Sandi Durell, publisher-editor at TheaterPizzazz.com and contributor to TheaterLife.com, has put together the TOP 5 CABARET PICKS FOR 2014 – a compilation from the discerning reviewers who contribute to her website.
Ann Hampton Callaway – Turning Points (54 Below)
Marilyn Maye/Bucky Pizzarelli (Iridium Jazz Club)
Marilyn Maye -Tribute to Johnny Carson (54 Below)
Christine Ebersole "Big Noise from Winnetka" (54 Below)
Lucy Arnaz – Café Carlyle
Ute Lemper "Last Tango in Berlin" – sexy and smart
Carole J. Bufford "Shades of Blue" – a new look at an
Barb Jungr "Hard Rain" – Boy Dylan and Leonard Cohen in the meeting of great music
T. Oliver Reid "Drop Me off in Harlem" – a splendid musical trip into the past
Carol J. Bufford (54 Below) – "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
T. Oliver Reid – "Drop Me Off in Harlem"
Barbara Brussell (Don’t Tell Mama)
Jane Monheit, Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso – "Hollywoodland" (Birdland)
Lauren Fox & Ritt Henn "Ghosts of Love" (Stage 72)
Drop Me Off in Harlem – T. Oliver Reid
I’ve Still Got My Health – Jack O’Brien (54 Below)
On The Air: Songs for Marian McPartland – Stacy Sullivan
The Act (54 Below)
From Joplin to Jarrett: 115 Years of Piano Jazz – Jon Weber (Metropolitan Room)
Marilyn Maye New Years Eve (any year) – Meropolitan. Room
Gabrielle Stravelli – Metropolitan Room
Joyce Breach – Moments Like This
KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim
Baby Jane Dexter – Rules of the Road (Metropolitan Room)
Jeremy Jordan – 54 Below
Fyvish Finkel – 54 Below
Amanda McBroom and George Ball – 54 Below
My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy – Stage 72 (The Triad)
Eric Michael Gillett – The Amanda McBroom Project (Beechman Theatre)
Joe Regan, Jr.
Baby Jane Dexter The Rules of the Road Part 3 – Despite a freak accident Dexter gave a funny, dramatic, musical performance.
Richard Holbrook – Comeback of the year with his Astaire and Christmas Show. Never sung better.
Peggy King and All Star Jazz Trio – King proved that she still is in great voice and is a force of nature.
Bob Merrill at 54 Below – All star tribute but especially because of Mimi Hines who fifty years later still goes effortlessly for the high note.
Adam R. Shapiro "Normal" – Great bio musical about Shapiro and his participation on "Normal Heart" film
1st runner up Sin Twisters with divas Gillette and Fuller
Paolo Szot – 54 Below
Anita Gillette – Metropolitan Room
Alex Rybeck Songbook – 54 Below
Natalie Douglas does Dolly Parton – Birdland
Randy Graff – 54 Below
Christopher Sieber – 54 Below
Judy Kaye – 54 Below
(sometimes it’s difficult to pick only 5)