LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN concert series showcases valuable artists in the right light
For months, Broadway World Cabaret has been sharing information about the shows of the LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN series created by husband-and-wife crew Carole Demas and Stuart J. Allyn. The seemingly indefatigable duo designed the monthly concerts at the height of the pandemic and the shutdown of show business, joining the VR Musae streaming platform to present cabaret concerts that are broadcast to fans in a variety of styles, all available through Musae. Once Carole debuted on her first performance, however, the job wasn’t done, as the two were determined to create a new show for each show – not just a new show for Demas, but presentations involving some of their talented lifelong friends on the show. business. Months later, Allyn and Demas are days away from airing their final act, a reunion between Carole and her MAGIC GARDEN co-star Paula Janis, and this writer thought it was time to head over to Skylight Run and see how things go. After investigating the viewing of some of their past shows, I received an email from LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN producer Allyn with links to three of their past performances, offering me a selection of shows I could watch. for review, but there was no question of selecting one of the concerts to screen: I took out on the first day of my three-day weekend and watched them all!
What the Allyns have created with their digital concert series is the most charming and delicious online entertainment strategically located in a place full of warmth and ambiance, of course, because Skylight Run is actually the Allyn Residence. Carole and Stuart have a comfortable home outside of Manhattan where they entertained friends in person and now they entertain fans everywhere, thanks to the Internet. With cameras placed in the room where their piano lives, Carole (or any artist who appears for the series) gives a concert in the living room, and who doesn’t like a concert in the living room? Each of the show’s three videos I watched this morning was full of informal (and expert) accounts, both musical and verbal, from actors savvy enough to address the camera during their performance as well as they looked into the eyes of people sitting at tables in front of them. No shy uneasiness or shyness reigns in the air – this is a team of artisans who could tell their stories after stepping out of any random fireplace they’ve been dropped into. Relaxing comfortably at home with a cup of tea and enjoying the different aspects of the storytelling, one is quite inclined to notice a smile of benevolent friendship on their face and in their hearts, from the opening of the strings to the thank you. final, so welcoming is the Skylight Run Experience, whether the performer is a guest artist or a Skylight Run matriarch, Demas.
Advertising from the Live From Skylight Run offices always respectfully announces Ms. Demas as a legend, a word that may confuse some members of the public due to the overabundance of the word in today’s society, where program judges televised tell candidates. whose names are unknown to the public that they are “stars” when in truth they are just talented artists trying to make their way in their craft and earn their place in the industry. Carole Demas might not be a show business legend like, say, Liza Minnelli or Leslie Uggams, but the truth is Ms. Demas is, in fact, a big part of the theatrical legend, as is her frequent Skylight Run. . co-star Sarah Rice. As the first actresses to play, respectively, Sandy in GREASE and Joanna in SWEENEY TODD, their place in the history of American theater is important, they are precious threads in the tapestry that is Broadway, and have the opportunity to Seeing them work, whether live or online, is one the audience needs to grab hold of, no matter how lucky they are. However, more important than being a part of show business folklore, Misses Demas and Rice (and her regular SKYLIGHT RUN colleagues, wonderful Carter Calvert) are working actresses with an abundance of talent and gifts to tell stories, stories, stories and gifts. talents that deserve to be put to work and gifts. worth seeing. Sadly, the business of entertainment is difficult for women who, all too easily, become invisible to an industry that forgets the contributions they have made and the value of what they have left to offer.
Thanks to GOODNESS for the cabaret and concert industry for providing opportunities for stars like this (yes, they are stars) and for the audience who will continue to feed at their feet, sitting and allowing their narration to overwhelm them in gratified happiness. Specifically, thank goodness for LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN for expanding the scope of their availability, spreading their beauty and talent to members of the public everywhere, to the public wherever a connection to a computer is possible. The chance to spend an hour listening to Carole Demas singing everything from folk / pop music to tunes while telling wonderful stories about stuffed animals and auditions, the chance to watch Sarah Rice play the theremin while her best friend jokes about his neighbors’ reaction to the sounds emanating from his apartment, the chance to see Patsy Cline come to life in Carter Calvert – these are not times to be taken for granted. These are occasions to cherish, to enjoy, to remember as times when you could see that these actresses, these women, are much more than this character with which you have always associated them. They are artists and people, with lives and stories that every day sprout like a blossoming flower in a magical garden – a garden ever alive and beautiful, and available for your personal enjoyment in a wonderful place called the Skylight Run.
June 4 Carole Demas and Paula Janis perform LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN – for information and tickets, click HERE
Visit Carole Demas’ website HERE
Visit the Musae website HERE