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BWW Review: Mark Nadler Launches New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits Series at Metropolitan Room In Tempestuous, Hilarious, Whip-Smart StyleBWW Review: Mark Nadler Launches New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits Series at Metropolitan Room In Tempestuous, Hilarious, Whip-Smart Style
by Alix Cohen - Aug 29, 2015

Back in January, BroadwayWorld's lead cabaret reviewer Stephen Hanks announced he was giving up critiquing shows to start his own company, Cabaret Life Productions, through which he would publicize, promote, and help book cabaret performers, and also produce cabaret shows. Hanks' first major production out of the box is a monthly series at the Metropolitan Room called New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits, that features talented artists recreating award-winning or highly-praised shows we wish we'd seen--a really good idea. Hanks' series launched Wednesday night with Mark Nadler's award-winning 2003 show Tschaikowsky (And Other Russians). The Metropolitan Room was filled to the gills and abuzz with anticipation, as most of the audience was only familiar with the show's second-hand praise and/or the CD version of Nadler's performance. (more...)

Julie Reyburn To Revive Award-Winning FATE IS KIND For New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits Series at Metropolitan Room, 9/14Julie Reyburn To Revive Award-Winning FATE IS KIND For New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits Series at Metropolitan Room, 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

For the first time in 15 years, cabaret star Julie Reyburn brings back her award-winning show, Fate Is Kind, to a New York nightclub stage when she performs the classic at the Metropolitan Room on Monday, September 14 at 7 pm as part of the new monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits, produced by Stephen Hanks' Cabaret Life Productions with cabaret supporter Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD as Associate Producer. [Reyburn's show will follow the Series launch on August 26 at 7 pm with Mark Nadler's critically acclaimed Tschaikowsky (And Other Russians), which won a 2003 Bistro Award.] Reyburn and her celebrated Musical Director Mark Janas (Producer of the Award-Winning Open-Mic show Salon) introduced Fate Is Kind in February 2000 at The Singer's Forum as a benefit cabaret for their scholarship program. It then moved to Judy's Chelsea in March 2000 for its official cabaret debut, and the show ran off and on there for most of the year. Fate Is Kind world earn Reyburn MAC and Bistro Awards in 2001 for "Outstanding Female Cabaret Debut." (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi to Guest Star in STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY at BirdlandLiliane Montevecchi to Guest Star in STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2015

Cabaret star Steve Ross will debut STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY: Songs He's Always Wanted To Sing and Songs You've Always Wanted to Hear at Birdland Jazz Club on Monday, July 7th at 7pm. Mr. Ross' very special guest star will be International icon Liliane Montevecchi, featuring Jesse Bielenberg on bass. The wide-ranging program includes songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and others. (more...)

MARK NADLER Set As First Performer in New Monthly Series NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at Metropolitan Room, 8/26MARK NADLER Set As First Performer in New Monthly Series NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at Metropolitan Room, 8/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2015

For diehard cabaret fans and lovers of live music, there's nothing like experiencing a classic show once again or seeing an award winning 'blast from the past' for the first time. That's how cabaret show producer and publicist Stephen Hanks felt and so through his new company, Cabaret Life Productions, he's launching a new monthly series at New York's Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) titled New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits. Hanks wanted the cream of the New York cabaret crop to open the series and tapped veteran cabaret star Mark Nadler, who the New York Times critic Stephen Holden has called 'Mr. Show Business' and 'an immensely talented latter-day Al Jolson.' On August 26 (7-8:30 pm), Nadler will perform his critically acclaimed show Tschaikowsky (And Other Russians), which won a 2003 Bistro Award for 'Raising Standards of Cabaret Performance,' and received MAC and Nightlife Award Nominations for 'Outstanding Performance in a Major Engagement.' (more...)

Cabaret Convention Returning to Town HallCabaret Convention Returning to Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

It's an undeniable, outstanding, and extraordinary musical milestone, to be sure: 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of The Mabel Mercer Foundation! Not only has the organization survived the ongoing and vastly fluctuating public tastes in music, lyrics, and performers, it has proliferated and burgeoned in its three decades of commitment to the classic, "Great Popular Songbook" -- both past and present. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Offering Her Take on the Elvis Costello Songbook, KAREN OBERLIN Reinvents HerselfBWW Reviews: Offering Her Take on the Elvis Costello Songbook, KAREN OBERLIN Reinvents Herself
by Alix Cohen - Jun 19, 2015

With her new show His Aim Is True: The Singular Songs of Elvis Costello at Stage 72 (second show last night), you'll meet the new Karen Oberlin. Gone are the controlled vibrato, upper range, emotional translucence, femininity, and the playfulness of a purveyor of American Songbook/pop. Prepare for a terse, tensile, alto-voiced, punk chick (including shag hairdo) with a foot in rudderless jazz. There's nothing tentative in this raw, almost tone poem-like performance. Oberlin commits herself to her choices. (more...)


by Billie Roe - May 31, 2015

It takes a woman of considerable wit, style, and maturity to tackle (let alone celebrate) the subject matter of men. In her new show, Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts), seen last Thursday night at the Metropolitan Room, happily, Charlotte Patton possesses all those traits as she leads us on her guided tour of all the various male idiosyncrasies that can drive a woman wild--or mad. (more...)

HIDDEN TREASURES IV: SONGS OF LARRY KERCHNER Songs  To Be Presented at Birdland on Sunday, May 31HIDDEN TREASURES IV: SONGS OF LARRY KERCHNER Songs To Be Presented at Birdland on Sunday, May 31
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

Stars of New York's Cabaret and theatre worlds will perform the songs of renowned composer/arranger Larry Kerchner in the fourth edition of 'Hidden Treasures: Songs of Larry Kerchner.' (more...)

HIDDEN TREASURES IV Set for Birdland, 5/31HIDDEN TREASURES IV Set for Birdland, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The latest rendering, "Hidden Treasures IV," debuts at Birdland on SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 6 p.m. featuring the best of the best of Broadway and Cabaret performers, including Klea Blackhurst (host), Mark Nadler, Alexis Cole, Jim Brochu, Carol J. Bufford, Natalie Douglas, Eric Michael Gillett, Marissa Mulder, Stacy Sullivan, Shana Farr, Karen Oberlin and many more. Tex Arnold musical directs. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Russ Weatherford Honored in THIS IS YOUR NIGHT at the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Russ Weatherford Honored in THIS IS YOUR NIGHT at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 13, 2015

New York Cabaret Community Honors Actor/Director/Photographer RUSS WEATHERFORD With All-Star Show at Metropolitan Room. (more...)

James Monroe Iglehart, Robin De Jesus & More Set for 54 Below This WeekJames Monroe Iglehart, Robin De Jesus & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 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...)

Emily Bergl, Anita Gillette, Amy Spanger, Holt McCallany and More Set for 54 CELEBRATES JULIE WILSON This MayEmily Bergl, Anita Gillette, Amy Spanger, Holt McCallany and More Set for 54 CELEBRATES JULIE WILSON This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents TV stars Emily Bergl, Holt MaCallany, Broadway stars Rita Gardner, Anita Gillette, Amy Spanger, Lee Roy Reams, Raissa Katona Bennett and Cabaret stars Steve Ross, Baby Jane Dexter, Sidney Myer and Mark Nadler in 54 celebrates Julie Wilson on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and Thursday, May 14, 2015, both shows at 7pm. (more...)

Actress/Comedian CHARLOTTE PATTON 'Celebrates' the Idiosyncrasies of Men in New Show at the Metropolitan Room, 5/28Actress/Comedian CHARLOTTE PATTON 'Celebrates' the Idiosyncrasies of Men in New Show at the Metropolitan Room, 5/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Charlotte Patton has been married and not. She's had serious relationships, flings, and romances with men of all ages (but mostly younger). She's experienced all the charms, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex--and loves them anyway. Now the actress and comedian will bring all of that worldly wisdom to her sensual, provocative, and playful new cabaret show . . . 'Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts),' opening at New York's Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) on May 28 at 9:30 pm. Patton's show is Directed by Award-winning cabaret performer Karen Oberlin with Musical Direction by MAC Award winner Barry Levitt. Recent MAC Award winner Tom Hubbard is on bass. Peter Napolitano contributes as Creative Consultant. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Beth Leavel, John Bolton, Julia Murney & More Sing from the Golden Age in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR!BWW TV: Watch Beth Leavel, John Bolton, Julia Murney & More Sing from the Golden Age in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 4, 2015

The latest edition covered 1941 to 1965, featuring songs from Oklahoma, Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me Kate, The Pajama Game, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Oliver!, Hello Dolly, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and more. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the evening below! (more...)

BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Continues 2015 Season Tonight with John Bolton, Liz Callaway, Julia Murney, Ryan Silverman and MoreBROADWAY BY THE YEAR Continues 2015 Season Tonight with John Bolton, Liz Callaway, Julia Murney, Ryan Silverman and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

The critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year series fifteenth season will bring 100 years of Broadway history in four incredible evenings. (more...)

54 SINGS Series Named Show of the Year at 2015 MAC Awards; All the Winners!54 SINGS Series Named Show of the Year at 2015 MAC Awards; All the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

At a ceremony held last night in New York, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the winners of the 2015 MAC Awards. The show was hosted by Karen Mason, with musical direction by Barry Levitt, and was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts. (more...)

Beth Leavel, Liz Callaway & More Will Sing from the Golden Age at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR on 3/30Beth Leavel, Liz Callaway & More Will Sing from the Golden Age at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR on 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Scott Siegel, creator/writer/host of Town Hall's (123 West 43 Street and 6th Avenue) Broadway by the Year, continues the critically acclaimed series that has been lovingly hailed as a success by Variety,Time Out New York and virtually every other theatrical paper, magazine and internet site in New York City. Over four concerts this season, Broadway by the Year will cover a century of Broadway history with over one hundred musical stars singing (and often dancing!) the songs that made the Great White Way great. (more...)

The Skivvies, Barb Jungr, Jinkx Monsoon & More Nominated for 2015 MAC Awards; Full List!The Skivvies, Barb Jungr, Jinkx Monsoon & More Nominated for 2015 MAC Awards; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs will present the 29th Annual MAC Awards on Thursday, March 26st, at 7:30pm, at B.B King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. (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...)

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...)

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