Cabaret Spotlight Series
Initiated in 2012, The Cabaret Spotlight Series brings fresh and original talent to the iconic Martuni’s Piano bar. Aiming for connection over perfection, the series champions comic vulnerability–over drinks, of course.
The Three Jessicas, March 2016
Jessicas Coker (CARRIE, LIZZIE), Fisher (Heathers) and Quarles (Seussical, Heathers) brought you an evening of pop, comedy, and good old-fashioned belting. And some Wilson Phillips (of course). Featured ROLT’s ten-time music director, Ben Prince, on piano.
Sings Like Teen Spirit, June 2015
We celebrated the awkward, tragic and downright embarrassing in this evening of song and story. Ray of Light performers relived their most ridiculous high school experiences in the name of comedy (and healing). Featured Samantha Cardenas (Heathers, CARRIE), Jessica Coker (LIZZIE, CARRIE), Paul Hovannes (Rocky Horror, Heathers), Nick Quintell (Heathers) and Lewis Rawlinson (Triassic Parq). Accompanied by Ben Prince (Heathers, CARRIE) on piano and hosted by Eliza Leoni (Sound of Twosic, Tantrum of the Opera).
Age Inappropriate, January 2014
Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, baby! Heather Orth, following her acclaimed performance as Carrie‘s mother Margaret White, on the pleasures and pitfalls of playing 50 since she was 12. An evening of diva classics she had no business singing before her thirtieth birthday and a few songs she was somehow never young enough to perform.
RANT: Take It Or Leave It, December 2013
Eliza Leoni and Alex Rodriguez followed their sold out Let Saigons Be Bygones with a tribute to everyone’s favorite Pulitzer-winning story of pretentious young artists with AIDS. Musicalized drug addiction, selling out to the man, and talking a lot about art while actually creating very little made for a ridiculous evening.
Ray of Light’s Greatest Hits, August 2013
Featuring cocktails, cupcakes, and the Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, our very first fundraiser was hosted by the Countess herself and featured talented ROLT alumni singing some our our greatest hits. Catch video highlights here.
Sunday at the Bar With Steve, March 2013
As a prelude to Ray of Light’s season-opening Production of Into the Woods, we celebrated the legendary Stephen Sondheim with selections from the classics–and the underloved. The evening featured Danny Cozart (Baby, Assassins), Mia Fryvecind (Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd), Helen Laroche (The Full Monty), and Kevin Singer (Assassins, Sweeney Todd) and accompanied by David Möschler (Assassins, Into the Woods).
Let Saigons Be Bygones, February 2013
Eliza Leoni (The Tantrum of the Opera, Do Re We: The Sound of Twosic) and Alex Rodriguez (ROLT’s Tommy and Assassins; national tour of Miss Saigon) parodied the Cameron Mackintosh mega-hit with a loving send-up of hookers with hearts of gold, guilty American soldiers, scheming pimps and secret children. We pretended it was the last night of the world as they turned the heat on in Saigon! Catch video highlights here.
Love Is Blind, October 2012
The star of The Who’s Tommy and lead singer of The Cosmo Alleycats performed songs by Amy Winehouse, her muses and her contemporaries. Catch video highlights here.
Eat Your Heart Out, September 2012
The Ray of Light favorite (The Rocky Horror Show; I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change; Baby) brought us a scrumptious musical feast–the safest way to binge. Catch video highlights here.
Liner Notes: Songs From A Rock ‘n’ Roll Adolescence, August 2012
The director of Ray of Light’s Baby and local comic tour de force took us through her favorite five years in rock history, from Tom Waits to Motley Crue to Michael Jackson. Catch video highlights here.
Do Re WE: The Sound of Twosic, April 2012
They brought us home with Les Mehz and made us feel the music of the night with The Tantrum of the Opera. Then Alyssa Stone and Eliza Leoni became our favorite things with Do, Re, We: The Sound of Twosic! Catch video highlights here.
Sing But Don’t Tell, March 2012
A member of the local cabaret trio B.O.O.B.S (Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-top Broads Singin’), Jessica stepped out on her own for her first solo show. Catch video highlights here.
Ellyn Marie Marsh
Broadway Beltress, February 2012
Direct from Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Ellyn Marie Marsh brought her soaring high notes and scalding wit to Martuni’s. Catch video highlights here.