Reviews

Risa Finkel

Risa Finkel

February 26, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Risa Finkel drives a mean welcome wagon. For her recent show at Pangea, “Moment to Moment,” the singer assembled a program with a smart balance of humor and seriousness. She displayed a warm and pleasant singing voice, as well. But Finkel had something even more essential going for her: an impressive talent for making listeners […]

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Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire

Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire

February 22, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Liz Callaway is a wonder! The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire, her loving and beautifully sung tribute at the Appel Room as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, showed the star of theatre and concert stage at the height of her powers. The clarity, the feeling, and the remarkable technique of […]

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thirtywhatever

thirtywhatever

February 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The musical revue is a durable genre—and why shouldn’t it be? A link of sorts between a standard cabaret show and a musical play, the revue is a straightforward way of showcasing the work of emerging songwriters as well as of performers. The careers of such talents as Rodgers & Hart, Comden & Green, Jerry Herman, Eartha […]

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Marta Sanders

Marta Sanders

February 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

A deft three-song medley of “Follow Me” (Lerner & Loewe), “Gotta Move” (Peter Matz), and “The Gypsy in My Soul” (Clay Boland, Moe Jaffe) perfectly sets up the trip that is Marta Sanders’s current show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her longevity as both a person and a performer could have allowed her to rely solely […]

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Jana Robbins

Jana Robbins

February 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

When this show was previously done at Feinstein’s/54 Below, it was called “I’m Still Here!” but for this second outing at the club, it was newly named “Jana Robbins Returns!” Both titles turn out to be apt enough. After all, by her own upfront admission, she’s been a New York-based singer and actress for some […]

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Billy Lykken

Billy Lykken

February 12, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The provocative title of Billy Lykken’s recent show at the Metropolitan Room, “Sacred Monster,” refers to the posters of various music divas, like Bette Midler and Whitney Houston, that used to hang on his walls when he was growing up as, in his words, “a Filipino Viking.” It’s an intriguing premise for a show: exploring […]

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Rachelle Garniez

Rachelle Garniez

February 6, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Much has been written, reported, and broadcast about the celebrity death toll in 2016. While it is probably not substantially different from previous years, it did seem that a disproportionate number of major figures left us. I doubt that there has been a more personal, smart, funny, touching celebration of the artistry and legacy of […]

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Rebecca Kilgore

Rebecca Kilgore

February 5, 2017 | By | 1 Comment

In a welcome, too-rare, and too-brief return to New York cabaret, the Portland (OR)-based Rebecca Kilgore proved anew that sometimes just singing the song more or less how it was written or previously sung by others can be quite enough, even for a jazz singer. Don’t get me wrong. Kilgore certainly possesses a subtly swinging […]

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Jesse Luttrell

Jesse Luttrell

February 2, 2017 | By | 7 Comments

Before I go into the show that Jesse Luttrell performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below with the Fred Barton Broadway Band, let me digress into a bit of metaphorical art criticism. Imagine, if you will, that you have been invited to view the work of an exciting new painter at a gallery show of fourteen of his latest […]

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Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond

February 1, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

It’s funny how over time, words can lose or change their meanings in popular culture. Before it became a kiss-of-death description, the word “nice” was a perfectly acceptable positive description of something that was neither remarkably good, nor terribly bad. In matters of performing and cabaret, it would indicate a pleasant diversion for an hour […]

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