Hangar Events

CabarETC: Back to the Garden

September 19 until September 20, 2014
8:00pm at Hangar Theatre

Melissa Hammans Maddy Wyatt Shaleah Adkisson


Join us for a musical tribute to folk-rock trailblazers Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro. Challenged by the traditional images of women in the music industry, they bravely explored territory outside the accepted confines of popular music. These prolific singer-songwriters paved the way for women in music, art and life. Back to the Garden pays tribute to these women, their influence and inspiration. Featuring Melissa Hammans (CompanySmokey Joe’s Cafe), Shaleah Adkisson (HairRent), and Maddy Wyatt (Band of Wyatt).  Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol’ GirlsBroadway Backwards). Musical Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby). 


Fri, Sep 19 at 8:00pm  
Sat,  Sep 20 at 8:00pm  


Meet the cast: 

Melissa Hammans (creator of BACK TO THE GARDEN, vocals.) New York: LOVESICK OR THINGS THAT DON'T HAPPEN (59E59), PAPER CRANES (Access), DAVENPORT 10 Minute Play Festival (Davenport Theatricals.) Regional: COMPANY, NUNSENSE, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, GREASE, AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND, SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL, THE BREAKUP NOTEBOOK (Peter Schneider Productions), and MARRY HARRY (New York Stage and Film.) BACK TO THE GARDEN: 54 Below-NYC, Buskirk-Chumley Theatre-IN, Hangar Theatre-Ithaca, NY, World Wide Plaza-NYC, Joe's Pub-NYC. Concerts: Les Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Canal Room, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Melissa serves as the Associate Artist in Education at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, member of Actor's Equity/Nashville Liaison, and Indiana University graduate/Board Member IUAA-Nashville Chapter.  Melissa is the managing director of Soul Picnic Productions and represented as an actor by Avalon Artists Group. We dedicate this performance to Lou Nigro. For more informationwww.melissahammans.com.

Shaleah Adkisson (vocals) Credits: Broadway/Nat'l Tour: HAIR; Off-Broadway: RENT; Regional: AVENUE Q, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', CHILDREN OF EDEN, GREASE & BEEHIVE: THE 60S MUSICAL.

Maddy Wyatt (vocals, guitar) is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. She tours the country both as a solo artist and with her indie folk band WYATT, alongside her two brothers Paul and Alex. WYATT recently made their Brooklyn Academy of Music debut, and are currently working on a new album set to release this fall. Their debut EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, and at www.bandofwyatt.com.

Julia Adamy (bass) plays upright and electric basses. She has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.  Since graduating she spent a year with the Mamma Mia! North American Tour. Now back in NYC, she has subbed on Broadway shows Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar and Ghost. She has done some TV work with NBC's Smash. She is also playing/singing backup with singer/songwriters and bands around the city at venues like Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene's Grocery, Prohibition, Joe's Pub and Bowery Electric.

Barbara Merjan (percussion) has performed with various pop and jazz artists in a variety of musical contexts (Lesley Gore, Mark Nadler, Beth Malone, Lea DeLaria, Marian McPartland, Dizzy Gillespie). She plays Japanese taiko (Kaoru Watanabe, Taikoza) and American Contemporary music (Jerome Kitzke, Linda Fisher, Kaoru Watanabe, Amanda Ray). Her extensive Broadway, and touring experience include THE NANCE, ELF, PROMISES, PROMISES, ADDAMS FAMILY, CABARET, DRACULA, MARY POPPINS, MISS SAIGON, CATS, BIG, SUNSET BOULEVARD. Off Broadway: York Theater productions: A Fine and Private Place, Tom Foolery, It’s Only a Kingdom and most recently, Castle Walk and Bed Bugs, the Musical at NYMF. Barbara is a graduate of Ithaca College BM '81 and NYU MA '91.

Sue Terwilliger (guitar, musical director) Sue’s resume includes performances at the 52ndInaugural Ball in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in NYC, Symphony Hall in Boston, Casino Estoril in Lisbon, Portugal, and The Bottom Line in Nagasaki, Japan. She has performed with well-known names in entertainment including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Bolton and Liza Minelli. Her discography ranges from accompanying an award-winning storyteller to backing up singer-songwriters to writing/arranging for jazz big band. Sue’s television appearances include performing on The Sopranos. An Ithaca native and IC music grad who splits her time between Ithaca and NYC, Sue is currently working on a CD of her own jazz fusion compositions.

Amy Jones (director) is an accomplished director, choreographer, and musical director. Most recent: GOOD OL' GIRLS at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA.  In the spring she co-choreographed BROADWAY BACKWARDS 8, a BCEFA benefit at the Palace Theatre in New York City, and also served as the Musical Dir/Creative Consultant of CUFF ME: THE UNAUTHORIZED 50 SHADES OF GREY MUSICAL PARODY currently playing Off-Broadway at The Actors’ Temple. This past year, Amy directed/choreographed I DO! I DO! at Theatre Raleigh and THE SPITFIRE GRILL, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, and THE BIG BANG at Flat Rock Playhouse, where she has been the resident vocal director/choreographer since 1999, working on numerous shows including THE PRODUCERS, HAIRSPRAY, CHILDREN OF EDEN, and ALL SHOOK UP. She is the associate musical director of GIRLS NIGHT THE MUSICAL, musical director/choreographer of GIRL TALK, and has provided dramaturgy for the new musicals ALICE and WARSAW. Amy is a member of AEA and SDC.

Debra Barsha (musical director) won the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Award for the score to Radiant Baby, (Public Theater) directed by George C. Wolfe.  Composer credits: Songs From an Unmade Bed (NYTF), Blackout (Amas), Sophie (JRT), NBC’sPolicewoman Centerfold soundtrack, and her two one-woman shows Go To Your Womb and A Womb With a View. Barsha originated roles and was the musical director for the original off-Broadway companies of both Tony ‘N’ Tina’s Wedding and Charles Busch’sSwingtime Canteen. Her songs are recorded by: George Clinton, Jackie Mason, Marty Balin and Rebecca Luker. She conducted Karen O’s psycho opera Stop the Virgens! At St. Ann’s Warehouse and at The Sydney Opera House.  This year, She wrote the vocal arrangement for the gospel choir on the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s single Sacrilege, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman conducting the Broadway Inspirational Voices singing her arrangement. Currently, Debra is the Associate Conductor for Broadway’s Tony award winning musical,  Jersey Boys.  

Event type: Hangar Events

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