by Casey Mink - Oct 20, 2016
The Cafe Carlyle is one of most renowned venues for cabaret in the country, seeped in history so rich it could fill a PBS special. In no way, though, does its historical significance relegate a show to seriousness.
Take, for example, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (42ND STREET, GREY GARDENS), who returned to the Cafe Carlyle for the start of what is her impressive sixth engagement at the supper club on October 11. Buoyant and self-effacing, Ebersole made it quite clear to her audience, through both her song selections and banter, that silliness and poignancy can walk hand in hand, often times to a more moving effect than either component on its own.
Additionally, the very title of Ebersole's show, AFTER THE BALL, encapsulates a duality of its own, of both the specific relief and now-what sadness which accompanies the turning of life's pages. That page for Ebersole currently refers to her now-empty nest, having recently sent the last of her three children off to college. Fittingly, Ebersole kicked off her set with the song from which she got her show's moniker, "After the Ball," by Charles K. Harris. Melancholic and lilt, the song was prescient in underlining the evening's intent to investigate---with humor, introspection, and splendid tunes---this new chapter of Ebersole's life. (more...)
Graham Nash Honored for a Lifetime of Cutting-Edge Photographyby BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016
This month, legendary singer-songwriter, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and two-time Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee Graham Nash will be honored for his pioneering work in the field of photography by the International Photography Hall of Fame, the Lucie Awards, and the PhotoPlus Expo. (more...)
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts Continues Jazz Series with the Alicia Olatuja Sextet 11/12by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues its Jazz series with the
Alicia Olatuja Sextet. Featuring: Alicia Olatuja, vocals; Rasul A-Salaam, vocals; Jon Cowherd, piano; David Rosenthal, guitar; Eric Wheeler, bass; John Davis, drums on Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street).
Tickets: $20-$35 • Students with valid ID: $7-$21
Sarah Macliver Joins Southern Cross Soloistsby BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016
Brisbane's renowned Southern Cross Soloists will conclude their 2016 concert season at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) with their Heavenly Voice performance on Sunday 27 November in QPAC's Concert Hall. (more...)
Blue Note Hawaii Presents Chris Bottiby BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016
Blue Note Hawaii, the state's premier venue for the world's most celebrated artists, presents Chris Botti in a six-night engagement January 17 - 22, 2017. Tickets for the shows go on sale on October 12 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)
Dreamcatcher Presents I BELIEVE IN MUSIC: SONGS OF THE 70'Sby BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, presents the cabaret I Believe in Music: Songs of the 70s on Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30. (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Stephen Schwartz Talks Possible PIPPIN Movie, New Musical SCHIKANEDER & Much Moreby Kevin Pollack - Oct 11, 2016
BroadwayWorld's Kevin Pollack was lucky enough to get a one-on-one exclusive with Oscar and Grammy winner and 6-Time Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz this past weekend on his stop through Chicago at The McAninch Arts Center at College. His tour stop was only one of a few for a show entitled 'An Evening with Stephen Schwartz and Friends.' (more...)
Ailey Launches Program to Inspire Young New Yorkersby BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016
The Ailey organization is launching a Young New York program in conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual holiday season at New York City Center (November 30 - December 31). (more...)
Kiki Ebsen's Joni Mitchell Project Presents THE ULTIMATE JONI BIRTHDAY BASH at Vitello's Upstairs, 11/4by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016
On Friday, November 4, classic song stylist and songwriter Kiki Ebsen presents her Joni Mitchell Project (TM) as they return to Vitello's Upstairs in Studio City. (more...)
REMY BLOCK Brings Standout JONI MITCHELL Tribute Show to PANGEA, 11/7 & 12/8by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016
Many New York cabaret performers have tackled the songbook of the iconic Joni Mitchell, but few have put the kind of transformative twist on it the way Remy Block did when she performed On a Lonely Road: Travelin' with Joni between 2014-2015 at Don't Tell Mama and The Duplex. Block's tribute to the legendary pop singer/songwriter was a personal exploration of a young woman's life as a seeker, a lover, and an artist, with Mitchell's tunes serving as the "sacred text and rough guide" for her journey. Cabaret show reviewers raved about Remy's take on Joni's songs. Now, Remy Block is bringing a revised version of On a Lonely Road: Travelin' with Joni to PANGEA (178 2nd Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets) on November 7 at 9:30 pm and December 8 at 7 pm. (more...)
San Diego Women's Chorus Presents 29th Annual Fall Concert, EVERYTHING SHE TOUCHES, 11/19 - 11/20by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016
The acclaimed 85-voice-strong San Diego Women's Chorus (SDWC) invites you to their fall concert, Everything She Touches, on Saturday November 19 at 7:00pm and Sunday November 20 at 4:00pm. The concerts will take place at the beautiful state-of-the-art CPMA Theatre in Clairemont (5050 Conrad Avenue, 92117). Attendees are invited to a pre-show reception one hour prior prior to showtime each day, where they can enjoy food, drinks, and a chance to win opportunity drawing baskets. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Todd Murray & Stacy Sullivan Bring SEPARATE WAYS to Feinstein's/54 Belowby Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 5, 2016
Critically acclaimed artists Stacy Sullivan and Todd Murray brought a thought provoking, sometime humorous, and musically entertaining look at the very human quandary of 'should I stay or should I go with ' with their show Separate Ways to Feinstein's/54 Below last night and Broadwayworld was there. They say that breaking up is hard to do; most certainly. But with writers such as George Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, Adam Guettel, Adele, we find that skies can be sunny blue or grey, and goodbyes can be happy. Songwriters have looked for ways to express the angst of people's need to be joined and separate at the same time. Todd and Stacy are masters at bringing honesty and life to their lyrics. (more...)
Grammy Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti returns to The Ridgefield Playhouseby BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016
He's earned so many superlatives in his career, it may be best to put it simply: the cat can play. Grammy Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti brings his superb musicianship, his killer band and his on-stage generosity back to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage for one night of can't-miss musical thrills on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 p.m. as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series. (more...)
Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Kate Baldwin and More Set for October at Feinstein's/54 Belowby BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016
This September, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)
BWW Review: Melissa Errico Tackles the Big Questions of Life and Art in FUNNY, I'M A WOMAN WITH CHILDREN at Feinstein's/54 Belowby Casey Mink - Sep 27, 2016
In preparation for her return engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below, Melissa Errico was looking for answers, but she ended up with far more questions. In fact, much of the Tony-nominated mother of three's life and career as of late seems to be cloaked in indefinable uncertainty. She recently penned an op-ed for The New York Times detailing the confounding reality of being an actress who is not yet old but no longer 'an ingenue' and yet continues to work in the business of Broadway.
Errico is all too aware of the current impasse of her life and, in an embrace, she dedicated her show, FUNNY, I'M A WOMAN WITH CHILDREN, to that very not-knowing. Nearly all of her songs throughout her performance on September 20---the first of four in her run---had the central theme of questioning because, as artists have done for centuries and which Errico set out to do this evening, to make sense of life through art is any creator's most powerful capability. (more...)
54 SINGS MY FAIR LADY and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Belowby BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)
BWW Review: Justin Vivian Bond Is 'Golden' in Anniversary Show at Joe's Pubby Troy Frisby - Sep 23, 2016
If this is what the end of the GOLDEN AGE OF JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND looks like, here's hoping for an extension.
Before capping off a yearlong celebration of Bond's 25th anniversary of being a performer with a VIVification benefit, v's---Bond's preferred pronoun---GOLDEN AGE was a fever dream, full of charming anecdotes about shared psychoanalysts, spirit guides and Blythe Danner.
On the second evening of the show's four-night run earlier this month, Bond's control over the melodic rasp of v's voice was impeccable. More importantly, v displayed an unmatched talent for controlling the space v's in, owning the entire stage with little more than a gentle sway and the tap of a heel, making Bond's all-out performance look effortless. (more...)
Laura Benanti Talks 'Vanilla Ice Cream', Cafe Carlyle Debut and Moreby Steve Schonberg - Sep 23, 2016
On Tuesday, September 27, Tony winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy, 'Supergirl') will make her Cafe Carlyle debut serving up 'Vanilla Ice Cream' and others musical treats in a new cabaret show, Tales from Soprano Isle. Todd Almond will serve as Benanti's music director. (more...)
BWW Review: Ben Vereen's STEPPIN' OUT at the Hillman Center Provides Magical and Mesmerizing Experienceby Mike Mekus - Sep 22, 2016
Ben Vereen takes audience members through a poignant and mesmerizing night, reliving his fondest performance memories, emotional triumphs and tribulations from his career, homage to his idols, and all of his best Broadway highlights. (more...)
Cabaret at Bridge Street Theatre Presents Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano in HELLUVA TOWNby BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016
Catskill's Bridge Street Theatre, already renowned for its ambitious mix of theater, music, magic, and more, is thrilled to announce the fourth and final installment (for 2016) in Tom Andersen's "Words & Music: The Songbook Series": Award-winning married musical partners Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano in a salute to the city that doesn't sleep called "HELLUVA TOWN: A New York Soundtrack." (more...)
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