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Call Answered: Growing Into My Beard Conference Call with Artem Yatsunov and Bay Bryan: Queerly Festival

Bay BryanArtem Yatsunov"Call Me Adam" chats with writer/performer Bay Bryan and director Artem Yatsunov about their new show Growing Into My Beard which will be part of Horse Trade Theater's first annual Queerly Festival on July 2 at The Kraine Theater in NYC (85 East 4th Street)! Click here for tickets!

Growing Into My Beard a coming of age drag cabaret about how we evolve from the secrets we hold. Fusing live music and personal narrative into a dreamy blend of storytelling and performance art, Growing Into My Beard is a must see for anyone who has ever felt – even a little bit – queer at heart.

For more on Bay be sure to visit and for more on Artem visit and follow Growing Into My Beard on Facebook!

1. Your show, Growing Into My Beard is being presented in the first annual Queerly Festival on July 2. What excites you about having this show in the festival?

Bay Bryan (Writer/Performer): First off I love Horse Trade. Their presence in NYC is invaluable: a familial and diverse community of artists that range from being in development to Broadway capable. So because of that as well as being gay, ginger and just queer in general, I'm ecstatic to be a part of the 1st Queerly Festival, with many years to come I'm sure!

Artem Yatsunov (Director): This is a summer of Festivals for us! After Queerly we are going to Minnesota and Philly Fringes with Growing Into My Beard! So it’s exciting for me to start our tour off here in NYC and at Horse Trade Theater Group who are my go-to downtown theater company for open minded and eclectic programming. They have been faithfully supportive of my work for a while and I hope to make them proud at the Queerly Festival. Plus, they just won an Obie – what! Yes, Horse Trade, yes!

2. What made you want to showcase this show in the Queerly Festival?

Bay Bryan: Well, the show is about becoming a man in a way - my own version of a man really. And I think it subtly challenges the idea of what being a man means. Through my personal journey of queer-ness, hopefully people will walk away feeling empowered that they don't have to conform to any gender-norm, or societal norm for that matter, that they don't want to.

Artem Yatsunov: Growing Into My Beard is personal and, above all, honest coming out/coming of age story. Through Bay’s hilarious improvisational antics, his soft and silken songs, lingering melodies, and through scenes of sorrowful daydreams, this is ultimately Bay’s triumph of identity. Queerly is "A festival seen through lavender colored-glasses. Taking the everyday experience, jokes and stories of being Southern, Canadian, a person of color, a sports fan, a misfit, a redhead – and viewing them through the lens of queer identity." So in a nutshell, to serve the audience a few vivid slices of "non-straight" life. To me, Bay’s story is a great statement of why celebrating the acceptance of your queer identity is just as vital as acknowledging the struggle of being queer

3. How did you come to work together on this show? Bay, what made you want to write this show? Artem, why did you want to direct it?

Bay Bryan: Artem and I met through Horse Trade, through their Tuesday night open mic, and hit it off both creatively and friendship-wise. We have worked on a handful of projects together and hopefully will continue to work on many more to come. I suppose it helps that we are building I've Seen the Future together...! In response to why I wrote this show, I think it's because I was straddling two major markets: singer-songwriter world and theater world, and neither were really doing it for me individually - I wanted to find a way to bring them together. And then when I started playing around with cabaret and solo performance I realized that this is the medium that has room for both passions, as well as whatever the hell else I want to do - which you will see if you come along to the show; not going to give too much away, but I will say this: Taco.

Artem Yatsunov: I would direct Bay in anything. He doesn’t just tell a story; Bay’s whole being is overtaken with a need to express. It’s like being part of a séance or watching an exorcism, but in a good way. He inspires me, which is simply the best reason to collaborate because you genuinely cherish each other’s efforts.

Bay Bryan in "Growing Into My Beard"4. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Growing Into My Beard, what would that reason be?

Bay Bryan: The response we got from our first performance, what nearly everyone touched on and resonated with was the universality as well as the vulnerability of it - two things that are very important to me when it comes to writing and performing (and I suppose life in general), so I was incredibly humbled by their reaction.

Artem Yatsunov: Taco Dance. I don’t want to give anything away but if you like modern dance and Mexican food, you’re going to want to get your seats FAST

5.  What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Growing Into My Beard?

Bay Bryan: I hope that they walk away feeling inspired to embrace their own queerness, however minuscule it may be. And that they might be inspired to be just that little bit more vulnerable in their daily life - that they might share themselves more openly with the world.

Artem Yatsunov: I really hope the audience finds the desire to celebrate their own identities. If identity is something an audience member is conflicted about I really want this show to inspire them to seek out and to strive for happiness in their lives

Bay Bryan in "Growing Into My Beard"6. Since this show is a coming of age drag cabaret about how we evolve from the secrets we hold. Aside from what's revealed in the show, what secrets are you holding that you'd like to let go of?

Bay Bryan: I will reveal one thing... I'm not actually from this galaxy.

Artem Yatsunov: Ha – well if I told you then they wouldn’t be secrets. Seriously though, one of my biggest secrets is my insecurity; I fear that I won’t live up to my own potential and that I’ll submit to fear. Also, I am not so secretly addicted to Parks & Recreation, but I’m willing to own up that!

7. In addition to Growing Into My Beard, you run your own theatre company called I've Seen The Future (ISTF). What made you want to start your own theatre company? What has been the best part about running it?

Bay Bryan: I'm going to cop out on this one a little and let Artem answer this one. Although, I will say that I am excited to see how this company grows and I think a major reason why we want it is so that we can become clear about what's important to us and then by doing so attract the right artists for future collaborations!...I love how I said I'll leave it to Artem and then just answered the question anyway.

Artem Yatsunov: I’ve Seen The Future, Bay came up with that beautiful title, is a devised theatre company with a mission to create works of body revolution and social evolution – telling queer and foreign stories of endless wonder. I’d say right now we’re most excited about finding artists who believe in our mission and who want to work with us. Which is a big part of why we’re creating this company – to build a community of a new generation of storytellers.

Bay Bryan and Artem Yatsunov "brainstorming" 8. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Bay Bryan: I met an older man in his 70's, very cheerful, in a coffee shop in Glasgow. His name was Innis. He said the secret to life is to "Think young." And then I can't forget my grandmother Mrs. Doris Bryan. She always used to say, "hold the right thought."

Artem Yatsunov: "What would Tom Waits do?" My friend Ben recommended this approach when tackling difficult decisions, or heartbreak. Or choosing what to drink.

9. What have you learned about yourselves from being a performer/director?

Bay Bryan: Hmmm...You ask good questions. I like you...what I've learned is to trust that I am capable (I'm still learning this really). I have leaps and bounds to go, and much to learn, but I always have to remind myself that I am good enough. I think the funny thing about performing is that when you are off the stage, and out of the moment, you have nothing tangible to remind you of your abilities. You have credits and the fact that you did it in the past, but it's not like you built a house and you can stand back at any time and say, "here's my house..." In performing I only see "my house" for a brief moment: while I'm performing and directly afterwards - a little flash of it...Does that analogy work? Not sure...Anyway all I'm saying is follow your heart and push through. Plant your seeds. Keep watering them. You get the drill.

Artem Yatsunov: I’ve learned that I really love seeing people succeed, and that I have a lot more patience than my erratic personality would lead someone to believe I’m capable of. I certainly didn’t think I had all that patience in me, myself.

Bay Bryan mapping out "Growing Into My Beard"10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?

Bay Bryan: Definitely to be able to fly. Like Peter Pan style. Real original.

Artem Yatsunov: Money. That’s a super power, right? I’d like the Powers of Money, please.


11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it, and what ingredients would you put in it?

Bay Bryan: It's gotta have ginger in it. Lemon. Fancy white rum. Minty goodness. Raw sugar....So a mojito basically!

Artem Yatsunov: The Old Man’s Shoe. Whiskey, drunk from a shoe. Preferably an old man’s shoe.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape?

Bay Bryan: Yoga and Dancing.

Artem Yatsunov: Pull ups and yoga. Also living in NYC – do you see all these GORGEOUS people out right now?! Hello summer! Nothing like being surrounded by hot people all the time to keep you vigilant with your diet.

13. Boxers or Briefs?

Bay Bryan: Briefs no question. The more gay the better - bring on the jock strap.

Artem Yatsunov: Commando, but I prefer birthday suit.

Bay BryanMore on Bay:

Bay is a Colorado-born Scotland-trained, and Manhattan-based performance artist and singer-songwriter. Recently he opened for Horse McDonald at Dundee Rep Theater (Scotland) just shortly after a run of True Believer at TheaterLab (NYC) in which he composed/performed the music. His current move into solo-performance/devised theater (Growing into My Beard, ShanaeNae The Cabaret (NYC)) is a product of his desire to find a medium where all his passions can intertwine; where various guises of storytelling can work together to create unique and multifaceted narratives. For festival dates and other info check out Bay's website

Artem YatsunovMore on Artem:

Artem Yatsunov is a Ukrainian-born, Brooklyn-based theatre director and storyteller. Since graduating from Montclair State University in 2008 Artem has been directing non-stop, creating over 50 full-length works of theatre in both regional theater and non-conventional venues such as bars and warehouses. Artem has had the pleasure to work with Obie-Award winning producer Kelly Nicole Girod, The Horse Trade Theatre Group, acclaimed artist David Gothard, PACE Head of Theatre Jorge Cacheiro, John Pietrowski of the Playwrights Theatre of NJ, Cheryl Katz of Luna Stage Theatre Company, and many more. Up next he is working on a new solo-storytelling show about Americanized immigrants dealing with conflicts in their native lands. Artem is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of NJ-based StrangeDog Theatre.


Call Answered: Facetime Interview with "The Spoils'" Annapurna Sriram and Erin Darke

Annapurna Sriram, Call Me Adam, Erin Darke backstage at "The Spoils", Photo Credit: Peter Pavlakis"Call Me Adam" went backstage at Pershing Square Signature Theatre to speak with, Annapurna Sriram and Erin Darke, two of the stars of The New Group's production of Jesse Eisenberg's The Spoils! 

The Spoils is a deeply personal and probing comedy where nobody likes "Ben" (Jesse Eisenberg). "Ben" doesn’t even like "Ben."  He's been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate "Kalyan" (Kunal Nayyar), an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When "Ben" discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.

The Spoils, is written by Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott and featurs Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Erin Darke (Still Alice), Annapurna Sriram (The Happiest Song Plays Last), and Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire). The Spoils run through June 28 at Pershing Square Signature Theatre (480 West 42nd Street). Click here for tickets!

For more on The New Group be sure to visit and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!

"Call Me Adam's" interview with The Spoils' Annapurna Sriram and Erin Darke:

UPDATE: The Spoils with Jesse Eisenberg will be presented this summer at London's Trafalgar Studios (14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY) from May 27-August 13! Click here for tickets!


Call Answered: Janine Nina Trevens: TADA! Youth Theater

Janine Nina Trevens"Call Me Adam" chats with TADA! Youth Theater founder Janine Nina Trevens about celebrating TADA's! 30th Anniversary. We discuss TADA's! current season of shows, the founding of TADA!, TADA's! hardships, celebrations, and accomplishments!

Their latest production of this anniversary season is Princess Phooey, which will play from July 10-August 1. Princess Phooey is a musical fairy tale like no other with a rebellious princess, and a gaggle of kooky chambermaids and stable boys- and of course a handsome prince! Click here for tickets!

For more on TADA! be sure to visit and follow them Facebook and Twitter!

1. TADA! Youth Theater is currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary. What does this milestone mean to you? Did you ever expect that when you opened TADA's! doors in 1984, that you'd be celebrating 30 years of shows, education, and entertainment for families? I am lucky that I have been able to do this work for the last 30 years. I love meeting and working with these talented kids year after year. I can't imagine my life without TADA!

I honestly can't believe it's been 30 years. I'm shocked and honored. It's hard work - keeping a non-profit theater going year after year. The fundraising is what's hard -- not the programming. I have many more ideas for new musicals and know great writers. There are always so many kids auditioning for TADA!, and taking our classes, and schools that want our programs. It's just very hard to raise the money needed to support the programs. TADA! is currently looking for additional Board Members who can help.

When I started TADA! in 1984, I didn't think about the future. I was 23 and I just knew that I wanted to create TADA!. I wanted to give kids and teens a theater that was created for them to share their talent, to learn, to help make growing up a little easier, and be a part of a second family. I also wanted to develop new musicals specifically for family audiences and performed by kids and teens 8 - 18. I'm glad TADA! has been able to stick to our mission and programming.

Janine Nina Trevens and TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble2. Going back to the beginning of TADA!, what made you initially want to start a place for professional children's theatre? Did you always have in mind to also have an educational component to TADA!? I majored in psychology and education in college. I knew I wanted to work with kids to help make growing up easier by giving them a place to feel better about who they are. During school I started to work in the theater as a stage manager. I realized that I wanted to direct and create new musicals and that I wanted to do that with kids and teens because they were my passion.

I believe theater is educational - it makes people think, explore new topics and ideas and dreams. TADA!'s in-school programs began right away. At that time we were in one school. Our on-site classes and camps began a few years after that - these are TADA!'s greatest source of earned income and help TADA! meet its yearly budget.

3. How do you generally decide which shows you want to produce at TADA!? I'm lucky at TADA! that we get to produce our musicals more than once since our audience is comprised of families with young children ages 3 - 12. As our audience gets older there are always new kids to come and see our shows.

So, I decide which revivals it's time to do again and then I always like to have at least one world premiere a year. I look at the composition of our Ensemble  - the actors who are part of TADA!'s free year-long theater training and youth development program - and pick musicals that are right for their talents. I also like to do at least one production per season for our older audience members.

4. Since this year is TADA's! 30th Anniversary. What made you want to produce Everything About A Family (almost), The Trials of Alice in Wonderland, and Princess Phooey, which will be playing from July 10-August 1, for this special anniversary season? This season was the first of the two-year 30th Anniversary Celebration of TADA! so I decided, along with Joanna Greer, TADA!'s Associate Artistic Director, to revive three musicals from our repertoire that explore growing up since TADA! is celebrating a big birthday. The first was "Everything About" A Family (almost), which was conceived a number of years ago by members of the Ensemble at that time. TADA! has a series of Everything About musicals and this was one that we hadn't done in a number of years so it was time to do it again. The Trials of Alice in Wonderland also hadn't been produced in 12 years and we had the talent that was right this year to produce that again. Both of those musicals explore the theme of growing up and family which is also true of Princess Phooey, so we decided that would be a great show to round out the season.

Joanna suggested that next year honor me so we're producing two shows that I wrote - Odd Day Rain with Deirdre Broderick and The Little House of Cookies with Joel Gelpe which was our very first show. We are also doing Everything About TADA! (almost) to celebrate 30 years of original work.

5. What are some of your favorite moments from the past 30 years? Getting to know the kids and the families  and watching kids grow up. Working with writers creating new musicals. Writing Odd Day Rain with Deirdre Broderick. Watching a show develop over the course of the run. Seeing a shy kid transform on stage through becoming a character.

Watching families who never would have met get to know each other through TADA! and become close friends.

Cast of "Princess Phooey"6. What have you learned about yourself from running TADA!? I can stick with something for a long time. I truly care about children and want them to be successful and feel good about themselves. I want them to realize that they have a voice and can do things now as kids and not have to wait until they grow up. I have very strong opinions about education and how the current system is not working for our kids - especially those who are creative.

7. 30 years is a long time to keep a theatre going strong. Have you had any struggles over the past 30 years and if so, how did you overcome these struggles? Running a non-profit theater is like riding a roller-coaster - there are a lot of ups and downs - it's harder going up and faster going down but you know there's another hill up ahead. There just isn't an end to the ride. I used to think there was going to be a time when it would all be smooth sailing but that hasn't come yet and I don't think that it will.

Fundraising is a constant struggle. TADA! is looking to expand its Board of Directors which will help with fundraising and networking. The more people who know about TADA! the more people who can help us.

A personal struggle was keeping TADA! going while I was going through chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma which I actually had twice. I remember getting up and staying in my pajamas and calling groups to book them to come see our show.

8. If you could have any child or adult actor/actress come perform at TADA!, who's on your wish list? I always think who I would like to see in the audience or on our Board because I know they love musical theater and/or see how the arts can change kids live. Those people are Whoopi Goldberg, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa, Raven Simone, Rosie Perez, Brooke Shields, then there are the celebrities who have kids that are the right age to be in our audience and who knows maybe one of them would audition to be in the Ensemble: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Michael Strahan, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller, Katie Holmes, and Michelle Williams. There are many more and all are welcome - these are just the names that came to mind right now.

I look forward to doing something with our Alum both the famous actors and those working actors and musicians and dancers that aren't household names -  Kerry Washington, Josh Peck, Jordan Peele, Ricki Lake, Azealia Banks, Sasha Allen, Mizuo Peck, Amar Ramasar, Adam and Ryan Metzger of AJR, Aurora Nonas-Barnes, Sean Nelson, Laurence Mason, Kyra and Tori Green, and Victoria Platt Tilford are just some of our talented working Alum.

There are also composers that I would love to have write for TADA! - both Jason Robert Brown and Jeanine Tesori are past TADA! Musical Directors. They are both so busy and sooooo talented and I hope someday will write a show for us. Also, Stephen Schwartz who is a member of TADA!'s Artistic Advisory Board as is lyricist Sheldon Harnick. I would be honored if any of these talented people would write a show for TADA!.

9. What do you see for TADA! in the next 30 years? I see TADA! doing five productions a year so that we could have shows for specific age audience members. I also want to do inter-generational productions meaning that the actors are of all different ages - kids through adults. These would be musicals and plays as well as dance productions. I see TADA! to have it's own building where the classes, camps and performances take place, a second stage to do readings and workshops of new works, house the offices, have a set and costume shop so kids interested in work off the stage could be involved and learn. I'd also love to have a cafe on site so families would come to eat and then take class or watch a show. I also see TADA! having an endowment and a cash-reserve so that finding money or loans would not have to take up so much time and allow staff to think big picture and creatively more often. I also see the musicals that we have created being produced at other theaters, camps and schools across the country and internationally. I would love to do more co-productions with other youth theaters and to take the Ensemble Members to visit and work at other youth theaters both nationally and internationally. I could go on and on with this answer.

10. If you had to give someone one reason as to why they should come to a show at TADA! what would that reason be? It's fun and it's really good. It's an hour of great original musical theater written by talented playwrights, composers and lyricists and performed by extraordinary kids and teens that the whole family can enjoy for less than the price of one ticket to a Broadway show.


11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Hard question. If you loan someone money think of it as a gift and be happy if and when it comes back to you because friendship is more important than money.

Did you want advice about work or theater?  If you can, do work that you love. Realize that there are parts of every job that you won't like, but if you love why you're doing it, then it is easier to get up and go to work everyday.

12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Sometimes, I think I'm already pretty good at being invisible - I'm actually trying to be better at being seen and heard. I always wanted to be Bewitched, but I don't think she had super powers, she had witch powers. Teleportation would be great - I hate spending time getting to places. I just want to be at my next location doing what I need to do there.

Janine Nina TrevensMore on Janine Nina Trevens:

Co-founded TADA! in 1984 with Linda Reiff. She has served as the Artistic Director for all of the works produced by TADA!, many of which she commissioned specifically for the company. For TADA!, she has written Heroes, The Little House of Cookies, Sweet Sixteen as well as Odd Day Rain and The Perfect Monster with composer/Lyricist Deirdre Broderick and The History Mystery. She directs many of TADA!’s musicals, numerous staged readings and Ensemble appearances at various locations and events in and around NYC. Nina was selected as one of 10 Parenting Leaders by Parenting Magazine, and she was one of only five women nationally to receive Family Circle’s First Annual Halo Award for women who make a difference. She has served on funding panels for NYSCA, DCA, ART/NY and TCG and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. 


Call Answered: Be More Chill Facetime Interview with Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz Two River Theater

"Call Me Adam" played it cool with "The Joes," Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, when he went to Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ to chat with these two musical theatre writers about the world-premiere of their NEW show Be More Chill, which runs from May 30-June 21! Click here for tickets!

Be More Chill, based upon the novel by Ned Vizzini, tells the tale of "Jeremy Heere," an average teenager, who finds out about "The Squip"—a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. Will "Jeremy" get the girl of his dreams along with everything else he desires? There's only way to find out, come see Be More Chill!

For more on Two River Theater be sure to visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

"Call Me Adam's" Be More Chill interview with Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz:

Joe IconisMore on Joe Iconis:

A musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Joe’s songs appeared on season two of NBC’s Smash and his writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Dramatist. He is the author of The Black Suits (Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), the rock and roll Spaghetti Western musical Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), Theatreworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We the People. Albums: Things to Ruin (OCR) and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree are both available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Current projects: the musical version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid for 20th Century Fox (with Joe Tracz; opening at CTC Spring 2016), a musical about Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse (with Gregory S. Moss), and an exploitation musical called Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo! (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams). Joe is greatly inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, The Muppets, and The Family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with.

Joe TraczMore on Joe Tracz:

A playwright with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief (with composer Rob Rokicki) received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical and is now touring nationally with Theatreworks USA. With Chill collaborator Joe Iconis, he is developing a live stage version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to premiere at Children’s Theatre Company in 2016. This summer, Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a workshop of his original musical Poster Boy (with composer Craig Carnelia) and a production of his play Song for a Future Generation. Other plays have been developed with Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Roundabout, Ars Nova, and The Flea, and published in Best American Short Plays. Film/TV includes Epic (20th Century Fox) and Lights Out (FX). Joe is a former Playwrights Realm writing fellow, an alumnus of Theater Masters and the Ars Nova Play Group, and, with Two River and Joe Iconis, a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Foundation Commissioning Grant. He has a BA from Kalamazoo College.


Call Redialed: Karen Wyman: Here and Now: Iridium Jazz Club 

"Call Me Adam" catches up with Bistro Award winning singer Karen Wyman! Here we talk about her new show, Here and Now, which she will be performing at her Iridium Jazz Club debut in NYC on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30pm and 10:30pm (1650 Broadway at 51st Street)! Click here for tickets to the 8:30pm show and click here for tickets to the 10:30pm show!

For more on Karen be sure to visit and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. On May 26 you are making your Iridium debut. What made you want to perform at this NYC landmark? Who wouldn't want to sing at the Iridium? The club is very well known and it holds a lot of weight. I thinks it's very well suited for what I do as a singer. Not that the Metropolitan Room isn't well suited for me, I love it there too, but I feel the Iridium attracts a different kind of audience and at this point in my career, I'm looking to reach a different audience. I want to reach as many people as I can, so I have to sing at different venues.

In today's market, I would be in the category of Pop Jazz, like a Bennett, Bublé or Connick Jr. I can swing, but also be a saloon singer. I love cabaret and, today, cabaret venues are our nightclubs because we don't have nightclubs like we used to. I called this show Here and Now because I'm just getting up there singing great songs. 

Karen Wyman at The Metropolitan Room NYC 20152. What excites you most about this upcoming concert? It's exciting to sing for a new audience. It's an honor to work at such a well known Jazz club, it's known all over the world. What's bad about that (laughs)?

3. If you could give audiences one reason as to why they should come see you perform, what would that reason be? As they say, I found my sea legs. I've really come into my own. I'm a much different singer then when I was younger. I've became a better performer and found Karen Wyman. I can really communicate this to the audience. I'm more relaxed now and really having fun!

I'm one of the last youngest singers from a time that people want to see again. I'm sort of the new kid on the block. I just came back to singing after a 20 year hiatus. I feel I'm the familiar new face people are getting to know all over again.

4. How will this concert differ from your previous concerts? I think this show will make you laugh and cry. I have new material and some that I still do because they're just great to do and people don't get tired of hearing them, and of course there will be people who never seen me before. I have really grown in the last year.

5. What is one new song you are most excited to debut and what classic song of yours do you never tire of singing? I never get tired of singing "Why Can't I Walk Away," my first hit. I do a Beatles' medley and in this show I'm looking forward to singing, "When I Look In Your Eyes" by Leslie Bricusse, the song that got me on The Dean Martin Show. I was going through all of my stuff and found the demo that I sent to the producers. I said wow,  this is unbelievable! 

6. Since we last spoke, you won the 2014 Bistro Award for Acclaimed Return to Cabaret. What did it mean to you to receive this honor? To be recognized from your peers is the best honor you can get. You can't beat that.

7. In addition to your upcoming debut at Iridium Jazz Club, you are also taking part in a staged reading of a new play with music Love, Sex & Menopause by Phyliss J. Esposito at the Davenport Theater on May 7, 13, 21 and 28. What made you want to be part of this staged reading and what do you get from acting that you do not get from your music? I wanted to broaden myself. I'm a singer first, and then an actress, but when I sing I'm acting. I did act when I was in my 20's on National Tours of musicals. So I felt I needed to show another side of myself. Of course I'm no Meryl Streep, but I proved to myself I can do comedy.

Karen Wyman singing at 2014 Cabaret Convention NYC8. Singing, acting, you are doing it all! What do you think is next for Karen Wyman? I'm not quite finished with my singing goals. Singing was a gift that was given to me, but I didn't understand it when I was young, now I do, and that is my first passion. It would be wonderful to do a musical on Broadway or a sitcom...I'm open to all things.

I really want to reach bigger audiences and get an even bigger following. That's why I'm going over to create an audience in the Ireland and London. I would also like to get involved in the European Jazz festivals.

9. How do you want to be remembered? This is hard to put into words, but I want to be remembered as a singer that was great at phrasing and can really touch her audience. It's so important when you sing that you really communicate what the song is saying. I think singing is easy it's the emotions that you want to tell the story.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I really don't drink, but I would mix watermelon, cucumber, and vodka together and call it "Wyman's Way."

Karen WymanMore on Karen:

As a teenager in her first ever public appearance, Karen Wyman astonished Dean Martin with her extraordinary and powerful voice. Overnight she signed a major recording contract with Decca Records, and captivated audiences on major TV shows hosted byJohnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett, Glen Campbell and Merv Griffin.

Karen performed at nightclubs and concert halls alongside such stars as Paul Anka, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Roy Clark, Jimmy Durante, Alan King, George Carlin, Rich Little, and Shecky Greene, and as an actress appeared on stage with the likes of Alan Young, Davey Jones, and Gordon MacRae.

Currently Karen is celebrating a return to the stage after stepping away to raise her family. Her acclaimed New York concert last year was named a "Critic’s Pick" by Time Out New York and called "a compelling concert and a totally-inspiring comeback performance" by She also won a Bistro Award for her acclaimed return to the stage.