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Welcome back! … and other matters

Welcome back! … and other matters

Last month, after not having done new solo shows for a while, Lucille Carr-Kaffashan and Maureen Kelley Stewart unveiled their latest offerings. Making welcome returns is not all these vocalists have in common. Both are in top form and giving very strong performances in excellent shows with marvelous arrangements and exceptional instrumental support—and both are MAC […]

June 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Kurt Elling is “Doodlin’” away……

Kurt Elling is “Doodlin’” away……

Grammy winner Kurt Elling sings Jon Hendricks’ “Doodlin’” as part of his introduction to the jazz legend and ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the 31st annual Bistro Award show.

March 23, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Jon Hendricks Through the Years…

Jon Hendricks Through the Years…

Here’s a glimpse of the life of Jon Hendricks who received the 2016 ASCAP Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. Known to many as the “James Joyce of Jive” and/or “The Poet Laureate of Jazz,” he was truly a master of his art and revered by all.

March 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Red Carpet Photos from the 31st Annual Bistro Awards!

Red Carpet Photos from the 31st Annual Bistro Awards!

Click through to see Red Carpet Photos from the 31st Annual Bistro Awards at Stagebuddy.com!

March 10, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS

Kurt Phelan

Kurt Phelan

In his native Australia, Kurt Phelan is a theatre star; among his credits are the original Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dirty Dancing, Singin’ in the Rain, and various and sundry Disney princes through the years. With his good looks and strong voice, it is easy to believe that. He has also done cabaret “down […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Lena Hall

Lena Hall

Before I get into my review of Tony-winner/rocker Lena Hall’s new show, “Oh! You Pretty Things,” at the Café Carlyle, I think I need to present a few personal bona fides. I saw the first New York performance of Janis Joplin (with Big Brother and the Holding Company) at Fillmore East and attended many Bruce […]

June 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Claudine Cassan-Jellison

Claudine Cassan-Jellison

Learning about your family history can be fascinating. But how often will strangers share your enthusiasm for stories about the lives of your parents and grandparents? Not especially often, I would guess. Claudine Cassan-Jellison beat the odds with “Just Visiting,” her new show at Don’t Tell Mama. The evening was built around the saga of […]

June 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Marissa Mulder

Marissa Mulder

“Marilyn in Fragments”—Marissa Mulder’s new show, directed by Sondra Lee and performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre—doesn’t follow the format of an ordinary cabaret “tribute” show. In her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, Mulder doesn’t break character until the very end of the show, and there is seldom a pause taken to allow for audience applause […]

June 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

BISTRO PICKS

Shawn Moninger

Shawn Moninger

Metropolitan Room Monday June 27, 7:00  pm “Because I Can” The erstwhile technical director at Don’t Tell Mama, now an ordained minister, delivers an hour of stand-up comedy. Atheists and anti-mystics need not fear: the evening is frequently scatological and nearly always hilarious—so much so that his run has been extended.  Opening will be guest artist […]

December 12, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Minda Larsen

Minda Larsen

Metropolitan Room Tuesday June 28, Wednesday August 17; 7:00 pm Winner of the 2015 MetroStar Talent Challenge, Minda Larsen has all bases covered. A classically trained singer, she’s blessed with a beautiful voice, plus she has strong interpretive skills, an engaging personality, and a breezy sense of humor. Her current show, “My Southern Song,” is […]

June 23, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Kim David Smith

Kim David Smith

Pangea Monday June 27, Wednesdays July 6 & 13; 7:00 pm One of the most charismatic artists to come along in the past decade, singer Kim David Smith hosts (and performs in) the return of his weekly variety series, “Morphium Kabarett,” which he describes as a neo-Weimer cabaret salon. Guest artists on June 27 are Gay Marshall, Todd Murray, and Enid […]

April 30, 2016 | By | Add a Comment