Author Archive: Gerry Geddes

Gerry Geddes has conceived and directed a number of musical revues—including the Bistro- and MAC Award-winning "Monday in the Dark with George" and "Put On Your Saturday Suit-Words & Music by Jimmy Webb"—and directed many cabaret artists, including André De Shields, Helen Baldassare, Darius de Haas, and drag artist Julia Van Cartier. He directs "The David Drumgold Variety Show," currently in residence at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, and has produced a number of recordings, including two Bistro-winning CDs. He’s taught vocal performance at The New School, NYU, and London’s Goldsmith’s College and continues to conduct private workshops and master classes. As a writer and critic, he has covered New York’s performing arts scene for over 40 years in both local and national publications; his lyrics have been sung by several cabaret and recording artists. Gerry is an artist in residence at Pangea, and a regular contributor to the podcast “Troubadours & Raconteurs.” He just completed a memoir of his life in NYC called “Didn’t I Ever Tell You This?”

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Club Review:  Mark Winkler’s “Late Bloomin’ Jazz Man”

Club Review: Mark Winkler’s “Late Bloomin’ Jazz Man”

September 27, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Late Bloomin’ Jazz Man is the title of singer-lyricist Mark Winkler’s great new album as well as the title of his recent appearance at Pangea (as part of Ben Cassara’s Cool, Fall Jazz series) which celebrated both the recording and his welcome (and rare) return to New York City from his West Coast home.  Accompanied […]

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Club Review: Ryan Frostig’s “Higher Love! A Pop Fantasia on Queer Themes”

Club Review: Ryan Frostig’s “Higher Love! A Pop Fantasia on Queer Themes”

September 18, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

In Higher Love! A Pop Fantasia on Queer Themes, Ryan Frostig (a likeable, energetic, promising singer) saddled himself with a show that was as overwrought and overthought as its title. It was more of a theatre piece than a cabaret show, with big, amorphous ideas that, unfortunately, never achieved any real substance.  All the coming-of-age/growing-up […]

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Club Review: Steven Zumbo

Club Review: Steven Zumbo

September 18, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

If Dom DeLuise had decided to pursue a career in cabaret rather than in motion pictures, he could have done far worse than fashioning his performance after Steven Zumbo who recently presented a new show at Pangea. His was a perfect example of old school cabaret—a singer, a piano, and a stool, with a well-chosen […]

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Club Review: Tom Goss and Liz De Roche in  “Double Trouble”

Club Review: Tom Goss and Liz De Roche in “Double Trouble”

September 18, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

The dog days of summer are extending into September in New York City cabaret this year.  Still recovering from the pandemic, isolation, distancing, masks and (now) monkey pox, it is not the most prolific season for performance and night life in the city.  The Duplex is out of commission and other bastions of New York […]

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Club Review: Ann Morrison’s “Merrily from Center Stage”

Club Review: Ann Morrison’s “Merrily from Center Stage”

August 28, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

Anyone who has seen the 2016 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened might understandably assume that there was no need to get further insight into the famed failure that was Merrily We Roll Along. Anyone who has seen an autobiographical cabaret show by a Broadway performer might understandably assume that a show by one […]

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“Bennett & Barton: Swing Out Under the Moon!”

“Bennett & Barton: Swing Out Under the Moon!”

August 21, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

If the Bistro Awards gave out an award for Outstanding Musical Archeologist, Elena Bennett would win hands down for her triumphant return to the New York cabaret stage with Fred Barton in Bennett & Barton: Swing Out Under the Moon! which recently debuted at Pangea.  In an evening filled with classics (in quality if not […]

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Club Review: Helane Blumfield and Bobby Peaco in “Me and Bobby P”

Club Review: Helane Blumfield and Bobby Peaco in “Me and Bobby P”

August 9, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Bobby Peaco was one of the stalwarts of New York piano bars and cabaret for decades.  His talent, wit and antic spirit livened up many of the city’s classic venues until a few years ago when he decided to move to Florida with his husband.  He made a rare and welcome return to the cabaret […]

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CD Review: Elizabeth Ward Land’s “Still Within the Sound of My Voice—The Songs of Linda Ronstadt

CD Review: Elizabeth Ward Land’s “Still Within the Sound of My Voice—The Songs of Linda Ronstadt

August 2, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

It is a tricky proposition to make a studio recording of a cabaret show; there are so many elements to consider. Most of the people who hear the recording will not have seen the show and will have no frame of reference other than the audio. Tempos, keys, arrangements, and order might need to be […]

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CD Review: Allen Austin-Bishop’s “Why Go?”

CD Review: Allen Austin-Bishop’s “Why Go?”

July 26, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

It is always exciting to come across a new recording that is filled with surprising song choices from surprising sources delivered by a singer who covers them with a passion, intelligence and the personal phrasing of a singer-songwriter delivering his own material.  That is what I discovered in Why Go?, the new release by Allen […]

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CD Review: Patrisha Thomson’s “Wild is the Wind”

CD Review: Patrisha Thomson’s “Wild is the Wind”

July 26, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes listening to the repertoire featured on a recording can be like slipping into a favorite old coat; the coat is well-made and provides comfort, warmth, and a dash of elegance, with few surprises other than in the quality of the craftsmanship. Wild is the Wind, the new release from singer Patrisha Thomson is just […]

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