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 […]
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.
Mezzrow Tuesday August 4, 8:00 and 9:30 pm Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Deanna Kirk interprets songs with exquisite musicianship and a simplicity that is understated and at the same time eloquently expressive. With John Di Martino at the piano.
Metropolitan Room Wednesday August 5, 9:30 pm 2015 Bistro Award-winning singer-instrumentalist Eric Comstock and his wife, three-time Bistro-winning vocalist Barbara Fasano, are as marvelous together as they are wonderful individually. They return to the Metropolitan Room with an encore performance of their new show, “Shoulder Season” — a season they describe as “a fizzy cocktail of […]