Our Musical Directors   

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Mike Renzi

An immensely talented musician, Renzi is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1973 and Berklee College Of Music, in Boston, 1974. During his study years, he worked with local bands and visiting artists, one of whom was Sylvia Sims. Arising out of this engagement he was hired to work with Mel Tormé.

 

His repertoire includes playing keyboards and guitar. He developed his own style and became sought after as an arranger and composer. 

He acted as Musical Director to many stars, includingLena Horne,  Eartha Kitt, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Liza Minnelli,

Annie Ross, George Shearing, and an eight-week tour with the one and only, Frank Sinatra.

 

He has also been Musical Director for many years on the  Emmy Award-winning, "Sesame Street", where  Renz composed most of the incidental music. He worked on another long-term television project as one of four resident composers on the soap opera, "All My Children."

Respected by his peers, Renzi brings professionalism and standards of musical excellence to his chosen vocation.

CabaretFest is pleased to welcome Mike Renzi back to Provincetown in 2021. 

Michael McAssey

McAssey is a two-time MAC Award-winner (2019 & 2020). We are pleased to welcome you back as one of our musical directors.

                                                                                                 

Non-stop entertainment, punctuated as often by his dazzling  vocal prowess as it is by his comic genius” - New York Post 

“He manages to somehow be both cabaret’s most accomplished balladeer, and it’s a wildest, most uninhibited musical clown!” Variety

Mac has been a popular member of the New York Piano Bar and Cabaret communities for over 30 years, whether at the piano or standing center stage.

His piano bar entertaining and him a Bistro Award and his standup cabaret act one him one of the first MAC awards for Outstanding Male Singer and an invitation to make his Town Hall debut at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention.

An accomplished conductor and music director, Mac divides his time between on stage and off including conducting the Broadway National Tours of Avenue Q, Titanic: the musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and appearing on stage as Max Bialystok in three different companies of Mel Brooks' 'The Producers'.

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Tracy Stark

Pianist/Music Director/Arranger/Bandleader/ Singer-Songwriter, Tracy Stark is an 11-Time MAC Award winner, in the categories of Music Director, Piano Entertainer, and Song of the Year.  She is also a Bistro Award winner for Musical Direction and has won Cabaret Hotline’s Songwriter of the Year Award. 

 

Tracy has worked with Sarah Dash (Labelle), Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Nona Hendryx (Labelle), Randy Jones (Village People), Barb Jungr, Brenda Braxton, Justin Sayre, Eric Millegan (Bones), Tonya Pinkins, Nathan Lee Graham, and hundreds of other rock, jazz, and Broadway vocalists.  

She stays busy creating and music directing 75-100 different shows per year, in addition to her ongoing work as music director for the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Conference for the past 8 years.

Her 3rd CD of original music, Shades of Beautiful, was released on the Miranda Music label, exquisitely produced by Richard Barone, with world-class guest vocalists,

We Welcome Tracy to her first Provincetown CabaretFest!

Joe Della Penna

Joe Della Penna is a Boston-based jazz and cabaret pianist and performer.

Della Penna appeared last year with his debut festival solo show “Memories of the 80’s” at Gabriel’s Guest House.

He has entertained at Top of the Pru, Boston; Club Café, Boston; Provincetown CabaretFest, and numerous clubs in and around the Boston area. A predominantely jazz pianist, Della Penna is also an accomplished musical director.

He appears this season with Richard White, Jo Brisbane, and Roderick Ferguson.

Welcome back to the festival, Joe!

Sunday Celebration Musicians  June 27, 2021

Michael McAssey Trio

Ron Ormsby ( bass), Alan "Doc" Clinger( guitar)

We welcome  Ron, an Award-winning jazz musician, and Alan, a renowned jazz guitarist, back for their 6th appearance at the Cabaret Festival. These gentlemen are two of Cape Cod's finest musicians, we are honored to have them returning to CabFest. 

Ron Ormsby. Photo by Beverly Beckham.jpe
Alan Clinger 'Doc' Jazz. Photo by Beverl