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Join Us for A Night at the Bistros December 6!

Join Us for A Night at the Bistros December 6!

Hear the music of Richard Rodney Bennett, Murray Grand, Rick Jensen, Steven Lutvak, John Wallowitch, George Winters Sung by Aaron Lee Battle * Mary Foster Conklin * Lina Koutrakos * Deborah Tranelli *Jay Rogers Use Discount Code FIVEOFF for $25.00 Tickets! Purchase tickets here!

November 29, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Qu’est-ce que c’est cabaret?

Qu’est-ce que c’est cabaret?

Qu’est-ce que c’est cabaret? was the topic of a panel discussion featuring top cabaret performers (from l. to r.) Kim David Smith, Laurie Krauz, Klea Blackhurst,, and Jeff Harnar, and moderated by Bistro Award Committee member Gerry Geddes. It was part of the three-day conference for the American Theatre Critics Association that Bistro Awards producer […]

November 2, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
How “Supper Clubs” Became “Cabarets”…40 years of great entertainment

How “Supper Clubs” Became “Cabarets”…40 years of great entertainment

The article below was published in Back Stage on December 15, 2000. Here’s how I came to write it. The newspaper was planning a special year-end 40th Anniversary issue, with articles surveying the performing arts scene over the first 40 years of the paper’s life. Sherry Eaker, the Editor in Chief of Back Stage, asked me […]

October 11, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
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

 

 

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Martha Lorin

Martha Lorin

Jazz singer Martha Lorin has been a continuing artist in residency at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea this year. I attended her most recent appearance at the club. I would be hard-pressed to think of a better room for this kind of sophisticated, intimate jazz show. Lorin is a take-charge, take-no-prisoners jazz vocalist in a long […]

December 1, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Lisa Viggiano

Lisa Viggiano

Lisa Viggiano’s new show, “Night in the City,” which recently played at both the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Don’t Tell Mama, is a delight from start to finish. She has a warmly expressive voice that can get big when it needs to, but she doesn’t force the issue; she lets each song determine the size […]

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Carol Woods

Carol Woods

Carol Woods’s show at The Metropolitan Room, “Ain’t We Got Fun: The Music of Richard Whiting” (directed by Scott Coulter) marked the 125th anniversary of Whiting’s birth. But the show on November 12 was a double celebration, as it was also Woods’s birthday eve. And the singer was in a particularly sassy mood during this performance, […]

November 20, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Billie Roe

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November 16, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

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Natalie Arneson

Natalie Arneson

Don’t Tell Mama Remaining performances: Friday Dec. 2, Sunday Dec. 4; 7:15 pm “I Love Being Here with You” Natalie Arneson returns with her new show celebrating some of the 200 songs that were written (or co-written) by Peggy Lee, plus a few other songs arranged by Lee. She’s joined by musical director Matt Baker and his trio. […]

April 25, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Everything Old Is New Again Holiday Concert

Everything Old Is New Again Holiday Concert

Metropolitan Room Sunday December 4, 12:30 – 2:30 pm A benefit concert for WBAI radio, with a marvelous lineup of talent: Barbara Fasano, Karen Oberlin, Eric Comstock, Frank Dain, Mark Nadler, Gabrielle Stravelli, and KT Sullivan, with Tex Arnold on piano. David Kenney hosts.

November 30, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Tommy J. Dose

Tommy J. Dose

Don’t Tell Mama Final performance: Wednesday December 7, 7:00 pm A few years ago he was a runner up in the MetroStar Talent Challenge, and earlier this year he won a MAC Award as Outstanding Piano Bar Singer. Now, under Lennie Watts’s direction, Tommy J. Dose is making his solo cabaret debut in his show […]

November 30, 2016 | By | Add a Comment