Meet Our Instructors
Sue Matsuki and David Sabella are Cabaret and Broadway Veterans respectively. They have co-authored the New Cabaret Bible, “So You Want to Sing Cabaret” and they co-edit the premiere Cabaret Online Magazine, CabaretHotSpot.com.
Multi award winning singer, producer, writer and teacher, Sue Matsuki, is a 25 year veteran of Cabaret/Jazz performance, having appeared at at some of New York’s most prestigious clubs, including The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman, Town Hall, Arci’s Place, Don’t Tell Mama, 88’s, Judy’s, Danny’s, Jan Wallman’s, The Duplex, The Triad, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Helen’s Hideaway Room and Broadway Baby.
She has also performed in other high profile clubs across the country, including The Cosmopolitan Room and Odette’s in New Hope, PA; The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska; The Gardenia Room in Los Angeles; The Standing Room Only Cabaret in Hartford, CT; The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Voices for Charity, Trumpets & Le Dome at The Manor in NJ; The Rockland Cultural Arts Center & Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Series in Nyack & Town Hall in Tarrytown, NY; the CabaretFest in P-town, MA; Boothsbay Harbor Opera House in Maine and The Four Seasons in Las Vegas, NV.
She has received 10 MAC Award Nominations (in 6 different categories) and is a 3 time MAC Award Winner; 2002 MAC Award for Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 MAC Award Nominee for Best Female Recording; 2004 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with Marcus Simeone; 2006 MAC Award Winner for Special Productions; 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with Edd Clark; 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Matsuki/ Toroian); 2010 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist and a 2011 & 2012 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group with Edd Clark.
As an accomplished New York actress, Sue has appeared in productions of Oklahoma, Bye, Bye Birdie, A Christmas Carol, Out of the Frying Pan, Agnes of God, West Side Story and They’re Playing Our Song. And has 2 CDs. “A New Take” and “Sue & Edd’s FABULOUS Christmas”, with Edd Clark, which may be downloaded on iTunes© or purchased at: www.cdbaby.com or www.amazon.com
She is also a producer, writer, reviewer and a Cabaret teacher in NY, as well as at The Theater Barn in Ridgefield, CT and at UCONN in Waterbury, CT for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She has served on the MAC Board of Directors as their Treasurer. And, is an award winning songwriter. Cabaret Hotspot is Proud to have Sue Matsuki as a chief correspondent (Sue’s Views) and Cab U Instructor.
Performer, educator, and writer, David Sabella has enjoyed a very successful and varied career. As a performer, Mr Sabella has appeared on and off Broadway, most notably in the 1996 revival of CHICAGO with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, James Naughton and Marcia Lewis. Off-B’way credits include Kiss and Make Up (Lucile Lortel Theater, New York International Fringe Festival), The Green Room, Hexed in The City, Foxy, Watch Your Step, So Long 174th Street. and O’Henry’s Lovers (New York Musical Theater Festival). And, in 2018 he received the “Outstanding Performer in a Lead Role” award for his work in The Phillie Trilogy at the Fresh Fruit Festival. In addition to his work on and off-Broadway, Mr. Sabella has been an active performer in cabaret, since his debut show “No, More Mrs. Nice Guy,” at Judy’s Chelsea, 2002. And has performed, in both concert and cabaret, with the now legendary La Gran Scena Opera Company.
As a singer in classical music, Mr Sabella is a winner of the The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and The New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall, and has performed in leading roles throughout the US and abroad. He has also appeared numerous times at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a principal soloist in such works as the Bach B-Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Peter Schickele’s comical Three Bargain-Counter Tenors.
As an educator, Mr. Sabella has served as President of the New York Singing Teachers Association (2008-14), and on several university faculty’s, including Montclair State University, Fordham University, Open Jar Institute, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21 Studio); The New School University/Mannes College Prep. Division; the State University of New York, College at Purchase and College at Newpaltz. Additionally, he has been a faculty member, author, and workshop presenter at The Voice Foundation’s annual symposium, and has conducted master-classes, faculty training workshops, and musical theater pedagogy seminars throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska, and South America. And, as a Singing Voice Specialist, works with injured, and recovering singers, as part of a medical and professional holistic team.
As a writer, Mr. Sabella has been widely published in Voiceprints, the journal of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association, and is the author of “So You Want To Sing Cabaret” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief, and lead author/reviewer, for CabaretHotspot.com, he is also a contributing author/reviewer for the Bistro Awards (bistroawards.com).
CHRISTOPHER DENNY is a multi-Bistro and MAC Award winner who has served as musical director, arranger and pianist for such theater, cabaret and opera luminaries as Julie Wilson, Karen Mason, Brent Barrett, Lorna Dallas, Rod Gilfry, Tammy Grimes, Gregg Edelman, David Campbell, David Burnham, Ron Raines, Faith Prince, Jason Graae, Andrea Marcovicci, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Loudon, Kaye Ballard, Jeff Harnar and Steven Brinberg. His forty-year career has taken him to virtually all of the major venues in New York and throughout the U.S., notably including Carnegie Hall, where he performed his own arrangements with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, as well as to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Paris and London’s West End. Film work includes having produced the recording sessions of Placido Domingo for Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning musical film, Moulin Rouge. In recent seasons, he was musical director for an AEA-approved concert version of the musical, Romance Romance, at Don’t Tell Mama in New York, and for Karen Mason’s play with music, Unfinished Business, at the NY Musical Theater Festival; he contributed several dance arrangements to an evening of Josh Rhodes’ choreography, All Singing, All Dancing, featuring top Broadway dancers at Town Hall in New York City; was co-creator and arranger for David Arthur’s new musical, Saratoga Trunk Songs, staged at the York Theater in New York and the Stages Festival in Chicago; and was also musical director for the New York premiere of Bob Merrill’s “lost” musical, The Prince of Grand Street, starring Mike Burstyn, at the Jewish Repertory Theater. Other favorite New York theatrical credits include musical direction for the world premiere of Barry Kleinbort’s hit musical revue, Big City Rhythm; for The Songs of Kurt Weill, starring Kitty Carlisle Hart and Paula Lawrence; and for Joshua and Nedda Logan’s musical memoir, I Remember It Well; as well as assisting Agnes de Mille in preparing the gala dance concert, Agnes de Mille and Friends, at the Shubert Theater. As a private vocal coach, he has worked with many promising newcomers and well-established stars, including Boyd Gaines, Ethan Hawke, John Cameron Mitchell, Anthony Rapp, T.R. Knight, Gavin MacLeod, Austin Pendleton and many others. He has taught an ongoing series of multi-week intensive workshops for professional musical theater performers in Paris since 2011. He has given masterclasses and individual coaching to the B.F.A. students at the University of Indiana (Bloomington), to the Masters students at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich, and to actor/singers at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, among other colleges and universities. In summer performance workshops for singers, he has taught for the three years at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference; completed seven years on the faculty of Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, CO; taught at the Cabaret Conference at Yale University; and spent four summers on the faculty of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT. He has recorded about thirty-five albums.