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Author Archive: Roy Sander

Roy Sander has been covering cabaret and theatre for over thirty years. He’s written cabaret and theatre reviews, features, and commentary for seven print publications, most notably Back Stage, and for CitySearch on the Internet. He covered cabaret monthly on “New York Theatre Review” on PBS TV, and cabaret and theatre weekly on WLIM-FM radio. He was twice a guest instructor at the London School of Musical Theatre. A critic for BistroAwards.com, he is also the site’s Reviews Editor; in addition, he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of MAC.

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Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson

May 4, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

In an email promoting his show “CHARLIE! Anything but Basic” at the Metropolitan Room, Charlie Johnson made a few rather grand claims. He described it as “a terrific new act” and added that he has a “unique performance style [that combines] classic cabaret with a modern-day sensibility in a way no one else is doing.” […]

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Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson

January 19, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Two Cheyenne Jacksons are making their Café Carlyle debut: Cheyenne Jackson the handsome actor-singer of stage, film, and television; and Cheyenne Jackson the man, who has faced a number of personal challenges and tells us about them. Headliners at the upper echelon of clubs may sometimes talk about their careers, but it’s quite rare for […]

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Melinda Hughes

Melinda Hughes

January 4, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

The Weimar Republic was created shortly after the end of World War I, giving Germany the first democratically elected parliamentary government in its history. After only fourteen years, this period of unprecedented political, personal, and artistic freedom was dealt a crushing blow with Hitler’s ascent to power. While it lasted, it produced an exceptional body of songs […]

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Liam Forde

Liam Forde

August 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The title of Liam Forde’s offering at Stage 72—”A Fleet Phantasmagoria!”—is a bit much and a little precious, isn’t it? Well, the show, itself, is a lot much and very precious—with both adjectives now used in their most plauditory sense: much signifying the prodigious amount of artistic creativity on display; precious in that the musical numbers […]

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Amy Beth Williams

Amy Beth Williams

July 26, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Amy Beth Williams’s latest show is an exciting hour of risk-taking, a bravura display of artistic derring-do. She has us, in turn, fascinated, laughing delightedly, astonished, and moved to tears. In addition to being an exceptional singer and actress, she has become Amy Beth Williams the compleat entertainer and Amy Beth Williams the daredevil. The […]

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Lauren Stanford

Lauren Stanford

July 26, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

When Lauren Stanford competed in last year’s MetroStar Talent Challenge, she seemed to flower as the weeks progressed: the range and depth of her skills became more and more evident, and she grew increasingly impressive. Though she appeared almost plain at the outset, she bloomed and we could see that she was actually quite lovely. […]

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Darron Cardosa

Darron Cardosa

July 20, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Actor-singer Darron Cardosa has performed professionally for twenty-five years, and he’s waited tables for nearly as long. Since 2008 he’s been writing “The Bitchy Waiter,” a very popular blog about his experiences in, and his opinions about, the food service industry. Now he’s put it all together in an evening of songs and anecdotes called […]

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Current and Recent Shows

Current and Recent Shows

July 1, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

In this column I discuss one show that is currently running, a handful of others that played within the past couple of months, and two that will be returning. In the process, I make a few observations that have broader relevance.   Vickie Phillips A short while ago, Vickie Phillips celebrated her birthday at the […]

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Vivian Reed

Vivian Reed

June 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The last time I saw Vivian Reed perform was at Rainbow & Stars in 1996, when she was one-third of the cast of a revue called “20th Century R&B…A Musical Celebration.” She was sensational and I wrote glowingly about her. In her recent engagement at 54 Below, she was still sensational; however, it saddens me to […]

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Joshua Dixon

Joshua Dixon

May 28, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

At one point during the opening night performance of his show “Fly Up!” at The Duplex, Joshua Dixon mentioned how nervous he’d been all day in anticipation of making his solo cabaret debut. He needn’t have had any fears, for his show is nothing less than a triumph. Not only is it an exceptionally impressive […]

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