A Great Weekend at Germano’s

November 12, 2010

Charisma Wooten is “The Lady from North Carolina” Nov 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Charisma’s voice has a warm earthy sound with a slight raspiness of a blues singer (some might classify as contralto); but she can reach the clear soprano spinto clarity. Her voice invites you into the story, as if she is telling you a secret, states Hamil Harris, The Washington Post.

This performance will feature songs made famous by Nina Simone, Barbara Striesand, Julia Nixon, Billie Holiday, Moms Mabley, Grace Bumbry, Rosemary Clooney, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Karen Carpenter, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. There will be a few surprises for you, too. Maestro Stef Scaggiari is the very fine accompanist.

You will feel like running barefoot in North Carolina on the beach.

Marcus Dagan Presents “Short Stories..Songs With a Twist” Nov 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Marcus Dagan’s cabaret “Short Stories..Songs With a Twist” is a collection of lyrically wonderful songs that span writers as different as Tom Waits and Noel Coward, Jaques Brel and Tom Paxton. Marcus has woven a new tapestry by combining well known songs with more obscure material. Each piece tells a new story from familiar lyrics and with his eloquent style of performing Marcus takes an audience on a journey of exploration.

Bob Hallock in “Being Alive” Nov 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm — SECOND NIGHT JUST ANNOUNCED!

Singer-Pianist Bob Hallock performs his “Being Alive” cabaret, sharing his life’s moments and inspired by the songs he loves, from Irving Berlin to Richard Rogers…and from Stephen Sondheim to Paul Simon, with some Razzle Dazzle in between!

Tickets and info

Stephen Holden on Mrs. Robert Altman of Potomac, Maryland

November 12, 2010

Mrs. Robert Altman of Potomac, Maryland is currently giving the latest in a series of musicales at the Regency Hotel in New York.  The NYTimes weighs in: “Opening Wednesday’s show with a swing-free version of Rickie Lee Jones’s “Danny’s All-Star Joint” and closing with a joyless “I Go to Rio,” Ms. Carter delivered strained karaokelike performances in which she hit all the notes without pumping much life into the songs. A slightly slowed-down version of “The Loco-Motion” halfheartedly tried to transform that ’60s dance hit into a sexy come-on. “Heat Wave” sounded more like a march than a delirious cry of romantic exultation.”

Karen Mason Sings Better Days

November 11, 2010

Here’s that living ray-of-hope Karen Mason singing one of the great Brian Lasser songs at a recent Trevor Project benefit with the ever-amazing Christopher Denny at the piano.

DC Cabaret Network November Open Mic

November 9, 2010

What a great night at the Atlas !  It was great to have guest Erv Raible in town and Ron Chiles on piano and Jeff Tucker on sound making every sound great !  People were daring and experimented with new material, mostly to good result. 

For me the charm moment of the night came when Eileen Warner, who has recently had foot surgery (and seems to be doing fine) hobbled up to the mike and delivered I Could Have Danced All Night with her usual fizzy effervesence. 

Here’s what people sang:

  • Terri Allen
    • Music
    • I’m Comin’ Home Again
  • Marilyn Bennett & Charlene James Duguid
    • A… You’re Adorable
    • Baby Face
  • Toni Rae Brotons
    • Tear Up the Town
    • The Next Best Thing
  • Stephanie Daley
    • Sophisticated Lady
  • Lucille Froelich
    • I Get a Kick Out of You
    • Where or When
  • Pam Jackson
    • I’m Not Afraid of Anything
    • To Sir with Love
  • Charlene James-Duguid
    • My Coloring Book
  • Marianne Glass Miller
    • Out of Love
  • Michael Miyazaki
    • Comme D’Habitude
    • The Princess and the Frog
  • Paul Pompeo
    • Pure Imagination
    • Corcovado
  • Vicky Ryan
    • When October Goes
    • Broadway Baby
  • Ron Squeri
    • Leavin’ On a Jet Plane
  • Christie Trapp
    • When I Was a Boy
    • Grateful
  • Eileen Warner
    • I Could Have Danced All Night
  • Maris Wicker
    • Blue Skies

Nelson Pressley on Tammy Grimes

November 9, 2010

Tony winner Tammy Grimes.The Washington Post reviews the Broadway legend’s appearance at the Kennedy Center: ”

An informal but enthusiastic Tammy Grimes fan club convened Saturday night at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, and they knew who — and what — they wanted. Grimes, a Tony winner for her turn 50 years ago as the original unsinkable Molly Brown, never had a grand or golden voice. But she always had, as Noel Coward put it in her last number, “If Love Were All,” “a talent to amuse.””

Stephen Holden on the Leonard Bernstein Tribute

November 9, 2010

The NYTimes on a recent tribute to the Maestro: “Consider the two sides of Leonard Bernstein as fraternal twins gazing at each other across a divide. One is a dazzling Broadway melodist, the other a classical composer in search of a universal musical style. The two confronted each other on Saturday evening at the David H. Koch Theater in a concert, “Lucky to Be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein,” devoted to vocal pieces from both sides of the fence.”

DC Cabaret Network Open Mic on Monday

November 6, 2010

The next DC Cabaret Network Open Mic will be Monday, 8 November at the Atlas Theater.  Sign up at 7:30 and starting at 8:00.  The great Ron Chiles is at the piano.  More info.

Tammy Grimes at the Kennedy Center

November 6, 2010

UnmistakableThe great Tammy Grimes appears at the Kennedy Center tonight (Saturday) at 7:30 as part of the Barbara Cook Spotlight Series.

On the Nancy LaMott Front…

November 3, 2010

Nancy LaMottIn a post-death career that’s starting to rival Maria Callas, a new set of DVDs is being released of restored Nancy LaMott performances with initial screenings at $100.  Erv Raible is one of the forces behind this venture.

Info on the DVD release.

A conversation with Erv Raible this weekend

November 3, 2010

A Conversation with Erv Raible, Executive Director of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University

Sunday, November 7th

Time:  3 PM – 5 PM

Location:  Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th Street, NW  (entrance 645 New York Avenue, NW)

The DC Cabaret Network will host a special event with Erv Raible, Executive/Artistic Director of the yearly Cabaret Conference at Yale University. The talk will be held on Sunday, November 7, in the afternoon from 3 PM to 5 PM at Warehouse Theater.       

The seminar will feature a conversation with Erv talking about his long career and real life experience in the world of cabaret:  as a club owner, as a director, and now, as Artistic Director of the summer training program, the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. The afternoon promises to be interesting!  Most importantly, it will give audience members the opportunity to ask questions about cabaret, performers, and where the art is headed.      

Erv Raible has an amazing background in cabaret.  He owned and managed several clubs in New York City, including the Duplex, Brandys, Eighty Eight’s, and Don’t Tell Mama’s, that gave opportunities to many well-known vocalists.  He co-founded the Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs (MAC), and is now a cabaret coach, director, publicist, consultant and talent representative.   

$20 for members of the DC Cabaret Network, $25 for non-members, $15 for students

More info at  www.dccabaretnetwork.org