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BWW Reviews: JEFF MACAULEY's Charming, Sophisticated Tribute to the Music of Henry Mancini Hits All the Right Notes at the Metropolitan Room Review BWW Reviews: JEFF MACAULEY's Charming, Sophisticated Tribute to the Music of Henry Mancini Hits All the Right Notes at the Metropolitan Room
by Remy Block - July 02, 2015

In Mr. Lucky, Jeff Macauley's urbane cabaret show featuring the songs of Henry Mancini, (which recently finished a three-show run at the Metropolitan Room) you learn that the famed composer came by his luck and success the old-fashioned way: single-minded purpose fueled by hard work and determination. Yet, Macauley, a former Bistro Award winner, makes telling Mancini's story look so easy. Debonair in his impeccable suit and fashionable specs, the singer uses a light touch to deliver songs he was determined to bring out of the background and into the spotlight. (more...)


BWW Reviews: EVAN STERN & STEVE ROSS Are Utterly Charming at The Player's Club In Examining Southern Influence On the Songs of Johnny Mercer Review BWW Reviews: EVAN STERN & STEVE ROSS Are Utterly Charming at The Player's Club In Examining Southern Influence On the Songs of Johnny Mercer
by Alix Cohen - July 01, 2015

Monday night at the upstairs library at The Player's Club, young actor/vocalist Evan Stern collaborated with one of cabaret's treasures, the veteran pianist/arranger/vocalist Steve Ross on a show illuminating the influence of a southern upbringing on the work of iconic songwriter and Savannah, Georgia native Johnny Mercer. The piece was beautifully put together with Stern's intermittent repartee (never dropping a musical stitch), reflecting his skills as an actor as well as a writer. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Singer WENDY A. RUSSELL Reflects On Her Life With Solid Debut Show at Don't Tell Mama Review BWW Reviews: Singer WENDY A. RUSSELL Reflects On Her Life With Solid Debut Show at Don't Tell Mama
by Billie Roe - June 28, 2015

From the moment she steps on stage and sings the entire first verse of Gloria Estefan's “Coming Out of the Dark”–-in the dark--you get the impression this is not going to be one of those usual personal journey “I've-been-everywhere-and-done-everything” kind of acts. In her debut show, Where Have I Been All My Life (June 18 and 27 at Don't Tell Mama), Wendy A. Russell vividly presents the personal metamorphosis of a post-modern woman. Quoting Woody Allen's “90% of life is just showing up,” Russell states she showed up 100% of the time and still found life lacking, which is understandable considering she was raised with the “good girl” mentality of the 1960s “Mad Men” era. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Displaying Vintage Performing Savoir Faire, DANNY BACHER Swings The Louis'--Armstrong, Prima, Jordan--at the Metropolitan Room Review BWW Reviews: Displaying Vintage Performing Savoir Faire, DANNY BACHER Swings The Louis'--Armstrong, Prima, Jordan--at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - June 28, 2015

Danny Bacher has the performance ease of an artist who's spent twice his years on the circuit. His preternatural feel for swing delivers scrupulous control, hip, unfussy phrasing, nuanced inflection, and the kind of fluent, savory scat “wordless vocables” I haven't heard from a man in some time, certainly not one so young. His soprano saxophone and singing are so like one another in attitude and energy, Bacher epitomizes the musician whose instrument acts as solid manifestation of voice. His new CD release celebration show at the Metropolitan Room, Swing That Music (last performance of a four-show run today at 4 pm) is a jazz tribute to the three Louis: Louis Armstrong--Satchmo (1901-1971), Louis Prima--The King of Swing before Benny Goodman came along (1910-1978), and Louis Jordan--King of the Jukebox (1908-1975.) Musical numbers get along like the old friends they are, brushing shoulders, poking one another in the ribs, slapping backs. The show is well paced with next to no patter. Danny Bacher is the real deal; a musician to watch. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Rob Mills' First Foray Into Cabaret, ROB MILLS IS “SURPRISINGLY GOOD” Is That And So Much More. Review BWW Reviews: Rob Mills' First Foray Into Cabaret, ROB MILLS IS “SURPRISINGLY GOOD” Is That And So Much More.
by Jade Kops - June 26, 2015

Newcomer to the Cabaret stage, Rob Mills proves that he is just as suited to the intimate genre as the big musical stages and television with his cabaret ROB MILLS IS "SURPRISINGLY GOOD". (more...)


BWW Reviews:  RECEPTION: THE MUSICAL goes inside the mind of the woman behind the front desk. Review BWW Reviews: RECEPTION: THE MUSICAL goes inside the mind of the woman behind the front desk.
by Jade Kops - June 26, 2015

Bethany Simons' RECEPTION: THE MUSICAL joins Hayes Theatre Co's CABARET SEASON 2015 with this one act account of her life behind the front desk at the Classical Music Academy. Blending original music and amusing anecdotes, Simons is joined by co-creator and pianist Peter de Jager in this piece of light entertainment. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CORINNA SOWERS-ADLER Holds to Her Own 'High Standards' with a Show By the Same Name at Metropolitan Room Review BWW Reviews: CORINNA SOWERS-ADLER Holds to Her Own 'High Standards' with a Show By the Same Name at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - June 22, 2015

As she wends her way towards the stage at the opening of her new show at the Metropolitan Room (performances were on June 15 and 20), Corinna Sowers Adler sings the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II classic “All The Things You Are” with warm, legato phrases that surround the club like a hug. Sowers Adler achieves this not only with her singing, but also the friendly and personal nature of her bridging dialogue. In High Standards, she manages to make us feel privy to an authentic self without a lot of in-jokes intended for attending friends and family. The standards to which this show's title refers are not only those evergreen numbers collected in The Great American Song Book, but also yardsticks by which we measure quality and value in life. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE SHAKESPEAREAN JAZZ SHOW is Electrifying Review BWW Reviews: THE SHAKESPEAREAN JAZZ SHOW is Electrifying
by David Clarke - June 22, 2015

Summer in New York City is always a great time to brush up on your Shakespeare. It seems there is always some novel way to (re)experience the works of William Shakespeare. Fitting into this idea, Alex Ates and Patrick Greeley's THE SHAKESPEAREAN JAZZ SHOW is a triumphant tour de force that pristinely blends Shakespeare's poetry with a catchy New Orleans jazz beat. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Offering Her Take on the Elvis Costello Songbook, KAREN OBERLIN Reinvents Herself Review BWW Reviews: Offering Her Take on the Elvis Costello Songbook, KAREN OBERLIN Reinvents Herself
by Alix Cohen - June 19, 2015

With her new show His Aim Is True: The Singular Songs of Elvis Costello at Stage 72 (second show last night), you'll meet the new Karen Oberlin. Gone are the controlled vibrato, upper range, emotional translucence, femininity, and the playfulness of a purveyor of American Songbook/pop. Prepare for a terse, tensile, alto-voiced, punk chick (including shag hairdo) with a foot in rudderless jazz. There's nothing tentative in this raw, almost tone poem-like performance. Oberlin commits herself to her choices. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Geraldine Quinn's Account of Her Life As a MODERN DAY MAIDEN AUNT Blends Honesty, Humor A Few Home Truths Review BWW Reviews: Geraldine Quinn's Account of Her Life As a MODERN DAY MAIDEN AUNT Blends Honesty, Humor A Few Home Truths
by Jade Kops - June 16, 2015

Drawing on personal experience as a childless Aunt to her 19 nieces and nephews, Geraldine Quinn shares an honest and insightful account of her thoughts on being a MODERN DAY MAIDEN AUNT. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Luigi Lucente channels the quieter side of Jim Morrison in KALIDOSCOPE Review BWW Reviews: Luigi Lucente channels the quieter side of Jim Morrison in KALIDOSCOPE
by Jade Kops - June 15, 2015

Luigi Lucente captures Jim Morrison's music, poetry and erratic style in KALEIDOSCOPE with a quiet reverence. Paring back rock songs to piano self-accompaniments, the lyrics and sensitivity of the songs are showcased, peppered with references to Morrison's unpredictability. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Rosa Waxoffski Gets Up Close And Very Personal In HAIR TO THE THRONE Review BWW Reviews: Rosa Waxoffski Gets Up Close And Very Personal In HAIR TO THE THRONE
by Jade Kops - June 14, 2015

Marnie McQueen returns to the Cabaret stage with HAIR TO THE THRONE, the latest offering from the larger than life, Rosa Waxoffski, the Russian Beautician (more...)


BWW Reviews:  In A Pub in Ireland, An Old Man Shares His Story While He Decides Whether To Have THE PARTING GLASS Review BWW Reviews: In A Pub in Ireland, An Old Man Shares His Story While He Decides Whether To Have THE PARTING GLASS
by Jade Kops - June 13, 2015

Damien Leith blends an Irish "Pub Gig" with a father's story of secrets, regrets and love in THE PARTING GLASS: AN IRISH JOURNEY. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: MEOW MEOW - HIS MASTER'S CHOICE Was A Saucy Look At The Source Of Cabaret Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: MEOW MEOW - HIS MASTER'S CHOICE Was A Saucy Look At The Source Of Cabaret
by Barry Lenny - June 12, 2015

Meow Meow, once again, had the audience in the palm of her hand from first to last. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LITTLE DIANA AND THE BIG FUZZ Brings The Motown Sound To Potts Point This Winter Review BWW Reviews: LITTLE DIANA AND THE BIG FUZZ Brings The Motown Sound To Potts Point This Winter
by Jade Kops - June 11, 2015

Bree Langridge and her band combine copious amounts of sequins, big hair and iconic songs in LITTLE DIANA AND THE BIG FUZZ as they channel Diana Ross and The Funk Brothers for an hour of music and stories. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Cabaret Stars and Mabel Mercer Foundation Salute a Bountiful Group of Centenary Celebrating Legends at Weill Recital Hall Review BWW Reviews: Cabaret Stars and Mabel Mercer Foundation Salute a Bountiful Group of Centenary Celebrating Legends at Weill Recital Hall
by Alix Cohen - June 11, 2015

This year is the centennial of entertainment legends such as vocalists Billie Holliday and Edith Piaf, singer-actors Frank Sinatra and Alice Faye, composers Billy Strayhorn and Bart Howard, and pianist Cy Walter. In its annual tribute concert, The Mabel Mercer Foundation celebrated all these artists in 1915: It Was a Very Good Year at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, presenting a great variety of musical talent, each with a personal take. (more...)


BWW Reviews: John O'Hara Brings Late Night Calls to “The Love God” To The Cabaret Stage in DEDICATIONS Review BWW Reviews: John O'Hara Brings Late Night Calls to “The Love God” To The Cabaret Stage in DEDICATIONS
by Jade Kops - June 11, 2015

DEDICATIONS shares the lives and loves of 'The Love God's' listeners as they call in to a Late Night Radio program inspired by Sydney Radio personality Richard Mercer's 'Love Song Dedications'. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE TOXIC AVENGER Spreads Hot Toxic Love at 54 Below Review BWW Reviews: THE TOXIC AVENGER Spreads Hot Toxic Love at 54 Below
by David Clarke - June 10, 2015

The Toxic Avenger, based on Lloyd Kaufman's character and film by the same name and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, returned to New York City on Monday night for a special one-night-only concert reunion at 54 Below. Following a critically acclaimed run at The Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, the quirky musical about a New Jersey based radioactive mutant superhero may have its sights set on Broadway. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LINDA LAVIN's 'New' Show at 54 Below Is Formulaic Yet Still Entertaining Review BWW Reviews: LINDA LAVIN's 'New' Show at 54 Below Is Formulaic Yet Still Entertaining
by Alix Cohen - June 09, 2015

Linda Lavin's most recent show at 54 Below (which had a three-night run between June 4-6), Starting Over--"Because that's what I've done all my life"--illuminates a succession of chapters in her career. The show bears more than a little resemblance to a 2012 appearance at the same venue. There are repeated numbers, excessive, though entertaining anecdotes, and a feel I now find formulaic. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: VARIETY GALA PERFORMANCE Started A Fortnight Of The Best In Cabaret Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: VARIETY GALA PERFORMANCE Started A Fortnight Of The Best In Cabaret
by Barry Lenny - June 08, 2015

The packed audience showed their appreciation with continuous bursts of applause and laughter. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Betty Buckley's DARK BLUE-EYED BLUES is a Beautifully Rich Experience Review BWW Reviews: Betty Buckley's DARK BLUE-EYED BLUES is a Beautifully Rich Experience
by David Clarke - June 02, 2015

Last week, Betty Buckley returned to Joe's Pub to debut her newest cabaret concert DARK BLUE-EYED BLUES. Thrilled to have been recognized as a chanteuse in recent reviews, Buckley programmed the evening to be the "musings of a chanteuse," packing the set with standards and contemporary hits. The Broadway legend performed with tangible vivacity and charm, making this intimate evening a joy to experience. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO Open Beguiling New Show at the Metropolitan Room Review BWW Reviews: ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO Open Beguiling New Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - June 02, 2015

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano are in a really good mood. The infectious buoyancy of their new show at the Metropolitan Room, Shoulder Season (Don't ask me what the title means. Despite explanation, I haven't a clue.), will erase world news, ease arthritis, and make love seem possible again. Well, maybe not all that. Its warm, cheerful, sometimes exuberant musicality is nonetheless recommended for whatever ails you. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Life Lessons from Car Radio Classics Provide CHRISTY FRYE With a Winning Debut Show at Don't Tell Mama Review BWW Reviews: Life Lessons from Car Radio Classics Provide CHRISTY FRYE With a Winning Debut Show at Don't Tell Mama
by Billie Roe - June 01, 2015

One of the joys of reviewing cabaret is being fortunate enough to discover a remarkable talent. I experienced that feeling this past Saturday night at Don't Tell Mama where Christy Frye debuted her New York cabaret show, Christy Frye: Feels Like the First Time – Things I Learned From the Car Radio. Considering Frye is native of the Washington, D.C. area, and has been commuting weekly to New York for more than two years to study and participate in the New York cabaret scene, one might get the impression that Frye spends a good deal of her time in the car listening to the “oldies but goodies,” thereby supporting the first rule of cabaret performance--make the subject matter organic to the performer.  (more...)


BWW Reviews: CHARLOTTE PATTON Sensuously Celebrates Men—In Spite of All Their Flaws--in Sophisticated Show at the Metropolitan Room Review BWW Reviews: CHARLOTTE PATTON Sensuously Celebrates Men—In Spite of All Their Flaws--in Sophisticated Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Billie Roe - May 31, 2015

It takes a woman of considerable wit, style, and maturity to tackle (let alone celebrate) the subject matter of men. In her new show, Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts), seen last Thursday night at the Metropolitan Room, happily, Charlotte Patton possesses all those traits as she leads us on her guided tour of all the various male idiosyncrasies that can drive a woman wild--or mad. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Irreverent TORI SCOTT Blows Audiences Away With Her Roaring Pipes at Joe's Pub Review BWW Reviews: Irreverent TORI SCOTT Blows Audiences Away With Her Roaring Pipes at Joe's Pub
by Remy Block - May 29, 2015

In her new cabaret show Thirsty! (which returns to Joe's Pub for a second show on June 1 at 9:30), Scott regales the audience with tales of a young(ish) single woman living in New York City as an aspiring musical theater performer, whose antics tend to run toward the debauched, since she has 'no moral compass and [loves] being social.' Scott, named Time Out New York's Top Ten Cabaret Artist of 2013, has graced the stages of Joe's Pub, 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room, and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard. (more...)






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