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Cabaret Setlist: Taking a Chance on Songs (Part II)—Meg Flather Takes on Jud Fry’s “Lonely Room” from “Oklahoma!” (Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

Cabaret Setlist: Taking a Chance on Songs (Part II)—Meg Flather Takes on Jud Fry’s “Lonely Room” from “Oklahoma!” (Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Article #20 in this ongoing series. Happy 2022, all! I wish you many memorable musical moments in the year to come. In the previous installment of Cabaret Setlist (click here to read), we looked at how singers can expand the scope of their art by defying expectations about […]

January 17, 2022 | By | 2 Comments
CD Review: Dawn Derow’s “My Ship: Songs from 1941”

CD Review: Dawn Derow’s “My Ship: Songs from 1941”

In her affecting new CD, My Ship: Songs from 1941, versatile vocalist Dawn Derow celebrates the World War II-era entertainers who comforted civilians stateside and soldiers overseas with memorable recordings of America’s soothing, rousing, and escapist popular music.  Recalling such icons as the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, and Duke Ellington, Derow performs 14 […]

January 9, 2022 | By | 1 Comment
Concert Review: The Andersons Play “A Jazzy Christmas”

Concert Review: The Andersons Play “A Jazzy Christmas”

Ace clarinet and saxophone players, with clean-cut, boy-next-door good looks and winsome, twinkly-eyed personalities, brothers Peter and Will Anderson brought an infectious Yuletide spirit to the  Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space with their diverting program of jazz arrangements of Christmas music—not the traditional, religious-themed carols, but rather those secular holiday-season songs one never […]

December 26, 2021 | By | Add a Comment
Club Review: Ari Axelrod’s “Ari’s Arias”

Club Review: Ari Axelrod’s “Ari’s Arias”

One of the many things that Ari Axelrod gets right on stage is sharing his gratitude. A medley of “Never Never Land” (Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green) and “Pure Imagination” (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) opened his evening at Birdland Theater, creating a fairytale mood; as if we were all going on a trip […]

December 19, 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 | 2 Comments
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