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Friday, January 05, 2007

January in New York

Dear Parlor Performance Enthusiasts,

Every January I head east to attend the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) booking conference where I showcase 10-15 performers (some of whom you've enjoyed at Steinway Hall), hoping to book them into performing arts venues and special events around the country. On January 21st, I'll be at it again! If you and/or your New York friends and colleagues would enjoy attending the showcase, let me know and I'll reserve seats. Program directors for charities, conventions, and performing arts series can sample 11 acts in 2 hours!

The conference, held at the Midtown Hilton, is attended by 5,000 performing arts presenters, event planners, agents and artists. My showcase will be at "Don't Tell Mama" -- a popular cabaret spot in the theatre district. Admission to the showcase is $20 for the general public, but I'm happy to offer your friends $10 seats if I have their name in advance. (Line-up, descriptions & roster below and attached!)

Thank you for forwarding this memo to anyone who would enjoy. Wishing you all the best for 2007 -- and I look forward to entertaining you soon back in LA!

Jeannine

ps... Steinway Hall shows begin in late February and will feature musical wits Ray Jessel, Roy Zimmerman, Lou & Peter Berryman, and The Prince Myshkins -- and New Zealand's favorite Jewish comedienne Deb Filler! Dates/details soon!

HERE's the New York showcase info!

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) meets in NY this January & you're invited to. Frank Entertainment & Speakers' APAP-Palooza Showcase!! (entertaining ideas from the historical to the hysterical!) Don't Tell Mama Cabaret * 343 W. 46th St (between 8th & 9th Avenues) *

Sunday, January 21st * Complete Showcases at 6pm & repeated at 9pm Jeannine Frank * (310) 666-9066 * jeannine@frankentertainment.com $20 cover plus 2 drinks per show * Call Jeannine in advance for 1/2 price tickets! * Presenters free! Award-winning Cabaret, Comedy, Political Satire & Theatre!

10 minute mini-showcases * Sunday at 6:00pm

* JIM BROCHU & STEVE SCHALCHLIN's NY hit! "The Big Voice: God or Merman?" (2005 Ovations winner!)

* JAY LEONHART's hilariously hip musical comedy "THE BASS LESSON"

* JIM BROCHU is Zero Mostel in "ZERO HOUR" (LA Critics Ovation Award for Best Solo Show of 2006!)

* Photo/humorist-cartoonist FLASH ROSENBERG's "LAUGHING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT"

* Singing Darwinian Scholar RICHARD MILNER's "CHARLES DARWIN: LIVE & IN CONCERT"

* Comedian JIMMY TINGLE ("the Will Rogers of the 21st Century" CNN.com)

* Pianist LINCOLN MAYORGA & jazz/folk singer SHERI BAUER MAYORGA's "AMERICAN SNAPSHOTS"

* ANN RANDOLPH's LA & NY hit "SQUEEZE BOX" (LA Critics Ovation Award for Best Solo Show of 2002!)

* CARLA ZILBERSMITH's "WEDDING SINGER BLUES"

* Singing political satirists/musical magicians THE PRINCE MYSHKINS

* STEVE GREENSTEIN's mid-east tour-de-force "VOICES FROM THE HOLY. and not so HOLY LAND"

10-minute mini-showcases * Sunday at 9:00pm

* Photo/humorist-cartoonist FLASH ROSENBERG's "LAUGHING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT"

* STEVE GREENSTEIN's mid-east tour-de-force "VOICES FROM THE HOLY. and not so HOLY LAND"

* Singing Darwinian Scholar RICHARD MILNER's "CHARLES DARWIN: LIVE & IN CONCERT"

* Pianist LINCOLN MAYORGA & jazz/folk singer SHERI BAUER MAYORGA's "AMERICAN SANPSHOTS"

* JIM BROCHU & STEVE SCHALCHLIN's NY hit! "The Big Voice: God or Merman? A Musical Comedy in Two Lives"

* Comedian JIMMY TINGLE ("the Will Rogers of the 21st Century" CNN.com)

* Singing political satirists/musical magicians THE PRINCE MYSHKINS

* JIM BROCHU is Zero Mostel in "ZERO HOUR" (LA Critics Ovation Award for Best Solo Show!)

* ANN RANDOLPH's LA & NY hit "SQUEEZE BOX" (LA Critics Ovation Award for Best Solo Show!)

* JAY LEONHART's hilariously hip musical comedy "THE BASS LESSON"

* CARLA ZILBERSMITH's "WEDDING SINGER BLUES"

 

ARTIST & SHOW DESCRIPTIONS (alphabetically by artist)

** Jim Brochu is Zero Mostel in his 2006 LA Ovations Award-winner "Zero Hour"

2006 LA Ovation Award Winner for Best New Play, Brochu inhabits the personae of the larger-than-life star of Fiddler on the Roof from his early days growing up on the lower East Side of NY to his years of suffering through the blacklist to his triumphant reign as the 3-time Tony Award winning King of Broadway. Set in his art studio in Chelsea, Mostel is giving his final interview to an unseen reporter as he paints his subject as well as the canvas of his own life.

"At no time can you look away, for you are mesmerized by Brochu's words, gestures, and eye contact. His highs and lows, his screams and whispers, his deliberate movements or stationary moments while drawing, we are kept on the edge of our chairs. . I can assure you this play should be your first choice for exquisite theater." Show Magazine

** Brochu & Schalchlin "The Big Voice: God or Merman? A Musical Comedy in Two Lives"

"Triumphant! Side-Splitting! A hilarious and utterly enthralling evening of musical theatre!" NY Times "Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin have made fantastic theater out of the drama of their lives. Their moral is a grand

one: Whatever inspires joyous, reverent passion in you, therein lies your religion." Village Voice

2005 LA Stage Ovation Award Winner (Best Musical) now a major Off-Broadway hit! There's no business like show business, especially for a Baptist from Arkansas and a Catholic from Brooklyn who meet in the Bermuda triangle, fall in love, fall apart, work in theater.and live to tell about it and find Eternal Salvation in the Temple of Musical Theatre.

** Steve Greenstein's mid-east tour-de-force "Voices from the Holy. & not so Holy Land

"Fascinating... global... cultural." LA Times * "...Anna Deveare Smith of the middle east experience." Backstage West

"Voices..." offers a behind-the-headlines look at Israel and the Jewish Diaspora through the humorous and poignant experiences of nine distinct characters. In voices ranging from a California car salesman whose mother lives on Long Island to a young Arab woman disguised as a Jew in Jerusalem, Greenstein presents the complexity of a dynamic nation as it affects Jews, Christians and Muslims in Israel and the US. The play includes the perspectives of Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews, each reflecting their own experiences relating to the Mid East peace process.

** World's wittiest bass player Jay Leonhart's hilariously hip "The Bass Lesson"

"Add Jay Leonhart to the small, very exclusive list of jazz humorists... ...a group that includes Oscar Brown Jr., Dave Frishberg and Bob

Dorough..." Don Heckman, LA Times

Leonhart is surely the world's most humorous bass player/songwriter/singer. The show begins with Leonhart attempting to give the audience its bass lesson, but sensing that maybe the audience is not so devoted to bass viol studies, his "lesson" quickly and skillfully turns into a series of funny and touching songs and vignettes about life, with or without a bass violin in tow. Songs are original and unique to Leonhart -- from an unexpected encounter with Leonard Bernstein to an anxiety attack over a delayed flight carrying him to his first gig with Mel Torme, and a hilarious musical moment with Dizzy Gillespie, the show becomes a lesson in life with a charming, funny performance by a master

musician.

** Renowned Pianist Lincoln Mayorga & jazz/folk singer Sheri Bauer Mayorga's "Music from the Wrong Side of the Railroad Tracks" and "American Snapshots"

"Wrong Side." is a unique collection of songs about working class life, hard times, ambition and envy -- originals, jazz and traditional folk songs. Title song by Duke Ellington glorifies poverty with tongue in cheek. Historically informative, and often humorous. "American Snapshots" offers two centuries of American songs. (The Mayorgas, singly or together, offer over a dozen exciting musical programs and residencies for all ages!)

** Singing Darwinian Scholar Richard Milner's "Charles Darwin: Live In Concert"

Experience history, science, and madness! * "Great lyrics." Sheldon Harnick

* "Smartest show in NY." TimeOut NY Gilbert & Sullivan meet Tom Lehrer in this entertaining and educational one-man musical about evolution, "performed with skill and panache" (Tony Randall). The only "book" musical based on "Origin of Species!" A hit at Universities, Museums, and Performing Arts Festivals in London, Edinburgh, Germany, Australia, and the United States.

** Singing satirists and musical magicians The Prince Myshkins

The Prince Myshkins (Rick Burkhardt & Andy Gricevich) have been performing original political music together since 1995. Their unique folk/cabaret sound, detailed instrumental work and hilarious, sophisticated lyrics have provoked laughter and thoughtfulness in audiences all over the US. They are frequently heard on NPR and Pacifica stations. "Sing Out" magazine calls them "brilliant," and folk music hero Charlie King says, "their CDs are my favorite recordings of the last millennium." Recent songs tackle the occupation of Iraq, talk radio, the Bush administration as seen from outer space, and the intersection of existentialist philosophy and Interstate 5!

** Ann Randolph's compelling, comical, Ovations Award winner "Squeeze Box"

After successful, extended runs in LA & NY (Ovations Award winner & LA Weekly Award for "Best Solo Show of 2002" - and produced in NY by Mel Brooks & Anne Bancroft), SQUEEZE BOX is now ready for your venue!

With pathos and humor, Randolph skillfully weaves together stories about homelessness, classical music, backpacking and internet romance. Often compared to the late Gilda Radner, uses her elastic face, acrobatic voice, and attuned body language to play male and female, young and old - and brings to immediate, pulsing life her tragicomic journey of discovery and self-acceptance with remarkable freshness and vibrancy.

** Photo-humorist/cartoonist Flash Rosenberg's "Laughing at the Speed of Light"

"Flash is a high-end piece of software with amazing capabilities." PRESENTATIONS magazine * Photographer/ cartoonist Rosenberg talks and walks through hundreds of original, projected images to challenge what we see, with what we know. Blending the logic of a scientist, the irreverence of a humorist, with the pith of a sage, she shows how a slice of pizza can define infinity; how to make love archival; and how to laugh at the speed of light. She translates what's visible into verbal snapshots. This smart show is for anyone who has ever dreaded, taken, or been in a picture.

** Comedian Jimmy Tingle - "The Will Rogers of the 21st Century" Mark Shields CNN.com

"Jimmy Tingle has worked his way up the stand-up comedy circuit in the last decade until he stands near the top. But the fact that there is more to him than comic wit is evident in the emotional effect he has on an audience. He is so cheerfully intelligent he makes his audience optimistic in the face of appalling reality." D.J.R. BRUCKNER. NY Times

** Carla Zilbersmith's multi-character comic gem "Wedding Singer Blues"

"a strong-voiced find with a knack for spot-on characterizations that recalls Lily Tomlin." LA Times "A comic gem." Backstage West

A "bitingly funny" (LA Weekly), musical tale about a singer and her show biz odyssey down the boulevard of broken dreams -- a valentine to anyone who has risked heartbreak and humiliation to tilt at the windmill of their choice.

** To receive monthly artist updates, full roster, and/or for more information, please contact Jeannine Frank

(310) 476-6735 or (310) 666-9066 (cell) or by e-mail at jeannine@frankentertainment.com **

 

 

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