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Sherry Eaker has been the producer of the annual Bistro Awards since the awards’ inception in 1985. She is the former editor of "Back Stage" and, during her 30-year run, produced panel discussions and workshop events on an ongoing basis, including the programming for Back Stage’s annual Actorfest. She compiled and edited four editions of the "Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists," and compiled and edited "The Cabaret Artists Handbook." Sherry is the Co-President of Programming for the League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the National Theatre Conference and the American Theatre Critics Association (and produced eight of ATCA’s New York weekend conferences). She is an advisor to the boards of both the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

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The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Charles Busch

The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Charles Busch

June 8, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Charles Busch is a playwright, actor, director, drag icon, and singer, and for his combined talents he received the 2020 Bistro Award for Creative Artistry. Listen for yourself just how creative he can be as he gives new relevancy to “Those Were the Days” (Gene Raskin, English lyric based on Boris Fomin music, Konstantin Podrevsky […]

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The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Michele Brourman

The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Michele Brourman

April 12, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Recipient of the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter-Musical Director, Michele Brourman has had a wide-ranging career in music including songs for more than 18 animated features for Universal Studios. Her song”My Favorite Year” (co-written with Karen Gottlieb) has become a cabaret standard, recorded by many cabaret luminaries, but here she is presenting it herself.

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The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Aisha de Haas

The 2020 Honoree Roll Call: Aisha de Haas

April 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

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

April 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

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

April 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

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).

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Some Notable Bistro Award Honorees

Some Notable Bistro Award Honorees

March 31, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

We’ve honored many notable artists over the past 35 years.  Relive some of those moments by leafing through the slide show below. (Many but not all photos by Maryann Lopinto.)    

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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)

March 29, 2020 | By | 2 Comments

  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 all the […]

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Bistro Picks will be back…

Bistro Picks will be back…

March 23, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

… when our stages are once again filled with talent. Until then, take care of yourselves.     The Bistro Awards Committee  

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2020 Bistro Awards

2020 Bistro Awards

March 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Another successful night at the Bistros! Check out photos below: photo credit: Maryann Lopinto

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A Conversation with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire

A Conversation with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire

March 15, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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