Reviews

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

June 23, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Alan Cumming is a Broadway star, a movie star, a television star, and an author, but seeing him at Joe’s Pub in his new show, Legal Alien, it is apparent that the cabaret stage is where his myriad talents really shine. Immigration, strong women, and aging are the trio of themes revealed as the evening […]

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Joyce Lyons

Joyce Lyons

June 23, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Joyce Lyons titled her welcome return to Don’t Tell Mama The Music of the ’60s…Jazz Style, but after delivering a fiery “Yesterdays” (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) she admitted that it was a lie. As she started to put the show together, she realized that little if any of the material was from that decade—but when […]

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Andrea Axelrod

Andrea Axelrod

June 8, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

It would take a daring performer with solid and wide-ranging singing chops and a sense of humor to pull off an effective and memorable tribute to six major musical artists from the last century in a one-hour show. Fortunately for us in the audience, Andrea Axelrod was more than up to this task in Centenary, […]

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Rachel Ulanet

Rachel Ulanet

June 6, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

The theme Rachel Ulanet explored in her solo debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below was her quest for integrity at a politically conflicted time; it centered around the third song in the set, Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” This was Young’s only U.S. #1 single; interestingly, it was recorded at a time when a back injury pushed him […]

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Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle

June 5, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Brazilian songwriter, singer, and keyboardist Marcos Valle has been an international musical presence since the early 1960s. Looking at displays of his album covers online, you can trace his march of time. There’s Valle, just a kid—bright-eyed, clean-cut, and turtle-necked. And there he is a few years later, propped up shirtless in a bed—his hair […]

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Mark Anthony Lee

Mark Anthony Lee

June 4, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

For his debut at The Triad, singer Mark Anthony Lee chose a tried-and-true staple of cabaret: songs sung by his favorite singers and recording artists. But this was by no means a run-of-the-mill soul/R&B concert. He didn’t sing the usual hits, but instead made unexpected choices from deep in these artists’ repertoires—album tracks that had […]

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Spencer Day

Spencer Day

May 30, 2018 | By | 1 Comment

Singer-songwriter Spencer Day has begun a once-a-month residency at The Green Room 42 in celebration of his new CD, Angel City, which, as you might guess, is a tribute to and contemplation of Los Angeles. Given that premise, it is fitting that the overall feel of the show is very ’60s/’70s West Coast jazz. The […]

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The Circus Is Cancelled

The Circus Is Cancelled

May 22, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

One of the rare joys of cabaret reviewing (and cabaret going, for that matter) is coming upon a show that is unlike anything else that’s out there—a new and unexpected experience. The Circus Is Cancelled, which played recently at the Duplex, is one such show. It featured a clown, a mime, a magician, a pianist, […]

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Natalie Douglas

Natalie Douglas

May 20, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the premier female jazz and pop singer of the mid-20th century, certainly when it came to recordings and perhaps in live performance as well. Natalie Douglas clearly thinks so, and she made a very strong case for that premise in her recent remarkable Fitzgerald tribute show at Birdland. At the top […]

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Whitney Chapman

Whitney Chapman

May 16, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

There’s a straightforward, almost conversational quality to Whitney Chapman’s vocals that works well for some of the mid-tempo and up-tempo songs in her Burt Bacharach/Hal David show (directed by Barry Kleinbort) at Don’t Tell Mama—especially on songs with lyrics about everyday concerns, such as waking up and applying makeup or putting a hundred down to […]

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