May Entertainment Announced at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room

April showers bring May flowers, but Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room brings outstanding entertainment to the stage all month long in May! First, Michael Richard Kelly honors pays tribute to an icon with "Songs of Judy Garland" on May 5 and 6.

Then, Jazz vocalist Miss Ella Gant takes to the stage on May 12, followed by Paul Jost with "Paul Jost Sings Richard Rodgers" on May 13. On May 19 and 20, Paula Johns will perform "Watch What Happens: A Tribute to Lena Horne". Bob Egan will hold his Singer's Showcase on May 24, followed by Sean Reilly and "The Sounds of Frank Sinatra" on May 26.

Michael Richard Kelly closes the month with another performance on May 27. Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room - the unique dining and entertainment experience reminiscent of the sophisticated supper clubs of the 40s and 50s - is located at 287 N. Keswick Avenue in Glenside, PA. There is Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 with a new and exciting bar menu. and soon dining al fresco with outdoor bar and lounge area will be open. See or call 215-884-2000 for more information, including specific music charges and minimums in The Celebrity Room.

Here's the May entertainment calendar:

May 5 and 6 (both at 8:30 p.m.) - Michael Richard Kelly - "Songs of Judy Garland"

May 12 (at 8:30 p.m.) - Miss Ella Gahnt

May 13 (at 8:00 p.m.) - Paul Jost - "Paul Jost Sings Richard Rodgers"

May 19 and 20 (both 8:30 p.m.) - Paula Johns - "Watch What Happens: A Tribute to Lena Horne"

May 24 (at 8:00 p.m.) - Bob Egan's Singer Showcase

May 26 (at 8:30 p.m.) - Sean Reilly - "The Sounds of Frank Sinatra

May 27 (at 8:30 p.m.) - Michael Richard Kelly

About the Artists:

Michael Richard Kelly, Entertainment director and co-owner of Dino's Backstage, Michael has been a professional singer for over 35 years. He came to Philadelphia in 1983 to do the musical spoof "Forbidden Broadway" at The Bellevue-Stratford, and performed for the royal family of Monaco in 1985 when performing "The All Night Strut" at The Casino De Monte Carlo for a month. He did his first cabaret show at Odette's in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1987, and he found that it was the perfect medium for him. In 1995, Michael, won "Philadelphia Magazine's - Best of Philly - Cabaret Act-1995" after performing for over a year at "The Club Above", in Philadelphia. Michael also won "Philadelphia Magazine's - Best of Philly - Pet Boutique-1998" for his shop at 12th & Pine Streets in Philadelphia, "...and Toto, too!"

Miss Ella Gahnt is a Philly-based Jazz vocalist who has been dubbed "Philly's Class Act" by local media and fans. She has "wowed" audiences at major venues including The Kimmel Center, The West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art "Art After Five" Series, The Painted Bride Art Center, The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, The Mellon Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Afro-American Museum's "Jazz Till Sunrise" Festival, and The Morrisville Jazz Festival. Currently, she performs regularly with her own trio/quartet, with The Clef Club Community Jazz Big Band, with The AC Connection, and as the featured vocalist with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra. She also performs occasionally with the Eric Mintel Quartet, with Nasir Dickerson & the Renaissance Messengers, with the Webb Thomas Trio, and the Lynn Riley Quartet.

Paul Jost is an eclectic artist: a vocalist, drummer, arranger and composer who performs frequently in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey along with recent tours in South Korea, Ireland and Germany. In New York, he can be seen on the last Wednesday of the month at 55 Bar and he performs frequently at SMOKE and other venues. He recently was the featured vocalist in a concert titled "Hammerstein and Sondheim." His solo CD "Breaking Through" (Dot Time Records) continues to receive raves worldwide. One of his originals, "Book FadEd Brown", is a song he is honored to have had recorded by The Band, Rick Danko and Carl Perkins. Paul can be heard on SiriusXM Radio,

Paula Johns is an accomplished cabaret singer and jazz vocalist who hails from Philadelphia. She is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald and other great contemporaries of that era, but Paula brings her own distinctive panache to each song she sings, especially the songs from The Great American Songbook. With a voice like butter, she enjoys a great lyric that tugs at your heartstring, as well as a lyric that'll make you fall off your seat with laughter. Her passion for the music ignites the emotions of her audiences and allows them to feel the stories that each song tells.

Bob Egan has continued to appear throughout PA, NJ and New York for the past 30 years. He is an accomplished accompanist and musical director for vocalists. Bob is best known for his singers open-mic nights, which he holds weekly at Bowman's Tavern in New Hope PA and regularly at The Claridge Hotel (Atlantic City NJ), The Clinton House (Clinton NJ) and in Asbury Park NJ at Moonstruck, The Asbury (Hotel) and Tim McLoone's Asbury Grille. He also can be seen at the piano at The Nassau Club (Princeton, NJ), and The Bernards Inn (Bernardsville, NJ). Bob was the creator of the famous piano bar at Odette's, which ran for 21 years and was the winner of the "Best of Philly" Award for the "Best Piano Bar." His repertoire includes thousands of songs from The Great American Songbook, Broadway and Standards -- straight through to the current Pop Hits of today.

Sean Reilly calls himself a Frank Sinatra "emulator". He and Musical Director David Zipse, along with the Sinatra Centennial Orchestra (or trio) delight audiences across the Mid-Atlantic by recreating the Sounds of Sinatra live.

About Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room:

Imagine the sophisticated scene of the supper clubs of the 40's and 50's! That's exactly what co-owners Dino Kelly-Cataldi and Michael Kelly-Cataldi did when they dreamed up Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room, the deluxe restaurant, bar and cabaret in Keswick Village, Glenside, PA. They combined wonderful entertainment, outstanding food, impeccable service and magnificent décor in a building designed by the legendary Horace Trumbauer and a space created by the highly-acclaimEd Stokes Architecture. Shortly after they opened, Dino's was named #1 restaurant for Ambiance from Located at 287 N Keswick Ave. in Glenside, there are four dining options - the dining room, the bar, the luxurious Celebrity Room and outdoor dining -- that can accommodate up to 120 diners. There is a new and exciting bar menu. Dining al fresco with outdoor bar and lounge area will be open weather permitting. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Brunch - 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (215) 884-2000.

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