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Tickets Now Available For Marissa Mulder In LIVING STANDARDS, 12/5Tickets Now Available For Marissa Mulder In LIVING STANDARDS, 12/5
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 18, 2014

Catch rising cabaret star Marissa Mulder live in concert! (more...)

Andrea Bell Wolff to Bring BACK TO BASICS to the Metropolitan Room, 10/25Andrea Bell Wolff to Bring BACK TO BASICS to the Metropolitan Room, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Miss Andrea Bell Wolff, the delightful singer-actress, has appeared in Broadway shows, on Las Vegas stages, on television; she was even the audience warm-up girl for the 'Ed Sullivan Show' in the late 1960's! Miss Bell Wolff has been in real show biz for the past 50 (yes!) years, yet she looks and acts incredibly youthful - and sounds, it, too. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New York's Cabaret Stars Shine Brightly in Emotional MARGARET WHITING Tribute Show at Carnegie HallBWW Reviews: New York's Cabaret Stars Shine Brightly in Emotional MARGARET WHITING Tribute Show at Carnegie Hall
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 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...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Marissa Mulder Again is Magical, But When It Comes to 'Standards' You Gotta Have StandardsCABARET LIFE NYC: Marissa Mulder Again is Magical, But When It Comes to 'Standards' You Gotta Have Standards
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 19, 2014

Rising cabaret star Marissa Mulder's most recent performance of 'Living Standards' at the Metropolitan Room was certainly up to the high standard she has set for herself over the past couple of years. In fact, she's so consistently solid that she overcame the show's misguided and clunky premise that some very good contemporary songs should be thought of as 'standards.' (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Steven Schalchlin Isn't Saccharine During Emotionally Enriching Show at the Metropolitan RoomCABARET LIFE NYC: Steven Schalchlin Isn't Saccharine During Emotionally Enriching Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 9, 2013

While it was billed as a presentation celebrating the release of his 13-song CD, Tales From the Bonus Round, and his 60th birthday, Steven Schalchlin's recent show at the Metropolitan Room was so much more than that. It was also one about fear, fortitude, anxiety, anguish, compassion, courage, and love, all expressed in poetic and often clever lyrics and melodies ranging from uplifting gospel to Billy Joel-sounding mid-tempo pop to sensitive ballads, many colored with musical theater undertones. At their core, most of the songs conveyed what Schalchlin has thought, felt and experienced since early 1993, when he was diagnosed with AIDS, launched one of the first internet diaries/blogs (in early 1996), stared death in the face on a daily basis, took an experimental AIDS drug (Crixivan), and ultimately regained his health and career. When you listen to his songs, it's not hard to believe Schalchlin when he claims that during those scary days writing music and the “healing properties of piano vibrations” also helped save his life, and the 17 years since are what he calls his “Bonus Round.” (more...)

BWW Reviews: TANYA MOBERLY is Terrific Tackling Tunes of New York Songwriters at Don't Tell MamaBWW Reviews: TANYA MOBERLY is Terrific Tackling Tunes of New York Songwriters at Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 6, 2013

It turns out that when it came to Tanya Moberly cabaret shows and this reviewer, the third time was the charm. After being blown away by Moberly's powerful voice and stage presence when I first caught her one-song performances at the Sunday Salon Open Mics three years ago, I wasn't crazy about either of her full-blown cabaret shows the past two years (Tanya Moberly Sings Di Franco/Tanya Moberly Sings Jonatha Brooke in 2011 and Tanya Lorraine Moberly Sings Barbra Joan Streisand in 2012—in spite of her receiving MAC and BroadwayWorld.com Best Female Vocalist nominations for the latter). But her new show that opened this past Friday and Saturday nights at Don't Tell Mama, I Love New York Songwriters, pressed many of my cabaret buttons—in a good way. While there were still some minor flaws—owing to a certain stubbornness in her approach to a cabaret show—this eclectic set of original songs written by some of the city's best “unknown” composers was consistently entertaining. In this particular show, Ms. Moberly was Tanya Terrific. (more...)

Sutton Foster's Singing Soars but Her New Show Falls Flat at Café CarlyleSutton Foster's Singing Soars but Her New Show Falls Flat at Café Carlyle
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 14, 2013

Sutton Foster may be a Tony-Award winning Broadway Musical Theatre darling, but if her opening-night show this past Wednesday at Café Carlyle (which launched her current three-week run until September 28) is the best she can do, she's far from also being considered a nightclub/cabaret diva. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: A Baker's Dozen--Catching Up On Show Reviews From a Long, Long WinterCABARET LIFE NYC: A Baker's Dozen--Catching Up On Show Reviews From a Long, Long Winter
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 1, 2013

It's April 1st. Do you know when your Spring is coming? During another longggggg New York winter, the good news is that there were a ton of warming cabaret shows. The bad news is that there were so many, even during this seemingly endless winter our intrepid reviewer Stephen Hanks didn't have enough time to review them all right after the performances. So in what is becoming a seasonal ritual, here he offers yet another compilation of 13 'catch-up' cabaret show reviews. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Darling and Ditzy Dana Lorge is Finally Back Hosting a New Variety Show at the Met RoomCABARET LIFE NYC: Darling and Ditzy Dana Lorge is Finally Back Hosting a New Variety Show at the Met Room
by Stephen Hanks - Mar 29, 2013

When Dana Lorge's run as a Variety Show hosted ended at the Iguana Restaurant last July-and after winning two 2012 MAC Awards for 'Best Variety Show' and 'Best Variety Show Host'-who knew she'd be reduced to being a cabaret audience member searching for a new showcase? But a Metropolitan Room Mentch has come to the rescue in the form of Bernie Furshpan (the Met Room's General Partner and Manager), who has provided Dana with a monthly forum for her unique brand of cabaret shtick beginning Friday, April 5 at 7-8:15 pm. While the new show won't be the two-hour plus extravaganza of yore featuring more than a dozen performers, Dana's new 'Variety Show' promises to feature a solid group of experienced and well-known cabaret and musical theater pros. For the April 5 opener, the Lorge Lineup features Richard Skipper, her former Award-winning Co-host from the Iguana days; film and stage actor Jim Brochu (of Zero Mostel One-Man Show fame), singers LaTanya Hall (from the CBS show 'Blue Bloods) and Peggy Herman Klat, Rick Crom (Creator of Newsical the Musical), and Mr. Furshpan, who will show off his stand-up comedy chops. But the real star of the show will always be the hilarious, unpredictable, darling Dana, who will both crack you up with her infectious humor and surprise you with her engaging singing performances. (more...)

Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With  DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2013

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)' for four shows at 7:00 PM: Monday nights from January 14 to 28 and then Today, February 8. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jeff Harnar Brings DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT? to Laurie BeechmanPhoto Coverage: Jeff Harnar Brings DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT? to Laurie Beechman
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 28, 2013

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, returned to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)', which continues on Friday, February 8. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos from the concert below! (more...)

Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With  DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2013

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)' for four shows at 7:00 PM: Today nights from January 14 to 28 and then Friday, February 8. (more...)

Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With  DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2013

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)' for four shows at 7:00 PM: Today nights from January 14 to 28 and then Friday, February 8. (more...)

Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2013

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)' for four shows at 7:00 PM: Monday nights from tonight, January 14 to 28 and then Friday, February 8. (more...)

Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With  DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?Jeff Harnar Returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre With DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2012

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)' for four shows at 7:00 PM: Monday nights from January 14 to 28 and then Friday, February 8. (more...)

Photo Flash: 2012 MAC Awards Red Carpet & Ceremony!Photo Flash: 2012 MAC Awards Red Carpet & Ceremony!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 1, 2012

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs presented the 26th Annual MAC Awards Show on March 29th. The awards ceremony was held at B.B. King Blues Club, and the show was directed by Lennie Watts and produced by Julie Miller. BWW was there to cover the event. Check out the photos below! (more...)

2012 MAC Awards Winners Announced - Full Awards List2012 MAC Awards Winners Announced - Full Awards List
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 30, 2012

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the winners of the 2012 MAC Awards last night at the 26th Annual MAC Awards Show. The awards ceremony was held at B.B. King Blues Club, and the show was directed by Lennie Watts and produced by Julie Miller. (more...)

Lucie Arnaz and Phil Ramone Join MAC Awards Lineup, 3/29Lucie Arnaz and Phil Ramone Join MAC Awards Lineup, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2012

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs today announced that Lucie Arnaz and Phil Ramone have been added to the list of presenters at the upcoming 26th Annual MAC Awards Show on Thursday, March 29th. (more...)

2012 MAC Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony March 29th2012 MAC Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony March 29th
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 1, 2012

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) has announced the nominees for the 26th Annual MAC Awards. The winners will be announced live at the MAC Awards Show on Thursday, March 29th, at the world-famous B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. (more...)

2012 MAC Awards Set for March 29; Jason Graae to Host2012 MAC Awards Set for March 29; Jason Graae to Host
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2012

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) is pleased to announce the 26th Annual MAC Awards Show. The event will be held on Thursday, March 29th, at the world-famous B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NYC. The evening will feature many live performances as well as the live announcement of the winners of the 2012 MAC Awards. In addition, as MAC celebrates The Year of the Songwriter, five exceptional songwriters will receive special honors. (more...)

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