Go see Tonya Pinkins Monday February 18th at Joe's Pub.
BRING ON THE MEN.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:55
Sharon Clark: Cabaret Review.
Written by Ron Forman
Sunday, 10 February 2013 17:51
The overflow crowd at the Metropolitan Room got quite a treat last Friday listening to Sharon Clark perform her show Blame It On My Youth. Ms. Clark, a Washington DC favorite, is a winner of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. Ms Clark has a voice, which is very much her own yet reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan. Ms. Clark’s sound and range are truly extraordinary. Her diction is perfect and every word is easily understood. The show is a collection of hit songs mostly from the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Sharon Clark did a terrific new take on two of the Beatles early hits And I Love Him and Do You Know a Secret by performing them with a Latin beat. She showed off her ability as a scat singer with a very jazzy version of Give a Little Whistle from Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. It was fun listening to her perform LittleAnthony’s Tears On My Pillow. The audience joined in on her lively performance of Dusty Springfield’s Just a Little Lovin’. Ms Clark closed the show withGoodbye Charlie and her encore was a very humorous rendition of Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To.
Happily, Sharon Clark will return to the Metropolitan Room at 34 West 22nd Street in June. I look forward to seeing her again.
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 17:55
Review: Carole J Bufford.
Written by Ron Forman
Thursday, 17 January 2013 20:00
Carole J. Bufford the flapper who appeared at the Metropolitan Room last May has grown older and much more worldly-wise in her new show which opened last night for a six night stay at the Metropolitan Room. The new show shows off Ms. Bufford at her emotionally draining best. Ms. Bufford, who is the winner of 2013 Nightlife award for best female vocalist, is glamorously dressed and now looks every inch the chanteuse. The song selection crosses many generations from the 1919 Baby Won’t You Please Come Home to Trevor Rosen’s 2012 song Fade into You.
Ms. Bufford opens with a lively Your Kisses Kill Me but then gets serious with Cole Porter’s What Is This Thing Called Love. She mixes in a few very funny songs to temporarily change the mood of the show; in particular, the Sherman Brothers Good Time Girl originally a song written forMary Poppins with new lyrics for the show Over Here,is laugh out loud hilarious. Ms Bufford’s very expressive face makes I Wanna Be Around a pleasure to watch as well listen to. Her musical director Ian Herman shows off his piano virtuosity on Low, Short and Squatty. Ms. Bufford shows off her chops as a belter with Cry Me a River. Ms. Bufford closes with the heart wrenching title song Body and Soul including the seldom-heard verse. Ms. Bufford’s closing number is a PiafesqueNon, Je Ne Regrette Rien.
Body and Soul conceived and produced by Scott Siegel will play for 5 more nights between now and February 27 at the Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 03:33
Photo Coverage: The Nightlife Awards.
Written by Maryann Lopinto/Corine Cohen
Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:48
Director Scott Coulter and Faith Prince.
Did you know that Faith Prince was offered the role of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors but turned it down? I found that out when I interviewed
Alan Menken during a Little Shop of Horrors interview.
Faith Prince is currently starring as the mother in Drop Dead Diva one of my favorite shows!
Maryann Lopinto attended the Nightlife Awards. Enjoy the photo coverage after the show.
Marilyn Maye and Mark Nadler
Jason Graae and Faith Prince
Faith Prince (Drop Dead Diva) Scott Siegel (Producer, writer) Mark Nadler and Jason Graae
The cast of The Nightlife Awards.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 16:22
"And Then She Wrote"- Review
Written by Ron Forman
Sunday, 13 January 2013 03:11
Long time (16 years) host of Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall opened his first New York nightclub appearance in 60 years last night at the Metropolitan Room. Two very attractive and talented young singers Denise Donatelli and Carole Welsman join Marshall in “And Then She Wrote” a show featuring almost 40 songs, all written by women. The songwriters include Dorothy Fields, Carolyn Leigh, Marilyn Bergman, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and about a dozen other lesser-known female singers. The performers alternate their singing usually performing 16 bars of each of the great songs. The show is lots of fun with interesting and often amusing stories that go with each of the writers. Mr. Marshall, celebrating his 71st year in show business, still looks marvelous and has a great sound.
The show opens with the trio singing Peggy Lee’s It’s a Good Day and then goes back to 1908 for Nora Bayes’ Shine On Harvest Moon. They then perform seven of the greatest of all female lyricists, Dorothy Fields’ songs, highlighted by Ms. Welsman’s doing The Way You Look Tonight with a Bossa Nova beat. Almost every song in the show is a classic of the Great American Songbook. The show closes with each of the performers doing a closing number: Carol and Denise each doing touching versions of the Betty Comden songs The Party’s Over and Some Other Time. Mr. Marshall closes with a warm version of Frank Sinatra’s closing theme song by Ruth Lowe Put Your Dreams Away.
There will be performances of the And Then She Wrote on January 12, 13 and 14 at New York’s Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd St.