RECENT REVIEWS

Lillias White

Lillias White

There is more than one way that cabaret can succeed. Some shows—Shana Farr’s recent program of Noël Coward and Cole Porter songs, for example—are carefully manicured gardens. Everything has been planted with care and set to blossom on schedule, down to the last petal. This sort of show can make for a memorable, emotionally rich […]

July 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Floanne

Floanne

A set of French (or Frenchified) love songs is a nice, if fairly obvious, idea for a one-off on Bastille Day. The Franco-American singer Floanne (full name Flo Ankah) was happy to comply with the concept—if not exactly fully engage with fashioning a tight, full-fledged set. At one point in her loosey-goosey presentation at Joe’s […]

July 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Gabrielle Stravelli

Gabrielle Stravelli

Gabrielle Stravelli returned to the New York cabaret stage this month, her first multi-night solo New York cabaret engagement since winning a Bistro award in 2008. In the intervening years, she has toured extensively, headlined a jazz brunch in Soho for three years, and recorded the well-received CD “Waiting in Vain.” If her opening night […]

July 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Darron Cardosa

Darron Cardosa

Actor-singer Darron Cardosa has performed professionally for twenty-five years, and he’s waited tables for nearly as long. Since 2008 he’s been writing “The Bitchy Waiter,” a very popular blog about his experiences in, and his opinions about, the food service industry. Now he’s put it all together in an evening of songs and anecdotes called […]

July 20, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

NEWS

Ben Vereen at the 2014 Bistro Awards

Ben Vereen at the 2014 Bistro Awards

Watch Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ben Vereen perform “Here’s to Life” at the 2014 Bistro Awards!

April 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Ben Vereen interviewed by Tonya Pinkins

Ben Vereen interviewed by Tonya Pinkins

Multi-award-winning actress singer Tonya Pinkins interviewed Ben Vereen for the Bistro Awards. TP: You are legendary. Who do you emulate and say, “I’ll steal a little of this and a little of that?” BV: Oscar Brown Jr—I love Oscar, Little Jimmy Scott, Carmen McRae. These are my cats. Charles Aznavour!   TP: I don’t think […]

March 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Photos: 2014 Bistro Awards

Photos: 2014 Bistro Awards

Memorable Moments Captured by Photographer Jim Baldassare. Click on photos to enlarge.

March 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
2014 Bistro Awards Red Carpet Highlights

2014 Bistro Awards Red Carpet Highlights

The 2014 Bistro Awards Red Carpet, hosted by Kevin Scott Hall and Tanya Holt and recorded at Gotham Comedy Club on March 4, 2014. Enjoy these interviews with the winners, creative team, and others attending the show!

March 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

BISTRO BITS

Current and Recent Shows

Current and Recent Shows

In this column I discuss one show that is currently running, a handful of others that played within the past couple of months, and two that will be returning. In the process, I make a few observations that have broader relevance.   Vickie Phillips A short while ago, Vickie Phillips celebrated her birthday at the […]

July 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
A Few Shows and a Pet Peeve

A Few Shows and a Pet Peeve

This is my first Bistro Bits column since June 11, 1999. I trust you’ll forgive the slight interruption. In this return column, I discuss a few shows I’ve seen in the intervening years—more precisely, during the past few months. And I comment on a lamentable practice that has become almost as commonplace as it is […]

April 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment