Highlights from Stephen Hanks’s New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits Series
By: Paulanne Simmons
Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms, which benefits its Arts & Education program,
features over one hundred artists in more than twenty cabaret and musical
theater shows. Each show only runs for one night. And each night is a gem.
The Dec. 3 Highlights from Stephen Hanks’s New York Cabaret’s Greatest
Hits Series at the Metropolitan Room featured performances that were funny,
moving and sentimental. Given the opportunity to present their very best, many
of the performers chose songs that were extremely personal.
Mark Nadler and Adam Shapiro were both in their effervescent prime. Nadler triumphed with the tour-de-force tongue-twister, “Tschaikowsky (and other Russians).”
Shapiro took a hilarious jab at our dating practices with”Hey Let’s Be Friends
(for Rule #6 Never Use the F Word)” and “Making Love Alone.” Meg Flather taught
the audience a whole bunch of unrelated French words and phrases, helping
enormously those in need of extra sophistication.
There were a few numbers from tribute shows. Jenna Esposito sang Connie Frances with ,”Many Years Ago” and the spring break movie song “Where the Boys Are.” Karen
Oberlin paid tribute to Frank Loesser with “Hamlet” and “What Are You Doing
Christmas Eve?” Mareen Taylor reprised “Some Mistakes” and “My Place in the
World” from Taylor Made: Bob Merrill.
Susan Winter sang “Old Friend” for her parents, and Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin
“How Do You Fall Back in Love” for themselves and anyone who’s ever lost a
Finally July Reyburn provided a strong emotional ending with Sondheim’s cautionary
“Children Will Listen” and Disney’s inspirational “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30 St., www.urbanstages.org,