Reviews

Lady Bunny

Lady Bunny

May 20, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The immense, swirling, platinum wig atop her head is but one of the many things about Lady Bunny that are larger than life. She revels in them all in her show Trans-Jester!, currently enjoying a run at the historic Stonewall Inn. She is raunchy, tasteless, hilarious, fearless, political, angry, and knowing, while at the same […]

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Wendy Scherl

Wendy Scherl

May 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In her current Metropolitan Room show, New Scherl in Town (directed by Barry Kleinbort), Wendy Scherl reveals herself to be an assured (and reassuring) singer who envelops you in a protective bubble of good will. She opens with a song whose lyrics embody her optimistic bent: Irving Berlin’s “I Got the Sun in the Morning.” […]

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Matt Doyle

Matt Doyle

May 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Actor/singer Matt Doyle recently celebrated his thirtieth birthday with a single-night engagement at The Green Room 42, a commodious, spanking-new showroom on the fourth floor of the Yotel on West 42nd Street. Known mostly for his theatrical appearances in such shows as Spring Awakening, War Horse, and The Book of Mormon, Doyle began a side […]

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Jazz in the City: The New York Connection

Jazz in the City: The New York Connection

May 9, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

At the Duplex, Jazz in the City: The New York Connection combines narrative by historian and music aficionado Charles R. Hale with song selections by the David Raleigh Trio (which is really a quartet if you count pianist-singer Raleigh himself). Raleigh’s fellow musicians at the performance I saw were saxophonist/clarinetist Tony Carfora, bassist Evan Gregor, […]

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Polly Gibbons

Polly Gibbons

May 9, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Though her label, Resonance Records, and her New York club of choice for this engagement, Iridium, are both bastions of mainstream jazz, her London home base, Ronnie Scott’s, can be quite a bit broader in its booking charter than that. But even that fact and her wide touring schedule and home country following hadn’t prepared […]

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D’Vorah Bailey

D’Vorah Bailey

May 7, 2017 | By | 1 Comment

D’Vorah Bailey is a charming, talented singer who shines on stage when she doesn’t get in her own way. Unfortunately, that happens only part of the time in her heavily autobiographical cabaret show Wishful Thinking, which recently had a return engagement at the Metropolitan Room. If you attend New York cabaret at all, you have […]

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Rochelle and Paul Chamlin

Rochelle and Paul Chamlin

April 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In their splendid new show, based on songs written for the movies and directed by Marilyn Maye, Rochelle and Paul Chamlin demonstrate not only a clear and contagious love for their chosen subject, but also a new polish in their paired performance style. The first thing to notice is that Paul and Rochelle at the […]

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No Evil – A Cabaret of Resistance

No Evil – A Cabaret of Resistance

April 29, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Politics and cabaret have been entwined since the beginning of the art form. Political and social commentary and criticism informed much of the early days of cabaret in Germany. In America, from the Depression and upheaval of the thirties and forties to the racial unrest and anti-war sentiment of the sixties, cabaret offered a soapbox […]

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Sally Schwab

Sally Schwab

April 27, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

If you go to a cabaret show in 2017, there’s a fifty-fifty chance that the concept will be “how I got to New York and what I did to get a job in show business.” Sally Schwab of The Marvelous Wonderettes takes that contemporary cliché and runs with it in the riotously funny Adventures in […]

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Carmen Cusack

Carmen Cusack

April 21, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Carmen Cusack has amassed an extensive collection of vocal riffs and shadings from pop, rock, folk, country, gospel, and R&B genres. Her background is as a musical-theatre performer—which may help explain her chameleonic quality. Though she hails from Denver, she gained much experience in London’s West End, where she appeared in Les Misérables and […]

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