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What Did You Do With Your Sunday Evening?
NYC Cabaret Festival II

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Another loose ends August Sunday evening, another 25 vocalists (two shows). Who says Manhattan’s sleepy at the end of a weekend? 54Below Director of Original

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Scatting and Bebopping Through Life

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
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“There’s Ella and then there’s the rest of us.” Frank Sinatra For two hours at MetroStage, Freda Payne became Ella Fitzgerald, taking the audience on

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Liam Forde, Nick Ziobro, Marissa Mulder

Before the Parade Passes By

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
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The runaway train of Cabaret Convention’s fourth night featured 20 artists, innumerable numbers, and unchecked exposition. Vocalists with backgrounds in classical, jazz, theater, and cabaret

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This Kiss Me Kate Deserves A Smooch

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
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With Kiss Me Kate, Westchester Broadway has taken on a classic of the musical theater that’s both demanding vocally and challenging in terms of dialogue.

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Independence Day in Our Nation’s Capital

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
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Looking for ways to spend your 4th of July weekend? Here are a few suggestions. America’s National Independence Day Parade Always a show-stopper this parade

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A Tribute to Bobby Short

Friday, May 17th, 2013
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“Let’s get this party started!” urges Billy Stritch launching into Bessie Smith’s “Gimme a Pigfoot” with decided brio, left foot on a piano pedal, right

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Serendipity Spring – Elizabeth Sullivan 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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Elizabeth Sullivan, vocalist, songwriter, pianist, teacher and not incidentally mother to a dynasty of performers, made her Algonquin Hotel debut Mother’s Day 2000. Thirteen Mays

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Barbara Cook at 54Below

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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“I was nervous about this show,” Barbara Cook confides. “I’m not singing any of the things people associate with me.” Ms. Cook, it seems “just

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