Our Month of Cabaret Saturdays and a Classical Sunday
Singer and actress Lynn Kearney appeared on Broadway replacing Sandy Faison as Grace Farrell in the original production of Annie, having previously toured with the first national company in which she understudied the role.
Lynn started her professional career with the Chicago Free Street Theater touring eight states in the Midwest. A documentary film was made of her first season with the company called A Season of Celebration, narrated by Studs Turkel. She returned to New York and appeared in the original cast of Christy based on the play The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge and in several other showcase productions. Lynn then got her Actor’s Equity card playing all of the white women in a children’s theater production Escape to Freedom based on the life of Frederick Douglas directed by Robbie McCauley. Next she appeared in Finian’s Rainbow with Charles Repole at the Jones Beach Theater. Soon after she got her big break in Annie.
On television Lynn appeared on All My Children and Edge of Night, in the latter as a mean nurse in a mental institution during the final months of the production.
Later Lynn helped create along with her long time friend and director, Rosemary Quinn, the play Ladies Lounge which played at the legendary off Broadway house LaMama. And she repeated the role of Grace in Annie at Allenbury Playhouse.
Lynn started her cabaret career working at Jan Wallman’s restaurant and then for Sidney Myer at Panache Encore and then Don’t Tell Mama, where she still appears regularly.
Lynn is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts and received a Pastry degree from the Culinary Institute of America. She previously studied acting with Olympia Dukakis, Alice Spivak and Lloyd Richards. She continues to study acting with Eric Michael Gillett and voice with Michael Warren.
From 1995 through 2010 Lynn worked at the television Food Network as first an intern in the kitchen, as one of the first editors of foodnetwork.com, as a production assistant and finally in the culinary production department where she wore many hats ending as the Manager of Culinary Editorial.
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Wells Hanley is an Adjunct Instructor of Jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches Jazz Piano, Jazz Piano for the Non-Keyboard Player, and Small Jazz Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music in classical piano from James Madison University and a Master of Music in jazz piano from The Manhattan School of Music. He has studied jazz piano with Bob Hallahan, Garry Dial, and Fred Hersch and has performed with David Liebman, Chris Potter, Stanley Jordan, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Bill Watrous, John D’earth, Tim Reynolds, and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead. He has appeared at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy as well as The North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. In addition to his work as a jazz pianist, Hanley has collaborated with Broadway singers Darius DeHaas and Tom Wopat, as well as rock musicians Brian Vander Ark, Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, and Boyd Tinsley. Wells has served on the faculty at The New School University and at James Madison University.
A jazz pianist with deep roots in both its historical traditions and its newer paths, Hanley is also a collaborator at the keyboard with vocalists in the Broadway and cabaret styles—so sought after in New York City that he performs there several days a month. His classical expression is honed sufficiently that he can and does accompany classical vocalists for their arias at a major music festival. He also writes and sings rock, plus plays some drums and guitar as well.
As a solo cabaret artist, as well
as serving as accompanist to Charles Busch and Varla
Jean Merman, Tom Judson has appeared in most of the
important cabaret venues throughout the country. He is
pleased to bring his new show, Mostly From the Movies
to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, NY for one
night only, Saturday August 16 at 7:30 PM.
Accompanying himself on the piano, Tom will sing a selection of songs which were introduced in films—musical and dramatic—that are both familiar and surprising, including a couple of songs composed by Tom himself. Some, like the classic “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, will be instantly familiar, while others—even from the pen of such movie titans as composer Marvin Hamlisch—will be virtually unknown to most listeners. Continuing his mission of re-introducing great songs which have been almost completely forgotten, Tom Judson’s Mostly From the Movies will present an evening of words and music from cinema classics, cinema flops, and everything in between.
Tom Judson has appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater production of Cabaret at Studio 54. He toured the country in that show and in 42nd Street. He composed the score to Whit Stillman’s indie film classic Metropolitan and has written songs for Ann Magnuson, Lisa Kron and Charles Busch. Tom is an author (Laid Bare), magazine columnist and Huffington Post contributor and is a proud resident of Catskill.
From Oz to Nuremberg is a
love letter to Judy Garland, a celebration of her life
and music. From 1939, when we fell in love with her as
Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, through her MGM years to
her triumphant "comebacks" on the concert stage and
television, this evening will pay tribute to the
milestones of her legendary career.
Mary Ellen Nelligar is thrilled to be premiering From Oz to Nuremberg at the Bridge Street Theater. She has been performing in the Hudson Valley area for over 30 years in theater and cabaret. When not on stage, she is an accomplished director who recently helmed a show at the NYCFringe Festival. One of the things that brings her bliss is her frequent collaboration with her husband, playwright Brian C. Petti, whose Echoes of Ireland was the first show presented in the Speakeasy at Bridge Street Theatre. Their best collaboration is as parents to their three sons, Mychal, Conor and James.
Joel Flowers served for many years as the entertainment director for the U.S. Army in Germany, where he also performed and accompanied vocalists at the Theatre Des Westerns and The Deutches Oper in Berlin. A Hudson Valley resident since 1994, Mr. Flowers has served as musical director for many local theatre productions and is the community recreation coordinator at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Margo Byron - flute
Music major Williams College, Berkshire Symphony (Julius Hegyi)
Lory Frankel - oboe
Music studies at the Eastman School of Music
Gail LeSuer - clarinet
Music major Hartwick College
David Woodin - violin, viola
Music major Williams College, Berkshire Symphony, violin student of Julius Hegyi
Bill Skiff - bassoon
Crane School of Music, has studied with Jim Stoltie, Frank
All performers are musicians with the Catskill Chamber Orchestra, which was formed in 2008 by David Woodin under a grant from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts and has performed in numerous venues in Greene and Columbia Counties.
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Chamber works by J.S.Bach, Debussy
This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Twin Counties Cultural Fund.-->