DAVID SABELLA, Editor-in-Chief
Performer, educator, and writer, David Sabella has enjoyed a very successful and varied career. As a performer, Mr Sabella has appeared on and off Broadway, most notably in the 1996 revival of CHICAGO with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, James Naughton and Marcia Lewis. Off-B’way credits include Kiss and Make Up (Lucile Lortel Theater, New York International Fringe Festival), The Green Room, Hexed in The City, Foxy, Watch Your Step, So Long 174th Street. and O’Henry’s Lovers (New York Musical Theater Festival). And, in 2018 he received the “Outstanding Performer in a Lead Role” award for his work in The Phillie Trilogy at the Fresh Fruit Festival. In addition to his work on and off-Broadway, Mr. Sabella has been an active performer in cabaret, since his debut show “No, More Mrs. Nice Guy,” at Judy’s Chelsea, 2002. And has performed, in both concert and cabaret, with the now legendary La Gran Scena Opera Company.
As a singer in classical music, Mr Sabella is a winner of the The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and The New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall, and has performed in leading roles throughout the US and abroad. He has also appeared numerous times at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a principal soloist in such works as the Bach B-Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Peter Schickele’s comical Three Bargain-Counter Tenors.
As an educator, Mr. Sabella has served as President of the New York Singing Teachers Association (2008-14), and on several university faculty’s, including Montclair State University, Fordham University, Open Jar Institute, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21 Studio); The New School University/Mannes College Prep. Division; the State University of New York, College at Purchase and College at Newpaltz. Additionally, he has been a faculty member, author, and workshop presenter at The Voice Foundation’s annual symposium, and has conducted master-classes, faculty training workshops, and musical theater pedagogy seminars throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska, and South America. And, as a Singing Voice Specialist, works with injured, and recovering singers, as part of a medical and professional holistic team.
As a writer, Mr. Sabella has been widely published in Voiceprints, the journal of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association, and is the author of “So You Want To Sing Cabaret” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief, and lead author/reviewer, for CabaretHotspot.com, he is also a contributing author/reviewer for the Bistro Awards (bistroawards.com).
SUE MATSUKI, Managing Editor Emeritus
Multi award winning singer, producer, writer and teacher, Sue Matsuki, is a 25 year veteran of Cabaret/Jazz performance, having appeared at at some of New York’s most prestigious clubs, including The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman, Town Hall, Arci’s Place, Don’t Tell Mama, 88’s, Judy’s, Danny’s, Jan Wallman’s, The Duplex, The Triad, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Helen’s Hideaway Room and Broadway Baby.
She has also performed in other high profile clubs across the country, including The Cosmopolitan Room and Odette’s in New Hope, PA; The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska; The Gardenia Room in Los Angeles; The Standing Room Only Cabaret in Hartford, CT; The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Voices for Charity, Trumpets & Le Dome at The Manor in NJ; The Rockland Cultural Arts Center & Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Series in Nyack & Town Hall in Tarrytown, NY; the CabaretFest in P-town, MA; Boothsbay Harbor Opera House in Maine and The Four Seasons in Las Vegas, NV.
She has received 10 MAC Award Nominations (in 6 different categories) and is a 3 time MAC Award Winner; 2002 MAC Award for Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 MAC Award Nominee for Best Female Recording; 2004 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with Marcus Simeone; 2006 MAC Award Winner for Special Productions; 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with Edd Clark; 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Matsuki/ Toroian); 2010 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist and a 2011 & 2012 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with Edd Clark.
As an accomplished New York actress, Sue has appeared in productions of Oklahoma, Bye, Bye Birdie, A Christmas Carol, Out of the Frying Pan, Agnes of God, West Side Story and They’re Playing Our Song. And has 2 CDs. “A New Take” and “Sue & Edd’s FABULOUS Christmas”, with Edd Clark, which may be downloaded on iTunes© or purchased at: www.cdbaby.com or www.amazon.com
She is also a producer, writer, reviewer and a Cabaret teacher in NY, as well as at The Theater Barn in Ridgefield, CT and at UCONN in Waterbury, CT for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She has served on the MAC Board of Directors as their Treasurer. And, is an award winning songwriter. Cabaret Hotspot is Proud to have Sue Matsuki as a chief correspondent (Sue’s Views) and Cab U Instructor.
ARON BEDERSON, Contributing Correspondent
Musical theatre performer Aron Bederson is a long time member of Medicine Show Theater Ensemble, the Cantorial soloist at The Actors Temple in Manhattan and an educator. He was most recently seen in the staged reading of the musical “Mendlesohn” at Theatre For The New City, Medicine Show’s Chekov/Porter as well as the original play he has been developing on the friendship and relationship of Thornton Wilder and Gertrude Stein at Medicine Show. He currently teaches humanities/ literature courses at Baruch College as well as voice and piano privately and in Westchester. He is celebrating the recent completion of his first CD “Songs I Love To Sing.”n New York.
CONOR WEISS, Contributing Correspondent
Conor Weiss is a NY based actor/director and occasionally stage manager who has been around the Cabaret scene since 1994 – 2003 when he first joined the staff as a technical director at Judys’ and at Danny’s Skylight room. During these years and the years after the closing of Judy’s and Danny’s he subbed in at many other clubs at one time or another. He has always had a deep love for the American Songbook and for cabaret. Between his time in the booth and time in the audience has probably been present for a few thousand cabaret shows over the last 27 years and looks forward to more!
KATIE MCGRATH, Guest Correspondent
Katie Dunne McGrath is an award-winning cabaret singer, composer, writer and producer of solo and group shows in New York City and her home town of St. Louis, Missouri. She retired from her 40-year advertising career to study music and take lots of maps. She spends most of her time on the former and very little on the latter. In 2017 she founded the 501c3 nonprofit organization Immigrant Song in response to the spike in race- and religion-based hate crimes in the US. The Immigrant Song’s “UPRISING” concerts feature American singers and musicians who share the stories of their ancestors (or their own) journey to America. www.immigrantsong.org. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her fiancee, Chet Whye, Jr., and their dogs, Doctor Bob and Sister Mary Margaret.
REGINA ZONA, Guest Contributor
Regina Zona’s performance abilities have earned her great success and international acclaim throughout her very diverse career. As a classical singer, Regina has performed on opera and concert stages all over the world in a variety of repertoire from Mozart to Strauss. An avid recitalist, she specializes in the performance of American art song and has recorded three song cycles by Jake Heggie for the Naxos American Classics Label. In 2018, she wrote and performed her first one-woman show to critical acclaim. And in 2019 she has begun a new chapter, entering the world of cabaret. Critics have claimed Regina is “nothing short of sensational” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) and have called her “the absolute rapture of the evening” (Rome News). For more information on her performing career, visit www.ReginaZona.com.
A voice teacher for over 31 years, Regina also excels at the training of young artists in opera and musical theatre. She has held teaching and director positions at several universities in the U.S., including serving as the Opera Program Director at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2008 to 2012 and as Artistic Director of the Sieur Du Luth Opera Training Program for young aspiring opera singers from 2008 to 2010. Her students have gone on to perform on the largest operatic stages in the world as well as in Broadway National Tours and regional theatres. For more information on her teaching studio, visit www.TheZonaStudio.com.
Regina received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University.
She is also a web designer (www.ToscaWebDesign.com) and the proud webmaster of CabaretHotSpot.com. She is excited to share her point of view on the Art of Cabaret from a Classical Singer’s perspective.