love letter to Cabaret. Global Liberal Studies Thesis, New York University
This thesis documentary is about the art form of cabaret. It explores how people define cabaret, what people are currently doing in the art form, and why it is relevant and important today. As it answers these questions, you get a glimpse into the world of cabaret through interviews and performances from people in the industry. Join New York artists Sidney Meyer, Leanne Borghesi, Marta Sanders and many more!
A New Quarantine- Themed Music Video, “Together in One Place” Starring Leanne Borghesi. Watch it now, featured on Playbill.com
The light-hearted, showtune-style number pays homage to both performers and audiences missing the stage.
Check out cabaret star Leanne Borghesi singing “Together in One Place,” a light-hearted tribute to performers and the audience, above. The music video features Borghesi as a lonely chanteuse wondering how to create art during quarantine—beyond singing to her kitchen appliances.
The song is written by Composer: Dana P. Rowe (The Witches of Eastwick) and Lyricist Nathan Cann. “We really are in unparalleled times in the performing arts,” said Rowe. “It was critical that we find the right balance of humor, spirit, and humanity that would uncover the many dimensions of what it means for more conventional live performances to be on an indefinite intermission.”
Both the songwriting and video production for “Together in One Place” grew out of real-life creative challenges for the entire team. Nicolas Minas– Directed from New York City, with Cinematography by Kristen Meloche in Arizona, and on-location crew support from Sharon Boggs in California.
“We were feeling cut off from the joy of bringing art into the world and from each other,” said Borghesi. “So, we decided to start from scratch. The project took on a ‘let’s put on a show’ momentum all its own.”
Rowe and Cann are currently at work on The Hills, an original musical comedy.
New York’s consummate cabaret and musical theater Powerhouse- MARTA SANDERS teams up with larger than life comedic Chanteuse LEANNE BORGHESI in “SHOWBROADS” a bawdy new nightclub act at Birdland Jazz Club, that played pre-pandemic November 17th 2019 and March 8th, 2020.
Due to COVID19 their West Coast debut at Feinstein’s at the Nikko has been postponed until 2021.
SHOWBROADS is a comedic, musical nightclub act starring Marta Sanders (Broadway’s Best Little Whorehouse) and Leanne Borghesi (Mood Swings). Borghesi and Sanders, both powerhouse cabaret singers, are uniting to bring audiences a “a one-two knockout punch”. (Cabaret HotSpot)
Called “A sumptuous feast of outrageousness,” by BroadwayWorld, this show promises a parade of show stopping numbers and big over-the-top laughs.
“These two classy broads combine their brassy belts and comedic chops to spin out 75 minutes of hip, neo-vaudevillian entertainment.” – Nitelife Exchange
“Sanders and Borghesi are a marvel as they not only own the stage, they fill the room…with energy, with flair, and with death-defying vocals.” Broadway World
SHOWBROADS…A Night Club Duel Starring: Marta Sanders & Leanne Borghesi Directed by Nicolas Minas Book by Nathan Cann Musical Direction & Arrangements by Dana P. Rowe Choreography by Pim Van Amerongen Sound Design by Sharon Boggs Birdland Musicians: Don Kelly-drums, Jim Piela- sax/clarinet/flute, Jamie Mohamdien-bass.
Vocalist & Cabaret Artist- Leanne Borghesi returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center
with The Mabel Mercer Foundation to celebrate 30 years of the New York Cabaret Convention in a very special evening honoring the life & work of Judy Garland. The convention plays four amazing nights at Rose Theater featuring cabaret artists from New York and around the world Oct. 28-31st!
Leanne Borghesi’s MOOD SWINGS is back to play New York’s Laurie Beechman Theater. From sold out houses at The Triad & Feinstein’s at the Nikko,, Borghesi shines in this one of a kind 75-minute spree of sultry jazz, bawdy comedy, and over-the-top bling! Borghesi’s robust vocals and comedic chops are accompanied by a sizzlin’ 4 piece jazz combo under the musical direction of Brandon Adams. Directed by Nicolas Minas, longime “theatrical cabaret” pioneer, this comedy act is not to be missed!
Tuesday March 26th, the 33rd, 2019 MAC Awards will be held in New York at Sony Hall. I am so very excited to be Female Debut Nominee for my comedic cabaret club act: MOOD SWINGS. I am joined by a wonderful group of entertainers and artists. Congratulations to all this years nominees! Watch clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R57QUNYzs1g&feature=youtu.be
Broadway World announcement here:
CLASSIC MELODIES FROM THE GROUNDBREAKING STAGE AND FILM COMPOSER WILL BE CELEBRATED BY THE MABEL MERCER FOUNDATION AND ITS VOCALISTS IN A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CABARET CONCERT
“All the Things You Are” The Music of Jerome Kern, an extraordinary, one-time-only concert event to be produced by The Mabel Mercer Foundation on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be given at Weill Recital Hall (part of the Carnegie Hall complex) at 154 West 57th Street, and more than twenty preeminent cabaret vocalists are scheduled to celebrate the man whose compositions “turned American popular song into an art form – first on Broadway and then in the movies.”
The Mercer Foundation’s artistic director KT Sullivan will host the concert, which features both established and new-to-cabaret entertainers in their interpretations of the legendary Kern songbook. On the bill: Danny Bacher, Raissa Katona Bennett, Leanne Borghesi, Alexis Cole, Tim Connell, Natalie Douglas, Eve Eaton, Eugene Ebner, Rachel Hanser, Christina Jimenez, Renee Katz, David LaMarr, Minda Larsen, Alex Leonard, Karen Mack, Stearns Matthews, Jeff Macauley, Anais Reno, Wendy Russell, Roger Schmelzer, Lauren Stanford, and Joanne Tatham. Jon Weber will serve as musical director, with Steve Doyle on bass and David Silliman on percussion.
Tickets for “All the Things You Are” @ $75.00 (mid-and-rear orchestra) or $30.00 (balcony) may be purchased online at carnegiehall.org; at the Carnegie Hall box office, Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212 247-7800 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. A Patron Package for the performance is also available directly and exclusively from The Mabel Mercer Foundation @ $150.00. That price includes seating in the first seven rows of the orchestra, as well as an after-party with the performers at a nearby private residence. Please call 212 980-3026 for availability.
Ms. Sullivan offers, “Since 2014, a celebratory spring concert in New York City has become one of The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s annual presentations. We’ve commemorated the repertoire of singer Margaret Whiting and of such songwriters as James Van Heusen, Cole Porter, Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz, and Ervin Drake.
“These programs continue to showcase performers who are established favorites and serve as well to incorporate new, young entertainers into our presentations. It’s both a means of introducing them to this repertoire and to the audiences who unfailingly enjoy it, thus fulfilling one of the most important aspects of our Foundation charter.”
In selecting Jerome Kern as their 2019 honoree, The Mabel Mercer Foundation pays homage to the composer who – with his diverse lyricists and librettists — preeminently shaped the American musical comedies, plays, and (eventually) motion pictures of the first half of the twentieth century. Kern was born in New York City on January 27, 1885, and musically trained there as well as in Heidelberg, Germany. By 1905, he was contributing tunes to Broadway productions, writing his first full score in 1912. The melodist hit his stride with “They Didn’t Believe Me” (1914); thereafter, his songs were heard in more than one hundred stage and film musicals. Among Kern’s unforgettable Broadway, London, or Hollywood masterworks: “Look for the Silver Lining,” “Who,” Show Boat (“Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “My Bill,” “Make Believe,” “Why Do I Love You?”), Sweet Adeline (“Why Was I Born?,” “Don’t Ever Leave Me”), Music in the Air (“The Song is You,” “I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star”), Roberta (“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Yesterdays,” “I Won’t Dance”), and Very Warm for May (“All the Things You Are”).
In Hollywood, Kern specifically crafted songs for Swing Time (“A Fine Romance”), You Were Never Lovelier (“I’m Old Fashioned”), and Cover Girl (“Long Ago [And Far Away]”). He twice won the Academy Award “Best Song” Oscar, for Swing Time’s “The Way You Look Tonight” (lyric by Dorothy Fields) and Lady Be Good’s “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II). Among Kern’s other collaborators: Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, E. Y. Harburg, Otto Harbach, P. G. Wodehouse, and Guy Bolton.
In all, it’s estimated that Jerome Kern composed more than seven hundred songs. He was sixty years old when he died in New York City on November 11, 1945, and a semi-fictional adaptation of his life story was released a year later in MGM’s highly successful movie musical, Till the Clouds Roll By. Kern was one of the initial inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and, fifteen years later, became one of the first “popular” composers to appear on a USPS postage stamp.
For further information about “All the Things You Are”/The Music of Jerome Kern, please call The Mabel Mercer Foundation: 212 980-3026 — or visit www.mabelmercer.org f
Leanne Borghesi debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The 29th New York Cabaret Convention, NYC, Oct 12th, 2018
The 29th Annual New York Cabaret Convention with The Mabel Mercer Foundation
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater NYC Oct 12th, 2018
The Night They Invented Champagne: The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
“Newcomer Leanne Borghesi from San Francisco brought down the house at the end of Act One with her smashing version of “No Man is Worth It” (DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER), with saxophonist Jim Piela joining the band and Borghesi’s accompanist, Brandon Adams. From the moment she appeared in her fiery red sequined gown, Borghesi owned the stage, and her soaring belt was very impressive.” Eugene Ebner, BWW
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget.
Come see Leanne Borghesi at Center REP , the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for the Arts. Our season consists of six productions a year – a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies, both classic and contemporary, that continually strive to reach new levels of artistic excellence and professional standards.
Music & Lyrics by: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
and some songs by: Stig Andersson
Book by: Catherine Johnson
Originally Conceived by: Judy Craymer
Directed by: Marc Jacobs
Musical Direction by: Brandon Adams
Choreographed by: Robyn Tribuzi
“ABBA-solutely fabulous!” – Daily Mail
A raucous debut and 6 month run of Leanne Borghesi’s MOOD SWINGS at New York’s off-Broadway’s The Triad Theater ,
From sold out houses at Feinstein’s at the Nikko get seduced into “Borghesi’s Hideaway” for a one of a kind 75-minute spree of swingin’ jazz, bawdy comedy, and over-the-top bling! Borghesi’s robust vocals and comedic chops , accompanied by a sizzlin’ 4 piece jazz combo under the musical direction of Brandon Adams. Directed by Nick Minas. Leanne Borghesi is a hoot.”-The Village Voice, “A delightful Leanne Borghesi…knows no bounds” -Dennis Harvey, Variety