Stephen Hanks

Stephen Hanks

During more than 30 years as a magazine publisher/editor/writer for a variety of national magazines and websites, Stephen Hanks has written about sports, health and nutrition, parenting, politics, the media, and most recently, musical theater, and cabaret. While by day, Stephen is the Advertising Sales Director for Habitat Magazine (a publication covering life in New York Metro area co-ops and condos), by night he writes reviews and columns about New York City cabaret for BroadwayWorld.com. Stephen also writes feature stories about cabaret for Cabaret Scenes Magazine. From 2010 to mid-2014, he served as the first Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City (he is now a member of the MMTL Advisory Board. Stephen is also the founder, producer and director of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, which is a workshop for amateur performers that rehearses and presents staged readings of classic Broadway Musicals. In 2011, Stephen was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway show THE FARTISTE. In 2013-14, Stephen staged his debut solo cabaret show, "Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook" at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: stephenhanks41@gmail.com

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Stephen Hanks, Producer of Cabaret Life Productions, and Union Temple of Brooklyn (17 Eastern Parkway) are proud to announce that Musical Director/Pianist Jon Weber will perform his critically acclaimed show, From Joplin to Jarrett: 100 Years of Piano Jazz, at Union Temple tonight, June 19 at 8 pm. The one-man concert will be in the 3rd Floor Social Hall at 8 pm after the 6:30 pm Shabbat Service and dinner. Admission to the concert is FREE.
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British chanteuse Barb Jungr is also a staunch defender of the cabaret faith, and an incredibly erudite one at that. In December 2012, for the British online current-affairs magazine, spiked, she made such a great argument for the cabaret art formin the face of constant putdowns by judges of British singing competitions shows, among othersthat BWW felt it needed to be read by the American cabaret community and its fans.
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Take the songs of young composer Scott Evan Davis and expose them to a bunch of Broadway babies from Houston making an eight-day trip to Manhattan and you've got the perfect ingredients for a revue that will hit the Davenport Theatre Mainstage on Monday, June 15 at 7 pm. (The Davenport Theatre is on 354 West 45th Street.) Called Perspectives, the revue was conceived by Houston-based Jeannine Rowden and her Rowden Music Studio, and will star 12 up-and-coming performers between ages eight and 18, most of whom are from the Houston area and all of whom are Rowden's musical theater and vocal students.
MARK NADLER Headlines Revived Four-Day CabaretFest in Provincetown (MA) Featuring Shows and Master Classes This WeekendMARK NADLER Headlines Revived Four-Day CabaretFest in Provincetown (MA) Featuring Shows and Master Classes This Weekend
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In 2015, the CabaretFest in Provincetown (MA), one of America's biggest Cabaret events, is returning to its roots. After a one-year layoff, this weekend extravaganza of song that began in 1999 under the guidance of actor and cabaret performer John O'Neil, will be back this June (4-7) bigger and better than ever. Singer and Cape Cod resident Patricia Fitzpatrick and Ambassador Productions has recruited O'Neil to help re-launch the event in its original format-only longer. CabaretFest 2015 Provincetown weekend will be jammed-packed with activities and shows that Fitzpatrick says, 'Promise to be educational, entertaining, and fun, and all will celebrate 'The Art of Cabaret!'
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Mary Foster Conklin and Amy Engelhardt, two of New York City's most unique cabaret artists, return to the Duplex to make their own fun tonight, June 3 at 7 pm. Sprung from different parts of New Jersey's underbelly, these unique storytellers with serious potty mouths recently discovered each other's talents--and are now proud members of a mutual admiration society.
Award-Winning Musical Director/Pianist JON WEBER To Perform His Critically Acclaimed History of Piano Jazz at Union Temple of Brooklyn, FREE on 6/19Award-Winning Musical Director/Pianist JON WEBER To Perform His Critically Acclaimed History of Piano Jazz at Union Temple of Brooklyn, FREE on 6/19
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Stephen Hanks, Producer of Cabaret Life Productions, and Union Temple of Brooklyn (17 Eastern Parkway) are proud to announce that Musical Director/Pianist Jon Weber will perform his critically acclaimed show, From Joplin to Jarrett: 100 Years of Piano Jazz, at Union Temple on June 19 at 8 pm. The one-man concert will be in the 3rd Floor Social Hall at 8 pm after the 6:30 pm Shabbat Service and dinner. Admission to the concert is FREE.
BroadwayWorld Announces Revised Nominations and Voting Process for 2015 New York Cabaret AwardsBroadwayWorld Announces Revised Nominations and Voting Process for 2015 New York Cabaret Awards
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Since BroadwayWorld.com launched its New York Cabaret Awards in 2012, the process of voting on preliminary nominees and final nominees for recognition in approximately 20 categories has been open to anyone registering to vote on the highly-trafficked entertainment website. For it's 4th Annual Cabaret Awards nomination periodthis year beginning after Thanksgiving 2015--BroadwayWorld will now put the nomination process into the hands of its cabaret show reviewing staff (Alix Cohen, David Clarke, John Hoglund, Andrew Martin, Billie Roe, and Remy Block) and select industry experts, led by BWW Cabaret Editor and Awards Show Producer Stephen Hanks (who has also hosted the show since its inception). Once the final nominees are announced, the general public will again be offered the chance to vote online for the best performers and shows of the past year.
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Mary Foster Conklin and Amy Engelhardt, two of New York City's most unique cabaret artists, return to the Duplex to make their own fun on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm. Sprung from different parts of New Jersey's underbelly, these unique storytellers with serious potty mouths recently discovered each other's talents--and are now proud members of a mutual admiration society.
Don't Tell Mama To Present MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT, A 12-Week Singer/Entertainers Competition Launching June 9Don't Tell Mama To Present MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT, A 12-Week Singer/Entertainers Competition Launching June 9
May 8, 2015

Legendary theatre district cabaret nightspotDon't Tell Mama--which has been alaunch pad for countless future stars in cabaret and theater since itinaugurated its cabaret in November 1982--hasannounced it will presentthe first annual Mama's Next BIG Act!a12-week competition for entertainers that mixes styles and genres.BeginningTuesday June 9 at 9:30 pm, and running for 12 consecutive weeks everyTuesday throughAugust 25, Mama's Next BIG Act!will attractacts in multiple categories and then pitthe top votegetters in head-to-head competition during the contest's final weeks.Voted by the audience and a cavalcade of celebrity judges, the contest will invite solo, duo, and group acts in the following categories: music, magic, drag, burlesque, and variety.(All acts may use the contest's resident music director, or provide their own accompaniment.)
Six New Composers and Lyricists Lined Up for the 'Musical Theater Olympics,' TUNE IN TIME, at the York Theatre on MAY 5Six New Composers and Lyricists Lined Up for the 'Musical Theater Olympics,' TUNE IN TIME, at the York Theatre on MAY 5
May 4, 2015

The York Theatre Companyand its Artistic Director James Morganand producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, will be presenting the 8th edition of the quirky and popular musical theater game show Tune in Time, on Tuesday May 5 at 7:30 pm with a new cast of contestants and celebrity judges. Joining the songwriting fray for this round are Alan Gordon (Kleban Award for The Usual), Kathryn Hathaway (Afterland), Bill Nelson (Harmony, Kansas), Rachel Peters (curator of Cornelia Street Cafe's Otherwise Unsung series), Brad Simmons (musical director of Broadway's Lysistrata Jones), and Benjamin Velez (Pain in the Aztec). Among the celebrity judges for the next show will be Broadway Producer Ken Davenport (Altar Boyz), casting director Michael Cassara (NYMF, A Time for Singing at the York) and performer Rachel Rhodes-Devey (Merrily We Roll Along at APAC).
Linda Amiel Burns' Popular THE SINGING EXPERIENCE In 38th Year; Openings Available for May/June WorkshopLinda Amiel Burns' Popular THE SINGING EXPERIENCE In 38th Year; Openings Available for May/June Workshop
April 29, 2015

Linda Amiel Burns is about to launch the May/June 2015 edition of her Singing Experience Workshop and still has openings for intrepid singers, whether pros who need polishing or newcomers who need nurturing. As Burns says, Whatever level you are at, The Singing Experience is for you. With Musical Director/Accompanist Richard Danley at the piano, the six-session May/June 2015 workshopcalled HIT PARADEwill include four rehearsals at Studio 353 (353 West 48th Street) on Thursday evenings, May 21, May 28, June 4, and June 11, from 6:30-9:30 pm. The performance show, in which the participants perform solos and group numbers in front of friends, family, and cabaret lovers, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 at Stage 72 (The Triad) at 7:30 pm. The group holds a DVD Viewing Party of the show on June 17, 7-10 pm.
BREAKING NEWS: Cabaret World Mourns As Singing Legend JULIE WILSON Dies at 90BREAKING NEWS: Cabaret World Mourns As Singing Legend JULIE WILSON Dies at 90
April 6, 2015

Singer and actress Julie Wilson, arguably one of the greatest cabaret chanteuses to grace a stage, died early this morning at the age of 90, according to her long time accompanist and friend Christopher Denny, who posted the news on his Facebook page. As of 8:45 this morning, the news of Wilson's death had not yet broken through major news outlets. Denny reported that Wilson 'died peacefully, surrounded by people who loved her, after having sustained two strokes over the last several days.' Up until the past couple of months of her life, the energetic Wilson was still being seen at various cabaret shows around town and supporting the new breed of stars, recently having the time of her life at a Mark Nadler show at the York Theatre.
Six New Composers and Lyricists Lined Up for the 'Musical Theater Olympics,' TUNE IN TIME, at the York Theatre on April 6Six New Composers and Lyricists Lined Up for the 'Musical Theater Olympics,' TUNE IN TIME, at the York Theatre on April 6
April 2, 2015

Artistic Director James Morgan, The York Theatre Company, and producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, will be presenting another edition of the quirky and popular musical theater game show Tune in Time, on Monday, April at 7:30 pm with a new cast of contestants and celebrity judges. Joining the composing fray for this round will be composers Lisa deSpain, Mark Sonnenblick, and Rick Bassett, while the lyricists they will team up with could come from a group consisting of Sarah Ziegler, Gordon Leary and cabaret performer, Broadway actress, and musical theater composer/book writer Rosemary Loar. Among the celebrity judges for the next show will be Matt Britten, Executive Producer for Blank! The Musical and marketing director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival; Remy Zaken, from the original Broadway company of Spring Awakening; and Thomas Honeck, the general manager for the Duplex and recent MAC Award winner for his cabaret show, Dancing With Dealth.
EarthStone Theatre to Present Steve Schalchlin's NEW WORLD WAKING Song Cycle at Boston Conservatory TonightEarthStone Theatre to Present Steve Schalchlin's NEW WORLD WAKING Song Cycle at Boston Conservatory Tonight
March 10, 2015

At last December's 12-day, 20-show Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Festival, composer Steve Schalchlin presented one of the highlights the two-week program with his dramatic, passionate, political, witty, and melodically soaring song cycle New World Waking. (Read BroadwayWorld's entire review here.) Now Schalchlin, who was recently honored with a 2014 BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Award for "Excellence in Songwriting," will have his stirring piece performed by the EarthStone Theatre Company at the Boston Conservatory tonight, March 10 at 8 pm.
2014 BroadwayWorld NY Cabaret Award Winner JOE ICONIS To Be Celebrity Judge for TUNE IN TIME at York Theatre, 3/92014 BroadwayWorld NY Cabaret Award Winner JOE ICONIS To Be Celebrity Judge for TUNE IN TIME at York Theatre, 3/9
March 6, 2015

By popular demand, The York Theatre Company and producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, will present the March edition of the new musical theater game show called Tune in Time, hosted by Emily McNamara. Music direction is by Nate Buccieri, and Sheila Head is the annoyingly insistent timekeeper, on Monday, March 9, 2015 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Additional dates announced include April 5, May 4, with more to come. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.
New Boston-based EarthStone Theatre Company to Present Steve Schalchlin's NEW WORLD WAKING Song Cycle at Boston Conservatory, 3/10New Boston-based EarthStone Theatre Company to Present Steve Schalchlin's NEW WORLD WAKING Song Cycle at Boston Conservatory, 3/10
March 5, 2015

At last December's 12-day, 20-show Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Festival, composer Steve Schalchlin presented one of the highlights the two-week program with his dramatic, passionate, political, witty, and melodically soaring song cycle New World Waking. (Read BroadwayWorld's entire review here.) Now Schalchlin, who was recently honored with a 2014 BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Award for Excellence in Songwriting, will have his stirring piece performed by the EarthStone Theatre Company at the Boston Conservatory on Tuesday night, March 10 at 8 pm.
MARK NADLER to Headline Revived Four-Day CabaretFest in Provincetown (MA) Featuring Shows and Master Classes, June 4-7MARK NADLER to Headline Revived Four-Day CabaretFest in Provincetown (MA) Featuring Shows and Master Classes, June 4-7
February 26, 2015

In 2015, the CabaretFest in Provincetown (MA), one of America's biggest Cabaret events, is returning to its roots. After a one-year layoff, this weekend extravaganza of song that began in 1999 under the guidance of actor and cabaret performer John O'Neil, will be back this June (4-7) bigger and better than ever. Singer and Cape Cod resident Patricia Fitzpatrick and Ambassador Productions has recruited O'Neil to help re-launch the event in its original format-only longer. CabaretFest 2015 Provincetown weekend will be jammed-packed with activities and shows that Fitzpatrick says, 'Promise to be educational, entertaining, and fun, and all will celebrate 'The Art of Cabaret!'
PAMELA LEWIS Brings Back Her Critically Acclaimed 'New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel' to the Metropolitan Room, 3/7 at 7pmPAMELA LEWIS Brings Back Her Critically Acclaimed 'New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel' to the Metropolitan Room, 3/7 at 7pm
February 11, 2015

After performing two sold-out shows in mid-January that garnered rave reviews from New York cabaret critics, Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), again brings her unique interpretation of Long Island icon Billy Joel's songbook to the New York's Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues) on Saturday, March 7 at 7 pm. In New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel, you'll hear the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award Winner for 'Best Female Vocalist' deliver unique and stirring interpretations of classic Joel songs such as, 'The Stranger,' 'My Life,' 'A Matter of Trust,' 'Just the Way You Are,' 'New York State of Mine,' and many more beloved Joel hits.
LEN CARIOU To Perform With Award Winners MONHEIT, NADLER, ICONIS, BUDD, HARNAR, OBERLIN, and MORE in Third Annual BWW Cabaret Awards at Joe's Pub, 2/23LEN CARIOU To Perform With Award Winners MONHEIT, NADLER, ICONIS, BUDD, HARNAR, OBERLIN, and MORE in Third Annual BWW Cabaret Awards at Joe's Pub, 2/23
January 31, 2015

The 2014 BWW New York Cabaret Awards will celebrate the best cabaret performers and shows of last year as voted on by 7,500 fans in December after a one-month preliminary ballot process. Produced, directed, and hosted for the third straight year by BWW Cabaret Editor Stephen Hanks, the BWW Awards show will feature performances by many of the winners, many of whom are among the cream of the crop in the art of cabaret. Joining a star-studded cast (see below) will be two-time 2014 BWW Cabaret Award nominee and Broadway Musical star Len Cariou, who will perform a special tribute to the late songwriter Ervin Drake.
CABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in CabaretCABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in Cabaret
January 21, 2015

As the days dwindled down to a precious few in 2014, a few cabaret goers and performers in what is affectionately but also self-mockingly called the cabaret community would sidle up and ask if I was planning my annual end-of-the year Best Of column, similar to the Top 20 Bests and Favorites piece over the first half of the year I posted back in early July. I would respond in the negative with very reasonable and believable excuses, but the truth is I didn't want to reveal my Bests of the year until the voting for the 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards had ended. There's enough baggage and backstage whispering that comes with administering the BWW Awards, so I wasn't about to publish any opinions that might influence the vote while it was in process. I may be crazy but I'm not masochistic. But now all bets are off. You want lists? I'll give you lists.


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