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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Maude Maggart Makes a Dreamy Birdland Debut with “Here Come the Dreamers” by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … The delightful cabaret star Maude Maggart made a rare New York headliner appearance with “Here Come the Dreamers,” her Birdland debut. She sold out the large room up…

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Monday, October 23, 2023

The 34th Annual Cabaret Convention – As Time Goes By: Timeless Tunes – Evening 3 by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Following two nights of sometimes heavy material – the first honoring the music of Kurt Weill, followed by a tribute to the music and somewhat tragic life of Doris Day…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:33AM
Friday, October 20, 2023

Ava Nicole Francis: Here’s Looking at You Kid by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Ava Nicole Francis made her New York cabaret solo debut at 54 Below on October 10. The young singer, not quite out of her teens, is a San Francisco transplant, and has a…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:05AM
Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Latest Edition of the Bryce Edwards Frivolity Hour by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . We last wrote about the tremendously entertaining Bryce Edwards in January, when he had his impressive solo debut with a sold-out show at Don’t Tell Mama (read HERE)…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:49AM
Sunday, October 8, 2023

Songbook Sundays: One for Harold Arlen by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Writer, dramatist and concert/revue creator Deborah Grace Winer continued her popular Songbook Sundays series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with more than…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:30AM
Monday, September 25, 2023

Kieran Brown and Matt Baker: Let’s Go to the Movies by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Singer Kieran Brown, a very young, “up and coming” jazz and R&B singer with a strong proclivity for material from the Great American Songbook, took the stage at …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:24PM
Friday, September 22, 2023

Amanda McBroom: Such Good Friends by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Amanda McBroom, a singer-songwriter as well as a fine actress, sold out Birdland Jazz with an audience filled with bold-face names from the cabaret scene, including Mari…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:54AM
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Nicolas King: The Jazz Set by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . There are few singers of jazz and cabaret today more compelling than the wonderfully talented Nicolas King. The star performed a rare set of pure jazz at The Green Ro…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:27AM
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Rene Pfister to Make His New York Cabaret Debut at Don’t Tell Mama by Andrew Poretz

Rene Pfister is a Boston-based singer/songwriter.  A newcomer to the New York cabaret scene, Pfister will make his New York debut with What I Learned from All My Ex-Boyfriends … If Anythi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:15AM
Monday, September 4, 2023

The York Theatre Company presents The Lieutenant at The Theater at St. Jean’s by Andrew Poretz

The York Theatre Company continues its fall 2023 “Musicals in Mufti” series with The Lieutenant, with book, music and lyrics by Chuck Strand, Eugene Curty and Nitra Mcauliffe. Performanc…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:52AM
Friday, September 1, 2023

Dreams of Dracula: An Immersive Masquerade Experience by Andrew Poretz

A new theatrical, Dreams of Dracula: An Immersive Masquerade Experience,will feature two floors and six rooms across 25,000 square feet, a choose-your-own adventure journey through history�…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:15AM
Thursday, August 31, 2023

JOB to open limited engagement at SoHo Playhouse by Andrew Poretz

Tony Award nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime, “Succession,” Single White Female) and Sydney Lemmon (TÁR, “Succession,” “Helstrom”) are currently in rehearsal for the world premier…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:02PM

Red Bull Theater presents the Hispanic Golden Age Classics by Andrew Poretz

Red Bull Theater will present the fourth installment of Red Bull’s acclaimed Hispanic Golden Age Classics, this year examining Don Quixote in English and Spanish versions, which will k…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:53PM

Sharon Katz & the Peace Train Celebrates New Album “For You” at Joe’s Pub by Andrew Poretz

Sharon Katz & the Peace Train are celebrating the release of their new album, “For You,” at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, on September 5, at 7:00 PM. Take everything you love ab…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:46PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Help Is On The Way Today turns Twenty and Joseph turns 50! by Andrew Poretz

The nonprofit Help Is On The Way, ( was founded 20 years ago, after cabaret producer Joseph Macchia founded it after meeting a little boy named David who w…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:25AM
Monday, August 28, 2023

Jason Mraz and his SuperBand with The New York Pops by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Pop met Pops at Forest Hills Stadium on August 17 when pop singer/songwriter and guitarist Jason Mraz closed out his Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride (the name…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:01AM
Friday, August 25, 2023

The Eric Carle Show is now playing at Theater 555 by Andrew Poretz

Experience the spellbinding stories and colorful characters of the late children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle in a whole new way, with The Eric Carle Story Show, currently play…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:12PM
Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Marnie Klar Sings Carly Simon by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … It’s impossible not to notice the performer Marnie Klar the moment she walks into any room. Ms. Klar looks like a high-fashion model (her bio unsurprisingly bears this…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:46AM
Friday, August 4, 2023

The Quintin Harris Trio by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Quintin Harris is more than just a pretty face.  As the “Dean Martin” to Bryce Edwards’ “Jerry Lewis” in their popular “Mr. Harris and Mr. Edwards” musica…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:17PM
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Marieann Meringolo: A Lot of Livin’ To Do! by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . Marieann Meringolo’s performances consistently make one wonder why on earth she isn’t a much bigger name in cabaret and beyond. This terrific, award-winning perfor…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:39AM
Saturday, July 22, 2023

David Marino – An Evening of Timeless Tunes by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . Move over Michael Bublé, there’s a new Canadian heartthrob, eh, and that is one David Marino. The Montreal native made his rather auspicious New York cabaret debut …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:31AM
Sunday, July 16, 2023

An Evening with Norm Lewis by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Broadway great Norm Lewis wowed ‘em when he kicked off the Midsummer MusicFest at The 92nd Street Y. Working with the top trio – music director Billy Stritch, bassis…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:32AM
Monday, July 10, 2023

Heartwarming updates from Tony Danza’s Stars of Tomorrow Project! by Andrew Poretz

The Stars of Tomorrow Project is the teen acting program founded by Tony Danza – the beloved star of Taxi and Who’s the Boss, as well as a fine song-and-dance man. The organization provi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:10AM

2023 Theater Hall of Fame Inductees Announced by Andrew Poretz

The Theater Hall of Fame Inc. has announced its 2023 inductees: actors Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Sweet Charity), Judd Hirsch (Conversations With My Father, I’m Not Rappaport), and Laurie Met…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:50AM
Sunday, July 9, 2023

The Creeps to open at Playhouse 46 in September by Andrew Poretz

Catherine Waller’s The Creeps, after award-winning runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, and United Solo Festival, makes its New York premiere Off-Broadway at Playh…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:50AM
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Roundabout Underground to present the World Premiere Of Covenant by Andrew Poretz

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the complete cast for Covenant by York Walker, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene. Covenant explores the power of belief and the thin line between ru…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:47PM
Sunday, July 2, 2023

Mint Theater Company presents “Partnership” by Andrew Poretz

The final play of the acclaimed “Meet Miss Baker” Series Mint Theater Company will return to Theatre Row with the American premiere of Elizabeth Baker’s Partnership, directed by Jackso…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:32AM
Saturday, July 1, 2023

Imitation of Life will be adapted as a Broadway musical! by Andrew Poretz

A Broadway musical adaptation of Imitation of Life, based on the 1933 Fannie Hurst novel and the two screen adaptations by Universal Pictures in 1934 and 1959, is being developed for the Bro…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:32PM
Friday, June 30, 2023

Lloyd Price Musical Coming to Broadway? by Andrew Poretz

That’s the million-dollar question. Now playing for a limited run at Chicago’s Studebaker Theater, Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical celebrates the life, career, and unforgettable son…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:03PM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Jerry Orbach’s Broadway at 54 Below on July 24 by Andrew Poretz

Jerry Orbach’s Broadway will be presented at 54 Below on July 24. The evening of music honors the beloved performer, who started out Off-Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and The Fantastick…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:58PM
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Steven Maglio: NOT Just Sinatra by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . Popular New York entertainer Steven Maglio, with his “big band orchestra,” opened at the Cutting Room last week for the first of a monthly residency, in an impress…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:06PM

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