Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rocking The Salon

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No... I’m not talking about being brought in as a singer at my hair stylist’s place of business (though that would kind of rock.) I’m talking about Mark Janas’ The Salon, a weekly open mic in Manhattan which hosts some of the best singers in cabaret, jazz and musical theater, as well as composer/lyricists, musicians, spoken word poets and actors.

Each week The Salon has a theme, and singers can come in with a song matching the theme, or can bring another song that they want to premiere for The Salon’s audience. At the last Salon, the theme was “Love and Desire” -- appropriate, considering that the next day was Valentine’s Day. Salon regular, friend and former student, Tony Imgrund, approached me and another Salon favorite, Sierra Rein, and asked if we would like to sing “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Trio” for this Salon. We wouldn’t have time for formal rehearsal, so he gave us tracks with our parts singled out, as well as a link to the original performance online (performed by Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie and Judy Kuhn.) I took the Kuhn track, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him,” while Sierra sang Mazzie’s track, “Unexpected Song” and Tony lead us off with “Love Changes Everything.”

I was able to get some rough footage of our performance- we were thrilled with what we were able to do without rehearsal! Check it out below, and if you like what you see/hear, please consider viewing it on YouTube directly and clicking “LIke” and leaving a comment!

The next Salon’s theme is “That’s Historical” where we can bring in songs about people, places or times in history. Still trying to choose what I want to sing for that one...

To see more clips, visit my YouTube channel or the Demos Page on my website.

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit


  1. You sing amazing!!! Did you do musical theater?

  2. Awww,,, thanks! yes, I do lots and lots of musical theater here in NYC. There are more clips at as well as on my website:


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