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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Susan Mack: Yesterdays by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Susan Mack is the living embodiment of the saying, “Hard work pays off.”  Long successful personally and professionally, and beloved in her community, she did not p…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Madelaine Warren:  Invitation by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . Singer Madelaine Warren returned to the Laurie Beechman Theatre for an encore performance of Invitation. The classically trained soprano has been on the cabaret scene …

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Bob O’Hare:  It’s a New World – A Celebration of Ira Gershwin by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Bob O’Hare is a former actor who gave it up to become an attorney four decades ago, a profession he still practices.  Like many attorneys, he’s quite the raconteur.…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:11AM
Saturday, November 12, 2022

New Musical:  Present Perfect! By Jaime Lozano and Nancy Cheser by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Have you ever wished you could brag that you caught an early version of a show like Hamilton or In the Heights before it hit Broadway?  If you were at 54 Below on Novem…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Jo Brisbane’s Mod Hollywood! by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Remember those 60’s shows like Hullabaloo! and Shindig! that had exclamation marks as part of their titles?  Well, Jo Brisbane does!  This Kansas City writer and per…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:45AM
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Nicolas King & Seth Sikes: The New Belters by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Nicolas King and Seth Sikes performed their new show, The New Belters, before a sold-out crowd at The Green Room 42 on October 29.  They described this first show as a …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:25AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The New York Pops — The Music of Star Wars by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … One could visit a galaxy far, far away in search of the finest “Pops” orchestra in the universe.  As it happens, a subway ride to Carnegie Hall is a better bet.  T…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:45PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Shana Farr:  Dream Reality by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Shana Farr, a winner of several major musical theater and cabaret awards, is an accomplished actress and singer with a gorgeous, classically trained voice and the statur…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:06PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Naomi Miller’s Musical Smorgasbord by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … While the New York theater world discusses who is the best Fanny Brice on Broadway, Naomi Miller might be as close to the real thing as you’ll find in 2022, though mor…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:31AM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Billy Stritch: Cy Coleman Revisited  by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … We started and ended our week with Billy Stritch, first with his Mel and Ella show with Gabrielle Stravelli on Monday (reviewed here), and capped off the week with his C…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:51AM
Friday, September 23, 2022

Billy Stritch and Gabrielle Stravelli:  Mel and Ella Swing! by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Mel Tormé and Ella Fitzgerald were two of the greatest jazz singers of the twentieth century, masters of singing and performance whose legacy continues long after their…

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Ann Talman by Andrew Poretz

“The Shadow of Her Smile” By Andrew Poretz . . . Imagine spending much of your young life constantly being told, “You look just like Elizabeth Taylor… in National Velvet!” The endl…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:15AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Karen Akers: Water Under the Bridge by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . The legendary cabaret chanteuse Karen Akers reprised her acclaimed Water Under the Bridge show to a near-capacity crowd at Birdland Jazz on September 12th. The Tony-no…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:56PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Donna Vivino: La Mia Famiglia by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Actress and singer Donna Vivino is a successful performer since early childhood, and most notably played Elphaba in Wicked.  At 54 Below, Donna performed with her siste…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:31AM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Mingus Dynasty by Andrew Poretz

Charles Mingus Centennial by Andrew Poretz . . . Hot jazz on a sultry Friday night in August.  That’s what patrons of Chelsea Table + Stage received from Mingus Dynasty. There are a handf…

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Quintin Harris Quartet by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz. . . The Quintin Harris Quartet made their first appearance at Chelsea Table + Stage with a fine debut set. The Quartet was actually a trio. He was backed by Sam AuBuchon on…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:15AM
Sunday, September 4, 2022

John Lloyd Young by Andrew Poretz

Mostly Soul: Beloved Hits from Motown to Broadway . . . By Andrew Poretz … John Lloyd Young is a dynamic entertainer and actor.  The Tony and Grammy winner is also a multi-Platinum record…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:25AM
Friday, September 2, 2022

Julie Benko and Jason Yeager in “Hand in Hand” by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Julie Benko is having one hell of a year.  It would be fair to say that this is “The Year of the Benko.”  Prior to 2022, you likely did not know the name of this e…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:49AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Jacob Khalil: Obsessions by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Jacob Khalil and his trio returned to Birdland Theater on August 14th for two sets.  After a strong showing in The Lineup with Susie Mosher earlier that week, it was cl…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:32AM
Monday, August 22, 2022

Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Ah, the Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties, that romanticized, Great Gatsby era of music and mayhem, the days of hot jazz, ladies in flapper outfits and well-dressed men, …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:29AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Mary Stallings at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . Mary Stallings, a world-renowned jazz vocalist who has sung professionally since her teens in the late 1950s, returned to Smoke for a four-night stand to continue the …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:10AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Drew Gasparini by Andrew Poretz

One Last Time (For Now) By Andrew Poretz … In a bittersweet night at 54 Below, the popular and insanely talented Drew Gasparini, a singer-songwriter, played his “last” concert at the c…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:10PM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

T. Oliver Reid: A Sunday Kind of Love by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Actor and singer T. Oliver Reid has a long history on Broadway having played some dozens of roles in some 13 shows, often as an understudy or “swing” performer.  He…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:45AM
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Jaime Lozano and Mauricio Martínez: Hermanos y Familia by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … When two irresistible forces meet, the inevitable result is combustion.  At 54 Below on Monday night, combustion occurred when Mauricio Martínez, a star of Telemundo a…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:45AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Joe Iconis & Family by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz … Joe Iconis is a prodigious songwriter and playwright primarily known for his successful, campy musical plays, notably Be More Chill, and funny, if not silly, story-based…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:46PM
Monday, July 18, 2022

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party by Andrew Poretz

Special Anniversary Edition Birdland Jazz Club By Andrew Poretz … Birdland is not only home to some of the greatest jazz performers.  The venue also hosts Jim Caruso’s Cast Party every …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:22PM
Saturday, July 16, 2022

Karen Oberlin by Andrew Poretz

Bewitched:  The Life and Lyrics of Lorenz Hart . . . By Andrew Poretz… Karen Oberlin, a longtime fixture on the New York cabaret scene and an award-winning performer, presented a one-off …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:32PM
Thursday, July 7, 2022

Ari Axelrod’s “Ari’s Arias,” at Birdland Theater, Was Close to Flawless by Andrew Poretz

The name Ari in Hebrew means “lion.” After seeing this encore performance of Ari’s Arias, the definition ought to be “love”—for Ari Axelrod is love personified. Love radiates fro…

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Bill Charlap: Celebrating the Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein by Andrew Poretz

By Andrew Poretz . . . The Bill Charlap Trio presented conductor, composer, pianist and music educator Leonard Bernstein’s theater songs at the wonderful, nonprofit New Jersey Performing A…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:14PM

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