Oh What a Night

March 5, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Jason Graae sang an original song, “Nothing Rhymes With Bistro Blues,” written specifically for the occasion of the 30th annual Bistro Awards, at the outset of the gala that included performances by such past Bistro Award winners and legendary cabaret artists as Marilyn Maye (who sang a medley of rainbow songs), Karen Mason (“Almost Like Being in Love”) and Dee Dee Bridgewater (“If You Believe”), as well as the 11 winners of the 2015 award, including Carol Fredette singing “No Regrets,” and Lillias White closing the show with “The Oldest Profession.”

“When Sherry invited me to appear at the Bistro Awards again,” quipped 1996 winner John Fugelsang, “my first reaction was: How did you get this number?” By the end of his sharp, funny routine, it was clear that the audience was delighted that she’d phoned him, and by the end of this glorious evening at the Gotham Comedy Club, it was clear that everyone—both on stage and in the audience—had had a marvelous time.

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Jonathan Mandell has been a digital native for 15 years, with extensive experience as a journalist, theatre critic, copy editor, and editor. He was a producer for CBSNews.com and CNN.com, editor-in-chief of GothamGazette.com, and a staff writer and critic for Newsday and the New York Daily News. He holds a BA from Yale and an MA from Columbia University, and has taught at the Columbia School of Journalism and New York University. Follow him on Twitter at @NewYorkTheater, or visit his blog at www.NewYorkTheater.me.

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