Reviews

Livingston Taylor

Livingston Taylor

September 19, 2017 | By | 1 Comment

The Rubin Museum of Art on W. 17th Street is a restful, almost zen-like space that inspires calm and contemplative silence. The museum’s ongoing series, Naked Soul, takes place in a small, attractive performance space with cherry wood walls and a lone piano center stage. The mission of the series is to present completely acoustic events—no […]

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Ian & Elliot Finkel

Ian & Elliot Finkel

September 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

With Ian on xylophone and Elliot on piano, the Finkel brothers owned the stage at the Metropolitan Room on September 9 as if variety-show acts were still going strong and winning us over—not only with shtick, but also with quality and integrity. The Finkels are the sons of Emmy and Obie award-winning actor Fyvush Finkel (1922-2016), […]

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Dietrich Rides Again

Dietrich Rides Again

September 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

I can’t help it. I had planned on falling in love with Marlene all over again when I went to see Dietrich Rides Again. But, alas, it didn’t happen. I had seen the legendary star almost fifty years before, on what we all believed was to be her farewell tour. (She was to do several […]

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Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz

September 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

As a leading man in musicals, two-time Tony Award recipient Norbert Leo Butz has been very much a creature of his own era. He has appeared in six Broadway musicals since 1997, as well as in Off-Broadway’s very successful The Last Five Years (2002). None of these shows was a revival, and all of them […]

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Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement

Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement

September 2, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The vanity, self-indulgence and capacity for delusion among show-business divas—male and female alike—have been satirized regularly over the decades. So there is nothing especially boundary-breaking about Julia Mattison’s Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement, currently at Feinstein’s/54 Below—yet the talents of Mattison (both as writer and performer) make the show something special. Particularly welcome is […]

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Heather Mac Rae

Heather Mac Rae

August 24, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Early on in her new show, Use Your Imagination, recently at the Beach Cafe, Heather Mac Rae revealed, with no hesitation, that she is 70 years old. In fact, she seemed downright gleeful about it—and why not? It has been nearly 50 years since she first set foot on a Broadway stage in Here’s Where I […]

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Inner City Reunion Concert

Inner City Reunion Concert

August 22, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Directed by Tom O’Horgan, Inner City opened in late 1971 and ran just under 100 performances. The passionate following it and its cast album have attracted since then makes it the quintessential cult musical. There are a few possible reasons for its initial failure. It was the fourth O’Horgan show running concurrently on Broadway; the […]

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Villain: DeBlanks

Villain: DeBlanks

August 21, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In the 1950s, Leonard B. Stern and Roger Price—a pair of TV comedy writers—invented Mad Libs, the comedic word game in which certain nouns, verbs and adjectives in a story are left blank, to be filled in with random suggestions. The duo clearly had a keen appreciation of absurd, Jabberwocky-ish wordplay. And Mad Libs was […]

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Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro

August 17, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

With his luxurious vintage-yet-current baritone, and his educated demeanor and sleekly handsome presence, it was easy to forget that Homeward was Ari Shapiro’s freshman solo cabaret performance. If his is a face for radio, we’re in luck. Nonetheless, it’s a steep learning curve to go from Broadcast Journalist to Seasoned Crooner on your first show […]

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Peter and Will Anderson

Peter and Will Anderson

August 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The Anderson Twins want us all to understand that Harold Arlen, this week’s honoree in the brothers’ ambitious month-long Songbook Summit series, is every bit the equal of the other three subjects of their tribute (Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers). It’s just that Arlen was somewhat of a loner, never had a real Broadway […]

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