Chicago, IL: Theatrical Singer
Chicago, IL: Theatrical Singer
Born in Paris, raised in Detroit, seasoned in New York City and calling Chicago home, Claudia leads an active career as a theatrical singer in clubs, recital halls, museums, libraries and theatres from New York City to California. Described as a "bit of Audrey Hepburn, with something of Ginger Rogers, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and... Air Jordan," Claudia "will make you want to dance along the Seine."
In association with members of the American Association of Teachers of French and the Music Educators National Conference, Claudia tours her Parisian cabaret programs as artist-in-residence to secondary schools and colleges across the continent. Her academic background in history and archives infuses her school residencies, workshops and master classes with revelations of social and cultural history and criticism.
A member of the Actors Equity Association, Claudia appeared as Young Nadya in Joshua Sobol's Adam, Guenevere in Camelot, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Artie in Lee Blessing's Eleemosynary, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She often shares the stage with other members of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, which she co-founded in 1998.
Women of Paris: the great ladies of song
An homage to the 20th century women who brought Paris to the rest of the world with their songs, among them: Yvette Guilbert, Paulette Darty,Mistinguett, Josephine Baker, Bricktop, Lucienne Boyer, Juliette Grèco, Edith Piaf. Created with pianist/music director Bob Moreen. Performed in one-act or two. including Madame Arthur, Fascination, Mon homme, J'ai deux amours, Chanson des vieux amants, Parlez-moi d'amour, Padam padam. The ensemble can include piano, accordion and bass.
Paris in the Jazz Age
In this musical revue, Bob Moreen and Claudia Hommel celebrate the history of jazz in Paris from cakewalk to swing. ragtime, the Charleston, Josephine Baker, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Kurt Weill, and the "crazy years" between the two World Wars.. Devised originally for piano and 2 voices, we love to have local jazzers sit in.
Romance Language: French songs for lovers
Claudia Hommel brings together an exquisite ensemble of her favorite players to flirt, caress, love, lose, remember, and celebrate. So light a candle, pop a champagne cork, and nestle close to your amour. Including Sous le ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies), Moulin Rouge, Mon manège à moi, Mon amant de Saint Jean, Padam...padam, April in Paris, Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc (Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White) and Que reste-t-il de nos amours (I Wish You Love).
Picasso and Matisse Go to the Music Hall
An illustrated cabaret concert, our repertoire can relate to many art exhibits of 19th and 20th century France. This example was commissioned by the Frick Art Museum of Pittsburgh to accompany French paintings on tour from the Kelingrove Galleries, Glasgow, and each song accompanied a projected image from the exhibit.
Souvenirs of Paris, 1950
The most widely-performed of Claudia's cabaret theatre programs, Souvenirs of Paris, 1950 introduces Marcelle, a Parisian cabaret owner who recounts through song and spoken word the events of her life in France during and after World War II. The cabaret features songs made famous by Edith Piaf, Juliette Grèco and Yves Montand and songs celebrating the Paree of American composers Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Vernon Duke. For piano and 2 voices.
Any of these programs can be adapted to fit the needs of young students.
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(Per performance): $200-$1500 depending on length and number of performers
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