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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Robin Westle

Robin Westle

November 7, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

A “concept” in cabaret is a tricky thing. It can be an elaborate and complex narrative or character that permeates every moment of the show. It can be a tribute to another performer or to a songwriter. It can be a loosely structured through-line that might reach the audience only subliminally. Or a show can […]

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Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria

October 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

As far as I know, the stage at Birdland might still be steaming and too hot to touch after Lea DeLaria’s incendiary David Bowie show there last week, which centered on her latest CD, House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz, The Orange Is the New Black star opened with “Boys Keep Swinging,” a bold, dynamic […]

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Linda Glick

Linda Glick

October 29, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In her early years as a singer in New York, Linda Glick split her time between teaching high school Spanish and French during the day and appearing at some of the city’s landmark cabarets, such Les Mouches and Reno Sweeney, at night. As her nighttime career bloomed, it overcame her daytime pursuits as she moved […]

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Caitlin Fahey

Caitlin Fahey

October 27, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Party of One, which is playing at Don’t Tell Mama, is the entertaining and smoothly structured cabaret debut offering of singer Caitlin Fahey. Coming from the world of opera, Fahey has a strong, expressive voice, but wisely chooses to keep it in check unless the song calls for her to indulge its power. She seems […]

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Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas

October 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Christine Andreas’s show Love Is Good proved, once again, that she is a consummate cabaret performer. There could not have been a better closing engagement for Mark Nadler’s wonderful (and wonderfully successful) summer cabaret series at the Beach Cafe. In the intimate space that feels as much like a living room as a music room, […]

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J. Michael Reeds and Marc McBarron Kessler

J. Michael Reeds and Marc McBarron Kessler

September 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Songwriter-pianist Marc McBarron Kessler could not hope to find a better interpreter of his song cycle, Ghost of Vaudeville, than actor-singer J. Michael Reeds, whose bravura performance on stage at Don’t Tell Mama held my interest and attention even when the songs, themselves, faltered in that regard. Kessler is a talented composer and lyricist, but this […]

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Tom Goss

Tom Goss

September 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Tom Goss is an out gay singer-songwriter, or more to the point, a singer-songwriter who happens to be an out gay man. He has built a following and a career primarily through an ongoing series of videos—by turns funny, provocative, heartwarming, dramatic—of his engaging songs. But he takes his sexual orientation as a given, so […]

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Livingston Taylor

Livingston Taylor

September 19, 2017 | By | 1 Comment

The Rubin Museum of Art on W. 17th Street is a restful, almost zen-like space that inspires calm and contemplative silence. The museum’s ongoing series, Naked Soul, takes place in a small, attractive performance space with cherry wood walls and a lone piano center stage. The mission of the series is to present completely acoustic events—no […]

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Heather Mac Rae

Heather Mac Rae

August 24, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Early on in her new show, Use Your Imagination, recently at the Beach Cafe, Heather Mac Rae revealed, with no hesitation, that she is 70 years old. In fact, she seemed downright gleeful about it—and why not? It has been nearly 50 years since she first set foot on a Broadway stage in Here’s Where I […]

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Inner City Reunion Concert

Inner City Reunion Concert

August 22, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Directed by Tom O’Horgan, Inner City opened in late 1971 and ran just under 100 performances. The passionate following it and its cast album have attracted since then makes it the quintessential cult musical. There are a few possible reasons for its initial failure. It was the fourth O’Horgan show running concurrently on Broadway; the […]

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