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ATTENTION SINGERS AND COMEDIANS
 
METROPOLITAN ROOM CABARET ACADEMY 
Announces This Special Introductory Offer
 
Study Cabaret with Master Teacher from The Eugene O’ Neill Theatre Center’s Cabaret Conference; Eric Kornfeld 
 
Learn the art of Cabaret Performance  --  from choosing material to putting together an act with an emphasis on presence, song interpretation and banter that is funny, specific, honest and in your voice. You will learn how to effectively and resourcefully communicate with an audience, as well as learning the basics of how to market yourself and your act. This challenging class culminates with your performance in a group Variety Show at The Metropolitan Room.  
 
The class meets for 6 weeks. There are 5 group classes, 2 rehearsals, 1 tech rehearsal and the Graduation Show, which is recorded and attended by 3 or more Industry Professionals (Producers, Casting Directors, Agents, etc.) The cost is $399.
Every student gets an HD Video Recording of the show for no additional cost.
 
Upon graduation, Singers will have 2 polished songs (Comics; 7 strong minutes) that you can perform and audition with, a basic understanding of working in Cabaret and an HD recording of your performance.
 

ERIC KORNFELD (Writer/Director/Songwriter) has written on THE ROSIE O’DONNEL SHOW (Emmy Nomination), THE CAROLINE RHEA SHOW, VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon, Hallmark and many others. As Bette Midler’s head writer for 14 years, he wrote her KISS MY BRASS TOUR and her Vegas extravaganza, THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON, which ran on HBO (Emmy Nomination). For both shows he wrote the opening numbers, all original lyrics, song parodies, videos, jokes and patter. 
 
He writes Betty Buckley’s special material and works with Tony DeSare, Janis Paige, Lindsey Alley and comedians, Judy Gold and Caroline Rhea to name a few. Eric worked with the great John Pinette and the amazing Elaine Stritch. He’s written song parodies for Barry Manilow, Hugh Jackman, Tommy Tune, Carole Bayer Sager, Rita Moreno, Roberta Flack, Roseanne Cash, Jane Krakowski and many others. He wrote the sketches for the BROADWAY BARES 20th Anniversary and with John McDaniel, the opening number for FOUR GIRLS FOUR starring Faith Prince, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie and Maureen McGovern as well as the opening number for Jerry Mitchell’s George Abbott Award Show.
 
Eric is on the creative staff of The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Cabaret Conference, where he teaches in the Fellows Program. He’s also taught Stand up and Comedy Writing at The Manhattan Comedy School and The New York Comedy Club.
 
Eric is on the creative staff of The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Cabaret Conference, where he teaches in the Fellows Program. He’s also taught Stand up and Comedy Writing at The Manhattan Comedy School and The New York Comedy Club.
 
CLASS BREAKDOWN
 
Week One: 
Students bring in 3 or 4 songs (2 up tempo and 2 ballads) they are considering performing. Comics bring 7 to 10 minutes they’ve written. Material can be any style but should definitely be something you like a lot and have a good reason for wanting to perform it. Keep in mind that songs will be accompanied only by the piano (unless you play an instrument) so songs should not rely on effects or the need for drums or bass.  Students MUST HAVE A RECORDING DEVICE AT EVERY CLASS.
 
The students present the material for evaluation. In this class we begin looking at technique, lyrics, subtext, phrasing, musicality, adlibbing (musically and comically) story telling and humor, in which Mr. Kornfeld has a particular and strong expertise. These aspects of performance will be refined as the class continues. Every song and every stand up bit requires a beginning, a middle, an end and an arc, however simple. Singers also require some “patter”; the stories or anecdotes used to introduce a particular song. This class will be all about discovering the components that make up a performance piece and helping the student make the best choices for what material to perform.
 
Week Two: 
Students continue honing their material choices. Students may bring in new material to pitch and sing through but again, must have a great reason for wanting to perform this material. We will also go deeper into whatever material students have decided to definitely perform. At the end of this class the decision of what material each student will perform in the graduation show will be made.
 
Week Three: 
For the first half of this class, we will work on the group numbers. Because we are presenting a Variety Show, there will be an opening and closing number that everyone is in. There may also be duets depending on the students and their choices. In this class we will teach the group numbers and practice and record them so students are comfortable with what harmonies and solos they will be responsible for learning during the week.  
 
For the second half of the class, a known cabaret artist (to be announced) will speak to the class about his or her career experiences, material and choices. They will demonstrate their technique and each student will perform 32 bars of one of their songs (more if time allows) and receive some coaching from the guest artist.
 
Week Four: 
This class is devoted to working on the material being performed in the show. The singer’s arrangements will be set and every performance will be directed, directed and directed. 
 
Week Five:
This class is all about “Patter”. There will not be a piano player at this class. Students will come in with stories and/or anecdotes that they want to use to introduce their material.  It can also be your reason for wanting to sing a song but there will be NO “This song was written by Cole Porter and I really like it” type introductions in our Variety Show. I (Mr. Kornfeld) will be hosting the show. Together, we will write and add punch lines to everyone’s patter and their brief conversation with me when I introduce them. There may also be dialogue between students in the show and we will outline that as well. 
 
The second part of this class is a 45 minute seminar with Bernie Furshpan, producer and owner of The Metropolitan Room so bring a notebook. Bernie will tell you the in’s and outs of performing in clubs, how to prepare an act, hire a music director, market and promote yourself and your show and get bookings. He will also answer whatever questions you have about breaking in and/or performing in clubs. This is the business part of Show Business and Bernie is an expert.
 
Week Six:
First Rehearsal: 
This week, every student will have a private rehearsal (20-30 minutes) to polish and make any changes to their performance in the show. After the private sessions, we will run over the Group Numbers with everyone.
 
Second Rehearsal:
The week or weekend prior to the show we will have a blocking rehearsal and loose run through at The Metropolitan Room.
 
Tech Rehearsal & Variety Show:
On the day/night of the show, there is a tech rehearsal that begins 60 minutes before the room is open. Call Time is dependant on the Show Time.