Marianne Challis

Cabaret favorite Marianne Challis, winner of MAC and Bistro Awards, will celebrate WINE, WOMEN AND SONG: An evening of Wine and Cabaret, at Astor Center on Monday, September 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marianne, the self-described ‘middle-aged party girl’, will be joined by Andy Fisher, President of Astor Center and Astor Wines & Spirits who will present tasting of six special wines during the evening. Astor Center is located at 399 Lafayette Street, NYC. Tickets at $95 each can be reserved via

Marianne Challis has performed extensively in musical theater and cabaret across the country. Marianne has performed at New York's Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency Hotel, The Laurie Beechman Theater, and The Metropolitan Room among others. She has been critically acclaimed as “a performer of style and substance, in full command of her craft and always in clarion voice.” Marianne’s popular live CD, “Marianne Challis: Confessions of a Middle Aged Party Girl", was performed and recorded live at Manhattan Beach Recording Studios. Aside from a few ribs broken from laughing, no one was hurt. Marianne is one of Broadway’s leading voice teachers, with students in “Sister Act,” “Phantom,” “The Addams Family,” “Wicked,” “Billy Elliot,” and major national tours.

Marianne's repertoire includes such Great American Songbook favorites as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Johnny Mercer. She starred in the New York City Opera production of South Pacific; appeared in Carnegie Hall's Sondheim: A Musical Salute; toured with the Broadway production of Side by Side by Sondheim; and has played leads at the famed Goodspeed Opera House. Marianne won the 2008 Backstage Bistro Award and, most recently, was honored to receive the 2011 MAC Hanson Award for Continued Excellence in Cabaret. For more information on Marianne visit

Acclaimed wine guru Andy Fisher has been President of Astor Wines & Spirits for over 30 years. When he started in 1971, it was a small shop in the middle of Astor Place. In 1980 he expanded to the corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street, and in 2006 he moved the store to its current location on Lafayette and East 4th Streets. This latest expansion allowed him to add Astor Center, creating an educational complement to the extensive offerings of Astor Wines & Spirits. Noted for its innovative and creative programming, Astor Center uses the simple slogan, “Eat. Drink. Think.”

This evening is co-produced by Carl Raymond and Susan L. Schulman.