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…

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Klea Blackhurst’s “One of the Girls” Opened Wonderful New Windows at Birdland Theater by Marilyn Lester

Actress-commedienne-vocalist extraordinaire Klea Blackhurst is certifiably “one of the girls”—Jerry Herman’s girls, that is. Blackhurst earned the title playing Dolly Levi at Goodspe…

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Kelli Rabke Proved Herself a Mighty “Tiny Giant” of Song at The Green Room 42 by Marilyn Lester

Broadway star Kelli Rabke, a singer-actress of petite stature, got to thinking; it occurred to her that an abundance of legendary singing stars, particularly those who’ve even become iconi…

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Nicole Zuraitis Brought a Wonderful World to Her Set at Birdland Theater by Marilyn Lester

More and more Grammy Award-nominated jazz singer Nicole Zuraitis has been widening her presence in the jazz and popular music spheres with original material. Her recent album release on the …

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Sue Matsiki Had Her Broad’s Way with Humor and Plenty of Love at Pangea by Marilyn Lester

Who doesn’t love a good pun? And who doesn’t love a creatively put together cabaret show featuring a warm-hearted, multi-award winning singer and her long-time award-winning music direct…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Arjana and Ivan Duo Debut at the West Bank Cafe on Sunday, July 25th

ScoBar Entertainment presents The Arjana and Ivan Duo on Sunday, July 25th from 7 PM to 9 PM at the West Bank Cafe. Joining the music scene at the popular venue, the pair is Boston-bred sing…

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Violinist Marissa Licata’s “Strings on Fire” Burned Up the Birdland Stage with Joyful Passion by Marilyn Lester

The air was super-charged at Birdland Theater as violinist Marissa Licata presented Strings On Fire, with a program of eclectic work that dazzled. She wasn’t kidding, either, when she name…

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Jason Kravits’ “Off The Top!” Was Side-Splitting Improv—On Steroids! by Marilyn Lester

What kind of mind does Jason Kravits have, anyway? His popular improv show, Off the Top! readily reveals the answer to this burning question. Kravits has a quick mind—on steroids. It’s p…

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The Q, a New Nightlife Venue Celebrating Diversity in Jazz, Cabaret, Piano Bar, Drag and Much More, Features Marti And The Cummers on Tuesday, August by Scott Barbarino

On March 10, 2020, amidst a gathering pandemic storm, a lease for a venue planned as a four story gay nightclub called The Q was supposed to have been signed. Its location: 795 8th Avenue—…

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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…

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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…

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Chicago-Based Singer-Songwriter Joanie Pallato Answers Six Questions

Singer-songwriter, Joanie Pallatto, has released her 16th studio album, My Original Plan, featuring 14 original jazz-pop songs, with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. Pallotto will showca…

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Catherine Russell’s Return to Dizzy’s Club Delivered a Full-Bodied Set of Jazz and Blues Riches by Marilyn Lester

There’s no question that Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell is the queen of any stage she’s gracing. After all, she is jazz royalty, the daughter of Luis Russell, pianist-le…

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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…

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Aaron L. McKinney, New Executive Director of Hi-ARTS Urban Incubator, Answers Six Questions

Aaron L. McKinney is the new executive director of Hi-ARTS, an urban arts incubator that fosters artists who employ Hip-Hop and urban aesthetics—especially Black artists and artists of col…

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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…

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Puppets of New York Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York Is More Than Child’s Play by Bart Greenberg

It speaks of joy. It speaks of moving forward. —Monxo Lopez The “it” that Monxo Lopez, the curator of the exciting new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, Puppets o…

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Dave Konig and Elliot Finkel Begin Monthly Show, “Welcome Back, New York,” at Don’t Tell Mama on Sunday, August 29

In celebration of New York opening up again, Dave Konig, with Elliot Finkel, is bringing a monthly live show, Welcome Back New York, to Don’t Tell Mama beginning on Sunday, August 29 at 6:…

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Norbert Leo Butz and “Torch Songs for the Pandemic” Soared to Dizzying Heights at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Marilyn Lester

Two-time Tony Award® winner, Norbert Leo Butz, commanding the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below, was downright mesmerizing. In Torch Songs for a Pandemic, Butz created an entertaining, fully-…

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

The 62nd Edition of Siegel’s Broadway’s Greatest Hits Lobbed a Grand Slam-Plus Out of the Park by Marilyn Lester

Scott Siegel’s Broadway’s Greatest Hits series always offers a good time. Host, writer, producer Siegel has a stellar track record of finding sublime talent from Broadway, cabaret and op…

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Cabaret Performance 101 at Fordham University Encourages Young Singers to Pursue this Art Form by Bart Greenberg

Multi-hyphenates David Sabella and Sue Matsuki guided a lucky group of students at Fordham University through the intricacies of performing in cabaret rooms. On August 5, 2021, they hosted a…

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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…

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Magic Was in the Air at Billy’s Place—A Glorious Post-Pandemic Evening at Birdland by Marilyn Lester

What a joy to hear Billy Stritch’s album Billy’s Place come to life at Birdland Jazz Club. The euphoria of live performance and of coming home to the venue was palpable for everyone in t…

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Friday, August 6, 2021

A Personal Remembrance of Cabaret Luminary Don Schaffer, May 28, 1939—July 21, 2021 by Chip Deffaa

I wanted to write something in remembrance of Don Schaffer, who’s passed away. He was 82. He helped an awful lot of people in New York’s entertainment community, myself included. And I…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

David Sabella Exits the Pandemic with “Relief” and a Heck-of-a Show About It by Marilyn Lester

The multi-talented David Sabella is a performer who walks his talk. He’s the author (with Sue Matsuki) of “So You Want To Sing Cabaret,” a comprehensive study of the genre, and clearly…

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Friday, July 9, 2021

America Gets a Grand Birthday Salute from Scott Siegel and Company by Marilyn Lester

Scott Siegel and company celebrated The 4th of July at Feinstein’s/54 Below with pure Americana—a Siegel version of Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing, with music from Broadway, Hol…

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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…

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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…

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Piano Bar Live! Streams Tonight, Tuesday, June 22nd, with Host Scott Barbarino, Plus Raissa Katona Bennett, Doris Dear, Terese Genecco and Deborah Sto

Featuring new performers with every show, the weekly, award-winning Piano Bar Live! (PBL!) streams this Tuesday, June 22 at 7:15 pm ET, with host Scott Barbarino and guests Raissa Katona Ben…

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Piano Bar Live! Celebrates The Provincetown Cabaret Fest This Tuesday, June 15, with Co-Hosts Scott Barbarino and Warren Schein

Piano Bar Live! (PBL!) streams this Tuesday, June 15 at 7:15 pm ET, celebrating The Provincetown Cabaret Fest co-hosted by Scott Barbarino and Warren Schein, with Shelley Taylor Boyd, Christ…

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Cabaret Couple, Singer-Songwriters Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki, Answer Six Questions

Off-Broadway and Cabaret singer-songwriter couple, Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki have enjoyed several successful decades of working and performing together in cabaret and Off-Broadway. Tur…

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