Stephen Hanks

Stephen Hanks

During more than 35 years (gulp!) 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. In March 2016, Stephen celebrated his fourth annivesary as the the lead New York Cabaret Editor 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, then in 2015-16 performed a revised version of the show "Don McLean: Storyteller" at Don't Tell Mama and the Metropolitan Room. He now also runs his own production company, Cabaret Life Productions, which offers publicity, promotion, booking and creative consulting services to singers and performers. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: stephenhanks41@gmail.com

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Posted: Apr. 24, 2016


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Posted: Nov. 26, 2015


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Posted: Jan. 19, 2016


BWW Awards: Cast Your Ballots For 2015 New York Cabaret Awards in 14 Categories; Voting Ends 12/31BWW Awards: Cast Your Ballots For 2015 New York Cabaret Awards in 14 Categories; Voting Ends 12/31
Posted: Nov. 27, 2015


Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab to Present New Musical BROOKLYN BRIDGE at St. Luke's Theatre, 10/24 at 6:30 pmManhattan Musical Theatre Lab to Present New Musical BROOKLYN BRIDGE at St. Luke's Theatre, 10/24 at 6:30 pm
September 30, 2016

Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, a developmental organization founded 17years ago by the late Director and Choreographer Bick Goss, will present the new musical Brooklyn Bridgeat the St. Luke's Theatre on October 24 at 6:30 pm (St. Luke's is at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).With a book and lyrics by Ray Roderick, music by Joseph Baker, and musical direction by Laura Bergquist,Brooklyn Bridgeis an innovative musical inspired by the extraordinary life ofEmily Roebling, wife of Brooklyn Bridge Chief Engineer Washington Roebling.
Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab to Present Preview of New Musical #MARS at St. Luke's Theatre, 6/22Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab to Present Preview of New Musical #MARS at St. Luke's Theatre, 6/22
June 11, 2016

Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, a non-profit developmental organization founded 16 years ago by the late Director and Choreographer Bick Goss, announced that it will present a preview of the new musical #MARS at the St. Luke's Theatre on June 22 at 6:30 pm. (St. Luke's is at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.)With music by Willem Oosthuysen and book and lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum, #MARS is the story about how CBS-TVhas conducted aworldwide search for qualified Americans to man the first ever mission to Mars. Tune in as Miami's premier plastic surgeon, everyone's favorite romance novelist, a girl next-door type, a retired mathematician in a wheelchair, and an actual astronaut takes human kind's next giant leap.
Fundraising Concert and Play at THE PIT Honors the Memory of a Talented Young Man's Life and Work, 5/22 at 12-3 pmFundraising Concert and Play at THE PIT Honors the Memory of a Talented Young Man's Life and Work, 5/22 at 12-3 pm
May 20, 2016

It was the kind of news that makes you feel like a piece of your heart has been cut out. A few weeks ago, I received an email from a woman named Alison Rosen, saying she knew me because her son Michael Vincent went to pre-school with my daughter Jean Louise (now 23) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Of course, I remembered Alison and Michael from the play dates, the birthday parties, and one little play that Michael wrote and the kids performed in when they were around three years old. Nobody could know then that Michael Vincent would pursue a career in music, theater, and comedy, ultimately receiving a 'Young Playwright Award' at Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School. Neither could anybody know that Michael Vincent Rosen-Pepitone would be dead at 21 from Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMC), as Alison wrote in her email, 'a treatable side effect of medication used to treat mental illness.'
ATTENTION CABARET PERFORMERS: BWW Wants Your Performance Videos To Post With Upcoming Show or CD Release News!ATTENTION CABARET PERFORMERS: BWW Wants Your Performance Videos To Post With Upcoming Show or CD Release News!
April 27, 2016

The Cabaret Section of BroadwayWorld.com has always welcomed and postednews from performers and publicists about upcoming shows. Press releases with a photo or two that accompanythe emails you send us have been fine,but NOW we want to really jazz up the announcements--WITH VIDEO.
Breaking News: New York Cabaret World Mourns Passing of Award-Winning Comedian/Singer/Host DANA LORGEBreaking News: New York Cabaret World Mourns Passing of Award-Winning Comedian/Singer/Host DANA LORGE
April 24, 2016

The angel of death did not pass over Dana Lorge's house last night and the world of New York cabaret is grieving as a result.During the evening of the second Passover seder, the New York cabaret community was shocked to learn that MAC Award-winning performer and variety show host Dana Lorge died from complications of lung cancer, which was diagnosed just a few months ago.
Joseph Macchia's CABARET CARES Children's HIV/AIDS Charity To Honor JULIE WILSON With Variety Show at Metropolitan Room, 3/17Joseph Macchia's CABARET CARES Children's HIV/AIDS Charity To Honor JULIE WILSON With Variety Show at Metropolitan Room, 3/17
March 12, 2016

The art of cabaret lost its Queen almost a year ago when the Julie Wilson died on April 5 at age 90. There will likely be a number of tributes to Ms. Wilson throughout this year and a big one is happening on March 17 at 7 pm at the Metropolitan Room, where Joseph Macchia's Cabaret Cares/Help Is On the Way charity will pay tribute to the cabaret legend with a star-studded variety show that will also raise money for the organization that supports children living with HIV/AIDS.
New York Cabaret Community Hosts 2nd 'Crush the Cancer Beast' Fundraising Show in Support of Singer/Actor ERIN CRONICAN at Don't Tell Mama TonightNew York Cabaret Community Hosts 2nd 'Crush the Cancer Beast' Fundraising Show in Support of Singer/Actor ERIN CRONICAN at Don't Tell Mama Tonight
March 5, 2016

Cabaret performers and musicians and fans of the art form tend to refer to the people in this tight-knit niche as "the Cabaret Community." Well, that community is really coming together for one of its own with a benefit concert to raise funds for the extremely popular actor, director, and cabaret performer Erin Cronican, one of a very rare group of women in her 30s who is staging a fierce battle with breast cancer. The star-studded show, billed as Cabaret Beats Cancer and a call to arms to "Crush The Beast" is at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, 212-757-0788) on February 27 at 5 pm.
New York Cabaret Community Announces 2nd 'Crush the Cancer Beast' Fundraising Show In Support of Singer/Actor ERIN CRONICAN at Don't Tell Mama, 3/5New York Cabaret Community Announces 2nd 'Crush the Cancer Beast' Fundraising Show In Support of Singer/Actor ERIN CRONICAN at Don't Tell Mama, 3/5
February 29, 2016

Cabaret performers and musicians and fans of the art form tend to refer to the people in this tight-knit niche as the Cabaret Community. Well, that community is really coming together for one of its own with a benefit concert to raise funds for the extremely popular actor, director, and cabaret performer Erin Cronican, one of a very rare group of women in her 30s who is staging a fierce battle with breast cancer. The star-studded show, billed as Cabaret Beats Cancer and a call to arms to Crush The Beast is at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, 212-757-0788) on February 27 at 5 pm.
BWW 2015 NY Cabaret Awards: 'Editor's Choice' Honors Go To Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Steve Ross, Alex Rybeck, Jim Caruso, Sean Harkness and Ian HermanBWW 2015 NY Cabaret Awards: 'Editor's Choice' Honors Go To Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Steve Ross, Alex Rybeck, Jim Caruso, Sean Harkness and Ian Herman
January 20, 2016

After BroadwayWorld launched its New York Cabaret Awards in 2012, the cabaret section's editors realized that the selected categories and the popular vote nature of the election didn't adequately recognize some great performances and shows for that particular year. So in 2013, BWW added "Editor's Choice Awards" to the mix to not only reward special performances but also to acknowledge people who have helped grow cabaret and foster the spirit of the art form. This year, BWW New York Cabaret Editor Stephen Hanks and his reviewing staff-including Alix Cohen, David Clarke, Billie Roe, Rembert Block, and John Hoglund-selected seven stars of cabaret for this special honor. Now that the Awards for 2015 performances and shows are official, we wanted to tell you a bit about this year's "Editor's Choice Award" winners and offer them a chance to thank the New York cabaret community. Congratulations to all these worthy Award recipients.
BWW 2015 New York Cabaret Awards: Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley Are Top Celebs; Jane Monheit Takes 4th Straight for Jazz Vocalist; Todd Murray Wins for Best Show & VocalistBWW 2015 New York Cabaret Awards: Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley Are Top Celebs; Jane Monheit Takes 4th Straight for Jazz Vocalist; Todd Murray Wins for Best Show & Vocalist
January 19, 2016

Breaking News! The fourth annual BroadwayWorldNew York Cabaret Awards results are official and for 2015 some bold-faced Broadway names, long-time cabaret stars, andsome exciting newcomers were the people's choices this year. More than 32,000 votes were cast for performers and shows in 14 categories.
BWW 2015 NY Cabaret Awards Update: Marilyn Maye, Todd Murray, Carol Lipnik Leading in Two Categories; Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley Top Celebs; Voting Ends 12/31BWW 2015 NY Cabaret Awards Update: Marilyn Maye, Todd Murray, Carol Lipnik Leading in Two Categories; Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley Top Celebs; Voting Ends 12/31
December 18, 2015

With just two weeks remaining in the voting for the 2015 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards, three performers are leading in two different categories, while two Broadway stars--Alan Cumming and Betty Buckley-- are winning the vote in their respective "celebrity categories.'Voting for the awards ends on New Year's Eve, December 31.
Photo Coverage: Opening Night of Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Features Homage to ANY WEDNESDAY Cabaret Series
December 3, 2015

Urban Stages Founder and Artistic Director Frances Hill and Producer Peter Napolitano last night officially launched the 2015'Winter Rhythms,' a 20-shows-in 11-days festival featuring more than 100 star cabaret performers and musicians. The opening night show was ANY WEDNESDAY SINGS AGAIN,an homage to theold cabaret series favorite, ANY WEDNESDAY,which was a popular CD release concert seriesfromJune 2005 (the first show featured Ann Hampton Callaway) to late 2011 and was staged at Tower Records and then Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center.
BWW Awards: Cast Your Ballots For 2015 New York Cabaret Awards in 14 Categories; Voting Ends 12/31BWW Awards: Cast Your Ballots For 2015 New York Cabaret Awards in 14 Categories; Voting Ends 12/31
November 27, 2015

On Thanksgiving Day, BroadwayWorld announced the nominees in 14 categories for the 2015 BWW New York Cabaret Awards. BroadwayWorld's cabaret editors and reviewers congratulate all the deserving nominees and everyone who performs in the great art of cabaret in New York. But today, as you munch on the leftovers from last night's dinner, it's time to actually vote for that one performer who you think is the absolute best in each category. Voting ends on December 31 and after a review of the ballots, winners will be announced officially early the week of January 4, 2016. (Note: There will not be a BWW Awards Show this year.)
BWW Announces 2015 New York Cabaret Awards Nominees; KAREN MASON and MARK NADLER Named Year's Best Performers; JEFF HARNAR (4) and MARILYN MAYE (3) LEAD NOMINEESBWW Announces 2015 New York Cabaret Awards Nominees; KAREN MASON and MARK NADLER Named Year's Best Performers; JEFF HARNAR (4) and MARILYN MAYE (3) LEAD NOMINEES
November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Cabaret Fans! Here's some breaking news you can discuss and debate in between courses at tonight's dinner: It's the final nominees for the 2015 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards. This year, the cabaret editors and writers at BWW have cited 116 nominees (including duos and variety show/recurring series producers) in 14 categories. In addition, this year six performers or musicians have been cited for special Editor's Choice Awards, led by veteran New York cabaret stars Karen Mason and Mark Nadler who have been named Performers of the Year.
BWW Feature: Hilarious Musical Theater Game Show TUNE IN TIME Showcases New York's Talented Young Songwriters and Composers at the York TheatreBWW Feature: Hilarious Musical Theater Game Show TUNE IN TIME Showcases New York's Talented Young Songwriters and Composers at the York Theatre
November 7, 2015

Question: Would you buy an orchestra ticket (or any ticket for that matter) to an experimental Broadway musical called The Sweaty Smorgasbord where the 11 o'clock number is "Supper Sings Tonight?" How about checking out a derivative Jason Robert Brown musical titled The Gassy Breakthrough, where the song "Too Soon" is about whether the protagonist should fart on the first date? Here's one that potential musical theater show investors would love: A new Disney style musical called The Sticky Snake. Of course these aren't real or even prospective Broadway musicals. They are ideas that have emerged from the creative minds of some young composers and lyricists who might very well have their musicals gracing Broadway theaters some day. But in the meantime they have been conjuring up these wild concepts in Tune In Time, a musical theater game show staged semi-regularly at The York Theatre Company on East 54th Street (the next installment will be on Monday, November 9 at 7:30 pm) that could have been created by some hybrid of Chuck Barris (of The Gong Show fame) and Mel Brooks. As the show's creators and producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields are fond of promoting about Tune In Time, "Anything goes . . . and usually does."
URBAN STAGES Announces 20 Shows & 100-Plus Broadway and Cabaret Stars for 12-Day WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, December, 2-13URBAN STAGES Announces 20 Shows & 100-Plus Broadway and Cabaret Stars for 12-Day WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, December, 2-13
October 29, 2015

Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director, Peter Napolitano, Producer/Director of Musical Programming) today announcedthe line-up for this year's Award-Winning Musical event WINTER RHYTHMS 2015, which will begin Wednesday, December 2 and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through December 13, 2015 at Urban Stages Theatre. WINTER RHYTHMS 2015marks the seventh year thatUrban Stageshas brought noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period.The mission of Winter Rhythms is to bring the talents of known and unknown singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York theater community while performing at Urban Stages Theater.Winner of the 2015 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award,WINTER RHYTHMSbenefits Urban Stages' acclaimedOutreach Program,whichbrings more than200 free arts in education presentations to libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs. This year's event features 20 shows and more than 100 artists.
Concert and Cabaret Vocalist MAXINE LINEHAN Celebrates New York Mets Home Run Hero Daniel Murphy in VideoConcert and Cabaret Vocalist MAXINE LINEHAN Celebrates New York Mets Home Run Hero Daniel Murphy in Video
October 25, 2015

Maxine Linehan, one of New York's rising star concert and cabaret vocalists, sure knows how to celebrate the newly-crowned National League Champion New York Mets and their sudden home-run slugging superstar Daniel Murphy. The Irish-born Linehan recently took to the roof of her midtown westside residence to sing a special song in honor of fellow Irishman Murphy, who recently set a Major League Baseball post-season record for belting a home run in six consecutive playoff games. What song did Linehan pick as her love ode to the Murphy and the Mets? What's else but a parody of that iconic Irish ballad 'Danny Boy,' the original of which Linehan featured in her critically acclaimed cabaret show Beautiful Songs. As you'll see and hear in the video below, Maxine Linehan knocked this one out of the park.
Patrick Soluri's SALON Series Evokes Playboy Clubs of the Swinging '60s With Sophisticated & Titillating Musical Soiree at The Players Club TonightPatrick Soluri's SALON Series Evokes Playboy Clubs of the Swinging '60s With Sophisticated & Titillating Musical Soiree at The Players Club Tonight
October 2, 2015

On Monday, October 2 from 7 pm to 12:30 am at The Players Club, Patrick Solari's Prohibition Productions Series, THE SALON, will present an exclusive 'Antique Cocktail Party' celebrating the Playboy Clubs of the 1960s. The event will feature live music, DJs, classic burlesque, antique cocktails (made from unopened vintage bottles of 1960s spirits), and of course BUNNIES, all in honor of the book release of 'PLAYBOY SWINGS: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music' written by Patty Farmer and Will Friedwald. Serving as the iconic 'Playboy Mansion' will be the beautiful & historic olde-world private club, The Players on 16 Gramercy Park South (between Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street). Like each Playboy Club of the era, guests receive a key upon arrival and have three rooms to frolic, dance and imbibe--THE PLAYPEN, THE LIVING ROOM, and THE LIBRARY-during what promises to be a sophisticated and titillating soiree.
Patrick Soluri's SALON Series Evokes Playboy Clubs of the Swinging '60s With Sophisticated & Titillating Musical Soiree at The Players Club, 10/2Patrick Soluri's SALON Series Evokes Playboy Clubs of the Swinging '60s With Sophisticated & Titillating Musical Soiree at The Players Club, 10/2
September 30, 2015

On Monday, October 2 from 7 pm to 12:30 am at The Players Club, Patrick Solari's Prohibition Productions Series, THE SALON, will present an exclusive 'Antique Cocktail Party' celebrating the Playboy Clubs of the 1960s. The event will feature live music, DJs, classic burlesque, antique cocktails (made from unopened vintage bottles of 1960s spirits), and of course BUNNIES, all in honor of the book release of 'PLAYBOY SWINGS: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music' written by Patty Farmer and Will Friedwald. Serving as the iconic 'Playboy Mansion' will be the beautiful & historic olde-world private club, The Players on 16 Gramercy Park South (between Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street). Like each Playboy Club of the era, guests receive a key upon arrival and have three rooms to frolic, dance and imbibe--THE PLAYPEN, THE LIVING ROOM, and THE LIBRARY-during what promises to be a sophisticated and titillating soiree.
19th Annual Long Island AL JOLSON Festival Featuring Singer TONY BABINO Set for Today19th Annual Long Island AL JOLSON Festival Featuring Singer TONY BABINO Set for Today
August 15, 2015

When Al Jolson died in October 1950 at the age of 64, the world lost the man who was arguably the first pop superstar of the 20th century and the Broadway musical theater actor and singing sensation who had been acknowledged as 'The World's Greatest Entertainer.' A few months before Jolson died, a passionate Jolson fan named Dolores Kontowicz from Wisconsin founded the 'Al Jolson Society.' Sixty-five years later, the 1,000-plus member 'International Al Jolson Society' is not only still going strong, the organization holds an annual May 'Festival' at various venues around America and the world. In addition, the Society's current President Jan Hernstat has for the past 18 years produced a 'Mini' Jolson Festival in Long Island, which attracts Society members and local residents who want to revel in the memory of The Great Jolson. This year's 19th Annual event will be held on August 15, 9:30-4:00 pm, in Oceanside, New York (see complete info at end of this story).


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