“flawless cabaret… Derow’s rich voice has a remarkable range” – Cabaret Scenes
In “My Ship: Songs from 1941,” Dawn Derow performs chart-topping music composed or sung by some of the most legendary and prolific performers of the era, including Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Kay Dyser, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Kurt Weill, The Andrews Sisters, and many more. Her stunning renditions in this award-winning show are not only an homage to classic songs of the WWII period, but a tribute to the performers who kept hopes high during the war.
“My Ship: Songs fron 1941” earned Dawn the “Best Female Vocalist” award at the 2018 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Her recording of the show won a 2022 MAC Award for “Best Recording.”
A New Yorker by way of Cape Cod, Dawn grew up in Eastham, MA and began pursuing her performing career in her childhood. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor’s in Music: Vocal Performance & Opera Emphasis, achieving the second highest vocal score in her class. After graduation, Dawn performed in operas and musicals around the world, as well as a guest entertainer aboard international cruise ships, displaying an uncanny ability to transition from singing a Puccini aria to a jazzy torch song.
In 2008, Dawn, having lived in New York City for several years, began to pursue a cabaret career. She has performed in prestigious venues, including the Weill Center at Carnegie Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, The Friars Club, the Bitter End, The Cutting Room, Carroll Place, and The Green Room 42.
Dawn uses her songwriting and guitar abilities throughout her cabaret performances, leading to high praise and awards for her shows. Her CD Music 4 TWO with award-winning guitarist Sean Harkness earned her a 2014 MAC nomination for “Best CD.” In 2015, Dawn won her first MAC award for her work in the duo show REVOLUTION with Kathleen France. In 2016, Dawn employed her formidable opera singing skills in her solo show LEGIT: A Classical Cabaret. She received a Bistro Award for “Outstanding Vocalist” for her performance.
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