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BWW Review: After a Slow Start, Former JERSEY BOYS Star John Lloyd Young's New Café Carlyle Show Builds to An Enjoyable Crescendo BWW Review: After a Slow Start, Former JERSEY BOYS Star John Lloyd Young's New Café Carlyle Show Builds to An Enjoyable Crescendo
by victoria ordin - February 11, 2016

Performing at the Cafe Carlyle for his fourth time, John Lloyd Young sashayed to the stage on his Tuesday opening night wearing leather and aviator glasses, and with the swagger one would expect from the performer who originated the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in 2005 (Young became the only... (more...)
BWW Review: Brian Gallagher and Friends Shakes Birdland Jazz Club BWW Review: Brian Gallagher and Friends Shakes Birdland Jazz Club
by David Clarke - February 04, 2016

Closing January 2016 with a bang, Broadway veteran and singer-songwriter Brian Gallagher shook Birdland Jazz Club with BRIAN GALLAGHER AND FRIENDS. He has been crafting new songs, writing a musical about a serial killer haunted by her victims, and even crafting a song cycle about rats. Utilizing his... (more...)
BWW Review: As Dynamic As Ever, BEN VEREEN Again Lights Up Feinstein's/54 Below With Unabashed Optimism BWW Review: As Dynamic As Ever, BEN VEREEN Again Lights Up Feinstein's/54 Below With Unabashed Optimism
by Alix Cohen - January 27, 2016

Attending a Ben Vereen show these days is like worshipping at the altar of Happy. As he displayed once again on Monday's opening night of his latest run at Feinstein's/ 54 Below, the veteran entertainer exudes palpable pleasure at being on stage while repeatedly expressing gratitude to his audience.... (more...)
BWW Review: Veteran Jazz Vocalist Mary Foster Conklin's New CD PHOTOGRAPHS Offers Her Interpretive Stamp On Classic Songs BWW Review: Veteran Jazz Vocalist Mary Foster Conklin's New CD PHOTOGRAPHS Offers Her Interpretive Stamp On Classic Songs
by Alix Cohen - January 23, 2016

With her new CD release Photographs, veteran New York jazz and cabaret singer Mary Foster Conklin puts her own stamp on the material, which is part interpretation and part the limited range of her often smoky alto. Accompanying musicians—led by John diMartino on piano--are top notch with especially ... (more...)
BWW Review: BLANC DE BLANC Celebrates Champagne, Circus And Comedy In The Comfort Of An Art Deco Inspired Supper Club. BWW Review: BLANC DE BLANC Celebrates Champagne, Circus And Comedy In The Comfort Of An Art Deco Inspired Supper Club.
by Jade Kops - January 21, 2016

Strut & Fret's latest offering BLANC DE BLANC invites the audience to be immersed in the bright shiny world of bubbles, bare flesh and breathtaking acrobatics.... (more...)
BWW Review: SONGS FOR THE FALLEN Recounts The Life Of Famous Courtesan Marie DuPlessis For SYDNEY FESTIVAL BWW Review: SONGS FOR THE FALLEN Recounts The Life Of Famous Courtesan Marie DuPlessis For SYDNEY FESTIVAL
by Jade Kops - January 19, 2016

The inspiration for Alexandre Dumas' novel 'La Dame Aux Camelias' and later Verdi's La Traviata, Marie DuPlessis shares her story with SYDNEY FESTIVAL in SONGS FOR THE FALLEN.... (more...)
BWW Review: Molly Ryan's 'Cheeky' Tribute to Mae West Is a Frisky Revelation at the Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Molly Ryan's 'Cheeky' Tribute to Mae West Is a Frisky Revelation at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - January 16, 2016

How much do most of us know about Brooklyn's own Mary Jane 'Mae' West (1893-1980) other than that she was an iconic sex symbol who had a wicked sense of humor? It's common knowledge she acted and sang, but are you aware she was a playwright and screenwriter? Did you know she didn't make her first fi... (more...)
BWW Review: Karen Oberlin Presents Captivating Revival Of Frank Loesser Tribute Show As One Of 'Cabaret's Greatest Hits' at Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Karen Oberlin Presents Captivating Revival Of Frank Loesser Tribute Show As One Of 'Cabaret's Greatest Hits' at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - January 15, 2016

Karen Oberlin's original performance of Heart & Soul: The Songs of Frank Loesser in 2010 (Loesser's Centennial celebration year) at The Algonquin Hotel's legendary Oak Room earned her a MAC Award nomination for “Best Major Artist” (as well as an award for the Live CD) and sterling reviews. Hence, th... (more...)
BWW Review: SYDNEY FESTIVAL Meow Meow 's LITTLE MERMAID Ponders The Eternal Struggle To Find Everlasting Love BWW Review: SYDNEY FESTIVAL Meow Meow 's LITTLE MERMAID Ponders The Eternal Struggle To Find Everlasting Love
by Jade Kops - January 13, 2016

Weimar inspired cabaret star Meow Meow (Melissa Madden Gray) brings her poignant philosophical ponderings of love to the SYDNEY FESTIVAL with her interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen's LITTLE MERMAID.... (more...)
BWW Review: Benjamin Eakeley Dazzles with BROADWAY SWINGER at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Benjamin Eakeley Dazzles with BROADWAY SWINGER at Feinstein's/54 Below
by David Clarke - January 11, 2016

Last week, Broadway veteran Benjamin Eakeley delighted audiences with his charming solo cabaret Broadway Swinger at Feinstein's/54 Below. The 60s themed show featured a book by Tim Murray and Eakeley, which was filled with interesting factoids about the decade. It was also masterfully directed by JV... (more...)
BWW Review: Feinstein's/54 Below Ebulliently Sings Cole Porter's KISS ME KATE BWW Review: Feinstein's/54 Below Ebulliently Sings Cole Porter's KISS ME KATE
by Alix Cohen - January 10, 2016

Thursday night at Feinstein's/54 Below, Scott Siegel--the busiest cabaret show producer in town--hosted a tribute to Cole Porter's classic musical, Kiss Me Kate, as part of the 2015 BroadwayWorld Award-nominated 54 Below Sings . . . series. With Siegel at the lectern filling in plot, Musical Directo... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE VERY WORST OF THE TIGER LILLIES Dazzles and Offends at The Famous Spiegeltent! BWW Reviews: THE VERY WORST OF THE TIGER LILLIES Dazzles and Offends at The Famous Spiegeltent!
by Brodie Paparella - January 07, 2016

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BWW Review: KAT GANG and Her Jazz Trio Bring Classy Cool To The Plaza BWW Review: KAT GANG and Her Jazz Trio Bring Classy Cool To The Plaza
by Alix Cohen - December 31, 2015

Lo and behold, The Plaza Hotel once again has music. Located up a flight of stairs where once the legendary Persian Room stood, The Rose Club is a comfortable two tiered bar and lounge with a varied menu and specialty cocktails. Service is excellent. This all but unknown refuge is a good place to me... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Rocks Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for the Eighth Consecutive Sellout Engagement BWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Rocks Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for the Eighth Consecutive Sellout Engagement
by Don Grigware - December 31, 2015

Actor/singer John Lloyd Young, best known for his Tony-winning portrayal of Frankie Valli in the original Broadway musical Jersey Boys and for his performance in the 2014 film, has performed eight record-breaking sell-out headlining engagements at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal since October 201... (more...)
BWW Review: Marlene VerPlanck Returns To Jazz at Kitano With Charm and Seasoned Skill BWW Review: Marlene VerPlanck Returns To Jazz at Kitano With Charm and Seasoned Skill
by Alix Cohen - December 28, 2015

Marlene VerPlanck always makes one feel as the gathering's in her own living room. On the night after Christmas, with expert colleagues Jon Weber (piano) and Jay Leonhart (bass), the vocalist offers a mix of classic and new material at the intimate Jazz at Kitano. VerPlanck, who released her first a... (more...)
BWW Review: In Terrific and Festive Show, MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Is Better Than Ever At The Club Now Bearing His Name BWW Review: In Terrific and Festive Show, MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Is Better Than Ever At The Club Now Bearing His Name
by Alix Cohen - December 22, 2015

Thirty years ago, championed by Liza Minnelli (Ira Gershwin's goddaughter), young Michael Feinstein debuted at the iconic Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel. I was there, having been escorted by an older, more sophisticated friend. As I recall, Feinstein was alone at the piano; thoroughly engaging, tel... (more...)
BWW Review: Kim Grogg & Kim Sutton Celebrate Women Power and the Joys of Friendship In Charming Holiday Duo Show at Don't Tell Mama BWW Review: Kim Grogg & Kim Sutton Celebrate Women Power and the Joys of Friendship In Charming Holiday Duo Show at Don't Tell Mama
by Billie Roe - December 21, 2015

With the holiday season upon us how wonderful it is to experience the joyful celebration of friendship. In their recent sold out performance (December 17th at Don't Tell Mama), the attractive girl-power singing duo, Kim Grogg and Kim Sutton, examine the true meaning of friendship from a decidedly fe... (more...)
BWW Review: Whether Jazzy or Bluesy, Catherine Russell & Her Sextet Offer Audiences Enthralling Performances of Iconic Music at Birdland BWW Review: Whether Jazzy or Bluesy, Catherine Russell & Her Sextet Offer Audiences Enthralling Performances of Iconic Music at Birdland
by Alix Cohen - December 16, 2015

“If they wrote'm like that today,” Catherine Russell sighs after a particularly saucy number during her show last night at Birdland, “I wouldn't have to go back 90 years.” A Russell show is like actually being there then--primarily from the early 1900s through the 1940s. Which is not to say the arti... (more...)
BWW Review: Tom & Mickey Host SINATRA 100 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR BWW Review: Tom & Mickey Host SINATRA 100 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
by Marina Kennedy - December 13, 2015

New York personalities, style icons and real estate 'superbrokers,' Tom Postillo & Mickey Conlon hosted 'The Sinatra 100 Holiday Spectacular.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Tribute to The Muppets Master Jim Henson at Urban Stages Is Again Charming But Suffers From Inconsistent Performances BWW Review: Tribute to The Muppets Master Jim Henson at Urban Stages Is Again Charming But Suffers From Inconsistent Performances
by Alix Cohen - December 12, 2015

Last year during their annual Winter Rhythms Festival, Urban Stages presented a Jim Henson tribute show called The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Jim, and decided to bring it back again this season (presented last night) by "popular demand." Conceived, hosted, and authored by besotted fan, actor/singer A... (more...)
BWW Review: Barbara Fasano Is Busy Being Glorious During Show Celebrating Her New CD Release at Birdland BWW Review: Barbara Fasano Is Busy Being Glorious During Show Celebrating Her New CD Release at Birdland
by Alix Cohen - December 12, 2015

Birdland was abuzz this past Thursday night in celebration of Barbara Fasano's fresh-off-the-press CD, Busy Being Free. Industry types table-hopped among civilians--they know a good thing when they hear it--as anticipation swelled. Gift wrapped in tapestry blue, Fasano was accompanied by three of th... (more...)
BWW Review: Well-Strung Make the Holidays Brighter with A WELL-STRUNG CHRISTMAS BWW Review: Well-Strung Make the Holidays Brighter with A WELL-STRUNG CHRISTMAS
by David Clarke - December 12, 2015

Well-Strung, the celebrated boy band string quartet, are gleefully following in the footsteps of their predecessors. With A Well-Strung Christmas, the charming foursome gives plenty of reasons for us all to put aside our copies of New Kids on the Block's Merry, Merry Christmas and 'N SYNC's Home For... (more...)
BWW Review: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Show Celebrating Famous Duets Is Widely Varied and Entertaining BWW Review: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Show Celebrating Famous Duets Is Widely Varied and Entertaining
by Alix Cohen - December 07, 2015

Described as “An Afternoon of Famous Duets,” Saturday's Urban Stages Winter Rhythms presentation (Day Four of the 11-day, 20-show festival) was unexpectedly sweeping in its approach, covering duos that sang pop, folk, jazz, Great American Songbook, and musical theater tunes. With veteran cabaret sin... (more...)
BWW Review: Former 1960s Nightclub Performer Turned 1970s New York Mayoral Aide ARLENE WOLFF Continues Inspiring Singing Comeback at Stage 72 BWW Review: Former 1960s Nightclub Performer Turned 1970s New York Mayoral Aide ARLENE WOLFF Continues Inspiring Singing Comeback at Stage 72
by Billie Roe - December 04, 2015

In her recent cabaret show, More Than You Know (November 23 at The Triad's Stage 72), Arlene Wolff continued a comeback that has been 50 years in the making (which started last November when she performed at the Waterwheel Café in Milford, PA). Revisiting her youth and those turbulent political year... (more...)
Photo Coverage: Opening Night of Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Features Homage to ANY WEDNESDAY Cabaret Series
by - December 03, 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 homag... (more...)




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