Musician David Geist is an example that it's never too late to change your path in life. Born in San Diego, Geist always knew he wanted to be in New York City, the place where his inspirations---George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart---created their timeless music. He lived his dream, playing piano in many Broadway shows, including Cats, Wicked, Les Miserables, and the original production of Passion.
Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope, John Early and Jonah Verdon will join the previously announced headliners Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson to headline the fifth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – on Monday, June 1.
I first met Anne Meara in 1983, at the opening night party for Tallulah, starring Helen Gallagher. She was by herself and we hit it off like only two girls from Long Island could. I had been a fan of Stiller and Meara ever since I could remember, they were always my favorite comedy duo and I told her so. It was an odd party at Sardi’s, with some interesting guests, two of whom were Joan Bennett and Hermione Gingold.
HERE COME THE JUDGES! “Mama’s Next BIG Act!” a 12-week talent competition that mixes styles and genres, is announcing its celebrity judges panel today. Featuring a mother lode of entertainers, critics and notable personalities, the jury pool is also reflective of the contest’s diversity, pitting -- in direct competition -- solo, duo and group acts in music, magic, drag, burlesque and variety.
Early in her set at the Café Carlyle, Megan Hilty sings Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s “Let Me Be Your Star,” one of the most iconic and most reprised songs that the duo wrote for the NBC television series “Smash.” Hilty played the role of Ivy Lynn on the show, telling the audience at the Carlyle that it was her dream job and that she misses it terribly.
“Mister Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s” is an exciting new cabaret show that addresses again the complaint “they don’t write ‘em like they used to.” Of course they do, if you know where to look! As with last season’s “Living Standards” (which starred Marissa Mulder), producer and director Tom Toce has created a cabaret show to explore later entries to the Great American Songbook.
Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC with his new show “Gay Since 1935 - A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” on Wednesday, June 17th and Monday, June 22nd at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical Director Woody Regan on piano and Ritt Henn on bass.
With Mother’s Day just behind us, I think we can all agree that we wouldn’t be who we are today without our moms. The amount of sacrifice, sweat, and sobs that she has given for us all is something that we cannot repay, and we are forever grateful for the tireless and thankless job she has done, rearing us from babies into full-grown responsible adults.