Jamie Salzano shares fond memories of growing up on the south shore in her cabaret performance, which opens at The Metropolitan Room, in Manhattan, on Saturday.
Jamie Salzano has arrived. The singer-actress is ready for her big moment at The Metropolitan Room in Manhattan, where she opens her solo cabaret show on Saturday. Come and be dazzled (and “bedazzled”) by Salzano’s sparkling musical journey of a girl on the rocks reaching for the stars.
The Valley Stream native proudly presents “Stardust and other sparkly things…” on Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., with additional performances on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m.
In her solo cabaret debut, Salzano traces her still-developing life story, from her suburban childhood as a Long Island diva-in-training through her rollercoaster years of love, loss and life lessons in the Big Apple. With effervescent humor and lots of heart, she shares sassy stories about finding her voice and chasing all that glitters.
“When I was growing up in the ‘80s,” Salzano said, “everything glittered and I was attracted by the spectacle of all that sparkle. Now as I get older, I see that that the sparkle is really on the inside. It’s never too late to follow your dreams. No matter how many times you fall down, it’s how you get up that matters. You have to take a chance. And that’s what this show is about.”
It’s been a rocky road for the 1991 graduate of Valley Stream Central High School, who left the south shore for the bright lights of the big city and New York University (where she gradusated in 1995 with a degree in musical theater), eager to pursue her path to stardom.
Salzano, who has been performing since her days at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School, found that she was forced to take a detour on her road to that brilliant career, after she was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2003. The debilitating disease, from which she has been struggling with for years, impacted her ability pursue her musical career full-time. But that has not held the ever-optimistic multi-talented dynamo — who also dances and plays both piano and clarinet — back. She continues her busy performance schedule while working at an investment management company.