Reviews

Lauren Frazza

Lauren Frazza

January 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Feelin’ Good, singer Lauren Frazza’s remarkably assured cabaret debut at Pangea, is filled with great singing, striking arrangements, good humor and real emotion. Again and again, one forgets that this is her first venture into cabaret. Under Geoff Stoner’s clean, precise direction, Frazza delights the audience with tales of the dogs she has known. She […]

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Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

An admitted and proud octogenarian, Bob Diamond clearly revels in his longevity. In his latest show, The Game of Life (at Don’t Tell Mama, directed by Gretchen Reinhagen), he proved it yet again. In a fetching cranberry-colored shirt by Betty of Burbank (“she makes all my shirts”), and strong and confident in both his singing […]

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Scott Raneri

Scott Raneri

January 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The Marvelous Mr. Marzo (written by Joey Virgo and directed by Mark Copron) is one of those cabaret shows that is also a confessional monodrama. But instead of telling and singing of a troubled romantic relationship or a battle with personal demons, singer and actor Scott Raneri relates the tale of a family secret that […]

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Robin Westle

Robin Westle

January 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

1969 was famous as a year full of political tumult and social upheaval. Richard Nixon began what would be a troubled presidency in January. A draft lottery was instituted to conscript American men to fight in the prolonged conflict in Vietnam. And the Stonewall riots put the nascent Gay Liberation movement in the spotlight that […]

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Todd Murray

Todd Murray

January 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Imagine a universe where sixties music was not dominated by the British Invasion and the rise of the singer/songwriter, a universe in which male pop crooners remained at the forefront of radio play and at the top of the charts. In such a universe, singer Todd Murray would be a part of the pantheon of […]

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The 30th New York Cabaret Convention

The 30th New York Cabaret Convention

January 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The 30th edition of the New York Cabaret Convention, presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, took place October 28-31 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Penelope Thomas, Robert Windeler, Gerry Geddes, and Mark Dundas Wood covered the four nights for us. Following are their thoughts.     The Sunny Side of the […]

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Mark Arthur Miller

Mark Arthur Miller

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Mark Arthur Miller comes by his love of soul honestly. Growing up in Chicago without his Dad present, he later found out that his father was Motown songwriter Ron Miller. Adventures ensued as he and his sister moved to L.A. and got to know their father and his place in the industry. So, while Soul […]

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Jen Fellman

Jen Fellman

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Jen Fellman has an extraordinary voice, with vaulting highs and creamy lows; if her recent show at Feinstein’s/54 Below were judged solely on the gorgeous sounds that caressed our ears, it would have been an absolute smash. However, there is a lot more to a successful club act—even to a CD release show, as this […]

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Eric Michael Gillett

Eric Michael Gillett

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

With his new offering, Stop This Train, recently at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Eric Michael Gillett returned to the cabaret stage as a phoenix rising. Beginning the show in an unusual way, he meandered about the audience introducing himself to newcomers and cajoling with friends. After a while, he made his way to the stage […]

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Michele Brourman

Michele Brourman

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Watching Michele Brourman play to a packed house in a recent one-nighter at Birdland Theater, I felt that I gained a deeper understanding of the work of singer-pianists in cabaret and how their art differs from that of vocalists who don’t accompany themselves. Some of what struck me is rather obvious. Singer-pianists seem to have […]

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