Cabaret Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: Brian Stokes Mitchell Plays With Music in a Captivating Night of Hope and Joy BWW Review: Brian Stokes Mitchell Plays With Music in a Captivating Night of Hope and Joy
by Amy Oestreicher - June 27, 2017

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...)
BWW Review: In Solo Debut, Robbie Rozelle Leaps Into the Spotlight and Insists That the 'Personality Piece' Is Not a Dead Art BWW Review: In Solo Debut, Robbie Rozelle Leaps Into the Spotlight and Insists That the 'Personality Piece' Is Not a Dead Art
by Matthew Blank - June 13, 2017

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...)
BWW Review: Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim Like Never Before at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim Like Never Before at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Amy Oestreicher - June 13, 2017

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...)
BWW Recap: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Makes a Macaron Murderer with ACLU Benefit BWW Recap: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Makes a Macaron Murderer with ACLU Benefit
by Troy Frisby - June 09, 2017

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...)
BWW Review: Nothing But Love for Migguel Anggelo in SO CLOSE at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Nothing But Love for Migguel Anggelo in SO CLOSE at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - June 06, 2017

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. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Antonia Bennett Proves She's a Force to Be Reckoned With In Cafe Carlyle Debut BWW Review: Antonia Bennett Proves She's a Force to Be Reckoned With In Cafe Carlyle Debut
by Karis Rogerson - 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... (more...)