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CHU Class Outline – Building Your Show

by | Jun 6, 2021 | Sue's Views | 1 comment


We start with 14 tunes and, as an exercise, (and by the end the class), you will learn the process of putting together a show! This exercise may or may not produce the show you may wind up doing, but it is designed to give you an idea of how to start.

In this class we will discuss:

  • Different types of shows (theme, composer, comedic, series, concept).
  • “Formulas” for the flow of a show.
  • Song positioning – opening, song clusters, “11:00” number and closer/audience thank you song.
  • Writing patter (how much and where to chat).
  • How to write a killer opening!
  • Promoting your show concept.
  • The advantage of using a postcard and what attracts the eye.

$60.00 for a 3 hour class / $48.00 for paid CH Members (a 20% discount!)

And why not add the companion class – The Business of Cabaret / Present Like a Pro – click here for Class Outline.

Sue Matsuki is a 30-year Cabaret veteran, a multi-award-winning performer, songwriter, and producer and is currently the Managing Co-Editor and Correspondent for Cabaret Hotspot! She has had Cabaret columns on Nightlife Exchange and Cabaret Hotline. And has taught these classes and other Cabaret performance classes at: UCONN’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center; the Theater Barn (Ridgefield, CT). Fordham University at Lincoln Center and for the Canadian School of Performing Arts.

Please join us for this special class, lots of knowledge (and handouts) to help you navigate your way through the craft & business of Cabaret!

1 Comment

  1. Lisa Khechoom

    Hi, how to I register for this class? I don’t see it offered in the Courses section or was it a Live offering?


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Sue Matsuki

Sue Matsuki

Co-Editor & Instructor, Cabaret HotSpot and Cab U

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. Her MAC history includes: 2002 MAC Award Winner for Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 Nominee for Best Female Recording for her first Jazz CD, A New Take; 2004 Nominee for Duo/Group (with Marcus Simeone); 2006 MAC Award Winner for Special Productions for her sold out 7 week run of 10 Years in the Making with her Musical Director Gregory Toroian; 2007 & 2010 Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008, 2011 & 2012 Nominee for Duo/Group (with Edd Clark); the 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Matsuki/Toroian); and the 2020 Nominee for Major Female Vocalist.

This Jazz/Cabaret/Comedy veteran has played every NYC Cabaret room including: Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Arci’s Place, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea, The Algonquin, The Beach Café, The Laurie Beechman Theater, 88’s, and has even played Carnegie Hall along with several legendary Jazz Clubs including: The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium and Sweet Rhythm. She has performed in Alaska, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Nyack, Maine, Fire Island, Florida, Providence and Las Vegas!

Her jazz CD, A New Take, was nominated for the 2002 MAC Award for Best Recording and her Christmas CD, Sue & Edds FABULOUS Christmas both receive air play across the country and internationally. She is also featured on folk singing legend Christine Lavin’s original music Christmas compilation CD, Just One Angel with a song that she co-wrote with Paul Stephan called “Christmas Angel”.

Matsuki was a Super and “Diva Double” at the Metropolitan Opera where she has been featured in Moses und Aaron; Tristan und Isolde; Norma; and Il Travatore.

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