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Emily’s Cabaret Page

Included in this page

  • Emily’s Cabaret Performance Bio
  • Quotes from Reviews of Emily’s Cabaret Work
  • Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet: Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet
  • Emily’s definition, “What is Cabaret”

Emily’s Cabaret Performance Bio

Emily Leatha Everson was born in Germany, grew up a Hoosier, became a New Yorker, married a soldier, started a family in DC, and now calls Arlington home.  Emily graduated from Indiana University with a major in Theatre and Drama and later studied acting (in Elizabeth Dillon’s Master Class) and vocal performance (with the fantastic Michele Grace and the fabulous Noel Katz at the piano) at HB Studio in NYC. Emily was introduced to cabaret by Charles Nelson Reilly who cast and co-directed the show (with Donna McKechnie) as a benefit for HB Studio.

Emily was selected to attend the 2003 Cabaret Conference at Yale University (with an incredible staff of instructors like Amanda McBroom, Tovah Feldshuh, and Julie Wilson) and studied locally with Wendy Lane Baily, Erv Raible (NYC), George Fulginiti-Shakar, Judy Simmons, Rick Jensen (NYC), and Lina Koutrakos (NYC).

Emily has performed in group and solo cabarets in many venues around DC and Arlington, VA, including Signature Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, H Street Playhouse, Art-O-Matic, Warehouse Theatre, Kennedy Center, and Capital Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), Arts Club of Washington, Maggie’s Cabaret, 1409 Playbill Cafe, and Capital Fringe Festival.  Emily’s Capital Fringe Festival credits include: “Naked Cabaret, Emotionally That Is,” “Naked Cabaret, Beyond Bare,” “Psycho Cabaret,” “Run Away With Me, a Contemporary Cabaret”.  Emily’s one woman shows include “Let Me Tell You” (Parts I and II), “Domestic Disturbances,” “It’s a Jungle Out There,” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.”

Emily has launched her new family friendly, one-woman cabaret show, “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret,” (premiered June 4, 2011), and accompanying CD, supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington County Commission for Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Click this link for information about the show, CD, performances, books (etc!):
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

Emily was nominated for a 2010 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) ”Wammie” in the “Cabaret Artist” category.

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Quotes from Reviews of Emily’s Cabaret Work

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Emily is a charming and energetic performer.  She has created a delightful show that is great fun for kids . . . of all ages (that includes grown-ups, too). Who wouldn’t want to hear their favorite childhood book sung and even join in?  It is a brilliant concept.
So, come . . .  Sing Books with Emily!
Terri Allen  (Singer, Songwriter, Actress for Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret,” June 2011)

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I sat there last night with a goofy grin plastered on my face the entire evening. You just make me feel “JOY”.  I love me some Emily L. E. G.!

Byron Murray (DC Cabaret Community, Facebook, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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[I] attended a wonderful cabaret show this evening. Congratulations Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus on a terrific and enjoyable performance!
Chris Cochran (Comedian and Cabaret Artist, on Facebook, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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Loved every minute of “Oh, What a Beautiful Day”. When I saw the ad I thought — oh just for kids. But I found myself laughing, tapping my feet, tearing up (not all at the same time). Wouldn’t trade it for five hippopotamuses!

Kenneth Fung (Audience, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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Outstanding! You are a shining star!  I expect to see you on more stages in the future. You knocked me off my feet!! … I wish you the best as you truly have amazing talent.

Mrs. Coffman (Teacher, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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Emily, you are so talented!!  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Susan Wallin (Mom, Arlington , VA, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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That music means so much to [my daughter] and your interpretation and performance were just great! I hope you continue to spread the joy of music!

Marianne SanSeverino (Mom, Arlington, VA, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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What a wonderful performance on Saturday! You were great!  I hope you perform again soon so more people can experience a great show.
Mrs. Morgan (Teacher, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret, June 2011)

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The amazing Emily Everson does the adult version of her Sing Books with Emily gig at Maggie’s Cabaret…

Michael Miyazaki Reports in Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC & Beyond, June 2011

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The lady has got pipes…she makes a beautiful presentation of everything she does…three very special performances…really a pleasure to accompany.  A consummate professional.
Bob Smith on the InTune Radio Show, 9/14/2010
http://bobsmithmusic.com/intune.html

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Better for everyone, Emily, whose amazingly thorough process is the foundation of her exquisite song interpretations, shares her working process in a wonderful piece called
The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!.
Michael Miyazaki, Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC and Beyond, September 13, 2010
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/

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Comment to Michael’s post from Marianne,

September 14, 2010 at 10:54 am
Thank you, Michael, for bringing attention to Emily’s work. Her Song Craft Worksheet is an amazing tool that compiles a 360 degree approach to working on songs. Some of the steps were new to me, others familiar, but to have them all on one jam-packed worksheet is invaluable. Thank you, Emily, for your generosity!
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/#comments
Regarding SBWE post: The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!

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Comment to Michael’s post from Maris,

September 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Thank you, Emily, for this worksheet – a wonderful and useful gift.
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/#comments
Regarding SBWE post: The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!

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Everson follows with a powerful solo of Lyle Lovett’s “If I had a Boat.”   Her facial expressions and eye-contact with the audience make the tune a fun and intimate experience.   She returns later in the show with the hilarious “Toll” and the evening’s stand-out performance of “Defying Gravity” from the smash Broadway musical, Wicked.   This is a personal favorite song of mine and I got chills listening to her belt out this high-flying and vocally challenging number.

Sabrina Daly, DC Theatre Scene, July 2010 (Reviewing “Run Away With Me, A Contemporary Cabaret”)
http://dctheatrescene.com/2010/07/15/run-away-with-me-a-contemporary-cabaret/

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For me, two of the most electric performances of the year were Emily Leatha Everson’s “She’s Always A Woman” (about her mother) and Eileen Warner’s “Leavin’ on A Jet Plane,” one of her late husband’s favorite songs. Both women are talented performers, but what I remember was the palpable connection between the audience and the song – there was no question what these songs were about and the performers didn’t embellish or shy away.

Lonny Smith, on Michael Miyazaki’s Cabaret DC blog, January 2009
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/lonny-smiths-open-mic-experience/

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The deadpan face and perfect pitch of Emily Leatha Everson aids the evening’s comedy…

Danielle Martin, DC Theatre Scene, July 2008 (Reviewing “Psycho Cabaret”)

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Emily is named a 2008 Capital Fringe Festival  “Scene Stealer” by Joel Markowitz in July 2008 for her “Psycho Cabaret” performance of “Don’t Touch Me.” Joel says,
“EMILY LEATHA EVERSON, Singing ‘Don’t Touch Me’ from Young Frankenstein at Psycho Cabaret…I despise Mel Brooks’ score for Young Frankenstein, but tonight, you made me love ‘Don’t Touch Me.’ How did you do that?”

Fringe Scene Stealers 3, July 29th, 2008, by Joel Markowitz
http://dctheatrescene.com/2008/07/29/fringe-scene-stealers-3/#more-1868

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Emily Leatha Everson’s a great storyteller and her beautiful, clear voice filled the stage when she sang “Surprise Me” and “Hazel’s House.”

Joel Markowitz, DC Theatre Scene, July 2007
http://dctheatrescene.com/2007/07/21/naked-cabaret/#more-683

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THE ART OF SINGING A SONG AND CRAFTING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE

This worksheet details my process for crafting a song for performance.
For Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet, click here: Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet
I hope it helps you, too!

A post about this worksheet:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-art-and-craft-of-singing-a-song-tell-me-a-story-sing-me-a-song/

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WHAT IS CABARET?

For me, cabaret is the art of “telling stories with song.”  A cabaret performance typically lasts about an hour with a vocalist, accompanied by piano, singing songs from a personal point of view, that are separated by patter (spoken stories or information) which create context for the songs.

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Emily proudly served on the Board of the DC Cabaret Network from 2005-2012

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Something I’m Proud of…DC Cabaret Network
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/something-im-proud-of-dc-cabaret-network/

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DC Cabaret Network Members’ Only Showcase 2012
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/dc-cabaret-network-members-only-showcase/

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A few cabaret posts of note:

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RECORDINGS

For recordings featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:

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VIDEO

For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:

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PHOTO GALLERY

Pictures from Emily’s Cabaret, Theatre and Sing Books performances, here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/photogallery/

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CABARET

More about Emily’s cabaret performances on “Emily’s Cabaret Page,” here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emily-leatha-eversons-cabaret-page/

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Theater, Musicals, and Vocal Performances

More about Emily’s Theatrical, Sing Books with Emily and Cabaret Performances, here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/about/

3 Responses to "Emily’s Cabaret Page"

Hey Emily! I am so happy I found this page! I follow your “sing books” work, but the cabaret info is wonderful! ;-)

Howdee! Right back at ya Ms. Chick Singer!! I’ll check out and follow your WordPress blog. Welcome to the neighborhood!! BEST!

Holy Smokes Karen! You’ve been blogging for forever! Where have I been? Glad to be following your blog now, though. Sending even more good wishes and THANKS, Emily

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