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My View: “Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man”

Lianne Marie Dobbs brought her highly acclaimed show to The Green Room 42 last night. “Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man…? first premiered at The Beach Cafe and this enhanced version for the larger space was just as effective. Here’s our report then which still holds true. Leanne had  Ken Ard and Travis Poelle join her at the Green Room. Pianist Ron Abel supplied the highly effective arrangements.

Lianne Marie Dobbs

You never know what’s just around the corner and that’s the fascinating thing about discovering cabaret artists who are new to your milieu. Last night it was at the corner of 71st Street and 2nd Avenue at the Beach Cafe.    Friend Ron Abel, one of the music industry’s preeminent pianists/ arrangers/music directors in his heads up to me about this artist said …“Sometimes you get lucky. You get to work with a smart actress whose ability to understand a lyric translates to her being able to take the song to a place that people haven’t heard before. And then, she has the vocal range and ability to take it that one step further.” That folks is Lianne Marie Dobbs who while new to me is well known by cabaret enthusiasts.  

Starting with a stack of books written by women placed on Ron’s piano, Lianne in her show titled “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like A Man?” then prefaced each song with a poignant passage from the literary gems by famous feminist authors.  

It was a spectacular intriguing evening created by a performer who has the acting and vocal ability that is completely captivating on every level.  Ron Abel’s musical accompaniment and arrangements effectively complemented the thought-provoking song list of standards. Lianne’s delivery of  “Something’s Coming” was one of the best I’ve heard. “If I Were A Man” (Mancini/Bricusse), “I Feel Like A Woman” (Shania Twain), “She Likes Basketball” (Barcharach/David), “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (1917), “How To Handle a Woman” (Lerner Lowe) were just some of the tunes Lianne used to celebrate the lyrical beauty and strength of women.  

Lianne Marie Dobbs & Ron Abel
Lianne Marie Dobbs
Lianne Marie Dobbs
Lianne Marie Dobbs
Lianne Marie Dobbs
Lianne Marie Dobbs
Lianne Marie Dobbs & Ken Ard
Lianne Marie Dobbs & Ken Ard
Lianne Marie Dobbs & Ken Ard
Lianne Marie Dobbs & Travis Poelle
Daniel Dunlow, Susie Mosher
Eda Sorokoff & Daniel Dunlow


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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