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Benny Benack Quartet

Benny Benack Quartet

by Andrew Poretz . . . Benny Benack's last visit to Birdland was the night before the Pause, and this was his first time back.  He managed to gig live wherever he could throughout the pandemic, whether at the semi-outdoor jam sessions at The Craftsman restaurant in...

Anais Reno with the Emmet Cohen Trio

Anais Reno with the Emmet Cohen Trio

CD Release Show at Birdland Theater . . . by Andrew Poretz. . . Watching and knowing the teenage Anais Reno for the past few years has been like observing a blue morpho butterfly form in slow motion.  Anais has been nurtured and carefully managed by her mother,...

Isaac Sutton “Broadway Israel”

Isaac Sutton “Broadway Israel”

By Andrew Poretz. . . Israeli-born Isaac Sutton is a charmer.  He is tall, trim and handsome, with a warm, broad smile that displays his love for the audience as well as the music.  Sutton has introduced Israeli audiences to the Great American Songbook, and...

Virtual Cabaret Convention – Oct. 25

Virtual Cabaret Convention – Oct. 25

The 32nd New York Cabaret Convention held its first night Oct. 25, 2021 virtually, hosted by Natalie Douglas. The list of performers are here with additional photos of many of those who participated. Photos: Maryann Lopinto MabelMercer.org [metaslider id=89722...

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

By Sandi Durell & Marilyn Lester . . . The theme of the evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below is Marilyn Maye. Nothing more needed as the great one took the stage on opening night October 25th, getting a standing ovation before the show even began! Marvelous Marilyn...

Artemisia LeFay’s Ghosts of Weimar Past—Updated

Artemisia LeFay’s Ghosts of Weimar Past—Updated

By Marilyn Lester . . . When live performance began again in NYC in June, 2021, Artemisia LeFay was one of the first cabaret acts to grace a stage. Her Ghosts of Weimar Past debuted at Don’t Tell Mama, reviewed here. Now, four months on, that original work has been...

Lorna Luft: Grateful to Be Back at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Lorna Luft: Grateful to Be Back at Feinstein’s/54 Below

by Melissa Griegel . . . After a nineteen-month COVID-induced absence from the stage, Lorna Luft joyfully bounded up at Feinstein’s/54 Below bellowing the Johnny Nash hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. “This is amazing!” she declared, clearly happy to be performing at the...

Rita Hayworth – The Heat Is On!  A Life in Concert

Rita Hayworth – The Heat Is On! A Life in Concert

by Andrew Poretz. . . The gorgeous Quinn Lemley returns to the scene of the crime – if breaking men’s hearts is a crime! Lemley is back at Don’t Tell Mama with her long-running fab-cab show that tells Rita Hayworth’s life story in words and music.  With a new...

Steve Ross: Back On the Town

Steve Ross: Back On the Town

by Alix Cohen... A few years ago, at a time when veteran artists often adjust octaves and bow to limitation, Steve Ross did the opposite, expanding performance range. He did so even further at Birdland Theater on October 23. Vocal latitude and control allowed a...

Welcome to Tin Pan Alley

Welcome to Tin Pan Alley

By Sandi Durell . . . October 23, 2021 marked the first outdoor public concert to celebrate the official NYC landmark designation of Tin Pan Alley. The building addresses 47 to 55 West 28th Street are now historical  landmarks in keeping the birthplace of...

Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier

Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier

Life, and Love, and Who Knows What Else - - by Andrew Poretz . . . The duo of Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier returned to Pangea, where they’ve performed several shows since 2016.  In a 16-song set, they covered a diverse group of songwriters (all of whom...

Seth Sikes Sings The 20s, Etc…

Seth Sikes Sings The 20s, Etc…

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . While I had never gotten to see Seth Sikes before, his reputation of loving standards, especially those belonging to the late, great Judy Garland, gave me some hint that his show “Seth Sikes Sings the ‘20s, Etc,” which marked the singer’s...

ONE OF THE GIRLS: KLEA BLACKHURST

ONE OF THE GIRLS: KLEA BLACKHURST

Review By Ron Fassler . . . Call me old fashioned, but let’s make it another old fashioned, please. I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head (along with its allusion to Ethel Merman singing a Cole Porter song), due to my attending Klea Blackhurst’s “One of the...

Richardson & Swindal Save the Palace! – TODAY

Richardson & Swindal Save the Palace! – TODAY

Rob Richardson (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, Tale of Two Cities) and Haley Swindal (Broadway: Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde) to head the industry presentations of Roy O’Neil’s Save The Palace on Thursday, October 21 at 2 PM & 6:30 PM, at Theatre Row #5, 410 West 42nd...

Christina Bianco – A Lot to Unpack

Christina Bianco – A Lot to Unpack

Review by Andrew Poretz . . . A great send-off! Remember those old Contadina Tomato Paste commercials?  “Eight great tomatoes in every jar!”  How can such enormous talent be crammed into just one little tomato?  Imagine the talents of Kristin Chenoweth, Marilyn...

MARILU HENNER: MUSIC AND MEMORIES!

MARILU HENNER: MUSIC AND MEMORIES!

Review By Ron Fassler . . . When the lights went down at Feinstein’s 54 Below Sunday night, a spotlight picked up Marilu Henner in the audience, microphone in hand, ready for action. For the next 85 minutes, this former Broadway chorine and prolific television star,...

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...

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