|NiteLife ExchangeCatch-Up on Cabaret: Late September|
|Summer may have turned to autumn and September may have been given its closing notice and ready for its exit, but before it goes, here are some late September events cabaret-goers can add to their plans before turning the calendar page.THE RESCIGNOS, Paul and Robbie, the musical comedy twins who won both the Nightlife and Bistro Awards for their antics seen regularly at the Duplex, have been chosen for a prestigious run of their new, expanded show in the very cool space at American Theatre of Actors at 314 West 54 Street. With clever, original songs and their special brand of wackiness that brings goofballdom and satire to a new LOL level, they are highly recommended. Tickets are a very affordable $15 and $18. Their Youtube clips provide a good sampling of their spot on spats that siblings of all sorts will recognize as being based on life in close quarters and close family ties that can almost strangle. Their run ends on September 29. See www.TheRescignos.com or the inevitable Facebook page. You may be holding your stomach from laughing.Also on that same street, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY takes up residence for a run at the beautiful addition to NYC nightlife, 54 Below. The multi-talented star’s credits include writing songs taken up by Barbra Streisand, including a lyric B.S. sang at her own wedding. Ann’s show focuses on the Streisand world.
TANYA MOBERLY has a particular recording of the same icon on her mind and on her plate. She’s singing everything from the memorable Barbra Joan Streisand album in her show opening at Don’t Tell Mama on Restaurant Row (AKA West 46 Street), opening September 28, with one performance a month through year’s end. This album has material ranging from Carole King to John Lennon to David Bowie as well as a classic Michel Legrand/Marilyn & Alan Bergman song about from the film taking place in, and titled, “Summer of ’42,” coincidentally the first summer of Streisand’s life as she was born in April of that year—seven decades ago and still going strong (and back in Brooklyn to sing). As that song says, “One last caress. It’s time to dress for fall.”
And on October 9, there will be more Barbra sounds at Mama’s when STEVEN BRINBERG – SIMPLY BARBRA— does his impressive recreation once again. Nails and all.
On September 28, at Metropolitan Room (9:30 pm) is TWO FOR THE ROAD, the twosome of vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt and pianist Donn Trenner, a dreamy show I reviewed elsewhere on this website.
Earlier that evening (why should baseball be the only activity with double-headers for your pleasure?) September 28 brings the return of a superb revue of songs about social networking and technology – with mostly a comical look at its problems and frustrations. At 7 pm, it’s called SOCIAL INTERCOURSE and it’s at the Duplex, 61 Christopher Street. Material is by some of the newer, up-and-coming writers and director Lisa Moss has assembled a top-notch bunch of singers, too, with the Duplex’s Thomas Honeck, more often seen booking or in the tech booth, making a cameo in a comedy sketch. And it’s a hoot.
And what would a monthly cabaret calendar be without the Duplex’s own award-winning Calendar Girl. as COLLEEN McHUGH is known for her monthly series of revolving theme shows? This month, it’s time again for her to fashion her take on fashion with the punny title Change of A Dress off the hook on September 27. She’s got song-socking and barbs that fit her like a glove all sewn up and will leave you in, uh, stitches.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Theatre Row (West 42 Street) has two important benefits on September 24: Joseph Macchia’s birthday edition of CABARET CARES with Marilyn Maye and Tanya Holt and Eric Michael Gillett and many more. And then, a benefit for ovarian cancer and Phyllis Newman’s Health Initiative includes Molly Pope, Christine Pedi. Broadway veterans and Toronto escapee Michael Hughes (Mickey & Judy), who’s been written up on this website, and many more.
And that’s just some of what late September has in store. Oh, what a bunch of interesting and intriguing nights!