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Call Answered Again: Marta Sanders Be My Valentine Interview

Marta SandersMAC & Bistro Award-winning vocalist Marta Sanders will return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with a special Valentine's show, Be My Valentine, for two performances only: Saturday, February 15 at 7pm & Sunday, February 16 at 1pm. She will be accompanied by Musical Director John McMahon on the piano. This show is staged & directed by Debra Zalkind. Click here for tickets!

Marta will also be co-hosting Salon, the multiple award winning weekly open mic, at Etcetera Etcetera (352 West 44th Street) on Sunday, February 9 from 7pm-10:30pm, created and hosted by Mark Janas. The theme of the evening is All Kinds of Love. Come get a sneak peak of Marta on February 9 at Etcetera Etcetera, then join her on February 15 & 16 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre for her show Be My Valentine!

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1. On February 15 & 16, you are returning to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with your new show Be My Valentine. What are you looking forward to about this upcoming show? I look forward to singing some new songs and some old chestnuts. I look forward to laughing with my friends, old and new.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Be My Valentine? I hope people will be lifted and relaxed after laughing and sighing at silly and loving characters and songs.

3. You have previously played The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What do you enjoy most about performing there? What does it offer you and your show that another venue might not? Kenny and staff have always made me feel at home. I appreciate that my audience can eat good food and see the show at an affordable price.

4. What made you want to do a Valentine's themed show? Because of my busy schedule as a tour guide, I have a small window when I can take the time to focus and rehearse a show. Winter months are slower for the tour business. I'd done my Christmas show for several years and wanted to do something different. People are looking for a lift during February so...

5. What is your secret to finding and keeping love in your life? Respect and laughter and holding hands.

Marta Sanders6. What are some of your favorite NYC locations for a romantic evening out? River Café, One If By Land, Mas (Farmhouse), Perry Street.

7. In addition to singing, you are one of the top tour guides in NYC, celebrating your 20th Anniversary. What does it mean to you to be one of the top tour guides? I get to be "in" the City every day. I get to experience fabulous events that are planned for my guests. I get to visit and know well, the world class sites that our millions of visitors travel long distances at great expense to see. I get to spend my days schmoozing and laughing with people from all over the world in the city that I love.

8. How do you feel you've grown over the past 20 years as a tour guide? How have you kept your tours interesting for you and those you show around the city? What I get to do is entertain, which is my talent and passion. I've been able to grow as an artist because I work my "chops" every day. Like doing a show 8 times a week for years, every audience is different. I'm seeing my city through fresh eyes, and changing attitudes about what the city is really like, not what they've seen on TV and movies and heard in the news. Also, there is nothing that is always the same when moving people through the city. Logistics is as important as the story and so every tour does a different schedule so that keeps me on my toes. I'm not on a double decker bus that does the same route day in day out.

9. If you could give a tour of NYC to any celebrity, who would you want on your tour? Mariska Hargitay.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Superwoman.

Marta SandersMore on Marta:

In addition to her Broadway turn as an original cast member of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, MARTA SANDERS has been a fixture on the New York music scene, performing at some of NYC’s top venues including Les Mouches, Rainbow & Stars, The Ballroom, Metropolitan Room, Sardi’s, Upstairs at Greene Street, The Triad & Carnegie Hall. She has also performed internationally, from Russia to South America to the Caribbean. Her latest CD, Panache was named one of 2012’s top ten CDs, alongside such luminaries as Barbara Cook.

Not just another pretty face with a voice, Marta is celebrating her 20th anniversary as one of NYC’s top tour guides, leading tourists from Battery Park to Harlem, from theatres to monuments. Her "Welcome to New York" presentations include well known New York and Broadway songs, as she uses her humor & entertaining charisma to personally welcome guests to her beloved city.


Call Answered: Charles Baran Saint Valentine's Day Massacred! Interview

Charles BaranCharles Baran will be presenting his one-man show Saint Valentine's Day Massacred! on February 14, 2014, at 9:30pm at Sophie's in New York City (318 West 53rd Street). With special guests and some great surprises, come help Charles spread the love around as he serves up an evening of comedy and song! Click here for tickets! 

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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Hi Adam! Your first question is an easy one for me! Without a doubt, hands down, no contest, the Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler. I was there at the Palace when she came down a giant high heel at the top of Act II with Barry Manilow on the ivories. I must have seen Calms on the Half Shell 9 times! OK, I'll come clean. I used to sit on the stoop across from her apartment on Barrow Street in the Village and watch her come and go. She'd run the other way when she saw me! Hey - that makes me the original stalker! I was 14 or 15 at the time I think.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I would have loved to work with Lucille Ball. She was brilliant and I suspect generous to her fellow actors. She always let her co-stars shine. An ensemble player and I like that! I'd also like to work with Sandra Bernhard. Her shows are always so hip and cool! She does concept shows really well and I love that!

3. On Valentine's Day (February 14), you are presenting your show Saint Valentine's Day Massacred! at Sophie's in NYC. What made you want to create this show? I grew up in Queens in front of a TV set watching Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, Laugh-In and Jonathan Winters. I love the idea of a variety show, bringing an audience a total entertainment, music, comedy, maybe an animal act thrown in! I want to bring that back. I always wanted to be Carol Burnett. Watching her show was like watching a big party and everyone was invited.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Saint Valentine's Day Massacred!? A smile on their face! My goal is they have a good time and laugh from beginning to end. No sad songs in a Charles Baran production!

5. Why is now the right time to debut Saint Valentine's Day Massacred!? It's been a long and cold winter, hasn't it? We can all use a break from the winter blues. I want to bring in a little sunshine!

6. What made Sophie's the right venue for your show? I met Sophie in August and from the moment we met we hit it off. She has been so welcoming and supportive to me that I couldn't think of doing my show anyplace else.

7. I read that you started acting later in life. What made you finally be able to take the leap forward? What do you think held you back when you were younger? How do you feel your life has changed since taking this leap? First, I want to say that I don't have any regrets or complaints. My life has been a wonderful journey to this place in life. But I never really felt that I had found my calling until I took my first acting class a few short years back, on a whim mind you. After a few classes, maybe one, I had a "Ta-Da" moment. I knew I was where I should be. I really don't think it would have been right if I had gone this route earlier in life. I was busy doing other things. How has my life changed since I started performing? Well let's just say that last year was the best year of my life.

Charles Baran8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Being a performer has given me such confidence in my day to day life. I am much more sure of myself than I ever was. All my friends have noticed the change. My energy is fantastic. I can't wait to get up each day and tackle a new project or make an idea real.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice that I ever received, and that I live by every day, is to remember to be grateful for every part, every opportunity, every chance you are given to do what you love. Each time a director casts me in a production I feel blessed. I never want to loose that feeling of gratitude and thankfulness. Oh - and be prepared, know your lines, show up on time and don't cause trouble!

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I'd love to be able to snap my fingers like "Endora" on Bewitched and make wondrous things happen. I'd love to be able to jump from place to place with a finger snap. I think living in New York we all could use that! Going from uptown to the lower East Side in a spilt second would be great, don't you think?

Thanks a lot Adam! This has been great!

Charles BaranMore on Charles:

Charles Baran is a rising actor who's been featured in both film and theatre. His film credits include A Foreign Heart of Hope and the independent short Perspective as well as the independent feature Here Today. Charles has been seen in such theatrical productions as The File on J Edgar Hoover, Geoffrey and Jeffrey, Macbeth, The Cradle Will Rock (Musical), Juan and Emmett, Stand Up Tragedy, The Kingdom, Two Women On A Precipice, Walkabout Yeolha, Honestly Abe (Musical), Pins and Needles (Musical), Grandpa Was A Bachelor, Dark Light, The Cenci, and Invention of the Living Room.