Reviews

Gretchen Reinhagen

Gretchen Reinhagen

December 4, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Lately it seems that singer Gretchen Reinhagen’s name pops up most often with the word “director” attached, but in her continuing residency at Pangea the words “host” and “star” are more to the point. Using her most recent night as a celebration of her new CD, Take It With Me, Reinhagen focused on a number […]

Read More

Lisa Viggiano

Lisa Viggiano

December 2, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In her latest show, From Lady Day to The Boss (at Don’t Tell Mama, smoothly directed by Tanya Moberly), Lisa Viggiano justly and joyously celebrated the nearly five-decade career at Columbia Records of John Henry Hammond—from his supervision of the last recordings of Bessie Smith to his signing and launching of Bruce Springsteen. In between […]

Read More

Lauren Frazza

Lauren Frazza

November 25, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Feelin’ Good, singer Lauren Frazza’s remarkably assured cabaret debut at Pangea, is filled with great singing, striking arrangements, good humor and real emotion. Again and again, one forgets that this is her first venture into cabaret. Under Geoff Stoner’s clean, precise direction, Frazza delights the audience with tales of the dogs she has known. She […]

Read More

Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond

November 25, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

An admitted and proud octogenarian, Bob Diamond clearly revels in his longevity. In his latest show, The Game of Life (at Don’t Tell Mama, directed by Gretchen Reinhagen), he proved it yet again. In a fetching cranberry-colored shirt by Betty of Burbank (“she makes all my shirts”), and strong and confident in both his singing […]

Read More

Scott Raneri

Scott Raneri

November 22, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

The Marvelous Mr. Marzo (written by Joey Virgo and directed by Mark Copron) is one of those cabaret shows that is also a confessional monodrama. But instead of telling and singing of a troubled romantic relationship or a battle with personal demons, singer and actor Scott Raneri relates the tale of a family secret that […]

Read More

Robin Westle

Robin Westle

November 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

1969 was famous as a year full of political tumult and social upheaval. Richard Nixon began what would be a troubled presidency in January. A draft lottery was instituted to conscript American men to fight in the prolonged conflict in Vietnam. And the Stonewall riots put the nascent Gay Liberation movement in the spotlight that […]

Read More

Todd Murray

Todd Murray

November 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Imagine a universe where sixties music was not dominated by the British Invasion and the rise of the singer/songwriter, a universe in which male pop crooners remained at the forefront of radio play and at the top of the charts. In such a universe, singer Todd Murray would be a part of the pantheon of […]

Read More

The 30th New York Cabaret Convention

The 30th New York Cabaret Convention

November 4, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

The 30th edition of the New York Cabaret Convention, presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, took place October 28-31 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Penelope Thomas, Robert Windeler, Gerry Geddes, and Mark Dundas Wood covered the four nights for us. Following are their thoughts.     The Sunny Side of the […]

Read More

Mark Arthur Miller

Mark Arthur Miller

November 3, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Mark Arthur Miller comes by his love of soul honestly. Growing up in Chicago without his Dad present, he later found out that his father was Motown songwriter Ron Miller. Adventures ensued as he and his sister moved to L.A. and got to know their father and his place in the industry. So, while Soul […]

Read More

Jen Fellman

Jen Fellman

November 2, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Jen Fellman has an extraordinary voice, with vaulting highs and creamy lows; if her recent show at Feinstein’s/54 Below were judged solely on the gorgeous sounds that caressed our ears, it would have been an absolute smash. However, there is a lot more to a successful club act—even to a CD release show, as this […]

Read More