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DEAR READERS:

What a wonderful audience last Saturday night! And we had 14 fantastic singers and some great new songs from several singers. JOEL BAKER got us started by singing "I Wish I Were In Love Again" and me with "I Could Write A Book". And guess who was there? Rick Valencia, guess because Friday was my birthday. Then we had our first special guest singer, the always amazing JEROME ELLIOTT singing "Jackie", and alter he sang the beautiful "On My Way To You". Then it was the star of this week's CABARET ON SUNDAYS show, JOHNNY SPINKS doing two fabulous songs "Daniel", and later "Let It Be". And BETH FORMELOZA singing "As Long As He Needs Me" and later "Ferndando", for her husband FERDIE FORMELOZA who sang "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", and later "Who Can I Turn To" and surprise, they did a duet with "You Make Me Feel Brand New". LINDSAY OUELLETTE fresh from his role in "BALLROOM", sang "On The Street Where You Live", and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" from "THE FANTASTIKS". PATTI GALLAGHER brought a couple of favorites, "My Funny Valentine", and "Bewitched". Followed by BARBARA FRANTZ who's always a hit, singing "Strange", "Ordinary Fools", and "I Took A Trip On A Train". V.V. MARTIN sang the uplifting "If They Could See Me Now", the beautiful "Can't Help Loving That Man Of Mine", and a new one for her, "More". All the way from LA, was THERESE LEE with 3 friends for dinner and with a really fun song called "I Had A Ball", and later "We Can Never Go Back To Before". Our good friend and great singer from St. Louis, WALTER SCHULTZ was there 2 weeks in a row before they leave on Tuesday, but he brought some wonderful songs, "Fly Me To The Moon", "It Had To Be You", and "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" and everyone was commenting on the similarity of his voice and DEAN MARTIN'S, I'd say that's a big compliment. And we had MATT BORZELLO there for just one song "Pieces Of Dreams". And we got TONY DI SIENA up for "God Bless The Child", and "I'm Glad There Is You". TER GALLAGHER is back in town to rehearse her upcoming April 5th show at ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATER and came to sing "Sister", and a gorgeous "Send In The Clowns". Plus PERRY WOOD who came in late but we got to hear him do "Home" from "THE WIZ".   
 
We'll be back again this Saturday with lots of singers including new singers and great songs so we hope to see you then.


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Despite an unplanned outage of half of the stage lights, EMILY LINDBECK & EARL MITCHELL put on a standing ovation show and judges from DESERT THEATRE LEAGUE were there so hopefully we'll see a bunch of nominations and wins. This Sunday is another local favorite with a show that is sure to be a favorite of yours and mine... JOHNNY SPINKS!
 
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HERE IS MY COLUMN FOR THE CURRENT ISSUE:

JANUARY - FEBRUARY, 2020 
 
Happy New Year Cabaret Fans! I want to start off with my personal thank you to everyone who has helped keep cabaret alive and well in the Palm Springs area, from the faithful audiences, the outstanding performers and the venues who give us somewhere to do it. One place I am very proud to be a part of is the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert where the Arthur Newman Theater is located. The have been so supportive over the last 12 seasons in so many ways, including the installation of a new sound system, and new lighting is in the near future. Speaking of the Cabaret On Sundays Series, January brings Francesca Amari and Gilmore Rizzo in A Couple Of Swells 1/5, then Laura Bloom Farber in Great Ladies of Broadway 1/12, Jerome Elliott in King Of The Song Cue Ball 1/19, and Natalie Mann in Curtains To Reels 1/26. Then in February it will be Judy Rossignuolo-Rice in An Alto's Lament 2/2, David Bader in Hollywood Valentine 2/9, Ruthann De La Vega in The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 2/16, and Earl Mitchell and Emily Lindbeck in Magic Moments That Last Forever 2/23. Bette King continues her new series at Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City with Broadway Calls on 1/30 starring Marcia Harp, Leslie Tinnaro, and Devorah Herberg, and Les Michaels as MC/Host, Gone, But Not Forgotten 2/6, and Now And Then 2/20. Over at Purple Room their ticketed shows include; Lainie Kazan in An Evening With Lainie Kazan 1/3, Lady Luck in Las Vegas Legends 1/4, Michael Holmes in The Judy Show 1/5 and all Sundays, Clint Holmes 1/10, Lillias White in An Evening With Lillias White 1/18, Amanda McBroom in Noir 1/25, Black Market Trust in Sinatra, The Rat Pack & Beyond! 1/31, Palm Springs Jump! 2/1, Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch on piano in Love Notes 2/7, and 2/8, Chadwick Johnson in Soul Standards 2/15, and Scot Brucein Elvis: The Early Years 2/22. Other nights include; Rose Mallett Tuesdays, Michael Holmes TrioWednesdays, and Sharon Sills on Thursdays. There seems to be more and more venues than ever with restaurants and bars opening up rooms just for live performance. Unfortunately, they are so new that they are not up to date when it comes to posting shows on their websites. All I can do is list them and you can look them up; Oscar's Cabaret in Palm Springs, Wang's Of The Desert in Palm Springs where Jazzville has taken up their new home, Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs has Steven Fales in Confessions Of A Mormon BoyTuesdays through 1/28, Frankie's Back Room in Cathedral City has Thom McMorris in Teach Me Tonight1/17 along with Open Mic Thursdays with Joel Baker on piano, Toucan's in Palm Springs has shows presented by Don LeClair of Reaction Productions, PS Underground in Palm Springs, Club Indigo in Palm Springs, also Copa in Palm Springs has featured a few random shows besides regulars like Francesca Amari, Jeff Stewart, and Wayne Abravanel in The Mod Squad Variety Show on Thursdays, followed by Bella Da Ball in The Lipstick Cabaret Revue, and Derrik Lewis and his trio entertain Tuesdays and Thursdays next door in The Coral Lounge at Tropicale. David Green continues his Musical Theater University series at Acqua California Bistro in Rancho Mirage with Broadway At The River, plus over at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center on the campus of Ranch Mirage High School he will present Be More Chill The Broadway Musical 2/7, 2/8, and 2/9. Frank's Place at Indian Wells Resort Hotel in Indian Wells has Terri Olsen with The Perfect Blend on Tuesdays, and she's joined by Patricia Welch on Wednesdays for Broadway's Best, then Patricia is there solo on Thursdays. Vicky's Of Santa Fe Supper Club Series will have With The Beatles there on 1/16 along with regular no cover entertainment throughout the weeknights. Les Michaels and Joel Baker are Saturday nights at AJ's On The Green with Cabaret Open Mic, and they are also bringing various one-night cabaret style shows to be announced. Michael D'Angelo is at Chef George's Picasso Lounge Tuesdays & Thursdays. Denny Pezin is Fridays & Saturdays in the Sonora Room at Embassy Suites. At Stacy's Piano Bar in Palm Springs has scheduled a rotation of performers that have included Bonnie Gilgallon, and Leanna Rodgers. Studio One11 has piano bar Wednesday and Sundays, Bernie's in Rancho Mirage has live entertainment nightly as well as Runway in Cathedral City, Pete's Hideaway in Palm Springs, Woody's in Palm Springs, Nicolino's in Cathedral City, and Melvyn's in Palm Springs is where Mikael Healey has his long-running Sunday Jam featuring many locals and sometimes an out of town celebrity drops in to do a few tunes.  
The local theater productions for January and February will include; Those Muscle-Bound Cowboys From Snake Pit Gulch 1/17 - 2/9 at Desert Rose Playhouse. Desert Theatre Works has Beehive The Musical1/10 - 1/26, Neil Simon's Rumors 2/7 - 3/1. Palm Canyon Theatre presents Camelot 1/17 - 2/9, From Broadway With Love Concert 2/5, and The Pajama Game 2/21 - 3/15. Desert Ensemble Theatre has Adoption Roulette 1/31 - 2/9. Limoncarr Desert Theatricals will bring to the stage at Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, Anything Goes 2/21 and 2/22. Playing at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert among others are; Jack Jones 1/10, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. 1/11, The Play That Goes Wrong 1/21 and 1/22, An Intimate Evening with David Foster 1/24 and 1/25, and The Great American Songbook Sing-Along1/28 and 1/29, Escape To Margaritaville 1/30,1/31, 2/1 and 2/2, Beautiful - The Carol King Musical 2/7, 8, and 9, Frank - The Man And The Music 2/14 and 15, The Ten Tenors 2/19 - 23, Michael Feinstein 2/28, and A Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald on 2/29. Annnenberg Theatre Broadway and Cabaret Series has Erich Bergen 1/18, Kate Baldwin 1/20, 21 & 22, Matthew Hydzik 2/11, 12, & 12, and Patina Miller 2/15. CV Rep in Cathedral City will present Ballroom 1/29 - 2/16 featuring several of our Saturday Open Mic singers including Lindsay Ouellette and Doug Graham to name just two.  
Well I sat down to write this column thinking it was going to be a short one, but it's looks like it's going to be a record-setting year for live entertainment and cabaret in the Desert. Plus, we have much more you can check out in my weekly newsletter on-line at lesmichaels.com and to submit news email me at les@lesmichaels.com.


 
 
  HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF THE THEATER: 
 
COMING THIS WINTER SEASON:
 
THIS SUNDAY IT'S:  
 
EASTER SUNDAY
APRIL 12, 2020
NO SHOW TODAY  
 
DO YOU REMEMBER THURSDAY NIGHTS IN THE  
TEN20 LOUNGE AT THE BEAUTIFUL BEL AGE HOTEL  
IN WEST HOLLYWOOD?

IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY BUT IT WAS REALLY AROUND 2003 - 2006. THE NIGHT STARTED WITH "THE GUEST STARS SHOWCASE" AND 4 PERFORMERS DOING A SHORT SET AROUND 15 MINUTES AND 3 TO 4 SONGS. RON SNYDER, THE HOUSE PIANIST, PLAYED FOR THEM AND AFTER A SHORT BREAK WE CONTINUED THE NIGHT WITH OPEN MIC. IT REALLY WAS A FABULOUS ROOM WITH GREAT FOOD, GORGEOUS BABY GRAND, AND THAT VIEW! 

I HAD SO MANY DIGITAL PHOTOS FROM THOSE NIGHTS BUT LOST THEM WHEN MY COMPUTER DIED ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO. BUT I RECENTLY FOUND THE PAPTER PROGRAM I PUT TOGETHER FROM THE VERY LAST NIGHT THERE AFTER THE HOTEL WAS SOLD, IT'S NOW CALLED LONDON WEST. ANYWAY, I COMPILED A LIST OF ALL 383 GUEST STARS FROM THE 140 SHOWS ON A SPECIAL WEB PAGE IN CASE ANYONE WANTS TO SEE ALL THE INCREDIBLE SINGERS WHO CAME TO BE PART OF IT. I ALSO HAVE LOTS OF OLD "MINI - DVD'S" TAKEN OF A LOT OF THE SHOWS. ONCE I LEARN HOW TO TRANSFER THEM TO THE WEB I WILL POST THEM FOR YOU TO SEE.

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