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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 learn 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.  
 
 
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, Judy Gold and Caroline Rhea. Eric’s 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.
 
The class meets for 7 weeks, beginning Monday, April 20 at 7 PM. There are 6 group classes (including a workshop with a known cabaret artist and a business seminar with the owner of The Metropolitan Room), 1 private coaching session, 1 blocking rehearsal, 1 tech rehearsal and the graduation Variety Show, which is attended by 3 or more Industry Professionals (casting directors, agents, etc.). The Variety Show is recorded in hi def with 6 cameras. Class Price: $450.
 
For this introductory offer, every student gets an HD video recording of the show for no additional cost -- a savings of over $150.
 
Upon graduation, Students will have:
 
Two polished songs (Comics; 7 strong minutes) that you can perform and audition with
 
A solid understanding of working in Cabaret, creating an 
act and promoting it 
 
The experience of rehearsing and performing in a fun, entertaining and professional Variety Show at The Metropolitan Room
 
An HD recording of your performance
 
This class will benefit performers putting together their first act as well as experienced performers working on a new act, new material or a new direction.  Artists will experience growth in knowledge and performance.
 
A brief interview and audition are required to take this class. Send your headshot and resume to cabaretmasterclass@gmail.com. Once you have submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an audition.
 
“Eric Kornfeld is a comedy genius! He's an amazing writer who can take my stories and turn them into comic gold. The parodies he has written for me are the corner stones of the highly acclaimed shows we have done together. He has helped me refine my approach to creating my cabaret/concert evenings. The reviews we have received and the delight expressed by my audiences, have everything to do with Eric and his gifts.” Betty Buckley
 
“Eric Kornfeld has written for lots of acts who have appeared at Feinstein's including one of our favorites, Betty Buckley. He has the rare ability to write in the performer's voice. The patter he creates is clever and hilarious and his specialty songs and parodies bring the house down. His work has been praised by many critics including Stephen Holden of the New York Times,” because it is always clever, witty and surprising. Michael Feinstein
 
"I've been doing featured night club runs in New York for years now and decided to bring in some "big guns" for my recent two week engagement at 54 Below.  Eric came highly recommended.  Not only does he have a wonderful gift for crafting truly funny material and jokes, but Eric also has a director's eye and a keen sense of how to put on a great show.  His input was invaluable and it definitely contributed to the great reviews I received." Tony DeSare
 
“I've had the great pleasure to collaborate with Eric over the past many years. His unique approach to character, comedy and story telling is astounding. From our work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show to creating special material for Bette Midler and Betty Buckley as well as the students in the Cabaret Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center, it's always a great time! “ John McDaniel, Broadway Music Director and Arranger
 
"It's rare to find the passion and energy that drives Eric Kornfeld.  He's seasoned, intuitive, highly talented and a visionary. If you only take one class in Cabaret, make it his". Bernie Furshpan, owner, The Metropolitan Room
 
CLASS BREAKDOWN
 
Week One: 
Students bring in 3 or 4 songs (2 up tempo and 2 ballads) they are considering performing. STUDENTS MUST KNOW THE SONGS ENOUGH TO PRESENT THEM and have the sheet music, in the right key, if possible. Comics bring 7 to 10 minutes they’ve written. Material (songs or stand up) can be in 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. 
 
Week Three: 
For the first half of this class, we will learn 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, students will present and discuss the material they are still considering for the show. The decision of what material each student will perform in the Variety Show will be made by the end of the class. 
 
Week Four:
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 ins 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 Five: 
This class is devoted to working on the material (music and patter together) being performed in the show. Singer’s arrangements will be set and every performance will be directed, directed and directed. 
 
Week Six:
Master Class: The Guest Artist will discuss his/her career and experience as a working professional. Afterward, every student will perform one number and get feedback from the guest artist.
 
For the last part of class, we will rehearse the Group Numbers for the show.
 
Week Seven –
Private Coaching Session
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.
 
Blocking 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.