Reviews

Sue Matsuki

Sue Matsuki

October 6, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

On September 16, 1986, Susan Trosell, as she was called then, performed her first cabaret show at Don’t Tell Mama, having passed a nerve-wracking audition for Sidney Myer. Exactly 33 years later, with the same Sidney Myer in attendance, Sue Matsuki, as she had long since become, celebrated her pearl-plus-three-year anniversary with a thoughtful and […]

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Goldie Dver

Goldie Dver

September 23, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

After a decade away from cabaret performing, Goldie Dver returns to the stage in an energetic and polished show called Back in Mama’s Arms (directed by James Beaman). The “Mama” in question is, of course, the venue at which the show takes place: Don’t Tell Mama. At one point in the set, Dver points out […]

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The Randy Andys

The Randy Andys

September 22, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Imagine for a moment that the Andrews Sisters had been cryogenically frozen in a tube right next to Walt Disney and then thawed out in 2019 and handed sheet music to hit songs by the likes of Kesha, Mariah Carey, Aerosmith, and Prince. This will give you a small glimpse of the wonder that is […]

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Klea Blackhurst

Klea Blackhurst

September 19, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In One of the Girls – The Words and Music of Jerry Herman at Birdland, singer Klea Blackhurst leaves no doubt about her affection for the famed Broadway composer and his songs. Using a program of mostly familiar material, she takes us on a dual journey through Herman’s career and through her connections to it. Her […]

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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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