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Mark Nadler is a New York City-based cabaret performer, actor and comedic pianist. He has been described as "one of New York's most acclaimed singer/pianists"[1] and a "virtuoso" of classical piano.[2]

Nadler was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He took an interest in Broadway musicals from a young age, and was a fan of Danny Kaye, Mahalia Jackson, Jimmy Durante, the Marx Brothers and Bugs Bunny.[3] At the age of ten, he began performing professionally at the Long Straw Saloon in Cedar Falls, Iowa.[3] As the gay son of Jewish immigrants, he felt out of place in the Midwestern town.[4] He studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1981[5][6] before moving to Manhattan at age 17.

In 2004 Nadler and his partner hosted a "Bark Mitzvah" for their wheaten terrier, Admiral Rufus K. Boom,[7] as a commentary on the frivolity and excess of Bar Mitzvah engagements at which Nadler had performed earlier in his career.[8]

Nadler frequently has collaborated with singer KT Sullivan.[9] He has written and performed in dozens of touring, Broadway, and off-Broadway productions, as well as on television programs. Some of his more notable productions include American Rhapsody, an off-Broadway revue based on George Gershwin that won the Manhattan Association of Cabarets Award for Outstanding Musical Revue and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards;[10]Red Light, an "opera in honky-tonk" co-written with Dawn Hampton, which also won a MAC Award; Tchaikovsky (and Other Russians), performed at the Algonquin Hotel and the American Conservatory Theater, among other venues, which won the 2003 Bistro Award; and Russian on the Side, based on the Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill patter song "Tchaikovsky (and Other Russians)", which played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, California.[3]


  1. ^ "Original angel flies back to Bay for Berkeley Rep's 'Ghosts'". Oakland Tribune. 2004-02-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Russian on the Side". KGO AM. 
  3. ^ a b c Jesse Hamlin (2008-10-12). "Comic pianist Mark Nadler: a new Danny Kaye". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Carla Gordon. "Nadler: Russian on the Side". Cabaret Exchange. 
  5. ^ Joel Dossi. "Mark Nadler Explores the Musical Legacy of George Gershwin". 
  6. ^ Richard Dodds (2008-10-16). "Pianist revelations:Mark Nadler brings 'Russian on the Side' to SF". Bay Area Reporter. 
  7. ^ Lily Koppel (2004-12-20). "Today He Is a Dog; Actually, He Always Was". New York Times. 
  8. ^ Michael Elkin (2007-11-08). "Russians Are Coming! Russians Are Coming -- and an Iowan, Too!". Jewish Exponent. 
  9. ^ Will Friedwald (2007-03-23). "Weston's African State of Mind". New York Sun. 
  10. ^ Ken White (2006-01-06). "Life is a Cabaret". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

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