Help raise money for Scott Siegel's Broadway Unplugged & The Nightlife Adwards ... And be royally entertained! Attend "Christmas Carolyn," Starring Beth Leavel, Billy Irwin, Bob Stillman, Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Scott Coulter, Julie Reyburn, Eric Michael Gillett, Kevin Spirtas, & Shaina Taub. Produced & Hosted by Carolyn Montgomery-Forant! Monday, December 22nd at 7 PM at The Laurie Beechman Theater
It's a small world, after all, this world that's been dubbed the "cabaret community" in NYC. Much of that small urban world's population in this first half of December can be seen at Urban Stages on West 30 Street --- performing in the shows and/or watching them --- for its "Winter Rhythms" series that runs through December 14. It makes for more than six degrees of separation between a performer who shares the series name
Have you ever had one of those moments where the stars align and everything seems to just be "right" with the world? Well, The Julie Lyon Quintet's album, Julie, is the musical equivalent of this phenomenon, except the "stars" happen to be musicians. Julie Lyon has struck gold by assembling a top notch group of four instrumentalists for her debut Quintet recording, and we should be thanking those stars for it. The five wunderkinds in this group are Ms. Lyon herself on vocals, Tom Cabrera
When the Metropolitan room opened its doors some seven year ago, it was not long before it became one of the premier listening rooms in the city, offering Cabaret, Jazz and Comedy. In a business that seems to come and go, it looks like the Met is here to stay for some time.
What It Is: Peppy, Participatory, Playful, Plus Puppets!!! What It Is NOT: Passive, Pedantic, Preachy, Plodding. If you see some somewhat smaller-than-usual customers entering the Metropolitan Room this Sunday (December 7) at high noon, it's not an encore of last Sunday's tribute to the Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland for the surviving Munchkins. Those customers are children and their drink of choice is orange juice or milk.
The day is finally here! After one month of voting on preliminary nominees in 17 categories, the results of more than 5,000 ballots were considered along with the selections of BroadwayWorld's cabaret section editors to determine the final nominees for the 2014 BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards.
With her second album, Lyn Stanley has shown the Jazz scene that she is here to stay for quite a long time. "Potions - From The 50's" is a highly enjoyable collection of songs, all taken from the decade that introduced us to such disparate items as "I Love Lucy", the TV dinner, Holden Caulfield, and the Hula Hoop; where Eisenhower was President, and a change in the air was ever-looming near the end of last "innocent" decade of the 20th century.
In the world of cabaret, shows that focus on the musical catalog of Harold Arlen are usually a dime a dozen. Thus, finding an evening of the gentleman's compositions that truly stands out can be akin to searching for a specific snowball in Alaska. There have been several over the last two decades that have been more than merely sensational (Helen Schneider's Arlen-based show at Rainbow & Stars in the early '90s certainly springs to mind), but for some artists it can prove difficult to avoid the lackluster.
BAD WITH MONEY – Ben Rimalower’s new play about spending beyond his means – has announced another extension with five extra shows through the end of the year. The show was named a “Critic’s Pick” from Time Out New York and called “courageously honest, keenly specific and emotionally naked” by The Advocate.
Mike Nichols’s passing leaves a big void in the entertainment world, especially when it comes to his unique style and complete understanding of and connection to his audiences. Much of his knowledge and experience regarding that came from his early experiences performing in cabarets. Mike Nichols was, after all, in the formative years of his career,
The internationally recognized jazz piano authority Jon Weber returns to the Metropolitan Room with his stupefyingly expansive survey of 115 years of jazz piano, "From Joplin to Jarrett." Gracing the stage for four encore performances running November 26 to January 6, "From Joplin to Jarrett" was called "a fascinating and essential show" by Stephen Holden of The NY Times when the show premiered in May. Weber, the host of "Piano Jazz" on NPR
Sometimes, as a cabaret reviewer, one simply can't partake of every act in town. It's really quite a regrettable fact, especially when a singer makes a small-but-notable splash and it takes some time to have that performer be truly seen and savored by the public at large. To this small but inestimably-privileged list of current artists must be added the name of Maxine Linehan, whom your humble reporter is quite sure will be taking her place in the very near future among cabaret's finest. Her latest show, "Beautiful Songs" at Metropolitan Room, proves nothing less than utterly sensational, and deserves as many repeat performances as possible.
Right around this time of year, every season in cabaret, New York is traditionally infiltrated with acts from out of town who come to perform in the Cabaret Convention, or simply for the chance to be seen by our local audiences who can spread word of something new and exciting. Invariably, this works to the hilt, as in the case of such artists as Paula West and Dane Vannatter. But it also doesn't work in every case. And it's regrettable that Shepley Metcalf, a bouncy blonde from the Boston area with more-than-fair vocal chops, falls into the latter category.
Chanteuse Nicky Gayner descended upon the Metropolitan Room this fall, from where she's already established herself in her native England. With this show, entitled "Empty Nest," the end result can perhaps best be described as unusual but at times quite enticing. The main thrust, as the title suggests, involves a woman reaching a certain age when the children start leaving home, and proves a most interesting cycle of songs.