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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Barbara Cook Could Make You Feel Grateful to Be Alive by Stephen Holden

The cabaret singer’s voice mixed regret with acceptance and consolation. At the end of a song, you’d feel warm — and know that all would be forgiven.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Review: Merrily (and Ruefully) Recalling an Epic Broadway Flop by Stephen Holden

“Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,” a documentary by Lonny Price, examines the buildup and collapse of “Merrily We Roll Along” in 1981.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: You Ain’t Never Heard a Baritone Like His by Stephen Holden

James Monroe Iglehart, best known for his Tony-winning role as the Genie in “Aladdin,” takes audiences on a genial journey in his show at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: New York Cabaret Convention Slips In Modern Flourishes by Stephen Holden

It represents the conservative uptown wing of a field whose downtown avant-garde is merging music with performance art, political satire and gender and genre bending.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Christine Ebersole Has a Soundtrack for Starting New Chapters by Stephen Holden

The singer explores the options of a woman who suddenly finds her nest empty in “After the Ball” at Café Carlyle.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: In ‘Acoustically Speaking,’ a ‘Rent’ Duo Returns by Stephen Holden

Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, who starred in the original Broadway cast, team up to pay tribute to musical theater’s relationship with modern pop.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: Laura Benanti Shows Range With Songs and Stories by Stephen Holden

In her show at Café Carlyle, a self-assured and humorous Ms. Benanti displayed a powerful voice as she took on songs from her idols.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Betty Buckley Digs Deep for the Autumn in Her Soul by Stephen Holden

In her stunning new show at Joe’s Pub, Ms. Buckley gave everything she sang the shape and depth of a personal confession.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Melissa Errico Laughs, but Can’t Let Go, at 54 Below by Stephen Holden

“Funny, I’m a Woman With Children” at Feinstein’s/54 Below was full of Ms. Errico’s humor, though she was unable to fully let go in some numbers.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

`: Tammy Faye Starlite, Inverted Country-Star Cliché, Strides Back by Stephen Holden

The persona played by Tammy Lang will hold forth with her blend of fake American wholesomeness and scabrous anti-right satire in a new show at Pangea.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Warmth of the American Songbook, From 2 Keepers of the Flame by Stephen Holden

Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye’s “Summertime Swing” is an old-fashioned variety show, blending standards, Catskills humor and vaudeville shenanigans.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: ‘Kate Plays Christine,’ a Blurring of Fact and Fiction in a Suicide Story by Stephen Holden

This movie is a sequel of sorts to Robert Greene’s “Actress,” which focuses on boundaries between actors playing themselves and fictional characters.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Tony Danza Reaches for Sinatra With Charisma by Stephen Holden

The actor and singer acknowledges the passing of years in his show “Standards & Stories” at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Review: Rob McClure’s ‘Smile,’ a Glass That’s Always Half Full by Stephen Holden

Mr. McClure wittily explored the meaning behind famous song lyrics and performed comedic hand puppetry, but he saved the very best for last.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review: Barbara Cook, a Lioness Who Still Has Some Bite Left by Stephen Holden

At 88, Ms. Cook holds forth at Feinstein’s/54 Below in both song and word. She channels the wisdom and humanity of the American songbook.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Barbara Cook on Life Before and After Sobriety by Stephen Holden

The singer discusses her path from Broadway to cabaret to now in an interview about her new memoir and coming performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: Matthew Morrison, in Concert, Goes Beyond Genres by Stephen Holden

Mr. Morrison was bold, tender and hard driving as he sang show tunes and other standards at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: A Side of Richard Rodgers Not Often Seen by Stephen Holden

“I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein,” at the 92nd Street Y, introduced Rodgers’s more obscure songs, written during the last third of his career.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: Laura Michelle Kelly Brings Her Broadway Voice to Cabaret by Stephen Holden

This actress, known for “Finding Neverland” and “Mary Poppins,” performed pop and show tunes and occasional bold choices at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: Megan Hilty Goes Beyond Daffy, to Sweetness, Even Regret by Stephen Holden

Ms. Hilty featured songs by Irving Berlin as part of her tribute to Rosemary Clooney at Café Carlyle.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review: For Chita Rivera, Life Is Still a Merry-Go-Round by Stephen Holden

At the age of 83, Ms. Rivera makes her debut at Café Carlyle, singing her favorite songs, including tunes by Jacques Brel and Kander and Ebb.

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Review: Donna McKechnie Explores Kander and Ebb by Stephen Holden

Ms. McKechnie, who is more a dancer than a singer, delivered an enlightening survey of that formidable Broadway team’s songwriting output.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: Lea Salonga Puts on a Show, No Need for Wailing Pyrotechnics by Stephen Holden

Ms. Salonga mixed standards and contemporary songs, digging deeply into the lyrics in a most satisfying cabaret shows, at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

‘Gabriel Mascaro: Ebbs and Flows,’ a Young Director’s Views of Brazil by Stephen Holden

This retrospective at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center includes both documentaries and a dramatic feature by this major emerging talent.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: John Lloyd Young, Stepping Out With Oldies Beyond the Four Seasons’ by Stephen Holden

Mr. Young, a Tony winner as the original Frankie Vallie in “Jersey Boys,” has broadened his musical horizons in his fourth engagement at Café Carlyle.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review: Vanessa Williams, Strong and Steady, Without Taking Chances by Stephen Holden

In her concert, which opened Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Ms. Williams projected the persona of a hard-working, self-possessed entertainer.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: ‘A Funny Thing Happened,’ Insights into What Made the Musicals Sing by Stephen Holden

“Songs From the Road to Broadway” opened the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricist’s series, with Kathleen Marshall hosting and directing.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Review: Michael Feinstein, Strolling Down Broadway and His Own Memory Lane by Stephen Holden

Mr. Feinstein, performing at Feinstein’s/54 Below, offers a show tune medley, American Songbook standards and a tribute to Peter Allen.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: ‘Our Guy, Cy: The Songs of Cy Coleman’ Pays Tribute to a Man and His Musicals by Stephen Holden

Randy Graff, Cady Huffman and Judy Kaye, three alumnae of Coleman shows, perform an affectionate tribute, directed by Will Nunziata, at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Review: Andrea Burns at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Stephen Holden

Ms. Burns, who plays Gloria Estefan’s mother in “On Your Feet,” is an entertainer at ease in the place where Broadway tradition merges with Latin American pop.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review: Will Swenson Brings His Broadway Voice to 54 Below by Stephen Holden

At his New York cabaret debut, Mr. Swenson was joined for one number by his wife, Audra McDonald.

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