Marie’s Crisis Festival Bar

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“There’s a joy in singing that makes you feel like a kid; Marie’s Crisis Festival Bar brings Broadway to Sydney and allows everyone to join in the showtunes” says performer Kenney Green

A hit with last year’s patrons, Marie’s Crisis is the world’s most famous, down-and-dirty piano bar, a little piece of old New York and off off-Broadway transplanted to Sydney to perform at Parlour Lane Roasters as part of the Spectrum Now Festival. The piano and the singing waiters return for another thrilling installment. Come in and sing along to musical theatre.


Adam Michael Tilford is a  composer, vocal coach and sometime actor. In New York where he lives with his partner, Kenney M. Green.  Adam’s new musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with lyricist Marc Goldsmith, was recently nominated for Best Musical at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.  His songs have been performed in every major New York club including The Duplex, 54 Below and our very own Marie’s Crisis.  As a musical director he has worked on shows like The Wiz, Hello Dolly, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast among many others at theatres all across the United States.  His vocal coaching clients have performed in Broadway productions including Ghost, Kinky Boots and Spring Awakening.  Also a teacher, Adam takes great pride in educating students from age 10-18 in the skills of the theatre.  He has played at Marie’s Crisis in New York for almost a decade and is THRILLED to be bringing the magic back to the fabulous city of Sydney.

Jennifer Pace is an actress and singer who has performed in numerous theatres and clubs throughout the USA and abroad.

She has been a regular performer in the cabaret/piano bar scene weekly in New York City for many years in such esteemed venues as Marie’s Crisis, 88’s, Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s Piano Bar and Windows on the World. Jennifer has played Pattie in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Vicki in the Full Monty. Most recently, Ms Pace portrayed Ms Bette Midler is an original musical at the Midtown Manhattan Theatre Festival in NYC and received an award for outstanding actress in a musical. Jennifer has also performed and produced many of her own cabaret shows, such as Rosemary Clooney-Tenderly, An evening of Cole Porter and On Holiday: The music of Billie Holiday, just  to name a few. Jennifer has also been a featured as performer in Mexico at the Hard Rock Resort as part of Atlantis Events.

A graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and a native New Yorker, Ms. Pace comes from a family of professional musicians clarinet great, Sal Pace and has 2 albums of standards recorded with her father, Gary Pace.  Jennifer is currently working on a Bette Midler and Barry Manilow cabaret show as well as a new album of the American Songbook. Stay tuned.

KENNEY M. GREEN is THRILLED that the MARIE’S CRISIS crew was invited for a return engagement with Spectrum Now!  Kenney is an actor, singer and director born in Fresno, California and now resides in New York City with his partner, A. Michael Tilford.  He is regular pianist at Marie’s Crisis on Wednesdays and Fridays leading the crowd into musical theatre goodness every week. He is also a member of the acapella group THE NEW YORK GOSPEL BROTHERS that performed to sold out houses last year in Japan.  This past year Kenney was honored to be invited to participate if the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) in Harare, Zimbabwe!  Off-Broadway:  FINKS! (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination), Growing  Up ’70′s starring Barry Williams (Luther).  National/European Tours: Smokey Joe’s Cafe starring Gladys Knight (Victor/Dance Capt.), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Ensemble).  Regional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Atkins), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Diva Diaries: The Musical (Young Randee Jean), The Music Man, The Goodbye Girl, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line.  Directing Credits: The Full Monty (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Emelin Theatre), Almost Connected: The Music of Jimmy Webb, Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Hairspray!  Kenney is an active board member of The New American Theatre Company, New York and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Marc has appeared throughout the tri-state area of NYC in productions such as Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Melvin P. Thorpe), Seussical (Horton), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben)…just to name a few. He has been involved in musical theater ever since he was a small child, having played an orphan in a production of Oliver, when he was just 3 years old. He was bit by the “acting bug” and has been performing ever since.

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  • Tue 01 March
    6.00 pm
  • Wed 02 March
    6.00 pm
  • Thu 03 March
    6.00 pm
  • Fri 04 March
    6.00 pm
  • Sat 05 March
    6.00 pm
  • Sun 06 March
    6.00 pm
  • Mon 07 March
    6.00 pm
  • Tue 08 March
    6.00 pm
  • Wed 09 March
    6.00 pm
  • Thu 10 March
    6.00 pm
Parlour Lane Roasters
QT Sydney, 49 Market St , Sydney NSW

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