Fort Lauderdale Art Salons
There’s no business like show business…honestly! On Friday June 28, 2013, I announced to a near sell-out crowd that Avery Sommers, our featured singer for UP CLOSE & PERSONAL at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, had to cancel at the 11th Hour due to a health issue. But, in the words of another famous show biz quote, “the show must go on,’” and with that I introduced International Cabaret Senesation, Dorothy Bishop. Dorothy is a long time friend of mine and I coersed her, with begging and pleading, to get on a plane at La Guardia airport and fly down to Fort Lauderdale post haste to save the evening!
Dorothy Bishop was honored to headline at the re-opening of The Bon Soir last summer with her own cabaret act. The Bon Soir was the original club in the West Village where such legends are Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, and Kaye Ballard got their start during the 1960’s. On this special evening, Dorothy brought the glamour, sophistication, and sheer FUN of her Bon Soir show from New York City to Ft. Lauderdale…and how fortunate for us!
The “Up Close & Personal”Grand Salon is part of an on-going program created and presented by Venetian Arts Society at Museum of Art Lauderdale/Nova Southeastern University. These intimate and interactive concerts and interview/masterclass seesion feature great vocal artists in that dialogues and a true conncetion with the audience during throughout the performance. Following the concert, guests have the opportunity to meet the artist at an elegant champagne reception and socialize with their fellow art lovers.
Dorothy Bishop trained as an opera singer at The Yale School of Music and upon her arrival in New York, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, singing La Boheme as a special tribute to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. She has since sung many of the leading diva opera roles including Tosca, Violetta, Lucia, Madama Butterfly and Rosalinde.
Early in her career, Dorothy toured with Faye Dunaway in the First Broadway National Tour of Master Class by Terrance McNally and since has headlined at most of the major theaters and clubs all over the world. Her many appearances in New York City include Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, The Hammerstein Ballroom, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Roseland Ballroom, Symphony Space, The Grammercy Theater, The Lizard Lounge, and The legendary BON SOIR CLUB.
Another component of these ‘Salons,’features the performer, in this case Dorothy, the next morning to the Museum’s auditorium to present a“Conversation with the Artist,” a non-traditional interview/masterclass/Q&A in the style of James Lipton’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio” These unique and facinating sessions are designed to highlight the individual path that each particular featured artist took from childhood dream, through education and training, and onto the professional stage. Dorothy truly excelled at conveying her personal journey and with working with 4 young up and coming musical theater singers from Nova Southeastern University.
Dear Dorothy, thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only saving the evening, but doing it in such a glamorous, artistic, and riveting manner! I owe you…big time!!