RECENT REVIEWS

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
Pat Kirkwood Is Angry

Pat Kirkwood Is Angry

If Off-Broadway’s recent one-woman musical Pat Kirkwood is Angry (directed by Lee Blakely) did nothing else, it certainly brought the late British music star Kirkwood to the greater attention of a number of American theatergoers. I knew of Kirkwood only because of the song “Love on a Greyhound Bus” (Ralph Blane, Kay Thompson, George Stoll), […]

July 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Vivian Reed

Vivian Reed

The last time I saw Vivian Reed perform was at Rainbow & Stars in 1996, when she was one-third of the cast of a revue called “20th Century R&B…A Musical Celebration.” She was sensational and I wrote glowingly about her. In her recent engagement at 54 Below, she was still sensational; however, it saddens me to […]

June 24, 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