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The Oak Room at the Algonquin

First Nighter: Is Cabaret Today Yay or Nay?

David Finkle | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
David Finkle

If cabaret is to survive in other Manhattan destinations as well as in other cities where the number of rooms is shrinking -- new audiences schooled in cabaret's positives need to brighten the right doorsteps.

The Oak Room Is No More

AP | Posted 04.04.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- New York City's famous Algonquin Hotel has permanently shuttered the Oak Room, its fabled supper club that helped launch careers of many t...

First Nighter: Andrea Marcovicci, Bebe Neuwirth Act Up in Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Andrea Marcovicci and Bebe Neuwirth represent those who say that what's important for performers appearing in intimate rooms is not that the voice be considered first and foremost but that appreciation of a lyric is equally as important as vocal reproduction and projection.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

First Nighter: Our Sinatra Revue Is Truly Chairman-of-the-Board-Worthy

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Our Sinatra is a case of songs treated with utterly convincing maturity, depth and, where appropriate, genuine humor.

First-Nighter: Anyone Can Whistle Those Great Stephen Sondheim Melodies

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In song-writing, where success is ideally a matter of fifty percent lyrics and fifty percent music, Stephen Sondheim almost always achieves the delicate balance.

First Nighter: Cabaret Thrushes Stacey Kent, Karen Oberlin Flying High and Low

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Joy infuses everything that Stacey Kent sings with a vocal zing -- which she's showing off this week as part of her current stateside tour.

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano: Viewing "This Thing Called Love" From a Cabaret Stand-Point

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

The husband-wife team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano are currently doing the living-room honors in Manhattan's Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel through the first week of March.