Karen Kohler News

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 - Jul 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...)

Barbara Cook and More Set for Symphony Space's WALL TO WALL Cabaret Today
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2014

Symphony Space's annual Spring Festival has become one of the season's most keenly awaited events. This year's installment, Sleeping Around: The Cultural Lives of New York's Hotels, may be the most provocative yet. Running from April 26 to May 21, the monthlong festival celebrates New York's landmark hotels, their occupants, and the lengendary boites that nurtured and sustained the evergreen songs and performers of cabaret. Sleeping Around also credits New York's hotels as incubators for film, classical music, and literature, with programs devoted to Andy Warhol, Virgil Thomson, and Dorothy Parker. (more...)

Barbara Cook and More Set for Symphony Space's WALL TO WALL Cabaret, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Symphony Space's annual Spring Festival has become one of the season's most keenly awaited events. This year's installment, Sleeping Around: The Cultural Lives of New York's Hotels, may be the most provocative yet. Running from April 26 to May 21, the monthlong festival celebrates New York's landmark hotels, their occupants, and the lengendary boites that nurtured and sustained the evergreen songs and performers of cabaret. Sleeping Around also credits New York's hotels as incubators for film, classical music, and literature, with programs devoted to Andy Warhol, Virgil Thomson, and Dorothy Parker. (more...)

Luba Mason & Karen Kohler to Lead Robert Sickinger's NICHOLAS NICKLEBY at TNC, 4/17-5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director presents Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel with book by Robert Sickinger, music and lyrics by Alaric Jans. Performances will be staged Off-Broadway at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th and 10th Streets), New York, NY 10003 from April 17-May 5, 2014. (more...)

KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, Michael Feinstein and More Set for Inaugural LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET,Today-Nov 17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2013

The inaugural LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET opens at various locations around London from SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER and runs to SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2013. The LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET - filled with unique opportunities to see world class cabaret acts, newcomers and artists who have never ventured into the world of cabaret.... (more...)

Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye & More to Perform at 24th New York Cabaret Convention, Begin. Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 07, 2013

For four magical nights this week, the Mabel Mercer Foundation will present a sparkling array of America's leading cabaret stars. Among the 60 outstanding artists who will take the stage at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center from today, October 7th through 10th are multiple Grammy Award winner Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye, Steve Ross, Karen Akers, Nellie McKay, and Barbara Carroll. (more...)

KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, Michael Feinstein and More Set for Inaugural LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET, Oct 13-Nov 17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

The inaugural LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET opens at various locations around London from SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER and runs to SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2013. The LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET - filled with unique opportunities to see world class cabaret acts, newcomers and artists who have never ventured into the world of cabaret.... (more...)

Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye and More to Perform at 24th New York Cabaret Convention, 10/7-10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2013

For four magical nights in October, the Mabel Mercer Foundation will present a sparkling array of America's leading cabaret stars. Among the 60 outstanding artists who will take the stage at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center from October 7th through 10th are multiple Grammy Award winner Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye, Steve Ross, Karen Akers, Nellie McKay, and Barbara Carroll. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: For Kids With HIV, Help Is On The Way Thanks to Joseph Macchia's Cabaret Cares Shows
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 10, 2013

On September 21, Macchia--who works full-time as a florist by day and part-time as a manager at the Metropolitan Room by night--will celebrate his 'Fierce and Fabulous' 40th birthday with the launch of Season Eight of Cabaret Cares. Over the first seven years of the variety series, now staged at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Macchia has raised more than $80,000 to help children from infants to teenagers suffering from HIV and AIDS. During the first year, funds raised through the Cabaret Cares benefit shows helped 22 children. Now Macchia's Help Is On The Way charity-which is run out of Joseph's home and has no salaried staff--services around 650 kids, supplying everything from school backpacks to weeks at a summer camp. (more...)

Crazy Coqs Announce October Schedule, Including Steven Brinberg & KT Sullivan
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

The Crazy Coqs October schedule begins with Steven Brinberg, who returns following his sell-out show earlier this year with Simply Barbra (October 1- 5), followed by Les Miserables actress and singer Frances Ruffelle and her show Paris Original (October 8 - 12). New York singer-pianist Billy Stritch performs his show I've Got Your Number - The Jazz of Cy Coleman (October 15- 19). As part of the London Festival of Cabaret, Karen Kohler and KT Sullivan will duet together in their show Vienna to Weimar (October 22- 26) followed by KT Sullivan with Rhyme, Women and Song (October 29 - November 2). (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Mid-Year Cabaret Review--Best (And Favorite) 20 Shows and Performances of 2013 (So Far)
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 14, 2013

The Major League Baseball All-Star break (the game is on Tuesday night) has always been considered the midpoint of the season and as a lifelong fan I've always enjoyed reading those analyses from writers that assess the best performances of the first half. Since July is also the middle of the calendar year, I thought it might be fun to present a cabaret equivalent of a baseball midseason report. So . . . (drum roll) . . . presenting the Best (and My Favorite) 20 New York Cabaret Shows and Performances of (the first half) of 2013. (more...)

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, July 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2013

The Crazy Coqs has announced its July 2013 lineup. Full de (more...)

A CABARET FULL OF CAHN ARTISTS Celebrates Sammy Cahn's 100th Birthday at the Iridium Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment will present A Cabaret Full of Cahn Artists, a tribute to the great Sammy Cahn on his 100th birthday. Produced by writer Rob Lester, the evening, which consists of two different shows (8 & 10 pm) will benefit Cabaret Scenes Magazine, with all proceeds donated to Cabaret Scenes Magazine, the only print publication of its kind, its website, www.cabaretscenes.org and the non-profit Cabaret Foundation. Associate producer is Stevie Phillips. According to producer Rob Lester, this Centennial 'Cahn-cert' includes special 'Cahn-versations' about Sammy and a 'Cahn-Test' with prizes and a raffle. (more...)

A CABARET FULL OF CAHN ARTISTS to Celebrate Sammy Cahn's 100th Birthday at the Iridium, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment will present A Cabaret Full of Cahn Artists, a tribute to the great Sammy Cahn on his 100th birthday. Produced by writer Rob Lester, the evening, which consists of two different shows (8 & 10 pm) will benefit Cabaret Scenes Magazine, with all proceeds donated to Cabaret Scenes Magazine, the only print publication of its kind, its website, www.cabaretscenes.org and the non-profit Cabaret Foundation. Associate producer is Stevie Phillips. According to producer Rob Lester, this Centennial 'Cahn-cert' includes special 'Cahn-versations' about Sammy and a 'Cahn-Test' with prizes and a raffle. (more...)

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, July 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2013

The Crazy Coqs has announced its July 2013 lineup. Full de (more...)

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: BWW NYC Cabaret Awards Show Highlights - Marilyn Maye, Ben Vereen, Jim Caruso and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 25, 2013

The first-ever BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards show was held at the Metropolitan Room on Thursday, February 21. The evening featured a star-studded lineup, including Marilyn Maye, Ben Vereen, Jim Caruso, composer Jason Robert Brown and cabaret stars Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Karen Kohler, Colleen McHugh, Jane Monheit and more. Watch BroadwayWorld's exclusive highlights from the awards show below! (more...)

2013 MAC Award Nominees Announced - Callaway, Rimalower & More
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 23, 2013

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs will present the 27th Annual MAC Awards on Thursday, March 21st, at B.B King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. (more...)

BWW Cabaret Winners Vereen, Maye, Brown, Stritch, Sullivan, Caruso and More Appear at NYC Cabaret Awards Show at Metropolitan Room Tonight
by Stephen Hanks - Feb 21, 2013

Performing legends Ben Vereen and Marilyn Maye, celebrated composer Jason Robert Brown, as well as cabaret stars Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Karen Kohler, Jim Caruso, and Colleen McHugh are among the winners of the first-ever BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards, and who will appear in a star-studded show at the Metropolitan Room today, February 21 (6:30-9 pm). These entertainers and many others became award-winners after almost two months of voting and the casting of an astounding 10,000 votes over 20 categories on the Cabaret section of the BroadwayWorld.com website. The 2012 BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards Show will be hosted by BroadwayWorld.com's lead Cabaret Reviewer/Columnist Stephen Hanks, while the show's Musical Director will be MAC Award-winning MD and composer Bill Zeffiro. (more...)

T. Oliver Reid Visits Vintage Harlem and Eric Michael Gillett Explores the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart at 54 Below Shows
by Stephen Hanks - Feb 12, 2013

At last year's Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Awards, two of the big winners were T. Oliver Reid (photo left) for Male Debut and Eric Michael Gillett for Major Artist, Male (and both could very likely be MAC nominees again this year). Almost a year later, two of New York cabaret's leading men performed new shows one night apart at 54 Below; Reid on February 6 with Drop Me Off in Harlem, and Gillett the next night with Careless Rhapsody: An Evening Dedicated to the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart. Ironically, what the shows had in common--besides being a fairly good fit of material to singer--was that the majority of their sets featured songs written in the 1930s but in very different styles. With Reid it was the jazz, swing and blues of Harlem; with Gillette it was the romantic Broadway musical sensibility of Hart's lyrics (paired with the timeless melodies of Richard Rodgers). While neither Reid's 'Harlem,' nor Gillett's 'Hart' were stirring or spectacular shows, they were both solid and entertaining enough that both could be nominated for BroadwayWorld.com Awards in 2013. (more...)

KT Sullivan and Karen Kohler Are WUNDERBAR in Award-Winning Revue VIENNA TO WEIMAR at Stage 72
by Stephen Hanks - Feb 09, 2013

If you couldn't get to the Ziegfeld Theatre at the end of January to attend the year-late 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray DVD Screening of the 1972 film “Cabaret,” here's how you can do the next best thing. Head over to Stage 72 (formerly The Triad, on 158 W. 72nd Street) and watch KT Sullivan and Karen Kohler in their 2012 BroadwayWorld.com Award-winning revue 'Vienna to Weimar,' which will transport you into the politically infused and sexually steamy period of pre-World War II Austria and Germany, when life and art really was a cabaret. The only things missing will be a decadent MC and scantily-clad dancers. (more...)

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