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BWW Review: 2015 MetroStar Champ Minda Larsen Delivers Another Winning Performance With MY SOUTHERN SONG at Metropolitan Room BWW Review: 2015 MetroStar Champ Minda Larsen Delivers Another Winning Performance With MY SOUTHERN SONG at Metropolitan Room
by Victoria Ordin - May 30, 2016

The fourth time was the charm for Minda Larsen, winner of the 2015 MetroStar Competition: “I have an MFA in opera,” she joked during the debut of her show, My Southern Song, at the Metropolitan Room on May 21, “So it took four tries in six years to win that competition.” The remark is typical of the... (more...)
BWW Review: With TWO GUYS AND A GRAND at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Cabaret Veterans Jim Brochu & Steve Ross Evoke the Spirit of Music Halls BWW Review: With TWO GUYS AND A GRAND at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Cabaret Veterans Jim Brochu & Steve Ross Evoke the Spirit of Music Halls
by Alix Cohen - May 28, 2016

Veteran performers Jim Brochu and Steve Ross have known one another since the 1970s, an era when New York was filled with piano bars, cabaret rooms, and nightclubs. Pause for a deep, wistful sigh. Framing their new show, Two Guys and a Grand (last Wednesday night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre), in ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ray Charles Protégés Faithfully Honor the Icon's Songbook at Jazz at Lincoln Center BWW Review: Ray Charles Protégés Faithfully Honor the Icon's Songbook at Jazz at Lincoln Center
by Alix Cohen - May 26, 2016

Last Saturday night at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center presented a celebration on what would have been Ray Charles' 85th Birthday. The program was led by Musical Director and trumpeter Kenny Rampton (who once toured with the Ray Charles band), and included 10 longtime members of the icon's ... (more...)
BWW Review: Mandy Patinkin Performs Passionately for National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at Jazz at Lincoln Center BWW Review: Mandy Patinkin Performs Passionately for National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at Jazz at Lincoln Center
by Alix Cohen - May 25, 2016

In its robust 101st season, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is the longest consecutively producing Yiddish theater company in the world. Its mission: To celebrate the Jewish experience through the performing arts and to transmit rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways. The theatre's Gala 2016 ... (more...)
BWW Review: Singer PAT WHITEMAN and Composer HARRIET SCHOCK Make a Dream Team  in the E-Spot Lounge at Vitello's BWW Review: Singer PAT WHITEMAN and Composer HARRIET SCHOCK Make a Dream Team in the E-Spot Lounge at Vitello's
by Don Grigware - May 23, 2016

On Thursday May 19 consummate singer Pat Whiteman presented An Evening of Pat Whiteman & Grammy nominated songwriter Harriet Schock at the E Spot Lounge at Vitello's in Studio City to a sold-out house of arduous music lovers. Although not as well known as the others, Harriet Schock has been compared... (more...)
BWW Review: Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak Celebrate 25-Year Collaboration With Magnificent Show in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series at Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak Celebrate 25-Year Collaboration With Magnificent Show in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series at Metropolitan Room
by Remy Block - May 19, 2016

We are lucky in New York City. The talent here is unbelievable. Sometimes you settle in for an intimate evening at a little local club and you get your socks blown off. On Friday the 13th (of May, to be exact), I had such an experience at the latest monthly installment of Stephen Hanks' Metropolitan... (more...)
BWW Review: Bullying Survivor LISA JASON Sings Her Story 'Beautifully' at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Bullying Survivor LISA JASON Sings Her Story 'Beautifully' at the Laurie Beechman
by Victoria Ordin - May 16, 2016

“I . . . am a survivor,” Lisa Jason announces solemnly near the beginning of her poignant new cabaret show, Bullied to Beautiful, which premiered in its present incarnation last Wednesday night (it originally debuted last October at the Metropolitan Room) at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Uprooted at ... (more...)
BWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars Club BWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars Club
by Victoria Ordin - May 10, 2016

The spirit of jazz legends Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (with a little Tito Puente) was palpable in the Milton Berle room at New York's Friars Club on April 25 for the second-annual production of Triple Threats. Broadway veterans (including Duke's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, who also co... (more...)
BWW Review: Tommy Tune Transfixes at The Rrazz Room at The Prince BWW Review: Tommy Tune Transfixes at The Rrazz Room at The Prince
by DT Gramkee - May 09, 2016

BWW Reviews: TOMMY TUNE TRANSFIXES PHILADELPHIA at The RRAZZ ROOM At The Prince... (more...)
BWW Review: Ann Hampton Callaway's Ardent BUT BEAUTIFUL Thrills Birdland BWW Review: Ann Hampton Callaway's Ardent BUT BEAUTIFUL Thrills Birdland
by Alix Cohen - May 06, 2016

I don't know when Ann Hampton Callaway started this chapter of her life, but she's emphatically in a new one. The artist savors every note, propelled headlong into her songs with uncommon exuberance. Signature authority extends not only to stellar scat but to enacting selected material. Accompanied ... (more...)
BWW Review: Renovated RAINBOW ROOM at 30 Rock Provides a Sumptuous Feast for the Senses and An Unforgettable Experience BWW Review: Renovated RAINBOW ROOM at 30 Rock Provides a Sumptuous Feast for the Senses and An Unforgettable Experience
by Victoria Ordin - May 03, 2016

During a 2014 private tour of the massive Rainbow Room renovation still underway before its early October opening that year, architect Michael Gabellini famously told guests, “The idea is to burnish history, to polish and move it into the present day, with an eye on the future.” Undertaken in 2010 a... (more...)
BWW Review: Long-Legged LYNDA CARTER is a 'Wonder' As a Singer in Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert BWW Review: Long-Legged LYNDA CARTER is a 'Wonder' As a Singer in Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert
by Victoria Ordin - May 01, 2016

The twilight view of Central Park in all its springtime lushness set a perfect mood for Lynda Carter's show Long Legged Woman last Saturday night (April 23) at the Appel Room, which ran for two nights as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center series. With her all-star Nashville crew, whose members have ... (more...)
BWW Review: 2015 BWW Award Nominee RAQUEL CION'S Riveting, Intensely Personal Tribute to 'Visionary' David Bowie Rocks The Slipper Room BWW Review: 2015 BWW Award Nominee RAQUEL CION'S Riveting, Intensely Personal Tribute to 'Visionary' David Bowie Rocks The Slipper Room
by Victoria Ordin - April 28, 2016

'In his world, I find myself,' Raquel Cion pronounces with almost oracular force in her one-woman show, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie (performed on April 21 at The Slipper Room on the Lower East Side). The Connecticut-raised performer and director received a 2015 Broadway... (more...)
BWW Review: Donna McKechnie's 'Visit' with Kander & Ebb Falls Short of Expectations at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Donna McKechnie's 'Visit' with Kander & Ebb Falls Short of Expectations at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Alix Cohen - April 22, 2016

Ninety percent of the way through her new 54 Below show, A Visit With Kander and Ebb, Donna McKechnie delivers the unquestioned highlight of this show, “I Walk Away” (The Visit), wherein the character Claire Zachanassian ruefully explains how she accrued her fortune through the deaths of successive ... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Dazzles at Café Carlyle Singing Her Favorite Songs BWW Review: Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Dazzles at Café Carlyle Singing Her Favorite Songs
by Alix Cohen - April 21, 2016

When Tuesday night the formidable Chita Rivera opens her debut Cafe Carlyle show, An Evening of My Favorite Songs, with "I Won't Dance" (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh), it's like watching a thoroughbred nose the racing gate. There's too little space on the small stage to do much more than ... (more...)
BWW Review: With THE GREAT JAZZ STANDARDS, Michael Feinstein Opens This Year's Jazz at Lincoln Center's 'Jazz and Popular Song Series' With Appealing Vitality BWW Review: With THE GREAT JAZZ STANDARDS, Michael Feinstein Opens This Year's Jazz at Lincoln Center's 'Jazz and Popular Song Series' With Appealing Vitality
by Alix Cohen - April 16, 2016

I hear music, mighty fine music . . . Host Michael Feinstein sings with pristine bass accompaniment, as Musical Director Tedd Firth's Big Band filters in musician by musician. The sweetest sounds I ever heard . . . he continues as a light saxophone joins syncopated rhythm. Then whomp! All 17 players... (more...)
BWW Review: Rosemary Loar Justifies 'Greatest Hits' Status for Her 2006 QUANDO SWING With Powerful Revival At The Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Rosemary Loar Justifies 'Greatest Hits' Status for Her 2006 QUANDO SWING With Powerful Revival At The Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - April 15, 2016

I didn't catch Rosemary Loar's original 2006 presentation of 'Quando Swing,' but I can't imagine it performed with more muscular honesty than it was Wednesday night at the Metropolitan Room in the latest monthly installment of Producer Stephen Hanks' 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' series. We've ... (more...)
BWW Review: Rumer Willis Channels Smoky Chanteuses in Café Carlyle Debut BWW Review: Rumer Willis Channels Smoky Chanteuses in Café Carlyle Debut
by David Clarke - April 09, 2016

Actress/singer Rumer Willis returns to New York City with her spellbinding debut at Cafe Carlyle. Having previously wowed New York audiences as Roxie in Broadway's CHICAGO and at Feinstein's/54 Below, Willis' sultry instrument and chanteuse aura melds her youthful energy with the reverence for music... (more...)
BWW Review: Celia Berk Follows Up Multiple Award Debut Year With Smart, Stylish, and Meticulous CD Release Show at the Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Celia Berk Follows Up Multiple Award Debut Year With Smart, Stylish, and Meticulous CD Release Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - April 05, 2016

Raising the bar ever higher, Celia Berk (who in the past year has won “Best Debut” Awards from BroadwayWorld and MAC and received a Bistro Award) celebrated the release of her new CD Manhattan Serenade with the first of four shows at The Metropolitan Room on Sunday night (others are April 10, 17, an... (more...)
BWW Review: Liz Callaway Holds a Love Fest for Richard Maltby & David Shire at Lincoln Center's American Songbook BWW Review: Liz Callaway Holds a Love Fest for Richard Maltby & David Shire at Lincoln Center's American Songbook
by Alix Cohen - April 01, 2016

There are audible sighs of pleasurable recognition from the audience at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center (on March 30) when Liz Callaway's band plays opening bars from "The Story Goes On" (Baby)." Songwriting partners Richard Maltby & David Shire have been "in" Liz Callaway's life s... (more...)
BWW Review: Anna Bergman Celebrates the Love Songs of Richard Rodgers at Enjoyable Gala to Benefit The Actor's Temple BWW Review: Anna Bergman Celebrates the Love Songs of Richard Rodgers at Enjoyable Gala to Benefit The Actor's Temple
by Victoria Ordin - March 29, 2016

On the evening of March 21, veteran vocalist and stage actress Anna Bergman presented a program called Falling In Love With Love, featuring the romantic songs of Richard Rodgers to support the Actors' Temple (339 West 47th Street) at its 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala, one year shy of Congregation Ezra... (more...)
BWW Review: Natalie Douglas Breathtakingly (and Politically) Explores the Human Heart in CD Release Show at Birdland BWW Review: Natalie Douglas Breathtakingly (and Politically) Explores the Human Heart in CD Release Show at Birdland
by Remy Block - March 29, 2016

"I'm a black woman in America; breathing is political," stated Natalie Douglas, wryly, early in her March 21 concert at Birdland to celebrate the release of her excellent new recording Human Heart. I felt myself inwardly fist pump-yes! Douglas dared to acknowledge the contemporary political circus-w... (more...)
BWW Review: FRANCES RUFFELLE Brings A Little Bit of Paris to Kennedy Center BWW Review: FRANCES RUFFELLE Brings A Little Bit of Paris to Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - March 27, 2016

There's something to be said about Ms. Ruffelle embracing her own originality and zest for life, and selecting songs that emphasize she's very much her own person and does things her own way. Her cabaret was unlike any other you'd experience from most of the women who have graced the Broadway or We... (more...)
BWW Review: 2016 Bistro Award Winner Sharon McNight Sets Out to Offend Almost Everyone and Mostly Succeeds at The Duplex BWW Review: 2016 Bistro Award Winner Sharon McNight Sets Out to Offend Almost Everyone and Mostly Succeeds at The Duplex
by Victoria Ordin - March 22, 2016

Having recently added a 2016 Bistro Award for “Commanding Cabaret Artistry” to her list of accolades (including a Tony nomination and Theater World Award for her 1989 Broadway debut in Starmites), Sharon McNight belted and growled her way through Songs to Offend Almost Everyone at the second of her ... (more...)
Christine Andreas & Martin Silvestri Give Good 'Love' at the RRAZZ ROOM - Including Video Recap Christine Andreas & Martin Silvestri Give Good 'Love' at the RRAZZ ROOM - Including Video Recap
by DT Gramkee - March 21, 2016

Christine Andreas & Martin Silvestri give good "Love" at the RRAZZ ROOM https://youtu.be/yW7Lu4G3bEc... (more...)




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