MARY STANFORD DOES IT ALL...and then some
Mary is a regular performer at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club, an immersive "vintage" jazz venue that seeks to re-create the experience of high-end supper clubs in the 1920s through the 1950s. In addition to headlining her own show, Mary is a familiar face to fans of several long-running shows at the club as a guest singer in Richard Halpern's Hollywood Cavalcade, the Johnny Holiday Show, and Dean Mora's various bands.
Although she can light up a giant stage, Mary is passionate about the art of performing in intimate venues. Her first solo cabaret show, Shall We Dance? - a show centered around Mary's journey to singing and happiness via swing dancing - was mounted in Hollywood to critical and audience acclaim. She's now hard at work on a new solo cabaret piece that will premiere in early 2020.
Los Angeles based singer Mary Stanford is a rare performer who is equally at home performing classical arias, show tunes and jazz standards. Armed with an impressive four octave vocal range, classical training, and an engaging stage presence honed from a lifetime in musical theater, Mary has built a reputation as a performer to watch. Yet beneath her glamorous "retro" exterior lies the heart of a true nerd whose passion is keeping the Great American Songbook alive.
Mary is a frequent performer and creative collaborator with the Los Angeles Lawyers' Philharmonic and their big band, Gary Greene, Esq. & His Big Band of Barristers. One of her proudest moments was performing "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins at Disney Concert Hall at the request of it's composer, Richard Sherman. The following year, she had the master class of a lifetime when she appeared at Royce Hall with the great Dick Van Dyke.
As the definition of an over-achiever, Mary is also an experienced multi-hyphenate" writer, director, dramaturg, and theater/film historian. Her series of articles for HollywoodMomentum.com were praised by Ad Week as a fascinating view into the world of young Hollywood. She holds a degree in Theater Production/ Administration from Emerson College in Boston, and has worked behind-the-scenes for companies including the La Jolla Playhouse, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and Disney. Her plays have been performed in Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago.
Her current non-singing project is as the co-creator and co-host of the podcast Drinking Up - a beer, wine and spirits podcast with a twist of feminism - which will be launching in late 2019.
And in her spare time, Mary enjoys sleeping.