Brian Eley’s "Some Things are Just Too Big for Numbers" starring actress Nina Lainville. Up next, with On the Nose Productions, Curry is co-creating an original web series with producing partners Burke Adams and Lindy Rogers. As a vocalist, she has performed in major venues and is the recipient of a 2024 Bistro Award as "Outstanding Vocalist," the Andy Anselmo Achievement Award and a Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts Grant. She’s currently completing her first album, including arrangements by Gregory Toroian, Rick Jensen, Mike Renzi, Tedd Firth and Sean Harkness. Margaret’s second solo cabaret show, The Space In-Between, successfully debuted last year and will return on April 6th and May 4th, 2024.

It’s Margaret's mission to collaborate deeply and bravely to create stories that inspire, entertain, educate, elicit and evoke. To give voice to the voiceless and help the invisible to be seen. To wake people up so that they may embrace their lives to live life more fully and authentically.   FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT https://www.margaretcurry.com/


"If Its May It's Cabaret" was presented by Artists in Partnership Inc.

Their mission is to RAISE THE VISIBILITY OF THE ARTS in Long Beach, New York and the  surrounding area, and thus support current efforts and create new avenues of collaboration and develop venues for exhibits and performance.

Artists in Partnership, Inc. is proud to have served the local community since 2000.

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They are looking forward to the year ahead and to continuing our cultural arts programming. They have introduced a number of valuable arts events, collaborations, and artist opportunities-- some listed here:

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Art of Wellness Weekend

Cabaret Festival

Women in the Arts Awards

One Act Play Festival

Four Funny Females Comedy Show

Lunar New Year Celebration

Harriet Tubman Herself, One Woman Performance 

Long Beach Centennial Concert Events

Black History Educational Events

Toro Nagashi Multi Cultural Lantern Festival

Light Up Long Beach Winter Festival

Porch Fest

Photo Pop-Up Fence Art

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WINDOWS ON THE LAKE

MURDER MYSTERY MANHATTAN

KEITH DOUGHERTY PRODUCTIONS

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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS THEATRICAL PRODUCER KEITH DOUGHERTY

Was happy to interview  Writer Keith Dougherty from MurderMysteryManhattan.com and The Sopranos” actor and chef Joseph R Gannascoli for a very special Dinner Theater at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonoma, NY on Friday May 3rd. The production "Soupranos
“Gravy or Sauce” is a production produced also by Keith 
Dougherty.  

 

The event also included
Special Guest Appearance for meet and greet and autograph session from the hit tv show
“The Sopranos” actor and chef Mr. Joseph R. Gannascoli about his vodka Rocavaka Vodka.

Mr. Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor. He portrayed Gino in a supporting role of The Sopranos. He also portrayed a different character, Vito Spatafore, throughout the show.  

For more information about his vodka please visit https://rocavaka.com/

During our interview Writer Keith Dougherty explained the synopsis of this particulary unique Mystery Dinner Show.

The Souprano’s Last Anniversary
The Soupranos become moon struck in this laugh-out-loud, “diss”-functional family farce.  Pony and Hormella Souprano invite you to the party of the season to celebrate their anniversary.  Become part of the famiglia as a guest at the party, and find out who the real bosses are – the men or their mama’s?  Pony tries to keep the peace between the rival crime families but instead, watch the ziti fly, and see who survives.

KEITH DOUGHERTY
Creator, Producer, Writer and Director

"WE DON’T JUST ENTERTAIN –
WE KNOCK ‘EM DEAD!
Welcome to Murder Mystery Manhattan and the start to a one-of-a-kind event that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come.  Our one-night shows run anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, and most shows are performed at a dinner setting, sit-down or buffet, allowing breaks for service and music/dancing.  Our shows can be performed for all occasions, including corporate and team building events, fundraisers, and all types of private parties.  We work very well with bands and DJ’s, as well as karaoke.

Our stock scenarios can be adjusted to the size of your audience, space and occasion.  Many of our scripts spoof popular TV shows and film such as The Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Real Housewives, The Sopranos, Tiger King, Mommie, Dearest, Dr. Who, Sunset Blvd, Clue, The Kardashians, Harry Potter, Grease, and Casablanca. We also have fun, interactive wedding, engagement and wake scenarios, and had three ten-week, sold out runs of Carmine and Carmella’s Wedding, The Golden Girls Gone Wild, and Carmine and Carmella’s Anniversary Party at The Villa Roma Resort.  We have Halloween themed shows, and children’s scenarios that often involve a theft instead of a murder.  Drag Bingo has now become a popular event, as well.

Any private show, especially corporate and team-building events, can be completely customized to suit the business and occasion as well as employees and guests.  We ask for some names, hobbies, jobs, funny stories, etc., and completely incorporate them into the script.  There is a great deal of interaction with the guests, in addition to the scripted scenario, and we get audience members as much, or as little, involved as instructed.  We take the first half hour or so to introduce the characters and scenario to make sure the guests are comfortable and aware of what’s going on.

Shows start at $1200 for smaller, in-home/apt. shows, or private parties, and we also offer Nana or Bubbegrams (a lovable, personalized roast for your guest of honor) starting at $500.  Price increases with a larger audience, a customized script, longer travel distance, and holiday parties.  All shows are different, so a customized quote is given once we find out all the above information.  We are very adaptable and can always provide you with a fun show within your budget, so feel free to bring up any alternate ideas.

For restaurants, we often work on a per person fee basis, based on how much the restaurant needs to cover their expenses, then our fee.  Again, we are flexible and willing to discuss what kind of arrangement works best.  We use our extensive mailing list to promote the show and have developed a nice following in the tri-state and upstate NY areas, and now in South Florida. For public shows we send out press releases in addition to the restaurant or venues mailing list and hope to benefit from any advertising they decide to do.   We are a professional company that strives to bring fun, professional entertainment to your event.  We look forward to working with you."

For more information please visit https://murdermysterymanhattan.com/

Anthony's Live includes:
Live Music and Event Calendar
Live Music on The Water and Performances Including:
Live Bands, Tribute Bands, Freestyle Events, Comedy Night, Jazz,
Murder Mystery Dinner, Princess Brunch, Sip & Paint Parties

For more information about Anthony's Live at Windows On The Lake please visit https://www.anthonyslive.com/

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