Thursday, January 09, 2014

Edinburgh Fringe Information "MargOH! Channing is Tipsy

MargOH! CHANNING IS TIPSY! Is a deconstruction of drag, from a woman’s point of view, through storytelling, song, and the one thing we all have in common, dysfunction. BT Shea combines the art form of drag with the struggle of the women who made him the fighter he is today. His MargOH!, the boozy chanteuse takes us on a journey of trials and tribulations, as she reminisces about her family, gay lovers, the ups and downs of her career while tackling such subjects as rape, incest, race, political correctness, the power of Liza Minnelli, and most of all, survival TIPSY! features MargOH!’s long time Gayiance’ MAN-ee Champagne. Tipsy is written by comedian and performance artist BT Shea. Musical direction by Jarad Astin ,Direction and Special material by Thom Fogarty
MargOH! Channing (Writer, performer BT Shea) is a writer , comedian and performance artist from Providence, Rhode Island where she performed award winning Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli tribute shows .MargOH! now based in New York created a highly successful variety show The MargOH! Channing Show for MNN from 2003-2006 and included guests Michael Musto, Penny Arcade and Nellie McKay. MargOH! made her cabaret debut in 2007 with The MargOH! Channing Variety Hour at The D-Lounge at the Darryl Roth Theater. In 2011 MargOH! premiered her new work MargOH! Channing is Tipsy to rave reviews at the Duplex Cabaret, in 2012 curated by Dixon Place and produced by Spincycle and made her London debut at the Phoenix Artists Club. Ms. Channing recently became a contributing writer for the nightlife zine Fierth.com and had her short story Prohibition Inhibition featured in the Coelacanth Journal. Jeff Catlow-Shea a.k.a. MAN-ee Champagne moved to NYC in 1998 to study acting and pursue a career in the performing arts, a lifelong passion. He has studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute, TVI Actors Studio and T. Schreiber Studio as well as private coaching with Debra Wiley, Michael Margotta (acting) and Leslie Giammonco (voice). He has worked in a variety of roles over the years, including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Tommy in The Normal Heart and He in the Loveliest Afternoon of the Year In addition he has also been making his way through the world of burlesque, stripping down in a variety of venues including The Slipper Room, Don Hill’s and Dixon Place. Burlesque legend Marinka says MAN-ee “has STYYYYLE.” He enjoys trailing in the fabulous wake of MargOH! Channing’s whirlwind life of cabarets, clubs and other stages. He has played the role of MAN-ee since the early days of The MargOH! Channing Show on MNN network (where he was also producer, photographer and editor) and is thrilled to continue playing MargOH!’s GayiancÊe on this Tipsy journey. Contact Information MargOH! And The Man Productions 510 Clinton Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 Tel: 917-488-1835 margohchanning@gmail.com

Monday, August 05, 2013

MargOH! Back Stage at BadAss Burlesque

Hey Kids,

Had to post this photo by my man Man-ee Champagne. It's amazing and It is just everything.
Back Stage at BadAss Burlesque

Saturday, June 22, 2013

MargOH!s review of Amber Martin's Stoned Soul: Amber sings her Favorite Laura Nyro


MargOH! Is reviewing shows for Cabaret Hotline but due to some technical issues this review hasn't been posted yet but I wanted to share my thoughts on the fabulous Amber Martin. Here is my review of her show. I'd never seen one of Amber's full shows and she blew me away

 
 
Stoned Soul: Amber Martin Sings her Favorite Laura Nyro

Amber Martin is famous for creating hysterical characters like Brenda Snell and impersonations; her spot on Reba is a loving and hilarious tribute not to be missed. In her new show “Stoned Soul: Amber Martin Sings her Favorite Laura Nyro” you will find a showcase for her not so secret weapon, her monster of a voice.

As I stumbled into the nightclub 54 Below with my entourage there was Ms. Martin finishing her tech rehearsal. Fitting for the style of show we were about to experience.  Once the show started Amber sauntered on-stage in an elegant black satin evening gown, black gloves and rhinestone choker and her infamous tuft of curly blonde locks. I’m a gal who appreciates a little glamour and she was looking amazing as she blasted into “Save the Country” from Nyro’s “New York Tendaberry” album that was a hit for the 5th Dimension. Amber then guided us through what she called the substance abuse portion of the show and cleverly gave us a history lesson as she displayed her own Nyro vinyl collection. This section included ‘Poverty Train” and the soulful “Eli’s Coming” that was deliciously peppered with shades of Dusty Springfield. As I said before Ms. Martin owns a monster of a voice with a range that blasted us through one of Nyro’s most well known songs “Stoned Soul Picnic” with ease and a sense of nostalgic whimsy. Prior to starting the song she directed us to open our “bibles” (i.e. a biography of Nyro) and explained that the word “surry” in the lyric of the song has no clear meaning and when questioned about it, Laura replied "Oh, it's just a nice word."

Sometimes when an artist tackles an icon or their idol’s songbook it can easily turn into a vanity project or sycophantic orgy but in Amber Martin’s skilled hands there was an honest and authentic vibe in the room. She allowed the audience to recognize and appreciate the off- beat style of Nyro’s work even pointing out that Laura seemed a bit “crazy”. Martin’s charming spirit and her keen ability to reverentially poke gentle fun at her idols is one of her most brilliant qualities as a performer and provided light fun to the often heaviness of Nyro’s lyrics. After singing “Woman’s Blues” Amber explained that she had sung 45 minutes of Joplin straight through and that was nothing compared to singing the songs of Nyro, given her propensity for frequent and unusual tempo shifts and other unique composition choices. Then she took a swig of inspiration, coughed and went straight into “And When I Die” which was my favorite of the evening, an absolutely brilliant interpretation of an amazing and gut wrenching song.

In this show Martin is backed by an outstanding team of musicians including Matt Ray on piano, Claudia Chopek on violin, her pal and cutie pie talent Nath Ann Carerra on guitar, Patrick Johnson on percussion and vocals and Dave LeBleu on drums.

This thoroughly entertaining evening was capped off with a spirited version of “Nowhere to Run” a song from the album “Gonna Take a Miracle” on which Nyro had collaborated on with Labelle. Joining her was backing vocalist Patrick Johnson and special guest Asa Lovechild, a beautifully ridiculous powerhouse of a singer that works and tours with Nona Hendryx, formerly of Labelle. According to Martin they had no rehearsal time but you would never have known that as we clapped and sang along. But then that’s the type of artist Amber Martin is - humble, authentic and a bottomless cocktail of fun.

Stoned Soul: Amber Martin Sings her Favorite Laura Nyro is playing one more show at 54 Below Sunday June 23 at 7PM. Get your tickets and enjoy an artist at the top of her game performing the songs she loves. You can’t pay enough to see that!!

 

I rate this show 4.5 martini’s out of 5

 

 By MargOH! Channing

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We did it! MargOH! Sings the Booze Fundraiser

Hey Kids,


We made our goal for MargOH! Sings the Booze. I'm very excited about this new show and
now I have 20 Producers who have donated to make this a fun night. I'm rehearsing and getting
my stuff together for this show.

I'm so excited to have all of this support and love!

XOXO, MargOH!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fundraiser for MargOH! Sings the Booze

Hey Kids,

MargOH! Has a new show coming up on May 11, 7:30PM at Dixon Place Lounge. The show is called

"MargOH! Sings the Booze". It's a fun romp with all new songs and lots of comedy to keep you laughing in your seat.  To

Producing these shows can get expensive so I started a kickstarter to find producers for this work shop performance. These funds will be to help pay for my fabulous trio and reahearsal space. I will also be able
to save a little for the full production coming down the road. Check it out and if you have a few extra bucks support live entertainment.

To help fund this show click here http://kck.st/XIwizz . There are all sorts of fun things you'll recieve when you donate. Kisses, MargOH!




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MargOH! in Music Video

Hey Kids,

Had a fabulous week and shot a music video for the first time. The song is called "Good Bad Girl" by Angelina Jipse Roz. She is a fabulous and gorgeous singer songwriter from London. The song is fun pop, really love it. It was a very quick shoot on the streets of Williamsburg. Of course a couple of Church ladies in their sunday best stopped to watch and started dancing a bit. I also got a lot of cat calls from passerby's and rough trade. A day in the life of  MargOH! All in a days work kids...lol

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Everything Changes

My performance of Everyhing Changes from Mimi Le Duck

Shiver Me Timbers

Posting my version of "Shiver me Timbers