Sandi Durell News

Long Island's Landmark On Main Street Celebrates Musical Legend ERVIN DRAKE's 95th Birthday, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

This April, legendary songwriter Ervin Drake will turn 95. A Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mr. Drake has written some of the American Songbook's most beloved classics, including: 'It Was a Very Good Year,' 'I Believe,' 'Tico Tico,' 'Quando Quando Quando,' 'Perdito' and 'Good Morning, Heartache.' 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production of Drake's 'What Makes Sammy Run' (starring Steve Lawrence), which featured songs 'A Room Without Windows' and 'The Friendliest Thing.' On Friday, April 25 at 8 pm, Producer Sandi Durell, Musical Director Jon Weber, and Host Charles Grodin will lead a tribute to Ervin's illustrious career that will feature a star-studded cast of musical theater and cabaret stars (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez Set for THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT at Laurie Beechman, Now thru 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Broadway's Mandy Gonzalez (Wicked, In the Heights, Dance of the Vampires, Lennon) has joined the cast of The Amanda McBroom Project, set for tonight, March 14, 15, and 17 at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42 Street (Between 9 and 10 Avenues.) (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez Set for THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT at Laurie Beechman, 3/14-17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

Broadway's Mandy Gonzalez (Wicked, In the Heights, Dance of the Vampires, Lennon) has joined the cast of The Amanda McBroom Project, set for March 14, 15, and 17 at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42 Street (Between 9 and 10 Avenues.) For Reservations: 212.695.6909Music charge $20. Food/drink minimum $15 (more...)

Bob O'Hare Announces 'One Last Show' for Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Feb 02, 2014

Therefore, Bob O'Hare's Recovery at Don't Tell Mama on the evening of November 17th may well be one of the greatest surprises beheld in many a moon....It's not simply the fact that O'Hare's truly-lovely voice emerges as never over-coached and with a really terrific natural sound. It's not simply that he's made truly impeccable choices in terms of material, both for not being terribly precocious but also very carefully selected. It is, in point of fact, that this really is what an act is supposed to represent both as what cabaret was in its heyday and what the art form is supposed to be from this point on....The evening's first true high-point rears its head with 'One Step' by Malby and Shire, featuring a spectacular patter sequence, followed shortly thereafter by 'Journey to the Past' by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Award-winning director Eric Michael Gillett once again proves himself as a master of the genre here...O'Hare emerges as triumphant at every turn. The guy has very simply been through hell and back, and it never shows. He couldn't be more quick with a smile or generosity of spirit, and it's truly one of the feel-good evenings of this or any other of the several last cabaret seasons. Should Bob O'Hare and Recovery return, please visit the process. It couldn't possibly be more worth visiting.' - Andrew Martin, NiteLifeExchange (more...)

Bob O'Hare Sets 2014 Encore Dates at
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014


Bob O'Hare's Encore Presentation of RECOVERY Adds Additional Shows at Don't Tell Mama, 1/26 & 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2013

ERIC Michael GillETT will present BOB O'HARE in an encore performance of Recovery: A Show About Getting Better on December 22, 7pm with with the Tom Nelson Trio (Tom Nelson, Musical Director and Piano; Tom Kirchmer, Bass;Peter Grant, Drums) at Don't Tell Mama. Today, it was announced that additional performances have been added for Jan. 26 and Feb. 10. Tickets are $20 music charge with 2 drink minimum ($15 for members of MAC and Cabaret Hotline Online) - no credit cards. Reservations(212) 757-0788 (after 4 p.m.) (more...)

Bob O'Hare's Encore Presentation of ONE NIGHT ONLY Set for Don't Tell Mama, 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 05, 2013

ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT will present BOB O'HARE in an encore performance of Recovery: A Show About Getting Better on December 22, 7pm with with the Tom Nelson Trio (Tom Nelson, Musical Director and Piano; Tom Kirchmer, Bass; Peter Grant, Drums) at Don't Tell Mama. Tickets are $20 music charge with 2 drink minimum ($15 for members of MAC and Cabaret Hotline Online) - no credit cards. Reservations (212) 757-0788 (after 4 p.m.) (more...)

'Hidden Treasures II: Songs of Larry Kerchner' Set for Stage 72 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 03, 2013

'Hidden Treasures II: Songs of Larry Kerchner' will be performed as a benefit for The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative tonight, November 3, at 8:30 PM at Stage 72 (at the Triad), 158 West 72nd Street. (more...)

'Hidden Treasures II: Songs of Larry Kerchner' Set for Stage 72, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2013

'Hidden Treasures II: Songs of Larry Kerchner' will be performed as a benefit for The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative on Sunday, November 3, at 8:30 PM at Stage 72 (at the Triad), 158 West 72nd Street. (more...)

Eric Michael Gillett and The Tom Nelson Trio Present New Bob O'Hare Cabaret RECOVERY: A SHOW ABOUT GETTING BETTER, 11/11-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2013

Bob O'Hare made his cabaret debut in May of 2009 with 'Home: A Musical Journey.' It was a wonderful way to kick off his summer. It was well-received, with Sandi Durell lauding its 'carefully chosen songs cleverly intertwined' and 'truly realized' performances. (more...)

Bob O'Hare to Bring RECOVERY to Don't Tell Mama, 11/11-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 09, 2013

Bob O'Hare made his cabaret debut in May of 2009 with 'Home: A Musical Journey.' It was a wonderful way to kick off his summer. It was well-received, with Sandi Durell lauding its 'carefully chosen songs cleverly intertwined' and 'truly realized' performances. (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...)

Raissa Katona Bennett Hosts AND THE WINNER IS...LARRY KERCHNER at Tudor City Greens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2013

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, continues tonight, August 7th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, August 8th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with 'AND THE WINNER IS...Featuring Songs from the Songwriting Contest Winner - LARRY KERCHNER', and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and comedy scene. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Raissa Katona Bennett to Host AND THE WINNER IS...LARRY KERCHNER at Tudor City Greens, 8/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2013

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, August 8th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with 'AND THE WINNER IS...Featuring Songs from the Songwriting Contest Winner - LARRY KERCHNER', and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and comedy scene. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Brings MAYE-DEN VOYAGE to 54 Below!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 06, 2013

Infusing the rhythm and syncopation of the legendary jazz greats with the power and brashness of a Broadway belter, this legendary vocalist's MAYE-den Voyage at 54 Below features a program of jazz and Broadway standards not to be missed. When Ella Fitzgerald was asked to name her favorite singers, she named Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and "marvelous Marilyn Maye," who brings her new show MAYE-den Voyage to 54 Below for ten performances only. Check out photos from her opening night concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Amanda McBroom Brings A VALENTINE ROSE to Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 30, 2013

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel welcomes Amanda McBroom in her Cafe Carlyle debut engagement, 'A Valentine Rose.' Ms. McBroom opened at the Cafe Carlyle on January 29th and will play through February 9th where she will be joined by distinguished pianist/composer, Michele Brourman, as her music director, and the talented Dan Fabricant on bass. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jeff Harnar Brings DOES THIS SONG MAKE ME LOOK FAT? to Laurie Beechman
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 28, 2013

Jeff Harnar, one of the most celebrated performers of the American Popular Songbook, returned to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in the show 'Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Lighter Fare for a Winter Night)', which continues on Friday, February 8. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 11th Annual NIGHT LIFE AWARDS
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 15, 2013

Bill Charlap, Julie Halston, Jim Caruso, Mark Nadler, Lauren Fox, Marilyn Maye, Faith Prince, James Barbour, Rupert Holmes, Jane Monheit, Emily Bergl, Jessica Kirson, Kate McGarry, Jason Graae and Carole J. Bufford, all took part in the Nightlife Awards hosted by Multiple Emmy Award Winner Bruce Vilanch. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Brings BY REQUEST to Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 04, 2013

In addition to her New Year's Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye kept the party going with five unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year. "Marilyn By Request," in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside HIDDEN TREASURES Benefit Concert
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 06, 2012

On November 5, the Theatre at Saint Peters (Home of the York Theatre) Lexington Avenue at 54th Street presented the songs of Larry Kerchner ("Somewhere in Time") sung by some of today's most formidable singers: Hilary Kole, Laurel Masse, Kevin Spirtas, Stacy Sullivan, Jeff Harnar, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Karen Oberlin, Sidney Myer, Raissa Katona Bennett, Jill O'Hara and a host of others. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

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