In his current run at Café Carlyle (through Saturday, May 18), the amiable Steve Tyrell, whose unique voice is half barroom and half bedroom, sang 12 numbers backed by what could only be considered the crème de la crème of players. Tyrell’s repertoire was mainly from his new CD (release date: May 14), It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn. His love and admiration for the lyricist are evident in the selection of songs and the stories he told about the prolific Cahn’s awards, friendships and work.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: If you want cabaret that doesn’t just sweetly tickle your ear or wash over you like a gentle shower, welcome to the worthy-of-celebrating tidal wave and earthquake that is Billie Roe. Her time-machine trip to the past (a grittier NYC in 1978) is not a cozy glide past the corner of Nostalgia Avenue and Memory Lane where things are sugar-coated by foggy fondness for the good old daze. Rather, it’s a roller coaster that makes you feel ALIVE. Like in the song she sings about the denizens having a life underground being alive and awake, this show is the caffeinated kick that’s the Red Bull of cabaret with a Jack Daniels chaser. It’s New York Underground. MetroStar Talent Challenge winner Billie Roe blasts off fearlessly, takes risks that pay off, and blazes and amazes.
This week, our Cabaret Pick is Elizabeth Sullivan on Sunday. She’s a lady who celebrates her birthday during this week, too (May 22). She’s a graceful, dignified, full-of-heart performer and a thoughtful, artful songwriter who does not shy away from real feelings. Whenever I see her perform, it’s a tenderly tendered mix of smile-inducers and tear duct activation.
ALL these performers from the world of cabaret
Following cocktails and a big buffet,
Plus an auction, will entertain in a special way,
Like Julie Reyburn and Marilyn Maye,
Lennie Watts and lots, lots more.
With Cabaret Cares, there’s so much in store.
The NYC solo debut of Cortés Alexander in The Swell Show takes place on Monday, May 13 at 7 pm at Birdland on West 44 Street. He last appeared on Broadway as one of The Williams Brothers in the Tony Award-winning Liza’s at the Palace starring Liza Minnelli.
There are pictures missing from several of the frames that hang suspended in the air on invisible walls. This clever component of Brian Prather’s set design for The Memory Show – presented by Transport Group at The Duke on West 42 Street under Joe Calarco’s direction – serves as a telling metaphor for the early onset of Alzheimer’s in this slender yet engaging new musical.
In addition to our recommended CABARET PICKS of the concert at The Town Hall on Thursday and the Cabaret Weekend of free events (see far right top column on this page), here are some more things to be on the lookout for: BILLIE ROE, the winner of the singing contest at Metropolitan Room, is opening her show—the produced cabaret act’s run, the prize for that MetroStar Talent Challenge. It opens May 15 and you’ll be reading more about it in our online magazine, NITE. Want to go on a daring, sharing ride to the past? OK then.
Rebecca Luker describes her relationship to the music of Jerome Kern as “love at first note.” The three-time Tony-nominated actress (for Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and the Kern-penned Show Boat) has a voice that seems particularly suited to the melodies of the prolific composer, affectionately known as the father of American musical theater.
How does this sound? FREE events with cabaret singers sharing their craft in performance and in conversation? Marilyn Maye, Natalie Douglas in a sung toast to the great Lena Horne; Colleen McHugh saluting Cole Porter's songs; Shirley Crabbe paying tribute to Ethel Waters; jazz singer Stehanie Nakasian, ---all beginning with a concert by Marissa McGowan on Friday, May 17. The next day's panel discussion (with performances) includes this year's cabaret award winners: Broadway World Award winner Miss McHugh, MAC Award winner Stacy Sullivan and Bistro Award winner (Debut) Michael Hughes, plus pianist Tedd Firth and more.
On April 8, the Onassis Cultural Center of New York and Jazz at Lincoln Center presented saxophonist/vocalist Dimitri Vassilakis and his band. There was quite a big crowd at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for a Monday night,
Recommended: A major cabaret event on Thursday honoring two icons who graced The Town Hall in a landmark concert 45 years ago....and the next day starts a three-dayweekend full of FREE cabaret events, some of which salute legends, too. This week’s PICK is a double dip because these late-week back-to-back events are very special ones indeed. They are also obvious choices in my mind because, when asked, I always suggest that a busy person or a newcomer to cabaret go to an event with a large number of performers to get exposed to many in one night. And if the ticket money goes to a non-profit organization promoting cabaret, it’s another good reason! Speaking of money, who doesn’t appreciate a free cabaret event --- or a weekend cavalcade of ‘em?
Of all the heap big divas surviving today, there is still no one to approach the eminence of … Barbra. Sure, you have your Madonnas and Chers and Bette Midlers and Diana Rosses, along with younger upstarts like Beyoncé and Rihanna, but there is something about La Streisand’s achievements...
Curtain up! The spotlight is on the nominees for the 2013 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards®! The assembled parties waited for this week's announcement and the stars who'd bring it on, shaking in their kinky boots, many hoping to be the lucky guy or gal, the golden boy or woman to get a shot at the Tony silver medallion, to have a dream-come-true success Cinderella moment, with a podium trip to bountiful acclaim. We've got the list here.
"Everybody has an Elaine Stritch story," according to the multi-MAC Award-winning cabaret veteran Ricky Ritzel. And he tells several of these tales. Over the course of his affable hour-long show, [Editor's Note: This Stritch tribute will be seen at Don't Tell Mama on April 26 and May 6 after debuting