The fall cabaret season continues without pause at the Algonquin’s august Oak Room, where Karen Akers is celebrating a beatifically modulated salute to the rich, harmonic melodies of Richard Rodgers and the witty, urbane, but often tortured lyrics of Lorenz Hart. Statuesque, courtly, with an understated elegance that reminds me of the late Portia Nelson, Read More
In a bankrupt music business where the Great American Songbook is sadly disappearing, new singers with taste and knowledge are afforded few opportunities to play the major cabaret rooms and supper clubs, and the chance of cutting a new CD is more daunting than living long enough to see an A-list state dinner in the Read More
Celebrating the centennial of the great, prolific songwriter Frank Loesser (he’d be 100 on June 29), a Christmas tree angel named Karen Oberlin is lighting up the Algonquin’s Oak Room through June 19 with a 70-minute show that sends you out humming. With accomplished pianist Jon Weber and ace bass player Sean Smith Read More
Only one name is necessary, I guess. I mean, it’s really Franceska Mitzi Marlene de Charney von Gerber, but there is only one Mitzi. And after 60 years of circling New York, sniffing it warily and flirting from a safe distance, Mitzi Gaynor has finally taken a man-size bite out of the Apple, Read More
After paying his dues in small clubs and big tours with Liza Minnelli, Johnny Rodgers (spelled with a “d” like Richard Rodgers, not with a “g” like Ginger Rogers and Roy Rogers) has finally landed a well-deserved three-week gig at the Algonquin’s fabled Oak Room. With thatched blond hair and a friendly, aw-shucks Read More
Leslie Uggams has been around, but at 67 the mileage doesn’t show. At the Carlyle, where she is tearing up the upholstery through April 17 in a new show called Uptown Downtown, she proves that if you take care of yourself, don’t smoke or sip even one drop of chardonnay, eat right, vocalize daily and Read More
Eric Comstock and
Algonquin’s Oak Room
Valentine’s Day is over, but a few musical billets-doux linger pleasantly at the Carlyle, where Christine Ebersole is still dispensing kisses and hugs, and at the Algonquin’s Oak Room, where the hip husband-wife team of Eric Read More
Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim … One Song At a Time
Brilliant. Impossible. Eccentric. Temperamental. Fabulous. Iconoclastic. Legendary. The adjectives go on and on when describing Elaine Stritch, but “austere” is not one of them. This is all the more reason why her new cabaret show at the Carlyle is so wonderful. It’s a Read More
This is the final week in the life of Rose’s Turn, a veritable West Village institution.
The oldest piano and cabaret bar in the neighborhood will close its doors for good on July 22, according to a source.
“They just told us a week before the place closed,” an employee Read More