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Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William was back at The Green Room 42, with his spectacular show “Come Croon With Him (Me)”. This crooner has the ability to bring in the celebrities as Lynn Ahrens, Jim Brochu, Sandy Duncan, Don Correia, Anita Gillette, Jill O’Hara, the two Cassies’s Robin Hurder and Donna McKechnie were in attendance.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The show started out with an overture by the fabulous Clint Edwards, whose arrangements for the night were exquisite.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Then out came Mark making the audience swoon with his sparkly bow tie crooning “Come Live With Me,” “Come Fly With Me,”  “Blue Skies” and  “From This Moment On” by the respective composers Dory & Andre Previn, Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen, Irving Berlin & Cole Porter.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

This is an old soul in a 20 year old body, as Mark brought “I’ve Gotta Be Me” and “Golden Rainbow” by Walter Marks to life.


Having worked with Lee Roy Reams on a tribute to Jerry Herman, Mark showed how to “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Next up was an amazing medley of “Moon River” and “Ebb Tide” by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer/Robert Maxwell & Carl Sigman. This haunting combination showed off this young singer to the max.

Mark William, Clint Edwards

Mark William, Clint Edwards Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Feeling very simpatico with the late Peter Allen, Mark combined “When I Get My Name in Lights”, “Everything Old is New Again” and “All I Wanted was the Dream”. I can see this energetic crooner doing The Boy From Oz.

Mark William

Clint Edwards, James T Kelly, Mark William, Jon Dawson, Matt Zwyer,  and Jernej Bervar Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

A heartfelt “On the Street Where You Live” by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe.


One of the new elements was a fabulous duet with Daniel Dunlow, who runs the club and does a spectacular lighting design. The two sang “You’re Nothing Without Me” by Cy Coleman/David Zippel from City of Angels. Both knocked it out of the park.

Daniel Dunlow

Daniel Dunlow Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Bewitched Medley, that consisted of the theme from Bewitched, “Bewitched, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered”, “You Do Something to Me”,  “That Old Black Magic” and “Witchcraft”


From Grand Hotel “I Want to Go to Hollywood” showed off Mark’s dancing skills and he was proving just how much he should be on Broadway.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

As an encore from the TV Show Smash, “Let Me Be Your Star”, Mark proved that night he was the one that was rising.

Mark William, Clint Edwards

Mark William, Clint Edwards Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

A good show has to have a great musical director and arranger and this show had the wonderful Clint Edwards. You need a band that you can mesh with and on drums, Jonathan Ward, bass, Sam Zerna, guitar, Jernej Bervar and on trumpet, Josiah Lamb proved to be first rate. You also need a director who not only shares your vision but knows how to highlight the best of what you do. For that Mark had the amazing talents of Preston Ridge, who is also Mark’s manager. Preston and Clint really knew how to design a cabaret act that is exciting and fresh.

Daniel Dunlow

Daniel Dunlow Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

I can never say enough about Daniel Dunlow who proved he is one talented singer.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William is rising fast up the stairway to stardom. It is truly exciting to watch his growth and see him mature. Mark will back at The Green Room 42 March  29th at 7pm.

Mark William

Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

** A lot of this review is from an earlier review on November 17th, How do you improve on perfection. This boy is the real deal and Mr. William added new and exciting elements to this show.

Richie Ridge, Robyn Hurder, Mark William, Donna McKechnie, Preston Ridge

Richie Ridge, Robyn Hurder, Mark William, Donna McKechnie and Preston Ridge Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Preston Ridge, Daniel Dunlow, Mark William, Richie Ridge

Preston Ridge, Daniel Dunlow, Mark William and Richie Ridge Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Preston Ridge, Robyn Hurder,  Mark William

Preston Ridge, Robyn Hurder and Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Richie Ridge, Don Correia, Mark William, Sandy Duncan,  Preston Ridge

Richie Ridge, Don Correia, Mark William, Sandy Duncan and Preston Ridge Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Daniel Dunlow, Mark William

Daniel Dunlow and Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Donna McKechnie, Robin Hurber

Donna McKechnie, Robin Hurber Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Donna McKechnie, Mark William

Donna McKechnie, Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Lynn Ahrens, Mark William

Lynn Ahrens, Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Don Correia, Mark William, Sandy Duncan

Don Correia, Mark William, Sandy Duncan Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Donna McKechnie, Mark William, Richard Hillman

Donna McKechnie, Mark William, Richard Hillman Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Daniel Dunlow

Daniel Dunlow Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Daniel Dunlow

Daniel Dunlow Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Preston Ridge, Lisa Carvalho, Mark William,  Richie Ridge

Preston Ridge, Lisa Carvalho, Mark William and Richie Ridge Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William, Elle Rigg

Mark William and Elle Rigg Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Donna McKechnie, Mark William, Jill O'Hara

Donna McKechnie, Mark William, Jill O’Hara Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Anita Gillette, Mark William, Jill O'Hara, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Mark William, Jill O’Hara, Jim Brochu Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Mark and Elle Rigg Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Mark William, Dennis Cannon Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Lynn Ahrens, Mark William

Lynn Ahrens, Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Mark William, Susan Nussbaum Cohen  Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Clint Edwards, Lynn Ahrens

Clint Edwards, Lynn Ahrens Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Anita Gillette, Mark William

Anita Gillette, Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Clint Edwards, Mark William, Danny Dunlow

Clint Edwards, Mark William, Danny Dunlow Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Mark William, James T Kelly Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Danny Dunlow, Mark William

Danny Dunlow, Mark William, Susan Nussbaum Cohen Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Lisa Carvalho, Mark William Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mark William

Mark William, Nathan Johnson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Karen Mason and Louis Rosen

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Karen Mason and Louis Rosen met back in the 70s in Chicago. Karen was a young singer accompanied by a the incomparable pianist-songwriter Brian Lasser. He was close friends with guitarist, pianist-songwriter, Louis Rosen. Mason and Lasser moved to New York and two years later Rosen was there as well. A little over ten years later Lasser died of AIDS. Rosen and Mason have made sure that Lasser’s music is remembered.

Karen Mason

Louis Rosen

Mason and Rosen are back together again celebrating nearly 50 years of collaboration and friendship. The evening is stripped down bare with Rosen on guitar and piano and Mason and Rosen on vocals. Most of the material is Rosen’s songs many from his most recent albums, but added are a few selections by  Lasser, that make you know he died way to soon.

Karen Mason

Louis Rosen

Rosen’s music is what singer/songwriters use to write, full of blues riffs, uplifting swing, folk melodies, jazz cadences and soulful powerful lyrics. It is like an old soul left their words to impart. This night so made me want to hear his newest album “Love and Ashes”. Rosen is a musicians musician.

“A master interpreter… Mason produces a depth of sound and brilliance of color that converge in the work of very few singers!” (Chicago Tribune)

Mason has an authenticity to her voice. She is a storyteller, rich in tone and truly excels on Lasser’s music. She is a belter at heart, but Rosen’s music has her venerable and exposed, which is a new side to her art.

It is always wonderful to watch two artists collaborate,

Luba Mason and Karen Mason

Louis Rosen

Karen Mason and Louis Rosen: Ages Since the Last Time: Chelsea Table + Stage, 152 West 26th Street.

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My View: Why CAN’T A Woman…? This Woman Can…Lianne Marie Dobbs

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The actor Lianne Marie Dobbs played a 1900’s woman in the HBO series The Gilded Age. You also might have seen her in Law & Order, The Equalizer and F.B.I., but yesterday at Chelsea Tables + Stage she wasn’t just playing the part of a Cabaret singer!  Ms. Dobbs is the real deal, and she captivated an audience of music connoisseurs with her formidable vocal talents and wit in her show titled “Why CAN’T a Woman…? 

Lianne’s cabaret act utilizes Broadway leading men’s songs and sassy standards, served up with a twist of SHE, to celebrate all the hats that women wear, and she answered the shows question authoritatively….This woman sure can!

Lianne Marie Dobbs was named one of the Best Vocalists of the Decade (BroadwayWorld, 2020) and has filled The Green Room 42, 54Below, Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Blue Strawberry in St. Louis, and will be featured in Chicago’s Cabaret Week later in May.  “Why CAN’T a Woman…?” was named one of the best cabaret shows of the year (2022) by BroadwayWorld, and called “an honest to goodness emerging work of art”.  She has appeared in leading roles Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and at renowned theaters such as Denver Center, Repertory of St. Louis, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed and many more.

Ron Abel is Lianne’s music director and arranger, whose accolades include: LA Critics Circle Award Winner and L.A. Weekly Award Winner for his original compositions and unique arrangements of Broadway hits for orchestras and singers. He has been the music director for acclaimed vocalists such as Lucie Arnaz, Peter Allen, Joely Fisher, Valarie Pettiford, Julia Migenes, Helen Reddy, and John Lloyd Young.

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

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LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

PAUL KREPPEL, RON ABEL, EDA SOROKOFF, MURPHY CROSS

EDA SOROKOFF & TAKAKO HARKNESS

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My View: The City Was Special Last Night….Melissa Errico at 54 Below

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The evening at 54 Below was advertised as a “ Vinyl Release Celebration Concert” and how apt that VINYL, the unrivaled substance utilized to capture the subtle nuances and breadth of music has now been used to capture the elegant voice of Melissa Errico singing the songs of  “Sondheim in the City” for posterity. 

Caveat: While Vinyl may capture in analog glory the beautiful notes and words of Melissa, one must be in her presence to experience her irrepressible beauty, wit, and intelligence on stage.

Melissa Errico….Sondheim In The City Vinyl Release Celebration at 54 Below May 7,8,9…..

Tedd Firth Music Director, David Finck (Bass), Eric Halvorson (Drums) Bruce Harris (Trumpet)

About the show:

After the critical triumph of her Sondheim Sublime album-called “the finest all Sondheim recording ever made” by the Wall Street Journal, Melissa Errico returned to one of her cabaret homes (54 Below) last night and to her favorite songwriter with an entire new program of Sondheim songs, celebrating her new album (released February 16, 2024 on Concord) and a different side of Steve, praised in The New York Times as “a New York house tour of thrill and heartbreak..from one of Sondheim’s deepest-hearted yet lightest-touch interpreters.”

Sondheim in the City is the Sondheim of smart, sophisticated New York, the Sondheim of the quick, witty, sardonic, love-seeking and sex-driven city that he recorded and worked in through his long life. From the anthem of city busyness “Another Hundred People” to the bittersweet hymns of city marriage, “Sorry, Grateful” and “Good Thing Going,” with time for hardboiled surprises like “Uptown, Downtown” and surprisingly soft-centered ballads like “All That I Need” and “Dawn”

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO & TEDD FIRTH, music director

54 Below, Eda Sorokoff

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Klea Blackhurst Brings The Songbook Of Jerry Herman To Life

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Klea Blackhurst returned to Chelsea Table and Stage last Sunday with another installment of her monthly series “The Box Set”. Each month Klea reprises one of her acclaimed shows. Last  Sunday she performed  One of the Girls: “The Words and Music of Jerry Herman”. Klea sang Herman’s songs that were made famous by the women in his life.

The evening started with Klea descending down the long staircase of the club singing “Just Leave Everything to Me” from the film, “Hello Dolly!” and she was off running. She is  an actress, singer, comedian and Mermanologist. What is a Mermanologist you ask ? Someone who is an expert on Ethel Merman.

Klea relayed some wonderful stories about Jerry Herman. She  got to know the composer well.  You can feel her admiration for him not only as a composer, but as a human being.

Klea was backed up by superb musicians: Michael Rice – piano/arrangements, Aaon Russell on drums and Tom Hubbard on bass. In between Jerry Herman stories Klea sang some of Herman’s great songs: “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, “It Only Takes a Moment” from Hello Dolly!, “Open A New Window” and “It’s Today from Mame,  “Time Heals Everything” from Mack &Mabel, “Just Go to The Movies” from A Day in Hollywood/ A Night in the Ukraine and “I Don’t want to Know” from Dear World. Klea knocked it out of the park with her rendition  of “I’m  What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles.

Very seldom do I leave a show and feel I that I need to spread the world about a great performer but for Ms. Blackhurst… I do.

Klea is truly one of the greats of this generation of entertainers.

We have to wait till September 15, 2024 for her next show “Dreaming of A Song” The Music of Hoagy Carmichael co-staring Billy Stritch.

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Laura Slutsky Does Cabaret for a Cause

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Laura Slutsky’s and my paths have crossed many times over the years and I have always found her witty, kind and engaging. I just didn’t know how big a heart she had until I saw she was producing cabaret and comedy shows to raise money for various charities. Over the past few months, she has gathered groups of talented performers to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease and the people of Maui after the devastating fires. On April 28th I was able to attend her latest fundraiser at the Triad Theater to support St Jude Children’s Hospital.  Lyzette Dorado, St Jude Marketing Director for New York City, was in attendance and was able to share how the organization helps the young cancer patients and their families.

Laura Slutsky

Lizette Dorado, St Jude Marketing Director shares what their mission

Laura Slutsky Singing Eydie Gorme

Laura and Sue Matsuki Cohosts of the Evening

I met Sue Matsuki a few years ago when she was organizing the Winter Rhythms concerts for Urban Stages. She is an award winning (MAC, Bistro and Julie Wilson Awards) singer and author. She met Laura in January and in those 3 short months they were able to organize this wonderful entertaining afternoon with a list of Grade A talent.

Sue Matsuki Singing Judy Garland

Saundra Silliman Sings Nancy Wilson

Elvira Tortora Sings Babara Cook

Debra Stone Sings Amanda McBroom

Laura’s Shmoozin’ with Slutsky series of special performance events each has a different theme and this one was “Legends that ‘Muse’ Me,” a 90 minute concert with eleven powerhouse performers, each singing a song from one of their favorite influences. Each performer wowed the packed house and as all proceeds benefitted St Jude it showed a true sense of community and caring.

Jacqueline Draper Sings Piaf

Meg Flather sings one of her own compositions

Kati Nieheisel Sings Julie London

Eva Steinberg Sings Peggy Lee

Ms Slutsky, in addition to co-emceeing with her special wit sang Eydie Gorme and Sue honored Judy Garland.  The afternoon was a wonderful variety of singers each with a different style including ballads, jazz, blues a popular tunes. Saundra Silliman sang Nancy Wilson; Elvira Tortora, Babara Cook and Debra Stone, Amanda McBroom. Jacqueline Draper performed Piaf in French and English while Meg Flather sang one of her own compositions. Kati Nieheisel and Eva Steinberg spoke of Julie London and Peggy Lee, respectively, before giving them tribute in song. Margaret Curry and Leslee Warren, influenced by Linda Ronstadt and Ethel Waters, respectively, turned up the temperature with Blue Bayou and Heat Wave. Lina Koutrakis completed the line up with two 2 songs; one from Michele Brourman and one of her own.

Debra Stone and all the ladies are accompanied by the Gregory Toroian Band

Margaret Curry Sings Linda Ronstadt

Leslee Warren Sings Ethel Waters

Lina Koutrakis sang 2 songs; One from Michele Brourman and one of her own

All the women were accompanied by the Gregory Toroian Band with Mr. Toroian on piano, Skip Ward on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums.

If this afternoon was an example of all the Shmoozin with Slutsky shows I am sorry I am late to the party. She knows how to bring out the best talent and showcase them in a gleaming light. What’s even more special is that she does this for the benefit of so many in need. Her next Shmooze will raise money for Prostate Cancer (date to be determined) but in the meantime you can support St. Jude Children’s Hospital https://www.stjude.org for more information.

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