Dino’s Backstage and The Celebrity Room is feeling lucky this March! Marvelous entertainers and singers will grace the stage all month long, creating an unforgettable experience. This month’s performers include Mark Nadler “Cole Porter After Dark”, Gabrielle Stravelli, Kathy “Babe” Robinson, Bob Egan (for his Bob Egan Showcase) and, Michael Richard Kelly. Additionally, the dynamic duo, Eddie Bruce and Paula Johns, are set to perform March 29, 30 and 31. Dino’s Backstage and The Celebrity Room – the unique dining and entertainment experience reminiscent of the sophisticated supper clubs of the 40s and 50s – is located at 287 Keswick Avenue in Glenside, PA.
Here’s the March entertainment calendar:
March 3 and 4 (both at 8 p.m.) – Mark Nadler – “Cole Porter After Dark”
Mark Nadler is no stranger to the Philadelphia area where he performed frequently at the Prince Music Theater’s cabaret and at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. He has played at New York City’s Town Hall and in almost every significant night-club in New York City and Los Angeles. Notably, he has performed at Sardi’s (where a caricature of Mark hangs among the other famous faces), 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, The Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Maxim’s and the West Bank Cabaret where he was, at the age of 19, the house master-of-ceremonies and musical director. Mark has performed abroad in many different countries including England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Israel and Australia. Additionally, Mark has quite the Broadway Reputation. At the Lincoln Center, Mark cowrote, directed and starred in Schnozzola, a tribute to Jimmy Durante for the “Reel to Real” series. Academy Award nominated documentary maker Ray Errol Fox has created Mark Nadler’s Broadway Hootenanny, Live from Sardi’s which is available on DVD.
March 10 and 11 (both at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) – Michael Richard Kelly – “The Harold Arlen Songbook – “It’s More than Just Rainbows”
Michael Richard Kelly, music director and co-owner of Dino’s Backstage, has been a professional singer for over 30 years. He did his first cabaret show at Odette’s in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1987, and he found that it was the perfect medium for him. In 1995, Michael, won “Philadelphia Magazine’s – Best of Philly® – Cabaret Act-1995” after performing for over a year at “The Club Above”, in Philadelphia. He was asked to do his first cabaret in New York at Danny’s Skylight Room in 2003. The show was called, “I Sing For My Father”, an homage to the memory of his father, Leon E. Kelly, who was a singer, radio and television broadcaster, and news anchor.
March 17 and 18 (both at 8 p.m.) – Gabrielle Stravelli
Gabrielle Stravelli is an Award-winning vocalist and trained actress. She has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her original songs and her unique take on material from the New American songbook as well as classic standards by varied artists. She recently headlined the 2016 Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival in Eleuthera, Bahamas as well as headlining an international tour sponsored by the US State Department’s American Music Abroad program for 2015/2016. Gabrielle has won numerous rave reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and more. She has appeared as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, sang the role of Anita in West Side Story with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and performed the role of Jeannie in the European tour of HAIR. In 2008 she was awarded the Backstage/Bistro Award for Performer on the Rise Gabrielle holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has studied with acclaimed jazz vocalists Nancy Marano and Marion Cowings and pianist David Berkman.
March 22 (8 p.m.) – Bob Egan Showcase
Bob Egan has continued to appear throughout PA, NJ and New York for the past 30 years. He is an accomplished accompanist and musical director for vocalists. Bob is best known for his singers open-mic nights, which he holds weekly at Bowman’s Tavern in New Hope PA and regularly at The Claridge Hotel (Atlantic City NJ), The Clinton House (Clinton NJ) and in Asbury Park NJ at Moonstruck, The Asbury (Hotel) and Tim McLoone’s Asbury Grille. He also can be seen at the piano at The Nassau Club (Princeton, NJ), and The Bernards Inn (Bernardsville, NJ). Bob was the creator of the famous piano bar at Odette’s, which ran for 21 years and was the winner of the “Best of Philly” Award for the “Best Piano Bar.” His repertoire includes thousands of songs from The Great American Songbook, Broadway and Standards — straight through to the current Pop Hits of today.
March 24 and 25 (both at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) – Kathy “Babe” Robinson
Kathy “Babe” Robinson has performed in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Key West, St. Thomas, Moscow, and Switzerland. Since 2002, she has spent her summers in Mykonos, Greece, entertaining world travelers and singing for celebrity fans such as Petula Clark, Andy Bell, Dolce & Gabbana, & Queen Latifah; proving that music is an International language! She is constantly mixing, matching, & updating her playlist, to create customized shows for her many venues. Kathy, aka “Babe,” has over 20 years of Manhattan Cabaret & Piano Bar experience at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s, Rose’s Turn, Brandy’s, and is a NYC Bistro Winner. Since moving to PA, she has sold out her one woman shows at PA Stage Co., Bob Egan’s Supper Club, opened for Maureen Mc Govern, shared a mic in Mykonos with Queen Latifah and The Whiffenpoofs (America’s first and oldest collegiate a cappella group at Yale) and recorded two successful CD’s with “Partner in Crime,” Bobby Peaco, & Aspen favorite, David Dyer.
March 29, 30, and 31 (all at 8 p.m.) – Eddie Bruce & Paula Johns
Eddie Bruce & Paula Johns are known throughout the region as incredible individual performers, but Dino’s guests are lucky enough to have them both perform together in their show of romantic music. Eddie Bruce is a natural performer – he always has been! He has sung with The Philly POPS in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center and performed for sold-out, standing ovation crowds at the Ocean City POPS and for the Hershey Symphony. He was the original host of “Dancin’ on Air,” a popular TV show in the 80’s and was a radio talk-show host for many years on WWDB-FM. Paula, a regular at Dino’s Backstage, is an accomplished cabaret singer, and jazz vocalist who hails from Philadelphia. Paula brings her own distinctive panache to each song she performs from The Great American Songbook with a voice that tugs at your heartstrings.