Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Brian d’Arcy James

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In every trip I make to a cabaret performance, I pay particular attention to the personal connection the performer wants to make with his or her audience. It’s the classic actor question: Ok, you’ve been given a stage, and an audience full of people here to watch you do whatever you want…and, go!

An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin

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In my other reviews, I’ve made mention of cabaret as a fascinating opportunity with a name artist. Tonight, it’s just artist and audience, me as me, you as you, and we will share something directly, it seems to promise. There is a sense of palpable excitement at the opportunity of receiving this vulnerability before the […]

Nicholas Rodriguez and Eleasha Gamble: The Power of Two

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It’s the great story of theatre, isn’t it?   A leading lady gets replaced after a production begins performances and with her leading man, they create something unexpected and magical onstage together.  Those that witnessed Arena Stage’s enormously successful production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in 2010 or its return engagement in the summer of 2011 […]

Jeffrey Johnson performs Edie Beale LIVE at Reno Sweeney!

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Setting off for L’Enfant Café, I wasn’t sure what to expect from my evening with Jeffrey Johnson, Little Edie, and the intimate Adams Morgan haunt currently playing host to both. I had a passing familiarity with Edie: seen bits of performance by Christine Ebersole from the Broadway production of Grey Gardens, lots of publicity for […]

Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: An Evening with Lucie Arnaz

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There’s something to be said about being able to put on a show that seems fresh and unexpected even after one has been in show business for nearly 50 years.  Indeed, Lucie Arnaz’s cabaret performance at the Kennedy Center had the mark of someone who clearly has honed her craft throughout the years and finds […]

Special Agent Galactica and Peter Fields at L’Enfant Cafe

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At the crossroads of Adams Morgan and Dupont, L’Enfant Café spills candlelight and savory aromas onto the street corner.  Tureens of onion soup and buttery mussels steam up the snug little bistro, a couple tug on the loose ends of a mountain of French fries like they’re playing Janga.  It’s an Old-World date spot that […]

The Marcy and Zina Show

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The thing I hate about cabaret singers is that you can’t critique them. Cabaret is communicating your humanity – good cabaret singers make you care about them and disarm critics. They sing/speak like you’re hanging out in the kitchen over homemade chocolate chip cookies and a bottle of wine, perhaps occasionally and casually remembering that […]

Sutton Foster at Strathmore

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It may not be the first time that two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster has performed in concert in our area, but the crowd at the extraordinary Music Center at Strathmore may have been the largest she’s had yet.  Certainly, those who attended her sold out cabaret at the Kennedy Center several years back or her […]

Special Agent Galactica holds court at the Black Fox Lounge

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Special Agent Galactica, a regular on the DC club scene, seen here at the Black Fox Lounge. Special Agent Galactica sashays up to the stage and looks out at the narrow cavern of the Black Fox Lounge. It’s go time. For her first act, Galactica delivers American standards with a mix of irony and earnest […]

Nadine Zahr and Sharon Kenny: The Love-Junk Chronicles

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Closing out Signature Theatre’s first Autumn Cabaret Festival, Nadine Zahr (understudy for Brother Russia and Side by Side by Sondheim) returned to the intimate Ark Theatre along with fellow NYC-based singer-songwriter Sharon Kenny. The duo – with background vocals from Signature favorite Madeline Botteri – explored Nadine’s serial dating tendencies in Los Angeles and New […]

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