written by

Steven Blier

Artistic Director, NYFOS
Kabarett

Kabarett

Mention the words “Berlin cabaret” and most people will imagine the sleazy M.C. and decadent all-girl band from the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret. Film buffs will conjure up the image of Marlene Dietrich tormenting a mild-mannered elderly gentleman with her sexually...

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Heroes

Heroes

Tonight’s program, Heroes, had a unique birth. It began with my desire to work with with the four musicians sharing the stage with me tonight, a quartet of artists who are frequent collaborators and close friends. While baritone John Brancy and violinist Charles Yang...

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NYFOS@NorthFork 2022: Day 6

NYFOS@NorthFork 2022: Day 6

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s a little gallery from dress rehearsal this afternoon. One moment of special interest: Shelén did something so touching today during one of her songs that I was suddenly overwhelmed by emotion. I thought I’d be able to keep a...

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NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 5

NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 5

Friday’s always a tricky day in these week-long residencies. I want to keep moving the artistic process forward, while simultaneously instilling confidence and protecting the singers’ vocal resources. It’s not a great idea to exhaust them 48 hours before the show. ...

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NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 4

NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 4

As Stephen Sondheim wrote— “Bit by bit, putting it together.”  This means patting every song into place, changing the running order (just in time to meet the print deadline), and, inevitably, a raft of Last-Minute Transpositions. Today we decided to take yet another...

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NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 3

NYFOS@North Fork 2022: Day 3

Wednesday is always the day of grace. The performance still feels pleasantly far off, so we’re able to keep performance anxiety at bay. Sure, the cast is concerned about memorization, I am concerned about the places where my hands are not cooperating. But these remain...

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