“A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN THE CABARET WORLD”
Tight harmonies, clever arrangements, and an actor’s sensibility characterize Marquee Five, the collaboration of singers Mick Bleyer, Adam West Hemming, Vanessa Parvin, Sierra Rein, and Lynsey Buckelew. Marquee Five brings a spunky, intelligent flair to New York’s cabaret world with exciting five-part arrangements running the gamut of the Broadway canon and the American Songbook.
Marquee Five debuted in 2009 and won the 2010 MAC Award for their first show, “We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander and Ebb” at the Metropolitan Room. They followed in 2010 with “8-Track Throwback” at Don’t Tell Mama, a show Cabaret Scenes called “top-notch spectacular.” The group released an album recording of “8-Track Throwback” in 2011. They debuted a third show, “Broadway By The Letter: Act One” at 54 Below in 2013, followed by the New York City debut of “Back Porch Swing” in 2016 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. In September of 2016, they opened the Cabaret Series of The Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, CA with “Back Porch Swing,” and performed for No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach, CA.
Meet the Singers
Vanessa has appeared as a vocalist and actor at a wide variety of theatrical and cabaret venues in California, NYC, and the tri-state area. Favorite roles include Angel City Four Soprano in City Of Angels (Goodspeed), and Cinderella in Into The Woods. Vanessa has performed in several shows for Disney, including the a cappella sensation Groove 66. Off-stage, she teaches private music lessons and enjoys taking spontaneous road trips with her husband and two daughters.
Adam West Hemming
Adam spent his young professional life as a studio singer, and his professional claim-to-fame is singing the “By Mennen” jingle in Los Angeles. Some favorite roles include Wallace Hartley in Titanic; Prince Dauntless in Once Upon A Mattress; Marvin in Falsettos; and Buddy Plummer in Follies. He was Artistic Director and Conductor of Gay Men’s Chorus San Diego and musically directed numerous shows including Into the Woods, And The World Goes Round, and Falsettos. He is co-founder of No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach, California. Adam is a proud member of AEA.
Mick has toured the world as a soloist and nationally as an actor. Favorite roles include Cliff in Cabaret, almost every male character in A Chorus Line, as well as a whole heck of a lot of Shakespeare. He also takes part in the development of new plays and musicals in NYC with the WorkShop Theater Company. In his limited free time, he has been known to make some killer cocktails!
Sierra is a California native with newer roots in New York City soil, and has performed in cabaret and musical theater throughout the U.S. Favorite roles include Chiffon in The Little Shop of Horrors (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Second Soprano in Master Class (Odyssey Theater), and Angel City Four Alto/Donna-Oolie understudy in City of Angels (Goodspeed). She has also been seen recreating certain cartoon godmothers and villainous divas on a number of Disney Cruise Line stages. When at home, she shares a love of sci-fi and sushi with her husband.
Lynsey is a southern gospel-bred classically-trained singer. Favorite roles include Laverne Andrews in Sisters of Swing and Cinderella in Into the Woods. Lynsey is also very active in film production and is part of the film collective Video Mass in Brooklyn with her husband Carl.
Music and performance have always been Christopher’s first loves, from his first innocent moments on the stage with The All American Touring Boys Chorus to founding, producing, and hosting “The Parlour“, a New York bohemian experience featuring musical performance, comedy, and burlesque. Never one to shy away from experimentation, he stepped off the stage for a long while successfully trying his hand at directing and received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Exeter in South West England. A California boy at heart, it is not unlikely that you’ll find him off-roading in his Jeep or at the helm of a sailboat with a glass of rum in hand.
Kristin is a long-time NYC-based stage performer. Her Off-Broadway debut at Irish Rep Theatre garnered her a Drama League performance award nomination along the likes of Liam Neeson (he won, she’s ok with it). Favorite roles include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Eva Peron in Evita (in Berlin, Germany). Kristin is also a musical theatre lyricist and member of BMI/Lehman Engel Workshop. She juggles her stage pursuits with a corporate job, thanks to her supportive husband and two daughters who are thankfully almost (!) out of diapers…
Julie, a proud founding member of Marquee Five, is also a multi award winning vocalist and recording artist. Julie is the first ever Nightlife Award recipient for Outstanding Female Vocalist and the recipient of the Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Julie has appeared at Town Hall in Broadway Musicals of 1940 and 1965 and in top clubs around Manhattan. She is a recurring cast member of Sondheim Unplugged at 54 Below and can be heard on Marquee Five’s debut CD, 8 Track Throwback.