At a ceremony held last night in New York, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the winners of the 2015 MAC Awards. The show was hosted by Karen Mason, with musical direction by Barry Levitt, and was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Baby Jane Dexter and Steve Ross. Also honored with Board of Directors Awards were David Kenney of WBAI FM Radio, and the Winter Rhythms Series at Urban Stages, and Meg Flather received the Hanson Award.
Take one part Jim Carrey, one part Sweeney Sisters (Saturday Night Live's hilarious duo of lounge singers), and one part Paul Lynde, and what you'll end up with is a deliciously campy martini with a twist of charm. Hold the subtlety. That is the bubbly cocktail young performer Charlie Johnson served to his audience, many of whom were loudly supportive friends, at the Metropolitan Room during a recent one-night-only showing, titled Anything But Basic.
Joe Alterman returns to The Iridium Sunday March 29th with one show at 8:00PM. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Alterman moved to New York in the fall of 2007 to study music at New York University, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music. While there, he had the opportunity to study with greats including Don Friedman, Joe Lovano and John Scofield.
“This cabaret thing is kind of addictive,” confesses Anita Gillette when I ask her how she’s enjoying this latest phase of her long and multi-faceted career which found her finally getting around to making her nightclub debut just a few years ago. She’ll be back at Birdland on West 44 Street in Manhattan on Monday, March 30, a place where she’s triumphed with her earlier autobiographical one-woman shows of songs and anecdotes. The public and critics embraced her in her latest role—---Anita Gillette as Anita Gillette--- bringing cheers, rave reviews, and awards: the Bistro and MAC Awards.
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the multi-award winning performer Jennifer Sheehan in “STARDUST: A Night in the Cosmos” — a show that goes where no show has gone before, traversing a wide spectrum of great songs and stories that trace our life-long love affair with the magnificent and mysterious night sky!
MAC & Bistro Ward winning Singer Joyce Breach performs at The Iridium Tuesday March 31st, for two shows at 8:30PM & 10:30PM. Rex Reed, of The New York Observer went on to say “Joyce Breach is a singer paying her dues and reaping tertiary rewards: I doubt if there’s much in her pockets to keep her in groceries for all of her talent. Still, there’s something valiant about her dedication to quality that deserves a wider audience. Thank heavens she is around to breathe some life into an extraordinary listless year in the cabaret business.”
Singer-Songwriters ANYA TURNER and ROBERT GRUSECKI write works for the musical theatre and cabaret. Together they have created two full-length musicals: Greetings From Yorkville, presented Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse in a production directed by Thommie Walsh and Baayork Lee, and After All, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing,
"Pompie's Place," a unique pop-up blues supper-club is taking up residence at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, in April. Produced by Arthur Pomposello, “Pompie’s Place” is an immersive nightclub experience transporting audiences to a mythic blues room of another time and place, in which the food is hot and the music even hotter! The five scheduled performances are Sunday & Monday April 12 & 13, both at 7pm; Sunday May 10 (Mother’s Day) at 1pm; Monday May 11 at 7pm, and Thursday May 28 at 7pm. Tickets are $65, which includes a three-course Cajun meal.
54 BELOW will present a special night with LUBA MASON – the Broadway star of Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, The Capeman, among many others – on Thursday, April 9 at 9:30 PM. Fresh off the smash success of the Off-Broadway musical Pretty Flilthy – for which she was hailed as “outstanding” by The New York Times, “deliciously droll” by The Hollywood Reporter and “straight up and affecting” by The New York Daily News – she will present an updated version of her concert Mixtura. Luba’s trademarked blend of different musical currents, Mixtura is hybrid musical format consisting of various styles that can also be in any language.
Not Billie Holiday, Not Jennifer Holiday, Not Judy Holiday. She’s Cynthia Holiday! An exciting jazz and blues singer who always gets a strong reaction from her audience, Cynthia Holiday is a real crowd pleaser. Her “Blues and Grooves” theme show is full of pure soul. She swings, she teases and moans as she sings songs about love and romance. She sings about all types of love…lost love, unrequited love, bad love and good love. Clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable. See Cynthia Holiday's "Blues and Grooves," at The Iridium Tuesday April 7th sets at 8:30PM & 10:30PM.
Gregory Moore & his Cosmopolitan Orchestra make their triumphant return to the Iridium Sunday April 5th at 2:00PM after the Easter Day Parade “With special guest star, accordionist (and 2014 Grammy nominee) VICTOR PRIETO” Gregory Moore & his Cosmopolitan Orchestra debuted on the occasion of the centenary of legendary “crooner,” Russ Columbo’s birth, in 2008. Largely due to that critically-acclaimed (and sold out) event (that Gregory wrote, directed, sang and conducted–and was introduced by Joe Franklin), The Cosmopolitan Orchestra was invited by the late Donald Smith to open the 2008 “Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention” at Rose Hall/Lincoln Center
Jane Scheckter will bring a newly revised version of her tribute show "Jane Scheckter Loves Adores Misses Bobby Short" to Café Noctambulo, Thursdays April 2, 9 and 16 and 7 PM. Originally presented at 88s in 1996 as "Jane Scheckter Loves Adores Bobby Short", this show will mark the tenth anniversary of Bobby Short's passing.
Noel Coward, of course, is famous for his witty quips and cutting jabs, which are, almost, second to none. So allow me to bastardize a title of one of my favorite songs of his to tell you about a wonderful cabaret artist I had the pleasure of seeing devote an entire evening to the cunningly clever lyrics and melodies of Noel Coward: I've been to a Marvelous Show. And now to escape any embarrassment based on comparison to Mr. Coward, I will not be making up any rhymes to describe what I saw, I'll just straightforwardly tell you about it, because I'm simply not that clever.
After captivating the audience at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and The Hollywood Bowl, it has become evident that singer/songwriter RHONDA ROSS not only has the voice, but the significance to carry on her mother’s (Diana Ross) legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination. During her triumphant return to The Iridium on Sunday May 3rd, Rhonda will be joined by her 8-piece band, led by pianist Terry Burrus for an exciting journey song. Rhonda’s song writing reveals her as a unique & important voice on the music scene & you can feel that she has already lived through all the lyrics that she writes.
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs has announced the presenters that are scheduled to appear at the 29th Annual MAC Awards on Thursday, March 26th at B.B King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Scheduled to appear are: Kenny Bell, Raissa Katona Bennett, Julie Budd, Peter Calo, Eric Comstock, Frank Dain, Jamie deRoy, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Fasano, John Daniel Forslund, David Friedman, Bernie Furshpan, Kim Grogg, Rick Jensen, Randy Jones, Barb Jungr, Lina Koutrakos, Brett Kristofferson, Lorinda Lisitza, Karen Mack, John McDaniel, Tanya Moberly, Marissa Mulder, Sidney Myer, Marissa Porto, Julie Reyburn, Ruby Rims, Ricky Ritzel, Billie Roe, Julie Salaman, Adam B. Shapiro, Richard Skipper, Ted Stafford, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Bruce Villanch, and Lennie Watts.