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

On December 11, 2011, the optional theme of The Salon will be “HOLIDAY PARTY”! And it’s the last Salon of 2011! In that case, what better group to co-host this unique open mic event than the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers – Mick Bleyer, Vanessa Parvin, Sierra Rein & Adam West Hemming! These four glad-tiding-bringers are also known as four of the five members of MAC Award-Winning Marquee Five (the fifth being the amazing Julie Reyburn) and have been recently seen as the Angel City Four in Goodspeed Musicals’ production of “City of Angels”.

The special Salon Spotlight will highlight Daryl Glenn, Alison Nusbaum & Ricky Ritzel!

So, bring your holiday, non-holiday, or anti-holiday music and come share some great cheer and celebrate a joyous 2011 year at The Salon!

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SALON – that unique, MULTIPLE AWARD WINNING, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to Etcetera, Etcetera – 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 – on Sunday, November 20th from 7-10:30PM! (Sign-Up Begins at 6:15.) There is a $10 cash cover collected at the door and a $15 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For more information about Etcetera, Etcetera’s delicious menu: www.etcrestaurant.com.) There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/first served basis, Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm. The evening runs 7-10:30, with one intermission.

Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon.

Salon continues every Sunday (except December 18th, December 25th & January 1st).

Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members.

If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Etceterettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible. ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including introductions). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

Visit The Salon website at www.markjanasthesalon.com and look for them on Facebook.

Thank you to our sponsors Dr. Garrett Bennett & Father Jeffrey Hamblin, MD!Cheers,

All music fans, students, and aficionados should listen to this episode of Star Talk Radio, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, entitled “The Music of the Spheres”. It features an interview with Moby and discusses how music is invariably connected to the vibrations of the universe, our emotions, and our brainwaves. Highly recommended!!!

From StarTalkRadio.net

…and mentions Marquee Five and our new debut CD “8-Track Throwback” towards the end. Check her out November 27th and 28th!

Check out David Zippel (center, black shirt), who came to the matinee and stopped by to greet the cast of “City of Angels” afterwards at Goodspeed Musicals today!  See if you can find me – I’m the one in orange (hardee har har).

…on November 7, I heard the two-year old Marquee Five perform a show called “8-Track Throwback,” a five-part harmony homage to the music of the 1960s and ‘70s. In Marquee Five, I knew I’d found my Manhattan Transfer for the new millennium…“Marquee” is the appropriate moniker for this group of smooth, synchronized and powerful singers who seamlessly blend together for a magical musical brew. There’s little doubt their names will be showcased above a theater entrance somewhere very soon.

– Stephen Hanks, Times Square Chronicles, November 12, 2011

Read the rest of this wonderful review/”history of” Marquee Five in the Times Square Chronicle by Stephen Hanks.  Makes me so proud to be in this group! If you haven’t already, order our “8-Track Throwback” CD (and maybe a Tshirt!) by downloading and mailing in this order formAmazon.com and iTunes links to come as well.

Also, the wonderful live-performance photographer Adam Jason (www.adamjasonphotography.com) captured us having fun on stage – check out our full gallery of photos on Marquee Five’s Facebook album.

Photo by www.adamjasonphotography.com

Here’s an update on what’s been going on here in Connecticut and in New York City! I’m still having a terrific time in East Haddam, performing in “City of Angels.” I had two exciting understudy performances as Donna/Oolie while Nancy Anderson accepted her Noel Coward award, appeared on television singing in The Angel City 4 quartet with “Jimmy Powers,” came back to New York to debut Marquee Five’s CD, “8-Track Throwback” with a CD Release Party/Concert, am about to embark on the thing called the Holiday Season, and ate my weight in breakfast fare at The Whistle Stop Cafe in Deep River.  More on the latter place….later…

Here we are at the opening night party!  More pictures can be found at the Goodspeed Facebook album page of many other cast members. 

The “Angel City 4” at the Opening Night Party
Goodspeed Musicals
East Haddam, CT 06423
860-873-8664 ©2011Diane Sobolewski

— with Sierra Rein, Vanessa Parvin, Adam West Hemming, and Mick Bleyer.

We’ve had a huge number of stellar reviews, including a terrific ones from the New York Times, TheaterMania.com, Examiner.com (who gives the Angel City 4 some “exquisite harmony” praise), and ReminderNews.comPlaybill.com also posted a gallery of backstage photos taken by castmember Robert J. Townsend, which shows some of the fun schenanigans happening off stage.  Plus, after understudying as Donna/Oolie for Nancy Anderson on October 22nd, I received a nice mention in this review from WMNR.

This past Monday, November 7th, the Angel City 4 returned to NYC to join forces with Julie Reyburn and meld back into the form of vocal group Marquee Five.  Along with our Throwback Band (Mark Janas, Tony Romano, Matt Scharfglass, and Wally Usiatynski), we rocked out at the Laurie Beechman for our “8-Track Throwback” CD Release Party and Concert.  We sang many tracks from the CD, a song from our first Kander & Ebb show, and a song from our future “swing” show.  We also offered some audience participation, giving them the opportunity to decide a “Grab Bag” song chosen from a short list from “8-Track” (they decided on “Jolene” by volume of applause).  We sold CDs and Tshirts, thanked our Kickstarter.com backers profusely, and had a wonderful time.  You can purchase CDs and tshirts yourself via MarqueeFive.com (we will soon have the CD up on Amazon.com and iTunes as well, but in the meantime we are manually taking orders).

My husband took this action shot of Marquee Five from his table.

Now that Marquee Five’s CD child has been birthed unto the world, and in between acts of “City of Angels,” I’m dusting off my music book and mentally putting on my Christmas Caroling hat (it’s a bonnet actually) in anticipation of once again singing with the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers.  We specialized in memorized, a cappella, 4-part harmony carols in modern and classic styles, and are available to be hired for holiday parties and business events. 

Finally! It’s time to mention The Whistle Stop Cafe (here in a brief mention at Courant.com).  It’s a tiny shack of a restaurant on the Main Street of Deep River, CT.  Cash only, and a staff of about three cooking and serving a one room breakfast house (with some front and rear outside dining options).  The cook has been there for 19 years, and it has become a staple of many locals’ morning eating rituals.  The food and decor is down-to-earth homestyle, the taste is always exquisite, the food is expertly made, with some unique specials mixed in each day.  They have about 10 omelette standards and equal number of choices in eggs benedict, pancakes, breakfast meats, drinks, etc.  This morning, I had the “Trifecta” omelette, which included shallots, garlic herb cheese, truffle oil, and shitake mushrooms. They don’t play around!  In any event, to anyone visiting Goodspeed Musicals who wants to eat breakfast heartily, grab some cash and visit this place – and make sure to split their amazing french toast dish at the table!

The Whistle Stop Cafe at 108 Main St., Deep River,
open Thursday through Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 860-526-4122.

And now…more pictures of us backstage at “City of Angels.” Thanks for reading!

With female swing Becca Pesce, who is wearing her Angel City 4 outfit!
With leading man DB Bonds, who plays Stine
As Oolie

“8-Track Throwback” CD Release Party and Concert!

Join Adam West Hemming, Vanessa Parvin, Mick Bleyer, Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn as Marquee Five debuts its first CD for **one night only**! Featuring songs from their new CD, “8-Track Throwback” (including hits by Carole King, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel) as well as favorites from past and future shows! This will also be a thank-you celebration to all of our Kickstarter.com backers and Producers.

November 7th, 2011 – 7:00pm
Approximate running time: 60 minutes

Laurie Beechman Theater at the West Bank Cafe
407 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY

Returning as the Throwback Band will be Mark Janas at the piano, Walter Usiatynski on drums, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Tony Romano on guitar.

Original stage direction by Joseph Ward.

To reserve your seats today, call 212.695.6909 ahead of time and leave your name and the number of people in your party. Please note that the cover charge is $15 ($10 for members of MAC and AEA/SAG/Union) and the Laurie Beechman requires a food/beverage minimum of $15/person. **The cover charge will be waived** for anyone who purchases a CD ($20) at the time of entrance. Additional CDs and t-shirts will also be available for purchase at the party!


Video highlights from “City of Angels”, taken during the beginning of the run. I am featured towards the end as Angel City 4 (dressed as a hooker along with Vanessa Parvin), wooing Stone out of his wallet.

All photos credit: Goodspeed MusicalsEast Haddam, CT 06423860-873-8664 ©2011Diane Sobolewski.  More pictures can be found via the Goodspeed Musicals Facebook Page!

“Everybody’s Gotta Be Somewhere” – The Cast of City of Angels

“Stay With Me” Jimmy Powers (Jeffrey David Sears) with the Angel City 4 (Vanessa Parvin, Adam West Hemming, Mick Bleyer and Sierra Rein in City of Angels
“Brunch” – The cast of City of Angels.

Watch myself, Adam West Hemming, Vanessa Parvin, Mick Bleyer (as the “Angel City 4”) and Jeff Sears (as “Jimmy Powers”) sing two excerpts from “City of Angels”, currently playing at Goodspeed Musicals – goodspeed.org. Dan Pardo on piano.