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Music & Cabaret
The John Pizzarelli Trio at Birdland

The John Pizzarelli Trio at Birdland

By Marilyn Lester . . . What a night at Birdland! The John Pizzarelli Trio delivered a boffo set of incredible music via three preternaturally attuned stringed instruments (yes, the piano is one), with Isaiah Thompson on the keys, Mike Karn on the double bass and...

Tammy Faye Starlite is Tamar!

Tammy Faye Starlite is Tamar!

By JK Clarke . . . One of the questions that tickled my brain over the past year whilst pouring over countless hours of Britbox and reruns of 1970s game shows, and hoping that creative types were doing the same, but also creating new shows for the post-quarantine...

Ann Kittredge:  Movie Nite at Birdland Theater

Ann Kittredge:  Movie Nite at Birdland Theater

Review by Andrew Poretz . . . Hooray for Hollywood!  Award-winning cabaret performer Ann Kittredge is a sophisticated, tall lady who exudes elegance and warmth.  With classic beauty and a gorgeous gown, she was a 1940s film poster come to life.  Ann’s rich, powerful...

Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio at Birdland Jazz

Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio at Birdland Jazz

Review by Andrew Poretz . . . This was a serious night for jazz at Birdland on October 7th.  “No photos or videos,” the audience is implored.  It’s a rare night here to catch a top-billing jazz cat who was around when the original Birdland was still on 52nd Street. ...

Laura Benanti at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Laura Benanti at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Brian Scott Lipton and Sandi Durell . . . Is there some kind of state-of-the-art device hidden somewhere on Laura Benanti’s body? Or maybe she’s fooled us for the past 25 years by simply passing as human, when she’s really an alien? Really, there must be some sort...

Tomatoes Got Talent!

Tomatoes Got Talent!

By Sandi Durell . . . The over 40 (and many times 80 year young-uns) at Tomatoes Got Talent’s 7th Annual event,  proved over and over again. . . talent abounds at any age! I wouldn’t call this an evening for the “and she can cook too” kind of woman” (although...

AMANDA GREEN BACK AT BIRDLAND

AMANDA GREEN BACK AT BIRDLAND

By Ron Fassler . . . Amanda Green comes at you in a most disarming way. She swears like a sailor (especially in her song lyrics) and, with her latest cabaret show charmingly titled “Vaxxed AF!” (you figure it out), she doesn’t disappoint. A witty and clever...

NY Pops Underground Cabaret

NY Pops Underground Cabaret

By Marilyn Lester After nearly two years of pandemic restrictions, New York Pops Underground Cabaret, at Feinstein’s/54 Below, was back—a homecoming as described by conductor and Music Director, Steven Reineke. Of course, such affairs as this mini-gala for The New...

Marissa Mulder Sings John Prine

Marissa Mulder Sings John Prine

By Ron Fassler Not only was I new to the talents of singer Marissa Mulder, who gave a fine concert at the Birdland Theater last night, but I was also somewhat ignorant of the fifty-year career of John Prine. A songwriter of great range and tender abilities, Prine died...

Nicole Zuraitis at Birdland

Nicole Zuraitis at Birdland

by Andrew Poretz . . . Nicole Zuraitis played Birdland Theater on September 27, self-accompanied on piano and backed by a stellar quartet of husband Dan Pugach on drums, saxophonist Sam Dillon, Pete McCann on guitar and Sam Weber on bass.  Nicole is a Grammy...

Duchess: On the Sunny Side of the Street- Fun!

Duchess: On the Sunny Side of the Street- Fun!

by Alix Cohen . . . Before The Shirelles (pop) The Supremes (Motown), and The Spice Girls (rock) came The Boswell Sisters (1930s) and The Andrews Sisters (1940s). Style couldn’t be more different. These early girl groups sang jazz, swing, boogie-woogie, and jump blues...

Clint Holmes

Clint Holmes

by Andrew Poretz On Monday, September 27, Clint Holmes returned to Birdland for the first time since “The Pause” of 2020, with a number of jazz and cabaret stars present in the audience, a measure of the respect Holmes garners from his peers.  Lean and fit at 75,...

Melissa Errico Sings Her New York

Melissa Errico Sings Her New York

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Big dreams, big city. Will you make it after all? Will you even make it at all? It’s an oft-told tale, to be sure, but it takes someone like Melissa Errico to transform such a possibly ordinary story into something extraordinary, which is...

Harvey Granat Presents Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen

Harvey Granat Presents Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen

by Andrew Poretz . . . Harvey Granat, the very successful businessman turned entertainer and producer, held the first in-person session of this 92Y series since the pandemic.  The program presented the songwriting duo, lyricist Johnny Burke and composer Jimmy Van...

Meg Flather A Salute To Rodgers And Hammerstein

Meg Flather A Salute To Rodgers And Hammerstein

By Marilyn Lester . . . If the Universe were giving out doctorates in entertainment, Meg Flather would have been awarded her PhD in a heartbeat with Rodgers and Hammerstein 2021 at Don’t Tell Mama. Flather easily “defended” her thesis that long after their music...

Mark William: Back with a Beat

Mark William: Back with a Beat

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . As if there was any question, Mark William may be the true definition of a crowd-pleaser, as proven by “Back With a Beat,” his September 25th show at The Green Room 42. This enthusiastic young singer’s unprecedented combination of Las Vegas...

Amy Spanger Sparkles at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Amy Spanger Sparkles at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Melissa Griegel . . . Amy Spanger (Kiss Me Kate, Chicago, Rock of Ages, Matilda the Musical) sparkled as she greeted the Feinstein’s/54 Below audience in her newly-designed David Josef black sequined outfit. She gave a shout out to the red-carpet fashion designer,...

Ted Rosenthal Trio at Birdland

Ted Rosenthal Trio at Birdland

by Andrew Poretz . . . Ted Rosenthal is the consummate musician’s musician.  You might have caught him as the accompanist for heavy hitters in jazz and cabaret like Ann Hampton Callaway, or when he saved the day when the pianist scheduled to perform Gershwin’s...

CHRISTINE ANDREAS GOES BIG AT 54 BELOW

CHRISTINE ANDREAS GOES BIG AT 54 BELOW

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about a cabaret show? In the case of “Christine Andreas: And So It Goes…Life & Love, Lost & Found,” at Feinstein’s/54 Below through September 25, you can actually tell a lot....

Tony Yazbeck Taps Up a Storm at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Tony Yazbeck Taps Up a Storm at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Melissa Griegel . . . Looking dapper with his black and white ensemble including suspenders and black and white tap shoes, Tony-nominee Tony Yazbeck (On the Town, Gypsy, Finding Neverland) sang and danced his way across the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage on September...

Sam Dillon Quartet – Instrumental Jazz

Sam Dillon Quartet – Instrumental Jazz

By Andrew Poretz . . . The Sam Dillon Quartet took the stage at the Birdland Theater for a seven-song, 90-minute one-night stand. In what was Sam’s first time back to Birdland since the pandemic, Monday’s lineup had Steven Feifke on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, and...

Sierra Boggess: Home at Last at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Sierra Boggess: Home at Last at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Melissa Griegel . . . Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera) looked stunning as she joyfully opened her September 8th show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, with the song “Home”. A frequent performer at 54 Below, she said it feels like home being back on...

“Anthony Rapp Unplugged” Feinstein’s/54 Below

“Anthony Rapp Unplugged” Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Melissa Griegel . . . Anthony Rapp (Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, If/Then) opened his August 29th Feinstein’s show with the song that launched his career: R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” Rapp explained, “This is the song I sang in my audition for Rent....

Eva Noblezada Exudes Love at The Green Room 42

Eva Noblezada Exudes Love at The Green Room 42

By Melissa Griegel Tony Nominee and Grammy Award Winner Eva Noblezada was back on stage at a place she feels very comfortable: The Green Room 42, located in the Yotel Hotel on 10th Ave. in New York City. She and Hadestown costar/boyfriend Reeve Carney are frequent...

Our Sinatra

Our Sinatra

By Andrew Poretz The Birdland Theater, downstairs at Birdland, reopened for the first time since the closing due to the pandemic.  They’re off to a fine start with “Our Sinatra,” a love letter to the Chairman of the Board, with dozens of songs and a solid crowd...

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