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Commentary:  It’s Not About You

Commentary: It’s Not About You

Time was when cabaret was a performing arts form in which audience members sat at tables and the people on stage had a job to do: to entertain the audience. Period. Rather simple, eh? Alas, at some point in the not-so-far-away past, cabaret took a wrong turn. Today, a growing number of people, especially recent […]

April 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
A Conversation with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire

A Conversation with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire

By Shellen Lubin SHELLEN Let’s start with what led to Starting Here, Starting Now, and how you used cabaret to showcase your songs and get exposure for your work. RICHARD It’s funny. We actually started at Upstairs at the Downstairs, with Julius Monk’s and Billy Barnes’s shows. That was where writers broke in, with cabaret […]

March 15, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
2020 Bistro Awards Winners Announced

2020 Bistro Awards Winners Announced

Celebrated Songwriting Team RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and DAVID SHIRE Among the Honorees at the 35th ANNUAL BISTRO AWARDS Gala Monday, March 9 at Gotham Comedy Club Charles Busch, Lorna Dallas, Michele Brourman, and Spencer Day Also Recognized Among the 19 Winners New York City, January 30, 2020 —One of the longest-running musical partnerships in Broadway […]

January 30, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
The Bistro Awards Honored with Board of Directors Award from Manhattan Association of Cabarets

The Bistro Awards Honored with Board of Directors Award from Manhattan Association of Cabarets

The Bistro Awards are being honored with a Board of Directors Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets for its 35 years of recognizing, encouraging, and nurturing cabaret and jazz artists through its insightful reviews, online articles,  and its annual awards. The presentation will take place at the annual MAC Awards on Monday, March 30.

January 25, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
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The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Aisha de Haas

The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Aisha de Haas

Here’s Aisha de Haas, the Bistro Award’s 2020 Outstanding Jazz Artist, singing “Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’t Tease Me”) (Duke Ellington / Lee Gaines).

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The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Gabrielle Stravelli

The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Gabrielle Stravelli

Gabrielle Stravelli, who won the 2008 Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award for a performer-on-the-rise, the 2015 Bistro for Outstanding Jazz Artist, and the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording for Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson. Watch her here singing “Karma Medley” (“Blame It on the Times/Little Old Fashioned Karma/Nobody Slides, My […]

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The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Jack Bartholet

The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Jack Bartholet

Presenting Jack Bartholet, winner of the 2020 Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award, singing “Lady With A Song” (written by Ethel Merman and Rodger Edens. performed by Merman); “Lavender Song” (Mischa Spoliansky, Kurt Schwabach. English translation by Jeremy Lawrence).

April 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
Qu’est-ce que c’est cabaret?

Qu’est-ce que c’est cabaret?

Qu’est-ce que c’est cabaret? was the topic of a panel discussion featuring top cabaret performers (from l. to r.) Kim David Smith, Laurie Krauz, Klea Blackhurst,, and Jeff Harnar, and moderated by Bistro Award Committee member Gerry Geddes. It was part of the three-day conference for the American Theatre Critics Association that Bistro Awards producer […]

November 2, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

CABARET ARTIST'S HANDBOOK

Chapter 1 – The Development of the Medium We Call Cabaret

Chapter 1 – The Development of the Medium We Call Cabaret

By Shellen Lubin You go to see a show. It’s in a nightclub, or a concert hall, or outdoors in a park. There’s one person onstage, or a few people, or maybe there’s no stage at all. They’re singing, and maybe they’re talking, too. There’s one accompanist playing a piano or a guitar, or there’s […]

April 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
The New Cabaret Artist’s Handbook (From the First Note to the Encore)

The New Cabaret Artist’s Handbook (From the First Note to the Encore)

By Shellen Lubin EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty years ago, I compiled and edited The Cabaret Artist’s Handbook – Creating Your Own Act in Today’s Liveliest Theater Setting (Back Stage Books). The text was based on the hundreds of “Bistro Bits” columns that Bob Harrington wrote in Back Stage where I was his editor. The chapters covered […]

March 29, 2020 | By | Add a Comment
Heart to Heart: Carol Fredette on communicating with an audience…and much more

Heart to Heart: Carol Fredette on communicating with an audience…and much more

By Wendy Lane Bailey To interview jazz singer Carol Fredette is to get a master class in the art of musicianship taught by a smart savvy woman who is passionate about her craft. Bronx born and raised, she says what she thinks and her thoughts are always worth hearing.   WENDY LANE BAILEY: What was […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Anything <Em>Does Not Go</Em>: Cabaret Performance No-No’s

Anything Does Not Go: Cabaret Performance No-No’s

By Jeff Nishball Cole Porter’s classic Anything Goes can be heard in cabarets around the world, its lyrics presenting a loosey-goosey world, where rules and structure be damned. But when it comes to cabaret performance, anything, in fact, does not go. There are a few guidelines a performer should follow, and some definite No-No’s. I […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Add a Comment