Broadway’s David Sabella will convey his solo present The Razzle Dazzle of Chicago to The Pheasantry April 21-22, 2023 7PM.
Original co-star in the historical past making, mega-musical CHICAGO (1996), David Sabella brings his audience an up close and personal view of it’s creation, and his personal journey via gay marriage and parenting, all set to the music of the legendary songwriting staff of Kander & Ebb.
The “Hamilton” of it is time, CHICAGO stays the longest operating American musical on Broadway, whose record-breaking, blockbuster movie ushered in a new period of the movie-musical, and propelled this masterpiece into the very zeitgeist of American and world tradition.
In addition to his work on this show, David Sabella is an internationally acclaimed singer and winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, whom Luciano himself declared to be “Excellent, not good, excellent!”
David Sabella started his skilled performance career as a member of the now legendary all-male opera comedy troupe “La Gran Scena,” conceived by and starring Ira Siff. La Gran Scena was to opera what Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was to ballet, spoofing all the great early and mid-century opera divas and great operatic scenes. During his time with the troupe, Sabella was the inimitable “Mirella Frenzi” and sang arias/roles including Aida, Butterfly, Lakme, Semiramide, Sofie, and Adrianna Lecouvreur.
His 4+octave vary additionally landed him alternatives in voice-over work for both Disney (“Teacher’s Pet” with Nathan Lane), and Fox Animation (“Peter Pan and the Pirates” with Tim Curry) where he played the evil villainess “Frau Brumhilde Broomhandle” (YouTube Video of this cartoon right here -> https://youtu.be/nIWzJD1c9so)
In 1995, Sabella made history profitable the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition when Maestro Pavarotti, so moved by Sabella’s efficiency, stopped him before the top of his audition to publicly declare “I haven’t got to hear to to the end. This is excellent! Not good, excellent!” This highest praise from the “King of the High C’s” propelled Sabella into an international profession, singing roles like Julio Cesare, Oberon (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), in addition to showing at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as a principle soloist on quite a few events, together with PDQ Bach’s “Three Bargain-Counter Tenors.” Sabella is cited, along with colleagues David Daniels, Brian Asawa, and Mark Crayton as one of many originators of the “American countertenor sound,” and stays the one one working in the in style music genres of Broadway, Pop, and Great American Songbook.
On Broadway, Sabella originated the starring role of “Mary Sunshine” within the 1996 revival of CHICAGO with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, and Joel Grey. He remained in that show for the higher part of ten years, both on Broadway and on the nationwide tour (Las Vegas), and performed with a host of celebrities together with Chita Rivera, Hall Linden, Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Linda Carter and Marilu Henner, simply to name a few.
Sabella is also identified as a highly sought-after vocal coach and “Singing Voice Specialist” (SVS), working with medical groups to help and retrain recovering singers after injury, illness, or surgery. His extremely seminal research on the “High Contemporary Belt” was printed as a part of the 52nd Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and result in him being featured in “So You Want to Sing CCM,” a textbook profiling 12 worldwide academics, credited with creating a new Contemporary Commercial Music pedagogy. Sabella can be the author (with Sue Matsuki) of “So You Want to Sing Cabaret,” (2020, Rowman & Littlefield), the unequivocable urtext with reference to small venue solo vocal efficiency.
Most just lately, Sabella has carried out in live performance venues all through the country together with Jazz at Lincoln Center (Rose Hall), Feinstein’s/54 Below, Birdland Theater, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Urban Stages, Pangea, Judy’s Chelsea and Don’t Tell Mama. Since 2015 he has also starred Off-Broadway in Jules: The Julian Eltinge Story, and The Phillie Trilogy, for which he received the Fresh Fruit Festival award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play.” He is also the 2022 MAC Award winner for “Major Male Artist.”
David Sabella’s private caricature was unveiled (June 1998) and hangs within the world-famous theater restaurant, Sardi’s. And, in addition to press quotes included on this launch, he has been featured in national magazines corresponding to Opera News, In Theater, Entertainment Weekly, A&U (Cover), OUT, Next, and most just lately Gay Parent (June 2021).
Mark Hartman (Music Director) is a New York-based pianist, coach, conductor, arranger and composer working in theater, cabaret, and concerts around the world. Mark was the Associate Conductor of Sondheim On Sondheim and Avenue Q on Broadway. Off-Broadway, he was the Music Director for The Streets Of New York (2022 Drama Desk Award Nominee, Best Orchestrations), Pageant, Silence! The Musical, Ernest In Love, After The Ball, Finian’s Rainbow, and The Irish…and How They Got That Way (also Nat’l Tour), Avenue Q (Vineyard) and The Fantasticks (Sullivan St. and Orbach Theater productions). Regional credits include Asolo Rep, Broadway In Chicago, Goodspeed, Guthrie Theater, Old Globe, PlayMakers Rep, In cabaret, Mark has enjoyed a long-time partnership with 13-time MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas. He is one of the music directors for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret Conference. Mark is the winner of 3 MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction.