|THE RAW DEAL is a new cabaret evening performed
by singer-songwriter Coby Koehl. Funny, yet intense and moving, it will
be an evening of Koehl singing from the heart, in what he describes as "a
Gay Pride show, but not in name."
Coby Koehl is a singer-songwriter
who has performed numerous times at cabarets in New York (including headlining
at Don't Tell Mama and Rose's Turn a half dozen times), as well as at
clubs like the Tunnel, Limelight, Mother, Stonewall and others. He performed
in Soppin' Juice at Dixon Place and also produced and performed East Infection,
his Sunday Night extravaganza at Flamingo East. Koehl's musical style
ranges from R&B to pop, jazz, soft rock, house, alternative, folk,
Broadway and standards. He has done voice over and commercial work including
the European campaign for the fragrance "WISH" for which he
supplied both the original composition and vocals. He can also be heard
on numerous dance music recordings. He appears solo and regularly at The
Stonewall, where he was discovered and invited to La MaMa by Nicky Paraiso,
Cultural Minister of The Club.
Koehl has done cabaret since '96, but doesn't consider himself in the
cabaret world because he doesn't follow the "Broadway model"
(i.e., very few songs from shows). Last fall, he made his La MaMa debut
in a workshop production, "Survival of the Fetus," which was
an autobiographical musical about a young gay man, born two months prematurely
in Israel, who must overcome obstacles and naysayers as he finds his own
self. Now he says, self-effacingly, "Fetus was a workshop; here I
know what I'm doing."
Vic DiMonda has directed and choreographed productions of Carousel, High
Society, The All Night Strut, The Taffetas, Forever Plaid and Smokey Joe's
Café. He has choreographed The Roar Of The Greasepaint….,
Mame, Cyrano.com, Grease, Do I Hear A Waltz?, and The Best Little Whorehouse
In Texas. Each year Vic choreographs The Financial Writers Follies at
the New York City Marriott, Midtown. Other regional credits include Kiss
Me, Kate, How To Succeed…., Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Music Man,
West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof and A Perfectly Normal Boy. He is
an artist-in-residence for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and spent two
years at the Central Park Wildlife Center as a member of their education
department's theater staff. He is a faculty member of the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts, where he teaches Jazz and Theater Dance, and at Alvin
Ailey, where he teaches Tap. He is also the artistic director for the
Harkness Dance Center's Tap Team. He staged Koehl's "Survival of
the Fetus" last fall.
Musical Director Brandon Ethridge is collaborating with Koehl for the
The title, "The Raw Deal," is meant to combine the essential
lament of the Torch Song. ("I'm really a torch singer," he says.
"I want to be like Bette Midler, but early Bette Midler. She sang
a lot of ballads.") But it's also meant to connote minimalism, as
in the raw essentials--" just me and the piano," he says.