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A high-stakes improvised cabaret!

Forget your troubles and let Las Vegas lounge legend Trudy Carmichael (along with her astounding accompanist) entertain you in her daring one-of-a-kind, immersive musical event! Every show features soul-stirring songs, starry-eyed anecdotes, and stratospheric high notes – all improvised on the spot based on your suggestions. Taking full advantage of the unpredictability of the art of musical improv, Trudy tailors each show to the whims of every single audience. No two shows are ever the same making for an unforgettable spectacular singular sensation! "★★★★★" - Edinburgh Guide

Trudy Carmichael Spontaneous Vegas has received critical acclaim and delighted  audiences at dozens of comedy and Cabaret venues around the US and abroad including The Duplex, Sid Gold's, The Kraine in NYC, and Majestic Repertory Theater in Las Vegas and is an official selection of SOLOCOM, (People's Improv Theater, NYC,) Providence Improv Festival, Third Coast Improv Festival (Nashville, TN), Alaska Improv Festival, Impro Amsterdam, Downtown Las Vegas Improv Festival, LIT Fest (DC), We The People Improv Festival (Philadelphia) The 20th Annual Del Close Marathon (UCB NY), The New York International Fringe Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Steel City Improv Festival (Pittsburgh), Impro En Seine (Paris), Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (Austin, TX), Chicago Musical Improv Festival (iO Chicago), The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020 (deferred), The (Virtual) New York Musical Improv Festival, Women In Comedy Festival (Boston), Minnesota Fringe Virtual Festival, FringeLiveStrem Series, Edinburgh Horror Festival, Virtual Rogue Festival (Fresno), Pittsburgh (Virtual) Fringe (Winner: Best Comedic Performer), The (Virtual)  PBH Fringe (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022.


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"The melodious Trudy Carmichael is the hostess with the (funny) improvisational mostess!" 

Edinburgh Guide

"Not only is she funny enough to make your sides split, but she also has a range that will make your eyes pop - if you make it out of the show alive, you'll want to come back again- and you should!"

Mesh Blog NYC

"Trudy Carmichael is a legend. Generations of musical improvisers have striven to emulate her rhyme schemes, her clever turns of phrase, and her sultry voice- but no one has tried to follow her wild lifestyle, because they would surely die. Don’t miss it!"

Kings River Magazine

"It doesn’t matter what you throw at her, she knocks it out of the park.”

"Robin Rothman as Trudy Carmichael is just full of humor, light, and energy." -"

The Young-Howse Theater Journal

"Trudy Carmichael (Robin Rothman) is now on my Olympic Pantheon of improvisers."

"Coming to you live from her stylish Las Vegas living room, Trudy Carmichael (aka Robin Rothman) is a gifted musical improviser, which is one of the most impressive skills."

Transitions Theater

"Rothman's voice is extraordinary, and it’s undeniably impressive to watch her swiftly and smoothly whittle a whole tune out of thin air...the talent on display is undeniable." -

"Rothman clearly has a lot of fun with the wackiness spurred on by audience suggestions and the overall spontaneity."



Trudy Carmichael
(Portrayed by Robin Rothman)

Trudy made her first NYC stage appearance in the Las Vegas-inspired musical improv revue, The Royal Flushes at The Upright Citizens Brigade in 2005 and has continued to perform in both improv comedy and cabaret venues around NYC before landing a permanent gig at the Magnet Theater as the host of the Musical Magnet Mixer in 2009 for The First Annual New York Musical Improv Festival.  

In addition to hosting the Magnet Musical Mixer, she has served as Mistress of Ceremonies for a variety of private and charitable events including Covenant House International, Upper West Side Campaign Against Hunger, and The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band, and Big Top Productions (UK).. 
Ms. Carmichael can be seen frequenting any number of NYC Cabaret venues such as The Duplex Cabaret Theater, Sid Gold's Request Room, Don't Tell Mama's, The Slipper Room, and Birdland. She proudly garnered the titles of First Runner-Up in The New York Soul Sensation Competition at New World Stages and First Place winner of The Cabaret Showdown and The Cabaret Showdown All-Stars at the Kraine Theater. 

Trudy's latest triumph, was her tour to Scotland for the 75th Annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, earning raves from audiences and critics alike!

Learn more about Trudy and her allure by following her across all social media platforms! @thetrudycarmichael!


Jammin' Joel
(Portrayed by Joel Esher)

Joel Esher is a musical theatre composer and lyricist living in New York City. He a member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Writing Program. His musical, PharmaBro (with Lauren Gundrum) garnered national attention, culminating in a self-produced run at the Player's Theater as part of the Player's Theater self-production residency. He is one of nine collaborating composers on Folk Wandering, which premiered through Pipeline Theater. His TYA Musicals, Sammy Spider and Bagels From Benny enjoyed NYC productions at 92Y. His short musical, Superhots! is a featured musical in TheaterNow's Ten-Minute Musical Anthology (MTI). His musical Noplace (With Gregory Van Acker and Montse Olmos) received developmental support through the Goodspeed/Johnny Mercer Writer's Colony in February 2020.​

Joel is a passionate master teaching artist and music educator, with multi-year partnerships with Disney Theatrical Group, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Trinity Wall Street, The Dreamyard Project, The Little Orchestra Society, and others. He is the New York regional Music Supervisor of The Story Pirates and a regular songwriting contributor to their podcast.​

Joel is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Direction.


Shane Taymor
(Portrayed by Sean Taylor)

Sean is a writer, storyteller, actor, producer, host, and Co-owner of the Magnet Theater, NYC alongside his improv mentor and legendary improv guru, Armando Diaz.
Sean came to NYC 20 years ago in the pursuit of a life in comedy. Thanks to the urging of Dartmouth classmate and improv teammate, Midy Khaling, Sean completely immersed himself in the world of improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theaters, studying under Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, David Razowsky, Amy Pohler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Tara Copeland, Jason Mantzoukas, and Adam Wade to name nine.

In time, the Magnet Theater became his home away from home where he performed weekly for a record twelve years with his house team, Junior Varsity, served as Webmaster, Director of Operations, Saturday Drop-In Instructor, and even met his wife!
When he's not working/playing at the Magnet Theater, Sean plays as much recreational softball as his schedule will allow, and blogs about (and consumes) pizza every day of October (aka National Pizza Month). Find out more about Sean and his last 19+ years of pizza-eating exploits at 


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Fabulous! Talk soon, baby!!

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