Author Archive: Mark Dundas Wood

Mark Dundas Wood is an arts/entertainment journalist and dramaturg. His features and reviews have appeared in such publications as American Theatre and Back Stage and on BistroAwards.com. As a dramaturg he has worked with New Professional Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. His stage adaptation of Henry James's novel The Tragic Muse was part of the Gilded Stage Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse in January 2014.

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Wendy Scherl

Wendy Scherl

May 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In her current Metropolitan Room show, New Scherl in Town (directed by Barry Kleinbort), Wendy Scherl reveals herself to be an assured (and reassuring) singer who envelops you in a protective bubble of good will. She opens with a song whose lyrics embody her optimistic bent: Irving Berlin’s “I Got the Sun in the Morning.” […]

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Matt Doyle

Matt Doyle

May 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Actor/singer Matt Doyle recently celebrated his thirtieth birthday with a single-night engagement at The Green Room 42, a commodious, spanking-new showroom on the fourth floor of the Yotel on West 42nd Street. Known mostly for his theatrical appearances in such shows as Spring Awakening, War Horse, and The Book of Mormon, Doyle began a side […]

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Jazz in the City: The New York Connection

Jazz in the City: The New York Connection

May 9, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

At the Duplex, Jazz in the City: The New York Connection combines narrative by historian and music aficionado Charles R. Hale with song selections by the David Raleigh Trio (which is really a quartet if you count pianist-singer Raleigh himself). Raleigh’s fellow musicians at the performance I saw were saxophonist/clarinetist Tony Carfora, bassist Evan Gregor, […]

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Carmen Cusack

Carmen Cusack

April 21, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Carmen Cusack has amassed an extensive collection of vocal riffs and shadings from pop, rock, folk, country, gospel, and R&B genres. Her background is as a musical-theatre performer—which may help explain her chameleonic quality. Though she hails from Denver, she gained much experience in London’s West End, where she appeared in Les Misérables and […]

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A Mexican Affair

A Mexican Affair

April 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

It’s not every day that a cabaret performer hits on an audience at the top of his set. But on the night I attended, that’s essentially what Rafa Reyes did in his Metropolitan Room show A Mexican Affair. “Would you like to have a Mexican affair?” he asked coyly. “Or would you like to have […]

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Deborah Stone

Deborah Stone

March 28, 2017 | By | 2 Comments

Early on in her show at Don’t Tell Mama, Still Exactly Where I Belong, Deborah Stone sings a pairing of Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer’s “I’m Old Fashioned” and Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s “Simple Little Things.” The first of these numbers seems to define this performer well. And I don’t mean that in a […]

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Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton

March 8, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

With Live to Tell: My Life, Madonna’s Songs, performer Kim Sutton, director Lennie Watts, and musical director Steven Ray Watkins have created an immensely ambitious cabaret event. Using songs associated with—and often written (or co-written) by—pop star Madonna Ciccone, Sutton presents a sort of sung-through musical pageant based on her own personal history. We see […]

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Risa Finkel

Risa Finkel

February 26, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Risa Finkel drives a mean welcome wagon. For her recent show at Pangea, “Moment to Moment,” the singer assembled a program with a smart balance of humor and seriousness. She displayed a warm and pleasant singing voice, as well. But Finkel had something even more essential going for her: an impressive talent for making listeners […]

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thirtywhatever

thirtywhatever

February 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The musical revue is a durable genre—and why shouldn’t it be? A link of sorts between a standard cabaret show and a musical play, the revue is a straightforward way of showcasing the work of emerging songwriters as well as of performers. The careers of such talents as Rodgers & Hart, Comden & Green, Jerry Herman, Eartha […]

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Love for Sale

Love for Sale

January 26, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Tilted Productions’ Love for Sale—a “cabaret play” directed by Robert F. Gross—features international songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, many of them titles from the Kurt Weill catalogue. Kelly Burke portrays an unnamed American chanteuse—a struggling but spirited character with a penchant for self-dramatization—who undoubtedly will bring the name Sally Bowles (or, at any […]

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