Spektorology is a cabaret concert exploring love, despair, and personal growth through the music of indie-pop songwriter Regina Spektor. Structured around the Fool’s Journey through the Major Arcana of Tarot. It is a story that is both universal and deeply reflective of my own experiences, charting the course from naive optimism, through crushing loss, to self-love and acceptance.
The music of Regina Spektor has been the constant soundtrack to my life ever since I was in high school, speaking to me in a way few other artists have. It had always been a dream of mine to program a cabaret using her music, but I spent many years dismissing the idea as too niche and too ambitious.
Committing to this cabaret has been a process of finally trusting my creative impulses, and most importantly, allowing myself to take a leap of faith and have fun not knowing where I’ll land.
Spektorology wouldn’t exist without co-production and artistic direction by the incredible drag icon Chevy Lace, nor without the brilliant music direction of pianist and composer Stephen Murphy. Thanks also to Karina Parker of Killer Queen Opera for her assistance and support.
Music Box – The Fool
I. The Age of Innocence
Hotel Song/Grand Hotel – The Fool/The Empress
Small Town Moon – The High Priestess
Ne Mes Quitte Pas – The Magician
II. The Age of Wonder
Poor Little Rich Boy/Toronadoland – The Emperor (Reversed)/The Chariot
Human of the Year – The Hierophant
On The Radio – Strength
III. The Age of Desire
Love Affair/Patron Saint – The Lovers
Buildings – The Wheel of Fortune
Samson – The Hanged Man
IV. The Age of Disenchantment
Somedays/Summer in the City/End of Thought – Justice/The Hermit/Death
Blue Lips – Temperance (Reversed)
The Sword and the Pen – The Devil
Apres Mois – The Tower
V. The Age of Love
Open – The Star
Firewood – The Moon
One More Time With Feeling – The Sun
Loveology – Judgement
The Party – The World
Marie Anello is a classically trained mezzo-soprano with experience in opera, musical theater, cabaret, jazz, voice acting, and drama.
Marie has had the pleasure of performing with companies like Write Act Repertory, New York City Opera, Encompass New Opera Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Young Artist Program. Most recently she appeared as Betty Compton in Soho Playhouse’s immersive theater production, Tammany Hall.
Marie also works as a writer and editor, specializing in book reviews, publishing industry journalism, and graphic novels. Spektorology is her first self-produced show.
Hailing from Scranton, PA (yes, like The Office), Stephen is a multi-talented performer, music director, arranger, conductor, and composer.
He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Music Composition, and is entering his first year at New York University for his Master’s degree in Film Scoring.
He is the lead singer and keyboardist for the indie-pop band Modern Ties. (https://moderntiesmusic.com/)
He also serves as the Music Director and Resident Composer for the Scranton Shakespeare Festival.
Scary monster and super creep, Chevy is a drag king and producer based in NYC who’s been performing and producing for the past 4 years. You might know him from his show Villain Edit at Club Cumming!