Francesca Amari, Cabaret Singer
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Francesca Amari, Cabaret Singer


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Francesca's Solo CD:
Francesca Amari: Better Days

and two CDs with her fabulous vocal trio, The Boogie Woogie Babies!!

Boogie Woogie Babies: A 1940s Revue

Boogie, Beehives & Beyond!


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"I doubt there’s a cabaret singer out there who could sing this song any better. Francesca –you can sing anything!” Andrea Marcovicci, legendary cabaret star

Cabaret vocalist Francesca Amari has been making a name for herself in the Midwest and New York City, and now Southern California, where she recently moved and splits time between her home in Grand Rapids, MI & Palm Springs, CA.

Francesca made New York Cabaret debut at the esteemed "Metropolitan Room" in 2007, with her acclaimed show, "Secretly Square: Guilty Pleasure Songs," directed by Barry Kleinbort and Christopher Denny as Music Director.

She made her Hollywood cabaret debut with the show in November, 2010, accompanied by the prolific music director, Shelly Markham, at the famed “The Gardenia” in West Hollywood; earning great reviews & attentio

Francesca debuted her newest show, “YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: A Love Song to Gilda Radner,” at Gilda’s LaughFest, a 10-day festival sponsored by Gilda’s Club West MI, where she shared the schedule with comedians Betty White, Bill Cosby, Margaret Cho & more. The show was created with the input of creative consultant and reigning queen of cabaret, Andrea Marcovicci, with Shelly Markham again serving as Music Director. She also premiered the show in West Hollywood at the MBar to great national reviews. She's performed the show numerous times in Southern California, always donating a portion of the proceeds to either local Gilda's Clubs or local cancer support communities.

In the last several years, she’s performed in the Arizona premiere of the hit musical, “Midlife! The Crisis Musical” by Bob & Jim Walton, appeared in concert in New York with Broadway star Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia) and cabaret legend Andrea Marcovicci. In 2008, she performed with Ms. Marcovicci at the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricists Concert Series in New York; and has appeared twice in NYC to critical acclaim with her one-woman cabaret show, “Secretly Square: Guilty Pleasure Songs!” She’s performed her cabarets at The Metropolitan Room in New York, The Gardenia, Catalina Jazz Club & the MBar in West Hollywood; & in Chicago at Davenport’s Cabaret & Piano Club & Bailiwick Theatre, among other venues in Palm Springs & the Midwest. Francesca performed with popular folk singer Christine Lavin at Birdland Jazz Club in NY & appears on Ms. Lavin’s album, “FolkZINGER,” & has appeared in concert with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary. Francesca was a 2006 & 2005 quarterfinalist in the esteemed American Traditions Vocal Competition for Savannah Music Festival & has numerous national & regional theatre credits. She originated her role in the Arizona, Florida & Pennsylvania non-equity premieres of “MIDLIFE! The Crisis Musical!”

Francesca is part of the prestigious Touring Artist Roster for Michigan Humanities Council, & is a member of Manhattan Association of Cabarets, CabaretWest, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, Cabaret Hotline & Positive Music Association. Her 2008 CD release, “Better Days,” received a national honorable mention in the national webzine, Cabaret Hotline; & 4 Jammie nominations from WYCE Radio in West MI, for Best Jazz CD, Best Jazz Vocalist & Best Jazz song.

In addition to performing her solo cabaret shows, Francesca produces and creates theme shows for touring and special events. She tours the Midwest with her trio, Boogie Woogie Babies, with three shows she created, Boogie Woogie Babies - the 1940s Revue, Boogie Down Broadway & their newest, Boogie, Beehives & Beyond! She performs with several other groups, including her own jazz combo; has been featured vocalist for The Rhythm Section Jazz Big Band, The Fabulous Eastones (classic oldies & Motown) & SoupShoes (R&B/Motown); performs two shows with popular Palm Springs jazz vocalist & Judy Garland impersonator Michael Holmes; & created the musical revue, “Not for Women Only.”

She's appeared in national & regional theatre productions and trained in Colorado, Chicago and New York City. Shows include “MIDLIFE: The Crisis Musical,” A…My Name is Alice,” “Pump Boys & Dinettes,” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Taffetas” & “Beehive.” For 10 years, Francesca was an adjunct teacher for Aquinas College, Western MI University & Grand Valley State University, teaching Drama in Education & Storytelling; for more than 20, has taught &/or directed children’s theatre at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre & Thornapple Arts Council.

Francesca is now a Teaching Artist for McCallum Theatre Institute in Palm Springs; and directs/researches /proofs audiobooks for Books on Tape (Random House), BrillianceAudio & ScottBrick Presents.