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BWW Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK CD RELEASE SHOW Encore is WhimsicalBWW Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK CD RELEASE SHOW Encore is Whimsical
by David Clarke - Feb 12, 2015

Stearns Matthews, a 2015 Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Recording, celebrated the late 2014 release of his debut album Spark last night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Giving an encore performance of his critically lauded Spark CD Release Show, the accomplished performer and three-time MAC Award nominee entertained audiences with his whimsical set and his dazzling and bright lyric baritone instrument. (more...)

Karen Mason to Play Don't Tell Mama Throughout MarchKaren Mason to Play Don't Tell Mama Throughout March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

At 7pm every Sunday and Monday during the month of March, Karen will return to the legendary cabaret Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street), to the very room that she and Nancy LaMott opened in l982. Mason at Mama's in March is her brand new show with great new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music she and her longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's. This engagement will culminate in a special Birthday Celebration on Monday, March 30th. Mason at Mama's In March will be directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Christopher Denny. (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Perform at the Beechman, 2/11Stearns Matthews to Perform at the Beechman, 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews will present an encore performance of the release show for his debut album, SPARK, on Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With PizzazzBWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With Pizzazz
by David Clarke - Dec 15, 2014

Celebrated solo cabaret performer Stearns Matthews recently released his debut solo album SPARK. The record serves as a wonderful introduction to his earnest and soothing lyrical baritone instrument. Each of the 11 tracks on the album is a song most already know and love, piquing interest in SPARK. Yet, Stearns Matthews wins us over as he sings them in such a way that the numbers sound completely brand new again. (more...)

Stearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show TonightStearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews is proud to announce the release of his debut album, SPARK, today, November 1st, 2014. After six years of entertaining in cabaret rooms with “a voice as pure as rainwater” (William Westhoven, The Daily Record), Matthews leaps to the next stage of his career: recording. The recording showcases Matthews' musical versatility as well as dynamic range, and features a mix of new arrangements of time-tested standards, musical theater favorites, as well as a never-before-recorded song by John Bucchino, My Alligator and Me. (more...)

Kritzerland Brings Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad TonightKritzerland Brings Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIUS! The Songs of The Sherman Brothers' tonight, November 15, 2014 to 7:00 PM and 9:00PM. (more...)

Olivier Nominee Brent Barrett Premieres 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room TonightOlivier Nominee Brent Barrett Premieres 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

This month, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22nd St.). (more...)

Brent Barrett and More Play The Metropolitan Room This WeekBrent Barrett and More Play The Metropolitan Room This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

This coming week, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Brent Barrett in Rehearsal for LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB at the Met RoomPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Brent Barrett in Rehearsal for LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB at the Met Room
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

This month, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22nd St.). Scroll down for a sneak peek at Barrett in rehearsal! (more...)

Stearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show TonightStearns Matthews Plays Album Release Show Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2014

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews is proud to announce the release of his debut album, SPARK, today, November 1st, 2014. (more...)

Olivier Nominee Brent Barrett to Premiere New Show 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room Next MonthOlivier Nominee Brent Barrett to Premiere New Show 'LIFE IS' at the Metropolitan Room Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

This November, Olivier Award nominee and celebrated Broadway favorite Brent Barrett (Chicago; Kiss Me, Kate; Annie Get Your Gun) will debut his new cabaret act 'LIFE IS: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB' at New York's famed Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22nd St.). (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Play Album Release Shows, 11/01, 12/06Stearns Matthews to Play Album Release Shows, 11/01, 12/06
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

Acclaimed cabaret vocalist Stearns Matthews is proud to announce the release of his debut album, SPARK, on Saturday, November 1st, 2014. After six years of entertaining in cabaret rooms with “a voice as pure as rainwater” (William Westhoven, The Daily Record), Matthews leaps to the next stage of his career: recording. The recording showcases Matthews' musical versatility as well as dynamic range, and features a mix of new arrangements of time-tested standards, musical theater favorites, as well as a never-before-recorded song by John Bucchino, My Alligator and Me. (more...)

Kritzerland to Present THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY! at the Triad, 11/16Kritzerland to Present THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY! at the Triad, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY! A Potpourri of Kritzerland Favorites' on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Kritzerland to Bring Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad, 11/15Kritzerland to Bring Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad, 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIUS! The Songs of The Sherman Brothers' on Saturday, November 15, 2014 to 7:00 PM and 9:00PM. (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Stearns Matthews is a three-time MAC Award nominee in three different categories (Best Male Debut, 2009; Best Male Vocalist, 2011; Best Musical Comedy Performer, 2013), has appeared twice at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and was the first-ever first runner-up in the Metropolitan Room's MetroStar Talent Challenge in 2008 (more...)

Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Stearns Matthews is a three-time MAC Award nominee in three different categories (Best Male Debut, 2009; Best Male Vocalist, 2011; Best Musical Comedy Performer, 2013), has appeared twice at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and was the first-ever first runner-up in the Metropolitan Room's MetroStar Talent Challenge in 2008 (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: The Power of the 'Pan' and Catch-Up Show Reviews from a Long Cabaret WinterCABARET LIFE NYC: The Power of the 'Pan' and Catch-Up Show Reviews from a Long Cabaret Winter
by Stephen Hanks - May 12, 2014

If you are even a semi-regular reader of this column of reviews, you know that about every three or four months, I post a compilation of observations of shows from the previous quarter of the year. This cabaret critiquing mash up happens for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I admittedly see too many cabaret shows for the amount of time I have to promptly review them (and then, of course, the usual writer's procrastination sets in). So I have to prioritize the timeliness of the reviews based on the prestige of the performer, the length of a show run, the strength (or lack thereof) of the performance, etc. The quality of the shows in these compilations—which can range from a half dozen to a dozen reviews in one shot—are usually a mixed bag of outright raves, qualified positives, and constructive pans (I'm not a fan of the word “negative” in the reviewer lexicon). With that in mind here are a collection of cabaret show reviews going back to the start of a very harsh winter. (more...)

Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru Feb 2014Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (tonight, January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)

Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Jan-Feb 2014Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Jan-Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)

Photo Flash: Steven Brinberg in MOSTLY MARVIN at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Steven Brinberg in MOSTLY MARVIN at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2013

On Monday, September 9, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented the return of Steven Brinberg as Simply Barbra in 'Mostly Marvin,' with very special guest star, Erik Altemus. Musical director for the event was Christopher Denny. Scroll down for photos from the evening! (more...)

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