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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Telly Leung

Telly Leung

December 14, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

When it comes to popular music in general and singing in particular, it might not be the worst of times, but it is far from the best of times. It started back with Star Search, where contestants were encouraged to favor volume and melismatic riffs above phrasing and musicality—and they were rewarded for doing so. […]

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Aisha de Haas

Aisha de Haas

November 29, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Singer-actress Aisha de Haas entitled her new show at Birdland The Music That Makes Me Dance, but it might have been more accurately titled The Music That Makes Me SING. Claiming to have been liberated from restrictive impressions of what cabaret should be by attending a recent Natalie Douglas show, she had filled this “hodgepodge” with […]

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Barb Jungr and John McDaniel

Barb Jungr and John McDaniel

October 28, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

In their show 1968 – Let the Sun Shine In, recently at Birdland, Barb Jungr and John McDaniel dove into the amazingly rich pool of music that 1968 produced. It seemed a natural follow-up to their Beatles celebration, Come Together. Jungr, who has long been recognized as an incisive interpreter of popular music, was in rare […]

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Tammy Faye Starlite

Tammy Faye Starlite

October 17, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

When I entered Pangea on the Lower East Side to see Tammy Faye Starlite’s show She Comes in Colors, little did I realize that I would be witnessing a 2018 reincarnation of a Warhol superstar. Her slightly exaggerated look with platinum hair, shockingly red lips, blazing eyes, and high-drama voice would fit in perfectly on a […]

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Max Vernon

Max Vernon

October 2, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Max Vernon, award-winning composer/lyricist of the off-Broadway hits The View Upstairs and KPOP, has taken up residency at Joe’s Pub with Existential Life Crisis Lullaby, which each month will present songs from works in progress. The opening salvo gave us a preview of The Tattooed Lady (written with Obie Award-winning playwright Erin Courtney). In addition […]

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Deborah Karpel

Deborah Karpel

September 17, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

In her show The Midwood Miracle, recently at Pangea, singer-writer-storyteller Deborah Karpel told the story of her estrangement from, and eventual reconciliation (however tentative) with, her late father, with whom she had a common familial arrangement: “not asking anything of each other” and barely speaking. In the kind of desperation that is fairly indigenous to […]

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Josephine Sanges

Josephine Sanges

September 12, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Josephine Sanges has a voice so good it’s almost criminal. In her latest show, Come Rain or Come Shine – Josephine Sanges Sings Harold Arlen, which recently gave an encore performance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, that voice was ravishing on Arlen’s classic melodies. Her technical ability and artistry went a long way to gloss over […]

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Two Tuckers

Two Tuckers

September 7, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Two Tuckers (drag artist Golden Delicious and pianist-singer Tucker) is a ragtag, scattershot, hellzapoppin delight that has nothing on its mind but entertainment. If you need a moment to decipher the joke of the title, take it now. The duo wrote an eponymous opening number that delightfully explained it all. It also gave a preview […]

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Cole Escola

Cole Escola

August 21, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

The piano on the stage at Joe’s Pub is covered with wigs of many hues and styles. Beneath it is a large black plastic trash bag, which will be revealed to contain a variety of dresses, gowns and costumes. Next to the piano is a full-size xylophone, to which attention will revert again and again […]

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Alaska Thunderf*ck

Alaska Thunderf*ck

August 8, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Alaska Thunderf*ck achieved stardom as a finalist on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In Alaska & Jeremy: On Golden Girls, her show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, she proves that this is no fluke, but is based on solid, undeniable talent. Working with her accompanist (or more accurately her co-star), Handsome Jeremy, she gives […]

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