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Pangea & Carol Lipnik

October 13, 2016 0

Years ago, I worked at Judy’s, a little supper club/cabaret on West 44th Street; often described as a jewel box of a room.  It was simple, elegant and intimate.  Pangea, in New York’s East Village, […]

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Here's Richard Holbrook's latest promo video with a reprint of a review by the late, great Jan Wallman 'The Godmother of Cabaret' herself!

From NiteLife Exhange June, 2011:
"Richard Holbrook: Richard Sings Burton" at Feisteins' at Loews Regency
By Jan Wallman

Singer, Richard Holbrook, took his April Metropolitan Room show Richard Sings Burton: The Songs of Burton Lane, favorably reviewed in this space, a step further and presented a slightly expanded version on June 29th at the prestigious Feinsteins' at Loews Regency, to a full house that included Lynn Lane (Burton Lane's widow) and two of Alan Jay Lerner's daughters, along with a room full of diehard fans, in this premier venue.

Holbrook, with his excellent voice, charm and interpretive skills, strongly directed by Richard Barclay and backed by the tasteful Tom Nelson Trio (Nelson, piano and arrangements, Tom Kirchmer, bass and Peter Grant, drums) gave us favorite songs written by Lane with some of the finest lyricist partners in the American popular songbook genre - Yip Harburg, Alan Jay Lerner, Ira Gershwin and Frank Loesser, to name a few. He tied the songs together speaking (but not too much) of Lane's long successful career writing music for MGM movies in Hollywood, and his move to Broadway where his greatest hit, written with Harburg, was Finian's Rainbow.

All in all, Richard's show was an informative and fulfilling tribute to Burton Lane and played to great applause to the large crowd of music lovers. I see a future for this show. While there is a dwindling number of cabarets and nightclubs throughout the country, this show could go on the road and play any of them that are extant, and could also play concert halls and the college circuit. I urge bookers to get it out there. It deserves an audience who would enjoy Holbrook's interpretations of such classics as "How are Things in Glocca Morra," lyric by Harburg and "Too Late Now," lyric by Lerner. And they could laugh their heads off when balladeer Holbrook turns character actor - comic and tears it up with "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life?" - and, of course, it should return to Feinstein's.

Photo of the Moment

Photo of the Moment

The oldest known photo of Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch aka The Birthday Boy circa 1986. Billy is in classic style 39 again!

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Cabaret Throwback

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