So, WHO will the next semi-finalist be for The Callback, NYC's new singing competition? 54 Below has had two rounds of preliminaries. And, yes, they are still accepting video submissions for upcoming rounds. Audiences vote in person on late-night Mondays (NO cover charge, but a $20 food/ drink minimum) and online in following days. The winner gets a full show at the elegant club.
What’s the word, hummingbird? The word is that Birdland is bubbling with energy. In addition to the many jazzbirds and cats booked throughout the year, Mondays to hatch special high-flying festivities (see latter part of this piece for Karen Mason review). At Manhattan’s West 44 Street venue of vim, Jim Caruso –the master of mirth-mongering--- holds down the fort of froth, hosting his talent-filled Cast Party open mic. This Monday –April 8-- he’ll preside beside birthday girl Marilyn Maye as many in the musical universe are expected to be present to (literally) sing her praises. And keeping Ms Maye away from a mic is like trying to hold back the tide. Earlier that night, Christina Bianco, Carole J. Bufford and Scott Coulter reprise their long-running hit revue of Broadway bonanzadom, 11 O’Clock Numbers
Friends, Romeos and Juliets: lend us your ears! The Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents Bardaroo!, a free musical birthday celebration for the Bard April 21 at Cumberland Park. The event, which takes place from 2 to 6 p.m., marks William Shakespeare's 449th birthday. It's also part of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's year-long silver anniversary festivities.
As life rolls on, I have discovered what I think are the two great joys of existence. One is watching oneself evolve and the other is watching one's friends evolve. On the second plane, one fellow who never ceases to fascinate me is 31-year-old Metro Nashville Councilman-at-Large candidate John Lasiter.
Three new cabaret venues opening in NYC…. A shock that will rock the cabaret world exposed by TV’s “60 Minutes” …. A celebrity vocalist was said to be running for political office…. An unbelievably exciting comeback (of a performer thought dead) after 35 years … a new annual cabaret awards starts up…. Wow! You’ll want to read today’s Cabaret News Flash.
Annie Ross appears Tuesday nights at 9:30 at Metropolitan Room. On the Tuesday I was there, she had a broken ankle and sat in a chair during the show, but put us immediately at ease by telling this story: "I was concerned about playing with a broken ankle and Tardo Hammer, my piano player, said 'Annie, you don't sing with your ankle!'"
Scott Evan Davis's revue of his original material will be back at The Duplex on Monday, April 8. A click on the pic will do the trick to strat the veideo interview he did with Terese Genecco.
It's interesting to think that once upon a time in New York City, Miss Subways was as much a part of the cultural landscape as dining at Schrafft's or shopping at Gimbels. The monthly beauty contest was created by pioneering modeling agent John Robert Powers and lasted from 1941 through 1976, initially as a means of boosting morale during the war effort and then,
Liliane Montevecchi is bringing her fabulous, utterly French 80-year-old self to 54 Below, with Hello, Darlings!. I know a lady is not supposed to tell her age, but Montevecci is proud of it, and damn well should be! She looks clearly less than half of it and her energy remains as bubbly as a magnum of the finest
Go ahead and give credit to Benjamin Franklin and his kite and Thomas Edison and his light bulb and George Westinghouse, go ahead and talk about the movements of electrons in the old atom, go ahead and dust off your old textbooks or your grade school science fair project to get a sense of what electricity is all about.
HIGH HOPES: Celebrating a century of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
featuring Artistic Director Michael Feinstein, Natalie Douglas, Tom Wopat with Mark Hartman and Tex Arnold. The show was sold out.
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 MAC Awards, which were presented last night at the 27th Annual MAC Awards Show. The awards ceremony was held at B.B. King Blues Club, and the show was directed by Lennie Watts and produced by Julie Miller.
Like Jack’s beanstalk, singer Marissa Mulder has been growing and growing. Quickly. Impressively. Before our very eyes. But in her fairy tale saga, the giants she’s met are cabaret’s great guides. She has a golden voice rather than a golden goose. Fee-fi-fo-fum, come to the cabaret, old chum, this week. She's at Metropolitan Room this week (Wednesday through Saturday) singing the songs of guess-who! It's...
Justin Vivian Bond displays plenty of beauty, poise and talent in the artist’s new cabaret show at Joe’s Pub, Mx America. But, while the evening’s title – with “Mx” pronounced as “mix” – invokes the idea of a beauty pageant, the work only occasionally references this fact, mostly via a recurring image of a tiara projected onto a screen. What interests Bond more is the difference between how you see yourself and how others see you. As a transgendered person, Bond – who utilizes a