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What is Bridging the Gap?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Bridging the Gap?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Bridging the Gap?

“Bridging the Gap” is a four-week master class, taught by cabaret performer Ari Axelrod. The class focuses on educating the next generation of musical theatre performers, helping them to bridge the gap between musical theatre and the art of cabaret. 

What is included?


 

"As someone who's seen a myriad of Cabaret performances, I have rarely been as transported as I was by Ari Axelrod. Every song was a play I had never seen before, and he connected with his audience in a completely honest and loving manner. An old soul in a beautiful young man."

-Alix Korey (Fiddler on the Roof, All Shook Up, Wild Party)

 

What is included?


 

"As someone who's seen a myriad of Cabaret performances, I have rarely been as transported as I was by Ari Axelrod. Every song was a play I had never seen before, and he connected with his audience in a completely honest and loving manner. An old soul in a beautiful young man."

-Alix Korey (Fiddler on the Roof, All Shook Up, Wild Party)

 

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What is included?

  • 4 weekly classes each 3 hours in length.

  • One of the four classes is taught by award winning cabaret performer and director, Lina Koutrakos.

  • A culminating showcase at Feinstein's/54 Below.

  • The showcase is filmed by Famous in NY.

  • The total cost is $300.

When is class?


 

“In his solo show, Taking the Wheel, Ari Axelrod told us his story in a way that was unfailingly engaging and intelligent.” -Cabaret Scenes

 

When is class?


 

“In his solo show, Taking the Wheel, Ari Axelrod told us his story in a way that was unfailingly engaging and intelligent.” -Cabaret Scenes

 

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When is class?

  • Tuesday September 4th, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Tuesday September 11th, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Tuesday September 18th, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Wednesday September 26th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

When is the showcase?

  • Friday September 28th, 11:30 PM at Feinstein's/54 Below.

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Who is teaching?


"If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence." -Barbara Cook

Who is teaching?


"If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence." -Barbara Cook

 

Who is teaching?

 
 
 Photo by Ted Ely

Photo by Ted Ely

Director: Ari Axelrod

NYC credits include: Off-Broadway: Milk and Honey (Cantor/Sheep Boy) at The York Theatre Company. Regional: Weathervane Theatre: Last Five Years (Jamie), West Side Story (Riff), Hairspray (Corny Collins). Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: One Man Two Guvnors (Ensemble). Ari is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Ari has had the privilege of working with cabaret icons such as Tony Award winners Faith Prince and Christine Ebersole, Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, Grammy Award winner Billy Stritch, multiple MAC Award winners Marilyn Maye and Karen Mason, and Bistro Award winner Alix Korey.

Ari Axelrod's solo cabaret, "Taking the Wheel", directed by Faith Prince and music directed by multiple MAC Award winner Alex Rybeck, has been performed in multiple cities including two sold out performances at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City.

 
 Photo by Austin Wondolowski

Photo by Austin Wondolowski

Music Director: David Aaron brown

National Tour: The King and I, Elf; NYC: Neurosis, Here First!: Let the Ladies Sing, The Mistakes that Made Me; Regional: Prince of Egypt, The Life of the Party (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Rep), The Wild Party (ROLT), Seussical (BAM). Awards: SF Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Award (Best Music Direction - She Loves Me, Best Actor - Grey Gardens), Weston Award in Piano Performance (Brown University). 

 
 Photo by Maryann Lopinto

Photo by Maryann Lopinto

Guest teacher: Lina Koutrakos

Singer/songwriter Lina Koutrakos was awarded the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabaret Awards for BEST ARTIST OF THE YEAR in 2007. Lina also holds both a MAC and a Bistro Award for Best Director.  This year, 3 of Lina's cabaret clients have been singled out and awarded the prestigious 2017 New York City Backstage Bistro Award for their exceptional full length shows she directed. Lina has been on the teaching staff at both the Eugene O'Neil Cabaret Symposium and the Yale Cabaret Conference for a combined 7 years and she has had the pleasure of directing many of the other wonderful Master Teacher/Directors in cabaret: Eric Michael Gillette, Sally Mayes, Patrick DeGennaro, Rick Jensen. Lina Koutrakos along with Lennie Watts is the co-founder of New York's Cabaret Intensive “Summer in the City” which is in its 10th year this summer. Koutrakos has done both weekend intensives and Master Class (most annually) in Waterford, CT, The Berkshires, Binghamton, Chicago, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Boston and Las Vegas. She was one of the original Master Teachers at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference.

Lina has been featured in The New York Times, Billboard Magazine and Mode Magazine. She has garnered fans the likes of Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner, Kate Mulgrew, Tom Hanks and the late Gregory Hines. Her first independent CD - "Leave A Little Somethinghas sold thousands of copies. More of Lina’s original material is being played on Television nation wide and Radio stations throughout the world, most notably the BBC. She is a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Award Winner for her original Gospel/Inspirational song BURY ME DEEP. Lina is also an Equity Actress who has appeared Off-Broadway.

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"Cabaret is the art of being yourself on purpose." -Dick Gallagher

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The security deposit of $75 is non-refundable. The remaining balance of $225 is due the first day of class unless a payment plan has been discussed.

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