Once upon a time, in the faraway land of Las Vegas, I took part in a delightful social experiment known as Rose.Rabbit.Lie, a venue setup to feel like a sleek, modern mansion, where customers could dine, drink, sit quietly and socialize, watch a spectacular show, or dance the night away.
It has been fourteen years since Boston-by-way-of-Tokyo jazz singer Kaoruko Pilkington released her debut album, "Joy Spring", to high acclaim. Who knows why she waited so long to make her second album, "Bright Side of My Life", but it's a very good thing she has. At first view of the song list, there are so many staples of the American songbook that would seem to be "safe"
It's been a while and I have some news...little Austin Oliver made his "debut appearance" on Sept 20th. When he turned a month old he said, "Mama, you get back up there and sing!" So I did! I was thrilled to perform at the 25th Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention on Oct 21, and I have more coming up! My solo show IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT has been extended! It has received great reviews
Don't Tell Mama is pleased to welcome back acclaimed singer Kim Grogg for a four-performance engagement, November 14th-December 7th. She'll make return to Don't Tell Mama with an all-new show entitled Go Where The Love Is. Go Where The Love Is features selections from Cole Porter, Peter Allen, Nellie McKay, Leigh Harline and Ned Washington, Jimmy Van Heusen, James Taylor and more.
Baby Jane Dexter's new show, Rules of the Road,(Part 3) debuts at Metropolitan Room for seven performances only beginning Friday, November 21 and running on Fridays, and Saturdays through December 27. All shows at 7:00 pm. Sharing the stage will be her longtime Musical Director Ross Patterson.
Ghostlight Records has announced the launch of the new series "Ghostlight Shines On..." presenting exclusive audio commentary on some of its major recordings from Broadway and beyond. The series currently features commentary for two hit albums the label released in 2014: the Broadway smash Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and the beloved score for The Bridges of Madison County
Husband-and-wife duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey make their annual fall pilgrimage to the Café Carlyle to debut their all-new show, Grown Up Songs, which will feature music selections from Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer, Paul McCartney, Alan Jay Lerner, Adam Guettel, Billy Joel and more. Last year, The New York Times called John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey's hit show, Children and Art, "wonderful." The Village Voice declared "they're one of the best acts in town anytime, anywhere."
Vocalist Shepley Metcalf, critically lauded by the Boston Globe as a "superb cabaret/jazz singer," is celebrating the release of her third recording, "Don't Bother to Knock," with a series of shows on the east coast this Fall. New Yorkers can catch Metcalf at the Metropolitan Room for one show on November 1st at 7pm, singing music from the CD along with some other lesser-known gems from the Great American Songbook. Musical partner, Ron Roy, will be at the piano.
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs is proud to announce the 3rd Annual "MAC presents THEY WRITE THE SONGS." The show will be held Sunday, November 16th at 4pm in the Engelman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (Lexington Avenue at 25th Street).This annual show presents the work of selected songwriters, highlighting both those who are well-established, and those who are on the rise and creating great new work.
"Late nights in prohibition-era NYC you could find an iconic singer, Helen Morgan, perched on the piano at her club, relying too much on brandy and 'torching' until even the most hardened gangster wept into his beer." 2013 MetroStar Winner Lauren Stanford will bring Helen Morgan to life in "More Than You Know."
Eric Michael Gillett believes that everything is funnier with a British accent. He therefore affects one for the majority of his cabaret show, Man About Town: The Wit and Wisdom of Noel Coward. It serves him well as he wraps his mouth around Coward's clever lyrics, although it is perhaps not as necessary during the performer's patter between songs. While Coward is best known as the playwright of such comedies as Private Lives
Eric-MichaelI'm a longtime Coward convert. So, I'm happy that there's a Man About Town embracing his Wit and Wisdom and, as I unsurprisingly found in this interview, full of wisdom for what makes "the Master" so masterful. If you weren't lucky enough to have generous helpings of Noël Coward's work served to you early on, perhaps you sampled a few teaspoonfuls through your favorite singers.
Buster Poindexter, the celebrated alter ego of rock icon David Johansen, returns to the Café Carlyle for a limited five-night residency following his earlier sold out engagements at the legendary venue. The Hollywood Reporter praised his Café Carlyle performance from earlier this year: "Dressed in a tie-less tuxedo and wearing glasses under an impressively tall pompadour, he seemed born to a room as intimate as this one
Scott Siegel recommends...Two Great Shows at 54 Below on Thursday, October 23! 7 PM - Scott Siegel's BROADWAY BALLYHOO w/Karen Akers, Amanda Green, and More! 9:30 PM - Carole J. Bufford: Boulevard of Broken Dreams (premiere of all new show!)Come to One! Come to Both![If you reserve for both shows, you will only pay one Minimum!]
New York's Metropolitan Room will shock the entertainment world with an unprecedented, pull-out-the-stops programming initiative to kick off 2015. For three days -- Thursday January 1 at 7pm to Sunday January 4 at 7am -- the intimate concert venue will stage its first "Marathon Variety Show," with continuous entertainment for 60 hours straight. The marathon, which is eligible to become a Guinness World Records record-holder