Presented by TruSongstress Productions (Las Vegas, Nevada, and New York, New York, USA)
Genre: Cabaret and Variety
Premiere?: Pittsburgh Premiere
Join fictional Las Vegas lounge legend, Trudy Carmichael, "Frankie Keys", desperately tickling the ivories and host, Shane Taymor for an improvised event featuring original songs, starry-eyed anecdotes, and stratospheric high notes – created ON THE SPOT based on YOUR suggestions!
Show Creator(s): Robin Rothman; Frank Spitznagel
About the Performer(s):
"Trudy Carmichael Presents The Improvised One-Woman Show!" has delighted musical comedy fans and received critical acclaim at dozens of NYC comedy and Cabaret venues including The Duplex, Sid Gold's, Magnet Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Kraine in NYC, and Majestic Repertory Theater in Las Vegas - and is an official selection of SOLOCOM, (People's Improv Theater, NYC,) Providence Improv Festival, Third Coast Improv Festival (Nashville, TN), Alaska Improv Festival, Impro Amsterdam, Downtown Las Vegas Improv Festival, LIT Fest (DC), We The People Improv Festival (Philadelphia) The 20th Annual Del Close Marathon (UCB NY), The New York International Fringe Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Steel City Improv Festival (Pittsburgh), Impro En Seine (Paris), Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (Austin, TX), Chicago Musical Improv Festival (iO Chicago), The (Virtual) New York Musical Improv Festival, Women In Comedy Festival (Boston), The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020 (deferred), Minnesota Fringe Virtual Festival, FringeLiveStrem Series, Edinburgh Horror Festival, and The Virtual Rogue Festival in March 2021.
TRUDY CARMICHAEL (Portrayed by Robin Rothman) made her first NYC stage appearance in the Las Vegas-inspired musical improv revue, The Royal Flushes at The Upright Citizens Brigade in 2005. Trudy continued to perform in both improv comedy and cabaret venues around NYC before landing a permanent gig at the Magnet Theater as the host of the Musical Magnet Mixer in 2009 for The First Annual New York Musical Improv Festival. Ms. Carmichael has performed at numerous NYC Cabaret venues such as The Duplex Cabaret Theater, Sid Gold's Request Room, Don't Tell Mama's, The Slipper Room, and Birdland. She proudly garnered the titles of First Runner-Up in The New York Soul Sensation Competition at New World Stages and First Place winner of The Cabaret Show-Down and The Cabaret Show-Down All-Stars at the Kraine Theater. Further evidence of her allure can be found at - https://www.trudycarmichael.com
ROBIN ROTHMAN is an actor/improviser from NYC by way of Philadelphia who has been sheltering with her family in Las Vegas since May 2020. In the before times, Robin studied long-form and musical improv at UCB and Magnet Theater in NYC and now she performs weekly virtual musical improv shows with her Magnet House Team, Nightshade, on Twitch. In 2009, Robin began hosting The Magnet Musical Mixer as her brassy alter ego, Trudy Carmichael, paving the way for her solo show, "Trudy Carmichael Presents The Improvised One-Woman Show!" When she's not walking the boards as Trudy, Robin has been known to perform in scripted works, such as Isabelle Hood in the digital musical, Human Resources, Aunt May in Peter, Who? (NYMF) and on TV (and Instagram) as "Christmas Carol" for WEtv's 2019 & 2020 holiday campaigns. Other than that, her husband, Sean, family, and little gray cat, Maryloo, rank way up there on the list of loves of her life!
FRANKEY KEYS (Portrayed by Frank Spitznagel) is the Musical Director at Magnet Theater, NYC and a piano accompanist who plays for countless musical improv groups such as Baby Wants Candy, Premiere, The Musical Magnet Mixer and all eight musical improv House Teams at Magnet Theater, NYC and has served as musical director for productions such as Nunsense (all incarnations), A Chorus Line, Chicago City Limits, and several original musicals. Frank has composed for Comedy Central and the Aspen Comedy Festival and his work can be heard on several studio recordings. He accompanied Itzhak Perlman in an original jazz composition by Benny Golson at Lincoln Center and played the American premiere of The Hired Man Off-Broadway. Frank is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano performance.
SEAN TAYLOR (Shane Taymor) is a writer, storyteller, actor, producer, host, and Co-owner of the Magnet Theater, NYC. Sean studied at all major New York City improv theaters with Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, David Razowsky, Amy Pohler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Tara Copeland, Jason Mantzoukas, and Adam Wade to name nine. Sean proudly performed weekly on the veteran house improv team, Junior Varsity for a record-breaking 12 years until its recent retirement. Outside of the Magnet, Sean is the host and co-creator of Variety Underground, a monthly comedy Open Mic at the Parkside Lounge (est. in 2004) and founder/commissioner of Funnyball, a softball league for comedians. Another FUN FACT about Sean is that he has observed National Pizza Month every October since 2002 by eating at least one slice of pizza every day with at least one other guest. You can read about his exploits from the past 18 years on his blog 31daysofpizza.com!
May 8, 2021, 7 p.m.
Streaming Type: Live
Platform: YouTube Live
$7 Suggested Donation via Venmo: @Trudy-Carmichael
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Link to Buy Tickets, or Direct Link to Show:
New York International Fringe Festival
Virtual Minnesota Fringe
Virtual Rogue Festival
“Trudy” can deftly transform “Bananas by the Cabana” into a quasi-Caribbean near-samba. The Lonely Lumberjack” chopping along, builds sexual tension. “Bling Bling, Love That Ring,” a comment on her bejeweled hands, becomes a very-Dolly-Parton country-pop tune. It doesn’t matter what you throw at her, she knocks it out of the park.” - (Fresno Rogue Festival) - Kings River Life Magazine
"Trudy Carmichael is a legend. Generations of musical improvisers have striven to emulate her rhyme schemes, her clever turns of phrase, and her sultry voice- but no one has tried to follow her wild lifestyle, because they would surely die. Slightly less wild but no less talented is her actress, Robin Rothman, who has been touring the NYC stages for more than a decade. Don’t miss it!" - Meshblog.com
"Robin Rothman Taylor as Trudy Carmichael is just full of humor, light and energy." - (NY International Fringe Festival) - Local Theater NY
"Rothman clearly has a lot of fun with the wackiness spurred on by audience suggestions and the overall spontaneity." - (NY International Fringe Festival) - Theeasy.com
"Coming to you live from her stylish Las Vegas living room, Trudy Carmichael (aka Robin Rothman) is a gifted musical improviser, which is one of the most impressive skills." (MN Fringe Virtual Festival) - Cherryandspoon.com