Linda Amiel Burns, Theaterscene Writer, Wins Special MAC AWARD
By Jeannie Lieberman in THEATERSCENE.NET on April 7, 2008

Linda Amiel Burns

Linda Amiel Burns Wins MAC Award

Theaterscene is proud to announce that our cabaret reviewer/writer, Linda Amiel Burns, is being awarded a MAC AWARD by THE MAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs – ) on Tuesday evening, May 6th at a ceremony/show at BB Kings Blues Club on West 42nd Street. Her friend of many years, Danny Aiello, the Academy Award nominated actor, will present Linda with the award. This special recognition is for Linda’s 30 year contribution to cabaret and the world of live entertainment in NYC. She also served on the MAC Board for sixteen years.

Linda founded The Singing Experience in 1977, and since that time, thousands of people of all ages and all walks of life, have taken this journey in self-confidence through music and song. These unique performance workshops have been lauded by the media and there have been features and appearances on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, The Today Show, Regis & Kathie Lee, NY1, CNN and many others. The articles have included, The NY Times, The Daily News, Newsday and most recently, a profile by David Finkle in Back Stage. Linda is a sought-after vocal coach and has produced, directed, booked, and written over 400 acts and revues. For nine years, Linda has produced and starred in The Singing Experience Cable TV Show on MNN & RCN.

Linda has been a member of The New York Sheet Music Society and its President for the past ten years producing monthly programs on all aspects of music and was awarded their highest honor in 1998. She is a Trustee of Arts Horizons, an organization that brings arts programs to schools, and a member of SAG, & AFTRA.

Linda grew up in the music business as her father, Jack Amiel, was the owner of two popular Broadway restaurants (The Turf and Jack Dempsey’s) in the Brill Building, which was the Tin Pan Alley of its day, housing many of the great music publishers. He also was the owner of Count Turf, the winner of the 1951 Kentucky Derby. Linda followed in her father’s footsteps by owning and managing several music clubs and eateries in the city, the famous One Fifth Avenue, The Symphony Cafe (housing the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Museum) and The Broadway Museum Cafe.

We are very proud that Linda Amiel Burns will honored on May 6th by MAC for continuing to support the art of live entertainment and nourishing and developing people’s talents in a nurturing and supportive way. Julie Wilson, cabaret legend, said that “if you’ve got it in you, Linda can bring it out of you. The Singing Experience is the best performance workshop there is and can turn mice into Mermans!”

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