Author Archive: Gerry Geddes

Gerry Geddes has conceived and directed a number of musical revues—including the Bistro- and MAC Award-winning Monday in the Dark with George and Put On Your Saturday Suit – Words & Music by Jimmy Webb—and directed many cabaret artists, including André De Shields, Helen Baldassare, Darius de Haas, and drag artist Julia Van Cartier. He directs The David Drumgold Variety Show, currently in residence at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, and has produced a number of recordings, including two Bistro-winning CDs. He's taught vocal performance at The New School, NYU, and London's Goldsmith's College and continues to conduct private workshops and master classes. As a writer and critic, he has covered New York's performing arts scene for over 40 years in both local and national publications; his lyrics have been sung by several cabaret and recording artists. Gerry is currently completing a memoir about his life in the city.

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Ravenswood Manor

Ravenswood Manor

May 13, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Return with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear—the days of Charles Ludlum and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the days of Charles Busch and Psycho Beach Party. With Ravenswood Manor, directed by Ellie Heyman and recently seen at Joe’s Pub over two evenings, with three “episodes” each evening, writer/star Justin Sayre makes his bid […]

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Mama’s Boys

Mama’s Boys

April 28, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Anyone fortunate enough to have seen Tommy J. Dose, Brian Kalinowski, Paul Pilcz, or Jon Satrom perform in the piano bar at Don’t Tell Mama, or at Brandy’s or some other open mic room, knew before Mama’s Boys started that there would be lots of good singing—and there was. What there wasn’t, was lots of cabaret. […]

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Reeve Carney

Reeve Carney

April 16, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Reeve Carney has enjoyed a number of successes both on television (in the series Penny Dreadful and in Fox’s remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and on Broadway (with Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and, currently, Hadestown). It is clear from his new show at The Green Room 42 that the first among his […]

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Eva Noblezada

Eva Noblezada

April 11, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In her new show, Ballad of a Broadway Twenty-Something, Eva Noblezada gives us a glimpse into the wild ride she’s been on since being cast (in her teens and still in high school) in Cameron Mackintosh’s epic remounting of Miss Saigon in London. She went on to receive a Tony nomination for the role on […]

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Love Letters – Music of Thomas Hodges

Love Letters – Music of Thomas Hodges

February 18, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Back in the heyday of New York City cabaret (or at least back in one of the heydays of New York City cabaret) I can remember wandering into a club and hearing Marc Shaiman accompany André De Shields or Ellen Greene or Annie Golden. I would go to see a hot new singer like Annie Hughes […]

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Charles Busch

Charles Busch

February 14, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Charles Busch long ago conquered the stages of Off and Off-Off Broadway, often resplendent in gowns recalling the heyday of Hollywood leading ladies and delivering sparkling, campy, stinging, funny, dramatic words of his own devising. On occasion, over the years, he has explored the naked intimacy of the cabaret stage, frequently forgoing his womanly attire—although […]

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Just Laugh

Just Laugh

February 14, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

For some time now, Thomas Honeck and Lisa Moss of the Duplex have been regularly providing a showcase for new and little-known composers and lyricists in a series called In The Works. One pair of songwriters who have taken advantage of this terrific opportunity, Lauren Gundrum and Brandon Lambert, has decided to move on from […]

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Jack Bartholet

Jack Bartholet

January 27, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Too often in cabaret, a performer will play it safe when it comes to repertoire, clothes, spoken content, or performance. In his new show, Lady with a Song, singer Jack Bartholet does anything but play it safe as he claims both the stage and his right to be a lady on it for an hour. […]

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Lindsay Mendez

Lindsay Mendez

January 24, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Spoiler alert: This review of Lindsay Mendez’s show at Feinsteins/54 Below is going to be an unabashed, totally smitten love letter. Her open, unaffected, thrilling performance transports the audience back to a time when “brassy broad” stars like Dorothy Loudon and Karen Morrow delighted audiences. While there are a couple of concessions to 2019 in […]

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Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers

December 14, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

The holidays are, for most, a time of celebration, and I cannot think of a better cabaret celebration than Matt Rogers’s brilliantly funny, wonderfully profane, infectiously musical show at The Duplex, Have You Heard of Christmas? The show features “all the songs off his highly anticipated (non-existent) holiday album.” Rogers wrote the smart and hilarious […]

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