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SO YOU WANT TO SING CABARET
David Sabella and Sue Matsuki announce the release of their new book, So You Want to Sing Cabaret. This is the 20th and final book in the So You Want to Sing…series, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and published by Rowman & Littlefield (June 2020). The book explores all aspects of the relatively unknown and unique genre of vocal performance known as Cabaret. Here is what "they" are saying about this book"“Such important information and a must-read for all singers and teachers. I was fascinated.”— Chita Rivera, Tony Award–winning actress “A remarkable combination of instruction, inspiration, reminiscence, and just plain good sense. David Sabella and Sue Matsuki’s book is a wonderfully readable bible for those interested in the world of cabaret, professionally or just out of curiosity. ”— John Kander, Tony Award–winning Broadway composer (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss o...
HOW'S THAT FOR OPENERS?
Here are 3 wonderful reviews we received for this show. The premise of which was that the show was composed of all Opening Numbers from several of my shows over the past 30 years but the "hook" was that it was not a show about Opening Numbers.****Sue Matsuki HOW'S THAT FOR OPENERS? Is Cause For Celebration at Don't Tell Mama - Stephen Mosher, Broadway WorldThirty-three years to the day. That's what September 16, 2019, was - thirty-three years since Sue Matsuki stepped onto the stage at Don't Tell Mama to audition for Sidney Myer. Nervous, scared, excited, Ms. Matsuki gave it the old college try; and though it wasn't her best audition, Sidney saw something in her and decided to give her a shot, something Sidney has been known to do over the years, and Sue Matsuki had a place to sing. Three plus decades later, the elegant Ms. Matsuki stepped, once more, onto the stage that she has occupied many times, and opened her mouth t...
SUE MATSUKI AT THE BEECHMAN
I have seen Sue Matsuki perform many times over the past eleven years. As I've said before, and will doubtless have occasion to say again, one of the most gratifying aspects—no, make that greatest pleasures—of covering cabaret over an extended period of time is seeing artists develop and grow, so it is with great pleasure that I can report that Matsuki's new show not only represents her best work to date, it is also one of the finest shows I've seen anyone deliver this year. Working for the first time with director Eric Michael Gillett, and for the umpteenth time with her musical director for the past thirteen years, Gregory Toroian, Matsuki has put together a very intelligent, tight show, with no blah-blah-blah patter and a nice mixture of classics and new discoveries. The most striking element of the evening is the remarkable quality of her interpretations0each based on a chosen point of view and delivered with commitment and a singularity of purpose, devoid of extrane...
SUE & EDD'S FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW
“The holidays are upon us in full force. I am not alone in being enamored by the fantastic vocals of this MAC Nominated duo, Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark. Alone or in duet their voices are clear and beautiful. I have had my copy (of their CD) since the first year, and at this time of the year it is loaded on my iPod Shuffle and serves as a soundtrack to my life in December.
In addition to great vocals, and a song list of both old and new favorites, the show was blessed with a new song, written by Ms. Matsuki and the show's musical director, Paul Stephan, called "No More Sugar for Christmas." Edd's delivery of "The Gift of Maggie" has become classic, and once again Sue dismembered her "Pretty Little Dolly." There were fun songs, serious songs, and lots of funny bits between songs - this duo has enough chemistry to win them a spot in the Gilbert Hall of Science!”
Stu Hamstra, C...
IT’S US AGAIN! THE MUSIC OF STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE
I'm in a holiday mood after seeing “It's Us Again” starring Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark at the cozy venue of Don't Tell Mama on a warm Sunday afternoon. From the moment Sue appeared wearing a bright red gown with no-slacker Edd in a dark suit with a rhinestone pin, I felt relaxed knowing I was about to enjoy some wonderful professional showmanship. Their show, “It's Us Again!, is a tribute to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Just as Steve and Eydie were often looked at as one, they also had separate musical identities.. The duo of Sue and Edd blended well musically, exemplifying the melodious, familiar sounds of the original duo. They began with a spirited rendition of, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big!” by Steve Allen, an upbeat opener to a fast-moving show. Their next duet, “I've Heard That Song Before,” by Sammy Cahn/Jules Styne, was interspersed with patter between the two, reminiscent of the kind of humor exchanged between Steve and Eydie. I ...
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR "A NEW TAKE"
From The Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
A NEW TAKE YAK 2000 (Available on Amazon.com)
Sue Matsuki (vcl); Chris Hajian (tpt); Bob Kindred (ts); Gregory Toroian (p, arr); Gene Bertoncini (g); Ned Mann (b); Ronald J. Tierno (d). New York, October/November 2000.
“Speaking of Happiness/ Bluesette/ I’m Gonna Miss You/ You Brought a New Kind of Love/ Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars/ Astrud/ I’ll Close My Eyes/ It’s Nice Weather for Ducks/ I Whistle a Happy Tune/ Whistling Away the Dark/ Moondance/ Runaway/ Love Is Blind/ Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?/ the Shadow of Your Smile/ the Shining Sea/ Shaking the Blues Away/ Anticipation. TT 58:53.
Sue Matsuki is well known in New York, where she’s an award winning regular in clubs, when not performing in musicals and opera. Her groove is jazz— she won the 2002 MAC award for best j...
TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING
"On Friday I went into town a bit later than usual, catching just one show, at 9:30 pm, at HELEN'S RESTAURANT, CABARET & PIANO LOUNGE (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC - 212-206-0609 - http://www.helensnyc.com/ ), where Sue Matsuki was celebrating her birthday as well as presenting the final show of her seven-show retrospective of her 10-year collaboration with her musical director Gregory Toroian. The show was sold out for weeks. It seemed like the entire NYC cabaret community was in attendance. The show got a late start, and continued until nearly 11:15 pm , but every minute was magical! Sue performed 14 songs in this show that were not a part of the repertoire of songs she performed in the first 5 shows. What a glorious evening! What a glorious voice! What a wonderful creative and talented team! I would be hard pressed to choose a show seen in 2005 that was as thrilling and satisfying as this event."
Stu Hamstra, Cabaret HotlineOnL...
SUE MATSUKI, REACHING FOR THE THIRD STAR
Gourmands on a generous budget who take off for a dining tour of France will usually make the rounds of those few restaurants to which the renowned Guide Michelin has awarded its top honor, three stars. One food critic, however, has suggested they opt for the two-star dining spots. Not only are they superb, but their chefs are constantly trying to outdo themselves, striving for that third star. In the world of cabaret, Sue Matsuki, musing on her talents and her career, deems herself a two-star performer still working her way to the top. There are those who think she has either arrived or is very close. Recently reviewers Barbara and Scott Siegel noted that Sue grows ever more popular, and “for good reason. Matsuki is a more polished and assured performer now and her ability to interpret a lyric is more readily apparent.” Other critics praise her “impeccable musicianship,” the “relaxed engaging alto that one could listen to for hours,” her comic gifts, and the “gems” that consti...
A TRIBUTE TO THE GALS WHO MAKE ME WANT TO SING!
“Sue Matsuki’s new show "A Tribute To The Gals Who Make Me Want To Sing" (Ella, Sarah, Carmen, Peggy, Rosemary, Irene & Dakota) with Gary Pace on piano and John Leohrke on bass, with Frank Fontana serving as director, is another in a series of simple but delightful presentations by this MAC Award-winning artist. In this show Sue explains how female vocalist of the past have influence the way she sings and the way she approaches a song. But she makes no attempt to imitate their styles as she performs their songs. Instead, she makes them her own, setting each one with a personal observation, and adapting the song to her marvelous vocals. Lesson to be learned from Sue? Try to make the audience feel that the song was written with you in mind. I see too many shows where performers give the impression that they are merely singing someone else’s songs. Want to learn about what cabaret is, while at the same time being thoroughly entertained? See this show.” Stu Hamstra, CabaretH...
JAM N TOASTS
“Standing center stage and elegantly dressed in black, she begins her opening song, Irving Berlin’s "Let Me Sing." It’s easy to see right from the first notes why Sue Matsuki was honored with a MAC Award for Female Jazz Vocalist 2001. Her new show with Gregory Toroian, is called "Jam n’ Toasts" and took New Hope by storm when it played the Cabaret Room at Odette’s.
Deftly directed by Carolyn Montgomery, "Jam n’ Toasts" presents a great group of tunes after each one is set up by "here’s to you" style toasts. Toasts to the many men in her life from her stepfather, "The Greatest Many I Never Knew" (by Leigh and Matine Jr.) to her biological father with "Speaking of Happiness" written by Scott and Radcliffe). The evening was a well packaged mix of Berlin, Bricusse and Mancini, Mercer and Whiting, Mercer and Rowles, Elvis Costello, Jay Leonhart and Carly Simon.
Capturing the audience’s emotion wit...
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