Afterglows for the 2012-2013 Season.
December 13th, 2012
OVERBOARD (a cappella!)
This highly professional Boston vocal band serves up high-powered, soul-infused vocal rock. They have been featured entertainment for American Idol, PUMA, and Mitsubishi, as well as on The CBS Early Show. Overboard has been nominated for 10 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and 18 A Cappella Community Awards in the last 3 years. Don’t miss your dose of Afterglow a cappella for December! To hear samples of their vocal stylings pick an album — they have a divine rendition of Ave Maria — listen and enjoy! http://www.overboardvocals.com/album
January 8, 2013:
One of the most popular Afterglow performing groups in recent years returns this week! Uptown Express®, the Bistro Award-winning and seven-time MAC Award-nominated male vocal pop quintet, delivers love songs both surprising and sweet, spanning the history of pop music. Under the musical direction of James Followell, Uptown Express’s repertoire spans 80 years of pop music, from standards and show tunes to country and jazz. In 2008, the group’s first album, “Walk Like a Man,” was named Best Vocal Group Recording by Cabaret Hotline and earned a MAC Award nomination for Best Recording. Since then, Uptown Express has received numerous other awards and nominations including a Back Stage Bistro Award for Best Group Performance and seven total MAC Award nominations to date.
Their new show, Sh-Boom! Redux, follows their sold-out show in June. From classics by artists like The Beach Boys and The Andrew Sisters to some of today’s most talented entertainers, including Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Jason Mraz, Uptown Express has a jam-packed repertoire.
Uptown Express features Christopher Caswell, Larry Gabbard, Chad Hudson, Brad Parks and Doug Williford. The group is backed by Musical Director, James Followell at the piano.
For more information and images of Uptown Express, visit www.uptownexpressnyc.org/presskit
Think “Spike Jones” in dresses!
A perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one tap-dancing-cousin act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities. Fraternal twins Genevieve and Jimmy Lu, with Aunt Mary Louise, and Cousin Bunnie grew up together in a close and large family – – that was big. They played music together under the tutelage of various uncles and an occasional grandmother who nurtured the girls’ love of small instruments that make “plinky” sounds. Seeing, and more importantly hearing their talents, a relative at a family picnic said, “hey….you gals oughta get outa here and play somewhere else!!” So, they took that advice and headed for bigger prospects …. in Winnipeg! From there on, they became the infamous Ukuladies who are proud to have hit nearly every Holiday Inn on the Eastern seaboard. Come and join the “ladies” as they share cowboy love songs, Ruth Wallis medleys, faves from the 30s and 40s, and a host of original hits! To see and hear samples of these zany gals: http://www.theukuladies.com/music
Albany Times Union says:
“…zany, smart, musically spot-on and action-packed – full of sass and spunk…The four endlessly charming Ukuladies played fiddle, spoons, flute, trombone kazoo, pennywhistle, cymbal, toy concertina, musical saw, doorbell, harmonica, toy flute, washboard, glockenspiel, banjo, ocarina, coconuts, toy piano, tap shoes and, of course, an impressive array of ukuleles in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
And those were just the musical instruments. But you see, the Ukuladies are not simply a musical act – they’re a full-scale entertainment featuring singing, dancing, acting, comedy and equine fire-breathing. And their arsenal of props also included a frying pan, a ghost horse with devil horns, fake beards and mustaches, aprons, a log, soda cans, funny money, a toy six-shooter, globes on strings, random signage, a cardboard jukebox and many other assorted items too humorous to mention.”
This is a show to invite your wives, girlfriends, and kids to come see!
ANDRIA HELM, Mezzo-Soprano
Andria has performed numerous operatic roles including Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, and Fay Doyle in the Midwest premier of Lowell Lieberman’s Miss Lonelyhearts, in which she “tore up the stage”(Cincinnati Enquirer). Additional credits include leading roles in L’enfant et les sortileges, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, A Childhood Miracle, Hansel and Gretel, Dido and Aeneas, The Consul, and The Mikado.
She has performed as a soloist with the Omaha Symphony (El Amor Brujo), the Cincinnati Symphony (The Lord of the Rings Symphony), and in a “beautifully phrased” performance of Bliss’s Pastoral with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra(Cincinnati Enquirer). Her love of new music has led her to working closely with living composers such as Michael Nyman, Danielle Post, and Jonathan Kolm. She created the role of the Nurse in Post’s Nessie in 2009, and sang the world premier of Kolm’s “Songs of Twilight” in 2008.
Andria recently graduated from CCM with an Artist Diploma in Opera. She also holds a Master of Music degree from CCM and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University. In 2007, she was honored with the top prize in the prestigious Corbett Scholarship Competition at CCM. Currently a student of Mark Oswald and Bill Seale, she has also studied voice under the tutelage of Ken Shaw, Mary Henderson-Stucky, and Dr. Karen Leigh-Post. Ms. Helm served on the faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department from 2006 through 2011, and currently teaches voice privately in the New York City area.
We return to cabaret with Julie Reyburn, who last performed at a UGC Afterglow as a member of the a capella group, Marquee Five. Julie was awarded the 2011 MAC Award for Major Artist by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs. She is a 4-time MAC and 2-time Bistro award winner who has appeared in many of the top clubs in Manhattan. Her ability to connect to a lyric with unique interpretations has established her as one of New York’s celebrated female vocalists. She is the first ever Nightlife Awardrecipient for Outstanding Female Vocalist. You’d pay good money to see this chanteuse life in a nightclub. This is an Afterglow you not only do not want to miss — but one to invite your wives, significant others, and friends!
Feb 7, 2013
Professional singer, actress, and vocal technician/coach
She’s a triple threat: a professional singer, actress, and vocal technician/coach. Carolann has been seen all over the United States as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Recent credits include New York City Center, Queens Theatre in the Park, Artpark, Sacramento Music Circus, South Coast Repertory, The Cape Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Westchester Broadway, Fulton Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe. She had the pleasure of performing her first cabaret, Life Happens…, last year at The Triad and The Salon in NYC. In this traditional cabaret, Carolann explores life, love, and dreams and the effect of circumstance upon them. www.CarolannMSanita.com
February 14, 2013:
You may have seen her at last September’s “Pre-Glow.” Billie returns on Valentine’s Day to perform a program of love songs – so if you’re in a quandary about how to observe this special evening with your sweetheart while still attending rehearsal, invite her to share this Afterglow with you!
A professional vocalist since her teens, Billie has a rich repertoire that includes country, blues, rock, R&B, jazz and popular songs from the Great American Songbook. Ms. Williams is a native of the Boston area where, at age 16, she co-founded the country swing band Columbus East. She went on to sing with the rock band Mezz and then with
When Billie arrived in New York City she landed a gig as lead vocalist with blues band The Lenny Nelson Project. After time off to raise her daughter, Billie has returned to performing – most recently with the shows “Fade to Blues” and “Sentimental Journeys” appearing with actress/singer Jean Tafler and vocalist Tracy Toler.
AGO THE MAGICIAN
Ago began his career in a restaurant he co-owed with two friends, Due Buoi Rossi. During the years 1980-1991, he organized various events for his customers and local residents that included sporting activities, as well as dance and musical entertainment. As a chef in the restaurant, Ago began his hobby of performing magic tricks for patrons. Ago worked around the world for Club Med as Chief of Entertainment in the 90’s, adding acting, singing, and dancing to his magic performances. Ago speaks four languages, enabling him to communicate with his audiences around the globe.
He has performed at the New York Comedy Club; in Shameless, a cable comedy show; on Dangerous Hospital; to rave reviews as Wade Garrett inRoadhouse? The Stage Play, off-Broadway; and in Paris Hilton, an off-off Broadway play. Several times a year he presents Ago’s Show, a comedy-magic extravaganza. He regularly creatively combines magic with his “day job” as Ago, The Magic Chef.
If you were at last year’s Joe’s Night, you got to see some of his talent. This week you’ll get to see a much longer and diversified show. For a very different Afterglow, come and be amused as well as amazed by Ago!
ANNUAL TALENT CONTEST
Anything goes: singing, instrumentals, joke telling, a skit — one year, a guy won juggling on a bongo board! Showbiz professionals will be judging who gets to take home, and have his name engraved on, the Channing LeFebvre Memorial Trophy, which has been handed down since 1957! This year’s winner was Johnny Rabe giving his dazzling rendition of a Bill Joel classic. Second place was won by Mark Levy; Third Place by our resident “raconteur,” Rich McGlynn.
Holc Noble, UGC ’78
talking about (and signing) copies of his new book:
“Cheney’s War Crimes – The Reign of a De Facto President”
In an important sense, Holcomb B. Noble spent most of his career at The New York Times preparing for this project, the first ten years as an acquisitions editor and rewrite person at the Sunday magazine. After stints as a science-section editor, metropolitan news editor, and business editor, he was made an investigations editor, during which he led two teams in year-long investigations that won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes — one proving that the Star Wars anti-missile shield would not work, saving the nation an estimated cost of more than a trillion dollars, and the second uncovering corruption in the space industry, which directly accounted for the crash of the space shuttle Challenger and death of seven astronauts.
His journalism career began as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts after graduation from Amherst College. He joined the Associated Press in 1960 and went on to become day supervising editor of the AP’s general news report. Part of his responsibilities included directing coverage of the moon missions of Apollo 12, 13, and 14 from the AP bureau at the space center in Houston.
Cheney’s War Crimes brings together for the first time the many strands of the Shakespearean tragedy that is the story of Dick Cheney. It gives an insider’s account of his extraordinary seizure of power in becoming the de facto president; makes shocking disclosures about the chaos and confusion in response to the 9/11 attacks; and tells step-by-step how Cheney led the nation into two destructive wars in the Middle East.
Low Key hails from NYC, and boasts an eclectic repertoire across the spectrum from doo-wop and barbershop to pop and rock, with an ongoing expansion into R&B. This small semi-professional men’s ensemble boasts three UGC members amongst its ranks — you will likely recognize Will Moller, Adam Zamora, and Mike Ogurick (their newest member and missing from this photo) alongside fellow crooners Sam Orleans, Josh Ruzansky and Ben Piper. Since its creation in late 2010, Low Key’s performances have been seen and heard across New York City, and as far away as Michigan, and their sweet sounds will be gracing the stage at the Harmony Sweepstakes this coming March 30, at the Kathryn Bache Miller Theater.
April 4, 2013
Mark Janas brings his “Classical Corner” Pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, and founder of the 2010 Mac and Bistro Award winning “Salon,” Mark began his musical studies at the age of 3. He studied with Leonard Bernstein and conducted two International Bernstein Festivals.
After gaining his Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from Rice University he conducted the 1st & 3rd National Tours of Les Miserables, Texas Opera Theatre, the Houston Symphony, and was assistant to Bernstein for concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony. Mark is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, is a member of the BMI Workshop, and his song, Come Home, won the 2009 MAC Award for Song of the Year. He received the 2002 BACK STAGE Bistro Award for Musical Direction and works with numerous theater organizations. He will be sharing his unique insights into what went into the composition of certain selections of classical music and probably bringing some surprises. Mark’s “Classical Corners” are as informative as they are entertaining. Stay and prepare to be surprised!
Carole is best known for her critically acclaimed creation of “Sandy” in Broadway’s original production of “Grease.” Her career has included thousands of performances in leading roles on and Off-Broadway and in major regional theatres, guest starring and recurring roles on prime time and daytime TV shows and singing for the Champlain and NY Shakespeare Festivals. She originated the title role in the premiere production of Stephen Schwartz’s “The Baker’s Wife,” in Los Angeles and played “Luisa” in “The Fantasticks” at the Sullivan Street Playhouse for two years. She starred in the PBS Special, “Showstoppers – the Best of Broadway” and on TV’s most successful regional children’s show, “The Magic Garden,” and is a veteran of over 200 TV commercials, jingles and voice-overs. Her 50+ years of career trials and triumphs were highlighted in Schirmer, Citadel and Applause books chronicling the history of Broadway. From Miss Vermont in the Miss Universe Pageant, to major dramatic and comic roles in theatres coast-to-coast, her zany “singing chicken” voice in the Lido Show in Las Vegas, and performances in concerts (recently “Broadway Originals” at Town Hall, “Off Broadway Close Up” at Merkin Hall, plus 50th Anniversary celebrations for WBAI and Lincoln Center Library). Carole continues to sing concerts and cabaret performances in many venues in NYC and the tri-state area. Carole’s father, George Demas, and his brothers sang with the Kings Glee Club in Brooklyn, inspiring Carole’s early love of the sound of men’s voices joined in song! She is looking forward to singing an eclectic array of songs she loves, for the UGC on February 28th, with her Musical Director and Arranger, Ian Herman, at the piano! Please visit www.caroledemas.com for more information about Carole and Carole and Paula Janis’ website: www.caroleandpaula.com, featuring their work on TV’s “Magic Garden.”