News / Reviews / Commentary

Cabaret Setlist: “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – Music by Ray Henderson, Lyrics by Lew Brown

Cabaret Setlist: “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – Music by Ray Henderson, Lyrics by Lew Brown

September 6, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Article #23 in this ongoing series. When times get tough, people look for escape routes, right? Think of those 1930s Warner Bros. movies with their intrepid gold diggers and elaborate Busby Berkeley production numbers. Those films have long been cited as vehicles that helped people forget their […]

Read More

Club Review: Ann Morrison’s “Merrily from Center Stage”

Club Review: Ann Morrison’s “Merrily from Center Stage”

August 28, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

Anyone who has seen the 2016 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened might understandably assume that there was no need to get further insight into the famed failure that was Merrily We Roll Along. Anyone who has seen an autobiographical cabaret show by a Broadway performer might understandably assume that a show by one […]

Read More

“Bennett & Barton: Swing Out Under the Moon!”

“Bennett & Barton: Swing Out Under the Moon!”

August 21, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

If the Bistro Awards gave out an award for Outstanding Musical Archeologist, Elena Bennett would win hands down for her triumphant return to the New York cabaret stage with Fred Barton in Bennett & Barton: Swing Out Under the Moon! which recently debuted at Pangea.  In an evening filled with classics (in quality if not […]

Read More

Club Review: Helane Blumfield and Bobby Peaco in “Me and Bobby P”

Club Review: Helane Blumfield and Bobby Peaco in “Me and Bobby P”

August 9, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Bobby Peaco was one of the stalwarts of New York piano bars and cabaret for decades.  His talent, wit and antic spirit livened up many of the city’s classic venues until a few years ago when he decided to move to Florida with his husband.  He made a rare and welcome return to the cabaret […]

Read More

Book Review: In “Shy,” the Late Mary Rodgers Settles Some Musical Scores

Book Review: In “Shy,” the Late Mary Rodgers Settles Some Musical Scores

August 9, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Showing up in bookstores and online this week is the posthumously published Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022), written in tandem with the still-very-much-alive Jesse Green, chief theatre critic for The New York Times. Although we’re already well into August, there’s still time for those who like a […]

Read More

CD Review: Elizabeth Ward Land’s “Still Within the Sound of My Voice—The Songs of Linda Ronstadt

CD Review: Elizabeth Ward Land’s “Still Within the Sound of My Voice—The Songs of Linda Ronstadt

August 2, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

It is a tricky proposition to make a studio recording of a cabaret show; there are so many elements to consider. Most of the people who hear the recording will not have seen the show and will have no frame of reference other than the audio. Tempos, keys, arrangements, and order might need to be […]

Read More

Club Review: Josephine Sanges’s “The Funny Girl in Me”

Club Review: Josephine Sanges’s “The Funny Girl in Me”

August 2, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

In cabaret, the overall quality of a performer is often much more important than the beauty of a voice—or even the skill of a vocalist; I’ve gradually been won over to the side of acting choices. But Josephine Sanges’s sound stopped me in my tracks. She has the bright ping-ring quality of Streisand in her […]

Read More

CD Review: Allen Austin-Bishop’s “Why Go?”

CD Review: Allen Austin-Bishop’s “Why Go?”

July 26, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

It is always exciting to come across a new recording that is filled with surprising song choices from surprising sources delivered by a singer who covers them with a passion, intelligence and the personal phrasing of a singer-songwriter delivering his own material.  That is what I discovered in Why Go?, the new release by Allen […]

Read More

CD Review: Patrisha Thomson’s “Wild is the Wind”

CD Review: Patrisha Thomson’s “Wild is the Wind”

July 26, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes listening to the repertoire featured on a recording can be like slipping into a favorite old coat; the coat is well-made and provides comfort, warmth, and a dash of elegance, with few surprises other than in the quality of the craftsmanship. Wild is the Wind, the new release from singer Patrisha Thomson is just […]

Read More

Club Review: Mary Foster Conklin and Andrea Wolper

Club Review: Mary Foster Conklin and Andrea Wolper

July 20, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

Pangea Hot Summer Jazz Series, curated and hosted by singer Ben Cassara, continues apace with the inspired pairing of Mary Foster Conklin and Andrea Wolper.  The friends shared the vocalist chair in Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band for many years, but this was their first duo show. I wish that the well-programmed show had included a […]

Read More