Packing Orders at Don’t Tell Mama

Claudine Cassan-Jellison

“Packing Orders” is what happened when after 30 years in my apartment, I
suddenly found out I had to move. So I packed my stuff along with memories,
stories and songs and I made a show. I’m moving that show back to the Brick
Room at Don’t Tell Mama for a Return Engagement on January 7 at 7pm. I get to
share the stage with David Gaines, piano/musical director, and Ritt Henn, on
bass, with direction by the incomparable Barry Kleinbort.
The Brick Room is an intimate space; reservations are recommended: / or 212-757-0788 (after 4PM)
$8 cover / 2 drink minimum (cash only)
Claudine has performed in Manhattan venues still standing or affectionately
remembered, including The Duplex, Mickey’s, Michael’s Pub, Gypsy’s, Brothers and
Sisters, Barbarann’s, Merkin Hall and The Old Vat (Arena Stage). In 2012, after a long
hiatus, she returned to cabaret with, “Yes, and…” at the Metropolitan Room under the
musical direction of David Gaines, directed by Barry Kleinbort. In summer 2012
Claudine was invited to participate in the prestigious O’Neill Cabaret Conference. She
teamed again with Kleinbort and Gaines at Don’t Tell Mama with “Idol Curiosity,” a
reflection on the careers of three incomparable idols, Mary Martin, Mabel Mercer and
Edith Piaf; with “Just Visiting,” a reflection in story and song on family, immigration and
being a first generation French-American…and, most recently, with “Packing Orders.”
Theater credits include Closer Than Ever (Cherry Lane), Peter Pan (Peter, Moscow),
Godspell (National), Candide (Arena Stage), Tintypes, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt
Weill, A Little Night Music, Show Boat, Shenandoah, Brigadoon, Two Gentlemen of
Verona, and The Miser. Sandwiched between performing careers, Claudine is proud of
her 25-year career as an educator in NYC Public Schools with Masters degrees in
elementary education, literacy and school administration from Bank Street and Baruch