New York has never suffered a dearth of great female singer-pianists in the cabaret arena. Barbara Carroll is a prime example, as was Sharon Douglas whence she took up residence upon our fair shores. Jo Thompson and Phoebe Legere are others, and of course in the piano bar sphere there were such powerhouses as Marie Blake and Mable Godwin, not to mention such ladies of today as Tracy Stark and Clare Cooper. Canada's Robyn McCorquodale might not be categorized completely as their heiress apparent, but her show "Diary of a Piano Girl," which plays its final New York area performance, at least for now, at the Laurie Beechman Theater
Fun Home is one of the most poignant and well-crafted musicals that I’ve seen in years. When I first heard it was moving to Broadway after a highly acclaimed run at the Public Theater, I wondered if it would undergo any drastic changes that might dilute its theatrical power. After all, it includes such atypical Broadway fare as a young girl singing about budding lesbian desire, as well as a closeted gay father who commits suicide.
Mark the countdown to the Tony Awards with award-winning cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she celebrates Tony Award®-winning performers and musicals with a roster of major talent on her Multi MAC award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, on Sunday, May 17th (6PM) at the famed New York jazz hot-spot Birdland
New York – April 24 – Cabaret Cares/Help Is On The Way Today will hold its annual fundraising Gala on Sunday, May 17th, at Metropolitan Room in the fashionable Flatiron District at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Help Is On The Way Today is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2005 by MAC AWARD winning producer, Joseph Macchia, to assist children and youth living with HIV and AIDS.
Spotlight On Productions is proud to bring you what is bound to become the hit of this cabaret season Comedy Roulette! Teresa Fischer aka “Lady T” is happy to perform her lively new comedy musical hour at Manhattan’s beloved Don’t Tell Mama.
Praised and adored for her comedic turn of a song, Teresa Fischer features some truly funny songs from her repertoire and introducing some new ones. She is finally giving us this DON’T MISS cabaret hour of hilarity and fun! COMEDY ROULETTE features an all comedy song line-up and is broken up into four “Comedy game show” segments where YOU the audience decides what Lady T will sing next!
KAREN WYMAN – the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist currently celebrating a renaissance since her days performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Dean Martin Show” – will debut at Iridium Jazz Club on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Her most recent New York engagement was named a “Critic's Pick” by Time Out New York and called “a compelling concert and a totally-inspiring comeback performance” by BroadwayWorld.com. The evening of music at the Iridium will feature timeless pop standards by Cole Porter
In this show she shares stories of early morning auditions despite being sleep-deprived (ever tried to sing a high C after wrestling a screaming baby all night?) how she and her husband tossed their daughter to each other across train platforms to avoid paying a sitter, and why, after multiple close calls and disappointments
(New York, NY) Julie Wilson, who died at age ninety on April 5th, will be celebrated and remembered by her peers in a special, one-time-only performance on Tuesday evening, April 28th at The Town Hall. The concert is being underwritten by The Mabel Mercer Foundation and begins at 6 o’clock.
I’m mad at songstress Robyn McCorquodale. Let me tell you why. As a jaded New Yorker who
has faced the daily promises and ultimate defeats of life, I have grown accustomed to being
negative about new experiences. I relish being cynical, doubtful, and even pessimistic about
many things, and can’t tell you how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at the mere idea of giving
into something that I’ve pre-assured myself I’m not going to enjoy.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1954 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc.
Celebrating Sinatra at 100. Popular NYC Singer and bandleader Jerry Costanzo and his Orchestra performs at The Iridium Tuesday April 28th sets at 8:30PM & 10:30PM. He will perform a mix of timeless standards inspired by the great Frank Sinatra, and other crooning legends, including Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and others… Jerry and his swinging pals pay tribute to the musical heroes who inspired his career. Jerry will be performing original arrangements of classic tunes, such as “Come Fly With Me,” “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad,” and “I’ve Got The World On A String.”
When you combine an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino. Diane was born in Manhattan, NYC. She started her early piano training of classical studies and jazz improvisation from the age of 10. Diane graduated from NYC'S 'Famed' High School for the Performing Arts and later received her B.M. degree from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan as a piano performance major where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia.
Café Carlyle is pleased to welcome back guitarist John Pizzarelli, who just performed a sold-out, critically lauded show with wife Jessica Molaskey which TIME placed on their list of 2014's Ten Best Plays & Musicals. He will premiere Strictly Bossa Nova II, a new concert of bossa nova music featuring the Brazilian singer-songwriter and pianist Daniel Jobim, grandson of the seminal Antonio Carlos Jobim, April 21-May 2, 2015. Of their previous engagement, Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal said, "Mr. Pizzarelli and his rhythm section...
Danny Aiello returns to The Iridium with his band Joe Geary & The Guys Saturday May 2nd for one performance only at 8:30PM. Daniel Louis “Danny” Aiello, Jr. is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures, including Once Upon a Time in America, Ruby, The Godfather: Part II, Hudson Hawk, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Léon: The Professional, Two Days in the Valley, Once Around and Dinner Rush. He had a pivotal role in the 1989 Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing as Salvatore “Sal” Frangione, the pizzeria owner, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
On an ordinary Tuesday evening a New York legend took the Iridium stage --- and the audience --- by storm, with a seemingly impromptu, laid back set list of beloved jazz standards. She sang with effortless panache to an audience of friends and fans, many of whom are names in the cabaret industry, which leads me to believe it's never too late to learn from a pro, and for that pro to demonstrate how to deliver a song with style and flair.