Richard Skipper Celebrates a very special, one-night only evening of an encore performance of David Sabella and Sue Matsuki’s book release video of So You Want to Sing Cabaret!

We are happy to announce that this show will remain up exclusively on Richard’s link below for anyone who may have missed the show.

This is the 20th and final book in the So You Want to Sing… series, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book explores all aspects of the relatively unknown and unique genre of vocal performance known as Cabaret.

This incredible video debuted at the NATS Conference on Friday, June 26th as a “Premiere Event”.  Starring in this video, in full performances, are: Lorna Luft, Jeff Harnar, Natalie Douglas, Lennie Watts, Lina Koutrakos, Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Ross, Ann Hampton Callaway, KT Sullivan, Sidney Myer and Karen Mason with other notable special clips and live interviews being conducted by hosts Sabella and Matsuki. This cast is composed of many who were interviewed in the book. This video was described by a viewer as being like “An HBO Special” so special thanks to Engineer Roger Lian for his incredible work.

So You Want to Sing Cabaret is the first book of its kind to examine in detail the unique vocal and non-vocal requirements for professional performance within the small venue/cabaret industry focusing on the history, craft, and business of cabaret, creating the perfect one-volume resource for both the aspiring and experienced singer.

Available here at:, Amazon, and wherever performing arts books are sold.


“Such important information and a must-read for all singers and teachers. I was fascinated.”
— Chita Rivera, Tony Award–winning actress

 “A remarkable combination of instruction, inspiration, reminiscence, and just plain good sense. David Sabella and Sue Matsuki’s book is a wonderfully readable bible for those interested in the world of cabaret, professionally or just out of curiosity. ” — John Kander, Tony Award­–winning Broadway composer (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of The Spider Woman)


About David:

David Sabella served as a two-term president of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA – 2008-2014) and an executive director of the Broadway Theatre Project (2013 – 2015). He has served on the voice faculties at Montclair State University, Fordham University, NYU/CAP21, New School Mannes Prep precollege program, and two SUNY Colleges (Purchase and New Paltz). Additionally, Sabella has been a faculty member/workshop presenter at the Voice

Foundation’s annual symposium and has conducted masterclasses, faculty training workshops, and music theater pedagogy seminars throughout the contiguous United States, Alaska, and South America. 

In addition to writing “So You Want to Sing Cabaret” Sabella was featured in “So You Want to Sing CCM’ as one of twelve international pedagogues to have put forth a modern vocal technique for teaching contemporary commercial music. 

Sabella is the owner and editor in chief of, an online magazine and educational resource dedicated to the art and craft of cabaret and small venue performance, and he is a performance reviewer for 

As a performer, Sabella enjoys a long and varied career including a co-starring role in the 1996 Broadway revival of CHICAGO, network Voiceover work for Disney and FOX TV, and both opera and oratorio performances throughout the US and abroad. For a full list of credits please see


About Sue:

 Sue Matsuki is the co-author, along with David Sabella, of So You Want To Sing Cabaret (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2020). Sue is the Managing Partner, Co-Editor, Reviewer, Vloger and a Columnist (Sue’s Views) for an on-line entertainment magazine: www.Cabaret She taught Cabaret classes at: The Ridgefield Theater Barn and UCONN in CT, MAC-to-School and Cabaret Hotspot in NY and for the Canadian School of Performing Arts. She has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). She, along with Gregory Toroian, her long time Music Director, now host a monthly Jazz Brunch Open Mic at Pangea. Matsuki also produces benefits and corporate events and is the Producing Manager for Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms series where she also hosts a Vlog called Urban Stages’ Artists Chat.

Matsuki’s most cherished awards come from winning the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Collaboration celebrating her 25th year of working with Music Director, Gregory Toroian; getting her poster up on Don’t Tell Mama’s “Wall of Fame” for her show How’s That for Openers? celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of singing at the club and being selected personally by the late Julie Wilson as the very first 2004 Julie Wilson Award Recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Matsuki is an 11-time MAC Award Nominee and a 3-time Winner (in seven different categories), mostly recently she was nominated for Major Female Vocalist. For more information please visit:


About Richard

2020 is marking Richard Skipper’s 41st year in New York. He is an entertainer, raconteur, arts advocate, theater historian and promotions/marketing guru. Under the guise of Richard Skipper Celebrates, he has conducted over 700 interviews celebrating people in the arts. Recent interviews have included Joyce Bulifant, Linda Purl, Don Most, Melissa Manchester, Lesley Ann Warren, Loretta SwitTippiHedren, Rich Little, and David France, author of “How To Survive A Plague,” Patty Farmer, author of “Starring the Plaza” and “Playboy Laughs.” This past year, he completed a very successful artist in residence at The Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC where he presented a monthly talk/variety show produced by Russ Woolley. He closed the series to focus on his solo show. He opened this SOLD-OUT show, An Evening with Richard Skipper: From Conway to Broadway off Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre. He then took it to his hometown of Conway SC where it all began for him, The Theatre of The Republic, and The American Popular Song Society in