The American Traditions Competition is celebrating 20 years of bringing the best singers from around the country to perform the best of America's music. After reviewing dozens of applications, 32 quarter finalists will be coming to Savannah to compete between January 15 and January 19, 2013.
Seven-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Back Stage Bistro and Nightlife Award Winner, Natalie Douglas, returns to her annual New Year's Eve Bash with TWO shows at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on Monday, December 31 @ 7:30pm & 10:30pm - includes champagne toast!
It's Cabaret Catch-Up time again. Don't get so caught up in the holiday season that you find yourself not caught up with cabaret. Like the other kind of ketchup and hamburgers, cabaret is "on a roll" at Urban Stages, 259 West 28 Street, near Eighth Avenue. Their Winter Rhythms series has been going forth since the fourth of the month and ends Saturday at 5:00 PM with a concert of seasonal songs and Disney treats.
Todd Barkan, the legendary jazz promoter and producer behind the famed Keystone Korner in San Francisco along with Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, will curate and host a major new series of shows at The Iridium in 2013.
Cabaret Cares Concludes its 2012 Season with its Christmas Extravaganza on Dec 17th hosted by Tanya Holt. Cabaret Cares is the award winning series that raises funds for Help Is On The Way Today. Started in 2005, Cabaret Cares has raised over $74,000 for Help Is On The Way Today. The evening will include performances by some of the most talented performers from the New York Cabaret Community,and some young new faces as well.
Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director), in association with producer/director/lyricist Peter Napolitano announces a series of musical evenings entitled Winter Rhythms 2012, beginning on Tuesday, December 4 and running through Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street).
Here it was December 9, and I had not yet gotten into a holiday mood, but then I went to Richard Holbrook's annual show and I'm now sure I'll be celebrating all year. I always look forward to his Christmas special and he has really outdone himself with this 2012 version.
Martin Richards, 80, died peacefully at home in Manhattan on November 26, 2012. Mr. Richards, a lion of New York theatre for over 50 years, produced such Broadway hits as On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles (original and 1st revival), Grand Hotel, The Life and The Will Rogers Follies, amongst many others.
When Cabaret Newbies – or those who just fell of a turnip truck from Macaroni Falls, Minnesota or Boggy Depot, Oklahoma –and somehow landed in NYC --- ask me what cabaret show to see and they have way more choices than dollars, and don't know a lot of performers' work,
Kicking off the start of his holiday concert series and celebrating the release of his CD Bring Me Giants, James Barbour brought the house down at Sardi's, NYC most famous theatrical hot spot since 1927, on Saturday, November 10, 2012. With one of the biggest and most powerful voices out there, James delighted the sold-out crowd to some of the best character songs created for Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy, amongst others.
Feinstein's at Loews Regency, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post will continue its Fall 2012 season with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein. Celebrating the release of his new book The Gershwins and Me and a CD of twelve Gershwin songs, Michael will perform A Gershwin Holiday.
Producer Scott Siegel announced this morning that joining the previously announced Cheyenne Jackson (The Performers) and Laura Osnes (Cinderella) as stars of Broadway Unplugged on Monday, December 3rd at The Town Hall will be a second wave of big-voiced talent. Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities), Julia Murney (Falling), Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Andy Karl (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), William Michals (South Pacific, Man of La Mancha), Jeffry Denman (The Holiday Guys), Bill Daugherty (Brother, Can You Spare a Dime), and more stars soon to be announced!
As the old saying goes, "Seeing is believing." That may not be 100% the case in the plot of Love Song, a play at The Seeing Place Theater --- no, it's not a musical. But it IS about different forms of love, in its way. And if you are looking for committed, talented theater people who bring to life an unusual story for an affordable price (How does twelve dollars sound?), then The Seeing Place must be the place to go.
Fifty years after her death, "Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe" is still alive, though now she is living in the body of Louisa Bradshaw who wonderfully portrays the famed icon in Siren's Heart...Norma Jean & Marilyn in Purgatory, written by Walt Stepp, who also composed the original music/lyrics, and directed by Lissa Moira. I saw this show last year when it premiered at Theater for the New City and a year later, it's still great!
Here's a look at the work of Lennie Watts: his own show and a few he's directing. Here's a man who talks the talk and walks the walk. That is, he knows whereof he speaks and sings. And he sings the hell out of his songs. Lennie Watts is back in CabaretLand --- of course, that's nothing new, since he is the Mayor of CabaretLand, being the re-elected President of MAC, Manhattan's cabaret organization,