The press release for Irish-born singer Maxine Linehan's show concludes with a reminder that "you or your ancestors came here from somewhere, and this is your story too." It's a point Ms. Linehan emphasizes at the very top of the evening as well and, at a time when our nation is suffering another one of its periodic outbreaks of nativist hysteria, hearing it is like a breath of fresh air. It’s a reminder that, in the words of the late President Kennedy, we are “a nation of immigrants.”
The Irving Sisters appeared at the Kranzberg Saturday, September 5, and they gave us ninety minutes of bright delight. It was the cabaret debut of this most talented “girl group”—and it was awash in nostalgia.
Chamber music today is one of the most innovative and diverse of all musical art forms. In only five years, the Gesher Music Festival—from the Hebrew “bridge”—has established itself as a leader both locally and beyond as a creative hub for the cross currents of Jewish and all forms of chamber music.
A wise friend once said, "The older I get, the better my childhood becomes." In other words, if we're lucky, perspective comes with age. That thought came to mind throughout Ken Haller's cabaret show "Mama's Boy," which premiered on October 30 as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival at the Gaslight Theater in St. Louis.
It was an adoring crowd that filled the Gaslight Theatre—a surprisingly large crowd for a singer who has no history in cabaret.
Faith Prince launched the 2014 season of the St. Louis Cabaret Project weekend with great presence and charm at The Sheldon on July 30.
The St. Louis Cabaret Festival, under the guiding hand of Tim Schall, is, so far, a resounding success. Last night at the Sheldon an adoring, almost adulatory packed house welcomed that stellar cabaret artist Ann Hampton Callaway and her evening's tribute to Barbra Streisand.
The cabaret scene in St. Louis continues to expand, and this Thursday marks the cabaret debut of Emilie Nevins-Carter, a singer whose sister, Dionna Raedeke, has already made quite a name for herself in town.
I have been a big supporter of the St. Lou Fringe festival since its inception three years ago. This year I was out of town for most of the festival’s run (June 18-22), so I only got to six events. Rather than writing a review of each one, I have decided put them into three groups: hits, misses, and flops (a.k.a. “I want my 45 minutes back”). We’ll start with the hits.