AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND COMEDY XI Set for 10/8 at Don't Tell Mama
Michael Martinez is proud to announce An Evening of Music and Comedy XI at Don't Tell Mama on October 8, 2013. This showcase and variety show will feature singers Gabriella Marie Antonino, William Hartery ( Disney's Villains Tonight), Natasha Repass, Michelle Ricciardi and Katherine Robinson (Disney's Villains Tonight, Sesame Street Live! ). Producer Michael Martinez has previously presented showcases at Birdland, Don't Tell Mama and T. Schreiber Studio in New York City. These showcases feature emerging stars of comedy, music, and theatre. Michael has also promoted concerts and productions in venues across the country including B.B. Kings Blues Club, Carnegie Hall, Joe's Pub, La Mama Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, The Paramount Theater in Asbury Park and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.Showtime is 7:00 pm, door opens at 6:30pm. Admission is $15.00, plus a two drink minimum. For reservations call Don't Tell Mama at 212-757-0788. Gabriella Marie Antonino has been singing and dancing since the age of three. Gaby has received voice training from accomplished Mezzo-Soprano, Tessa Lang. She has also trained at Fazio Dance Center - directed by Julie Fazio. Local fans have embraced her appearances in numerous school and church productions where she has performed a variety of Broadway, Country, Pop and Christian Music. She recently began writing her own music and is currently attending St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. This will be Gaby's third performance at Don't Tell Mama. William Hartery, a member of AEA, has tread the boards of such regional theatres as the Walnut St. Theatre, Fulton Operahouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Westchester Broadway, and more, sharing the stage with gracious and talented folks like Mark Jacoby, Alice Ripley, and Sally Struthers. He toured the U.S. and parts of Canada with Cats as Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones. He was also fortunate enough to travel the Carribean, the Mediterranian, and the Baltic with his wife, Katherine, as mainstage performers with Disney Cruise Lines, where he originated the role of Hades in Disney's first all villains musical, Villains Tonight, working with the writers, Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen (of Silence! the Musical and Title of Show.) For the past three years William and Katherine have called Brooklyn their home. Natasha Repass grew up in North Conway, NH where she has worked with MWVTC summer stock for 10 seasons. She recently played Agnes inAgnes of God with M&D Productions. Some of Natasha's other favorite roles have been Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, Nancy in Oliver, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pippy in the Great American Trailer Park Musical , Joanna in Godspell, Maria in The Sound of Music and Sister James in Doubt. Natasha has directed children's theater camps for Arts in Motion and will be making her NYC cabaret debut at Don't Tell Mama. Nineteen year old Michelle Ricciardi is incredibly excited to be performing at Don't Tell Mama . She has performed in various productions throughout Queens including The Music Man, Pippin, Phantom of the Opera and Sweeny Todd. She looks forward to continuing her passions for performing while also being a full time student at Pace University. Katherine Robinson holds a BA: Music Theater Performance from Plymouth State University, in NH, and has been performing and teaching for over 18 years. She has toured the world with companies including Disney Cruise Line, Sesame St. Live!, and American Family Theater. Regionally, she has appeared with companies which include the Reagle Players, in MA, Stage One Productions, in NH, New Candlelight Dinner Theater, in DE, and the Walnut Street Theater, in PA. Katherine's favorite roles include the title character in Sylvia, Lucy/...Charlie Brown, the Narrator/Joseph..., Amnesia/Nunsense, Julie Jordan/Carousel, and Little Red/Into the Woods. Katherine has most recently been cast as Rosemary/H2$, which will open this November at the Rockaway Theater Company, in Queens. Katherine lives happily in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs.