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Friday, October 31, 2014
Jamie Salzano is ready to sparkle
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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.
“Stardust and other sparkly things…” is directed by Lennie Watts, a nine-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award winner, among his other honors, who has directed events at leading New York City venues including Symphony Space, Town Hall, and B.B. King Blues Club. Serving as musical director and pianist is Rick Jensen, also a MAC Award winner, who has performed with Jason Graae, Liz Callaway, and Tovah Feldshuh among other theater and cabaret luminaries. Rounding out the band are cabaret and jazz veteran Tom Hubbard on bass (who has performed with Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Maye, and Freddy Cole) and drummer Jeff Potter.
Salzano credits her music teacher at Wheeler Elementary School, Lorraine Hoskins (who passed away in 2010), with nurturing her talents. “She was an amazing teacher,” said Salzano, “who encouraged and mentored me through the years — at Memorial Junior High School, at Central, and even came to the show I did when I was at NYU.” Her other mentor, Edith Chiano (who runs the dance school, Miss Edie’s Dancin Feet in Franklin Square) directed Central High School’s award-winning dance team, the Streamers, of which Salzano was the team’s captain.
Salzano’s other skills include baton twirling and synchronized swimming (which she began at age 5). She also worked for the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream, where she directed musicals and synchronized swim shows at the Arthur J. Hendrickson Park and Pool.
“I have so many great memories of Valley Stream,” Salzano said, noting that she returns frequently to visit her parents who still live in the village. “My teachers were always incredibly encouraging and working at the pool was so much fun.”
Now, with those memories to build on, Salzano is ready to tackle The Metropolitan Room and her cabaret career. “The Metropolitan Room is such a fabulous, intimate space with amazing lighting and sound,” Salzano said. “It’s perfect for this show.”
And she can’t wait to share her sparkle with her audience.

Stardust and other sparkly things…
When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.
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