Author Archive: Robert Windeler

Robert Windeler is the author of 17 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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Gay Marshall

Gay Marshall

April 4, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Gay Marshall is the first to admit that feelings about Paris, and groups of songs expressing those feelings, are seriously in danger of evoking narrative and musical clichés. In her current show at Pangea, “Gay’s Paree,” she confronts this problem head on, and largely avoids it. In her opening number, Dave Frishberg’s “Another Song About […]

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Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz

March 26, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Those of us who are fans of both the Monkees songbook and Broadway show tunes are twice blessed by the current Micky Dolenz show at Feinstein’s/54 Below (co-directed by Van Dean and Dolenz himself). Some fifty years on, Dolenz is still best known as the lead singer of The Monkees, a “Fab Four” group manufactured […]

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Susanne Mack

Susanne Mack

March 7, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Anyone who can legitimately include the Patsy Cline country standard “I Fall to Pieces” (Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard) in a show about a German girlhood near the Black Forest certainly has my admiration as well as my attention. Susanne Mack accomplished that and more in her recent compelling outing at Pangea (directed by Gretchen Cryer). […]

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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 | 1 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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