Reviews

Meg Flather

Meg Flather

September 9, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

At this time of her life (“now post-menopausal and proud of it”), Meg Flather is clearly reassessing her past mistakes and triumphs along with her current and future options. In her dazzling recent (and future) show at Don’t Tell Mama, Outbound Plane (directed by Lennie Watts), she not only repurposed 14 songs of wide variety […]

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Michael Osso

Michael Osso

September 9, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Although he has sung publicly throughout his life—as, for example, a musical-theatre actor, a member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and one-fourth of a quartet called The Broadway Four—Michael Osso made his debut as a solo cabaret artist only earlier this year, when he first performed his show, Words Matter. Directed again […]

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Sally Darling

Sally Darling

August 26, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

She’s done it again. Only more so this time. Over several seasons, we’ve come to expect the best from Sally Darling, including straight-ahead, uncluttered vocals, a profound understanding of lyrics, and an infectious sense of humor when her material requires it. But in her current cut-above show at Don’t Tell Mama, with the somewhat brazen […]

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Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

August 23, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Swedish multi-instrumentalist and singer Gunhild Carling works fast, as though she were chasing the tail of some devilish swing-beast and excited as a scrappy kid to catch it. Her joy and attack on stage are absolutely infectious, and her recent set at Birdland Theater was a wild ride. The thread through the evening was a […]

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Dawn Derow

Dawn Derow

August 6, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In her most recent offering, award-winning vocalist Dawn Derow displayed plenty of onstage charisma and a solid legit soprano. The show, The House That Built Me, was based on her family history during her early and adolescent years. As presented, Derow’s childhood with hardworking parents was a fortunate one. Stories of growing up valuing family […]

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Joseph Keckler

Joseph Keckler

August 4, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Some cabaret performers are born entertainers—there to give the audience a good time. Some are interested in educating their listeners or rousing them politically, while others are adept at moving people emotionally. Then there’s Joseph Keckler, who takes his listeners on rollicking adventures. You never quite know where he’ll lead you after you turn that […]

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Hannah Reimann

Hannah Reimann

July 29, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

At Pangea recently, singer-instrumentalist Hannah Reimann reveled in her love of all things Joni in her show, Both Sides Now – The Music of Joni Mitchell 1966-1974. As the title indicates, she focused on the songwriter’s first six albums; this was a wise choice since those recordings contain most of her “hits” and her most accessible, […]

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Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz

Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz

July 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Audiences seem to enjoy theatrical “back-stagers” featuring estranged couples in the entertainment world who squabble their way to a happy denouement. Think of the scrumptious love-hate relationship between Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate or the similarly tasty one between Lili Garland and Oscar Jaffee in On the Twentieth Century. Now, performers […]

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Luba Mason

Luba Mason

July 20, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Although, by her own reckoning, she’s been a professional singer since 1987, Luba Mason postponed performing her first fully autobiographical cabaret show until Luba Mason – 5’10”, her recent outing at The Green Room 42. From an audience point of view, it was well worth the wait. Apart from the expected (and delivered) powerful and wide-ranging […]

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Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

July 11, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Whenever students or singers that I’m directing adopt a personal-confession format for their performance, I am quick to point out that while there should be truth on stage, there don’t necessarily have to be facts. The best singers allow the audience to experience their own moments of joy, grief, or passion through the storytelling of […]

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