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the living record collection 



Salty Brine is a New York-based cabaret artist, writer, and actor.

He is the creative force behind The Living Record Collection, a series of cabaret performances which deftly weave together iconic, popular albums with major cultural touchstones from classic literature to opera and beyond; Each album performed with a live band and Salty’s unique brand of memoir-esque storytelling. 

Time Out New York says, “The show is highly addictive: Once you’ve been dunked into Brine, you’ll want to dive back…”

Since 2016 Salty has been a resident performer at New York’s intimate supper-club, Pangea, where he continues to develop work.

The Living Record Collection is currently in residence at Joe’s Pub where Salty will premier four brand new shows throughout 2019.

Through his work on the Living Record Collection Salty has collaborated with a figurative (and often literal) heap of immensely talented and dedicated artists including Christopher Bowser, Heather Christian, Eric Farber, Jordan Fein, Leslye Headland, Kris Kukul, Matthew Dean Marsh, Heather McDevitt-Barton, Noah Mease, James Harrison Monaco, Andrew Neisler, Shaun Peknic, Max Reuben, Dan Safer, Annie Tippe, Alex Thrailkill, Nate Weida, Ellen Winter, and many more.

He has created 16 wildly-different evenings of theater built around as many (equally diverse) albums; From Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours to Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Each and every one a Time Out New York critic’s pick.

And in 2018 he received a Bistro Award in Outstanding Creative Artistry for his show, Welcome to the Jungle, built around Harry Nilsson’s remarkable album Nilsson Schmilsson.

As bookwriter, Salty is collaborating with the renowned songwriter of stage and screen, Alan Menken, on two previously unproduced musicals. 

Along with composer/lyricist Justin Levine, Salty has just received a commission from the Williamstown Theater Festival to pen the book to an original (as yet untitled) musical.

And as playwright, his Victorian gothic thriller, Winter Roses All Around Us, is set for a workshop production with Pipeline Theater Company this February. 

As performer he has worked with director Andrew Neisler in César Alvarez’s original musical The Elementary Spacetime Show (Are Nova, FringeArts); with playwright Adam Symcowitz, composer/lyricist Adam Overett, and musical director Ian Axness in Clown Bar (Pipeline Theatre Company, The Box); and with Taylor Mac, Matt Ray, Machine Dazzle, Rachel Chavkin, Rachelle Garniez, David Drake, and 50+ brilliant theater artists in Mac’s own five-hour epic The Lily’s Revenge (HERE). 

Salty has been a featured guest on some of New York’s very best cabaret and variety shows throughout the city including Justin Sayer’s The Meeting, Dale Seever’s Wunnerful Wunnerful, Carol Lipnik’s Live at Pangea, and Benjamin Walker’s Find the Funny.

From 2007 - 2013 Salty was the co-creator and performer (with Justin Levine) of the long-deceased vaudeville duo Pepper 'n Sam (The Slipper RoomThe Parkside Lounge, and Joe’s Pub) which culminated in a residency at Ars Nova,

In 2016 Time Out New York named Salty an “LGBT influencer you need to know”.

Salty received the thrill of his life when he got to perform his show built around Cyndi Lauper’s album She’s so Unusual to Cyndi herself!


The Living Record Collection is a total blast to produce and perform every month, but we need your help in order to keep it going!  Please visit our season fundraising campaign by clicking the link below and making a donation on our project page so we can keep wowing you with beautiful music, gorgeous costumes and silly props in new shows month after month!

A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to the following supporters of our 2018 season fundraising campaign:

Taylor Adamson, Judy Adolph, Daniel Albanese, Elizabeth Alderfer, Harlan Alford, Sydney and Matt Allen, Christopher Allison, Jean Andzulis, Willy Appelman, Stephen Arnoczy, Brent Arnold, Jaclyn Backhaus, Joseph Bauer, Richard Belsky, James Bewley, Kim Blanck, Christopher Bowser, Jacqueline Bradley, Amy Buchanan, Isaac Buchoff, Andrew Butler, Barton Chew, Zachary Clause, William Compernolle, john Cottle, Michael Dalto, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Mary Dauterman, Colby Day, Justin Donham, Jason Eagan, Janna Emig, Frederick Ertl, Eric Farber, Alex Fast, Victoria Flores, Claire Graves, Tilly Grimes, Travis Hardy, Leslye Headland, Benjamin Hobbs, Kate Hopkins, Dylan House, Lena Hudson, Isaac Jones, Tessa and Steve Keating, Cat Kellermann, Alex Kelly, Claire Kiechel, Sia Koletas, Janet Langhorst, Jerry Lieblich, Felicia Lobo, Preston Martin, Matthew Mazur, Jennifer McGrath, Grace McLean, Barbara Melcher, Arno Mokros, James Monaco, Clayton Moore, Mary-Catherine Moore, Christopher Nattrass, Andrew Neisler, Brenda and Deck Neisler, Spencer Novich, Anastasia Olowin, Jason Ragsdale, Kyle Ralston, Julia Renaud, Max Reuben, Brian Robinson, Annie and Adam Rothrock, Rosie Rothrock & Andrew Parietti, Matt Roush, George Russell, Ian Ryan, Christopher Ryan, Karin Schall, Ariana Schrier, Ariana Schrier, Andrew Scoville, John Sechrist, Emily Shooltz, Arielle Siegel, Blair Smith, Peter Spears, Nicole Spiezio, Janel Tablas, Luigi Tadini, Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, Annie Tippe, Dito Van, Alicen Weida, Clifford Whitney and Ichun Yeh

*The Living Record Collection is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.  Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Living Record Collection must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

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