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BWW Review: Tracie Thoms Takes the Soulful Route in Feinstein's/54 Below Debut BWW Review: Tracie Thoms Takes the Soulful Route in Feinstein's/54 Below Debut
by Casey Mink - January 20, 2017

For her two-show debut engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below, the first of which took place on January 11, Tracie Thoms's set list was surprisingly short. In fact, on paper, it looked as though the concert might not even fill an entire hour. It speaks, then, to her performative nature as an equal parts... (more...)
BWW Review: Alex Leonard Celebrates Nat King Cole with L-O-V-E at Pangea BWW Review: Alex Leonard Celebrates Nat King Cole with L-O-V-E at Pangea
by Alix Cohen - January 20, 2017

Alex Leonard is a classy performer. His relaxed, minimalist style and adherence to vocals as written take one back to an agreeable past. Jazz riffs weave around rather than obscure melody. Lyric meaning is gracefully maintained. Aided and abetted by expert veterans Jay Leonhart on bass and Al Gafa o... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MAUREEN MCGOVERN at The RRazz Room At The Prince BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MAUREEN MCGOVERN at The RRazz Room At The Prince
by DT Gramkee - January 18, 2017

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MAUREEN MCGOVERN at The RRazz Room At The Prince with video and images by DT Gramkee... (more...)
BWW Review: Molly Pope Meets Classic Hollywood in the Energetic and Captivating A STAR IS BORN at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Molly Pope Meets Classic Hollywood in the Energetic and Captivating A STAR IS BORN at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Ashley Steves - January 12, 2017

Starting in the back of the packed Feinstein's/54 Below house with 'It's a New World' (Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin), Molly Pope has your attention. The band has played the overture; now it is her turn, crooning in silence. As suddenly as the first number ends, you're launched into the energetic 'Go... (more...)
BWW Review: Sandra Bernhard Takes a Stroll Down SANDRA MONICA BLVD at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Sandra Bernhard Takes a Stroll Down SANDRA MONICA BLVD at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - January 11, 2017

A woman of many talents, one of Sandra Bernhard's greatest gifts has been her finely-honed ability to satirize Hollywood from the inside. Luckily, her latest residency at Joe's Pub, the year-ending SANDRA MONICA BLVD: COAST TO COAST, gave her plenty of opportunities to keep sharpening that blade.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales Find CHRISTMAS MOURNING Glory at the Laurie Beechman Theatre BWW Review: Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales Find CHRISTMAS MOURNING Glory at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Troy Frisby - January 02, 2017

'Not every drag queen can belt that high.' Throwing out that quip early on in CHRISTMAS MOURNING at the Laurie Beechman Theatre during the December 15 show, Jinkx Monsoon isn't wrong. It's part of what makes the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE star, otherwise known as Jerick Hoffer, a rare bird: a genuine tal... (more...)
BWW Review: Andrew Rannells, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, and More Reject Donald Trump's Plea for Antiseptic Theater in A SAFE AND SPECIAL PLACE Benefit BWW Review: Andrew Rannells, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, and More Reject Donald Trump's Plea for Antiseptic Theater in A SAFE AND SPECIAL PLACE Benefit
by Casey Mink - December 24, 2016

Early on the morning of November 19, Donald Trump took to Twitter (as he has a tendency to do) to make the assertion that "The Theater must always be a safe and special place." On December 19, one month to the day after Trump's Broadway-fueled Twitter deluge, Liz Meriwether and Shira Milikowsky p... (more...)
BWW Review: Husband-Wife Duo Andy Karl and Orfeh Bring Unapologetic Holiday Fun to Feinstein's/54 Below in LEGALLY BOUND BWW Review: Husband-Wife Duo Andy Karl and Orfeh Bring Unapologetic Holiday Fun to Feinstein's/54 Below in LEGALLY BOUND
by Casey Mink - December 23, 2016

Perhaps you have attended a wedding and, despite repeated refusal, you are forced by your date or young family member to get up on the dance floor. You moan and groan and detest at the cloying silliness that is boogying to some horn-heavy interpretations of Top 100 hits or a once-inescapable Whitney... (more...)
BWW Review: Michael Feinstein Salutes Judy Garland at His Annual Holiday Show BWW Review: Michael Feinstein Salutes Judy Garland at His Annual Holiday Show
by Alix Cohen - December 17, 2016

'For 47 years, the world of entertainment was blessed with a force of nature called Judy Garland,' Michael Feinstein begins, 'and for Judy, it all began at MGM.' As the artist takes his time with Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz's 'That's Entertainment,' screens on either side of the stage show clips fr... (more...)
BWW Review: Timeliness Meets Timelessness in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KURT WEILL at Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS BWW Review: Timeliness Meets Timelessness in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KURT WEILL at Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS
by Casey Mink - December 15, 2016

In THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KURT WEILL, one of the more than 20 shows put together to form the Winter Rhythms festival benefiting arts education, old met new and timeliness met timelessness. At Urban Stages on December 6, six skilled performers were assembled to interpret several of the most well-k... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to Catalina BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to Catalina
by Don Grigware - December 12, 2016

On Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10 Chris Isaacson Presents brought us the incomparable R&B recording artist Melba Moore with her CD release party for 'Forever Moore' at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Moore is no stranger to Broadway audiences who remember her Tony-winning portrayal in P... (more...)
BWW Review: Balancing Comedy and Sentimentality, Ana Gasteyer Delights in Her Café Carlyle Debut BWW Review: Balancing Comedy and Sentimentality, Ana Gasteyer Delights in Her Café Carlyle Debut
by Karis Rogerson - December 12, 2016

Cafe Carlyle is a low-ceilinged room with walls covered in paintings that lend credence to the illusion of being locked in another world, a jazzy rendition of 80 years ago that's all glitz and glam. It is in this room that Ana Gasteyer performed, making her debut at the venue. There was an immedi... (more...)
BWW Review:  Megan Hilty Spreads Christmas Cheer at Kennedy Center BWW Review: Megan Hilty Spreads Christmas Cheer at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - December 10, 2016

A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS WITH MEGAN HILTY was one of my favorite cabaret/concert experiences this year. It's always a treat to hear her sing. She's in her own class as a vocalist and I look forward to what she does next.... (more...)
BWW Review: Harvey Granat (with Will Friedwald and David Lahm) Covers the Life and Career of Burt Bacharach In SONGS AND STORIES Season Ender BWW Review: Harvey Granat (with Will Friedwald and David Lahm) Covers the Life and Career of Burt Bacharach In SONGS AND STORIES Season Ender
by Alix Cohen - December 10, 2016

Raconteur/vocalist/historian/producer Harvey Granat's entertaining series SONGS AND STORIES at 92Y ended for the season Thursday with ON BURT BACHARACH (with Special Guest, author/columnist/producer Will Friedwald and pianist David Lahm).... (more...)
BWW Review: Karen Akers Dives Deep and Soars at Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS BWW Review: Karen Akers Dives Deep and Soars at Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS
by Alix Cohen - December 09, 2016

Karen Akers' ardent 'Francophilia--- and I don't care whether or not it's a real word' was seeded in adolescence and brought to bloom by living in France, becoming fluent in the language, and absorbing European sensibilities (reincarnation is also a distinct possibility). Offering a show of French m... (more...)
BWW Review: Megan Hilty Pairs Vocal Prowess with Holiday Levity in Joe's Pub Christmas Concerts BWW Review: Megan Hilty Pairs Vocal Prowess with Holiday Levity in Joe's Pub Christmas Concerts
by Casey Mink - December 08, 2016

Holiday cheer is considerably tenuous this year, in much of the country, anyway. But damn if that would prevent Megan Hilty from delivering abundant joy in her four-show engagement at Joe's Pub, a run which began December 2. The concerts were intended to celebrate the release of Hilty's new Christma... (more...)
BWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in Concert BWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in Concert
by Roy Berko - December 06, 2016

Cabaret. It's 1931 in Germany, a country of unrest. We find ourselves at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy cabaret, a place of decadence and emotional abandonment. Hanging over the entire scene is the aura of the growth of the Nazi party and the impending reign of terror.... (more...)
BWW Review: Laura Osnes Invites Her Audience to Ponder What Ifs in THE PATHS NOT TAKEN at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Laura Osnes Invites Her Audience to Ponder What Ifs in THE PATHS NOT TAKEN at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Casey Mink - December 05, 2016

Laura Osnes, Tony-nominated for originating title roles in BONNIE & CLYDE and CINDERELLA, has devoted an entire cabaret act to pondering that hypothetical what if. Bringing an updated version of her show THE PATHS NOT TAKEN back to Feinstein's/54 Below for a four-performance run beginning November 2... (more...)
BWW Review: Lance Horne Unveils New Work (With a Little Help From His Friends) in First Show of His Residency at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Lance Horne Unveils New Work (With a Little Help From His Friends) in First Show of His Residency at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - December 03, 2016

Sitting in my seat watching Lance Horne and his many friends perform at NEW WORK NEW WORK I: EXTRAORDINARY DAYS at Joe's Pub, I couldn't help but feel like I was at a really great dinner party (if I were invited to dinner parties with some of the most talented artists in the city). The seats---and, ... (more...)
BWW Review: BROADWAY LOVES BRITNEY Does It Again at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: BROADWAY LOVES BRITNEY Does It Again at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - December 01, 2016

Because Britney Spears grew up in the spotlight, we've seen her as a singer, an actress, a girl, a woman, and everything in between. One thing we haven't seen is Britney the Broadway star, but since that seems about as likely as the second coming of Britney and Justin, it's a damn good thing BROADWA... (more...)
BWW Review: Tori Scott Provides Post-Election Catharsis in SEEING DOUBLE at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Tori Scott Provides Post-Election Catharsis in SEEING DOUBLE at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - November 30, 2016

Early on in Tori Scott's SEEING DOUBLE, the woman of the hour deadpanned, 'I've been in a rut since birth.' If that's the case, we should all be so lucky. But on the subject of things that could be going better, throughout Scott's performance at Joe's Pub on November 13, the unofficial theme of t... (more...)
BWW Review: Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Try Something New at Birdland BWW Review: Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Try Something New at Birdland
by Alix Cohen - November 30, 2016

Barb Jungr is a maverick. She sings R&B and blues from her gut, can slide into jazz phrasing like muted brass, dismantles what we classify as rock so it's stripped to its meaningful bone, has a fervent moral compass, and is characteristically acerbic. Whether her voice rips or ripples, it's authenti... (more...)
BWW Review: Katie Rose Clarke Emits Post-Election Optimism in Art House Astoria Benefit Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Katie Rose Clarke Emits Post-Election Optimism in Art House Astoria Benefit Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Casey Mink - November 17, 2016

Three days after the presidential election, with much of the country still in a daze, attempts to reclaim a sense of 'normalcy' felt futile, but a collective grasping for comfort was ever-present. In her return to Feinstein's/54 Below on November 12, a one-night concert benefiting Art House Asto... (more...)
BWW Review: In the Calm Before the Storm, Randy Rainbow Throws an ELECTION EVE PARTY at Birdland BWW Review: In the Calm Before the Storm, Randy Rainbow Throws an ELECTION EVE PARTY at Birdland
by Troy Frisby - November 13, 2016

There's no easy way to talk about a performance ostensibly thrown in honor of a presidential candidate who didn't end up winning. Let's be clear: Randy Rainbow's ELECTION EVE PARTY held on Monday, night at Birdland wasn't exactly a non-partisan event. The performers dropped more 'I'm With Her' re... (more...)
BWW Review: Judy Collins (with Special Guest Ari Hest) Offers a Timeless Show at Café Carlyle BWW Review: Judy Collins (with Special Guest Ari Hest) Offers a Timeless Show at Café Carlyle
by Alix Cohen - November 12, 2016

Hirschfeld might draw Judy Collins as a halo of white hair, doe eyes, and a long black line curving, unbroken, to cradle her guitar. She's the image of unstudied elegance, natural, and despite the artist's thanks to Elizabeth Arden, soulfully organic. Judy Collins has been performing for 57 years... (more...)