"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing"

Monday, January 26th, 2020
Sierra sang “The Flag Song” at 54 Below as part of the celebrated monthly series “Sondheim Unplugged.”

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Sierra and Marquee Five sang at “Sondheim Unplugged” on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, 7pm at Feinstein’s 54 Below

“A celebrated New York event since 2010, the BroadwayWorld and Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret’s most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only, delving into the musical world of Broadway’s master composer.”

Monday, January 20th, 2020: On Martin Luther King’s Birthday, many of New York Cabaret’s most talented and politically passionate performers launch the 2020 Election Campaign Season with an exciting variety show celebrating Democracy and the protection of voting rights in America. All ticket sales to support the Stacey Abrams-led anti-voter suppression organization FAIR FIGHT 2020. Produced and hosted by Stephen Hanks. Pianist: Ian Herman. Sierra sang “The Flag Song” by Stephen Sondheim:

View here on YouTube courtesy of Chet Whye Presentations.

Monday, December 16th, 2019: Sierra sang in a quartet of a song co-written by Jonathon Lynch and Gil Varod, in an evening of original songs. Produced, directed, and hosted by John Znidarsic

View Playbill.com and Broadwayworld.com coverage:

“Produced, Directed and Hosted by John Znidarsic, this special concert features an array of ALL NEW HOLIDAY SONGS written by some of today’s most talented composers and lyricists performed by some of New York’s freshest talents.”

Saturday, November 16th, 2019: Vampingo Productions presented a Climate Change Theatre Action Festival event, “Glamour & Grit” hosted by the Dramatists Guild Foundation, 356 W. 40th St, New York, NY 10036.
Tickets and info: BroadwayWorld.com

November 5, 2019: Sierra performed a luncheon-time set with pianist Bill Zeffiro, alongside speaker Jean Naggar.

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park S
New York, NY

More Info here

March 1, 2019: “Back Porch Swing” at The Laurie Beechman Theater, New York City:

“Alto Sierra Rein’s vocal versatility is well-known in New York’s cabaret community, and kudos to Hemming for showcasing it in featured vocal lines that swooped thrillingly from deep in her chest register up into the stratosphere. A deeply grounded performer, her un-showoffy featured turns (I’ll Be Seeing You (Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain) and Stompin’ At The Savoy (Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb, Andy Razaf) were riveting in their simplicity and vocal luster.” – Jennie Litt, Cabaret Hotspot. Read the full review

May 11, 2019: Marquee Five sang at The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA.

May 26, 2019: Sierra sang as part of “Sondheim Unplugged” at 54 Below. View video: here

May 31 and June 1, 2019: Marquee Five presented “8-Track Throwback” at The Laurie Beechman Theater, NYC and the New Jersey Cabaret Festival in Morristown, NJ.

June 25, 2019 and September 24, 2019: Marquee Five sang in “The Lineup” with Susie Mosher at The Birdland Theater, NYC.

June 30, 2019: Marquee Five sang in Sondheim Unplugged at 54 Below, NYC.

October 27, 2019: Marquee Five sang in Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods: Sondheim Unplugged at 54 Below, NYC.

September 20, 2019: Sierra performed as part of composer showcase Saxe and the City at The Duplex, NYC.

“Sierra Rein’s convincing performance of “I Leap” showed off her diverse range when she sang, “It’s all up to me, here on the ledge, I pledge to make that Le—ap.” As she shied away from diving off and then followed through with that intention later in the song, we could really feel the character grow.” – Chris Struck, Cabaret Scenes

March, 2019: Sierra Rein and “Running in Place” was awarded the 2019 BISTRO AWARD WINNER for OUTSTANDING DEBUT and the 2019 MAC Award for Best Debut

Sierra sang and accept her award for Outstanding Debut at The 2019 Bistro Awards Gala. From BistroAwards.com: “True to the Bistro tradition of honoring outstanding work whether performed by a veteran artist or a relative newcomer, the Bistro Awards pays tribute to cabaret favorite Ricky Ritzel for his delightfully entertaining Musical Series, Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway, and to singer Sierra Rein for Debut. Rein made her first solo appearance last year with an impressive performance that covered the gamut from humor to drama, but with a strong emotional undercurrent that turned her show into a deeply moving experience.”

More information at BistroAwards.com
Read the list the people Sierra sends her heartfelt thanks to in greater detail.

Then, Sierra was the winner of the 2019 MAC Award for Best Debut. The Awards ceremony, at which the winners of the evening were announced, took place on March 26th, 2019 at Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th Street. Sierra accepted the award and sang “Come On-A My House” with Bill Zeffiro at the piano, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Don Kelly on drums. Visit CabaretScenes.org for a full list of winners.

From BroadwayWorld.com: BWW TV: Go Inside Cabaret’s Biggest Night at the MAC Awards!
Catch Sierra answering the question “what would you tell artists who feel like they’re ‘Running in Place’ themselves?” at the end of this series of interviews, taken at the 2019 MAC Awards. Sierra would win for Best Debut later on in the evening.