THE STAFF

Randy Taylor

Manager

Randy Taylor is a Bartender and Manager of Marie’s Crisis Café. He has been slinging the drinks and showtunes for over 10 years. Randy, a graduate of USC, is a New York based stage and screen actor who most recently can be a seen in season two of the web series "Merce." A veteran of musical theatre performance he has performed extensively around the country and even on the high seas. He always wanted to be a pirate!

Joseph O'Neill

Bartender

Joseph O'Neill, a native New Yorker, has been working at Marie's since 2001,  making him longest working employee there.  In his spare time he peruses his career as an art photographer

Michael Vecchio

Bartender

Michael is your Friday and Saturday happy hour bartender. Michael is also an accomplished videographer outside Marie's

Steve Velardi

Bartender

Steve is a born and bred Brooklynite, and has been working at Marie’s since 2011, doing every job at the place except for piano player. He can’t remember the first night he wandered into Marie’s (so it must have been a good time), but wishes he had found it years earlier. Steve is planning a move to Los Angeles by the end of 2020.

Doug Thompson

Bartender

Doug Thompson is an actor, singer, writer, producer - and Marie’s Crisis bartender. Most recently, he adapted/produced an all-star concert of Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire at Joe’s Pub to benefit BCEFA.  Currently, he is adapting the 1976 YA novel A Watcher in the Woods into a stage musical.

 DougThompsonProductions.com

Jamie Westberry

Bartender

​National Tours: The Producers; Gutenberg! The Musical (Chicago Premiere, dir. Alex Timbers); NYC Credits: The Pajama Game (Sid), Waiting For Lefty, Wearing Black. Regional: Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), Oklahoma! (Curly), Lucky Stiff. Jamie has been a part of the Marie's family for 7 years. Roles include: Doorman, Bartender, and Barback.

Alex Barylski

Pianist

A former lawyer from Sarasota, Florida, Alexander Barylski has been playing at Marie's Crisis for eight years.  He enjoys exploring obscure corners of the repertoire and getting unusual and surprising requests from patrons.

Brandon James Gwinn

Pianist

BRANDON JAMES GWINN is a composer-lyricist and entertainer. His debut album Not Too Late debuted in 2018. He has written for many award-winning musical theatre and web content projects and also produced and performed on Trixie Mattel’s Two Birds and One Stone (#1 on Billboard charts). MFA from NYU  Proud member of ASPAC, NARAS Grammy Voter, & Dramatists Guild of America. @brandonjamesg www.brandonjamesgwinn.com

James Merillat

Pianist

James fell in love with Marie’s Crisis when he first moved to NYC in 1981. As a pianist, he brings a lot of unrelated experiences to share – writer/composer (Wonderland High), teacher/music director (many organizations around the country), musical theatre licensing (Music Theatre International & Samuel French), actor/performer and private vocal coach. He is thrilled his journeys have brought him into the Marie’s family once more.

Franca Vercelloni

Pianist

Franca Vercelloni’s work as a Marie’s Crisis pianist/entertainer has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, and American Theatre Wing’s “Working in the Theatre” series. As an actor, she has appeared on several regional stages, Off-Broadway, and in film and television. www.francavercelloni.com

Drew Wutke

Pianist

DREW WUTKE (Music Director, General Piano Bar Mischief Maker) has been Sing-Out-Louiseing for decades since growing up in smalltown Kansas. Credits incl: Bway,  offBway, ntnl/intnl tours, regional; NYC cabaret/concert/solo show venues, incl Marie’s Crisis, Duplex, Joe’s Pub/The Public, and 54Below. Resident MD at Jen Waldman Studio. For more credits/info/projects- www.Drewwutke.com

 IG@drewwutke

Kenney Green

Pianist

Kenney is a native of Fresno California who has called New York City his home for over 20 years. Kenney joined the Marie's staff in October 2008. As an actor and a musician, he has performed in numerous national and international tours, regional theatres, festivals, and concerts. He is an accomplished director and choreographer of many regional productions throughout the United States and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity Association. www.kenneygreen.com

Adam TIlford

Pianist

Adam Tilford is a composer/pianist/musical director and vocal coach in New York City. He has performed/directed at various regional theaters across the country and accompanied at every major cabaret club in Manhattan.  He’s has led piano bar showtunes singalongs at Maries Crisis in NYC as well in Melbourne and Sydney Australia, at Overtures Piano Bar in London and in Central Park as part of Darren Criss’ Elsie Fest. He is also an educator directing/accompanying/organizing at multiple schools and independent theatre groups throughout New York State.

Michael James Roy

Pianist

Michael James Roy has been performing at Marie’s Crisis in NYC for the past 13 years. He also arranges and orchestrates for cabaret artists in NY, LA and Caribbean Cruise Lines. Besides music, Michael has also volunteered for a non-profit development/leadership organization, The New Hampshire Teen Institute, since 1997.

Dan Daly

Pianist 

Dan Daly is your Sunday night pianist. Dan also plays at the Monster piano bar and makes numerous summer appearances on Fire Island.

Chris Blacker

Pianist

Marie's is happy to welcome Chris back to the team!

Dayna Grayber

Singing Server

National Tours: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers. Off-Broadway: The Little Match Girl (St. Luke’s Theater), Perfect Wedding. Other NYC Credits: Lincoln Center, Gallery Players, The Snapple Theater, NYMF, M.M. from NYU. Dayna's been working at Marie's Crisis for 6 years as a singing "songstress". Love to the world.

Yvette Clark

Singing Server

​Yvette Monique Clark has performed in her cabaret, “Let’s Give Em Something To Talk About”, to sold out audiences, Gun and Powder, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, and The Wiz. But when she’s not on the road you can find her singing and slinging cocktails at Marie’s Crisis Café.

www.yvettemoniqueclark.com

Jennifer Pace

Singing Server

Jennifer Pace is an actress and singer who has performed in numerous venues. She can be found in cabaret/piano bar scene weekly and most recently appeared as Pattie in Smokey Joe's Cafe as well as performing in Mexico at the Hard Rock Resort. A graduate of NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing, Ms. Pace comes from a family of professional musicians clarinet great, Sal Pace and 
she has 2 albums of standards recorded with her father, Gary Pace. 

Maddie McClouskey

Singing Server

Maddie McClouskey is a performer, writer, and singing server at Marie's Crisis! Credits: THE ROVER (Random Access Theatre); OEDIPUS, BUT BETTER (Modern Shakespeare Project); WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? (The Resister Project). Bylines: Everyday Feminism, NewMusicalTheatre, Everything Sondheim, and more. She also performs improv and storytelling in basements throughout the city.

Ricky Duarte

Singing Server

Ricky is an actor, singer, and writer originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He began working at Marie's Crisis over nine happy years ago. Favorite theatrical credits include Czolgosz (Assassins,) the Voice of Audrey II (Little Shop,) and the male soloist (Rent.) He is also a former Disney Entertainment cast member.

Toby Medlyn

Singing Server

Toby Medlyn is a bartender/performer working many jobs throughout New York City. A graduate of AMDA, musical theatre has always been the center of Toby's life, as well as circus and aerial arts. Look for his stage name of bitchliquid in burlesque. But Marie's is always home! IG: @bitchliquid

Whitney Gentile

Singing Server

Whitney wandered into this beloved basement her first week in the city back in 2008, when she moved here from Texas. A singer, actress, and certified sommelier, she attended the University of North Texas with a focus on musical theatre. A few favorite roles include Lucy in ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’, Chava in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, and Nellie in ‘South Pacific’. Whitney is thrilled to be joining her Marie’s family in her official capacity as singing server and high-note pinch hitter.

David Bishop

Host

David Bishop has been voted one of the Top 50 performers in the global Burlesque community for the past 5 years in a row. He has sold out shows at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mana’s, Stonewall, Slipper Room, and many others. He is very excited to sing with Marie’s Crisis and BroadwayWorld.

Brian Torpey

Host

After over a decade as a regular customer, Brian is honored to now be a part of the Marie's Crisis team!

Lauren Stramiello

Host

When not hosting you at Marie's, Lauren is a Certified Dental Assistant.

David Turner

Host

David is one of your Marie's Hosts and just graduated Nursing School!

Tyler Kent

Host

Tyler is a cabaret singer, classical actor, voiceover actor, showtunes lover, and general mischief maker.

 

We Remember

the beloved staff members who are no longer with us

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Bruce Kirle
1948-2007

Pianist

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Chris Morrison

1959-2015

Bartender

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Jim Allen

1966-2018

Pianist

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Marc Castelli

1969-2020

Singing Server

 

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