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Diane Schuur

Diane Schuur

November 18, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Early during the second show of her opening night at Birdland, singer-pianist Diane Schuur noted that second sets are good because you never know exactly what’s going to happen with them. Certainly, she was in an anything-goes frame of mind. Playing to an appreciative 11pm crowd, she struck a highly informal tone, letting her instincts, […]

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Marnie Klar

Marnie Klar

November 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Delightfully bookended by “Stay Awake” (Robert B. & Richard M. Sherman), Marnie Klar’s new show, Bedtime Stories, features nighttime, fairy tale, and storybook songs. Skillfully directed by Tanya Moberly, Klar presents her theme in a brief but illuminating introduction, in which we learn that this her her first cabaret that isn’t…personal. And here is where […]

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Audrey Appleby

Audrey Appleby

November 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In Ladies Cheap Cocktails, her show at Pangea, Audrey Appleby offers an appealingly personal portrait of love and romance in a program of original music and lyrics, mostly written by her, with occasional assists from others. It may often be difficult to discern which of her fourteen songs derive from her own experience, which are […]

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Jeff Macauley

Jeff Macauley

November 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Probably no one but Jeff Macauley could have, or would have, fashioned such a narrowly focused cabaret show as his current offering at Pangea, Hollywood Party: Movie Songs 1928-1936. And he didn’t just do this; the show is a reprise of a run from more than two decades ago, so we know that he’s held […]

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Bazazz! A Sequined Variety

Bazazz! A Sequined Variety

November 7, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

I’m glad to have lived through the 1960s and 1970s, when prime time TV variety shows—inspired by British music hall and American vaudeville entertainments—were most in vogue. And I’m sorry kids today miss out on such programs. (Fortunately, they can catch segments from many of the vintage ones on YouTube). The case can be made […]

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Robin Westle

Robin Westle

November 7, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

A “concept” in cabaret is a tricky thing. It can be an elaborate and complex narrative or character that permeates every moment of the show. It can be a tribute to another performer or to a songwriter. It can be a loosely structured through-line that might reach the audience only subliminally. Or a show can […]

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Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria

October 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

As far as I know, the stage at Birdland might still be steaming and too hot to touch after Lea DeLaria’s incendiary David Bowie show there last week, which centered on her latest CD, House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz, The Orange Is the New Black star opened with “Boys Keep Swinging,” a bold, dynamic […]

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Linda Glick

Linda Glick

October 29, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In her early years as a singer in New York, Linda Glick split her time between teaching high school Spanish and French during the day and appearing at some of the city’s landmark cabarets, such Les Mouches and Reno Sweeney, at night. As her nighttime career bloomed, it overcame her daytime pursuits as she moved […]

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Ann Kittredge

Ann Kittredge

October 28, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

She was already two-thirds of the way into One Night Only, her recent show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, before Ann Kittredge acknowledged that if she “had to pick one song” to explain what her evening was about, it would be this one: “Before the Parade Passes By” (Jerry Herman). Kittredge sang the number in a slower, […]

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Caitlin Fahey

Caitlin Fahey

October 27, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Party of One, which is playing at Don’t Tell Mama, is the entertaining and smoothly structured cabaret debut offering of singer Caitlin Fahey. Coming from the world of opera, Fahey has a strong, expressive voice, but wisely chooses to keep it in check unless the song calls for her to indulge its power. She seems […]

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