NEW YORK CABARET UNLIMITED is an ensemble of two to four singers, a pianist, and a narrator which presents popular musical revues of George Gershwin (By George!), Irving Berlin (An Evening with Irving), Cole Porter (Cookin' With Cole), Lorenz Hart (You've Gotta Have Hart), and Gilbert & Sullivan (An Evening With Gilbert & Sullivan). With narrations describing aspects of the personal lives of these composers, each critically acclaimed show highlights their contributions to the Broadway stage and to Hollywood films. The ensemble performs memorable tunes that span the generations providing an entertaining, exciting, and informative evening. Upcoming performances are scheduled in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
Ensemble members include singers Lee Schwartz, Michael Fisher, Rebecca Axelrod, and Louise Jordan; arranger, pianist Walter Levine; narrator, Linda Levine; and occasional guest artists.
ABOUT THE MEMBERS
REBECCA AXELROD, a graduate of Oberlin College, is a versatile singer of cabaret, musical comedy, opera, and operetta. A veteran of regional and community theater, she has sung numerous principal roles in musicals throughout Westchester County, New York, and also sings with an opera excerpt ensemble. A Gilbert & Sullivan buff, she has portrayed most of the leading soprano roles in this genre, including performances with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Rebecca has directed and co-produced children's theater, and gives private voice lessons.
LOUISE JORDAN, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, has garnered rave reviews for her performances as Peter Pan, Phoebe in Yoeman of the Guard, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Baroness Schrader in The Sound of Music. She has appeared in Connecticut's Good Speed Opera House, cabarets in Manhattan, movies, industrial films, and television. she recenty created the role of Miss Ingram in John Taylor Thomas's Jane Eyre--The Musical. Her most recent role was that of Nancy in Oliver. Louise was resident actress for a summer at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Foundation in New London, Connecticut.
LEE SCHWARTZ is a favorite with New York audiences and critics alike, with too many credits to mention here. He juggles the multi-careers of singer, dancer, producer, director, teacher and cantor. He is a singer of songs from Bach to jazz, from opera and oratorio to Broadway and the concert stage. Lee has sung more than 20 roles in opera and operetta, most of the baritone repertoire for oratorio. He has performed with various Broadway and road companies and as soloist with prominent orchestras. He now tours the United States and abroad as soloist with the ensemble Amadeus Virtuosi of New York, and with Operalacarte.
MICHAEL FISHER is a veteran of Westchester regional theatre. He has performed the roles of Dr. Pangloss in Candide, Mr. Kodaly in She Loves Me, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and appeared in Lyrics by Harnick for Pleasantville Music Theatre. For the Chappaqua Drama Group, he was in Jacques Brel, Love Cole, played Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Peacham in Three Penny Opera, and the title role in The Mikado. With the Gilbert and Sullivan Troupe of the Mid-Westchester and the Westchester Light Opera Players he played the major bass-baritone roles in Pirates of Penzance, Gondoliers, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, HMS Pinafore, Yoeman of the Guard, Patience, and Princess Ida.
LINDA LEVINE has sung Gilbert & Sullivan music for many years with troupes in both New York and Oxford, England. this season she performed G&S with the Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra. Membership in notable New York choruses included The St. Cecilia, Workman's Circle, St. James the Less and Westfair Chamber Singers. She currenly sings with Cantemus. Linda is a devotee of the Berkshire Choral Festival, in Sheffield, Massachusetts, in which she performs each summer.
WALTER LEVINE has been the musical director and accompanist for many shows for Chappaqua Drama Group, Pleasantville Music Theatre, Fort Hill Players, ACT, Irvington Town Hall Theater, Yorktown Theater, AST, as well as the Abingdon Operatic Society in England. His shows include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pirates of Penzance, Chess, Little by Little, Funny Girl, 42nd Street, Into the Woods, Three Penny Opera, Baby, Berlin to Broadway, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate, King and I, Cabaret, Company, Mame, She Loves Me, Candide, Fiddler on the Roof, Carnival, Jacques Brel, and My Fair Lady. He has written An Evening with Irving, By George! and Cookin' With Cole.
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