Nite Spot Nights. The Hottest Ticket in Town!
DOWNTOWN MILFORD’S ONE-OF-A-KIND CABARET SERIES!
Pantochino is thrilled to continue its exciting series of performances in conjunction with Milford Arts Council at the MAC...Nite Spot Nights! The hottest stars of New York City's cabaret scene are right here in Downtown Milford!
Nite Spot Nights is an eclectic collection of unique musical performances. On stage, are revues featuring Broadway's best and popular tunes performed by top notch artists, bands, comedy, and more. The MAC is transformed into a club atmosphere with tables and chairs, and patrons are invited to bring your own food and drink to enjoy during the show.
Nite Spot Nights are the perfect date night, or get-together with friends and neighbors.
Our guest artists have included Steven Brinberg’s Simply Barbra, Debbie Gravitte, Charles Busch, Svetlana & the Delancey Five, Michael MacAssey, Show Biz Spitfire Paige Turner, Devin Bing, Tori Scott, Scott Coulter, The Duchess Trio, Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman, The Gin Fizz Band, Natalie Douglas, Jeri Sager, Amy Lynn & the Honey Men, Dorothy Bishop's Dozen Divas Show, An Evening with Klea Blackhurst, the holiday revue "Christmas Cocktails," DynaMojo, Marcus Goldhaber , and the Queen of Green, Hedda Lettuce. Each event a sell out!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 at 8pm
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
MICHAEL MACASSEY PIANO BAR NIGHT!
“MAC” is back at the MAC! A very special Nite Spot Nights event! The MAC is once again turned into a piano bar for one night only! With the baby grand piano in the center of the room, patrons will be seated at tables around the room (and even on stage) as acclaimed Broadway actor/pianist Michael “Mac” McAssey sings and plays your favorite show tunes and pop music. Sing along with Mac, or step up to the microphone and sing your best song—Mac can play them all! Be sure to bring your favorite drinks and food!
Michael one of cabaret's busiest and most sought-after entertainers, whether as a front man center stage, or behind the piano in a piano bar. The successful Broadway and Television actor made his cabaret debut in 1982 at New York City's famous Duplex in Greenwich Village. McAssey is a winner and three-time nominee of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist. As an actor he made his Broadway debut in Late Night Comic. In New York he’s worked on and Off-Broadway ( A Hard Time To Be Single, Sex Tips For Modern Girls, In Gay Company & more) and at Lincoln Center. He co-starred as Herbie in Gypsy (with Tony nominee Sally Mayes), Sondheim’s Putting It Together, Edna Turnblad in 2 productions of Hairspray, and as Max Bialystock in 3 different companies of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Soap fans may remember Michael as blind pianist-singer George Baldwin on CBS-TV’s GUIDING LIGHT.
“Non-stop entertainment, punctuated as often by his dazzling vocal prowess as it is by his comic genius” - NEW YORK POST
“He manages to somehow be both cabaret’s most accomplished balladeer, and it’s wildest, most uninhibited musical clown!” - VARIETY
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 at 8pm
The Ne York Times calls her 'incandescent, deliciously saucy.' People Magazine describes her as 'the kind of rich theatrical voice that elevates a show tune.' And Time Magazine says 'Sally Mayes renders songs as richly nuanced as one-act plays.’
Sally made her Broadway debut in Cy Coleman’s Welcome To The Club. Her performance won critical praise along with a Theater World Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination as one of Broadway's Outstanding Newcomers. On Broadway, Sally is perhaps best known for her performance in the Roundabout Theater revival of She Love ME for which she won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Sally appeared as Aunt Corene in Urban Cowboy (Drama Desk nomination). She drew raves as Mae West in the National Tour of Dirty Blone and also appeared in the Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias. Sally starred in several Off-Broadway productions including Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Das Barbeci, and Pete N’ Keely (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical), among others.
Sally's nightclub appearances have garnered her rave reviews from coast to coast, she has been nominated for twelve Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Awards, and has won two Back Stage BISTRO awards for excellence in cabaret and recording.
“A singer of incandescent ebullience ... deliciously saucy. —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Yes, Virginia, with singers like Sally Mayes around, there is still truth, talent, and timeless good taste. You just have to know where to look. Sunny and vibrant ... she can swing jazz, belt show tunes and lull you into a stupor of ecstasy with gentle ballads, and her musical craft seems to know no limitations. An eclectic act that radiates joy, love, warmth and an awesome range and versatility- Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER
"Sally Mayes can belt a song like Ethel Merman wished she could’ve, like Streisand used to before she forgot she was a Brooklyn girl, and then get this, Sally switched gears and sang a ballad with such conviction and emotion I’m certain Judy was listenin’.”
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 at 8pm
BRANDEN & JAMES
BRANDEN & JAMES, "a powerhouse cello and vocal duo" (The Fight Magazine, Los Angeles), brings the soulful timbre of James on his cello combined with Branden's emotional and powerful vocals, creating a sound that leaves audiences feeling moved and inspired. "...the always supportive, sometimes haunting power of the cello accompanying Branden’s voice solidifies the classical sound, adds new depth to the popular, and allows the audience to just sit back and take it in...so movingly, that you may forget to breathe!" says Paul Lisnek - Host of Broadway in Chicago Backstage.
The energy and fervor behind their music has a story to tell of their unique pairing. Branden had a successful career on stage and in recording prior to his meeting the Australian cellist, James. Some of Branden's accolades include finishing as a finalist on season 8 of America's Got Talent, appearances at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Los Angeles Opera, two world tours with the renowned Twelve Tenors and two solo releases worldwide. James brought to the mix his own share of musical accomplishments, accompanying Olivia Newton John, Idina Menzel and Bernadette Peters in multiple concerts. He initially came on board to music direct one of many charity concerts in which Branden was performing, and their connection was so immense they began to play together regularly. "Hardly a supporting player, but, rather, a true co-creator and co-star" (Robert Windeler, NY Times Correspondent) Clark started creating arrangements of familiar tunes that make you listen to them like you've never heard them before. Shortly after playing their first public concert together, they've been touring around the world with their innovative, classically inspired covers and original songs.
Since forming as a duo, they have shared the stage with legends such as Sarah Maclachlan, Rita Moreno, Sally Struthers and Loretta Divine. They recently debuted at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City to critical acclaim. They regularly entertain for Princess, Oceania, Azamara, Seabourne, Regent and Silverseas. In 2019 they will make their debuts at The Savannah Center in Florida, Feinstein's at The Nikko in San Francisco and The Lensic Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Reminiscent for some as The Piano Guys meets Josh Groban, they weave familiar melodies of pop tunes in classical style with their own unique sound. Branden says, "people tell us we're so unique and different. I think that's what excites us most. We're creating something people haven't heard before." In the meantime, Branden and James just recorded a brand new album with Billboard chart-topping producer Patrick Hamilton (Jackie Evancho, Katherine Jenkins, David Garrett) full of originals and covers including a collaboration with Billboard #1 recording artist, Shoshana Bean.