Tanya Holt’s cabaret act, Forever Home, has been on hold since last March. But hold on! The holding pattern has ended and she’s coming to Iridium to reprise it. March must be her lucky month because that show is a major reason she took home a Bistro Award this March 4th in the Vocalist category. And this March finds her busy singing again.
Would you like to swing with a star? Imagine this: a full-sized jazz orchestra with a host of Broadway performers including Cinderella herself, Laura Osnes, doing big band era-styled versions of Broadway numbers. Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band will return to the New York stage on Saturday, March 30 at 54 Below.
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs will present the 27th Annual MAC Awards on Thursday, March 21st, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. The theme of this year’s show is Where Broadway Meets Cabaret.
If singer Janet Planet is an acquired taste, so are filet mignon and fine champagne. Yum. She’s not just the real deal, she’s the ideal deal. Pick up seats to this week’s Cabaret Pick of the Week (see top right-hand corner of the front page) and you’ll have picked a winner, too. I caught up with her and her musical director, guitarist Tom Theabo once again at Metropolitan Room and was mesmerized, but not surprised. The musical intelligence, the control, the elegance, the hypnotic quality and the uniquely beautiful voice in all its facets fascinate......
As I watched the Grammy Awards recently, I couldn’t help but wonder two things— Where were the awards? And why do those who produce the show lead the public to believe there is no diversity left in music when that is not the case? Days before the awards, I attended the Wishbone Project’s performance at Iridium. The group, a New York-based jazz quintet, featuring Kat Gang on vocals and Nate Mayland on trombone,
Since it's our policy that cabaret picks represent events/people I've seen a lot, and been glad I went, this week's pick is the annual MAC Awards on Thursday, March 21 --- at BB King in Times Square. With this year's Lifetime Achievement winners, Tom Wopat and Penny Fuller, performing and KT Sullivan as host and Lennie Watts directing ---and plenty of cabaret talent --- come to the cabaret awards, old chum.
The remarkable theatre icon Elaine Stritch will be saluted as her material is addressed by cabaret veteran Ricky Ritzel at 54 Below on Friday, March 15 in the first of three shows at the popular nightclub 54 Below on West 54 Street. It takes one multi-decade-careered raspy-voiced comedian and daredevil performer to boldly embrace another. It's Ritzel, entertainer/raconteur/music maven and half of a pseudo-Lounge Lizard act
Julie Halston is best known for her outrageously comic performances in plays by Charles Busch and in Broadway musicals such as Hairspray, Anything Goes and Gypsy. She was particularly memorable in the last-named show, in which she delivered a scene-stealing turn as an aging stripper with an electrifying gimmick. However, in her solo show Classical Julie, part of the Broadway at Birdland series hosted by Jim Caruso, Halston insists that she has a much broader range than most people think.
Were Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in love? That is the question that writer/director Ken Wydro explores in his new play, Secrets: The Untold Story of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung. Based upon the correspondence between these two giants in the field of psychoanalysis, the play lays out an intriguing premise, even if the production is not as compelling as one might hope.
If you want a rich, luxurious, intelligent musical experience, see Janet Planet sing at Metropolitan Room this week. Long, long ago, in a far-off galaxy, before I was a cabaret revewer, I haunted the universes of stores that sold recordings of vocalists--all in a quest to find interesting singers. I stumbled upon the catchy name of Janet Planet and .....
On Monday, March 4 at 7 PM, the award-winning variety show Jamie deRoy & friends will begin its twenty-third season at the new nightclub 54 Below. Guests will be: Lewis Cleale (Book Of Mormon); Grammy Award-winning songwriter & country music star Larry Gatlin (The Will Rogers Follies); Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; Jelly's Last Jam). international classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling;and comedy from Caroline Rhea
Many winners of the first BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards will be on stage on Thursday, February 21--- in, appropriately, a cabaret club to accept their honors voted by email ballots in a process open to one and all. There will be appearances by Jane Monheit, whose praises were sung by the website's followers as Best Jazz Vocalist and Ben Vereen dances off with the Best Male Celebrity win. Jason Robert Brown will "parade" onstage as winner of the outstanding Singer/Songwriter show.
"It's all about transparency nowadays," said John Lloyd Young, who refused to do that phony-baloney leaving-the-stage bit (at the Café Carlyle, February 12), only to return for a "surprise" encore, which has been a cabaret tradition since Jolson. This very quality defined his disarming show, which had the warmly casual feel of sitting and listening to him in a living room – probably that belonging to his oft-mentioned manager, Dona Miller, high atop Los Angeles with spectacular views and a fireplace pit.