A tree grows in Brooklyn, and so did I!From my first Broadway audition as a clueless ten-year-old for the original The Sound of Music to my own Show and Tell, being selected for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington DC and the Kennedy Center, I invite you to share my special moments via songs and stories, aided and abetted by music and lyrics of Kander and Ebb, Rogers and Hammerstein, Menken and Ashman, Maltby and Shire, Bock and Harnick and more! Here is a recent video clip from the St Louis Cabaret Festival.

Thanks for visiting, Marilyn

“I would happily see her again—in anything.

Roy Sander, Critic and Review Editor, Bistro Awards


Marilyn Hausfeld and Alex Rybeck have performed their widely acclaimed musical cabaret, Show and Tell (previously known as Just Between Us), at venues throughout the east coast. Original songs and Broadway tunes punctuate funny vignettes, intimate moments and poignant memories. This hour-long production is easily staged—just a piano, a stool, two mics and some lights! If you are looking for a fun and heart-warming show to support a fundraising gala, entertain a conference audience, create an intimate living room theater experience, or fill an entire theater, contact Marilyn.

 Marilyn Hausfeld
Sold-out audiences, standing ovations and tears of joy and laughter—what’s not to love? Marilyn’s show has been the highlight of this season’s cultural arts series.
Jeff Dannick
Executive Director
JCC of Northern Virginia
She is simply wonderful, wonderful! She has an infectious manner as she sings and chats—and the audience loves her. She is someone you would like to know.
Rich Massabny
Arlington Weekly News TV
This show could well have been titled, instead, A Haymish Cabaret, for the humor, warmth, and storytelling the act provided. She often provided context for songs that made one appreciate them in a new light.
Michael Miyazaki
► Cabaret Scenes
Hausfeld spins a musical web full of endearing vignettes, interspersed with musical standards, demonstrating her versatile range.
Daron Christopher
► DC Theatre Scene

Marilyn Hausfeld


MARILYN HAUSFELD is a baby boomer who started in the Howdy Doody peanut gallery and went on to perform as an actor and singer in numerous theaters in the Washington DC area, including The National, The Kennedy Center, Source Theatre, Round House Theater, Theater J, The Center Company, Horizons Theatre, Washington Jewish Theatre, The Smithsonian, The Lyceum, Washington Women in Theater and the US Holocaust Museum.

Her roles have ranged from Golde in Fiddler on the Roof to Stella Adler in Stella to an alcoholic nymphomaniac in The Gingerbread Lady. Favorite roles include Kate in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Esther in Richard Rashke’s Dear Esther. Gorgeous in Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig and Fanny Brice in In Good Company. Her portrayal of Joyce in Roy Berkowitz’s Girls Night Out in Boca won her the Excellence in Acting Award at the Source Summer Festival. The two-person Beyond Shadowlands took her on a national university tour (Smith, Brown, Amherst, UCLA, etc.) as the wife of C.S. Lewis. She created the role of Debbie Strauss on NBC’s Homicide and even did a stint as an alleged murderess for the Association of Virginia Trial Lawyers. After being chosen to be a fellow at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale, she created the cabaret Just Between Us (now Show and Tell) which was first performed at Don’t Tell Mama and the Metropolitan Room in New York, the Source Theater in Washington DC and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Marilyn holds a BA in English from Brooklyn College and an MA from George Washington University.

WOW! Such a wonderful, endearing performance that still has the audience talking.
Anne Beckley
Executive Director
Morgan County Arts Council
A delightful, one-woman cabaret performance featuring DC theater mainstay Marilyn Hausfeld.
Daron Christopher
► DC Theatre Scene

Alex Rybeck

 Alex Rybeck

ALEX RYBECK is a pianist, composer, and arranger, best known for his work in concerts, cabarets, and on recordings with such stars as Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Faith Prince, Tommy Tune, Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams, Amanda McBroom, Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Graae, Jeff Harnar (The 1959 Broadway Songbook), Rita (The Fantasticks) Gardner, “Voice of Hollywood” Marni Nixon, and the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart. His Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, Passion, the hit revival of Damn Yankees (starring Jerry Lewis and Bebe Neuwirth) and Tommy Tune Tonite! Off-Broadway credits include Wings (Public Theater), Really Rosie (directed by Pat Birch) and Flora the Red Menace (directed by Susan Stroman). Regionally, he earned personal praise from Burt Bacharach for conducting the world premiere of What the World Needs Now, starring Sutton Foster.

He has played such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and New York’s Town Hall, as well as Manhattan’s top cabaret rooms (Algonquin Oak Room, Café Carlyle, Russian Tea Room, Feinstein’s, Rainbow & Stars, etc). He has also worked with such showbiz greats as Eartha Kitt, Jane Olivor, John Raitt, Patricia Neal, Michael Feinstein, and Metropolitan opera diva Roberta Peters. He has composed songs with Michael Stewart, Carol Hall, and Ira Gasman, among others. Originally from the Washington DC area, he studied piano with Esther Howe before attending Oberlin College. Later, he was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, and Stephen Schwartz at the NYU Musical Theater Writing Program. In addition to performing, arranging, and composing, he is also a sought-after teacher of song interpretation, and has served on the faculties of such programs as The International Cabaret Conference at Yale, The St. Louis Cabaret Conference, and the Singing School (New Zealand).

All along in the background is musical director and accomplished pianist Alex Rybeck at the keys, accompanying her superbly without seizing the spotlight away. Theirs is a delightful partnership.
Daron Christopher
► DC Theatre Scene
Alex Rybeck is a symphony in one man.
Faith Prince, Tony Award Winner, (Miss Adelaide) Guys and Dolls 1991

  Marilyn Hausfeld (right) with legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Hausfeld (right) with legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye

  Alex Rybeck, Marilyn Hausfeld and Ted Firth

Alex Rybeck, Marilyn Hausfeld and Ted Firth

  Marilyn Hausfeld and Alex Rybeck

Marilyn Hausfeld and Alex Rybeck

  Marilyn (right) with her dear friend, lyricist and composer, Shirley Grossman—the inspiration for  Show and Tell

Marilyn (right) with her dear friend, lyricist and composer, Shirley Grossman—the inspiration for Show and Tell

Recent Performances of Show and Tell

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University Iseman Theater

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Morgan County Arts Council

Silver Spring, Maryland

Riderwood Senior Community

St. Louis, Missouri

The Stage at KDHX, St. Louis Cabaret Festival

New York, New York

Metropolitan Room

Don’t Tell Mama

Washington, DC

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Source Theater, Women’s Voices Theatre Festival


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Sara Belle November Theater, Westminster Canterbury

Theater Reviews for Marilyn Hausfeld

Hausfeld gives a stunning demonstration of what is meant by deadpan delivery and deserves much admiration.
Mikel Lambert | The Washington Post
for her performance in Social Security
Marilyn Hausfeld, a veteran of local professional stages, offers a Joy Gresham with a sharp tongued wit.
Leonard Hughes | The Washington Post
for her performance in Shadowlands
Hausfeld gives an absolutely brilliant performance as Kate.
John R. McEwen | The Republican
for her performance in Broadway Bound
Very strong, very funny portrayal.
Terri Goldman | The Review
for her performance in The Sisters Rosensweig
Marilyn steals the show with her single scene...she is absolutely hilarious.
Springfield Times Courier
for her performance in Schmulnik’s Waltz
She is magnificent and most compelling.
Bob Anthony | DC Arts Critic
for her performance in Dear Esther