Categories
Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 11th, 2020

Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition

Another great night of LIVE entertainment online!

Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the lineup of talent.

Curtis Carlyle juggled tin cups and was charming and fun.

Nicole Taylor performed a wonderful and classy hula-hoop act.

Shreeyash Palshikar and Princess Zara performed a wonderful magic act together.

Parallel Exit‘s Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner performed a wonderful comedic verbal duo.

Hovey Burgess talked about the early circus amusement elephant and the Elephant Hotel.

Sabrina Chap played two instruments and sang a lovely ‘original’ circus song.

Rod Raven (Matthew Morgan) and Princess Wendy (Heidi Brucker-Morgan) perform a most unusual act.

Thom Wall juggles with the most unusual objects and does it with class!

Richard Maguire hand balances and eventually removes his pants while upside down.

Pio Carrada performs a beautiful aerial act with multicolored lighting.

The cast takes their online Curtain Call!

Please consider making a donation so the performers can get paid for their work in this show!


# # # # #

Categories
Cabaret Comedy Music

The Musical Sabrina Chap

Composer/Musician/Performer

Sabrina Chap has a show coming your way real soon!

A multi-talented musician/composer/performer. Sabrina is going to rock-the-house at Pete’s Candy Store on Sept 29th at 10 pm!

And here are a few samples of her hysterically comedic and awesome songs!

PETE’S CANDY STORE

709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn NY         

Sept 29th @10 pm!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

And here is more about Sabrina!


 

Categories
Bouffon Burlesque Cabaret Comedy Magic Music Pangea Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts Women

“The Secret Variety Society” at Pangea

img083

img084

2016-12-07davida_091Starting the evening off is Reverend Roper and his attempt to get all present to be ‘blessed’.

2016-12-07davida_097With kazoo and piano, Sabrina Chap provides more than ample music for the evening.

img088

2016-12-07davida_108Wild and wonderful comrade Miss Ekaterina sways down the aisle with a bottle in hand.

img087

 2016-12-07davida_144Magic Brian heats up the audience with his delightful magic.

img086

2016-12-07davida_345Jenny Lee Mitchell always has the audience roaring with laughter with her many characters and musical talent.

img085

2016-12-07davida_180The evening wouldn’t be complete without a visit from ‘Wilfredo‘. Always dancing, singing and flirting.img089

A fun evening of variety, comedy, magic, burlesque and ‘surprises’!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Secret Variety Society will back at Pangea on January 11th and February 8th. Both nights at 7:30 pm

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Categories
Bouffon Comedy Dance Magic Music Pangea Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with The Secret Variety Society

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-16-41-pm

The Secret Variety Society

Performing at PANGEA – Nov 7th and December 7th. Make sure you see this amazing group of ‘Secret’ variety royalty!

(Left to Right: Magic Brian, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Matt Roper, Sabrina Chap, Ekaterina)

For more information/Tickets go HERE!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Categories
Comedy Dance Marx Brothers Music Performing Arts Photography Video Women Writer

“I’ll Say She Is” – The Lost Marx Brothers Musical at The Connelly Theater

First of all…there is this wonderful NY Times review!

“Mr. Diamond himself plays Groucho, and he might as well be Groucho. Matt Roper’s Chico and Seth Shelden’s Harpo are also meticulous, and Matt Walters completes the quartet with the less well-known Zeppo, the male romantic lead in the story but certainly not the center of attention.”

Next..you better get tickets NOW before it is TOOO late!

I was delighted at be able to photograph the show early in the run. I did the NY Fringe Festival two years ago and again this year with the ‘full production’.

Here are some moments for this funny, charming, hilarious, musical, Marx Brothers show!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_026The chorus line is wonderful!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_074Matt Roper (Chico), Seth Shelden (Harpo) and Noah Diamond (Groucho) are great!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_248Singing and dancing and fooling around. What else would you want from an evening of theater?

2016.06.01.MarxBros_252Noah Diamond (Groucho) in a moment of distress.

2016.06.01.MarxBros_204 Melody Jane (Beauty) sits and watches in amazement at Seth Shelden (Harpo) and Matt Roper (Chico) dance a bit!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_327Melody Jane (Beauty) sits with Kathy Biehl (Ruby) in the drawing room ‘love chair’.

2016.06.01.MarxBros_404Melody Jane (Beauty) with Matt Walters (Zeppo) singing one of the original songs from the show.

So many other great shots of the show BUT I suggest you see it for yourself!

~ ~ ~ ~

Musical Direction and Arrangements: Sabrina Chap
Choreography: Shea Sullivan
Directed by: Amanda Sisk

“it reminds us how brightly the Marx Brothers’ brand of lunacy once blazed.”

NY Times

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

ONLY UNTIL JULY 2nd, 2016

Tickets and more information here!

 

Categories
Coney Island USA Dance Mask Music Performing Arts Photography Video Women

HOTEL TRYST: No Sleep Til Brooklyn – @ 2 Nights of shows and ETC…

HOTEL TRYST

Conceived by Coco Framboise

Directed by Armitage Shanks

Produced by Dr. Lucky (Coney Island USA Artist is Residence)

General Manager: Patrick Wall

House Manager: Kaitlin Wirth

Stage Manager: Heather Whatever

Sound and Lights: Luis Michaels

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

HOTEL TRYST

Coney Island USA - Hotel TrystArmitage Shanks warms up the audience at Coney Island USA as Sabrina Chap plays to entertain the crowd.

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.031The crowd proceeds to the upper 2nd floor for a lesson in Coney Island History from ‘The Caretaker’ (Zero Boy)

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.038And some real ‘Coney Island’ flavored entertainment!

Once the audience has attended the 2nd floor exposition they are led back downstairs to the theater.

 

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.050Gift shop at Coney Island USA. Great stuff from the archives.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

ArmitageShanksArmitage Shanks begins the show as MC and has a few songs to perform as well. Great fun!

Zero Boy as SailorZero Boy performs as ‘Swabbe” the sailor.

Sapphire Jones begins to strip at Coney Island USASapphire Jones begins to unravel herself as the ‘Elevator Operator’.

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.101Cherie Nuit (A tourist) gets down and dirty for the audience.

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.142
Dr. Lucky performs at the ‘Finale’ of the show. A rather wild act!
Curtain Call at Hotel Tryst show.
Curtain Call for all the performers and staff at Hotel Tryst.

Not all the performers were documented.

The performer lineup for the theater was as follows:

Armitage Shanks: The Concierge

Coco Framboise: The Apparition

Dr. Lucky: Kitty Kat, Permanent Hotel “Guest”.

Zero Boy: Caretaker

Mahogany Storm: Bell Hop

Sapphire Jones: Elevator Operator

Heather Whatever: Head of Staff

Aphrodite Rose: French Maid

Mia Julep: Bunny, Hotel Guest

Sabrina Chap: Entertainer (Music)

Cherie Nuit: Tourist

Trick: Spirit Medium

Jennifer Pierce: Airline Stewardess

Boo Velvet: Hotel Guest

Gigi Surreal: Gift Shop Manager

 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Categories
Burlesque Clown Comedy Marx Brothers Music Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

“I’ll Say She Is” – A collection of stills from the video shot at the 2014 Fringe Festival

THE MARX BROTHERS LEGENDARY 1924 Production returned to the stage for the first time in 90 years!

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.20.05 AM

Video taped on the last night of the Fringe Festival’s production of “I’ll Say She Is” by Jim R Moore

Stills excerpted from the video by Noah Diamond.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 1.56.00 AM“Welcome to the lowest dive in the city, where creatures of the underworld drug their brains with poisonous poppy.”

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.02.25 AMPictured are: Melissa Roth, Kita St. Cyr, Emily Turner Marsland, Francine Daveta, Amber Bloom, Alexis Thomason and Lefty Lucy.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.04.32 AM“They are devastating the dining room. I fear for the silver.” with Kathy Biehl and C.L. Weatherstone.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.06.45 AM“We’re alive, and what a thing to be!”

with Amber BloomC.L. WeatherstoneKita St CyrAristotle StamatFrancine DavetaKathy BiehlBob Homeyer,Melody JaneMelissa Roth and Alexis Thomason.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.09.04 AMThe Inception of Drapery.

with Melody JaneKathy BiehlMelissa RothKita St CyrEmily Turner MarslandLefty Lucy and Alexis Thomason

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.12.07 AMThrills: The beautiful chorus of “I’ll Say She Is,” the beautiful choreography of Helen Burkett, the beautiful musical direction of Sabrina Chap, the beautiful costumes of Jlz Kro!

 with Kita St Cyr,Francine DavetaEmily Turner Marsland and Amber Bloom.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.16.48 AMIn this scene, Harpo is ostensibly auditioning, and this is pretty much what Seth‘s audition was like. 

with Aristotle StamatSeth Shelden and Bob Homeyer.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

GREAT REVIEWS!

CurtainUp Review 

Theater is Easy Review 

The Examiner Review 

McGovern Review 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For more information about upcoming productions of this show follow the Facebook page here!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Categories
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret Cabaret Circus Clown Juggling Music Performing Arts Photography Sideshow

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Brooklyn Lyceum – March 13 – 16th

The legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret returns to Brooklyn from March 13 – 16 at the Brooklyn Lyceum! For 20 years, Bindlestiff’s New York City Cabaret season has been an alternative New York favorite providing a stage for the world’s best in circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and variety.

Over 400 circus and variety arts stars have appeared in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret since its inception by Brooklynites Stephanie Monseau and Keith Nelson two decades ago, featuring aerial performances, fire eating, funambulism, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, sideshow stunts, oddball novelty turns and much more. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where audiences may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, artists made known by America’s Got Talent, and even local legends all on stage together in the same incredible show.

In keeping with Bindlestiff’s underground New York City roots, the audience is encouraged to participate in the glamour of the evening by dressing the part. Those in costume or circus makeup can ask for a discounted ticket at the door. Perhaps you’ve got some top boots and a tailcoat in the closet? Or a corset and tutu you’ve been dying to wear? A cotton-candy-floss wig and sparkly eyelashes? There’s no better time to dig them out, put them on, and be part of the spectacle!

The New York Times said the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret is, “old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.”

Tanya Solomon does some sideshow 'talking' .Tanya Solomon does some ‘talking’ inviting attendees to see the sideshow.

Stephanie Monseu performs as the Ring Mistress for the show.Ringmistress Philomena moves the show along as well as perform herself.

Kinko the Clown entertained the audience with some music on the 'squeezebox' accordion.Kinko the Clown entertained the audience with some music on the ‘squeezebox’ accordion.

Sabrina Chap provided a wonderful evening of music.Sabrina Chap provided a wonderful evening of music.

Adam Kuchler performs the Cigar Box ManipulationAdam Kuchler performs the Cigar Box Manipulation

Cardone amazes the audience with his magic.Cardone amazes the audience with his magic.

Cyr Wheel performer was amazing.German Wheel performer Chris Delgado was amazing!

Keith Nelson performs a 'sword swallow'.Mr. Pennygaff (Keith Nelson) performs a ‘sword swallow’.

Ekat Miss Ekaterina performing on the silk.Ekat Miss Ekaterina performing on the silk.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Get your tickets now for the Cirkus!

FOR TICKETS: brooklynlyceum.wazala.com
More information: 1-877-BINDLES or bindlestiff.org
WHEN: March 13-16
WHERE: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

ADULTS ONLY SHOW (18+): 8:00 pm on March 13, 14, 15, 16
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door / $10 discount for clowns in make-up (walk-up only)
FAMILY MATINEES (all ages): 3:00 pm on March 15 and 16
Tickets: $12 or 4 tickets for $40

Categories
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret Circus Juggling Mime Music Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret – Dixon Place – March 8th, 2012

Kinko gets the show rolling by ‘begging’ to the audience for ‘food’ and other niceties.

Kinko the Clown (Keith Nelson) does some amazing tricks with the ‘diabolos’.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MARK HAYWARD

Mark Hayward performing one of his many amazing top tricks.

Mark Hayward continued to amaze the audience with his top skills.

Mark Hayward had a really crazy finale with 4 different objects and things to do.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MS. EKATERINA

Appearing out of a satin clam shell Ms. Ekaterina was a beautiful and skilled performer.

Amazing body control and gymnastic skills.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

THE KING CHARLES UNICYCLES TROUPE (KCT)

The King Charles Unicycle Troupe was great in their athletic control and the skills on the unicycle.

Two ropes and a unicycle jumping in the ropes..great skills are needed here for sure!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

JEFF HESS

Jeff Hess performed a very funny and startling strange piece of physical comedy.

Jeff Hess was able to contort his face in so many different ways.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

STEPHANIE MONSEU

Stephanie Monseu was handling the sword pretty good for a Ring Mistress.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

SABRINA CHAP

Sabrina Chap performed as the evenings musical accompanist and was great!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MARK HAYWARD

Mark Hayward made this contraption fling 3 juggling balls at him at the same to in order to juggle.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

KEITH NELSON

Here is where Keith Nelson borrowed 2 bucks from me to cut in two pieces with his sword.

Keith Nelson swallowing a sword.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MS. EKATERINA

Ms. Ekaterina performing a body bend while hanging from the ceiling on a silk.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Stephanie Monseu was terrific as the hostess of the evening.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is performing EVERY THURSDAY this Month of March!

Next one is MARCH 15th! Come and enjoy a great Cirkus Experience!

Check HERE for the Schedule.