Cabaret Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: Alexis Michelle Is Good, Girl, In IT TAKES A WOMAN at Feinstein's/54 Below BWW Review: Alexis Michelle Is Good, Girl, In IT TAKES A WOMAN at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - May 25, 2017

From just about the moment Alexis Michelle walked into the workroom, the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE contestant was clocked as a Broadway queen. While performing at Feinstein's/54 Below in IT TAKES A WOMAN with her rich, husky singing voice, that proved to be a well-earned title. But, as seen on TV, comed... (more...)
BWW Review: Chita Rivera, Complete With Frills and Feathers, Entertains In Café Carlyle Run BWW Review: Chita Rivera, Complete With Frills and Feathers, Entertains In Café Carlyle Run
by Ashley Steves - May 17, 2017

“Shouldn't I be somewhere at 8:00?” That is a fair reaction for the Chita Rivera to have to once seeing boards and bus ads for CHIGAGO, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and WEST SIDE STORY a few years back while they were all simultaneously running, a story she regaled the audience with in the intro to her WEST S... (more...)
BWW Review: Courtney Act Glitters in THE GIRL FROM OZ at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Courtney Act Glitters in THE GIRL FROM OZ at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - May 15, 2017

A cyclone of camp with a true gift for one-liners and an even stronger voice, Courtney Act followed the yellow brick road past the crowd to hit the stage in THE GIRL FROM OZ. Despite several homages to THE WIZARD OF OZ, the May 4 show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre was centered on that other, no ... (more...)
BWW Review: Shaina Taub Shows Off Her Perspective and Power in Joe's Pub Residency BWW Review: Shaina Taub Shows Off Her Perspective and Power in Joe's Pub Residency
by Troy Frisby - May 11, 2017

"This is the first time I've ever seen Shaina Taub in anything other than in a play." This comment, made shortly before Taub (primarily known for her work in the theatre, including TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT, and OLD HATS) took the stage to perform original songs, distilled exactly what was so... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below is Sugary, Showstopping Goodness BWW Review: THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below is Sugary, Showstopping Goodness
by Troy Frisby - May 09, 2017

If showstoppers are the sugary-sweet dessert of any Broadway show, you might think eating nothing but cake would leave you sick to your stomach. But in the case of THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below, you'd be wrong. At the April 25 show, dessert for dinner never looked so good.... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET IN CAPTIVITY Pays Tribute to Victims of the Holocaust Through a Profound Night of Musical Escapism and Reflection BWW Review: CABARET IN CAPTIVITY Pays Tribute to Victims of the Holocaust Through a Profound Night of Musical Escapism and Reflection
by Amy Oestreicher - May 02, 2017

Alice Sommer Herz, the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor and a prolific concert pianist, once said, 'Music saved my life, and Music saves me still.' On Yom Hashoah, a day devoted to honoring the lives lost in the Holocaust, a group of artists visited Pangea to pay tribute to souls saved throu... (more...)
BWW Review: Nik and Sarah's Cabaret: HOMEMADE FUSION at Club Vibe BWW Review: Nik and Sarah's Cabaret: HOMEMADE FUSION at Club Vibe
by Christine Swerczek - April 24, 2017

This is musical theater at its most personal. Take a small venue, one pianist, and a handful of really talented local performers, toss them together for a fusion of fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
by Gil Kaan - April 21, 2017

SING HAPPY!, a delightful cabaret showcase of Ann LeSchander's vocal chops and comic talents backed by wonderful musicians who know when to take focus and when to lay back. Kudos to The Gardenia's sound system that allows each instrument to be heard so distinctly as individual instruments, then blen... (more...)
BWW Review: BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Illuminates the Timeless Relationship Between Art and Culture, Paying Tribute to the 1940s BWW Review: BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Illuminates the Timeless Relationship Between Art and Culture, Paying Tribute to the 1940s
by Casey Mink - April 13, 2017

At the most recent BROADWAY BY THE YEAR presentation on March 27, at its usual home of the Town Hall, the 1940s was the sent-up decade from which the evening's performers sang. At a time in the country that currently bears striking and cryptic similarity to that grim period of global history, the re... (more...)
BWW Review: Latrice Royale Serves Redemption Realness in LIFE GOES ON at the Laurie Beechman BWW Review: Latrice Royale Serves Redemption Realness in LIFE GOES ON at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - April 09, 2017

With a regal violet gown covered in jewels for days and a mile-high bouffant that would leave Priscilla Presley gagging, Latrice Royale ambled up to the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre. When her hair, teased to the gods, soon brushed against the ceiling, she said, with a cackle, "My hair's too ... (more...)
BWW Review: Lady Rizo Salutes the RED, WHITE AND INDIGO at Joe's Pub BWW Review: Lady Rizo Salutes the RED, WHITE AND INDIGO at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - April 03, 2017

In her new show, RED, WHITE AND INDIGO, Lady Rizo is all about coming to terms with that "very bad boyfriend" she calls America. "I think he reads my email," she joked with a wry smile, during her first show of a three-night run at Joe's Pub on March 23. "And I know he's f**king with my birth con... (more...)
BWW Review: Shows That Never Made It to Broadway Find a Home at Feinstein's/54 Below with BROADWAY BOUND BWW Review: Shows That Never Made It to Broadway Find a Home at Feinstein's/54 Below with BROADWAY BOUND
by Troy Frisby - March 29, 2017

'That's really niche.' Those words from one of the night's emcees, Feinstein's/54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, were technically used in reference to Linda Lavin's propensity to play love interests for superheroes. But, really, they could've been used to describe BROADWAY BOU... (more...)