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Friday, June 22, 2018

Natalie Douglas and Shirley Bassey Are a Perfect Match by Marilyn Lester

If ever there was a match made in entertainment heaven, it is Natalie Douglas with Dame Shirley Bassey. Both singers have remarkable vocal instruments—powerful voices and the wherewithal t…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

KT Sullivan Reigns Supreme at Birdland by Marilyn Lester

If there’s such a thing as reincarnation, KT Sullivan was surely a notable monarch in one of her past lives. Her command of a stage, large or small, is complete. On the intimate platform o…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Libby Holman: Did She Do It? Lee Horwin May or May Not Know by Marilyn Lester

Lee Horwin has been fascinated by actress, singer and philanthropist, Libby Holman, for decades. So has actor/director/writer Walter Willison. The two have combined their shared passion for …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spider Saloff Exudes The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee by Marilyn Lester

Spider Saloff is so darn appealing you just want to wrap her up and take her home. The singer is a bubbly package of entertainment perfection. She’s poised, witty, personable, smart and mo…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Tuscany Project Vocal Workshop Offers the Opportunity to Sing in Paradise, June 30th-July 7th by Marilyn Lester

The Tuscany Project 2018 is not your “usual” vocal workshop. This immersive experience offers a path to creative enlightenment, encouraging participants to “sing your song” in a way …

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Friday, March 23, 2018

The New Nightlife Mayor Has Arrived – Where Do We Go from Here? by Marilyn Lester

Nightlife, the naughty stepchild of live entertainment, may finally be finding redemption and validation with the long-awaited repeal of the so-called “Cabaret Law” and the creation of t…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

We Report the Passing of Fantasticks Composer Harvey Schmidt with a Very Personal Pair of Tributes by Marilyn Lester

Composer Harvey Schmidt, perhaps best known for his work with lyricist Tom Jones in creating the legendary musical, The Fantasticks, passed away in Texas on February 28, at age 88. Schmidt a…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Stardusters Put on a Show—And it Rocked! by Marilyn Lester

Five of the singing waiters, the Stardusters, from Ellen’s Stardust Diner, descended the stairs to The Iridium on February 20th, and knocked the socks off an enthusiastic house (plus a hug…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play at the Soho Playhouse Scores High Marks by Marilyn Lester

Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play, billed as a combination of cabaret, theater and dance, scores high marks for story telling and presentation, even if the title of the show is a bit…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Christine Pedi’s Snow Bizness Is a Santa’s Bagful of Treats by Marilyn Lester

Ten years ago, Christine Pedi started what would become a tradition in New York City holiday shows. Originally she named it Holly Jolly Christmas Folly, until she received a cease-and-desist…

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The Barry Levitt Foundation Cabaret – Swing It Did! by Marilyn Lester

It’s been almost ten weeks since Maestro Barry Levitt passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, sending shock waves through the music community he touched in so many ways. And yet, The Maestr…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017: A Barry Levitt Foundation Cabaret. Swing We Must! by Marilyn Lester

By MARILYN LESTER**** When the music comes up at the Iridium this Wednesday night, December 6, 2017, the occasion will essentially mark the launch of The Barry Levitt Foundation – just the…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Remembering Barry Levitt, 1947-2017 by Marilyn Lester

When someone as beloved as Barry Levitt passes on, those who mourn are especially affected. When that transition to the larger life is completely unexpected, the shock and sorrow are magnifi…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Vanishing New York by Marilyn Lester

From the moment the Dutch set foot here in 1624, New York has been a place ever-evolving. Ours is a city that dynamically reinvents itself – a place where change is a way of life. Until re…

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Dietrich Rides Again by Marilyn Lester

In 1939, the hugely popular international film star Marlene Dietrich made the western comedy, Destry Rides Again with the equally popular American actor James Stewart. It’s from this highl…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Remembering The Oak Room – The Crown Jewel of Cabaret by Marilyn Lester

On its website, The Algonquin Hotel rightly acknowledges itself as “one of the most historic and famous hotels in New York City.” Its history is rich, stretching back to 1902. It was the…

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Arthur Pomposello May Know Where the Bodies Are Buried by Marilyn Lester

He’s dapper, distinguished and easily could have walked out of a Hollywood film – think the sophistication and eloquence of Burt Lancaster or Robert Preston or George Raft (who might wel…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Upstairs, Downstairs: Stardusters Bring High Energy Up —Down in The Iridium by Marilyn Lester

For as long as there’s been a Great White Way, they come to New York City to break into the business – fresh-faced young talent with plenty of ability and energy to spare. Presently, six…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cabaret Call to Action: What Can We/ Should We Do About…. by Marilyn Lester

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season o…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Jerry’s Girls: The Jerry Herman Revue at the York Theatre Through Sunday, August 13 by Marilyn Lester

Never mind the dog days of August. For relief from a currently fraught political situation – or any of life’s woes – Jerry’s Girls is just the ticket. This special Summer Musicals in…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Irrepressible Ira Lee Collings and His Gay Pride by Marilyn Lester

The self-proclaimed “Gay Geezer,” Ira Lee Collings, is, at 81, still a work in progress. No matter that he’s been performing since he was a kid on the radio, the old guy is as young at…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sally Darling: Love, Lust and Longing by Marilyn Lester

Sally Darling is a performer’s performer. With a combination of wit, good humor and enthusiasm – plus a Mabel Mercer-like approach to interpreting a song – she’ll leave you knowing y…

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