Stay Classy New York City

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Stay Classy NYC

The Duplex, NYC, April 1, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

The theme of Stay Classy New York City was about raising the evening’s classiness. There were many positive moments in this show meant to feature new talent.

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These typically involved impressive solo moments by some of the cast.

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On the other hand, the disjointed feeling of the song list put some parts of the show in stark focus—most of the song choices were fairly common cabaret songs. They’re overdone, because they’re good songs, to be sure. On the other hand, as each performer prepared the audience for his or her solo song moment, there was so much build-up that it was a relief to perform.

The format featured both individual and group numbers with a smattering of banter. Of all the performers, Maclain Dassatti stood out with a well-done version of “Maria” (Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim). His deep voice and impressive volume surprised, and he certainly fulfilled his promise to sing to the back of the room. I also appreciated Marilyn Caserta’s performances, especially “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Jule Styne/Bob Merrill). Her voice was clear, crisp, and full of passion. Also deserving mention was Tray Wright, who made subtle changes to “On the Street Where You Live” (Lerner and Loewe) to give it a little bit more pizzazz.

Pianist Mason Griffin had his own solo number, “You’re So Vain” (Carly Simon), emblematic of his taking the high road in a relationship that he walked away from, it was an entertaining choice alongside the classic showtunes. Hosting the evening was Jessica Sanford, a solid performer, who enjoyed her share of the limelight, having given her co-stars an opportunity to perform.

Chris Struck

Chris Struck's debut novel, Kennig and Gold, is due to be officially published in June 2019. He's written reviews for Cabaret Scenes since August of 2017. For more information about the writer, see