Cabaret singer Kendall Standish thinks so much of her songwriter friends that she's showcasing their work in her new show, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Nov. 8-28 at Don't Tell Mama. Mark Toback is musical director for the revue of tunes by pals Dan Fisher ("Good Morning Heartache"), Marvin Fisher ("When Sunny Gets Blue"), Doris Fisher ("Put the Blame on Mame"), Bryon Sommers ("Make Me a Star," "Why Don't We Run Away"), Elaine Chelton ("I'm Coming Back"), Larry Wynn ("I'm Fatal to Men in the Forties," "Leftover Kisses"), Dottie Burman ("Catered Divorce"), Francesca Blumenthal ("Buffalo, City of Dreams") and Diana Templeton ("I Wish It Were Me").
Standish, whose Destination Moon celebrated the Fisher family of songwriters several years ago at Don't Tell Mama, says most of the songs in the new show (with the exception of the title tune) are by friends; some tunes have appeared in other cabarets.
Her special guest is actor-singer Phil Levy.
Standish is a veteran cabaret performer having traveled in clubs all over the Northeast, South, Midwest and Canada. She is the director of her own performing arts studio called "Performers Unlimited" in Riverdale, NY, where she offers classes in voice, musical theatre, drama and mime for children and adults. Don't Tell Mama hosted her students in Kid's Kabaret.
Performances are 9 PM Mondays Nov. 8, 15 & 22, 7 PM Nov. 19 and 8 PM Nov. 28.
There is a $10 cover and two-drink minimum. Don't Tell Mama is at 343 W. 46th Street in New York City. Call (212) 757-0788 for reservations.
-- By Kenneth Jones