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Leanne Borghesi is “LUSH”
Presented By The Duplex
Saturday, November 7th at 7:00pm EST
Online sale ends: 11/07/15 at 5:00pm EST
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
61 Christopher Street (at the Corner of 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
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“Borghesi’s LUSH displays great comic flair along the lineage of legends like Fanny Brice, Frances Faye and Carol Burnett…I said it before and I will say it again, Leanne Borghesi gave a sumptuous performance wild and wonderful with fantastic abandonment”- Cabaret Scenes & Talkin’ Broadway

“Big and bawdy is right in Leanne’s wheelhouse and, using variations on the theme of lust, allow her to work her magic …the set maneuvered easily through samba, swing, pop and ballads, highlighting the singer’s wide range.” –Steve Murray for Cabaret Scenes

After playing to sold out audiences at Feinstein’s in San Francisco, this “Big Boned Comedian” (Time Out, NYC), the sumptuously talented Leanne Borghesi brings her current hit solo show- LUSH, directly from Feinstein’s to an intimate evening at The Historic Duplex. Recent guest artist at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Cabaret & Performance Conference, LUSH takes audiences on an intoxicating comedic odyssey through lust, love and loss. Borghesi mixes us an up-tempo elixir of lounge, Latin, jazz and Broadway, with a special tribute to Shirley Bassey and the hits of Eartha Kitt and Rosemary Clooney. Leaving you thirsty for more, this “ one night only” special evening with “one of cabarets rising stars with the strongest vocal chops in town” (SF Sentinel) will leave you thirsty for more! Directed by Nicolas Minas, Musical Direction by Brandon Adams and Bassist- Jamie Mohamdein.

Leanne Borghesi: This “Big Boned Comedian” (Time Out, NYC) currently residing in both New York and San Francisco, can be seen performing in Cabaret, Musical Theater and Performance art coast to coast and beyond. Graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Borghesi has made a place for herself in the world of Cabaret, “with vocal chops that blend amazing strength, fabulous musicianship, beautiful tonality, and powerful get-down Broadway-type belting… Leanne Borghesi is recognizably one of San Francisco’s hottest and most diverse celebrities.” (Sean Martinfield, San Francisco Sentinel) Borghesi’s current 2015 hit solo show “LUSH” made it’s Feinstein’s debut in San Francisco, with sold out houses, under the direction of Nicolas Minas. “Big and bawdy is right in Leanne’s wheelhouse and, using variations on the theme of lust, allow her to work her magic …the set maneuvered easily through samba, swing, pop and ballads, highlighting the singer’s wide range.” –Steve Murray for Cabaret Scenes

Recent participant & Equity Guest Artist at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret and Performance Conference, Leanne debuted her one woman show, BAZAZZ, under direction of Michael Bush. She performed alongside Amanda McBroom, Lillias White, Penny Fuller, Marilyn Maye and Loni Ackerman in Accentuate The Positive, A Johnny Mercer Tribute and “Mama” in Jonathan Brielle’s, “40 Naked Women, A Monkey & Me”. Borghesi attended the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2011 and performed in the UK, “This Summer I Lived” featuring the original music of songwriter David Kent. BATCC Award winner for NCTC’s solo show- DIVALICOUS, with NYC performances at The Metropolitan Room and most currently ALL SKATE at the Duplex last Spring. A founding member of the bawdy comedic trio “B.O.O.B.S” (Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-Top, Broads, Singing) with over 10 produced shows, venues include: Feinstein’s at the Nikko, The Rrazz Room, The Herbst Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, SF and Graham-A-Rama. “these B.O.O.B.S defy the gravitational pull of life with class, sass, and powerhouse vocals in their hotter than white heat comedic cabaret experience… a 90-minute titillating musical journey” (sfbaytimes.com)

New York Theater: The Servant of Two Masters (Smeraldina, Sonnet Rep), Singin’ in the Rain (Dora Bailey, Gateway Playhouse), Mr. Irresistible (La Mama), Up Your Ass (P.S. 122), 40 Naked Women, A Monkey & Me ( S.I.R. Studios)

Regional: Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (CFRT, NC), Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperon , Mrs. Medlock, The Secret Garden (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Nancy, Oliver (PCPA Theaterfest), Mrs. Bassett, Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Aurora Theater), Mona Kent, Dames At Sea (NCTC), Meredith Parker, Bat Boy and Acid Queen, Tommy (ROLT, SF).

Director Bio: Nicolas Minas director of Leanne Borghesi is “LUSH” st FEINSTEIN’S at the Nikko, is a California-raised theater and film director of Mexican-Armenian descent transplanted from Chicago and based in New York City. He was the Assistant Director for the Broadway production of DRIVING MISS DAISY, the Assistant Director of Filming for the Emmy Nominated Live at Lincoln Center production of SWEENEY TODD, the Assistant Director for the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's ORLANDO, and held an SDC Observership on the Live at Lincoln Center Production of COMPANY. Of his recent production of STAND-UP TRAGEDY by Bill Cain the New York Times said, "The vibe is palpable both in the work and the setting. The result combines sardonic humor, blood-boiling anger and heartbreaking tragedy." He recently directed hit productions of AVENUE Q and THE 39 STEPS for Cape Fear Regional Theater. This past spring he directed and adapted Goldoni’s A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS for Sonnet Repertory Theater in NYC.

In Chicago, he served as the founding Artistic Director of Blindfaith Theater. His production of GOREY STORIES was called "one of the most singular theatrical experiences of the season" by the Chicago Tribune. He directed a cabaret-street performance style production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for Theo Ubique Theatre of which the Chicago Tribune said "Major credit to director Nick Minas, whose concept captures the spirit of Shakespeare--more than anything seen in years at bigger theaters with deeper budgets." His production of WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG was nominated for 5 Jeff Awards including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Musical Production.

Nick trained at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), Roosevelt University's Chicago Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the Advanced Directing training program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab 2011, Directors Lab West and Associate Member of SDC.

Musical Director Bio: Brandon Adams is currently an theatre instructor at American University. He has been a guest artist and lecturer at San Francisco State University and Dartmouth College, and he has Music Directed dozens of musicals in the Bay Area, including the West Coast premieres of Leanne Borghesi in LUSH at FEINSTEIN’S at the Nikko, Henry David Huang’s Flower Drum Song, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, and Musical of Musicals, the Musical! He is the resident MD at Center Repertory Theatre. Brandon is a frequent cabaret accompanist and coach, having worked with the Pacific Boychoir Academy on four International tours, as well as singers such as Andrea Marcovicci, Darren Criss, and Ana Gasteyer. NYC Cabaret: All Skate with Leanne Borghesi

Bass: Jamie Mohamdein has played bass Off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Spidermusical, Mr. Irresistible, The Full Monty. In New York City he has performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Yankee Stadium, The Bitter End, Gramercy Theatre, 54 Below, The Shrine Bar, and Arlene’s Grocery. He is regularly seen performing with Youth in a Roman Field, Dustbowl Serenade, Matt Wolpe and the Bedside Romeos, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, and Viper -www.viperplaysthegreatestsoundtrackofourtime.com

$20 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$25 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

Items Not Allowed
No One Under 21 Allowed
Additional Information
Doors open 30 minutes before show time. There is a 2 Drink Minimum per Person in the Cabaret Theatre

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7:00pm to 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

General Admission: $20.00


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