Growing up in a small desert town in Colorado, pianist/singer/actress Cynthia Shaw loved playing the piano, and after opening her eyes to the wider art world outside of her hometown through a copy of The New Yorker magazine which she recovered from a doctor. waiting room, she nurtures the burning ambition of studying at the prestigious music school in New York, the Manhattan School of Music.
Her award-winning solo show, Velvet Determination, tells the true story of her journey from Pueblo, Colorado, to the Big Apple in search of musical excellence. Virtuoso live piano renditions of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and many more exemplify stories of resilience and determination, as discouraging parents, disparaging teachers, disapproving neighbors and above all, his own inner demons threaten to destroy his dreams.
Shaw’s career since graduation has centered on music and performance. She has performed over 30 regional and off-Broadway musical shows and appeared in many off-Broadway shows herself, while her film work has been featured at numerous festivals. Last May, she made her cabaret debut with her show, The Spark of Creation! at Don’t Tell Mama NYC.
Rewards for THE VELVET DETERMINATION:
• Best Festival Debut, United Solo Festival NYC 2018
• Best Solo Show, Pittsburgh Fringe 2019
• Personal Best Course, Boulder Fringe 2019
• Best Theatrical Production, Galway Fringe 2019
Determination Velvet: July 20 and 22 at 8:30 p.m., July 21 at 6:30 p.m.
59E59 Theaters * 59 East 59th Street * New York, NY 10022