Everybody Rise! – A Resistance Cabaret

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Everybody Rise! – A Resistance Cabaret

Birdland, NYC, April 1, 2019

Reviewed by Peter Haas for Cabaret Scenes

Richard Kind
Photo: Kevin Alvey

One of the funniest, most original shows to appear in New York cabaret, the merry satirical review, Everybody Rise!: A Resistance Cabaret, played a one-nighter at Birdland, propelled by classic show tunes re-fitted with new lyrics that poke fun at today’s politics, the people behind them, and, in particular, the man in the White House.

Written by Hollywood producer/writer/lyricist/Emmy winner Joe Keenan, and originating on the West Coast, the Birdland show featured a half-dozen New York performers switching characters and wigs as they weaved on and off the stage.

The cast: Richard Kind as The President, with Liz Callaway, Taylor Crousore, Kristine Mengelkoch, Brad Oscar, Christine Pedi, and Chip Zien, all taking their turns on solos and ensemble numbers.

Think “Why Can’t He Behave?” and “Always True to the Country in My Fashion,” sung by Kind as Trump; “Rudy Guiliani” to the tune of “Gary, Indiana” by Zien; ”Popular” by Mengelkoch as Ivanka (in a long blonde wig);  “Michael Cohen” to the tune of “Good Thing Going” by Kind; “You Can’t Save a School with a Gun!” by Callaway; “The Ballad of Kellyanne Conway” (“The Demon Barbie of Trump World”); the cast doing ”Omarosa!

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”); “Click!” (to the tune of “Zip!”) sung by Pedi as Rachel Maddow; “Donald Does Follies” to “I’m Still Here,” sung by the company—and more. Shepherding them as pianist was the hard-working Matthew Martin Ward.

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Everybody Rise!—saluted at its conclusion with the audience’s stand-up cheers—deserves a return engagement.

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If so, everybody rise, reserve, and “walk a little faster” to Birdland for a hilarious evening.

Peter Haas

Writer, editor, lyricist and banjo plunker, Peter Haas has been contributing features and performance reviews for Cabaret Scenes since the magazine’s infancy. As a young folk-singer, he co-starred on Channel 13’s first children’s series, Once Upon a Day; wrote scripts, lyrics and performed on Pickwick Records’ children’s albums, and co-starred on the folk album, All Day Singing. In a corporate career, Peter managed editorial functions for CBS Records and McGraw-Hill, and today writes for a stable of business magazines. An ASCAP Award-winning lyricist, his work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room and other fine saloons.