The television and stage actress Delphi Harrington and the pianist and composer Woody Regan host a marvelous party as they blend the music, words and sensibilities of Noel Coward and the comedy team of Flanders and Swann in “Cowardly Swann,” a new breed of show. The world premiere of “Cowardly Swann” begins once-monthly shows on Wednesday February 25 at 7pm. Harrington’s first Metropolitan Room major engagement performs four times through May 2.
The nightclub world’s reigning champion of cheer and chops and chugga-chugga energy, Marilyn Maye, is at it again. Invading Birdland on West 44th Street, by force and by force of habit, this force of nature is staring down Mother Nature’s Arctic mean streak this week and luring New Yorkers and tourists to her warm musical embrace. The veteran enterprising entertainer closes her Audience Love Fest, Volume 812 on Valentine’s Night, February 14.
Every once in a glorious while, a cabaret entertainer comes along that makes the spectator gasp, "How is it that I've never heard of this person before?" So it goes with Sandra Bargman, a dynamite powerhouse of talent and energy, as evidenced in her latest act, "The Edge of Everyday," at the Duplex. The show manages to comprise a mix of cabaret, performance art, and Universalist revival meeting; this is unsurprising,
Chanteuse Rosemary Loar has been delighting audiences for well over three decades, not merely in cabaret but also on Broadway, and even more recently proved herself adept as a major developer of new musical theater pieces (as with "Spoolie-Girl" at New York Theater Festival two seasons ago). Three seasons prior she released an evening of music comprised primarily by pieces by Sting and The Police,
Legends aren't born, they are made. Blessed with an indescribable electricity whenever and wherever she dances, Chita Rivera is one of the most memorable and iconic Broadway performers in theatrical history not only because of the seminal shows with which she was and is associated, but also because of her innate ability to virtually stop the show with a mere movement, no matter how small or subtle it may apear to be.
Isn't it nice when you finally unearth a pleasant secret that has been hiding just under your nose for a long time? Or, when you find that metaphorical "diamond in the rough" that is perched on the verge of coming out of the shadows into the light of a multitude of followers and fans? Well, I believe I have discovered the new secret that you've been waiting to hear.
Long before there was Jack Paar or Steve Allen or even Johnny Carson, there was Joe Franklin. From his ground-breaking 1950 talk show in the early days of television to his 30-plus year run on WOR-TV, Joe Franklin was the trail-blazer for all the Carsons and Lettermans. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, Joe Franklin, "The King of Nostalgia," passed away at 88.
Interviewing over 300,000 guests during a 43-year span, Bronx-born Joe Franklin began his career as a teenager, selling jokes to Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor.