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Cabaret Setlist: Taking a Chance on Songs (Part 1)—Byron St. Cyr Dares with “The Miller’s Son” (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

Cabaret Setlist: Taking a Chance on Songs (Part 1)—Byron St. Cyr Dares with “The Miller’s Son” (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Article #19 in this ongoing series. Usually, for these Cabaret Setlist articles, I’ll look at a song and trace its creation, along with its performance and recording history, then add the insight of contemporary singers who have performed the number recently. For this installment—and the next one—I’m […]

December 6, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
Review: Wendy-Lane Bailey’s “Five Minutes: Snapshots in Time”

Review: Wendy-Lane Bailey’s “Five Minutes: Snapshots in Time”

Wendy-Lane Bailey, the beautiful and enigmatic singer/producer, took centerstage as a performer at United Solo Festival this year with her work, Five Minutes: Snapshots in Time. The show was directed by Omar Sangare who is the founder and artistic director of the festival. Described as a “musical examination of the turning points that transform your life […]

November 27, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
CD Review: Karen Mason’s “Let the Music Play”

CD Review: Karen Mason’s “Let the Music Play”

I first reviewed Karen Mason back in the “golden days” of NYC cabaret, at the Duplex,  just after she moved from Chicago to NYC and then, a bit later, at the opening night of the cabaret room at Don’t Tell Mama.  She was an electrifying vocalist, a spellbinding and open-hearted storyteller, and a star. She […]

November 27, 2021 | By | 1 Comment
Cabaret Singers: Did Their Virtual Performing Experiences Have Any Effect on Their Long-Awaited Return to the Stage?

Cabaret Singers: Did Their Virtual Performing Experiences Have Any Effect on Their Long-Awaited Return to the Stage?

We began this article with the hypothesis that cabaret artists must have learned at least something from their virtual presentations that they were then able to bring bring back to their new and live performances. So, we reached out to six cabaret performers—Eric Comstock, Carole Demas, Barbara Fasano, Ann Kittredge, Michael McAssey, and Billy Stritch—to find out […]

November 22, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
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Ricky Ritzel Uncut!

Ricky Ritzel Uncut!

Multi-Bistro Award-winning cabaret artist, Ricky Ritzel, shares with a friend his best memories of the Bistro Awards evenings.      

May 10, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
How About an Apéritif Before the Show?

How About an Apéritif Before the Show?

Whet your appetite for April 30th’s Bistro event with a taste from our 30th anniversary awards show. A buffet of performers at their best including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carol Fredette, Jason Graae, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, and others. (Jason Graae’s opening number written by Rick Jensen and Sally Mayes; video created by Evan Seplow/StageBuddy Pro. […]

April 19, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
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 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 | 1 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