Helane Blumfield, at Don’t Tell Mama in “Call Me H!”

HELANE_549_V1 (1)New York – April 20 – Singer, Helane Blumfield, returns to Don’t Tell Mama in May with a new, second solo show, “Call Me H!” May 19th, at 7pm.

“‘Call me H!’ is a show about blending borders between genders and celebrating the men who inspire me,” says Ms. Blumfield. Her repertoire is a mix of pop, rock and theatrical material, from Dar Williams’ “When I Was a Boy” to “Moondance” by Van Morrison and “A Piece of Sky,” the Legrand/Bergman/Bergman composition made famous by a gender-blending Yentl.

Ms. Blumfield is a relative newcomer to the nightclub stage, or more accurately, a returnee. Having relinquished performing when she entered the fashion/lifestyle ad industry at age 20, she has been “ecstatically happy” and content throughout an extensive career as a Creative Director, which she describes as one of her two creative loves, singing being the other. Her career has included owning her own agency, SFI Creative, as well as a long association with Macy’s, where she became a VP at age 28. She is now SVP Omni Channel Creative. “I’m incredibly excited to explore performing again,” says Ms. Blumfield “It’s joyful and powerful and revealing. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it.” Three years ago she began taking classes with performer/director, Helen Baldassarre, at the CPW workshop. In May of 2012, she debuted her one-woman show, VERGE, at Don’t Tell Mama, and since then, she has participated with MAC Award winning director, Lennie Watts, in his popular workshops, The Arrangement Experience. This spring, she will participate in the Midwest Cabaret Conference with performer, teacher and director, Lina Koutrakos.

Jerry Herman described Musical Director, Bobby Peaco, as “the best show pianist I have ever heard.”  He has won nine MAC Awards and three Bistro Awards. Among a long list of major artists, directors, producers and shows, he has collaborated with Thommie Walsh, the Late Julie Wilson, Donna McKechnie, Cady Huffman, Jackie Hoffman, Terri White, Jane Summerhays, the late producer, Blake Edwards, producer Rosie O’Donnell, and the shows Ainʼt Misbehavinʼ and Chicago.

Ms. Baldassare, a longtime entertainer in New York clubs, is also a multiple MAC and Bistro Award Winner. She has turned her talent for delivering a song into a second career as a teacher to aspiring entertainers and others who have a desire to communicate through song.

Don’t Tell Mama is a world famous entertainment destination. Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s theater district, Don’t Tell Mama has welcomed many show business luminaries through its doors for over 30 years including Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell, Chita Rivera, Kathy Griffin, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Mario Cantone, & Cuba Gooding Jr. to name but a few.

Helane Blumfield performs “Call Me H!” at Don’t Tell Mama May 19th at 7pm. Don’tTell Mama is at 343 West 46th Street. Call after 4:00pm daily: 212.757.0788 for reservations.  Don’t Tell Mama is a CASH ONLY room.

 

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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