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Vaudevisuals interview with Jennifer Miller

Dick Zigun’s rock-opera ‘Bloody Brains in a Jukebox‘ is being directed by none other than Circus Amok’s own Jennifer Miller. I sat down with her at Coney Island USA and ask about the upcoming show and her directing of it.

Bloody Brains in a JukeBox is a rock opera, with a libretto by Dick D. Zigun, music by Nikos Brisco, and direction by Circus Amok’s Ethyl Eichelberger Award-winning Jennifer Miller. In this sung-through and psychedelic sci-fi satire, characters resembling Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Coogan, and Jayne Mansfield tussle with a talking, flying, brain-eating Wurlitzer Model 1100 jukebox – with results as mind-blowing and out there as anything you’ve ever seen at the sideshow.

Composer Nikos Brisco checking the score for “Bloody Brains in the Jukebox”.
Some props and multi-media projections during rehearsal.

For more information/tickets click here!

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Corn Mo and The Love Show ‘Show’ at The Slipper Room

The Corn Mo & Love Show Show

Last Monday every month at The Slipper Room.

Corn Mo sings one of his tunes for the audience to start off the show.

Featuring the magic of Matthew Holtzclaw. Seen here doing a fire magic trick.

Stage presence is such an important part of the magical performance and Matthew has it.

Laurie Lee Anderson and Sarah Conrad danced up a storm on one of the numbers.

The evening had an edgy feel to it when “Stache Novak” showed up to perform his ‘male strip routine.”

Introduced as the ‘bathroom attendant‘ he quickly removed his pants for the audience’s delight.

And then Laurie Lee Anderson (the winner of Miss Coney Island USA 2020) started her amazing act.

Ridding herself of the dinosaur head she immediately titillated the audience. An audience pleaser for sure she got to her basics real soon. Rockin the house with her jump rope routine Laurie Lee Anderson was wonderful.

Entertaining the audience with her unique looks and style.

For more information about Corn Mo’s show and The Slipper Room

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Vaudevisuals interview with Amber Martin – “Sizzling Summer Series” at Joe’s Pub

# Janis Joplin ~ Bette Midler ~ Laura Nyro #

Beginning on July 26th, Amber Martin will perform 3 different evenings of music by iconic rock goddesses who lived, loved and made legend in New York City.

Listen to the interview here!

 Friday July 26th – Janis: Undead – with musical director Paul Leschen, Jesse Krakow, Mike Fornatale, David Berger, Nath Ann Carrera and special guest Shannon Conley.

Saturday August 10th – Bathhouse Bette – with musical director Drew Brody, Patrick Johnson, Jesse Krakow and Brett Every, and special guests Boylesque dancers in towels.

Saturday September 7th – Stoned Soul: In Love with Laura Nyro – with musical director Matt Ray, Mike Fornatale, Patrick Johnson, David Berger and Megan X with special guests Asa Lovechild, Xavier Smith and Eoghan Dillon.

Amber Martin is a celebrated NYC/International Vocalist, Performing Artist and Comedic Monologist. Greatly inspired onstage in the traditions of Janis Joplin, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton to name a few, Amber has been named one of the Top Performers of the Year by The New Yorker. Onstage, Amber is a powerful vocalist with a deep love for all genres of classic American pop music, which also inspires her own original songs. Ms. Martin brings a sense of cabaret and comedy to her live, raw, genre-hopping musical performances, setting her apart from most of her contemporaries and bringing a diverse range of entertainment to her equally diverse audiences.

For more information/tickets click here!

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“Jack and the Beanstalk” – A Holiday Treat for the family!

Back by popular demand! Following its 2017 New York Times Critic’s Pick world premiere, which introduced many New York audiences to the widely popular British art form known as the PantoJack & the Beanstalk returns this holiday season with even more radical joy. Jack needs the whole town’s support to help them chop down the beanstalk. In the process, Jack and their neighbors free themselves from their oppressor, the plundering Giant Rump. Written by disabled actor/writer Mat Fraser, directed by feminist artist Julie Atlas Muz and featuring an intergenerational, inclusive cast, Jack & the Beanstalk brings the Lower East Side together with a family-friendly holiday production that is inherently irreverent, lightly political, and has the message that eventually good triumphs over evil. 

Dec 14th – 30th @Abrons Arts Center

$20 for December 14 performance
$25 for December 15-16 performances
$35 for December 20-23 performances
$45 for December 27-30 performances
Recommended for ages 5+

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TICKETS ARE GOING QUICKLYGO HERE FOR YOURS!

 

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Springtime in Nickyland – April 7th, 2018

Springtime in Nickyland – LaMama ETC.

Held in the very intimate Downstairs Lounge (while the regular ‘Club’ is being renovated)

Nicky Paraiso brought in a nice variety of performers for this evenings performance.

Nicky rings the ‘traditional’ LaMama bell to begin the performance.

In his personal style, Nicky talks with the audience using very expressive gestures.

Calling to the ‘heavens’ to bring order to the current situation.

Nicky talks about his trip to Norway and other worldly issues.

Laurie Stone reads from her new book ‘My Life as an Animal’.

Reading moments of comedic text bring a smile to her face.

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry. 

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry off his laptop. Born in Poland and published “The City of Missing People” in 2014.

Abigail Gampel brought a wonderfully great voice to the evening’s festivities.

With passion and finesse, Abigail enthralled the audience with her singing.

Paul Hallasy brought comedy to the stage with an excerpt from his one-man show.

Paul had many adventures to share with the audience with his experiences as a ‘doorman’.

Gordon Beeferman attempted to sing an original composition about birds but…

In addition to singing an original composition, Nicky also ended the show with the audience joining in on “Downtown”.

Check out the LaMama calendar for other upcoming cultural events.

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Program Notes:

In the spirit of rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of the spirit, curator and host Nicky Paraiso addresses the current political and social climate in a serious attempt to investigate and celebrate the origins of cabaret.

Although the 19th-century French definition referred to any business serving liquor, a cabaret in the early 20th century was an informal salon or safe place, as it were, where poets, artists, and composers could share ideas and compositions, present new works-in-progress and decry the political ills of the day. Exemplary writers and performers extraordinaire are invited to respond to recent life-changing and transformational events while songs continue to be sung with entertaining consequence.

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Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presented a video of their tour in Europe.

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Erin Markey at Joe’s Pub – “Rainbow Caverns”

ERIN MARKEY’S RAINBOW CAVERNS: GREATEST HITS OF ALL TIME INCLUDING THE FUTURE!

Erin Markey’s show is so much fun! From her stories to her songs to her antics on stage – the audience was enjoying every minute of this “Greatest Hits”.

Luckily I was in the front row leaning on the stage. Here are some shots for this wonderful show.

Erin sang many wonderful songs from her shows.

The other woman in (Girl Group) the show sang a chorus with beautiful voices.

The emotions that she evokes during her songs are so heartfelt.

Becca Blackwell and Erin Markey singing a fight between them.

Notes from the Program:

What we’re trying to say is that Erin Markey and co-composer Emily Bate will present musical excerpts from their critically acclaimed musical A Ride On The Irish Cream (2016)*slow-jam cabaret funeral Boner Killer (2017)and in-development Beach Boys/Spice Girls inspired energy concert Little Surfer (2019). They wouldn’t dare do it by themselves, though. With them are a rock band, a girl group, infamous schmerm/lover Becca Blackwell and many disgusting exceptions to Markey’s no-sequins rule in the costume department. The audience is invited to watch as Erin’s comedic storytelling melts into gorgeous harmony-driven music, but guaranteed: Erin will turn her wild eye on you and give you a slumber party command you don’t dare disobey.

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“The Secret Variety Society” at Pangea

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

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

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

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

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Armitage Shanks sings at Hotel Tryst – July 14th, 2015 – @Coney Island USA

Armitage Shanks belts out a strange but intoxicating song for those that were lucky to see him at Hotel Tryst on July 24th, 2015. HOTEL TRYST was a 2 day event hosted by the always surprising CONEY ISLAND USA.
“Hotel Tryst” was directed by Armitage Shanks and produced by Dr. Lucky (Coney Island USA Artist in Residence)
Coney Island USA general manager is Patrick Wall.

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The Hot Keys Alumni Glee Club @ The Kitchen – July 14, 2015

Vaudevisuals was at The Kitchen to video tape this wonderful performance by The Hot Keys Alumni Glee Club. Leading the group is Nicky Paraiso and taking the lead vocal is Rick Sheinmel.
Part of a 3 day celebration of the work of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez.

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Vaudevisuals Interview: Karen Jenson interviews Jenny Lee Mitchell

Karen Jenson interviews Jenny Lee Mitchell

Vaudevisuals visits Jenny Lee Mitchell for a great interview by Karen Jenson.
Jenny talks about her work, feelings about her career and direction she is taking
in her work.

Here is a video from the Vaudephone Series of Jenny performing her ‘Diedre Pazzesco’ character.

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

(Diedre Pazzesco played by Jenny Lee Mitchell)

Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.

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Photographs from the ‘Theatre The’ Production of RADIO PURGATORY in Oct. 2010 at Dixon Place.

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Jenny Lee Mitchell sings up a storm during the show TRAVESTIES of 2012.
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For more information on Jenny Lee Mitchell visit her website here!
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