By: Paulanne Simmons
September 12, 2019: Just as vaudeville had a naughty cousin called burlesque, Birdland, that venerable jazz club on 44th Street, has a rowdy cousin in its one-year-old downstairs performance space. That’s where Susie Mosher holds her weekly Lineup, a spicy mixture of song, satire and raucous silliness.
Mosher, who began the series as a bi-monthly show at the invitation of Birdland host Jim Caruso, is a force of nature who knows how to deliver a song and time a joke. She also knows how to assemble and present an eclectic group of performers who may have little in common other than an overabundance of individual talent.
The night I was at Birdland on September 10, the Lineup was composed of mostly emerging talent. There were young ladies with beautiful voices singing soulful ballads, The Doo Wop Project on a stopover before their Town Hall gig, Zachary Riopelle singing “Will you read the Torah? Will You light the menorah… Will you be a Jew for me?’ and a good number of acts that were indescribably delicious.
On other nights, seasoned veterans may appear onstage. It’s easy to see what makes this venue so attractive to stars, whatever their place in the heavens.
A good deal of the show seems improvised. It you’re the shy type, don’t sit in the front row, because you just may be drawn into the action.
But wherever you sit, Susie Mosher and her Lineup will give you a mid-week boost that will keep you going till you can let loose over the weekend.
The Lineup with Susie Mosher is at Birdland every Tuesday at 9:30pm, 315 West 44 Street.