“The Manhattan Transfer for the new millenium”
Tight, lush vocal jazz 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 Rebecca Graae. The group Times Square Chronicles called, “The Manhattan Transfer for the new millennium,” teams up with a swinging band to bring a sassy, intelligent flair to your favorite songs with exciting five-part vocal arrangements running the gamut of the American Songbook, Broadway canon, and more.
Marquee Five debuted in New York City in 2009 and won the 2010 MAC Award for their first show, “We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander and Ebb.” In the years since, the group has developed three more show programs, recorded a debut CD, “8-Track Throwback: Singer/Songwriter Hits of the 60s & 70s,” and appeared at a variety of venues across the U.S.
In addition to concert performances, the members of Marquee Five also collaborate as teaching artists for educational workshops on harmony and song performance.
“Five very special and incredible voices…like no other you will see out there…”
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 across the U.S. Favorite roles include Mrs. Snoring Man in White Christmas (Ogunquit Playhouse), 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 waving wands and tentacles as certain cartoon Godmothers and tentacled divas for Disney Cruise Line. When at home, she shares a love of sci-fi and sushi with her husband and two cats.
Excited to return to her small-ensemble roots, Rebecca joins Marquee Five after recently sailing the seven seas as a lead soloist with Viking Ocean Cruises. When she’s not contributing to Marquee Five’s crunchy harmonies, you can find her arranging and recording mega-pop-song-mashups, or watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with her husband in their Inwood sanctuary.
From his time with The All American Touring Boys Chorus, to producing and hosting “The Parlour”, a New York, interactive, bohemian, burlesque experience, Christopher’s inexorable journey towards a life of storytelling has never been in question. He stepped off the stage to pursue his MFA in directing from the University of Exeter in South West England. He created his own one man show titled, “F@&k It, Yes!”, performed in NYC and LA, which garnered him both a Broadway World nomination for Best Debut and the moniker of “The R Rated Garrison Keillor.” A California boy at heart, it is not unlikely that you’ll find him at the helm of a sailboat with a glass of rum in hand.
Originally from St. Louis, Greta recently graduated from the University of Kentucky (UK) with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a minor in Spanish. She has toured nationally and internationally with UK choirs. Favorite roles include Rosemary in How to Succeed…, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Emma Goldman in Ragtime. Greta loves to teach and is beginning to dabble in music directing. Other passions include traveling, UK basketball, reading a good book, and all things chocolate and peanut butter.
Born and raised in Texas, Blaire made her way up to NYC after getting a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona. She has had the pleasure of touring around the country with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Bullets Over Broadway, along with working at regional theatres across the nation. The granddaughter of a choral conductor and member of an award-winning barbershop quartet, Blaire is excited to challenge herself with the skills her mother says “skipped a generation.”