Author Archive: Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins is an award-winning actress, singer, writer, director, author and mother of four. She enjoys the arts in all their forms.

rss feed

Barb Jungr

Barb Jungr

November 5, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Barb Jungr is a great interpreter of songs. She is every bit as iconic as the singer/songwriters she chooses to translate and reinterpret. She’s a rock star; she looks and feels like the girl next door or your mom—if your mom were Patti Smith or Joni Mitchell. In her current show at 59E59 Theaters, the […]

Read More

Natalie Douglas

Natalie Douglas

September 30, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“Hello Dolly,” Natalie Douglas’s recent tribute to Dolly Parton at Birdland, provided a memorable cabaret experience. Her vocal instrument is incomparable; she segues easily from a smoky contralto to a pinging, piercing mix that is as rich and resplendent as early Streisand. What makes her especially unique is her sunny disposition. She knows it and […]

Read More

Luba Mason

Luba Mason

September 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Luba Mason slinked onto the stage of the Metropolitan room in a cream floor-length gown accented with blue brocade flowers riding the curves of her lithe frame. Her hips swayed, her shoulders kept the beat, her voice soared from smoky bassoon to blaring soprano sax in a rendition of Van Morrison’s “Moondance” that was for […]

Read More

KT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar

KT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar

August 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Stephen Sondheim is so special, so specific, so idiosyncratic. Sung by everyone, everywhere, how could anyone possibly do anything new and unique? In “Our Time – Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Jeff Harnar and KT Sullivan, along with musical director Jon Weber and director Sondra Lee, have done just that: they […]

Read More

Carol Shedlin

Carol Shedlin

May 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

An evening with Carol Shedlin’s new show, “Child of the ’30s,” is a walk into a black-and-white movie. Her opening number, “Are you Having Any Fun?” (Jack Yellen, Sammy Fain), perfectly conjures her 1930’s childhood built of make believe as her parents “lived in style and grace as the money dwindled.” Shedlin cuts a striking […]

Read More

Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack

April 20, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The legendary cabaret artist Marilyn Maye says of cabaret, “You don’t have to be anything but who you are.” Shakina Nayfack is the epitome of Maye’s comment. In her evening at Sophie’s at Broadway, she shares every inch of her six-and-a-half-foot, high-heeled, shaved head, tattooed, boy/girl, transgendered, feminist, Radical Faerie self with her audience. I […]

Read More

Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit

April 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Jane Monheit is a voluptuous beauty in the tradition of Jane Russell and Jayne Mansfield. The other night at Birdland, she came on stage dressed like a Christmas present in red lace with a big red bow around her waist. Her red hennaed, shoulder-length hair sexily flipped to accent the beats in this upbeat evening […]

Read More

Jarrod Spector

Jarrod Spector

April 6, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

At the top of Jarrod Spector’s rockin’ show “A Little Help from My Friends,” he tells us that he is a music nerd and that he’s spent a lot of time thinking about how one generation of tenor has led to the next generation. He then proceeds to deliver two hundred years of music effortlessly, […]

Read More