MvVO Art Launches AD ART SHOW
Cabaret

Calling All Singers

Calling All Singers

The “MetroStar Talent Challenge” is open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room. MetroStar 2017 runs for seven consecutive Mondays, from July 10 through August 21. Applications are now being accepted through Wednesday July 5.  To be eligible, all contestants must certify that they will be available throughout the jury-and audience-voted, elimination-round competition.

The tenth annual “MetroStar Talent Challenge” is giving itself a fresh, new look as it adds two new categories to the career-boosting competition.  This year, in addition to the MetroStar grand prize and its Special Audience Award (which was instituted in 2015), the 2017 edition of the summer tradition is adding an Innovation Award and a Best New Artist Award.

Returning as permanent judges are the singer and writer (and former MetroStar) Billie Roe; the Metropolitan Room’s booking manager and cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, and cabaret journalist Roy Sander, who has served as jury chairman since the contest’s inception. Top director Barry Kleinbort returns as MetroStar’s resident mentor, available as of the quarterfinals to offer performance-improving pointers until the contest’s finale. MAC Award-winning host Tom Gamblin returns for his seventh season as the contest’s master of ceremonies with the contest’s music direction shared by Nate Buccieri and Tracy Stark.

Since it took off in 2008, MetroStar has launched and redefined the careers of several standouts in cabaret and jazz.  Past winners, in chronological order, have been Anne Steele, Liz Lark Brown, T. Oliver Reid, Marissa Mulder, Billie Roe, Lauren Stanford, Kristoffer Lowe, Minda Larsen, and the 2016 MetroStar David Baida.

MetroStar offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including production support for a Met Room primetime engagement. During the seven weeks, contestants are encouraged to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks.  The contest’s co-producers are Met Room owner Bernie Furshpan, Macchia, Gamblin, and Beck Lee.

To apply, performers must submit either a CD (by mail or special delivery), or an mp3 recording and/or link if applying by e-mail. For details visit www.metropolitanroom.com

Cabaret

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

More in Cabaret

Anita Gillette, Mark William

The 2020 MAC Award Nominees

Suzanna BowlingFebruary 26, 2020

Broadway By The Year Brings Favorites Max von Essen, Brian Charles Rooney and More To Town Hall

Genevieve Rafter KeddyFebruary 26, 2020

Theatre and Cabaret News: To Kill a Mockingbird, Karen Mason, 10th Annual Clive Barnes Awards and Paper Mill Playhouse

Suzanna BowlingFebruary 26, 2020

Eden Esponisa Makes The Green Room 42 Her Own

Suzanna BowlingFebruary 24, 2020

Join Melissa Errico As She Sings and Talks About Michel Legrand

Suzanna BowlingFebruary 23, 2020

Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For March

Suzanna BowlingFebruary 22, 2020

My View: They Made All The Pieces Fit At This Concert..Michael Feinstein & Jimmy Webb

Stephen SorokoffFebruary 20, 2020

Jamie DeRoy and Friends Raises Money For The Actors Fund

Genevieve Rafter KeddyFebruary 17, 2020

Michael Longoria’s Love Songs Put Me in a Valentine’s Day

Magda KatzFebruary 13, 2020