CHRISTINA NAFICY in "50 AND SINGLE"
A funny and poignant story of relationships, dating, and how Christina found herself "50 and Single".
ABOUT CHRISTINA NAFICY
Originally from Seattle, Christina's had a long career in theatre here at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Civic Light Opera and many more. She spent thirteen years in NYC where she was honored to study cabaret/vocal performance under the tutelage of MAC award-winner KT Sullivan and Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. Christina had the pleasure of performing her act for the final show of the iconic Danny's Starlight Room. She also brought her one-room shows to Don't Tell Mama's Cabaret Theatre. She is looking forward to getting back to her roots here in Seattle.
THE LOVE MARKETS
THE LOVE MARKETS are a Weimar Berlin-inspired band who make songs of love and revolution. Their albums BEAUTY FACTORY and WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS find heroes in unlikely places, combining subversive wit, exuberant soul, and the misfit glee of an all-night sideshow with the unique sounds of songwriter Angie Louise's sultry vocals and adventurous keys, Robertson Witmer's expressive accordion, David Marriott Jr.'s shape-shifting trombone, Dave Pascal's dexterously juicy bass, and Chris Monroe's sinuous drums. “Irresistible… Intoxicating… A deliciously dark carnival.” – Seattle Magazine. “Ruffle-clad ruffians… Uber-belter vocals… Louise is a singer, songwriter and actress with fearsome chops.” – City Arts.
March 2 & March 29
March 8 & March 15
February 27 with The Love Markets
March 30, Solo
March 22 & March 23
CARMEN SHUPE in "THE MAD, THE SAD, AND THE VERY, VERY BAD!!"
People talk to Carmen. All types tell their tales on the bus, in cashier lines, and more. Funny, tragic and often sanity-optional, join Carmen as she animates these moments in a hilarious, sometimes poignant musical show.
ABOUT CARMEN SHUPE
Carmen’s always been a singer; but one glorious day in college she fled the Music Department into the arms of a hot romance with Theater! Passion flamed, sputtered, and occasionally reanimated as life led to another career. As a psychotherapist for 30 years, Carmen’s absorbed the dance and drama of human experience, letting it season her characterizations and spice up her performances. Fluent in diverse genres, she's performed in almost every state as well as Central America and China. Favorite roles include Bev in Angry Housewives, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Golde and Frumasarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She currently sings with Seattle’s Joyful Noise Choir.
JAYNE MUIRHEAD in "BASED ON A TRUE STORY"
Popular and original songs that weave the story of a sixty-something woman.
ABOUT JAYNE MUIRHEAD
A seasoned cabaret performer (over ten shows at the legendary Cabaret de Paris) and one third of The Sirens of Swing, Jayne Muirhead is also in her thirty-eighth year as a professional actor. She performs regularly at the Seattle Children's Theatre and Village Theatre, most recently as Jack's Mother in "Into The Woods".
JEANNETTE d'ARMAND & JOHN PATRICK LOWRIE in "'ROUND TWILIGHT"
Singer Jeannette d’Armand and acoustic guitarist John Patrick Lowrie bring you a collection of jazz and acoustic music that explores the space between light and dark in our changing seasons and times.
ABOUT JEANNETTE d'ARMAND
Jeannette d'Armand was soprano soloist in Cirque du Soleil's "Mystére" and has performed in the 5th Avenue Theatre's productions of "Sweeney Todd", "Sound of Music", "Oklahoma!", "Oliver", and "Beautiful Poison" (workshop). She has performed with Showtunes Theatre Company (Our Lady of the Spa in "Nine"; Faye in "George M"); the Seattle Opera Chorus; Amy Denio's original work "Non lo so, Polo", with which Jeannette toured Europe; and as a guest artist with Seattle Men's Chorus. Jeannette is a professional voiceover artist and maintains an active voice studio. www.jeannettedarmand.com
CAROLYN MAGOON in "BUBBLE & SQUEAK"
A pureed sampling of some delightfully delish ditties, sprinkled with sass and spice.
ABOUT CAROLYN MAGOON
Carolyn is excited to be back for her sixth stint with MICM! Carolyn has been working in Seattle and regionally for over two decades. Some favorites around town have been Gypsy at the 5th Avenue and various shows at Village Theatre and ACT, including Bridges of Madison County, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed... and Iron Curtain. A favorite gig was working in the Caribbean as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Carolyn can be seen around town with B-52s tribute band Hot Lava.
The chanteuse brings classic cabaret onstage "like watching one of yesteryear's femmes caught up in the rapture of romance in a smoky nightclub from an old movie." - John Hoglund, New York cabaret critic
ABOUT ARNALDO! DRAGCHANTEUSE
Arnaldo! has thrilled audiences from Seattle and New York to Puerto Vallarta and Manila, and received the NY's Bistro Award 2008, Manila's Gawad Musika Award 2014 and Filipino Community of Seattle's Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts & Culture 2016. Founder of Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association and artistic director of Seattle's March is Cabaret Month, Arnaldo! wants to thank the passion and tenacity of all cabaret musical performers in helping to preserve the Great American Songbook. Music director and accompanist: John Engerman. www.dragchanteuse.com Instagram: dragchanteuse
March 8 & March 9
VICTOR JANUSZ BAND FEATURING ARWEN DEWEY in "Songs From the Café: Music from Café Pluvieux"
Sweet and soulful music from Cafe Pluvieux, the 2018 Victor Janusz Band release featuring Arwen Dewey. With pianist/vocalist Victor Janusz, vocalist Arwen Dewey, and saxophonist Medearis Dixon.
ABOUT VICTOR JANUSZ BAND AND ARWEN DEWEY
Victor Janusz is one of the Northwest's most popular and in-demand singer/ pianists, with a diverse repertoire that mixes decade-spanning standards and his own complex, passionate compositions. Arwen Dewey is a lyrical, heartfelt singer who combines languages and genres in an international smorgasbord of song. Sax prodigy Medearis Dixson dazzles listeners with his rich, soulful sound. Together they have been wowing Seattle audiences since 2014. Their 2018 album Café Pluvieux is a walk through the misty rain of 1940s Paris that has been described by reviewers as "sweet and soulful," "endearing and emotional," and "smooth and delicious." www.arwendewey.com
HELENE SMART in "SOMETHING WITH A TUNE"
Taking advantage of cabaret's unlimited possibilities, Helene Smart draws on songs from a wide range of styles to create an eclectic selection of stories told through compelling music and carefully crafted lyrics. With music director Chris DiStefano.
ABOUT HELENE SMART
Helene continues to explore the art of cabaret with its opportunities for storytelling through melody and lyrics creatively combined. The collaboration between the singer and musicians brings delight. During the past year, in addition to her cabaret appearances, Helene has led her own seven-piece jazz band, appearing at The Treehouse Cafe on Bainbridge Island.
March 8 & March 15
THE FEMME FATALES in "A Touch Of The Femme"
Let The Femme Fatales lead you on a journey of multifaceted feminine power. With songs ranging from silly to sensual, you will find yourself laughing, blushing, singing along, and unable to forget. Every evening could use a Touch of the Femme…
ABOUT THE FEMME FATALES
Sultry, sassy, and deliciously vintage, The Femme Fatales began when Annastasia Workman brought together three distinct and unique multi-instrumentalist forces of nature to play her music for a production of The Maltese Falcon. Consisting of Sari Breznau, Kate Olson, and Olivia D. Hamilton, The Femme Fatales soon took on a life of their own, reveling in their delicious blend of instrumentation, vocal harmonies, and storytelling. They have enjoyed playing a wide variety of gigs and are looking forward to making Seattle a little more Fatale one song at a time. Every gathering could use a touch of the Femme...
PRINCESS GUY in "The Princess Chronicles"
A preview of spring offerings from Princess Guy, the self-directed, independent male vocal quartet made up of former members of Captain Smartypants and Zipper! Original vocal arrangements of pop, jazz and comedy songs, as well as comedic takes on non-comedic songs.
ABOUT PRINCESS GUY
Princess Guy [prin-ses gahy] is a North American vocal ensemble of four fabulous fellows, founded in 2018 for the purpose of singing multifarious songs for audiences of sung song enthusiasts. Based in Seattle, the self-directed collective includes Eric Lane Barnes (baritone), Jeffrey Erickson (tenor), Paul Rosenberg (bass) and Ritchie Wooley (tenor). Roughly eighty percent a cappella, PG presents a vast range of music styles emphasizing interesting harmony and unexpected interpretations of jazz, pop, R&B and pretty much anything we fancy.
March 1 & March 30
JOHN ENGERMAN & PHIL SHALLAT in "DOMINANT GENES"
From the creators of last year's "You Are The Wind Inside My Bag" come more compelling, offbeat, original musical theatre tunes, in collaboration and solo, with an excursion into the personal. With Lance Lu on drums.
ABOUT JOHN ENGERMAN & PHIL SHALLAT
From "Ronnie Bwana - Jungle Guide" in the '70s through The Fabulous Sateens in the '80s to their new show "Italy On the Rocks", Phil and John have collaborated on dozens of songs for musical theatre and cabaret productions. Phil also performed as front man/vocalist with The New Deal Rhythm Band, and John has played for many, many March Is Cabaret Month acts, including Arnaldo! Dragchanteuse, The Sirens of Swing, Miz Lawanda Dupree & Angie Louise, Joanne Klein, Carolyn Magoon, and his own adult Mother Goose show, "Gaggle".
February 27 & March 30
March 1 & March 9
LE PEREZ in "Roses Are Red and Blues Are Inevitable"
An evening with San Francisco jazz and soul singer Le Perez.
ABOUT LE PEREZ
Le Perez found her inspiration in gospel, blues and Motown growing up. Before winning Jazz Search West 2017, Le Perez had never set foot in a recording studio; she was a therapist by profession, all while maintaining a deeply ingrained love of music. She has headlined at Society Cabaret, Angelica's, Piano Fight, and numerous Art and Wine Festivals in the Bay Area. She has made many guest appearances with Pascal Bokar at Savanna Jazz, the Rick Ferguson trio, the Denny Berthiaume Trio, and the Stephen Marley Trio, and is the featured singer in the Seascape Sounds Band. http://leperezmusic.net
BODACIOUS LADYHOOD in "WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN"
Join the Ladyhood as they share their origin story and weave tales of song selection over the past sixteen years. Honest, funny, and all a cappella with songs from every imaginable genre. Guaranteed fun!
ABOUT BODACIOUS LADYHOOD
Bodacious Ladyhood is Seattle’s premier a cappella trio. Since 2002, these ladies have performed in cabaret clubs and on stages across the Pacific Northwest. Highlights from 2018 include their sixth appearance at Dorothy’s Cabaret for their first full holiday show as well as their debut at Egan’s with Seattle’s March is Cabaret Month. They have been called vibrant-voiced, impressive, innovative and inimitable, and a must-see. Bodacious Ladyhood is three parts harmony, one part comedy and a whole lot of fun. www.bodaciousladyhood.com
2019 MICM festival artists are listed in alphabetical order by first name.
For ticket links, please go to our 2019 festival calendar page.
FAYE B SUMMERS in "SPARROW'S DIARY: EDITH PIAF TELLS IT ALL"
A cabaret based on the life of Edith Piaf, written by Faye B Summers with musical arrangements and new English translations by John Engerman.
ABOUT FAYE B SUMMERS
Faye B Summers has performed in Seattle and nationally for many decades. She has appeared in most of Seattle’s theatre venues and has been singing and portraying Edith Piaf for over 30 years. Also an experienced writer/editor, her one-woman show Kicking the Hat was premiered by Seattle’s ArtsWest Playhouse. Her collaboration with John Engerman began in 1980 and his new English translations of Piaf favorites take the relationship to a new and exciting level.
March 1 & March 30
March 9 & March 16
VALERIE PIACENTI in "CHAPTERS"
Starring vocalist Valerie Piacenti and musical director/pianist extraordinaire Nick Moore, CHAPTERS is a show focusing on life in the theatre in New York City, Seattle, and places in between. Songs reflect the journey, along with personal anecdotes.
ABOUT VALERIE PIACENTI
Valerie Piacenti, originally from the Chicago area, has made Seattle her home for the past 30 years. She’s performed at many local venues, including Seattle Rep, Cabaret de Paris, Kirkland Performance Center and The 5th Avenue Theatre. She was the soprano soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Silver Lining, including the London production accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic. While living in NYC for nearly 12 years, Valerie made her Broadway debut in The Pirates of Penzance, starring Kevin Kline. Valerie’s new show Chapters, about life in the theatre, recently premiered at Egan’s. Her CD Standard Time: Songs of World War II can be found on Amazon.
March 1 & March 29
ELIZABETH ARNOLD in "NAKED AT CARNEGIE HALL"
One woman's story of stage fright from the stages of New York to Seattle.
ABOUT ELIZABETH ARNOLD
Elizabeth's acting career began in Iowa, where she received her BA and MFA in Acting. In 1988 she moved to New York City where she worked in film, television and theatre; local, regional and international credits include Phantom of the Opera, A Christmas Carol, Nunsense, The Seagull, Spring Awakening and more. After 9/11, she moved home to Seattle where she worked at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and Benaroya Hall before succumbing to stage fright and quite dramatically tossing her character shoes along with her courage into the sea! This is the first she's stepped on a stage in eight years. She is thrilled and terrified.
KAREN SKRINDE & JORDAN McCLELLAN in "Karen and Jordan: From the Abbey to Egan’s"
Two wayward chorus girls who survived the anonymity of the nunnery in “The Sound of Music” and become stars in their own mind!
ABOUT KAREN SKRINDE
Karen has been an actress and singer for over 25 years throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has appeared at A Contemporary Theatre, Village Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild, among others, and has been a regular at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Karen was one of the three creators of the cabaret series at Thumper's Restaurant and performed in six solo shows there. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Inverse Opera, the Crepe de Paris, and the Moisture Festival.
ABOUT JORDAN McCLELLAN
Jordan made her mainstage debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre in The Sound of Music. Previously, she joined the Tyrolean Opera on a full summer scholarship in Austria. In 2014 she appeared in Yoshinada by Garret Fisher with the Fisher Ensemble, playing Tomoe in an adaption of the traditional Japanese Tales of Ise, which made its world premiere at ACT Theatre's Central Heating Lab Series. For Pacific Northwest Opera in Mount Vernon, she has appeared in Bellini's Norma, Mozart's Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute. Jordan also completed a six-month tour with Portland Opera as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.
MAUREEN MERSHON in "REBEL GIRL"
Scandalous? Scintillating? Droll? Driven by songs written and/or performed by rebels, "Rebel Girl" is a touching and funny show performed by Maureen Mershon and musically directed by DJ Wilson.
ABOUT MAUREEN MERSHON
Maureen "Mo" Mershon is a Seattle performer, working director, and acting teacher. Mo has worked onstage since age eight. In addition to stage work, Mo has written two plays, several cabaret shows, and a documentary on her acting mentor which she also produced and directed. Mo has performed from NYC to LA in musicals, plays, and cabarets. Mo has also taught cabaret and musical performance at UCLA, NSCC, and various LA and Seattle schools.
ROGER SCHMELZER in "HEART SONGS"
Roger Schmelzer puts the American Songbook to generous and charming use in an upbeat, tuneful evening directed by the legendary Marilyn Maye.
ABOUT ROGER SCHMELZER
Roger Schmelzer is an accomplished and versatile baritone based in Indianapolis. Directed by the legendary Marilyn Maye, Roger made his New York cabaret debut to critical acclaim at the Metropolitan Room in 2017 and has appeared at the Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Davenport’s (Chicago), Don’t Tell Mama (NYC), and Cabaret at Germano’s (Baltimore). His recording “About Now” continues to be streamed worldwide. Roger is on the board of the Great American Songbook Foundation founded by Michael Feinstein. He and his wife Lucinda have three grown children and a two-year old granddaughter.
BENN BACOT in "ALL ABOUT THE BASS"
San Francisco's Benn Bacot ("The Bass of the Bay") performs music from the American Songbook and beyond.
ABOUT BENN BACOT
A performer on the San Francisco cabaret scene for the past eighteen years and affectionately known as the Bass of the Bay, Benn Bacot performs music from the American Songbook and beyond, popularizing classic standards and obscure hits of the past with a bass voice reminiscent of greats such as Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine and Paul Robeson. This is Benn's second appearance at Seattle's March Is Cabaret Month Festival
March 8 & March 9
March 15 & March 16
THE SIRENS OF SWING in "MARCH OF DAMES"
Join these belles from Bleema as they sing and swing their way into spring, featuring sparkling new arrangements and side-splitting tales from the old country.
ABOUT THE SIRENS OF SWING
The Sirens of Swing features three of Seattle's cabaret luminaries - Karen Kay Cody, Joanne Klein and Jayne Muirhead - with music direction by John Engerman. First produced in the '90s, their tributes to the infectious sounds of classic vocal trios such as the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters were hit shows at the Cabaret de Paris. With lush harmonies and jive rhythms, they take audiences on a musical journey back to the 1930s and '40s full of sass and romance. Additional original arrangements of tunes such as "Moonglow" and "Sheik of Araby" make this a musical evening to remember.
GABRIELLE NICOLE in "DARK SIDE OF THE CABARET"
Come for a musical exploration of the subconscious and our darker sides through the works of Led Zeppelin, Cream, and other classic rock gurus... and of course a few Broadway favorites, too! Delightfully comedic soprano Gabrielle Nicole is joined by Jeff Caldwell on keys and additional vocals from Michaela Morris and Lauren Ambielli.
ABOUT GABRIELLE NICOLE
Gabrielle Nicole has been singing for as long as she can remember. She currently lives and performs in Seattle and feels grateful to have found the cabaret community here. She has performed in many genres including musical theatre, classical, rock/pop, and a cappella, and is so grateful for her friends and family who have supported her over all these years. She is currently a soprano in Joyful!Noise choir, and performs cabaret any chance she can get. You can follow what she’s up to on Instagram @theGabbaret (that’s with two “b’s”!).
March 2 & March 15
ANGIE LOUISE in "THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT"
What has music meant to you throughout the years? Join captivating singer-songwriter Angie Louise as she shares her own songs about art, love and longing, and a few by the artists who inspired her. "Louise is a singer, songwriter and actress with fearsome chops." - City Arts.
ABOUT ANGIE LOUISE
Angie is a performer/writer working in music, theatre and film. She is frontwoman and songwriter for acclaimed Weimar Berlin-inspired band The Love Markets ("Irresistible... A deliciously dark carnival" - Seattle Magazine); record releases include BEAUTY FACTORY and WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS. A member of Actors' Equity, she's toured regionally and appeared in many principal roles for The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre and more. Angie served as screenwriter, actress and songwriter for award-winning feature films GORY GORY HALLELUJAH and IRA FINKELSTEIN'S CHRISTMAS (Best of SIFF), and is a winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize. www.angielouise.com
ABOUT JOHN PATRICK LOWRIE
John Patrick Lowrie has been nominated for Gregory Awards for his work in "My Fair Lady" (Village Theatre) and "Sugar Daddies" (ACT, directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn). He has worked at theaters throughout the US and in Europe; voiced characters in 25 video games including the Sniper in Team Fortress 2; and led acclaimed acoustic guitar duo The Kiethe/Lowrie Duet for nine years. His novel "Dancing With Eternity" won the Foreword Firsts Award for Best Debut Fiction.
February 27 & March 23
March 22 & March 23
SWEET SPOT COMBO
Sweet Spot Combo mines its material from the deep vein of gold that is mid-20th century music, sharing their passion for the swing, jazz and popular music of that era from the Mills Brothers to the Four Freshmen to the Rat Pack and beyond. Upright bass, guitar, cocktail drums and three voices make for a lush wall of sound. A swinging good time is often the result. Featuring Ben Lang, David Salonen, and Matthew Stull (founding member of Grammy-nominated The Bobs). www.sweetspotcombo.com
JOANNE KLEIN in "ARE MY THEMES STRAIGHT?"
Joanne Klein explores the fascinating events of the past year with songs that allow her straight-shooting brain to go Kablooey!!! Enjoy this Song Spree and Soiree, with John Engerman on the grand piano.
ABOUT JOANNE KLEIN
Joanne is thrilled to be part of the March Is Cabaret Month Festival. 2019 is going to be a busy year for us all, and entertaining is one way to keep sane! Joanne has performed all over the place, recently in a delightful pub in Scotland, so please enjoy it all. Cheers! www.joannekleindiva.com