Ryan Frostig: Defining Faggotry!

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Ryan Frostig

Defining Faggotry!

The Duplex, NYC, June 8, 2019

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Ryan Frostig

Ryan Frostig began his celebration of his life and personality by racing down the aisle at The Duplex with a rainbow flag streaming behind him from his shoulders, resembling a gay super hero—a perfect start for a celebration of Pride month! He possesses a huge amount of charm and adorableness that expands his personality to fill the room.
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Backing that up is a wit, an inventiveness, and an intelligence to know what makes a good show. The only problematic part of the evening was his occasionally wobbly vocals, but he compensated for that with interpretation, enthusiasm, and spirited dance moves.

Much of the fun in the show derived from the contribution of music director Kyle Branzel (Frostig’s college roommate) in blending songs together in effective mash ups. For instance, the blending of “Never Never Land” and “Pure Imagination” created a sweet and gentle fantasy, while “Hungry Man” (Louis Jordan) and “I Can Cook Too” were intertwined in an overflow of double entendre with the singer treasuring every sexual innuendo he could find. (At the end of the medley, he winked at the audience and purred “I don’t think those songs are about food.


Frostig has a genial approach to performing that makes the audience very comfortable. When a momentary snafu in lyrics occurred during his opening, “It’s Today,” he shrugged and declared “God, I love live theater!
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” During the course of the show, he transformed himself into a dog for a duet with Branzel on “He’s a Tramp” and a cat for a campy “Memory,” proving his versatility.

His mega-medley of Wicked, basically telling the entire story, was a hoot as he played every role, including Dr. Dilamond (who sounded suspiciously like Cher).

Bart Greenberg

Bart Greenberg first discovered cabaret a few weeks after arriving in New York City by seeing Julie Wilson and William Roy performing Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter outdoors at Rockefeller Center. It was instant love for both Ms. Wilson and the art form. Some years later, he was given the opportunity to create his own series of cabaret shows while working at Tower Records. "Any Wednesday" was born, a weekly half-hour performance by a singer promoting a new CD release. Ann Hampton Callaway launched the series. When Tower shut down, Bart was lucky to move the program across the street to Barnes & Noble, where it thrived under the generous support of the company. The series received both The MAC Board of Directors Award and The Bistro Award. Some of the performers who took part in "Any Wednesday" include Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock, Tony Desare, Andrea Marcovicci, Carole Bufford, the Karens, Akers, Mason and Oberlin, and Julie Wilson. Privately, Greenberg is happily married to writer/photographer Mark Wallis, who as a performance artist in his native England gathered a major following as "I Am Cereal Killer."