As it turns out, Ringwald's latest role was actually more of a return to her roots than a reinvention: as the 44-year-old star told the crowd, she got her start singing alongside her father, blind jazz pianist Bob Ringwald.
In setting Maria Stuarda to music, Gaetano Donizetti did some of his most beautiful writing, not just for the title character and her prevailing adversary Elizabeth I. Throughout, Donizetti also imagined any number of ensembles
What is/are The Crazy Coqs? They is a new cabaret room, and in these parlous times when it's more usually reported that an intimate boite is shuttering, the fact that one has opened is a cause for celebration.
Brian d'Arcy James is doing his effervescent best to prove the opening season of cabaret room 54 Below is as significant a boost to the unfairly marginalizated genre as Manhattan has seen in many an entertainment year.
If "The Ben Vereen Story" were a Hollywood screenplay, no studio would buy it. The triumphs and tragedies are too incredible to be believed, the comeback from professional banishment and near-death too melodramatic to be plausible. But it's based on a true story.