Marilyn Bergman News

BWW Reviews: You'll Be Crazy in Love With MARIEANN MERINGOLO'S New Monthly Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 15, 2014

As a young veteran of the New York cabaret scene and someone who rests comfortably in that performer's purgatory between celebrity and what the folks at the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) calls “Major Artist,” Marieann Meringolo certainly doesn't need validation from a Stevie-come-lately reviewer like me. But nobody bats 1.000—in baseball, life, or cabaret—and, frankly, I didn't cheer in print for her slightly pretentious 2013 show Orchestrated, which seemed to feature a band big enough to bust through the far wall of the Metropolitan Room and arrangements that were more than a tad overblown. But in 2011, I loved her annual holiday show, In The Spirit, and had heard nothing but great things about her 2012 tribute to the music of Michael Legrand, so I was willing to consider Orchestrated a mere hiccup—depending on what she came up with next. Well, next arrived on the afternoon of Saturday, April 5 afternoon with Meringolo's new show, Crazy Love, at the Metropolitan Room. (more...)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Welcomes Maureen McGovern & Jimmy Webb, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

A dream cabaret pairing comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts when Grammy® Award-winning artist Jimmy Webb and Grammy and Drama Desk-nominated vocalist Maureen McGovern perform three concerts in their Cabaret Series debuts today, April 11 - 13 in Samueli Theater. This will also be Webb's Center debut, while McGovern appeared at the Center during the 2004 - 2005 Broadway Series as Marmee in the national tour of Little Women. The New York Times proclaims McGovern as 'blessed with a vocal technique second to none' and says that Webb is 'at the top of his game.' (more...)

Alex Brightman, Amber Gray and More Set for THE SONGS OF GABY ALTER at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Alex Brightman, Amber Gray and more will sing 'The Songs of Gaby Alter' at 54 Below tonight, March 21, 2014 at 11 p.m. (more...)

Alex Brightman, Amber Gray and More Set for THE SONGS OF GABY ALTER at 54 Below, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Alex Brightman, Amber Gray and more will sing 'The Songs of Gaby Alter' at 54 Below this Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11 p.m. (more...)

BLAME CANADA! with LES MIS Cast Members, Jarrod Spector & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Cast of Broadway's ONCE & More Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th St., 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events: (more...)

Jazz/Pop Singer Morgan James Comes to the Bay Area Cabaret, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 08, 2014

Quickly becoming one of the most eagerly watched talents, Broadway/jazz singer Morgan James has been lauded by major critics as one of the most exciting new vocalists of this century. Ms. James will perform 7:30pm, Sunday, April 6, as part of Bay Area Cabaret's series at the historic Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street. (more...)

CAROUSEL, THE MOTH, Jason Robert Brown and More Set for A.R.T's OBERON, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)'s second stage and club theater venue, announces its March line up of exciting and original programming on the fringe of Harvard Square. (more...)

Jack Jones to Perform in Concert at Edgerton Center in Fairfield, 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Audiences of all ages are invited to spend an afternoon with Jack Jones, hailed by Frank Sinatra as 'One of America's Greatest Singers of Our Time' when he appears LIVE IN CONCERT at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Sunday, March 16 at 3pm. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Randy Graff Talks New 54 Below Show MADE IN BROOKLYN, Plus LES MISERABLES, Broadway Memories & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 12, 2014

Today we are talking to a legendary leading lady famous for a few of the most iconic roles in some of the most memorable musicals of the 1980s and 1990s as well as a versatile vocalist and concert performer set to make her cabaret debut later this month - the ingratiating and amusing Randy Graff. Looking back at originating the role of Fantine in the original Broadway production of mega-hit mega musical LES MISERABLES and singing the unforgettable 'I Dreamed A Dream' eight times a week (and on the best-selling cast recording) as well as recounting her Tony Award-winning work in the endlessly entertaining Cy Coleman/David Zippel musical comedy CITY OF ANGELS, Graff share stories from behind the scenes and gives us a rare look at theatrical history in the making and her elemental role in both productions. Additionally, Graff opens up about some of her other most fondly remembered work, including her fantastic turn in Ed Kleban's A CLASS ACT, William Finn's FALSETTOS, Cole Porter's HIGH SOCIETY, the stage play and documentary MOON OVER BUFFALO co-starring Carol Burnett, the most recent revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and much more. Most importantly, Graff generously outlines what we can expect from her upcoming solo shows at NYC hotspot 54 Below titled MADE IN BROOKLYN, in what will actually be the stalwart star's solo show premiere. In addition to all of that, Graff also touches upon some of her big screen and small screen work, ranging from LAW & ORDER to RENT, as well as recounts some theatrical tales involving theatre greats such as Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, John Simon and more. All of that and much, much more awaits in this rich resume recounting retrospective with one of Broadway's best! (more...)

Judy Collins Set for Bay Area Cabaret, 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret has announced that due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict, Stacey Kent, originally scheduled to perform on March 15, has been forced to postpone her appearance to next season. In her place, Bay Area Cabaret will present Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter JUDY COLLINS. With a crystalline voice that famously introduced generations to her own interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell ('Both Sides Now'), The Beatles ('In My Life'), Bob Dylan ('Mr. Tambourine Man') and others in a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Ms. Collins holds a remarkable place in the music lexicon. Her repertoire encompasses folk music, show tunes, pop, and rock and roll. Ms. Collins will perform one-night-only, 8pm, Saturday, March 15, at the historic Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street. Subscriber tickets for Stacey Kent will be honored and additional tickets for non-subscribers ($65, plus a limited number of $100 premium seats) are now available at www.bayareacabaret.org or by phone at City Box Office (415) 392-4400. (more...)

'ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond' Exhibition to Open 2/13 at Library of Congress
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), one of the world's leading performing-rights organizations, through the past 100 years has been protecting the use of its members' musical works, monitoring broadcast, online and live usage and ensuring that music creators are fairly compensated. In the last five years, ASCAP has distributed more than $5 billion in royalties to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. (more...)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts to Welcome Maureen McGovern & Jimmy Webb, 4/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

A dream cabaret pairing comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts when Grammy® Award-winning artist Jimmy Webb and Grammy and Drama Desk-nominated vocalist Maureen McGovern perform three concerts in their Cabaret Series debuts April 11 - 13 in Samueli Theater. This will also be Webb's Center debut, while McGovern appeared at the Center during the 2004 - 2005 Broadway Series as Marmee in the national tour of Little Women. The New York Times proclaims McGovern as "blessed with a vocal technique second to none" and says that Webb is "at the top of his game." (more...)

Steve Tyrell to Play Feinstein's at the Nikko, 3/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Following a sold-out engagement in June 2013, Feinstein's at the Nikko is proud to announce the return of Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Steve Tyrell, with his acclaimed show Wordsmiths: Lyricists of the Great American Song -- March 27 - 30, 2014. Featuring songs by the Gershwins', Rodgers and Hart and more, Tyrell will bring his mix of Texas and Vegas back to Feinstein's at the Nikko for four evenings of Great American Songbook classics. The performance schedule for Steve Tyrell is as follows: Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Steve Tyrell range in price from $55-$70 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Chita Rivera to Bring 80th Birthday Celebration to Bay Area Cabaret, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret presents the one and only Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating her 80th Birthday: CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION. The nine-time Tony nominee, two-time Tony Award winner (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink) and first Hispanic woman ever to receive the Kennedy Center Honor, will share perspectives and recreate signature moments from her legendary career. (more...)

Ring in the New Year with Michael Feinstein at the Nikko Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

Join two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated Michael Feinstein as he rings in the New Year with two special performances tonight, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. at Feinstein's at the Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco). Considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards, Michael will perform a range of classics from the Great American songbook. (more...)

Judith Clurman to Conduct Essential Voices USA with New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, 12/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA will be performing as part of The New York Pops holiday concerts, under the baton of Steven Reineke, at Carnegie Hall on December 19 and 20, 2013. Ms. Clurman will perform Stephen Paulus' choral work Wishes and Candles with her chorus and the orchestra, to honor her friend and colleague Stephen Paulus. It will be performed in a newly orchestrated version by Steven Mercurio. Wishes and Candles was composed in 1998. The text is by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. It is dedicated to Judith Clurman and the Lincoln Center Tree Lighting. (more...)

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey to Perform at Bay Area Cabaret, 1/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2013

Bay Area Cabaret celebrates the New Year by welcoming back Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli and Broadway actress/singer Jessica Molaskey. The charming husband and wife duo will perform their critically acclaimed Cafe Carlyle show This Must Be the Place, which The New York Times called, 'brilliant,' praising Ms. Molaskey as 'a singer whose radar yields infallible insight into a song's emotional crosscurrents.' Pizzarelli and Molaskey will perform 5pm, Sunday, January 19, at the historic Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street. Tickets ($48) are available at www.bayareacabaret.org or by phone at City Box Office (415) 392-4400. (more...)

Barbra Streisand Sings 'Evergreen' & More In New BACK TO BROOKLYN Preview Clips
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 24, 2013

Two sensational new performance clips from the hotly anticipated PBS debut of legendary stage and screen icon Barbra Streisand's new concert special BACK TO BROOKLYN are now available to view. (more...)

Jack Jones to Celebrate His 50th Anniversary in Show Business at The McCallum Theatre Tonight
by David Green - Nov 23, 2013

Jack Jones celebrates his fiftieth anniversary in show business in a special one night only concert at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert tonight, November 23, at 8 p.m. (more...)

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