Monday evening, May 11, saw the DC Cabaret Network gang gathered once again at the Black Squirrel on 18th Street.  It was a night full of DCCN regulars along with many “new” faces.  Starting with Liz being replaced by Rob at the bar making everyone feel welcome and comfortable.  The event was hosted per usual by DCCN’s Treasurer of the Board, Steven Cupo.  However, the group welcomed a “new” face at the piano in the guise of Cory Davis who showed everyone his remarkable talents along with his poise and easy-going nature.  The DCCN hopes to be able to call on his services once again; such a nice fella!
It was a treat to have so many friends invited in by our regulars, and even our not-so regulars.  Some took the stage and offered up their vocal stylings, while a few sat back and enjoyed the music.  Steven tried to get a couple of new folks to try pole dancing instead, but that didn’t seem to have any real impetus.
In the second half, one of our singers, Jeanne Wolf, sang Eva Cassidy’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which led to a spontaneous discussion about Eva Cassidy, song interpretation and her imprint on local DC Cabaret through her early appearances here.  It was especially interesting to learn that she was related through marriage to one of DCCN’s long-time members, Marcia Kass.
A shout out goes to Jeff Tucker of the Art of Music who ran our audio, as well as setting up and breaking down all the equipment.  Thank you again, Jeff, for all your help and everything you do for the DC Cabaret Network.
I know it may sound like a cliché, but a great time WAS had by all!  Please come join us in June.

Steven Cupo – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Ron Squeri – Impossible Dream
Judy Sperber – Lazy Afternoon
Marcia Kass – Old Folks
Byron Murray – Where Do I Go From Here?
Jeanne Wolf – To Make You Feel My Love
Juan Marroquin – The Way You Look Tonight
Tracy Simpson – Oh, How I Loved You
Steven Cupo – I’m Way Ahead
Marcia Kass – Lolly Too Dum
Byron Murray – My Gentle Young Johnny
Ron Squeri – Unexpected Song
Tracy Simpson – One Hundred Ways to Lose a Man
Jeanne Wolf – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Juan Marroquin – Eres tu


It was a welcome spring evening that was enjoyed by the folks dropping by the Black Squirrel where the DC Cabaret Network had their April Open Mic .  The front doors were open to appreciate the newly warm spring weather, while Liz at the bar was a welcoming hostess to all. Music Director Alex Tang played wonderfully at the keyboard, despite losing a screw in his glasses leaving them slightly askew and not always on his face; a true pro through and through!  The evening was guided by board member Steven Cupo wearing his best spring outfit to inspire people.  Many of the regular attendees were joined by some new faces and new voices.  Board secretary Cindy Hutchins brought two of her voice students, while “fellow” board member, Tracy Simpson, inspired a couple of her friends to come and try out their talents as well.  Cabaret Network member Marcia Kass was so determined to get her song exactly right, she sang it TWICE!  This was especially because board president George Fulginiti-Shakar arrived a bit late and missed it the first time around. But the probable highlight of the night was when long-time member Michael Miyazaki sang special lyrics he wrote to “Let’s Fall in Love”, which he did while listening to his fellow singers. Inspired by the people who were there that evening, names and personal foibles were included!  Hilarity ensued.  It was another great night of song and camaraderie at the DC Cabaret Network’s monthly Open Mic.

The following are the singers and the songs performed that evening:

Steven Cupo – There’s a Fire
Michael Miyazaki – It’s Only a Paper Moon
Len Borges – Lonesome Polecat
Jeremy Richardson – River in the Rain
Marcia Kass – If He Walked Into My Life
Tracy Simpson – A Tall Drink of Water on a Long Hot Day
Juan Marroquin – Only You
Ron Squeri – Perhaps Love
Everard Cupo – What a Wonderful World
Steven Cupo – How Could I Ever Know?
Andy Woo – Walking Without You
Michael Miyazaki – Let’s Fall in Love (w/ special lyrics)
Ron Squeri – So in Love
Tracy Simpson – Gravity
Marcia Kass – If He Walked Into My Life
Len Borges – Breeze Off the River
Juan Marroquin – O Sole Mio

The Black Squirrel is Welcoming to our March Open Mic

The surprisingly balmy March evening matched the warm reception the DC Cabaret Network received on it’s inaugural Open Mic at the Black Squirrel.  Liz, the bartender, made everyone feel at home in their downstairs tap room.  Several DC Cabaret Network “regulars”, along with a few new faces, took in the ambiance and good music, while enjoying a cocktail or two.  Music director Reenie Codelka skillfully accompanied our participants, while DCCN Board Member, Steven Cupo, guided folks through a great night of thorough enjoyment.  Thanks, also, to Jeff Tucker at the Art of Music, who lugged sound equipment and our new keyboard, recently donated by the generous Karin Rosnizeck, into the space.  By the comments and reception of everyone who was there, all are hoping DCCN’s working relationship with the Black Squirrel will be a long and happy one.  Come join us on April 6th at 8:00 for the next Open Mic at the Black Squirrel.

Performers and songs from the evening:
Steven Cupo – Crazy
Len Borges – Sometimes a Day Goes By
Maris Wicker – Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Byron Murray – This is New / It was Never You
Heidi Mayor – Fly Me to the Moon
Michael Miyazaki – Why Do the Wrong People Travel?
Marcia Kass – If He Walked Into My Life
Carmella Simmons – I’m Not Afraid of Anything
Ron Squeri – Elusive Butterfly of Love
Tracy Simpson – If they Made a Movie of My Life
Norah Deluhery – Ladies Who Lunch
Steven Cupo – Tammy
Everard Cupo – I Believe
Michael Miyazaki – I Wish You the Sweetest of Nights
Byron Murray – I’ve Never Been in Love Before
Carmella Simmons – Everything I Know
Norah Deluhery – Infinite Joy
Ron Squeri – I am Home
Tracy Simpson – I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
Len Borges – Beyond the Sea

An observation from Stevie Cupo

SO! I opened my Actors’ Equity Association’s monthly newspaper today.  A few times a year, they list members who have passed away.  There were many names and “names” listed this session: luminaries such as Lauren Bacall, Polly Bergen, James Garner, Joan Rivers, Marian Seldes and Robin Williams. But at the very top of the litany of the famous was our own beloved, Terri Allen.

I thought, even in death, it is SO appropriate she gets “top billing”.

It made me smile.


Nostalgia was abound at the DC Cabaret Network’s December Open Mic with a hello to Christmas and a fond goodbye to The Warehouse.  Christmas decorations and holiday snacks greeted folks as they arrived to share some winter cheer.  Host, Steven Cupo and the evening’s music director, Reenie Codelka, helped lead the spoken and musical reverie.

The owners of The Warehouse, Molly Ruppert and family, came to help give a proper send-off, as the building is about to be razed for new mixed commercial use.  As a surprise treat, Molly bought all the guests a round of drinks in honor of the Ruppert’s long mutual history with the Cabaret Network.  That’s what you call Holiday Cheer!

Molly wasn’t the only one with a tribute or two.  The president of the board of the DCCN, George Fulginiti-Shakar gave thanks for the long-time relationship the Network has had with The Warehouse as its artistic home.  In addition, actor/singer Michael Miyazaki re-wrote the lyrics to “Thanks for the Memory” to reflect DCCN’s  residency there.  His very clever lyrics and sweet reflection had everyone laughing and in tears.

The evening came to a wonderful close as everyone gathered around the piano for the traditional December Open Mic singing of Christmas carols.

Goodbye, The Warehouse.  Goodbye, sweet Ruppert family.  And hello Happy New Year and our NEW performance space … wherever that may be.  But, never fear, the tradition will continue!  We will keep you posted.

In the meantime, a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone from the DC Cabaret Network!
Dec Open Mic

The following is list of people who performed:

Steven Cupo – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Mary Reilly – What Child is This?
Ron Squeri – I Wish I had a River
Tracy Simpson – My Joy for Christmas Day
Michael Miyazaki – Thanks for the Memory (A Warehouse Tribute)
Maris Wicker – One of the People You Never Get to Love
Marianne Glass Miller – Poor Everybody Else
Steven Cupo – Just in Time for Christmas
Michael Miyazaki – A Good “Gift” is Hard to Find (re-write of  A Good “Man” …)
Ron Squeri – There’s a Place Called Home
Everyone – Christmas carols around the piano

A November Open Mic Full of Surprises

On Monday, November 9, The DC Cabaret Network held it’s monthly Open Mic at The Warehouse.  It was an amazing evening full of surprises; welcome and “un”.  Hosted by Steven Cupo, the evening rapidly filled with singers, laughter and tears.  Thirteen singers stepped to the microphone, with  Reenie Codelka at the piano reminding everyone of how wonderful she is at her art.

Molly Ruppert, owner of The Warehouse, came and stayed the whole time.  After being introduced, she told the gathering she had recently attended a gala honoring folks in the DC area who were movers and shakers in the Arts.  She said, at the event, time was taken to remember those who had passed in the past year; and our own Terri Allen, who left us suddenly in August, was the first mentioned!  She also wanted everyone to know, before the building was torn down in January, The Warehouse was having a “Goodbye and Thank You” party on Monday, November 17th at 7:30 for anyone who had worked at the space.

After a few singers had made their way to the stage, an unexpected participant of the rodent kind appeared; quite healthy and quite active.  One could say that music not only soothes the savage beast, but gets their creative juices going as well.  After a bit, obviously deciding its talent was not up to par with the rest of the room, it went on its way.

Along with the loyal attendees, there were a few new comers who added their presences to the mix.  Even Steven’s 88 year old Dad sang!  The variety of personalities, voices and material created a very full evening that lasted until 10:30.  It must be said all were so happy to have Beverly Cosham come that evening.  Not only had Beverly been very close to Terri Allen, but had lost her own husband, Ralph, just a few weeks ago.  Her sweet words and beautiful interpretations reminded us all why we were there: that life continues and we all need to celebrate it, especially in song.

Steven Cupo        “Making Whoopie”, “Take Me to the World”
Marcia Kass         “Some of These Days”, “I Loved”
Ron Squeri           “Neverland”, “Perhaps Love”
Kathy Reilly          “Do You Miss New York?”, “Words and Music”
Paul Pompeo        “Autumn Leaves”
Norah Deluhery    “Now You Know”, “Moonglow”
Michael Miyazaki  “The Dinner Party”, “Shine On Harvest Moon”
Stephanie Dailey  “Colors of the Wind”
Richard Dew         “Heaven Knows”, “World of Imagination”
Heidi Mayor          “Eris Tu”
Tracy Simpson      “My Heart Was Set on You”, “You Can Have Manhattan”
Beverly Cosham   “Here’s to Life”, “My Favorite Year”
Everard Cupo       “That Lucky Old Sun”

Terri Allen: Remembered in Song

On Monday, September 15, the DC Cabaret Network had the honor of dedicating their monthly Open Mic to their beloved Terri Allen. The Open Mic was always seen as Terri’s “baby”; she nurtured it and kept it running through lean times and good. She loved keeping it available for people to try out new material, to hear their favorite songs in their voices and for newbies to take their first steps into the spotlight of the cabaret world. The Open Mic truly was and continues to be a unique venue in the DC area; primarily because of the efforts, devotion and dedication of Terri.

We were delighted and moved that so many people wanted to participate in the evening. The Warehouse was packed with family, friends and long-time devotees of the Open Mic. Terri’s sister and brother, Barbara and Mike Allen were there, along with her niece, Hannah Jurs-Allen. The co-founder of the DC Cabaret Network, Wendy Lane Bailey came down from New York City. George Fulginiti-Shakar and Alex Tang generously shared keyboard duties, while Steven Cupo tried to fill Terri’s shoes as host. Not everyone who stepped to the mic sang, but instead gave a spoken tribute to the memory of Terri. Fellow DC Cabaret Network board members Lonny Smith and Cindy Hutchins, along with a few others, brought bubbly and refreshments to round out the evening. It was a night of laughter, tears and especially music. Literally and figuratively, it was a champagne toast to the life of Terri Allen.

And, just as she would want it, the Open Mic will continue on.

The following is a list of those who, that evening, went to the microphone and their contribution:

Steven Cupo song: “On My Way to You”
Byron Murray song: “Lazy Afternoon”
Marcia Kass song: “Miss Otis Regrets”
Alex Tang spoken tribute
Christy Trapp song: “I Wish You Love”
Lonny Smith song: “Anytime”
Wendy Lane Bailey spoken tribute
George Fulginiti-Shakar spoken tribute
Mary Reilly song: “Jesse, Come Home”
Michael Miyazaki song: “Come in From the Rain”
Ron Squeri song: “Some Say Love”
Emily Leatha Everson song: ” One Woman’s Story”
Kathy Reilly song: “Make Me Rainbows”
Heather Frank song: “Skylark”
Maris Wicker song: “It Might as Well be Spring”
Paul Pompeo song: “Here’s That Rainy Day”
Molly Brick spoken tribute
Maureen Kerrigan song: “Dreamin'”
Stephanie Dailey song: “Let This Be Our Prayer”
Cindy Hutchins song: “Putting Things Away”
Brenda Rozier-Clark song: “Summertime”
Tracy Simpson song: “Places That Belong to You”
Bud Stringer spoken tribute
Richard Gondelman song: “Now and Forever”
Beverly Cosham song: “A Beautiful Sadness”


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