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Hannah Jane – Lady Legends of Broadway

Hannah Jane – Lady Legends of Broadway

By Andrew Poretz . . . Hannah Jane is a fresh-faced young lady who has been making a name for herself in the New York cabaret scene since her first show, On My Way, in 2018.  This West Virginia native dropped her last name (Peterson) for professional purposes not...

Sheila Jordan Birthday Celebration

Sheila Jordan Birthday Celebration

By Andrew Poretz . . . There cannot be more than a handful of jazz performers alive and still active today who played at the original Birdland, which closed in 1965.  Fewer still are the performers who knew and played with Charlie Parker, the “Bird” Birdland was...

Dean Benner Back in The Saddle

Dean Benner Back in The Saddle

By Andrew Poretz . . . “Country came to New York City” Sunday night November 14, at the Triad Theater when Dean Benner and the Manhattan Cowboy Band stepped, or in this case two-stepped, to the stage, nearly all dressed in “Western” attire like jeans and boots. ...

LINDA KAHN – On Saying Yes

LINDA KAHN – On Saying Yes

by Michael Tingley . . . As a fellow reviewer recently pointed out to me, intimacy defines cabaret. The personality, experience, openness of the performer – in short, whether you’d want to get a drink with the performer, and then another – distinguish cabaret from...

Susan Mack – Music in the Air

Susan Mack – Music in the Air

by Andrew Poretz . . . Susan Mack is a relative newcomer to cabaret after a long and successful career in finance.  Her first show, Nobody Else but Me, directed by legendary Marilyn Maye, was a success at the nearby Don’t Tell Mama in 2018.  Susan made her...

Peter Cincotti at Birdland

Peter Cincotti at Birdland

By Marilyn Lester. . . Native New Yorker, singer-songwriter, Peter Cincotti, has been playing professionally since his early teen years—and for the many who’ve followed his career since then, the rewards have flowed. Savvy marketing aside (he’s got a glam image and a...

Barb Bailey – Hollywood Out of the Box

Barb Bailey – Hollywood Out of the Box

by Andrew Poretz . . . Barb Bailey is a first-rate storyteller.  At Don’t Tell Mama on November 5th, the Chicago-based Barb, long a successful booking agent before becoming a performer herself a decade ago, made her New York cabaret debut with a delightful mix of...

The Anderson Twins at Symphony Space

The Anderson Twins at Symphony Space

by David L. Meister . . . Pete and Will Anderson’s return to New York was further evidence that New York’s music scene is back.  The Andersons returned to Symphony Space for two shows on Saturday, November 6, uniquely blending big band standards with intimate...

Jeff Harnar Sings Sondheim: I Know Things Now

Jeff Harnar Sings Sondheim: I Know Things Now

By Marilyn Lester . . . It was a night of intense feeling, and a debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below of stratospheric proportion on November 10th.To say that love filled the air at Jeff Harnar’s I Know Things Now would be a huge understatement. It was a magnificent show...

SIDNEY MYER

SIDNEY MYER

by Sandi Durell . . . Sidney Myer is a tradition. Many know him as Don’t Tell Mama’s 30+ years lovable booking manager who has encouraged every singer coming through those famous portals. But it’s only in more recent times that Sidney has returned to his own...

Linda Purl and Billy Stritch: In the Mood

Linda Purl and Billy Stritch: In the Mood

by Melissa Griegel The Birdland Theater was filled with a star-studded audience at the sold-out performance of Linda Purl (Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners, Matlock, The Office)and Billy Stritch’s (Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, Minnelli On Minnelli, 42nd Street)...

Bill Charlap at Birdland: Duets with Jon Faddis

Bill Charlap at Birdland: Duets with Jon Faddis

By Marilyn Lester . . . One of the most talented and versatile jazz pianists today, Bill Charlap, recently completed a five-night residency at Birdland Jazz Club, entitled, Duets. For each show, Charlap made music with one other jazz virtuoso, including saxophonists...

MEGAN HILTY – A Glittering Gem

MEGAN HILTY – A Glittering Gem

By Sandi Durell . . . Yes, Megan Hilty knows all the fine points of giving her adoring audience what they crave as she takes the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below in the Diamond Series to unending applause and shouts before she even opens her mouth! One of musical...

Kati Neiheisel – “Yesterday … Once More”

Kati Neiheisel – “Yesterday … Once More”

By Andrew Poretz. . . Kati Neiheisel is a relative newcomer to the New York cabaret scene.  She has studied with the legendary Marilyn Maye and the late, great musical director Barry Levitt.  Her 2018 show, “Among the Stars,” was a MAC Award nominee and...

Kiki & Herb SLEIGH at BAM for the Holidays

Kiki & Herb SLEIGH at BAM for the Holidays

This holiday season, prepare yourself for sleighing belles, rabid yells, and tidings of joy from New York’s most iconic “octogenarian” lounge act, Kiki & Herb, created and performed by Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman. A match made...

Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway – Comedy Supreme

Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway – Comedy Supreme

By Myra Chanin . . . Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway never disappoints. It’s an entertainment extravaganza devised by Ricky Ritzel, a one-man-band-with-a-brain who selects, interprets, relates and musically directs the magnificent More Than Ready for Prime-Time Players zesty...

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...

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