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CD Review: Tim Di Pasqua’s “Place in This World”

CD Review: Tim Di Pasqua’s “Place in This World”

August 30, 2020 | By | 3 Comments

  Tim Di Pasqua’s new CD, Place In This World, is a collection of 12 originals that show off his way with word and melody.  Filled with a veritable bouquet of styles and genres, the album opens with an infectious uptempo declaration of missing a good friend, Tokyo, in which the story is wonderfully specific […]

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Drag Kings Just Want to Have Fun and Get Their Due

Drag Kings Just Want to Have Fun and Get Their Due

August 30, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

Article #2 of Simi Horwitz’s ongoing series on alt-cabaret. Drag King Mo B. Dick (aka Mo Fischer), best known for his self-defining quip, “Instead of being an angry woman I became a funny man,” reluctantly admits it’s never been a better time for drag kings. Thanks to the shuttering of live venues, drag kings—performing artists […]

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CD Review:  Kirsten Gustafson’s “Wait Until Dark”

CD Review: Kirsten Gustafson’s “Wait Until Dark”

August 24, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Kirsten Gustafson’s bluesy, dark, pop stylings are on attractive display on her new CD, ​Wait Until Dark. ​It seems that in an effort to feature the widest variety of material and styles, she and her team left behind any chance of concept or connection between the songs. On a CD, this is not always […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “It Never Was You” — Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson

Cabaret Setlist: “It Never Was You” — Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson

August 23, 2020 | By | 4 Comments

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #5 in this running series   Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “It Never Was You” might be better known today were it not for Walter Huston. The 54-year-old actor was slated to appear in Knickerbocker Holiday, a 1938 Broadway musical based on Washington Irving’s A History […]

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CD Review: “Kim David Smith — Live at Joe’s Pub”

CD Review: “Kim David Smith — Live at Joe’s Pub”

August 16, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Kim David Smith’s first live CD, Live At Joe’s Pub, contains a memorably entertaining overview of a lot of material that he has been presenting at various hip downtown clubs and cabarets over the last few years, including some songs from his memorable tributes to Marlene Dietrich, Kylie Minogue, and The Weimar Republic.  The recording […]

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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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CD Review: Lisa Viggiano’s “Invited to Stay”

CD Review: Lisa Viggiano’s “Invited to Stay”

August 2, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The wonderfully warm, wise, and appealing vocalist Lisa Viggiano intends her newest CD, Invited to Stay, to give us all a break from quarantines, CoVid-19, face masks, presidents, and, for the most part, she succeeds delightfully. Presenting an intriguing patchwork of songs from decades come and gone written by some stalwarts of the American pop and rock […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “Two for the Road” — Music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Cabaret Setlist: “Two for the Road” — Music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

July 26, 2020 | By | 2 Comments

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #4 in this running series The cable came directly from Audrey Hepburn, who was in France shooting her latest film, with director/producer Stanley Donen. “Dearest Hank, please won’t you do the music? … Can’t imagine anyone else but you scoring.” How could Henry Mancini refuse the […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “California Nights” — Music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Howard Liebling

Cabaret Setlist: “California Nights” — Music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Howard Liebling

June 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #3 in this running series. Unlike the first two songs we’ve examined in Cabaret Setlist (Rodgers & Hart’s “Little Girl Blue” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Sand”), today’s selection hails from the world of AM-radio pop. First heard in January 1967, “California Nights” anticipates the coming Summer of […]

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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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