Alan Cumming in Hudson

Alan Cumming in Hudson
Stunning talent, a likable personality and lots of embarrassing but hilarious personal anecdotes were packed into Alan Cumming’s cabaret show Sunday night at Club Helsinki in Hudson (12/2/12).          Though he’s gone on to triumph in television and film, it was a Broadway role — the emcee in “Cabaret” — that made Cumming famous.  He offered one selection from that show, “Mein Herr.”  Otherwise,...
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Charles Busch at Club Helsinki in Hudson

Charles Busch at Club Helsinki in Hudson
Cabaret sometimes includes more than just theater songs, but it seems to always mean nostalgia. References to the past — movies, musicals, celebrity biographies — were laid on thick by Charles Busch during his new solo show Sunday night (11/11/12) at Club Helsinki. It was part of the venue’s successful new Broadway series. Appearing in drag, Busch offered a mostly scripted but still free flowing mixture of monologues...
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A Diva Weekend: Barbra at Barclays, Betty Lynn at Feinstein’s

A Diva Weekend:  Barbra at Barclays, Betty Lynn at Feinstein's
We didn’t plan it to be a mini-marathon of divas, but the pairing worked out nicely.  A couple of months back my boyfriend Doug scored tickets over the phone to see Barbra Streisand in her first concert at the Barclays Center (October 11), the massive new arena in Brooklyn.  We were joined by about 19,000 other fans. No tickets were pre-arranged for our second night in the city and I wasn’t keen on facing...
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Tennessee Williams & Music

Tennessee Williams & Music
Music is the theme for the seventh annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.  Running at multiple venues September 20-24, the line-up of events includes “The Glass Menagerie” and four other Williams plays, plus new works in theater, music and film.   “The Tennessee Williams Songbook” will feature Broadway star Alison Fraser in a production compiled and directed by David Kaplan,...
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Rediscovering lyricist Howard Ashman

Rediscovering lyricist Howard Ashman
Ashman wrote the book and lyrics for the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” and the lyrics to songs in the Disney films “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid,” all featuring music by Alan Menken. He died of AIDS in 1991 at age 40. Last summer his sister Sarah Ashman Gillespie launched a beautiful tribute site, Howard Ashman: Part of His World. It’s a...
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DeMare continues “Liaisons” with songs of Stephen Sondheim

DeMare continues "Liaisons" with songs of Stephen Sondheim
For the past two holiday seasons, fans of Broadway musicals have had special treats under the Christmas tree – the collected lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, issued in matching volumes during the past two autumns.  “Finishing A Hat” (volume 1) and “Look, I Made A Hat” (volume 2) are coffee table-size books that include not just the lyrics for legendary shows like “West Side Story,” “A Little Night Music” and...
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Concert review: Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin 2/6/10 Schenectady

Concert review: Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin 2/6/10 Schenectady
SCHENECTADY – It was 30 years ago that Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin opened in the Broadway production of “Evita,” and earned Tony Awards for their efforts.  With their reunion tour that arrived at Proctors Theatre on Saturday night, they could have coasted through some chestnuts and reminisced about the good old days and still probably have sent the near capacity crowd home plenty happy. But that wouldn’t have...
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Talking dads and Texas with Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley and I bonded over our late fathers. This was a significant improvement over a half-hour earlier, when she said I had insulted her and insisted, twice, that we restart the interview.      Our fathers were common and safer ground. Both engineers, they were colleagues in Texas many years ago. They both also withheld praise and were indifferent to the artistic accomplishments of their children.      At the...
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