I’m thrilled that Internationally acclaimed vocalist and musician, Clare Maloney, will be performing in a Charles R Hale Production, “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place,” at the Cell Theatre in NYC, Feb 11 and 12. Click here for tickets

Clare has shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Allman Brothers Band, Hall & Oates, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Hot Tuna, The Tubes and The New Riders of the Purple Sage. Her interpretations of the folk and rock favorites of the 60s and 70s era have gained her a loyal following for her powerful voice and her ability to move effortlessly between Grace Slick’s “White Rabbit” and Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.”

Before transitioning to Rock and Roll full-time, Clare trained extensively and toured as an opera singer, appearing on some of the most famous stages in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, 92ndY, National Sawdust and at concert halls throughout Europe and Asia. A uniquely versatile artist, Clare is an in-demand studio session vocalist, having lent her voice to numerous studio projects including jingles, TV theme songs, national ad campaigns, and new music by composers writing for Broadway, Jazz, Opera and the concert stage.

Since 2018, Clare has toured as the vocalist for The Englishtown Project – a tribute to the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Marshall Tucker Band. Since the music industry reopened in 2021, playing over a dozen shows for the reopening of the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, and assembling her own band, Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure, which recently played to sold-out crowds at the Bitter End in NYC.


New York, New York, a “helluva town” during WWII. The city witnessed three million soldiers and sailors passing through, waiting to be shipped out to an uncertain destiny. 

Nightclubs and theaters opened their doors to the droves of servicemen passing through. Broadway’s leading actors and actresses entertained servicemen at the Stage Door Canteen in Midtown. New Yorkers filled the theaters and the Times Square movie houses. They listened to songs that hailed American optimism at a time of national testing…and they listened to “slush songs”, sentimental songs of loss and loneliness. 

Charles R. Hale’s “WWII and NYC: Connecting Time and Place” recalls the electricity of the wartime home front, while recounting the significant role New York played in the national war effort. The show weaves the era’s vivid personalities, music and stories into an exciting tapestry of a city overcoming the greatest challenge of the twentieth century.

Charles R. Hale/Creator and Narrator

David S. Goldman/Music Director

Gertjan Houben/Lighting Designer

Clare Maloney/Vocals, /Sara Caswell/Violin, Robert Anthony Mack/Vocals and Baron Fenwick/Piano


February 11 and 12, Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd St, NYC

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Charles R. Hale Productions is excited to announce this season’s series of shows at Lehman College, which are produced in collaboration with the City and Humanities Program and Professor Joseph McElligott:

Sept 6: Storytelling in a Digital World/Charles R. Hale
Sept 13: Women Who Have Overcome/Theresa Sareo
October 11: Yuri Juárez and the Afroperuano Group
October 25: Generations of Her/ Nicole Zuraitis
Nov 15: From Beyonce to Bach/Jiin Yang & Wayne Weng
Nov 29: Jazz in the City/Charles R. Hale and the David J RaleighQuartet

All performances, which will be in Lovinger Theatre or the Studio Theatre, begin at 12:30pm.

Montage by Mitch Traphagen


June 13, 2018 at the cell theatre

Tickets now on sale!

Yuri Juarez and his Afroperuano band are returning to The Cell this year after a sold-out performance as part of last year’s series “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.” Yuri and his group are proof that the music of Peru is fast occupying a prominent part of the world stage. If you haven’t heard these musicians perform you are in for a great treat. Yuri and the members of his band are internationally acclaimed and their shows are nothing short of fabulous.

June 13, 2018, 7:30pm at The Cell in NYC

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“What a fantastic evening. Many thanks to Charles for wrapping up the season with this performance. Luba was terrific as was her accompaniment by both on the bass Luques Curtis/and vibraphone Felipe Fournier. Luba has a range in both her voice and music that made this an incredible evening.” Vince Nauheimer

“I had the incredible good fortune of seeing Luba Mason and her remarkable band perform twice on Thursday — once at Lehman College, thanks to Professor Joseph McElligott  and then later at the cell theatre in Manhattan thanks to Charles R. Hale and Charles R. Hale Productions. I can honestly still hear her voice. Stunning is too small of a word.” Mitch Traphagen

“Spectacular show this evening. Thank you Charles R. Hale Productions for bringing Luba Mason to the stage and to the attention of those who have not heard her live or in such an intimate setting with her trio. She is a true talent, with a singularly unique style of singing – heartclutching nuance and an extraordinary vocal range. Looking forward to hearing more from Luba and her wonderful trio!” Vera Hoar

“The “Luba Mason: Triangle,” including Luba, Felipe Fournier/vibes and Luques Curtis/bass proved to be a tightly knit trio whose fabulous music was enhanced by Luba’s witty, tender storytelling, perfectly reflecting the title of the series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.'” Charles R. Hale

Photos by Mitch Traphagen

Luba Mason, Luques Curtis /bass, Felipe Fournier/vibes

Luba Mason

Luba Mason and Luques Curtis

Luba Mason and Felipe Fournier

Luba Mason

Luques Curtis

Felipe Fournier 

Charles R. Hale, Luba Mason, Luques Curtis and Felipe Fournier.



On December 7th, 7:30pm, Charles R. Hale Productions will present its final show in the series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.” The featured artist will be the enormously talented singer and actor Luba Mason. Luba, a native New Yorker born in Astoria, Queens and first generation American of Slovak descent, is a classically trained singer, pianist, dancer and actor who was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel theater awards as “Best Featured Actress in a Musical.” Luba also has an impressive Broadway pedigree, in no small part due to her stunning vocal range and extraordinary versatility as a performer.

Luba has headlined at Vibrato and the Cinegrill in L.A., Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Feinstein’s, Birdland, B.B. Kings, Iridium and the Metropolitan Room in NYC. In 2015 Luba and her husband, Ruben Blades, performed together on stage at Radio City Music Hall in Paul Simon’s sold out benefit for the Children’s Health Fund’s 25th Anniversary alongside Mr. Simon, Edie Brickell, Sting, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and numerous other luminaries. Last November, Luba joined her husband at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and his band in one of the highlights of the evening, Otis Blackwell’s “Fever”.

The show will be performed at The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here .

Luba will be performing with Felipe Fournier/vibes and Luques Curtis/bass.

“A voice as big and rich as a star-filled sky.” – Jazz Times
“A Broadway veteran and omnivorous singer.” Billboard
“A force of nature. She goes deep and we want to dive with her.” Huffington Post




We’re thrilled to announce that the next show in our series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song,” features Tokyo born composer Miho Hazama, one of New York’s most astounding young talents, at The Cell Theatre, November 9, 2017, 7:30pm. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Miho is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world’s stage. With her masterful understanding of harmony and orchestration, Miho developed her signature ensemble “m_unit”, utilizing a veritable who’s who of young innovators hailing from all over the world. It is no easy feat to assert yourself in the highly skilled and competitive jazz world. However, m_unit’s riveting performances to packed adoring audiences at venues such as the Jazz Standard, Blue Note NYC and Tokyo, Dizzy’s Club Coca-cola, and the Jazz Gallery show the world that Miho is here to stay.

Now having two full length releases on Sunnyside Records, Miho has written for and expertly showcased the abilities of guest artists such as Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Steve Wilson, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. Furthermore, each album was carefully overseen by Miho’s musical mentor and jazz composition powerhouse, Jim McNeely. Upon reviewing 2012 debut recording Journey to Journey, JazzTimes describes m_unit as a “…classy large ensemble that keeps the listener guessing and enchanted…something is always lurking and ready to pounce; then skitter away again.” After the release of m_unit’s sophomore recording Time River, All About Jazz had this to say: “At a time when orchestral jazz is either ultra- polished, exceedingly high brow, or a pedestrian pandering to sentimental tastes of yore, Hazama’s boldly organic and singularly exciting collective is a breath of fresh air. Her uncanny ability to remain intellectually stimulating and vibrantly spirited is what makes her work singularly innovative.” m_unit continues to drive towards the future with a scrappy determination and aesthetic that is both beautiful and undeniably sincere.

Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets pleas click here

The Cell is located at 338 West 23rd St, NYC. The doors and the bar open at 6:45pm. The show begins at 7:30.




From Charles R. Hale on the 4/20 show at the cell, the second in a six concert series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song”: “Hard to come up with the right adjective for last night’s performance, “JP Jofre/Miho Hazama Project” at The Cell. Spectacular, virtuosic, creative, engaging…all and more. JP Jofre, Miho Hazama and the members of The Rhythm Method, Meaghan Burke, Lavinia Pavlish, Anne Lanzilotti and Leah Asher were outstanding.” Show photography by Mitch Traphagen

Charles R. Hale outside the cell, prior to the second show, “JP Jofre/Miho Hazama Project” in the series: “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.”

JP Jofre

JP Jofre

JP Jofre

Miho Hazama and JP Jofre

Miho Hazama

Miho Hazama

Miho Hazama

JP Jofre | Miho Hazama Project

JP Jofre and The Rhythm Method

Meaghan Burke

Lavinia Pavlish

Anne Lanzilotti

Leah Asher

Leah Asher

The Rhythm Method

Anne Lanzilotti, Lavinia Pavlish and Leah Asher, three-quarters of “The Rhythm Method”

Charles R. Hale with the JP Jofre | Miho Hazama Project closing the show to applause.

From left, JP Jofre, Miho Hazama and the members of The Rhythm Method, Meaghan Burke, Lavinia Pavlish, Anne Lanzilotti and Leah Asher.


The first Charles R. Hale Productions performance of six shows for the 2017 Spring / Summer season “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song” was an unqualified success with a sold-out house and an emotional, impassioned performance by Niamh Hyland and her band, featuring Ado Coker, Ron Negro, Traci Robinson-Greene, Danny Weller, Sybil Scoby and Shu Nakamura.

A glimpse of a remarkable, memorable evening at the cell. Photos by Mitch Traphagen

Niamh Hyland

Nick Garr welcomes the audience and introduces the band.

Niamh Hyland

Shu Nakamura

Shu Nakamura

Ron Negro

Ron Negro

Ado Coker

Ado Coker

Danny Weller

Danny Weller and Niamh Hyland

Traci Robinson-Greene and Sybil Scoby

Traci Robinson-Greene and Sybil Scoby

Niamh Hyland

Niamh Hyland

Closing the show on an amazing up note.

The performers at Niamh Hyland’s show at The Cell. From left: Ado Coker, Ron Negro, Traci Robinson-Greene, Danny Weller, Niamh, Sybil Scoby and Shu Nakamura.


Niamh Hyland

Join us at the cell theatre on March 30 for a very special evening: An Evening With Niamh Hyland.

Niamh has the voice and the stage presence to hold every audience in her hand. She has the indefinable “It” — something so special, and so very rare. The opportunity to see her perform live is indeed an incredible experience — and one that will leave you feeling better about…well, everything.

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Niamh toured globally as the lead singer of the original rock band Lily Sparks. Her notable band and solo performances include The Ourland Festival at Lincoln Center, Wheelan’s in Dublin, Webster Hall and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. One of her recent performances was at the BMCC Tribeca in Charles R. Hale’s “Musical History of the Lower East Side.”

Niamh’s love of the arts and her desire to help others find and reach their potential motivated her to co-found Artists Without Walls with Charles R. Hale. Recently, Niamh was invited to speak at TedxStormont in Belfast, Ireland, her topic: “Resurrecting Your Dreams”

This will be the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Niamh’s debut in a full length, full concert performance in New York City. She will be performing with pianist Ado Coker, guitarist Shu Nakamura, and other spectacular musicians. The performance will take place at The Cell, which is located at 338 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

Niamh Hyland in concert at the cell theatre. Charles R Hale Productions Spring / Summer 2017 Season. Tickets now on sale.

The doors and the bar open at 6:45. Ms. Hyland will take that stage at 7:30.

Niamh Hyland is the first performer in the Charles R. Hale Productions season of New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.

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Series Concert Dates:

  • March 30: Niamh Hyland/Ireland
  • April 20: Miho Hazama/Japan and JP Jofree/Argentina
  • May 18: Harriet Stubbs/England
  • July 20: Yuri Juarez/Peru and his AfroPeruvian Band
  • August 23: Annette Homann/Germany, Alexander Wu/China and Yuri Juarez/Peru
  • September: To be announced