Author Archive: Gerry Geddes

Gerry Geddes has directed many cabaret artists, among them Darius de Haas, Andre de Shields, and Helen Baldassare. He's created several musical revues, including the Bistro- and MAC Award-winning "Monday in the Dark with George," and he has produced two Bistro Award-winning CDs. His most recent theatre credit is directing "Hamlet" at the ArcLight Theatre with Australian actor/writer Matthew Newton. He's taught vocal performance at The New School, NYU, and London's Goldsmith College, and conducted private workshops and master classes. As a writer and critic, he covered New York's theatre and cabaret scene for over twenty years for various local publications, and for nearly ten years, he co-wrote a national entertainment column. His lyrics have been sung by several cabaret artists, and he's currently at work on a memoir of his life in the city.

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It Always Feels Like the World Is Ending

It Always Feels Like the World Is Ending

August 4, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

It Always Feels Like the World Is Ending, a new revue that played recently at Don’t Tell Mama, celebrated the work of composer Benny Gammerman and lyricist Dylan Hartwell, both of whom appeared in the show along with Amanda Savan, Cortney Wolfson, Melissa Rose Hirsch, and Greg Sullivan. As the title implies, most of the […]

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Shaina Taub

Shaina Taub

July 31, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

At a time when most pop composers seem to have forgotten what melody is, let alone how to write a coherent, inventive lyric, it is cause for both hope and celebration that singer-songwriter Shaina Taub is carrying on the great tradition of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, and other iconic women […]

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Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

July 20, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Leslie Jordan is probably best known as Beverley Leslie, the tart-tongued, flamingly fey foil to Megan Mullally’s Karen in Will & Grace. Though a recurring character, his performance was so immediate, so funny, and so memorable that it seemed as though he were a regular. In his first season, he won an Emmy for the […]

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Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade

July 19, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Susana Ventura grew up in Connecticut. At the age of 13 she ran away to Provincetown and quickly became the darling of the gay mecca, and a particular favorite of the “older queens” because she “took an interest” in them. The girl had no ulterior motive; she was legitimately curious and interested, and she soaked […]

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Anthony Wayne

Anthony Wayne

July 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Anthony Wayne is a singular talent. He has a strong, yet insinuating, voice, and his supple movements reveal his dancer past to great effect, particularly in the limited space at the Metropolitan Room where he chose to celebrate his birthday on stage in The Evolution of Anthony Wayne. Most recently lauded for his work in […]

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Renee Katz

Renee Katz

July 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Renee Katz’s story is indeed remarkable. On JuneĀ 7, 1979, a crazed person threw the 17 yr old flutist in front of an E train. She managed to survive by rolling off the track at the last minute, but her hand was severed. Doctors succeeded in reattaching the hand, and over time, with much media attention […]

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Luke Babylon, Christian Magician

Luke Babylon, Christian Magician

June 25, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Luke Babylon, Christian Magician is the satiric/spiritual alter ego of out gay comic Zach Zimmerman, who recently left a career-on-the-rise in Chicago to move to New York City. At the Duplex a week or so ago, he made his Manhattan cabaret debut as a New Yorker with this zany show. I’ve followed him with interest […]

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Salty Brine

Salty Brine

June 19, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, the album Nilsson Schmilsson by Harry Nilsson, and memories of time spent at a boys’ camp in New Hampshire combine in the kaleidoscopic dreamscape called Welcome to the Jungle, currently on display at Pangea. This is the latest in a series called The Living Record Collection written and performed […]

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Ron Dabney

Ron Dabney

June 17, 2017 | By | 1 Comment

At the top of Oh Broadway, My Broadway, his new show at the Metropolitan Room, Ron Dabney promised that he was going to give us new takes on songs from the Great White Way. To be honest, the songs were not exclusively Broadway and the arrangements did not stray all that far from the traditional. […]

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Lisa Yaeger

Lisa Yaeger

June 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

At the Metropolitan Room, Lisa Yaeger’s new show, Jersey Girl, is not only a tribute to her place of birth and current residence, but also a celebration of the musical legends that the state has given the world. It’s a simple but effective premise, offering the singer a great variety of musical styles and genres […]

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