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BWW Review: Brandon Uranowitz and the Songs of William Finn are a Match Made in Musical Heaven at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Brandon Uranowitz and the Songs of William Finn are a Match Made in Musical Heaven at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Casey Mink - February 17, 2017

There was a segment in Brandon Uranowitz' debut show at Feinstein's/54 Below on February 8 which culminated in his explanation as to how he remained in the closet to his family for four additional years, following an instance where he had a clear opportunity to come out. The bit was a confluence of ... (more...)
BWW Review: John Early and Kate Berlant Are Pointed, Political and Gut-Busting Hilarious in 555 at Joe's Pub BWW Review: John Early and Kate Berlant Are Pointed, Political and Gut-Busting Hilarious in 555 at Joe's Pub
by Casey Mink - February 10, 2017

"Millennial" as a descriptor is used with far too much frequency and carries with it connotations that are both unnecessary and inaccurate. However, at the first of a sold-out four-show run at Joe's Pub on January 31, John Early and Kate Berlant were undeniably of their generation.... (more...)
BWW Review: Nothing is Off Limits for Isaac Mizrahi in Café Carlyle Debut DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT? BWW Review: Nothing is Off Limits for Isaac Mizrahi in Café Carlyle Debut DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?
by Troy Frisby - February 09, 2017

Isaac Mizrahi has a simple question to ask: Does this song make me look fat? Any variation of that prompt is normally a strong cue to walk on eggshells, but making his Cafe Carlyle debut on January 31 with a show named for and based on that query, Mizrahi took a no-holds-barred approach to the hu... (more...)
BWW Review: Nellie McKay Misses Her Mark in A GIRL NAMED BILL at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Nellie McKay Misses Her Mark in A GIRL NAMED BILL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Casey Mink - February 06, 2017

Nellie McKay's return to Feinstein's/54 Below went up in smoke. No, literally.... (more...)
BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the Burgh BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the Burgh
by Dylan Shaffer - February 06, 2017

A little country twang and some sweet pies are all this short musical comedy needs to charm to a little ol' Pittsburgh crowd. Pump Boys & Dinettes, as the title implies, follows the service guys of L.M. and Jim's Gas Stations and the waitress sisters at the Double Cupp Diner.... (more...)
BWW Review: Nicholas Rodriguez Inspires in a Seventies-Themed Signature Theatre Cabaret BWW Review: Nicholas Rodriguez Inspires in a Seventies-Themed Signature Theatre Cabaret
by Barbara Johnson - February 01, 2017

Seen most recently in his unforgettable turn as Billy Bigelow in Arena Stage's CAROUSEL, Nicholas Rodriguez graces Signature Theatre with his own cabaret. Those in the DC area who have delighted in Rodriguez's take on traditional musical roles now get the chance to hear him croon, emote, and belt a ... (more...)
BWW Review: Jill Kargman is the Quintessential New Yorker in her Café Carlyle Debut STAIRWAY TO CABARET BWW Review: Jill Kargman is the Quintessential New Yorker in her Café Carlyle Debut STAIRWAY TO CABARET
by Casey Mink - January 30, 2017

Jill Kargman is a pleasant singer. Her voice is lovely, in fact, but that is not why audiences joined her inside the legendary Cafe Carlyle for a string of sold-out performances which began on January 17. No, patrons made their way to the Upper East Side venue on this damp winter evening to hear ... (more...)
BWW Review: Will Friedwald Pays Tribute to Harold Arlen in New CLIP JOINT at 92Y BWW Review: Will Friedwald Pays Tribute to Harold Arlen in New CLIP JOINT at 92Y
by Alix Cohen - January 26, 2017

On January 24, Will Friedwald, producer, feature writer for The Wall Street Journal, author of nine books on popular music, countless articles, and liner notes, moved his nostalgic CLIP JOINT series to Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street Y. For the uninitiated, CLIP JOINT offers curated video clips---ma... (more...)
BWW Review: Marilyn Maye Wows BY REQUEST at the Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Marilyn Maye Wows BY REQUEST at the Metropolitan Room
by Troy Frisby - January 25, 2017

Outside of an arena, few performers can earn a minutes-long ovation without even opening their mouths. But the inimitable Marilyn Maye is certainly one of those performers.... (more...)
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...)