Ricky Ritzel News

MITF 2014 to Feature More Than 75 Shows, 7/14-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The Midtown International Theater Festival has announced its 2014 lineup. Details below! (more...)

Cabaret Cares Gala, Honoring Sidney Myer and Julie Wilson, Set for 5/18 at the Laurie Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Today, a 501c non-profit organization founded by MAC Award winning producer, Joseph Macchia, will hold its annual fundraising gala (cocktails, auction, dinner, show) on May 18th at the Laurie Beechman Theater, featuring a live show with many of New York's favorite performers who donate their time and talent to this wonderful event. (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...)

Anita Gillette, Ann Hampton Callaway, THE VAUDEVILLIANS & More Score 2014 Mac Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), dedicated to advancing the art and business of live entertainment, has announced the nominees for the 2014 MAC Awards. Winners in twenty-five categories will be voted by the MAC membership by anonymous ballot and announced at the MAC Awards Gala on March 27th at BB King's Blue Club in Times Square at: 237 W. 42 St between 7th and 8th Avenues. Tickets start at $50.00. For additional information on MAC, to become a member, or to order tickets to the event, visit: http://macnyc.com. (more...)

'Judy and Liza Together Again!' Cabaret Extends Run at Don't Tell Mama's
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2014

Musical Director: Ricky Ritzel (as Mort/Pappy) 'Judy and Liza Together Again', starring internationally acclaimed entertainers Rick Skye and Tommy Femia, named 'BEST DUO'in 2012 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), has been EXTENDED AGAIN through the Winter Season at Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street). (more...)

BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Update 1/3 - Last Chance to Vote!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 03, 2014

Voting is now underway for Cabaret! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Spend New Year's Eve with JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN at Don't Tell Mama Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

Ring in the New Year with a Spectacular New Years Eve Dinner and Show at New York's Legendary Cabaret 'Don't Tell Mama's!' tonight, December 31, 2013, from 9:00pm - 1:00am. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Cabaret New Year's Awards Update - Matthews, Whitton Tied!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2013

Voting is now underway for Cabaret! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Cabaret Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Amy Wolk Leads Best Female Vocalist!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Voting is now underway for Boston! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Conklin and Dotson Shows Highlight Six Reviews From a Cabaret Fall
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 20, 2013

Our intrepid cabaret columnist/reviewer Stephen Hanks catches up on some reviews of fall 2013 shows, including Mary Foster Conklin's BroadwayWorld.com Award nominated tribute to Fran Landesman, solo shows from Bernard Dotson, Gary Crawford, and Lauren Glazer, and a duo show from Alison Nusbaum and Jackie Kristel. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Update 12/13 - Laura Benanti on Top!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Voting is now underway for Cabaret! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Update 12/6 - Monheit Leading Ross!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Voting is now underway for Cabaret! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Voting Now Open in 18 Categories for 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards, Thru 1/5
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 03, 2013

If you're wondering whether or not 2013 was a fantastic year for the cabaret art form in New York, all you have to do is scan the amazing list of nominees for this year's BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards and you'll know it was one of the best ever. So now it's time for all you cabaret performers and fans to vote for the best singers, musicians, songs, and shows of the year. Voting will continue until Sunday night January 5 and the winners will be announced later that week. We hope that all the winners will be able to perform in the Award show on Sunday night February 23 at Joe's Pub. (more...)

Spend New Year's Eve with JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN at Don't Tell Mama, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

Ring in the New Year with a Spectacular New Years Eve Dinner and Show at New York's Legendary Cabaret 'Don't Tell Mama's!' on December 31, 2013, from 9:00pm - 1:00am. (more...)

'HUMPTY DUMPTY CRACKS UP' Set for PlayRoom Theater, The Duplex, 11/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

The musical comedy about nightclub singers and night-time musical fantasies - Humpty Dumpty Cracks Up: The Nightmare of Cabaret --- will be performed in Manhattan on November 23, 24, and 25. The cast includes cabaret singers themselves in prominent and cameo roles, along with singer-actors who are kids, teens and adults (senior citizens among them). In the year marking her triumphant nightclub return, not resting her laurels or her tuffet, singer KAREN WYMAN is featured as Little Miss Muffet, writer of self-help books for arachnophobes and bullied teens. Cabaret-goers will find other favorites in the cast such as TERESA FISCHER as the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Rotating guests in cameo and featured roles include such folks as Ricky Ritzel at the first performance, The Duplex's THOMAS HONECK at the middle performance, and CHRISTINE LAVIN on the Monday night. As the legendary Little Bo Peep, TANYA MOBERLY sheepishly appears at the first and third performances. The plot concerns a first-time cabaret performer (WENDY RUSSELL), her singer pal (BRENDA BERGMAN) and strange dreams about nursery rhyme characters putting on cabaret acts. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Watching Some 'Angels' Take Wing and Other Observations From a Cabaret Summer
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 06, 2013

One of the biggest downers perpetrated by American culture is the characterization of Labor Day weekend as the 'unofficial end of summer.' But given what has passed for cabaret entertainment-at least the shows I was able to attend--since the 'unofficial start of summer' on Memorial Day weekend, the end of summer can't come soon enough. But my dismay over the hours lost watching average shows this season was tempered a bit by the pride and joy I felt watching the June performances of three strikingly attractive and talented 30ish brunettes with powerhouse voices-- Jackie Kristel, Karen Gross and Jodi Beck, who all staged entertaining shows as spring was turning to summer. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A TRIBUTE TO JULIE WILSON Plays the Iridium
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 14, 2013

Last night, August 13th at 8 & 10pm, ScoBar Entertainment presented A TRIBUTE TO Julie Wilson at Iridium NYC. Performers included Eric Comstock, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Antonio Edwards, Eric Engelhardt, Barbara Fasano, Terese Genecco, Jeff Harnar, Mark Hartman, Tanya Holt, Sue Matsuki , Marissa Mulder, Christine Pedi, Colm Reilly, Julie Reyburn, Ricky Ritzel, KT Sullivan, Stacy Sullivan, Grace Wall, Lennie Watts & Carol Woods. Accompanying the performers was The Barry Levitt Trio, Barry Levitt on piano, Dick Sarpola on bass & Ray Marchica on drums. Check ot photos from the special event below! (more...)

Christine Pedi, KT Sullivan & More Set for A TRIBUTE TO JULIE WILSON at Iridium, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2013

On Tuesday, August 13th at 8 & 10pm, ScoBar Entertainment will present A TRIBUTE TO JULIE WILSON at Iridium NYC. Performers confirmed thus far are Eric Comstock, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Antonio Edwards, Eric Engelhardt, Barbara Fasano, Terese Genecco, Jeff Harnar, Mark Hartman, Tanya Holt, Sue Matsuki , Marissa Mulder, Christine Pedi, Colm Reilly, Julie Reyburn, Ricky Ritzel, KT Sullivan, Stacy Sullivan, Grace Wall, Lennie Watts & Carol Woods.Accompanying the performers is The Barry Levitt Trio, Barry Levitt on piano, Dick Sarpola on bass & Ray Marchica on drums, (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...)

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