Meri Ziev’s “New Words” Celebrates Life and Language
Don’t Tell Mama
March 12 @ 4pm / March 13 @ 7:00pm

Back by popular demand after her sold-out NYC debut, Meri Ziev’s cabaret “New Words” returns for two more performances at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St (between 8th & 9th Ave) NYC, on March 12 and 13, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret Award Nominee Meri Ziev found a silver lining – immersing herself online in master classes, musical collaborations, virtual open-mics, and performing driveway concerts for friends and neighbors. The result of these non-conventional artistic pursuits led to “New Words,” which explores themes from generational gaps to the gift of communication, featuring a scope of songs from standards to rock and roll. “New Words” celebrates the power of words in the lyrics and music of melodies from Consuelo Velazquez to Jimmy Eats World, as well as fresh arrangements – from ‘House of the Rising Sun’ based on her work with children who have special needs, to the joy of reunions – ‘The Nearness of You.’

“Meri Ziev has golden pipes, is a compelling storyteller and her lovely show ‘New Words’ is a heartfelt self-portrait full of surprises.” – Jeff Harnar, Multiple Award-Winning New York Cabaret, Concert and Recording Artist.

“Meri Ziev has a great voice, filled with emotion!” – Dick Robinson, Founder of Legends Radio, The Connecticut School of Broadcasting, and The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook

“I was blown away! You are the consummate cabaret artist… great song selection, great segues and stories, charming and great sense of humor… overall a 10!” – Bernie Furshpan, Executive Director & Producer, MetropolitanZoom

Meri Ziev “is a ball of sunshine, from start to finish, one impossible to resist.” – Stephen Mosher, Broadway World

WHAT: “New Words”, a cabaret
WHO: Meri Ziev
-Consultant Faith Prince; NY Guidance by Lina Koutrakos
-Musical accompaniment by Paul Greenwood, with musical direction by Bobby Peaco.
-Additional arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol, Kristin Chenowith), Phil Hinton (BBC Orchestra, Michael Feinstein’s Kravis Center Pops Orchestra), Chicago’s own Beckie Menzie, and up-and-coming young composer/arranger Adam J. Rineer.
March 12 @ 4pm
March 13 @ 7pm
WHERE: Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St (between 8th & 9th Ave) NYC 10036
HOW MUCH: $20; $15 for MAC Members, plus 2 drink minimum, cash only for all –
Proof of vaccination required
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes

Meri Ziev began singing pop tunes (now called standards!) along with the 8-tracks in her father’s Buick Riviera. As an adult, she worked in every setting from hospitals to schools, as a speech-language pathologist. She discovered that her passion for promoting human connections through speech and language, synthesizes perfectly with her life-long love of music. Ziev glides through the worlds of musical theatre, Jazz on J Street All Stars, and the Pops Orchestra of Palm Beach County, but she always comes back to the exquisite art of cabaret. Ziev performs from ‘Zoom to the Room,’ around the world, singing at cabaret venues, condominiums, galas, and fundraisers, in person, online and poolside!

Ziev spent her early childhood in NY with her blended family, surrounded by art and music; after a move to south Florida, she discovered the joy of cracking secret codes and unlocking the meanings of new words, while sparking a compulsion to help others express themselves. Motherhood and life led her to the worlds of musical theatre and cabaret – where she found her own voice. Her friend David Meulemans, with whom she performed “Steve & Eydie: a Celebration”, introduced her to cabaret through a master class with Sally Mayes, accompanied by Phil Hinton (BBC Orchestra). The spark was lit! Ziev spent three summers attending Tim Schall’s St. Louis Cabaret Conference, where she had the privilege of learning from highly esteemed and skilled artists including Marilyn Maye, Jeff Harnar, Ann Hampton Callaway, Karen Mason and Peisha McPhee. As if that weren’t enough, musical mentors included Billy Stritch, Alex Rybeck, Christopher Denny, Michael Orland, and arrangement-class instructor Tedd Firth! Industry panelists Sidney Meyer and Barry Kleinbort gave insightful feedback as well. One other magical mentor Ziev met at the conference was the fabulous Faith Prince. Since then, Faith mentored, directed and consulted with Meri – online! – long before “Zooming” was mainstream! Lifelong friends were made at the SLCC, including “Cabaret Katie” McGrath, who introduced Ziev to voice coach Patrick DeGennaro, and cabaret legend Lina Koutrakos.