Author Archive: Betsyann Faiella

Though now Betsyann Faiella is known in New York primarily as a publicist, she came to that profession from two previous careers that contributed to her love of promoting creative people: as a working singer and as a media producer. She made her cabaret debut at the legendary Reno Sweeney. She was the lead singer in a band with Lewis Friedman, the impresario of both Reno Sweeney and s.n.a.f.u. Later she performed in such other iconic venues as Birdland, Blue Note, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, and Ronnie Scott's in London. She appeared in concert with jazz legends Hank Jones and Paul Smith and performed at arts centers and universities around the country.

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Club Review: Sidney Myer

Club Review: Sidney Myer

December 11, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

For many years, Sidney Myer has been well known to us as the kind, funny, and encouraging impresario at Don’t Tell Mama (and previously, Panache). Every once in a while he would take the stage at a fancy event and sing a song or two to everyone’s delight. In recent years, he began appearing in […]

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Review: Wendy-Lane Bailey’s “Five Minutes: Snapshots in Time”

Review: Wendy-Lane Bailey’s “Five Minutes: Snapshots in Time”

November 27, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Wendy-Lane Bailey, the beautiful and enigmatic singer/producer, took centerstage as a performer at United Solo Festival this year with her work, Five Minutes: Snapshots in Time. The show was directed by Omar Sangare who is the founder and artistic director of the festival. Described as a “musical examination of the turning points that transform your life […]

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Club Review: Rian Keating’s “Time Stamps—Life Fragments in Story and Song”

Club Review: Rian Keating’s “Time Stamps—Life Fragments in Story and Song”

October 18, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

The skilled storyteller Rian Keating‘s Time Stamps—Life Fragments in Story and Song is a series of personal stories with music. The show took its structure from the assignments in a memoir writing class Rian attended. The device worked well, the stories time-stamped and full of dry and arresting intelligent humor, observations, sadness, and common ground. They were linked by […]

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Club Review: Scott Raneri’s “Extra! Extra! The Extra Adventures of an Actor”

Club Review: Scott Raneri’s “Extra! Extra! The Extra Adventures of an Actor”

October 4, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Scott Raneri is a good singer with an extremely likable stage presence. He has a rich concept for a show in Extra! Extra! The Extra Adventures of an Actor. He’s good looking and has a ‘60s nightclub entertainer vibe, slight and slick, nicely put together. Scott is fairly new on the scene: This is his second […]

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Club Review: The Randy Andys

Club Review: The Randy Andys

September 27, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

The Randy Andys is a female vocal group with a rotating cast of singers. They harmonize tight, meticulously arranged versions of music ranging from the Great American Songbook, to Aerosmith (“Love in An Elevator” by Joe Perry, Steven Tyler; arranged by Tim Rosser), to Whitney Houston (“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam; […]

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Club Review: David LaMarr and Darnell White, “Fully Vaccinated”

Club Review: David LaMarr and Darnell White, “Fully Vaccinated”

July 12, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Fully Vaccinated tackles all the themes of the pandemic with original music (with one exception) by Darnell White, who is also the pianist, a singer, and one half of the romantic and musical duo that makes up David LaMarr and Darnell White. White is a talented player, moving from jazz to pop and theatrical easily, and he […]

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Club Review: Leanne Borghesi in “Borghesi’s Back!”

Club Review: Leanne Borghesi in “Borghesi’s Back!”

June 28, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Leanne Borghesi’s first major outing since the pandemic, Borghesi’s Back!,  landed at Don’t Tell Mama with a big bang and a million belly laughs. This mostly fictitious pandemic memoir/travelogue still allows Borghesi to bare her heart (in character) about missing and loving what she was obviously born to do. She had a busy 2020 planned, with engagements […]

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

March 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Sally Morgan took the stage at Don’t Tell Mama looking great, with a twinkle in her eye that foretold a funny and mischievous streak. She was accompanied by pianist Frank Ponzio (except when she sat at the 88s herself); he played exquisitely throughout. She opened her show, Sally Rides Again, with an original song, “Peace […]

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Elizabeth Ward Land

Elizabeth Ward Land

January 28, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

I was happy to see the debut nightclub act of a phenomenal singer-actress, Elizabeth Ward Land, who recently brought the show back to The Green Room 42, where it premiered last year. Land is clearly an experienced stage and screen performer, having worked on- and off-Broadway, in regional theatre and tours of City of Angels, […]

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