Performing Arts

Jenniffer Weigel

Bio: 

Dead People Are Dying To Talk To YOU!

Jenniffer is an award winning broadcast journalist based in Chicago. She hosts “Conversations with Weigel: A Live Series Exploring Spiritual Enlightenment,” at the Wilmette Theatre, where she interviews authors and gurus from across the country once a month. Her podcast “I’m Spiritual, Dammit!” is on WGN-Plus

She won an Emmy for her on-camera reporting for CBS and has also worked for ABC, NBC, WGN (TV and radio) and WLS (radio.) After her father died of a brain tumor, she decided life was too short to shiver on an overpass reporting, “It’s cold outside. Back to you.” She started her own production company and hosted the Emmy nominated food and wine show called “Taste” which aired on NBC – Chicago for two years.

Jen also worked as a reporter and columnist (“Lessons for Life”) for the Chicago Tribune from 2010 to 2015, where she covered business innovation, the “Remarkable Woman” beat, lifestyles, travel, and food. She also helped launch the Tribune’s video department.

Her real love is adding humor to life’s tragedies through her writing. She’s written four books: “Stay Tuned”,“I’m Spiritual, Dammit!” “This Isn’t the Life I Ordered” and “Psychics, Healers and Mediums. A Journalist, a Road Trip and Voice from the Other Side.”

She is available for media coaching, event hosting, comedy and public speaking, and now runs Weigel Productions, which creates videos and TV shows.

Jenniffer (yes, there are two f’s because her mom tried to be original) is also a fan of visiting book clubs.  The show is flexible as it can be produced thru your venue or as a small rental and Jenn and co. will do the rest.  She is also available to tie in with local book clubs.

Cassidy and The Music

Bio: 

CASSIDY is a 2017 GRAMMY NOMINATED SONGWRITER.

 

With over one million copies of her first release her credits will astound you- be ready to be wowed!

 

1999-2008 Lead Singer and composer of all female rock band Antigone Rising

 

Cassidy has toured with THE ROLLING STONES and AEROSMITH.

 

Cassidy has has sung with rock icons from GREG ALLMAN to STEVE PERRY of JOURNEY. 

 

NATIONAL TELEVISION include;  THE TONIGHT SHOW,  TODAY, and VH1.

 

Cassidy is  the MODEL and face of SEVEN JEANS in both print and television campaigns.

 

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE has also featured Cassidy several times.

 

Much of her spare time is devoted to ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES such as her most recent stint in Louisiana, where she joined the 2016 Elmer's Island Expansion Project ensuring the safety and preservation of nesting endangered birds. Her SOCIAL ACTIVISM spans more than a decade and includes championing several WOMEN'S ISSUES as well as marching on Washington and local City Halls for LGBTQ legislation and equality.

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OVERCOMING Eating disorder

Growing up in a predominantly white, New Jersey community, Cassidy felt different. All of the girls at school had soft, silky hair, Cassidy’s was coarse and curly. Their bodies were long and lean. Cassidy’s was thick and rounded. Cassidy’s features were fine and angular like the the other girls, her skin was fair but no matter how hard she tried her body always looked big by comparison. It felt like a failure.

Cassidy was adopted as a baby and although she wouldn’t learn this until many years later, her birth Father was African American. She did have one thing over the others however. Cassidy could sing. It was the one magic trick she had to become visible. She decided this would be her life’s chosen path.

Entering the highly competitive entertainment industry in New York and Los Angeles brought even greater pressure. Had she known back then that her curves and curly hair were a result of her heritage it would have been understood and accepted. Even celebrated. But as far as everyone was concerned Cassidy was white and should look it. That meant skinny. Very skinny. It meant soft, flat ironed hair, and wearing tight clothes that were feminine and pleasing to men. But she wanted to be a famous singer, so that meant she had to look the part.

When Cassidy signed her deal with Atlantic Records her dreams were coming true. The first meeting at her record label was held in a large board room full of executives. The first order of business;

Putting Cassidy on a diet.

It was decided that meals would be delivered to her apartment every week in perfectly small portions so Cassidy could be marketable in a media-driven industry. They also paid for a personal trainer for her to go to every day. Cassidy complied and it worked. Her curves straightened out so she could fit into those skinny jeans that all of the beautiful girls were wearing. Her body continued to shrink and the positive feedback to grow. It was addictive.

When she would attend a function with her band, the label President would admonish her to stay away from the catering table. She always did. Eventually, Cassidy got used to eating such small meals and to being hungry. Then she started thinking if she could eat so little and be okay then maybe she could eat even less. Three meals turned to two, then to one, then to skipping a day of eating altogether. Then diet pills to help with feelings of hunger.

Success came and success went. But Cassidy’s ability to starve herself sustained. Eating became the way she rewarded herself and then reason for punishment. And no matter how thin she got she still looked in the mirror and saw a fat girl.

Over-exercise and lack of nutrition wreaked havoc on her body and mind. She began to isolate herself and detach from people close to her. She was obsessed with food, it was all her mind could think about. She had terrible mood swings and eventually developed an autoimmune disease that began ravaging her body with painful swelling from head to toe. Soon the very thing she did to gain her career, took it away from her. Cassidy left her band and began to put her life and health back together.

Eight years later Cassidy no longer suffers with a negative body image. She eats when she wants, as much as she wants and enjoys exercise as a health routine and not as punishment. It was a long process and many helpful tools along the way to cobble together her life now. Self-love and acceptance and by surrounding herself with positive people whom she can trust have been a few things that pulled her through.

But sharing her experience, strength and hope with others who live in the shadows of eating disorder and body dysmorphia has been the key to what she now sees as her greatest success.

 

 

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/cassidy-catanzaro/sets/cassidy-promo/s-KxfUY

WEBSITEhttp://www.cassidyandthemusic.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/cassidyandthemusic/?pnref=story

WIKIPEDIA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassidy_(musician)

Credits: 

 

Her SONGWRITING CREDITS appear on tracks for, pop star, DEMI LOVATO, rock sensations, MOUNT HOLLY BAND, and popular Swedish recording artist, TOMMY BURR as well as on multiple song placements in film and television. Her solo project, "CASSIDY AND THE MUSIC" released it's third album, "What Is REAL." on April 2016. Her STARRING ROLE this past Summer in Hollywood, California as "Tabitha" in the multi-media rock theater piece, "PARALLEL WORLDS" received stellar reviews that highlighted Cassidy's electric and compelling performance.

1999-2008 Lead Singer and composer of all female rock band Antigone Rising

 

Cassidy has toured with THE ROLLING STONES and AEROSMITH.

 

Cassidy has has sung with rock icons from GREG ALLMAN to STEVE PERRY of JOURNEY. 

 

NATIONAL TELEVISION include;  THE TONIGHT SHOW,  TODAY, and VH1.

 

Billy Hayes

Bio: 

"An epic journey of self discovery. Written and Performed by the man who lived it." SOLD OUT EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTiVAL

The TRUE story of Billy Hayes best known as the subject for the iconic movie, The Midnight Express.  This performace piece tells his story of being thrown in prison for smuggling hashish as a college student.  Q&A following show.

“A SENSATIONAL STORY...There is intrinsic power in escape stories. With RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS WITH BILLY HAYES, the writer, Billy Hayes, tells his own. Mr. Hayes is an ingratiating presence...Savor his engrossing tale. His sincerity is appealing – his desperate journey is stirring.” The New York Times

“A thrilling first-hand account of a much publicized prison break. Hayes sets the record straight...It’s just Hayes and his story up on stage.
And he has a truly interesting story to tell...Fascinating.” Theatermania

“Spellbinding. Charismatic and believable Mr. Hayes is a master storyteller”

Times Square Chronicles

“Prime edge-of-the-seat stuff.” CurtainUp “Vivid and captivating.” Theater Pizzazz!

Riding the Midnight Express is a memorable evening of theater that will appeal to any real life or armchair adventurer. Billy Hayes is a master storyteller who doesn't have to fictionalize any elements of his true life adventures: they are incredible enough.” CinemaRetro

“Engrossing, compelling, profound and illuminating theatrical experience that will leave you uplifted and inspired. This is a performance not to be missed.” BlogCritics

“It’s a remarkable, inherently theatrical tale, which Hayes articulates with great charm, humour and energy in this anecdotal one-man stream of consciousness. Part memoir, part thriller, part philosophical contemplation of freedom, this absorbing story proves Hayes to be a fascinating character and charismatic storyteller. ThreeWeeks.co.uk, Edinburgh

Jen Kramer

Bio: 

Jen Kramer is magic. She turns the impossible into the impossible-to-ignore – and always does it with a smile.

She enamoured PENN and TELLER on TV's "FOOL US" as she will your audiences.

Magic legend David Blaine called Jen “hugely gifted” and described her as “one of the most talented and most promising young magicians anywhere.”

One of America’s most celebrated young magicians, Jen has been wowing audiences around the globe for over a decade with her contagious smile and world-class sleight-of-hand. A recipient of the prestigious Merlin Award, Jen was named 2016 Female Magician of the Year by the International Magicians Society. She currently headlines her regular show at Wyndham’s Grand Desert Resort and Marriott’s Grand Chateau in Las Vegas. Jen graduated with honors in Theater from Yale University, where she served as Founder and President of the Yale Magic Society. Her performances are full of comedy, audience participation, and jaw-dropping fun.  As a fun fact, in addition to English, Jen speaks French, Spanish and Swahili and has performed magic in all of these languages.

BAND of MAGICIANS

Bio: 

BAND of MAGICIANS had quite an amazing limited run in Las Vegas.  JAMES GALEA, STUART MACCLEOD, JOEL WARD and BRETT LOUDERILK were quite the team.  Funny and Engaging and by the end of the run a packed house.  What will be next?!

From Las Vegas Review Journal- Aug. 22, 2016 ...So the question to this group is, “Is a band of magicians like a band of musicians, in that they need to rehearse and work together to become a cohesive unit?”

Collectively, the answer is, “Yes. Absolutely. One hundred percent.”

This is how the “Band of Magicians” hits the Strip. The foursome of James Galea, Joel Ward, Brett Loudermilk and Stuart MacLeod opens at Tropicana Theater on Oct. 26. Tickets, from $39 to $99, go on sale Monday morning (go to TropLV.com or call 800-829-9034).

Breathlessly billed as “The World’s First Magic Supergroup,” the performers will work in the 7 p.m. slot Wednesdays through Mondays.

“Families do come to Las Vegas and they want entertainment,” Ward says. “When you reach a whole family, yes, it can work, even with all the competition.”

Says Galea: “When we came out in Australia, I was surprised at how many families came out with kids under the age of 5, and they absolutely will come back again. We can appeal to a kid who is 5, or adults who are 35 or 50, who enjoy magic on a different level.”

The goal is to mesh the guys’ well-honed performances with their engaging personalities.

“We hope people can identify with four normal dudes on a stage that are doing things that are remarkable,” Loudermilk says. “You’re watching that happen, while thinking, ‘I want to be friends with those guys.’..

From the OZ Tour:

Five Stars- TIME OUT!

Sold out in NEW ZEALAND! 2015 Arts Festival "Magical genius bringing joy to the audience"

SOLD OUT- 2 Weeks Sydney Festival

2015 Melbourne FANTASTIC Repsonse!

"Band of Magicians ramp up the smile dial. Looking more like Gap models than sparkly Vegas performers, the quartet Band of Magicians is a new breed of abracadabra... they love magic and they use their powers for good, not evil"- Herald Sun

Each member's fierce sense of one-upmanship drives the whole Band of Magicians to new, increasingly impossible feats, creating magic that draws on their collective talents, far surpassing what one magician can accomplish alone. Keep your wits about you for this one. It's awe-inspiring entertainment from the finest magic specialists around.

Credits: 

SOLD out shows- The Sydney Festival 2014

Melbourne Crowne 2015

Sunrise TV

From Australian Stage: As if they stepped out of a fashion catalogue, the quartet who compose Band of Magicians – created by Australia's #1 Magician James Galea –the group look, talk and act completely different than any other visual illusionists out there.

With the exception of the intro, the show was devoid of stereotypical laser, smoke and half naked magician’s assistants, it was obvious that Band of Magicians was going to take an alternate route to entertaining an eagerly awaiting Melbourne audience.

Ladies of Laughter

Bio: 

Ladies of Laughter is a comedy tour featuring some of the funniest women in comedy today as chosen by audiences and entertainment industry executives at comedy clubs nationwide through the Ladies of Laughter Contest.   It includes comediennes who have appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, Women’s Entertainment Network, Nickelodeon, in national commercials and at top comedy clubs and casinos nationwide.

The 2014 finales in NYC named Alycia Cooper as the grand winner in the professional category and Shelly Colman in the new comers category.  

Hosted by former the 2012 winner Robin Fox and judged by industry professional including  Comedy Central, WE-TV the tour will kick off with the Mayo Arts Ceter in Morristown NJ.

Ladies of Laughter originated in 1992 when the Mary Jo Comedy Award was established in honor of Mary Jo Wobker - a New York area comedy booker who supported many women just starting out in comedy.  Since then, it has launched the comedy careers of countless women and continues to serve as THE SOURCE for women in comedy.

the 2014 runners up were Kathleen Williams in the professional category and Liz Barrett in the newcomer category.

Our Ladies include, Tammy Pescatelli, Jane Condon, Leighann Lord, Dena Blizzard, Amy Schumer, Chris Rich, Melissa Rauch, Jessica Kirson and countless others.   

 

Stand-up comedy is a tough job, but these ladies are at the top of their game!

 

For more information on Ladies of Laughter events and comedy workshops www.ladiesoflaughter.org

 

 

Credits: 

You were great and lit up the crowd full of comedic energy, I loved the acts of the 3 Women ( and the women were so funny they let me laugh and interact with them) I loved the entire show. Westchester  Community College, NY

Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas

Bio: 

“Sinatra was in the house on New Years Eve. 1,200 guests were mesmerized by Steve’s performance of the Chairman’s repertoire.” –  Mohegan Sun, CT

Standing Ovation at The Sharp Theatre- Berrie Center, Ramapo College NJ

STEVE KAZLAUSKAS was inspired to become a singer by an exchange of letters with Mr. Sinatra himself. He has honed his craft in a way that would have made "Ol' Blue Eyes" proud. Steve works as a solo performer, and also with big bands throughout the USA. He has performed his show "Echoes of Sinatra" at Mohegan Sun, The Count Basie Theater and various other venues from Vancouver to Los Angeles, and from West Palm Beach to New York. To quote an audience member,

“Great performance! This guy really knows how to sing in the Sinatra style, while bringing his own style and voice to the table.
It's not an imitation but a carrying on of the tradition. Great stuff!”

Avi Liberman

Bio: 

Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  He is CLEAN, SMART, and naturally funny.

Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Make Me Laugh" as well as NBC's "Friday Night!" His acting credits include "Dave's World" CBS, "Boston Common" NBC and "Andytown U.S.A." Comedy Central.  Avi can be seen regularly on E! as one of their frequent guests on their very popular countdown series. He has also guest starred on "Movies At Our House," as well as having shot a pilot titled "Through the Keyhole" both on AMC. He has also been heard on radio stations across the country.

A successful commercial actor, Avi has appeared in spots for "Mercedes," "L.A. Cellular," "Miller Lite" and most recently "Starbucks" and "Net Zero." He has appeared at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.Since 2001, Avi has successfully arranged widely acclaimed stand-up comedy tours in Israel to help boost morale while donating all of the proceeds to a charity. The successful "Comedy For Koby" tour is now a bi-annual event, benefitting the Koby Mandell Foundation.

Credits: 

The Late Late Show, NBC, CBS, E! Network, Premium Blend, Comedy Central, Andytown U.S.A., Boston Common, Dave's World

Faye Lane

Bio: 

in conjuntion with SC ENTERTAINMENT

Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories 

wins the prestigious

Bistro Award for Musical Comedy!

Officially published! Her flight attendant story is featured in the book The Moth, which was released by Hyperion on Tuesday.
http://themothbook.org/

Faye Lanes "Beauty Shop Stories". It's  the glittered-up memories of a  Green Bean Queen in bedazzling story and song! Rhonda Faye Gunnels grew up in her mama’s beauty shop, Casa Vale Beauty Salon which was an old A-Frame house converted into a salon, with big mirrors and swivel chairs in the front room and shampoo bowls in the old back bedroom. On the front porch was a fat little girl in a glittered-up Burger King crown, practicing her beauty queen acceptance speech and dreaming of being a star of the stage!

“That girl belongs on Broadway!” Joan Rivers

The Dallas Morning News just called Faye “simultaneously hip and down-home.  Her 90-minute performance recounts a series of delicious tales from Lane’s childhood and early career.” 

Admire presents in conjuntion with SC ENTERTAINMENT

Bio to cut and paste

FAYE LANE is a writer and performer whose unique blending of story and song
moved *New York Magazine* to gush, "She had them gobbling from the palm of
her hand. They were howling, crying, falling in love with her." She has won
the Moth Story Slam, hailed by *The Wall Street Journal* as "New York's
hottest, hippest literary ticket," in both New York and Los Angeles, and
her autobiographical stories can be heard on NPR's Cityscapes and The Moth
Radio Hour. *Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories*, a chronicle of her childhood
in a Texas beauty salon, was the recipient of the 2010 Overall Excellence
Award from the New York International Fringe Festival, 2011 Bistro
Award for Best Musical Comedy and the 2011 MAC Award for Outstanding
Special Production. The show is currently in it's second year of residence
at the legendary SoHo Playhouse in New York. Faye has performed around the
world, including at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival and the
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.

Credits: 

 The Dallas Morning News just called Faye "simultaneously hip and down-home. 

Her 90-minute performance recounts a series

of delicious tales from Lane’s childhood and early career."

“That girl belongs on Broadway!” Joan Rivers

"Endearing and soaring voiced – a real standout" Backstage

 

“They were howling, crying, falling in love with her.” New York Magazine

 

"I would go see it, by all means. It's a great show!” Time Out NY

 

“A Texas rose that keeps on rising!” AOL’s City’s Best

 

"Fabulous and chic in black dress and cowboy boots, [Faye] still has the sparkly eyes of that precocious little girl in her bedazzled Burger King crown" D Magazine (Dallas, TX)

"In an ideal world, she and the show would win an award every day for the rest of her natural life." Nitelifeexchange.com

"Put your faith in Faye Lane, one of New York’s most beloved and respected storytellers."  Show Business Weekly  

"Finding out how the dreams of a chubby outcast were achieved by the charming dish you see on the stage is what gives this solo performance its angel wings." Downtown Express

“A luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off - and possibly give you a MoonPie to boot! Hilarious and unforgettable.” BestNewYorkComedy.com

“The hottest, sweetest, funniest, award winning show. This is why Broadway sometimes makes a star out of a solo performer.” The Villager

"A little show with a big heart, “Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories” is an irresistible treat." TheaterLife.com

“Lane relates her journey with extraordinary wit, charm, and subtle power, resulting in a performance that's unforgettable.” Hy Reviews

"Hilarious stories" Faster Times

 "In a category of her own" Chelsea Now

 “Rich with characters and detail, she draws the audience into her world. We laugh and cry with her...” Bust Magazine

"An unexpected emotional journey of faith. The hour flew by and this reviewer left wanting more." Edge

Tammy Pescatelli

Bio: 

“When I was pregnant, my agent said, “Your career is over! I have never seen a pregnant woman on stage.” I said, ‘Apparently you have never been to a really bad strip club!’”.

Comedian  Tammy Pescatelli is the kind of woman you wish was your
sister or your best friend. Like a good sister, she‘s always ready with a good joke or lively quip. Tammy learned her funny skills growing up in a large, crazy, Italian family outside of Cleveland. She went on to marry into an even larger, crazier, Italian family and has a little boy that she named after her husband-’just to prepare for Alzheimer’s!”.

When people ask her – “Where do you get your material?“ Tammy famously replies, “I wake up!”.

Her most recent 1 hour special, “Finding the Funny” was released recently in an exclusive deal with the trailblazing company, NETLFIX. Her eye for actually finding the funny in all situations, is what is already bringing the project critical acclaim from fans and peers alike.

Tammy‘s recent reality series, A Stand Up Mother   (which she co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in) on WEtv, documented her life as she balanced her family and her growing career with a lot of laughs.

Being one of the Final Five on NBC‘s “Last Comic Standing 2“ catapulted Tammy‘s career and won her a slew of new fans, solidifying her as one of the sharpest women in the comedy world. She just won “Comedy Central‘s 2010 Stand-Up Showdown”, and has appeared twice as a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. She has also  recently appeared on BRAVO TV’s “Rocco’s Dinner Party”, CBS’s “The Talk”, Nickeloden’s “NICK Mom’s Night Out”,  TVGuide’s “Standup in Stilletoes”, FuelTV’s “Roast of Parks Bonifay”, NBC‘s “Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best”,and Comedy Central‘s “The World Stands Up!”.

Tammy also appeared in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, “Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli.” She has made numerous appearance  on the CBC’s hit show,”The Debater’s”, as well as the “Jerry Lewis Telethon“. She has performed on “The Bonnie Hunt Show”,  “TBS‘s Evening at the Laugh Factory“, “Last Call with Carson Daly”, and has been a guest a number of times on the syndicated show “Comics Unleashed”, and was chosen for their “Best of the Best“ world wide top selling DVD! Tammy has also made more than 100+appearances on “talking head” shows on VH1, CMT, MTV, E!, A&E, REELS, TVGuide and many more.

She was also featured weekly as part of the “Fashion Police“
panel for US Weekly. And giving pros a run for their money in the poker
department, Tammy participated in the GSN poker series “Poker Royale:
Comedians vs. Pros”, finishing in second place after beating all of the comedians and all of the pro’s but one. A regular on USO Comedy tours, Tammy has entertained our troops all over the world.

She co-stars in the sleeper hit “Everybody Wants to Be Italian”, “Single“, and  in the award winning indie film  “Made in Brooklyn.”

On her previous album, IT IS WHAT IT IS, she used every bit of her experience to make us laugh about family, religion, and even politics (her sister-in-law thinks Al Qaeda is a guy from the neighborhood.)

Tammy currently tours the country promoting her latest comedy DVD, “Finding the Funny”.

Credits: 

NBC‘s “Last Comic Standing ,“Comedy Central‘s 2010 Stand-Up Showdown”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”,BRAVO TV’s “Rocco’s Dinner Party”, CBS’s “The Talk”, Nickeloden’s “NICK Mom’s Night Out”,  TVGuide’s “Standup in Stilletoes”, FuelTV’s “Roast of Parks Bonifay”, NBC‘s “Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best”,and Comedy Central‘s “The World Stands Up!”.

“Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli.” ,”The Debater’s”,  “Jerry Lewis Telethon“, “The Bonnie Hunt Show”,  “TBS‘s Evening at the Laugh Factory“, “Last Call with Carson Daly”,  “Comics Unleashed”, VH1, CMT, MTV, E!, A&E, REELS, TVGuide and many more.

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