Jason Graae sang an original song, “Nothing Rhymes With Bistro Blues,” written specifically for the occasion of the 30th annual Bistro Awards, at the outset of the gala that included performances by such past Bistro Award winners and legendary cabaret artists as Marilyn Maye (who sang a medley of rainbow songs), Karen Mason (“Almost Like […]
Jason Grae plays host to the 30th annual Bistro Awards gala, which features 11 winners of this year’s awards – such as Carol Fredette and Lillias White — plus a cavalcade of past winners – some of the biggest names in the cabaret world, including Marilyn Maye, Karen Mason, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Fugelsang. […]
In a one-nighter at Jazz at Kitano recently, Marlene VerPlanck reminded audiences of why she’s so greatly respected as a musician. Her singing has a kind of matter-of-factness, and yet it seems to befit a special occasion. There’s an effervescent quality in her timbre that evokes the feeling one may get upon hearing sleigh bells […]
Charles Busch’s current show at 54 Below is called “That Girl/That Boy”—a title that points to something essential about his longtime approach to drag performance. Unlike some drag guys, Busch has retained his male identity when it comes to billing. Had he chosen, he could easily have come up with some outrageous, giggle-inspiring female nom de […]
With her recent Metropolitan Room show, “Groupies—The Muses Behind the Legends of Rock & Roll,” Lauren Fox brought her considerable theatrical mystique and dramaturgical smarts to a show about the sometimes indomitable and sometimes pitiable young consorts of 1960s and 1970s rock musicians. Two of the muses whom Fox showcased—Marianne Faithfull and Stevie Nicks—became household names […]
Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway Don’t Tell Mama Sunday July 26, 6:30 pm When the inaugural edition of this new series debuted a couple of weeks ago, it was such a smash (packed house, wildly enthusiastic reception, gales of laughter, loud cheering) that this encore performance has been scheduled. With Ricky Ritzel at the piano, supplying breezy […]
Don’t Tell Mama Monday July 27, 7:00 pm Friday July 31, 7:00 pm “Perspectives” Darling is witty, wry and optimistic—and she loves a good epigram (be prepared for quotations from everybody from Aeschylus to Frank Zappa). “Perspectives,” she says, looks at “the way we perceive and receive.” Citing Henry David Thoreau, she adds: “The question […]
The Duplex Tuesdays July 21, 28, August 4, 11; 9:30 pm “Alive and Well at The Duplex” Powerhouse singer, artist, showman, and personality, Sharon McNight returns to New York for a month of Tuesdays. With Ian Herman at the piano.