Author Archive: Penelope Thomas

From Canada, Penelope Thomas came to NY to study dance with Merce Cunningham; then through a series of fortunate and unfortunate events, she wound up back in singing and acting. Credits include lead vocals with FauveMuseum on two albums and live at Symphony Space, singing back-up for Bistro Awards director Shellen Lubin at the Metropolitan Room, reading poet Ann Carson’s work at the Whitney, and touring North America and Europe with Mikel Rouse’s The End of Cinematics. In Toronto, she studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and cello with the Claude Watson School for the Arts, and in New York she studied music theory with Mark Wade. She's taught in the New School’s Sweat musical theatre intensive and taught dance in public schools and conservatories.

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Marnie Klar

Marnie Klar

November 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Delightfully bookended by “Stay Awake” (Robert B. & Richard M. Sherman), Marnie Klar’s new show, Bedtime Stories, features nighttime, fairy tale, and storybook songs. Skillfully directed by Tanya Moberly, Klar presents her theme in a brief but illuminating introduction, in which we learn that this her her first cabaret that isn’t…personal. And here is where […]

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Frances Ruffelle

Frances Ruffelle

October 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Frances Ruffelle’s voice sounds like diamond dust: just so pretty and so gritty that you could listen to it sparkle roughly for hours. If Éponine had had the chance to grow up, this is who she’d be: streetwise, lovelorn, and European…singing to share the hard-won wisdom she attained through heartbreak and owning that wild edge. […]

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Tamra Paselk

Tamra Paselk

September 26, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Awkward, Tamra Paselk’s recent show at Don’t Tell Mama (directed by Casey Burden), answered a few questions: are those high-rise pants that are coming back into style a good idea? YES. Should all performers hand out frozen treats at their cabaret? A thousand times YES. The bigger issues, however, were left somewhat unresolved. Since death […]

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Ian & Elliot Finkel

Ian & Elliot Finkel

September 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

With Ian on xylophone and Elliot on piano, the Finkel brothers owned the stage at the Metropolitan Room on September 9 as if variety-show acts were still going strong and winning us over—not only with shtick, but also with quality and integrity. The Finkels are the sons of Emmy and Obie award-winning actor Fyvush Finkel (1922-2016), […]

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Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro

August 17, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

With his luxurious vintage-yet-current baritone, and his educated demeanor and sleekly handsome presence, it was easy to forget that Homeward was Ari Shapiro’s freshman solo cabaret performance. If his is a face for radio, we’re in luck. Nonetheless, it’s a steep learning curve to go from Broadcast Journalist to Seasoned Crooner on your first show […]

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Tammy McCann

Tammy McCann

August 2, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Chicago jazz singer Tammy McCann recently completed a month of Thursdays at Pangea, performing a different show each week. She is working with a formidable instrument: she has a rich lower register and a powerful upper voice that speak to her early classical training. A former “Raelette” backing vocalist for Ray Charles, MCann has sung […]

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