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On Montauk to Manhattan & Back Again . . .

And "WHY?!?" you may well ask.  For a Magical Musical Mystery Tour into the past, back to the future, and beyond with Diane Garisto & Friends at The Highline Ballroom in a tribute performance to the incredible Laura Nyro, that's why . . . though of course, there's more to it than that..

Diane Garisto & Friends Sing Laura Nyro

Truly, there are not too many reasons why I'd make a round trip daytrip from out here in Montauk all the way to Manhattan but the chance to hear my longtime friend Diane Garisto sing is one of them.  And it was worth every mile.  Diane gave an amazing "Standing O" performance at her show which is based around one of her heroes, the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame member, Ms. Nyro who Di toured with back in the day.  

But the meat of the matter is this: not only was it a tour-de-force show but it was a testament to life and the reasons to carry on.

Laura Nyro was incredibly influential.  In her day she was part of the "new" Brill Building tradition of songwriters that turned music on its ear and found new directions for many that were to follow.  She wrote songs that proved to be top hits for bands like Blood Sweat & Tears, 3 Dog Night and more plus she had her own standout career as a performer.  Sadly, she is no longer with us and though she has been inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, since her music was exacting and challenging she can be easily forgotten in today's soundbite world.  

But not if Diane can have anything to say about that.  I first met Diane when I was part of a music company working primarily in advertising.  She had just completed vocals on a really interesting album for the impresario Malcolm Maclaren entitled "FANS" that combined opera and hip-hop, et al based around MADAME BUTTERFLY.  Diane would also work on another groundbreaking album, Paul Simon's GRACELAND as well as to tour with Steely Dan.  And she was a regular feature at our studio, working on any and everything that called for female vocals.  She was an ever fun, ever bright collaborator in those heady days. 

A couple of years ago we almost lost Diane, too.  We who know her are all blessed and grateful that she survived and it is a true testament to the force of life that she is back and doing what she does best, better than ever before.

Life can be like that.  You are lucky if you get to carry on.  And the longer you do carry on, the more you realize just how lucky you are.  So, the more dedicated you become to doing as much as you can with what you do best for as long as you can.  

For my lucky self, I get to realize how fortunate I am to have the chance to now re-experience all of those wonderful people I was surrounded with so many years ago in the years before I realized what it was I was here to do: make photographs.  It's an awesome feeling to have these opportunities to hear and SEE all of these artistic lives playing on, and now with all of the extra depth and resonance that living life can bring to the craft.  

Yes, from Montauk to Manhattan and back again.  Into the past.  Back to the future.  And Beyond.  Take Two.

But let's not forget the "and Friends" -- Backup vocals were by Carolee Goodgold, Emily Bindinger, Janie Barnett and Margaret Dorn.  The band was Elise Morris on keyboards; David Rosenberg on drums; Andy "The Rock" Huenerberg on bass; and the legendary Larry "The Sultan" Saltzman on guitar. With special guest appearances by Martha Trachtenberg, Tom Griffith, and Robbie Kondor. Yay to them all.

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

SHOW OFF!

Wrapping up this year's National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival was a 25th Anniversary benefit concert and I was handed an EXCLUSIVE backstage pass and free roaming at NYU's Skirball Center.  It was a virtuoso powerhouse of the Best of Broadway on display.  Glee, indeed!  Even Telly Leung was there.  

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

On the Boards - If There Are Scripts, Why Must I Improv?

2013 IS A BIG YEAR for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.  It's the 25th anniversary for the venue that nourishes, promotes and produces new works for the stage by showcasing eight or nine new and original pieces in an annual two-day festival in New York City.   People come from around the country to see pieces debuted for possible production in the country's regional theatre network and, who knows, maybe eventually Broadway.

 

Double Tony-Winner Sutton Foster, uh, stretches her wings as Eagle Woman in "The Amazing Return of . . . The Protagonists"

Double Tony-Winner Sutton Foster, uh, stretches her wings as Eagle Woman in "The Amazing Return of . . . The Protagonists"

ALL PLAYS are performed off-book and with no real production value.  Rehearsal times are very brief.  This reflects the concept to simply present the story and the music on their own.  It's a great opportunity for experienced and novice creative teams alike, and the thrill for all is that these new works are performed by some of the best talent that the New York stage has to offer.  It's invigoratingly exciting.

Ciara Renee, George Salazar and David Larsen are THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Ciara Renee, George Salazar and David Larsen are THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

FOR ME it's a big year, too, as this is my FIFTH year of documenting the festival from rehearsals through the performances and, of course, the after-party (which, this year, will augmented by a 25th Anniv gala of medley's & hits from past shows).  

THE CATCH is that while at least everyone else has a script and music to read off of, for me it's all improvisation.  I have a couple of days to run from rehearsal studio to rehearsal studio while eight or nine shows are in some stage of preparation, and document the performers and creative teams as they rush to assemble the works in limited time.  I never have any idea of what I'm walking into.  Is it a tragic story of immigrant workers about to be trapped in a sweatshop factory fire?  Is it a totally camp saga of aging super-heroes facing a mid-life crisis with modern overtones (THE PROTAGONISTS)?  Or perhaps a mad-cap, uproarious update on THE THREE LITTLE PIGS?  I have no idea and it's all seat-o-the-pants.  Literally -- usually the only way I can get any kind of a vantage point of performers working off a book is from the floor below the music stand -- all while trying not to be TOO distracting.  Naturally.

 

The PAYOFF is the realization of the amazing pool of talent that is present at all times during this process.  To witness the skill, hard work, professionalism and inspiration so close at hand is entirely energizing and inspiring.   The icing is that it's all new work happening right before my lens in the incubator that is NAMT.  

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY NAMT!

 


 

Double-Duty Doug Sills plays both the evil Dr. Victor Zappus in "THE AMAZING RETURN OF . . . THE PROTAGONISTS" as well as the potentially evil Dr. Copelius in THE SANDMAN

Double-Duty Doug Sills plays both the evil Dr. Victor Zappus in "THE AMAZING RETURN OF . . . THE PROTAGONISTS" as well as the potentially evil Dr. Copelius in THE SANDMAN

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.