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BWW Reviews: Courtney Act's BOYS LIKE ME Exudes Heart and Suggestion Review BWW Reviews: Courtney Act's BOYS LIKE ME Exudes Heart and Suggestion
by David Clarke - July 31, 2014

Before Courtney Act was an absolute sensation on LOGO's RuPaul's Drag Race's sixth season, she was shaking things up in her native Australia. With decadent vocal talent, mesmerizing stage presence, charisma, charm, and looks for days, Courtney Act is touring her torrid, one-woman tell-all BOYS LIKE ME, which packs as much heart as it does ribald suggestion. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park Review BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park
by Don Grigware - July 28, 2014

On Sunday July 27 powerhouse vocalist Jeanne Page made a stylish return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for a marvelous evening of standards done her way, entitled Reboot. This lady has a unique brand of humor that is intoxicating and infuses every song she sings with the true colors they deserve. She is about to release a CD of her work, so Reboot was a preview of the album. Believe me, it's a knockout! (more...)


BWW Reviews: More Paean Than Parody in BRITNEY SPEARS: THE CABARET in Australia Review BWW Reviews: More Paean Than Parody in BRITNEY SPEARS: THE CABARET in Australia
by Jacqueline Bublitz - July 27, 2014

Under the musical direction of Mathew Frank, Whelan-Browne lets Britney's songs reveal telling stories often lost within their pop/heavily auto-tuned original versions. Familiar songs, from Out from Under, to Toxic to Lucky are suddenly interesting, and often achingly autobiographical in content. (more...)


CABARET LIFE NYC: Anatomy of a Duo Show--Classy, Entertaining, Yet Flawed KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar Sondheim Set at the Beechman Is All About Choices Review CABARET LIFE NYC: Anatomy of a Duo Show--Classy, Entertaining, Yet Flawed KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar Sondheim Set at the Beechman Is All About Choices
by Stephen Hanks - July 25, 2014

The current Stephen Sondheim tribute show, Our Time, starring KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar at the Laurie Beechman (which I attended on July 9 and 16; there are two more Wednesday performances at 6pm on August 6, 13), is a charming, classy, and entertaining affair. But it also includes enough flaws in execution that prevent it from being truly great. For one thing, it doesn't really feel like a duo show. It's more like two solo performances within one show, where the performers fit in a couple of numbers together to justify the concept. A critique of the Sullivan/Harnar Sondheim set provides an interesting opportunity to analyze the anatomy of a duo show and the choices that can make it work—or not. (more...)


BWW Reviews: STEVE ROSS and KAREN OBERLIN Ooze Charm, Class, and Chemistry In Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at 54 Below Review BWW Reviews: STEVE ROSS and KAREN OBERLIN Ooze Charm, Class, and Chemistry In Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - July 20, 2014

Steve Ross and Karen Oberlin's recent duo effort at 54 Below, Cheek to Cheek, was a show oozing charm, class, charisma, and chemistry, but most of all they conveyed their love for these legendary performers and the classic tunes associated with them. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Dynamic and Disturbing VASLAV Lays Bare Nijinsky's Soul at the Kalk Bay Theatre Review BWW Reviews: Dynamic and Disturbing VASLAV Lays Bare Nijinsky's Soul at the Kalk Bay Theatre
by David Fick - July 19, 2014

VASLAV is a dynamic, vigorous and disturbing exploration of Vaslav Nijinsky's mind just prior to his internment in an asylum in Switzerland, based on the diaries he wrote over six weeks before he was committed, on the edge of a complete nervous breakdown. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell Review BWW Reviews: The Quintessential Modern Vaudeville - CLOCKWORK FOLLIES at Rockwell
by Aimee Curameng - July 14, 2014

Described as 'modern vaudeville,' Clockwork Follies at Rockwell manages to take a classic, almost-forgotten form of entertainment and transform it for today's audience. The show is comprised of a mixture of performers - a musical comedy troupe, beautiful dancers, a comedian, a magician, a French chanteuse, all hosted by the entertaining and magnetic, Jai Rodriguez. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ALYSHA UMPHRESS Ignites Signature Theatre in Solo Cabaret Review BWW Reviews: ALYSHA UMPHRESS Ignites Signature Theatre in Solo Cabaret
by Jennifer Perry - July 13, 2014

Alysha Umphress returned to Signature to wow local audiences again with her powerful voice, but this time in a solo cabaret as part of the ongoing Sizzlin' Summer Nights cabaret series. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret Series Showcases Some of Signature's Best, Including Driscoll, Olivera, and Smith Review BWW Reviews: Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret Series Showcases Some of Signature's Best, Including Driscoll, Olivera, and Smith
by Jennifer Perry - July 13, 2014

As a bit of a musical theatre geek, admittedly one of the things I look forward to the most each summer in DC is the Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret series at our very own Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. These ones were winners! (more...)


BWW Reviews: Erudite Jon Weber Dazzles on the Keyboard While Exploring the Evolution of Piano Jazz at the Metropolitan Room Review BWW Reviews: Erudite Jon Weber Dazzles on the Keyboard While Exploring the Evolution of Piano Jazz at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - July 08, 2014

Musical Director and pianist extraordinaire Jon Weber can play every imaginable musical style and for a wide variety of cabaret and concert singers, but this superlative keyboardist is really a jazz man at heart. Weber knows that the intricacies of certain music languages-whether classical or jazz-can be frustratingly elusive, so he's made it his mission to educate the masses, or in this case a few hundred people who after this Tuesday night at 7 pm will have attended one of his four entertaining classroom sessions at the Metropolitan Room, called 'From Joplin to Jarrett: 115 Years of Piano Jazz.' And when some of the students in the audience are among the most accomplished instrumentalists in New York, you realize that your teacher is a virtuoso. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun Review BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun
by David Clarke - July 06, 2014

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have had an extensive career, composing music for the stage and screen over the last thirty years. As a team, they captured us with their enchanting work on Anastasia. On Broadway, people clamored for RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL. Now fans of Ahrens & Flaherty have a beautifully produced retrospective of their work so far with Broadway Records' release of the fascinating NICE FIGHTING YOU. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SWEET DREAMS: SONGS BY ANNIE LENNOX is Michael Griffiths' Latest Musical Homage Review BWW Reviews: SWEET DREAMS: SONGS BY ANNIE LENNOX is Michael Griffiths' Latest Musical Homage
by Jade Kops - July 03, 2014

Michael Griffiths delves into the love and life of award winning singer and songwriter, Annie Lennox, in his latest cabaret SWEET DREAMS: SONGS BY ANNIE LENNOX in this beautifully crafted tribute. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FRINGE 2014: GIRL ON THE DRINK: THE LAGER CONTINUES Leads Adelaide Into Exciting New Wave Cabaret Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FRINGE 2014: GIRL ON THE DRINK: THE LAGER CONTINUES Leads Adelaide Into Exciting New Wave Cabaret
by Barry Lenny - July 01, 2014

Annie Siegmann is emerging as an innovative and pioneering force on the Adelaide cabaret scene, and it will be no surprise if we soon lose her to London or New York. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  ADELAIDE CABARET FRINGE 2014: AN AU PAIR IN AMERICA Is a Cautionary Tale Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FRINGE 2014: AN AU PAIR IN AMERICA Is a Cautionary Tale
by Barry Lenny - July 01, 2014

Carla Anita Mattiazzo recalls her trip to the USA to study and to act as a nanny for a wealthy family, but it is not what you might expect. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Incredible Diva Moments with Christina Bianco at Rockwell Review BWW Reviews: Incredible Diva Moments with Christina Bianco at Rockwell
by Aimee Curameng - June 30, 2014

Christina Bianco is best known for her cover of 'Let It Go' that went viral at the height of Frozen frenzy. In the video, she impersonates everyone from Barbra to Celine from Bernadette to Alanis and at her show titled 'Diva Moments' at Rockwell on Sunday, June 29th , she brought those divas and more to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Terri White Is Once Again Terrific As She Scores With New Show at 54 Below Review BWW Reviews: Terri White Is Once Again Terrific As She Scores With New Show at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - June 29, 2014

A year ago this summer (July 31, to be exact), Terri White performed a one-off show at 54 Below that was so stirring in its show-woman ship she was voted the winner of the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award for 'Best One-Show Special Event.' Based on the Broadway and nightclub veteran's performance in her recent June 22 show at the same club, White should be a candidate to pick up the award once again this year. Maybe it's time to just call her, 'Terri Terrific.' (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: INTO OBLIVION Beautifully Explored the Music of Astor Piazzolla Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: INTO OBLIVION Beautifully Explored the Music of Astor Piazzolla
by Barry Lenny - June 25, 2014

Argentinean composer and bandoneonista, Ástor Pantaleon Piazzolla, took the Tango and turned it on its head, creating what is known as nuevo tango. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY: SIBLING REVELRY Brings Two Great Singers Together Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY AND LIZ CALLAWAY: SIBLING REVELRY Brings Two Great Singers Together
by Barry Lenny - June 25, 2014

The rapport between the two Callaway sisters, as expected being siblings, added so much to this performance, (more...)


BWW Reviews: New York's Cabaret Stars Shine Brightly in Emotional MARGARET WHITING Tribute Show at Carnegie Hall Review BWW Reviews: New York's Cabaret Stars Shine Brightly in Emotional MARGARET WHITING Tribute Show at Carnegie Hall
by Stephen Hanks - June 25, 2014

When Margaret Whiting died on January 10, 2011, the news was like a dagger into the heart of the New York cabaret community. Whiting was a beloved singer for almost seven decades, who seemingly delivered every American popular song ever written, conquered almost every musical art form--from Big Band to Country to Musicals to Cabaret, from radio to the recording studio. On top of all that, Whiting worked with and mentored many New York cabaret musical directors and performers, including the late Mary Cleere Haran and K.T. Sullivan, who along with Whiting's daughter Deborah, hosted a 90th birthday Whiting tribute show on Monday night at Carnegie Hall's elegant Weill Recital Hall. Presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, for which Sullivan is Artistic Director, It Might As Well Be Spring! A Celebration in Song of the Life of Margaret Whiting was an almost three-hour concert featuring two All-Star teams worth of cabaret stars spanning a few generations. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: THE KING'S SINGERS: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK Reinvents Those Great Songs Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: THE KING'S SINGERS: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK Reinvents Those Great Songs
by Barry Lenny - June 24, 2014

What we get from the King's Singers is some sensational six part a cappella male voice harmony, and completely revised versions of the familiar songs (more...)


BWW Reviews: Classy Singer Sandy Bainum Brings Warmth and Sophistication to the Federal with Tribute to Ira Gershwin Review BWW Reviews: Classy Singer Sandy Bainum Brings Warmth and Sophistication to the Federal with Tribute to Ira Gershwin
by Don Grigware - June 23, 2014

'S Wonderful/Sandy Sings Ira Gershwin/Sandy Bainum at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal/musical director: Lanny Meyers/director: Bruce Kimmel/Sunday June 22 (more...)


BWW Reviews:  ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY: THE MUSIC OF HAROLD ARLEN Presents Songs of a Forgotten Man Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY: THE MUSIC OF HAROLD ARLEN Presents Songs of a Forgotten Man
by Barry Lenny - June 23, 2014

Johanna Allen makes another very welcome trip home to Adelaide to present the marvellous music of Harold Arlen, and her many fans were out in force to see her latest cabaret show, (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: MARK NADLER: RUNNIN' WILD Sees the Return of Adelaide's Most Loved Cabaret Star Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: MARK NADLER: RUNNIN' WILD Sees the Return of Adelaide's Most Loved Cabaret Star
by Barry Lenny - June 22, 2014

Mark Nadler's latest performance, Runnin' Wild, is guaranteed to win him more fans. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The 'L' Word is 'Laughter' During JANE LYNCH's Gleeful, Quirky Debut Cabaret Show at 54 Below Review BWW Reviews: The 'L' Word is 'Laughter' During JANE LYNCH's Gleeful, Quirky Debut Cabaret Show at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - June 21, 2014

In the TV musical comedy-drama, Glee, the award-winning actress Jane Lynch plays the deliciously evil high school cheerleading coach-turned-principal Sue Sylvester, who is constantly trying to sabotage the efforts of the school's glee club to compete in singing competitions or even exist. It's a good thing nobody tried to prevent Lynch from taking a real-life crack at nightclub singing, as her debut show this past week at 54 Below (the last show is tonight at 8pm) was a delightful breath of cabaret fresh air. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: AN EVENING WITH DARLENE LOVE and Her Powerhouse Voice Review BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: AN EVENING WITH DARLENE LOVE and Her Powerhouse Voice
by Jade Kops - June 21, 2014

The final weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival bought the incredible Darlene Love's concert An Evening with Darlene Love to an enthusiastic Adelaide audience for a one night only engagement. (more...)