Welcoming Spring at the April Open Mic

IMG_20170417_203228On Monday, April 17, a good time was had by all as the DC Cabaret Network hosted its first Spring open mic at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan.  As always, we were warmly welcomed by The Black Squirrel and their bartender “Alexander the Great,” so self described.

Jill Parsons was on hand to very capably coordinate the sound and Howard Breitbart was at the piano, adding his masterful and inspiring accompaniments to the proceedings.

We had a great turn out of singers – 5 men & 5 women – sharing terrific, varied, and often quite challenging songs. See the list of songs and singers below and please be sure to join us for our next open mic, also at The Black Squirrel, on Monday, May 8.

Between blacksquirrelnow and then, we hope to see you at the 3rd installment of the DCCN’s “4@4” on Sunday, April 30th at 4 pm, upstairs on the third floor at – where else? – The Black Squirrel.  4 singers – Michael Miyazaki, Shannon Polly, Christy Trapp & Tracy Simpson – will each offer 20 minutes of song, directed by Lonny Smith and musically directed by Jeff Hamlin.

April 17 Open Mic list of songs/singers:

“Beauty and the Beast” – Cindy Hutchins
“You Took Advantage of Me” – Heidi Mayor
“The Princess and the Frog” – Michael Miyazaki
“Darn That Dream” – Magdalena Kusemileva
“Everybody Says Don’t” – Paul Pompeo
“Feed the Birds” – Ron Squeri
“Through the Eyes of Love” – Juan Marroquin
“Maybe/Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Sheri Kuznicki Owen
“When He Sees Me” – Tracy Simpson
“What More Can I Say” – Andrew Harmon
“Sentimental Journey” – Cindy Hutchins & Sheri Kuznicki Owen
“I’d Rather Be Sailing” – Paul Pompeo
“The Story Goes On” – Sheri Kuznicki Owen
“Get Here” – Michael Miyazaki
“Cuando Se Quiere De Veras” (Yours) – Juan Marroquin
“If You Love Me, Please Don’t Feed Me” – Ron Squeri

DC Cabaret Network Member Showcase Coming Up on March 24, 2013!

DCCN Poster 2013March is Cabaret Month and the DC Cabaret Network is delighted to present the ANNUAL MEMBERS ONLY SHOWCASE to be staged at the Arts Club of Washington.
On Sunday, March 24th at 7:00pm, please join us for a wonderful evening of Cabaret featuring our own DC Cabaret Network Members.  This year’s show will feature:
Heather Frank, Dorian Woodruff, Stephanie Dailey, Nancy Scimone,
Michael Miyazaki, Paul Pompeo, Christy Frye, John (JJ) Nolis, Terri Allen,
Susan Clifton, Aimee Barnes, and Maureen Kerrigan
Music Direction by Alex Tang, Stage Direction by Lonny Smith and Production by Dorian Woodruff.
The Arts Club is located at 2017 I Street, NW in Washington, D.C., near Farragut West and Foggy Bottom Metro stations.
Reservations are highly recommended and should be sent to: reservations@dccabaretnetwork.org
Check out the Facebook Event Page at http://www.facebook.com/events/440424016036969/
Invite your friends!!!

$20 non-members (Cash appreciated) or join the DC Cabaret Network for $45
$15 for members of The DC Cabaret Network and The Arts Club (Cash appreciated)
Wine and soda may be purchased (Cash appreciated) for:
Wine: $7
Soda: $2

DC Cabaret Network Hosts “Out of the Box” — A Showcase of the Songs and Music of Dennis Livingston

The DC Cabaret Network is hosting an exciting showcase of the songs of composer Dennis Livingston called Out of the Box, on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Black Fox Lounge.

Ten singers will bring to life his songs about contemporary life, love and loss.

The showcase will be held at the Black Fox Lounge at 1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 18.   Metro: Dupont Circle Station

Livingston’s music has been featured in numerous showcases and sung by cabaret and jazz artists around the country. The Stories in my Mind: The Songs of Dennis Livingston, recently ran for four performances at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.

George Fulginiti-Shakar, two-time Helen Hayes winner and musical director at Arena Stage and other venues around town, serves as musical director for the event.  Alex Tang, keyboard player for Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, National Theatre and many other theatres, will also be accompanying singers.

George Fulginiti-Shakar recently said, “This is a great event to be able to showcase a contemporary songwriter writing for today’s audiences.  We featured some of Dennis’s music in one of our highly successful events called Stop the Presses: New Music for Cabaret – and we’re delighted to be able to present a full set of his gems.”

The DC Cabaret Network is a local organization committed to promoting the music of the American songbook and cabaret.  www.dccabaretnetwork.org.  To hear some of Dennis’ songs, check out his website, www.dennislivingston.com

Admission: $15 for paid members of the DC Cabaret Network and $20 for all others. ONLY cash and check will be accepted.

AMPed up Fun!

Our Annual Member Party (AMP) was a great afternoon of socializing, sharing food and drink, and yes, even a little music! Thanks to Alex Tang and Bob Bagnall for hosting us at their wonderful Dupont Circle home. If you couldn’t join us, please remember that now is the perfect time to renew your membership with the DC Cabaret Network. Information on joining or renewing membership with the DCCN is available at our home page. See pictures below (click on image for larger version).

Maureen Kerrigan and Byron Murray

Brenda Rozier-Clark and Eileen Warner

Justin Ritchie with Boa d’Or honoree Alex Tang

Justin Ritchie, David McMullin, and Byron Murray

Kathy Reilly-Repass and Alex Tang


Dorian Woodruff and Mike Repass


Michael Armstrong and Justin Ritchie


Marianne Glass-Miller and Paul Pompeo

Chris Cochran, Justin Ritchie, and Cindy Hutchins


Boa d’Or winner Dorian Woodruff with Justin Ritchie

Joanne Schmoll and Marianne Glass Miller

Ron Squeri and Maris Wicker

Annual Membership Party — September 9th!

It’s that time!  The 2012 Annual Member Party Potluck will be on Sunday September 9th from 2pm – 5pm at the home of Alex Tang and Bob Bagnall.

Here are the particulars:
WHEN:  Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 2pm – 5pm
WHERE:  The home of Alex Tang and Bob Bagnall
2234 California Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
WHAT TO BRING:  A dish to share,
BYOB – soft drinks, however, will be provided,
Music – with all these singers and musicians in the room, the chances     for a song or two are pretty good,
Checkbook – this is the perfect time to renew your membership for 2012-2013. Please support the DC Cabaret Network. See our Membership Information and bring your checkbook with you.

The DCCN will supply a cake, soft drinks and a sandwich and vegetable platter or two to supplement the food.

And as we do each year, we will be awarding the prized “Boa d’Or” Award to members of the network.

We hope to see you there as we celebrate another year of cabaret in the DC area.

Scene: DC Cabaret Network Members’ Only Showcase

If you missed our terrific showcase performances on March 25, 2012, at the Arts Club of Washington, you really missed a great show! Congrats to all our performers, and many thanks to friends, family, and guests who came out to support cabaret and the DC Cabaret Network.

Cast, directors, and producer: (in alphabetical order): Emily Leatha Everson, Heather Frank, Lucille Frohling, Tim Gavagan, Matt Howe, Char James-Duguid, Maureen Kerrigan, Michael Miyazaki, Paul Pompeo, Dean Reichard, Mary Reilly, Joanne Schmoll, Lonny Smith, Alex Tang, and Dorian Woodruff.

Alain Jones, Susanna McDonald, and Paul Pompeo

Justy Frank, Beth Monahan, and Bryan Pauley

Mike Repass, Alex Tang, and Kathy Reilly

Mary Reilly, Ron Squeri, and Michael Miyazaki

Matt Howe and Dorian Woodruff

Dean Reichard and Chris Cochran

Reenie Codelka and Phyllis Kennedy

Michael Miyazaki, Joane Schmoll, and Bob Sachelli

Molly Rupert and Ron Squeri

Emily Leatha Everson and Jim Duguid

Ron Squeri, Ron Pass, and George Fulginiti-Shakar

Kathy Reilly and Char James-Duguid

Lonny Smith, Michael Miyazaki, and Ron Squeri

Terri Allen and Joel Snyder

Justin Ritchie, Dorian Woodruff, and Cindy Hutchins

George Fulginiti-Shakar and Alex Tang

Steve Spar and Dean Reichard

Upcoming: DC Cabaret Network Members-Only Showcase — Announcement for Lottery

The DC Cabaret Network will present its annual members-only showcase on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the Arts Club of Washington.

12 performance slots will be filled by the first 12 DC Cabaret Network Members to send an email to info@dccabaretnetwork.org starting on February 15th, with preference given to members who have not performed in previous showcases (you must be a paid member of the DC Cabaret Network. Membership information is available here).  Any remaining slots will be filled from email requests in the order they were received.  If you would like to sing with another person, performers may sign up as a duet.  The duo will be given the same amount of performance and rehearsal time as individual performers.

Emails sent before February 15th will not be considered.

Emails sent to any address other than info@dccabaretnetwork.org will not be considered.

The extraordinarily talented Alex Tang will again be the Music Director and accompanist, and Michael Miyazaki will direct.

Performers (including duets) will have a strictly held 6-minute slot with no more than two songs and patter.

Performers (including duets) will get one 20-minute rehearsal with Alex and Michael.  There will also be a dress rehearsal in the afternoon on the day of the performance.

This year we may add a group number to the end of the show.  Information will be sent to the performers about rehearsal times when slots are filled.