Dazzling costumes, acrobatic choreography, and a collection of terrific songs from a bygone era propel the new Broadway musical written by Hollywood legend Woody Allen. Bullets Over Broadway, based on the 1994 film Allen co-wrote with Douglas McGrath, has superb production values and an engaging storyline even if the show’s conclusion feels sadly rushed and nonsensical.
Audra McDonald is well cast as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, now playing Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. It’s not that she’s a perfect mimic – although she does try to imitate Holiday’s distinct vocal stylings. It’s more that the five-time Tony Award winner has the ability to tap into the pain and anger that is crucial to the role while still being able to sing sublime renditions of some of the songs for which Holiday is best known.
Novice acts in cabaret can be a nervous proposition, not merely for the performer(s) onstage but the audience as well as whoever might be in the audience reviewing the show. So it goes with Sally & Sayh, which emerged upon the stage at Metropolitan Room in mid-April.
As the daughter of one of show business' most prominent couples, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Emmy Award-winning singer/actress Lucie Arnaz has forged a distinct career of her own. She has had starring roles on Broadway, television and film, and has won awards including an Emmy, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award.
This spring the L.A.-based Joanne Tatham gives New York another whirl as she returns to the Metropolitan Room with her critically acclaimed cabaret concert “Soundtrack New York.” Tatham’s fast-paced guided tour of songs from films shot on the streets of Manhattan plays four nights
Broadway vet and singing sensation Alysha Umphress, fresh off her starring turn as Cee Cee in the World Premiere of Beaches (Signature Theatre), joins the line up of 9 Songs by James Harvey at 54 Below.
The first of two installments this month of "Tune in Time," a songwriting competition in the style of a game show, was held at The Triad on April 7. Hosted by Emily McNamara with Nate Buccieri serving as musical director, the premise of the show is to take three composers and three lyricists who have never collaborated,
February 24, 2014 New York, NY Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz, New York’s longest running jazz concert series, continues it’s 42nd season on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough Manhattan
Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you had made a different decision at a crucial moment? Of course you have. That makes it easy to relate to the promising yet imperfect new Broadway musical If/Then, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In it, the show’s central character Elizabeth – played by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel – lives out two parallel lives that split off from each other on one fateful day in Madison Square Park.
The annual MAC Awards by and for the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (its members vote in most categories) had the usual warm and fuzzy moments, breathless cup-runneth-over-with-gratitude acceptance speeches, shout-outs, quips, with performances by winners woven in. While several expressed genuine surprise,
Jim Speake sings Cy Coleman at the Duplex. Singing songs from Cy Coleman's "Sweet Charity", "Barnum", "City of Angels", "The Will Rogers Follies", "Seesaw", "The Life", "Wildcat" and more Jim celebrates the career of Broadway composer Cy Coleman.
NYC cabaret artist Angela Shultz takes to the stage with her 2014 show "Reality Check" on Saturdays, April 26 and May 10, both shows at 5:30pm, at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, NYC – 212-757-0788; www.donttellmamanyc.com). There is a $20 cover charge plus a 2-drink minimum.
Theater has been a major part of Frank Torren's life since he was a young lad in the Latin Quarter of Tampa, Florida. His first theatrical pursuit was the lead in the school play, "The Little Dog Laughed." Soon he had teamed up with his sister to perform a dance act which toured all over and even was invited to a festival in Cuba.
"Bebop lives! This primal hipster (he was one of the cats who followed Bird around with a wire recorder) has never quit touring or recording... His credits as a singer/songwriter/piano-man are as impressive as his vocal style, ranging from the vocalese classic "Yardbird Suite" to "I'm Hip" (a collaboration with Dave Frishberg), "Blue Xmas" (the dark, cynical Christmas song he wrote for Miles) and, god help us, Multiplication Rock..." (Michael Goodwin)