Author Archive: Robert Windeler

Robert Windeler is the author of 15 books, including biographies of Mary Pickford, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple, and Burt Lancaster. As a West Coast correspondent for The New York Times and Time magazine, he covered movies, television and music, and he was an arts and entertainment critic for National Public Radio. He has contributed to a variety of other publications, including TV Guide, Architectural Digest, The Sondheim Review, and People, for which he wrote 35 cover stories. He is a graduate of Duke University in English literature and holds a masters in journalism from Columbia, where he studied critical writing with Judith Crist. He has been a theatre critic for Back Stage since 1999, writes reviews for BistroAwards.com, and is a member of The Players and the American Theatre Critics Association.

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Marta Sanders

Marta Sanders

February 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

A deft three-song medley of “Follow Me” (Lerner & Loewe), “Gotta Move” (Peter Matz), and “The Gypsy in My Soul” (Clay Boland, Moe Jaffe) perfectly sets up the trip that is Marta Sanders’s current show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her longevity as both a person and a performer could have allowed her to rely solely […]

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Jana Robbins

Jana Robbins

February 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

When this show was previously done at Feinstein’s/54 Below, it was called “I’m Still Here!” but for this second outing at the club, it was newly named “Jana Robbins Returns!” Both titles turn out to be apt enough. After all, by her own upfront admission, she’s been a New York-based singer and actress for some […]

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Rebecca Kilgore

Rebecca Kilgore

February 5, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In a welcome, too-rare, and too-brief return to New York cabaret, the Portland (OR)-based Rebecca Kilgore proved anew that sometimes just singing the song more or less how it was written or previously sung by others can be quite enough, even for a jazz singer. Don’t get me wrong. Kilgore certainly possesses a subtly swinging […]

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Lee Squared

Lee Squared

January 24, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Showbiz mavens of a certain age will likely chortle nonstop during “Lee Squared,” the show created by David Maiocco and Chuck Sweeney and currently playing at the Metropolitan Room. The pair portray, respectively, Liberace and Peggy Lee, in what can scarcely be called a tribute. (Ms. Lee, at least, has already had her deserved share of […]

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Duchess

Duchess

December 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

For those of us who occasionally crave a close-harmony dose of the Boswell Sisters or the Andrews Sisters in our cabaret-attending lives (and there may be more of us than we care to admit) Duchess will do nicely. And if any one of us desires a small dose of the tropical strumming of vintage Hawaiian […]

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Laura Osnes

Laura Osnes

December 7, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

  Many—perhaps too many—cabaret performers frame their autobiographical shows in terms of songs that influenced their decisions to aspire to a show business career, or that they eventually got to sing for a paying audience—or both. In her terrific show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Laura Osnes turned this “and-then-I-sang” cliché on its head. Osnes, who at […]

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Billie Roe

Billie Roe

November 16, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

For her current show at the Metropolitan Room, “Monopoly,” Billie Roe has fashioned, with the assistance of director Mark Nadler and musical director Steven Ray Watkins, a compelling and affecting spoken-and-sung narrative based on the beloved and long-running board game. She begins by recounting her own childhood memories of often cutthroat family Monopoly games, specifically an […]

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David Sabella

David Sabella

November 15, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In his current show at the Metropolitan Room, his first in many years, David Sabella proves to have a powerful, wide-ranging voice (from standard legit up through counter-tenor to an astonishing boy soprano), and an evident enthusiasm for being back on stage. He benefits greatly from the strong and accommodating support of musical director Mark […]

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Lynn Henderson

Lynn Henderson

September 22, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Her getup signals the overall tone of Lynn Henderson’s current Don’t Tell Mama show, directed by Barry Kleinbort, even more than does its title song, “‘T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do” (Porter Grainger, Everett Robbins). Her bright Red Riding Hood cape (an exactly matching red boa is added later for some especially showbizzy numbers) already […]

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…And Then You Die

…And Then You Die

September 19, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Despite its possibly off-putting title, this 70-minute revue by David B. Goldberg, which had a recent four-night run at Don’t Tell Mama, was a mostly benign, even breezy, look at what we do, or should do, to deal with the inevitability of death. In twelve scenes introducing fourteen songs (all by Goldberg), three eager and […]

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