David Sabella Revives Icon Mary Sunshine in “Loopin’ the Loop – A Celebration of ‘Chicago’ and the Music of Kander and Ebb” at Metropolitan Room this November


“His multi-octave tenor achieves incredible majesty on sustained notes, with a delicate vibrato and modulations that testify to his technical expertise.” — John Hoglund

 “Sabella gives a refined, superior performance.” — Ben Brantley, New York Times

“This performer is a risk taker.” — Barbara and Scott Siegel, TheaterMania.com

“David… you have prepared this aria very well. You will sing this aria very beautifully on the winner’s concert like you are doing now. I don’t have to hear to the end. This is excellent, not good, excellent!” — Luciano Pavarotti 

David Sabella, original costar in Broadway’s longest running American musical, Chicago, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this iconic show with four special performances of “Loopin’ the Loop – A Celebration of Chicago and the Music of Kander and Ebb” at Metropolitan Room, November 2, 9, 16, & 23, 9:30pm. The show features music from the iconic revival, in which Mr. Sabella originated the role of Mary Sunshine, with insider tidbits and backstage stories from the early days of the mega-smash hit, gleaned from Mr. Sabella’s ten-year involvement in the show.

If you missed Chicago’s first opening night at City Center “ENCORES!” or wonder what happened during President Clinton’s visit to see the show, or who is really responsible for getting Chicago to Broadway—Mr. Sabella will spill the beans in “Loopin’ The Loop.” In addition to songs and stories from Chicago, he will perform music from 70 girls 70, Zorba, Flora The Red Menace, and the public premiere of a duet that was cut from The Visit (with Special Guest Star, Broadway’s Jana Robbins). Music Director, Mark Hartman, leads a trio of musicians.

Metropolitan Room is located in the Flatiron District of New York City at 34 West 22nd Street. Tickets are $24, and a two-drink minimum per person applies. To order tickets, phone 212.206.0440 or purchase online: http://tinyurl.com/hyqtdlg

About David Sabella

On Broadway: Originated the starring role of “Mary Sunshine” in the iconic revival of Chicago, with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, and Joel Grey, then returned to Broadway to appear with Melanie Griffith as Roxie Hart. He has returned as needed for the Broadway and National Touring Companies of the show. He appeared in the workshop productions of Kander and Ebb’s final collaboration, The Visit, with both Angela Lansbury & Chita Rivera. 

Off-Broadway, Mr. Sabella is currently in development with Jules, a two-character play with music about the life of Julian Eltinge. Other Off-Broadway credits include Kiss and Make Up at the Lucile Lortel Theater, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, the HBO reading of The Green Room, as well as Hexed in The City, Foxy,Watch Your Step, So Long 174th Street and O’Henry’s Lovers in the New York Musical Theater Festival. His regional credits include: A Little Night Music, Seesaw, Godspell, The Gingerbread Lady, and The Lisbon Traviata. In classical music, David has won several prestigious voice competitions including The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, The Metropolitan Opera Eastern Regional Auditions, and The New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall. He starred in the title role of Giulio Cesare with Virginia Opera (available on Koch International Label), L’ incoronazione di Poppea (Utah opera), and Die Fledermaus (Lincoln Center). He has appeared numerous times at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a principal soloist in such works as the Bach B-Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Peter Schickele’s comical Three Bargain-Counter Tenors. He has toured internationally with the now legendary La Gran Scena Opera Company. His discography includes: A full length Giulio Cesare on Koch International Label; the soundtrack to the musical CHICAGO on RCA Victor; Foxy, Watch Your Step, A Special Place and Everybody’s Getting Into The Act, (all on Original Cast Recordings). In Media: Mr. Sabella appeared twice on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and has been featured in national magazines such as Opera News, In Theater, Entertainment Weekly, A&U (Cover), OUT, and Next. After the phenomenal success of Chicago, David’s personal caricature was unveiled (June 1998) and hangs in the world-famous theater restaurant, Sardi’s. He has voiced several network television cartoon series, including Peter Pan and The Pirates for FOX and Teacher’s Pet for Disney.