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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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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Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki

Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki

August 11, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

At the start of their current new show at Don’t Tell Mama, Anya Turner, the lead-vocal half of this married couple’s self-written evening of what she calls “modern cabaret” songs, acknowledges that this description might just be an oxymoron. Not to worry. A cabaret show need not be a compendium drawn from the American songbook, […]

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Lynda Rodolitz

Lynda Rodolitz

July 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Truth in advertising is always welcome, when it comes to cabaret shows as much as anywhere else. For her recent show at Don’t Tell Mama, “Lynda Rodolitz Is Off Her Rocker,” the subject certainly nailed her self-description. Oh, she may not be certifiably insane, but she played a crazy lady very well, consistently (and delightfully) […]

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Ira Lee Collings

Ira Lee Collings

July 3, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

When both the singer and his accompanist took the stage wearing red rubber clown noses, the audience could have been forgiven for thinking the pair of them were up to some sort of satire of a cabaret act, about to play the whole set for laughs. But no such thing was afoot. For his recent […]

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Helane Blumfield

Helane Blumfield

May 29, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

“Gender blending,” as Helane Blumfield described the premise of “Call Me H!,” her recent show at Don’t Tell Mama, is not the same thing as gender bending. Rather, Blumfield employed her set of 15 songs—all but one of them both written and sung by men—as a plea to be oneself from early childhood, regardless of […]

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Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak

Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak

May 20, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In a time when most marriages don’t last 25 years, it can be comforting to celebrate the silver anniversary of any quarter-century collaboration, in business or elsewhere. It’s even better when everyone attending the party is clearly thrilled that the two principals have stayed together for two-and-a-half decades, and are still creating beautiful music. In […]

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