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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

David Sabella Exits the Pandemic with “Relief” and a Heck-of-a Show About It by Marilyn Lester

The multi-talented David Sabella is a performer who walks his talk. He’s the author (with Sue Matsuki) of “So You Want To Sing Cabaret,” a comprehensive study of the genre, and clearly…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 09:47AM
Friday, July 9, 2021

America Gets a Grand Birthday Salute from Scott Siegel and Company by Marilyn Lester

Scott Siegel and company celebrated The 4th of July at Feinstein’s/54 Below with pure Americana—a Siegel version of Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing, with music from Broadway, Hol…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:08PM
Monday, December 14, 2020

Take Action—A Cabinet-Level Arts and Culture Department May Become a Reality by Marilyn Lester

By Marilyn. Lester***As we’ve written about many times in these pages, short-shrift is given to culture and the arts in this country, despite the important economic engine this sector driv…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 09:25PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Art and Cultural Matter—New Jersey Shows the Way for Right-Thinking About the Importance of the Arts by Marilyn Lester

An Arts and Culture Trust Fund has been proposed by New Jersey Mayor Steven M. Fulop of Jersey City as a financially feasible way to ensure that the arts sector has the resources it needs to…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:41PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Mayor’s Office of Nightlife: A Pre-Pandemic Report Card—But Now What? by Marilyn Lester

From time to time we’ve covered the news about the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife since its inception two years ago. At that time, in response to increasing complaints about late-night dist…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:05PM
Monday, April 13, 2020

Let’s Go to a Virtual Party—So Many of Our Friends Will Be There! by Marilyn Lester

By Marilyn Lester****“Laughter the Best Medicine.” The Reader’s Digest ran this column for years. And it’s true, particularly through the lens of lyricist Michael Colby‘s new “I…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:36PM
Monday, January 20, 2020

Australian Fires: Bravo to Broadway for Enlightened Philanthropy by Marilyn Lester

Hats off and applause to the Broadway and theater community for their outpouring of love and for their actions in response to the devastating bush fires in Australia. As a result of record …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:20PM
Monday, December 30, 2019

Ad Lib on NLE: Upper Westside Jazz Club Cleopatra’s Needle: Another Cultural Casualty Among Many by Marilyn Lester

They’re toppling like dominoes—long-established restaurants and institutions that can’t keep up with the rising costs of doing business in Manhattan. Lately, the Boat Basin Cafe at 79t…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:47PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Those Show Broads Leave ‘Em Wanting MORE! by Marilyn Lester

What fun! Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi sure know how to put on a show and leave ’em wanting more. Their Showbroads was a powerhouse of entertainment, as you’d expect from two broads…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:29PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

In Soul Searching, Mark Arthur Miller Has Found Some Answers by Marilyn Lester

Sometimes it’s not easy to walk in parental footsteps, especially for gifted children of the famous. But if they’re fortunate, their own art can be a guide out of the shadows. This is th…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:50PM
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Part Two of Songbook Summit, The Andersons Spotlight Armstrong—Well, Hello Louis! by Marilyn Lester

Reed-meisters Peter and Will Anderson‘s second installment of their annual Songbook Summit directed the spotlight on the life and music of the trumpeter/vocalist/composer Louis Armstrong…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:23PM
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Ad Lib on NLE: Richard Skipper Celebrates and Is Heartily Celebrated by Marilyn Lester

What can you say about a five year-old on a tobacco farm in South Carolina who thinks he’s Carol Channing, and who plays to the tombstones in a local cemetery as his audience? Only that he…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 03:22PM
Monday, July 29, 2019

Jazz in July Pays Tribute to Clifford Brown with Plenty of Brass by Marilyn Lester

The wall of sound that brass can create in simultaneous play is an experience high on the scale of titanically thrilling. This adrenaline rush is exactly what trumpet masters Jeremy Pelt, Wa…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:57PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ad Lib on NiteLife: The House Concert Goes Casually Glam with Broadway Veteran Carole Demas by Marilyn Lester

In the world of entertainment, the venerable house concert is an institution long enjoyed from the beginnings of music itself. From the caves of early humans to the courts of royalty and the…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:18PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sarah DeLeo: A Heartfelt Tribute to Judy Garland by Marilyn Lester

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Judy Garland, the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and the 80th Anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, singer Sarah DeLeo was …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:33PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Ad Lib on NiteLife: The Future of the Arts: Anxiety, Questioning and—Hope by Marilyn Lester

Chances are if you’re reading you’re already a champion of the arts—and therefore understand the vital necessity to cultivate and teach the arts to succeeding gene…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:27PM
Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: Julie Budd Takes a Walk Down Memory Lane at Birdland by Marilyn Lester

From the Catskills to Las Vegas and back again, singer Julie Budd is one of the last performers standing from the glamorous age of nightclubs and variety television. She’s got quite a foll…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:07PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ken Peplowski and Big Band Wowed ‘Em at Birdland by Marilyn Lester

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski is not only a virtuoso of the licorice stick, but a darn good leader too. His assembled big band at Birdland on the eve of Duke Ellington’s 120th birthday (April …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:29PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Daryl Sherman: A Breath of Spring Warming a Chilly April Night by Marilyn Lester

Singer-pianist Daryl Sherman has been a long-time fixture in the international and New York City jazz world. Her endurance as a favorite is well-founded in her talent and charm. She’s full…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:26PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Versatility: Alexis Cole, Part 2—Cabaret Artist by Marilyn Lester

Vocalist-pianist Alexis Cole put aside the piano for an evening at the Beach Cafe, with a show entitled Canary in Combat Boots. This was the cabaret side of Cole, with a hint of her jazz per…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:01PM
Monday, April 8, 2019

Swing: Alexis Cole, Part 1—Jazz Artist by Marilyn Lester

Vocalist Alexis Cole is one of the few females in the jazz world to be able to claim first rate singing ability along with piano chops. You can count them on one hand—the late Barbara Carr…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 10:50AM
Monday, April 1, 2019

Michael Feinstein’s ‘S Wonderful and Marvelous Salute to Jewish Broadway by Marilyn Lester

In his ongoing Standard Time series at Zankel Hall, Michael Feinstein created another winner of a show with The Great American Jewish Songbook. More specifically, the singer’s template of …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 06:23PM
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook Proved a Boffo Tribute by Marilyn Lester

With Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook, the powers behind 92Y’s Lyrics and and Lyricists series not only put on a tremendously important and entertaining tribute to one of America’…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:47PM

A Feast of Open Mics Awaits Those Itching to Perform by Marilyn Lester

The open mic— a time-honored way for singers to perform, test material, keep vocal chords in shape, socialize with peers and so much more. There are quite a few regular sessions in Manhatt…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:22PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lyrics and Lyricists’ “We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York” at 92nd St. Y Scores a Grand Slam by Marilyn Lester

Call it inspired, a perfect storm of creative ideas or even perfection—but no matter how you describe it, the first of this year’s Lyrics and Lyricists programs at the 92nd Street Y was …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 02:57PM
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas in Hell, Playing at the York Theatre, Is…Cute as Hell by Marilyn Lester

Christmas in Hell is, well, as cute as hell. The music is delightful and the cast a wonderful dispenser of screwball antics. For those looking for a good time, the show is a kind of dark Dis…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 10:15AM
Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 12, 2018: CabCon Night Four—An Ending with Alan Jay Lerner and Plenty of Sparkle by Marilyn Lester

How do you wrap up a fabulous four nights of cabaret? Why, with a blitzkrieg of super talent—a 21-gun salute of singers honoring the 100th birthday of songbook treasure, Alan Jay Lerner. A…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 12:01PM
Friday, October 12, 2018

This Weekend with Welsh Diva Iris Williams Includes the Cabaret Convention Friday, October 12 and the Beach Café on Saturday, October 13 by Marilyn Lester

Garbed in Sunday clothes with beads and buckles and bows, and most definitely getting their picture took, was a thrilling cast of performers singing the Jerry Herman songbook at the Mabel Me…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 07:02PM
Thursday, October 11, 2018

October 10, 2018: CabCon Night Two Celebrates the Ladies—Clooney, Cook and Wilson by Marilyn Lester

Shifting focus from a broad panorama to a narrower lens celebrating three icons of cabaret, the second night of the 29th Annual Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention saw a dozen A-list …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 05:36PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October 9, 2018: The Cabaret Convention Convenes Brightly at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall by Marilyn Lester

The first night of the four-night Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention began auspiciously at 6 pm in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall. The 29th annual event, subtitled Cabaret Toda…

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 01:03PM
Saturday, October 6, 2018

An Installment Plan for Theater Tickets: An Idea Whose Time Has Come or a WTF? What Do You Think? by Marilyn Lester

This week, it was announced that Ticketmaster would institute an installment plan to pay for Broadway tickets for Hamilton (top ticket at a whopping $1,551, fees included) and a dozen other …

SOURCE: NiteLifeExchange at 11:19AM

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