92Y School of Music Announces 2021 Cabaret Programming
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:10 pm EST 01/11/21


After its 2020 success with speakers including Chita Rivera and Joe Iconis, among others, the 92Y School of Music announces an all-new roster of cabaret programming for 2021, led by award-winning cabaret historian and performer, Michael Kirk Lane. Perfect for both practitioners and fans of the art form, it includes BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award-nominated interview series, Cabaret Conversations, as well as classes Cabaret History and Great Performances, and the newest, Cabaret Performance: Connecting to Your Lyric.

Mondays, 6-7:30 pm ET; $25* each or subscribe to all three for $60*. Register here

Mon, Jan 25: Jinkx Monsoon
Kicking off the new year, Cabaret Conversations is joined by world-renowned performer and winner of season 5 of RuPaul’s?Drag Race,?Jinkx Monsoon. They are a 6-time MAC Award-nominee, winning in 2020 for Major Drag Artist. Their debut cabaret show, alongside performing partner Major Scales, The Vaudevillians, played over 100 performances at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, before going on an international tour.

Mon, Feb 22: Telly Leung
Next on the hot seat, Broadway performer, recording artist, producer, and theater arts teacher,? Telly Leung?joins the conversation. His Broadway and national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago Company), and television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on?Glee.

March 22: Lennie Watts & Amy Wolk
This duo features 16-time MAC, 5-time Backstage Bistro, and 3-time Nightlife Award-winner?Lennie Watts?and performer, writer, host, director, singer, and current President of MAC,?Amy Wolk. Recognized as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer and booking manager,?Lennie Watts?has been active in the New York cabaret scene for 30 years and?was recently named one of “The 50 Most Influential People in New York Cabaret” by Nightlife Exchange. 4-time MAC Award winner,?Amy Wolk,?was the recipient of the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Comedy for her show?A Wolk on?the Wild Side. ?Amy has won 2 MAC Awards for her cabaret performances, including the 2011 MAC for Musical Comedy, and the 2004 MAC Award for Best Female New York Debut for her show, Different for Girls. Her solo shows include?A Wolk in Progress,?We Can Wolk It Out, and?Wolk This Way.

Tuesdays, 6-7 pm ET, Feb 2-25, $120*; register here
In four sessions, using video and audio recordings of influential performers throughout the decades – including Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, Julie Wilson, Baby Jane Dexter, Nancy LaMott, and many more, the series will explore the history of the art form and where it is headed into the future.

Begins Mon, Jan 25, 8-9:15 pm ET, $200*: register here
This 8-week class will help performers of all levels find a new connection to interpreting lyrics in the cabaret performance style. Cabaret is a unique style of singing and musical performance that is known for its intimacy and the emphasis it places on the lyric. It is also an art form that allows performers of all levels to find a stage. Whether the audience is full of friends and family, or a room full of strangers, that audience becomes the performer’s silent scene partner. The performer’s own connection to and interpretation of the lyric, engages with the intimate audience. In this virtual class, students will bring in songs they are familiar with and work to find their unique and honest take on the lyrics and how to communicate their meaning and intention with an audience, whether in person or through a camera. The class will culminate with a live streamed performance.

Note: these programs all take place remotely. If you register, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program. As these are remote online classes, enrollment is open to participants worldwide.

Michael Kirk Lane is an award-winning cabaret artist, having most recently won the 2020 Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for Male Musical Comedy Performer. Along with 3 previous MAC nominations, Lane has been nominated for 10 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, winning in 2018?for Best Show. Stephen Mosher of BroadwayWorld Cabaret has called Lane “one of the most popular performers and people working in cabaret today.” Cabaret Scenes Magazine?has deemed Lane’s work “musical comedy heaven.” Beyond his own experience performing in cabaret, Lane’s experience managing two of the city’s most renowned cabaret venues (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Don’t Tell Mama) offers him a unique vantage point and perspective on the art form. As a teaching artist for over 20 years, Lane has taught all ages from pre-school to retirement homes. In each class he brings the same philosophy to his teaching, no matter the age of the students. “Art, theatre, and music are ways for us to connect with our most authentic self, and to explore the world around us.”

*92Y needs your help. We are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. Your ticket purchase helps sustain our beloved institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community. Please consider donating today at 92Y.org/HelpNow. Thank you.

About 92nd Street Y: The 92nd Street Y (92Y) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92Y offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92Y.org .
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