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IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR Set for Weill Recital Hall, 6/9IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR Set for Weill Recital Hall, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Seven outstanding vocalists, songwriters, and musicians born in 1915 will be honored at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., when The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the annual concert, "It Was A Very Good Year." Cohosted by the Foundation's artistic director KT Sullivan and the distinguished critic Rex Reed, the one-night-only event celebrates the centennial birthdays of (alphabetically) Alice Faye, Billie Holiday, Bart Howard, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn, and Cy Walter. (more...)

BWW Reviews: It's All Sinatra All the Time and All the Way as Will Friedwald's 14-Hour SINATRA-THON Entertains and Informs at The Cutting RoomBWW Reviews: It's All Sinatra All the Time and All the Way as Will Friedwald's 14-Hour SINATRA-THON Entertains and Informs at The Cutting Room
by Alix Cohen - May 12, 2015

Tribute shows to iconic entertainers celebrating a centennial birthday in 2015 seem to be all the rage this year. But nobody has been celebrated more in cabaret variety shows than Frank Sinatra—and rightly so. Wall Street Journal entertainment columnist Will Friedwald, also a producer and author who wrote the 1997 book Sinatra! The Song Is You—A Singer's Art, this past Saturday presented the biggest (and longest) tribute to “Ol' Blue Eyes” so far this year with Sinatra-Thon at The Cutting Room (co-curated with performer Cary Hoffman), a potpourri of events running from 10 am to an after-midnight jam, and which included varied live entertainment, rare film clips, and panel discussions. (more...)

Stacy Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Gabrielle Stravelli, and Stearns Matthews Among Winners of 2015 MAC AwardsStacy Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Gabrielle Stravelli, and Stearns Matthews Among Winners of 2015 MAC Awards
by Andrew Martin - Mar 29, 2015

From the Oscars to the Tonys, the Grammys to Emmys, awards ceremonies are always a hit-or-miss situation. Either the event is absolutely excellent or ends with spectators saying, 'Well, they'll do a better job with it next year.' The 2015 MAC Awards, presented by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, and held once again this year at BB King's on West 42nd Street, absolutely fell into the former category. It was a splendid affair (albeit it's usual 3-plus hours) that was expertly directed by MAC President Lennie Watts. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna HayesBWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes
by Billie Roe - Mar 12, 2015

When Cole Porter wrote, 'Anything Goes,' he could have easily been referring to New York cabaret circa the 2000-sies. One of the joys of attending and reviewing cabaret shows in the Big Apple these days is that every performing style, show theme, cultural perspective, political point of view, race, gender, and sexual preference is represented on a stage. Some cabaret purists may not agree, but the genre seems to have no boundaries in terms of what is acceptable and what is not. And as long as a show is entertaining, who cares about boundaries and strict definitions of what works in the art form? Here are reviews of three recent shows from Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes that reflect the delicious diversity that is cabaret. (more...)

THE LAST SHIP Company, 54 SINGS MACK & MABEL & More Set for 54 Below This WeekTHE LAST SHIP Company, 54 SINGS MACK & MABEL & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Casts of THE LAST SHIP and SIDE SHOW, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below Next MonthCasts of THE LAST SHIP and SIDE SHOW, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

This March, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. Below, find the schedule for upcoming events over the next month. (more...)

Terrific Performances From Both Veterans and Newcomers Highlight 2014 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Show at Joe's PubTerrific Performances From Both Veterans and Newcomers Highlight 2014 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Show at Joe's Pub
by Andrew Martin - Feb 26, 2015

In just three years since the inception of the BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards, the ceremony has evolved into one of the community's most-anticipated events. And this year's festivities, the second one at Joe's Pub, proved to be the most glittering and energetic assemblage to date. In fact, there couldn't have been a more promising start to the annual cabaret awards season, which continues with the Bistro Awards at Gotham Comedy Club on March 4, and culminates with the MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) at BB King's on March 26. The 3rd Annual BWW Awards Show was just the right spark to get this season's prizes off to a veritable fireworks display. (more...)

KT Sullivan, DeeDee Bridgewater & More to Honor Ervin Drake at 54 Below, 3/6KT Sullivan, DeeDee Bridgewater & More to Honor Ervin Drake at 54 Below, 3/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

For more than 70 years, composer and lyricist Ervin Drake had a remarkably varied career but we will remember him for his music.With hits like 'Tico Tico', The Rickety Rickshaw Man', 'It Was A Very Good Year', 'Good Morning Heartache' and 'I Believe', Ervin Drake had man 'very good' years. Join us Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7pm with an all- star cast including KT Sullivan, Stacy Sullivan, Klea Blackhurst, Tom Moore, Carole J. Bufford, Carol Woods, Jeff Harnar, Eric Yves Garcia, Tony Award winner DeeDee Bridgewater and many more. Featuring Jon Weber on piano and Ray Kilday on bass. (more...)

LEN CARIOU To Perform With Award Winners MONHEIT, NADLER, ICONIS, BUDD, HARNAR, OBERLIN, and MORE in Third Annual BWW Cabaret Awards at Joe's Pub, 2/23LEN CARIOU To Perform With Award Winners MONHEIT, NADLER, ICONIS, BUDD, HARNAR, OBERLIN, and MORE in Third Annual BWW Cabaret Awards at Joe's Pub, 2/23
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 31, 2015

The 2014 BWW New York Cabaret Awards will celebrate the best cabaret performers and shows of last year as voted on by 7,500 fans in December after a one-month preliminary ballot process. Produced, directed, and hosted for the third straight year by BWW Cabaret Editor Stephen Hanks, the BWW Awards show will feature performances by many of the winners, many of whom are among the cream of the crop in the art of cabaret. Joining a star-studded cast (see below) will be two-time 2014 BWW Cabaret Award nominee and Broadway Musical star Len Cariou, who will perform a special tribute to the late songwriter Ervin Drake. (more...)

Clive Davis, Patti LuPone, Billy Joel Band and More Inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame TonightClive Davis, Patti LuPone, Billy Joel Band and More Inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, to be inducted at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala tonight, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. (more...)

Long Island Music Hall of Fame Celebrates 2014 Class of Honorees TonightLong Island Music Hall of Fame Celebrates 2014 Class of Honorees Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, to be inducted at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala tonight, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chuck Cooper, Bob Ari & More Join Randie Levine-Miller for BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVOSPhoto Flash: Chuck Cooper, Bob Ari & More Join Randie Levine-Miller for BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

On Monday, September 15, Randie Levine-Miller presented and hosted Broadway Showstopper Divos --'A Swell Party' at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. (more...)

Long Island Music Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Class of HonoreesLong Island Music Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Class of Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, to be inducted at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. (more...)

BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS: A SWELL PARTY Comes to the Met Room TonightBROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS: A SWELL PARTY Comes to the Met Room Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Tonight, September 15 at 7:00 PM, Randie Levine-Miller will present and host Broadway Showstopper Divos --'A Swell Party' at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. The evening's theme is 'The Broadway Songbook' -- starring some of the theater's most talented performers: (more...)

Randie Levine-Miller to Present BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS: A SWELL PARTY at the Metropolitan Room, 9/15Randie Levine-Miller to Present BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS: A SWELL PARTY at the Metropolitan Room, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2014

On Monday, September 15 at 7:00 PM, Randie Levine-Miller will present and host Broadway Showstopper Divos --'A Swell Party' at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. The evening's theme is 'The Broadway Songbook' -- starring some of the theater's most talented performers. (more...)

Clive Davis, Patti LuPone, Billy Joel Band and More to Be Inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame This FallClive Davis, Patti LuPone, Billy Joel Band and More to Be Inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, to be inducted at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gabrielle Stravelli Plays The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Gabrielle Stravelli Plays The Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 23, 2014

Gabrielle Stravelli - the acclaimed pop/jazz vocalist called 'ingenious' by The Wall Street Journal and known from her tours with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, appearances at the 92nd Street Y and her long-running Soho jazz brunch - is in the midst an exclusive two week engagement at The Metropolitan Room and broadwayworld was there (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents AN EVENING WITH ERVIN DRAKEPhoto Coverage: The Friars Club Presents AN EVENING WITH ERVIN DRAKE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 12, 2014

Ervin Drake has had many birthday tributes recently and one of the most interesting ones was held at the legendary Friars Club. Host and well known interviewer Bill Boggs, together with music critic/historian/author Will Friedwald traced the life of the 95 year old music icon. (more...)

Deborah Grausman, Corinna Sowers-Adler and More Set for SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS -- THE BROADWAY SONGBOOK at Stage 72, 6/16Deborah Grausman, Corinna Sowers-Adler and More Set for SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS -- THE BROADWAY SONGBOOK at Stage 72, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

On Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM, Randie Levine-Miller will present and host Showstopper Divas --'The Broadway Songbook' at Stage 72/Triad (158 West 72nd Street) to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society*. Critically acclaimed theater and cabaret 'divas', Deborah Grausman, Corinna Sowers-Adler, Christianne Tisdale and Deborah Tranelli will star. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pianist Jon Weber Plays the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Pianist Jon Weber Plays the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 22, 2014

Jon Weber one of the most prominent music directors in New York cabaret performed his one man show at the Metropolitan Room last night. The acclaimed Milwaukee born Jazz pianist and composer lectured and played a program which demonstrated how jazz piano evolved over the last 115 years. From Scott Joplin to Keith Jarrett Mr. Weber recreated the sounds and styles of the various pianists and showed how they influenced piano jazz over the years. Jon is the host of Piano Jazz with Jon Weber on National Public Radio and his recent album titled Simple Complex features his own compositions. (more...)

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