Reviews

Jack Bartholet

Jack Bartholet

January 27, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Too often in cabaret, a performer will play it safe when it comes to repertoire, clothes, spoken content, or performance. In his new show, Lady with a Song, singer Jack Bartholet does anything but play it safe as he claims both the stage and his right to be a lady on it for an hour. […]

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Lindsay Mendez

Lindsay Mendez

January 24, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Spoiler alert: This review of Lindsay Mendez’s show at Feinsteins/54 Below is going to be an unabashed, totally smitten love letter. Her open, unaffected, thrilling performance transports the audience back to a time when “brassy broad” stars like Dorothy Loudon and Karen Morrow delighted audiences. While there are a couple of concessions to 2019 in […]

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Yael Rasooly

Yael Rasooly

January 17, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In her show Glamour in the Dark, Israeli singer-actress Yael Rasooly, joined by accordionist Iliya Magalnyk, offered a glimpse into an almost other-worldly and very international cabaret experience. The evening had a theatrical feel, with Rasooly entering onto the stage slowly singing “La Vie en rose” (Louiguy, Marguerite Monnot, Édith Piaf) to discover—as if for […]

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Madelaine Warren

Madelaine Warren

January 5, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Madelaine Warren’s voice has a lovely warm tone—one could even say burnished. And her musicality and phrasing, as one might expect from a former classical singer, are well thought out and refined. It is with these gifts that she presented Mad for Romance at Don’t Tell Mama, directed by Barry Kleinbort. In large measure it […]

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Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone

Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone

December 25, 2018 | By | 3 Comments

Group cabaret shows can be wonderful, but they can also be tricky. You want to provide variety both in musical content and in terms of who sings what. You want a balance of solos, duets, and ensemble numbers. And you need to make certain that the voices and personalities truly blend well. Being a talented […]

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Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers

December 14, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

The holidays are, for most, a time of celebration, and I cannot think of a better cabaret celebration than Matt Rogers’s brilliantly funny, wonderfully profane, infectiously musical show at The Duplex, Have You Heard of Christmas? The show features “all the songs off his highly anticipated (non-existent) holiday album.” Rogers wrote the smart and hilarious […]

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Telly Leung

Telly Leung

December 14, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

When it comes to popular music in general and singing in particular, it might not be the worst of times, but it is far from the best of times. It started back with Star Search, where contestants were encouraged to favor volume and melismatic riffs above phrasing and musicality—and they were rewarded for doing so. […]

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Dorian Woodruff

Dorian Woodruff

December 14, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Dorian Woodruff is an elegant and refined man. And, with a voice that is just as elegant and refined, he captivated the audience at Pangea with his show Welcome Home: Everybody Has a Story. The MAC Award nominee crafted a lovely program of stories and songs that almost always intertwined seamlessly, sung with a formidable […]

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Deb Berman

Deb Berman

December 10, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

In her recent show at Pangea, Deb Berman took what could have been straight-ahead cabaret fare—American Songbook standards and personal stories—and made every moment land with authenticity and finesse. Opening with “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) and closing with “Things Are Swinging’” (Jack Marshall, Peggy […]

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Mischa Kischkum

Mischa Kischkum

December 9, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

There is a kid-like exuberance about Mischa Kischkum that quickly spreads through the audience. In his debut solo cabaret show, Off the Charts: Songs You Don’t Know By Writers You Love (directed by Jason Ellis), the performer comes to the stage and quickly commands it, wearing (among other things) a sly smile and a leopard-print […]

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