UrbanArias Improv Series



Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM

At Busboys and Poets in Shirlington

ONLY $15

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UrbanArias’ Improv Series returns!


Gilda Lyons’ wonderful Songs from the F Train – a moving and dynamic piece about life in Brooklyn with text written by schoolchildren


Dead Mall Songs from UrbanArias favorites Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi (Blue Viola, The Last American Hammer) – a sardonic set that mourns and spoofs suburban blight.

Click the link to watch a performance of Songs from the F Train


Starring Melissa Wimbish,
Ian McEuen and
Jeffrey Gates,
with Tim McReynolds and
Robert Wood on piano.

We specialize in sung, audience-directed skits for your enjoyment –

That terrible first date story?

We want to hear it…and turn it into an opera…

Below, La Boheme is reimagined on a pirate ship!

And two of Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi’s Dead Mall Songs

Come prepared to laugh your socks off!

Read our terrific write-up in Brightest Young Things!


Ian McEuen (Tenor): OPERA: Madama Butterfly, Washington National Opera (Goro); Turandot, Virginia Opera (Pang); Sweeney Todd, New Orleans Opera (Toby); Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, UrbanArias (Dr. S); Tosca, Knoxville Opera (Spoletta); Butterfly, North Carolina Opera (Goro); Magic Flute, Arizona Opera (Monostatos); Butterfly, Glimmerglass Festival (Goro); With Blood, with Ink, Fort Worth Opera (Padre Antonio); The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, WNO (Hippo/Holy Man/Dog); Ariadne auf Naxos, FWO (Tanzmeister).


Melissa Wimbish, sopranoMelissa Wimbish (Soprano) SOLO RECITAL: Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall; Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center. OPERA/CONCERT: The Dream Washington Ballet (Soprano soloist) at Kennedy Center Opera House; Mysteries of the Macabre, Baltimore Symphony (Soloist); Candide, Manchester Choral Society (Cunegonde); Carmina Burana, Washington Ballet (Soloist) Eisenhower Theater; Josephine, Urban Arias (Josephine); Paul’s Case, Urban Arias (History Teacher); Candide, Baltimore Symphony (Sheep). AWARDS: Baker Artist Award (2016); NATS Artist Award, 1st Place (2014); Franco-American Vocal Award (2014).

Jeffrey Gates, baritoneJeffrey Grayson Gates is a Texas native whose captivating, artful performances have won the admiration of audiences and critics throughout the United States. He was hailed by The Baltimore Sun as having “vocal spark” as well as a “thundering presence” by DC Metro Theater Arts for his performance as Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera Baltimore. Among his widespread repertoire of operatic roles, performance highlights include: Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Shaunard in La Boheme. www.JeffreyGatesBaritone.com

Robert Wood (Pianist) URBANARIAS (Founder): Independence Eve, Lucy, As One, After Life/Josephine, Blue Viola, Three Decembers, Paul’s Case; SAN FRANCISCO OPERA: La Traviata, L’italiana in Algeri, Concerts; OPERA COLORADO: Carmen, Roméo et Juliette; WOLF TRAP OPERA: Le Comte Ory, Die Zauberflöte; MINNESOTA OPERA: La Donna del Lago, Le Nozze di Figaro, Lakmé, Rusalka, Il barbiere di Siviglia; HAWAII OPERA THEATRE: Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Die Fledermaus; VANCOUVER OPERA: L’italiana in Algeri.\