Publisher Scott Barbarino is proud to announce the newest feature of NiteLife Exchange, “Next Week in Cabaret” with host Jenna Miller. The segment will be a weekly update of who’s playing where & when & will be available at NiteLifeExchange.com, every .
Elaine Stritch, Dorothy Parker, and an admirably determined NYC schoolteacher: each one’s story is fodder for a one-woman show in the Fringe Festival of new theatre. Well, the Stritch show is about one woman, but with an asterisk. She’s played a man and employs another man as her pianist, and he participates a bit more than that in the action.
What is my wish when I walk into a theatre for a new play? “Please Please Me.” When was the last time I went to review a play? “Yesterday”; “The Night Before” (The Fringe Festival is full of the good and the bad, and I’m seeing plenty). When it’s good, how do I want to close my review? (“P.S. I Love You”). And when it starts to seem like it’s going to be a disappointment, what am I thinking?
(August 26, 2015) There was an explosion last night at the finale of “Mama’s Next BIG Act!” at Don’t Tell Mama. In a giant win, Amorika Amoroso came out on top of a remarkably gifted and well-matched group of performers who treated the standing-room only audience to an evening of sustained artistry and passion. Amoroso, a deliriously funny R&B and blues singer/bad-ass who slices and dices with stories of growing up unique, sang “Moving on Up,”
When you hear that a musical is called Love Is Like Mud, you can make a reasonable guess that it won’t be the most sensitive, mushy romantic tale with lovers declaring eternal devotion and insisting that the other is an angel with eyes like the depths of the bluest ocean. I thought it might be kind of sweet and touching nonetheless because the show’s description in press materials and the booklet describing the 185 shows in the two-week Fringe Festival claim it is about “two lonely kids.”
Join host and Helpusadopt.org board member Robin Westle, headliner Craig Schulman, best known for his lead roles in Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, special guest star Brian Charles Rooney, acclaimed as the star of Bedbugs!!! and as ‘Lucy Brown’ in Broadway’s The Threepenny Opera, and a group of favorite featured entertainers, carefully hand-picked by Robin and Robin's Nest director,
Drip…drip…drip. It’s raining. Which is never a good thing if we’re talking rain inside your house. But let this news also leak: There’s a smash hit in town…perhaps only briefly, since it’s part of the New York International Fringe Festival that is just in Manhattan for the latter part of August. But it was here in another festival and in a reading, so let’s hope it comes back again and settles in for a long stay. The Crack in the Ceiling is a spectacularly spiffy production about a single mother with more than one single problem:
Get ready to laugh. A lot. Here’s a campy, crazy, kooky show with the tradition of men playing the roles of 1950s females in all their powder puffery and wide-skirted, ladylike frilly finery. Oh my Heavens to Betsy dear me oh my dear, this kind of stuff is a hoot when done right. And it’s right here by pros. Broad, broad, broad, but oh so polished and knowing. Timing is everything in this kind of comedy and satire of horror movies that telegraph their plot twists with melodrama.
For diehard cabaret fans and lovers of live music, there’s nothing like experiencing a classic show once again or seeing an award winning “blast from the past” for the first time. That’s how cabaret show producer and publicist Stephen Hanks felt and so through his new company, Cabaret Life Productions, he’s launching a new monthly series at New York’s Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) titled New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits.
Twice upon two times, there was the annual theater Fringe Festival in the kingdom of New York City and among the many dozens of shows during August there were two versions of the Rapunzel story. It’s not surprising that this longtime children’s literature favorite should inspire two new variations.
Mark your calendars today for the fall’s most anticipated anniversary and birthday celebration when the mega stars of Broadway and Cabaret come out to salute award-winning cabaret performer and Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy when she celebrates the 25th anniversary
Minda Larsen eeked out a MetroStar win last night, finishing on top of a strong and tightly matched Top Five line-up in a spellbinding contest finale at the Metropolitan Room. To win the 8thannual MetroStar Talent Challenge Larsen captivated the judges with her confessional and inspirational story of having competed in the contest three other times (unsuccessfully) and dramatically changing her attitude about her work this time around.
The jazz baritone Richard Malavet resumes his critically-acclaimed exploration of Frank Sinatra’s club singer persona, “Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra,” on back-to-back nights this month. The show’s four-show prime-time major engagement concludes Thursday and Friday August 27 & 28, both at 7pm.
It might be expected that a musical revolving around a single mom raising an 11 year -old boy ,would be a sombre ,heavy-handed moralizing piece with every line containing an undisguised message ,spelled out in capital letters. James Harvey ,who wrote the book ,music ,and lyrics for The Crack In The Ceiling,being performed at this year's Fringe Festival at the Lynn Redgrave Theater ,has ,on the other hand ,written a work of comic genius .
Stacy Sullivan, 2015 MAC Award winner for Major Artist, hosts an evening benefiting Cabaret Cares/ Help is on the Way Today. “Stacy Sullivan and Friends” An Evening to Benefit Cabaret Cares/ Help Is On The Way Today.
“Andrea Marcovicci has an incandescent enthusiasm and a masterly balance between poignancy and wit.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times ANDREA MARCOVCCI – the singer and actress hailed as “torch singer, spellbinder, heart-breaker” by People – will debut at 54 Below this fall for two shows only on November 17 and 18 at 7:00 PM ~