Nicholas Rodriguez and Eleasha Gamble: The Power of Two

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Heidi Blickenstaff in cabaret at Signature

Like any respectable musical theatre nerd, I reveled in seeing Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s ‘little show that could,’ [title of show], make it to Broadway in 2008.  The hilarious musical theatre jokes, strong score and book, and more than solid cast, it was all so good that – after seeing the insanely electric first […]

Chelsea Packard: My Yellow Brick Road

Signature Theatre’s popular Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret series may have just wrapped up, but the ambitious theatre company is certainly not done with providing DC area music lovers another large dose of cabaret performances. This week, Signature Theatre’s first Autumn Cabaret Festival got underway and over the next three weeks it will include performances from musical […]

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