GUEST REVIEWER: A Star is Reborn: A review of the Cabaret MULLIGAN & MOORE, VEGAS ‘55

A Star is Reborn 

A review of the Cabaret

MULLIGAN & MOORE, VEGAS ‘55

At the Metropolitan Room
June 22, 2017


Before his 1969 knighthood and achieving his legendary status in the entertainment world, Sir Noël Coward found his position as the leading British playwright and actor threatened by postwar changes in the English theatrical establishment of the early 1950’s. Turning to the cabaret stage, Sir Noël found a more welcoming venue that led to his famous 1955 turn at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas Strip.

Singer Gregory Moore and Pianist Simon Mulligan could have easily offered up an entertaining time by simply delivering the material from that famous performance, but instead — from Mr. Frank Sinatra’s attendance of the opening night show to Noël Coward’s appreciation of American audiences – MULLIGAN & MOORE, VEGAS ‘55, captures the anticipation, surprise and relief that were all a part of Sir Noël Coward’s famously successful performance and its notable aftermath. While most of the evening is devoted to The Master we are also treated to Mr. Moore’s enjoyable summoning up of Mr. Sinatra with “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” which begins a very interesting and often amusing discussion of Mr. Sinatra’s personal and career woes and leads to his need to offer support to his friend Sir Noël by not merely taking seats at the Desert Inn but flying in the largest and most glittering group of celebrities to ever cheer a cabaret act on its first night.

Though Mr. Simon Mulligan does not supply anecdotes nor lyrics, his superb piano playing supplies both a marvelous accompaniment and at intervals takes center stage with some wonderful solo performances. These musically relate to Mr. Moore’s narrative as well, such as the lushly atmospheric “Brazil,” Mr. Mulligan’s tribute to pianist Carmen Cavallaro which neatly sets off “Nina” Sir Noël’s riposte to Mr. Cole Porter’s tropical “Begin the Beguine”. In fact, though the evening seems to enjoyably go from anecdote to song to observation, it is a discreetly managed flow that sometimes focuses on one point briefly and then spends more time entertaining the audience with more detailed revelations on another matter: such as Sir Noël Coward’s willingness to make some modifications of his material for American tastes, but not when it led to foolish censorship.

As a singer, Mr. Gregory Moore does Sir Noël Coward proud. It is not merely that he knows how to deliver songs like “Bar on the Piccola Marina” but Mr. Moore relishes the wit and humor in the piece and shares that delight with his audience, never missing a laugh. This is not only limited Sir Noël’s songbook; Mr. Moore’s dapper style works very well with numbers by Mr. Frank Loesser or Messrs. Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin. Indeed, the only criticism I might offer Mr. Moore has to do with his microphone placement which tends to hide the lower part of his face from the audience.

Even if you know the numbers or have heard the anecdotes elsewhere, Messrs. Mulligan and Moore make it all sound new and share in the delight Sir Noël Coward himself must have felt on that 1955 evening in Las Vegas when he had the audience eating out of his hand.

MULLIGAN & MOORE, VEGAS ’55 was last performed at the Metropolitan Room on June 22, 2017

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About the reviewer:

MOSHE BLOXENHEIM
I am a computer programmer, wannabe writer who loves theater and just got into the habit of inflicting my theatrical opinions.
I live in New York.
 Moshe can be reached at MB1224@aol.com

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An Interview with: Pia Zadora (in 1080p)

Star of Stage, Screen, TV, Grammy nominated artist and all around sweetheart the fabulous Pia Zadora took time before the last New York show of her coming out of retirement tour, PIA ZADORA: BACK AGAIN AND STANDING TALL at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, to sit down and chat about her life in the arts, raising children, tweeting and handcuffs!

Don’t forget to change the settings to view this at 1080p! and… Enjoy!

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Thanks to the Metropolitan Room and Bernie Furshpan for hosting this interview!

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Video Interview with Peggy Herman (& Alex Rybeck)

I got to sit down and chat with the amazing Peggy Herman about her CD release party on Sunday May 7th 2012 at Feinstein’s at the Regency in NYC.
I hope you enjoy it!

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540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10021
212-339-4095

Doors open 5:30 for Dinner
Show at 7:30pm

Special prix fix dinner
Use code RSPH2012 when booking for
special discount of cover charge – $40.00 plus One drink minimum.

 Each guest will receive Peggy’s CD

Jackets required. Reservations a must!

Peggy Herman releases a brand new recording of her critically acclaimed show, “Herman on Herman,” her tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, on Sunday May 6 at 7:30pm. The one-night-only concert features many of the songs from the show’s premiere in May of last year, plus additional material that was added to the project in the intervening months.

With arrangements by the renowned music director Alex Rybeck, “Herman on Herman (with a Touch of Merman)” gives the Jerry Herman songbook a whole new spin, lending a fresh take on these classic Broadway show tunes. Backing Herman on Herman – and blending a range of popular styles, including folk-pop, smooth jazz, Brazillian and Broadway — are Rybeck on piano, Jered Egan on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums and percussion. The same threesome play on the album, augmented by strings, brass, winds, and guitarist Sean Harkness.

Like the show’s premiere at the Metropolitan Room, the CD release concert is directed by Peter Glebo, and the nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. The performer and show business chronicler Richard Skipper co-hosts the event with Feinstein’s, which is offering a special “It’s Today” dinner-and-show package (premium seats $50, general seating $30, plus a $25 food and beverage minimum). All of the evening’s attendees will receive a complimentary signed copy of the new album.

“Herman on Herman… Peggy Sings Jerry” (the CD’s title) features exciting new arrangements of songs from “Hello Dolly!” “Mame,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Mack & Mabel,” and other Herman hits. In the studio, Herman and Rybeck added new songs, including “The Best of Times is Now,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and “If He Walked Into My Life.”

Born in Philadelphia, and raised in Miami Beach, Herman has appeared in such musicals as “Nunsense” (Mother Superior), “South Pacific” (Bloody Mary) and “Grand Hotel” (Raffaela Ottanio).

Her solo CD debut, “Mercer and More…” (Original Cast Records), was hailed as “a lush album” by John Hoglund in Back Stage, where he added, “she’s got a big voice that serves a big talent.”

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Special thanks to Marc Baron for his videography!

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Video Interview with Terese Genecco (without her Her Little Big Band)

I got a rare chance to sit down and chat with Terese  (without her Her Little Big Band) the night after her amazing 3rd Anniversary party and CD release for a sweet one on one. I hope you enjoy it!

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ScoBar Entertainment presents: Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band
at The Iridium, NYC – the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of every month – 8:00 & 10:00 pm

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The Iridium is located at: 1650 Broadway (51st) New York, NY 10019. For reservations (212) 582-2121. www.theiridium.com

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PRESS RELEASE: TERESE GENECCO CELEBRATES 3 YEARS AT THE IRIDIUM TUESDAY MARCH 20

HUGE CELEBRATION WITH SPECIAL RELEASE OF 
“LIVE FROM THE IRIDIUM NYC!” CD

The fun-loving and hard-charging singer and bandleader Terese Genecco celebrates both the release of her new CD, “Live from the Iridium NYC,” and the 3rd anniversary of her long-run at the Iridium NYC, 1650 Broadway, in back-to-back shows on Tuesday March 20, at 8pm and 10pm.

Since March of ’09, Genecco and her eight-piece Little Big Band have performed without let-up, clocking over 70 consecutive performances. Produced by ScoBar Entertainment, it’s the longest-running nightclub act on Broadway. The monthly gigs, on the third or fourth Tuesday of the month, are scheduled to continue through the end of 2012.

Joining Genecco for the celebration will be guest vocalist Robert Hicks and a number of surprise special guests. Genecco’s Little Big Band consists of Barry Levitt (piano), Sean Harkness (guitar), Tom Hubbard (bass), Ray Marchica (drums), Mayra Casales (percussion), Kenny Lavender (trumpet), Mark Miller (trombone), and Cliff Lyons (sax).

The Wall Street Journal’s Will Friedwald has written that Genecco “and her three horns and five rhythm put on an unstoppable juggernaut of a set.” Indeed, the bandleader’s retro take on the rat-packing 60’s is completely right for the moment, churning up an electricity that gives today’s L.E.D.-soaked Times Square a rich, cocktail incandescence.

A Bistro Award and two-time MAC Award winner (for Best Recording in 2008, and Best Female Vocalist in 2009), Genecco was also a 2010 MAC Award nominee in the Major Artist category. She just received 2012 MAC Award nominations for Major Artist and for Show of the Year. Her acclaimed tribute to nightclub entertainer Frances Faye, “Drunk With Love” was a Time Out NY Top Ten pick of the year, as was its sequel.

The music charge is $25 with a $10 food and drink minimum. For reservations call 212/582-2121. For more information or to order online visit www.theiridium.com For more about the artist visit www.TereseGeneccoLive.com

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Video Interview with Psych’s Dulé Hill

Elli recently attended the amazing “On Tap” at Joe’s Pub February 1, 2012 6:30pm
The show was hosted by actor/dancer Dulé Hill.
After the show he got the chance to sit down for an interview.

Mr Hill’s many TV and Film credits are listed here on IMDB
Click HERE to see his Theater credits.

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A HUGE shoutout to Joe’s Pub and Mark Allen for their help!
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Video Interview with Chester Gregory (Sister Act on B’way)

With an impressive list of Broadway roles under his belt – Sister Act as Eddie, Dreamgirls as James “Thunder” Early (National Tour), Hairspray as Seaweed, Tarzan as Terk, The Jackie Wilson Story as Jackie Wilson, Cry Baby as Dupree, Shrek the Musical as Donkey (Seattle tryout, Pre-Broadway), Train is Comin’ as Isaac, Chicago’s Gold Soul, Otis Redding Story – and his new iPhone game UnWord, Chester took on an impressive evening of song, “Chester Gregory & Friends” at the Triad Theater.
Tired as he was, after pouring his amazing energy out to the audience,
we got a chance to chat after the show.

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Broadway Meows 3

Recorded July 18th 2011
at Don’t Tell Mama

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Elli’s Red Carpet Interviews at “Broadway Sings For Pride”


Recorded June 27th 2011
at the LGBT Center in NYC’s West Village

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