Reviews

Steve Grand

Steve Grand

April 2, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Steve Grand—a singer and model from the Chicago area—writes and performs pop songs, some with a country edge, about being young and gay. He’s attracted a following, in part because of the music videos that illustrate his recordings. He is especially known for his song “All-American Boy,” which is about falling in love with a […]

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Christine Aziz

Christine Aziz

March 25, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

It’s always encouraging to see a performer, too young to have personally experienced the subject of her tribute show, go to great lengths to impart to her audience a real-life sense of the honoree. The flip side of that cross-generational combination is, of course, that the distance between live artist and deceased subject can be […]

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Nancy McGraw

Nancy McGraw

March 12, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

They were both born in Georgia. And as members of the Southern diaspora and living most of their lives elsewhere, Down Home was so often in their thoughts. He was Johnny Mercer, one of the preeminent lyricists of the mid-20th century American songbook. She is Nancy McCall McGraw, who recently chose Mercer as the subject […]

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The Drinkwater Brothers

The Drinkwater Brothers

March 5, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

John and Matthew Drinkwater are twins—singing, football-playing twins, in their senior years at Wagner College. As I sat down to watch their recent show at Don’t Tell Mama, I must admit I had a little trepidation that—with their being young, playing to a home crowd, and probably not thus-far knocked around by show business—I’d be […]

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Lynda Rodolitz

Lynda Rodolitz

February 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In the show she performed in 2016, Lynda Rodolitz declared, convincingly, that she was “Off Her Rocker.” She underscores, maybe even expands, that comic assertion in her laugh-rich current show, Animal Magnetism (at Don’t Tell Mama, directed by Lennie Watts). In this musically sophisticated outing, she purports to solicit dating advice from the animal kingdom—by […]

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Love Letters – Music of Thomas Hodges

Love Letters – Music of Thomas Hodges

February 18, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Back in the heyday of New York City cabaret (or at least back in one of the heydays of New York City cabaret) I can remember wandering into a club and hearing Marc Shaiman accompany André De Shields or Ellen Greene or Annie Golden. I would go to see a hot new singer like Annie Hughes […]

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Teresa Fischer

Teresa Fischer

February 17, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In More Than You Know, her Rosemary Clooney tribute show at 53 Above, Teresa Fischer tells us that she has long been drawn to Clooney’s singing because of the warmth and clarity of her voice and her ability to make every lyric understandable. Happily, Fisher is able to replicate those positive qualities herself. It’s not […]

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Charles Busch

Charles Busch

February 14, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Charles Busch long ago conquered the stages of Off and Off-Off Broadway, often resplendent in gowns recalling the heyday of Hollywood leading ladies and delivering sparkling, campy, stinging, funny, dramatic words of his own devising. On occasion, over the years, he has explored the naked intimacy of the cabaret stage, frequently forgoing his womanly attire—although […]

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Just Laugh

Just Laugh

February 14, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

For some time now, Thomas Honeck and Lisa Moss of the Duplex have been regularly providing a showcase for new and little-known composers and lyricists in a series called In The Works. One pair of songwriters who have taken advantage of this terrific opportunity, Lauren Gundrum and Brandon Lambert, has decided to move on from […]

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Mark Farrelly – Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Mark Farrelly – Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

February 5, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Within post-Stonewall gay culture, Quentin Crisp has not been universally beloved. And how could he have been, really? The British-born writer and raconteur—who died in 1999 at age 90—was a stubborn contrarian. He advised his readers and listeners to seek happiness by looking inward rather than by seeking true love or taking up causes. Claiming […]

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