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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
'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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
Brian Stokes Mitchell is a man of many talents. He's a stage and film veteran with the most glorious baritone voice. The gifted actor took the stage at Feinstein's/54 Below on his own for the first time this month with a concert of songs, mainly from his forthcoming album PLAYING WITH MUSIC.... (more...)
The New York cabaret scene has found itself a new star, whether or not anyone was asking for it.
Broadway album designer and social media demagog Robbie Rozelle, who has previously created solo shows for Melissa Errico and Kate Baldwin, decided it was finally Robbie's Turn and brought us SONGS FR... (more...)
In Melissa Errico's latest show, MELISSA ERRICO SINGS SONDHEIM, at the famed Feinstein's/54 Below, she may have performed some of the composer's must oversung showstoppers, but it felt as though the audience was hearing them for the first time.... (more...)
What do you get when you cross Mad Libs with Clue, add a group of theatre vets, and sprinkle in a dash of philanthropy? Why, it must be VILLAIN: DEBLANKS!
The comedy event, held at Feinstein's/54 Below, served as a benefit for the ACLU, with Billy Mitchell, who wrote the skeleton script for the s... (more...)
It's often been pointed out that love and hate aren't exactly polar opposites, considering each feeling originates from a place of passion. And now more than ever, we've come to a point where, everyday, living can feel like an extreme sport and everything seems to be superlative, for best or worst.
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... (more...)