Six Questions for Sally Darling

MAC Hanson and Bistro Award-winning singer Sally Darling  continues the run of her new show Love, Lust & Longing at Don’t Tell Mama on Wednesday, July 5 at 7 PM and Sunday afternoon, July 9 at 5 PM. NiteLifeExchange had Six Questions to ask her about how she goes about putting together her shows with musical director Matthew Martin Ward which have quickly set a high standard for excellence in the genre.

1. NiteLifeExchange – You’re producing well-thought-out, highly effective cabaret. What is the progression for you from idea to show?

Sally Darling – Sometimes the idea for the theme comes first, sometimes it emerges from the music Matthew and I are assembling. Then we build the program around it. Mind you, if there’s a particular song we love, I manipulate the theme to fit the song! When the song list is complete, I start writing the text.

2. NLE – With regard to future shows, how many others do you already have in mind?

SD – I have one specific show in mind that, again, involves Noël Coward and another possibility. We’ll see what develops.

3. NLE –  What are the ways you go about sourcing material for your projects/shows?

SD – I usually include lots of quotations, so naturally I have several quotation anthologies! And when I hear an interesting one, I add it to my collection. For my Noël Coward show, I read a number of books about him, as well as his diaries and letters.

4. NLE – When selecting songs to be incorporated, do you bring a finished song list to your musical directer or bring a selection of possibilities?

SD – The song list develops as we create the show. I suggest, Matthew suggests, and so on. We are so on a wave length, that we’ve yet to disagree about a song!

5. NLE – I find it refreshing that you call it text and not patter?

SD – Patter indicates an easy, often glib, flow of words, i.e., a salesman or con artist. Text —or script— is a result of careful composition.

6. NLE – You have two more shows, this Wednesday, July 5th, and Sunday, July 9th at Don’t Tell Mama. When your audience is leaving a performance, what would you like to know they’re taking home with them?

SD –  What I would hope is exactly what Marilyn Lester said in her review of Love, Lust, & Longing: “Who can resist not only being happily entertained, but joyously enriched?”
Sally Darling with Music Director Matthew Martin Ward at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46 Street (Manhattan’s Restaurant Row). Remaining performances are: Wednesday, July 5 at 7 PM and Sunday afternoon, July 9 at 5 PM.

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