Lennie Watts, singer, producer, teacher, director, long-time MAC President and the Artistic Director of Singnasium and now the host of a new open mic called Singapalooza talks about life and offering places to work on your craft during these crazy times!
A 10 time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets), 5 time Backstage Bistro, and 3 time Nightlife Award winner, Lennie is recognized as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer, and booking manager, he has been active in the New York cabaret scene for over 20 years. In addition to directing in small cabaret venues, he has directed events at Symphony Space, Town Hall, and BB Kings. He has toured nationally and internationally with productions of “The Music Man” (Marcellus) and “The Wizard Of Oz” (Lion). Other roles: Man in Chair (The Drowsy Chaperone) Psuedelus (A Funny Thing…), Herod (Jesus Christ Superstar), Nicely Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), Jinx (Forever Plaid. He has performed at Town Hall in several concerts, including “Broadway Unplugged” and “Broadway By The Year, 1949”, and can be heard on the cast recordings of both shows. As a theater director, he has directed productions of “Godspell”, “Dames at Sea”, “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and “Phantom”. Watts is the creator of “cablab” and “Summer In The City”, both critically acclaimed professional cabaret performance workshops. David Finkle of “The Village Voice” calls him “A one man cabaret army!” He appeared on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, and released his debut CD “I want… You want…” in 2000. He is currently the President of MAC, and was recently named one of “The 50 Most Influential People in New York Cabaret” by Nightlife Exchange.
Please go to Singnasium to check out the awesome classes that are currently being offered and the impressive faculty! Some classes are still open with Summer Sessions to be announced soon. We will, of course, post them right here on Cabaret Hotspot!