A Return to the Cabaret Stage After a 13-Year Absence
Frank Dain returns to the cabaret stage in September with his first solo in 13 years, in The Magic of Mathis, at the New York City’s Metropolitan Room. Dain will bring fresh interpretations to such Johnny Mathis signature tunes as “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “Wild Is the Wind,” “Misty” and “The Twelfth of Never. ” Contributing creative arrangements is Dain's frequent collaborator, Musical Director Kathleen Landis. The Magic of Mathis will also include such undersung jewels as “99 Miles from L.A.,” “Yellow Roses on Her Gown,” “I’ll Be Easy to Find” and “Photograph,” all part of Mathis's remarkable 56-year career. Multi-award winner Lennie Watts is directing.
Dain has a solid performing history, as well as an extremely popular and critically lauded recording to his credit. Of Dain’s debut CD, I Thought About You, Roy Sander wrote: “One of the loveliest and most romantic recordings I’ve heard in years.” Show Music declared the CD to be “... a thoroughly romantic affair, in no small part because of Dain’s warmly expressive baritone.”
After appearing in many regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions, Dain made his New York City Town Hall debut at The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s summer Cabaret Convention entitled Grand Nights for Singing, and performed at the Foundation’s first cabaret convention in Philadelphia at the Prince Theatre. As a solo act, he brought his enviable baritone and warm personality to shows at Don’t Tell Mama, Steve McGraw’s, Danny’s Skylight Room and Judy’s. He was a frequent guest of Kathleen Landis during her residency as a pianist/singer at Café Pierre, and has appeared with her at the Cocktail Terrace in the Waldorf Astoria and the Sheet Music Society’s event celebrating the release of the book, "The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II." He and Landis were the featured performers every weekend at Nino’s Tuscany for four months last fall. Dain has also performed at numerous benefits and has been featured on Jersey's Talking, hosted by Lee Leonard, and live on Jim Lowe's radio program. In 1999, Dain became a graphic artist; he stays very busy serving the cabaret and theater communities.