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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, the Cabaret

Welcome to the Official Page and Online Information Booklet for

Oh, What a Beautiful Day:
Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret

This page contains information about performances of
Oh, What a Beautiful Day:
Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret

and the Singable Picture Books which represent each of the songs in the show.  Each book title below is linked to a post with information about the illustrator and the song’s lyricist, composer, and history. You will also find information like suggested sing-along tracks and video clips.


Portrait by Eloise G. 2010

Written and Performed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Directed by Judy Simmons

Musical Direction and Arrangements by Alex Tang

Arrangements and Rehearsal Tracks by Paul Raiman

Sound Design by Jeff Tucker

Come to Emily’s new show,
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret

This show is for EVERYBODY, a cabaret for families, created for children and adults to enjoy together.  It is loaded with funny, delightful and inspiring songs, encompassing music from Broadway to pop, written by songwriters like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Billy Joel, and Steve Martin!  And, all the songs come from the Singable Picture Book catalogue.

Oh, What a Beautiful Day:
Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret
Performances

MAGGIE’S CABARET, Friday, June 10 at 8pm

Friday, June 10, 2011
Doors open at 7:15pm
Show begins at 8pm

Maggie’s Cabaret
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
More info and directions here: http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/

Tickets are $20.

Your ticket includes a glass of wine or soda and light snacks.

Proceeds benefit the work of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.


Print this informational flyer for the June 10 performance by clicking here:
sbwe cabaret promo flyer 2011 06 10 Maggies front

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The Singable Picture Books which follow
represent the SONGS in the program:

The books are listed in alphabetical order by Song Title.  Many of the songs have more than one illustration, but I have chosen my favorites for this list.  Each title is linked to a post with information about the song’s history, songwriters, and illustrators, cover images, song and video clips (and lots more).

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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A-You’re Adorable
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Martha Alexander
Published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, 1998
ISBN 978-0-7636-0674-9

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Halfway Down
from,

When We Were Very Young
Poems by A. A. Milne
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
Dutton Children’s Books, New York, 2009
ISBN 978-0-525-47930-7

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
Words by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
Published by Puffin Books, New York, 2004
ISBN 0-14-240638-4

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I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2005
ISBN 0-06-028550-8

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2005
ISBN 978-0-06-052942-0

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I Whistle a Happy Tune
from

Getting to Know You
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2002
ISBN 0-06-626845-5

Getting to Know You contains illustrations and lyrics for 16 Rogers and Hammerstein songs.  The book features thoughts from the children of Rogers and Hammerstein, Mary Rogers and William Hammerstein, and from the illustrator Rosemary Wells, articulating the importance and social relevance of Singable Picture Books.

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I Whistle a Happy Tune (second verse poster card)
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE KING AND I
Illustrated with Artwork by Students at Tuckahoe Elementary
To view or print this card, click this link:
whistle second verse card

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan
Published by Scholastic, New York, 1995
ISBN 0-439-26501-0

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Last Song (A Lullaby)
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Everson Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Sing-Along with Emily:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-044-6-55702-3

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK
Scholastic Press, New York, 2005
ISBN 0-439-55382-2

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Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
from

Getting to Know You
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2002
ISBN 0-06-626845-5

Getting to Know You contains illustrations and lyrics for 16 Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.  The book features thoughts from the children of Rogers and Hammerstein, Mary Rogers and William Hammerstein, and from the illustrator Rosemary Wells, articulating the importance and social relevance of Singable Picture Books.

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Over the Rainbow

Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8

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Rubber Duckie
(Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss) from

The Songs of Sesame Street in Poems and Pictures

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Normand Chartier
Published by Random House/Children’s Television Workshop, New York, 1983
ISBN 0-394-95245-6

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
Published by Dawn Publications, Nevada City, CA, 2003
ISBN 1-58469-048-8

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 1993
ISBN 0-671-79456-6

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The Swingfrom

A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
Published by Star Bright Books, New York, 1966, 2006
ISBN 978-59572-057-3

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Words by Jimmy Kennedy
Music by John W. Bratton
Illustrated by Alexandra Day
Published by Scholastic Inc., New York, NY, 1983
ISBN 0-439-39622-0

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly
Published by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, Milwaukee, WI, 1993
ISBN 0-7935-1859-8

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Performance Program

Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” is a show with a mission.  It is intended to be educational, culturally and socially enriching, and FUN!

To help facilitate this mission, I’m excited to share the completed show program.  This is the program we will make available at the performances.

This program contains the song list (with clocks to convey the time of day each song represents, as the show is a journey through a day of adventure), book list, and creative team bios.


To view or print the program, click here:
Sing Books with Emily Cabaret Program

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Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret
Recordings on CD

As part of this project, we recorded a CD.  I will be THRILLED to offer it for sale at the shows (and soon on CDBaby.com).  The CD includes my vocals for 13 of the songs from the show, followed by instrumental tracks for the same songs, so that you can sing-along with the books yourself.  We have arranged the music in these tracks to exactly match the lyric arrangement in the books, so your enjoyment of the song and the book together can be easy and fun.

Track Accompaniment and Arrangements by Paul Raiman

Musical Direction, Track Accompaniment and Arrangements by Alex Tang

Performance Direction by Judy Simmons

Songs recorded and mixed by Jeff Tucker at Art of Music Studios

This is a CD (and a show) with a Mission (a Note from Emily)
When my children were very small, I began to discover picture books that were based on songs.  Being a singer, I naturally wanted to sing them.  Over the years, I have established an extensive collection of these Singable Picture Books which inspired “Sing Books with Emily” performances in libraries, bookstores, schools, and private events.  I also began to write a blog about the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books: www.SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com.

The project of “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” came to me when I sat down in December of 2009 to write a grant application for the Arlington County Commission for the Arts.  I wanted to create a fully realized cabaret performance using some of the fabulous songs in the Singable Picture Book catalogue.  And, I wanted this cabaret to be for EVERYONE, for children and adults to enjoy together.

What is Cabaret?  To me, cabaret is the art of “telling stories with song.” Most of the time, a cabaret is performed at night, for adults, in a small, candlelit room filled with cocktail tables and chairs, 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).

”Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” is a little different.  It is a cabaret for FAMILIES.  I am using the cabaret format (a one hour show of songs, sung from a personal point of view, separated by patter and accompanied by piano) to create a show that adults and children can enjoy TOGETHER.

In furthering the mission of inspiring children and adults to enjoy the songs in Singable Picture Books together, I included the recording of a CD in the grant application.  This CD is the result of that dream.  The purpose of this CD is to facilitate singing of these Singable Picture Books.  My performance of the songs fill the first half of the CD and the second half of the CD is filled with the instrumental tracks alone so grownups and kids can sing the books themselves.  The lyrical arrangement of each song has been carefully constructed to exactly match the Singable Picture Book it represents.

To find the Singable Picture Books which go with these songs, please visit
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

I am deeply grateful for the support of the Arlington County Commission for the Arts (and my husband Charlie) for funding this special project.

Let’s sing and celebrate the magic of music, words, stories and pictures.
With Love, Emily (April 2011)

Information about purchasing this CD will follow shortly.

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CONTRIBUTOR WEBSITES

Musical Direction and Arrangements by Alex Tang
website: http://sites.google.com/site/atangdc/home

Arrangements and Rehearsal Tracks by Paul Raiman
website: http://www.myrehearsalpianist.com/

Sound Design by Jeff Tucker
website: http://www.artofmusicstudios.com/Home.html

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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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Introduction to the Arts of Cabaret and Vocal Performance

This show makes a great introduction for anyone interested in the arts of cabaret and vocal performance.  This show is a fully realized one-woman cabaret performance complete with unique arrangements for each song; a through-line and concept which encorporate emotional, intellectual, and conceptual arcs which create a work of art in its own right; and vocal performances crafted by an experienced performer (using crafting techniques developed through years of training and experience) and a team of professional musical and theatre directors.

I have had the honor and privilege to study the arts of cabaret and vocal performance from many of the best teachers and working performers in the business.  Though thrilling and fun, I take the work very seriously.  I feel that nothing less than the creative lives of young people and the quality and longevity of our great musical heritage are among the many things at stake.

Gathered from master classes, university courses, master teachers, and colleagues I’ve had the chance to work with, as well as extensive personal experience, I have developed a process for working on songs.  A significant element of this process is research (this blog is a result of my compulsion to know and understand everything I possibly can about the songs I sing) and written homework.  To facilitate and organize a portion of the research and homework, I created a “Song Craft Worksheet,” and it is my honor to share it:

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This worksheet details my process for crafting a song for performance.
For Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet, click here:
Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

For more information about this worksheet and the thoughts that went into its creation, click here:
The Art of Singing and Crafting a Song for Performance:  Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

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A Note About the Title

The title of my show, “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” comes from the song, “Oh, What a Beautiful Day,” which is the first song in the groundbreaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma.”  I was excited to stumble upon the idea to use this line from the song as the title of my show because the show’s songs fit in an order which takes us through a day in song (from morning songs like “Late for School” to afternoon songs like “Sunshine on My Shoulders” to nighttime songs like “Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night.”  Plus, it was fun that “Day” rhymes with “Cabaret” and that the lyric is also sung in the show.

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My Mission for “Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret”

Most of the time, a cabaret is performed at night (after 8pm) for adults, in a small, candlelit room filled with cocktail tables and chairs.

One thing that excites me most about  “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” is that it is a cabaret for FAMILIES.  I am using the cabaret format (a one hour show of songs, sung from a personal point of view, separated by patter and accompanied by piano)  to create a show that adults and children to enjoy TOGETHER.

This show is for EVERYBODY, a cabaret families, created for children and adults to enjoy together.  It is loaded with funny, delightful and inspiring songs, encompassing music from Broadway to pop, written by songwriters like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Billy Joel, and Steve Martin!  And, all the songs come from the Singable Picture Book catalogue.  I will be thrilled to perform this show any time of day and any place people young and old can gather together to celebrate a day of adventure through song.

I hope to see you there!

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Special Thanks

I have many people to thank for their help, guidance and support in putting this show together.  My special thanks and admiration go to:

Danielle Anctil, Cynthia Brown, Claire Freeman, Alina Gawlik, Charles Gleichenhaus, Cindy Hutchins, Rick Jensen, Lina Koutrakos, Catrina Moran, Ron Molteni, Tracey Morgan, Paul Raiman, Judy Simmons, Alex Tang, Jeff Tucker, Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA

And THANK YOU to everyone at the Arlington County Commission for the Arts.  The exercise of writing the grant application gave birth to the idea for this show and CD.  Funding from the commission has made creating “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” possible.

Thank you!

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Oh, What a Beautiful Day, Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Commission for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.

More information about Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division at:
www.ArlingtonArts.org

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Audience Comments

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)

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, comment on Facebook, June 2011)

[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, June 2011)

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, June 2011)

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 (June 2011 Comment to SingBooksWithEmily.Wordpress.com)

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

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, June 2011)

Emily, you are so talented!!  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Susan Wallin (Mom, Arlington , VA, June 2011)

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, June 2011)

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Performance Pictures


Premiere Performance, June 4, 2011 at Tuckahoe Elementary School


Premiere Performance, June 4, 2011 at Tuckahoe Elementary School

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Related Articles

SONG/BOOK SETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

Thoughts on the conclusion of Phase I for “Oh What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret,”
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/oh-what-a-beautiful-day/

The post about the premiere performance on June 4, 2011:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/it-was-a-beautiful-day-june-4-2011-premier-performance-of-oh-what-a-beautiful-day-sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

Thoughts on the Educational Mission of “Sing Books” Cabaret:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/an-additional-thought-on-the-educational-mission-of-oh-what-a-beautiful-day-sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

Coaching with Rick Jensen and Lina Koutrakos:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/the-songs-we-sang-4182011-cabaret-workshop-with-rick-jenson-and-lina-koutrakos/

Sing a Poem for Put a Poem in Your Pocket Day:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/sing-a-poem-for-put-a-poem-in-your-pocket-day-april-14/

What is Cabaret:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/what-is-cabaret/

The First Recording Session:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/oh-what-a-beautiful-day-sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret-cd-has-two-songs-in-the-can/

Third Recording Session:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/the-songs-we-sang-522011-more-songs-in-the-can/

Fourth Recording Session:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/oh-what-a-beautiful-day-sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret-three-more-songs-in-the-can/

Fifth Recording Session:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/its-almost-a-wrap/

Emily is nominated for a 2010 Wammie in the “Cabaret Artist” Category:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/wammie-nomination/

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Past Performances

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SONG ORDER FOR SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS SING-ALONG SET
To sing this song as a set, depicting the journey through someone’s adventurous day, follow this order:

  1. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  2. Over the Rainbow
  3. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  4. Late for School
  5. A-You’re Adorable
  6. Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
  7. Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
  8. The Swing
  9. All God’s Critters
  10. The Surreywith the Fringe on Top
  11. I Love You a Bushel and a Peck
  12. New York State of Mind
  13. Sunshine on My Shoulders
  14. Teddy Bear’s Picnic
  15. Rubber Duckie
  16. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  17. Halfway Down
  18. Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night
  19. Yellow Submarine
  20. Last Song

Download a PDF of the song order table which includes clocks to give the time of day for each song and lyricist and composer credit:

Click here to download or print this page:
SBWE Cabaret PROGRAM 2 song list

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I wrote an blog post for SongSpeak (the blog of the DC Cabaret Network) about my experience applying for the grant from the Arlington County Commission for the Arts:
http://songspeak.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/sing-books-with-emily-and-the-benefits-of-just-showing-up/

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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET is a one woman cabaret show for everybody.  The show is suitable for audiences large or small and for people of every age.  With simple requirements, the performance fits well into most any venue, from classic cabaret settings to school auditoriums.

Email Emily today at emleatha@att.net to set the date!

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UPCOMING AND PAST PERFORMANCES

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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RECORDINGS

For recordings featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/recordings/

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VIDEO

For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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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/

 

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