2015 Cabaret Festival

13th Annual Cabaret Festival

 May 13th - 17th, 2015


Long Beach Library Hosts Live Performances and Special Events

(Long Beach, NY, April 25, 2015) - Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 13th Annual Cabaret Festival May 13-17 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook. All performances are FREE to the public

Featured events include:

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2 pm, "The History of Cabaret " presented by Susan James
  • THURSDAY, MAY 14, 7:30 pm, "Songs and Singers In The Making" Aspiring singers Anna Falvey,Jonathan KapilianMaegan Miciotta, and Max Tunneyperform in a master class workshop with musical director Gregory Toroian and Rob Lester, Cabaret Critic
  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 7:30 pm, "The Darker Side of Cole Porter" VERONICA SWIFT with musical director Tedd Firth at the piano
  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 8:45 pm, "The Living Room Show" BOBBY BELFRY, 2014 and 2015 MAC Award Winner, with musical direction by David Budway
  • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2 pm- "Cabaret Conversations: Inside the American Songbook "Established artists perform and comment on the cabaret genre. Susan James hosts the discussion with artists -- MAC Award Nominee Joshua Dixonactress/singer/Broadway and film stars Rita Gardner andAnita GillettePaul Greenwood musical director, Barry Kleinbort director/songwriter, and Veronica Swift, jazz singer
  • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 7:30 pm -"After All" ANITA GILLETTE with Paul Greenwood at the piano
  • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 8:45 pm --"In Memory of Anita Darian" Broadway, opera, voiceover and recording artist
  • SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2:00 pm "Daddy's Little Girl" PAMELA LEWIS with Bill Heller on piano, Ritt Henn on bass, and Marcus Parsley on trumpet

 Schedule is subject to change

This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library and  former  NY State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, and  Nassau Country Legislator Denise Ford

The library is handicapped accessible, located two blocks from the LIRR station in Long Beach, a 50-minute train ride from New York City's Penn Station.

To arrange performer interviews, call 516-322-1138. 


Artist pictures and bios follow in performance order

Thursday, May 14th    


Rob Lester


ROB LESTER has been a cabaret journalist for ten years. He writes reviews and articles on NYC cabaret live performances and CDs for Cabaret Scenes Magazine(on the web as cabaretscenes.org),NiteLifeExchange.com, and TalkinBroadway.com and has been a voter helping to choose the recipients of the city's cabaret awards.  Additionally, he's worked with teens as a theatre director/instructor for schools, arts organizations, and theatre companies, and now runs the inter-generational Play Nice! whose all-volunteer actors present his original musicals with positive themes, donating all ticket income to charities.  He has been part of AIP's cabaret weekends for several years and has loved the Great American Songbook since he was a kid being raised on Long Island with music-loving parents.



Gregory ToroianGREGORY TOROIAN  is an accomplished musical director, arranger, accompanist, teacher and songwriter in New York City. In addition to working with such artists as Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Cab Calloway, Donna Summer, Melissa Errico, and Jane Olivor, he has appeared in almost every jazz club and cabaret, (major and minor), in New York City.  He has toured with principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, and has made numerous radio and television appearances including the "Today Show" and "The Maury Povich Show".

Toroian's recording work includes the award-winning cabaret artist Sue Matsuki's, the debut CD for which he was arranger, producer and pianist. In 2006, Gregory & Sue won the MAC award for Best Duo Production. With NYC cabaret singer Nancy Stearns, he has done 6 CD's that are getting radio play worldwide. Gregory's vocal arrangements have been featured on a series of albums in the US and Japan, by the vocal group String of Pearls. He is currently working on his own debut CD.  As a songwriter, he has won a MAC award, (2008), and his songs have been sung and recorded by numerous singers in New York. He has also written the music for the theme song for a Boston Red Sox documentary called "The Joy Of Sox".





Anna Falvey                     "Bali Hai" & "Still Hurting"

Favorite past productions include: Shrek(Fiona),The Laramie Project,Metamorphosis, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol (Student DireAnna Falveyctor, the Ghost of Christmas Past), Almost Maine(Glory),Footloose (Wendy Jo), the Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon), Oliver!(Fagin), the Wizard of Oz(the Wicked Witch),Alice in Wonderland(Alice), Seussical the Musical (the Amazing Mayzie),  to name a few. Anna has trained for the past three years with the Wingspan Arts Conservatory of Manhattan, been an All-County Vocal member (Jazz and Mixed chorus, IV, V), and been invited to attend several master classes with companies including Smith Street Stage, Second Stage Productions, and the Tectonic Theatre Project. Anna is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well as LBHS's Jazz and Show Choir, and Symphonic Choir. Anna feels as though she has found her home on the stage and is so grateful to be able to share her passion with others.  


Jonathan Kapilian "I've Got The World On A String"&"They Can't Take That Away From Me"

A junior at Long Beach High School,  Jonathan is thrilled to return to the stage of the Long Beach Public Library, having previously been honored to perform in the Artists in Partnership Cabaret Festival as a vocalist last spring. JJonathan Kapilian
onathan is an accomplished vocalist, cellist, jazz pianist, and actor. Recently, Jonathan was one of only 24 students in New York State selected to be a member of the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble and he was a featured soloist at NYSSMA Day in Albany. He is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a seven-time All-County musician, and a two-time Long Island String Festival musician. At Long Beach High School, Jonathan is a member of the Symphonic Orchestra, Jazz and Show Choir, String Quartet, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. Memorable performances on the LBHS stage include Almost Maine (Dave),Hairspray (Wilbur), A Christmas Carol (Marley), and Shrek the Musical(Lord Farquad). In the summer, he studies cello and voice at the Usdan Center for the Performing Arts. Jonathan is happy to share his love for performing with others and hopes that you enjoy the performance tonight. Love to Mom, Dad, Lexie, Joshua, and Grandma Suzy for their encouragement and support.


Maegan Miciotta                              "Alright, Okay, You Win"  &      "My New Philosophy"

Maegan Miciotta is a senior at Long Beach High School and is actively involved in the school's theater and music department. She has participated in her school productions throMaegan Miciottaughout all four years of high school, receiving principle roles in Almost, Maine (Gayle), Hairspray (Penny Pingleton), A Christmas Carol (Belle), and Shrek the Musical(Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy). Maegan is a section leader of the symphonic choir, as well as a member of the after school jazz and show choir. She has been performing at NYSSMA since fourth grade, and is a 6 time All County participant, including 2 times participating in the All County Vocal Jazz ensemble. This past year, she was privileged enough to attend the All StateWinter Conference in Rochester, New York, and the NAfME All Eastern Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, where for each she sang in the Mixed Choir. Maegan is secretary of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, and an IB Diploma candidate. She will be pursuing a major in music education at the University of Delaware this upcoming fall.


  Max Tunney                           "Stars" & "Cheek to Cheek"

Max Tunneya junior at Long Beach High School has been performing since the age oMax Tunneyf five.  Over the years, he has appeared in nearly 30 stage productions with both children's and adult theatre groups.   Most recently, Max appeared as Shrek in Long Beach High School's production of Shrek.  Other LBHS theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad) and Footloose (Willard Hewitt).  Max is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and participates in LBHS's Jazz and Show Choir and Symphonic Choir.  Additionally, Max has performed with the All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the All County Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the All County Chorus and the Theatre Orchestra Society. When Max is not performing, he is pursuing his other passion, visual art. His work has appeared at the Heckscher Museum, in various exhibits throughout New York, on t-shirts, posters, books, and in Newsday.  Max has been a Kidsday staff artist for Newsday for the past eight years.  Max is delighted to again have the opportunity to perform in AIP's Annual Cabaret Festival


Friday, May 15th 


Veronica SwiftVERONICA SWIFT, jazz singer, is already a seasoned pro with 2 CDs as a leader (and a number as a sideman), festival appearances and headlining performances at major clubs around the country. In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Veronica was selected through a nationwide audition as the first singer to be part of the Telluride Jazz All-Star Band and performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado. She is one of 45 singers selected to participate in the Virginia Governors School for the Performing Arts. Her style is unique and interesting as she presents her voice in a mature, laid-back, easy swinging jazz style a la Peggy Lee. She's capable of fast swing as well as slow ballads and can tackle some of the most complicated music in jazz vocal repertory, including Annie Ross' "Twisted", Jon Hendricks' "Four", and other numbers made famous by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. Veronica headlined at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, Blues Alley in Washington, DC and with her parents at the Jazz Standard in NYC as well as numerous festivals and clubs around the country. In the spring of 2011 Veronica was the featured singer at the premier of trumpeter John D'Earth's symphony "Ephemera" at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia and performed with the 2012 Grammy Jazz Choir, appeared in concerts and recorded in the L.A. area February 3-13, 2012.    Veronica is the recipient of a full scholarship from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music where she is studying Jazz And Studio Voice. . She also received the LeRoi Moore Scholarship from Albemarle H.S. (LeRoi was a member of the Dave Matthews Band before his untimely death and attended AHS).   www.veraiconmusic.com


Tedd FirthTEDD FIRTH  is a New York City based accompanist, jazz pianist and arranger. As an accompanist he has worked with Tom Wopat, Lee Ann Womack, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Maureen McGovern, Faith Prince, Linda Lavin, Jane Olivor, Darius DeHaas, Marilyn Maye, Karen Akers, Rob Evan, Mary Cleere Haran, Margaret Whiting, Carol Sloane, Bob Stewart, Marlene VerPlanck, Nancy Marano, Barbara Brussell, K.T. Sullivan, Claiborne Cary, Craig Rubano and many others. Among the jazz musicians he has performed or recorded with are John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Frank Wess, Mark Whitfield, Red Holloway, Benny Golson and Joe Morello. New York appearances include Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Iridium, the Algonquin, the Cafe Carlyle, Feinstein's at the Regency, the Rainbow Room, Town Hall, the Russian Tea Room and Gracie Mansion. Numerous national appearances include a performance at the White House. As an arranger/orchestrator, Tedd's work has been performed by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Ocean City (NJ) Pops, the Stamford (CT) Symphony and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. Television appearances include "The Today Show", "All My Children" and "The Caroline Rhea Show".


Bobby Belfry


BOBBY BELFRY is an award-winning singer/songwriter originally from Long Island.  His recordings, One Lucky Day,  LIVE: In The Heart of The Universe and Imperfect Rhymes have all received great notices:"Bobby Belfry is one to savor, embrace and lend the hand of fame to"said Billboard Magazine.  Bobby has sung at The White House, The Plaza Hotel, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Kennedy Center and Feinstein's.  He was also featured in Victor Mignati's (R Kelly's Out of the Closet 2) music documentary "This Time".   Bobby has appeared on MSNBC, and WOR Radio's The Joey Reynolds Show, whose theme song, penned by Bobby,  was heard by 5 million nightly listeners. Bobby has won the Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, and has received two Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards.  To contact Bobby Belfry:  917 523-7962, Bobby@bobbybelfry.com

David Budway 

DAVID BUDWAY is versatile jazz and classical pianist who stars at concert halls and night clubs across America.  A jazz recording artist, he is also a song writer, arranger, and film composer. As a solo recording artist, he has released 4 CDs on the Allanna and MAXJAZZ labels.  He has played and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Louie Bellson, Mark Murphy, Marlena Shaw, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Pass, and George Benson.  He has toured with Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, and Liza Minelli.  In New York he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, The Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Cotton Club, The Jazz Standard, Zinc Bar, and Smalls.  As a classical pianist David performed many times with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Steinway Society, and the Pittsburgh Concert Society. 


Saturday, May 16th


Joshua DixonJOSHUA DIXON received his training from Circle In The Square Theatre School and Washburn University. Over the past few years, Joshua has been part of many cabaret and concert performances in venues such as Birdland, The Duplex, Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama's, The Laurie Beechman Theater and 54 Below. Most recently, you may have caught him in his solo cabaret debut, FLY UP! for which he was the 2015 Bistro Award recipient for Debut, as well as the Broadway World Cabaret Award and the TheaterScenes.net cabaret honors list for best male debut. He was also featured in Scott Evan Davis' PICTURE PERFECT and most recently Natalie Arneson's cabaret debut, MAMA DRAMA. He loves singing new works and has had the privilege of working with composers Scott Evan Davis and Alex Rybeck in evenings of their original material. His favorite theatre credits include Terry Conner in SIDE SHOW, Robert in COMPANY, Tony in MASTER CLASS,  Curly in OKLAHOMA, Valentine Coverly in ARCADIA, Dr. Frank-N-Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and Cornelius Hackl in HELLO, DOLLY! For more information visit his website at www.joshualancedixon.com


Rita GardnerRITA GARDNER has a long career on and off-Broadway.  She is best known for originating the role of THE GIRL in the longest running musical of all time, THE FANTASTICKS.  Broadway credits: A FAMILY AFFAIR, BEN FRANKLIN IN PARIS, 1776, LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, THE WEDDING SINGER.  Off-Broadway: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL . . . , STEEL MAGNOLIAS, WINGS.  Other theatrical credits: A. R. Gurney's THE SNOWBALL, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, GINGERBREAD LADY, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM and the national tour of KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN.  Ms. Gardner has just completed the very successful run of the Transport Group's production of I REMEMBER MAMA.   Select film credits: THE GOOD STUDENT, SUPER HEROES, P.S. I LOVE YOU (with Hillary Swank), and the upcoming TIGER LILY ROAD.  Television work includes roles on 30 ROCK and all of LAW AND ORDER series.   Her one woman show - TRY TO REMEMBER:  A LOOK BACK AT OFF-BROADWAY has toured nationally, and the CD is available on Amazon.com.



BARRY KLEINBORT has worked as a director, composer, lyricist, and librettist for over twenty-five years, earning him the prestigious Edward Kleban Foundation Award for Lyric Writing, a 2002 and 2003 Gilman-Gonzalez Musical Theatre Commendation Award, the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy award, two Back Stage Bistro awards, ten Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) awards, and two Cable "Telly" awards. Throughout the United States and in Europe, Mr. Kleinbort has directed and/or written material for such show biz luminaries as Kaye Ballard, Regis Philbin, Marcia Lewis, Mary Cleere Haran, John Barrowman, Penny Fuller, Karen Mason, Rita Gardner, Brent Barrett, Jeff Harnar, Heather MacRae, Jerry Hadley aBarry Kleinbortnd many others.  He has written and directed countless cabaret shows, and has conceived and directed topical revues and intimate theater productions in this country and abroad, including Rita Gardner's "Try to Remember-A Look at Off-Broadway" at the Sullivan Street theater, as well as lavish special event evenings including the all-star Kurt Weill Gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Donna Murphy and the late Jerry Orbach.  He recently adapted and directed the New York premiere of Bob Merrill's musical "The Prince of Grand Street" starring Mike Burstyn for the Jewish Rep and John Epperson's well received autobiographical evening SHOW TRASH at the Studio Theater in Washington,DC.  His new musical, WAS, (based on Geoff Ryman's cult classic with music by Joseph Thalken) was the inaugural production of the American Music Theater Project in Chicago.  Incidental music and songs include: the off-Broadway production of SECOND AVENUE by Allan Knee and the book, music and lyrics for ANGELINA, librettist for David Levy's PERFECT HARMONY, a musical play about the lives of the Barry Sisters and written continuity for "A Washington Opera Celebration" and the 2003 presentation of DIE FLEDERMAUS for PBS.  Over the past two seasons, he has written for six PBS broadcasts of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and, currently, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops.  For the past three seasons, he has taught song performance at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference in Connecticut and also at Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  A highly acclaimed revue of his theater songs, BIG CITY RHYTHM, which played the Triad Theater in New York City, is available on Harbinger Records.

ANITA GILLETTE won a MAC Award and a BISTRO (from ASCAP) for her one woman show, AFTER ALL.  She has performed it at BIRDLAND, FEINSTEINS, 54 BELOW, THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, and CAPE MAY STAGE.    She has more than fourteen Broadway shows to her credit, including CHAPTER TWO (Tony Nomination, LA Drama Critics Award) She was Sally Bowles in CABARET.  Other shows include CARNIVAL, GYPSY, GUYS & DOLLS, DON'T DRINK THE WATER, ALL AMERICAN, JIMMY, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, MR.Anita GillettePRESIDENT.



    Television:  She was Tina Fey's mother on 30 ROCK, a series regular on QUINCY,  ALMOST GROWN (by David Chase) THE WAR AT HOME, BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE, ME & THE CHIMP, NORMAL OHIO, and THE BAXTERS, ALL THAT GLITTERS for Norman Lear and recurring roles on CSI and Law & Order.  Episodic work:   MODERN FAMILY, BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, SEX & THE CITY, COLD CASE, WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB, FRASIER, LAW & ORDER, MAD ABOUT YOU.  She has been on every major game show including PYRAMID, PASSWORD, MATCHGAME, TO TELL THE TRUTH, WHAT'S MY LINE, etc., etc.   She was a foil for Johnny Carson for at least 50 TONIGHT shows.


Paul Greenwood (Pianist), Is well known as a pianist, arranger, and singer in New York City. For five years, he was Resident Pianist at the legendary New York nightclub, The Improvisation.

Off-Broadway, Paul Greenwoodhe starred in the hit revue, Our Sinatra. He appeared with two time Tony winner, Helen Gallagher, in Tallulah Tonight. At Manhattan Theatre Club, he performed with Mary Cleere Haran in her acclaimed 1950's tribute. Nationally and internationally, he has performed in concert halls, clubs, and cabarets including: The Oak Room at the Algonquin, Feinstein's, Birdland, Caesars, Town Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Paul has accompanied numerous performers in concert, television, and cabaret including: George Burns, Nancy LaMott, Jane Olivor, Art Garfunkel, Ann Hampton Callaway, Hilary Kole and Sylvia McNair. He was musical director in New York and Paris for the Bi-lingual Revue Metropolita(i)n. He arranged, music directed, and appeared in the original O'Neill Theater Center workshop of Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti, as well as the New York premiere. Recently, he has performed in critically acclaimed cabaret shows with Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette and Loni Ackerman. Paul is arecipient of a Bistro Award and a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and aDistinguished Artist, of the Beaux Arts Society.


Sunday, May 17th


Pamela LewisPAMELA LEWIS , a Long Island native, has been singing professionally since 1995, when she joined the traveling cast of Joey and Mary's Irish/Italian Comedy Wedding. In 2000, Pamela became the lead front singer for a 10-piece orchestra for hire, CODE BLEU, Long Island's leading party and event band. But she firmly landed on the radar of New York Cabaret and nightclub critics during her 2010 show at the Metropolitan Room. Cabaret Scenes Magazine raved that, "Champagne Pam is undeniably bubbly . . . a solid, vibrant voice . . ." Pamela followed that in 2011 with her next show, The Dog-Walking Diva at Don't Tell Mama. And again Cabaret Scenes praised: "A polished singer with a confident stage presence." 

Then came her show in 2013, Daddy's Little Girl, which she will be performing today for the 13th annual Long Beach Cabaret Festival! She exhibits the full range of her vocal and performing talents and this show earned her theBroadwayWorld Award for "Best Female Vocalist."   In her NEW show, it's time for this Long Island girl to pay homage to fellow Long Island native Billy Joel by shaping her new show New York State of Mind. And she'll be performing it just the was she is-a cool chick who is extroverted and accessible, and who can stand out among the women in this industry and also just be "one of the guys." You can catch her at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd street, NYC on Friday August 21st at 9:30pm and November 20th at 7pm. call 212-206-0440 to save your seats! visit her website at: www.CHAMPAGNEPAM.com


Bill Heller


BILL HELLER  (Piano) is from Long Island, New York and attended Fredonia State University and received a degree in Music Education. He paid his dues in the Long Island club scene, as well as on cruise ships. Heller is the Musical Director of the contemporary jazz group, The Rippingtons, and has been performing live with the group since 2001. He was a sub for the synthesizer player during the Broadway run of the Billy Joel musical,Movin' Out, and was the Musical Director for the 2014 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala when Billy Joel's band was inducted. In 2014, Heller released his first solo CD, Find the Way. For more info, go to: http:/www.billunaticmusic.com


Ritt Henn


RITT HENN (Bass) plays bass, writes songs, and lives in New York City. He's toured the U.S. and Europe, released four CDs of original music and one DVD of his short films (available at iTunes and CDbaby.com), garnered Bistro and MAC Awards, produced over 200 episodes of ManBassBoxTV, co-written a bunch of tunes with playwright/composer/singer Mary Liz McNamara, worked Off-Broadway as a bassist and band leader, and accompanied boatloads of cabaret singers. He's also played with Tom Jones, Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves, and Buddy Rich, though unfortunately not at the same time. On January 15, 2015, Henn performed the role of the Bass Player (a.k.a. God, literally) in McNamara's musical The Good Girl at the Snapple Theatre as part of the Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab.


Marcus ParsleyMARCUS PARSLEY (Trumpet) hails from Jacksonville, Florida, and arrived in New York City in 2002 where he became known mostly for his lush tone and deep soulfulness in both the jazz and R & B circles. Since then, Marcus has become a fixture of the international music scene through extensive touring and recording.  Parsley's professional career kicked off playing five nights a week as a member of the Loston Harris Trio for 11 years at the venerable Carlyle Hotel in NYC. It was there he developed his love for the American Songbook. Parsley has gone on to play and record with numerous celebrated artists including: J.J. Grey and Mofro, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, and many more. In 2014, Marcus released his debut solo recording, Sunday Strollin' (Rondette Jazz)For more info, go to:www.rondettejazz.com/marcus-parsley/