Karis Rogerson

Karis Rogerson Karis Rogerson is a writer and blogger with a passion for telling stories about art and those who make it. She works at a tech start-up, is a fellow at a women's media company, and writes novels, poems, and essays as well.


BWW Review: Julie Reyburn Is Magic in ANYWHERE WE ARE at Don't Tell MamaBWW Review: Julie Reyburn Is Magic in ANYWHERE WE ARE at Don't Tell Mama
Posted: Oct. 14, 2019


BWW Review: Julie Reyburn Is Magic in ANYWHERE WE ARE at Don't Tell MamaBWW Review: Julie Reyburn Is Magic in ANYWHERE WE ARE at Don't Tell Mama
Posted: Oct. 14, 2019

BWW Review: Julie Reyburn Is Magic in ANYWHERE WE ARE at Don't Tell Mama
October 14, 2019

At the very back of a dimly lit dinner club with live music, is a little brick room. It's in this intimate space that Julie Reyburn alternately amazed the audience with her singing prowess and entertained them, thanks to her sharp wit and incisive social commentary.

BWW Feature: Vivian Reed Combines Lena Horne's Class And Feistiness With Her Own In Her Feinstein's/54 Below Tribute Show
February 6, 2018

Vivian Reed is a performer, through and through, a fact clear from the moment her feet hit the stage (and even before that if she has to saunter through the room first to get there). Even over the phone, her voice brims with confidence and joy as she talks about her current series at Feinstein's/54 Below called VIVIAN REED SINGS LENA HORNE, a tribute she began in honor of Horne's centennial birthday last June.

BWW Feature: What Being Green for A Year Meant to WICKED'S Jessica Vosk And How She's Channeling That Into Her New Show At Feinstein's/54 Below
January 30, 2018

Life on the road can be grueling, especially if you're a performer belting "Defying Gravity" several times a week for over a year, as actor/singer Jessica Vosk did from September 2016 to 2017. Now that she has her feet planted firmly back in New York, she's detailing her experience with BEING GREEN, her new show at Feinstein's/54 Below premiering this week.

BWW Feature: Natalie Douglas Brings Reverence, Joy, And Humanity To The Stage With Her TRIBUTES Series at Birdland
September 25, 2017

Natalie Douglas returns to Birdland Jazz with her current TRIBUTES series, a four-show residency in which Douglas pays homage to influential artists, the idea being to embrace an artist, as opposed to a writer.

BWW Review: Antonia Bennett Proves She's a Force to Be Reckoned With In Cafe Carlyle Debut
May 31, 2017

If you're not already familiar with Antonia Bennett, her current Cafe Carlyle run and venue debut are quite the introduction. As the daughter of a famous father, Bennett grew up surrounded by quality music and performers, and it was at an early age that she began adding her own voice to the mix. For 10 years she performed with Tony Bennett as his opening act, and she is featured on his album A SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS in a duet between the father and daughter. But the truth is that the name Antonia Bennett rings familiar with fewer people than her father's. The concrete reason for this has some room for debate--- perhaps it's just that music-listening culture has changed, or maybe it's because she's younger and hasn't performed as much in a solo setting. The reason doesn't matter so much as the fact that Antonia Bennett is a performer to watch, and her Cafe Carlyle performances are proof of that.

BWW Feature: Antonia Bennett Brings a Lifetime of Performing to Café Carlyle in Venue Debut
May 18, 2017

Antonia Bennett, daughter of Tony Bennett and accomplished vocalist in her own right, is a lifelong performer. Since she "could walk and talk," according to her bio, Bennett has been performing with artists of legendary status: Rosemary Clooney, Regis Philbin, and, of course, her father. For the last 10 years, she has served as Tony's opening act in live shows and, in addition, has performed duets with him, including on his holiday album, A SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS. On May 23, Bennett will make her Cafe Carlyle debut in New York with a set comprised of selections from the American Songbook, a perfect fit for her inherited charm and too-cool demeanor, paired with her uniquely coy voice.

BWW Review: Balancing Comedy and Sentimentality, Ana Gasteyer Delights in Her Café Carlyle Debut
December 12, 2016

Cafe Carlyle is a low-ceilinged room with walls covered in paintings that lend credence to the illusion of being locked in another world, a jazzy rendition of 80 years ago that's all glitz and glam. It is in this room that Ana Gasteyer performed, making her debut at the venue. There was an immediate clash between the buttoned-up atmosphere and the by-no-means-buttoned-up performance Gasteyer gave. The SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alum's show, directed by Julian Fleisher, is, at its heart, a comedy show, sometimes irreverent, sometimes touching, and always laugh-inducing.

BWW Review: 'John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known As Lypsinka' is a Toned Down, Engaging Look Into the Performer
September 2, 2016

In his new solo show at Joe's Pub, John Epperson, the adored drag artist widely known as his character Lypsinka, sits at the piano dressed conservatively in a green blazer, a rarity for him--- no flashy dresses, wigs, or makeup. For this show, he's performing not as Lypsinka but as himself. But the performance itself is far from conservative. John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known As Lypsinka, which debuted on August 15, is billed as a 'personal musical memoir,' but in many ways it's a tribute show--- specifically, a tribute to the women who shaped his life.