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Barbara Leavy

Literary critic and author of books on literature, folklore and mythology, Barbara Leavy has been a contributor of features and reviews to Cabaret Scenes from the magazine’s earliest issues. Retired as a full professor of English at the City University of New York’s Queens College, she retains her honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor of English in Psychiatry at Cornell University’s Medical College. When not at cabaret, her current work in the realm of crime fiction. Barbara’s latest book, published by Poisoned Pen Press, is a second edition of The Fiction of Ruth Rendell—Ancient Tragedy and The Modern Family.

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Mar. 25 & 26: Liam Forde

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Mar. 25 & 26: Liam Forde

Is there anything the guy can’t do?

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Oct. 8: Kim David Smith

| September 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Oct. 8: Kim David Smith

I have run out of adjectives, such as “mesmerizing” or “compelling” or “brilliant.”

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Arlo Hill: I’ve Been in Love Before: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser

| May 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Arlo Hill: I’ve Been in Love Before: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser

If you’re in the mood for a knockout evening of cabaret, don’t miss any future production of I’ve Been in Love Before.

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Sara Zahn: Re-Touching My Roots

| May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Sara Zahn: Re-Touching My Roots

Zahn’s is a multi-media show with images of her life and career projected on the room’s back wall as she performs.

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Eric Michael Gillett: The Journey Begins

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Eric Michael Gillett: The Journey Begins

Eric Michael Gillett The Journey Begins March 11, 2015 At the end of Winter 1995, Darrell Henline, the founder and original publisher of Cabaret Scenes, made Peter Leavy an offer Leavy eventually could not refuse. Henline was planning the second issue of the magazine and he gave Leavy carte blanche to submit a piece on […]

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Peggy Lee and the American Popular Songbook by James Gavin

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Peggy Lee and the American Popular Songbook by James Gavin

Like all defense mechanisms, fantasizing has its positive and negative aspects.

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Amanda McBroom & George Ball: Some Enchanted Evening

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Amanda McBroom & George Ball: Some Enchanted Evening

In their fabulous show at 54 Below, Some Enchanted Evening, Amanda McBroom and her husband, George Ball, sang of love, marriage, time, loss, and a theme that has always characterized Amanda’s own songwriting—the gap between dreams and reality, between a couple’s hope to be in love forever, and of settling down to an existence of “comfortable despair.”

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