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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Lisa Viggiano

Lisa Viggiano

April 22, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Lisa Viggiano lives in New Jersey, so it is de┬árigueur 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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Martin Landry

Martin Landry

March 24, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

The title of actor-singer-writer Martin Landry’s new show at the Duplex, Screlton McNodes and His Search for Transcendence Through the Act of Putting on Musicals in the Barn with Stray Cats Amidst a Life Full of Pain, Abuse, Murder, and Insanity, may at first glance appear to be the most descriptive title in the history […]

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Mary Foster Conklin

Mary Foster Conklin

March 22, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Fran Landesman is one of the quintessential 20th century lyricists. She combined the hip cool of jazz with the anti-establishment style of the beat generation and the conversational naturalism of the best pop music into a heady body of work written with some of the most influential composers of the time. In Life Is a […]

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Cheryl Bentyne

Cheryl Bentyne

March 20, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Cheryl Bentyne, of Manhattan Transfer fame, publicized reARRANGEMENTS OF SHADOWS, her recent show at Birdland, as a celebration of her new release of Sondheim songs, but it turned out to be more a preview of the CD because fully half of the program consisted of non-Sondheim material. Although this might have been disappointing to […]

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Lorna Dallas

Lorna Dallas

March 3, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

To the best of my knowledge, February 26th is not a holiday, but perhaps it should be. That date marked the return to the New York cabaret stage, after a 20-year absence, of singer Lorna Dallas in a beautifully fashioned, exquisitely performed show called Home Again. With the invaluable assistance of director Barry Kleinbort and […]

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Ruth Carlin

Ruth Carlin

February 23, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Early in a recent encore performance of her show Kaleidoscope Eyes at Don’t Tell Mama, singer Ruth Carlin professed her love for words, for poetry, and for lyrics. It was not a necessary profession because it was evident in her very first song, a version of Lionel Bart’s “Who Will Buy?” that was filled with […]

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RELATIONSH!T

RELATIONSH!T

February 7, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

The theme of a revue can be a two-edged sword. When the song and humor work, it can be delightful, but without some thought of variation of story and/or a through line that brings us to some moral or message or climax, there can be too much repetition. While there were funny, and occasionally touching, […]

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Zachary Clause

Zachary Clause

January 25, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Ambition should always be applauded, even when the show that results from that ambition is a mixed success. Such is the case with the task performer Zachary Clause sets himself with Zachary Clause Does Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, 1971, currently in a return engagement at Pangea. He attempts to recreate every word, every […]

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Vicki Kristina Barcelona

Vicki Kristina Barcelona

January 21, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi, and Terry Radigan are accomplished singers, songwriters, and musicians with thriving solo careers. It was a shared love of the songs of reprobate troubadour Tom Waits that brought the women together to form the trio Vicki Kristina Barcelona. Recently on the intimate stage at Pangea, their show, Yesterday Is Here, proved […]

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