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BWW Review: At Don't Tell Mama, Tanya Moberly's SONGS I FEEL LIKE SINGING Is a Mixed BagBWW Review: At Don't Tell Mama, Tanya Moberly's SONGS I FEEL LIKE SINGING Is a Mixed Bag
by Billie Roe - Aug 17, 2015

Observing the last show of the second cycle of her year-long presentation of Songs I Feel Like Singing--four runs of four different shows with four different musical director/accompanists (Mark Janas, Sean Harkness, Ritt Henn, and Steven Ray Watkins)--one might note that 2014 Bistro Award winner Tanya Moberly presents not so much a cabaret act as an intense “recital in song,” featuring music that seemingly examines the emotional psyche of a woman coming to grips with loneliness, alienation, betrayal, addiction, love, and eventual self acceptance. (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...)

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...)

Photo Flash: The Making of Kevin Gray Tribute CD FOREVER ALWAYS - Behind the Scenes with Dodie Pettit & FriendsPhoto Flash: The Making of Kevin Gray Tribute CD FOREVER ALWAYS - Behind the Scenes with Dodie Pettit & Friends
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Below, BroadwayWorld has some behind-the-scenes photos of the making of FOREVER ALWAYS. Plus, click here to read Pati Buehler's interview with Dodie about the project! (more...)

Dawn Derow Coming to Metropolitan Room This SummerDawn Derow Coming to Metropolitan Room This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Hot off her 2015 MAC Award win The Sexy Sass Coloratura is laughing  like Adele from ' Die Fledermaus,' 'its so funny ha ha ha,' and it will be funny and glorious when she recreates that famous aria and many more in her critically acclaimed show LEGIT (A Classical Cabaret) Directed by Lina Koutrakos, with Music Direction by Mark Janas with Special Guest Operatic Tenor Christopher Yoon and multi-Award winning songstress Celia Berk. (more...)

Jaye Maynard in 'BIRD AMONGST THE BLOSSOM' Set for Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant, 4/28Jaye Maynard in 'BIRD AMONGST THE BLOSSOM' Set for Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

PlaidBird Productions in Association with The Mark Janas Salon: Blossom's Birthday: Jaye Maynard in 'Bird Amongst the Blossom-A Tribute to the First Blossom Dearie Songbook' (more...)

Stacy Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Gabrielle Stravelli, and Stearns Matthews Among Winners of 2015 MAC AwardsStacy Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Gabrielle Stravelli, and Stearns Matthews Among Winners of 2015 MAC Awards
by Andrew Martin - Mar 29, 2015

From the Oscars to the Tonys, the Grammys to Emmys, awards ceremonies are always a hit-or-miss situation. Either the event is absolutely excellent or ends with spectators saying, 'Well, they'll do a better job with it next year.' The 2015 MAC Awards, presented by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, and held once again this year at BB King's on West 42nd Street, absolutely fell into the former category. It was a splendid affair (albeit it's usual 3-plus hours) that was expertly directed by MAC President Lennie Watts. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Check out Pics from the MAC Awards 2015!Photo Coverage: Check out Pics from the MAC Awards 2015!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 28, 2015

At a ceremony held Thursday 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. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the evening below! (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...)

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...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in CabaretCABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in Cabaret
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 21, 2015

As the days dwindled down to a precious few in 2014, a few cabaret goers and performers in what is affectionately but also self-mockingly called the “cabaret community” would sidle up and ask if I was planning my annual end-of-the year “Best Of” column, similar to the “Top 20 Bests and Favorites” piece over the first half of the year I posted back in early July. I would respond in the negative with very reasonable and believable excuses, but the truth is I didn't want to reveal my “Bests” of the year until the voting for the 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards had ended. There's enough baggage and backstage whispering that comes with administering the BWW Awards, so I wasn't about to publish any opinions that might influence the vote while it was in process. I may be crazy but I'm not masochistic. But now all bets are off. You want lists? I'll give you lists. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Steve Schalchlin's 'New World Waking' Is a Spiritual & Political Wake-Up Call for Non-Violent Social Action and a Case for the Healing Power of MusicCABARET LIFE NYC: Steve Schalchlin's 'New World Waking' Is a Spiritual & Political Wake-Up Call for Non-Violent Social Action and a Case for the Healing Power of Music
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 29, 2014

In my recent very extended assessment of cabaret shows I never reviewed during the second half of 2014, there were two significant omissions. I didn't leave these out of my critical mix because they weren't strikingly significant. In fact, it was just the opposite. The new variety game show, Tune In Time, which dubs itself the “Musical Theater Olympics,” and the musical theater piece/song cycle, New World Waking, were among the most original and entertaining productions I witnessed this year and deserved more of a feature treatment than a quickie review. My take on Tune In Time (which will begin a new monthly run at the York Theatre on January 5) should beat the clock before the next show. So by simple process of elimination, this commentary will be on New World Waking, which when performed on December 6 was one of the highlights of the recent annual 12-day, 20-show Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages. (more...)

Stephanie D'Abruzzo Joins Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS 2014 LineupStephanie D'Abruzzo Joins Urban Stages' WINTER RHYTHMS 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Urban Stages, in association with producer/director/lyricist and Director of Musical Programming Peter Napolitano, today announced that Tony Award Nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo will join the line-up for their sixth series of musical evenings entitled WINTER RHYTHMS 2014, beginning Tuesday, December 2nd and continuing through Sunday, December 14th at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue). (more...)

Sexy Sass Dawn Derow Serves LEGIT at Metropolitan Room TonightSexy Sass Dawn Derow Serves LEGIT at Metropolitan Room Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Sexy Coloratura, MAC Award Nominee Dawn Derow, the New England song bird, serves it up again, at New York's Metropolitan Room in an Opera Cabaret entitled 'LEGIT,' tonight, September 26. (more...)

Sexy Sass Dawn Derow Serves LEGIT at Metropolitan Room, 9/26Sexy Sass Dawn Derow Serves LEGIT at Metropolitan Room, 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2014

Sexy Coloratura, MAC Award Nominee Dawn Derow, the New England song bird, serves it up again, at New York's Metropolitan Room in an Opera Cabaret entitled 'LEGIT,' on September 26. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT's Giuseppe Bausilio and More Set for American Theatre of Actors Benefit for St. Joseph's Indian School, 5/11BILLY ELLIOT's Giuseppe Bausilio and More Set for American Theatre of Actors Benefit for St. Joseph's Indian School, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

American Theatre of Actors will hold a musical theater benefit on May 11th for St. Joseph's Indian School (www.stjo.org) in Chamberlain, South Dakota, which serves the impoverished Lakota children of the Pine Ridge and other reservations. Jane Culley, producer of the event and Vice President of American Theatre of Actors, has been a long-time supporter of the school. A remarkable roster of performers from Broadway, Cabaret and the dance world will donate their time and talents to this cause. In addition, stars of the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham dance companies will perform, and ATA actors will present a short play about the plight of the Lakota accompanied by native drummers. (more...)

Carly Ozard to Debut MIDLER ON THE ROOF at The Duplex, 5/25Carly Ozard to Debut MIDLER ON THE ROOF at The Duplex, 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

After sold-out performances in New York City and her hometown of San Francisco, cabaret singer Carly Ozard will debut her latest show Midler on the Roof at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at cabaret institution The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue in New York City. Tickets are $10 (plus a 2-drink minimum) and advance reservations are highly recommended by contacting (212) 255-5438 or www.theduplex.com. (more...)

Jim Brochu's CHARACTER MAN to Close 4/6 at Urban StagesJim Brochu's CHARACTER MAN to Close 4/6 at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Urban Stages Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director and producer Peter Napolitano, announced the final week of the World Premiere engagement of Character Man. Jim Brochu's new musical memoir at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street). This limited run will continue through April 6th only. Robert Bartley directs, with musical direction by Carl Haan. The Final Post-Show Talk will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd with Special Guest Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray), moderated by Peter Filichia. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at the MAC Awards with Linda Lavin, Cady Huffman & More!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 28, 2014

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), dedicated to advancing the art and business of live entertainment, held their 28th Annual MAC Awards celebration last evening at BB King's Blues club in Times Square. Winners in twenty-five categories were announced. The show was hosted by the vivacious singer, band leader, multiple MAC Award winner and 2014 Nominee, Terese Genecco. The gala was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, the current MAC President. Don Rebic served as Musical Director. Presenters included Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal and designer Bob Mackie. CLICK HERE for a full list of winners. (more...)

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