10 August 2018 11:04AM
Singer Ilana Meredith and pianist Joe Rutkowski will present a short (10 minute) Cabaret Progam at Club Helsinki’s Open Mic on Tuesday, August 21 some time between 7 pm and 10 pm.
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ “Rita’s Confession”
George Gershwin and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Vodka”
Ilana Meredith is a graduate of N.Y.U., Tisch School of the Arts’ B.F.A. Drama program. Her acting credits include Grease (Frenchy) at The Shawnee Playhouse, Pippin (Fastrada) at The New London Barn Playhouse, and Cabaret (Sally Bowles) at the Florida Stage Door Theatre. She also appeared in the national tours of Clifford The Big Red Dog – Live! and If This Hat Could Talk – The Story of Dorothy Height. Ilana has also done several professional voice-overs and appeared in the indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile.
She received her Masters Degree in Theatre Education from City College of NY and now teaches drama and directs the mainstage shows at Great Neck North High School. When not teaching, Ilana continues to study theatre in NYC and most recently appeared in the short film “Golden Brown” and a commercial for the Pena & Kahn law firm.
Pianist Joe Rutkowski has entertained audiences in the tri-state for over 50 years. Performing his first gig on accordion at the age of 10, he has expanded his repertoire of styles to include classical Mozart and Beethoven to Jazz Classics, from Polish and Ukranian dances to bebop jazz and Jewish Klezmer. As a combo player and soloist, Joseph Rutkowski is a 44-year veteran member of Local 802 (American Federation of Musicians). He has performed dozens of jazz programs with his two sons, Ben and Daniel. As a young musician, he performed hundreds of club dates with his brother Andrew and their father, Joe, Sr. This pattern of a father and two sons goes back 5 generations in Joe’s family to the 1880s in Poland.