Deirdre Moncy

A featured entertainer at Don't Tell Mama, Deirdre studied Cabaret and Vocal Performance with the incomparable Peisha McPhee (www.peishamcphee.com). Developing the art of the song, and honing the humor and intimacy that is the Cabaret Stage (incorporating her training from The Musicians Institute and American Academy of Dramatic Arts) has been a life passion. She has performed solo shows at Tom Rolla's Gardenia, collaborated with the legendary Marty and Elaine at The Dresden, performed at The Rockwell Table and Stage, and numerous venues in Los Angeles and across the United States. She also was co-producer and regular judge of Cabaret Idol, the live Hollywood hit show! 

LA Weekly

Cabaret Idol By Amy Nicholson "There's nothing better to watch than a performer who loves to perform, except two good-looking people having sex," says host Scot Young. And in week four of season two of this live competition, Young and the packed crowd of fans, friends and family watched 14 performers anxiously take the stage and sing a number for the judges. At the end of the evening there were 12 survivors, another cull in the quest for the grand prize: new head shots, a management contract and a two-night solo show. The performance's theme was, perversely, "No Show Tunes," which had the contestants in paroxysms. Said one without a hint of sarcasm, "There really aren't that many songs that aren't show tunes!" But try they did, belting out Broadway-esque versions of Journey and Whitesnake and Cyndi Lauper before a scoring panel that didn't let them off the hook. "I want you to do a damn country song," grumbled a judge in mock exasperation. There were some good voices — and a few great ones — but the audience was there to tap their toes, vote for their favorites and maybe even grab some dinner or a stiff drink if they could flag down one of the waiters zipping around in the standing-room-only dark. Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6122 W. Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., 7 p.m., through April 24. (323) 466-9917.

Cabaret Scene

REVIEW'S FOR THE AWKWARD STAGE: "There’s no doubting the enthusiasm of Deirdre Moncy and James Mooney as they take a musical look back at teenage angst over the past few decades... " For Moncy, the vocal highlight of the show was “Fifteen” (Taylor Swift), a Taylor Swift cover sung from the perspective of someone looking back at the uncertainties of being a teenager rather than someone still in the midst of it all. Singing in her powerful, husky voice, Moncy conveyed strong emotions, with effective backing from Dave Bass on acoustic guitar. She also scored with a sexy take on “Material Girl” (Peter Brown/Roberta Rans), in which she flirted with each of the three musicians — a song enhanced by a nice bongo solo by percussionist Kevin Widener. Mooney hit his stride on a plaintive “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” and kept things on an upswing with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Robert Hazard), sung with a country-and-western twang — and as kind of an apology to his parents for his own wild teenage antics, he said — with effective backing from David Scott Cohen on piano. He also had fun with “You Belong with Me” (Taylor Swift/Liz Rose) and “I Kissed a Girl,” (Kate Perry, Dr Luke, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis) — both sung with sincerity. " Elliot Zwiebach Cabaret Scenes May 12, 2010 www.cabaretscenes.org