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Cabaret Setlist: “When October Goes” – Music by Barry Manilow, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Cabaret Setlist: “When October Goes” – Music by Barry Manilow, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #13 in this running series The lucky thirteenth installment of Cabaret Setlist centers on “When October Goes,” a short, bittersweet, and evocative ballad of love and loss. The song, which debuted in 1984, has gradually come into its own as a modern standard. It has a […]

March 1, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
CD Review: Gary Negbaur—”You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”

CD Review: Gary Negbaur—”You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”

In 1949, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” from South Pacific outraged many people with its positive take on interracial relationships. Seventy-two years later, it’s painfully obvious that we’re still not truly learning, so it’s a timely title track for Gary Negbaur’s 2021 Blujazz label album. Negbaur’s rendition is catchy—he covers the […]

February 22, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
CD Review: Nicolas King “Act One—Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings”

CD Review: Nicolas King “Act One—Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings”

Listening to singer Nicolas King’s new, fun-filled CD, Act One—Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings, reminded me of Easter mornings as a kid, when I was surprised over and over again discovering all the colorful, tasty little treats the Bunny had hidden among the nooks and crannies of my familiar home environment.  Though most of its […]

February 15, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
Live Stream Review: “Sharón Clark: By Special Request, Volume 2”

Live Stream Review: “Sharón Clark: By Special Request, Volume 2”

It is often quite easy, even in pandemic times, to think that New York City is not only the center of the Universe but the Universe itself—especially when it comes to music, whether it be cabaret, theatre, or jazz. I am happy to report that Sharón Clark: By Special Request (presented as part of pianist […]

February 1, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
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Darlene Love: From “Rebel” to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Darlene Love: From “Rebel” to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Pop icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love was honored at the 32nd Annual Bistro Awards on Monday, March 13, 2017, receiving the ASCAP-Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award for her five decades of musical accomplishments. Rolling Stone has called Love “one of the greatest singers of all time,” and The New […]

February 21, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
André De Shields: A Video Glimpse of an Artiste Extraordinaire

André De Shields: A Video Glimpse of an Artiste Extraordinaire

 The Bistro Award team created a video montage for the multi-award-winning artiste extraordinaire, André De Shields, when he was honored with its 2018 Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. However, as things can happen during a live performance, we never got the chance to show it!  So, here it is now, a two-and-a-half minute glimpse of […]

February 13, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
Cabaret Fave Jason Graae Opens the 2016 Bistro Awards

Cabaret Fave Jason Graae Opens the 2016 Bistro Awards

Weren’t we lucky to have musical theatre, film, TV, opera, and cabaret artist Jason Graae host the 31st Annual Bistro Awards show. Cited by the New York Times for being a “manic mischief,” watch this four-time Bistro recipient in action in this clip that I found while sifting through the many years of Bistro Award […]

February 8, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
Judy Collins: A Video Retrospective

Judy Collins: A Video Retrospective

  Just before Suzanne Vega presented Judy Collins with her Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award in March, 2019 at the 34th annual Bistro Awards, we showed this video retrospective that we created for the acclaimed singer-songwriter and Grammy Hall of Famer, in recognition of her six decades of musical accomplishment. The award was sponsored by […]

January 9, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

CABARET ARTIST'S HANDBOOK

How Important Is It to Have a Director? Here Are What a Few Directors and Artists Have to Say

How Important Is It to Have a Director? Here Are What a Few Directors and Artists Have to Say

Article #12 in The New Cabaret Artist’s Handbook. Part Two of Shellen’s Lubin’s discussion on the importance of directors in cabaret. I hope you’ve figured out from the “shopping list” of directorial tools and qualities that I noted in Part One of this article that each director brings their own skill set and perspectives to the […]

February 1, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
Just How Valuable Is a Director to Your Cabaret Act?

Just How Valuable Is a Director to Your Cabaret Act?

The New Cabaret Artist’s Handbook Article #11 in this continuing series. Most likely there have been times when you’ve asked yourself this question:  “Do I really need a director for my cabaret show? After all, I have a theme and ideas, plus I’m working with my longtime musical director who is smart and savvy and […]

January 18, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
The Musical Marriage Continues: Your Musical Director and You (Part Two)

The Musical Marriage Continues: Your Musical Director and You (Part Two)

Article #10 in this running series. For this half of our focus on musical directors (just in case you missed Part One: read it here), I posed some challenging questions to a number of them along with a few singers. We’ll begin with Daryl Kojak, who has been the musical director for most of the Bistro Awards […]

November 9, 2020 | By | 3 Comments
The Musical Marriage: Your Musical Director and You (Part One)

The Musical Marriage: Your Musical Director and You (Part One)

Article #9 in this running series. Your musical director is probably your first and most primary connection as a cabaret artist. In fact, if you don’t have a director and/or writers with whom you’re working (both of which we will be addressing in future pieces), they may very well be your only collaborator in the […]

October 11, 2020 | By | Add a Comment