Nite Spot Nights. The Hottest Ticket in Town!
ALWaYS a sell out IN MILFORD'S MOST UNIQUE, INTIMATE & BYOB VENUE
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 Svetlana & the Delancey Five, 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! Click here for tickets
MARCUS GOLDHABER: MOSTLY MARCUS "SWINGIN' DOWN THE LANE" featuring GABRIELLE STRAVELLI
Saturday, November 3rd at 8pm
Join ‘free & easy’ Jazz crooner, Marcus Goldhaber and award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli as they toss back-and-forth the songs of Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Cole Porter and MORE!
A 2016 Manhattan Association of Cabarets award nominee for “Best Song," and Broadway World and Hot House Magazine nominee for “Best Male Vocalist,” Marcus Goldhaber is known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to The American Songbook. Jazztimes has labeled Goldhaber “wonderfully imaginative,” while Jazziz says he is “exciting and fresh” and All About Jazz simply proclaims, [he’s] “like a plate full of comfort food!” Marcus returns to Nite Spots Nights following a two-year run of this show at Symphony Space.
Additional NYC credits include Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Laurie Beechman Theater, and The Cutting Room. Around the country, Goldhaber has performed with Donny Most at Catalina’s (LA), The Count Basie Theatre w/Deana Martin (NJ), The Lied Center (KS), The Smith Center (Las Vegas), and has headlined the RRazz Room (PA), Milford Arts Council (CT), Century Village (FL), and World Café Live (PA), along with residencies at NYC’s Renaissance Hotel, Benjamin Hotel and The Night Hotel.
“Goldhaber will have you giddy one moment, melancholy the next and loving every note.” - People Magazine
Award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her rich sound, original songs and her unique take on material from the new American songbook as well as classic standards. Most recently she headlined the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival, toured Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Azerbaijan as a United State Department of State "Jazz Ambassador" and tourned the US promoting her new album "Dream Ago" which has received rave reviews from Downbeat Magazine, The Huffington Post and LA Jazz Scene among others. Her website is gabirellestravelli.com
“As she dipped and swooped, twirling notes and phrases with a confidence and playfulness that recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Ms. Stravelli began interpreting lyrics with a ferocity that her vocal pyrotechnics accentuated.” --Stephen Holden, New York Times
PAIGE TURNER in "THE PAIGE TURNER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL"
Saturday, December 8th at 8pm
One of NYC’s most recognizable names in drag and star of SHADE: QUEENS OF NYC on the Fusion Network, “Showbiz Spitfire” Paige Turner returns to Milford Nite Spot Nites and is back by popular demand after her sold out debut this past May in her show Drag me to the Top!
In “THE PAIGE TURNER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL” this drag diva dons her gay apparel and channels her retro flair with a nod to old Holiday Christmas specials you grew up on! Paige Turner rings those jingle bells and decks the halls of Milford , before you can say Bah-Humbug ! Spend a Christmas in Connecticut with this tawdry blonde bombshell in a full live sung evening of mayhem and foolishness, that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!
"Paige Turner is the ultimate theater queen.” – New York Times”
“The Carol Burnett of the drag world” – Huffington Post
“Hilarious and delectably witty” -Out Magazine
DEBBIE GRAVITTE: LIVE AND IN PERSON!
Featuring RUSS KASSOFF
Saturday, March 3rd at 8pm
Tony Award Winner, (JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY), Debbie Gravitte is one of Broadway's biggest personalities. Debbie has found herself in demand from the Broadway Stage to the concert stage and beyond. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE’S series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New York’s CITY CENTER.
Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York’s RAINBOW AND STARS, 54 BELOW, and BIRDLAND to London’s PIZZA ON THE PARK, and back home again to Atlantic City, where she’s had the honor of performing with JAY LENO, HARRY ANDERSON, and the legendary GEORGE BURNS.
A favorite with Symphony audiences, she has sung with over 175 Orchestras around the world. She has toured with KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS, appeared with LANG LANG and the CHINESE PHILHARMONIC in Beijing, along with PETER NERO AND THE PHILLY POPS, NATIONAL SYMPHONY (WITH MARVIN HAMLISCH), THE NY POPS WITH THE LEGENDARY SKITCH HENDERSON, ATLANTA SYMPHONY, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, UTAH SYMPHONY, ST. LOUIS, HOUSTON, DALLAS and SAN DIEGO SYMPHONIES.
On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR, was seen on NBC’S PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and has starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS AND HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWIN’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
She has 4 solo CD’s to her credit, including her latest, BIG BAND BROADWAY, along with DEFYING GRAVITY, THE MGM ALBUM, and PART OF YOUR WORLD: THE MUSIC OF ALAN MENKEN. Her other recordings include: CALAMITY JANE, UNSUNG SONDHEIM, LUCKY STIFF, MISS SPECTACULAR., LOUISIANA PURCHASE, A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, as well as MACK AND MABEL IN CONCERT: live from the DRURY LANE THEATRE among others.
Debbie has sung with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET in PETER MARTIN’S “THOU SWELL” at LINCOLN CENTER, appeared with BETTE MIDLER in the Universal Feature, ISN’T SHE GREAT?, and can be heard as one of the voices in DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID. Debbie is the proud mother of three beautiful children.
Russ Kassoff, jazz pianist, composer/arranger/conductor and more Russ Kassoff's bio reads like a thing of dreams: longtime pianist and musical director for both Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli, co-founded a big band that included the late Gerry Niewood; accompanied Tony Bennett, Rita Moreno (with whom he still continues as MD) , Paul Anka and many more; and recorded albums with people like Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Red Norvo, Carly Simon and Rod Stewart. Currently, Kassoff has been leading a 17-piece big band as musical director for choreographer Twyla Tharp's Broadway show tribute to Frank Sinatra - Come Fly Away.
CHARLES BUSCH "MY KINDA 60'S"
Saturday, April 6th at 8pm
Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, returns to Feinstein’s 54 Below with a new show that gets to the essence of this legendary entertainer. Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the tumultuous decade of the 1960s, Charles will be singing a great songbook from Broadway to Pop, featuring the work of among others Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb. Songs include “Two for the Road”, “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’”. He will be appearing with his long-time musical director/ arranger Tom Judson in a unique evening of music and storytelling, both hilarious and poignant.
SAMMY RAE & THE FRIENDS
Saturday, May 4th at 8pm
Sammy Rae & The Friends is a high-energy quintet. Sammy, an independent artist, released her first major record Sugar in November of 2016. Tracked and mixed at the renowned Flux Studios, Sugar is candid, unapologetic, and bold. The band packs high energy blues, big brass sounds, and percussion grooves that exist in between genres. Sammy is a songwriting force to be reckoned with. Her lyrics are sharp and poignant. Her delivery is rooted in soul, blues and jazz. Sultry, emotional, and quirky.