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,
“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.
After completing a sold-out run at The Duplex, Charlie Johnson makes a highly anticipated return to the cabaret scene with his brand new act “CHARLIE! Anything but Basic.” “This is very exciting work,” says Johnson. “I’ve been constructing the act for a while now, and I’m thrilled to be debuting it at the Met Room. “In his new act, Mr. Johnson melds jazz, stand-up, vaudeville, and observational musings to create a very exciting – and very unique - evening.
"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.
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.
A lovely evening for an admirable cause was had Sunday evening at the Laurie Beechman Theatre for those who were able to brave the weather. Hosted by Robin Westle, the evening of stories and singers was part of a recurring series (four times a year) founded as a benefit for Helpusadopt.org aptly titled Robin's Nest. Robin Westle started off the evening with "When I See an Elephant Fly," a casually fun duet from the film Dumbo with Victoria Sorrentino and, after a few introductions, we swiftly were introduced to the wonderful Eric Michael Gillett,
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Ilana Gabrielle and Lindsay Lavin in It’s a Man’s World on Saturday, March 28th, 2015. 11:30pm. Why do girls always sing songs about boys while guys sing about fun things like death, ambition, success, and dreams? Why are songs for ladies all “Where is my man?” “I love my man,” “Stand by your man”, etc? These are the questions Ilana Gabrielle and Lindsay Lavin
“No one here is getting out alive,” Thomas Honeck informs his audience in Dancing with Death, his cabaret show at The Duplex. No, he’s not about to kill anyone – even if he does enter the room carrying a scythe while wearing a skull mask and black cloak. He’s just giving a helpful reminder of our mortality.
The charismatic performer has put together a death-themed program that includes such songs as Chris de Burgh’s pop hit “Don’t Pay the Ferryman”; Laura Nyro’s “And When I Die”
The singer, songwriter and recording artist Carolyn Montgomery-Forant continues her recent comeback as she adds new shows to the critically acclaimed run of “Visible Phoenix” at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street, a show which took off in October. The flame-throwing wit’s first solo show since returning to the stage in January of last year, “Visible Phoenix” marches on Fridays March 13, April 10, May 8. All shows are at 7pm.
If you are even a passing fan of the best decade of rock and roll music, you don't want to miss this evening. John Koprowski: Five Years That Rocked the World, 1964-1969, in a return engagement, can be seen at Don't Tell Mama this Saturday, March 7 at 5 pm, and it is a night of great stories and some of the most meaningful and poetic rock songs ever heard. What Mr. Koprowski lacks in performance style, he has made up with his backing band, conducted on piano by the always capable Tracy Stark and featuring the talents of Peter Calo on guitar, Donna Kelly on drums,Owen Yost on bass, Susan Mitchell on the electric violin, and back-up vocals by Wendy A. Russell and Kathleen Stuart.
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