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Kevin Spirtas Joins CABARET ON THE HUDSON at Irvington Town Hall Theater, 10/27Kevin Spirtas Joins CABARET ON THE HUDSON at Irvington Town Hall Theater, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

NiCori Studios and Productions and Irvington Town Hall Theater announce a new cabaret musical series entitled, Cabaret on the Hudson. The series will begin on Monday, October 27 at 8pm and will feature three outstanding cabaret performers or small groups, each bringing a 25 minute sampling of their New York City cabaret shows to Westchester, NY. (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...)

Ben Platt, Tony Yazbeck, NYC Cabaret Festival & More Set for 54 Below this WeekBen Platt, Tony Yazbeck, NYC Cabaret Festival & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

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...)

Gavin Lee and Willy Falk Headline Cast for Next Week's BROADWAY BALLYHOO at 54 BelowGavin Lee and Willy Falk Headline Cast for Next Week's BROADWAY BALLYHOO at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The next Broadway Ballyhoo Concert Event takes place on Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30 PM and it features (as usual) a sensational array of diverse talents from across the musical theater landscape. Tony Nominees, TV Stars, Opera-Trained Singers, Up-anding coming stars -- the Ballyhoo has something for everyone. (more...)

Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

This August and September 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Parks Concert Series Continues with Karen Mason & William Michals, 8/13Parks Concert Series Continues with Karen Mason & William Michals, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concerts for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, August 13th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, August 14th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Birdland to Present Birdland Big Band, Sean Harkness Duo & More, Week of 8/11Birdland to Present Birdland Big Band, Sean Harkness Duo & More, Week of 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for August 11 - August 17, including The Birdland Big Band, Sean Harkness Duo, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, with Special Guest Warren Vache, and more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: STEVE ROSS and KAREN OBERLIN Ooze Charm, Class, and Chemistry In Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: STEVE ROSS and KAREN OBERLIN Ooze Charm, Class, and Chemistry In Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 20, 2014

Steve Ross and Karen Oberlin's recent duo effort at 54 Below, Cheek to Cheek, was a show oozing charm, class, charisma, and chemistry, but most of all they conveyed their love for these legendary performers and the classic tunes associated with them. (more...)

Jazz Masters, Stephen Wallam, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and More Set for Birdland, Aug 2014Jazz Masters, Stephen Wallam, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and More Set for Birdland, Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their great line-up of amazing talent for the month of August 2014, featuring: The Jazz Masters Quartet, Dave Douglas Quintet, Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Rotem Sivan Trio, Sean Harkness Duo, Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Details below! (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Mid-Year Cabaret Review--Best (and Favorite) 20 Shows and Performances (So Far) for 2014CABARET LIFE NYC: Mid-Year Cabaret Review--Best (and Favorite) 20 Shows and Performances (So Far) for 2014
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 5, 2014

Since I attended more than 50 shows over the past eight months (a few more than once)--the large majority of which were reviewed on these web pages—I felt I had more than enough cabaret show inventory to present my second-annual “Mid-Year Cabaret Review” citing the “20 Best Cabaret Shows and Performances” for the first half of 2014. Since the eligibility period for 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award consideration begins with shows staged since last November (late October if it was the first of a run), I've included a few of those late 2013 shows in this group. And with the announcement of the BWW Award nominees just four months away, I've offered some projections on the Award categories for which these shows very well might receive consideration. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: KAREN OBERLIN and SEAN HARKNESS Concoct Romantic Musical Chemistry at the Metropolitan RoomCABARET LIFE NYC: KAREN OBERLIN and SEAN HARKNESS Concoct Romantic Musical Chemistry at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 14, 2014

Cabaret performers thinking about launching duo shows could certainly take a lesson in chemistry from watching and listening to singer Karen Oberlin and guitarist Sean Harkness in their current show, A Wish, which is based on their superb recently released CD of the same title, launched with two shows at Kitano on February 1 (to celebrate the CD release), and has taken up a once a month residency until late August at the Metropolitan Room (the next show is on June 25 at 9:30 pm). While theirs is not a romantic off-stage chemistry (both are happily quite happily married, thank you), on stage and in the recording studio Oberlin and Harkness have concocted a delicious musical interaction that conjures up romance to the nth degree. (more...)

The The 7th Season of Parks Concert Series Announced, 6/25The The 7th Season of Parks Concert Series Announced, 6/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concerts for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, June 25th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Marissa Miller to Make Solo Debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 6/5Marissa Miller to Make Solo Debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2014

On Thursday, June 5th at 7pm Marissa Miller (Wicked) will make her solo cabaret debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her new show "Castles in the Air." Tedd Firth serves as musical director and pianist alongside Dave Berger on drums, Steve Doyle on bass, and Sean Harkness on guitar. Direction is by Benjamin Simpson (Mother Jones). Heres how the show is billed: (more...)

The Parks Concert Series 2014 Season Kicks Off with D.C. Anderson, Raissa Katona Bennett and More TonightThe Parks Concert Series 2014 Season Kicks Off with D.C. Anderson, Raissa Katona Bennett and More Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concert for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, commences tonight, May 28th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 29th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. (more...)

Raissa Katona Bennett Launches 7th Season of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES at Tudor City Greens TodayRaissa Katona Bennett Launches 7th Season of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES at Tudor City Greens Today
by Stephen Hanks - May 27, 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concert for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, commences today, May 28 at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 29 at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts, which are hosted by Tudor City resident and Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pianist Jon Weber Plays the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Pianist Jon Weber Plays the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 22, 2014

Jon Weber one of the most prominent music directors in New York cabaret performed his one man show at the Metropolitan Room last night. The acclaimed Milwaukee born Jazz pianist and composer lectured and played a program which demonstrated how jazz piano evolved over the last 115 years. From Scott Joplin to Keith Jarrett Mr. Weber recreated the sounds and styles of the various pianists and showed how they influenced piano jazz over the years. Jon is the host of Piano Jazz with Jon Weber on National Public Radio and his recent album titled Simple Complex features his own compositions. (more...)

The Parks Concert Series 2014 Season to Kick Off with D.C. Anderson, Raissa Katona Bennett and More, 5/28The Parks Concert Series 2014 Season to Kick Off with D.C. Anderson, Raissa Katona Bennett and More, 5/28
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concert for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, commences on Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 29th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

TERESE GENECCO'S 'Longest Running Nightclub Act on Broadway' To Celebrate Hitting 100th Show Mark at Iridium, 5/20TERESE GENECCO'S 'Longest Running Nightclub Act on Broadway' To Celebrate Hitting 100th Show Mark at Iridium, 5/20
by Stephen Hanks - May 13, 2014

It isn't called 'The Longest Running Nightclub Act on Broadway' for nothing. Terese Genecco and her eight-piece 'Little Big Band' are back at The Iridium (1650 Broadway at 51st Street) to celebrate their 99th and 100th performances at the venue on Tuesday, May 20th (shows at 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm.) The multi-award-winning singer/bandleader/comedian continues to light up Times Square with her unique brand of 50's-era Rat Pack-inspired musical mayhem. (more...)

Raissa Katona Bennett To Launch 7th Season of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES at Tudor City Greens, 5/28Raissa Katona Bennett To Launch 7th Season of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES at Tudor City Greens, 5/28
by Stephen Hanks - May 10, 2014

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concert for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, commences on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 29 at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts, which are hosted by Tudor City resident and Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Cabaret Life NYC: KAREN OBERLIN Performing the Songs of Doris Day Is One of Cabaret's Most Ideal Matches of Singer to SubjectCabaret Life NYC: KAREN OBERLIN Performing the Songs of Doris Day Is One of Cabaret's Most Ideal Matches of Singer to Subject
by Stephen Hanks - May 7, 2014

I was just a little more than a year into my new side career as a cabaret show reviewer when I first saw a Karen Oberlin show. It was Valentine's Day night 2012 and Oberlin—with guitarist Sean Harkness and guest violinist Aaron Weinstein—would be performing her romance-laced set, Stringing Along With Love, at the Metropolitan Room. At the time, all I knew about Oberlin was that she was considered among New York's best female cabaret singers, and I hadn't researched her performing history pre-show. About a third of the way into her set I leaned over to my wife (it was Valentine's Day after all) and whispered, “You know, she has a real Doris Day quality in her voice and in the way she delivers some lyrics.” This immediately ratcheted up my appreciation for Oberlin since there are four passions I inherited from my Dad—baseball, reading the morning papers, sports writing and Doris Day (well, also Sophia Loren, but that's for another column). Since Dad had grown up during the prime of the Big Band Era of the 1940s, I heard the sultry sounds of a young Doris Day singing songs like “Sentimental Journey” on the family stereo more than a few times. Once I saw Day's strikingly adorable blondness on a record cover and her rocking body in one of her films, I knew what Dad was talking about. As popular, famous, and near iconic as Doris Day became, in my book, as a singer and screen beauty she's always been vastly underrated. Little did I know that Karen Oberlin had been doing a Doris Day tribute show so since 2001 at places like Firebird, Iridium, and the late Danny's Skylight Room, and produced a CD, Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day, in 2002. Karen Oberlin had instantly become my secret love. (more...)

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