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Mabel’s Back in Town (Well Almost)

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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“Grab your coat and get your hat/Leave your worries on the doorstep/Just direct your feet…* to The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 25th Annual Cabaret Convention: Four

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It Might As Well Be Spring: A Celebration in Song of the Incomparable Life of Margaret Whiting – Memorable

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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“The way I teach people to sing… I have them talk the lyric out until it sounds like something they really believe, like an actor

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Alyce Finell Could Run a Small Country

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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In a television studio filled with secretaries (women) and men, Alyce Finell’s “Look at what the VU Meter’s doing,” caused shock waves. NBC didn’t know

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Broadway By The Year:
The Broadway Musicals of 1940-1964
– Testosterone Rules

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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One hundred years, one hundred songs, one hundred shows, one hundred performers. In its fourteenth season, Broadway By The Year continues its ambitious cavalcade with

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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Goes to the Movies,
With Billy Stritch – Style Lives!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
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Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch have become standard bearers for the kind of intimate panache found more often in the boites and supper clubs of

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Woman Around Town: Carole J. Bufford –
Happiest On Stage

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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In Lincolnton, the one-stoplight Georgia town where everyone knew everyone else, Carole J. Bufford was the four year-old who spontaneously stood on a church pew

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The 23rd New York Cabaret Convention
Salute to Cole Porter: Swellegant!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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Andrea Marcovicci and Jeff Harnar (photo, above) arguably two of Donald Smith’s favorite people, opened last night’s show jauntily singing “Let’s Fall in Love.” Phrasing

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A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

Friday, September 14th, 2012
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Angry about politics? Depressed about the economy? Worried about the environment, your job, the kids? Have I got a cure for what ails you?! Take

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