SCOBAR ENTERTAINMENT is proud to present the acclaimed, MAC Award-nominated Talk/Variety show, Mark Hartman’s LATE BREAKING STORIES, which returns to the stage at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Sunday, February 19th at 7pm. The evening is hosted by Pianist/Music Director/Conductor MARK HARTMAN, with Saadi Zain on bass, Mary Equality Rodríguez on drums & featuring Mark’s special guests, Alison Nusbaum & David Sabella. The show will also feature another installment of Natalie Douglas delivering the “LBS Evening News!”
“This Talk/Variety show is sharp, intelligent & witty & watching Mark Hartman host it is like watching Dick Cavett with a piano!” NiteLifeExchange.com
David Sabella – BROADWAY: Original Co-Star CHICAGO, the Musical (1996-2006).OFF-BROADWAY: Jules, Kiss and Make Up, Hexed, So Long 174th Street, FOXY, Watch Your Step. VOICE-OVER: Peter Pan and The Pirates (FOX), Teacher’s Pet, Donald Von Drake (Disney). WINNER – Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. OPERA: Giulio Cesare, L’ incoronazione di Poppea, Die Fledermaus (Lincoln Center). DISCS: Giulio Cesare, (Koch Int); Chicago, (RCA Victor); FOXY, Watch Your Step, Everybody’s Getting Into The Act, A Special Place, (OCR). Mr. Sabella is currently on the Voice Faculty at Montclair State University, Fordham University, and the Open Jar Institute. He was the Director of Music and Voice at Broadway Theatre Project (2013-15), And, he offers private instruction at Sabella Voice Studio (www.sabellavoice.com).
Alison Nusbaum just returned from (almost) playing Berthe in the national tour of PIPPIN! Regionally, she has been seen in 9to5 (Violet), HAIRSPRAY (Velma Von Tussle), MARY POPPINS (Miss Andrew), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Martha), FOOTLOOSE (Ethel), and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL (Soap Star). Alison is a long time piano bar performer with a handful of MAC awards, including best female cabaret debut for her solo show LADIES; A RAUCOUS HOMAGE TO MEL BROOKS’ BROADS.
Called, “a true force of nature,” and “in a league of her own,” by Clive Davis of The Times (UK) in his TWO five-star reviews of two different London appearances, Natalie Douglas is a Nightlife, Backstage Bistro & seven-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Winner and recipient of the Donald F. Smith & Margaret Whiting Awards from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Natalie’s portrait also hangs on the legendary Birdland Jazz Club Wall of Fame.
Her performances have brought crowds to their feet across the U.S. (Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Café Carlyle, Herbst Theatre, Thalian Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room) and the world (The UK, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Corsica, Turkey, Monaco, Argentina and Mexico) with many different concerts featuring tributes to Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and Dolly Parton as well as shows about Cafe Society, the music of the 70’s and 80’s, songs of various civil rights movements and gospel influenced jazz and blues.
Based in New York City, MARK HARTMAN has worked on Broadway (Sondheim on Sondheim – Associate Conductor; Avenue Q – Associate Conductor & Music Director; the original production of Miss Saigon –keyboards) & was the Music Director/Supervisor of the Off-Broadway productions of Pageant, Stars of David, Silence! The Musical & Dear Edwina; eight shows with the Irish Repertory Theater & five with the York Theater Company. He was one of the lucky pianists to play The Fantasticks both at the Sullivan Street Playhouse & at the Jerry Orbach Theater. Regionally, Mark has worked for the 5th Avenue Theater (Seattle), Asolo Repertory Theater, Broadway in Chicago, North Shore Music Theater (IRNE Award Nom), The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Company & many others. He also conducted for the National & international productions of Guys & Dolls, Pippin & The Irish…and How They Got That Way. Mark’s cabaret appearances include Birdland, The Carlyle, The Crazy Coqs (London), Eighty-Eight’s, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Joe’s Pub, The Greenwich Theatre (London), Iridium, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Rose Hall/Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Town Hall & Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Most of these have been with 7-time MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas, with whom he has shared an 18-year professional partnership. Concert conducting includes the NYC premiere of Children of Eden, the 20th Anniversary concert of Rags, Camelot with Jeremy Irons, Oliver! with Brian Stokes Mitchell & a Rodgers & Hammerstein tribute at the Shubert Theater hosted by Shirley Jones, featuring Patrick Cassidy, Jason Danieley, Melissa Errico, Howard McGillin, Marin Mazzie, Paulo Szot & many more. He is the recipient of two MAC Awards & the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction.