Author Archive: Roy Sander

Roy Sander has been covering cabaret and theatre for over twenty-five years. He’s written cabaret and theatre reviews, features, and commentary for seven print publications, most notably Back Stage, and for CitySearch on the Internet. He covered cabaret monthly on “New York Theatre Review” on PBS TV, and cabaret and theatre weekly on WLIM-FM radio. He was twice a guest instructor at the London School of Musical Theatre. A critic for BistroAwards.com, he is also the site’s Reviews Editor; in addition, he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of MAC.

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Liam Forde

Liam Forde

August 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The title of Liam Forde’s offering at Stage 72—”A Fleet Phantasmagoria!”—is a bit much and a little precious, isn’t it? Well, the show, itself, is a lot much and very precious—with both adjectives now used in their most plauditory sense: much signifying the prodigious amount of artistic creativity on display; precious in that the musical numbers […]

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Amy Beth Williams

Amy Beth Williams

July 26, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Amy Beth Williams’s latest show is an exciting hour of risk-taking, a bravura display of artistic derring-do. She has us, in turn, fascinated, laughing delightedly, astonished, and moved to tears. In addition to being an exceptional singer and actress, she has become Amy Beth Williams the compleat entertainer and Amy Beth Williams the daredevil. The […]

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Lauren Stanford

Lauren Stanford

July 26, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

When Lauren Stanford competed in last year’s MetroStar Talent Challenge, she seemed to flower as the weeks progressed: the range and depth of her skills became more and more evident, and she grew increasingly impressive. Though she appeared almost plain at the outset, she bloomed and we could see that she was actually quite lovely. […]

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Darron Cardosa

Darron Cardosa

July 20, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Actor-singer Darron Cardosa has performed professionally for twenty-five years, and he’s waited tables for nearly as long. Since 2008 he’s been writing “The Bitchy Waiter,” a very popular blog about his experiences in, and his opinions about, the food service industry. Now he’s put it all together in an evening of songs and anecdotes called […]

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Current and Recent Shows

Current and Recent Shows

July 1, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

In this column I discuss one show that is currently running, a handful of others that played within the past couple of months, and two that will be returning. In the process, I make a few observations that have broader relevance.   Vickie Phillips A short while ago, Vickie Phillips celebrated her birthday at the […]

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Vivian Reed

Vivian Reed

June 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The last time I saw Vivian Reed perform was at Rainbow & Stars in 1996, when she was one-third of the cast of a revue called “20th Century R&B…A Musical Celebration.” She was sensational and I wrote glowingly about her. In her recent engagement at 54 Below, she was still sensational; however, it saddens me to […]

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Joshua Dixon

Joshua Dixon

May 28, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

At one point during the opening night performance of his show “Fly Up!” at The Duplex, Joshua Dixon mentioned how nervous he’d been all day in anticipation of making his solo cabaret debut. He needn’t have had any fears, for his show is nothing less than a triumph. Not only is it an exceptionally impressive […]

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Hal Linden

Hal Linden

May 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

In his Café Carlyle debut show, Hal Linden celebrates nostalgia and commemorates his six-decades-and-counting career in show business. At age 83, he still has a sturdy baritone, and the evening has many first-rate moments. Linden’s big Broadway break came in 1957, when he understudied and then replaced Sydney Chaplin in Bells are Ringing, and he […]

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A Few Shows and a Pet Peeve

A Few Shows and a Pet Peeve

April 7, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

This is my first Bistro Bits column since June 11, 1999. I trust you’ll forgive the slight interruption. In this return column, I discuss a few shows I’ve seen in the intervening years—more precisely, during the past few months. And I comment on a lamentable practice that has become almost as commonplace as it is […]

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Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell

December 2, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

“Wordsmiths: Lyricists of the Great American Song” Café Carlyle  –  November 26 – December 31 Singer Steve Tyrell has arrived for his ninth holiday-season engagement at the Café Carlyle—the slot in which Bobby Short previously held forth. For the life of me, I can’t explain the longevity of Tyrell’s residency at this prestigious venue. Well, […]

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