Here’s the latest installment in our year-long weekly updates with a New York singer-actor getting the breaks (or not) while breaking into the entertainment world. Tony Ponella broke in one of his new musical numbers this week. Before doing it at Tuesday, June 18’s Sammy Cahn tribute show (see separate article on our front page) at Iridium NYC, he did his medley at an event which actually brought him to NYC to relocate.
Check out what’s new at Stage 72 on Sunday at 9 pm. Jared Bradshaw (Jersey Boys) joins the dazzling duo of musician-singers Douglas Waterbury-Tieman and Chris Rayis. In a word: Wow! In reinvigorating cabaret/musical theatre theme shows, the best NEWS this year so far is spelled M-U-S-E. The high energy and high class seen in The Muse Cycle and its terrifically talented performers show how show tunes can leap off the stage and back into our hearts and brains in a sweet and swanky way,
A Cabaret Full of Cahn Artists:
ScoBar Entertainment will present A Cabaret Full of Cahn Artists, a tribute to the great lyricist Sammy Cahn on the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, this Tuesday, June 18. The evening at Iridium NYC on Broadway at West 51 Street, which consists of two completley different shows (8 pm and 10 pm), will benefit Cabaret Scenes Magazine,
Around the World in 80 Days is a stylishly designed yet dramatically laborious adaptation of the nineteenth-century Jules Verne novel of the same name, now playing at The New Theater at Forty-fifth Street. Mark Brown’s 2001 script, directed by Rachel Klein, stays fairly close to the progression of the book
RICKY RITZEL has been a fixture on the nightclub and cabaret scene in NYC for over 25 years and has received most Cabaret awards including 13 Manhattan Association of Clubs Awards in 8 different categories . For this, his first of the "Talking with..." series, he sits down and chats with the wonderfully zany Kristine Zbornik. "This show is like a master class. " www.nitelifeexchange.com
As expected, Faith Prince’s cabaret act (see also “Pick of the Week” here) is a joy from beginning to end. I’d gorged on her recently release live CD and admired her duo act with Jason Graae, also at 54 Below where she’s now holding court. And was ticked again by her sampling her wares at the Nightlife Awards in January. Still, despite much of that same marvelous material reappearing , I was very much captivated by this live performance. Much of what Faith des is visual. The facial expressions, the reactions, the smiles and winks, the little touches… this act really needs to be SEEN. Faith is a gem and full of delicious quips and a sprinkle
Not getting all that much sleep and getting a bit punchy…..having to roll with the punches and having a role as a mean teen in a film and a kind kid in a play…. With two different roles and lyrics rolling around in his head, and audition notices rolled up in his bag, Tony Ponella is on a roll. And on a mission. He’s juggling classes, coaching sessions, auditions and working on material for the Sammy Cahn birthday concert on June 18
Cabaret singers Cahn-verge on the 100th anniversary of the birth of 4-time Academy Award-winning lyricist Sammy Cahn (“Come Fly with Me,” “Teach Me Tonight,” “All the Way,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Let It Snow!...,” etc.) for a singing celebration. This will be on June 18, two completely different shows (8 pm and 10 pm) with a special price for those attending both. Musical Director is the MAC Award-winning pianist Bill Zeffiro who'll also sing and tell how he once played for Cahn himself.
NITE is upon us!: NITE, NiteLifeExchange.com's new online magazine is coming!!
Yes, it's NITE time. This separate companion format, a photo-filled cornucopia of readability joins our ongoing website --- the site where you are reading this--- which is updated regularly, with new items, updates and the Cabaret Pick of the Week (a recommendation with details, appearing each Monday).
Gail Nelson-Holgate’s It’s About Time is a show for lovers, dreamers and romantics. She had me from the very first moment she opened her show and said, "Life is a full circle and time the healer of wounds, the mender of broken hearts, the keeper of dreams…" The theme is time and every song she sings is about it.
Gail Nelson-Holgate is equally at home on Broadway (Hello, Dolly!, Eubie!, Bubbling Brown Sugar), in cabaret, the opera and with symphony orchestras.
We have a slight delay in posting the main part of our new Tuesday feature. In our year-long/week-by-week series following young, upbeat, up-and-coming NYC performer Tony Ponella, this particular “Tuesday with Tony” finds peppy Ponella preparing for final dress rehearsals for Dragon (at the Robert Moss Theatre, 440 Lafayette Street). Opening Night---er, Opening Afternoon is upon him: It’s Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30 pm. Although much of his experience has been in musicals and concert work, this is his first job acting in a non-musical play in the city.
Let’s Get Away from It All is a wonderfully entertaining revue with songs, funny stories and two fabulously talented people who happen to like and be married to each other. They relate to one another with charm and grace, knowing and loving that they’ve got a good thing going. When they walked out on stage the other night, I began smiling.
Pop icon Cyndi Lauper and Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein have teamed up for the fabulously entertaining new Broadway musical Kinky Boots, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Based on the 2005 movie of the same name – which was in turn inspired by a real-life story – the show has a buoyant energy that helps to cover up some of its imperfections. The plot follows
Yes, Lea Salonga is in town ... Here's our writer Dan Bacalzo's look from his seat at The Carlyle... Lea Salonga possesses one of the most glorious voices to grace the Broadway stage over the last few decades. She puts this fine instrument to good use in her new cabaret engagement at the Café Carlyle, Back to Before. The show gets its title from a song from Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’s musical Ragtime, which Salonga delivers beautifully.
When The TVJ returned to the fold (following an extended vacation basking in the sun and surf on Oahu), it was decided that to sum up the past year in a column highlighting “The Best of…” was the way to return. In the first installment, The TVJ gives you the “Best of the New Shows of 2012-2013.”