Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tracie Thoms and Lucy Simon guest at 6/18 'New Voices' Concert

The third season of the acclaimed Monday Nights, New Voices series continues June 18 at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

Tracie Thoms, who starred as Joanne in the film version of Rent, will host the evening, celebrating the talents of ‘New Voices’ Brooke Jacobs, Rich Silverstein, Josh Lamon, Charl Brown and Nadia Wahhab. Show time is 7 PM.

Tony Award nominated composer, Lucy Simon, is the evenings Guest Composer. In addition to telling the stories behind songs from her songbook, Simon will also accompany herself on a song from The Secret Garden. Barbara Anselmi is the musical director for the evening.

Composer Scott Alan launched the Monday Nights, New Voices series to "showcase some of today's brightest new talent in New York."

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit CLICK HERE !!!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mariah, YouTube, MySpace, Rosie, Lindsey

Ok, so .... I am going to write a blog about nothing, but everything. Ready ? Great !!!

When I was in 7th grade, my aunt bought me the Mariah Carey cd for Hannukah. The greatest joy of my entire life. Hannukah was early that year, so I went out, and bought ten tapes (I don't know why I didn't get CD's, since I am sure they were around then, cause I had Whitney Houston's 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' CD ... Awww, magic ... Maybe the money that was suppose to be spent for lunch money wasn't enough for ten cd's ?) and I gave them as gifts to all my friends. Now, I had JUST moved to a new school at Cold Spring Harbor, and hadn't yet become the loser/nerd that I spent the rest of my life still having anxiety about, but MAYBE this was where it all began ? I was OBSESSED with Mariah. It wasn't until my second year at Stagedoor Manor in 1994 that I found someone as equally excited as I was. Her name is Emily McNamara. Emily and I bonded because we were both Mariah freaks. We even dated. Ya, I know ...funny funny ...how did she not know ? I remember that the 'Dreamlover' single with the b-side of 'Do You Think of Me' was released that summer. I was in love. Ohhhh, it was magic. I was in love with both Mariah and Emily ... in ya know, unhealthy ways !!! Well, I am still a loser, and today I had to shut off my emails on MySpace cause I have so many emails I haven't returned ...and why, you may ask ? What am I doing with my valuable time ? I am watching old Mariah clips on YouTube. I thought 'I hope nobody can track this. I have been on for hours, and all I've been watching is Mariah singing 'America the Beautiful' at her first basketball game; Mariah singing 'Hero' on Arsenio Hall; A rare Mariah performance of 'Vanishing' backstage at SNL. I hope nobody can see. Then, I get an email from Emily. Subject line: Mimi. Oh no, I have been found, she knows, she saw me on there. But NOOOOOO ....Guess who else is celebrating her time, watching old Mariah clips ? Yup Ms. McNamara. I have never felt so much happiness as I did in that moment. Mariah makes me happy. I admit it. And I don't care who knows.

As I mentioned, I haven't written back about 40 people on myspace. This week is now crazier then ever, and I just don't think I am going to be able to get to it, so I have turned on my away message on myspace. If its important, email me via this website, k bitches ? (Oh, I watched an episode of The Simple Life on E ! today. THAT I am embarrassed about).

Ok, before we talk about how upset I am (but understand) that Rosie will no longer be a part of The View, I must say, I am even more upset that ABC has the nerve to put out commercials saying 'Celebrate Rosie's last day on The View Monday.' Um, this episode was recorded two weeks ago people. This is NOT her last episode. When ABC shows re-runs with Rosie, are they going to say 'Rosie returns to The View' ?!?!? Dumb asses. Ok, now, let me say ...I AM SO NOT HAPPY THAT ROSIE WON'T BE ON THE VIEW. I am not alone in saying, I looked forward every morning to watching her on that show. It was incredible TV, but more important, she said it like it was. I won't slam the retarded Elizabeth, cause that would be mean, and evil spirited, even though the look of her makes me sick to my stomach ...I wont slam her ...it's not me ....piece of sh*t ...nope, wont slam her ..wish her well ... all I will say is, the girl deserves all the Bush she can manage to get !!! Dumb Ass !!!

Ok, dumb asses is Lindsey Lohan. I know many feel bad for her. They see this young girl, who got surrounded by the Hollywood life and say 'Well, I feel bad for this girl. She just needs to be saved.' Um, at 20 years old, I knew what I was doing, and I don't care what lifestyle you are living in, clean up your damn act. Listen, I have said it before, I am against drugs (yes, I drink, but thats where the line stops for me), but, I am aware that people are doing drugs. I am not an idiot (well, I am, but not when it comes to this). Yet, just cause you are in the Hollywood scene, doesn't mean you have to become a statistic of Young Hollywood. I look at Natalie Portmen, whom Rosie loves to use as an example of someone to admire, and I agree. I grew up with Natalie. She went to Stagedoor Manor with me, and we lived in the same town on Long Island, and she was always so grounded. She was bright, and talented, and lived a NORMAL life. I mean, she went to Stagedoor Manor even after she was a successful actress. Her father and Mother are incredible people, and always so supportive. You never see them on these sleezy entertainment news shows selling out there child. Lindsey's parents need to stop trying to live off of her. I guess if my parent's acted like a child, I would feel like I was the grown up, and could do grown up things .... Maybe it is sad ...Ok, I agree with all of you ...it's sad ...her family is sad, she is sad ... she needs help .... and, I hope she gets it. I mean, she can't sing, but she is a nice little actress. I wish her well ....

Wow, this was the most random blog ever, right ? Is anyone even still reading ? I didn't think so .... Ok, I have to go onto YouTube and watch old Whitney video's .... Has anyone seen her sing 'Home' from the Wiz on Merv Griffen ? LOVE IT !!! I guess I won't be sleeping tonight ....

xo -SA

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Oh the life ...

Hey Everyone -
I hope you are doing fantastic. Things here have been stressful. I made a decision not to really speak about the production of the cd until it is completed but it is so nice to hear that many of you are excited for it. I am extremely nervous about putting myself out there, but excited as well.

So, I saw Xanadu last night. I went to support my friend Tara Smith (also my writing partner on 'Piece') who is one of the lead producers on the show. Now, the show is CAMPY. It's just what it is. The cast knows it, the audience knows it and if you go there not expecting anything else, you may be in trouble. I think the cast is top notch, the music is OBVIOUSLY so infectious, and I found myself laughing and applauding tons. I was nervous about the show not living up to expectation without Jane in the lead role, but I thought Kerry Butler really held her own, and sang beautifully. They still have work to do, as it was only a first dress so I am looking forward to seeing the show further in the process.

Not much more to report other then that. I am working tonight. If you are in the west village come into The Stonewall Bar. I will be working EVERY Wednesday night for Karoeke night .... So, I hope you stop by and say. It starts at 9pm and goes until 1pm. Hope to see you all there. Should really be a lot of fun. Tonights the first night, so ...who knows who may stop by =-)

That seems to be all for now ..wishing you all a great day ..xo -SA

Monday, May 21, 2007

Ummmmm ...

Could Desperate Housewives or Ugly Betty have ended any sadder ? I am NOT happy ... NOT ONE BIT ... I cried at Ugly Betty, and just when I was thinking 'this is the big ending they have been talking about' on Desperate Housewives, the unthinkable happens. The next season better start with someone walking in and saving her life, or Michael Bolton will have to record a new CD. - SA

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

'New Voices,' The Studio, Turning a year older ...

Hey There -
So, last's night's 'New Voices' was so fantastic, and thank you to all of you whom came out to celebrate with us. All of our 'New Voices' have a wonderful career ahead of them. Frank Wildhorn couldn't have been nicer, or more generous of his time, and it was a joy to work with him. Frank and I are in talks to produce some interesting concerts this summer, so expect great things there.

As for the upcoming CD. We head into the studio this Friday. I am really excited. Jesse has been sending me mock files of the arrangments/orchestrations for the songs, and I couldn't be happier. I really think we have a wonderful product, and I can't wait for all of you to be able to purchase it in stores. If all goes according to planned, we will have a mastered CD on July 1st, and then I will shop it around for distribution. If nobody picks it up, I will be distributing all on my own !!! Oh, that will be interesting. Hopefully, everything goes the way I am hoping it will, and a CD will be out in stores by September. One particular song will NOT make it onto the CD though, but will make its way onto an incredible performers upcoming CD, and so I couldn't be more excited by that. I will let them announce that information, as it is there project, but it will be released prior to my CD, and will by my first song on a CD available in stores, and so ... well, I am humbled and honored, especially by the incredible voice singing the material, and the other composers whom I will be joining.

Sooooo ... I was born on May 16th, which means, a nothing Birthday arrives tomorrow. I also start my new bartending gig tomorrow. I will only be working one day a week as I have so much going on in my life right now, and just needed some extra cash to get me through. The older you get, the less excitment there is for birthdays, but I am really looking forward to working tomorrow night. I miss the bar scene. I am not the type of person to go out to bars often, so working at a bar, gives me the socal life I miss out on.

Other then that, I need to go finish my laundry, and eat some dinner. I hope this finds all of you well. The next New Voices is on June 18th, and I have already started to line up the evening. Should be another amazing night.

xoxo -SA

Sunday, May 13, 2007

New Voices !!!

Hey Everyone -
Just a reminder about tomorrow nights 'New Voices' concert at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre at 7pm with guest hosts Nikki Renee Daniels and Sara Schmidt, and guest composer Frank Wildhorn. It is going to be a GREAT show !!!!
To all you mothers, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY !!! xoxo -SA

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Nervous, excited, anxiety, and more !!!

Hey Everyone -
I hope you are all doing fantastic. Me ? Well, I am exactly what my subject title states. Nervous, excited and anxious as we begin recording this CD. We are still putting together the final track listing, and performers now, so nothing is set in the stone, but what we have as of now, is 13 songs (with a bonus song, sung by yours truly), and some of the best voices around. Of course, Shoshana Bean will be singing 'Home' for the cd, and Stephanie J. Block will join us to sing 'Never Neverland,' but the arrangments have changed, and sp, they will be completely fresh recordings. Obviously, I am nervous. I am putting money into this product that I hope people will buy. Also, I must echo Georgie Stitt's recent response when she said, 'this CD will allow people to see what it is I do.' For some reason, I have grown a reputation as a producer, due to the successful 'New Voices' series, and the wonderful Neo II Benefit at the York last year, and though I am happy by that, this project will allow people to see my greatest joy: writing. There will be two new songs on the cd, and the remainder of the CD will be filled with fan favorites. When Jesse and I set out on this venture, I wondered if I should use fresh voices, who haven't sung the material before, but after thinking about it, I decided that the voices I have worked with in the past are not only some of the best, but love the music and that shows. I wanted to have my friends a part of this project, and I wanted to look back and be proud of this time in my life. If this CD is successful, I will look forward to releasing many more !!! There are so many songs we couldn't include on this CD, due to the budget, but I think those who follow my career will be happy with the one's we have choosen.

So, how many of you have read 'Making it On Broadway' by David Weinir and Jodie Langel ? I had picked it up over a year ago, and skimmed through it, but have really started reading it, front to back, and though it shows the harsh reality of this business, it proves how much you must love the Theatre to be in the Theatre. I had lunch with a new friend the other day, and he said, 'You know, I must tell you something Scott. I love reading your journal online, but one thing has always upset me. I dislike the fact that you accuse people of judging you for having a job to pay your rent outside of Theatre.' Confused a little, I asked him to explain and what he told me changed my thoughts on the matter. He said, 'Nobody is judging you. The only person judging you is you. You may be embarrassed because of your own 'ego,' but those in the theatre understand, and are in the same situation as you, so you need to stop attacking others for your own perspectives.' You know what, he was right. I start my new bartending gig on Monday, and I am looking forward to it. I need money badly (feel free to buy sheet music...lol), and because of him, and this book, I have a better understanding on situations.

That being said, it is now time for me to go walk the pup again. We were just out at the pier, and now we are going to go get me a kit-kat bar (white chocolate, of course). I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. It is beautiful in New York.

Also, if you haven't already, make your reservations for the next 'Monday Nights, New Voices' with Frank Wildhorn. He will be performing NEW music with the talents.

  • Make Reservations Here !!!
  • Very exciting. Best, SA

    Tuesday, May 01, 2007

    'New Voices' May 14th; Frank Wildhorn Guests

    Frank Wildhorn, whose Broadway composing credits include Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Dracula, will be the guest composer at the forthcoming Monday Nights, New Voices concert at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

    The May 14 evening — hosted by New Voices alumni Nikki Renee Daniels and Sara Schmidt — will feature the songs of Wildhorn interpreted by Jeff Kready, Jennifer Waiser, Natalie Silverlieb, Brian Crum and Connor Gallagher. The five actors are currently making their Broadway debuts in, respectively, Les Misérables, The Pirate Queen, Tarzan, Wicked and Beauty and the Beast.

    Barbara Anselmi will be the musical director for the 7 PM performance. Wildhorn will accompany the singers on piano.

    Composer Scott Alan launched the Monday Nights, New Voices series to "showcase some of today's brightest new talent in New York."

    The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 16 Christopher Street. There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit www.theduplex.com.