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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Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire

Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire

February 22, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Liz Callaway is a wonder! The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire, her loving and beautifully sung tribute at the Appel Room as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, showed the star of theatre and concert stage at the height of her powers. The clarity, the feeling, and the remarkable technique of […]

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Billy Lykken

Billy Lykken

February 12, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The provocative title of Billy Lykken’s recent show at the Metropolitan Room, “Sacred Monster,” refers to the posters of various music divas, like Bette Midler and Whitney Houston, that used to hang on his walls when he was growing up as, in his words, “a Filipino Viking.” It’s an intriguing premise for a show: exploring […]

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Rachelle Garniez

Rachelle Garniez

February 6, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Much has been written, reported, and broadcast about the celebrity death toll in 2016. While it is probably not substantially different from previous years, it did seem that a disproportionate number of major figures left us. I doubt that there has been a more personal, smart, funny, touching celebration of the artistry and legacy of […]

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Jesse Luttrell

Jesse Luttrell

February 2, 2017 | By | 7 Comments

Before I go into the show that Jesse Luttrell performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below with the Fred Barton Broadway Band, let me digress into a bit of metaphorical art criticism. Imagine, if you will, that you have been invited to view the work of an exciting new painter at a gallery show of fourteen of his latest […]

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Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond

February 1, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

It’s funny how over time, words can lose or change their meanings in popular culture. Before it became a kiss-of-death description, the word “nice” was a perfectly acceptable positive description of something that was neither remarkably good, nor terribly bad. In matters of performing and cabaret, it would indicate a pleasant diversion for an hour […]

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Lavender Songs – A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret

Lavender Songs – A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret

January 26, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In Lavender Songs – A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret, actor/singer/writer Jeremy Lawrence, in the guise of his alter ego, “kabarettist extraordinaire” Tante Fritzy, manages to turn the tiny stage at Pangea into a veritable time machine, whisking the audience away to a beautifully realized evocation of a club in Germany in the thirties—a time when […]

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Judy Pancoast

Judy Pancoast

January 5, 2017 | By | 1 Comment

I think pretty much all of us at one point or another in our music listening lives had a soft spot for The Carpenters and for Karen Carpenter’s extraordinary vocals, at once light and dark, gentle and strong; in her hands, the most saccharine of songs revealed a steely spine, and the saddest of ballads […]

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The Meeting*

The Meeting*

December 29, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Justin Sayre has one of the most distinctive voices in New York clubs and cabarets. I mean that in both senses of the word “voice.” He sounds like no one else—his voice is arch, camp, musical, barbed, questioning and hilarious. It is just the sort of voice and sound one would expect from the creator […]

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Life Is for Living: Conversations with Coward

Life Is for Living: Conversations with Coward

December 22, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Sir Noël Coward, the subject of Simon Green’s Life Is for Living: Conversations with Coward—which was co-created by its star, Simon Green, and its musical director, David Shrubsole, and is currently on view at 59E59 Theaters—was often referred to as “the master” for his prodigious talents as composer, lyricist, playwright, director, actor (on stage, screen, […]

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Remy Block

Remy Block

December 10, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Remy Block returned to Pangea with a revised version of her earlier show “On a Lonely Road: Travelin’ with Joni”—her tribute to Joni Mitchell. Her love of the iconic singer/songwriter was obvious, but she often failed to translate that feeling into successful takes on her songs. Mitchell’s lyrics/stories are often at a remove from […]

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