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BWW Reviews: Steadfast Fans of Iconic BARBARA COOK Are 'On Her Side' at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Review BWW Reviews: Steadfast Fans of Iconic BARBARA COOK Are 'On Her Side' at Lincoln Center's American Songbook
by Alix Cohen - March 01, 2015

“Are You Havin' Any Fun?” the formidable Barbara Cook breezily asks in song with the intimacy of an old friend. Having had her first paid (50 cents) singing job at the age of eight, Cook looks back on a lengthy career feeling lucky. It's been weeks since she's sung due to health issues laying her low, but Cook is not, she assures us, by any means down and out. “I like to feel people are on my side and you sure sound like you are.” Throughout her show last night as part of the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center's The Appel Room, the artist performs with honesty, commitment, and the compelling interpretation for which she's well known. She asks that lights be turned up in order to see those with whom she communicates. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Jessica Vosk Thrills 54 Below in Debut NYC Solo Show I CAME FROM JERSEY FOR THIS Review BWW Reviews: Jessica Vosk Thrills 54 Below in Debut NYC Solo Show I CAME FROM JERSEY FOR THIS
by David Clarke - March 01, 2015

Playing her debut NYC solo show I Came From Jersey For This to a sold out house at 54 Below, Jessica Vosk took the intimate venue by storm. Dazzling audiences with her talent, energy, sincerity, and humor, she put up a perfectly crafted cabaret tribute to her journey from singing with her dad in the living room of their New Jersey home to landing roles on Broadway. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow Tear the Roof Off 54 Below Review BWW Reviews: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow Tear the Roof Off 54 Below
by David Clarke - February 27, 2015

The funk soul of Motown is being modernized and reshaped by big name acts like Bruno Mars and Fitz and The Tantrums; however, no one is doing it quite like Amy Lynn & The Gunshow. Strip away the frills of a large record label, throw in a ton of sass, mix with wit and charisma, and garnish with an explosive horn section. That is the recipe for Amy Lynn & The Gunshow's style, and it leaves a whole lotta shakin' goin' on! (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOEY ARIAS Presents A Sympatico Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Review BWW Reviews: JOEY ARIAS Presents A Sympatico Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday at Lincoln Center's American Songbook
by Alix Cohen - February 27, 2015

Vocalist Joey Arias is not what he appears to the uninitiated. This is not a drag performer executing pastiche, but rather an artist serious about music with the talent to offer a full-blooded show. Lifelong affinity for Billie Holiday first professionally surfaced in 1987's Recording Arias on Holiday and continued with the Off-Broadway run of Strange Fruit, an homage to the icon. Her concert Wednesday night for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, with evocative musical arrangement by Matt Ray, brings Arias' devotion "all the way from downtown above 14th Street." (more...)


BWW Reviews: Paulo Szot's Bossa Nova is Too Heavy at 54 BELOW Review BWW Reviews: Paulo Szot's Bossa Nova is Too Heavy at 54 BELOW
by David Clarke - February 26, 2015

Celebrating the centennial of Frank Sinatra, Paulo Szot returns to 54 BELOW with a brand new show inspired by Antonio Carlos Jobim, the founding father of bossa nova. Unfortunately, the end product is not the enchanted evening we'd expect from the Tony Award winner. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman's Frenetic Homage to Late 20th Century Movie Music Doesn't Quite Lift Us Up Where We Belong Review BWW Reviews: Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman's Frenetic Homage to Late 20th Century Movie Music Doesn't Quite Lift Us Up Where We Belong
by Remy Block - February 24, 2015

Veteran cabaret performer Raissa Katona Bennett and Musical Director Kenneth Gartman are very good friends who for the past few years have been performing together in what might be called the cabaret equivalent of movie shorts. But with 3Decades in the Dark: Raissa and Kenneth Go to the Movies (a five-show run that ended Feb. 21 at the Laurie Beechman Theater), Bennett and Gartman have finally presented their first feature length duo cabaret show. Both performers have garnered praise as individual performers in musical theater and cabaret. Bennett, who is the charming producer and host of the Award-winning Concerts for City Greens at Tudor City, once played Christine in Phantom of the Opera, and has performed solo shows at venues such as the old Feinstein's. Gartman, who recently musically directed The White City in concert at 54 Below, presented a highly praised solo show in 2011. Sounds like a match made in cabaret heaven, right? (more...)


BWW Reviews: 54 BELOW SINGS HEART Celebrates the Earthy Alto Review BWW Reviews: 54 BELOW SINGS HEART Celebrates the Earthy Alto
by David Clarke - February 23, 2015

54 BELOW has a successful series of one-offs where a talented cast sings the music of a certain show or group. Last Saturday the popular venue hosted 54 BELOW Sings Heart. Channeling the cherished goddesses of rock with might and candor, the cast left the audience pumped and euphoric. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Feisty Tovah Feldshuh Determines that 'Aging is Optional' at 54 Below Review BWW Reviews: Feisty Tovah Feldshuh Determines that 'Aging is Optional' at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - February 21, 2015

At 60-something-years-old, one can accurately describe Tovah Feldshuh as what plucky is when it grows up. Feldshuh's mother Lily died at 103 having lived, one gathers, like the character her daughter played in Pippin: 'Oh, it's time to start livin'/Time to take a little from this world we're given/Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall/In just no time at all . . .' Later in her 54 Below show Aging Is Optional (which Feldshuh presents again tonight at 7 pm), we all sing the chorus, though no one with more gusto than the artist who delivers its lyric like a battle cry. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MARK NADLER's 'Addicted To The Spotlight' at 54 Below Showcases Abundant Talent, Cleverly Framed Review BWW Reviews: MARK NADLER's 'Addicted To The Spotlight' at 54 Below Showcases Abundant Talent, Cleverly Framed
by Alix Cohen - February 19, 2015

When Mark Nadler, singing the iconic Irving Berlin song and Al Jolson standard 'Let Me Sing and I'm Happy,' strolls from the back of 54 Below to his rightful place center stage (accompanied by Nick Russo on banjo), he seems, in all respects, a jaunty, debonair thespian. The song is light, unembellished, infectious. What you're watching in truth is a state of the art ballistic missile unerringly headed for its target. 'My name is Mark and I'm a spotlightaholic.' Tonight Nadler celebrates two 'out of control' spotlightaholics--Danny Kaye and Al Jolson--both of whom put themselves (and kept themselves) in front of audiences every available moment. (The artist designates himself as a 'functional' sufferer of the compulsion.) Memorable anecdotes enlighten and entertain. 'In the spirit of Kaye and Jolson, however, this show is all about ME.' Four decades in, Nadler calls show business his religion. Judging by ensuing narrative, his zealous devotion is, in context, worthy of sainthood. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015: CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN: CHANGELING Recruited Many New Fans Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015: CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN: CHANGELING Recruited Many New Fans
by Barry Lenny - February 17, 2015

Camille O'Sullivan is one of the world's greatest and most loved cabaret performers. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LACHANZE Brings Cool Rhythms, Stellar Vocals to Kennedy Center Cabaret Debut Review BWW Reviews: LACHANZE Brings Cool Rhythms, Stellar Vocals to Kennedy Center Cabaret Debut
by Jennifer Perry - February 16, 2015

She can do it it all. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Tony Winner John Lloyd Young Croons in OC Valentines Concert Review BWW Reviews: Tony Winner John Lloyd Young Croons in OC Valentines Concert
by Michael L. Quintos - February 16, 2015

For John Lloyd Young's special Valentine's weekend cabaret concert titled 'My Turn'---which continues at the Samueli Theater on the campus of Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through February 14---the Tony Award-winning star of JERSEY BOYS presented an hour-long set of love songs, both joyful and heart-tugging. With the confidence and panache of a seasoned old-school song interpreter and showman, Young oh-so-passionately crooned and belted his way through an enjoyable songbook of personally curated classic standards that reverberated with the highs and lows of love. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ALEXIS COLE Helps Cupid Along With Romantic Valentine's Day Show at Jazz at Kitano Review BWW Reviews: ALEXIS COLE Helps Cupid Along With Romantic Valentine's Day Show at Jazz at Kitano
by Alix Cohen - February 15, 2015

Saturday night, Alexis Cole continued a Valentine tradition at Jazz at Kitano with a different twist on By Request. Patrons were given an extensive list of songs from which to select favorites and blue file cards on which to write one or more choices. These were deposited in a small shopping bag. After the first person pulled out a card, whoever requested the song would draw the next. Many dedicated a number to an accompanying loved one. Cole, with John di Martino on piano and Jon Gordon on sax, spontaneously performed every song as if it had been rehearsed earlier in the day, which reflects just how good they are. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK CD RELEASE SHOW Encore is Whimsical Review BWW Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK CD RELEASE SHOW Encore is Whimsical
by David Clarke - February 12, 2015

Stearns Matthews, a 2015 Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Recording, celebrated the late 2014 release of his debut album Spark last night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Giving an encore performance of his critically lauded Spark CD Release Show, the accomplished performer and three-time MAC Award nominee entertained audiences with his whimsical set and his dazzling and bright lyric baritone instrument. (more...)


BWW Reviews: With Her Intimate, Yet Uneven New Show at the Met Room, One Wonders If Rising Star Marissa Mulder Is Really Trusting Her 'Instincts' Review BWW Reviews: With Her Intimate, Yet Uneven New Show at the Met Room, One Wonders If Rising Star Marissa Mulder Is Really Trusting Her 'Instincts'
by Remy Block - February 12, 2015

Marissa Mulder, who has been collecting rave reviews and awards in bunches over the past couple of years, debuted her new solo show, Instincts (with musical director Nate Buccieri), to a packed Metropolitan Room on Friday night January 30. It was the first effort in her new 'Residency' at the Chelsea club, not a surprising status given her steady climb up the cabaret singer hierarchy. Mulder offered an eclectic program of songs by artists from Cy Coleman to Radiohead, representing 'a snapshot of where [her] life is right now, a week away from 30.' Her distinctive vocal sound-sincere yet playful and sounding like a combination of a bell and a trumpet-is uniquely expressive, perhaps from 'living instinctively for quite a while now,' as she said in one her of her rare moments of interstitial patter. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Charismatic BUSTER POINDEXTER Galvanizes Café Carlyle With Raucous New Show Review BWW Reviews: The Charismatic BUSTER POINDEXTER Galvanizes Café Carlyle With Raucous New Show
by Alix Cohen - February 12, 2015

Buster Poindexter (aka David Johansen) doesn't so much play 'at' Cafe Carlyle as 'with' it. Like the bad kid from a black and white cult film, this charismatic artist establishes dominion over the highbrow room, determined to lower its bar as irrevocably as a limbo stick in a roadhouse lounge. A blistering, purposefully overwrought, genre-hopping, two-hour performance on Tuesday's opening night had even jaded waiters and busboys enthralled. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Jonathan Groff, Reji Woods Take the Cabaret Stage in Lancaster Review BWW Reviews: Jonathan Groff, Reji Woods Take the Cabaret Stage in Lancaster
by Marakay Rogers - February 11, 2015

Lancaster's music scene has been greatly enriched by the stirrings of cabaret that have begun over the past few years. The end of January was notable, however, for two days of outstanding cabaret in a row on the 30th and 31st, first with Lancaster-based performer Reji Woods at the Ware Center, and then with Lancaster-bred performer Jonathan Groff giving a fundraiser at Ephrata Performing Arts Center. (more...)


BWW Reviews: With Their Charming Valentine to New York and Each Other, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano Share the Love at Birdland Review BWW Reviews: With Their Charming Valentine to New York and Each Other, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano Share the Love at Birdland
by Alix Cohen - February 11, 2015

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano exude warmth. Both superb musicians, they're polished without ostentation, symbiotic without deferring individual fortes, and infectiously (enviably) appreciative of one another without becoming saccharine. Original arrangements never trade lyrical meaning for novelty. Their recent one-night show at Birdland, Only In New York: A Big Apple Valentine, is a collection of songs in which the charming marrieds express the vicissitudes of love, bracketed by affection for the city. Many are sophisticated, some are unexpected, and all are empathetic. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry's ROMANTIC DUETS is Heartwarming Review BWW Reviews: Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry's ROMANTIC DUETS is Heartwarming
by David Clarke - February 11, 2015

It's mid-February and all the stores are filled with red hearts and chocolates in an effort to bamboozle us into thinking love is in the air. Frankly, it may still be too chilly for love to survive in the air. Despite this, Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry heated up 54 BELOW earlier this week with their sizzling, jazzy cabaret Romantic Duets. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BEYOND THE BARRICADE is Electrifying Entertainment Review BWW Reviews: BEYOND THE BARRICADE is Electrifying Entertainment
by David Clarke - February 09, 2015

The ensemble of the smash-hit musical Les Miserables has got to be one of the hardest working ensembles on Broadway. Last night this talented group impressed audiences by casting the wigs, dirt, and grime aside and singing the music that makes them tick at 54 BELOW. (more...)


BWW Reviews: STEVE KAZEE Wows at Rockwell! Review BWW Reviews: STEVE KAZEE Wows at Rockwell!
by Aimee Curameng - February 09, 2015

Steve Kazee is best known for his Tony award-winning role as Guy in the musical Once. He has since been seen as Gus on the Showtime show, Shameless. On February 6th, patrons at Rockwell had the pleasure of experiencing his very first Los Angeles show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford's Reprise of Award-Winning 'Ted & Lo Show' is Darker, Just As Delicious, and Doesn't Hurt a Bit Review BWW Reviews: Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford's Reprise of Award-Winning 'Ted & Lo Show' is Darker, Just As Delicious, and Doesn't Hurt a Bit
by Billie Roe - February 07, 2015

A successful duo act is like a good marriage. When it really works there's a certain stage chemistry between two performers that's so obvious yet so hard to define. Magically, voices musically blend as one. Stage personas complement each other yet remain individual. There's a charming give and take, a generous sharing the spotlight, and an obvious mutual respect, sometimes bordering on love. Lorinda Lisitza and Ted Stafford have a very good on-stage marriage. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Marin Mazzie Enchants at 54 BELOW Review BWW Reviews: Marin Mazzie Enchants at 54 BELOW
by David Clarke - February 06, 2015

In her current cabaret show at 54 BELOW, Marin Mazzie is taking audiences on a whirlwind ride through her formative years in Rockford, Illinois. She deftly interprets the hit music from the 1970s, making each of the iconic songs her own. With her brand of majestic power, dazzling belt, and her supple alto instrument, Mazzie enchants with her song selections and stories alike. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Tony Nominee Judy Kuhn's Homage to the Songwriting Rodgers Family at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series Is Entertaining but Uneven Review BWW Reviews: Tony Nominee Judy Kuhn's Homage to the Songwriting Rodgers Family at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series Is Entertaining but Uneven
by Alix Cohen - February 06, 2015

Judy Kuhn, a multiple nominee for both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, celebrated three generations of songwriting Rodgers in her American Songbook debut at Lincoln Center's Appel Room on February 4: The legendary Richard Rodgers, his daughter Mary Rodgers, and grandson Adam Guettel. In the course of the evening, we moved back and forth from iconic, powerfully melodic songs to more consistently lighthearted and tender fare to contemporary, operetta-like material. It's not difficult to attribute authorship. (more...)


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by Alix Cohen - February 05, 2015

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