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Alysha Umphress: the politics of performing

Alysha Umphress: the politics of performing

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 27, 2019

Singer-actress Alysha Umphress, who plays Feinstein's at the Nikko on April 12 and 13, remembers the exact date that she flew to San Francisco for her first gig at the club: It was November 8, 2016.

Telly Leung - from Aladdin on Broadway to Orinda

Telly Leung - from Aladdin on Broadway to Orinda

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 20, 2019

Just last week, Telly Leung ended a two-year stint in the demanding title role of Aladdin on Broadway. Next week, Leung, a Bay Area cabaret favorite, will perform next month in the Live at the new Orinda series of cabaret concerts.

Lena Hall looks forward, and back: Broadway star 'Auditions' at Feinstein's

Lena Hall looks forward, and back: Broadway star 'Auditions' at Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 30, 2019

'Hedwig' star and Tony winner Lena Hall brings her unusual tales of show business to Feinstein's at the Nikko in her new cabaret show, 'The Art of the Audition.'

Kristine & Carson — Just two divas horsing around

Kristine & Carson — Just two divas horsing around

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 23, 2019

Singer Kristine W pairs up with 'Queer Eye' celeb Carson Kressley for a night of music and comedy at Feinstein's at the Nikko, Jan. 25 & 26.

Susan Werner - Somewhere under the radar

Susan Werner - Somewhere under the radar

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 16, 2019

Susan Werner is waxing lyrical about Carmen Cusack, the Tony-nominated singer-actress (Bright Star) with whom she'll share a sublime Bay Area Cabaret double-bill at the Venetian Room this Sunday afternoon.

McKechnie & McArdle - Broadway legends reunite at Feinstein's

McKechnie & McArdle - Broadway legends reunite at Feinstein's

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 9, 2019

On January 18 and 19 Broadway legends Donna McKechnie and Andrea McArdle will reunite for an evening of song at Feinstein's at The Nikko. The two performers will pay tribute to two songwriting giants: Stephen Sondheim and the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Connie Champagne - celebrated chanteuse's new Judy Garland holiday show

Connie Champagne - celebrated chanteuse's new Judy Garland holiday show

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 12, 2018

It's been a while, and it may be a while longer before Connie Champagne returns, but her subtle, witty and endearing portrayal of Judy Garland takes place to Oasis on December 15.

Amy & Freddy - Holiday cabaret duo's at Oasis

Amy & Freddy - Holiday cabaret duo's at Oasis

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2018

You better think twice if you're expecting anything less than silly fun holiday camp from the consummate piano and vocal duo Amy & Freddy, when they play at Oasis on Sunday, December 16.

Aaron Lazar: playing Dad

Aaron Lazar: playing Dad

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 5, 2018

It's been 18 years since Aaron Lazar last passed through San Francisco on a Broadway tour. He's in 'Dear Evan Hansen' at the Curran through December 30, and has a solo engagement at Feinstein's at the Nikko on December 17.

20 Questions with Shawn Ryan - the Cabaret star plays multiple Bay Area gigs

20 Questions with Shawn Ryan - the Cabaret star plays multiple Bay Area gigs

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 28, 2018

As he prepares for his November 30 show at Oakland's Sound Room (which is already sold out) and his December 9 show at Guerneville's Main St. Station, singer, actor and naughty comedian Shawn Ryan answered a volley of questions for the Bay Area Reporter.

Christine Andreas - From Broadway to Paris at the Venetian Room

Christine Andreas - From Broadway to Paris at the Venetian Room

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 20, 2018

Christine Andreas, elle ne parle pas francais. While the acclaimed soprano's Bay Area Cabaret performance, at the Venetian Room on December 2, is a tribute to iconic French singer Edith Piaf, Andreas doesn't speak the Little Sparrow's native tongue.

Dixie's dandy - Tuppercare camp with the drag comic

Dixie's dandy - Tuppercare camp with the drag comic

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 7, 2018

Dixie Longate's show, which has toured nationally since 2007 and has played two successful Off-Broadway runs, is just now making its local debut with a three-night engagement a Feinstein's at the Nikko next Thursday through Saturday.

Cole Escola: Get 'Stuck' on the funny gay comic

Cole Escola: Get 'Stuck' on the funny gay comic

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 31, 2018

When Cole Escola makes his San Francisco debut at the Great American Music Hall on November 12 with his sketch show, Help! I'm Stuck!, he'll play an array of mostly female characters; a suburban mom, a New York office worker, and Bernadette Peters.

Laugh track record - Comedy Returns at El Rio

Laugh track record - Comedy Returns at El Rio

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 19, 2018

Laughs will no doubt abound on September 21 when comic Lisa Geduldig returns to El Rio with her monthly comedy show, which, in various incarnations, will soon celebrate its thirtieth anniversary.