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Bonnie Lee Sanders




In her NYC revue:

Positive Influences,

Bistro Award winner for outstanding

singer/songwriter, BONNIE LEE SANDERS,

presents an exhilarating experience of New York cabaret, country and contemporary songs along with her "take" on the music biz.  She has written

for fellow artists including Eartha Kitt, ABBA, Hank Williams, Jr., Dr. John and Big Bird.


Bonnie has also written theme music and scores

for both television and film. Her  most recent

work with Bob Dorough was for the movie

"Never Again", starring Jill Clayburgh, in which

Bonnie appeared as well.  Her latest musical,

Come Up 'N See Me, co-written with Ellen Schwartz and Arthur Writ, won the Quest Fest Competition for New Musicals in England,

sponsored by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is going into workshop this Spring.


Murder Mystery Musical


Split Ends: Co-written with Mark Barkan and originally developed by Anita and Bill Brown of Montauk Theatre Productions Studio is currently being produced by Collaborations LTD. at the Triad Theatre.


Bonnie collaborates on a radio pilot:

Broadway Liv:, starring Elaine Stritch

and the late Jules Styne was recently produced and performed at Sardi’s.


Positive Influences:  The cover track from Bonnie Lee’s latest CD, has been nominated by MAC/ASCAP as outstanding song of the year. Her hilarious musical,


Split Ends, is currently playing at:

 The Triad Theatre at: 158 West 72nd Street

 Call for reservations: 212-849-2791.


Also keep an eye and ear open for information on her latest production based on the life of Mae West. Rumor also has it that she is presently working on a new project called:


“The Exciting Road From Nowhere”


Our sources tell us that it is a fanciful comedic operetta about two good natured alcoholic songwriters institutionalized after the failure of their first Broadway production.




Two new and interesting projects are now being developed with: Genius-Boy Tommy Higens


“The Exciting Road From Nowhere”

Original Music Score by Bonnie Lee Sanders and Ellen Schwartz

A comedic take on the music biz as seen through the eyes of two lunatic women who went off the deep end. This new project deals with their recovery and how they change the lives of the people they encounter through their extraordinary compositions.


The Latest News


Sources tell us that “The Exciting Road From Nowhere” is set to be released as a two CD set in April 2009. The set includes a storyline and songbook on disk one and bonus disk featuring interviews with cast and characters. The two disk set will be released in E-BOOK format and will be available through:

“The Free Speech Emporium”


Ritzy - Ritzy - Rags



Ritzy – Ritzy – Rags: This story still in development is the story of an exceptionally astute but none the less sensitive dog that becomes the center of a custody battle between a high-powered corporate lawyer and his estranged ex-hippie wife. This project is expected to be completed and ready for production by February 2010






She just can’t stop creating!


Bonnie’s CD:  “A Seasoned Woman”,

is on sale in record stores throughout the country and her country music CD/Video package: “With A Country Heart”, is for sale on the East End of Long Island.

Look out for her new CD:

“Positive Influences”,

MAC nominee this year.


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Travellady MagazineTM

Her work is paying off more than ever in this stage of her life.

Bonnie Lee Sanders is: Jazzy, Sophisticated, Inventive

Cabaret Singer & Writer.

“Positive Influences” at Opia is a modern woman’s

upbeat take on love and life.

By Lucy Komisar

Bonnie Lee Sanders’s lyrics are smooth, sophisticated and witty and tell of a modern woman confronting love and life. I heard her at Opia, an attractive low-key cabaret on East 57th Street in New York, where she sang her own songs and a few by favorites such as Peggy Lee, Cole Porter and Piaf.

The trade has honored Bonnie’s work: in recent years, she has won a Back Stage Bistro Award for outstanding singer/songwriter and two MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) tributes: an award and a nomination for Song of the Year.

Two of the songs she performed at Opia were “Positive Influences,” the MAC nominee, which she co-wrote with jazz guitarist Ken Hatfield, and "Friends (Laisse Moi T'aimer)," the MAC winner, coauthored with Joel Diamond and Mila.

Bonnie has an appealing, upbeat, jazzy delivery and an inventive eclectic style. Among my favorites at Opia were “Knoxville Moon”, and “Montauk” a poetic musing done as a tongue-in-cheek homage to “country and western.” I loved its images.

“Comin' home from work at night/ Feelin' tired and uptight/ 'Cause the city pace just knocks me off my feet.
And the sky is out of sight/ Can't tell if it's day or night/ All hemmed in by towers of steel and cold concrete.
That's when I dream of old Montauk/ 100 miles from New York.
Where the sea-swept cliffs at dawn/ Make me feel I'm bein' born/ As the sun begins to drench the rock-bound beach.
And the air is damp with spray/ As the seagulls greet the day/ Montauk, it's the place I want to be.”

In addition to being a lyricist and performer, Bonnie is a musical book writer and a composer. She has scored music for films and has written songs for Hank Williams, Jr., the Swedish rock group Abba, Dinah Shore and Eartha Kitt. Top cabaret performer Michael Feinstein was at the Opia opening. He told me that people in the business appreciate her ideas and craft. It’s easy to see why.

Opia Restaurant and Lounge. 130 East 57 Street, New York City. 212-688-3939. Cover $15; Minimum: $15 food / drink. At Opia Sundays at 7 p.m. in May; for schedule http://www.liveatopia.com/.







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