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Another Happy New Year With Nadler and Sullivan At The Beach Cafe

Another Happy New Year With Nadler and Sullivan At The Beach Cafe

Photo by Dave Goodside 

For the 3rd year in a row, cabaret favorites Mark Nadler and K. T. Sullivan rang in the New Year with an enthusiastic crowd in the cozy confines of the Beach Café on the Upper East Side.  

Nadler is a ferociously energetic cabaret talent whose powerful pizazz makes a fine balance to K.T. Sullivan’s sophisticated style. 

In honor of the new decade, their show consisted entirely of tunes written during the Roaring 20’s. Of course there were the standards by writers of the Great American Songbook. But there were also surprising and entertaining numbers by lesser known writers.

They opened with a medley of songs dedicated to the party spirit: “Let’s Misbehave” (Porter), “Let’s Do It” and “Runnin’ Wild”, which you may know from the film of “Some Like It Hot”. Ms. Sullivan then crooned “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, followed by a Betty Boopish version of “I Want To Be Bad”. I enjoy Ms. Sullivan even more when she lets her musical hair down, and allows her wickedly funny character side to come out.  

Mr. Nadler added a musically decadent notion of what makes love work with a crackin’ rendition of “Say It With Liquor.” Another highlight of the night was their duet performance of the rare Gershwin comedy love song, “My Little Ducky.”  

Other standards filling out the evening included sensitive performances of  “The Man I Love” and “If Love Were All” . 

Mr. Nadler is also a cabaret pianist with the crazy energy of Jerry Lee Lewis. So he chewed up the piano brilliantly on his renditions of “Birth of the Blues” and   “Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil.”  

Ms. Sullivan also showed her up tempo chops on “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

To make sure they got as many 20’s songs into the hour as they could, they ended with a medley of 28 songs from the 20’s … in about seven minutes!  It finished just in time for them to ring in the New Year with “Auld Lang Syne”  and a touching encore of “I’ll See You Again.”  We all hope so.


Jeffery Lyle Segal is a multifaceted theater artist who has worn many professional hats. He started as a musical theater performer in his teens. He attended Stanford U., Northwestern University, and SUNY at Binghamton to study acting, directing and dramatic literature. He also wrote theater reviews for The Stanford Daily and was Arts Editor of WNUR Radio at Northwestern. After college, he is proud to have been the first full time Executive Director of Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company. He left them to work as a theater actor and director. His special effects makeup skills got him into the movies, working on the seminal cult horror film, Re-Animator.He also did casting for several important Chicago projects, sometimes wearing both production hats, as he did on Chicago’s most famous independent movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. While living in Los Angeles, he joined the Academy for New Musical Theater, where he developed two book musicals as a composer, lyricist and librettist, Down to Earth Girl (formerly I Come for Love, NYMF 2008), and Scandalous Behavior! (York Developmental Reading Series 2010). He wrote, produced and performed his song “Forever Mine” as the end title theme of the horror film, Trapped! He also has written songs for his performances in cabaret over the years, and the time he spent pursuing country music in Nashville. Most recently he created a musical revue, Mating the Musical, for the Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016. In NYC, he has attended the BMI musical theater writers’ workshop, and the Commercial Theater Institute 14 week producer program. He is currently creating a company to develop new musicals online. He still keeps up his makeup chops, working with top doctors in NYC and Chicago as one of the country’s most highly regarded permanent cosmetic artists ( and as a member of Chicago local IATSE 476.

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