Reviews

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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The ManOPause Boys

The ManOPause Boys

August 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The 1990s called. They want their clichés back. The ones about Viagra and the other aspects of male late-middle aging. Plus, the decade would like to retire at least some of its hopeful sayings, such as “50 is the new 35.” Well, the clichés and sayings abounded on the Triad stage the other night, in […]

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It Always Feels Like the World Is Ending

It Always Feels Like the World Is Ending

August 4, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

It Always Feels Like the World Is Ending, a new revue that played recently at Don’t Tell Mama, celebrated the work of composer Benny Gammerman and lyricist Dylan Hartwell, both of whom appeared in the show along with Amanda Savan, Cortney Wolfson, Melissa Rose Hirsch, and Greg Sullivan. As the title implies, most of the […]

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Tammy McCann

Tammy McCann

August 2, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Chicago jazz singer Tammy McCann recently completed a month of Thursdays at Pangea, performing a different show each week. She is working with a formidable instrument: she has a rich lower register and a powerful upper voice that speak to her early classical training. A former “Raelette” backing vocalist for Ray Charles, MCann has sung […]

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Shaina Taub

Shaina Taub

July 31, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

At a time when most pop composers seem to have forgotten what melody is, let alone how to write a coherent, inventive lyric, it is cause for both hope and celebration that singer-songwriter Shaina Taub is carrying on the great tradition of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, and other iconic women […]

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Analisa Bell

Analisa Bell

July 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Australian-born performer Analisa Bell was originally set to perform Off the Rails—her Duplex show about the blessings (few) and banes (innumerable) of the New York City subway system—back in June. A seemingly unfortunate postponement moved the show to late July, but, in fact, that turned out to be a lucky break for the singer. Here’s […]

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Meow Meow

Meow Meow

July 28, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

In her recent show at Joe’s Pub, she came on stage both tentatively and as if expecting to be showered with roses by her adoring fans. The woman who was once known as Melissa Madden Gray from Australia sported a black Medusa hairdo, and was dressed outlandishly in a shredded black organdy overskirt not quite […]

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Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

July 20, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Leslie Jordan is probably best known as Beverley Leslie, the tart-tongued, flamingly fey foil to Megan Mullally’s Karen in Will & Grace. Though a recurring character, his performance was so immediate, so funny, and so memorable that it seemed as though he were a regular. In his first season, he won an Emmy for the […]

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Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade

July 19, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Susana Ventura grew up in Connecticut. At the age of 13 she ran away to Provincetown and quickly became the darling of the gay mecca, and a particular favorite of the “older queens” because she “took an interest” in them. The girl had no ulterior motive; she was legitimately curious and interested, and she soaked […]

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Byron St. Cyr

Byron St. Cyr

July 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Byron St. Cyr stepped onstage for his recent Don’t Tell Mama show (directed by Jim Brigman) looking spiffy in jacket and tie. Well, sort of. The tie he wore was actually an untied bowtie, draped scarf-like from the back of his neck. Though it was an unusual choice, there seemed to be method in it: on […]

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