Cabaret Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Benjamin Eakeley's BROADWAY SWINGER, VOL. 2: ALL OF ME Bounces Brightly with Swing and Jazz BWW Review: Benjamin Eakeley's BROADWAY SWINGER, VOL. 2: ALL OF ME Bounces Brightly with Swing and Jazz
by David Clarke - November 17, 2017

With a beaming smile, a ton of energy, his dazzling vocal instrument, and even delighting audiences with his clarinet, Benjamin Eakeley's debut of BROADWAY SWINGER, VOL. 2: ALL OF ME is a true celebration of the sings of the 1930s.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sven Ratzke Weaves a Web In The Captivating HOMME FATALE at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Sven Ratzke Weaves a Web In The Captivating HOMME FATALE at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - November 10, 2017

Endlessly imaginative and full of bravado, with his new show, HOMME FATALE, Sven Ratzke set out to ensure that femme fatales don't get to have all the fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: Mandy Gonzalez Is Phenomenal and FEARLESS in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut BWW Review: Mandy Gonzalez Is Phenomenal and FEARLESS in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
by Troy Frisby - November 06, 2017

Early on in her Cafe Carlyle debut this past month, Mandy Gonzalez remarked on how excited she was to be uptown, though, while the HAMILTON star was at the mic, it was anything but quiet.... (more...)
BWW Review: The McKittrick Hotel Presents AT THE ILLUSIONISTS TABLE-A Marvelous Magical Evening BWW Review: The McKittrick Hotel Presents AT THE ILLUSIONISTS TABLE-A Marvelous Magical Evening
by Marina Kennedy - November 06, 2017

The art of illusion meets the art of fine dining. The McKittrick Hotel, the home of Sleep No More is now presenting the New York City premiere of At The Illusionist's Table, an all-new intimate magic and dining experience that comes straight from Scotland.... (more...)
BWW Review: Rita Wilson Sings a Song for Everyone In Her Return To Café Carlyle BWW Review: Rita Wilson Sings a Song for Everyone In Her Return To Café Carlyle
by Troy Frisby - October 30, 2017

Bubbly and charming as all hell, from the moment Rita Wilson took the stage at Cafe Carlyle, it was as if there was nowhere else she'd rather be.... (more...)
BWW Review: The 28th New York Cabaret Convention Kicks Off Its Opening Night With A Bang It Is Unable To Sustain BWW Review: The 28th New York Cabaret Convention Kicks Off Its Opening Night With A Bang It Is Unable To Sustain
by Stephen Hanks - October 22, 2017

During an evening when Mabel Mercer Foundation President and New York Cabaret Convention Producer KT Sullivan devoted a number of opening night spots in the 28th year of the four-day extravaganza (October 16-19 at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center) to a younger generation of singers and a few vete... (more...)
BWW Review: Extraordinary Talent Onstage in THE MANY VOICES OF CHRISTINA BIANCO at Gate69 BWW Review: Extraordinary Talent Onstage in THE MANY VOICES OF CHRISTINA BIANCO at Gate69
by David Fick - October 16, 2017

An extraordinary talent is currently onstage at Gate69, Cape Town's 'Purple Palace', which continues to deliver on its aim of being a complete sensory experience and South Africa's premiere cabaret theatre. This time, Cathy and her Trolley Dollies present the phenomenal Christina Bianco.... (more...)
BWW Review: Betty Buckley Brings Righteous Anger to Joe's Pub in Exceptional STORY SONGS #2 BWW Review: Betty Buckley Brings Righteous Anger to Joe's Pub in Exceptional STORY SONGS #2
by Ashley Steves - October 14, 2017

Betty Buckley's STORY SONGS #2, the artist's new show at Joe's Pub running through Sunday night, was initially supposed to have another, darker title. She won't divulge the original choice, but one can certainly imagine. Making a sequel to the original, which, as a mixtape of numbers rich to the cor... (more...)
BWW Review: Trixie Mattel Balances MOVING PARTS Like a Pro at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Trixie Mattel Balances MOVING PARTS Like a Pro at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - October 12, 2017

A unique queen in the pantheon of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE queens, in just a few years' time, Trixie Mattel has risen from promising also-ran to cult fave to full-blown drag superstar (with a number one folk album, to boot). Fans coming in expecting to hear tracks off of that album, TWO BIRDS, during M... (more...)
BWW Review: A.J. Lambert Honors Sinatra's Legacy with Humility, Grace, and All-Star Vocals at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: A.J. Lambert Honors Sinatra's Legacy with Humility, Grace, and All-Star Vocals at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Amy Oestreicher - September 30, 2017

A.J. Lambert, as the granddaughter of Frank Sinatra, is not intimidated at all in singing through the entirety of IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS, a pioneering concept album released by Sinatra in 1955 exploring heartbreak (including a torturous breakup with his second wife, Ava Gardner) with all songs han... (more...)
BWW Review: A Restrained Dianna Agron Explores a New Era in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut BWW Review: A Restrained Dianna Agron Explores a New Era in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
by Troy Frisby - September 30, 2017

Over the course of the September 19 performance, Agron split her time between a whole host of male-fronted acts of the '70s, though, technically, many of the songs did hail from the decade prior.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway's Bart Shatto Belts Out One Showstopper After Another at The Rrazz Room BWW Review: Broadway's Bart Shatto Belts Out One Showstopper After Another at The Rrazz Room
by Kevin Pollack - September 21, 2017

Bart Shatto is a star performer. I first heard Bart with the famed theatrical-rock group The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's sung on a couple of their recordings, but toured the country with them for many years, notably singing the songs Old Town Bar seen below. Then I first saw Bart while he playe... (more...)
BWW Review: Raja Returns to Work the Runway in Her One-Woman Debut GAWDESS at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Raja Returns to Work the Runway in Her One-Woman Debut GAWDESS at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - September 18, 2017

Raja's debut one-woman show, RAJA: GAWDESS, was an exercise in charisma, in the best possible sense of the phrase.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lady Rizo's New Album INDIGO Plays Second Fiddle To Politics At Its Release Show At Joe's Pub BWW Review: Lady Rizo's New Album INDIGO Plays Second Fiddle To Politics At Its Release Show At Joe's Pub
by Audrey Moyce - September 11, 2017

There is something about today's political climate that demands acknowledgment in almost every setting. Provided you can be certain that your opinion will be shared by most of the room, you will probably bring up something related to our president, his tweets, or your own concerns about one or both.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Bright Side of Sad with Miguel Gutierrez and Madonna BWW Review: The Bright Side of Sad with Miguel Gutierrez and Madonna
by Audrey Moyce - September 01, 2017

SADONNA: THE SAD SONGS OF MADONNA. Such a title for Miguel Gutierrez's first full evening at Joe's Pub begs the question: why sad songs, and why Madonna? Gutierrez admitted early on that he came up with the name before he came up with anything else, but also that hatching this plan for a show had gi... (more...)
BWW Review: Blake McIver Makes BARBRA: THE CONCERT His Own at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Blake McIver Makes BARBRA: THE CONCERT His Own at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - September 01, 2017

From the minute BLAKE SINGS BARBRA: THE CONCERT began, Blake McIver truly tapped into-and never lost-the magic in Barbra Streisand's music.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sutton Lee Seymour Is Your Camp Counselor (With Extra Camp) in CAMP KWEEN at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Sutton Lee Seymour Is Your Camp Counselor (With Extra Camp) in CAMP KWEEN at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - August 25, 2017

Welcome to CAMP KWEEN, where Sutton Lee Seymour is devoted to teaching the mystical art of drag. At the Laurie Beechman Theatre on August 11, the drag queen's methods were a little unconventional-just look at the list of scheduled activities, which include 'throwing shade' and 'water sports'-and,... (more...)
BWW Review: Cristin Milioti Takes You Along For the Ride in Her Warm, Intimate Set at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Cristin Milioti Takes You Along For the Ride in Her Warm, Intimate Set at Joe's Pub
by Audrey Moyce - August 23, 2017

Cristin Milioti's career has spanned film, television, theater, and music. Though I, personally, know her work solely from her season on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, I had heard of the roles she originated in both ONCE on Broadway, as well as David Bowie & Enda Walsh's LAZARUS at New York Theatre Workshop... (more...)
BWW Review: Samantha Barks Brings Broadway, Bieber, and Breakups to Feinstein's/54 Below in New York Solo Debut BWW Review: Samantha Barks Brings Broadway, Bieber, and Breakups to Feinstein's/54 Below in New York Solo Debut
by Matthew Blank - July 26, 2017

This past weekend, as the Isle of Man's Samantha Barks made her much-anticipated United States solo debut, I saw a performer whose presence and voice created a thrill.... (more...)
BWW Review: Leslie Jordan EXPOSED as Frank and Funny at the Metropolitan Room BWW Review: Leslie Jordan EXPOSED as Frank and Funny at the Metropolitan Room
by Troy Frisby - July 21, 2017

Part coming-of-age story and part lighthearted Hollywood expose, one thing you can't say about Leslie Jordan's latest show is that the star is lacking in material.... (more...)
BWW Review: gina Breedlove Welcomes You Home In Her Intimate, Vibrant Performance at Joe's Pub BWW Review: gina Breedlove Welcomes You Home In Her Intimate, Vibrant Performance at Joe's Pub
by Jamara Wakefield - July 17, 2017

As singer-songwriter gina Breedlove took the stage at Joe's Pub, an audience member exclaimed, 'Welcome home, gina.' This roused a warm applause and a chorus of audiences members verbally welcoming the Brooklyn native home to the venue.... (more...)
BWW Review: Seth Sikes Bursts with Pride at JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC. BWW Review: Seth Sikes Bursts with Pride at JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC.
by Troy Frisby - July 05, 2017

'These songs are fucking great, even if you don't like me.' Seth Sikes was right, and humility aside, during SETH SIKES SINGS JUDY, LIZA, BARBRA, ETC. at Feinstein's/54 Below, he was pretty great, too.... (more...)
BWW Review: Alexandra Socha Bares Her Soul in Cabaret Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Alexandra Socha Bares Her Soul in Cabaret Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Matthew Blank - July 03, 2017

June 28 at Feinstein's/54 Below was one of contrasts, honesty, and raw emotion. When Alexandra Socha took to the stage in FINDING HOME, her venue debut, at 9:30 at night, the house was already noticeably buzzing with a remarkable energy from her friends and fans.... (more...)
BWW Review: TWAS THE HAPPIEST HOUR BEFORE PRIDE at The Duplex Comes Together for A Good Cause BWW Review: TWAS THE HAPPIEST HOUR BEFORE PRIDE at The Duplex Comes Together for A Good Cause
by Jamara Wakefield - June 30, 2017

TWAS THE HAPPIEST HOUR BEFORE PRIDE, a mix of comedy stand-up, ballads, and spoken word poetry, took the stage at The Duplex on June 24 to celebrate NYC Pride and fundraise for a good cause.... (more...)
BWW Review: Michael Feinstein and Friends Pay Homage to 'The First Lady of Song' in the Exceptional ELLA ON MY MIND BWW Review: Michael Feinstein and Friends Pay Homage to 'The First Lady of Song' in the Exceptional ELLA ON MY MIND
by Jamara Wakefield - June 28, 2017

The world fell in love with Ella Fitzgerald in her six-decade career. Michael Feinstein conjured this unending love for Fitzgerald at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in his final JAZZ & POPULAR SONG concert of the 2017 season with ELLA ON MY MIND.... (more...)