Lee Lessack and Robert Bannon Welcome Broadway, TV and Musical Guests to Quarantine Cabaret and Cocktails Every Thursday Nights @ 7:00 pm EDT
Quarantine Cabaret and Cocktails, produced and hosted by entertainer and LML Music founder, Lee Lessack, and actor and frequent SNL regular, Robert Bannon, made its debut a few weeks ago on Facebook Live. The duo has been hosting a star-studded group of performers every week since then, in the approximately hour long show, and the humor quotient has been very high, along with the music. The shows are live on Thursdays at 7:00PM EST. You can log on at:
To watch the 8 week sizzle recap of Quarantine Cabaret and Cocktails here
Robert Bannon is in the process of recording his debut CD on LML Music, “FROM A DISTANCE: THE MUSIC OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK.” He has recorded the entire CD remotely (hence the name), with producer Bob Magnuson at the helm and arrangements by Tedd Firth. A singer and actor who has appeared in many great American Musicals including The Music Man, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, and Guys and Dolls, Robert began his education in Musical Theater under Bertin Rowser at Julliard Prep and continued his acting and musical training, graduating from the two-year conservatory program at William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant. In addition, Robert has studied with Matt Gould, Linda Benanti, and at the Harbor Conservatory. He has performed with Patti LaBelle, Roseanne Cash, Whoopi Goldberg, George Benson and Rosie O’Donnell and at such venues as Madison Square Garden, The Beacon Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. You’ve seen him in many commercials, as well as 13 episodes of Saturday Night Live in Seasons spanning 43-45.
Lee Lessack’s graceful Lyric baritone have made him a shining star on the international concert scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing “cabaret romanticism of a high order.” Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and having released eight recordings thus far, Lee has proven himself both as a performer and recording artist.
He is currently re-releasing his highly acclaimed duets album, In Good Company (LMLMusic) and is celebrating the re-release by recording intimate interviews of his duet partners, including Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. The recording earned both a MAC Award and Bistro Award for Best Recording of the Year. You can see one of these interviews in every episode of Quarantine Cabaret and Cocktails.
About The Author
Sue Matsuki is the co-author, along with David Sabella, of So You Want To Sing Cabaret (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2020). Sue is the Managing Partner, Co-Editor, Reviewer, Vloger and a Columnist (Sue’s Views) for an on-line entertainment magazine: www.Cabaret Hotspot.com. She taught Cabaret classes at: The Ridgefield Theater Barn and UCONN in CT, MAC-to-School and Cabaret Hotspot in NY and for the Canadian School of Performing Arts. She has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). She, along with Gregory Toroian, her long time Music Director, now host a monthly Jazz Brunch Open Mic at Pangea. Matsuki also produces benefits and corporate events and is the Producing Manager for Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms series where she also hosts a Vlog called Urban Stages’ Artists Chat. Matsuki’s most cherished awards come from winning the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Collaboration celebrating her 25th year of working with Music Director, Gregory Toroian; getting her poster up on Don’t Tell Mama’s “Wall of Fame” for her show How’s That for Openers? celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of singing at the club and being selected personally by the late Julie Wilson as the very first 2004 Julie Wilson Award Recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Matsuki is an 11-time MAC Award Nominee and a 3-time Winner (in seven different categories), mostly recently she was nominated for Major Female Vocalist. Her MAC history includes: 2002 MAC Award Winner for Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 Nominee for Best Female Recording for her first Jazz CD, A New Take; 2004 Nominee for Duo/Group (with Marcus Simeone); 2006 MAC Award Winner for Special Productions for her sold out 7 week run of 10 Years in the Making with her Musical Director Gregory Toroian; 2007 & 2010 Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008, 2011 & 2012 Nominee for Duo/Group (with Edd Clark); the 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Matsuki/Toroian); and the 2020 Nominee for Major Female Vocalist. This Jazz/Cabaret/Comedy veteran has played every NYC Cabaret room including: Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Arci’s Place, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea, The Algonquin, The Beach Café, The Laurie Beechman Theater, 88’s, and has even played Carnegie Hall along with several legendary Jazz Clubs including: The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium and Sweet Rhythm. She has performed in Alaska, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Nyack, Maine, Fire Island, Florida, Providence and Las Vegas! Her jazz CD, A New Take, was nominated for the 2002 MAC Award for Best Recording and her Christmas CD, Sue & Edds FABULOUS Christmas both receive air play across the country and internationally. She is also featured on folk singing legend Christine Lavin’s original music Christmas compilation CD, Just One Angel with a song that she co-wrote with Paul Stephan called “Christmas Angel”. Matsuki was a Super and “Diva Double” at the Metropolitan Opera where she has been featured in Moses und Aaron; Tristan und Isolde; Norma; and Il Travatore. For more information please visit: www.SueMatsuki.com