Cabaret – NKFAN http://nkfan.net/ Wed, 18 May 2022 08:45:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nkfan.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Cabaret – NKFAN http://nkfan.net/ 32 32 “I Am A Camera” Blu-ray Review – Entertainment Focus https://nkfan.net/i-am-a-camera-blu-ray-review-entertainment-focus/ Wed, 18 May 2022 08:45:07 +0000 https://nkfan.net/i-am-a-camera-blu-ray-review-entertainment-focus/ Writer Christopher Isherwood (Laurence Harvey) crosses paths with larger-than-life cabaret artist Sally Bowles (Julie Harris), and he invites her to stay with him when her fiancé flies away with his money. As Sally settles into Christopher’s bedroom and he moves into a small room, the relationship between the two turns from potentially romantic to solid […]]]>

Writer Christopher Isherwood (Laurence Harvey) crosses paths with larger-than-life cabaret artist Sally Bowles (Julie Harris), and he invites her to stay with him when her fiancé flies away with his money. As Sally settles into Christopher’s bedroom and he moves into a small room, the relationship between the two turns from potentially romantic to solid friends as they navigate the ups and downs that life has in store for them. .

“I Am a Camera” is based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1945 book “The Berlin Stories” and the 1951 play (also titled “I Am a Camera”) by John Van Druten. Originally released in 1955 and starring Julie Harris reprising her role as Sally Bowles, the film was not a hit upon release, but it became notorious as the inspiration for ‘Cabaret‘, the stage play and the movie that largely overshadowed him in the 60s and 70s. Watch the movie now, as he rapidly approaches his 50s.and anniversary, it’s crazy to think that the film received an X certificate (over 16 only) for its theatrical release.

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The story is basically about two people from different worlds coming together during a time of need. Christopher is infatuated with Sally’s carefree and enthusiastic attitude, while Sally appreciates the kindness and support she receives from Christopher. Their relationship is a never-ending roller coaster, evident at the very beginning of the film when Christopher unknowingly attends a party to celebrate the launch of a memoir, which turns out to have been written by Sally.

During the film, there is a real push-pull relationship that is established between Christopher and Sally. They go in and out of each other’s lives, seemingly never learning their lesson or adjusting their behavior. Sally in particular regularly flies away, looking for the next opportunity to improve her life. Her constant disappearances and reappearances upset Christopher’s life but she never really seems to care.

There is a subplot in the film centering on Fritz (Anton Diffring), a friend of Christopher’s who tries to cover up the fact that he is Jewish due to rising tensions in Germany while Hilter and his followers were in the rise. There’s not enough development but it’s an interesting addition that gives the film a larger historical context.

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“I Am a Camera” features a very strong central performance from Julie Harris, but unfortunately that doesn’t stop the film from being somewhat meandering. There is no real concentration and the accumulation really leads to nothing. Instead, it’s just a story of friendship between two people and there aren’t many more nuances. Laurence Harvey is perfectly fine as Isherwood but he can’t match the energy that Harris brings.

The extras on the Blu-ray version are quite rare. Isherwood biographer Peter Parker talks about the writer and the character of Sally Bowles, and there’s an interview with journalist and film critic Anna Smith. Along with that, the disc includes a gallery of stills and a trailer.

“I’m a Camera” will always have a place in history thanks to the way it inspired “Cabaret,” but it’s a pretty mundane film. There are times when you’ll laugh and you’ll probably be drawn to Harris’ performance, but there’s not enough meat on the bones for this one to really land or be considered a true classic. Fans of “Cabaret” should check it out to see source material from the much-loved show and movie, but other than that it will have little appeal for most viewers.

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Cast: Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters, Ron Randell, Anton Diffring Director: Henry Cornelius Writer: John Necklace Certificate: 12 Duration: 98 minutes Produced by: Studiocanal Release date: 23rd May 2022 Buy ‘I am a camera’ now

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Poetry/Cabaret by Thomas March returns next month with GRAND https://nkfan.net/poetry-cabaret-by-thomas-march-returns-next-month-with-grand/ Mon, 16 May 2022 14:54:14 +0000 https://nkfan.net/poetry-cabaret-by-thomas-march-returns-next-month-with-grand/ The Green Room 42 presents NYC’s Variety Salon, “Poetry/Cabaret: GRAND” on Friday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. Nominated for four Broadway World Cabaret Awards, including “Best Recurring Variety Show or Series”. The June edition of Poetry/Cabaret-NYC’s “Variety Salon” celebrates the first year of Grand, the Journal of One Grand Books, founded by editor Aaron Hicklin. In […]]]>

The Green Room 42 presents NYC’s Variety Salon, “Poetry/Cabaret: GRAND” on Friday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.

Nominated for four Broadway World Cabaret Awards, including “Best Recurring Variety Show or Series”.

The June edition of Poetry/Cabaret-NYC’s “Variety Salon” celebrates the first year of Grand, the Journal of One Grand Books, founded by editor Aaron Hicklin. In his topical monologue, host (and major editorial contributor) Thomas March will recall his grandiose (iose) approach to learning the alphabet. The evening will include readings and performances from (or inspired by) the newspaper featuring Hector Lionel, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Jordan Ho, Joan Larkin, Ben Rimalower and Pavar Snipe. Throughout the night, special surprise guests will appear in a special selection of dramatic readings from A Good Mixer, a virtual cocktail in verse, excerpts from which appeared in issue #3, alongside cocktail paintings by Valerie Mendelson. Music Director Drew Wutke will be on the keys and, as always, on point.

Tickets:

https://poetrycabaretnyc.com/GRAND

THE GREEN ROOM 42, Broadway’s off-night hotspot, recently celebrated its second anniversary as the Theater District’s premier destination for live music events and nightclub acts. The space allows audiences to experience shows featuring Broadway’s biggest names and emerging talent up close and personal like no other space in the world. During the shows, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes accompanied by signature cocktails, craft beers and selected wine lists with no food/drink minimum. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheGreenRoom42.com. Green Room 42 is located at 570 Tenth Avenue inside YOTEL in New York; @TheGreenRoom42

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Improv group ComedySportz Chicago moves to new location in Piper’s Alley https://nkfan.net/improv-group-comedysportz-chicago-moves-to-new-location-in-pipers-alley/ Sat, 14 May 2022 20:29:43 +0000 https://nkfan.net/improv-group-comedysportz-chicago-moves-to-new-location-in-pipers-alley/ ComedySportz Chicago – a 35-year-old improv comedy institution – announces a new move to Piper’s Alley in Chicago’s iconic Old Town neighborhood. CSz Theater Chicago will perform a short residency over the 4th of July weekend. The CSz Theater will occupy both the Blackout Cabaret and Judy’s Beat Lounge throughout the run. The CSz Theater […]]]>

ComedySportz Chicago – a 35-year-old improv comedy institution – announces a new move to Piper’s Alley in Chicago’s iconic Old Town neighborhood. CSz Theater Chicago will perform a short residency over the 4th of July weekend. The CSz Theater will occupy both the Blackout Cabaret and Judy’s Beat Lounge throughout the run. The CSz Theater will reopen with regular League Night programming Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Blackout Cabaret, the ComedySportz main stage Fridays at 8 p.m. at Blackout Cabaret and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Judy’s Beat Lounge, and the all-new show of his hit musical improvisation, Trapped in a Musical will perform Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. at Blackout Cabaret, located on the 2nd floor of Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60614.

After approximately six months at the Den Theater in Bucktown, CSz Theater Chicago is thrilled to move to such an iconic Chicago location. During the pandemic, ComedySportz was forced to close its location at 929 W. Belmont and turned to Twitch to continue its hilarious brand of interactive comedy, which is still ongoing. “We’ve certainly had a turbulent few years, between our old home being shut down by the pandemic, our run to The Den, and now landing in Piper’s Alley,” said Jason Geis, Artistic Director of ComedySportz Chicago. “We were so grateful for our audience’s willingness to travel with us from 929 W Belmont to Twitch, then to The Den, and now to Piper’s Alley.” said Renee Ross, executive director of ComedySportz Chicago. “If it weren’t for such loyal fans, we really wouldn’t be where we are today after the past two years. We’ve evolved as a company and continue to have those chances to reinvent business, both for us and for our audience,” says Ross.

“We are very excited to bring a full and diverse lineup to Piper’s Alley, and not only spotlight our ComedySportz match on the main stage, but also our brand new musical show, Trapped in a Musical, AND our two live shows. training in League Night,” Geis said. League Night features one of four Rec League teams, made up of new improvisers, and the Minor League, which is an elite group of players training for the main stage. ComedySportz is an improv comedy show played like a sports game, NOT a sports comedy. Two teams take to the stage in a comedic battle with scenes, songs and games and the audience votes for their favorite team. A referee keeps the laughs, the audience entertained and the chaos to a minimum. The show is open to all ages and prides itself on being an inclusive, non-judgmental environment for everyone to laugh the same way. Trapped in a Musical is CSz Theatre’s newest show and is a 60 minute improvised musical performance. The audience helps choose the main character and gives him the setting – trapping him in a musical! Featuring some of Chicago’s finest musical improvisers. Tickets for our in-person shows will be $15 for League Night and $25 for ComedySportz and Trapped in a Musical.

ComedySportz and Piper’s Alley take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and have a building policy in place that requires all performers and staff to provide proof of a full cycle of vaccinations. This policy also applies to guests, all guests will be required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival. The full policy is available here: https://www.secondcity.com/network/the-second-citys-covid-19-commitment/

ComedySportz Chicago will continue to offer its live virtual content online through CSZN, the theater’s online comedy network on Twitch (twitch.tv/csznchicago), with a full slate of shows airing Wednesdays and Thursdays.

THE DETAILS:

League Night @ Piper’s Alley Blackout Cabaret

Thursdays 7 p.m. – Recreational League + Minor League – $15

Duration: 90 minutes

Rated: E for everyone (not recommended for children under 8)

ComedySportz Chicago @ Piper’s Alley Blackout Cabaret

Friday 8 p.m. ComedySportz Mainstage – $25

Duration: 90 minutes

Rated: E for everyone (not recommended for children under 8)

ComedySportz Chicago @ Piper’s Alley Judy’s Beat Lounge

Saturday 6 p.m. – ComedySportz Mainstage – $25

Duration: 90 minutes

Rated: E for everyone (not recommended for children under 8)

Trapped in a Musical @ Piper’s Alley Blackout Cabaret

Saturday 9:30 p.m. – $25

Duration: 60 minutes

Rated: PG-13

About CSz Chicago: ComedySportz is the longest running (1987) game-based improv show in the comedy capital of the world, perfect for all ages, offering comedy for everyone! ComedySportz’s interactive format is hosted by a referee overseeing a hilarious battle of wits between the home team, the Blue Downtown Chicago Bosses and the “visiting” Red team, marked by live keyboard music and live music. popular between the scenes! Using suggestions from the public and willing volunteers, our professional players create short games, scenes and songs on the spot, and the winner is determined by the Applause-o-Meter and your laughter.

Check out a preview of the show below!

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Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Center will present Cabaret Kite | western avocado https://nkfan.net/bathurst-memorial-entertainment-center-will-present-cabaret-kite-western-avocado/ Fri, 13 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://nkfan.net/bathurst-memorial-entertainment-center-will-present-cabaret-kite-western-avocado/ news, local news, It’s an institution at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Center [BMEC] for many years, but all reports say Cabaret Kite’s next showcase, with a stellar roster of performers in store, will indeed be “too hot to handle.” Longtime host Rusty Nails will once again lead a sizzling roster of local performers on May […]]]>

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It’s an institution at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Center [BMEC] for many years, but all reports say Cabaret Kite’s next showcase, with a stellar roster of performers in store, will indeed be “too hot to handle.” Longtime host Rusty Nails will once again lead a sizzling roster of local performers on May 27 in what will be the first Cabaret Kite in some time that will run without significant restrictions. Ms Nails said she was looking forward to returning to the stage alongside such a wealth of talent. READ ALSO: Betty Confetti Opens Up About Her Life As A Drag Queen On ‘Are You Really Gonna Ask That?’ of the Youth Action Council. “We spent months and months hiding in the COVID cave, we are ready to come out,” she said. “There’s a host of fantastic guests in store, and we’ve really spread our cabaret wings to other parts of the Midwest.” The event will include performances from Jude Bowler, Smith & Jones, Michelle Griffin, Fast Cars drummers and Alice Blackwood. Ms Nails said Cabaret Kite has played a key role over the past few years in providing local and regional artists with a way to be entertained. READ ALSO: Lifeline Central West to Host Book Fair at Bathurst Showground “Cabaret Kite has been a staple of BMEC’s ​​Local Stages initiative for 12 years, where it has given many performers, and especially female performers, an avenue to formulate powerful careers,” she said. “It’s also a great opportunity for established artists to perform, giving audiences a chance to see everything from artists at the top of their game to others trying out new material.” Cabaret shows are informal, laid back, a bit risque but not too over the top, and he just asks the audience to tap their toes, have a few drinks and have a good time.” Rusty Nails is a cabaret presenter and entertainer created by Dr Kate Smith , a local academic and arts producer. READ ALSO: Bathurst-born musician Matt Boylan-Smith to perform at the Victoria on May 21 Cabaret Kite has helped locally trained talent hone their skills as an artist, namely Bathurst-born musical actor Gabbi Bolt, who performed at the event for the first time as an 11-year-old Cheese platters will be on sale in the evening, costing $16 for a platter for two people and $45 if spectators d would like to add a bottle of wine. The event will start at 8pm. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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Hastings Comedy and Cabaret Society returns with Comedy Cuisine https://nkfan.net/hastings-comedy-and-cabaret-society-returns-with-comedy-cuisine/ Wed, 11 May 2022 08:05:00 +0000 https://nkfan.net/hastings-comedy-and-cabaret-society-returns-with-comedy-cuisine/ RIGGS Hosted by seaside pub The Pig, the evening will be a showcase of mixed comedy with proceeds going to the charity Hastings Supports Refugees. Host Mr Benelux said: ‘The show will feature local comedian Lauren Douglin, Brighton legend RIGGS and rising star Ben Morgan as part of a host of stand-up acts and characters […]]]>
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Hosted by seaside pub The Pig, the evening will be a showcase of mixed comedy with proceeds going to the charity Hastings Supports Refugees.

Host Mr Benelux said: ‘The show will feature local comedian Lauren Douglin, Brighton legend RIGGS and rising star Ben Morgan as part of a host of stand-up acts and characters . The first Comedy Cuisine night in February was an absolute blast! We had a full house and a fun, varied lineup of quality acts. There were jokes, satsumas, songs, food coloring, and a cracking impression of Su Pollard. Who knows what awaits us on May 13! I’m particularly delighted to have a local actor, Lauren Douglin, on the bill this time around – further proof that the Hastings comedy scene is thriving. Comedy Cuisine is surely the most fun you can have while raising money for a good cause.

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The full Comedy Cuisine lineup on Friday, May 13 includes Lauren Douglin, Ben Morgan, Kitty Cassis, Natalie Bryce, RIGGS, Brad Jon Kane and Sue the Cleaner. Comedy Cuisine takes place at Pig, 37 White Rock, Hastings on Friday May 13 at 8pm. Doors 7.30pm Admission £5 on door or book online: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/Comedy-Cuisine/t-jzkzdga

Proceeds from the evening will go to the charity Hastings Supports Refugees: https://www.facebook.com/hastingssupportsrefugees/?ref=page_internal

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Mx. Justin Vivian Bond brings spring with more Marys than you can shake a Mary, with OH MARY, IT’S SPRINGTIME! At Joe’s Pub https://nkfan.net/mx-justin-vivian-bond-brings-spring-with-more-marys-than-you-can-shake-a-mary-with-oh-mary-its-springtime-at-joes-pub/ Mon, 09 May 2022 17:05:10 +0000 https://nkfan.net/mx-justin-vivian-bond-brings-spring-with-more-marys-than-you-can-shake-a-mary-with-oh-mary-its-springtime-at-joes-pub/ Heigh-Ho, my happy rainbow tribe! Bobby Patrick your RAINBOW review here. Put the silent T in cabareT to bring you all the Ts! So, my darlings, Joe’s pub was packed and it was all dithering for the return of Justin Vivian Bond with their rock concert OH MARY, IT’S SPRING. Famous for their creation with […]]]>

Heigh-Ho, my happy rainbow tribe! Bobby Patrick your RAINBOW review here. Put the silent T in cabareT to bring you all the Ts!

So, my darlings, Joe’s pub was packed and it was all dithering for the return of Justin Vivian Bond with their rock concert OH MARY, IT’S SPRING. Famous for their creation with Kenny Mellman of offbeat cabaret and Broadway-bound lounge band Kiki & Herb Alive On Broadway, Kiki & Herb The Second Coming, Kiki & Herb Seeking Asylum and Kiki & Herb…who knows…ummm Meet Abbott & Costello presumably, Bond appeared solo with their new seasonal gig, OH MARY, IT’S SPRING! On a whim, this sculptural trans-warrior goddess decided to concoct a show entirely devoted to MARY. MarriedBWW Review: Mx.  Justin Vivian Bond brings spring with more Marys than you can shake a Mary, with OH MARY, IT'S SPRINGTIME!  At Joe's Pub who? We hear you asking, well pretty much ANY Mary who would sit still long enough for Bond to grab the song with her name, or the one that was written by someone named Mary, or by a composer from the state of origin of the lady from MARYland – who really knows because as they told the adoring crowd that night JVB just put the word MARY in their SPOTIFY search and they were off to the races rando-setlist. Now, whether that’s a wise or desperate idea from which to build your full 80-minute set for the legendary pub scene, what they got from all their Mary Mining was a lot of gold. Whether it’s their opening ALONG COMES MARY followed by potty anthem Mary Jane or TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS by Mary MacGregor, Mx. Bond’s harsh, cutting, powerful bass-baritone rock and roll voice made everyone a proud Mary (see what Bobby did there?)

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The highlight of this very Mary evening, however, was their rendition of Mary Gauthier’s “Mercy Now” sung in memory of Bond’s late father. The musically haunting tune calling for mercy for all, from church to country, gave JVB a chance to show its heart as well as its rock ballad chops in a way reminiscent of Springsteen – bridging the gap between heartbreak rural and urban trans children wherever they might have grown up. Wrapping up their show with MARY ON A CROSS from Swedish heavy metal band GHOST brought out the rock BWW Review: Mx.  Justin Vivian Bond brings spring with more Marys than you can shake a Mary, with OH MARY, IT'S SPRINGTIME!  At Joe's Puban assault atmosphere that allowed this (soon to be) 59-year-old singer to show his hits at full power, then, afterwards, with IT’S MAY by CAMELOT as an encore after explaining that Vanessa Redgrave had sung it in the film version from the Broadway play and that she once played MARY Queen Of Scots was just the kind of crazy town cherry this Mary Cake needed. Although hard rock and roll was never Bobby’s cup of tea, we have to admit that Justin Vivan Bond’s charm, talent and ability to make us wonder if TRANS-ROCK could actually be a thing, we have to admit we had an amazing time and so, piling it all on the back of THIS Mary, we have to give this rock & roll night a solid…

4 out of 5 rainbows. Check this one out for sure.

The show runs another week from 5/10 to 15 and you can get your tickets: HERE

You can follow all things JVB from their website: HERE

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Carolyn Montgomery at the 2022 AMERICAN SONGBOOK ASSOCIATION GALA at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center https://nkfan.net/carolyn-montgomery-at-the-2022-american-songbook-association-gala-at-merkin-hall-at-the-kaufman-music-center/ Thu, 05 May 2022 18:16:06 +0000 https://nkfan.net/carolyn-montgomery-at-the-2022-american-songbook-association-gala-at-merkin-hall-at-the-kaufman-music-center/ Carolyn Montgomery wears a lot of hats. She is a multi award-winning singer-songwriter at MAC, Bistro and Nightlife. She is the co-founder of the American Songbook Association – in this organization she is the director of education and outreach, as well as the executive director of the organization. On Monday, May 9, the ASA will […]]]>

Carolyn Montgomery wears a lot of hats. She is a multi award-winning singer-songwriter at MAC, Bistro and Nightlife. She is the co-founder of the American Songbook Association – in this organization she is the director of education and outreach, as well as the executive director of the organization.

On Monday, May 9, the ASA will hold its third annual gala. This year they will celebrate the artistry of Stephen Schwartz with an evening of entertainment that will benefit multiple ASA programs.

I had the opportunity to speak with Carolyn and learned about the ASA and the Gala itself.

This interview has been edited for space and content.

Carolyn, thank you for speaking with Broadway World! Your gala is approaching. What can participants expect from this evening?

One of the things that will make this evening absolutely unique is that we have decided to only include artists who have a strong personal relationship with Stephen. These are people for whom Stephen changed their lives and the trajectory of their careers. (Artists like Jason Graae, Debbie Gravitte, Teri Ralston, Rupert Holmes, Paul Shaffer, John Boswell, Ann Harada, Judy Kuhn, Sally Mayes, Kurt Peterson, Kelli Rabke, Jessica Henry and John Bucchino. Scott Coulter directs and the musical direction is by Michael Roberts.) They all know him well. They broke bread with him and are his personal friends. We’re just doing piano – no fancy combos or anything like that. You’ll feel like you’re in Stephen Schwartz’s living room.

How do you select your winners?

So we have a board of seven people, who make the creative decisions as well as the fiduciary decisions. We honored Sheldon Harnick and Marilyn Maye as lifetime achievement recipients. Both are over 90 years old. We try to find winners who have contributed decades and decades to the American Songbook. Stephen Schwartz contributed decades because he started so young. He’s got 5 decades of music that’s not only prolific, it’s awesome. We are thrilled to have him because his career spans 5 decades and he has done so much. This is how we determine the winner. We are looking for someone who has contributed a lot and has had a long career who deserves to be honored for the time they have devoted to their creative work.

Tell me about your company honored this year:

James Brent White is the recipient of the Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award. He is the first recipient of this award. He was the head of diversity and inclusion for a company called Lord Abbott. He went there and started his own consulting company. He is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, trying to partner with marginalized communities who need more resources and funding with financial institutions, and bringing the places that have the most funding to programs for those who have the least. He’s always promoted events for women and women’s empowerment for women’s rights, for Black Lives Matter, and he’s always been an advocate for SAGE, which caters to LGBTQ seniors.

You co-founded the ASA, but this is your first year as CEO. What prompted you to take on this role?

I was a fan of Cabaret Scenes, which is a 27-year-old magazine, but I felt we could go further. My mission is to protect America’s musical heritage. I have a 17-year-old son, and I saw that rap and hip-hop (which, by the way, I really like, so I’m not a music snob.) were prevalent. Kids weren’t learning anything in underserved public schools – that’s what we were looking for – they don’t have any music curriculum. So we preserve jazz, musical theater and the American Songbook. We do not create small artists. We use music as an educational tool to expand their minds, their vocabulary, their ideas about possibilities for themselves, about life and higher education. Our metric was extremely successful.

How did the ASA partner with Cabaret Scenes Magazine?

Frank Dane, who is the editor, and I are friends, and Peter Leavy, who is the original editor, the three of us met in a restaurant and I said, “I have this vision.” I created the education program. Despite the pandemic, we have reached and taught over 3,000 public school students. We had them do Johnny Mercer programs that are just breathtakingly wonderful. Frank loved my idea, so we decided to preserve and promote this amazing music by enriching underserved senior centers and teaching it to children, and doing it in print with the magazine.

In your awareness work, how do you manage to introduce the American Songbook to a generation that has been weaned on Hip-Hop, Rap and Rock?

One of the things I’ve done is make sure I have teachers of color who are brilliant, eloquent, fabulous teachers. They come in and say to these children, “Suspend your disbelief and try. We’re playing Cole Porter, and it takes about two hours to engage these kids. It’s incredible. We thought it would take two weeks. This is not the case. They turn to us and say “what does THAT mean?” We have excellent teachers. We pay our teachers and offer these programs 100% free. That’s why we have this gala: to fund the programs.

What makes you most proud to work with this organization?

I am so proud of this organization. The whole board turned to me and said, “You have to be the executive director.” I said, “I don’t think I know enough about running nonprofits.” I spent a year taking classes and was accepted into Columbia’s graduate program for nonprofit management, which I will be attending in the spring. It is our education program of which I am most proud. They are children who live in shelters who don’t even think about where they will go to high school, now realizing that there are possibilities for them. Their parents love them very much, they just don’t know what’s there for them, what’s available. I find myself having conversations with these kids about SUNY schools, about how to get to college without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars. It had never occurred to them before. This is called leveling the playing field.

How do you approach these schools to bring them these programs?

It was HOURS of work at first – because they didn’t trust me. They thought they were going to taste it, and then we would start charging them. They had no budget. But once I got in and the word got out, I now have a waiting list. It took me about a year.

How can the average New Yorker help you with your programs?

Well, those with resources can certainly donate money, and I know that’s obvious. Others can volunteer at events or help me find foundations and resources. The truth is that there are a lot of resources in this country. It’s about finding them and channeling them to the right place.

What is the American Songbook for you?

The misconception is that the American Songbook was written by five guys from the Lower East Side in 1930. They’re definitely a great base: Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin. The American Songbook is also Carole King, Leonard Cohen…it’s still being written. American Classical Standard is any song that has been recorded by hundreds of artists in their own unique way. My Favorite Things has been recorded by over 450 top singers. It is a classic standard. So it’s still being written. I think Sara Bareilles wrote it. All kinds of modern writers, as long as their songs perpetually spread through the music community. It is a standard.

Thank you, Carolyn, for speaking with me and I wish you much success at your next gala!

The ASA Gala will take place next Monday, May 9 at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center (129 West 67th St.) Tickets are available at www.AmericanSongbookAssociation.org

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Jessica Hendy, Allison Posner and more to headline MOTHER’S DAY AT VERY BROADWAY at Feinstein’s/54 below https://nkfan.net/jessica-hendy-allison-posner-and-more-to-headline-mothers-day-at-very-broadway-at-feinsteins-54-below/ Tue, 03 May 2022 21:04:45 +0000 https://nkfan.net/jessica-hendy-allison-posner-and-more-to-headline-mothers-day-at-very-broadway-at-feinsteins-54-below/ Celebrate Mother’s Day at Feinstein’s/54 below! Great ladies from the world of Broadway and cabaret will share the stage with their children and their mothers to sing the glory of family, friendship and love. This joyful tribute to moms and motherhood will be presented on a special matinee, making it the perfect way for families […]]]>

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Feinstein’s/54 below! Great ladies from the world of Broadway and cabaret will share the stage with their children and their mothers to sing the glory of family, friendship and love. This joyful tribute to moms and motherhood will be presented on a special matinee, making it the perfect way for families to share the day together. Moms are our first loves, our best friends, our fiercest advocates and our first singing partners. Back for a fifth year, this moving and heartfelt concert will move audiences and celebrate moms everywhere!

With Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and Beckett Hendy, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Mary Lane Haskell, Jamie Karen and Kylie Deklin, Lyn Philistine and Dylan Christopher Sutton, Allison Posner and Walter Bolin, Kelli Rabke and Joseph Agresta, Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams, Tracy Sallows, Gay Willis and Chad Marge, and more to come!

Please note that a special menu will be served for this performance only.

We will be offering a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch which includes a three course prix fixe meal and complimentary coffee or tea which will be charged at a cost of $50 per person. An à la carte children’s menu will be offered to children under 12 years old.

To view our Mother’s Day Brunch menu, click here.

$45 cover charge. $75 premium seats. $50 three-course prix fixe meal required.

SAFETY INFORMATION:

Feinstein’s/54 Below is committed to the health of its artists, staff and guests and has created a safety plan to ensure safe conditions as well as optimal performance conditions. The new policies require performers, production, kitchen and dining staff, and all members of the public to show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information about our security protocols can be found here.

Feinstein’s/54 Below installed improved air circulation and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change, and policies may be adjusted as needed.

Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.

READ MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW:

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York nightlife. Just blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed, state-of-the-art nightclub in the Theater District that welcomes audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below features iconic and rising stars from the world of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard of culinary excellence worthy of world-class live entertainment. The management team includes owners Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel and Tom Viertel, as well as restaurant general manager Mandisa Boxill.

Feinstein’s/54 Below is one of the busiest venues in town, presenting over 700 shows each year. Unique in its mission, it has become an indispensable member of the Broadway ecosystem, providing a safe place for seasoned and emerging artists to hone their craft, try out new music, grow their fanbases, and come together as a community. Its streaming programs and YouTube videos have garnered millions of video views showcasing Broadway talent to new audiences and introducing the art of cabaret to fans around the world.

Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club features live shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Late night programming will resume in the coming months. Tickets and information at 54below.com.

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Lourdes Leon wears a sexy white strapless top at the Countess’ cabaret show – Hollywood Life https://nkfan.net/lourdes-leon-wears-a-sexy-white-strapless-top-at-the-countess-cabaret-show-hollywood-life/ Sun, 01 May 2022 16:44:00 +0000 https://nkfan.net/lourdes-leon-wears-a-sexy-white-strapless-top-at-the-countess-cabaret-show-hollywood-life/ See the gallery Image Credit: Gregory Pace/Shutterstock Lourdes Leon, 25, looked amazing as she stepped out to attend an exciting event at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City on Saturday night! The daughter of Madonna posed in a flattering white strapless top under a white and gray patterned cardigan and white knit pants on the […]]]>



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Lourdes Leon, 25, looked amazing as she stepped out to attend an exciting event at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City on Saturday night! The daughter of Madonna posed in a flattering white strapless top under a white and gray patterned cardigan and white knit pants on the red carpet at the Countess Cabaret show. She also rocked pointy toe boots and had her long straight hair as she showed off barely there makeup.

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Lourdes Leon at the Countess Cabaret show. (Gregory Pace/Shutterstock)

The beauty accessorized large hoop earrings and gave the cameras a confident facial expression by putting a hand on her waist every now and then. His upper chest tattoos were also prominently displayed as one sleeve of his cardigan was pulled down. In addition to posing alone, Lourdes posed with other participants, such as Dawn Lombardi, Leah McSweeney and evan hungate and looked like he was having a good time.

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Another photo of Lourdes at the show in NYC. (Gregory Pace/Shutterstock)

Luann de Lesseps, the Countess Cabaret star, was another celeb who stopped for a photo with Lourdes and she also looked stunning. She wore a silver, sleeveless, flapper-style dress with matching heels and jewelry.

Before Lourdes turned heads at Luann’s show, she made headlines for proudly rocking her hair and underwear in a sexy Calvin Klein commercial. She shared the look through Instagram posts featuring black-and-white photos and video clips in early April. One of the photos showed her raising her arms to show off her hair as she wore the pair of underwear with a gray and white sports bra.

Lourdes’ Calvin Klein ad came after she appeared in an equally impressive Burberry advert. She wore a beige Burberry coat and matching leather pants while the brand’s Lola bag was worn over her shoulder and chest. She also posed in a ponytail figure as her long hair was tied back in a ponytail.

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‘Cabaret’ graces the Ring Theater, dazzles with impressive choreography and moving performances https://nkfan.net/cabaret-graces-the-ring-theater-dazzles-with-impressive-choreography-and-moving-performances/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:05:26 +0000 https://nkfan.net/cabaret-graces-the-ring-theater-dazzles-with-impressive-choreography-and-moving-performances/ “Willkommen, Welcome, Welcome” to the UM Student Production of “Cabaret” at the Jerry Herman Ring Theater! If this show’s second weekend is anything like the first, viewers are in for a treat. Skillful choreography, exceptional vocals and moving storytelling characterize the show, which deserves no other label than “must see”. For those unfamiliar with the […]]]>

“Willkommen, Welcome, Welcome” to the UM Student Production of “Cabaret” at the Jerry Herman Ring Theater! If this show’s second weekend is anything like the first, viewers are in for a treat. Skillful choreography, exceptional vocals and moving storytelling characterize the show, which deserves no other label than “must see”.

For those unfamiliar with the story, “Cabaret” tells the story of Sally Bowles, a nightclub entertainer and aspiring actress, and Cliff Bradshaw, a struggling author, who meet in the Berlin of yesteryear. World War II, where they both hope to make it big. The couple fall in love, but Sally’s perpetual restlessness and Cliff’s desperate need for security create a tumultuous relationship for the two of them.

Jenna Hochkammer plays Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Photo credit: Jerry Herman Ring Theater

Meanwhile, Fraulein Schneider, their landlord, falls in love with Herr Schultz, a Jewish man who insists the Nazis won’t hurt him because he’s German first and foremost. These, along with several subplots, are narrated by the master of ceremonies, the host of the cabaret at the Kit Kat Klub, and the host of “Cabaret” himself.

For those of you who know the story, I won’t spoil it, but I promise this rendition is unlike any other. A surprising creative decision in the finale will leave you stunned, in tears, speechless, and/or unable to move from your seat. For me it was all four.

Michael Jenkinson, a guest director whose resume largely consists of choreographic positions, brought his own flair to the show with an emphasis on dance and movement. The result? A totally synchronous choreography that dazzled the eye while simultaneously embodying the emotion and meaning of “Cabaret”.

“I applaud the students here at the University of Miami who have shown great conviction, dedication, and excellent artistry in their approach to the creative process,” Jenkinson wrote in the note to his director. Jenkinson unfortunately wasn’t on hand to provide further comment, but his note expressed his pride and gratitude for the cast and what they’ve accomplished.

Although all the actors were amazing, there were a few standout performances. First – the master of ceremonies. Joseph Torres’ portrayal of the host can only be described as delightfully haunting. He was the devil on your shoulder and a mirror to society – both causing and condemning the evil that was brewing when the Nazi Party emerged. The theatrical adaptation in the round allowed him to connect with audiences, his piercing gaze forcing viewers to become part of the story, whether they wanted to or not.

The cast of UM's Cabaret performing at the Ring Theatre.
The cast of UM’s Cabaret performing at the Ring Theatre. Photo credit: Jerry Herman Ring Theater

Another highlight of this production was the performance of Samantha Yates as Fraulein Schneider. Yates has transformed into a lovable, sometimes strict woman who craves companionship but is blocked by fear.

She’s cautious despite her claimed laissez-faire approach to life, and Yates revealed her character effortlessly. A rich, throbbing vibrato and powerful beltline made Yates’ portrayal both pleasing to the ear and moving.

The third notable performance was a bit unexpected. Amanda Ribnick’s portrayal of Fraulein Kost was good throughout the show, but her performance of “Tomorrow Belongs to Me (Reprise)” was spectacular. Fraulein Kost isn’t a main character, so the fact that Ribnick was able to make such a lasting impact in this role is a testament to her incredible vocal talent.

And finally, I couldn’t talk about outstanding performances without mentioning Miss Sally Bowles, played by Jenna Hochkammer. Hochkammer captured the spirit of Sally Bowles at the T, and her most impressive achievement is that she didn’t act excessively. She was simply Sally Bowles.

And of course, his exceptional voice didn’t hurt. Hochkammer’s rendition of “Cabaret” elicited emotions ranging from pity to grief, hope to despair in just three and a half minutes.

Joseph Torres appears as emcee in Cabaret.
Joseph Torres appears as emcee in Cabaret. Photo credit: Jerry Herman Ring Theater

My only criticism concerns the attempts at German accents. Playing Sally Bowles, Hochkammer had an easier time with the English accent, but the rest of the cast remained just on the cusp of a good German accent. It didn’t hurt the show though, so in the words of Fraulein Schneider, “Who cares? So what?”

Overall, the production of “Cabaret” was horribly moving, hauntingly beautiful and tragically, well, cabaret. If you like theater like me or just looking for something to do, “Life is a cabaret, old buddy, come to the cabaret.”

Professional credits for Cabaret are as follows:

book by joe masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten

Stories of Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Michael Jenkinson, director, choreographer

John Berst, musical director

Arnold Bueso and Krystal Xinyu Fan, scenic designers

Arnold Bueso, lighting and projection designer

Michiko Kitayama-Skinner, costume designer

Maha McCain, makeup artist

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