Oct
20
9:30 PM21:30

NYC DEBUT! This Is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes to be Self-Evident

Gail makes her official debut at The Cabaret in Indianapolis AND her New York City debut in "This Is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes to be Self-Evident."

Gail and her team -- renowned New York musical director Alex Rybeck and director, Tony-Award-winner Faith Prince -- carefully curate an evening of music and stories that celebrates and explores the complex flavors inherent in American society today.  Selections include unexpected ingredients that influenced Gail growing up in rural Illinois, living in urban Indianapolis, and traveling the world, from Guthrie to Gershwin, Berlin to Dixie Chicks, “This Land is Your Land” to “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree.” Gail Payne offers something for every music lover, garnished with Rybeck’s masterful arrangements for piano, guitar and ukulele.  

More information and to purchase tickets at 54 Below, New York City.

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Jul
8
8:00 PM20:00

CHICAGO DEBUT! This Is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes To Be Self-Evident

Gail makes her Chicago debut at Davenport's Piano Bar with "This Is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes To Be Self-Evident."

Gail and her team -- renowned New York musical director Alex Rybeck and director, Tony-Award-winner Faith Prince -- carefully curate an evening of music and stories that celebrates and explores the complex flavors inherent in American society today.  Selections include unexpected ingredients that influenced Gail growing up in rural Illinois, living in urban Indianapolis, and traveling the world, from Guthrie to Gershwin, Berlin to Dixie Chicks, “This Land is Your Land” to “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree.” Gail Payne offers something for every music lover, garnished with Rybeck’s masterful arrangements for piano, guitar and ukulele.
 
Davenport's: 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
More information or to purchase tickets

Gail is taking this show on the road! Catch her again:
Fri., July 7, 7 pm, The Cabaret, Indianapolis
Fri., October 20, 9:30 pm, Feinstein's 54Below, New York

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Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

This Is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes To Be Self-Evident

Gail makes her official debut at The Cabaret in Indianapolis with "This Is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes To Be Self-Evident."

Gail and her team -- renowned New York musical director Alex Rybeck and director, Tony-Award-winner Faith Prince -- carefully curate an evening of music and stories that celebrates and explores the complex flavors inherent in American society today.  Selections include unexpected ingredients that influenced Gail growing up in rural Illinois, living in urban Indianapolis, and traveling the world, from Guthrie to Gershwin, Berlin to Dixie Chicks, “This Land is Your Land” to “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree.” Gail Payne offers something for every music lover, garnished with Rybeck’s masterful arrangements for piano, guitar and ukulele.  

More information or to purchase tickets at The Cabaret, Indianapolis.

Gail is taking this show on the road! Catch her again:
Sat., July 8, 8 pm, Davenport's, Chicago, Illinois
Fri., October 20, 9:30 pm, Feinstein's 54Below

 

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May
4
to May 13

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM

 The Cast: Carolyn Lynch, David Duncan, Ellen Kingston, Thom Brown, Gail Payne, Matthew Vire

The Cast: Carolyn Lynch, David Duncan, Ellen Kingston, Thom Brown, Gail Payne, Matthew Vire

Side by Side by Sondheim is the Tony Award-winning musical review from 1976 that celebrates some of Stephen Sondheim's best-known musicals: Follies, Company, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, and Pacific Overtures. The colorful local cast includes Thom Brown, David Duncan (music director/accompanist), Ellen Kingston (narrator, ensemble, director), Carolyn Lynch, Gail Payne, and Matthew Vire,

PERFORMANCES: 
May 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13
Carmel Apprentice Theatre (CAT) formerly The Warehouse, 254 1st Ave. SW, Carmel, IN
TICKETS: www.carmeltheatrecompany.com, 317.688.8876

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Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Red, White & Blue Burgoo*

 Photo by Drew Endicott

Photo by Drew Endicott

*Burgoo: a spicy stew with cornbread served as an American Midwestern & Southern social event in which each attendee brings one or more ingredients

Life-long Midwesterner and world traveler, Gail Payne presents a savory and sweet potluck of musical perspectives on the American dream.  With a variety of ingredients from the musical gardens of Gershwin and Sondheim to Mellencamp and the Dixie Chicks, Payne cooks up a thought-provoking and entertaining evening that celebrates the complex flavors required for our increasingly nuanced American palate.

Music Direction by Alex Rybeck and Directed by Faith Prince

Purchase tickets: https://www.buzzonstage.com/st-louis/the-presenters-dolan/gail-payne--3

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Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Change is in the Air

Change is in the air in more ways than one:

  • the election is just around the corner, (FINALLY!)
  • it’s already fall and will soon be winter, and  
  • children (young and old) are plotting Halloween tricks and treats.

Two popular Indianapolis singers, Gail Payne and Matt Branic with David Duncan on piano, will perform songs to celebrate the season and reflect on these “terrifying” times.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 7 pm, Indiana Repertory Theatre Cabaret Room
$20 in advance; $25 at the door
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/change-is-in-the-air-an-evening-of-cabaret-cocktails-tickets-28209124250
Festival Seating. Doors open at 6 pm.
Cash bar. Performance is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

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Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Opening for Faith Prince: "Have a Little Faith"

For the past year, I've had the amazing opportunity to be coached by Faith Prince. She is a beloved Broadway baby with Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" as well as nominations for her roles in "A Catered Affair," "Bells are Ringing," "Nick and Nora," "Jerome Robbin's Broadway" and many others. 

I'm incredibly honored that The Cabaret at the Columbia Club has invited me to open for Faith with a couple songs on Sat., Oct 22!  

I met Faith initially in 2012 at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. We reconnected last at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference and this year, two other conference participants and I had the honor of opening for Faith and Jason Graae "The Prince & the Show Boy" in St. Louis at the Sheldon Auditorium (see video right).

Faith has changed my life and shown me how to live my bliss! She has been instrumental in helping me take my cabaret performance to an entirely new level. She is a dear friend and mentor and now also the Director of my new show "Red, White & Blue Burgoo" (coming to Indianapolis in 2017)! 

More information about this show: http://thecabaret.org/shows/faith-prince/

 Gotta have FAITH (Prince!)

Gotta have FAITH (Prince!)

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Evening in Paris - Ivy Tech Culinary School Gala
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

Evening in Paris - Ivy Tech Culinary School Gala

A lavish evening featuring French cuisine, music (Gail Payne on vocals and David Duncan on piano) and culture while supporting scholarships for Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech. 

Ivy Tech Corporate College & Culinary Center
2850 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program followed by dessert and music
Black-tie optional. Valet parking available.
More information or RSVP by April 13: IvyTech.edu/Paris

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LET IT SHINE at The Emerald Room, St. Louis, MO
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

LET IT SHINE at The Emerald Room, St. Louis, MO

TICKETS

I'm making my St. Louis debut at The Emerald Room, a new, intimate venue featuring cabaret performers from St. Louis and around the U.S.

This show was created for the annually-themed Spirit & Place Festival at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Selected as one of nearly 30 events city-wide to interpret the "DREAM" theme, "Let It Shine" is a quintessential cabaret performance using carefully curated songs to tell a story. 

My inspiration for this show comes from my favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. ... We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”-- Marianne Williamson

What started as a notch on my bucket list has become a full-fledged career pursuit. Four years ago, I mustered the courage to my her light shine as I serenaded friends in my living room. Living into my dream to sing professionally, “Let It Shine” is my fifth solo cabaret show expressing my passion for weaving together songs and stories not only about my journey to sing solo, but also to find love and live happily ever after. Music will include classics from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, jazz, folk/country, and popular music. 

 

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LET IT SHINE at The Jazz Kitchen, Sun., Nov. 8
Nov
8
5:45 PM17:45

LET IT SHINE at The Jazz Kitchen, Sun., Nov. 8

Sunday, November 8
5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (same 75 min. show, two times)
$20 per person
Tickets: 317.253.4900 or www.thejazzkitchen.com
Doors open at 5 p.m. Cocktails, appetizers, and full menu available.

As long as I can remember, I have loved to sing. My journey from dreaming to reality has taken many turns. Just four years ago, I mustered the courage to sing for a few friends in my living room and now I'm producing my second solo show at The Jazz Kitchen this year! 

Through the Spirit & Place Festival's "dream" theme, I aim to prove that it's never too late to live your dreams. I've curated this show as an exclusive Spirit & Place Festival 75-minute cabaret performance featuring songs and stories not only about my story, but our shared journey to achieve dreams, live through nightmares, and awaken to a life we never could have imagined.

With music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, jazz, and popular music, I'm honored to be accompanied by several great Indy musicians:
Piano -- David Duncan
Drums -- Steve Hanna
Guitar -- Sandy Williams

My inspiration for this show comes from one of my favorite quotes: 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. ... We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  -- Marianne Williamson

Thanks so much to my supporters for this show:
The Indiana Historical Society and The Jazz Kitchen.

Follow mewww.gailpayne.com
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @GailPayneSings

See the full Spirit & Place schedule Nov. 6-15

 Photo by Mark Sheldon

Photo by Mark Sheldon

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Jul
18
to Jul 25

St. Louis Cabaret Conference

Gail will be 1 of 18 aspiring cabaret artists from around the U.S. studying with an esteemed, award-winning faculty including Jason Robert Brown, Faith Prince, Christine Ebersole, Peisha McPhee, and others. The faculty will perform public concerts throughout the week. Gail will be featured in the last night's student showcase on Sat., July 25. 

For more information: 
St. Louis Cabaret Conference: http://www.stlouiscabaretconference.com

St. Louis Cabaret Festival (concerts): http://www.thecabaretproject.org

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Jazz Kitchen: An intimate evening of the music of Cole Porter

Celebrating the extraordinary career of Peru, Indiana native Cole Porter. A mash up of Steven Stolen, Gail Payne, Wendy Reed, Brenda Williams and more harken back to the days of extravagant parties centered around an intimate musical experience . Hosted by Joe Vuskovich from Yats and backed by the more than capable Gary Walters Trio.

Tickets and more info: 
www.thejazzkitchen.com

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