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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Scott Raneri’s Wonderful Extra! Extra! Pulled Out All the Stops by Michael Barbieri

In his wonderful show, Extra! Extra!, Scott Raneri sang “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish and you’re gonna finish on top.” Well, Raneri was definitely on top! On top…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Tin Pan Alley Day Was a Fabulous and Inspiring Celebration of Where American Popular Music Began by Michael Barbieri

October 23rd, 2021. It’s a chilly, overcast autumn afternoon in NYC. Still, some of the best and brightest in the worlds of live music and cabaret turned out to present a free concert in F…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 11:52AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Kim David Smith’s “Mostly Marlene” Was Absolutely FANTASTISCH! by Michael Barbieri

In my many years in cabaret, I’ve seen quite a few Marlene Dietrich tribute shows, but Kim David Smith’s intoxicating Mostly Marlene, at Club Cumming was indeed, as the Germans might say…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 09:16AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

Elena Bennett and Fred Barton Are Gloriously “Back in the Swing of Things” by Michael Barbieri

The glorious duo of singer Elena Bennett and pianist Fred Barton recently got things swingin’ at the West Bank Cafe. Together, they recreated numbers from their timeless CD A Wrinkle in Sw…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 04:57PM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Flotilla DeBarge: Corona and Flo—A Hilarious Tale of Lockdown, Pre- and Post- by Michael Barbieri

If you want to split a seam laughing and witness a truly classic drag act, you need go no further than Pangea, where Flotilla DeBarge returned to take her audience on a journey into post-Cov…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:20PM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

Christina Pecce’s Bewitching “Witches, Bitches & Divas” Was Well-Worth Revisiting by Michael Barbieri

It’s not often that I get the chance to review a cabaret show a second time, but Christina Pecce’s Witches, Bitches and Divas was well worth revisiting! I had reviewed Pecce’s show a c…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:55PM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Wells Hanley, Brian Childers and Matt DiPasquale Presented a Wonderful Concert of Hope and Cheer by Michael Barbieri

Welcome back to Pangea and welcome back to the world!” That was how director Gerry Geddes introduced the new show by Wells Hanley, Brian Childers and Matt DiPasquale. Presented not so much…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:36PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Duplex Reopens with Joyful Celebration by Michael Barbieri

“We’re OPEN!” With that joyful call, pianist Gerry Diffenbach began his opening set at The Duplex Piano Bar and Cabaret. That one statement elicited shouts of happiness from the alread…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:57PM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Harry Potter NYC—the New Retail + Experience Extravaganza— Is Truly…MAGIC! by Michael Barbieri

Okay. Full disclosure:I am not a Potterhead! I am not a die-hard Harry Potter fan who’s read all the books, knows which of the Hogwarts houses he belongs to or makes regular pilgrimages to…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:18PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Daniel Joseph Baker and Miguel Angel Vasquez—Nothing Less Than Phenomenal by Michael Barbieri

In a world where opportunities to see entertainers performing live are next to nil, I felt very fortunate to have caught two wonderful young singers performing at Don’t Tell Mama on West 4…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:29PM
Friday, June 12, 2020

Who Was Who! Club Owner Richard Hendrickson: A Personal Remembrance by Michael Barbieri

The late Richard Hendrickson was a polarizing figure in the world of cabaret. Loved by many and reviled by others, he made a lasting mark in the New York nightlife community. Richard was…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:28PM
Monday, April 27, 2020

Musings: When the Play DOES Go Wrong! by Michael Barbieri

By Michael Barbieri***In the hit Broadway and West End comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, an amateur theater company presents a murder mystery beset by multiple onstage disasters. Collapsing …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:40PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

jackbenny’s Tuneful Show Is a Smartly Delivered Crowd-pleaser by Michael Barbieri

Music that’s tuneful, entertaining and thought provoking? Oh, yeah, I’m on board for that! With All Aboard the Train of Thought, twin brothers Jack and Benny Lipson, known professional…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:28PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Three Tall Queens Fascinates and Inspires by Michael Barbieri

These three queens are one remarkable woman! Three Tall Queens is a fascinating, often horrifying and ultimately inspiring serio-comic theater piece based on the life of Lindsey Kay—a pro…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:19PM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mama’s Boys Will Have You Cheering for MORE! by Michael Barbieri

Mama’s Boys are the perfect blendship! Four talented guys, fabulous harmonies, an eclectic mix of musical styles and warm onstage camaraderie make this a show that will have you smiling, …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:33PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Leslie Orofino Dazzles Radiantly in “Shine” by Michael Barbieri

Leslie Orofino is a class act! Smart, talented and self-assured, the lady knows how to put on a terrific cabaret show. Her new show, Shine, at Don’t Tell Mama showcased the music of four…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:26PM
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

RuPaul’s DragCon NYC 2019: Day 3 by Michael Barbieri

Sunday, September 8th was something of a wrap-up day at DragCon. And although the festivities ended earlier than the first two days, it was no less packed with glam-oor, Hunny!

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:55PM
Monday, September 16, 2019

Drag-Tastic: RuPaul’s DragCon NYC 2019 Day 2 by Michael Barbieri

Not many things can get me out of bed at 6 am, but RuPaul’s DragCon NYC is one of them! On Saturday September 7th, DragCon began bright and early, with VIPs admitted at 9 am. Press, howev…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:16PM
Friday, September 13, 2019

RuPaul’s DragCon NYC 2019: Day 1 by Michael Barbieri

When it comes to FABULOUS, nothing in New York can compare with DragCon NYC!! Wigs! Heels! Glitter! Stunning lewks! Merch galore! And more fashionistas and famous drag queens than you …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:28PM
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Latrice Royale Is the Total Package by Michael Barbieri

Oh my GOD!! Latrice Royale is EVERYTHING, Hunny!! Latrice Muthafuckin’ Royale is the total package! In her fabulous new show, Here’s to Life, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Latrice serv…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:08PM
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Michael Kirk Lane’s “Just Because”…Because You Can’t Go Wrong by Michael Barbieri

You really can’t go wrong with Michael Kirk Lane! He’s charming; he’s childlike; he knows his way around comedic material and yet he can melt your heart with a tender ballad. In his ne…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:23PM
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Picked Up—Hauntingly Intriguing and Compelling by Michael Barbieri

Have they met before? Is he or isn’t he? Will they leave together? And where the hell is that bartender? In Dan Manjovi’s intriguing and mesmerizing new play, Picked Up, two men find…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:37PM
Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: Manilow Broadway—A Pure Delight— Delivers the Goods in a Big Way by Michael Barbieri

*A joyous spectacle! Hit after hit! Songs you know and love! Barry Manilow has begun a residency at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and this show delivers the goods! Whether you’re …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 11:53AM
Monday, July 22, 2019

Billy Lykken’s A Faggy Resistance Packs Power by Michael Barbieri

We the people are under siege! Women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, the free press, and anyone who dares speak their mind freely, are being challenged on a daily basis. And as with any fight,…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 11:18AM
Monday, July 15, 2019

Celebrating Pangea Pride with, Well… Pride! by Michael Barbieri

I’m proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community! I’m proud to be a part of the cabaret community! At Pangea, in the East Village, a group of immensely talented performers presented Cele…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:39PM
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Diane Arnstein’s “I Wanna Wander” Is a Sweet Travelogue by Michael Barbieri

I traveled recently to Fort Lauderdale, Boston, Hawaii, London and even to Paris! But I did it all without leaving my seat at Pangea, where I enjoyed Diane Arnstein’s sweet travelogue of …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:28PM
Monday, July 8, 2019

Ilaria Della Bidia Makes A Stunning Debut with “The Music of My Heart” at The Cutting Room by Michael Barbieri

After Ilaria Della Bidia’s stunning U.S. solo debut show, The Music of My Heart, I approached her and said, in Italian, “Che bella voce!” In other words, “What a beautiful voice!”…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:39PM
Thursday, June 27, 2019

BenDeLaCreme is…Ready to be Committed by Michael Barbieri

It’s been said that marriage is a wonderful institution. Yeah, but who wants to be in an institution?! Well, clearly BenDeLaCreme does and her hilarious new show, BenDeLaCreme is…Ready…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:56PM
Friday, May 24, 2019

Scarlet Envy’s “Reflections”—Southern Beauty Meets NYC Grit by Michael Barbieri

A soft, warm summer evening. A lovely but modest wood-framed house in the rural south. Sitting on the front porch with a tall drink, garnished with a sprig of fresh mint. There’s a gent…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:09PM
Monday, May 20, 2019

Sutton Lee Seymour Is a Force of Nature! by Michael Barbieri

What did I just witness??!! When I went to the Laurie Beechman Theatre to catch Dragflix, I had no idea what was in store! Let me tell you, Hunny—I was not READY for the whirlwind, the f…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:07PM
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Miz Cracker’s “American Woman” Is Outspoken Fun by Michael Barbieri

Sometimes you go to a drag show and you get a fun, frivolous, occasionally vulgar evening of entertainment. When I caught Miz Cracker’s show, American Woman, at the Laurie Beechman Theatr…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 09:49AM

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