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 .
Weʻre so excited to announce our first-ever two-day cabaret symposium! Itʻs a weekend-long experience jam-packed with seminars, workshops, classes, and more that will teach you so much about cabaret you wonʻt even know what to do with yourself.
Grace Wall has the rare distinction of being a second-generation singing-waiter. Both her parents plied that honorable trade whose luminaries include Irving Berlin,Al Jolson, and Jimmy Durante,and many others whose voices rose over the chatter of patrons and the clatter of plates to deliver, as Grace Wall herself does every time she picks up a microphone, transcendent musical moments.
What’s more claustrophobic: Two astronauts on a long space flight where one is angry with the other or a scenario where there might be sexual attraction that might or might not be requited or invited? If you checked “All of the above,” you have the premise for the comedy Endless Air, Endless Water which has launched as one of Fringe Festival’s comedies. It starts a little slowly, with one astronaut confessing he feels too inhibited to pee in his space suit’s arrangement for that and his superior, more experienced co-flyer ordering him to just do it.
I just caught two new musicals about red-headed female scientists and their partners. One is in town for a brief stay in its world premiere in the Fringe Festival. One was never seen before and will never be seen again because it was improvised, created on the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants improve actors and their merry band.
Wanna make a bet? The Fringe Festival’s deliciously ridiculous musical about the selection of a new Pope, Popesical, like the actual Pope’s upcoming visit, will attract big crowds. But it inarguably has more laughs (Ha! Faint praise for a FANTASTIC show that doesn’t need my praise or that of anyone who prays for success. This show is sure-fire.
It’s rare to find a kids’ show that’s this good.
Here are 2 that are new, written by Jamey Hood.
She scores with both, tho’ it’s her first time.
And, in fact, non-distractingly, she writes them in rhyme.
So, I thought for this review I would follow suit
As I tell you that they’re clever, creative, and cute.
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.