BWW Review/Photos: Nashville's Kellye Cash Headlines Cabaret Show at The Wick TheatreBWW Review/Photos: Nashville's Kellye Cash Headlines Cabaret Show at The Wick Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 12, 2019

Jay Van Vechten, retired NYC PR man and Chairman of the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc. celebrated his 75th birthday last night as only a former President of one of the top three PR networks in the world could. He put on a superlative Cabaret Show! It took place at the beautiful state of the art Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. The evening was headlined by Country Music royalty Nashvilles's Kellye Cash a former Miss America and niece of Johnny Cash. The exciting evening was directed by Jay Van Dyke. It's probably in the genes, Kellye Cash is a first rate country singer with a captivating personality, one of those type of performers that an audience instantly falls in love with. (more...)

Photos/Review: Bemelmans Mainstay Loston Harris Excites The Arts GaragePhotos/Review: Bemelmans Mainstay Loston Harris Excites The Arts Garage
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 29, 2019

Loston Harris brought his elegant piano and vocal interpretations a thousand miles from his usually perch in The Carlyle Hotel's Bemlmans Bar to Delray's Arts Garage last night. The jam packed Arts Garage audience might have been dressed a little more casually then Manhattan's urbane jazz lovers, but this jazz savvy Delray turnout had the same appreciation and enthusiasm for the talented pianist/singer as New Yorkers do. Loston gets you in three ways, his inventiveness at the keyboard, his sophisticated vocals, and his vivacious personality. He is the consummate musician/entertainer in the true tradition of Bobby Short. Loston brings a unique rhythmic percussiveness to his fluent melodic lines which may be due to the fact that he started his music life as a drummer. Luckily for his fans worldwide he switched to piano. (more...)

BWW Review: Jason Danieley and More Honor Marin Mazzie With SUNFLOWER POWER HOUR at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Jason Danieley and More Honor Marin Mazzie With SUNFLOWER POWER HOUR at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 23, 2019

Last night it was an emotional unforgettable evening as Jason Danieley honored his late wife Marin Mazzie with Sunflower Power Hour, a benefit concert in support of Cancer Support Community. (more...)

BWW Review: Stecher & Horowitz Present KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler At The Lotos ClubBWW Review: Stecher & Horowitz Present KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler At The Lotos Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 21, 2019

There are many high profile and exciting items auctioned off at prestigious Galas. You can have lunch with Warren Buffett or other famous luminaries. You can replace Maestro Steven Reineke on the podium at Carnegie Hall and conduct The New York Pops Orchestra for a few minutes or win this writer to play piano at your private party if you bid high enough at the Pops Gala. Last night at the historic Lotos Club in New York City one of the most prestigious classical music organizations in the country had a dinner and the winning bidder at The Stecher Horowitz 60th Anniversary Gala last April and invited guests were entertained by the prize. (more...)

Review/Photos: Tony Danza and The Stars Of Tomorrow Take The Stage At The Gerald W. Lynch TheaterReview/Photos: Tony Danza and The Stars Of Tomorrow Take The Stage At The Gerald W. Lynch Theater
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 20, 2019

No one was detained or questioned last night for a bad performance at the Gerald W.Lynch Theater as Tony Danza lead the Police Athletic League's (PAL) 3rd Annual one-night-only showcase performance, 'Tony Danza & the Stars of Tomorrow,' It benefits PAL”S Teen Acting Program. The performance starred Tony with the talented young artists in the PAL program, and also had Tony doing some fantastic soft shoe with famed member of the Manhattan Rhythm Kings Hal Shane. Tony's friend singer/songwriter/pianist Peter Cincotti also took the stage and sang an original composition. (more...)

Photos/Review: Tony Danza Comes to Cafe CarlylePhotos/Review: Tony Danza Comes to Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 19, 2019

Do you want to have the winner of the People's Choice Award for favorite male entertainer come into your living room and become your good friend and delight you for an evening? Head over to Cafe Carlyle and spend an evening with Tony Danza and hang with him as he brings you back to the time when a night club performer did it all. (more...)

BWW Review: Haley Swindal Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below With Her Liza Minnelli TributeBWW Review: Haley Swindal Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below With Her Liza Minnelli Tribute
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 18, 2019

No, it wasn't an accident the first time around in July. Just as Broadway (Chicago) has recognized her abilities and consistency of excellence so have Haley Swindal's audience's. The only difference in her performance last night was that that black is the new red and Feinstein's/54 Below had another Stephen (Sondheim) in the audience. Here's my review of Haley's July show which was corroborated last night. (more...)

Photos/Review: American Songbook Association Honors Sheldon Harnick With Lifetime Achievement AwardPhotos/Review: American Songbook Association Honors Sheldon Harnick With Lifetime Achievement Award
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 17, 2019

Last night, Sheldon Harnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Songbook Association! Performers included Kissy Simmons, Klea Blackhurst, Adam Heller, Danny Bacher, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, Alexandra Silber, Brad Oscar, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar & Alex Rybeck, Alan Schmuckler, Jeffrey Saver and Rhyn Mclemore Saver, Ed Dixon, Sidney Myer, Judy Kuhn, Robert Cuccioli, and Steven Skybell. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Cast of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH Sings the National Anthem at Yankee StadiumPhoto Coverage: The Cast of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH Sings the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 3, 2019

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish may have been expelled from their Home in Anatevka but they were royally welcomed to Home (Plate) at Yankee Stadium yesterday! (more...)

BWW Review: World Premiere at Dizzy's Club, THE AWAKENING - SOUNDS FOR SCULPTURE by Christian TamburrBWW Review: World Premiere at Dizzy's Club, THE AWAKENING - SOUNDS FOR SCULPTURE by Christian Tamburr
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 17, 2019

We are all aware of those great music scores created by gifted composers for the movies but last night at Dizzy's Club, Christine Tamburr, a gifted composer and virtuoso vibraphonist led a world class group of musicians and jazz great Clint Holmes in a performance of his score “The Awakening “ Sounds For Sculpture”. Just as you can't imagine a movie without the underlying music, something tells me I won't be able to enjoy a “silent” Sculpture anymore after the experience of listening to Christian Tambour's breathtaking music inspired by the Sculpture of world renowned Seward Johnson. (more...)

BWW Review: Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Clive Davis, and More Attend Michael Feinstein's Show at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Clive Davis, and More Attend Michael Feinstein's Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 16, 2019

Michael Feinstein's genius is not only exemplified by his voice, his piano, his wit, his encyclopedic knowledge of show business, and his remarkable ability to entertain an audience. He also has an astute talent for choosing the type of guest artist to have in his shows who will create a special magic when paired with his musical personality. Melissa Manchester the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, actress was on stage with him last night and the combination of these two icons unleashed a chemistry that produced a spectacular event that had a celebrity filled Feinstein's/54 Below enthralled from start to finish. Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Clive Davis, Brenda Vaccaro, and Michael Riedel among others were in the club for this exciting opening night. (more...)

BWW Review: Sean Patrick Murtagh Brings Mario! To The Green Room 42BWW Review: Sean Patrick Murtagh Brings Mario! To The Green Room 42
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 15, 2019

Mario Lanza brought Opera to Hollywood and Sean Patrick Murtagh brought Mario Lanza to the Cabaret World at The Green Room 42 last night. Sean's lyric baritone effectively handled the repertoire usually sung by a tenor's voice and brought a distinctive vivacity to the songs usually associated with Mario Lanza and other celebrated tenors. Actually this show was about Mario and Richard (not Tucker). It was a heartfelt tribute to Sean's vocal teacher Richard who first exposed him to the Mario Lanza songbook. With his superior musical theater acting skills and charming personality Sean Patrick Murtagh is an exciting addition to the Cabaret World. Similar to the Metropolitan Opera, The Green Room 42 was full of Bravo's last night and I was thinking 3 Tenors plus 1 great Lyric Baritone would also make a great performance. (more...)

BWW Review: Jamie deRoy and friends Play The Friars ClubBWW Review: Jamie deRoy and friends Play The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 14, 2019

In the theater community Jamie deRoy is a well known Broadway producer but in the Friars community she is also acclaimed as an entertainer. Friar Jamie deRoy furthermore has the distinction of being the 8th woman to become a Friar subsequent to the men's only club changing it's rules in 1988. Jamie deRoy who is usually the earliest to spot an opportunity had to wait behind the likes of Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers Gloria Allred, and Brooke Shields who were also among the first to join the Friars Club. (more...)

BWW Review: Billy Stritch Plays Mr. Finn's CabaretBWW Review: Billy Stritch Plays Mr. Finn's Cabaret
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 12, 2019

You can physically build a welcoming and attractive Cabaret Room (in this case Mr. Finn's at Barrington Stage). You can have a name on the door that represents important musical theater (William Finn). However it really doesn't have any greatness unless the music and artists that appear on it's stage are of the highest order. (more...)

BWW Review: Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Maye Attend Lorna Luft's Opening at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Maye Attend Lorna Luft's Opening at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 9, 2019

Entertainment royalty came out to see show biz royalty last night at Feinstein's/54 Below. Lorna Luft thoroughly enthralled a celebrity filled audience as she shared the music that was a part of her early years. The Beatles were very present in her song list and we learned that Lorna had a major crush on George Harrison. As Lorna related, “coming from a show biz family has it's perks”. She was able to meet them back stage after a concert she attended with her friend Leslie Bogart and her mother Lauren Bacall. Ms. Bacall warned the two youngsters that daughters of celebrities are not supposed to jump up and down and scream, consequently Lorna and Leslie were the only girls in the stadium quietly sitting with a stern look on their faces during The Beatle Concert! (more...)

BWW Review: Donna McKechnie Joins Susie Mosher's Lineup At The Birdland TheaterBWW Review: Donna McKechnie Joins Susie Mosher's Lineup At The Birdland Theater
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 7, 2019

Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award Winning Actress for A Chorus Line was in a different line last night. The super star was in The Lineup hosted by Susie Mosher at the Birdland Theater. Wether you're upstairs, downstairs, or on the line waiting to get into the club, there are celebs all over the place at Birdland and last night was no different. Tony Award winner Chita Rivera was in the house cheering a performance by her daughter Lisa Mordente who sang in Susie's wild variety show. It also wasn't to shabby that TV ( Madam Secretary) Film (Jersey Boys) and Broadway star Erich Bergen was in last night's Lineup too. (more...)

BWW Review: Steve Ross Brings SONGS I LOVE to BirdlandBWW Review: Steve Ross Brings SONGS I LOVE to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 6, 2019

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented singer/pianist Steve Ross in “Songs I Love” last night. Steve looked back at his long career and revisited songs from his first recording (1979) and his more recent efforts celebrating Alan Jay Lerner, Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim. KT Sullivan who is currently appearing with Steve at the Irish Repertory Theatre in LOVE, NOEL: The Songs and Letters of Noel Coward (written and devised by Barry Day) joined Steve for a few songs. (more...)

BWW Review: John Pizzarelli & the Swing 7 Plus Jessica Molaskey at BirdlandBWW Review: John Pizzarelli & the Swing 7 Plus Jessica Molaskey at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 28, 2019

The man who has a supreme dexterity with words, who possess an ability to weave them together and create harmonious and engrossing ideas came to see the man ( and woman) who do the same with music notes last night at Birdland. Stephen Holden the esteemed music and theatre critic of the New York Times, now retired came to hear John Pizzarelli and his special but not surprising guest (wife) Jessica Molaskey. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Clint Holmes Tributes Nat King Cole at Mr. Finn's CabaretPhoto Coverage: Clint Holmes Tributes Nat King Cole at Mr. Finn's Cabaret
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 15, 2019

Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company has become one of the countries leading presenters of the art form of cabaret. The road going from Birdland and Feinstein's/54 Below to Pittsfield Ma. now also comes from Las Vegas. Clint Holmes, one of the main attractions on the strip and in nightclubs around the country came to Barrington Stage Company last night and made the Berkshires and Mr. Finn's officially become part of the nightclub circuit. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alan Cumming Visits Frances Ruffelle at The Green Room 42Photo Coverage: Alan Cumming Visits Frances Ruffelle at The Green Room 42
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 12, 2019

Alan Cumming said it best: 'I've known Frances for almost 30 years but she never ceases to surprise and amaze me with the ways she reinvents herself, finding new levels of expression and excellence, always with total commitment and her signature sensual passion. I cannot wait to see what she does next.' (more...)

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