Performances at 8pm
Tickets: $25 / $35
at MTC, 509 Westport Avenue in Norwalk, CT
musictheatreofct.com or Call 203.454.3883
David Maiocco: An Evening with Liberace
David has traveled globally playing for some of the most iconic legends of all times - or at least reasonable facsimiles! For 14 years he played the piano and the role of Mort Lindsay in Judy Garland Live! starring Tommy Femia in dozens of U.S. cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Sarasota, as well as London England. David has served as musical director for Chuck Sweeney as Miss Peggy Lee - James Beaman's Marlene Dietrich Live at the Café Du Paris, and Black Market Marlene in New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Munich, and Berlin, Germany - Steven Brinberg's Simply Barbra - Carol Channing and Friends with Richard Skipper - James Beaman's Lauren Bacall at Don't Tell Mama. Off Broadway - orchestrator, musical director, and conductor for I Will Come Back! by Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin at the Players Theatre. Classical piano studies with Burton Hatheway - Fairfield, CT; Alfred E. Lee and Jung Ja Kim - Boston Conservatory; Gabriel Chodos - Aspen Music Festival. David has had the pleasure of playing for many artists in cabaret appearances and guest spot including; Ben Vereen, John Barrowman, Karen Mason, Pamela Myers, Jana Robbins, Christine Pedi, Sidney Myer, among others. His work in cabaret earned him the 2000 Backstage Magazine Bistro award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction, the 2002 MAC Award for Best Musical Director, and the 2017 Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo along with Chuck Sweeney for Lee Squared - an Evening with Liberace and Miss Peggy Lee.
Cocktails with Cole:
The Life and Music of Legend Cole Porter
"Foxy, frisky fun with shades of Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker."
- Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 2017
Songs included are "Too Darn Hot," "Let's Misbehave," "You're The Top," "Laziest Gal In Town," "It's Alright With Me" and many others.
Actress/Singer, Leslie Orofino has been enchanting sold out audiences with her sultry voice from New York City's legendary Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room to Napa Valley's Silverado Country Club for over 30 years. Leslie is accompanied by her musical director on piano or entire trio (piano, bass and drums) in theaters, nightclubs, benefits or private parties with her several critically acclaimed cabaret acts. After seeing Leslie Orofino at the Laurie Beechman Theatre International Cabaret Star, Julie Wilson exclaimed, "I had such a great time, I had to go back again...She's a winner! Leslie has a certain elegance mixed with sex appeal that sells each and every song. She's also a great comedian." Leslie's musical theatre credits range from lead roles in the St. Bart's Players in N.Y.C. as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Sharon in Finian's Rainbow, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon to the Westport Country Playhouse as Kay Goodman in Nite Club Confidential. Leslie recently said: "I have always loved the music of the '30s and '40s mainly because my dad filled our home with his gorgeous tenor voice singing those songs and passed his love of them on to his first born of four daughters....me. I love performing and was so blessed to have appeared across the country and for a few years had the honor of having my darling dad as my very special guest singer at the Algonquin's Oak Room." After a successful run of her show at the Algonquin's Oak Room Leslie released her first CD, Moonlight Cocktails in 2002. Critic Dave Nathan from All Music Guide remarked," Leslie manages to impart such a high degree of eloquence to the songs she sings that one can picture her singing these tunes live and in person. "She delivers each and every song with ease and aplomb. Solid cabaret and is highly recommended."
Raissa Katona Bennett: The Way of the Heart
On Broadway: “Christine Daae” in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and CHESS, as a benefit for the Actor’s Fund. First National Tours: “Jellylorum/Griddlebone” and “Jennyanydots” in CATS, and as “Lizzie Phagan” in PARADE, where she worked with the original creative team of director Harold Prince, choreographer Patricia Birch, author Alfred Uhry, and composer Jason Robert Brown. In NYC, Raissa has headlined at: Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room, Iridium and The Laurie Beechman Theatre. She has guest starred at: The Supper Club, Rainbow Room, 88’s, Don’t Tell Mama, Chita’s, The Algonquin, and Radio City Music Hall. She has soloed with many symphony orchestras and was guest soloist at the estate of the legendary Cal Ripken, Jr. She was featured at the Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble in their Any Wednesday series, performing selections from her CD, What I Was Dreaming Of. Her newest CD, Another Kind of Light, was released through LML Music, August, 2012, and can be purchased there or on Amazon and iTunes. Raissa was nominated for a 2013 MAC Award for Major Artist, for a 2009 MAC Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist. In 2008, Raissa had the idea to bring the world of cabaret, jazz, Broadway, and classical music to city green spaces as a way for diverse audiences to enjoy a free event and to broaden the appreciation of both of these amazing artists and the parks we so often take for granted. Annually since then, hundreds of people who otherwise may never have experienced this cultural art form have enjoyed many nights of amazing music under the trees. She received the 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC Award for Outstanding Achievement as the creator, producer and host of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES. In 2014, she was awarded a special Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award for this series. She was also nominated for 4 Broadway World Awards in 2012, and 1 in 2013. She writes a blog, “Raissa Recommends”, that highlights performances in the NYC cabaret and theater, and promotes animal rescue and a kinder, more verdant world.
An Evening with James Mapes: Master of the Imagination
James Mapes is The Imaginologist and his show, “Master of the Imagination™”, is a dazzling combination of suggestion, non-verbal communication, misdirection, intuition, psychology, storytelling and just a little dash of magic. It is an exhilarating, life-enhancing, mind-blowing, mystifying, fun and captivating exploration into the realm of the impossible. Considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on applied imagination, James has been a student of human behavior for more than 40 years. Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible. He performed his first magic show at the age of nine, attempted to hypnotize his brother at 12 and began acting at the age of 13. This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious. As a performer and speaker, he is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate and educate through fun and laughter, while always treating his participants and audience with dignity and respect, enhancing their unlimited potential and incalculable powers of the mind. Mapes ignited Broadway audiences with his critically acclaimed show, “Journey into the Imagination.” His performances have never failed to captivate his audience and win praise from the media, including the New York Times, Variety and the New York Daily News. He is a true “Master of the Imagination.” Mapes is the best-selling author of the Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking. His new web interactive book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance was published in October of 2016.