Extraordinary women over 40 compete in the 7th Annual contest at The Triad Theater on Monday, October 4.
September 22, 2021: Delayed over a year, the finals of the 7th annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest will take place at The Triad Theater, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday, October 4th at 7pm. The contest celebrates women over 40 with careers outside of entertainment and is co-produced by Cheryl Benton and Randie Levine-Miller, who will host and perform. The finals feature 11 uniquely talented women who have been waiting since last April 2020, when the Tomatoes contest was uprooted. This year’s outstanding jury is comprised of Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, and the Tony Award-winning Broadway producers Margot Astrachan and Ken Waissman. The show’s music director is Paul Chamlin.
Making a special guest appearance is the acclaimed singer and Tony-nominated educator Corinna Sowers Adler. Also performing as a guest will be therapist and gerontologist Merrill Stone, who was a runner up in the first “Tomatoes Got Talent” in 2013
Here they are, the finalists:
Carol Barnett , a Senior Ms. America NY runner up, recently retired after 45 years as a chef.
Susie Clausen , a businesswoman and mom, decided to pick up the saxophone and singing lessons under five years ago.
Judith George owns her own video production company and is a stand-up.
Jo Jones, reared in the South, is an accomplished acrobatic baton twirler and former pre-school teacher.
Shana Kahn is a fashion executive for Ralph Lauren.
Lisa Kerr, a student of the piano and ukulele, Lisa is a risk manager with a major corporation.
Robin Lyon-Gardiner is a full-time real estate broker.
Jean Marcley is a blind stand-up and self-worth coach.
Kara Masciangelo has worked for many years at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Deana Monaco is a legal assistant at Morgan Stanley.
Leyla Zaloutskaya is a global IT trainer for the United Nations.
Sponsored by the women’s lifestyle media company, “Tomatoes Got Talent” is a showcase for extraordinary women who have made their marks and their livings outside of the entertainment world, but who consider the craft of singing and performing to be integral to their lives. Past participants have included lawyers, bankers, health care professionals, paralegals and administrators, massage therapists, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Since competing several alumna have gone on to do their own cabaret acts, and several have been nominated and won MAC Awards. The reigning champion is 2019 winner Christina Connors.
On the jury this year are the beloved Broadway song and dance man, Lee Roy Reams, who counts “42nd Street”; “The Producers;” and “Hello Dolly!” among his voluminous credits; Margot Astrachan who won a Tony as a producer of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and who counts “The Prom,” “The Realistic Joneses, and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” among her Broadway credits; and Ken Waissman, the Tony Award-winning producer of “Grease,” “Agnes of God,” “Torch Song Trilogy,” and “Over Here.”
For tickets to experience this year’s bumper crop of talent at the 7th annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest at The Triad Theatre, on Monday October 4 at 7pm, visit www.thethreetomatoes.com. Tickets are $35 with a two-drink minimum.