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 thirty 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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Max von Essen

Max von Essen

July 27, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Max von Essen has built a laudable New York theatre career over a number of years in such shows as Death Takes a Holiday, Dance of the Vampires, An American in Paris, and, currently, Anastasia. He recently brought his talents to the stage at Birdland, a club that he confessed he had dreamed of playing […]

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Karen Oberlin

Karen Oberlin

July 21, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Karen Oberlin recently brought her new show, Confound Me: Songs in Search of Something, to The Triad. The Triad’s stage can be tricky. It is quite high compared with other clubs in the city, which means that a singer’s focus has to be set a couple of inches lower than what might otherwise be […]

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Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

June 23, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Alan Cumming is a Broadway star, a movie star, a television star, and an author, but seeing him at Joe’s Pub in his new show, Legal Alien, it is apparent that the cabaret stage is where his myriad talents really shine. Immigration, strong women, and aging are the trio of themes revealed as the evening […]

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Joyce Lyons

Joyce Lyons

June 23, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Joyce Lyons titled her welcome return to Don’t Tell Mama The Music of the ’60s…Jazz Style, but after delivering a fiery “Yesterdays” (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) she admitted that it was a lie. As she started to put the show together, she realized that little if any of the material was from that decade—but when […]

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Mark Anthony Lee

Mark Anthony Lee

June 4, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

For his debut at The Triad, singer Mark Anthony Lee chose a tried-and-true staple of cabaret: songs sung by his favorite singers and recording artists. But this was by no means a run-of-the-mill soul/R&B concert. He didn’t sing the usual hits, but instead made unexpected choices from deep in these artists’ repertoires—album tracks that had […]

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Spencer Day

Spencer Day

May 30, 2018 | By | 1 Comment

Singer-songwriter Spencer Day has begun a once-a-month residency at The Green Room 42 in celebration of his new CD, Angel City, which, as you might guess, is a tribute to and contemplation of Los Angeles. Given that premise, it is fitting that the overall feel of the show is very ’60s/’70s West Coast jazz. The […]

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The Circus Is Cancelled

The Circus Is Cancelled

May 22, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

One of the rare joys of cabaret reviewing (and cabaret going, for that matter) is coming upon a show that is unlike anything else that’s out there—a new and unexpected experience. The Circus Is Cancelled, which played recently at the Duplex, is one such show. It featured a clown, a mime, a magician, a pianist, […]

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Michael Kirk Lane

Michael Kirk Lane

April 26, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Michael Kirk Lane decided to celebrate his birthday by presenting a new show at Don’t Tell Mama called Glass Half Full. The optimism and positive energy implied by that title came to quite entertaining life on stage throughout the evening, even when he was addressing some rather dire and depressing aspects of our current […]

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Lisa Viggiano

Lisa Viggiano

April 22, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Lisa Viggiano lives in New Jersey, so it is de rigueur that she be a Bruce Springsteen fan. But she feels a closer kinship to “the boss” than many others do, a kinship she celebrates in her new show, Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce. She enlists the aid of Matt Scharfglass on guitar; he is usually […]

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Gay Marshall

Gay Marshall

April 16, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Leonard Cohen wore many coats in addition to his famous “Famous Blue Raincoat”: he was a novelist, a poet, a musician, a songwriter, a singer, an actor, and for a time, a stand-up comedian. A native Canadian, he was best known in this country as a singer-songwriter, first introduced to me (and many others) by […]

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