Angela Shultz to Bring REALITY CHECK to Don't Tell Mama, 4/26 & 5/10
NYC cabaret artist Angela Shultz takes to the stage with her 2014 show "Reality Check" on Saturdays, April 26 and May 10, both shows at 5:30pm, at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788; www.donttellmamanyc.com). There is a $20 cover charge plus a 2-drink minimum. (Members of MAC -- $15.) Reservations may be placed by calling (212) 757-0788 after 4pm daily or by visiting www.donttellmamanyc.com
There's a fine line between fantasy and reality. For many people, that line is thin and blurred! Take Reality TV for instance .....no really...PLEASE take it! In Angela Shultz's new show, she explores both sides of that blurred line, and the people in serious need of a "REALITY CHECK"! Shultz uses an eclectic list of songs pulled from Broadway classics to newer hits by Joe Iconis and Jane Siberry to tell the stories of unrequited love, cat lovers, shark haters and more. Who couldn't use a little "REALITY CHECK" these days?? MAC and Bistro Award winning songwriter Brett Kristofferson will serve as the show's musical director. MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award winner Lennie Watts directs.
ANGELA SHULTZ is the 2010 recipient of the Hanson Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, as well as a 2012 Nominee for Best Female Vocalist for her show, "Do Overs." Other solo cabaret shows: The Whole Wide World (debut), Closer Than You Think: Songs of Brett Kristofferson, and Kiss Me Like You Mean It. As a cabaret artist, she has appeared at BB Kings, The Duplex, Metropolitan Room, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club and many more New York City venues. Angela also directed Hector Coris' 2010 MAC Award-winning performance in Life is Wonderful. Angela played Alice Beane in the 2012 National Tour of Titanic the musical. Recent regional credits include Titanic (Alice Beane) and Nunset Blvd (Reverend Mother). NYC musical theatre credits include: Assassins (Sara Jane Moore - Hudson Guild Theatre), Falsettos (Cordelia - Wingspan Arts benefit reading), Coris of Disapproval (2009 Shortened Attention Span Audience Favorite), Making God and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for Midtown International Theatre Festival, and developmental readings The Wasp Woman (Phyllis Futch) and Halloween Hullabaloo. Other favorite regional roles include Closer Than Ever (Woman 2 - Miss Byrd), The Secret Garden (Martha), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Company (Marta) Bat Boy (Ruthie/Ned), Nunsense (Rev Mo and Hubert), and Godspell (Joanne and Sonia). She holds a Master's in Theatre Education and a Bachelor of Music and taught for Professional Performing Arts School in NYC as well as Fontbonne and Missouri Baptist universities, Jefferson College, Stages St. Louis many other arts education programs. She has performed in master classes with Barbara Cook, Sally Mayes, Lina Koutrakos and Rick Jensen. For more info, visit www.AngelaShultz.com.
BRETT KRISTOFFERSON (Musical Director). Brett served as music director for Hello Dolly, Cabaret, Urinetown, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and Stephen Karam's EMMA at the Professional Performing Arts School. As a teaching artist, he has also taught and music directed for the Interprovincial Music Camp in Ontario, Canada, (Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, Curtains) and for Wingspan Arts Summer Conservatory (Children of Eden, Merrily We Roll Along, The Secret Garden, Ragtime). As a composer/lyricist, Kristofferson's work has been heard in numerous venues around New York City. Brett is the recipient of two Dottie Burman Songwriting Awards, given by Cabaret Hotline Online and MAC. He also won the 2010 Bistro Award for Special Achievement in Songwriting, and the 2010 MAC Award for Song of the Year ("Things That Haunt Me").
LENNIE WATTS (Director) is a 10 time MAC, 5 time Backstage Bistro, 3 time Nightlife, and a 2014 Broadway World Award Winner. He is the only person to receive awards as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer, and booking manager. He has been active in the New York cabaret scene for over 25 years. In addition to directing in small cabaret venues, he has directed events at Symphony Space, Town Hall, and BB King Blues Club. He has toured nationally and internationally with productions of The MusicMan (Marcellus) and The Wizard of Oz (Lion). He has performed at Town Hall in several concerts, including "Broadway Unplugged" and "Broadway By The Year, 1949," and can be heard on the cast recordings of both shows. As a theater director, he has directed productions of How to Succeed in Business....,Dames at Sea, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Phantom. Watts is the creator of "cablab", "Summer In The City", and The Arrangement Experience and Boot Camp, all critically acclaimed professional cabaret performance workshops. He created and produced the award winning "Under The Covers" series. David Finkle of "The Village Voice" calls him "A one man cabaret army!" He is the 2013 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Major Artist for his critically acclaimed show, Bloody Bloody Lennie Watts. Lennie was recently named One of the 50 Most Influential People in Cabaret, and is currently the President of MAC.
Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy