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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Marieann Meringolo Aces the Songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman by Michael Barbieri

There are very few singers in cabaret as good at interpreting the songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman as Marieann Meringolo; her show Between Yesterday and Tomorrow at the Beach Cafe was proof…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Peter and Will Anderson’s Songbook Summit by Michael Barbieri

C’mon and hear! C’mon and hear the music of Irving Berlin. And Jerome Kern! And Hoagie Carmichael! And Jimmy Van Heusen! Peter and Will Anderson’s fantastic Songbook Summit series…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Spencer Day Is a Hip Modern-Day Crooner by Michael Barbieri

Spencer Day is a multi-faceted gem of a performer. When I went to see his show at The Green Room 42, I was expecting an evening of jazz. What I discovered was a charming singer-songwriter,…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Barb Jungr and John McDaniel’s “1968—Let The Sun Shine In” Is Hip and Trippy by Michael Barbieri

Barb Jungr and John McDaniel’s show 1968 – Let the Sun Shine In at Joe’s Pub, was a hip and trippy tribute to that momentous year. But Jungr and McDaniel were the perfect guides, so t…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies! I Only Have Lies For You by Michael Barbieri

What do you get when you bring together MAC Award winner Amy Wolk and panelists from the worlds of Broadway, cabaret and television, telling outrageous and often hilarious stories about thei…

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

TV’s “Pose:” Billy Porter and the Cabaret Connection Is a Personal One by Michael Barbieri

One of the most talked-about new TV series to hit the airwaves this season is “Pose,” the fierce, flamboyant and unabashedly honest drama set in the world of the Harlem drag balls of the…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Witches, Bitches and Divas Are the Most Fun! by Michael Barbieri

Who doesn’t love a witch, a bitch or a diva?! Let’s face it—when it comes to stage, screen and music, we all love the bad girls and the flamboyant, over-the-top superstars, because th…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Get ME! Dr. Bradley Jones Dreams and Re-Dreams Review by Michael Barbieri

What happens when a young boy chases his Broadway dream relentlessly and attains that dream, only to see the dream go sour? Why, he becomes a psychotherapist, of course! This is the true…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Michael Kirk Lane’s “Glass Half Full” Was a Needed Tonic by Michael Barbieri

Glass Half Full, Michael Kirk Lane’s recent show at Don’t Tell Mama was a needed tonic for the angst and upset that have affected many of us in the last couple of years, especially since…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Drag Me Through Hell BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A Go-Go at the Laurie Beechman Theatre by Michael Barbieri

Oh my God! Who’s that shadowy figure warning us “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here?!” Is it an apostate of Hell?! No! It’s just the terminally delightful BenDeLaCreme! Looking…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dinner and Jazz at Birdland by Michael Barbieri

Opened in 1949, and named for alto saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the original Birdland was located on Broadway near 52nd Street. The iconic club was home to jazz legends like M…

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Natalie Douglas—A Delicious Ella Fitzgerald Tribute at Birdland by Michael Barbieri

At the start of her Ella Fitzgerald tribute, Natalie Douglas told us Ella had delicious taste in music. And Natalie sang that music deliciously! Natalie Douglas is a two-time Backstage Bist…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Brie Cassil in, “The Shape of Me,” Shows Serious Chops by Michael Barbieri

Celine Dion-meets Rocker Chick-meets Broadway Baby! Brie Cassil is all that and more! This woman has some serious chops and in her show, The Shape of Me, at The Green Room 42, she showed t…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Funk & Falsettos—Brad Simmons & Lennie Watts: Blue Eyed Soul at Don’t Tell Mama by Michael Barbieri

Play that funky music, white boys! Well, at Don’t Tell Mama, Brad Simmons and Lennie Watts did just that in their wonderful show, Blue Eyed Soul. Performing popular hits from the 60s, 70…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The MAC Awards–This Time It’s Personal by Michael Barbieri

Last month, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) held the 32nd annual MAC Awards, honoring the best in cabaret and live entertainment. This was my first MAC Awards in nearly…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Green Room 42—Tasty Food and TASTiSKANK by Michael Barbieri

Tastiskank is not your typical cabaret act, but then The Green Room 42 is not your typical cabaret venue! On a chilly Monday evening, my partner and I checked out this new club and not only …

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Queen of the Night at The Diamond Horseshoe by Michael Barbieri

Once upon a time, in the faraway land of Las Vegas, I took part in a delightful social experiment known as Rose.Rabbit.Lie, a venue setup to feel like a sleek, modern mansion, where customer…

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