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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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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Natalie Arneson

Natalie Arneson

December 10, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In her new show, “I Love Being Here with You,” Natalie Arneson sings songs written by and/ or associated with the great Peggy Lee. One of the tricky things about doing a tribute to a singer is that if one chooses an iconic star like Lee, or Ella Fitzgerald, or Frank Sinatra, one can pretty […]

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Martha Lorin

Martha Lorin

December 1, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Jazz singer Martha Lorin has been a continuing artist in residency at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea this year. I attended her most recent appearance at the club. I would be hard-pressed to think of a better room for this kind of sophisticated, intimate jazz show. Lorin is a take-charge, take-no-prisoners jazz vocalist in a long […]

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Lisa Viggiano

Lisa Viggiano

December 1, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Lisa Viggiano’s new show, “Night in the City,” which recently played at both the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Don’t Tell Mama, is a delight from start to finish. She has a warmly expressive voice that can get big when it needs to, but she doesn’t force the issue; she lets each song determine the size […]

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Abigail Rockwell

Abigail Rockwell

November 16, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

I first heard Abigail Rockwell about a year ago, partnering with the great guitarist Sean Harkness in a duo show called Rock & Hark. It was an entertaining debut with great promise and when I saw it a second time a couple of months later at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea, the show had tightened and had […]

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