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However, the most exciting part of the NICHE MUSIC GROUP is that we have now launched our own storefront. We are now offering audio album downloads from our artists.

William Blake to Co-Host MOSTLY SONDHEIM This Month

Cabaret star William Blake (Echoes of Etta, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) will co-host MOSTLY SONDHEIM for the month of August. Blake, whose Etta James tribute show was recorded last week at Joe's Pub, joins host Colleen Harris and Musical Director Drew Wutke.

MOSTLY SONDHEIM, now in its 11th year, is a weekly open mic celebrating the past, present, and future of Broadway. With its hugely talented audience and spirited hosts, each show is unique and full of surprises.

MOSTLY SONDHEIM runs every Friday at 11:30pm at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street).

JULIE REYBURN BRINGS BACK HER AWARD-WINNING “FATE IS KIND” SHOW TO METROPOLITAN ROOM AS PART OF “NEW YORK CABARET’S GREATEST HITS SERIES" SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 AT 7 PM

For the first time in 15 years, cabaret star Julie Reyburn brings back her award-winning show, Fate Is Kind, to a New York nightclub stage when she performs the classic at the Metropolitan Room on Monday, September 14 at 7 pm as part of the new monthly series, New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits (produced by Stephen Hanks and Cabaret Life Productions and cabaret supporter Dr. Jeffrey Hamblin as Associate Producer). Reyburn and her celebrated Musical Director Mark Janas (Producer of the Award-Winning Open-Mic show Salon) introduced the show in February 2000 at The Singer's Forum as a benefit cabaret for their scholarship program. It then moved to Judy's Chelsea in March 2000 for its official cabaret debut, and the show ran off and on there for most of the year. Fate Is Kind world earn Reyburn MAC and Bistro Awards in 2001 for “Outstanding Female Cabaret Debut.” A CD recording of the show was released in the summer of 2000 and generated raves:

When a cabaret show moves from cabaret room to CD, very often much is lost in the translation. But Julie Reyburn’s Fate Is Kind CD, based on a powerful and inspiring debut show in which she revealed all of her many talents, is a studio recording where the excitement and charm of the show is preserved.
— Cabaret Hotline

Putting Julie Reyburn’s CD, Fate Is Kind, into one’s CD player is like slipping into your most comfortable clothes, pouring a cup of hot chocolate and reliving your favorite memories of childhood.
— Talkin’ Broadway

Julie Reyburn and her musical director, Mark Janas.

Cabaret Life Productions Producer Stephen Hanks discovered Fate Is Kind in March 2014 when Reyburn performed the show at a church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Reviewing for BroadwayWorld.com at the time, Hanks wrote: “The show's title, Fate Is Kind, may sound like it's telegraphing one of those eclectic cabaret sets built on existential self-examination, but it's actually a line in "When You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio. The savvy and creative combination of songs and stories Reyburn features in this show (including reading Kahlil Gibran's prose poem "On Children" from The Prophet, and sections of Margery Williams' children's book classic, The Velveteen Rabbit), not only forces you to flip the pages of your mental scrapbook all the way to early childhood, it also tugs on your heartstrings if you're a parent. Reyburn and her Music Director Mark Janas—with his sensitive and intricate-yet-accessible arrangements, and rich, orchestral piano--have taken fanciful notions of childhood and beautiful pieces of music and crafted them into a magical work of cabaret art.”

Julie Reyburn is a four-time MAC Award-Winner and two-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 vocalist. She is the first ever Nightlife Award recipient for “Outstanding Female Vocalist” (2003), and was also a finalist for the award in 2005 and 2009. In 2007, Julie was presented with the coveted Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation “in joyful gratitude for the vocal majesty and lyrical interpretation she continually manifests in her classic presentations of the Great Popular Songbook.”

WILLIAM BLAKE: ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Joe's Pub at the New York Public Theater

A Brilliantly out-of-the-box idea.
— Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

ECHOES of ETTA is BACK!! The multi award-winning Etta James tribute is back home at Joe’s Pub, July 31st and August 1st, 7pm, for their first LIVE IN-CONCERT recording! After a featured appearance on NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a successful tour of Southeast Asia, and an exclusive appearance at the Commissioner’s Tailgate for Superbowl XLVIII, MRM Productions is proud to bring back William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray in the MAC award-winning “Show of the Year,” Echoes of Etta.

Blake’s peerless vocal prowess as an R&B and Jazz singer has made him the darling of the New York nightlife scene, from Birdland to the Carlyle, Town Hall to Carnegie, Brandy’s to the Duplex. Teamed with acclaimed music director, pianist, and Echoes conceiver, Michael Thomas Murray (The Chantels, Forever Dusty, 50 Shades! The Musical), Blake has found the perfect vehicle for his soulful three octave range and guileless lyric interpretation in what BroadwayWorld calls "One of the best tribute shows of this, or any year.”

With a trio of gorgeous back-up girls, The Peaches, and Murray’s formidable band, Echoes of Etta delivers killer vocals and slammin’ arrangements in a high energy testimonial to the legend who bridged the gap between Rock 'n' Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this live recording! A night to remember for the Etta aficionado or any fan of great music, with audience favorites like Sunday Kind of Love, At Last, Tell Mama, You Can Leave Your Hat On, I'd Rather Go Blind, Something's Got A Hold On Me and Purple Rain.

We can't wait to see you there!

Time Out New York - 2013/2014 Critic's Pick

Carolann Sanita to Star in WEST SIDE STORY at California Music Theatre

Director: Bob Richard
Choreographer: Diane Laurenson
Music Director: Craig Barna
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon

The timeless West Side Story has Carolann M. Sanita, who has performed all over the country in regional theaters and starred in the national tour of The Music Man, feeling pretty as Maria. Tony will be played by Justin Matthew Sargent, who has spent the past four years on Broadway, including playing the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, as well as in Rock of Ages and Bonnie & Clyde. Coming to Music Circus for the first time after a stretch on Broadway in CinderellaMichael Callahan will play the role of Action. Maria Briggs, who toured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, makes her Music Circus debut this season and will play Anybodys. Garett Hawe, playing A-Rab, made his Broadway debut playing Neleus in Mary Poppins, appeared in Newsies and can currently be seen in Matilda The Musical. The role of Baby John will be played by Andy Richardson, who was a member of the original Broadway casts of Newsies, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Reprising his role as Big Deal from the international tour of West Side Story is Adam Lendermon, who also toured nationally in Cats and had the privilege of singing Children of Eden in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center.

Shane Rhoades, playing the role of Riff, is an accomplished actor and choreographer, who performed on Broadway in The Boy From Oz and served as associate choreographer for the Broadway production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Jake DuPree, who danced with two acclaimed contemporary dance companies in New York City, will play Snowboy. Internationally known as Anita from the West Side Story Broadway production and tour, Desireé Davar, who was a dancer for “Glee,” reprises her role as Anita. German Alexander is making his Music Circus debut in this production as Bernardo, a role he played in the national tour of West Side Story as well. Reprising his national tour role of Chino is Miguel Angel Falcon, who also toured as Paul in A Chorus Line and in 42nd Street. Making his third appearance on the Music Circus stage as Doc, Gary Lee Reed is a seasoned regional theater actor who has toured nationally in Godspell and regionally in The Music Man. The role of Lt. Schrank will be played by Broadway veteran Rich Hebert, who was part of the original cast of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship, which played this season on Broadway, and who previously toured in Billy Elliot, including in the 2013 Broadway Sacramento presentation of the show. Playing Officer Krupke is David Pierini who is highly active at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre and has either acted in, directed or written more than 100 shows.  Michael Dotson, who has appeared in more than 35 Music Circus productions, as well as many regional productions including 42nd Street, The Pajama Game and The Andrews Brothers, will play Glad Hand.