Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Gayest Night on the Upper East Side: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars by Bart Greenberg

This was the gayest night on the Upper East Side in years!” So commented one attendee while departing the 92nd Street Y after attending (the rather unwieldly titled) XYZ Presents Paramount…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:44PM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Josephine Sanges “The Funny Girl in Me” Was Spot-On Brilliant by Michael Barbieri

Fanny Brice is alive and well and appearing in New York City. No, I’m not referring to the current Broadway revival of Funny Girl, which has received mixed reviews at best. I’m talking a…

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Blue Wave Reunion 2022: Save Our Democracy Fundraiser Plays at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Friday, May 27

On Friday, May 27, producer Stephen Hanks and the performers of the series’ CABARET CAMPAIGNS: BLUE WAVE 2018 and THE VOTING RIGHTS SHOW 2020, will reunite at the Laurie Beechman Theater a…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:21PM
Sunday, May 15, 2022

Andy Farber and his Orchestra Swung a Fantastic Evening of Jazz at Birdland by Marilyn Lester

Drawing mostly from his latest CD, Early Blue Evening, award-winning jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist, Andy Farber, brought his orchestra to Birdland Jazz Club for an early evening of…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:08PM
Friday, May 13, 2022

NiteLife Exchanges with Karen Mason

NiteLife Exchanges is a weekly streaming video interview show with hosts Scott Barbarino and Tony Javed. This week’s guest is Karen Mason. Recorded on Thursday, May 12th you can watch us …

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Gaylin English: A Personal Remembrance of a Friend to All in the Nightlife Community by Michael Barbieri

Gaylin English was known by practically everyone in the NYC nightlife community. Whether she served you dinner at The 5 Oaks or Judy’s, or cocktails at The Colosseum, or even if you just h…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 08:26PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Amanda McBroom Stole Hearts at Birdland with the Warm Hug of “Crimes of the Heart” by Michael Barbieri

We need Amanda McBroom! We may not have realized how much we needed her, but boy, did we need her! Her mellifluous voice. Her luminous spirit. Her masterful storytelling. Her sly sensuality.…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:25PM

NiteLife Exchanges with Justin Ross Cohen

NiteLife Exchanges is a weekly streaming video interview show with hosts Scott Barbarino and Tony Javed. This week’s guest is Justin Ross Cohen, the director and choreographer of the off-b…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Jazz Impresario Jack Kleinsinger Answers Six Questions About His Long Career

NiteLife Exchange (NLE) celebrates Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz (JK) with Six Questions NLE: You started your career as an attorney, with an impressive background in that field…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Nightclub Cantata at the cell theatre Sparkles and Shines with Exquisite Exuberance by Marilyn Lester

Back in 1977, Elizabeth Swados’ Nightclub Cantata premiered at the now defunct, but legendary Village Gate, with a rave review from equally legendary New York Times critic, Clive Barnes. T…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:54PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Therese Lee’s “Riding the Bus to the Red Carpet” Was a Moving and Charming Cabaret Debut by Michael Barbieri

What did Therese Lee, a Hollywood entertainment reporter, faced with a run of bad luck, do when she no longer had a way to drive to her assignments in Tinseltown? She created her own musical…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:32PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Danny Bacher and His Quartet Spread Plenty of Musical Joy at Pangea by Marilyn Lester

Vocalist and soprano sax-master, Danny Bacher, is one of those performers who truly loves what he does, and it shows in his every performance. Versatile and multi-talented, this outing at Pa…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:29PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

Powerhouse Singer Wendy Sherl Answers Six Questions About Life, Her Career and Her New Show About Marvin Hamlisch

New York- and Arizona-based singer, Wendy Scherl, started her performing career in regional theater, touring the country in featured roles such as Grace in Annie, Babe in the Pajama Game and…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:48PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Danny Bolero’s “They Call Me Cuban Pete” Premieres on Monday, April 25 at Don’t Tell Mama

Danny Bolero’s, They Call Me Cuban Pete: The Music and Genius of Desi Arnaz, premieres on Monday, April 25 at 7 PM at Don’t Tell Mama. The show is directed by Madeline McCray with musica…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:23PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Lennie Watts’ “Escape” Is a Fabulous and Fantastic Trip Worth Taking by Michael Barbieri

I have never seen a bad show from Lennie Watts! Now, full disclosure: Lennie is a friend and cabaret colleague. Back when I was doing tech, I did lights and sound for many of his shows. I’…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:10PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

Captured moments from MAC Award 2022!! by Natasha Castillo

Congratulations to all MAC Award winners and nominees of 2022! Great job putting together a wonderful evening of entertainment MAC! It was an honor for me to be nominated! Here are some …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 08:02PM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Who Was WHERE! Reno Sweeney—Mainstay of the 1970s Club Scene by Kati Neiheisel

Intrigued by NLE’s Who Was Who!, I want to know who was where. I want to know about the hot and happening clubs and piano bars of previous decades. Perhaps the past can inspire new paths f…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 04:01PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cindy Firing’s “You and I” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre Was a Thrilling Treat of a NYC Debut by Michael Barbieri

It’s always a treat to see an artist make their New York cabaret debut, especially one as good as Cindy Firing. In this case, the treat was twice as sweet, because not only is Firing incre…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:53PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Award-Winning Director-Choreographer, Bill Castellino Answers Six Questions About “Nightclub Cantata,” His Work and More

Castellino’s latest project is directing the 45th anniversary production of Elizabeth Swados’ Nightclub Cantata, an eclectic and heralded theatrical creation rarely seen since its incept…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:11PM
Monday, April 11, 2022

“David Dean Bottrell Makes Love” Is Funny, Touching and…a Must-See! by Michael Barbieri

How on earth do I write this review?! David Dean Bottrell’s show, David Dean Bottrell Makes Love at The Triad Theater is one of the funniest, most touching and at times, one of the filthie…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 04:13PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

The Pleasing Recollection, A Cabaret Opera Was—Partially Pleasing by Bart Greenberg

The delightful supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below may not be the first place you expect to encounter an opera. And make no mistake, The Pleasing Recollection is indeed an opera, albeit a con…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:59PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

T. Oliver Reid Delivered a Positively Swell Sunday Kind of Happy at Birdland Theater by Marilyn Lester

Broadway triple-threat, T. Oliver Reid can always be depended on to deliver plenty of polish and great satisfaction in his cabaret shows. A Sunday Kind of Love on Valentine’s Eve at Birdla…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:53AM

The Bi-Continental and Singularly Sensational Susanne Mack Answers Six Questions

A native of Germany, Susanne Mack had classical vocal training in Zurich, Switzerland, where she lived with her family before moving to New York City in 2008. In Berlin, she studied with the…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:53AM

Multi-Talented Matthew Liu Deserves to “Be Here”—And Everywhere on the Cabaret Scene by Michael Barbieri

I have a confession to make. I spent Valentine’s Day with a man who wasn’t my husband! No, it’s not like that! I went to see Matthew Liu’s wonderful show I Will Be Here at the Duplex…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:53AM
Saturday, March 12, 2022

Dawn Derow’s Feinstein’s/54 Debut Tribute to Eydie Gormé Captured the Legend to a “T” by Marilyn Lester

Cabaret tribute shows can be tricky—the task is for the creator to find a balance between inhabiting the persona of the honoree while maintaining an identity of self. In Dawn Derow Sings E…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 04:50PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Veteran Cabaret Partners Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton Answer Six Questions of Vital Importance!

Upcoming, at Don’t Tell Mama, Pendleton and Bleier will present their new show, Barbara and Austin Sing Steve and Oscar on Sundays March 13, 27 and April 3. NiteLife Exchange (NLE) asks…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:46PM
Monday, March 7, 2022

One Night Only with Norm Lewis and The NY Pops Was a Master Class in All That a Concert Should Be by Marilyn Lester

In the way that royalty is preceded by a fanfare, the entrance of Norm Lewis on the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage was ushered in by the majestic sound of The New York Pops, u…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:15PM
Friday, March 4, 2022

Join the Celebration at Ellen’s Stardust Diner on Monday, March 7 for the Miss Subways Reunion Brunch

You can be part of New York history! Here’s a unique opportunity to honor Women’s History Month with brunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner on Monday, March 7 at 11 AM. Owner Ellen Hart Stur…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:46AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Gabrielle Lee’s Tin Pan Alley Celebration of African American Artists Was An Incandescent Winner by Michael Barbieri

Every so often, a performer comes along who wins you over the minute they hit the stage and you just know that you’re in for a fantastic show. So it was with the incandescent Gabrielle Lee…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:24PM
Sunday, February 6, 2022

Jeff Harnar’s A Collective Cy Was a Collective’s Cry of “Huzzah!” at Birdland Jazz Club by Marilyn Lester

There were so many points in this amazing evening of A Collective Cy that a collective sigh of unanimous appreciation for Jeff Harnar turned the atmosphere of Birdland Jazz Club electric. Pa…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 08:18PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Scott Siegel and Company’s Special Concert Tribute to Barbra Streisand Was Definitely Evergreen by Marilyn Lester

Impresario Scott Siegel does what impresarios do best—which is to produce shows modest to grand with consummate ease and expertise. In this delightful outing at home base, Feinstein’s/54…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:29PM