• Summary

  • This has been a tough couple of years for the performing arts - venues closed, audiences in quarantine, and options limited. Yet, somehow, New York City's performers have persevered, and as the shadow of the pandemic begins to lift, they have some crucial decisions to make. What will be their Act 2? Join host Tania Mohammad as ventures out into the resurgent nightlife of the city that never sleeps and talks to the actors, musicians, comedians, dancers, and venue owners who are redefining themselves and their work in this new New York.
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Episodes
  • Comedy Cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama: Everything Was Guerrilla

    Sep 10 2021
    Stand-up comedian Joe Orecchio faced a choice at the start of the pandemic. Would he grieve the state of his show, Comedy Cabaret, and it’s unknown future? Or would he use this opportunity to make the show everything it could be? Lucky for his audience, he chose the latter. Tanya Moberly, the Booking Manager at Don’t Tell Mama, a world famous venue in the heart of New York City, was eager to welcome him back to showcase his new vision. Join Tania Mohammad as she visits another small but mighty performance space striving to survive in the shadow of the pandemic along with the brilliant artists who make venues like Don’t Tell Mama great.    Featured in this Episode: Venue: Don’t tell Mama - (www.donttellmamanyc.com) @donttellmamanewyorkcity Tanya Moberly (https://tanyamoberly.com/) Julia Richardson (@missjuliarichardson) Nate Buccieri (@nateonthekeys) Cast & Crew of Comedy Cabaret Joe Orecchio @orecchiophotography Elyse Orecchio(@elyseorecchio) Kenda Cunningham (
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    19 mins
  • I Heart Dance on the Empire Rooftop: Can I Still Go on Pointe?

    Aug 27 2021
    As the summer ramped up, Tania headed out to the Empire Rooftop to speak with Dawn Durham, VP and Director of Operations at Hospitality Holdings, Inc. Like so many venues, the Empire Rooftop struggled throughout 2020. But when Dawn received a call from Melissa Gerstein and Kimberly Giannelli, Co-Founders of iHeartDance NYC, about organizing a dance performance on the rooftop, Dawn couldn’t resist. Suddenly dancers like Ingrid Silva and Gilbert Bolden were performing for the first time in well over a year.    Featured venue and performers in this episode: Ingrid Silva (@ingridsilva) Gilbert Bolden III (@dancerdude56) Eli Raphael Gruska (@eli.raphael) Olivia MacKinnon (@oliviamackinnon) James Kinney - Choreographer (@jkinneydance) Luciana Paris (@luciana_paris_official) Melissa Musen Gerstein - Producer (@melissagerstein) Kimberly Giannelli - Producer (@soulforhire) The Empire Rooftop (https://www.theempirerooftop.com/ (@theempirerooftop)  I Heart Dance NYC (https://www.ih
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    19 mins
  • 3 Dollar Bill: COVID-Conscious Queens

    Aug 13 2021
    In early May, Tania ventured out to 3 Dollar Bill, an energetic gay bar in Brooklyn that was one of the first places in the city to bring back live drag performances. Owner Brenda Breathnach was working tirelessly to maintain the bar’s atmosphere and serve patrons while still adhering to the strict restrictions that were in place at the time, while the performers struggled to rethink their acts for a masked and seated audience.  Featured venue & performers this episode:  3 Dollar Bill - https://www.3dollarbillbk.com/ - @3dollarbillbk   Rify Royalty - @rify_royalty  Charlene Incarnate - @charleneincarnate  Trish-Weekly Tuesday Night Show - @trish.bk Resources/more Info: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/style/3-dollar-bill-brooklyn-lgbt-club.html https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/rify-royalty-is-the-drag-queen-who-trolls-straight-acting-gays-amplify-by-gay-times/ https://www.amny.com/entertainment/3-dollar-bill-brooklyn-1-26057356/ Produced by Tania Mohammad. Execut
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    19 mins

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