Lisa Jo Sagolla

Author Archive: Lisa Jo Sagolla

Lisa Jo Sagolla is the author of "The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken" and "Rock ‘n’ Roll Dances of the 1950s". A choreographer, critic, and historian, she has written for Back Stage, American Theatre, Film Journal International, and numerous other popular publications, encyclopedias, and scholarly journals. An adjunct professor at Columbia University and Rutgers, she is currently researching a book on the influence of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County on America’s musical theatre.

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CD Review: Tania Grubbs Quintet — Live at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

CD Review: Tania Grubbs Quintet — Live at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

October 4, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

An exquisitely soothing CD, Tania Grubbs Quintet: Live at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar serves up delicious jazz—of the ilk that needs to be heard again and again.  The richly textured arrangements, created by vocalist Tania Grubbs and bassist Jeff Grubbs (her husband), are so wonderfully layered that they’re only fully appreciated after multiple listenings.   Despite […]

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What Is the Cabaret Community Doing to Combat Racial Inequality?

What Is the Cabaret Community Doing to Combat Racial Inequality?

August 9, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

Sparked by the killing of George Floyd on May 25, an unprecedented outpouring of protests against our nation’s systemic racism got every one of us thinking more urgently about racial inequality.  We now understand that we all have the responsibility to act—both personally and professionally—as anti-racism agents of change.  Earlier this summer, I wrote about […]

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Why Is Color Mostly Absent from Cabaret Stages?

Why Is Color Mostly Absent from Cabaret Stages?

June 14, 2020 | By | 3 Comments

On the one hand, the New York cabaret scene is remarkably diverse.  It showcases performers brand new to the business, spotlights mature artists of an age rarely featured on stage or screen, and proudly welcomes a rainbow of gender and genre expressions.   On the other hand, cabaret is decidedly monochrome. Cabaret stages and audiences […]

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