For those clamoring to snag a role on a Broadway stage, book a gig at a reputable nightclub, or simply get feedback on their performance style, a three-night master class is being offered by Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Sally Mayes and Wendy Lane Bailey. These four women are masters of the American Songbook and will share their experience and guidance with participants.
Singers will explore a wide variety of genres and styles with a special emphasis placed on Jazz & American Popular Song, Story Songs, and Musical Theater. In addition, participants will learn how to structure a set and talk to an audience. Creating a personal on-stage style is also covered in the workshop. Students will have the opportunity to show what they’ve learned in a performance before an invited audience on the final night of the event. Class size is limited to allow maximum personal instruction time.
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Ann Hampton Callaway is a champion of the great American Songbook whose gifts as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer have given her one of the most unique careers in music today. Callaway won the Theater World Award and received a Tony nomination for her starring role in the Broadway musical “Swing!” She’s written over 250 songs including the Platinum Award winning hits for Barbra Streisand “At the Same Time” and “I’ve Dreamed of You.” Her award winning acts with sister Liz Callaway, “Sibling Revelry” and “Boom!”, continue to tour nationally are celebrated live CDs. And her show “The Streisand Songbook” has taken the symphony world by storm. Ann has recorded 12 solo CDs and is releasing “From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project” September 16.
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She has gone on to star in Baby, Miss Saigon, among others, and appeared as Grizabella in Cats for five years. Her extensive concert and symphony career has included appearances in London, Paris, Barcelona, China, South Korea and Iceland and nearly every major city in the U.S. Liz sang the Academy Award-nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia. Television appearances include Ready to Go (Emmy Award), In Performance at the White House, and Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim. Liz has five solo recordings.
The New York Times calls Sally Mayes a “singer of incandescent ebullience, deliciously saucy.” She made her Broadway debut in Cy Coleman’s Welcome to the Club. Her performance won critical praise along with a Theater World Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination as one of Broadway’s Outstanding Newcomers. On Broadway, Sally is perhaps best known for her performance in the Roundabout Theater revival of She Loves Me, for which she won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Sally’s received critical acclaim for her role as Aunt Corene in Urban Cowboy (Drama Desk nomination). She drew raves as Mae West in the National Tour of Dirty Blonde, and also appeared in the Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias. She has also starred in several Off-Broadway productions including Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle nomination). Her rare and much anticipated nightclub appearances have garnered her rave reviews from coast to coast, and she has been nominated for twelve Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) awards, and has won two Back Stage BISTRO awards for excellence in cabaret and recording.
In love with words and music, Wendy Lane Bailey has a powerful classic pop voice (think Ronstadt crossed with Adele with a bit of Patsy Cline thrown in for good measure), and a rather cavalier attitude towards the idea of “genre.” Fusing elements of pop, jazz, country, folk, and musical theater into a sound that is lush and romantic yet thoroughly contemporary, she makes the old sound new and the new sound timeless. She recently released her debut solo recording, Breathing, produced by composer/arranger/pianist Michele Brourman. Wendy Lane’s performances in venues across the country include The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, New York’s Town Hall and The Metropolitan Room. Offstage, Wendy Lane continues to be a creative advocate for artists. While living in Washington, D.C., she founded a regional networking organization for musicians and coached both privately and in master classes. For six years, she was the Associate Director of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University, for which she received a special 2007 Bistro Award for outstanding achievement. She currently teaches comprehensive master classes for singers of all genres.